Winter Town

How sweet are our 2017 family holiday pictures?!

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Black Faux Shearling Coat by Blank NYC
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Dad’s Blue Down Printed Jacket by Ralph Lauren
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Babies Red Hat and Coat by Old Navy

In 2016, I totally forgot to plan a family shoot in the midst of all the traveling and holiday fun. My son got the traditional Sears pictures taken in a Santa suit, but sadly we dropped the ball on family pics.

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The temperature was getting close to freezing as the sun went down and my boys froze their butts off just to make mom happy. I’m a lucky gal.

Shot by my friend www.jenniferrosekeany.com at Pond Meadow Park in Braintree, Massachusetts.

What was your first memory of your mom?

 

Mine was in Brooklyn, New York in the early 80s.

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I was about two-and-a-half to three years old. We just arrived to the States from Haiti. It was our first hot summer in NYC and we lived in a basement apartment with my grandfather and great grandmother, who wasn’t the nicest woman, especially to my mom. My mom was in her early twenties, scared I’m guessing, no job, and no idea how things would turn out for us. My dad was always working so we barely saw him.

What felt like every morning, my mom would sit out back (in this concrete garden where flowers never grew) and cry. I used to pull her face into mine, dry her tears, and kiss her all the time just to stop her from crying.

Years later, things are way better, but I guess I’ve never really forgotten those moments in the garden or the tears rolling down my mom’s face. Now that I’m a mom, I constantly worry about what my son’s first memories will be of me. So, I make it a point to smile a lot and protect the space my family is in so hopefully he has better early memories than I did.

 

 

Christmas Gift Guide For Your Homegirl

What to buy for your best friend? Hey, she spent the year making you laugh, and listening to your crazy ideas and problems, I think she deserves something special.

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So here’s a list of some awesome gift ideas for her under $50 (giving gifts makes me happy but sticking to my budget makes me happier).

  1. Rocabella Tassel Earrings $36
  2. Paint The Town Lip Set $24
  3. Marshmallow Out USB Foot Warmers $39
  4. Retablo Candles $28
  5. Curiosity (with Wood Mount frame) $38.99
  6. R29 Editor Pick Pointed Toe Booties $34.95
  7. Sara Pocket Shopper Bag $24
  8. Almond Cookie Gift Set $18.00
  9. Whitaker Reversible Throw $39
  10. Cut and Sew Jumper Dress $45

Grab a cute gift box, or some fun wrapping paper, and some printed ribbon to surely make your gift a hit. Happy Holidays!

Trust Your “Dopeness”

Sometimes you just need to trust that what you’re doing is dope.

Last week I got to style a photo-shoot in this really cool studio with some awesome art. I couldn’t resist taking pictures. It’s been a few days now and I find myself staring at this pic.

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Yes, I stare for the cool art, but really for how the pictures make me feel. That smile on my face says it all (yes, that awkward side smirk thing is something I do when I don’t know how to pose).

That day I felt like I was doing my job well, all the looks were coming together perfectly, which made me happy, and made my client happy. Stay tuned for pics. Sometimes you just need to trust that what you’re doing is dope.