Monday, October 27, 2014

explore
c h a r l e s t o n 

long (but fun!) post ahead.


photos 4, 7, 8: courtesy of gray benko 
i'm wearing striped tee | purse | dark jeans | ballet flats | sunglasses

last weekend, i had the wonderful opportunity to explore charleston, south carolina with a great group of blogger friends: amy, carly, caroline, grace, jamiemackenzie, and mary. we were hosted by the lovely chassity of look linger love and the charleston cvb — their generosity and southern hospitality was absolutely remarkable! although i've visited the holy city before, this trip was a unique chance to experience local gems and rich history with the people that know charleston best. 

after we checked into our plush rooms at the mills house hotel on friday afternoon, we began our night with a progressive dinner commencing at the daily on upper king street, moved on to the grocery, and concluded at the macintosh. while we sampled many delicious dishes, my favorite was the crispy eggplant with honey at the grocery. after a long day of travel, i was very happy to end the night in the most comfortable bed i've ever slept in back at the mills house.

we started saturday with a private walking tour led by bulldog tours. our guide was extremely knowledgable and i personally loved learning more about the history of the city. i had inquired about the inspiration behind all of the colorful homes. practicality over design was the answer: the lighter pastel exteriors were believed to reflect the sun and keep the home cooler inside. 

after our walking tour, we crossed the bridge to have lunch at chassity's picture-perfect home. from the flower arrangements by out of the garden to the delicious spread by caviar & bananas (that name...!), it was by far the prettiest meal you could imagine. i made sure to take home the beautiful menu & place card designed by 42 pressed for future inspiration. 

the day concluded at marianna hay's beautiful home on broad street. her family owns croghan's jewel box, a legendary shop in charleston that carries vintage, estate, and new (very sparkly) baubles. we were greeted by a bluegrass band on their expansive southern porch, signature cocktails in vintage engraved mint julep cups, and unreal mini fried chicken and waffles by cru catering. this was definitely a cocktail party to remember. 

on our final day, mackenzie and i ducked out to black tap coffee to meet up with annie and brooke in the morning for a heavy dose of laughter and lavender lattes. a beautiful brunch at our hotel complete with callie's hot little biscuits and shopping on king street rounded out the afternoon. we popped into hampden clothing and had a little too much fun. stacy, the boutique's owner, is so exuberant...i loved getting to know her more on this trip. we each left with something special....i opted for this theory navy wool fur collar coat!

i can't express my gratitude enough to chassity, the charleston cvb, the mills house hotel, gray benko (photographer extraordinaire!) and each and every person that made this trip so special. i already loved charleston, but this trip sealed the deal. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

stand out
p o u t 


trench coat (similar) | striped shirt (c/o)
photo by kathryn worsham

i'm a big proponent of building a classic wardrobe that's based around timeless staples. doing so makes getting dressed for work, packing for a trip, or picking an outfit for a dinner date seamless. in early fall (which has been quite tame in new york), a lightweight trench and striped top. in winter, a wool version of the same coat and a cashmere rugby striped turtleneck. 

since i essentially opt for the same uniform regardless of season, stand out shoes, jewelry, and bold lips are necessary to liven things up. even though it's a bit out of my comfort zone to sport hot pink lipstick, i cannot tell you how many compliments i received! 


shop the look:


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

montauk
y a c h t  c l u b


striped tee | white jeans | cashmere | sunglasses
(*on sale)

on friday, my #1 travel mate mackenzie and i hopped on the jitney out to montauk for an escape from the city. i've said before that weekend travel keep my inspiration high  this trip was no exception. i love living in manhattan but my eyes require new places & sights quite often.

we stayed at montauk yacht club which was the perfect nautical retreat. complete with navy & white striped guest rooms, our own personal deck overlooking the water, and most importantly peace and quiet, it was hard to leave. i spent half of our trip in an oversized white hotel bathrobe (no complaints). aside from sightseeing at montauk point light house, gurney's beach, and the surf lodge, the highlight for me was room service breakfasts on the deck and spending quality time with the best friend a girl could ask for!

a sincere thank you to montauk yacht club.
until next summer . . . 



Friday, September 19, 2014

one
l a s t   t i m e 




jean photo by kathryn worsham
montauk photo by salvatore bertucci
lobster rolls at mary's fish camp, west village

as much as i love summer (it's well documented in my warm weather wardrobe & frequent travels may through august), i'm aware it can't last forever. however, with the official start of autumn on monday, i am taking one last trip....mackenzie and i are heading to montauk to relax and get our fill of lobster rolls out east. we're staying at mtk yacht club nautical girls weekend retreat, here we come!

the weather will presumably be much chillier than my trip in august so i am packing the best jeans by rag & bone (pictured above; i cannot recommend them enough), white denim, my oversized cashmere, and of course, these slippers (on sale). 

have a great weekend!



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

packing list
EAST COAST


with a handful of early fall trips along the east coast approaching, i'm thinking of preppy, transitional staples that won't make me mourn the end of summer too intensely. inspired by this cashmere striped polo (have 3 words ever sounded so perfect together?), here are the pieces i've been wearing and wanting for the beginning of autumn. 

top row: navy sweater | tortoise sunglasses | cashmere cableknit pillow
middle row: candle | cashmere polo | damier wallet
bottom row: ballet flats | east coast print | rain jacket



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