back to our regularly scheduled consumership….

December 3, 2015


as nice as the response was to giving tuesday, i still received requests for a “goodnite irene holiday gift guide.”

ask and you shall receive, you insatiable, credit card maxing, commerce-happy, everyday-santa’s.

so if you just can’t bear to show up empty-handed to the ugly christmas sweater party, here are a few gifts i think are swell:

254480_114739737_product_1024x1024for the dog and book lover these jack russell bookends from biscuit home will be adored; also available in rosey the poodle.


for the champs lover in your life, add a little more bubble to theirs with personalized veuve clicquot stationery from minnie and emma.


and how cool are these smeg toasters?

this is definitely over-the-top, and most people don’t need a new toaster….but they will dig setting this out on their kitchen counters come christmas morning.

jamand who will pass up a gourmet peanut butter and jam collection from blackberry farm?

who will pass up ANYTHING from blackberry farm?


i was given these japanese hand towels last year as a thank you gift.

who knew hand towels could bring such joy?

they are a gorgeous addition to our powder room, and i can attest a lovely gift to receive.


for the hippie in your life these smudge sticks make for a fun and unusual present.


and this beauty dust from moon juice is an outside-of-the-box gift for your beauty product junkie.

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for that manly man in your life these matterhorn glasses will make their gallant, after-work scotch appear even more strapping with its carved crystal alps.

so there you go…a little gift giving guide courtesy of goodnite irene….

i must admit babbling about stocking stuffers and beauty dust given yesterday’s tragedy seems vulgar and off tempo to say the least.

at the end of the day the real gift we can give each other is our kindness, our attention, and empathy.

love to all,


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giving tuesday…

December 1, 2015


today, tuesday, december 1st, 2015 has been designated giving tuesday; a reprieve amidst all the frenzy and hysteria brought to us from the last four days of being told we must





truth be told i’d rather be gifted a full day, with a free u-haul, and free manual labor to unload all the STUFF i don’t need or use in my house. {what DO people do with their old cd’s?} i’m on such a constant drop off at the salvation army, the boys in unloading and i follow each other on instagram.

i’m hoping my little person gets my genetic, anti-hoarding gene. she wants for nothing and couldn’t be happier playing with a wash cloth and wooden spoon.

come christmas, we will not be wasting money on gifts for her when she wouldn’t know this year’s must-have toy from her diaper wipes.

having a little one has illuminated my awareness at how much we truly have, and also how much so many go without; this disparity makes for uneasy sleeping.

when it comes to receiving holiday gifts, i’m asking my generous, gift giving, loved ones to save their money and not get me a thing.

but if they do feel the need to give; i’m asking that they give cash to a charity of their choice, donate time to a local shelter, or fill up an empty, old backpack with toiletries, food, etc. and keep it in their car to give to a homeless person {i’ve done this twice now and it’s super easy.}

 sadly, we have to be careful when donating to a charity these days. check to make sure that most of their funding is going toward the concern you’re choosing to support; unfortunately advertising, marketing, branding, and salaries can take a chunk of your donation.

here are a few of my favorite places to donate my time and money:



fact: over 8,000 veterans commit suicide every year.

22 until none is committed to ending veteran suicide “one step at a time.”

with only a staff of volunteers, 22 until none is offering assistance to our veterans in every capacity they can: financial assistance, VA benefits help, aid in transition back to civilian life, wellness services, camaraderie, and a 24/7 crisis hotline.

this is an epidemic that can and must be stopped.12291295_10208019713755775_1481670956899278658_o

i’m actually riding, in a crazy, fun, blow-your-mind, spin class to help raise money for this cause on sunday if you care to join…

my dearest and first girl crush, misha nesselrod, is having her birthday party at grit cycle, this sunday at 12pm. we will dance our faces off, under the fierce and beautiful leadership of dani– {another girl crush,} and also raise money to end veteran suicide.

it’s only $75 to reserve a bike.

a great time for a great cause for a great girl.


staying with the theme of the spin bike, i can personally attest to magnificent work of cycle for survival, a ride where EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR raised, goes toward cancer research at memorial sloan kettering. i was lucky enough to lead one of these rides a couple of years back, but pregnancies have kept me sidelined ever since. i’m happy to announce i will be back on the microphone on march 6th, 2016 {more information to come.}

i encourage you to join a team or make a donation.



close to FIVE children die, every day, at the hand of child abuse.


every day.

 child help is committed to stop this deplorable statistic.

child help came into my life last year, courtesy of my dear mrs. burns- the stories and data i learned that day still haunt me.

the child help approach focuses on prevention and intervention.

over 9 million children have felt the impact of child help.


i could dedicate an entire month, year, and blog to animal welfare and the charities that i love.

but if you were to ask me for only one animal charity to support it is the animal welfare institute.

simply put, the animal welfare institute is dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people.

they repeatedly receive an A+ rating from the national charity watch dogs and offer memberships as low as $10 a year.

for something more personal, your local animal shelter or nearest animal rescue {just google it} always welcomes gently used blankets, towels, leashes, bowel, toys, etc…typically we splurge on our four-legged babies more than we do ourselves; rather than throw away a perfectly good collar, donate it instead.

these are just a few of my favorites….now you tell me yours…where or who do you like to give to?

thank YOU for giving me YOUR time m’loves.

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bonkers for bonnets!

November 24, 2015


i know. i know.

{head hanging in shame}

i’m officially that mother i’ve mocked for all of my life.

and my little person is suffering the consequences of my blatant hypocrisy.

although, from the way she juts that chin of hers, so sovereign and splendid—all self-derived of course: the climate of orange county entitlement seeping into their pores starting at birth, she’s just as depraved as i am when it comes to our love for bonnets; beaufort bonnets in particular.


introduced to the beaufort company by my friend alexei, i swooned for smelling salts at first glance of these sweet vintage caps.

i proceeded to spend sutton’s first year’s tuition to vassar on their website.

community college it is!

{let’s be honest though, sutton’s favorite toys are tupperware and tissue paper….vassar won’t even be opening up her application letter.}


hatched out of south carolina low-country, the beaufort bonnet stems from an heirloom, baby bonnet pattern handed down through generations of sweet babes.

they are even prettier in person, very durable, and wash up beautifully-i throw them in the my washing machine and hang them to dry.

and not just confined to headwear, the beaufort company makes gorgeous apparel for boys and girls as well.

sutton was soon clad in their rompers and bloomers, and looking for an invite to the nearest afternoon tea, high-society charity event, or fundraiser for the league of women voters.

she settled for sidecar donuts.


the child will not stand for a bow, nor a headband, but throw a bonnet atop her head, and voila: she’s a jane austen, reciting-fool {!}—-all, afternoon, long.

 {always insisting on the “emma” role and castigating mommy to the unclever, without beauty character of “miss bates;” she scurries around playtime, bonnet bedecked, matchmaking her tissue paper and tupperware tops.}


i’m honored and thrilled to announce i will be hosting a trunk show for the beaufort company in early february.

if you are interested in attending please leave me your information in the comments below so i can send you an invitation.

they offer both boys and girls garments, unisex and are great baby gifts.

NO pressure to purchase!

stay connected on instagram and facebook for updates.

photos: taylor cole

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