this is what i did last week.

what an incredible, challenging, surreal, transformative experience. m├Ęsi, ayiti! i will be back.


habitat for haiti.

{"home sweet home" photo by jeremy cowart}

tomorrow i leave for haiti to help rebuild houses for 100 families who lost everything during the 2010 earthquake.

it's going to be lots of hard work and i know i'll miss my family and my puppy terribly... but it will all be worth it if i can help get just one family into a new, safe home!

see you in a week.


coco rocha x senhoa

i am blown away by coco rocha's new jewelry collection for senhoa. all the pieces are absolutely gorgeous... totally glamorous with just the right amount of punky edge.

if the pieces themselves aren't enough to make you fall in love, check this out... senhoa uses 100% of its profits to help victims of human trafficking by creating income-generating opportunities, social reintegration, and self-empowerment programs for women and children. read senhoa's mission statement here.

treat yourself to a beautiful new piece of jewelry and support a worthy cause... truly a win-win.


LAST CHANCE SALE + an extra 10% off!

i'm clearing out my etsy shop to make room for a whole crop of new photos... and that means great deals for you!

everything in the LAST CHANCE SALE section of my shop is now 30% off!

and as an extra bonus for my blog readers, i'm offering an additional 10% off any order... just enter the code EXTRA10 at checkout.

as the name implies, these photos will be gone for good once the sale ends, so get 'em while you still can! the sale ends november 21st.


milan street style.

these girls spotted on the streets of milan aren't afraid to take fashion risks. color blocking, glitter, extreme patterns, sky-high stilettos, and head-to-toe leather... just a few of the bold, fabulous trends for fall! fashion is supposed to be fun, so go big or go home!

photos via refinery 29.


color & light.

untitled photograph by ross bleckner, limited edition print available from artspace.


sit for a while.

one of my favorite paris pasttimes is sitting outside at a sidewalk cafe, sipping espresso, and watching the world go by.

this one i spotted in the 6th arrondissement looks particularly inviting, don't you think?


pink paint.

{photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10}

i recently borrowed an issue of house beautiful magazine from my mom that had a whole section on decorating with pink. now, i can't get all those gorgeous pink interiors out of my head!

i love the idea of orchid pink, almost verging on lilac, walls. paired with crisp white trim and taupey-grey accents, i think it could be so beautiful and sophisticated... dare i say even a bit parisian?

what do you think... are you brave enough take the plunge and decorate with pink? and how do i convince my husband that we need a pink room in our house?


wine & food... and plenty of it!

{burger bash photo via popsugar}

it's been over a week now, but i'm still recovering from this year's new york city wine & food festival. i consumed way more food and drink than one person should probably consume in a month - over the course of three days. i think i must have gained ten pounds!

while all the events were amazing, the standout this year was definitely the blue moon burger bash. 21 of the city's best restaurants and chefs came together in a warehouse under the brooklyn bridge to determine who serves up the best burger in new york. i don't necessarily recommend tasting 21 burgers in 3 hours, but my family and i were on a mission to find the best one... so we did! there were tons of great contenders, and while we might not have all agreed once the winners were announced (i'm still rooting for shake shack and quality meats!), a good time was had by all.

i also got to mix and mingle with some of the hottest celebrities in the food world. some of my favorites... bobby flay, giada delaurentiis, robert irvine, paula deen & family, and ming tsai!

all in all a spectacular weekend... a big thanks to my parents for inviting us to tag along. let's do it again next year!


dream downtown (& my next adventure!)

well, i've been home from paris for a couple days now and i'm already missing it terribly. in fact, my husband and i went to see midnight in paris for the second time last night to help ease the transition back to normal life! if you haven't seen it yet, please do... it's the next best thing to actually being in paris.

while it's always sad to leave the city of light, i'm on to my next adventure this weekend... the new york city wine & food festival!

i went to the festival with my family for the first time last year, and it was a blast. waaaaaay too much delicious food, fun demos, freebies, and lots of food celebs!

this time around we're spending the weekend at dream downtown, a fabulous boutique hotel with a really cool, modern design aesthetic. check out the pictures from the website... it looks like a dream come true (pun very much intended)!

i'll be sure to report back on all the details... au revoir!


rue mouffetard

just a few photos i snapped at the market on rue mouffetard... a feast for the eyes and le ventre, of course!

p.s. tomorrow is our last day in paris - so sad to leave!



toi et moi.

four years ago today i married the love of my life. happy anniversary, robin. je t'aime!