Film Fridays: The Place Beyond The Pines

last night we went and saw the place beyond the pines. this film was written and directed by the same director responsible for blue valentine, which we both loved. this film was gripping and a bit on the heavy side, but we tend to like that. go and check it out! eva mendes and ryan gosling? sheesh. it doesn’t get any better than those two sharing the same screen. here’s a synopsis:

The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons.Luke (Academy Award® nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies – which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper).Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery’s confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy.

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Whence you came…

Whence You Came… from Tipa Tipa on Vimeo.

“know from whence you came. if you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” james baldwin

josh made this slideshow for our baby shower a few weeks ago. i’m in awe by this tiny life growing inside of me. in a month i’ll be fully cooked and in less then two, they’ll be an additional person in our lives.

29 weeks cooked…

it’s really starting to feel like i’m going to be someone’s mommy pretty soon. i’m very curious to meet this little one. i can’t believe how fast this babe is growing. i have any where between eleven to thirteen weeks left to cook this baby. i’m really glad this little one will arrive right as summer begins. braids! i will likely be rockin braids on and off for a while so that i can focus on finishing all my projects for the babe’s arrival and then once he or she is here, it’ll be too crazy for me to care for my hair the way i’d like to. so here i am in yet another stretchy outfit. so far i’ve purchased one pair of maternity jeans. everything else has been regular clothing that stretches and over-sized blouses. I may get another pair of pants, but for the most part I feel I have a decent rotation of clothing that still fit for now. off to get some shut eye!

outfit details: scarf vintage, dress f21, purse h&m, boots madewell (on sale), jacket uo (way back)

spring inspired outfits…a restrospective

still waiting for spring to truly arrive, there’s still quite a chill in the air. hoping it warms up soon. in the mean time-a look back.

past outfits: pink sliporange groves, under the boardwalk, spring embraces, red keds, the classic trio, duck duck goose, tribal, embracing the rain

Film Fridays: Stoker

alas, a film post…my sister and niece love thrillers and my interest in them have peaked in the last few years. this week we went to nite hawk, i feasted on soft serve ice cream and josh had some beers this film is a dark one folks. the plot, cinematography and costumers are superb.  if you are into thrillers i’d recommend checking this one out.

After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

images via 1, 2, 3 synopsis via


Andrea Benson



i just spent some time trolling through the archives of andrea benson’s gallery. i’m enamored by her work.

SXSW 2013

thank you so much for all the positivity. my spirits are on the up and up. i’m so glad that there are ebbs and flows to everything really and i count my blessings that the good times far outweight the more challenging ones. so…this pregnant lady had no idea what to pack for austin. while i wouldn’t typically go for tight stretchy skirts they seem to be working for me (at least for now). josh and i had a blast in austin. i am incredibly proud of him and so glad that i could be there for his screening. we saw as many films as time would allow, ate from the food trucks, took a ride to one of the theaters on a bicycle rickshaw and stayed in a really sweet garden cottage. on the way home i somehow ended up in the first seat on the plane (a single) in first class. it was a great way to end the trip. i heard so many good things about austin and it def didn’t disappoint.

Circa 2006

more and more i’m realizing how powerful the universe is. i had a particularly tough day yesterday and a few hours later i get an email from an old friend with circa 2006 in the subject.  whatever i was concerned about doesn’t really matter, but this moment sure does. i’m so grateful our friend captured it.

Six Months Cooked

so i wanted to see if i could pull off a crop top preggers and all, and i happen to come across one at beacon’s last week.  i wore this last saturday for my friend’s 30th bday and then again on sunday for my friend’s fried chicken and mac n cheese brunch. there was some raw kale salad and fruit to balance things out. back to back festivities wear me out these days, hence the sleepy eyes, but i couldn’t resist surprising my friend and errm free range pastured fried chicken–definitely worth dragging myself out for that. i have a few trips lined up that i’m really excited about. i’m headed to texas, yes texas! i’ve never been, but that will change come thursday, josh’s film  krs one: brooklyn to the bronx is in the sxsw festival. i can’t wait to get down south for warmer weather and yummy barbecue. then next weekend i’m headed to st.louis for more bbq and to visit my dear friend abbie.

outfit details: jacket h&m (old-old), crop top thrifted, dress old navy, boots nine west

A Bit Wintry

i have been rocking this coat all winter like it’s my job. it’s so heavy and warm.  i lurve it, i really do. i scored this one at a church thrift store in new hampshire last winter after a snowboarding trip.  i’ve only spotted two people with the same coat. a random woman in caroll gardens and ashley of fancy fine. my poor other coats are so jealous, they really aren’t getting any play. i need to seriously give this one a rest but it’s either this or my snowboarding jacket because i just can’t sacrifice being cold. this coat was 20 bucks well spent.

after storm nemo josh and i took a walk in prospect park. it’s been so cold but we’ve had very little snow. i have to admit it took a lot for me to leave the comforts of my warm and cozy couch and go out into the cold, but it was well worth it.  there were a ton of people out sledding with their kids. we even saw one man put his kid in a large plastic tupperware bin and slid him down a small hill. the kid was pretty small and it looked a little dangerous but the kid was loving it and had a blast.  we saw a couple of kids with lunch trays too and they really picked up a lot of speed. they were many a fancy tobaggans, but the ones where people found random items in their homes to use as sleds really caught my eye. my wee little one will be too young for sledding  next year, but i’m sure seeing and touching the snow will be so stimulating. after our walk we ended up going to the greenlight bookstore and picked up some books. i’m reading ina may gaskin’s guide to childbirth and he’s reading healthy sleep habits happy child and also the sisters brothers.

hey, look what we found! the biggest snow man ever.  i can only imagine how huge it must look to that little boy.

outfit details: coat vintage, sweater vintage, denim blouse f21, shorts f21, boots j.crew, hat h&m (a while back)