This one is for my pops…

so it’s safe to say that i’m a daddy’s girl, many of my dad’s old friends say that when i’m around, they feel like he’s around. they say we carry the same sort of energy and vibe and that are mannerisms are similar. i’m crazy about my old man for so many reasons. i respect that he’s been married to my mom for forty-two years. i love that when i go home i can hang out with both of them like i have since i was a kid. my dad takes his role as father very seriously. i don’t think he was ever late picking me up and i didn’t learn to drive till i was 25 (seven years ago) so he would pick me up quite a bit as you could imagine. what i respect the most about him, is that he was born in the most economically depressed country in the western hemisphere, haiti and although it’s difficult to exist as an immigrant in a country and be estranged from those closest to you. he’s made it work for himself on so many levels. while he accepted the limitations of being a foreigner he figured out how to carve a comfortable life for himself here. somehow on a working class salary, he put my two sisters and i through private school for our entire education (grade school through high school) sent us all off to college, provided us with comfortable home to live in and gave  us a strong sense of security. i could go on and on about him, but i think the one thing that resonates with me the most is time. at various points in my childhood, based on my needs or that of my sisters he would adjust his schedule, so that he could be more present and this has made a tremendous impact on me. he didn’t buy me things often, but he made sure he was around to take us on long bike rides and train my sister for her track meets and make pistachio pudding with us. since he is not much of a consumer, i’d often write him letters on father’s day, as i know how powerful words are to him in lieu of anything store bough. so this is my little tribute to the first man in my life, the father, the grandpa, the husband, the builder, the cancer survivor, the philosopher, the activist, and thinker. i feel incredibly blessed to have come from him, to have been raised by him and to be a part of his family. there is nothing like time and i feel incredibly grateful that he gave and continues to give his so generously.

 

Film Fridays: Frances Ha

last friday, josh mentioned that there was a new noah baumbach film out, and without reading any reviews or watching the trailer, i was down for seeing it. i loved margot at the wedding and the squid and the whale and was open to whatever this film had in store. unlike his other two films, this one is on the lighter side. you guys no i tend to lean towards heavy emotional dramas, but this was just what the doctor ordered. i brought a pillow to the theater for this aching back (i’m 38.6 weeks) and enjoyed this film, perhaps you will too, especially if you like films that explore relationships between women, woody allen flicks and those set in new york about people trying to carve out a creative career for themselves in this city.

happy friday folks!

images via 1,2

Two years ago today…

…this handsome gentleman made an honest woman out of me.

p.s. more photos here & here

36 weeks cooked…

on memorial day, josh and i biked down to coney island from our place. it was rougly seven and a half miles. no small feat with  a five pound baby in my tummy. we stopped for delicious pizza, you know the ones by the slice with the crispy bottom and the crust that’s soft with tiny bits of crisp. as a native new yorker there are two things i’m particular about, my pizza and my bagels. anyway we finally made it to the boardwalk and had some funnel cake. yea, i’m definitely indulging these days. for the majority of my pregnancy i’ve been eating, how i usually eat which is fairly healthy. i make smoothies for breakfast, eat kale salad or homemade soup for lunch. i only eat free range chickens and grass fed beef. now that i’m at the end with just a couple weeks to go, i’m giving into my cravings a bit more. right now my favorite snack is organic whole milk and graham crackers. i also love a slice of pizza with crunched up doritos on top, ha!

outfit details: dress vintage, shoes vintage, both from the brooklyn flea

35 weeks cooked

sunny days are still few and far between around these parts, so when we woke up to blue skies, and got word that the bluebells were in full bloom, we high tailed it back to the the botanic gardens. my friend gave me this vintage dress last year for helping her decorate her apartment. she had it sitting in her closet for a while and figured it was time for it to go since she never wore it. it was too big and i never got around to tailoring it, good thing i didn’t. i’ve been focusing most of my thoughts and energy on the little life growing inside of me. sending him or her my good intentions, playing my favorite songs and surrounding us around positive people. all ready i’m inspired by my little one. this wee one has pushed us to cleanse and declutter and make physical and spiritual space for him or her. my heart is wide open and i’m ready for this child to come when s/he’s ready.

outfit details: dress vintage, sandals madewell (on sale last year)

p.s. the bluebells circa 2011

33 weeks cooked

a couple weeks ago, we had a sunny spring day and josh urged me to come straight home after work so that we could make it to the botanic gardens in time for peak bloom of the cherry blossoms. he kept stressing how amazing it was that my body is blooming and so is our local botanical garden. since we live walking distance from the garden, we are going to become a members so we can chill there wee one this summer. it’s been very busy preparing for the baby, but i’m going to try to do a best of rundown of my favorite maternity outfits. i’ve been wearing a lot of stretchy dresses, leggings and managed to find a sweet vintage dress that  works now and will work post bump as well. most of my spare change has been going into saving, paying off debt, the nursery and apartment renovations. oh, and i’ve only worn yoga pants outside of yoga, and my apartment once and that was to babysit my friend’s kids. though my wardrobe is limited i find that throwing on a blouse with tights, a blazer and booties makes me feel like myself. all told i bought three maternity pieces so far, a pair of jeans, black leggings and a striped dress. this dress is from anthro, i got it to wear for my friend’s wedding a few years back. 

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