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Hair Story

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015


Oh, hair. I’ve been through every emotion with mine—love, rage, fear, awe (as in what the ???), and yes, grief.

I’ve been scarred by my hair. In fact, I can recall with such vivid intensity two hair-traumas, it’s like they happened earlier today. The first was the summer before my freshman year of high school. My aunt took me to a salon hidden inside JC Penny for a perm. The first clue something terrible was about to happen: the salon was empty. Second: it was located inside a department store. (more…)

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London Calling!

Friday, June 12th, 2015

london calling print from Classic Play

When Dave asked me what I wanted to do when we went to London, my response was “I want to be a tourist: a full-on, unapologetic, totally cliché, proper tourist.” I wanted to see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, walk through Harrods, take a picture of a red phone booth, chat with a cabbie, eat fish and chips, and of course, see the guards who wear big fluffy black hats. I’d dreamed about this trip since I was a teeny tiny kid and my dad, who was in the Navy at the time, gave me a book of nursery rhymes he brought back from London. Last month, that dream was fulfilled.

To celebrate, I created an illustration inspired by the trip. You can find it in my Society6 shop. And if you’re so inclined, you can grab a print, tote or mug. This love for the City on the Thames is the kind that inspires one to illustrate a mug. For tea. Oh yes.

london calling tote by classic play

london calling mug by classic play

london calling mug (back) by classic play

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The Perfect Sweater

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

the perfect

I hated it the first time we met. Actually, that’s not entirely true. That’s just me being dramatic. I felt ambivalent. The sweater? I could take it or leave it, so I asked my daughter. She said, “It doesn’t suit you. It’s too…serious. You’re not the serious type.”

But the sweater was a siren that called to me. A week later, I went back. Plus, J Crew was having a big sale. That’s how J Crew gets you. They’re sneaky. I left with it and a pair of seriously reduced flats. I didn’t want the sweater to feel alone. (more…)

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Have a Mother’s Day!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

leather cuff

Every year, Dave asks me what I want for Mother’s Day. Every year I respond, “Nothing.” And it’s true. Mostly. But this year, I’ve been thinking about it and have come up with a list.

This one-of-a-kind Leather Silhouette Cuff by artist Vana Chuff is gorgeous. (pictured above)

handmade gold earrings

As are these gold earrings by Chen Fuchs Jewelry

I love this book!

I’m a sucker for gorgeous books

love love love turkish cotton

And I’m not at all embarrassed to admit I’d love a “grown-up, take everywhere, security blanket

How about you? What’s on your list this year?

Oh and big PS!!! Now through Thursday, May 7 I’m donating my profits from my shop (which is where you can find all of lovely lovely items above) to the Baltimore Community Foundation’s for Rebuilding Baltimore! Love you, Baltimore.

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Classic Play Shop + Society6

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

society 6 happy roundup

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

For more than a year now, I’ve been dabbling in illustration. I’ve doodled since I was a kid and briefly, very briefly, entertained the idea that one day I’d be an artist. Dave has long encouraged my artistic pursuits. He said I should be bold and add hand lettering and drawings on Classic Play.

Eventually, I listened to him. You know, after a year or so. That’s how married couples roll. Or at least, how we do. We’re both stubborn firstborns so maybe that’s it.

So I broke out a tablet I won from Bing at Alt Summit NYC (thanks Bing!) that sat in my closet all sad and lonely. I plugged it, opened up illustrator and added my first doodle. I really, really loved it. Since then I’ve created logos, hand lettered goodness and doodles here and there.

Last night, I set up a Society6 shop and uploaded my first illustration. Now you can get happy prints, posters, mugs, teeshirts and onesies. You can even get a happy shower curtain. No lie.

It’s awesome seeing something I drew come to life. It feels surreal, and I love it. So pick up a tote, shirt, print, mug, or even a duvet cover (crazy but true) and get happy!

More gift ideas and cool things…
Make Good with
Indie Toys
Classic Play Gift Guide

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

make good with is currently celebrating a #makegood campaign to celebrate independent makers. Of course I’m all for it. I have a serious crush on artisans who make things. They’re brave, bold, and produce some of the finest things around. Here are 5 makers I’m currently loving:

1 Jenean Morrison | 2 Cynthia Treen | 3 Ellie Bradley | 4 Cheeky Monkey Home | 5 Joanne Stone

Three cheers for independent makers who #makegood!

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013


A few weeks back, Dave, the kids and I went down to DC to check out two exhibits our friends had designed. One of them was the food exhibit, featuring Julia Child’s kitchen.

I loved looking at everything Julia had in her kitchen—from the pegboard walls to the magnets she kept on the fridge. But there was one thing in particular I lingered over, her bookshelf. What did she think was important enough to keep on the shelves in the heart of her home? There were many books, but the one that caught my eye was sandwiched between Joy of Cooking and How to Clean EverythingBarlett’s Familiar Quotations.

Ah, a kindred spirit. Even more so than I previously thought.

I’ve come clean about my geeky love for quotes. How about you? Do you collect quotes? Do you have a favorite?

psst: I may be a tad obsessed with them.

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I’m Smitten

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

With this awesome collection Celina of Petit à Petit and Family created for the concept store Mini Bulles. It’s cute and yet edgy, isn’t it? Makes me wish my kids were a bit smaller. I could see my two rocking those hoodies.

ps. Do you remember Celina from her interview? It’s one of my favorites.

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