Year: 2015

Creating a capsule wardrobe? Try starting with the 5-piece French wardrobe

Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe? Have you heard of a 5-piece French wardrobe? Truth be told, until about a week ago, I hadn’t heard about either of them. Here’s what I learned: Definition of a capsule wardrobe “It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you completely LOVE to wear. For Unfancy purposes, it’s a 37-piece wardrobe (rotated every three months) that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes.” – Caroline, blogger of “Unfancy“. If you’re interested, I really recommend reading Caroline Rector’s blog and why she decided to create a minimal 37 piece wardrobe. Here’s an excerpt: “To me, a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear / less time spent shopping / less time doing laundry or caring for clothes) more money for our dreams + helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness.” What is the 5-piece French Wardrobe? The capsule wardrobe and the 5-piece French wardrobe have very similar philosophies. You start with quality basics across all …

San Francisco, Are You Ready For Some Parisian Sophistication?

Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored post, and all the thoughts and opinions I’ve expressed are solely my own. Above photo: Caroline de Maigret, Vogue.com Last Saturday night, my husband and I got dressed to the nines (in our world anyways), had my mother-in-law watch O, and drove to San Francisco to attend his work holiday party. We got to our destination a little early. It was in a part of town I don’t remember visiting before, and I was immediately struck by the beautiful white, gold and fur (yes I said fur) window displays. For those who don’t live in San Francisco, like myself, I had to have a friendly introduction from my husband, who made himself seem like the expert that night. “This is Pacific Heights, where each house costs over $4 million dollars,” he said as he proceeded to pull out his Zillow app and flash it in front of me. But I wasn’t listening.  I was too distracted by the beautiful shop windows that awaited me. I could soon tell that I …

Capturing The Essence of Christmas: Bird & Bauble

Christmas is only 11 days away, but if you’re anything like me, you’re no where ready to slow down and make space for it. To help bring the Advent season closer to people, my friend Pauline, together with her business partner Robin, created a collection of hand crafted Christmas tree ornaments. Each ornament is infused with a bible story -and when grouped together – conveys the larger Gospel story and thus the significance of Christmas. A few months ago Pauline, Amber (See my prior post about her) and I began meeting up on a monthly basis to support each other in our respective ventures. It has been really encouraging to watch her walk through the process of creating these small intricate ornaments and at the same time manage her time. Like me, Pauline is a stay at home mom to a little boy. Finally after 1 years worth of planning and executing, all their hard work was finally debuted at an annual craft fair held at her local church.  I was excited to finally see her final creations and of course purchased one of them! I loved their delicate, natural and minimalistic aesthetics. …

Fast Fashion: The True Cost

As a woman, I like clothing. I see it as a way for a woman to express herself, art in motion and a source of inspiration in my daily life. It’s been a goal of mine to feature fashion on this blog because of its incredible impact on most if not all women in our society (look at the yoga pants genre for crying out loud!). And simply because its something i’ve learned to embrace about myself (more on my personal approach to consumerism and fashion later). But since my blogging approach is to dig a little deeper and wider into topics to raise awareness, I thought I’d start with an up-close and global look at our current fast fashion industry. It’s amazing what I discovered. Remember the movie “The Devil Wears Prada?” (2006) Let me remind you with this awesome dialogue between Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine and Andy Sachs a journalism graduate who lands herself a job as her personal assistant despite her ridicule for the fashion industry: Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between …

Looking at 2016 and what to (hopefully) expect from Eat Sleep Play Blog

I know we haven’t even reached Christmas yet, but i’m already getting anxious about 2016! Why? Well, first of all, I just passed my 32nd birthday. It’s a strange feeling, but a good one. I feel like i’m ready for the next thing. Time waits for no one. Of course there are a few things that are keeping me from jumping ahead of myself, like my family/domestic life, but it gives me some time to collect my thoughts and plan. Want to know the second reason? I’m no longer working at War Foodie. Yes, my time there was short and sweet.  I could go on and on about the experience and what I learned, but that’s not what this post is about. Anyways, I’m back to the drawing board of thinking about work and what to look for next. More on all these things later. Right now, I thought i’d give myself some time to focus on my blog and how to sustain it. If you’ve been following, you’ll be able to tell i’ve been exploring and trying out different things. This …

We’re Still Leaning On Each Other

The collaboration continues… This is part 2 of my series on the ibook “Lean On and Lead” and author Shay Chan Hodges. You can find part 1 here. For most women, “working mom life” is simply life. Nothing special, nothing glamorous, just something that needs to be done. But if you dig a little deeper and ask these moms a few questions, you’ll find that they’re on a tight wire juggling more than they would like. I’m no expert, but I think we weren’t meant to just shoulder these issues alone, instead we might make it better for all of us, if we let it unite us. Every time I read the stories from Lean On and Lead, I get the feeling that it’s partially what Shay Chan Hodges intended. Last week I published a post with short introduction to author and activist Shay Chan Hodges and my take on her iBook Lean On and Lead. In this post I’ll be sharing a few excerpts from our interview. I was grateful to be able to ask Shay a few questions of my own …

November Feature Story Giveaway – Lean On and Lead

Eat Sleep Play Blog’s Feature Story Giveaway – “Lean On and Lead”   Thanks for reading my post Leaning On Each Other! Now you’ll have a chance to read the book. This is one of my favorite giveaways so far because it is so enriching! Mothers or soon to be mothers, would really gain a lot by reading this and joining the discussion. And it’s not a hard read at all. You can just read individual stories one at a time rather than trying to power through it. It’s also my 3rd giveaway since I started actively writing in this blog in August, and I’m very thankful to all my collaborators and supporters. So I wanted to add something special to the mix:  This beautiful Swarovski Pen that contains 160 sparkling crystals in the body. It symbolizes beauty, inspiration and empowerment through words!   Good luck! And if you don’t happen to get the book this time, you’ll get another chance to get the book for free by subscribing to the Lean On and Lead Newsletter. Subscribers will …

Leaning On Each Other – My Interview with author Shay Chan Hodges

Lets talk about motherhood and work. When I was still pregnant with O, I dropped out of the work force. My family encouraged me to. They told me that it would be better for the baby to have his mother take care of him, especially in the early years. All my training in child psychology confirmed this. It would be economically challenging but luckily we wouldn’t be without health insurance and I had help from family. So I didn’t really think twice about it. However the story doesn’t end there. I soon learned that staying at home would be harder for me than I thought. I was the type of person that needed and wanted to work, and if I didn’t, I knew that staying at home alone with a child would ultimately drive me crazy.  So after my husband returned from New York, I began to think about how to go about getting back to work, and be able to be a full-time mother to my son. Although it was tough when my husband lived apart from us in New …

#365daysofselfcare Day 19: Reach out to someone

“We all need somebody to lean on” Sometimes the best things you can do is to ask for and accept help. This one’s a tough one for me. But like anything else, it just takes getting use to the more you do it. Asking for help can empower you to either take care of yourself or free you up to do something else. It also helps build community. Likewise, another suggestion is to reach out and text someone to see how they’re doing, or to say something affirming to them. Again, it opens up the opportunity to build community and a good support system.  All it takes is one text or phone call. Check out more on my Instagram account @eatsleepplayblog  or join the challenge with the hashtag #365daysofselfcare. I usually post there first!