OND Social Series - Dine on Display

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

When I was invited to be a part of the OND Social Series by my friend Stephanie Kimes of One Nine Design, I was so excited. Being a part of something as special as honoring women in business is something I was extremely proud of. 

I was in the company of some pretty spectacular women, from boutique owners (it was hosted at hip'tique in Santa Monica), to entrepreneurs, to business execs and more. 

All there to network and celebrate one another in a casual, elegant evening. Remember when I said (here) how my spirit had recently been renewed by encouragement and support? Well, this was one of those experiences. 

There's something to be said about women supporting women and bringing all of our resources and talents together to help one another and perhaps find a way to collaborate. If not now... then somehow in the future. 

I wore a comfy Banana Republic Dress and kept things easy with loose waves (from these rollers)! November Grey donated video services and collaborated on beauty touch-ups with a celebrity makeup artist and other top bloggers. Everyone there donated something to one another - from a pilates class, to spray tanningAsian sheet masks (omg so good!), and more.

The food was delicious (provided by Schaffer's), the setting gorgeous, the company - even better.  

Suzi Grgurich from Suzi G StylesOne Kings Lane Furniture Designer Kim Salmela, OND Social Series Founder Stephanie Kimes of One Nine Design (below L)

When I think of all the things I love about being a woman in business and entrepreneur, with all the ups and downs that come along with it, it's not only having the gift of doing what I truly love, but moments like this that keep me going. 

3 things I'm loving at Old Navy right now

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Old Navy has always been my go-to for the kids, but every once in a while I find a piece or two that I have to have for myself. I picked up these three beauties on my last shopping trip that was meant for socks and a belt for my little one. I'm seriously in love with all three and highly recommend them for some winter wardrobe updates. I'll show you how I style them in the weeks to come.

Old Navy is a great place to pick up an easy flannel at an affordable price. I have several. This plaid shirt is a bit different, though, because it's SO soft and just easy to wear. It has a roomy, almost boyfriend fit, but looks great tucked into black pants like the pic above. There are several colors, but the simple black and white is perfect and classic. I got a size small and it's still pretty roomy.

These are currently sold-out in nearly all sizes online. Why? Because they are PERFECT for the holidays. Run to a store and pick a pair up immediately. You will thank me later when you have that holiday party and "nothing to wear" and you can throw these on with a black sweater, black flats or pumps and call it a day. I usually wear a size 2 but got a size 4 in these. 

I've been looking for a super long cardigan sweater FOR-EVER and was ready to pay more when I spotted this baby! I got it in a charcoal grey in the store, but the pretty camel color available online is also lovely. I tried on XS, S, and M, and the small won out. I was thinking I'd like a M for a casual feel, but the shape and sleeves are made for a more fitted look. 

Full Circle (A female entrepreneur memoir. In part.)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Over the course of three years, I've run a business. I pause there because I'm just going to let that sink in for myself. I didn't just run a business, I started a business. That in itself is a triumph.

From an idea, to conception, to experimentation, and (my God) through trial and error... to finally finding my model and my place as a businesswoman in this world. It's been a long chunk of time that I've even allowed myself to feel proud and good about that.


Because it's been hard. Really, really hard.

The hardest part? Getting my heart broken more than once. You might say that I have no place in the business world if I could make a statement like that. But why isn't it OK to say so? The toughest moments were those with people - colleagues, clients, and even those I once considered friends who have all but demolished my spirit at times. Don't get me wrong, those moments have been few and far between. But I've been blindsided more than a few times and every time it surprised me. Every time it hurt. I look back now at those moments as major forks in the road. I always had a decision to make. Which way do I go?

I always knew that it was OK to stop...

But I never did.

I never could.

There's a piece of my heart that has absolutely toughened up over time, but I don't want to believe that you can't have a good, kind heart, that you can't believe in people, and still be in this fierce, competitive world.

And you know what else I found? There are far more lovely, encouraging, equally committed, and supportive people out there who are rooting for you to succeed than to fail. And the past forty eight hours have really proven that to me (more on that later) and it's been proven in such a blazingly obvious way, that I feel like it's a direct hit of love and light nudging me... don't stop. Don't you dare stop. 

So I won't.

I've grown so much more into becoming the woman I always wanted to be. And that's huge.

So here I am at another fork in the road, and that road lead me straight back here. The original source of inspiration, but a more grown version.

A grown-up version of November Grey.

Thanks for still being here. I'm going to keep this blogspot as a place to share these thoughts (of course some fashion!) and all the inspirations that keep me going. And make sure to check out novembergrey.com - the business side of things. This female entrepreneur won't quit. (And neither should you!)

With love,

Tanya xx

This is what happens when your sister takes your kids for the night

Saturday, June 4, 2016

You go to bed at midnight 

Because you've had too much thai iced tea at dinner. (No, not wine, not vodka. Iced tea. Apparently this is now how you roll.)

You still wake up at 6:00AM 

Because your body is so accustomed to it. Or perhaps because the sunrise still flickers in ever so slightly from those expensive, black-out, Pottery Barn curtains you just purchased. Or maybe because the rumors really are true - as you get older, you just sleep less. 

You miss your babies for a moment, then realize you haven't gotten to sit outside on your deck in the peaceful morning air with coffee for... (oh, wait) you've NEVER done this. So you grab a magazine and a yummy cashmere sweater, and take in the morning, sip by sip. (Bliss)

Your husband wakes up in a panic at 8AM because its too quiet, and everyone's gone (including his wife) and he thinks you've been kidnapped. You see his sleepy and adorable face relieved to see you (simply enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck) and for a moment remember what it was like when it was just the two of you. 

You go back to bed together until 9AM

You eat a piece of chocolate. The whole thing. And you don't share it with anyone. 

You realize that you're starving, because around 9:30-10AM is usually close to lunch time for you in your real world. So rather than grabbing a bit of toast or a quick bowl of cereal, you make scrambled eggs with care, sprinkling in cheese and carefully cut tomatoes. You savor every last, slow bite (except for the intentional leftovers you keep for your sweet, old dog Violet - who also remembers what it was like when it was just the two of you.)

You blog again. 

You let the words pour out, not for a job, not money, not for clients or reasons. Simply because it's what you used to do to center your world and somehow make sense and keep track of things. You write because you love it. You share because you wonder if perhaps your audience is still there to listen. But either way you're doing it for you. You. And you realize right then and there that everything is not without sacrifice. Balance isn't possible, but to prioritize what can be sacrificed is. To have these stolen moments, you will be without your children. When you have them with you, no other priority is possible. And that's how it should be. And you also realize in a sort-of epiphany-of-peace that to have the career and the write-ups and the work and the successes, the hard times and the heartbreaks, the ups and the downs that come with running a business, you will get less of this. But maybe, just maybe... there's room for a little bit more. 

They Say You Can't Go Back

Monday, March 30, 2015

Oh, I've missed you. A cup of coffee in my hand, a silent, sleeping house, and my blank, open blog space ready to be filled up with words. Like returning to an old boyfriend you left behind... not because he was bad for you, but simply because you had outgrown him. You wanted to see and explore new things. But every once in a while you check in. A text. A quick call when life changing events happen; a wedding, a death, a birth, or maybe just because you remembered one day that he always treated you with kindness. And he helped you grow.

(photo Sechoir TV)

What am I talking about? An old boyfriend or a blog? Ha. Both, I suppose. Mostly the latter. It occurred to me after my year of hard work conceptualizing, creating, and managing my own business, full of so many things that inspire me: fashion, beauty, on-camera work interviewing women leading their own companies that inspire me so much, that there was one tiny thing that I missed... writing.

So, like a check-in text, or nostalgia, or simply because I remember just how much this blog meant to me, (and not to take anything away from my current flame) sometimes I will write.

Goodbye November Grey - This is Where I Leave You

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chambray - Loft, Skirt - Lou & Grey, Neon Clutch - Old Navy, Heeled Sandals - Jessica Simpson
{For more details on this look - visit Séchoir}

I've been meaning to write this post for some time now, but every time I sit down to do it, I get stuck. There's so much I want to say about how these past few years have changed my life. How do you some it all up in one, short post? In all honesty it makes me a little sad.

I started this blog soon after my daughter was born, as an outlet to express. To keep being ME, to keep going and growing by documenting the many inspirations that motivate me on a daily basis... From fashion, to food, to my beautiful family and amazing friends, old and new, who have supported me, so unconditionally through this journey. (You know who you are and I love you.)

As I look back over the years, I'm so grateful I have pages of visual and written documentation of my life and passions during this time. What a gift it's been to share it with you all. I feel so lucky that so many of you responded to it - whether it was a recipe or a thrifted vintage shirt, or the way you decorated your own kid's birthday party. I realize now that it was just as much for me as it was for you. My most "popular posts" and all those comments from you, all the collaborations with brands and other bloggers who have become actual, REAL-life friends, have given me the courage to grow even more.

And now I must move on.

If you'd like to know what I'm up to these days, visit my new website, Séchoir. A video styling series that was born out of the concept of fashion blogging, but has evolved into so much more. We also have a blog section where I'll continue to write and dream and document...

I'd love it if you stopped by.

Goodbye, November Grey. You have meant the world.

What Truly Matters

Thursday, July 24, 2014

For me, those moments and those someones are all that matter.

And sometimes I'm afraid I'm missing it all.

What a whirlwind it's been, you guys!

I've been trying my best to keep up with everything. Starting my own biz, turning my garage into that business' office, the day-to-day grind of kids and house and pets and work...

This poor, neglected blog...

I had a thought this morning as I stared into my children's faces, sleep-eyed, mussed up hair, smeared syrup all over their tiny fingers from the waffles I made them... this is my "nameless" moment. This is my beautiful now -- full of smiles and connected hearts and the things that truly matter.

I hope I can pause the time in a way that makes me sit still in these moments for a while. Appreciate what I have been given -- as I blast full-steam ahead into my personal goals and dreams.

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