Friday, July 29, 2011

Reality Bites

Annoyingly glamorous? 
S J P, mother of three, photographed for Vogue by Mario Testino
{Image Credit}

"Chic amid chaos" reads the caption to this picture of a beautifully attired woman posing in her children's messy (but pretty!) bedroom. It - and several others like it - can be seen in the current issue of American Vogue. During a few precious moments of "me-time" earlier today, I flicked through the digital pages and gazed at those pictures whilst wearing my own daily uniform of comfy (read stretchy) jeans, flip flops, and (sometimes unsoiled) T-shirt, and I (ahem) couldn't help but wonder: - What mum dresses like this?

Sarah Jessica Parker, that's who. The article is titled "How does she do it?" Uhm, if we're talking about her looking ridiculously fantastic, then my guess is with a little help from her friends The Editorial team at Vogue and Mr. Testino...? (!)  I have mixed feelings about these types of articles that seem to be everywhere lately, - oohing and aahing over the fortitude of some celebrity or other who (gasp!) takes her own kids to the playground while still maintaining both her fulfilling career and impeccable style! ... How are we [the readers] meant to respond? With awe? Obviously it's possible to be duly impressed without feeling unduly envious, maintaining a healthy, detached approach of "Good For Her!", and I am all for fashion magazines as escapism. But still... I guess what I object to is when what is really a promotional piece for an upcoming movie, instead pretends to be some sort of inspirational "real-life" story depicting a multi-tasking mama - just like you and me! - except she's a little better, and therefore aspirational, because she miraculously manages to "do it all".

Wouldn't it be so much more refreshing if they could just tell it like it is?
... "Look at SJP!  - She's 46, yet much thinner than you'll ever be, she's also extremely rich and successful and leads a fantastically multi faceted life with her equally famous husband and their three adorable kids in Manhattan. She can do it all, because she has a cook, a driver, a cleaner, an assistant, a personal trainer, a manager, a nanny, etc, etc, as well as possibly the best wardrobe in the world.
You don't. In fact, we bet that your life looks nothing like Sarah Jessica Parker's so you can't possibly compare yourself with her.
HOWEVER, you can and should put your feet up and revel in the beautiful aesthetics of these gorgeous pictures and read about this famous person's unbelievably amazing life, escaping your own slightly more modest situation for a moment, allowing yourself the luxurious pleasure that is day-dreaming..."

A little honesty, that's all I'm after. :)

(Sorry, but blogs provide such conducive space for personal rants, sometimes it's hard to resist.) Oh, and obviously nothing against Sarah Jessica Parker, personally, whom I actually really like. From a distance.


Nite nite friends, and happy weekend!  x


PS. A little movie tip: Sean and I watched the film "Dinner for Schmucks" last night and we both found it much funnier than expected. (And that cute Paul Rudd is in it! Don't you agree that he's sort of dreamy in that "sexy nerd" kind of way...?)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The First Supper {Five Months}

On the Menu: Puree of Organic Sweet Potatoes.

Sooo, what have we here...?

Are you saying I'm supposed to eat this??

Hahaha no way!

For real? ... All right I guess, but how does it work?


...K, I can dig it.

Hey, how do you like my new beard?

Just kidding. Of course I know how to use a dinner napkin!

{Private Images}

And in other much delayed five month news, (just like this time last year, I can't seem to get my act together for blogging...Must be the sunshine :) here are the stats from Noah's last checkup if you'd like to know:
Height: 26, 1/4". Weight: 16 lb, 14oz. Still doing great overall, the little man certainly is personality plus these days; We're seeing the budding of both a wicked sense of humour and a strong will... (Where does he get it?) More and more, I feel like I'm not only having a baby in tow, but an actual little friend. I love it.

...Hope your summer is going well? By the way, did you go in the ocean yet? I've only dipped my toes a few times so far, shameful really. - The Pacific is just so cold!! But, in my opinion, summer equals swimming so this coming weekend I think I'll have to brave it...


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Weekend Memoir

Blue skies prevailed in Santa Monica for the Fourth of July...

And someone mastered the important skill of rolling over! Back to tummy one moment, tummy to back the next...

Moses witnessed the whole thing of course, maintaining a dignified air throughout...

Love my sidelined little doggydog.
 (He may try to convince you otherwise, but the fact is that he still gets a lot of attention around here.:)

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Hope you had a lovely, relaxing weekend too? One fun thing about blogging is that (once you've done it long enough) it's so easy to go back and reminisce about what you did at any certain time last year. Just like a diary, but with pictures. Xx

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