Wednesday, September 3, 2014

packing list

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

n a n t u c k e t 
i n   a u g u s t

the end of summer always comes much too soon. if i had my way, summer would last a few more months. regardless, there is nowhere else on earth i'd rather be during the remaining days of the season than on nantucket with mackenzie & emily. this trip was one for the fifth and perhaps favorite jaunt up to the grey lady yet! excellent memories with incredible friends.

the weather was absolutely ideal for late august. i wore my club monaco cashmere cableknit sweater in the evenings and lightweight linen during the day. this sail to sable fringe cabana tunic dress (similar here) and these stubbs & wootton slippers were both sported for day time shopping and al fresco dining. i can't recommend both items enough! naturally, i couldn't leave the house without my tortoise sunglasses (pictured multiple times above) either.

we wanted to try a handful of new eateries this time around and did just that. the boarding house was by far the crowd favorite (i tried their southern fried chicken which was delicious). we also dined at dune, lunched at the white elephant, and ate pool-side at the summer house in 'sconset. i can confidently say that the summer house's lobster roll is the best i've had on nantucket  a close imitator to pearl oyster bar in new york. met on main (ikat pillows and tropical wall coverings pictured above) was perfectly decorated although we only stopped for lemonade and iced coffees. not to be forgotten: downyflake doughnuts!

until next summer...

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
• 1 0 0 1 4 

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!