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Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

I was inspired by a recent article I read on individuality in Town and Country Magazine.    Apparently, fashion runway shows are beginning to use models who are more representative of the real world, featuring older celebrities as well as non-size zero models.  Tired of the over-styled look of most celebrities these days, the Chanel runway also featured women carrying signs, “Be Your Own Stylist.”

Living in the suburbs and being around my girls and their activities a lot, I sometimes feel that I need to change my style and blend in a bit more.  But there’s always an inner voice that would say, “What for? Who I’m trying to please or appease?”   So I go back to wearing what I feel like wearing, donning things that I’m most comfortable in despite the fact that people may say “Oh, you look so dressed up!  Where are you going?”  At my age, some things ( and clothing styles) are just a tad bit too late to change.

The best part of the T&C article is this, “True style heroines carve out their own definition of elegance.  And there’s more to them that meets the eye; appearance alone doesn’t define them.  They don’t succumb to the pressure to look sexy or glamorous (or young or thin)  all the time.  And they don’t need validation from a clique of lookalike “Nazi Barbies.”  They go their own way.   Well put, T&C.

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Images of beautiful Sofia Coppola via (1), (2), (3)

Week 6/52

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Family and friends, Travel | 1 comment

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016

Just for two days we had warm sun on our backs, faces, and feet. It felt good to be in West Palm Beach, Florida despite the fact that our flight was delayed for five hours on Friday night. The girls were such troopers, barely complaining about the delay. For them, it was an adventure as well as a break from their usual routine.

I was glad to be away from our schedule. It always does the soul some good, doesn’t it? The respite from the ordinary, the break from the rut.

And now, we’re back home. They’re announcing snow, nothing major, an inch here and there. Yes, there still remains a month and half more of winter…

Have a great week, everyone!

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12 Years

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Family and friends | 0 comments

I still can’t believe that I’m a mom to a 12-year-old.  Nothing really ages you more than having older kids.  But seriously, the last 12 years just went by so quickly — some of the moments are a bit of a blur as I try to hold on to them through photography and writing.

I love how my older girl is growing. She’s calm in her demeanor but sarcastic, silly and fiercely loyal to her friends and loved ones. Analytical, creative, resilient and emotionally mature beyond her years, she deserves the best in years to come.

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As I was looking through stuff on the internet the other day, I came across this letter that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to his daughter. It made me think of my girls, but especially Chiara (everything below is pretty relevant except for the stuff on mosquitoes vis-a-vis current scare).  The one true thing I wish for her is courage — to go where no one may have gone before, to speak out and stand up for her thoughts when no one else may seem to agree, to stay true to herself.

Happy Birthday to this little lady!

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Week 5/52

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Weekly snapshots of my girls and life in general in 2016

Two things we did this weekend — crafting and crêpes-indulging. It has been a long time since the girls have done any crafting at home. Most of their time away from school has been taken up by their activities, seeing friends and playing with their devices. So I was glad that a little trip to Michael’s can unleash some of their creativity. Ines did her ode to Valentine’s Day while Chiara got inspired by a few DIY tutorials on You-Tube that she has watched. With an old pasta box and plastic spoon and fork boxes that was covered in wrapping paper, Miss C was able to create a rather nifty pen and post-it holder. She also made her own calendar with a mini-chalkboard and some heavy-stock paper.

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Then on Sunday, we celebrated the French tradition of La Chandeleur, which is marked by feasting on a lot of crêpes. We’re glad to share this wonderful tradition with some of the younger members of our family. I must say these two little cuties really really did enjoy their first crêpes, devouring every single bit and sometimes even clamoring for more.

Have a great week!

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Tweaking A Girly Girl’s Room

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Interiors | 0 comments

Unlike her sister’s more tomboyish taste with skateboards and Legos adorning the bedroom, Ines’ aesthetic even as a little girl leaned more toward feminine with a little glitz here and there.  She still likes that style but wanted to tweak her room just a tiny bit and add personal touches that reflect who she is.

Ines was very hands-on throughout this process with a strong vision of what she wanted to add to her room.  Here are some of the details…

…A non-cookie cutter (Nakashima-inspired) night table where she can put her books on with new lamp

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A new mood board where she can pin photos, sketches, running medals

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….And showcase her love for the Minions

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Light garlands on her desk
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Chalkboard paint as accent painting

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Little vignettes on her bookcase

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