April 09, 2019

JUDE'S 2nd BIRTHDAY: MILK & COOKIES












Our little dumpling Jude, turned 2 last month and I wanted to share his humble Milk & Cookies party we hosted in our Brooklyn apartment. Per last year's birthday tradition, I baked him a cake from scratch using this recipe (my go-to chocolate cake, it's amazing!) and this frosting recipe. I also tried out a new (to us) cookie recipe that was such a success, we have since made them again. I'll share it below! We invited a few of his best friends for a morning celebration from 10am-12 Noon. Many thanks to my good friend Terri for braving the windy streets to deliver 20 helium filled balloons to our door! We didn't plan any games or activities other than playing with his already existing toy kitchen and all the balloons on the ground and in the air. Of course, we had milk and cookies and since this is Brooklyn, we had offerings of whole milk, almond/coconut milk and oat milk 😅.  Chocolate cake with coffee, mimosas for the parents and a little spread of bagels and lox (smoked salmon, tomato, red onion, capers and cream cheese) to munch on. Thank you to our dear friends that were able to join and celebrate with us. We miss living near our other close friends and family, so taking the time out to spend with us on these special life occasions is very much appreciated!

~Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies~
(This is straight from the Trader Joe's rolled oats bag)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup peanut butter 
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, (I use my kitchenaid mixer) combine sugar, brown sugar and butter until creamy (I never have softened butter, so straight from the fridge is fine). Add eggs, vanilla and baking soda and mix well. Add peanut butter and mix (I've used creamy, chunky and almond butter. anything you have is fine) Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts (I omit the nuts if I don't have them on hand. Alternatively, you could use raisins or dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips) Place a teaspoon full of dough (I use a small cookie scoop) about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet (I just use parchment paper) Bake for 10 minutes until lightly brown around the edges. Do not over bake! They may look slightly underdone but this is what you want for chewy cookies. I cool them for a few minutes on a cooling rack and then I slide the pan out from under the parchment to continue to let them cool completely. Enjoy! Great for breakfast on the go if you don't mind giving your kid sugar 😬

What have you done for your kids parties?! I'd love to see! Feel free to link below in the comments or post a picture. I think you can't go wrong for kids parties. Simple or extravagant, a party is a party and every excuse to celebrate is alright with me. Life is all about milestones and every day is a day to celebrate in my book!


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March 17, 2019

NYFW RALPH LAUREN COLLECTION: An Afternoon at Ralph's












New York Fashion Week has come and gone and I've been meaning to post about my experience viewing the Ralph Lauren Collection. Typically it's very difficult, nearly impossible even, to get invited to any fashion show during NYFW and they're never just open to the general public, let alone free. You either need to be in the industry as a model, have a press pass in media or production, or be a known influencer with a pretty significant following to receive an invitation. 

Instead of a traditional runway show, Ralph shook things up a bit by giving attendees an experience. He transformed the first floor of the women's flagship mansion on Madison Avenue into an elegant and intimate cafe setting for 3 days, 'Ralph's Cafe' (normally this is where the accessories are displayed). After the official and truly exclusive run-through show with editors and buyers and influencers, he then released a very limited amount of reservations to the public for an 'exclusive' cafe dining and viewing experience of the collection. I was lucky persistent enough to snag a reservation for 2 (via Instagram!) and invited my friend Noémie. We both took a break from being moms for the occasion. Thank you to our husbands for giving us the afternoon off as it was really quite a treat! 

We dressed in our RL inspired Sunday best and were warmly greeted upon arrival. After a short wait beneath opulent chandeliers and having our coats checked, we were seated below a palatial staircase with an exceptional view of the cafe. Models casually and effortlessly cat walked throughout the guests as we sipped our lattes and nibbled inhaled our tea sandwiches and desserts. The collection consisted of a simple gold, white and black palette with mix-and-match separates to evening wear with hints of military flair. If you watch my video above, you'll see a floor-length gold cape that was certainly made for a glamorous superwoman! After the grand finale, we freshened up in the ladies room and made our way upstairs to shop the upper levels.

Thank you to Ralph Lauren for an impressive experience that exceeded my expectations. Bravo on a beautiful and tasteful collection as well!
Did you know that Ralph has his own coffee? I loved it! You can buy it here.

Have you ever been to fashion week, in the spring or fall? Would you go if you had the chance?!

-Angie
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March 12, 2019

FOREVER MY SPRING BABY












In two weeks, Jude will be two years old. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that and the fact that he will no longer be a 'baby', but officially a thriving toddler. 

This magical photoshoot was taken two springs ago when he was two months old, in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. At the time, I could barely squeeze into this skirt with my still-new-to-me post-pregnancy body (it was so tight that I had to leave the zipper undone in the back, hence the last minute long duster I threw on over to hide it) Poor Jude's face was breaking out and peeling like crazy and I remember worrying how it would look in the photos. We took an Uber from Brooklyn and it was about a 45 minute ride. Our session was 20 minutes and Jude fussed a little bit, but was overall a champ! I had never booked newborn photos so this was our first experience and being that it was outside proved to be very calming. There was a simple cloth backdrop with sweet lilac branches hanging above and a basket filled to the brim with peonies, not to mention, the park cooperated beautifully with freshly fallen cherry blossom petals everywhere. So dreamy! Many thanks to Stephanie who was so sweet and patient and quick with the camera to capture Jude and I, and to Mari for having such a beautiful eye and making necessary adjustments so we looked and felt comfortable and natural. I'd love to make this a tradition every year!

Have you done a similar session with your baby and what was your experience like? 
Link it below, I'd love to see!

PHOTOGRAPHY by Stephanie Sunderland
STYLING by Mari Spiker 

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-Angie
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March 07, 2019

H&M LAUNCHES KIDSWEAR COLLABORATION WITH ARTIST NATHALIE LÉTÉ




















For those of you that know me, you might remember when I met one of my favorite Paris-based artists, Nathalie Lété here in Brooklyn a few winters ago. I've admired her creations and designs since I was first introduced to her beautifully painted ceramics while working at Anthropologie.

I'm so delighted to share with you her latest collaboration, a childrenswear collection with H&M! This capsule collection was just released today in the U.S. (other countries were lucky to shop the collection a few weeks ago) and definitely got me excited for spring weather. I may have ordered Jude a few pieces first thing this morning and a few items are almost sold out!

What do you think of these designs? Would you buy them for your baby or kids? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to share this post with anyone you think that might enjoy!

Read more about this collaboration here and click here to shop!

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-Angie

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February 18, 2019

The dream closet by ba&sh









Happiness looks gorgeous on you.

When I started this new blog, one of my biggest intentions was to elevate my style as a newish mother working from home. In other words, ditch the sweat pants and give them a day off every now and then! After all, I did work in the retail fashion industry for almost a decade and you can't beat the "look good, feel good" motto, it really does work. 

Recently, one of my closest mom friends here in the city (an expat from France) introduced me to the French apparel brand, ba&sh. If you, like myself had never heard of them before, here is a little background on the brand.

A shared love for fashion led best friends Barbara Boccara & Sharon Krief to create ba&sh. Their idea? To bring their dream wardrobe to life so that they could share it with other women. A brand truly made by women for women. Both timeless and distinctive, ba&sh clothing is a statement of your unique personality and character! From glamorous long dresses to chic effortless jumpsuits, ba&sh knows how to dress women with elegance throughout the seasons. 

The ba&sh style remains distinctly Parisian, uniting an expression of freedom with an easy, joyful elegance. It is easy to recognize a ba&sh dress...The key? The happiness of the woman wearing it.

The dress that I'm wearing here is the Mela Noir from The dream closet by ba&sh
Each Friday, from 5-7pm at the Nolita location here in NYC, you can borrow iconic pieces for special occasions, free of charge as long as you return them by Monday at 7pm. Think long evening gowns, sophisticated jumpsuits and feminine prints. As soon as I saw this dress, I was immediately drawn to it because of it's bohemian vibes and I'm always a sucker for a long maxi dress. Comfort is key and I don't think they will ever go out of style. I could have styled this so many ways (belted, leather jacket, denim jacket, puffy scarf, etc) but decided to throw on a hat and keep it simple. Trust me, a major improvement from my uniform of late, leggings and a hoodie!

Thank you so much ba&sh Nolita for letting me borrow from your dream closet 💋

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-Angie












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