Go Big or Go Home

This jacket is my most complimented article of clothing I've ever owned. I can't tell you the number of times I've been stopped on the street, hollered at across the road ("fabulous jacket!"), or been asked if someone can pet me. And, I will be the first to admit, I EAT IT UP, hook, line, and sinker. My husband is always teasing me about my unabashed love for compliments--I seriously can't help it. This self-help book I'm reading right (Better Than Perfect; I highly recommend it) now is pointing out my incessant need for affirmation from others, which makes me feel like I should not be so desperate for people to like what I'm wearing and what I'm doing...but hey, at least I have a sense of humor about my neediness. 

It's been a crazy couple weeks for me personally, and while sometimes I feel like walking away from this blog because it can be incredibly stressful to find time to fit it in, I see a shoot like this and it completely re-energizes me. Nahal and I work so hard to get the right lighting, the right focus, hell, even the right outfits! So when I come home to find a shoot full of great photos, it makes me feel like maybe we're getting something right. 

Feel free to compliment below. :)


The Needy Blogger 

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Happy holidays, everyone! I hope you're enjoying some quality family time, stuffing your faces, imbibing too many cocktails, or doing whatever it is that floats your boat during the season! I'm still continuing my Christmas music marathon and am looking forward to a weekend with friends and family, although I'll be greatly missing my kinfolk in Colorado.

Hanukkah is already behind us, and I'm happy to report that I consumed far too many latkes, bought and got far too many presents, and that my dreidel Gingerbread cookies were once again a success. What more could I ask for?

It's been a particularly busy and wonderful holiday season for us, given that we've got double the number of kids we had last year. It's been great to watch Sylvie soak in all the cheer with a much better grasp than in previous years, and it was precious watching Parker tear open his first wrapping paper and then immediately shove it into his mouth. When I'm in the throes of parenting and feel like I don't have a spare minute, ever, I just think of these beautiful moments and of snuggles with the littles, and all is right in the world. 

I'm terribly backlogged on blog posts, but I thought I'd use a few free moments to put this post together. These photos were actually taken the day before Thanksgiving, when Aaron and I booked a sitter and spent the day together. We missed the kids, but it was nice to have uninterrupted conversations and to focus on each other for a while. We trekked around the Mission and Hayes Valley, and as usual, I felt completely overdressed. But I had recently bought this faux fur gem of a vest and couldn't resist taking it out for a spin. 

I'm pretty into burgundy and blush right now; I think it's such a stunning combo. And if I could wear these shoes 24-7 I probably would. They're sexy and comfortable and just overall awesome. AND they are $50 right now. 

I hope that Santa spoils you rotten and that you have a wonderful rest of the year. 


Burgundy Shoe Roundup

Ok, I'm satisfying my need for ALL THE BURGUNDY SHOES by hunting for my favorites and publishing here. Honestly, I have one pair, but I'm craving more and more and more. I am exercising self-control, however, and hiding all of my credit cards. Is there a medal or some sort of reward for such exemplary behavior? 

Which are your favorites? I'd love to hear!! 


Make Me Blush

Happy September! This year is flying by way too fast. I guess it's true that as you get older, time speeds up. If only life had a "pause" button. I know that's such a cliche thing to say, but it's really true. Parker will be 4 weeks old tomorrow, and I literally don't know where that time has gone. I've been keeping myself so busy between seeing friends and family and trying to keep up with housework, thank you notes, laundry, etc. I think I need to slow it down a little and savor this time I have at home before heading back to work. I have been doing a bit of reading about "spirited" children (strong-willed children), and I found the chapter on extroverts and introverts particularly interesting. All of you who know me know that I'm as far as one can get on the extroverted side of the spectrum, which basically means that I energize by seeing loved ones and by meeting new people. Hence my non-stop social calendar. I get a little crazy and moody when I spend too much time alone. 

On this particular day, I was meeting a friend for lunch (hey, Amanda!), so of course I coerced her into doing a blog shoot for me. She's 8 months pregnant and it was hot out, but she was a trooper. We took advantage of this crazy cute store in the Castro; of course I can't remember the name of it...

My mom had bought this vest for me when she was visiting (thanks, Mom!), and I couldn't wait to juxtapose it with a feminine dress. I've had this dress for too many years to count, but I've linked a handful of cute blush dresses below. I pretty much want all of them! The vest is American Rag from Macy's, but I've linked a few others below. 

I want to say thanks to everyone who's been keeping up with our blog. Not to sound too "acceptance-speechy," but it means a lot to Nahal and me that you all take the time to peruse our site and who give us feedback. Extroverts love feedback! 

If there are ever any topics you'd like to see discussed, or tips and tricks for styling or anything else, we're all ears!