Hey gang – happy weekend! Are you ready for Halloween? Raines, who is not typically a dress-up kind of guy, picked out this skeleton costume at H&M. He was all “Done. Fine. Easy. Whatever.” Pax, on the other hand, has been agonizing over his costume for weeks. It has to look COOL, MOM, not be silly or like a BABY, but he also wants something totally unique — which he was willing to overlook if I let him be Deadpool (No), or Halo (NO) or some totally horrible zombie soldier with a machine gun (HELL NO).
He finally settled on Tie-Dye Guy. So we’ve been tie-dying EVERYTHING (you can see how serious he is in my stories, @shanachristine – he breaks my heart he’s so freaking serious), and YES, it will have a cape. (If only he’d wear goggles and rainboots then toddler Pax would be back, and I WOULD LOVE IT SO MUCH.)
I will NOT be going as anything tie-dye (there’s only so much clean up a girl can handle), nor will I be going as a skeleton. Last weekend Julieta was in town, and, after dragging her all over the city AFTER shooting two styling videos (coming soon!!)…we went to Laurel’s Día de los Muertos salsa party. We danced our butts off that night, and limped home around 2AM. So fun! I did, however, learn a few things in the process:
- That Día de los Muertos makeup is WAY harder than it looks. Thanks for nothing, YouTube videos.
- Also…after about 10 minutes, it starts to itch and makes you want to claw your face off.
- Colombian salsa is very different than whatever the heck Mike and I have been attempting.
- Julieta’s hips deserve their own Instagram feed, and her husband looks super-smooth even when he’s half-dancing with a beer in his hand. #goals
We had a realllly good time.
I’m not actually sure what Mike and I will end up being for Halloween. Maybe we’ll just go as Harried Parents, har har har. (OMG – that actually hits too close to home to be funny.) Worst case scenario, I’ll borrow some cat ear headbands from A’s kids. Meow.
Highly recommend that green dress. I wore my green Reformation dress (above) to both the LikeToKnow.it book signing and to salsa the next night (hence, the wrinkles above — I picked it up off the floor). It’s seriously fun to wear. Per usual, I sized up.
Anthro has an extra 40% off sale. I’m seriously considering this gorgeous oxblood romper. It’s marketed as sleepwear, but as all of the 5-star reviews state…it looks amazing out, too. I’m thinking Thanksgiving. (And with the sale it’s only $30.)
Someone was asking about Mike’s shirt. The one he’s wearing in this pic. His shirt is by Goodthreads, and we were shocked by how good the quality is, considering the affordable price. His exact one is sold out, but these are the most similar. (And the prints are suuuper fun.)
After Halloween, it’s ON. Every year I’ve tried to restrain myself from holiday craziness until around Thanksgiving….but every year, come Jan 1, I always feel like I didn’t get quite enough holiday. Not enough time for cookie baking, Santa sightings, dreidel games (Pax thinks he’s Jewish), peppermint sticks in hot chocolate, the works. So YES, west elm, I would like to drape my house in this, this aaaaand this. (Where the heck should I put the garland? A, wanna weigh in here?)
OK, One More. These socks. Hahahaha. #stockingstuffer
I would do literally anything for Mae Jemison. She’s a total badass — have you heard of her? Mae is a dancer, Star Trek lover, doctor, and has spent time in the Peace Corps…but is best known as the first African-American female astronaut. And now she wants us to take selfies of the sky and record our thoughts. Her new app, the “Skyfie” is all about human connection and wonder.
“Just the simple act of connecting through looking up, going outside, looking up, will help us to understand maybe a little bit more about each other, to feel just a tiny bit more connected around this planet. Some people will look up at the sky and they will feel love, they’ll feel hope, some people may feel afraid, they may feel wonder, expansive. How they express that is what we want to capture, and we want to have it shared with people in real time.”
One of the most important things on Instagram right now. Humans of NY has been in Rwanda, sharing stories by survivors of the 1994 genocide. These stories are so painful to read, yet are told so matter-of-factly by the survivors themselves, or sometimes by the people who helped survivors…it’s some of the most powerful work Humans of NY has done yet (and that IS a bold statement, I know). Throughout all of these stories, amongst the horror, is both hope and love. As hard as they are to read, I’m obsessively checking to see if the next story has come out. You can start here to see why he’s doing this particular project. In particular, this:
But in the wake of this tragedy, an equally unlikely story has unfolded. It is the story of Rwanda’s recovery and reconciliation. Rwanda has become one of Africa’s model economies. Its streets are clean and safe. Over one million tourists visit each year. If you walk through Kigali today, it’s difficult to imagine the events that occurred less than twenty-five years ago. But the stories are still there. And you can’t listen to them without being reminded of humanity’s capacity for violence and the fragility of peace.