Life lately: mid-summer edition

Life lately: mid-summer edition

July 26, 2018 |  Category:   life travels

Are you having a good summer? I think we are so far. But now that we’re past summer’s mid-point, we’re reminded everywhere we look that Fall is coming. Well, Fall IS coming at some point, but not for awhile (at least in my mind). While shopping July’s sales in stores last week as retailers try and clear out summer stuff, you couldn’t help but notice the transition in merchandise. Uniqlo had already fully transitioned to Fall with all their mannequins dressed in puffer jackets and flannels. Just…no. You’d think since retail is struggling, buyers and merchandisers would be clued in to the fact that this might backfire when it’s so warm and humid in NYC. Just thinking about putting flannels… CONTINUE READING

Graduation. Onward and beyond.

Graduation. Onward and beyond.

July 1, 2018 |  Category:   life parenting

June and the end of the school year is always bittersweet around here, but when the month ends with a milestone like a graduation, those sentiments get magnified to the point where I find myself flipping through old photos of when the kids were young with their chubby cheeks and adorable matching haircuts because I want to hold on to them longer. Sappy I know, but I am a wildly sentimental person. More so as I get older. Middle school graduation has hit the hardest so far because there are so many changes that happen during those years and most kids in the city leave their district schools and many of their friends who they’ve been with for the past… CONTINUE READING

30% of all sales this week to RAICES

30% of all sales this week to RAICES

June 26, 2018 |  Category:   the biz

As a first generation immigrant, this administration's handling of the border crises is the issue on top of many issues during this presidency that feels like a punch in the gut. The separation of families should be a non-partisan issue because it's a cruel policy. I know it's not the same situation at all, but I can't help but think about how I was separated from my mother for 2 years when I was a baby because she decided to take advantage of an opportunity to come to America. I wrote a bit about the story here last year when my grandmother passed away. While I can't relate to what unimaginable stress these separated families—and particularly the… CONTINUE READING

Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

May 29, 2018 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

I took a day off on Friday for my annual memorial visit to The Met in May to honor my late brother. I’ve really come to look forward to these quiet, solo visits to the museum and it just so happens that it coincides with the opening month of the Costume Institute’s annual exhibition. Church and religion is complicated for me (as it is for many people), and I was even a former Catholic school girl for 7 years (though I am not Catholic), but I do love the ritual and pageantry of it. The decision to put the collection in the Medieval Sculpture Hall was smart as it gives the dresses room to breathe in a space that boasts… CONTINUE READING

the spring and the rain

the spring and the rain

May 23, 2018 |  Category:   life

The cherry blossoms are long gone, but I couldn’t let a spring go without posting photos of their beauty here. Because they were beautiful, yes, but they were gone in a flash – even quicker than usual it seemed. It’s been raining. A lot. You know, I like the rain and gloom and all, but I think I’m becoming one of those people who get negatively affected by weather when there are more than a few consecutive rainy days strung together. It’s also been bad for business. During outdoor market season, we watch the Sunday forecast like a hawk. The difference between a sunny day and a rainy day (or even a cloudy one) is the difference between a day… CONTINUE READING

Magnolias are back this year

Magnolias are back this year

May 7, 2018 |  Category:   life

We had a season without magnolias last year because of warm February and cold April temps and it was like the world had reset when the magnolias came back this year in full glory. I almost forgot how gracefully beautiful the large billowy petals are. Spring, even more so than Fall, is a season that is fleeting, and more so each year. Seems like every April we’re pushed to desperation for Spring to arrive; when it finally does and the city transforms from gray and brown to pinks and greens, we breathe again. It was nice to see the magnolias this year. Spring was out of sorts without those first tree blossoms to signal the transition of the seasons last… CONTINUE READING

A year of breakfasts

A year of breakfasts

April 9, 2018 |  Category:   cooking life

I love breakfast, what about you? I mean, normally, I have yogurt with some berries and/or granola during the weekdays with my coffee every morning, but weekends…those are the mornings when breakfasts tend to be more elaborate spreads and savored leisurely over a big cup of coffee. I started posting weekend breakfasts on Instagram about a year or two ago and thought it would be fun to see some of them together on a post here (I see that hash browns from Trader Joe’s is featured more than once, ha). As much as I love a good brunch, we rarely go out for it. I think the last time we went out for brunch a while ago and paid a… CONTINUE READING

10 years

10 years

March 20, 2018 |  Category:   favorite posts life me rambling

All winter, I’d been keenly aware that the 10 year anniversary of this blog was coming up in March. I knew I wanted to write a post to commemorate it, but it felt like a daunting task. Like anything in life when you’re marking a significant milestone, the weight of self-reflection is heavy. 10 years. Where were we then? Where are we now? When I read the very first post on this blog, I think back to what a scary and confusing time that was, when the economy was tanking and Mark got laid off from a new job after finally finding the motivation to leave his long-time restaurant pastry chef position. But there’s also an optimism and excitement in… CONTINUE READING

A ‘get cozy’ kind of sale

A ‘get cozy’ kind of sale

March 1, 2018 |  Category:   the biz

Hmmm...we're getting news that another one of those "bomb cyclone" type Nor'easter storms is headed to the NE tonight. I guess winter isn't over yet! March can be such a doozy and last night, the kids and I listed the reasons why March is sometimes our least favorite month. But we're having a sale on all things cozy to help – 20% off all our marshmallows and hot chocolate mixes. Sale is in effect until March 3rd, code: GETCOZY. … CONTINUE READING

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

February 21, 2018 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

The Black Forest cake is one that rarely comes up when we’re thinking about cakes, but it seemed like a perfect choice for our 14 year old’s birthday a few weeks ago. It has some of her favorite things—chocolate, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries—all in one dessert. I’ve always liked Black Forest Cake, but it reminds me of my teen years for some reason. Maybe because I remember seeing it on menus more often in cafes, back when all you’d see on a dessert menu was cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, and some sort of chocolate cake—either German chocolate or Black Forest. It does seem vaguely like a bit of a throwback dessert, doesn’t it? But I was reminded again of how much… CONTINUE READING

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