“Hi, my name is Julie Anne, and I am a recovering baby clothes addict.” My daughter, Tatjana carries a gene from both of her parents that predisposes her to an obsession with fashion…

Tatjana modeling Vivienne Westwood

… therefore it is not entirely her fault that she has been known to abuse her credit cards from time to time. She comes by it naturally.

Tatjana wearing Yves Saint Laurent with my sister, Patty
My ex husband got a call from his accountant warning “some people are alcoholics, some are gamblers, your wife has a $500.00 a day baby clothes addiction. Tell her to stop!” Is there such a thing as baby clothes anonymous?
Doesn’t this look like mini Romeo Gigli?
Nick, of course went ballistic. “But … but, I haven’t lost all my pregnancy weight yet, so I didn’t want to waste money on clothes I’d only wear for a short while, and look how cute these clothes are!”
What girl doesn’t need a little black dress?
“Besides, they are things I’d wear shrunken down to baby size” came the convoluted reasoning behind my defense. Being an infamous fashion junkie himself, Nick could hardly argue anyhow.
After all, fashion is wearable art!

Jean Paul Gaultier is perfect for concerts,

and everyone knows pop star babes need their shades for the paparazzi glare.
The shades may be daddy, but the pose is pure mommy. Tatjana was my human Barbie doll. I changed her outfit two or three times a day, and she still never wore half of the clothes I bought her.

An evening on the town with mum and dad
She is most bemused that I do not buy her those labels now (trust me, I miss them too), but she does have a killer sense of style she can apply to the high street shops. Perhaps my excesses had something to do with it?


Clubbing with friends last July
Tatjana is not a huge fan of fish, but no one likes a heavy dinner before going out dancing, so here’s one of the first meals I’ve made since finishing the cleanse. It is actually still cleanse friendly if you are in the second or third weeks, and choose not to remain vegan.
Poached Salmon with Sauteed Pea Shoots, and Aztec Rice

Keeping you light on your feet, but substantial enough to give you the energy for tearing up the dance floor – this light flaky salmon pairs so well with the fresh, delicate pea shoots, and woodsy Aztec rice.

Poached Salmon: Just click on the link for the recipe on my website, but omit the dill sauce.
For the Sauteed Pea Shoots:

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups pea shoots
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice of one lemon, if desired
Directions:
1). Heat olive oil in a medium size saute pan over medium heat. Saute crushed garlic for 30 seconds.
2). Add pea shoots and lemon zest, season to taste, and cook 3-4 minutes, tossing occasionally. Serve over salmon with the juice of the lemon squeezed over the top if desired.

For the Aztec Rice:
Aztec rice is a combination of amaranth (a super grain containing seven of the eight essential amino acids), Colusari red rice, long grain brown rice, plus yellow and green split peas. There is plenty of protein from the split peas, so this could also be eaten as a vegan dish on it’s own (I used the left over portions for lunches this way).
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Aztec rice blend
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons of unfiltered olive oil (or substitute good quality extra-virgin olive oil)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:
1). Bring vegetable broth to boil. Add rice blend, bring back to boil, cover and lower heat to simmer for 40 minutes.

2). Stir in unfiltered olive oil and season to taste.

Variations: I’ve only just found this grain blend, and I was in a hurry. I look forward to experimenting with more Mexican flavors like jalapenos, lime, cumin, and black beans for a different twist.


Here I added shredded carrot, mushrooms, beet greens, and pecans for an extremely healthy, filling lunch with roasted beets and parsnips. What experimenting with fashion and/or food have you done lately?
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  • September 13, 2010
    10:46 am

    Hmm, you know I'd be bankrupt if I had children of my own. When I was in San Francisco on holiday last year I bought loads of stuff for my niece, stuff I couldn't get over here. When I was in Vegas before my niece came along I was in the outlets and spent and arm and a leg on my nephew in Ralph Lauren. I really understand where you are coming from. Clothes are wearable art (Bob Mackie sells his clothes on QVC as wearable art!) and Tatjana looked so adorable as a child.I'm in LA for my holiday this year and I dread to think what hammering the cards are going to get when I spy cute things for my niece and nephew…..probably need another case again!

  • September 13, 2010
    1:25 pm

    I was on a my own for 2 weeks and went to 2 Mexican cooking classes in Cafe Aztecca with the amazing Hugo where I learned to make proper Mole Sauce.As for fashion, the fun will begin shortly when I have to start shopping for a wedding dress !!

  • September 13, 2010
    4:15 pm

    The little little black dress is too cute. WendyB

  • September 13, 2010
    6:29 pm

    Too cute for words!! But really $500/day??? Wow only in my dreams.Justine Owls

  • September 13, 2010
    6:30 pm

    they say admitting you have a problem is the first step…Veronika Stevens

  • September 13, 2010
    6:33 pm

    Little Amanda, I had a little slip this week – one of my best girlfriends had a little baby boy, and there was this incredible designer baby clothes shop right next door to my hairdresser's -Ooops!Congratulations JT! EVERY girl needs a little black dress in her wardrobe Wendy – it's a given.

  • September 13, 2010
    6:34 pm

    I know Justine – those were heady days. Tatjana isn't very happy that she gets no where near that much today.

  • September 13, 2010
    7:07 pm

    LOL … I would be too, Mom!! AND the fact that you can't hit up the same designers. Oh well, such is life!Justine Owls

  • September 13, 2010
    8:21 pm

    I'm feeling like a majorly short fused grump today, but this story and the pictures totally made me smile. So cute! And I won't lie, it's a tiny bit satisfying to know that I'm not the only wife that gets chewed out for spending too much on the kiddies. haha ♥Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • September 13, 2010
    8:21 pm

    I was so thrilled when I had Kirsten because I knew I could dress her up! I used to dress her in her new clothes about 5 or 6 in a row and take pics so I could have a record of what she had. The little black dress is my favorite! Great blog!

  • September 13, 2010
    10:02 pm

    WOW…Yvonne Wiesengrund

  • September 14, 2010
    2:08 am

    Jewels! Oh, this both made me laugh, and also freak out a little. $500 a day on baby clothes? Wowsers. Do they have a 12 step program for that? 😉 I've had 7 babies…when I got rid of the last of the baby clothes I realized that some of the outfits I've bought none of my kids ever got around to wearing. Though…dressing babies is really fun. I go a little nuts shopping for baby showers. Recent fashion experiment, influenced by the recession, possibly a new tradition…me, a few moms, and all of our teen daughters went to the new Salvation Army Store in a nice area for back to school shopping…had fun…and used peer pressure to let the girls know that it doesn't matter where it came from as long as it looks stylish and good on you. The girls had some great finds. I found some clothes for my shrinking waistline, including a high quality wool coat that fits me perfectly for a great price. Buying used, I won't feel bad when I have to get rid of them in a few months as I lose a few more sizes. We went to the Mongolian BBQ afterward, which was even more experimental for some of these girls. 🙂

  • September 14, 2010
    1:16 pm

    The moment I saw Viv Westwood's recent melissa baby shoes I wished I had a baby girl to buy them for. …my friend's new baby boy is in serious danger of getting the pale blue pair with the big red heart on from his auntie. I mean, they're almost boyswear and how will he know at that age anyway?! 😉 If he grows up to be a gay fashion icon he'll thank me for it. LOL!

  • September 14, 2010
    4:10 pm

    Aw how cute! :)Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • September 14, 2010
    4:11 pm

    She's so adorable!! 🙂 ♥Julie Moreschi Barrientos

  • September 14, 2010
    4:13 pm

    adorable:)))Miriam Monti

  • September 14, 2010
    4:13 pm

    That is the sweetest picture.Lauren Hovis

  • September 14, 2010
    4:14 pm

    Such an adorable photo!! Love it!Tina Beeman

  • September 14, 2010
    4:14 pm

    What great little shoes!! 🙂 Jr. Fashionista!Danielle Daigle

  • September 14, 2010
    4:20 pm

    Mari – I think your recent fashion experiment is brilliant. I took Tatjana to Salvation Army once to find something for an Ugly Betty project she had for school. We ere shocked at all the fun things we found in there. I'm such a hoarder when it comes to clothes, it never dawned on me that others weren't.I have a friend who would mischievously give all her mother's new couture dresses to Oxfam just to annoy her, so you never know what you might find.

  • September 14, 2010
    4:24 pm

    Premierludwig – Maria Grachvogel had a baby boy in April, and my baby clothes addiction reared it's ugly head again. Oops! I did it again.I did hesitate though – it is a little scray to buy clothes for a clothes designer's son. Wonder how long until she comes out with a children's line of her own?

  • September 15, 2010
    1:20 am

    Great blog and beautiful photos!! xxColleen Moffatt

  • September 15, 2010
    4:48 pm

    I love her little black jelly shoes! Those were such fun shoes!Danielle Daigle