9.18.2018

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?

9.14.2018

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.)

9.12.2018

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?

9.05.2018

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.

8.22.2018

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.

8.21.2018

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

8.20.2018

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?

8.15.2018

You're never too young to start an art collection


Remember my blog post back in January regarding beginning an art collection for kids? I promised to share some ideas to accomplish the same so here we go. 

My older daughter turned 7 in July. Instead of having a birthday party this year, we decided to take her camping on her birthday weekend. She was very excited with the idea! While we were at CVS a day before her birthday, buying some camping-related supplies, she asked for a misting fan spray bottle to ‘keep her cool’ in the summertime and two bottles of nail polish. That quickly turned into a ‘tangible’ birthday gift for her, and $15 later, she was happy as a clam. Kids are so simple!

Even though she loved her simple gift, I wanted to ‘invest’ in a special long-term present that she could cherish for years to come. I found the perfect types of artwork to buy for her when I was on a solo adventure in Palm Springs in March. I was browsing at Barba Contemporary Art and particularly liked the work of artist Sorin Bica, who happens to be Boston-based. Woot! While chatting with the gallery owner Michael, I discovered little 4x6 oils on canvas by Bica and I instantly knew I wanted to get those for my daughter.

I didn’t end up buying the pieces right away, though. I waited until closer to her birthday and had the gallery email me their seven 4x6 oils on canvas options. I then had my daughter pick her two favorites (featured here).



At first, she was all lukewarm about the whole “art buying” experience and for obvious reasons. What 7 year-old would be thrilled about an uncommon long-term birthday gift? But I strongly believe an early exposure to art (in any way that works) can help open up a world of imagination and exploration, and as a mom, I try and do my part in small doses. 

I finally got these pieces back from the framer this past week, and she was surprisingly excited to open up the packaging and appreciate them. 

We have yet to decide where these paintings will hang. Perhaps in the girls’ bedroom? I hope as they grow older they appreciate these unique birthday gifts and develop their own taste in art. For now, we can enjoy these works of art together.

8.14.2018

Family Lifestyle Blog: Breakfast on Board



Breakfast has always been the most important meal of the day for both my daughters since they were babies. Even now that they are 7 and 5.5, a quick bowl of cereal before dashing to school just doesn’t cut it for them. 

The school lunches I pack are always a hit or a miss. I often struggle with having a variety of lunch options - send me your recommendations please! So it’s important that I have substantial breakfast options. The girls were getting bored of the usual - cereal, oatmeal, eggs, waffles, pancakes, parfaits so I had to take things up a notch.

I love creating cheese and charcuterie boards, so naturally I had the idea to make a brunch board! I came across this bagel board while searching and this provided a solid starting point for creating this board for the girls. It’s fun to have a variety of options you can enjoy, right?


Bagels, cream cheese, salmon, marmalade, avocado, almond butter, boiled eggs, berries and greens are what I chose. It may seem elaborate but if you have groceries on hand, it’s really easy to put together and so filling! I surprised my hungry little humans earlier this week with this and they wiped it clean. I asked them to try a little bit of everything so it was less overwhelming. My oldest  had me toast her bagel and made a little bagel, cream cheese, salmon and avocado sandwich. “Mommy, have capers next time please,” she said. And my youngest stuck with a bagel, almond butter, boiled eggs and tried some salmon.


It was a fun brunch experiment overall! It’s not practical for rushed school mornings on a regular basis, but I can see myself trying different variations of this on slow weekend mornings. It’s a treat to enjoy delicious food together and I’m grateful my girls are so open-minded when it comes to trying new things.

What are your family's go-to breakfast/brunch options?

8.10.2018

My thoughts on adopting the “good-enough” mindset


It’s been a very eventful past month! Lots of family adventures and soaking up summer fun with my girls. As we entered the month of August, back-to-school mode began to set in. My work and social calendar for fall are quickly starting to fill up and it’s clear summer is on its way out. I feel like I need to reset my mental compass!

As I sat down to plan out the upcoming months, I realized the massive amount of backlog I have waiting to be tackled. Uploading two years worth of photography work online (to reap the benefits of marketing and SEO), for starters. The point is how did I even let that much work accumulate? Procrastination while falsely striving for ‘aesthetic’ perfection -- uploading the finest images, writing that perfect blog post, making that killer portfolio and having unreasonably high standards of excellence is nothing but detrimental to productivity and in turn, progress.

I’ve become accustomed to juggling the kids’ schedule and tending to the absolute necessary to-dos (starting from client communication to delivering the final product). Showcasing my work and featuring it online has taken a back seat. I always wait for that ‘down day’ to devote to sharing my professional work online and honestly, that day will never arrive. Anyone else familiar with that feeling?

I do not believe one has to compromise their quality of work, especially being in a visually-driven creative field. However, I’ve found efficiency trumps everything else. I’m learning to accept a “good-enough” attitude in order to get chic done! It’s a tedious process, but trusting my work and sharing it without expecting perfection will reap better results.

Two years worth of joyful photography (giggling kiddos, gorgeous products and happy couples) deserve to be showcased, to just be put out there. Viewers’ perception of perfection is beyond us anyways, right?