Some Distractions: Natalie Portman Rap, Postpartum Anxiety, Obama Portraits, Etc.

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Oy vey, friends. It’s Monday already. Work has been stressful and busy this last week, as several things I’ve been working on for over a year have finally come to a head. I have that groggy feeling that comes from several days of sleeping too hard and yet feeling like you haven’t slept at all. Anyone else relate to this right now?

A handful of distractions from the interwebs, and please — share some links to all things good and pretty and interesting in the comments, because I will need them this week. x

“Dare to dream it, dare to believe it, and dare to do it” — feeling inspired by this interview with make-up goddess and entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury.

Did you see Natalie Portman’s 2nd rap on SNL last weekend? I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since me and my college friends cracked ourselves up imitating her original rap!

This no-holds-barred interview with music icon Quincy Jones is fascinating to say the least. (Anyone else suddenly really interested in reading Richard Pryor’s diaries?)

Happy 10 years in fashion to Christian Siriano — and his beautiful, size-inclusive collection!

13 Black-Owned Small Businesses to Shop Right This Second.

“I am learning that to be a mother is to know that you can’t know everything will be okay and still operate as if you could. The alternative is to have your entire body — heart, mind, and soul — be held hostage by fear.” and other realizations about postpartum anxiety and new motherhood.

The Obamas on display at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. (How much do you love Barack’s portrait? There’s something so beautiful, feminine, and peaceful about it.)

This lovely kids picture book just won the Caldecott Medal! (*quickly adds to Fay’s Library Wishlist*)

I haven’t seen any of the Fifty Shades films yet (nor have I read the book), but thanks to reviews like this one that make me literally LOL, I don’t feel like I need to.

Science meets… curling! (You know how I love curling.)

and finally:

What song would you figure skate to at the Olympics? (I actually gave this a lot of thought over the weekend: This song for pair skating and this song for singles would make beautiful choices, I think.) Plus, Virtue and Moir from Canada pulled off the daring Moulin Rouge! medley with grace and poise.

(Image by Jenny Komenda — buy the print and others from Jenny’s Print Shop)

Beautiful and Cheeky Illustrations by Heather Landis

Fay Hyatt Heather Landis Illustration

For my baby shower, as you may recall, my dear friend Heather Landis did all of the illustrations for the games — but what I didn’t tell you about was that she also designed a custom piece especially for “Baby Hyatt.” At the time, Heather didn’t know the baby’s name, so after Fay was born, she sent me the art print (above) updated with her name — framed and everything! It makes me so happy!

This week, I fell into the hole that is her Society6 online shop and simply must share a few of her cheeky flowery prints with you, which are similarly beautiful…

My Favorite Event of the Winter Olympics

Ice Skating - Winter Olympic Games St Moritz 1928

Are you planning on tuning in to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? The big opening ceremony takes place in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow (3 a.m. PT!), but the games officially kicked off last night with it’s first event.

You may be surprised to know it is also my favorite overall event of the entire winter games…

What Would You Do If You Won the Lottery?

It Could Happen to You Bridget Fonda Nicholas Cage Rosie Perez

Did you hear that the one winner of the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot last month was a 20-year-old man from Florida? Can you imagine?!

Jonathan and I have never been much into playing the lottery, but when the jackpot starts to get really big (and makes it all over the news), sometimes we buy a ticket or two — because who knows! It’s funny; despite the odds of winning being 175 million to one, I can’t help but fantasize about what having a windfall like that would be like…

Some Distractions: Black Panther Premiere, Plaid Flannel, Reducing Stress, Etc.

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It’s hump day and we are once again dealing with a sick baby. (Will these colds and teething fevers never end??) I hope your week is decidedly less yucky than mine has been on the runny nose, sore throat front.

Work has also been crazy busy, but as usual I’ve managed to find enough mid-week distractions to keep me sane…

Beauty routine of an Olympic athlete. Suddenly feeling like I need a charcoal mask in my life.

Words to live by.

Shake Shack is coming to the Bay Area! Finally I get to see if it really is better than In ‘n’ Out.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. As if I needed another reason to girl-crush on Evangeline Lily.

What type of “screen time” parent are you? Apparently I’m “screen time savvy” — score!

This cottage in Carmel has me doing some serious heart eyes.

If I had a uniform, it would probably be this. Is it even possible to own too much plaid and flannel? Shameless West Coaster for life, right here.

The purple carpet star arrival photos from the Black Panther premiere are absolutely stunning!

Booze + Shakespeare = my kinda combo.

What does it mean for representation at the Academy Awards when the man who defined the modern concept of “Oscar bait” is ousted from Hollywood?

Have you seen the teaser poster for The Purge prequel coming out called The First Purge? It — and the entire marketing campaign — is… kinda genius. Thoughts?

How to reduce stress. (Timely, helpful, and directly in line with my current life-needs.)

(Photo by Sarah Marino)

A Simple Lipstick Trick

Lexie Lazear Instagram Makeup Artist Limecrime Lip

While I don’t post about it too often, if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know I love a good lipstick. I’m certainly no makeup expert (some powder foundation to even out my face, mascara and maybe eyeliner, plus a simple or bold lip is as far as my skills go), but I’ve come to swear by this trick to get my lipstick looking perfect…

They Capture Magic

Gia Coppola Untitled VI Tappan Collective Photography

After nearly a decade of collecting art — from prints to photography to original work — I’ve found myself left with hodge-podge of styles and subjects, made more complicated by the fact Jonathan and I don’t have the exact same affinity for artwork.

Reflected in the bunch seems to be the very uncertainty, immaturity, and inconsistency that dogged us both through the whole of our twenties: a time of impulse buys, constant moves, and less purposeful living…

Fay’s First Wedding


Last October, my sister, Kim, got married (!!) to her wonderful (now-) husband, John. It’s hard to express the joy I feel to see her so truly happy.

She received her wedding photos a bit before Christmas, and although she has yet to reveal all of them to me (grrrr), she did send me the ones her photographer took of Fay with my mom and her before the ceremony.

Would you like to see?