A Blank Slate

March 20, 2017


Alpha & Omega top
The Seafarer jeans
Senreve purse
Sabrina SL metal cuff bracelet
Morgenthal Frederics sunglasses
Argento Vivo earrings
By Far sandals

The first day of spring has abruptly hit our calendars. Although, to be honest . . .  physically it’s still winter where I’m at. Which is why I’m flash backing to my weekend in Miami for the Veuve Clicquot Carnaval, where I wore an outfit of mostly white whilst getting lost in a sea of palm trees. This sort of setting can make one forget that they just came from somewhere of quite the opposite environment. The idea of spring break, the way I have interpreted it to be as an adult, is something very special. It has become a continuous clean out of things and thoughts throughout the season. My wardrobe gets bared down as I pick through pieces to give to friends, donate or sell to Crossroads. My routine involves a lot more mindful thinking and reflection over my daily actions, the people of my life, and how I can make it all simply better. Like how my wardrobe begins to dwindle during this time of the year, the time that I put aside for personal creative projects, reading and even giving some rest to my endlessly spinning mind, increases dramatically. The first hint of spring is a sudden recharge for me. All of a sudden I am looking for ways to clean house, to bare down my rituals, to give my mind and body some time to reset. I hit the gym more regularly, taking my sweet time through my movements . . . focusing on every single one of them while at the same time feeling extremely at ease. Even the food that I put into my body gradually becomes more clean and simple. I begin to crave bright and green food because I like the idea of fueling my body as opposed to weighing it down. I begin to want to feel light and energetic at all times, like the clothes I am able to wear when the weather gets warmer. The layers are gone, and the thoughts in my mind seem less heavy, as well. Maybe it’s all the years I’ve spent talking myself into behaving and thinking this way when spring begins its process of sprung-ness, but whatever I have done, it has worked in my favor. My looser ends leftover from winter seem to find themselves tying up tight and resolved. And I feel nurtured by the simplicity of what is around me. Organized and uncluttered. There is no more room for what is unnecessary. I prefer the company of just a few people who I am closest with . . . the one’s that mean the most to me are the ones I want to share the warm days and complementing conversation with. I’m less social in the spring than I am in the summer, but I feel even less alone this way. It’s interesting now saying. Even just the act of sitting on my yellow velvet couch that I love and writing this blog post is enough to fill my heart with joy. When spring starts, it’s like starting over after dipping in extremely cold water and then lying in a room at perfect body temperature and having it lullaby me to sleep. Work feels less of an effort, and more passion infused all over again. Passionate but without the rush of time. These are just my little thoughts on how I’m feeling right now, on this first day of spring. I’m trying hard to keep track of them all, but at the same time I want to just let them run their course without endless observation. I guess what I was trying to get with this blog post is that what I want the most out of a spring is the accomplishment of balance. Keeping just the important things, just a few, and giving each full attention and focus. And the fact that wearing mostly all white feels just right at this time, well that’s reason enough to be content. 

Happy first day of spring lovelies. I hope this post inspires you to dress like that slate you want to fill in the upcoming months. And to find some time to declutter the places in your life that need some rethinking and refreshing. 

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Good Eats | Maman Tribeca

March 19, 2017

Maman Tribeca
211 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Maman Tribeca is one of my favorite places in the city to grab brunch on a weekend, or a lunch on a weekday. The first time I tried their selection, it was at its Soho location, a darling little spot on Centre Street that is curious to all passerby. White, rustic French decor, and the cutest little coffee cups, on top of a delicious range of easy, made to-go breakfast and lunch selection that also were made to be healthy and fresh, really made me a fan. 

And then they opened a much larger location in Tribeca, plus an even larger one in Greenpoint which I have yet to try. One can always find something they find mouthwatering at Maman. The Tribeca location has a sweet coffee-shop and comforting (plus totally Instagram-worthy) style front, for the customer who wants just a coffee, a croissant and a quick chat with friends on their lunch break. They serve hearty farm fresh salads, quiches, sandwiches, soups, an assortment of pastries and desserts, and a selection of artisanal breads in the front. The back is a sprawling array of sit down, white washed tables . . . romantic for sure at night. The sit-down menu is an epic array of family-inspired recipes from the South of France and North America. My favorites are the Roasted Carrots and Quinoa Salad (an endless bowl of nourishing heaven), the Pesto Spaghetti Squash (so flavorful), the Deconstructed Avocado Toast (I can eat endless amounts of this) and the Maman Breakfast Sandwich (a reliable classic that is the best kick start to your Saturday morning). 

Definitely hitting up Maman Greenpoint for brunch soon!


Packing for SXSW with Cafe Bustelo

March 16, 2017

Getting ready to hit the road again this month, but this time Natalie and I aren’t going too far. Just back to one of our favorite American cities, Austin, Texas. We will be there to support Cafe Bustelo, who is one of the sponsors of the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake from March 16-18th. This stage is one of the biggest stages at SXSW.

Cafe Bustelo activation hours:
 Thursday, March 16th: 4-10pm
Friday, March 17th: 4-10pm
Saturday, March 18th: 11am-7pm

For access to this stage, you just have to sign-up for a wrist band HERE.

Natalie and I will be hanging out at the Cafe Bustelo tent during SXSW on Friday, the 17th in the evening. Make sure to stop by during the above times March 16-18th to take advantage of the charging stations, free Cafe Bustelo samples, photo booth and tons of other games and giveaways. Nat and I will also be showing you our favorites from the bands performing that day at the Outdoor Stage. We’ll also be giving you a peek into our favorite things to do when we are in Austin, Texas. The food, the music, the people . . . SXSW is one of the most crazy and fun weeks in Austin, so get ready! 

SXSW is probably the easiest music festival to pack for. Mostly because Austin is so chill, and the scene is much more laid back than Coachella. Not to mention, the weather is always reliably warm. It’s always sunny in Austin. Denim and lots more of denim. Easy little dresses under denim jackets. Western hats, why not?! Boots. Sunglasses are always key, of course. My trusty camera. Natalie and I are also packing our Cafe Bustelo for the road because we are always up early and to bed late during SXSW. There’s so much to see and do, it nearly seems impossible to fit everything in . . . but somehow we always manage to do so. 

Hope to see some of you in Austin. Once again, sign-up HERE to get access to the SXSW Outdoor Stage. It’s going to be a good time, ya’ll.  

Thank you to Cafe Bustelo for sponsoring this post.

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