Monday, August 25, 2014

b a r 
s a r d i n e

if i'm being honest, i do not have a favorite bar or local drinking spot because...i don't go to bars or drinking spots, usually. however, when chez sardine flipped its super-niche, japanese seafood inspired micro eatery into a chic, perfectly curated, marble-countered cocktail destination on prime real estate in the west village, i had a feeling my attitude would shift. 

bar sardine is owned by gabe stulman of jeffrey's grocery and joseph leonard fame (the list goes on) and he can really do no wrong. brooke and i met for drinks this past week and i can confidently say that new orleans knickerbocker -- infused with lemon and grenadine; orchid garnish -- is the best looking, best tasting cocktail i've ever consumed in my life. we also ordered the herbed french fries with maple-mustard aioli which, again, are at the vey top of my list. i would highly recommend getting there early to secure a window spot (you can't beat people watching on west 10th). 

183 west 10th street
new york • new york
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Monday, August 18, 2014

t  h  e    e  n  d 

i've always wanted to go to montauk. the surf culture and picturesque views alone were enough for me to finally head out east this past weekend. even after living in new york for almost four years, the only other time i've been to the hamptons was for a photoshoot in the depths of winter...suffice to say, the off season! there were plenty of destinations in montauk that i knew i had to see this time around. 

i met up with kathryn & erica for lunch at the surf lodge. lobster rolls, avocado toast, and ginger lemonade? my idea of heaven. the decor at surf lodge is a mix of west coast surf and vintage bohemian design elements. pictured above, you'll observe these details personified in the palm print fabrications, hanging rattan chairs, colorblocked paint treatment, and white-washed dining deck. post-lunch, i had a meeting with their incredibly talented creative director who told me more about surf lodge's philosophy and inspiration. the remainder of my afternoon was spent napping on a beach bed in the sand and listening to live music. many thanks to surf lodge for the hospitality and experience.

for dinner & drinks, we went to the crow's nest which was equally bohemian but in a far more understated, relaxed way. we sat under our very own wooden hut and sampled their fried kale sprouts, grilled corn, and halibut. my watermelon cocktail and gin + honey concoction was perfect, as was the olive oil cake we enjoyed around the fire pit (pictured above).

i also popped into la brisa when i first got into town. i'm a big proponent of tacombi & cafe el presidente in the city, so i knew i had to see their post out east. pictured above is the juice bar and a painted palm tree facade. order the horchata and fish tacos! 

all ditch plains & beach photos by kathryn. what a perfect way to spend a weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

cape may
A   G U I D E   T O . . .

this summer, weekend trips have been the highlight of the season for me. i used to consider a short stay somewhere "useless" or too much hassle for the time spent actually relaxing, but i was very wrong in that mentality. in fact, i've found the opposite to be true. mini vacations are not only needed, but have kept me on top of my creativity this summer. 

last weekend, i went to cape may where my grandmother lives during the summer. my family and i have been visiting her for the past 26 years (since i was born!) so the town is filled with nostalgia. cape may is a victorian, historical beachside destination at the southern most tip of new jersey. a hidden gem filled to the brim with pastel colored bed and breakfasts, antique shops, tennis courts and trolleys, i would consider it to be a unique weekend trip. 

although i have childhood favorites, i also love the new developments that have popped up around cape may. read my suggestions below for a local's guide!

places to stay
  • congress hallmy #1 suggestion for cape may. yellow striped beach cabanas, hot pink towels and umbrellas, incredible design details, and a five star staff (pictured above).  
  • the virginiaits beautiful southern style porch seems ideal for weekend relaxing.
bed & breakfasts
  • the mainstay inna gorgeous property with unique hydrangeas on the lawn (pictured above). 
  • the queen victoria: the unique paint job and architectural details of this b&b have always stood out to me. while i've never stayed here, it seems picture-perfect. 

sights to see 
  • cape may tennis clubmy grandmother has been playing tennis here for as long as i can remember! non-members are able to walk through the courts and end up in a cute park with a pond. 
  • emlin physick estateconnected to the tennis club. a victorian mansion with interesting history. as children, my siblings and cousins would play on the property which has smaller carriage houses and miniature playhouse versions of the mansion. 
  • beach plum farma quaint farm that provides produce to cape resort's restaurants. they also have a wildflower field where you can build your own bouquet...they also have a field of hydrangea bushes. 
  • west end garage antiquesendless amounts of antiques, artisan goods, and local products. 
  • cape may winery & vineyardi've never been (the weather for this trip was awful) but i will next time!

dining & dessert
  • pier house: my favorite restaurant for a nice dinner. their salmon and crème brûlée cheesecake is out of this world. we can't leave cape may without it!
  • lucky bones: my pick for a casual dinner. excellent seafood, salads, grilled pizzas, and fries.
  • the ebbit room: i've never dined at the ebbit room but i plan to on my next visit. 
  • the blue pig tavernchic branding and great for brunch while at congress hall. 
  • bliss organic ice cream: their mini lavender matcha donuts are addicting. 
  • morrow's nut house: traditional beach candy and roasted nuts. i love the extra roasted  dark peanuts and chocolate covered pretzels.
  • dry dock ice cream: definitely seems like a "dive" ice cream joint, but they have the best soft serve (according to my sister) and their hard ice cream/topping selection is on point, too!

Monday, August 11, 2014


11:30am | saturday

taking advantage of the chevron painted wall outside of harry's corner shop for a photo opp. 
far too many 'catch me if you can' photos on my camera roll, never enough stripes.

1:00pm | saturday

americanos, avocado toast, and blueberry muffins at navy with fred.

6:00pm | saturday

celebrating dear friend mackenzie and her birthday at palma. cheers to 25!
a rose-studded, ivy-covered garden too perfect to be captured.

2:30pm | sunday 

the marlton's lobby with sarah
raw almond milk latte and avocado toast (pattern). 

6:00pm | sunday

utilizing a fully-stocked fridge of fresh produce and winding down.

if you're in the market for more stripes, you can use the promo code “amy-stone to receive 15% off of all watches at until the 15th  of september.

top photos: f.e. castleberry.
all others,

Monday, July 28, 2014


1. i love when there's a work shoot at Milk or Pier 59 since it means i can walk home on the west side once we wrap. the only component absent from west 4th and west 11th street's charming corner is the cellist that often serenades the block.

2. although i'm reluctant (understatement) to have my photo taken, i love the profile portrait instagram photographer mark captured. the sun was just setting on the hudson so we took advantage of the greenery and golden lighting. 

3. lunch at smith & mills with lucy and kristen joy on a summer friday was the ideal way to end a busy week. unpictured: an incredible losbter roll that we split three ways. 

4. these tibi shorts are excellent and on sale. i've been wearing them with flat sandals for work, canvas wedges if i'm going out, and a sleeveless silk blouse.