Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Mighty Mom

Phew! What a weekend... I feel like I really am the mighty mom today.

On Saturday we had a party; some 40 people, big and small, at our house, to celebrate my little one's second birthday. It's SO MUCH WORK to throw home parties, but I have never been a fan of those kids' parties held in party places, they're just so impersonal. And anyway, we like to entertain and hadn't had a big party for a while so this was kind of overdue...

Anyhow, yesterday was spent prepping and partying, first guests arrived at 2:30 pm, and last guests left at midnight (it's always a good sign when your guests don't want to leave), and today was spent cleaning up and recovering, makeupless, in a comfort outfit of yoga pants and a sweater..

The weekend's tally:

Party for 40 guests - hundreds of dollars
The smile on the birthday girl's face - priceless!

Friday, September 28, 2012


The feeling after a massage! Everytime I go I promise myself to start going every month, but then life happens. Today was perfect; an early morning workout and then steam room followed by a deep tissue massage. I want to keep this feeling forever (or at least for the rest of the day or at the very least until my gynecologist appointment this afternoon. And just maybe it won't be that uncomfortable since I'm relaxed).

I am just waiting for the cleaning lady to be done, and then I'm off for grocery shopping for tomorrow's party.

I am wearing Calvin Klein pants, Marimekko jacket, Dior bag, and an aura of relaxedness.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Dream

I don't usually remember my dreams in the morning, but last night I had a dream that was so real, and so strong that it's been with me ever since..

In the dream I came back from work and noticed that somebody had left a cardboard box at our front door. When I came close I saw the box was open and inside, wrapped in blankets in a little nest, was a precious little baby girl. Of course I felt worried about the baby, but also in that second made the snap decision to keep her. Obviously someone wanted her as part of my family since they left her at our doorstep. I was scared, but happy at the same time for a chance to have one more little girl as my daughter.

Well... I don't know where that dream came from or what it means. I don't really want any more kids. Realistically, I don't think I could handle one more. My youngest is going to be two in about a week, and I've been a bit nostalgic letting go of the baby stage. But happy at the same time as things get easier and I'm getting more sleep. I love my daughters to death, and feel emotionally totally fulfilled being a mother of three. So where the heck did that dream come from, and what does it mean?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hello Yellow

Today's outfit was inspired by all the yellow dresses we saw on Sunday at the Emmys. BTW- I was happy that my favorite show, Homeland, won big. Claire Danes knows her craft. She is totally believable in her very difficult role as the mentally ill agent. And Damien Lewis really deserved his award too. He is so haunted, complicated and weirdly down to earth at the same time. Anyways, all the yellow dresses made me think of my BCBG cardigan, which I paired with Ann Taylor ruffle tee and gray skirt.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall is in the Air

Happy Monday to everyone. This is the first morning you can really feel the fall in the air. It will probably warm up during the day, but while I was waiting for my commuter train at 7:30, I was happy I grabbed my old H&M trench. Today's outfit is easy, I am wearing a Calvin Klein dress. I Love dresses, they make dressing a snap, which comes handy, especially on a Monday morning... Here's today's pics, as well as the same dress a couple of weeks ago.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Girls' Dinner

Friday night I went out for dinner with a couple of my girl friends. Definitely have to get out more; it was very refreshing - the conversation is on a different level when the guys are not around. I wore a flower top that was actually a maternity top from Rainbow, JBrand jeans, Nine West shoes, Chanel bag, and Kenneth Jay Lane earrings.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Quest for Inspiration

I am always on the lookout for inspiring books to motivate me to try to be a better person. I recently read Katie Couric's book, The Best Advice I Ever Got - Lessons from Extraordinary Lives. It's a collection of stories from famous people ranging from Beyonce to Colin Powell. Some of the stories are inspiring and touching, and some are less so. The book is an enjoyable quick read, but I am happy that I borrowed it from library. I doubt that I would ever pick it up again if I would have bought it. This book might work better for someone a bit younger, maybe a high school graduate... Can you recommend anything inspiring for me to read next?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Finnish Fashion at NY Fashion Week

The NY fashion week that ended a week ago, was historical in a sense that there were two Finnish fashion houses showing their collections during the fashion week, Ivana Helsinki and Marimekko.

Marimekko showed for the first time ever, and used a very eclectic model line-up, including old supermodels Carmen Dell'Orefice, Carol Alt and Pat Cleveland.

Here is some coverage:

You can watch the Marimekko show here:

I only found this one link for Ivana Helsinki's show:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The last summer weekend

Last weekend was the last real summer weekend, said the meteorologist on the TV. Well, I refuse to believe it, but if it happened to be right, I have no regrets. We made the most of the gorgeous weather this weekend.. took the kids to the playground, visited the Sands Point preserve with friends for a picnic and beach walk, and played tennis at our local park. The pictures are from the beautiful Sands Point beach.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Kors Fan

I have a few Michael Kors pieces and they all have that sort of relaxed luxe feeling which I really love. His clothes make you feel pretty and good about yourself. I guess that is what most designers would want women to feel like when wearing their clothes. I also love Michael Kors on the Project Runway where he gives the funniest commentary and put-downs like the legendary debutante comment.  I don't remember the exact words but it was something like "she looks like a trashy debutante whose mother is a bad home sewer". Thanks to Kors' Michael line, his clothes are also more affordable than many other labels that I like. Here's my newest Michael Kors top, combined with H&M pants, Chanel bag and Vince Camuto pumps.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Memento Vivere

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today." 
Dale Carnegie

Since I turned forty, I have tried to challenge myself to live every day to the fullest. By this I don't mean pushing myself harder or having some extraordinary adventures, but just learning to be more present. 

I have actually managed to have some amazing moments of clarity, peace, and gratitude. Moments when I really appreciate what I have. 

But it is hard to remember to live. And this is why I need to repeat the following phrase every day to keep reminding myself. 

Memento Vivere Memento Mori

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


It has been 11 years already from the fateful day when hate made buildings crumble and thousands perish. For me 9/11 will never be just a regular day... Today is a good day to say a prayer for all of the people around the world whose suffering is caused by hate and politics, wars, violence, and terrorism. A prayer for peace especially to people in Syria, but all around the world too, a prayer for peace, tolerance, love, and understanding.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Favorite Places

Cipollini is a restaurant in our neighborhood that we often end up at, sometimes for a dinner, but usually for drinks when we want to hang out somewhere after a dinner. They have decent Italian food, a fun atmosphere for people watching, and a nice bar with friendly (and generous) bartenders. The antipasti platter is our favorite.

This restaurant is actually located at the Americana Manhasset mall, which is how we first discovered it, by lunching there once in between some shopping. We've never been back for lunch; however, in the evenings it is a well dressed singles' scene, earning nicknames like "Cougar Town" and "Alimony Alley". But that just makes it even more fun for the people watching aspect.

Anyways, not a bad choice if you happen to be in the area. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012


I love gardening. I love pulling on my garden gloves and digging holes in the soil with my Fiskars tools. Mixing compost and planting stuff. Smelling the earth and trying to make things grow. As long as puttering in the garden is voluntary it is enjoyable and relaxing, and makes me feel very wholesome and good.

But thank goodness in our neighborhood everyone employs gardeners, because somehow gardening loses its relaxing quality if you HAVE to do it; cut the grass, blow the leaves, clean and prune. I am also not very good with maintenance, so my plants have to be the hardy set it and forget it type plants...

Anyhow, we started a small fall beautification project today, and bought plants and some white gravel for our entryway. Here's the cart, results later.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

High and Low

I like the look where the back is a little longer than the front. (Perfect to hide some problem areas!)

I looked for a dress like that all summer, but never found a suitable one. So yesterday when I found this blouse on the sale(!) rack at Anthropologie I got really happy. I think it's perfect, not too much of a contrast and the length difference of front and back is perfect. Wearing it with my Kmart jeans, Bottega Veneta bag, unnamed shoes (brand name has worn off and I can't remember what they are), Ann Taylor necklace, Michael Kors watch.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Today's Outfit pure Friday. Casual and comfortable but still nice enough to run errands and not want to be swallowed to the earth if seeing acquaintances. Pants are from BR, t-shirt H&M, necklace ABS at Bloomingdales. I am off to gym, to be tortured with a private Pilates session...

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Ok, so I did go shopping tonight, after all, but I came home early enough to see Obama's speech. What a perfect evening: three dresses, and a statement necklace from Bloomingdales; and renewed hope for America! Thank you Mr. President, your sincere and heartfelt speech was perfect.


Yes, yes, I know, it's fashion week and FNO tonight, so why am I writing about politics? (BTW, I am not trying to be cute here - this post really is about politics, so if the word gives you hives stop reading now.)

I am writing about politics because for the last couple of weeks I have been fascinatedly watching the party conventions. First Republican last week, and Democratic this week. It may not come as a surprise, given my Finnish origin, that I am very much a democrat.

Last week I was frustrated and angry listening to the selfishness, hatred and blatant lies of the republican speakers. A first lady candidate, who to me said nothing. Yes, raising your children is an important and tough job, but hardly one that automatically qualifies you to be a first lady, with the enormous responsibility to do something with that position that can change people's lives and influence social issues. She also never really said why her husband should be president. The other speakers were quite unremarkable, except for Clint Eastwood, who was a DISASTER. Paul Ryan repeated lies that have been proven, over and over again about Obamacare and budget numbers, and he has zero charisma. Mitt Romney himself, also not much charisma there, shared hardly any policy positions, and instead focused on NOT apologizing for having been successful in business. Duh! I've been on Wall Street long enough to know what a vulture capitalist is. Romney is a prime example!

Then this week has been the democrats' turn. And boy what a difference! The quality of speakers has been top notch. Michelle Obama delivered a very emotional speech, using words like honesty, humility, gratitude. Here's the best quote of her speech: "because, for Barack, success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in other people's lives". Brava!

Julian Castro and Elizabeth Warren also delivered excellent speeches, and I am sure that the transcripts are available by googling the democratic convention 2012 speeches.

But the best really was Bill Clinton. His speech was electrifying. It was the best political speech I have ever heard. I was giddy, during and after, as he was able to articulate so well why I am a democrat, and not republican. His speech was about 50 minutes long (he was allotted 20 mins, but didn't give a shit), and all substance, but it was so good, and so engaging, that it felt like 10 minutes. He tackled every Obama administration policy position and made it understandable to the masses, including the budget, which he quipped is "just arithmetics". He reached deep into the democratic principles. He countered each of the republican attacks, and explained why Obama's position is better. He discussed cooperation, instead of hatred, made the case why Obama should be re-elected, and was really a rockstar democrat. I loved every minute of it!

Tonight we will hear Obama speak. He is the guy with the golden tongue, so his speech should be something. Hopefully he can be compelling enough to get four more years.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day from the pool!

Sadly this marks the closing of the pool season, the end of the summer and return to busy, busy, busy!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Shades of Grey

Just not 50!!

Here's an office outfit from last week. This weekend again doesn't offer much, it's the last weekend that the pool is open so we're making the most of it.

Anyway, the grey outfit consists of Loft top, BR cardigan, Ann Taylor pants, Tiffany necklace, Gucci flats, and Pour La Victoire bag.