I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such strong, empowering, creative, smart, and talented friends. My friend, Sawako, is no exception. Not only is she beautiful, caring, insightful, smart, and a wonderful mother and friend, but she also runs her own business selling bike helmets and accessories. The company’s name is her namesake, Sawako. (To watch a video of the company’s story, go here). Take a look at our interview below. Thanks, Sawako!
This past week, the Natori team had the pleasure of hosting an event for More Than Me, an incredible organization founded by Katie Meyler whose mission is to provide education for young girls in Liberia. Guests gathered together at the Josie Natori Boutique for live music (provided by Ken and fiddler Heather Cole), drinks, and shopping, with a portion of sales donated to the More Than Me organization.
Ken and Katie have been friends for awhile and it was really moving to see them team up for a greater cause.
Handmade + Parisian + Earrings = Victory. Tambour Paris was founded by Etsuko Harada, who was born in Tokyo and began crocheting when she was two years old. She opened her store in Paris in 2012 in the 11th arrondissement and has a beautiful selection of items. Especially these insanely awesome earrings.
I realize that for many of you, summer started almost a month ago. But it is never too late to create a summer 2016 to-do-list / wishlist. (Here is my To-Do-List from last summer). Enjoy!
1. Go to Hot Yoga twice a week. (Already been twice in this past week, so we are off to a good start! #HumbleBrag)
Shavasana counts in yoga, right? (This is my dad last year on the Oregon Coast)
Introduced to me by a dear friend, these bracelets are a taste-the-rainbow flirty, fun, summery addition that add (lots) of pops of color to your wrist. Roxanne Assoulin bracelets. They remind me of chiclets (the gum) and instantly bring a smile to my face. It doesn’t hurt that these were recently mentioned in the NYTimes….
Trio Package. Screams HAPPY SUMMER!
As you can see, I have a love for socks (Pause…read this article on People Who Wear Crazy Socks Are Smart). I can never have too many… the more the merrier. While Zkano is now my favorite US brand, Tabio socks are my favorite foreign brand. I wrote about them 1.5 years ago, and they continue to be my favorite sock to stock up. On my recent trip to Paris, I bought several pairs as presents….but in the end, couldn’t give them away (they had me at “hello”).
The three pairs that I can’t part with.
Always reading (skimming) the news, I came across an article in the New York Times on an Alabama *organic* sock company run by a 36 year old. Intrigued and inspired, I ordered four pairs of socks from Zkano…..and now they are the ONLY socks I wear.
Striped ankle socks.
Yes, this is a hefty priced ticket item by Natori but it is soooooo beautiful that I have to share it with you. Look at the beauty of the Cotton Voile with Lace Gown.
Beauty. If this dress was a contestant in a beauty contest, it would be Ms. Universe.
On my recent trip to Paris (I know, I can’t stop…..sorry!), I stopped in to Colette, the hip retail store that curates the newest and coolest looks, items, clothing.. everything. When we first walked in, there was a huge group of people looking at sunglasses, so I knew there was something special to check out. See Concept, a Parisian glasses company, founded in 2010 by a trio of designers from Lyon, France, is a line of chic, ready-to-wear eyeglasses at an accessible price. They offer a range of colors and stylish styles that flatter all face shapes. And they don’t just make men’s / women’s glasses, but also juniors, too. Gucci.
Cool box, cool shades, cool dude. For 35 bucks. Everything screamed for me to buy them. (These are for Cruz)
In 2014, it was hard to miss the fact that everyone Parisian was wearing Stan Smiths. And sure enough, six months after that, Stan Smiths overtook the USA. Now, Stan Smiths continue to kick a$$ in Paris, but as I learned on my trip to Paris last weekend, everyone is wearing the Adidas SuperStar shoes. So, trust me, order them NOW before they become impossible to find. Everyone rocked the look and made them look so hip and gorgeous. So do it NOW, go buy them.
ALERT: Natori has introduced a NEW bra.. even better, a NEW FEATHERS bra. I am a dedicated Natori bra wearer, especially the Natori Feathers Bra (and undies). So this is a win win win, happy happy day for me! This feathers bra is wireless (on trend) and comes with the signature lace details and scalloped plunging V neckline.
Comes in a variety of colors: the everyday nude and black, as well as multiple fashion colors.
If you want to give your mother something that will make her feel special and loved for Mother’s Day, I highly suggest you MOZIE ON DOWN TO www.natori.com, stat. Because honestly, where *else* would you go to get your mother a present for Mother’s Day? And even better, the site is offering 20% off orders of $200 or more (excluding bras). Here are my top 5 Mother’s Day gifts from Natori.
ANNNNNND 20% off? Thank you, Universe.
1. Cotton Voile Lace Gown
It seems like 2016 just started; and yet, school is about to end. I can’t believe I only have 6 weeks to squeeze in everything I want to do in Spring in NYC. Better start…..yesterday! Here is my list. (For last year’s list, go here).
1. Go see Hamilton (again).
Yowsers, I can’t stop raving about it.
I have been a big fan of Emily Weiss and Into The Gloss since the blog was founded in 2010. That said, when she created her own skincare / makeup line, I was reluctant to buy into the fad. Finally, two weeks ago, I caved into the Millenium skin care line, with its pretty pale pink packaging and snarky descriptions….and I couldn’t be happier that I did. I now understand the hype and popularity — it is that good. The brand, as described perfectly by Weiss herself is ” simple and effective but not too precious.”
Lip stain / tint / perfection.
I love bedding — Natori bedding and Roberta Roller Rabbit are my two favorites, and recently I came across Hill House Home and fell instantly in love. Hill House Home has sheets, robes, duvets, and pillowcases. The pillowcases, which you can monogram, are the items that won me over.
I love the font.
Nothing better than a mother-daughter-matching outfit… a HUNGARIAN EMBROIDERED mother-daughter-matching outfit!
From my instagram (@ynatori), rocking my Hungarian shirt in Mexico last week. We were vacationing with my parents in Bucerias. (Truth be told, I thought it was a Mexican shirt and therefore, very #meta of me to be a 1/2 Mexican wearing a Mexican shirt in Mexico. ALAS, le sigh, reality is that I was 1/2 Mexican in Mexico rocking a Hungarian shirt….doesn’t ring the same type of bell… but I still like the shirts.).
There is only one person I really trust to give me make up advice, and that is Oscar Caballero. I first met him 4 years ago at Barney’s in the makeup department where he works for Natura Bisse. He also works independently as a make-up artist. From day one, there was just an instant feeling of comfort and trust, and I went to him for advice on skincare and makeup. Since then, he has done my makeup countless times, as well as my mother-in-law’s. He is also a friend. Enjoy this interview… ladies… here are some great tips from an expert!
Oscar! Applying makeup to Miss Honduras.
As a loyal fan of the Natori Feathers Bra, I rarely deviate. The Feathers bra fits perfectly, feels great, and looks good — so there has never been a need to get anything else! But recently, I decided to try on the Josie Natori Spectrum Day bra — a wireless soft unlined bra — that has been receiving rave reviews. Love! So if anyone ever wants a change from Feathers (because we all know that that is the #1 bra currently out)…I highly recommend this bra!
I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by. I am not sure if it is age, but time moves more quickly than 60 minutes per hour….and so here we are in MARCH and Spring Break is right around the corner (#GodBless). Here is a simple and easy list of what I am currently loving.
1. Jonas Blue’s Remix of Fast Car
My kids are so sick of me listening to this song because I play it for them at least two dozen times a day. NOT KIDDING. I also have randomly sent out the link to friends telling them to listen to it. I can’t get enough of the beat, the song, the nostalgia of Tracy Chapman.
Of the 2 million views, I think I have listened to it over 500,000 times. NO JOKE. Last week, I ran 6 miles with this song on repeat. (#OCD)
My husband Ken is one of the most caring, down-to-earth, and fun people I know, on top of being extremely brave, courageous, and committed. For his 40th birthday, he threw a concert (similar to his 38th year birthday recital) but instead of doing it solo, he cobbled together a full band (frequent readers know he started taking guitar lessons 3.5 years ago when he won an O.A.R. Sound Check at a silent auction). So, with a lot of work, practice, and dedication, he had a fabulous 40th birthday party last weekend. I am so proud of him for putting himself out there and taking risks. Here are the photos (most of them are taken by Cynthia Delconte, our wedding photographer!) Enjoy!
I love twofers (when there are multiple uses for an item); a reversible jacket, a double sided pen, tinted glasses (actually I don’t like that), Taco Tuesday / Cinco de Mayo falling on the same day, and the best, a SLEEPSHIRT THAT IS ALSO A BATHING SUIT COVER-UP. Win win win!
Bathing suit cover-up!
Beaded Fringe Earrings! Handmade, hip, unique, and fun? Yes, please!
I love the color combination, the details, the shape, and the fringe.
I can never have enough candles in my home. And for some reason, candles are one thing that I tend not to be price conscious about. In my closet full of presents (one of the best lessons passed down from my mother), most of the presents are candles. After reading a lot of reviews on candles (yes, they exist), I instantly bought cult-favorite D.S. & Durga. D.S. & Durga is a husband-wife team that makes the candles in Brooklyn (but of course).
I love knowing people’s beauty routines, and I love my friends, so by the transitive property, I absolutely LOVE love knowing my FRIENDS’ beauty routines! First up, my beautiful, special, talented, smart, and funny friend, Irene Kim. Not only is she an ex-banker, mother of two, but also the founder of the company Box. She is one of those people who does it all (and you want to hate her because of it, but she is too damn cute to do so). To read about her company, go here.
And she’s got a rocking body. Check out those legs.
Josie Natori presented her Fall 2016 Ready-To-Wear Collection this past Wednesday at The Doubles Club (the club where Ken and I had our rehearsal dinner). As always, the presentation was beautifully and elegantly put together. Unlike previous shows or presentations, this was held more like a cocktail party than a typical show (bring on the champagne!).