11/26/12

A CHRISTMAS POEM

( Milly jacket - old, Steven Alan pencil skirt - old, Olukai boots, peplum top ) 

 I like to smell Christmas tress.


I like to touch Christmas tress. 


Sometimes it can be hard to decide which Christmas tree to take home. 
Show them your stumped face. 
Until one calls out your name (and your husband says it's not too expensive)



And when you finally hear your little Christmas tree 
the spirit rushes through your body and demands that you sing out! 
Usually tidings of comfort and joy. 
Comfort and Joy. 
Ooooh oohh, tidings of comfort and joy!

THE END.

I know what you're thinking. 
The star of this post is not so much the trees ( or my New Yorker worthy poem ) but that stripey peplum top
On Saturday I went to Target for a Christmas tree stand and succumbed to un peu de "fast fashion". 

Shhhhhhh! 

11/22/12

ALL YEAR LONG.

Photo via Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick

I stumbled upon this Thanksgiving Post from Modern Eve last night and was touched by its simplicity and truth. 
I'm about to dash to my friends house for a major feast so I'm sharing this post with you in lieu of my own and pretty much ditto'ing all of it.

Have a wonderful holiday. 
Hug the people you love 
...and don't forget Thanksgiving isn't complete without the late night sandwich! 
Miss you Fia!
xxoo
AA

11/19/12

WHEN IN DOUBT...


(Adam dress - similar, Indigo suede pumps, Botkier purse, Ray Ban sunnies)

...about getting dressed this holiday season.
Throw on a favorite LBD and as much jewelry as you can stomach. 

Shop for holiday baubles here and here.

11/15/12

THE PUFFER

Image via FabSugar
Like every girl with a little bit of prep in her step I get sups excited every year when puffy vest weather rolls around.
Puffy vests get brought out in the Fall and my fleece Patagonia gets brought out in the winter.
Don't get it twisted.
I think any girl who loves the great outdoors should have one of each in her wardrobe.
The thing I love best about these two classics is that I will break them out year after year no matter what else is trending.
Like a trench or an lbd they are timeless.
xxoo, AA

11/12/12

THE BOOT

( OLUKAI BOOTS-gifted, STANCE SOCKS-gifted, CANDYSHOP VINTAGE glitter CLUTCH, THRIFTED JACKET AND SKIRT, TRINA TURK POLO - OLD)



It got real chilly this weekend in LA. So chilly that a knit cap was relevant and tights were necessary. We shot these photos in Griffith Park on Friday just as the cool front was rolling in and I had goose bumps!

I'm very excited to introduce you to my new Olukai Koana boots
Bloggers get lots of emails asking to feature products on their sites and I often turn down ones that don't jibe with my personal style. 
But I was excited to hear from Olukai.
At first I thought they were offering me a trip to Hawaii and FYI that would definitely vibe with my personal style!

But I also really liked the shoes. 
They looked cute and outdoorsy and they hit at the ankle so it was sort of a no brainer.
The boots arrived on Thursday and no joke I have not taken them off since. 

They are soooo comfortable. 
I love how unisex they look. The quality is great and I could walk all over Manhattan in them and not get blisters.
So good!
They also come in a very awesome tan color.
I can't wait to take them up to Big Sur in a few weeks and get them nice and worn in.
Thanks Olukai!

11/9/12

PHOTO BOOKS




Being married to a photographer is a good excuse to buy lots of photo books!
They are among our favorite gifts to give and receive.With the holidays coming up I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.  Any of these would be great to have on hand for those last minute "Oh you shouldn't haves..."




I recently purchased Tomboy Style by Lizzie Garrett Mettler and it's been inspiring me ever since. Chock full of classic fashion; this one would make a great gift for any young, adventurous women in your life. 
You may have noticed I added Tomboy Style to my blog roll recently.




Richard Avedon was a master. I got this volume as a birthday gift for Mark last year. It's large and not inexpensive. I like to keep it open to a new photo every week. Truly inspiring. 



My surf photography books are a collection within a collection. 
The first one I purchased was Photo Stoner about legendary surf photographer Ron Stoner. It's still one of my favorites to flip through.




Judy Linn and Patti Smith collaborated together as photographer and muse back when Patti was a struggling poet in New York City. I bought this after reading Patti's memoir Just Kids.
 If you haven't read yet it's a must!

11/5/12

IN DREAMS

( HUE LEGGINGS, INDIGO HEELS, ADAM BLOUSE, BOTKIER CLUTCH, THRIFTED SWEATER, CANDYSHOP VINTAGE BROCH)
For as long as I can remember my dream has been to be a working actor.
 I can gratefully say that acting has become how I make my living and I no longer have to waitress or work odd jobs to pay the bills. Amazing!

But lately I've been wishing for a larger role.
A part I can really make my own and perform to the top of my ability.
A role I could explore for longer than a day or even a week.

With all that is going on in the world it's easy to think that our personal goals don't matter.

We all have wishes and often we stifle them for the sake of gratitude ( Our lives are indeed so good) or not seeming self-involved in the face of so much turmoil. But wishes are important. 
Imagine
If Obama had never wished to be president...
Or Hemingway had never wished to publish a novel...
Or Julia Child had never wished to master the art of French cooking...
Or ...
The list goes on and on.

I guess I'm writing this to convince myself that no matter how old we get
wishes are still worth having. 
In fact they sort of make us who we are and we in turn make the world a more inspiring place to live in.

What are you wishing for these days?
I'd love to hear. 

11/2/12

HELP ME


I'm so excited that it's November!
The holidays are right around the corner and I love this month. 
But it's bittersweet. 
Because of course my thoughts and prayers are with all my fellow New Yorkers.

Start the weekend on a positive note but donating to the Red Cross HERE and help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
I just did. 
xx,
AA