STYLE| Denim and Cover

posted on: Monday, December 15, 2014

Shirt- H&M|  Jeans- Asos| Sneakers- Converse| Coverlet Duster- c/o Ace & Jig| Necktie- vintage

What I find most challenging about winter dressing is the whole layer, nursing, and baby wearing situation. It's a lot to consider on an everyday basis when out and about in the city. This outfit is my ideal everyday. I won't even tell you how many times I've worn this coverlet since receiving it. Obsessed.

STYLE| Rainy Days and Cozy Knits

posted on: Friday, December 12, 2014

 Last week, and this past weekend, have been so incredibly rainy. Oak has been sick, so it's given me yet another excuse to stay indoors. I really love rainy days. I mean, really love them. They usually stop me right in my tracks, and if a playdate, meeting, or appointment is canceled because of it, it's completely fine with me. 

Vintage tee| Knit-H&M| Leggings- Old| Earrings- c/o Cats & Ghost| Scarf- c/o Block Shop Textiles| Ring- Vintage 

I love the way the rain sounds on our porch during a daytime nap, it puts me to sleep within seconds. I love the way coffee taste so much better on a rainy day. I love the way I find comfort in a chunky sweater, and my hair stays tied and protected in a scarf. I love the way my kids love rainy days too. Longer naps for Oak. Movies for River.

Peter snapped these pictures the other day while we were all cuddling on the couch. I believe it was Monday, I'm not sure how it's Friday already?!  This week has gone by way too fast!

P.S Receive $10 off these gorgeous Tribute earrings with the code; "tribute2latonya"

More cozy knits

Hiho Batik & LaTonya Yvette| Make Your Own Event

posted on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Isn't this season so special? It's going way too fast for me, but still, I'm enjoying it! During this season we love to craft and create extra special things.

To celebrate, I'm hosting a fun and creative "Make Your Own" event at Hiho Batik's new location in the iconic FAO Schwarz!! The event will take place Monday, December 15th, from 11am- 2pm. 

I would love to meet you and craft with you! Hiho Batik has generously discounted the event too! For prices and to RSVP email; Spots are limited. 

I can't wait to meet you!!

Awareness| No More

posted on: Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm not sure what to title this post. When typing this sort of thing out, it all makes it too real, and I want to hide in my shell of comfort again. Typing things out, actually pressing publish is a huge thing for me here. So bear with me as I take a huge gulp of strength and share a bit.

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." Maya Angelou

If you'd meet me in real life, after my initial hesitation, I'd take you out for coffee and chat your ear off. If you're new in town, I'd like to talk about family and my favorite vintage shops. I'd like to talk about how each neighborhood has a different aroma, and how each one erects a certain memory for me.  We'd chat and laugh about kid poop, feminism, decorating, and wool sweaters, because, such is life. 

If you live here and we've had a few encounters before, I'd take you out for coffee at the not so hip, but irresistibly delicious cafe two neighborhoods away. I would skip over shooting the sh*t and get straight to it with you. I'd talk to you about the gritty life stuff because I like story telling. I like connecting beyond the surface pretty quickly.  It's been a spot of vulnerability for me, but am I LaTonya if I'm not really vulnerable? I'm not sure. I think LaTonya is the girl that will probably tell you she talks so much because she has three brothers and one sister, and her voice meant a lot amongst them. After our stomach aching laughter, I'd talk about life. I'd talk about being vulnerable. I'd talk honestly about being child of a domestic violence relationship. 

After your initial ahh and somber face, I'd easily segue into how it's made me a better person... I believe. How my mother is the strongest person I know. How she's been an advocate for years, and how seeing her do this in real life gave me strength after the initial embarrassment. During our second cup, we'd look intensely at each other and I'd say any anxieties I feel over it are talked intensively at therapy, and how I can spot an abusive relationship from a mile away.  I'd talk about River, Oak, and mostly Peter. How Peter is everything a child who's witnessed abuse would need. He's so gentle and probably the most peaceful person I will ever know. I'd talk about how we've talked about this as a family with River already, and even put simply, she still gets it. Violence is unacceptable.

This season, a season in our lives where we have our health and our happiness, I can't help but think about my childhood, about my mother, and about the thousands who are brave enough to leave. I can't help but think about the ones who don't ever get the chance to leave. Who's telling their stories? 
I hoping in sharing a bit of my story, I can give hope. I can show you that the blogging world isn't only perfectly edited pictures, and perfect lives. We all have battles, past and present. 

If you find yourself in a relationship like this, there is help. There is a safe way out (1800 799 safe). 

I am hosting a great giveaway on instagram tomorrow,December 9th, to help raise awareness on this issue. Two winners will receive 10 prizes to be split amongst them. But more importantly, EACH of these exact items will be donated to The Center Against Domestic Violence to be shared amongst a few women and children in their New York shelters during this holiday season! There were times where organizations like The Center Against Domestic Violence helped my mother provide a Christmas for us after she left. It's only right that I return the favor.

If giveaways aren’t your thing, you can also donate to CADV directly through their site