Easter with Ease

I think we are all guilty of over-thinking holidays and special occasions, myself probably more than others. I have an incessant need to plan and have everything timed out, but I think as a host, the joy can get lost.

This year, as much as I fight it, I’m trying to learn the beauty of keeping it simple, using what I have and putting extra attention into specific areas that really make a difference as opposed to being obsessive about every tiny, likely unnoticed by others, detail.

For my husband and I , flowers (and the food/drink) are the most important and I genuinely enjoy the process of making arrangements. He also grows orchids, so I have quick access to some pretty extraordinary ones. This also opens up the opportunity to use local florists for cuts, which I love. As Elliot is getting older and wants to be a part of things, I try to include elements that are special for her; the flowers kill two birds, but I like having playful aspects, like a darling waist cape and bunnies.

With Easter approaching quickly and summer upon us, I thought I’d show an example of something I’m hoping to do this summer more often, but would be equally perfect for a low-key Easter gathering. A picnic, that’s dressed up a bit, but easy and relaxing no less! I find that a charcuterie plate and fresh fruit right in the colander are so simple and quick to pull together; Sweet treats and books lend to special moments that are hard to come buy at a busy dinner table. And my favorite is getting to watch Elliot simply imagine while we observe. Honestly, I feel like you can’t go wrong with whatever your family favorites are. I promise, if you take the time to do it, either in a park or your back yard, the charm of it is addicting and won’t disappoint.

We hope that you all have a joyful Easter filled with joy, family and reflection!


Photography by Instant De Vie Photography

Good Earth Flowers, Ballerina Bunny and Mr. Bunny, Faribault Blanket, Twila and Co. painted eggs, Williams-Sonoma picnic basket, Macaroons by Cassis

Mom: Anthropologie (Similar Here), Lace top over dress, DND Jewelery,

Mini: Xaria & Co. leotard, Little Posh & Co. Waist Cape, Yosi Samra Flats, Little Poppy & Co. Bow

Location: Salubria, Culpeper, VA



A Trip to Neverland

 This time last week I was gearing up for my first solo trip since having Elliot. What better excuse than a fashion show, right? It was my first fashion show andI have to say that Ralph Lauren did not disappoint. I wore a pair of Ralph Collection pumps and tried to channel the effortlessly chic Manhattan summer look with a pair of ivory linen wide legs and a soft pink oxford.

From the location (the Central Park Zoo), the Neverland theme and the naturally styled kids that walked the show I couldn’t have asked for a more lovely experience. It was an absolute breath of fresh air to see kids that, well, looked like kids. Rachel Zoe’s delicious son, Skyler, took a perfect sprint down the runway and little girls wore fairy wings while passing each other with high fives. The whimsey and excitement didn’t distract from the impeccable clothing that was both modest and stylish. Cheers to a company that allows children to be children while also, clearly, encouraging an appreciation for fashion and self-expression.

Technology, Comfort and Recycled Trends

Technology, Comfort and Recycled Trends
Once upon a time, Casio watches were ubiquitously unfashionable and to think that the farm-ready over-all would ever be considered chic wasn’t a possibility. But, my friends, times are a-changing.
Celine featured the once abhorred slide on the runway and several years later, every mass market retailer is selling their version and high-schoolers and adults alike all over the world are hopping on board; not because they are a particularly flattering look (though they ARE comfortable – unless the arch of your foot catches the back ledge), but because that’s what the trend is dictating.
Likewise, we saw a lot of wider legs on the runway this season and suddenly the world is covered in flare. Do we actually like Birkenstocks and 70’s inspired denim? Does the iWatch actually look chic or does it vaguely resemble a calculator on our wrists? Maybe a calculator on our wrists is chic.
I’ve always like the expression “You look smart”, referring to how someones dresses. It’s generally meant to compliment how put together someone looks, but I’m beginning to like applying it to smart choices. Fashion has evolved so much over the years. For long periods, it’s meant discomfort (think Marie Antoinette wigs and Scarlett O’Hara corsets even SJP sky-high heels); It seems to me however, that we are entering the feel-good fashion era. What say you about all of these new, once abominable trends? The question now is how to determine which trends you will fall prey to and why. Does comfort outweigh what may be flattering to our body types? Does functionality trump form?
Personally, I’m enjoying the mix. I love a t-shirt and jeans with heels. iWatch? No problem. Pair it with my usual cuffs and call it a day. Try incorporating things that you may be more familiar with, with risks keeping in mind that what we now see as a fashion risk actually lends us to being a bit more comfortable!