Fashion Friday!

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It’s been a while since I shared street style photographs that inspire me. Especially now that Autumn is upon us, it’s the best time to experiment with layering and different textures. These photos embody a lot of pieces that I admire - and so many fabulous coats! I love how effortlessly and elegantly different hues, textures and trends are mixed and matched in these outfits. That’s one of the best aspects of fashion, being able to try new things and wear what feels good. 

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Which one of these looks inspires you the most? 


A long weekend getaway

I had totally forgotten what a weekend away from the relentless pace of being around kids would feel like. My husband and I often wonder what we did with ALL of our spare time before kids. This past weekend, we got a rare opportunity to drop the girls with our family in New Jersey (NJ) and drive to Pittsburgh to see our close friends.

Two days full of easy going mornings, relaxed dinners with long drawn out conversations with old friends was just what we needed. It was nice to take a moment to just be.

We took advantage of these of uninterrupted hours and spent time at The Andy Warhol Museum. It was such a treat! My weekend was supposed to be unplugged, however, I couldn’t help but grab a few cell phone pictures of Warhol’s iconic pop art.

On our way back to NJ to pick up the girls, we couldn’t pass up the chance to visit Fallingwater - modern architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was a beautiful fall day to enjoy this tranquil property and appreciate the mid century modern marvel that truly brought the outside in. The original Picasso & Diego Rivera paintings around the house were a sweet surprise. I still can’t get over the soothing sounds of flowing stream in every room of the house.

After picking up the girls in NJ, we had a few hours to spend in NYC the following day while my husband was at work. I made the obvious choice to visit another iconic building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim Museum. The museum was getting ready for the Klint and Quaytman exhibits (opening soon) so we only had access to two floors, making it a quick visit. A few paintings (more Picasso!), sculptures and ice creams later, we were ready to call it a day.

I’m glad we got a chance to enjoy some ‘tourist attractions,’ however, visiting family and friends were definitely the highlights of this trip. The best moments of our trip went undocumented - we were just thrilled and grateful to be surrounded by people who matter the most.


Winnie-the-Pooh Exploring a Classic at the MFA Boston

The MFA in Boston has a Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit this fall, so of course we had to go check it out. It’s remarkable how popular Pooh and friends have stayed over the decades. A true classic! This exhibit is attracting adults and kids alike, and immerses you in the heart of it all, bringing the adventures of the 100 Acre crew to life. There are original drawings on display, letters and early editions, too. It was really interesting to see how the characters were built and how the characters embody recognizable human traits. Even if you’re not a diehard fan like many of the visitors there, you will surely appreciate this inside look.

My littles especially loved the Poohsticks Bridge and the floating words. Everywhere you looked, there was something new to admire. The girls also enjoyed the drawing stations where they could get creative and fully participate in the magic of this multisensory experience.

It truly felt like we were transported to a whimsical land as we walked through the exhibit. If you have the chance this fall, make a trip to the MFA and get ready for an adventure with Pooh and friends. No matter your age, you will be glad you did.


Favorite Fall Dresses for girls

I absolutely adore these two dresses from the Autumn/Winter 18 collection. Such playful designs and perfect looks for crisp fall days. They can be dressed with plain tights or, if you are feeling creative, can be mix and matched with printed ones. You all know how much I love to mix and match!

Do your kiddos prefer patterned looks or more solid colors?


breakfast experiment: Fig Pistachio Bostock

Ever since I created this breakfast on board, the girls have been asking me to ‘surprise’ them with another one! Getting out the door on time is challenging enough on school mornings, let alone being able to put any thought into creating a breakfast board. I mean, I basically need a nap after packing lunches and two snacks each! One day though, I will try to muster up the courage to share some lunch recipes. If you have any go-to suggestions for school lunches, please email them to me (thirdeyechicstudio@gmail.com) I’m not kidding.

Anyway, back to breakfast. I did manage to try this Fig Pistachio Bostock recipe one morning this week. I ran out of sliced almonds so I ended up using slivered almonds instead. I also substituted fig jam with orange marmalade since that’s what was readily available at home.

My oldest appreciated the variety but wasn’t super thrilled and my youngest only had one bite! The verdict was “it’s too sweet.” It was a fun experiment nonetheless. Next time, I would add a very thin layer of jam or marmalade and skip sugar all together from the pistachio cream recipe. I thought it was way too much sugar to begin with but didn’t want to fully deviate from the recipe since I was trying it for the first time. 

Luckily, I had also made a kale, avocado, banana and berry smoothie. The smoothie and classic toast saved the morning!

As far as the breakfast board is concerned, “Make one over the weekend mommy, when you have more time.” Aye aye, girls. Soon enough! Little do they know that matcha french toast is about to be served for breakfast later this week mwahahahaha…

(No one in the family but me is excited to try the matcha french toast recipe but I’m still going to go ahead with it because why not.)


Top 3 reasons why I love coffee table books

Let’s talk about coffee table books! There are many reasons why they have grown so popular over the years, as many of them are a way to express parts of one’s personality and interests. Below, I’ve shared my top three reasons why I love coffee table books.

1. Coffee table books are not merely decorative ‘culture adding’ statement pieces for your home/office decor. They are visually stimulating photo books that inspire creativity and bring joy. Just like pieces of art, these have a collectible appeal and are a sure shot way to spark a conversation. 

2. Coffee table books can serve as a unique gift idea! Coffee table books come in a variety of topics -- photography, art, fashion, design, travel, cooking -- to broadly name a few. An apt choice of book can be such a fun way to surprise your friends/family on their special day and show them that you truly appreciate their taste.

3. In this digital age, it’s nice to slow down and take a quiet (offline!) moment to immerse yourself in these beautiful, thoughtful curated works of art that can get you daydreaming or provide an instant pick-me-up.

I love keeping a few in the living room and a couple by my bedside to browse through from time to time. I always appreciate the captivating imagery and occasionally read corresponding stories. I’ve shared some of my favorite coffee table books below!

Wlliam Krisel’s Palm Springs - This book transports you back to the 50s or 60s. This book is the latest addition to my coffee table book collection, inspired by my visit to Palm Springs earlier this year. I haven’t read a word yet; I’m just enthralled by the mid century modern design and the desert’s magical energy.

Kinfolk - A magazine focusing on slow, simple living accompanied by minimalist photography. The short stories are inspiring and encourage mindfulness.

Vogue: The Editor’s Eye - The stunning imagery makes me want to get lost in the book. This book celebrates the key role fashion editors and photographers play in shaping the fashion industry. One quote to describe the book in a nutshell: “I have one shot at getting the reader to stop flipping through the magazine, so it has to be provocative or shocking, beautiful or unusual, or nobody’s going to pay attention.” - Phyllis Posnick, Fashion Editor

Sinatra: The Photographs - A beautiful compilation of Frank Sinatra’s photographs (and stories) mainly from the Rat Pack and Vegas era captured by a group of renowned photographers. This was released in 2015 to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday. The book takes you behind the scenes to witness the career and life of a true legend. As a huge Sinatra fan, this book is truly a treat.

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer - This was a gift by a dear friend. I was aware of Vivian Maier but had never actually taken the time to delve deeply into her work. Urban street photography has always been an area of personal interest and I really enjoyed some of her work. Vivian Maier has an intriguing story and she became posthumously famous after a student discovered copious amounts of undeveloped films in a thrift auction house. This book prompted me to watch the very interesting documentary too - Finding Vivian Maier.

There are so many other collection worthy books to choose from -- I'll have to start keeping a running list. My husband has been asking me for years to create a simple photo book with photographs from some of our travels. A project I would love to give more thought to in the near future. 

What are some of your favorite coffee table books?


Cozy fall dresses for girls

It may be hard to believe summer is ending in the midst of this New England heat wave, but rest assured fall is almost here! The girls are back to school and we are all eager to get back into our new routines.

I quickly wanted to share these comfy yet chic dresses for fall. Fun prints, bold designs and so cozy for chilly days ahead! It’s always a win when you can look good and feel comfortable, especially for an active day at school.


An epic day at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

A trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum can make one feel ignited with exciting possibilities. The museum is a beautiful and harmonious blend of both the past and the present, with its contemporary new wing tastefully complementing the Venetian-inspired historic building.  

Back in July, the girls and I had an epic day at the museum. I hadn’t visited it since 2009 so, needless to say, I was psyched to be back and to bring the girls for their first time. The museum was bustling with groups of summer camp kids in their vibrant t-shirts and families visiting to take advantage of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays. Treasure hunts, martial arts performances, art activities, mini concerts -- every nook had something exciting to offer.

We started the afternoon with pizza and salad for lunch at the beautiful Cafe’ G, then began exploring one activity after another. The girls were in good spirits after a full belly and were ready to participate in hands-on, interactive art activities. (My photo coverage wasn't quite comprehensive and hence sharing only select photos).

My favorite part of the visit was enjoying the view of the resplendent courtyard and listening to live music. Although, attending a 20-minute talk on the history of Isabella Gardner herself and the beginnings of the museum was quite intriguing. It was fun to hear stories of how she acquired some of her first paintings. Stories of her travels, love, heartbreak, inheritance, art collection -- a tale not just to be told but to be seen, experienced, and felt by all visitors. She was a true visionary with an impeccable taste!

We didn’t get a chance to explore the entire museum, but would love to come back to gradually soak in the art, grandeur, and the amazing vibe of a place that's truly a respite from everyday, hectic life.


Kids fashion blog: Perfect fall back to school look

The changing New England weather keeps reminding my girls that it's almost time to head back to school! This mix and match outfit could be the perfect first day of school outfit. Pairing checked blouse with fun ruffles and a patterned skirt is a fun twist on a traditional look. Your girls will feel stylish and eager to take on this new year with their friends! What are some of your kids' favorite looks for this fall?

Checked Blouse
Printed Skirt


A trip to the farmers market with kids

One of the items on our summer bucket list was to shop at a farmers market. I love the healthy, colorful vibes and fresh local produce at a farmers market. Visiting one is a perfect way to enjoy a summer afternoon!

We took a trip to the Copley Square Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago. It was a beautiful sunny day and the girls were ready to explore. It was a treat to watch them interact with local farmers, learn about different crops for various seasons and have them try new foods. I’m not a big fan of grocery shopping, but picking out produce and other items together at a market makes it fun and easy to plan a meal together, too. Especially buying something new and figuring out how to make it later.

I asked each of the girls to pick out one fruit and veggie on their own. The farmers let them sample some fruits and the girls decided to buy currants and gooseberries. For veggies, they chose baby bok choy and kale. After I gave them $20 to pay for the produce, I stood back and smiled as I watched the entire interaction. My oldest did the math and counted the change back, making sure it was correct. It was a bittersweet yet impressive moment watching them gain this confidence and independence.

One more item checked off the bucket list and more memories made! I recommend everyone takes time to experience a bustling farmers market. Sometimes you’ll be treated to live music or stumbleupon unique vendors, too!

If you’ve been with the kids before, I’d love to hear your stories! What do you and your kids love the most about farmers market?