8.6.4

I recently discovered the company 8.6.4 while shopping.   I spotted a stack of gorgeous cashmere ribbed knit beanies in a selection of soft colors.  The pink is particularly eye-catching and was immediately wrapped up to be gifted.

Tats and Ena Otake, are the creative minds behind 8.6.4.  The Japanese husband and wife team have crafted a beautifully edited design company in Brooklyn, New York that makes handmade jewelry and leather goods.  The jewelry line includes lovely necklaces, sweet knotted rings, and a wide range of earrings.  The pearl earrings are sweet, dainty and float on your ear.  A creative twist to the classic pearl stud.  The leather items and nylon bags look particularly interesting on their website.

8.6.4 makes pretty everyday pieces.  The prices are reasonable.  The website has the same meticulous attention to detail and keeps you exploring.  For me, I love knowing the history behind creations.  What is so impressive is that neither Tats or Ena had any design experience before this new endeavor.  Tats produced commercials and Ena was a sushi chef.  After a move from Hawaii to New York, they decided to leave their careers behind and to try something new.  It is obvious that Tats and Ena have a natural sense of style, a passion and a commitment to the goods that 8.6.4 creates.  Love it!

Necklace
Details
Earrings
Love the playful spin on a pearl
Jewelry
The K-03 ring
Beanies
Pick your color

Photos from 8.6.4 website.

MFA Outing

Something to keep in mind when one is looking for an indoor activity this winter in Boston.  Being a tourist in your own city is exciting and fresh when a friend is visiting.  Exploring the Museum of Fine Arts with your pal definitely becomes more appealing.   Especially with the Takashi Murakami exhibit that is currently showing now through April 1st.  A huge hit for all ages and playfulness is encouraged!

The MFA offers wonderful programs for children.  Their website is loaded with fun and creative ways to take advantage of your visit.  I highly suggest taking a peek at it.  The Family Art Cart is certainly  worth checking out and is free with admission!

Time To March

The Women’s March is coming up on January 20th in Washington DC.  Rachel Comey has partnered up with friends across the country to update her classic camo jacket, the Short Zia Trench, for this year’s march.  The jacket is stylish with pops of blue that soften the camo print yet it maintains its strong presence.  What makes this year’s jacket unique is the printed Latin phrase “Si Vales, Valeo” meaning “If you are strong, I am strong”.  This special edition jacket represents what Rachel Comey believes in and more importantly delivers a powerful message of solidarity.  Ten percent of the sale of these jackets will be donated to Downtown for Democracy .

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Damn!

Photos from Rachel Comey.

Can’t end this post without saying this model is just slaying it!  Her hair is stunning, the pants are rock ‘n’ roll, the cami is sexy and the earrings, come on!

Surfing

Sometimes it is just fun to surf the web and curate while sipping some coffee on a Saturday morning.  I find myself bouncing from one site to another.  Exploring anything from fashion, lifestyle, health, or pop culture.  Today I have found a few fashion pieces that have my eye.  It all started with the black suede Neous boots.  They are sculptural, elegant, and funky in my opinion.  The boots speak for themselves.  Seriously this heel is amazing!  Easily paired with any denim.  Absolutely digging these mid rise, straight leg in light denim from the Brock Collection.  The Acne Studios bomber style jacket found on Vestiaire Collective is just cozy like a teddy bear but hip because it is from always edgy Acne!  The icing on the cake are these Rebecca De Ravenel’s two drop earrings.  Soft pink, I like it!  xo

Feeling Like A Bad Ass

Fitness
Jumping into Friday

I own you Friday!  I can say ninja mama showed up to play today.  Big jump literally with my workout.  A total leg day since my damn shoulder is acting up.  Single leg squats and 50 box jumps ruled the hour. It was fun, rewarding and I am damn proud it.  Sometimes you have to recognize the hard work and consistency that you put into something.  I feel strong today and I am taking full advantage of the opportunity. Bonus, it is only 11 am!  Maybe my new  Nike  Pro Sparkle tights really do come with the “Just Do It” attitude.  Coffee time!!

Goal: To land like a ninja!

Snowy Weekend

Pop
A bit of pop for the black

Funny how a snowstorm can stop you in your tracks.  Over the weekend much of the East coast was recovering from a massive snowstorm followed by ridiculously chilly temperatures.  The city of Boston and surrounding areas came to a halt and schools were canceled after just coming off the holiday break.  Parents very much welcoming the reunion with routine.

Mother nature had a different agenda.  What came from this was sort of magical.  A flashback to my childhood.  I remember winters filled with snow days.  Days that kept me outside like it or not playing in the snow, pond skating, making snow angels and building snow forts.  My brother and I had the rosy cheeks, frozen toes, and dressed like Ralphie’s little brother in  A Christmas Story.  All to be followed by Nestle hot chocolate with all the good stuff.

This weekend my son, Aleisi, and his visiting buddy, Hashim, relished in winning the lottery of a school cancellation for two consecutive snow days.  They played outdoors for endless hours despite the frigid temps.  It took no convincing.  They were drawn to the fluffy, white, fresh snowfall that came to cover their knees.  They shoveled sidewalks for cold hard cash, built snow forts, and enjoyed snowball fights.  It was so fun to watch from the window.  Kids being kids and enjoying the magic of a snowstorm and the bonus of an extra long weekend.  Hot cocoa was enjoyed throughout the weekend and we even took in some ice skating.  That was unexpected fun!  Many laughs at myself (and I admit at others) but in the best ways!  It has been some time since lacing up skates and pretending to be Dorothy Hamill.  Still working on that:)  I relived my childhood though the eyes of a ten and an eleven year old but from the comfort of inside while sipping hot coffee.  It was fun to slow down and embrace the weather.  But now I would love the snow to melt.  We have things to do!  xo