My son, like most toddlers, loves to explore and to imaginative play – lately he has been spending most of his afternoons in our front yard slaying dragons with sticks. Because of my son’s love of castles and dragons, we took a drive to Königswinter, a city/summer resort on the right bank of the Rhine River in Germany. We went to Schloss Drachenburg, a mixture of a Villa-Mansion and Castle built atop a summit with an impressive view of Königswinter and the Rhine river. The summit also has the ruins of a castle built in the early 12th century, known to the locals as Drachenfels, because a cave in the hill is said to have sheltered a dragon (German=Drachen) that was slain by the hero Seigfried. My son may not be Seigfried, but once he was on the summit with his wooden sword there was no dragon that could get in his way from protecting his princess (a.k.a. mama).
My family is moving out of the country soon, so we are enjoying San Francisco’s sweater weather and all of our favorite spots in the city. This past weekend we took a stroll down one of my favorite streets in San Francisco, Clarion Alley, a small street between Mission and Valencia Streets in the Mission District. Clarion Alley is known for the Clarion Alley Mural Project and is covered with art that is constantly changing; so it is exciting and different every time we visit. We enjoyed strolling down Clarion Alley to see the new art, chase each other, and laugh a lot. My son’s favorite murals were the colorful flowers and surprise, surprise – the shiny robot. I find Clarion Alley to be inspiring and love sharing art of all mediums with my son.
It’s Friday afternoon at the Starbucks on Spring Street in Soho and ten year old Cassidy giggles beside me, tall hot chocolate in hand, as I wrangle her awesomely-tangled hair into two trendy “inside out” french braids. Her positive and endearing personality warm up the room and she’s bursting with energy; you’d never know she’s been working around the clock all week on a SS15 campaign uptown. Although she’s only been signed for thirteen months, by the end of the shoot, it’s obvious why Cassidy has booked a dozen top campaigns (Ralph Lauren, Calvin Clein, H&M… to name a few). It takes a special kid to model Summer clothing in the snow; Cassidy does it with a smile.
So one day did you just say, “Mom I want to model!” and the rest is history?
Well, we sent in pictures and in ten minutes an agent called back. This has been my dream since I was like four! (Mom, Jess, harps in, “There was an infomercial on the radio and I thought ‘We’re not doing that’. She kept going back to it, talking about it, so we went to Nashville and they told us to go to New York. I thought, ‘WHAT THE HECK. Why not!’. It was crazy. Like she said, an agent called me within 10 minutes.)
What was your favorite job of 2014?
The most fun project I did in 2014 was H&M because the photographer, Frank Malthiery, was very funny. He’s French! He said “Bonjour mademoiselle!”
Aside from modeling, what are some of your other interests?
Sing, act. I acted in an android commercial. My dream job is to be on Disney Channel. I played football and I was the fastest girl on the team… well, I was the only girl on the team. I love animals! I think I like Bryant Park best in NYC because it’s so peaceful; the taxis here honk for no reason!
What’s the hardest part of being a model?
Waking up so early to get on the plane! (Cassidy is from a small town outside of Memphis, Tennessee. For most flights, her normal wakeup call is around 3am!)
Clothing//Jacket: Miguel Vieira|Shorts: Little Miss Galia |Bow turban : Arturo Rios|Shoes: Nike|
Socks : Hue|Aqua Ballerina Dress: Alivia Simone |Beanie hat: Betsey Johnson |Shoes:Tods|Saturday Night Dress: Mischka Aoki|Shoes: Manuela De Juan
To say that I am obsessed with Lot801’s Superhero Collection would be an understatement. I love (LOVE) leggings for Lucas and finding new and creative ways to make them work for him. These just make it so easy and fun! What little one doesn’t want to feel like a superhero? I’m also a huge fan of the classic black and white polka dot on both pairs. They’re standout on their own and look so great when mixing and matching a bit.
My mom likes to complain about the “terrible tens” … my awkward stage of adolescence when it seemed like nothing really fit well and department stores were filled with items either “too babyish” or “too inappropriate”. I think this is must have been when an inherent distaste for shopping for myself developed.
The tweens of today don’t have to suffer through a year or two of awkwardness; not when Noch Mini is around to outfit every occasion from school to a dinner date with Dad. Designed and almost entirely made right in New York City using only certified organic materials (because, let’s face it, those tween years are hard enough on the skin as it is!) and low impact dyes, I’m giving these simple yet sophisticated (and way cool for all ages) designs two thumbs up.
My sister and I we were not always too happy about wearing matching outfits as a kid. But now that I have kids of my own, I can’t blame my mom. It is just too good not to do it. With all the unisex brands on the market now, it is even possible to do this when you have a girl and a boy.
This sweater is one of my favourites and I just had to have one for my two little loves.
Nothing screams summer fun quite like a day at the beach. Here are a few beach items worthy of your little stylish beachgoer this summer.
Credits // 01. Sea Squirts Swim Vest by SwimWays | 02. Flex Motion Sandal by Nike | 03. Pom Cap by Caroline Bosmans| 04. Seal Kid Swim Goggles by Aqua Sphere | 05. Zebra Westsuit by Saltskin| 06. Towel by The Beach People| 07. Sunglasses by We Are Sons and Daughters