I want my green juice. But if I walk to get it, my newly cut and styled hair will be ruined. The sunny summer mornings of Los Angeles summer have moved on to fog. The marine layer will burn off soon, but thick, be-careful-you-don’t-miss-a pedestrian-in-the-crosswalk fog will stick around. It’s the same fog I grew up with and learned to drive in. The summer fog I suffered through as a young professional in San Francisco. If anti-humidity hair spray had existed in high school and San Francisco I’m certain my life would have been different.
I am exhausted. I won’t sleep that much during September. I decide to drive. Driving is something I don’t love about Los Angeles. I always look for opportunities to walk. I am constantly convincing my son and husband that it’s not that far between errands. I refuse to subscribe to “Nobody walks in LA”. We do walk, but it’s typically a hike. I want to walk in my day to day life and effortlessly stay leaner as I did in my years living in New York. I get in the car, within a minute I hear Ryan Adams singing “New York, New York”. “farewell to the city and the love of my life” and I sigh. I did not leave the love of my life there. In fact, magically the love of my life, my New York City born and bred husband, was waiting for me in Los Angeles. I would wait many years to meet him in Santa Monica. Maybe I passed him on the street when he was visiting his father in Greenwich Village only a few blocks from where I lived, when I wondered if the love of my life was “out there’”. New York City was the love of my life then. I felt at ease and happy even with all the noise and congestion. The constant buzzing energy of New York City was a perfect match for my energy and of course, the walking.
I chug the juice in the car. Saturdays provide a rare privilege where I can drink my green juice on an empty stomach and wait to drink my coffee. It is the preferred method for maximum benefit from celery juice. Something that is much harder (impossible) on a weekday with school drop off. I bring back juice for my husband. He has his with his coffee. My son and husband are in their father and son Saturday morning routine watching a show about cars while my son operates the Nespresso machine. He is a charming barista. “Do you guys want eggs?” I ask tentatively as not to interrupt them. “Are they the fluffy kind you made last week?” “Yes” I reply as my wrist starts to hurt as I try to get the perfect scramble and I hope in in my exhaustion that I got the temperature on the stove right. I sigh with gratitude.
I am here in this LA kitchen making eggs for this family that I was not sure I would ever have 17 years ago. 17 years ago, on Sunday, September 9, 2001, I was exploring the Cloisters with a friend. I had no idea what the following Tuesday would bring. There is an innocence to that summer that will never be the same. This summer I turned 50. Yes, I am a half century old. With the birthday came another level of gratitude and a shedding of a few insecurities. Suddenly how I looked in my swimsuit became far less important than swimming with my kid. By freeing myself of some of that I managed to capture a little bit of the innocence of summer of 2001 that I spent on the beach on weekends (Spring Lake, NJ style) and in Europe and Alaska. The world feels even crazier than it did in 2001. If you told me then who would be running things, I would have laughed. In fact, I think our current president laughed about that himself. One thing is clear, things can change beyond our wildest expectations. I am holding on to the little moments with my family; the smile on my son’s face, perfectly made eggs that he eats, the beauty around me. The fact that I am here. I survived that day. I was there. You can read more about my account of September 11, 2001 here and here.
This week’s mani is for back to school. It was designed by my son who came to my appointment right before school started. School is back in session. I will put pencil to paper and get back to writing. To achieve that summer innocence, I took some time off from the blog. I’m back. It may look a little different going forward and the schedule may be less consistent. But I’m here – and I’ll return when I have something more to say.
I am soaking up the last days of summer at the beach and pool. We have had a few weeks at home and my son tagged along for my mani appointment and came up with the beach idea.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “Dye-Mentions” by Essie Gel Couture.
Items featured in the photos include:
Chambray Beach Tote
Hermes Sandals (similar here and here)
I just got back from nine glorious days on Maui. The weather (and my hibiscus mani) were perfect and my son even learned to surf. I read three books, logged a lot of time in the water and enjoyed a lot of delicious seafood. We definitely caught the beach bug and will be beating the heat this coming week at the beach in Malibu. The gel mani I got just before leaving is still going strong two weeks later. For last summer’s trip to the Big Island, I had palm leaves.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “Shells in the Sand” by CND.
Items in the photos include:
Pink and White Clutch
Pink and White Pom-Pom Tote (on sale!)
Sophie Anderson Bag
This itsy bitsy daisy print is screaming for a pattern mix. Enter my Antonello Tedde clutch and striped espadrilles and we have a perfect pattern trifecta. If only I had gotten a trifecta while visiting Del Mar when I shot these photos. For now, I will stick to pattern mixing and leave the gambling to others. Del Mar is a beautiful spot to watch the races.
Denim Jacket (similar here)
Clutch (similar here and here)
Shoes (similar here , here and here)
Life does not progress in a linear fashion. Some random polka dots on my blue mani was just what I needed to remind me of that. This manicure and its message is one of my favorites to date. There is something soothing about both the color, the polka dots — and the acceptance of life’s random progression.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “First View” by Essie Gel Couture.
Items in the photos include:
Clare V Blush Bag
Off-White Mini Dress
Liberty Swell Bottle
Pineapple Eyelet Top
Blue and White Wrap Dress
Striped Collage Top
Embroidered Peacock Tee (on sale!)
Embroidered Floral Shirt (on sale!)
I have been beating the heat in white and sandals. I picked up this embroidered tee in Paris and my new sandals (I have linked some more affordable options below). My Legend of Lido clutch is the perfect hot weather accent.
T-shirt (also here)
Hermes Shoes (similar here and here)
I have stayed in the 7th Arrondissement in Paris for four of my seven trips. It’s my favorite spot in Paris (and now after his second visit, my husband’s too). The summer evening light by Les Invalides was just perfect (at 9 pm!). I pulled out some old favorites for the trip with my white denim skirt, popover and Antonello Tedde clutch. I added some new espadrilles I picked up that were actually comfortable to change into after walking 8- 12 miles a day. There are not many stripes I can resist.
Shirt (similar here)
White Denim Skirt (similar here, here and here)
Clutch (similar here and here)
Shoes (similar here and here)
“Mommy I don’t need a cherry on top of my sundae. It’s sweet enough.” says my son as we order his dessert. I sigh with relief, I am not crazy about the dye in the cherries.
“I prefer cherries on the pit, anyway.” he continues. Another sigh of relief. Most days I feel like he barely gets enough vegetables and has a few too many snacks of questionable nutritional value, but when he makes a choice like this on his own, I feel like we are doing OK.
The last thing I want to do is make some things more desirable my making then “off limits”. Today I will celebrate my cherry victory.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.
Items in the photos include:
White Eyelet Top (on sale!)
Striped Espadrilles (similar here)
Embroidered Peasant Top
Over the Bikini Dress
Blue Leopard Dress
Yellow Clutch (anniversary sale!)
Red Patent Bootie
White Eyelet Top
Striped “Love Conquers All” Tee
Black and White Bag
Red Eyelet Coverup
What’s better than a sale? Sale on sale! Intermix is having a sale on top of their sale with up to $250 off when you spend $500 or more ($100 off of $300-$499 and $50 off of $200 – 299). It is a great time to scoop up a few staples. I have selected pieces nine below including my favorite eyelet top that I featured here and here.
In other sale news, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public. My picks are here.
Leopard Bucket Bag
White Lace Skirt
Rose Gold Cube Clutch
White Eyelet Top (my favorite!)
Last summer you and I were inseparable. Then that Antonello Tedde clutch came along and you stuffed me with tissue and put me on a shelf. I see why you like the other clutch, but I am the original neutral. I go with everything and I hold your wallet, phone and big sunglasses. Don’t let the season pass without taking me out for a spin.
Your sad and neglected clutch,
After my 100th time reading “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt to my son at bedtime, I step into my closet and find this note from my cork clutch. I am so happy to rediscover an old favorite and start planning outfits. It is true that my Antonello Tedde clutch has been in favored status and even got to travel to Paris, but my cork clutch is a versatile powerhouse. I am considering a second Antonello Tedde in black and white.
I first styled the cork clutch with a new camo t-shirt (it’s under $20), white denim and these rose gold shoes. This is truly a high/low outfit. I love the soft green of the camo and the detail on the hem.
Next I took it for a spin with my new favorite shirt (I am likely to get notes from other shirts any day now).
Camo Top (also this one)
Cork Clutch (similar here, here and here)
Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)
Here is the clutch with my favorite new shirt the other night. I love the shirt so much I am considering it in black as well. These cork shoes are an older style, but I love these and these.
P.S. Don’t play favorites (I know it’s hard).