last post from marissa of george and ruby

it is hard to believe that george & ruby is only little more than a year old. the blog started as a way to share content about oscar de la renta childrenswear as well as give an inside look at the brand through the life of a mom working there. it has been such an honor to not only share content on behalf of the brand, but to share stories about my life and connect with you all. i’ve enjoyed sharing photos of so many beautiful children dressed in their oscar best. as i look back through all the content i have posted i am amazed at what a full and rewarding year it has been.
i am writing this post not only to reflect on the stories that have been told, but also to share that this will be my last post, i will be moving on from the brand. it is a bittersweet departure, but i am excited for what lies ahead in my life and that of my family. we have some exciting news to share… please visit our new blog, lady & prince to follow all of our newest adventures.
to continue to follow marissa and her family, visit:
blog: ladyandprince.com
twitter: @ladyandprince
instagram: @ladyandprince
pinterest: pinterest.com/ladyandprince/
stay tuned for updates from george & ruby!
there are many ways to stay up to date with oscar de la renta & the childrenswear collection, visit:
to discover and shop the childrenswear newest arrivals on oscardelarenta.com
visit the house, a content portal with the most recent updates from the brand: the house
get an insider’s peek into the brand: oscarprgirl.tumblr.com/ & instagram.com/oscarprgirl
a year of george & ruby
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i have been waiting for months now to share some of our amazing behind the scenes images from the oscar childrens fall 2013 campaign. if you follow my instagram that you got an insider peek into the shoot, but here are some more images and details. after having shot in portugal twice, i really have fallen in love with the country. the people are lovely, the children are an absolute delight and joy to work with, the scenery is spectacular and the food is divine. this time we spent most of our time in sintra, a town just outside of lisbon. i had visited sintra once when in college, but this experience really left an impression on me. i am a born romantic with a passion for art history, so when i first saw the pena national palace in sintra i was amazed. as an art director on a photo shoot, you really can’t ask for a better backdrop. it felt like we were in a dream… candy colored walls with a mixture of gothic and romantic architecture with moorish accents–there is no question why the pena palace is one of the finest examples of portugese romanticism.

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we spent the first day scouting locations for our shoot… with children on set it is so important to plan out the day so that we can stay on track with all there is to accomplish.

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our photographer, isabel pinto, and i had to take this classic opportunity to photo bomb this tourist… i mean, you have to have a little fun while working, right?!

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although it was pretty cold, the first day of shooting was a success. thankfully we were shooting winter pieces so they were bundled up in sweaters and toggle coats!

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the town of sintra, at the base of the mountain, was full of charm and lots of tourists. we were constantly drawing a crowd everywhere we went. it is pretty hard to resist watching all the children in their darling looks posing for the camera.
one of the perks of shooting on location is a taste of the local culture. i am a bit of a foodie so i take any and every opportunity to try something new. the portugese food did not fail to impress… from flaming sausages with cheese to the most amazing pastries from the famous pastéis de belém, we were in culinary heaven.

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i’m not sure when i am headed back to portugal,  but hopefully it will be soon, i think bringing the little ones might need to be part of my next adventure. after all, the little lady would obviously love the castle… and the little prince would just eat all day!
shop the childrenswear collection on oscardelarenta.com
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here is another little round up of kids wearing oscar swim suits… they seem to be enjoying the last days of summer–hope you are too! x
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i am always on the hunt for new apps for the little ones. we have a bunch of favorites, but i am in love with a new one called this monster. it is a burst of color, whimsical graphics and a textural feel that is not often seen in kids apps on the market. the app is full of color-Eating monsters, a polka-dot painter, a musical mermaid and a jumping jackelope. it is a sweet digital tale which will absolutely delight your little ones. the characters are hand-crafted and feature interactive treats, original music and sound effects, and professional narration.
my favorite part of this app is that it was created by two fellow graphic designers, julianna goodman and meghan eplett. music and sound effects by david lanza and narration by marty sidman.
check it out now – http://thismonster.info/
here is a promo code: A3YX3YAX9WXN
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the oscar de la renta childrenswear collection is timeless, classic and echoes the romanticism and joy of the oscar de la renta brand. we were lucky enough to shoot the campaign in the magical town of sintra in portugal (stay tuned for an inside look behind the scenes). There are so many beautiful items to choose from (i kind of wish they made some of the looks in my size!). there are denim colored tweeds, colorful florals in the perfect shades of fall, plaids paired with cashmere cardigans, printed bow blouses, quilted jackets, fair isle sweaters, party dresses and everything you might need for back to school shopping. explore the collection here.

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it is hard to believe that fall is already upon us, but if you follow the fashion calendar like i do, it’s almost time to change over your wardrobe! at oscar we just released our fall advertising campaign last week and i am still reeling, i just love it. it truly evokes the beauty and glamour that oscar de la renta stands for. my favorite image from the campaign is above–the layers of jewels are the ultimate decadence. the campaign stars kate bogucharskaia, patricija motiejunaite and iris van berneour. the man behind the lens was the incredibly talented norman jean roy.
i putting together my order for this fall and the following items are at the top of my list.

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1. mini madison 2. the blair slippers 3. petite leaf scark necklace 4. shirt sleeve jewel neck top and slim pencil skirt in toile 5. lunar drop earring 6. long sleeve slim dress with peplum 7. crystal post earring 8. embroidered goa
view all the images from the oscar de la renta ad campaign here

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recently i was lucky enough to meet hollye jacobs, a mom and fellow blogger, for a cup of coffee. she is the founder of the blog, the silver pen, where she documents her life as a mother and a breast cancer survivor. i love her positive outlook and her focus on the silver linings in her life. after chatting about blogging, travel, kids and fashion i asked her to share with me everything she loves about living in southern california (it happens to be a dream of mine to move there one day). i asked her if she would write a post for me about visiting santa barbara with kids… she said she would, on one condition… that i plan a visit. well, looks like i know where we are headed for our next family vacation.
here is the santa barbara scoop from hollye:

Santa Barbara is truly heaven on earth. The people, weather, beaches, mountains,  farmer’s markets (every day of the week!), sky, and parks are truly beyond belief. I’ve never visited a place more magical than Santa Barbara. The ultimate Silver Lining is that I get to LIVE here!  There is not a single day that I do not feel and express gratitude for this!

One of my favorite things to do is to welcome people – especially families! – to town and help them plan their itineraries. Below is pretty doggone near perfect weekend plan that will leave everyone with big smilies on their faces. So, please, come visit!

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attractions and museums:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara Mission

Santa Barbara Zoo

kid-friendly restaurants:

Trattoria Mollie

Padaro Beach Grill

East Beach Grill

Boathouse

The Habit Burger Grill

parks:

Community Parks

Kid’s World

thanks hollye for a great post! xx
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what is not to love about these pictures! running barefoot on the beach in oscar dresses… isn’t that every girl’s dream?!  shop the oscar de la renta girls & boys collection here. (enter the code G&RSALE10 at checkout for an extra 10% off sale)
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i guess this isn’t a recipe per se, but it sure is a hit in our house. we make homemade pancakes and waffles a lot on the weekends, but an easy way to make them a huge hit with the little ones is adding a pop of color. the little lady asks for pink pancakes, of course, and the little prince asks for blue pancakes. of all of the pancake mixes we have tried arrowhead mills is by far our favorite–especially the buttermilk pancake mix. not only is it made with all organic ingredients, but it tastes delicious.i like to add fresh blueberries to the pancakes and serve them with warm maple syrup. enjoy! x
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Fête Paradiso #oscar
i am always trying to think of something fun to do with the little ones on the summer weekends in nyc. last weekend we visited governor’s island. it is easy to get there via the free ferry that departs every 30 minutes. while there are plenty of food carts on the island, i recommend packing a picnic blanket and lunch for the trip (you can get ice cream as a special treat for the kids and there is even a beer garden for the adults).
since there are no cars allowed on governor’s island, it is a great place to bring bikes with the kids. if you want to rent bikes, solo, tandem and even quadricyles (which can transport six adults and two kids) are available. another option for those seeking some beach time there is a waterfront spot, featuring 20,000 square feet of sand, as well as volleyball and basketball courts. (keep in mind swimming is prohibited.)
one of the great things about visiting governor’s island is the variety of events and art exhibits that take place on the island. below are some of the current exhibits on display. (to view all the events taking place on governor’s island visit their calendar of events.)
fête paradiso: a festival of vintage carousels and carnival rides, july 13-september 29′
fête paradiso is the world’s first festival of vintage French carnival rides and carousels and it is making its american debut on governors island. it includes a diverse array of attractions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as carousels, flying swings and a pipe organ, will be available for the public to ride and enjoy every weekend. admission to the Festival is free, but rides and games cost $3 each. i found the cost to be a little expensive, but it is lovely to see all the vintage rides.
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figment: 2013 summer-long Installations, june 8-september 22
this summer, figment’s acclaimed interactive sculpture garden, artist-designed minigolf course and city of dreams pavilion welcome visitors to the parade grounds to play with, dance around, contemplate on, and experience these wonderfully imaginative installations.

above is a pretty impressive art installation titled, head in the clouds. the installation offers visitors a chance to walk into the clouds, experiencing them from the inside out. it is made by an impressive array of milk gallons and water bottles filled with tinted water. we loved the contrast of experiencing it from afar and then up close – the little ones were equally impressed… although they kept trying to steal the water bottles.

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