Tuesday, October 21, 2014

my favorite black + distressed jeans for fall

It has been apparent that I have a distinct denim preference these days. I am no longer interested in dark blue washes of denim, distressed is great but I can leave 'em if they are blue. What does it for me these days is black denim, black denim with ample distressing. Holes in the knee are a definitely plus.

I figure, do I really need blue jeans? Probably not. Especially not if I have several distressed black pairs to take their place.

Here are some of my very favorites; I have put the pairs I actually have in bold.

top row
AG Jean The Absolute Skinny in Tempest
Siwy Hannah Skinny in Jet Obsidian
Frame Le Skinny De Jeanne Jeans in Rexford
rag & bone/JEAN The Skinny in Soft Rock w/ Holes

bottom row
Paige Denim Verdugo in Ramone Destructed
rag & bone/JEAN The Skinny in Coal w/ Holes
Siwy Hannah Skinny in Up All Night
Anine Bing Charcoal Cropped Jeans with Slit

Sunday, October 19, 2014


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken october 16, 2014 // Denver, Colorado

Raffa has been taking one nap a day since he was about 10 months old. Until recently, that nap was in the morning. In the past month, we have transitioned it to midday instead, with good result (easier, longer naps). It also allowed us to start going to music class again. We had not been able to go for a while because nap time interfered with the toddler class that Raffa was ready for. It is a great morning time activity, but surprisingly, Raffa has been having a little bit of a tough time transitioning in to the morning music toddler class. He has been cranky at class, which is a total contrast to how much he enjoyed it before. We are sticking it out and I hope he will settle in and enjoy it fully again soon.

On Thursday morning before music class, John, Raffa, and I went and had coffee and breakfast at a local coffee shop before class. It was so nice, and Raffa was giving some {silly} serious faces while sharing a breakfast burrito with John.

Read about The 52 Project and why I am participating here.

See all photos in this series here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

recipes on my mind

With the arrival of the cooler weather of fall (finally), I have been craving warm, comforting goods - but still healthy. These recipes all fit the bill. I haven't made the Sunday Sauce or Tian yet, but the kale salad was amazingly delicious.

// Crockpot Sunday Sauce //
// Butternut Squash and Smokey Black Bean Kale Salad //
// Sweet Potato Tian //

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shopbop Friends + Family Sale

It is too good to pass up - Shopbop's annual 3-day Friends + Family sale. 25% off with code FAMILY25. So many of my current favorites are from Shopbop and this is literally one of the best sales out there. Sale starts today!

my new boots + easy jeans and tees

I found them. "THE" pair of boots for me. Freebird Lasso booties in tan. They are the perfect flat bootie for me. I got them last week and I am head over heals.

I am wearing my booties with some other easy-to-wear pieces, as in easy-to-wear to the park to chase Raffa around. I love the Madewell Linen Telegraph Tee in stripe and LNA Rinaldi tee - both a little slouchy, but not frumpy or dumpy. And, then of course my favorite skinny jeans of the moment - my rag & bone/JEAN The Skinny in Soft Rock with Holes (I literally love these jeans) and my 7 For All Mankind The Skinny with Contour & Destroy in Absolute Heritage.

We have family photos coming up next weekend, and I typically opt for my "regular" clothes, whatever happens to be my favorite outfit at that time. It always makes more sense to wear what is comfortable for photos, and clothes I actually wear. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if when I share our family photo eventually, you might see me turn up in some variation of the above.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken october 6, 2014 // Denver, Colorado

This past weekend my Jonna, Erik, and Asher (sister, brother-in-law, and nephew) were in town, which always makes for lots of good times. The boys are so sweet together; they get along so well and have so much fun together. It is not an exaggeration to say that one of my greatest joys is watching them interact.

I have been writing down Raffa's words; as I thought it is about time to document his developing language skills. It seems like he says a new word every day; and as of now at 17 months old these are his words:

Pop (papa)
Ash or Azer (Asher)
Mowma (Mocha)
App (apple)
Shthoes (shoes)
Something for frog, fish, monkey (yet to be deciphered)
Phewwwww (elephant)
Ruff ruff ruff (dog)
Mewww for cat
Peeg (pig)
Fwwaa (Flower)
Waer (water)
Bur (bird)
Cock-a-doo (cock a doodle do)
Teeda (turtle)

That doesn't include words I have not deciphered yet; for example he says something distinct for "frog" and although it does not sound like "frog" he says it as his word for frog. 
Read about The 52 Project and why I am participating here.

See all photos in this series here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Martha Stewart American Made Market + REMEMBER the day™

Currently, my REMEMBER the days™are part of the Martha Stewart American Made Market. It is a huge honor to be a part of a movement; a movement that supports the handmade and the homegrown; a movement that supports American small businesses, artisans, and craftsman.

You can see my REMEMBER the days™ on the Market here. And, you can shop the whole American Made Market here

Also, it has been a long time since I shared some REMEMBER the day™ designs! Here are some more recent designs from the past month or so.