during the week, i usually have a smoothie for breakfast. on the weekends we either brunch or make something special at least one of the weekend days, usually waffles or pancakes. josh followed this chefsteps recipe and boy was it good.
over labor day we celebrated our friends marriage in wisconsin. we took the cheesy weezy from our hotel to the wedding venue. don’t let me get started on the cheese bus shenanigans. so the day before the wedding i went to get a mani pedi and beacon’s closet is across the street from the nail spot. i stopped in and found this dress. i knew that the wedding was an anything goes deal as far as attire, so when i scored this second hand dress for eleven bucks i was thrilled. i got my splendid sandals on sale for forty five bucks and the bag is vintage and was gifted. my total casual wedding getup was fifty six bucks. see, i told y’all i was changing my ways. erm i won’t calculate my hair and nails into the equation.
the highlight of our summer was our trip to the hampton’s. our relatives offered us a weekend stay at their summer home and it was such a treat. we enjoyed every second. i brought my niece and nephew along as i knew they’d appreciate getting out of the city.
our mudroom is still a work in progress. we need to get custom blinds. we had the windows measured, but decided to hold off when we realized how pricey they were. my goal is to have them installed by the end of the year. we spent a lot of time enjoying our breakfast smoothies here. the house is very old and was quite hot. we have to update the wiring so we can have air conditioning so this year we just kept the windows open. this is one of my favorite rooms in the house as it gets tons of light.
we spent a lot of time at the lefrak center splash pad. it’s so close to our new house and a lot of fun. we even celebrated her 2nd birthday there. they have delicious food and the space is so massive, the children never feel boxed in.
when i didn’t feel like wearing foundation, i’d throw on some bright red lipstick and felt somewhat put together.
she got to spend a lot of time with daddy in between his gigs.
on hot days he’d let her roam around the brooklyn museum.
she became a bit of a hoarder, always wanting to take stuff with her every time we left the house. can you tell we love this romper?
we spent the fourth of july at a wonderful backyard bbq with tons of delicious food and lots of kids her age.
speaking of food, i’ve been failing on the food posts. we grilled a ton this summer. almost any day that was raining. we even grilled pizza.
the weather just got a bit cooler in the mornings and the evenings and it’s still pretty warm during the day. looking through photos from this summer reminds of a question my daughter asked me the weekend of her birthday. her whole birthday weekend we told her, “it’s your birthday!” when monday rolled around and we stopped talking about her birthday she said, “where’d my birthday go?” we had to explain that her birthday was finished and that after a while she’d have another birthday. i feel the same about summer. where did it go?
ps summer 2014
we stole away to wisconsin to see our friends get married. in route to our hotel we happened upon a sunflower farm. for a city girl like myself, it was momentous. sunflowers as far as the eyes could see.
every now and then we like to sit and watch a good doc. if you are interested in the life of miss nina simone this doc is worth a watch. check out the trailer photo via
p.s. other docs worth checking out here, here and here
what with nursery school fees, mortgage payments and on and on. i’ve learned to be a bit more financially savvy with my clothing budget. don’t get me wrong there’s still room for improvement, but i think i’m better. i use to tell myself that i couldn’t remix outfits, but now i have to, so i’ve forced myself to learn. rebecca of a clothes horse is very clever with her remixes and i admire how she can get so many looks out of a single dress. with that said, this was a vintage secretary outfit. it has a matching blouse that was way too big. the skirt, i decided to keep and the top i traded in to beacon’s closet, where i originally got it. the two piece with the high collar felt dated and a white top gave it a crisp modern feel. oh and this is my brand spanking new afro. i decided to get my hair professionally trimmed and will work on maintaining healthy hair from here on out.
outfit details: blouse necessary clothing, skirt vintage, wedges j.crew (old), earrings etsy
every time i throw on a jumpsuit or romper of any type, it brings me back to my 5 year old self. back in the 80’s my mom loved dressing us in what she’d call a salopette. i love seeing my daughter in them too. the only issue i have with them is that i get nervous in public restrooms that someone will walk in on me and i’ll be completely disrobed. it hasn’t happened yet, knock on wood, and i hope it never does.
so i have to say that i am loving red lipstick. sometimes when i’m in a rush i’ll quickly put some on and not doing anything else, yet feel so put together. i was inspired by simplycyn as she rocks bold lips and is around my complexion. she certainly planted the seed for me. i was in a shop and the woman working there was also rocking a bold red with dark skin and she told me it was ruby woo and i got it the same day. loving it!
Outfit Details: Earrings, Jumpsuit F21, Purse Vintage Frye, Shoes Marais USA
josh and i have very different taste in film. he likes action and violence. i like romance, quirky and very slow paced obscure films. as a former high school english teacher of science fiction. this film was the perfect balance of our interests. it is a superb film well worth watching. in fact, initially i opted not to watch this with j as i was in and out of the living room doing my hair and then it just pulled me in and i watched the whole film the next day before our time ran out on itunes. so here’s a synopsis from the offical ex machina site:
ALEX GARLAND, WRITER OF 28 DAYS LATER AND SUNSHINE, MAKES HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WITH THE STYLISH AND CEREBRAL THRILLER, EX MACHINA. CALEB SMITH (DOMHNALL GLEESON), A PROGRAMMER AT AN INTERNET-SEARCH GIANT, WINS A COMPETITION TO SPEND A WEEK AT THE PRIVATE MOUNTAIN ESTATE OF THE COMPANY’S BRILLIANT AND RECLUSIVE CEO, NATHAN BATEMAN (OSCAR ISAAC).UPON HIS ARRIVAL, CALEB LEARNS THAT NATHAN HAS CHOSEN HIM TO BE THE HUMAN COMPONENT IN A TURING TEST-CHARGING HIM WITH EVALUATING THE CAPABILITIES, AND ULTIMATELY THE CONSCIOUSNESS, OF NATHAN’S LATEST EXPERIMENT IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.THAT EXPERIMENT IS AVA (ALICIA VIKANDER), A BREATHTAKING A.I. WHOSE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE PROVES MORE SOPHISTICATED — AND MORE DECEPTIVE — THAN THE TWO MEN COULD HAVE IMAGINED.
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