TEN THINGS

02/24/2017

7The sun is shining here in Nashville today, and I’m taking it as a good sign for the rest of the weekend! Spring really can’t come soon enough. I hope that your week has been a gracious one, and that your weekend is even better. Here are this week’s ten things…

1. A museum removes all artwork made by immigrants. Here is the result.

2. I’ve been itching to make dumplings ever since my friend made them for me as a sweet gesture. This recipe looks promising!

3. Finally got my hands on the much-loved and fancy Créme De La Mer—I love it!

4. Have you read the new “Mom Talk” column on Mother? This week’s feature is all about raising a long-haired boy—something I can relate to.

5. If you’re visiting NYC this weekend, this list of the 31 best coffee shops in the city might be worth a read.

6. 10 must-see art exhibitions for 2017.

7. My favorite coffee table book! It’s beautiful.

8. A list of Airbnb rentals with jaw-dropping views? Count me in!

9. In search of a new read? Have you read anything from this list?

10. A new collection by Doen just launched! I was able to scoop up a few pieces including this sweet top for spring.

Image above via Diane Villadsen

TEN THINGS

02/10/2017

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Cheers to the weekend! It seems like these past few weeks have been filled with a little extra chaos and sadness. But, I’m looking forward to a restful weekend and time at home with my family. To pique your interest and perhaps to add a bit of positivity, here are this week’s ten things…

1. The Madewell Intimates Collection is here! And, guys… it is so good.

2. The perfect list of aspirations to get you through the month of February.

3. New Ace & Jig just landed at Two Son! This jumpsuit is a looker.

4. In New York City this weekend? Join the Kids For Kindness march this Sunday at Washington Square Park.

5. Halloween can’t come soon enough! Did you catch this season 2 trailer at the Super Bowl?

6. A lot of crap happened in 2016. But, here are 10 things that are getting better.

7. Looking to go back to basics with this simple, yet mouthwatering rendition of roasted chicken breasts.

8. Game changer: Glossier released their best-selling Boy Brow in clear. Don’t forget to use this link for 20% off your first order.

9. A new 73 questions by Vogue is out. This time starring Girls’, Lena Dunham.

10. Betsey DeVos is appointed Secretary of Education. What are your thoughts?

Photo above via dream-marauder.

EVEN MY CAT’S A PICKY EATER

02/02/2017

39We’ve had our kitty Bijou for over a year now. She’s an F3 Bengal. If you’ve been following this space for a while, or follow along on Instagram, you’ll know that our household is no stranger to animals. In fact, we’re big fans. In addition to Bijou, we also own a miniature pug named Frances Farmer (affectionately known as “Fran” who’s tongue, for whatever reason, is always out) and a pet bunny the kids named Bubble. While I know that pets aren’t for everyone, they’ve really taught our kids a lot about responsibility and compassion, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without them.

Ever since introducing Bijou in particular to the Internet via #bijouthebengal, I’ve received loads of questions, not only because of Bijou’s attractive breed, but also because she behaves a bit differently than other cats. Her grandmother is a Asian leopard. And, while this gives her those beautifully patterned spots, it also gives her an affinity toward trouble-making. This means Bijou requires a bit of special attention. All that said, we recently decided to switch her over to a high-quality pet food by IAMS because she stopped showing interest in her old food—I swear my house is full of picky eaters! We figure that if we’re going to take care of her in the best possible way, what she’s eating should be the first place we start, as her previous food was a bit pricey, and she would not each much of it. To acclimate her to the new diet in a safe way, we started to mix small amounts of IAMS with her existing food. If it’s specific numbers you’re after, we began the process by giving her a ratio of 25 to 75, with 25% of her meal containing the new IAMS Proactive Health Healthy Adult cat food. Over past few days, we’ gradually made our way to 100%. Easy as that! We were precautioned that some challenges might arise in switching Bijou’s diet, but we did not encounter any issues.

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37IAMS is all about helping cats of all shapes and sizes live long, healthy lives. To support their cause, the brand has done extensive research on cats and their eating patterns, and believes that the right diet can provide tons of positive benefits like: soft and shiny skin and coat, healthy digestion, and increased playfulness. We’ve already seen a bit of difference in her personality and are looking forward to seeing visible results after maintaining an IAMS diet. Because at the end of the day, a happy Bijou, means a happy household. We’ll be tracking Bijou’s progress here on Bleu, and via Instagram. But, if you’re interested in learning more about the IAMS brand for cats and their Visible Difference guarantee, visit IAMS.com.

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This post is in partnership with IAMS.

FAVORITES / JANUARY 2017

02/01/2017

6I’m coming up for air to share some of my January favorites with you, now that month has come to an end. The beginning of the year is usually a pretty busy time for Mother, so I haven’t done much at all other than work long hours, since the start of 2017. Excited for things to slow down a little bit over the next week or two. So, let’s jump right into my recent faves!

The photo above is of a giant ceramic bowl that I am completely in love with. It’s made by one of my favorite potters, Victoria Morris. It lives on my countertop and I fill it with fresh fruit and veggies each week. It’s one of my most treasured pieces, and interestingly enough, I’ve had two dreams that it has broken, so I am pretty overprotective of it. Ha! In the center is a unique and beautiful ceramic vase that Aubrey bought me for Christmas by Object and Totem. Apparently this is the last batch of these the designer Julianna is making, so I feel so lucky to have one. For those of you who have inquired about the boob mug seen in some of my past photos, it is made by the same designer. The candle pictured is a part of a new collaboration from Le Feu De L’eau and Edible Gardens LA. They released three scents and this African Basil one is by far my favorite.

In the photo below: The newest candle scent from Le Labo, Palo Santo 14. I haven’t burned it yet, but it smells so good. I love pretty much everything from Le Labo, and a girl can never have too many candles! Next to it is a new perfume that I bought called Baccarat Rouge 540 by Francis Kurkdjian. It is such an incredible scent that is unlike anything I have ever smelled before. It’s sweet, but also woody and masculine. To me, it smells like what I imagine sexy, Paris nightlife to be. It’s one of those scents where people are constantly asking “What are you wearing?” It’s intoxicating, weird, and I kind of love it!

21These are my newest pair of slides from Brother Vellies. We carry them at my store Two Son, if you’re interested. I love them and cannot wait to wear them all spring/summer long with jumpers, dresses, and jeans. BVs are traditional African shoes that are handmade, ethically in Africa, Kenya, and Morocco. Below is a book called Essays Against Everything that I bought a few months ago, mostly because of it’s beautiful cover art, but haven’t gotten around to reading until now. I am just getting started, so I can’t give a full review of my thoughts, yet, but so far, so good. A couple of other recent books that I am in the middle of reading (yes, I am one of those people that reads 4-5 books at a time. Does anybody else do that?) are Salt by Nayyirah Waheed and The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace. My eldest daughter borrowed Salt before I had a chance to finish it and hasn’t returned it, yet. It’s an easy read of short, inspiring poems that will penetrate deep into your heart and soul. Highly recommended! The story of Robert Peace is a necessary read, I believe, especially given the current goings-on in America. I am hoping to finish it soon.

4A cute kids’ line that I am loving is The Animals Observatory. It’s the same designer that created Bobo Choses before she left the brand. I have always been a huge fan of her work and love that TAO has the same feel, but is totally it’s own. The clothes are for children, but not too child-like, if you know what I mean. I would wear most of the pieces myself, if they can in grownup sizes.

3b5I wrote about some of the beauty products I’m loving right now on Mother, but here’s a quick recap and a few others that I didn’t mention: Thermal Spring Water by Avène. I use this in the morning and night, keep a travel size in my purse, and use it throughout the day or while I’m traveling, as needed. It’s a great way to soothe irritated, dry, dull skin, and also a great addition to my cleansing routine. The Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask is incredible! I swear, it makes my skin so smooth that I can skip any skin tint or foundation afterwards. Seriously, it’s like a photo-filter in a jar. Glossier’s new Priming Moisturizer Rich is a must for dry, winter skin, plus it smells like lavender—’nuff said. Here’s a promo link for 20% off of your Glossier order, incase you want to try it. Next in line is the new MŪN Akwi Cleanser. This stuff is incredible. I love oil cleansers, and this one is right up there with my beloved Eve Lom, which I still use and adore, but the Akwi one is giving it a serious run for it’s money. The toothbrush is kind of random, but I have been using it daily, but not for my teeth. It is the best for combing brows! I prefer it over a spoolie. I use Clary Balm all day, everyday. It’s a 100% natural, all-purpose balm with calendule, chamomile, lavender, plantain, olive oil, and beeswax. I use it on my lips, my hands, my face, or anywhere else that I am feeling rough or sensitive. I have one on me at all times. Lastly, the XeraCalm A.D by Avène has been a skin-saver this winter. This stuff is recommended for skin conditions like eczema and KP, and works wonders at repairing skin.

87I bought this new cookbook called A Modern Way To Cook for a couple of reasons. The first being, I am a self-proclaimed cookbook hoarder and I cannot quit buying them. And also, I have this thing called Alpha Gal Syndrome. It’s a rare, sudden, and extreme allergy to red meat, including beef, lamb, and pork, and is caused by a tick bite. This is something that I plan on diving into more in a future post, but here is a really interesting podcast by RadioLab about it, if you’re curious. So, because of my new forced-lifestyle, I have been eating a lot more vegetarian and vegan dishes. Luckily, I am still able to eat fish and poultry. Pictured below, are my new boots that I bought while in NYC last month on a business trip for Glossier. I’m completely obsessed with them.

9b10I’ve been drinking these Daily Harvest smoothies over the past week and I really like them. The one pictured above is my favorite, so far. They arrive at your doorstep frozen and you pop them into the freezer until you are ready to drink one. Just fill the cup with coconut water or nut milk, dump into your blender, blend, and enjoy. They’re so easy, convenient, and good for you. I want to try out their soups next! Since the “new year, new you” mentality comes along with January, I have not only been trying to eat cleaner and take better care of myself, both mentally and physically, but I’ve also started taking some new vitamins that a couple of my friend’s recommended. The first are these Ritual vitamins for women. They contain nine essential ingredients that most women need and lack. I’ve been using for just under a couple of weeks now and so far, so good. I also stated taking another supplement with a high iron dosage, because I am anemic. And let me tell you, since having to restrict any and all forms of red meat, my energy has been L-O-W. So, low that I feel weak and exhausted all the time. I think it’s helping a little bit, but I am still wiped most days. If any of you have anemia or low iron and have an iron supplement you love, please share!

1112bMy last favorite is a record that is not new or fresh by any means (it’s 5 years old), but I kept finding myself spinning it all month long. Fear Fun by Father John Misty. If you haven’t heard it yet, you’re in for a treat! xxJ

TEN THINGS

01/27/2017

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What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been, especially this last one! Things have been a bit hectic around to say the least, but I’m looking forward to the breathing a bit this weekend, hopefully beating this awful cold that just won’t seem to go away, and getting back on track, in hopes of posting more in this space. All that said, I hope your weekend is filled with rest and relaxation. Here are this week’s ten things…

1. This bad lip reading from Donald Trump’s inauguration made me LOL!

2. Glossier just released their Priming Moisturizer Rich, and I love it! Use this link to receive 20% off your first order.

3. The 2017 Oscar nominations are in! Who do you predict will win this year?

4. College kids can now study “The Politics of Kanye West”.

5. A look at the Women’s March 2017 from around the globe.

6. These Esby Apparel Duffy Jumpers are like fashion-forward pajamas. So comfortable!

7. Hillbilly Elegy and Between The World and Metwo important books I’m looking forward to read in 2017.

8. Could a sequel to “Donnie Darko” be in the works?

9. To get through the thick of winter, here are 27 recipes to make for someone who has the flu.

10. Excited for this new Netflix documentary coming in February!

Photo above via Amy Harrity.

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