it’s only just october and yet summer feels like so long ago.  and, although i am beyond happy

about the arrival of fall, it was a pretty great summer…

it all started on a lake…

a most delicious meal (per se) and birthday celebration…

inaugural visit to governors island…

warm afternoons at the pool/beach (brooklyn bridge park)…

tons of tomatoes…

picnic on the island…

kayaking in the east river…

jazz party…

tennis and martinis, a new tradition i hope…

a much needed visit home…

goodbye summer…hello fall




i was craving a trip to california all summer long and so as the weather started to change in new york i booked my trip home (finally). though it wasn’t nearly long enough (vacation never is), i had a great time. running all over town to see people, i managed to make time for a an hour or two at the beach almost everyday. there were so many babies to see, some brand new and others so big! there was a quick trip to san diego for some time with the bff, barbecuing with the family, tennis, heaps of mexican food, swimming, train rides, and lots of catching up.

morning walks at my favorite beach

how did they get so big?

trisha and baby paloma. so happy to meet this little one!

tired selma – vacation san diego


the best feeling

i love lucy’s

perfect day

train riding

this little one

goodnight hop hop

it’s amazing how time flies. a year ago today (8.24.11) this little one came into the world.

i was lucky enough to be there (though i almost didn’t make it). it was the most amazing thing i have ever seen in my life.

she is crazy about me.

i can’t wait to see her next month!

today was one of those days when i can’t possibly imagine being anywhere else in the world but new york . it started with the most delicious chicken parm hero – a sandwich very close to my heart and something i will write more about later. upon completion, and some window shopping, i headed over to see the newish richard avedon exhibit at the gagosian – murals and portraits.  i completely forgot about the avedon exhibit i went to in san diego a few years ago – also portraits. there was one photo there that really stood out to me. it’s called ‘members of the young lord’s party’ and i was glued to it immediately. the woman in the photo, gloria gonzalez, reminds me very much of my mother (at that age) for reasons i can explain and others i can’t. mostly it’s her hairstyle, the dress and her petite frame, but it’s also the confidence and presence she gives off despite being the smallest person in the photo. needless to say i was surprised and happy to see it again today. i highly recommend taking the time to visit before it’s gone.

next up (after a quick cocktail and conversation) was the highline – one of my favorite places in the city. it always amazes me how stunning it is up there. after looking back on some pictures from years past, it’s clear to see how much bigger the trees and plants are this year.

not that i needed any proof for how lovely this day was, this song popped in my head as it does sometimes when i feel very happy (skip to 1:35). (this song @ 1:25 also pops in my head sometimes when i’m riding my bike in a hurry – then i start laughing.)

oh yeah – i also stopped by chelsea market and the comme des garcons store where i was basically asked not to touch the clothes, so tempting.

love this photo

the happiest sad flowers

jr – inside out

iced coffee and surfboards @ saturdays

i keep going back

the end.

when it rains it pours and this week is no different.

yesterday i said goodbye to sasha as she headed back home to california. we had such a fun weekend celebrating her birthday with her amazing friends and family and exploring new york. one afternoon she made a comment about how our friendship was so easy and i couldn’t agree more – these are the best kind of friendships. i’m so thankful we met each other last year in california. now if i could just convince her to move to brooklyn…

the only thing to soften the blow of a friend leaving town is another one flying in the next day (and a quite night of cooking and relaxing). today jamie (my best friend and brand new auntie) is flying across the country. she is here on very important business – meeting her new nephew. i am thrilled to see them all, take long walks in central park and celebrate mother’s day with some of my favorite ladies in the world.

gabrielles not mean, shes real nice

she dosnt like chicken but she dose like rice

except for tandori chicken with not too much spice

gabrielles not mean, shes real nice

-nicolette amette-nilsson (circa 1988)