Mind Shift

377734663_022So I had a mole on my belly button. The dermatologist said that I should probably have it removed. He wasn’t too concerned but he thought it was the weirdest mole on my body so we shouldn’t take any risks. However, it was in such an odd location that he felt better having a plastic surgeon remove it to minimize scaring. I was down with that. So yesterday, I traveled to Boston to Brigham & Women’s hospital to have it removed. No biggie. I jumped on a Cape Air flight, got to Boston early enough to go to Starbucks and bop around the shops on Newbury Street. Priorities. Then off to B&W for my appointment I go. All was smooth sailing until I walked into the procedure room.

It wasn’t like the tricked out operation rooms I’ve seen on Grey’s Anatomy – it was a trimmed down version but nevertheless, it got my nerves going and my blood pressure up. I was asked to lie down on the table. I did and I immediately started to cry. Yes, I was a little nervous. The only surgical procedure that I have had done was lasik so I really didn’t know what to expect. But while looking at the nurses with their masks and at those big surgical lights above me, reality hit me and a wave of emotions came over me and I kind of didn’t know how to handle it. I just kept crying. The doctor and nurses kept asking me if I was ok and I was. I really was ok about this minor procedure that was about to happen. The mole was the size of a mini chocolate chip. Come on Emily, get it together! But what I blurted out was… I’m really fine, I’m just thinking about all of the people who have to lie here with something really serious. I just can’t imagine how they find the strength.

It was in that moment that I had a mind shift. One that will change the way that I think forever. I can’t even really put it into words but I do know that at the root of it all is compassion. Looking up at those surgical lights my heart went out to everyone in that big hospital and all over the world who are also looking up at those lights but are going through things I can’t even begin to relate to. I kept thinking about everyone who I passed on my way to the office and wondering what they might going through. And here I was seeing a plastic surgeon because I was worried about scarring. Perspective. I’ve had some things on my mind lately and well, I decided to just let them go.

On top of all that, when I got home, Ivy murdered a baby bunny in the back yard. It was an emotional day. Queue up the cocktail shaker.

*This post is dedicated to my cousin Kelsey. She has had open heart surgery, her spine fused and a kidney transplant. Just last week, she started her freshmen year of college. Kels, I’m so impressed by your strength. To the Pleasanton Otts, you all rock. Work hard and play hard sweetie pie! Love you.

** And also to my Grandad Ott who died from melanoma.  We miss you everyday.

The Stever Cocktail

TheStever4Created by my one and only… Steve Hollister. It’s refreshing with a little kick and it was the perfect drink to compliment our Hunter Gatherer Dinner! (Steve I hope you don’t mind that I’m sharing your recipe!)TheSteverThe ingredients:
3 oz. of tequila
The juice of half of a lime
1.5 oz. of freshly squeezed orange juice*
.5 oz. of agave nectar
2 jalapeño slices
Club soda to top off
*Now you can’t go using tropicana.  You have to either squeeze it yourself or buy the good stuff –  Natalie’s is my favorite brand.
TheStever2(Ivy, stop being so nosy!!)
Add all of the ingredients except for the club soda to a cocktail shaker and shake it up!
TheStever3Pour over ice and top it off with some club soda.
TheStever5 Cheers!

In Front of the Ivy: My Favorite Summer Color Combo

This is the inaugural post of a new series… In Front of the Ivy. (Title inspired by Between Two Ferns by Zach Galifinakis.)  Here I will share with you some of my favorite things from Milly & Grace!
ColorCombo-Blue&White Blue & white: A classic color combination.  It also happens to be very on trend right now.  It seems like every fashion and home magazine I pick up is featuring this color combo.  You can tell from my instagram that I’m partial to blue & white these days. 
Ok let’s get down to business.   If you haven’t already tried a white earring, you have to.  It is a great summer look – especially when you are tan.  White earrings actually make you look tanner!   I’m loving these white & blue earring by Dannijo.IMG_9853Need a pop of color with a white dress?  This is your answer: A blue clutch with a white closure by Kayu! IMG_9874
ColorCombo-Blue&White2What do you know… The Love Shack Fancy dress made an appearance!  I bet you are thinking…obsessed much??  Yes. Yes I am.  This blue & white tie dye is just too pretty!
BlueandWhiteI’m in the processes of trying to decorate my house in blue & white.  It’s taking me forever to make decisions.  But the good news is that home decor vendors are all over blue & white right now – like this blue & white pillow from Lacefield. Hopefully it will inspire me to speed things along. Check out some more of our blue & white pieces on the Milly & Grace online boutique!
IMG_9944Can you tell I can’t resist anything blue & white tie die??  A scarf is such an easy way to incorporate this color combo into your life.
IMG_9917I’m going to make a bold prediction. I think tie dye is going to make a big come back next summer season. We’ve seen touches of it this season but I think we are going to see more of it next year. I’ll report back in January after I go to the summer market!IMG_9930Thanks for being such a cute model Caroline!!IMG_9925