Happy Friday! We are wrapping up school today and heading out to Sunriver, Oregon tomorrow to spend a week with my family, before wrapping up the year in Florida. These last weeks have been chaotic. so I am more than ready for some R+R.
We returned Sunday night from our Third Annual Sonoma Trip with a small group of our Stanford friends. It continues to be a wonderful tradition and something we look forward to each summer. If you have never been to wine country in CA before, I highly suggest doing it– beautiful vineyard views, hot dry weather, delicious farm-to-table-food, and of course… amazing local wine. Can life be any better? Thank you to our wonderful friends and hosts, Kimmers and Joe. Enjoy the photos — I want to go back now!
Last week when I was at the grocery store (my favorite hobby –> grocery shopping), I came across a new-t0-me product, Ellenos Greek Yogurt. It looked delicious and I liked the packaging, so I decided to buy one to try. At checkout, the clerk said to me “This stuff is crack. I have never done crack, but this stuff is what I imagine crack to be like, and once you start, you cannot stop.” I giggled and moved on.
Well what do you know, this stuff REALLY IS CRACK AND I CANT STOP EATING IT. Addictive, rich, amazing, delicious, and smooth. Currently, it is only sold at Whole Foods and random locations on the West Coast, but mark my word, this stuff will soon be sold everywhere in the United States — guaranteed. It is unlike any other yogurt I have ever tasted and really feels like a dessert more than anything.
For whatever reason, my body always feels sore. Maybe it is because I am getting older…..or maybe it’s because I run marathons…. but my body more frequently has aches and pains. I have used a variety of remedies: epsom salt baths, resting and massage, tiger balm etc….but I have finally found my go-to cure in this healing lotion.
I am not joking when I say that my new favorite pajamas are the Josie Enchanted Garden PJ set. They are perfection. Great for cold weather, hot weather, alone, surrounded by other people, cute, flirty, fun, and oh so comfortable. Terrific to lay around the house while looking put together, chic, and fashionable in your pajamas.
Readers know that for his 40th Birthday party, Ken put on a concert at Red Rooster with his guitar teacher on bass and a bunch of other musicians that he cobbled together through friends, Facebook, and random interactions. Heather Cole was the fiddler, and she was great- Ken checked her out when she was busking in Grand Central. I love listening to street musicians, but I’ve always wondered what the experience is like on the other side. The perfect opportunity for a Josie Girl interview!
Hola, amigos! The kids and I had a great time with my parents in Mexico (Bucerias, outside of Puerto Vallarta) last week, and are now on part deux of vacation with my beloved husband and his parents in Puerto Rico. One spanish speaking place to the next, (but Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean)! As I am still on vacation mode (= no downtime away from kids, and when kids are in bed, I collapse), instead of a full post, here are 5 photos that give you a good feel of Mexico. Enjoy the brightness, color, and look!
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We are in New York and had dinner with Ken’s family, minus my mother-in-law, who is in the Philippines. We are laying low this weekend in New York, outside of a fun event tomorrow night (more on that next week).
Around Thanksgiving, I always think about the following story that I shared with you a couple years ago. A true story of tragedy, inspiration, and determination involving one of our amazing friends, Laura Wales Holliday, who survived, and another friend, James Hsu, who didn’t. The story is re-copied below and the link to the original post is here. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones.
AHHH Pareeh……How I really love thee. If I could, I would move there in a heartbeat. I have had the privilege of spending a lot of time there in my life time — as a child in the summers with my dear and lovely French family (I went to a French immersion school, and lived with an exchange family for the summers) to my adult life with the Natoris and their beautiful apartment. It is unlike any city and I am in love. Here are the highlights of my trip this past weekend for the Paris Marathon! A whirlwind trip, that will forever be remembered!
Obviously, the main reason I went to Paris, but just one of the many activities I did over the weekend. The route was incredibly scenic and beautiful!
As many of you know, a good part of the Northeast was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy from Monday into Tuesday. Unlike last year, when Hurricane Irene turned out to be a lot milder than people were anticipating, Sandy caused some serious problems. We were incredibly fortunate that we escaped without harm (and with power), but we were definitely in the minority.
You have probably seen the sheer destruction pictures on the internet. Here are some subtle pics from our neighborhood the morning after:
As I mentioned before, I am a granola, hippy dippy, nature obsessed, fashion loving girl. I am a princess who actually likes to camp and not shower (I actually hate showering). So, it should come as no surprise that my family’s tradition for Thanksgiving has been to retreat to a holistic, vegan spa in the middle of the Oregon wilderness. My parents have gone to Breitenbush (yes, that’s it’s real name) for the past 15 years.
Starting 8 years ago when we started dating at graduate school, Ken and I began spending Thanksgiving with his family in New York. While it has been a treat, I of course always missed my family.
Last year, we decided to brave the travel nightmare (two flights, a three hour drive, snow, chains and chaos) to be with my family to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Ken loves traditional Thanksgiving more than anything. He loves watching football, gorging himself with food, and living the all-American Thanksgiving. So to say that Breitenbush was a new experience would be the understatement of the year. Vegan. No television (i.e., no football). Vegan. No computers. Vegan. No cell phone service. Vegan. No lying on the couch. Vegan. Completely off the grid (for four days, mind you). And did I mention naked hot springs?
Despite the no-turkey-and-no-football, everyone had a great experience and loved being together. It reemphasized the fact that no matter where we are, the important thing is that you are with friends and family, people you love and cherish. Home is not where the house is, but where your family is. It was a fun four day trip of hiking in the snow, playing in the main lodge near a fire, eating delicious and healthy vegan food, practicing yoga and meditation every morning, and laughing together in our individual little rustic huts. Breitenbush is beyond rustic — it is basic and simple. But when you are with the people you love the most, you really don’t need much else.
This year, we will be on our own. Both sets of parents will be away: Ken’s parents will be in the Philippines, and my parents will be in Brietenbush with my brother and his family. We would love to be with either set of parents, but we decided to avoid extensive travel, so we will be getting some sun instead. I am sure that there will be no naked hot springs and no vegan meals, but as much fun as I know we will have this year, I am sure we will miss it.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Just back from the gym, and off to teach soon, but below is my list of things that I need to get done in these precious few minutes:
* organize my closet!
* flip through this month’s Lucky
* finish reading my book
* go through epicurious.com and plan easy recipes
* catch up with friends over the phone
* update facebook with new pictures
How many of these will I actually get done? Probably none because all I feel like doing right now is dreaming of the shoes I want for the fall! There are just so many shoes that I want right now (and no, the below is definitely not my shoe closet!)
Like everyone else in the world, I am obsessed with her and any of her items. These shoes just look so simple, easy and stylish. But the price…..
Isabel Marant Dicker Boots (no link)
If I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars – uh oh now I have that song in my head), I would definitely splurge and get the Lanvin version of this two toned ballet slipper. But the J. Crew pair looks almost as nice and the price can’t be beat.
Super cute classic black pumps but with some flair.
Brogues with a twist (no link)
The perfect brogue is the great go to shoe when you rush out of the house. I love the simplicity of this version. Just a little something added to make it extra special.
These look super comfortable (for a heel) and could add pop color to any outfit!
Uh-oh, just as I thought. I start dreaming about shoes instead of being productive and then my time is up. Gotta run!
-AYN, a.k.a., The Josie Girl