Model Envy

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how chic Miranda Kerr looks when casually taking a stroll in NYC. Yes, she has a stylist and yes, she is a super model,  but her sexy-with-a-splash-of-sophistication style and natural beauty is flawless. #modelenvy


A Blank Canvas

Last week I attended an incredibly inspiring event at Patagonia Soho where Mercedes Maidana, a professional big wave surfer who resides on the North Shore of Hawaii, spoke about her rise to success. Her passion and determination was contagious and she lit up the room with her excitement for the sport and more importantly, for life.

Her journey began at 21 when she asked herself, "If my life was a blank canvas and I could paint a picture, what would it be?" Despite the fact that it was an unconventional career path and many raised eyebrows, she chose big wave surfing. Why? "I have to love it more than I fear it."

What words! It made me think.

What would I paint if my life was a blank canvas? If I could let my passions 100% lead me without my fears getting in the way and ignore society rolling their eyes at me, what would I do with my life? 

I thought….and I thought…and I thought….and I thought and I realized that I JUST DON'T KNOW! (new goal = figure it out)

It's not often that people choose to live the life they want rather the life they have been raised to think that they should want (and don't forget, it is your choice and your journey!) 

So, how would you paint your picture?


31 years, 13 reasons

Happy 31st wedding anniversary to my wonderful parents (a day late!) It's incredible that my parents are still married – better yet, happily married — and even better, one of the most in love couples I know (young and old).

With divorce rate (very sadly) at 50%, their love story is one in a million and I am lucky to be such a significant part of their journey.

In celebration of their love for one another, I have listed 13 things in their 31 years that I have witnessed as being key to their happy, long lasting relationship. Take a look (and take note!)

1.  Love that lights up room (their chemistry is contagious)
2.  Respect (they are each others biggest fans)
3.  Laughter (they find humor throughout all of life's challenges)
4.  Romance (my dad writes my moms poems)
5.  Best friends (they are each others confidants)
6.  Let the little things go (they focus their energy on the important matters)
7.  Simple pleasures (they get joy out of the small things, like their "fireside chats")
8.  Adventure (they love to travel and open their minds to new cultures and experiences)
9.  Music (my dad plays the guitar - enough said)
10. Smart (they keep up on the news and politics and discuss what's going on the world)
11. Family (it's what they cherish most)
12. Money doesn't buy happiness (my mom doesn't have a diamond ring — and doesn't care)
13. Independence (they are independently successful, both with great careers and friends)

Love you guys!


Like oldest, like youngest

As some of you are aware, I am the oldest of 22 cousins. It's definitely a special role to have in a large family and comes with a certain kind of responsibility. It's me who paves the way for the rest of the crew. The first to go to parties in high school, the first to go to the prom, the first to go to college, the first to get an internship, the first to get a real job (and the list goes on...)

You never really know how your decisions and life choices are effecting your younger siblings and cousins, but when I received this photo of my youngest cousin Mae (at 5 years old), I couldn't help but smile.

Like oldest, like youngest.


Cheers to 3 Years

Maine - July 4, 2009

It's been 3 years since our conversations went like this:

Email from Grant in 2009

Every day since has been REALLY, REALLY, REALLY amazing and filled with more laughter, happiness and silliness than I could have dreamed I could find with one person.

Happy 3 years to my favorite person in the world and best friend.


Baby Got Back

I couldn't help but post about this dress that I wore to a friends wedding in VT this past weekend. I have never received so many compliments and questions about where I got it, so I decided to share with you all. It was the perfect mix of chic, sexy and comfortable. I don't tend to gravitate towards this cobalt blue color, but it is a great shade for summer (and per our Lucky editors - the must-have color of the fall season). Take note, girls!