Back from my creative hiatus! (+ photo of my son :)


My heart!
Introducing Luciano :)
Heeeeeeeellllllllooooooo love-ly READERS!!! How are you all? As the sisters mentioned recently, we've all been on an unplanned blog hiatus as we've shifted our focus to some exciting life events. For me personally, it was the birth of my son, Luciano, in December. He's 9 1/2 months already and its completely flown by. During the pregnancy I was a bit naive as to how he would reshape my daily life. I knew he would change things, but never could I have anticipated the deep love and devotion I would experience. I mean look at that FACE?! How could you not want to kiss those chubby cheeks all day? :) But on a more serious note, it's also challenged me to reimagine how I balance creativity and work in my life. For example, I used to stay up really late, with a pot of coffee, writing screenplays, but now with a 6am-waking-bouncy-baby that's just not a good idea. So instead I've had to learn how to write in short sprints say, during a nap. It can get tricky, and I'm still learning, but I wouldn't change it for anything. He's brought so much joy, happiness and new meaning into my world!

So. What does that mean for the ol' blog here? Expect a potpourri of new posts! Want to talk about babies, working motherhood and writing? I'll be posting about that! All things wedding? Karina, I'm sure, will be posting about that. And Lisa? All things design, soul-searching and awesome. :) I mean, just check out her instagram!

Feels great to be back! Now we'd love to know... how have you all been??? Any exciting updates you want to share? Marriages, breakups, new jobs? All of the above? :) Can't wait to reconnect! Happy Fall! xo!

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits.

The authors: Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

 My current job is the second French-owned company I've worked for. I work for and with the French all day long (and yet, I still don't speak French. Le sigh.) And although I don't think it's fair to generalize any culture, I do think it's fair to say that a lot of French women have great style that feels natural and effortless.

But I recently got this book in the mail, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, where the authors--Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas -- unmarried but attached, with children and friends for years, provide a "how to" to Parisian chicness.  When I read the book, I was amused. For one, French women do actually try to look chic! But the key is giving off the illusion of not trying at all. And secondly, they don't obsess.

You'll definitely roll your eyes a few times but then you'll make a mental note of their advice. You can take away whatever tidbits you'd like but read on for some gem quotes from the book...

Back. Again. Maybe foreal.

Brooklyn sunset a few nights ago. 

Hi guys! So, it's almost officially fall now and the change of weather suddenly inspired me to get back to this ol' blog here. I'm sorry my sisters and I have been MIA for the last year or so. So much has happened and we all got busy and distracted. All really good things, which I can't wait to tell you about. First of all, Claudia had a baby back in December! Luciano is now nine months old and just the cutest kid ever. We are all a little obsessed, naturally. Secondly, Karina and Charlie got engaged a few months ago! We are, of course, thrilled and excited to plan the upcoming wedding.

As for me, I have had a few adventures of my own. I took a sabbatical of sorts last April and went down to Guatemala for three months! The original plan was to go down and study textiles, which I did, but the trip became so much more than that. I will do a separate Guatemala post soon, complete with pictures and all. I can't wait to show you. I returned to the states in July and spent the rest of summer working on my "life plan." To be honest, I'm not quite sure what that means, but I have been enjoying the process. Some days are completely crazy because I'm just like, what am I doooooing with my life? But then I snap out of it and realize I have never felt so liberated and lucky before. So I am taking that and cherishing this time of the unknown. But more on that in a future post!

In the meantime, I just wanted to come on here to say hello. I don't know if anyone even bothers to check this anymore, but I figured that I would write a quick little post to start getting back into the rhythm of things. Also, to hold myself accountable I guess.

More to come this week!

Missed you guys.

Homemade Momofuku Ramen


Shamful Instagram posting (but still amazing ramen from Momofuku.)

I admit. I am shameful when it comes to Instagram food photos. I've seen eye rolls into the back of people's heads because they loathe food postings, because really, the taste will never translate through pictures. But one of my guiltiest food photo types is ramen. I seriously can't get enough good ramen and can't help but want to share it with everyone I know. My love for ramen is not to be confused with low-quality-crazy-levels-of-sodium-packaged-ramen, which can be a good hangover cure but not exactly satiating. I'm talking authentic, fireworks of flavors in your mouth, eggy gooeyness, slightly al dente noodle, sip from the bowl till there's no more kind of ramen. And since recently watching Season 1 of The Mind of Chef with David Chang, my appreciation for his savory dish went to a whole other level.

So, the next challange for me is! Making Momofuku Ramen at home. If you're up to the challenge, let's do it together and share the results! My chopsticks are ready to go. :)

For the recipe...

Dreamy Dame: Emmanuelle Alt, French Vogue






There is no doubt French Vogue editrix Emmanuelle Alt is a DOPT Dreamy Dame. Her style epitomizes French chic. She gets it right every time!  It's the perfect balance of feminine and masculine (I personally, cannot go too frilly. No polka dot tights here anytime!) So her style definitely speaks to me on a personal level. What I'd give to have this woman's wardrobe. It helps that she has legs that go for miles...but hey, that's what tailors are for. And nothing says style like a good, well-fitted blazer. On the must-have list!

Who's your dreamy dame fashion inspiration?

Hello, again.

By Anthony Burrill
 
It's been ages since either of us has posted. So, today I thought, "what's the hold up?" There's no time like the present, right? :) Because I'm constantly inspired but I will be the first to admit that I'm not always the best at record keeping these inspirations. But I truly love the world and camaraderie that blogs foster. Which is why I'd like to begin posting again and sharing what my sisters and I have been up to these days.
 
To kick off posting again, I'd love to share my latest fashion lookbook with you for Aussie label, Casper & Pearl, featuring a ton of great fashion bloggers who you can read more about here.
 
And the image paired with this post is by Anthony Burrill, whose work I've long admired. It's true, it is OK for me, all of us, to have everything we want and more. :) Now, onto posting!

Cute PJ's.

I have always wanted PJ's like these from J. Crew. I think they are incredibly cute and so comfy looking, don't you think? Just makes me want to have a pillow fight! And you can get them monogrammed, too! I think I just might have to buy myself the set as an early birthday present. :)

Image via J. Crew

Home Design Trick: Take a Picture

Frames in our home.

I spent Sunday reorganizing some picture frames around our apartment. Nothing major, just filling in a few white walls. But I discovered the best trick for taking on small to major home makeovers: take a picture! Yes, sounds strange, but I found that when you take a photo of the room you want to redesign, it somehow makes you see what's missing in the room. Framing the room helps versus looking at the room in person and seeing all the other space around it. Seeing it in a photo somehow focuses your attention to the empty space, which definitely helped me to organize my thoughts on what exactly I wanted.

Have you done this before? Have any home redesign tips?

Seattle Home.


This adorable house I saw on Design Sponge features the home of jewelry designer couple Leah Lawrence and Billy Bartels of Baleen, who live in Seattle (one of my favorite cities!) What caught my eye about their home is this very cool looking hanging bag and coat rack. I would be tempted to try it! I think it adds a dash of personality to what can usually be cast off as a bleh hallway, don't you think? Might try. Just might. 

Also, I thought this note was super sweet. Rings close to home:)


(Images and story collected from Design Sponge)

Hotel Bars

Park Hyatt bar in Tokyo feat. in the film Lost in Translation, where Bob and Scarlett fall for one another...

As you know, we are going to Tulum. Probably because the few times I have posted recently has been solely on the subject of this impending trip. All I can think about is the pillowing sands below my toes, lazying on the beach, and putting a summery dress on before dinner that sort of stings my newly sun burnt skin, one of my all time favorite feelings. But from what I have been hearing and reading about Tulum, there isn't a whole lot of nightlife and people mostly hang out at hotel bars! Which is pretty awesome.

Truthfully, anytime we travel, we're always so quick to escape our hotel in pursuit of the hot spots around town. But I am pretty excited to know that we won't have to travel far for good times and good company. We're staying at this very cute hotel called El Pez at Turtle Cove. It had great Trip Advisor reviews so we couldn't resist. And from what I hear, they have one of the best bars in town with live music and refreshing cocktails! I'll definitely report on the outcome, but if all goes well, we plan on making this a habit for future vacations, even if for one drink. Would love to try this new habit in Barcelona one day:)

How about you guys? Ever venture to your hotel bar and have a good experience? Share away!


Oh, hi.

 
For those of you who have continued to check back for updates and arrive to nothing, firstly, thank you for staying committed! And secondly, we have an explanation!
 
The seesters and I are in the process of wrapping up projects and focusing on expanding our company, Pink Forest, all the while working day jobs, like many of you. So with that, our beloved DOPT child has taken a patient backseat to the adults up front, metaphorically speaking. But I really cannot wait to start sharing all of our developments once they are further along. In the meantime, I will get back on track with posting because I definitely have some items I am dying to share with you!
 
OK. That's it for now. I'll stop talking and start sharing. Peace. :)

Tulum Lookbook

 
I'm going to Tulum next month for memorial weekend and I couldn't help myself -- I made a lookbook. I don't have all "my looks" as of yet, but I'm getting there! Bought a new pair of these today:) If you're traveling to Mexico too, feel free to peruse!
 
Also, saw this article in the Times about Tulum. Eek! I am so excited...
 

Have a dreamy weekend!

 
It's Friday! Woot, woot. This week has thankfully flown by. And the weekend is jam packed, so hoping it won't go by as fast. :) Tomorrow I'm doing castings for a new film I will be directing in the spring. Yay! And hopefully, I'll watch a few Oscar contenders before the big show on Sunday night. Will you watch the Oscars? I would love for Beasts of the Southern Wild to win for anything, or Zero Dark Thirty. Both blew my mind.
 
Link time!
 
When your ex is nominated for an Oscar. Good read!
 
Very cool espresso maker.
 
 
A sweet without the guilt.
 
 
I really wanna see this film (with Ryan Gosling:)
 
This had me in stitches. Can't get enough of this website.
 
I am obsessing over Emerson Fry's Spring collection. So pretty.
 
Isabel Marant's country shack. Looks like such a nice life. :)
 
(photo via The Sartorialist)

Guest Post: Youjin's Korean Cooking Night!


Me, Lori, and DOPT's Cifuentes girls, Lisa and Karina (far right)
Written by: Youjin Kim

My dad loves to tell this story about how I came home from dinner at a friend’s place when I was young and said I felt bad for my friends – compared to a typical Korean meal, the meat and potatoes I (probably) had was so simple and bland (this was in Columbus, Ohio). On the other hand, even the most simple Korean meal involves many different components (and therefore, ingredients) - rice, a soup or stew, a protein dish (meat or fish,) and a few different kinds of banchan (side dishes – often vegetables) and of course, kimchi. 


Sounds like a lot of work for every meal, right? Okay, that is probably what most families have in Korea but even as a single person like me living thousands of miles from Korea, my Korean meals must absolutely include rice, kimchi, and a soup.


Fortunately, you just need a few basic ingredients for seasoning almost everything – soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and garlic (and sometimes vinegar and alcohol/ wine/ mirin.) Soups require a meat, anchovies or soy bean paste for the base.
So, voila. Read on for the full Dreaming of Palm Trees Korean Dinner post!

We're going to Tulum!

 
We are finally doing it. We're going to Tulum! For those who know me, I've been talking and asking friends who've been about going to Tulum in Mexico for way too long. So finally, on a whim, we booked our flights! We're going for Memorial weekend, which is not close enough! There are so many yummy restaurants I want to try and things I want to do. Recommendations welcome, pretty please!

I'll see you soon, Tulum!

Book to read: Blood, Bones & Butter


I am dying to read this book! It's a memoir by chef Gabrielle Hamilton, owner of Prune. The book follows her journey through all the restuarants and kitchens she's worked in over her career and also goes back to the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand (love that!) Even Anthony Bourdain describes it as "Magnificent. Simply the best memoir by a chef ever. Ever."

In fact, I think I'm going to buy it right after work. I don't usually post about books I haven't read before, but thought it'd be fun if I shared it and then we talk about it post-read? Oh, also, they're turning the book into a movie. And guess who's playing Hamilton? You guessed it. Gwyneth Paltrow, of course.

(photo via Blood, Bones & Butter)

You gotta try this: beet hummus

 
For those of you still on a New Years healthkick (I am, sort of...eeps) I highly recommend trying this tasty beet hummus. It'll knock your socks off. ;) And if you're anything like me, it's nice to take a break from the same ol' classic hummus. Believe it or not, but this dip is actually super tasty with melba toast! Remember those? Hope you try it!
 

Summer T-Shirt Dress

 
Since we (Charlie and I) booked a recent trip to Tulum, Mexico, I've been on a hunt for a good t-shirt dress. Nothing too snug, but cotton-y and light feeling. Love this one by Alexander Wang, although I wouldn't pair it with black boots as pictured, but maybe a pretty wedge sandal. :)

(photo via Shop Bop)

Have a dreamy (fearless) weekend!



the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.

This cute video, by Bianca Giaever, is circulating the interwebs and it's too adorable not to share. Need some advice when you're feeling scared? Then check this out! Happy weekend, folks! Stay cozy! 

Have a dreamy weekend!

 
What are you up to this weekend? It is freezing in New York right now, in the teen degrees! So I plan on staying as warm as possible. I'm having some girlfriends over for tomorrow for a movie night, which I haven't done with them in so long! And we might order from here. Yum. And if I can muster the courage to brave the cold, I will do these exercises at the gym!
 
PS. How's everyone's resolutions going? More on that next week...
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