Black Stan Smiths

Remember my Stan Smith obsession? Well, still obsessed. But this time around, with the black and leopard version. I MEAN, COME ON, right??? How perfect is it? Leopard AND Stan Smiths? Sold, sold, sold.

 

Black and leopard (or is black/blue or white/gold?)

Black and leopard (or is it black/blue or white/gold?)

 

Stan Smith sneakers were created in 1973 but are having an it moment now. This version is a smooth black leather with a leopard print suede heel trim. I am wearing them with jeans / slacks (is that really still a word?) / sweats / anything and everything! And as soon as the Polar Vortex 2015 stops, I will wear them with shorts and skirts, too (won’t that be the day when we can wear shorts). So much flavor packed into ONE shoe.

 

Handsome shoes.

Handsome shoes.

Oh good, endorsed by Stan Smith.  Makes sense, right?

Oh good, endorsed by Stan Smith. Makes sense, right?

Round Toes

Round toes

The back.

The back.

Cheetah swatch makes you run fast.

Cheetah swatch makes you run fast.

Holes

Holes

View from the top.

View from the top.

Side shot.

Side shot.

#OOTD and little boy with book.

#OOTD and little boy with book.

The shoes in action.

The shoes in action.

Apparently I like animal printed sneakers....

Apparently I like animal printed sneakers….

 

Hope you have a great first week of March! Spring, please come quickly to the East Coast….

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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March 2015 Workout Playlist

"Stretching"

“Stretching”

 

Once again, I am running the Paris Marathon this year….YUP, I am totally and utterly insane. Third Paris Marathon in a row (See 2013 Paris Marathon and 2014 Paris Marathon)! And with this $#$#$@*$$ crazy cold winter, the training has been no joke. Enter explicit run on sentences here!!!! I have done long runs on treadmills, in the snow, with sub freezing temperatures, and as a result have cracked feet, red face, and a severe case of grumpiness! It has been SO UNFUN LADIES!!!!! The only thing keeping me going is my music. So here is my March 2015 Workout Playlist (because in 3 days, it is March….go figure with this insane weather).

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JOSIE GIRL(S) DROOL OVER THE OSCARS

What a long style night! By the time Gaga took the stage at the Academy Awards, I was ready for bed. Good thing the Josie staff was up (late) for the challenge of picking the coolest and crispest looks from this year’s mega-wattage style parade. I’m turning over today’s post to their takeaway and wishing I could shop directly from these pics. Wow.

 

Jamie Chung in Yanina Couture

It’s hard to believe that a dress punctuated with starbursts of sequins could be described as delicate and lovely but in this case, it’s true.

 

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Ample Hills Creamery

Even in sub-freezing temperatures, nothing is better than Ample Hills Ice Cream. Sold at three different Brooklyn locations and as of YESTERDAY, at the Gotham West Market in Manhattan, this ice cream is like no other. More like a pot of 24K gold in comparison to bronze.  Not only does it taste delicious, but it is the only ice cream parlor in New York City that makes ice cream completely from scratch on the premises. It gets its eggs and dairy from local farms, and each aspect of the ice cream is handmade with premium ingredients. Holy cow.

 

The store

The Gowanus Ice Cream Parlor on a recent cold, snowy, freezing weekend afternoon. Check out the roof deck up top. I want to have a party up there — for lazy people who don’t want to come to my party in Brooklyn, they will not know what they are missing. It is simply amazing.

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The Glitter Guide Feature!

I am (majorly) blushing…..I’m so excited to share with you the latest feature by my new friends at The Glitter Guide!  The lifestyle website dedicated to helping its readers “shine bright” put together a really fun article featuring our home.  I LOVE the piece and am so flattered they featured the pictures and details of my interview with them.  Enjoy the below pics then click through to the article.. Thanks Glitter Guide!

 

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I am awkward. And it kind of looks like I am wearing 80’s arm warmers (as cool as they are, I am not).

 

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I LOVE this pic!

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Dr. Singha Mustard Bath

With the unbelievably freezing cold weather in New York City (and everywhere else), everyone is sniffling and getting sick. So, here is a natural cold remedy / muscle soreness / all around healer to help us out… Dr. Singha Mustard Bath Salts! It will kick your cold to the curb.  Stimulating, rejuvenating and cleansing, Dr. Singha Mustard Bath uplifts and restores by helping detoxify your body.

 

Dr. Singh

Dr. Singh Mustard Bath and Dinosaurs (the perfect pairing)

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Josie Natori RTW Fall 2015 Fashion Show

On a freezing (think 20 degrees and windy) but beautiful day, the Josie Natori Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear show took place at the DiMenna Center in Midtown Manhattan yesterday.  And as always, the collection was incredible — details, embroidery, intricacy, the works. A well put together collection of looks inspired by Istanbul; where East meets West. Once again, huge congratulations to the whole Natori team, and my creative Mother-In-Law!

 

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Yes, my 2.5 year old daughter got her own personal invitation to a fashion show. However, this time around, she did not join us, as in September, she stood on one leg, while my son sat on the other (not that fun for me).

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Men’s Fashion: Bonobos

Happy early Fashion Week!  The Josie Natori Fall ’15 show is at 10 AM this morning.  I’ll be recapping tomorrow, but check out Natori’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for coverage all day.  Bonne chance!  On to today’s post….

 

Even though my husband is the son of a fashion designer, his wardrobe was far from fashionable when I first met him. Think oversized shirts, boxy suits, pleated shorts, and even worse…. baggy pants. I don’t like taking credit for much, but I definitely have had a positive influence on his wardrobe, with the biggest difference being that Ken now wears clothes that fit. You gotta love a man in some tight fitting pants!  Ken has improved his wardrobe with a number of different brands.  I did a post a few years ago on shirts, and the latest evolution has been casual pants from Bonobos.

 

Bonobos Guideshop

The Bonobo’s Guideshop, 45 W 25th Street, 5th Floor

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Urban Stems

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so in addition to purchasing lingerie from Natori, you need to buy flowers! And what is easier than purchasing flowers online / via iphone app with Urban Stems. The lucky ducks that live in the NYC and DC area have access to this brilliant company. Simple, beautiful, and straightforward. The bouquets cost $35 and are a beautiful arrangement of carefully selected flowers imported straight from farms in South America. A bonus: According to the company, the farms used are environmentally-friendly and operate with labor friendly policies for their employees and their families. 90% of the farmers are women. Curious to see the product before I sent it to a secret admirer (my child’s preschool teacher – she is my true love), I bought a bouquet for myself.

 

Red

Red

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3 Cookbooks

Guilty pleasure: reading cookbooks! I love collecting, sorting through, and learning from cookbooks. Although the internet is a terrific place to peruse for recipes and ideas, there is something about the old fashioned, hard cover that I can’t get away from. There are so many cookbooks that I love and use, but currently, here are my three favorite:

 

Cookbooks

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Dream Catcher Part Deux

Back in June, I highlighted our new Dream Catcher for our bedroom. Not only did I fall in love with the symbolism and beauty of the dream catcher, but so did my 5 year old son. He begged for one of his own, as he wanted to make sure that he only had sweet dreams.  Although I love the one in our bedroom, I didn’t necessarily want to spend that much $$ on my son’s (is that selfish?).  So I searched and dug, until I found this one! Same type of look and feel, but a fraction of the price!

 

White, feathers and crystals: the perfect trio.

White, feathers and crystals: the perfect trio.

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Healthy Morning Glory Muffins

Even Ken thinks that they are tasty (hard critic!).

 

Every time I am at Whole Foods, I end up picking up a “Morning Glory” Muffin to snack on. Both my daughter and I love them:  sweet, moist, and healthy.  So I decided to bake a batch of them myself! After scouring the internet to find the recipe that suited my taste, here is the one I found on eatingwell.com. I modified them slightly and love the result! They are refined-sugar free, gluten-free (because I used gluten-free flour), and nutrient packed!

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Mini Melissa Kitty Shoes

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While it hit other states hard, Juno the Blizzard didn’t really hit NYC….but we still had (a tiny amount of) snow, no school, lots of hot cocoa, sledding, and snow angels. I was a little disappointed to wake up to 2 (ok, 6 total) inches of snow, but super happy to be with the kids and play in the snow.  I hope all the JG readers in New England are doing OK.

 

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Currently Loving….

Almost February (and there’s a blizzard coming…. SAY WHATTTTTT?), here is what I am currently loving (other than my husband, kids, parents, siblings, friends, sunny warm weather, cheese, chocolate, peanut butter, granola, and television):

 

The Wet Brush

 

This brush is a miracle worker. It allows you to brush your hair (and your kids’ hair) when the hair is wet (or dry) without tear! It detangles the hair quicker and more easily than any other brush around. Cheap and effective.

 

wet brush

The “wet” brush

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Healthy Banana Coconut Cookies

The right size.

 

For the past couple of months, I have been more into *real* desserts than *healthy* desserts. But now that it is the start of a new, clean, fresh year, I am back to loving / craving / wanting / needing healthy desserts. And this dessert is the perfect one — incredibly healthy, no refined sugar, no wheat, real ingredients, easy to make, and super delicious. WIN WIN WIN — almost like digging into an overflowing ice cream hot fudge sundae. This recipe is from 101 Cookbooks, one of my all-time favorite food blogs. Check it out! And make these cookies! They are part banana bread — part oatmeal — part macaroon. All in one deliciousness!

 

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9/11 Memorial & Museum

Last Friday, I had the opportunity (and privilege) of visiting and touring the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. To say I was blown away is a true understatement. It took my breath away and has preoccupied my mind since. Mind you, I did not live in NYC during the 9/11 attacks, nor did I know anyone who was directly affected.  As a result, I had never been overly emotional about it.  But visiting the museum changed everything.

 

Freedom Tower

The power of the tallest building in the United States, The Freedom Tower. An eerie view from the memorial looking up to the sky.

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Early 2015 Reading List

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a restful weekend — I know I did! Before I get going with the books I want to read, here is a must-watch video. I have watched it numerous times and I cry every single time….so watch it….And Yes, I tend to watch more videos than I read. Not that I have a lot of time / energy / stamina these days, but there are SOOOO many books that I want to read! Just need to make it more of a priority (and find more hours in my day)…..here are the books that I want to devour in the coming weeks and months!

 

1. All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

 

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Broccoli-Arugula Soup

Theoretically, you could just go to the GOOP website and find this soup. But hey, it is more fun when I post, right? So full acknowledgement, this soup is copied EXACTLY from GP. AND IT IS SO GOOD! And healthy! And the perfect way to start the New Year! So go on and make it. And pretend that I was genius enough (or had the staff) to create it myself.

 

Ingredients:

 

Ingredients

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Josie Natori Jersey Pencil Skirt

Maybe it is from the extensive NYC Kindergarten interview / application process this past Fall, but for whatever reason, I became obsessed with finding the right pencil skirt. Nothing screams more “conservative” and “boring” and “grown up” than a classic pencil skirt, and yet…….I needed to have one! I scoured the internet for a hip looking skirt, to find that the best one was sitting right in front of me. Yep, a pencil skirt from Josie Natori. And I must say, that it is by far, the most perfect pencil skirt I have ever owned (yes, I only own one, but this is hands down a gold medal winner). I could have saved countless hours and just purchased with one single click. So ladies, you owe me! If you, too, want a great basic in your closet (that is actually FAR from boring, and grown up), then simply go here. And tada, all done. You are set! AND BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS PLUS DRUMROLL…it is on sale! And will not last long….so hit it up PRONTO.

 

Nothing worse than taking one's own picture, but worth it to show the beauty of this skirt!

Apologies for the selfie, but it’s worth it to show the beauty of this skirt!

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New Year’s Goals 2015

Why hello, end of 2014!!!! Can you believe how fast the year flew by? I feel like it was just January, and what do you know, it is almost January AGAIN. Crazy how the years just get shorter and shorter??? On the blog, the past several years I have created a list of New Year’s goals to match the year (14 for 2014, etc….). However, this year, I am a little more realistic…..so here are my 5 goals for 2015.

 

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