Tom Brady and Gisele’s Cozy Abode

Love the interiors of Tom Brady and Gisele’s house in LA.

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(photos courtesy of Architectural Digest)

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Monday, Monday

How are you? How was the weekend? Ours was good.  P and I went to the gym, to a birthday party and then we hung around and relaxed all day yesterday and I did a Target run (exciting, I know! But Target is Mecca and I almost do a happy dance in the parking lot).  I’m in the planning stages of P’s 4th birthday and last night he asked Straw for a pet cobra for his gift.  Straw said, “but it can kill you” and P said, “no, it would be behind glass in my room.”  I think he thinks we can have a collection of animals over here like at the aquarium.  It’s going to start looking like Noah’s Ark if we have a dog, a rabbit, and now a snake.  Well….we’d have to have two of everything (no thanks! I’m not cleaning any more animal crap out of cages. I’m a mom, not a zoo keeper).   I’m also starting lots of fun photo shoots, trying to lose 15 pounds and convinced I’m going through menopause (hello? Night sweats anyone? Probably doesn’t help that I’m under a down comforter when it’s been 75+ degrees out).

A few things for your Monday:

Anyone see Ray Donovan last night? Holy smokes! I could barely watch it it was so disturbing but the show is soo good!

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Sarah Jessica Parker is teaming up to do a capsule collection with Manolo Blahnik exclusively for Nordstrom in the $250 to $450 range

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My new favorite Pinterest boards to peruse are Lauren Conrad’s

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Digging this bold dress from the GAP

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Beautiful & affordable coats are back in at Zara (“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”)

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Putting “The Writers Room” on my list of must watch TV.  They do a round table discussion of how the writers behind our favorite shows (“Breaking Bad,” “Dexter”) come up with ideas and character plots.

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The portrait blog, “Humans of New York.” by photographer Brandon Stanton is pretty cool.

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San Francisco socialite and  Creative Director of Swanson Vineyards, Alexis Traina, has a pretty sweet Instagram

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Wouldn’t you love a rustic retreat south of Paris like designer Isabel Marant?

We’re off to our first t-ball this afternoon at the park.  Have a good one! C

(photos courtesy of Showtime.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Google, Flickr, GAP, Brandon Stanton, Zara, Lauren Conrad, NYTimes.com)

Remembering 9/11 Through Moving Photographs

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I was in New York a month after the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. The city seemed more quiet than I remember. Somber.

As I walked around SoHo, I came to a storefront that was serving as a temporary gallery. There were unframed photographs hanging throughout the space, all taken on that tragic day.  The photos had been submitted by amateur and professional photographers and those images, taken from every point of view, became a powerful collective known as “Here is New York” exhibit.   September 11th was one of the most photographed events in our country’s history and these images convey such a sense of destruction, loss, confusion, emotion and fear.

I always come back to the quote from George W. Bush’s speech he gave on September 20th:

“Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future.  We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage.  We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”

Thinking of those today who lost their lives in that tragic event.  And for the families and friends  who were left to grieve a tremendous loss.  May their peace and faith continue to get them through dark times.

We will never forget.

C

Going green

Happy Friday! Where did the week go? Hope you enjoy this beautiful fall weekend.  Still too hot for cute jackets and jeans but excited as this is my favorite time of year.

Here are some of my green faves:

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Chelsea flats by Tory Burch ($185)

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Asymmetrical bracelet by Tai ($95)

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Stripe shirt by PLAY Comme des Garcons ($150)

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Teal Ariel Wreath necklace by Bauble Bar ($34)

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Green quilted jacket by Burberry Heritage ($595)

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Pashli leather satchel by 3.1 Philip Lim ($895)

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Nail polish by Butter London ($15)

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Spectator silk crepe dress by Tibi ($385)

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You can’t beat $17 camo flats from Target.  To quote Rachel Zoe “I die.”

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Outbound jacket from Madewell ($148)

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Color block v neck top from Banana Republic ($79.50)

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Green clutch by Givenchy ($962).  Would look great with an all black outfit

Also, check out contributing Vogue Magazine editor Lauren Santo Domingo’s killer Pinterest page

Enjoy the weekend! C

American Beauty

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Actress and model Kate Bosworth married boyfriend Michael Polish last weekend in picturesque Montana.  Kate chose Oscar de La Renta to create her wedding gown and Vogue Magazine was there for her first fitting with the designer.

and see the first time she tries on her dress

I’m not usually a fan of celebrity/socialite wedding dresses as they’re usually too over the top, but I love the simplicity and elegant lines of this dress.  It’s perfect on her.  I wore an Oscar de la Renta dress for my rehearsal dinner; he really knows how to create a beautiful dress that makes a special occasion truly memorable.