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Mother’s Day Commitment


Hope you all had a lovely mother’s day. I spent the day with my son and husband who showered me with affection and attention. What more could a mom ask for? Actually, it’s me who feels totally grateful. While mother’s day is a time to theoretically be celebrated, I believe it’s me who should be celebrating the decision to bring our son into the world, to commit to bringing him tons of joy, laughter, love and support through all of life’s inevitable ups and downs.

I love this Slate article by John Dickerson who suggests writing notes to your child and giving them to him or her at a later date to be determined. Our little posts on facebook here and there are ephemeral. We keep notes on what Henry says and does if it amuses, delights or amazes us but I think I want to do something that’s especially for him. Something that will show him how loved he has always been. So the letters will start now and I’m not certain when I’ll give them to him but it makes me happy to think about doing this special thing for him.

mom and baby
O Leitor E O Livro
Stella McCartney and child

Happy Mother’s Day

Since becoming a mother I love celebrating with my son on Mother’s Day. It’s truly a mutual admiration fest. He’s the most wonderful, joyful human I know and every single day he’s been on this Earth with me has been a better day than any day before he was here. I hope he will always feel deeply loved and understood by me. I know our relationship will shift and change as he grows and that he won’t always plant smooches on my lips and caress my face saying “I love you mama” but I know our love will always be strong and I’ll never stop working to make him feel like he’s the apple of my eye. I do hope the smooches last a bit longer though, they’re the best.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there! Enjoy the weekend and celebrate.



What a hectic week this will be. We’re moving to Brooklyn on Thursday. So in addition to packing and getting into 2014 projects we’re busily plotting and planning our new space. We should probably wait and just play around with furniture once we get there but it’s fun to imagine how everything will be laid out. I’m not looking forward to finishing packing but I’m excited to get to the other end and see our new space take shape. Here are a few snaps of the space. We had it painted and now it’s ready for us come Thursday!

The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood


Throughout life there are rare opportunities to make friends and even more rare opportunities to make those friendships grow into something more. I have a handful of women in my life who I was lucky enough to meet when we were around 11 years old. Life has been an incredible journey and it’s been an absolute pleasure knowing these girls as we became women. Describing them as friends is too meek a term, they’re family.

One of these girls is Violet, the co-founder of The Glow. I’ve always been in awe of Violet, her accomplishments, talent, beauty and kindness. She recently became a mother to a beautiful little baby girl, Plum. I instantly loved her. Holding her for the first time, I was filled with love. I’m happy to consider her another member of my family as I know Violet considers me and my son Henry.

I was honored to make this sweet little poem into a watercolor picture for sweet little Plum in their lovely home–featured in this Glow shoot for JCrew at Violet, David and Plum’s apartment.

See more beautiful photos by Kelly Stuart on The Glow here. Pre-order The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood book now. I bet it will sell out as soon as it hits shelves.

Clementine Daily Feature: Everyday Icons


Some super cool girls I know started an amazing site called Clementine Daily. I was honored when Erin Loechner, one of said cool girls asked to interview me for Everyday Icons.

Here’s an excerpt. Click over to see the rest of Erin’s thoughtful questions and my answers:

What is your personal motto or mantra?
Choose happiness.

Any advice for budding artists/illustrators/designers?
My advice to any artist starting out is: Work hard, make lots of work, become comfortable with failure, look for places where you can get feedback, submit work to places where you can see your work fitting in, collaborate with friends, build a portfolio of work that looks like it’s done by the same person with the same hand, look at the work of artists you admire and think about why you like it and what makes it special, look at that artist’s client list and aim to work for them, ask to work for them, make your work good enough that you’d hire yourself, take your work from being pretty good to excellent, carve out your niche in the market and don’t give up, mistakes are par for the course. If this is your passion you can make it happen with diligence and willingness to learn from your mistakes. The cream rises to the top.