In the bag: beach arsenal

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If you’re lucky enough to live by the beach or by a friend with a pool—or maybe you’re really lucky and you’re about to jet off someplace tropical for spring break—it never hurts to have a swim bag packed at the ready when opportunity strikes. I like to be optimistic.

Actually, last summer, I kept just such a bag in the trunk of my car (though admittedly it was more for weekly swim lessons and spontaneous afternoons at the community pool than for jaunts to the coast). So here’s some inspiration—for summertime optimists and lucky-duck spring breakers alike.

In my bag… 

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Perfect summer sandals?

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Every year, around this time, I can’t help but start looking ahead to sandal season, browsing online to see if anyone is selling the perfect summer sandal. Aron will insist that it’s a moving target… and he’s probably right. But I’ve at least developed a few favorites, and I know what I’m looking for: essentially, a slightly more refined version of my beloved salt-water sandal.

Could these from Madewell be it?! They look pretty darn perfect!

P.S. Past favorites

[Images: Crisscross Sightseer Sandals in Tan and Black, by Madewell]

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Happy six years, Hither & Thither!

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travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!

It’s been a fantastic year. I can’t believe this past Sunday marked six years of blogging on Hither & Thither. It continues to inspire me—owing so much to the feedback and comraderie I get from readers, but also thanks to the joy of having an outlet to practice skills like writing and photography and to the joy of documenting and sharing personal milestones. I would have never expected this to become the rewarding work that it has, when Aron and I first started building the space together on that cold January day. (He wrote the first post! With no photos!)

I really enjoyed looking back over highlights last year, at five years, and hoped you might again, too. (Warning: it’s a long one!) …

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My workout essentials (pregnant or not)

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style  My workout essentials (pregnant or not)

Last week, just before we left for Tahoe, I stopped into Old Navy to try out the latest from their Active line. I’d been invited to try it out and was a little hesitant about looking at new clothes this late in my pregnancy, but I honestly loved everything. And the kicker? I bypassed the maternity section entirely. They actually do have a great selection of maternity workout clothes, but these will work for everyone—pregnant or not. (And all Active wear is 40% off right now!)

Truth: I haven’t been that great about working out these past few months. I was super-active at the start, so hopefully my body will take pity on me and remember that! Either way, I’m happy to have found some workout clothes that look sleek enough to also lounge around in—now and after the baby arrives. If memory serves, stretchy yoga pants are key.

Some more essentials…

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Catbird Alphabet rings (and a Friday link list)

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Catbird, a jewelry shop in Williamsburg, has lovely little gift guides—including one for new moms. My favorite are the delicate little alphabet rings.  So many of my friends are (also) pregnant with baby #2; wouldn’t it be sweet to wear stacked rings, one with each child’s initial? Of course they’d make a great gift for anyone who want to keep a romantic someone’s initial close at hand, too.

More links for your weekend…

Are you done with your holiday shopping? I almost am. If you’re too late for on-time shipping, maybe consider donating to a charity—or to public radio or television in someone’s name (to say thank you for This American Life and Downton Abbey)! But if you’d like something you can wrap, here are my gift guides: For Her, For Him, For the Kiddo, and For Everyone Else.

Also, Our Common Mug, a sweet gift to share with a friend who is too far away. (Thanks for the tip, Allie!)

This send-up of Instagram clichés is hilarious. (Guilty of too many to count. Whoops!)

On a slightly related note: remember our dining room pics and my hunt for a new dining table? We got one just in time for Thanksgiving.

We just got a Christmas card from Aron’s aunt, who made a painting based on one of my photographs and used the image for her cards. So awesome to see! Here are the snowy images of Manhattan after a big storm, taken mostly in Central Park. (They’re still some of my favorite!)

A brilliant paper-snowflake-cutting tutorial, if you’re in the mood to get fancy.

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Holiday Party Basics (Maternity Edition)

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style  Holiday Party Basics (Maternity Edition)

Besides Tums, sparkling mocktails, and a bright lip stain, my holiday arsenal this year has been centered on one very comfortable but slightly form-fitting knit dress. It’s simple, versatile, and I love it. (Especially since it cost me only $15.)

Getting dressed up for the holidays can be tricky. If you’re like me, and the chances to do so are rare, you want to have the fun of getting dressed up; but you probably don’t want to spend very much money on something you might not wear again—especially true when you’re pregnant. (Though I very well may keep wearing this stretchy dress well into the first post-partum month.) Here are a few well-priced basics—many from Old Navy—that I found for a classic holiday party. You could, of course, skip the plaid and glitter and add-in something like touches of neon for something less traditional if that’s your preference.

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Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo

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  1. We love this Classic Balance Bikestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  at our house.
  2. Personalized photo games by Pinhole Press: memory, puzzles, and more… (We made this one.)
  3. Max the Raccoon (or another handmade cutie) from BRIKA
  4. This all-wood Fold-and-Go farm reminds me of the one I had in the ’80s, by Fisher Price.
  5. A playful wink in their bedroom—the Howkapow dog lamp.
  6. A Larry Gets Loststyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  book about your hometown or someplace you’d like to visit—the pup gets lost everywhere from Los Angeles to Seattle, New York City to San Francisco…
  7. Stacking blocksstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  that kids will love and that look good, too.
  8. Eco Doughstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo , the closest you’ll get to the homemade playdough alternative, rumored to be less likely to dry-out.
  9. The Brio Pull Along Dachshundstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  does an incredible job of staying upright, no matter how much he’s jerked around. No other brand of pull-along toy has compared.
  10. This Skootcasestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  looks to be a case of “everyone wins!” at the airport. (I’ve been intrigued for a while.)
  11. Janod Story Box Farmstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo . The French company makes various themes of these sweet boxes of wooden figures (which are perfect for travel). We picked up the Firefightersstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo Story Box in Paris, and Hudson loves it!
  12. Mahalo Ukulelestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  makes a great gift for kids, precisely because it’s not designed to be a toy.
  13. Such a great price point for a classic moccasin: Minnetonka for JCrew Baby.  (The entire new collection for babies is adorable!)
  14. An attractive Playmatstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo —for under a baby’s play gym or a toddler’s train set.
  15. Who wouldn’t love The Original Slush Mugstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo ?
  16. Ubbas bath cups, to match their family’s form. (Here’s Hudson with ours.)
  17. Playskool Digital Camera and Projectorstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo . How fun to get a glimpse of the world through a little one’s eyes!
  18. And, not exactly for the child, but new parents would love this beautiful Baby Milestone heirloom set.

P.S. Last year’s Gift Guide for Kids. Those Connectable Drinking Strawsstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo were (and continue to be) a verified hit with our then 4- and 7-year-old nephews!

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Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him

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Thanks to Aron, who wrote this gift guide for guys!

  1. Ashley and I love Apple TV,style  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  but Chromecaststyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  is a great, new, cheaper alternative—and it lets you cast anything you can watch on your computer in Google Chrome to your television… like Amazon’s huge collection of streaming video.
  2. A handsome BRIKA Handmade Leather Key Fob  to replace the carabiner.
  3. This bike kit, to keep his running perfectly, and to let him know you’d like to keep him safe.
  4. If you already bought the nice shoes, try getting him a Fine Footwear Kit.
  5. If only… 
  6. This camerastyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  takes the best photos I’ve seen from a compact point-and-shoot—AND it’s waterproof to 3o feet and drop-proof to 6 feet. I’m sure Hudson could destroy it, but he would have to really try. (We used it a lot on this trip.)
  7. Simple, but sweet. Something to remind him of his other best friend.
  8. Tools are commonplace on gift guides for guys, but there are only a few that I find that I really need. This drillstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  is handy for so many different home projects.
  9. And, speaking of which, it’s a small gift, but if he doesn’t have one already, an all-in-one screwdriverstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  is incredibly convenient.
  10. This timepiece is timeless.
  11. The original Astronaut Space Penstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  writes upside down, in unearthly weather, and is guaranteed unconditionally for life.
  12. The Wes Anderson Collectionstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him , in-depth overview of one of his favorite filmmaker’s work.
  13. You can’t have the perfect drink without the perfect ice cubesstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him . Skip the stones.
  14. Attractive Coin storage .
  15. dopp kitstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  used to be given to GIs during WW2—and still make a classic gift. Fill it up to personalize it.
  16. If your guy has a commute, think about getting him an Audible.comstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  gift membership—you can pick any one book for free each month—it’s a great deal.
  17. If your camera will accept a remotestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  (many do), they’re awesome to have for family or group photos (or selfies, if you prefer).
  18. I’ve been really enjoying The Rip Tidestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For him  by Beirut recently.
P.S. A few more good ideas on this (now past) giveaway. And last year’s Gift Guide for Him. More gift guides coming up throughout the week.
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Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her

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  1. Professional-quality, complete cake decorating tool kit to show her how much you love those desserts she makes. (Here’s a $10 credit for the site.)
  2. BRIKA Handmade Cord & Rings bracelet
  3. The cropped cape she didn’t even know she’d love.
  4. That decadently soft, cotton flannel robe from the Ace Hotel that she swooned over. (On a weekend away when you swooned over her.)
  5. That citrus tree she’s been coveting. This Kumquat can sit indoors or out, and its fragrant white flowers by tart and juicy fruit.
  6. Power Link Tassel USB Keychain, so that she’ll never have to hunt down a cord to download photos from her iPhone again.
  7. A monthly subscription to Kindred Photo Books (And, better yet, a few you’ve made for her—at only $5 each!)
  8. cast brass necklace that will go with anything.
  9. Warby Parker Gift Card for the home try-on box program. Because it’s too hard to pick out frames for her, but you know she wants new glasses.
  10. Any of these boots, but this Sam Edelman Ankle Bootstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her  is a beauty!
  11. Ultra-compact extra batterystyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her  for her phone (so she’ll always be able to reach you).
  12. A buttery leather tote she’ll use all the time.
  13. An all-occasion card box to help her out (because, otherwise, she’s the only one who remembers to buy the cards).
  14. A chic basket for her bike.
  15. This cheeky takestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her  on the Hermès wraparound watch.
  16. A beautiful hooked pillow from Pendleton.
  17. Beautiful hardcover books she’ll be happy to read and leave out—like the newly released Remodelistastyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For her .
  18. Or… always a safe bets around here… gift certificates to JCrew, Madewell, or Anthropologie.

P.S. Last year’s Gift Guide for Her—which I just looked at again and which I still stand by 100% (and which still contains some things I’m wish-listing). And did you check out the iRobot from last week’s post? More gift guides to come throughout the week: for him, for kiddos, and for everyone else.

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Huge giveaway with Sons of Trade … and more!

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To celebrate the launch of Hither & Thither’s newly redesigned site and to get you jumpstarted on your holiday shopping (this would make an awesome gift for one lucky guy—or lots of cool gifts for many), Hither & Thither is teaming up with Sons of Trade, Kinfolk Magazine, Morris Kitchen, Faherty Brand, and Cliff Original to bring you a chance to win an awesome bundle of gifts.

Enter to win everything here, a total value of $344:

Sons of Trade Tactical tote in your color of choice
Aron and I both love this generous men’s satchel. It converts from a shoulder bag to backpack with adjustable straps and you can see how well it goes from Paris to Yosemite, as well as to the beach in Carmel this past weekend.

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings
A gorgeous collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 pages from creative types around the world, brought to you by Nathan Williams and the creators of Kinfolk Magazine(I’m a longtime fan and one-time magazine contributor.) This is the way dinner should be: comfortable, simple, slow and  meaningful.

Morris Kitchen Gift Box Trio of Syrups
Bottled in Brooklyn, New York, Morris Kitchen syrups—both classic and seasonal—are absolutely delicious in cocktails, homemade sodas, or over dessert. This boxed set includes Spiced Apple Syrup, Preserved Lemon Syrup and Ginger Syrup (my favorite), and each comes with favorite seasonal cocktail recipe card.

Faherty Brand Boardshorts
The passion-project of two brothers (one who used to design for Ralph Lauren), the new label Faherty Brand uses ethically sourced, environmentally sound materials and quality craftsmanship to make great clothes. And how nice to find men’s boardshorts with a flattering cut! It’s summer somewhere…

Cliff Original Face Wash Brick
Another family business, Cliff Original makes small-batch, great-smelling grooming products for men that are free of parabens, sulphates, and harsh chemicals (and with no animal testing). And they give 10% of all profits to local charities! (provided by Thread.)

A Few Details on the Giveaway:

  1. You can earn entries in a multitude of ways. Just check the contest widget below and follow instructions there.
  2. Contest only open to US residents.
  3. Only requirement for entry is to Like Sons of Trade on Facebook using the giveaway widget.
  4. Be sure to use the widget below. It’s how I’m tracking all the entries for the giveaway (and you’ll have some additional ways earn entries!).

That’s it! Here we go! Good luck!

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Best clothes for the tall guys

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Have I mentioned that Aron is 6’8″ tall?

Every now and then I get questions from a reader with a similarly tall (and lean) husband or boyfriend about where on earth he finds clothes that fit. The answer? Online.

Actually, Aron is lucky to be able to buy most of his pants off the (in-store) rack, but virtually all of his shirts have to be sourced from shops with dedicated tall sections online. I have a few go-to’s that quickly come to mind (J. Crew button-downs and sweaters, and Gap’s tall t-shirts are in heavy rotation), but my friend Rebecca has put together a much more extensive list on The Daily Muse that anyone sharing this dilemma will appreciate.

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P.S. This is what he was stooping to look at in the photo up top. Just a few sea lions along the 17-mile-drive this past weekend in Carmel. This whole part of California’s coast… just wow.

[Aron's plaid shirt is from J.Crew's Tall shop]

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Maternity clothing basics

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It’s been my experience that while you don’t need to buy a lot of maternity clothes, you’ll be a lot happier (read: more comfortable) if you get a few key pieces that don’t make you feel like you’re waging a war to squeeze into your wardrobe every day.

Here’s what I think you really need (for cooler temps, with links to my go-to sources)…

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Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

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style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

I don’t always make it, but I have a standing appointment in my date book for the first Sunday of every month at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. If you’re in (or near) the Bay Area, it’s worth checking out. The food trucks and view of the San Francisco skyline would be enough to tempt me, but I usually have a few other goals in mind. One month, it was chairs. This month, it was art and textiles.

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

Just be sure to dress in layers: I was excited to break out a new Old Navy Color-Blocked sweater for the cool morning. But once the fog lifts and the sun comes out, one remembers that fall is the Bay Area’s summer!

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style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country
style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country
style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

Hudson discovered the joy of a tape measure and wanted to stop at every rug which, fortunately, was pretty convenient. Otherwise, I must admit, it’s gotten harder to truly scower the market, with a curious toddler in tow. He usually makes out best of all. (Remember the fire truck? There’s a new-old bulldozer in our midst now.)

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

In the mood to go on a treasure hunt yourself?
Here are the 15 flea and antique markets that are routinely named best in the country:

California
Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
Rose Bowl Flea (Pasadena)
Alameda Point Antiques Faire (pictured)

Georgia
Scott Antique Markets (Atlanta)

Illinois
All Night Flea Market (Wheaton)
Chicago Antique Market

Indiana
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market

Massachusetts
Brimfield Antique Show

New York
Brooklyn Flea (location varies by season)

North Carolina
Raleigh Flea Market

Ohio
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Oregon
Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show

Tennessee
Nashville Flea Market

Texas
Austin County Flea Market
Canton First Monday Trade Days

Several States
127 Corridor Sale (654 miles along the highway, from Jamestown, TN, to Gadsden, AL)

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

How many of these have you been to? Any other favorites?

Aron and I furnished our first apartment almost exclusively with Rose Bowl Flea finds, and have loved visiting the Brooklyn Flea (indoors and out).

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On me: Old Navy Color-blocked Crew-neck Sweater, Gap infinity scarf, Ray Ban Wayfarers, Vintage men’s jeans, and Brogues by Skin & Threads.
On Hudson: Old Navy Uniform Zip-Front Sweater, American Apparel sailor shirt, Zara jeans, and Converse classic Chucks.
This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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High/Low: Cross-body Satchels

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style  High/Low: Cross body Satchels

The perfect, guaranteed-for-life, American-made cross-body satchel—the Mini-Legacy by J.W. Hulme ($390). And the pretty-darn-great, will do-for-now version from Zara ($99).

Both would look awesome slung across a chunky fisherman’s knit sweater this fall, or across a breezy sun-dress next spring. Oh! And I personally discovered that the little handle on the Zara bag is just right for hanging from a stroller (and that the leather looks even better in person). So there you go.

P.S. Another dreamy bag from this heritage brand, the J.W. Hulme Mini-Excursion bag.

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Favorite boots for fall

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The trend for this season is ankle boots and I love the look. But I confess I’m not entirely ready to give up the equestrian style. After all, do those ankle boots come with longer legs?

So here are a few favorites this year, whether you prefer low or high. (Most come in multiple shades.) …

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style  Favorite boots for fall

[Clockwise, short boots:  Rachel Comey Mars Boot / Old Navy Textured Short-zip boots / H by Hudson / Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Bootstyle  Favorite boots for fall  //  Tall boots: Madewell Archive Boot (extended calf option!) / Sam Edelman Perron Boot (I'm really curious about these) / Naturalizer Juletta Tall Riding Boot / and a lighter, packable model of Hunter Wellies]

P.S. Also check out: Clarks Desert Bootstyle  Favorite boots for fall s, Frye Melissa Button Boot (for another extended calf option); Clog Boots, my fall favorites last year (with high/low price points), and some good rain booties.

[Top Photo: Glitter Guide, with Old Navy Short-zip Boot / Bottom: Gwyneth Paltrow via the Denim Blog, and model via Poppy tumblr Pin]

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Ankle-zip Skinnies

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style  Ankle zip Skinnies

I can’t remember when, exactly, I last wore denim with zippers at the ankle, but it has been well over 20 years. I think it was around the time I was dressing as the punk-rocker incarnation of Madonna and lip-syncing to “Material Girl.”

Once I retired the last pair (likely with acid-wash and an upside-down triangle label on the rear), I never thought I’d see the trend again.

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Never say never.

I tried out a pair of Rockstar Ankle-Zip Jeans from Old Navy for a dinner date with Aron over our weekend in Calistoga and loved them (especially with high heels, an equally rare treat).

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Turns out these ones have just enough stretch to fit snuggly on the legs and still accommodate my growing pregnant bump (so I’ve been wearing them all week).

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By the way, Hudson was with me when I found these at Old Navy (along with these cool Rockstar coated skinnies that look a bit like leather) and he spotted this raccoon sweatshirt in the kids section.

I’ve never seen him so excited about a piece of clothing. It’s a bit warm here for sweatshirts (though the evenings are growing cooler), and still he didn’t want to take the hood off!

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Are you into the zipper trend for fall? (I love that they mean getting to wear more brass and metallic embellishments.) Were you around for the first wave of ankle-zips?

On me: Rockstar Ankle-Zip Jeans by Old Navy, and (in top outfit) Necklace by Anthropologie,Tank by Zara, Slingbacks by Emerson Fry; (in second outfit) Peasant top by Edme & Esyllte, Watch by Michael Korsstyle  Ankle zip Skinnies , Ankle boots by Sam Edelmanstyle  Ankle zip Skinnies  (BTW: these ankle boots have the same look for about 80% less.)

On Hudson: Costume Hoodie by Old Navy, trousers by Zara, Salt Water Sandals by Hoystyle  Ankle zip Skinnies

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How to make your own Caftan

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We’re back from Hawaii, and I loved using my new Caftan. (Though admittedly it was hot at times, and I could see how the shorter version might be more practical—if only my legs were my favorite feature!)

A few people mentioned that caftans are easy to make, with simple lines to cut and sew. It makes perfect sense—which really makes one wonder why they all have to be so darn expensive? Incidentally, both Emerson Fry lengths are on sale now.

Summer may be ending for many of us, but I know I’ll be seeking out a beach again come winter. I found two great tutorials for the more sewing-inclined of you…

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Toronto-based Yvonne, of the blog Choo Cha, made herself this beautiful caftan and recommends looking at Indian fabric shops for a good source (bolts sold “for the purpose of making punjabi suits or sarees are usually about 6m of fabric”).

Read her instructions. I imagine you could make a short or long version for yourself depending on your preference.

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Alternatively, Martha Stewart has a tutorial for a beach cover-up (shown at top) that takes a bit more of a poncho-shape but which could also be in keeping with the look. You’ll need two light scarves to sew together. Follow the link to read her simple instructions.

More beach cover-ups.

[Photos from top: Butterfly Caftan via Emerson Fry; DIY Caftan via Choo Cha Handmade; collage via Martha Stewart and Ashley Muir Bruhn]

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Date Night at the Varsity

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I recall talking with girlfriends at a park one afternoon, shortly after Hudson was born, and their reassuring me: “everyone tells you ‘oh, you’ll never do this or that again… you won’t travel or eat in fancy restaurants or go to the movies…’ but none of it’s true. Well, except for seeing movies.” They all agreed that they basically never go to the movies.

In New York, the going rate for a babysitter seemed to be $15/hour. A movie ticket, on average, costs another $15. So before you’ve even had dinner or concessions, you’ve probably spent $60. Time to get a Netflix subscription instead.

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So, the funny thing is, going to dinner and a movie—typically a sort of average date—has become pretty exciting to me. Sometimes nothing sounds better or more romantic than sitting in a dark theatre beside one another and sharing a box of popcorn.

It’s made all the better when we get to see a new release downtown at the Varsity. Oh, and by the fact that everything costs a little less in Davis! (Don’t you love all the bicycle parking, by the way?)
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Last week, we rode our bikes downtown to the old theatre, a Streamline Moderne building: built in 1949/50, the Varsity was built in a style that, at the time both incorporated and reacted against elements of Art Deco (think Airstream trailers). It’s now a historical landmark that shows more  art house cinema.

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There’s a cafe to one side, and a gelato and candy shop to the other (both owned by the same man), and they’ve struck a deal with the theatre so that you can bring items from either inside. I couldn’t resist the spicy ginger gelato.

If the movie is good, we’ll often end up in the wine bar across the street to keep talking about it. This time we saw The Way Way Back. Have you seen it? It’s funny, sad, touching, and memorable: Totally put-on-a-cute-outfit (I’m obviously obsessed with chambray), hire-a-babysitter, and share-some-popcorn worthy!

What I wore: Old Navy Classic Chambray in Light; Vintage belt; Old Navy Sweetheart Skinny Jeans; JCrew sandals; Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglassesstyle  Date Night at the Varsity ; and Michael Kors Watchstyle  Date Night at the Varsity .

Also pictured: Sons of Trade Tactical Tote; and a Linus bike (mine’s the Dutchi, his is the Roadster) with the Bobike Mini Front Child Seat.

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What have you seen lately that’s date-night worthy? I practically peed my pants I laughed so much at the outrageousness of The End, and I really appreciated the thoughtful Mud, but it’s been a while since I truly loved a movie. I’m really looking forward to that new Julia Louise-Dreyfuss movie, Enough Said, and I always like to see Woody Allen’s films. What else looks good?

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