Muddling through

So as I announced on here a little while back… we’re moving. Oh and it’s in about a week and a half.  Have I packed? Ummm, two boxes.  Have I done anything on my list of last NYC things? Ummm, I’ve gotten drunk with my coworkers about six times. Is bug’s therapy all settled and ready to roll? Ummm, no and it feels like some sort of crazy maze to navigate. It just feels hard.  Am I holding it together?  Let’s just go with no. I literally had a semi panic attack on the subway the other night. Don’t worry..due to some other choice patrons of the A train… no one remotely noticed the sweating, green looking blonde woman panting in the corner.

I am not ready to say goodbye to those I love. I’m not sure I’m ready to imagine my life without certain people in it on a daily basis. I am, however, ready to not live in this particular city. I am ready to have life be easier. I know I’m going and that we need to go. But this would be the moment when I’d like to choose an Irish goodbye like I used to when I was 22 and single and wanted to bail on a party. I’d be talking to some bro, realize I’d never marry this character and tell him I had to pee. Then, with clever ducking, I’d sneak out of said party and go home. I’d like to do that with NYC because you see… I don’t know if I can actually say goodbye. All our stuff would somehow get to me, or if not, I can learn to live with less.

I’m basically muddling through my days in limbo- not ready to go but not wanting to stay.  What if this move is not the right move for bug’s therapy? What if her speech suffers without Clarke therapy? What if living farther away from my own mother isn’t smart for  my own mental health? What if I need a job and there are literally none? What if I can’t find a good colorist? (If you’re blonde you get it). And off I spin.

Glennon Melton is always telling us that we can do hard things. I am, in choosing to move South, choosing my family first. I am choosing an easier way of life and a place where our dreams can come alive. This has to be the right choice then.  Time to take the leap, Eloise, time to put one foot in front of the other.

If y’all have taken great leaps of faith, how did you prepare yourselves? How did you muddle through?  Send your thoughts!



Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend y’all!  I’m counting the minutes until my mom arrives today! She’s coming up for my baby shower that’s tomorrow (so excited!!). Wanted to share some fun things to do in NYC this weekend should y’all be in the city with nothin planned.



Peels. Just look at this brunch menu and tell me you can resist!

Tartine. BYOB, precious little French bistro in the West Vill. Tables for two outside.

Gelato! Duh! go to Grom.


Central Park is where you’ll find Bo and I almost any Saturday in the summer. Get some Whole Foods takeout and park yourself in Sheeps Meadow.

81 Poppies Trunk Show at Thistle & Clover, 221 DeKalb Ave., b/t Adelphi St. & Clermont Ave. (718-855-5577).
Austin-based Michelle Weisman unloads her American-made printed dresses, tops, and shorts at 30 percent off. Launch, tonight, 6-9 p.m. Trunk show, Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Shop the Night Away
More than twenty Meatpacking shops (think Rebecca Taylor, La Perla, and Calypso) take 20 percent off everything on their shelves.
(8-10:30 p.m.) on the Gansevoort rooftop.
Tonight, 5-9 p.m. Locations and R.S.V.P. at

NYC Sample Sales

Who: Showroom Seven and Erickson Beamon
What: Up to 60% off wholesale Issa London, Charlotte Ronson, Diane de Maria, Odd Molly, TwentyCluny, and Imitation of Christ, plus free drinks every night starting at 5pm
When: December 2-22, 2011. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm. Sun Closed
Where: 263 11th Ave, 3rd floor (b/n 27th & 28th St)

Who: J Rosen Showroom
What: 50-75% off swimsuits and coverups from Despi, Brette Sandler, Debbie Katz, and L Space; sandals from Cocobelle and Ipanema; and bags from Mar y Sol.
When: December 5-16, 2011. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Closed Weekends.
Where: 231 West 39th St, Suite 1101 (b/n 7th & 8th Ave)

Who: Kas New York Sample Sale
What: Dresses, tunics, jackets, tops and skirts are $10-$80!
When: Dec 5-9, 2011. Mon-Fri 9:30am-6:30pm
Where: 231 W 39th St – Suite 1002 (near 8th Ave). 212-866-5999

Who: Beyond Vintage Holiday Sample Sale
What: 30-75% off on lace blouses, layering pieces, sweaters, silk skirts, silk and Holiday dresses from Spring and Early Fall collections. Full size run available
When: December 6-8, 2011. Tues-Thurs noon-7pm
Where: 275 West 39th St, 2nd Floor

Who: Gryson & Olivia Harris Sample Sale
What: Up to 70% off  accessories.  The Gryson Maveric bag is $240 (was $795), the Olivia Harris Oversized Collar Stud Bad is $190 (was $625) and samples start at just $50.
When: Dec 6-8, 2011. Tues-Thurs 9am-7pm
Where: 180 Varick St (b/n King and Charlton) – suite 916. 212-462-6786

Who: Giuliana Teso Sample/Stock Sale
What: Discounts on luxury Italian fur coats, jackets and outerwear.
When: Dec 6-8, 2011. Tues-Thurs 10am-6pm
Where: 224 W 30th St – Suite 205 (b/n 7th & 8th Ave).

Who: Lauren Merkin Sample Sale
What: Handbags, clutches and accessories up to 70% off! There’s also bargain boxes with items starting at just $25.
When: Dec 6-10, 2011. Tues-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-4pm
Where: 231 W 29th St – Suite 201 (b/n 7th & 8th Ave). 212-239-2459

Who: Current/Elliott, Joie & Equipment Sample Sale
What: 50%-75% off women’s outerwear, sweaters, silk tops, tees and denim
When: Dec 6-10, 2011. Tues 9am-7pm, Wed-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Where: 260 5th Ave (b/n 28th & 29th St). 212-725-5400

Who: Hanro Sample Sale
What: Up to 75% off underwear, sleepwear, loungewear and robes.  Women’s sample sizes are XS and S, men’s sample size is M (there will be other sizes available but in limited quantities).
When: December 7, 2011.  Wed 8am-6pm
Where: 358 5th Ave – 7th Floor (b/n 34th & 35th St).

Who: Yigal Azrouel Sample Sale
What: Discounts on great men’s and women’s RTW
When: Dec 7-9, 2011. Wed-Fri 10am-7pm
Where: 225 W 39th St – 5th floor. 212-302-1194

Who: United Bamboo Stock/Sample Sale
What: Score 60-90% off previous seasons and 20% of current season merchandise.
When:  Dec 7-9, 2011. Wed-Fri 11am-7pm
Where: 217 Centre St – 6th Floor (b/n Grand and Howard)

Who: Theory (Men’s) Sample Sale
What: Up to 65% off menswear. 
When: Dec 7-Dec 10, 2011. Wed 12pm-8pm, Thurs-Fri (8am-8pm), Sat 10am-6pm
Where: 139 5th Ave – 2nd floor (b/n 20th & 21st St). 212.398.2777

Who: Bindya Sample Sale
What: Discounts on beautiful scarves – silk, cotton, cashmere
When: December 8-9, 2011. Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri 9am-6pm
Where: 49 West 38th St, 9th floor (b/n 5th & 6th Ave)

Who: Complex Geometries Sample Sale
What: Score deep discounts on pieces with a modern take on jersey.  Merchandise includes stock from shoes to one off runway pieces. CASH ONLY
When:  Dec 8, 2011.10pm-6pm
Where: 5 Crosby St – Suite 3A (b/n Grand and Howard)

Who: Splendid and Ella Moss Sample Sale
What: Discounts on women’s, men’s, tween, toddler and baby clothing.
When: Dec 8-9, 2011. Thurs 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-5pm
Where: 260 W 39th St – 12th floor (near 8th Ave)

Who: Simon Showroom Sample Sale
What: Discounts on labels including Citizens of Humanity, Goldsign, Iro and Duffy & Kenny.  Samples start at $28!  CASH ONLY
When: Dec 8-9, 2011. 10am-7pm
Where: 95 5th Ave (at 17th St) – 3rd floor

Ongoing Sample Sales:

Who: Theory (Women’s) Sample Sale
What: Up to 85% off retail on womenswear. Tees $27, blouses $60, pants $75, dresses $97, leather $225.
When: Extended Monday December 5, 2011. 10am-8pm
Where: 261 W 36th St – 2nd Floor (near 7th Ave)

Who: Autumn Cashmere Sample Sale
What: Up to 75% off cashmere apparel and accessories.
When: Dec 5-9, 2011. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm
Where: 231 W 39th St – suite 1111 (near 7th Ave)

Who: Minnie Rose Sample Sale
What: Cashmere Sweaters 50-80% Off! Prices range from $15-$150. All sizes are available. 
When: Novemeber 28-December 9, 2011. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun CLOSED
Where: 264 West 40th St, Suite 702 (b/n 7th & 8th Ave)

Who: Echo of the Dreamer/Mars & Valentine Sample Sale
What: Discounts on jewelry and Kevin O’Brien scarves and pillows! As a bonus, they are offering 20% off all jewelry purchases over $150.
When: November 29-December 16, 2011. Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, Closed Sunday
Where: 242 West 30th St, 14th Floor (b/n 7th & 8th Ave)

Strollin with Haley and baby

One of my best friends had a baby in September and my heart bursts when I see him. I thank God every day that she had a gorgeous and healthy baby without complications or any issues, and that she wonderfully is paving the way for me in all matters baby. We went for a stroll yesterday in Central Park. Little man got a little cold, but I was able to finally catch up in person with this busy new mom. Love you Hales!

that face broke my heart- that’s a serious pout little man!

warm and bundled

rockin with mom in sheep’s meadow

snuggled. awww