Inside Kayu

Happy Mother’s Day



This Mother’s Day is an especially significant one for me because I’m spending it with a new man in my life; my son Kyson. Kyson has only been with us for a short seven months, but he’s already taught me so much about what it means to be a mother, a wife and a daughter. It’s true what they say about love for your child and how you will never love anyone as deeply and with such generosity. Only now can I contemplate the struggles my mother went through with me and the sacrifices she’s made.

I talked about balance in my previous post, and that’s one of the things women in the 21st Century struggle with. Is it possible to have a fulfilling career and also be there for your children? I’m very aware that the only reason I can continue to run Kayu is because I have a nanny to look after Kyson while I am at work. Of that I am incredibly grateful as childcare in the US is not universal nor affordable. In fact, the US has no national health and safety standards when it comes to childcare and it is both expensive and of variable quality. Surveys consistently show that childcare in the US is one of the least affordable in the world. This is not the case in many other advanced nations, where governments, unions or employers may share the cost of child care with parents.

I do not judge women who quit their jobs to stay at home with their little ones – being a mom is the hardest job in the world. But I do think there is something broken with our system when women, who are passionate about their work but can’t afford childcare, have no alternative but to opt out of the job market. This Mother’s Day I would like to challenge our government to institute universal affordable child care so that women can continue working, contributing and pursuing their passions. Women can have it all; a fulfilling career and a happy family life. We just need some help getting there.

Happy Earth Day

I was recently asked by a magazine to share some of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.

One place that stands out in my mind is our honeymoon to the Cayman Islands. I recall eating jerk chicken on the side of the road with the blazing sun against my back, napping in a hammock with one leg buried in the hot sand and diving at night with only a flashlight to guide us through the midnight-blue waters. The colors of the islands are vivid in my mind; the turquoise oceans, the orange and yellow tropical fish and the bright pink corals. Only in nature can colors melt so perfectly into each other – a reminder that mother nature knows best.

Happy Earth Day.


Where the Wild Things are

One of my favorite times of the day is story time with my son Kyson. I’ve had so much fun discovering and rediscovering all the children’s literature out there. From books I remember as a child (“Where the Wild Things Are”) to new classics like “Bringing in the New Year”. Here are some of my favorite, what are yours?


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

A wonderful way to introduce your little one to the alphabet. You’ll get tongue twisted along the way and enjoy every minute of it.

Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak

My favorite part is when the wild rumpus starts. The wordless pages begs for dance improv.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goes to show that the simplest of stories are often the best. Guaranteed to put my little one to bed almost immediately.

Guess How Much I love you by Sam McBratney

The sweetest of books about a Hare and his mother/father professing their love to each other.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

What could be more fun than green eggs and ham? In a house, with a mouse, in a boat, with a goat?

Happy Valentine’s Day

Every year we arrive at February 14th and I get into the same discussion with friends; to celebrate or not? There is so much pressure to have the “best” night out, not to mention the fact that all the restaurants get booked out months in advance. This year we’ve decided to instead have a quiet night in with a home cooked menu that is simple yet sexy at the same time.

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day recipes?



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We are looking for a creative individual who is passionate about fashion and style to join our team. You will be working in a fast-paced environment where day-to-day tasks vary. Excellent verbal and written communication skills is a must. Candidates should be willing to learn and no task is too big or too small.

Some responsibilities:
Merchandising and organizing new samples as they arrive
Assist in research of new and target accounts
Assist and coordinate with our New York and Hawaii showrooms
Assist with gifting celebrities, stylists, editors and other industry professionals
Tracking items on loan with editorials and stylists
Manage editorial clippings and activity reports
Process Orders using Quickbooks 
Answer the phones and respond to Customer Service emails 
Bank and Post Office errands 
And more…

All qualified candidates should send resume/cover letter and availability to


Sales Representative / California

We are looking for an experienced sales representative to help us grow our business on the West Coast. You will be responsible for building revenue by sourcing and opening up new business with department stores, independent boutiques and online retailers as well as manage and grow existing accounts.

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Happy 2015

Every year on the first of January my husband and I talk about our resolutions for the upcoming year. Usually these conversations take several hours and include minutia details on how to exercise more, healthy dinner plans, the best way to get organized and suggestions on how to spend less time working and more time with family. This year we didn’t have the liberty of time (you’ll soon find out why), so he asked me to distill my resolutions into one word. My response?


In September 2014 we welcomed our baby boy Kyson into our family and since then our life has been a whirlwind of late night feeds, dirty diapers, morning cuddles and more joy and anxiety than we’ve ever felt before. Kyson entered our lives and suddenly he became the center of our lives. A newborn takes up so much time that there just doesn’t seem to be any leftover for coffee with friends, a weekend yoga retreat or lazy afternoons with my favorite novel.  Thus, my new year resolution.


It’s going to be really hard to not pour everything into our little one but I know that in order to be happy there has to be equilibrium in my life. I may not be able to go for a yoga retreat but I can still keep healthy taking Kyson for daily walks in the park. And although I can no longer spend hours engrossed in the latest novel, I can set aside half an hour each evening to read over a glass of wine.


If you had to distill your 2015 resolutions into one word what would it be?