Birth Story

Posted on 8 November 2018

Life is what happens while you make plans. My plan was to have a natural home water birth. I had to reassess that plan when at 35 weeks I had a sudden increase in amniotic fluid which is also known as polyhydramnios. I was getting bigger at an excessive rate. I could literally feel stretch marks developing over night. The excess fluid meant that I was at a higher risk of having a cord prolapse during labour. A hospital birthRead More


Posted on 9 November 2016

Ivy was conceived in Northern California thanks to copious amounts of Lagunitas beer and the insatiable love I have for her father. 41 weeks later, she was born in Paris on September 20th, 2016.In the days following her birth, I remember looking down at this perfect baby girl and thinking:                                                              Read More

Beyond Tattoos and Taboo

Posted on 25 November 2017

This post is dedicated to profiling two friends who have both figuratively and literally become a permanent part of my life in some incredible ways. I wanted to get a tattoo. It was the first winter of my marriage and my husband and I were living apart between France and the United States while we saved money and worked through the maze of bureaucracy that is trying to secure a visa for a spouse in Europe.  It almost goes withoutRead More

The war we all fight

Posted on 13 November 2017

Two years ago my rebirth began. My husband and I were working Friday November 13, 2015 when we found ourselves in the midst of the Paris attacks. Since that day, there have been 13 Islamic related terrorist attacks in Europe and 12 in the United States. It’s a strange thing being classified as a survivor. Witnessing death changes you and witnessing massacre does a number on you. In the aftermath, people unite to mourn, thoughts and prayers are sent outRead More

Family, Sutro and the South of France

Posted on 25 September 2017

    My family recently took a 4 day trip to Provence in celebration of my daughter’s first birthday. It was a chance to reunite everyone from around the world (California, Mexico, France) in the ever-breathtaking South of France (some size perspective: it only takes about 2.5-3 hours by train from Paris to get to the southern coast #tinycountry). I packed my bags full of Sutro shoes for the trip, determined to trying them out on as much new terrainRead More

Wind-Breakers and Wilde

Posted on 13 September 2017

  Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow one another like the withered leaves of Autumn. – Oscar Wilde The temperatures are dropping drastically, the sun is fading faster and Parisians are putting away their crop tops and cutoffs to make room for sweaters and scarves. Autumn has hit full-force here in France. The transition of seasons is set in stone. Still, this year takes on new meaning for me. What was beautiful for Ivy at 5 months will beRead More

a portrait with grey: oscar and I, lately.

Posted on 5 September 2017

  Happy Wednesday Friends! I wanted to take a moment and share this look with you. I like to think of it as my inner Amelia Earhart (being the granddaughter of a great French aviator it isn’t too farfetched). This Isabel Marant coverall was one of those really lucky, thrifted finds (you know the kind you always hear about happening to people that ARN’T you). I snagged it for a mere 15€ at a flea market (French word of theRead More

Sutro on la Seine 

Posted on 31 August 2017

    Being a young mother comes with a huge new set of challenges, but those challenges don’t erase the built in challenges of being a woman or really just human. They just sort of make themselves at home squarely on top of all the other _ like a cat on top of freshly folded laundry. These truths form the foundation of why I’m so grateful for an old go-to in footwear and the new friendship I have with MehranRead More

9months of Ivy 

Posted on 21 June 2017

9months of Ivy. My sweet wildling, you have forever changed every definition of the word “grow” that I thought I knew. For 9 months I carried you, and today marks 9 months of my being carried through a gorgeous labyrinth. You are this constant evidence of the fluidity of everything and the singular urgence of love. Witnessing you engage this old world tears the scales from my eyes. You have shaped my body into something as new as you. 9 monthsRead More

Wearing My Little Wild Bird 

Posted on 20 February 2017

In an effort to recover from many sleep-scarce nights, the past few weeks have been filled with copious amounts of coffee and baby-wearing. Ivy is acutely alert and taking in so much information during the day. Consequently, her brain has a hard time shutting down for naps during the day or to sleep at night. She mastered rolling over, and, was saaahhhh excited, she kept waking herself up. Thus, I’ve gone back to baby-wearing Ivy more frequently. I purchased myRead More

Our California Christmas

Posted on 18 January 2017

Evan Wallis is tall. Seriously, Evan Wallis is very tall. This name might seem familiar because my husband wears a T-shirt that reads, “Ohio against Evan Wallis.” Another fun fact is that Evan is my husband’s best friend. He traveled the same day we did to the same place we did so that he could finally meet our daughter for the first time. Because my mother and her fiancé, Daniel, were still in Hawaii the first three days of ourRead More

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