December 1, 2019

I have to admit that I struggle with the necessity of participating in the consumerism that is characteristic of this time of year—especially this weekend. Personally, I want all of us to think twice before buying more "stuff" for people. I want global brands to cease...

October 30, 2019

I have known Lydia and Laurelle for most of our lives. We grew up together and, while never in the exact same location, our moves were always parallel. When we were in West Africa, so were they. When we were in Brussels, they were just outside Paris. And now that I am...

October 24, 2019

I'm a little sad this series is over. Mostly because I have loved sharing how awesome I think my mother is, but also because I miss this. This being the daily development of creative content. In a past life, I did a lot more styling and writing and teaching about what...

October 22, 2019

Remember what I said yesterday about wearing The Button Blouse with skinny jeans and flats? Well, that's just what Mom did for this third look in our Button Blouse series.

My personal style tends to be a touch dramatic. I like to mix prints and I love exaggerated shapes...

October 21, 2019

When there's a part one, one might assume there will be a part two. And in this case one would be correct in that assumption! In this Part Two of our Button Blouse series, Mom is rocking the rust-colored Button Blouse with Bermuda shorts and a transitional bootie.

I'd l...

October 20, 2019

So, first, can we please talk about how beautiful my mother is? I know I'm biased but I swear she just keeps getting more and more beautiful. Yay, genetics!

Now that that's out of the way, I'd like to bring your attention to what she's wearing. Notably The Button Blouse...

October 14, 2019

When Mom is excited about something, she laughs. Actually, it is more of a giggle. And if she's really excited, she will clap a few times, too. It is hands down the most joy-filled experience you will ever witness and is one of the things I love most about her.

A few mo...

September 21, 2019

A shop owner once insisted to me that customers don't care about the inner workings of a luxury brand or business. They don't want to hear about the lows, and they think the mention of the highs is boastful. They want to think they know you, but they don't actually wan...

August 13, 2019

I write this as I finish up my last plate of enchiladas de mole in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico. Over the next two days, I will travel back to Alexandria, Virginia, and tomorrow afternoon I will get to snuggle my dogs and hug my husband. (Realistically, in that order.) I a...

July 8, 2019

The first time I met Atia, I would have described her as quiet, shy. She relied almost entirely on her teenage daughter to translate for her, uncomfortable with the limited English skills she had acquired. I did what I learned to do a long time ago when I am not able t...

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