Monday, November 30, 2015

photographs of me by paul j. havel

when coordinating my providence trip back in october, i had purposely planned for a weekend getaway to newport, rhode island the following weekend...i've missed the continual excitement from constant travel. the chanler, a beautiful hotel & property situated at the very beginning of cliff walk in newport, had invited me to stay and i could not pass up the opportunity.

this was my first time in the storied seaside town and i couldn't have fallen in love harder. although i'm sure newport is at its peak in the summer (read: hydrangeas in full bloom), the new england foliage, historic mansions on bellevue avenue, divine sunsets, and ocean blues certainly did not disappoint. it felt like we had the island to ourselves. my favorite sights were castle hill lighthouse, which you might recognize from moonrise kingdom, morning coffee and strolling on the cliff walk, and the sunset over ocean drive. clarke cooke house for lunch and redwood library & athenaeum were also must-do's.

after a good amount of exploring, the time spent at the chanler was incredible. the louis xvi signature suite was complete with a personal balcony (pictured above), cozy fireplace, and grand canopy bed. drinks in the hotel's handsome bar followed by a late dinner at the spiced pear was also a five star experience. the meal was absolutely terrific and the service was top-notch. if the lobster bisque is on the menu, order it. trust me! thank you to the chanler for a picture-perfect weekend.


Monday, November 16, 2015

up until this past weekend, i had never set foot in the state of rhode island - only driven through on the way up to nantucket and boston. i've been curious about providence ever since reading the gilded lobster's getaway guide. in particular, the dean hotel

they were generous enough to offer my friend sarah and me a weekend stay and i couldn't have been more delighted at the opportunity to explore a new city. the aesthetic of the hotel is perfectly minimal in the best possible way with clever branding and a suite of collectible collateral (matchbooks, postcards, and city guides included). we stayed in the guardian suite which was well appointed with soft matouk linens, a cozy sitting area, handsome vintage leather chairs, black lacquered details, and the chicest bathroom i've ever used. 

the dean has a wonderful, eclectic lobby area complete with a coffee shop (bolt coffee company) which was very convenient for morning pick-me-ups. we also enjoyed faust, the hotel's restaurant, our first night. perfectly situated downtown and a short walk to college hill and RISD's art museum, we couldn't have been more pleased with our time at the dean.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

a palm springs travel guide to come, but until then...i'm sleeping in in stripes.

photographed by f. e. castleberry
in palm springs, california

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ali, reilly, paul, me, kenzie, and will

while i'm quite behind in recapping my end-of-summer travels (bellport, montauk, palm springs), my last trip of the season to nantucket in september cannot go unpublished. 

the island is, without a doubt, my favorite place in the world to visit. besides the obvious reasons (picture perfect homes, quaint cottages, idyllic beaches, old school land rovers and woodies, hydrangeas as far as the eye can see), i have so many incredible memories from the last three summers that mackenzie has kindly shared ACK with me. the people always make the trip.

september on nantucket was a dream. sunny & warm during the day but cool enough in the evenings for your favorite fisherman sweater. we decided to charter the endeavor again (which we loved back in '13 too) and i can honestly say it was one of the best afternoons i've had all summer.

photos by paul j. havel
group shot courtesy of the caption's wife, sue!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

hat ($7!) | sunglasses | perfume
tunic | hat case
bikini bottoms | city guide | white jeans (monogram-able!)

this past weekend, i took a stroll to the nolita neighborhood for some inspiration. there are so many fantastic boutiques on just elizabeth street, namely clare vivier's new york outpost. they carry the above louis vuitton city guide series of collectable books, which i had never seen's brilliant! that alone inspired a palette of pinks and desert tans for my next trip out west....