George & Ruby

July 31, 2012

Every time I talk to my friend Michaela who lives in NYC and now works for Oscar de la Renta, I am constantly mesmerized by her life in the city.  Tales of working for “Oscar”, weekend jaunts to the Hamptons, and her friends – who are each as fashionable as the next (they all work in fashion).  She is literally going to laugh out loud reading my recount of her NYC life.  Even more so, I love to hear her talk about coworkers and friends who have babies and children in the city, all the while managing to work high…

Every time I talk to my friend Michaela who lives in NYC and now works for Oscar de la Renta, I am constantly mesmerized by her life in the city.  Tales of working for “Oscar”, weekend jaunts to the Hamptons, and her friends – who are each as fashionable as the next (they all work in fashion).  She is literally going to laugh out loud reading my recount of her NYC life.  Even more so, I love to hear her talk about coworkers and friends who have babies and children in the city, all the while managing to work high power jobs.  I always think it would be so fun to have young children (before school age) in a big city, living in a high rise, with so many museums and parks at your fingertips.  As long as you’ve got a stroller and room in the apartment for a crib, you’re set, right?  I’m sure my thoughts will do a 180 once I have babies of my own:)  

Michaela’s boss, and the head creative director at Oscar de la Renta, has a blog called “George and Ruby” that tells the story of her life in NYC with two little ones and showcases behind the scenes looks at the Oscar children’s line.  Including pictures from a recent photoshoot in Portugal for the childrens Spring and Summer 2013 campaign.  See what I mean, it is pretty fascinating.  The blog is only a few weeks old, but I can already tell that it is going to be a new favorite of mine.  The New York fashion industry + children + real life – account for one great story/blog.    

(All images via George and Ruby)     

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Lean your art

July 31, 2012

Before I jump into my post for today (which I’m pretty excited about) – I wanted to say THANK YOU for such an overwhelmingly positive, thoughtful, and loving responses to my first Toast Talk post yesterday… I read each and every comment and honestly, thank you really doesn’t even being to cover it.  I’m really looking forward to sharing more with you all and I hope we can continue to connect on real terms.  kisses for real NOW – I touched on my love for leaned art work when I pulled together my “top 10” for the D Home Blog’s Thursday Tastemaker…

Before I jump into my post for today (which I’m pretty excited about) – I wanted to say THANK YOU for such an overwhelmingly positive, thoughtful, and loving responses to my first Toast Talk post yesterday… I read each and every comment and honestly, thank you really doesn’t even being to cover it.  I’m really looking forward to sharing more with you all and I hope we can continue to connect on real terms.  kisses for real

NOW – I touched on my love for leaned art work when I pulled together my “top 10” for the D Home Blog’s Thursday Tastemaker feature a while back… I told them, “I got over the idea of a gallery wall pretty much as soon as the fad started but I die for the idea of having a bunch of artwork overlapping and leaning on one another. Whether along the baseboards, on shelves or atop a dresser or desk, the look is disheveled and effortless – and makes switching things around easy.”

I still die for this look.  But I hope I didn’t offend any gallery lovers – because really, leaning artwork in groupings is basically a deconstructed gallery wall.  The concept might seem messy or lazy, but I love the look and how it can work in both contemporary, rustic, and more traditional settings.  And like a gallery wall, you can do a mix of photography prints, abstracts, and typographic art…  If the thought of accumulating enough framed pieces to pull off the look scares you, just take it one piece at a time (like the last photo), start out symmetrically (like the first photo) and work your way ledges and large groupings (all the photos in between!).  It’s laid-back chic.

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Toast Talk

July 30, 2012

Several weeks ago, a few coworkers and I were discussing the phenomenon that is “the blog world” – one person casually mentioned, “Blogging isn’t blogging anymore.”  I didn’t even skip a beat before saying, “No, it’s really not.”  Don’t get me wrong, I have an immense amount of respect for all bloggers and obviously know first hand all the time, energy, creativity, and thought it takes to have a blog – but in their earliest inception blogs were literally “web logs”: online platforms for individuals to share insight on a certain subject, keep a diary, etc.  Think Julie & Julia.…

Several weeks ago, a few coworkers and I were discussing the phenomenon that is “the blog world” – one person casually mentioned, “Blogging isn’t blogging anymore.”  I didn’t even skip a beat before saying, “No, it’s really not.”  Don’t get me wrong, I have an immense amount of respect for all bloggers and obviously know first hand all the time, energy, creativity, and thought it takes to have a blog – but in their earliest inception blogs were literally “web logs”: online platforms for individuals to share insight on a certain subject, keep a diary, etc.  Think Julie & Julia.  Where we are now is… Different.  Sally and I can do our best to inject our personalities into each post we write but let’s be honest, a lot of what we talk about revolves around the material world.  Sure we pepper in aspects of our lives, but my biggest fear is that some of you might think we aren’t much more than girls who churn out posts or that we live in some fantasy factory where all we do is shop online or think about material stuff (so not true).  

I want to try something here – starting off each week with Toast Talk.  Some realness that isn’t about shoes, or whathaveyou.  Just a little something that will hopefully allow you all to get to know me and Sally better (and fingers crossed, helps us know YOU all better through your comments).  Are you still reading? I hope so – even though I kind of feel like I’m writing in a diary right now, I already feel like I’m being more genuine here than ever before.

So in the spirit of keeping things real, let’s talk about friendships.  We all have girlfriends, right?  We call them to catch-up, spend time with them, grow-up with them, and let’s face it, we often vent to them and come to them to talk about our problems.  Lately I’ve noticed that I go to different friends when I need different things: tough love, a sympathetic ear, advice, etc.  Take me and Sally for example… She knows that when she comes to me she gets the tough lovin’ guidance, and I know when I go to her I get a good listener that stays unbiased and doesn’t really give advice.  So ya, when I want to talk to someone about my career path I’m not going to just hit up Sally.  But when I need to vent, she’s a champ.  

The issue I’m having now is how I give different parts of myself to different friends.  To some I’m the sympathetic cheerleader and others I’m the bulldog.  It makes me wonder if I’m doing both of them a disservice, if I should be giving equal parts to both to keep things balanced and obviously, real.  I was recently talking with Victoria and she brought up how she appreciates her friends that are honest with her more than the ones that just agree with her or allow her to wallow or whine.  I had to agree – I get more out of the friendships that help me grow emotionally.  Would you rather have someone saying, “Go after that dream job, you only live once and the worst they can say is no,” or one that offers, “Well, is your current job really that bad?”  Might not be the best example but I think you know where I’m going…

I think as women we have to build each other up.  My goal is to do just that but in the most balanced way possible.  Being a good listener and knowing why that person came to you in the first place is the first step for me.  The second step is being brave enough to be honest with my friends when I think they need it and not suppressing that honesty because I worry they might take it the wrong way.  Third and most important (and what I’m currently not that great at) is delivery…  Saying everything with genuine love and care behind it.  Sometimes I’m too opinionated and passionate for my own good and my delivery, well, it sucks.  

My girlfriends are some of the most important people in my life.  And I’m a believer that we get what we give.  I’ll be making a big push to give the best of all worlds when it comes to my friendships and to do it with realness and love.  So did you make it this far?  I’d love to know what you all think – about this and the Toast Talk idea in general!  And if you’re thinking “I just come her for the pretty pictures,” I hope you’ll stick around… Mondays are about to get interesting.

(Image via Freunde von Freunden)

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A Freshen-Up

July 29, 2012

Well – I thought the old blog needed a bit of a facelift freshen-up so you’re probably noticing that things look a little different around here… Something about what we had going on before just felt cramped and was making me feel the itch to change things up.  So I did what do best, took graphic matters into my own hands till I came up with something we were both happy with.  Subtle but different and definitely in-line with our style and aesthetic.  Freshy fresh. I know it goes without saying but THANK YOU for reading our blog, for commenting,…

Well – I thought the old blog needed a bit of a facelift freshen-up so you’re probably noticing that things look a little different around here… Something about what we had going on before just felt cramped and was making me feel the itch to change things up.  So I did what do best, took graphic matters into my own hands till I came up with something we were both happy with.  Subtle but different and definitely in-line with our style and aesthetic.  Freshy fresh.

I know it goes without saying but THANK YOU for reading our blog, for commenting, sending us emails, saying hi to us when you see us out and about, hanging in while we try to bond with social media, etc.  Thank you really doesn’t even begin to cover it.  Kiss kiss and hope you all had a fine weekend!

(Image via Tommy Ton)

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Dresses that were ‘New For The Night’

July 27, 2012

This Tuesday night Sally and I kind of felt like Cinderella girls – we got to borrow gorgeous party dresses while hosting the New For The Night launch event – and then we handed back the dresses the next day.  As sad as we were to see them go, we can’t wait till we have a special event coming up that will allow us to shop on the New Fort The Night site again!  Seriously, renting for a fraction of the retail price is such a genius concept for money conscious girls like us. Another highlight of the night (as if the…

This Tuesday night Sally and I kind of felt like Cinderella girls – we got to borrow gorgeous party dresses while hosting the New For The Night launch event – and then we handed back the dresses the next day.  As sad as we were to see them go, we can’t wait till we have a special event coming up that will allow us to shop on the New Fort The Night site again!  Seriously, renting for a fraction of the retail price is such a genius concept for money conscious girls like us.

Another highlight of the night (as if the dresses, calamari, and champagne wasn’t enough) was meeting Kristi and Scot Redman – the talented married couple behind D Magazine’s StyleSheet.  We definitely had an omgisthisreallyhappening moment when they asked to take our picture and they popped up on their site the next day.  Thank you – we loved meeting you!

For those of you that stopped by the event, thank you so much!  We loved getting to meet so many of you and have our friends supporting such a fantastic company (started by a Texas girl, no less!).  The biggest thank you of the night goes out to Brittany Sakowitz – the NFTN founder – and her amazing team… Here’s to hoping they land a New For The Night showroom in Dallas so we can try before we borrow!

(First and Last images taken by D Mag StyleSheet photographers Kristi & Scot Redman .  All others taken by MBM & SAM for A PIECE of TOAST .  Wearing: Pleasure Doing Business White and Ivory Dress (borrowed from NFTN) // Vince Camuto Heels // Kate Spade Clutch (similar) // Maya Brenner Mini Initial Necklace // Cynthia Steffe Beaded Cage Collar Dress (borrowed from NFTN) (similar) // Gap Wedges (similar) // American Apparel Pouch // hair Sultra Bombshell)

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