If You Have Kids

There’s a funny story about this swimsuit, and on the verge of sharing it, I realized that it’s mostly about my kids. Which is basically all you think about / write about / talk about / post about if you’re a parent. Single people highlight vacations and dining experiences. Couples often obsess over pets. Once you’re a parent, nothing else matters. I’m exaggerating. Ok, I’m not. 

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I really wanted this Agent Provocateur swimsuit a couple years ago and I needed to trek up to San Francisco to try it on and get it in the store at a great sale price. That’s basically as complicated as gold medaling in the Olympics if you have three kids and a full time job. I took my two older girls up to the City and we made a nice outing of it. Trolley car line was way too long for my pace, so I told them Muni was “just as fun” and we rode a couple stops on the underground section. I’m such a fun mom! 

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When we got to Agent Provocateur, I found the swimsuit and took the girls into the velvet cloaked,  whiskey goblet accessorized, decadently wallpapered dressing room that is so very much the AP standard. I started undressing to try on the swimsuit, and my middle child yelled “oh my god mommy why are you taking off your clothes in a store?!” At which point I realized that all her clothes had either been hand-me-downs or Target buys and she’d never been in a dressing room in her life. 

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We learned about more than Muni that day. And I got this killer swimsuit at a great price. 

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Happy Wednesday, readers.  

Spring, Actually

Jody and I shot this set on this first day of spring, which turned out to be an amazingly rainy day, and here I am posting them on what is yet another rainy spring day.  In a lot of places, that makes sense.  But in northern California, spring usually harkens the end of the rainy season, not the continuation of it.

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I thought strappy lingerie might be impractical, but it's actually totally easy to wear.  I got this set at my favorite independent lingerie boutique, French Theft, in Los Gatos.  It's by Bluebella.  

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I really enjoy the way that Jody and I collaborate.  He doesn't edit the photos he takes for me; he gives me the untouched images and I edit them myself.  I actually decided to filter them but not to re-touch them for this set. As you can see, I have an enormous bruise on my thigh.  And like a lot of moms / older women / people with light skin, I also have plenty of other physical signs of a life well lived.

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This yellow set is from Anthropologie.  I love it! The color is so much spring, even if the weather outside is not. I wish it were possible to touch photos.  This set is amazingly cozy.  I want to live in it.

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Thanks for the images, Jody! And thanks for reading, everyone.

No Pants Island

It’s one of my favorite Simpsons references, and since it’s relevant, I went with it.  

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I have this major need to not be landlocked. And I wrote that sentence that way on purpose. I need to live by the sea. I also need to control my literary destiny.  

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I can’t really express how right this photoset feels. Sergio tried to remove my tucked-in hair from my sweater collar and I freaked out because tucked in is just so right here. I’m wearing all my comfort stuff at once. Try it; you’ll like it. Then go to your comfort place and - wow  - get ready for incredible. 

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As the French say, FIN. Thanks for reading.

Anthropologie sweater // WhoWhatWear Collection dress // Frye boots.