Archive for June, 2013

June 29, 2013

stripe dreams

I can’t get enough of stripes… especially in the summertime, and especially when those stripes are navy & white or red & white. With July 4th a mere five days away, I am quite literally dreaming of stripes.

I’ve culled some of my favorite sites and somehow managed to narrow down a few of my very favorite red, white & blue all-American-style pieces, just in time for the holiday weekend, whether you’re lounging on the beach or strolling through the city… And is it just me, or is it extremely disheartening to know that July Fourth is falling on a Thursday this year?

1. Anniel ballet flats  |  2. J.Crew blazer  |  3. Clare Vivier clutch  |  4. Soludos espadrilles

5. Madewell pouch  |  6. J.Crew skirt  |  7. J.Crew swimsuit  |  8. Harding-Lane hat 

9. J.Crew pumps  |  10. Saint James top  |  11. Turkish-T towel  |  12. Birdkage tote

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June 25, 2013

Bin 152

Bin 152

Mike and I tried popping into Bin 152 the first time we visited Charleston, but it was actually closed the weekend we were in town. Now that I’m living down here, I’ve had a chance to stop in on a few occasions. There is a fantastic wine selection–both glasses and bottles–and what’s even better is everything is actually affordable.  A bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for $23? That is unheard of in Manhattan. There’s also a great selection of meat and cheese plates that are both affordable and delicious… just like the wine!

June 23, 2013

Videos on Instagram… thoughts?

I don’t like it.  I don’t like it one bit, actually.

I love Instagram. I’ve always loved the simplicity of it. I love that it is–or should I say was–pictures, and only pictures. I hate Facebook because they made it too complicated. We all know that Facebook was so much better before all the bells and whistles were added and that it was in its prime in 2006. Soon we’ll be saying the same thing about Instagram.

Alas, I suppose these companies must add all of the unnecessary bells and whistles in order to keep the younger generations entertained, but for those of us who hate change, this is not something to get excited about. It’s all downhill from here, my friends…

And in honor of the old Instagram… Below are some of my favorite memories caught using those good old fashioned still-filters.

2013 // New Years Eve  |  Taking our annual picture by the tree  |  “Opportunity will soon knock. When it does, open the door.” I opened this fortune 2 weeks before receiving my job offer in Charleston  |  An iconic NYC building lit up for Valentine’s Day  |  The day I was offered my new job  |  Skiing Beavercreek  |  One of my all-time favorite street flower arrangements  |  A #tbt to Riley’s first day with us  |  Rangers game  |  The beautiful hustle & bustle of Grand Central  |  A very special farewell gift from some very special friends  |  Last scene leaving NYC  |  Riley enjoying her new pad  |  Central Park lunch  |  Mike’s Birthday/Mother’s Day weekend  |  NASCAR  |  Memorial Day Weekend  |  Middleton Place

2011|2012 // Southampton at sunset  |  #tbt to Riley Spiderman’s puppy days  |  Snow-covered bridge in Stowe  |  Pretty peonies  |  Easter weekend  |  Yankees game for Mike’s Birthday  |  Opening day at A.B.C.  |  Hydrangeas in Rockefeller Center  |  Vineyards for my Birthday  |  Perfect beach day  |  Architectural boat cruise around N.Y.C.  |  My Instagram account would be nothing without a Shake Shack shot  |  Clear Manhattan sky  |  Post-beach lounge with Riley  |  East Hampton artwork  |  Shelter Island adirondack chairs  |  U.S. Open  |  More perfect beach days  |  Meeting a legend  |  9/11 Memorial  |  1st trip to Charleston  |  Pumpkin picking out East  |  Fall in N.Y.C.  | Margaritas in Ft. Lauderdale  |  Jingle Ball with tweens

June 21, 2013

Most Wanted

1. Tkees flip flops  |  The ideal summer footwear for all occasions.

2. Kiehl’s toner  |  I first heard about about this from my friend’s younger sister… she insisted that it was the perfect toner for acne prone + combination skin. I love the fact that it’s alcohol-free so it doesn’t dry out your skin. I just purchased the 16.9 oz bottle during the Kiehl’s friends & family sale, and now I, too, swear by it!

3. World Market cloche  |  I always spot these in my favorite boutiques and I think, what chicer way to put out a candle?

4. Topshop dress  |  I just love this dress. It’s so elegant, yet it has a bit of edge. Very Valentino at a fraction of the price!

5. C.Wonder cotton candy maker  |  Because who wouldn’t want to have their own cotton candy machine? The perfect addition to any party.

6. Loeffler Randall flats  |  The color on these is spot-on for spring/summer and I love the simple knot design in the front.

June 20, 2013

Emi-Jay: The New Trend in Hair

Can somebody please tell me what the fascination is with these Emi-Jay hair ties?  I see them everywhere and I’m beginning to wonder what the fuss is all about. Is there a hypnotist hypnotizing the masses? I don’t understand…

I’ve heard such great things about these mysterious hair ties, or the new scrunchie, if you will: they’re great for thick hair, they don’t pull your hair, they don’t give you headaches… For $3 a hair tie, I had no interest in testing these claims until I recently had to make a return to a boutique in town and could only receive store credit. Ugh, why do stores do that? It is so selfish.

I digress! On to the subject at hand… this selfish boutique has a jar of Emi-Jay hair ties so I figured I would buy 3 with my credit (yep, that’s $9 + tax on hair ties. Hair ties!!) because there are so many colors it was hard to choose just one.

My admiration for this product ends at my love for the pretty colors and designs. First of all, they are terrible for thick hair. I couldn’t get the thing around my hair more than twice. Second of all, due to the knot, it pulled out more hair in 3 hours than any hair tie I have ever used before. And third of all, it gave me a splitting headache!

So I need to know… who pitched this product and why and how do they have so many loyal fans? Is it just because they have pretty colors? Is it because they’re “cool” and celebrities wear them? Maybe I just had a bad experience, but I am going to stick to my Goody Ouchless hair elastics from here on out.

June 18, 2013

It’s Electric

1. Topshop dress  | 2. J.Crew shorts  |  3. Matthew Williamson sunglasses  |  4. Tkees sandals

5. Rebecca Freymann necklace  |  6. Paperthinks journal  |  7. J.Crew anorak   |  8. Reebok One Series sneakers 

9. Lemlem Ishi scarf  |  10. Topshop clutch

June 16, 2013

Little Girls & Their Dads

A  little girl’s relationship with her father is a very special one, which is why I enjoyed this article so much. This is the second Father’s Day we’ve spent apart and I would prefer not to make a habit of it, but I look forward to celebrating with him in two weeks.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and an even happier one to my own dad!

The below statements in 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters particularly stood out to me. 

1. “Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother.”  This is very true… I’ve always admired my parent’s relationship and I have always admired the way my dad has treated my mom.

7. “She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.”  My dad always chooses my mom’s side… Always. I suppose this is why #1 really stood out to me. And I suppose that is what he should do.

11. “There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, ‘Yes.'”  He said yes, alright. Twice.

15. “Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.”  I used to love standing on my dad’s shoes as he danced around. Is this something all little girls do?

28. “She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.”  I think this one stood out to me the most… Nightly rituals consisted of me waiting for my dad to get home from work. I’d watch him walk down the street from the train station in the summertime, and I’d wait for him at the top of the stairs in the cooler months, only to then leap into his arms the moment he set his briefcase down.

30. “Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.”  I am pretty sure that neither of my parents have ever missed a Birthday. We always do cake and presents and we always make a wish when we blow out the candles. Even this year, they will make sure to travel  just shy of 800 miles to be in Charleston to celebrate with me.

37. “Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.”

42. “Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.”

44. “Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.”  My dad wrote me a handwritten letter for my college graduation. I will cherish it forever, but it’s hard for me to read because it brings tears to my eyes, immediately upon opening it.

47. “When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.”  Something tells me he knows this all too well…

48. “Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.”  Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream… Always has been, always will be.

Father’s Day circa 1990…? My mom will know the exact year.

Father’s Day 2011

June 15, 2013

Crave & Save: The Duffel

Polo Ralph Lauren, $425  |  Mark & Graham, $199

There’s something about carrying a good duffel bag. You’re on the go, but not for long, and you don’t need a whole lot to be happy wherever it is you’re going.

When I was younger, my Dad would travel for work and he’d always have his black leather COACH duffel in-tow. Of course I wanted to be just like him, so I managed to swipe his American Express-branded Cutter+Buck duffel, unbeknownst to him. The chestnut color is crisp and beautiful, but the bag weighs a good 10 pounds when empty, so it’s not the most practical. Regardless of practicality, he’ll never get it back because every time I pick it up, I think about him—and I could never part with that… Thanks, Dad!

Recently a friend of mine came to me in search of the perfect duffel. After struggling to lug a leather duffel around for years, I suggested that she go the canvas route. It’s lighter and more manageable, and typically more affordable.

My current favorite has got to be the Mark & Graham canvas overnight bag. That friend actually took my advice and ordered one for herself and she absolutely loves it… what’s not to love? A very close second is this olive green Filson duffel, pictured below. I actually think the olive green is my favorite because you don’t have to worry about it staining, and like a fine wine, will probably only get better with age.

1. Filson, $295  |  2. Herschel, $68  |  3. Flud, $72

4. Brooks Brothers, $598  |  5. Polo Ralph Lauren, $598  |  6. Polo Ralph Lauren, $425

June 13, 2013

Weekend in Photos

After a week straight of torrential rain and nasty weather, the skies cleared up just in time for Mike’s arrival. We had yet another special weekend filled with sun, laughs and lots of quality time.

Our goal is to check out all of the beaches in the Charleston area.

This past weekend, we ventured to Isle of Palms.

A homemade dinner by candlelight + hydrangeas is 5x better than a dinner out.

On Sunday night, we attended the Spoleto Finale at Middleton Place. The evening consisted of sipping local beers, eating fried chicken, a sunset stroll through the property and gardens, lounging on a blanket in the grass, an intimate concert featuring the Red Stick Ramblers, swing dancing to bluegrass, and a fireworks display (which we sadly had to miss).

Another memorable weekend for the books!

June 11, 2013

Independence, check.

… the I’ve-missed-you-hug is the best type of hug in the whole world, [and] goodbyes are just prolonged see-you-laters…

Make sure that independence is on your bucket list and make sure it’s checked.

Independence will keep your relationship fresh and exciting,

and when you’re together again it will forge a bond of unbreakable trust.

The Huffington Post

I try my best to bear these thoughts in mind each time Mike and I have those “prolonged see-you-laters“. I don’t think they’ll ever get easier, but those “I’ve-missed-you-hugs” are the most special types of hugs.  They’re authentic, deep and genuine and knowing that this so-called independence will only make our relationship stronger, makes it all that much more worth it.

Call me crazy, but we have all of our visits booked through Labor Day… I do this so that each time we hug goodbye, we’ll know exactly when we’ll see each other next.

Now let the countdown begin… 18 days.