Jul 9, 2014

words // 105.

“What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.” 
- Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

xo N

Jul 8, 2014

featured artist: adam garelick.

Adam Garelick showcases the bold contrasts, deep textures and brilliant lights of New York's cityscapes. Each negative of his film is developed by hand with minimal post-processing. The photographer rarely includes humans in his framework, presenting the notoriously, energetic city as quiet and calm. I have a deep affection for both the city and tranquil artwork in general, which makes me love this series so much. 

More of Garelick's work here and here.

xo N

Jul 4, 2014

travel diary: portland.

I love traditions. Especially ones that involve good friends, delicious food and tax free shopping! Below are a few photos (via Instagram), of our long weekend spent in Portland.

^^Naturally our very first stop was Powell's, aka, my happy place.


^^On our first night, we ate dinner at The Ox. We ate there last year for the first time, and it was so incredible we knew we'd be back. The restaurant doesn't take reservations, but they have a spacious patio where you can wait comfortably over cocktails and appys. I highly recommend it!

^^Group selfie!

^^Ceiling shot inside the Ox. One day, I will be organized enough to bring my DSLR with me, but for now trust that the scattered bulb lights, peeping blue sky and greens made for a beautiful sight.

^^Birthday boy!

^^As we were walking around the city Sunday afternoon, we stumbled across Nob Hill (the loveliest of neighborhoods) and stopped for beers on the patio of The Huckleberry Pub, (which appears to be a reclaimed Victorian home).  It was such a beautiful area and I hope to spend more time in that part of the city the next time we visit.

^^On our second night, we ate dinner at Le Pigeon. I'm not sure any words will do the experience we had there justice. We opted for the tasting menu and wine pairing and the entire meal exceeded our wildest expectations. If I had to choose a favorite entree, it would be the Pork Chop. As for dessert, The Foie Gras Profiteroles is easily the most delicious anything, I've tasted in my life.

^^Oh and this? This is the result of too many beers.

Until next time Portland! We love you!

xo N

Jul 3, 2014

7 months of brotherhood (and many naps).

When Luca was a baby, I used to have to trick him into napping on me. Don't get me wrong, he enjoyed cuddling as much as most babies do, but he was also an independent sleeper right from the start. While everyone around me would scream how lucky I was, part of me wished he needed me a little bit more, in that respect.

Julian, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. While he is also content to sleep on his own (it took him a little while longer to get there, but that's a different post), he remains just as happy (if not more), sleeping on me. Anytime, anywhere. We seem to share a passion for napping and I absolutely love it ;)

About a zillion times a day Charlie and I will look over to each other and silently marvel at how amazing this boy is. Before Julian was born we would joke about what a tough act Luca is to follow (half joke, half serious). And here we are, with two distinct, amazing characters that seem to compliment one another perfectly. Watching their relationship form and grow over the past several months has been one of my greatest experiences as a parent. They bring so much joy and life to into our home and I'm so thankful for them. Every minute, of every day (Well, most minutes ;)

Happy seven months our sweet Julian Luna! You boys are everything to us.  

xo N

Jun 12, 2014

looking in / 12.

I am completely taken with this Dome in the desert (Joshua Tree, to be exact). Because of its growing popularity, the one and a half year owners have turned their weekend get-a-way home into a part-time B&B. You can view more photos here or via the Dome's instagram

Ps. How lovely is that reading nook/attic space?!

xo N

Jun 11, 2014

words // 104.

"I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don't mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It's a really odd thing that we're now seeing people saying "write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep" and "cheer up" and "happiness is our birthright" and so on. We're kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It's rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don't teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, "Quick! Move on! Cheer up!" I'd like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word "happiness" and to replace it with the word "wholeness." Ask yourself, "Is this contributing to my wholeness?" and if you're having a bad day, it is."

-Hugh Mackay, author of The Good Life

I really like that.

xo N

Jun 10, 2014

paris, paris, paris.

What is it about Paris in black and white? More of these lovely images via The Hip Paris Blog (my favorite!).

xo N

Jun 9, 2014

magic in the moonlight.

Have you seen the trailer for Woody Allen's latest film, "Magic in the Moonlight?" Coming out July 25th, the film is set in the South of France in the 1920's and stars Emma Stone and Colin Firth. Allen's last France-set film, which I adored, makes me extremely excited for this one!

Happy Monday! 

May 29, 2014

looking in / 11.

 This stunning Harlem brownstone is featured in the June issue of Elle Decor UK. What I love most about this space is it's light and airy feel (with just enough black to achieve the perfect contrast). It looks soft, inviting and lived in. My dream space, really.

xo N