No Boys Allowed...
Story by Rebecca Hessel Cohen and Colleen Crivello
Sometimes all you need is a little girl time. Our house in Sagaponack is a very special place to me. We bought it right after my first daughter Scarlett was born and we’ve already created the most incredible memories here with our dearest friends and family. Stella, our youngest little girl, came here when she was only one week old and this house just creates magic. Literally! Every summer is a new amazing adventure, and even though we come out throughout the winter, there is nothing more exciting then spending the warmer months here when the kids can run wild and free outside in nature and the moms can well… drink rose all day long !!
On this particular late spring weekend I decided to have a few of my dearest girlfriends and their little girls out to the beach house for a last minute no boys allowed party (except for maybe a few special gays here and there)! There was nothing more amazing than this girl tribe – Bianca, Julia and Colleen. Two Frenchies (Bianca and Julia, from Paris) and Colleen from LA, and then of course myself, a native New Yorker who grew up spending summers in the Hamptons since I was born. And then there were all of our minis… All Girls… Alba ( 5 years old) , Romy ( 4 years old) , Scarlett ( 3 years old) , Allegra ( 9 months ) and Stella ( 5 months). .
After years and years living at my parents house, and finally creating our own little paradise here a few years ago with my husband, there really is nothing more incredible than sharing our little LoveShack with the ones we love the most….
It's never easy to find time to decompress, especially when you’re all working moms, but somehow we manage. Im truly inspired by each of these women – both as incredible moms, friends and business women. Bianca is the manager of international press and VP at Chanel, Julia is a model, art director and founder of Romy & the Bunnies and Colleen is founder of the incredible mom and childrens website MiniMode, and previous owner of the kids line Chalk NYC.
Together, we have amazing stories to tell. My favorite is below, how Colleen describes this incredible weekend in her oh so very Carrie Bradshaw manner…
"Remember when not so long ago, things like babies and adult responsibilities were a thing of the future? And yet here we are, in the future!
Becoming a mom was a major adjustment, to say the least and I was determined to define what that meant to me. While invested in my new roll, I was wary of it solely defining me and resolute in maintaining who I am (and who I am becoming) as a woman. Firm in the adage that as much as one should adapt to their child, the child should adapt to your life as well. With this understanding, I set out to find other women that shared my philosophy and in doing so I have found some of the most vibrant and inspiring women in my life - that perhaps wouldn’t know otherwise. The bonds we’re forming through motherhood, as we raise our littles up together, is something akin to sisterhood. Therefore as a conscious effort to constantly stay connected, we mommas take girly trips… no boys allowed!
Most recently - in our typical festive spirit - we spent a rose fueled and sun soaked weekend out at the beach. With time dedicated to relaxing, laughing at ourselves and reengaging on the everyday, we watched our MINIs run wild and begin to shape their own lifelong friendships #thenextgeneration.
And while it’s not always easy to align our schedules, plan a trip or grab that time-after-time-rescheduled drink, between busy lives/hectic days as business owners and moms, we make it a priority. So join us in celebrating this Mother’s Day - our mom-tribe to yours - by dancing in the sunlight, running free and being silly." - Colleen.
Wishing all our momma's the most special Mother's Day!!
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It's time to splurge on sweet treats, long brunches, floral arrangements and precious family-time. Easter Long Weekend has arrived which gives us a reason to believe that Spring is officially here to stay. This weekend we're heading to the West Coast and we're especially excited for the excuse to finally break out our new Spring wardrobe, we'll be living in our pretty prints and soft color palettes, detailed with lots of intricate embroidery and crochet lace.
Here's some of our inspiration and picks for a perfect Easter Brunch to celebrate the official arrival of Spring!
Explore our new spring collection!
A new year calls for new adventures and a new loveshack studio! Right now the office is a buzz planning and preparing for the big move! We are moving our New York studio to a new space... and are feeling so inspired by european designs, every detail... moldings, vintage closets, reclaimed wood, gold fittings, mirrors, chandeliers and lots of natural light, a beautiful space for creativity and growth. The juxtaposition of the new and the old, the built and the environment... We're excited to welcome you to our new loveshack space this Summer!
Here's a sneak peek into what's inspiring us, our closet and our world!
Photographer I Michaela Wissen. Location I West Village, NYC. Model I Pamela Katz.
Valentine's Day with Pamela Katz...
What’s the most romantic thing that has ever happened to you?
The most romantic thing that ever happened to me: When my fiancé proposed he showed me that on the inside of my engagement ring, he had my Ruby birthstone put in. It is hands down the most thoughtful and unique addition to the most special gift I'll ever receive.
What's your idea of a perfect date?
It's snowing. My fiancé and I are going to my favorite ramen restaurant (IPPUDO) down the street in our casual + cool denim jackets and leather boots...Having our red wine and noodles over laughing (until our stomach hurts) about our day and sharing stories. Leaving dinner to go snuggle up by the fire at our favorite hot chocolate spot. Dreamy.
The most romantic destination you've visited...
My fiancé planned a trip for us in Big Sur, California during August 2015 for what I thought was my 23rd birthday celebration. It was actually where he took me to propose to me in a romantic little treehouse.
What's the craziest thing you've done for love?
Wait for the right timing.
A loveshack kind of Valentine... this week we are joining our friends at Valentine NYC for a special giveaway just for you! Enter below for your chance to win our favorite LSF Eden Dress perfectly paired with The Velvelette lingerie set just in time for Valentine's Day!
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Wishing you a magical holiday season! It's been a huge year of growth, adventure and love, and we want to thank everyone who has joined us on our exciting journey. Without our customers and friends, our passion and inspiration would fade - so thank you for your support. May 2016 be filled with creativity, long summer days and happiness!
Tavel the world. Follow the sun. Dance in the moonlight.
Love Rebecca & the Loveshack Girls xx
The Loveshack Life I Vintage Love Affair. Collection I Resort16.
Follow The Sun | California Dreaming. Featuring | Pamela Katz. Location | Treebones, Big Sur.
FEATURING SAI AND LONDON SCOUT
FEATURING ROCKY BARNES
I fell in love with Montauk last time I was out in the Hamptons! I would ideally spend a day at the beach, maybe a nice bbq and end the day at Surf Lodge for a drink!
Drink tons of water! And sleep on planes :)
Never leave home without a bikini, a scarf for the plane, and an easy breezy maxi dress...my go-to of the moment is my LSF indigo piece.
At home in La Jolla.
Right now I am on Major Laser, Milky Chance and Panama.
I'm obsessed with the lace romper! They work perfect over a bikini.
Video I Julia Restoin Roitfeld : Romy & The Bunnies. Location I Mecox Farm, Hamptons.
FRENCH PICNIC IN THE GARDEN
LSF X ROMY & THE BUNNIES COLLECTION LAUNCH EVENT
Event I LoveShackFancy x Romy and the Bunnies. Event Photographer I BFA. Lookbook Photographer I Kim Myers Robertson. Styling I Clafoutis. Food I The Dairy. Location I Mecox Farm, Bridgehampton.
Julia and I met last summer in the Hamptons through our little girls, and we immediately all became close friends. We live quite near each other in NYC as well, so we spent many afternoons playing in the west village and having lunch just us and the girls. We have a very similar sensibility and aesthetic, and I've always admired Julia's website Romy & The Bunnies. It felt like a very natural step for us to collaborate to create this adorable 32 piece capsule collection for little girls ages 6 months to 5 years old. We both live for little girls' clothing, and wanted to create a line that would be pretty enough to be part of a fairy tale, but playful and comfortable enough for the girls to run around and play in. The pieces are meant to be as whimsical and playful as our little girls who inspired the collection, so we added sweet little pom pom trims, soft cotton gauzes, beautiful bunny liberty prints and cupcake prints to the collection. We chose 8 styles that would best reflect the girls' favorite pieces, from mini skirt to flutter sleeve dress, peasant tops to rompers, harem pants and hoodies. My special favorites are the little bloomers and bandanas. The clothing has an organic French feeling because the French tend to make the best children's clothes! We wanted the pieces to also work with our Loveshackfancy collection, so that mothers and daughters could easily wear the pieces together.
Julia and I are both entrepreneurs with a strong interest and background in fashion, with little girls who are quite interested in fashion themselves! It was a wonderful experience collaborating with Julia. We have so many great ideas and truly loved working on the creative process together. We put together a beautiful photo shoot and enlisted our friend and photographer Kim Myers Roberson to shoot the girls. We invited some friends out to my mother's house where the shoot, and our later launch event would take place, as we wanted the whole setting to work perfectly together. In a joint creative effort we made vintage lace tipis, little tea parties, and invited real bunnies and baby goats to frolic with the children in the bucolic setting. Unfortunately, the day of the shoot was quite gloomy and rainy, but the photos were still incredible.
In order to celebrate the launch of our collaboration, we decided to create an elegant French picnic at my mother's property in Bridgehampton, NY. It felt like the perfect magical setting to host these little fairies and celebrate this very special collaboration that was so close to our hearts. Having spent summers at this house since I was young I have all of my most cherished memories here. Remembering all of these beautiful moments. from my daughter's first birthday to my wedding to multiple summer full moon parties, it was the natural place to host the party for our little girls collection. Our ideas would come to life in this incredible setting: an old Bridgehampton farmhouse surrounded by the apple orchards.
We enlisted little girls party stylist Anne Ligeard Murat, of her fabulous company Clafoutis Creations. "When Rebecca told me about her upcoming collaboration with Julia on a capsule collection for little girls I knew something magical was in the making!" says Anne. "Discovering the line sheet was very inspiring for me. I noted adorable and charming hand-drawn sketches of the clothing with little accessories such as plush bunnies and wildflower crowns. The prints are soft and delicate featuring tiny garden roses, bunnies, and geometric cupcakes. It transported me right away to the event, envisioning free spirited little girls wandering in a magical garden wearing the enchanting Loveshackfancy x Romy & The Bunnies clothing. Our goal was to convey the impression that the girls had been playing in this lovely garden by themselves. They set a tea party for their dolls and bunnies, displaying their favorite treats like candies and meringues. They played with water and let their beautiful clothes hang to dry on a home-spun clothes line. Everything would have to look pretty and simple to express the innocence of the little girls. Watching the children do exactly what we imagined they would was delightful: there they were hiding under the buffet table eating all the candies they wanted, getting carried away artistically by painting outside the lines and adding all tones of glitter glue to their work; they were running through the grass and picking flowers. What a dream-come-true for us adults! At the end of the party came the most enchanting moment, true magic from the fairies themselves - a tiny baby bunny bounded from the orchard toward the children!"
Anne helped us create the perfect thank you's for all the children who attended : a lovely picnic basket filled with Loveshackfancy x Romy & The Bunnies goodies, plus sidewalk chalk, tattoos, and bubblers. Both Anne and Julia are French, so creating the French picnic theme seemed like a natural idea. As Anne describes, "We though of French picnic classics for the food like delicious jambon-beurre sandwiches on mini baguettes, lovely cheese quiches, bags of cherries and of course, no French picnic would be without a clafoutis!" Our close friend Jordan Blitz recently started an amazing catering company based in Red Hook, Brooklyn called The Dairy so we asked her to help with the food - and it was everything we could have dreamed of.
The party was a perfectly magical day, and everything we wanted. All of the little girls (and boys) and their parents who attended truly took in this beautiful setting and this enchanting world we created. We invited many of our close friends and supporters of Loveshackfancy and Romy & The Bunnies. It was a sight to see!
We hope to pass along this beautiful collection to everyone who can appreciate the magic that lies within these special little pieces.
Loveshackfancy x Romy & The Bunnies
TRAVEL DIARIES : REBECCA HESSEL COHEN
Travel I Path to Portofino. Location I Positano, Italy.
My husband and I recently took a little baby moon before our second daughter arrives in November. We are taking our 2 year old daughter on a two week trip to Europe with friends in early August, so we decided to do a quick romantic getaway just the two of us. We went to Italy for 7 days and it was heavenly. Here are a few of my tips.
Of course on our drive from Forte to Il Pelicano (about 2 and a half hours) our adorable little Audi convertible breaks down. My Husband tries replacing the tire, but the spare tire is also busted. With no cell reception, no one stopping to help us, bugs eating us alive, and being 5 months pregnant and starving, it's not a pretty sight! At the same time I am still enjoying the gorgeous scenery because even though we are stopped on the side of the highway, it's the most incredible highway you've ever seen! The moon is starting to come out, the farmlands are beautifully lit, and I'm just taking it all in. We finally charge our phones enough to organize a car service and help to pick up our broken care, and 4 hours later we arrive at Il Pelicano in time for dinner at 10:00 pm. Still in our bathing suits and dreaming about our day in Forte Dei Marmi, we quickly change and enjoy a beautiful dinner under the stars.
Il Pelicano is an absolute Tuscan dream. We bask in the sun and sea for three beautiful days. The hotel has been around for nearly 50 years, a big summer home for the fashion crowd. It's a bit like camp for adults now, a beautiful escape. You can take paddle boards out on the sea, float on a raft, or take a boat ride to see the surrounding villages. Definitely book a massage and shop in the hotel's boutique - they carry amazing brands, like Lisa Marie Fernandez, Erez, Missoni, and much more. Definitely buy the book on Il Pelicano, it's incredible.
You barely need to leave this magical setting. It's all about the delicious Italian wine, amazing company, a great book, and incredible food.