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.