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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

packing list

although i've been on a handful of excellent trips this summer (with a few weekend jaunts still left), i can't help but want to go somewhere far off, new, and for an extended period of time. inspired by this hydrangea blue tory tunic, let's jet off to st. barths.

i can attest to the l.l.bean boat tote, seersucker suit, striped blanket shorts, and seaweed soap. they are all, no doubt, my summer essentials. for weekend trips or beach days, the classic boat totes are perfect. i have both the XL and large sizes in navy (embroidered with my last name) and use them as clothing storage in the off season. as for the tibi shorts, i spotted them on the street in may and knew i needed them. when they were marked down beyond belief, it was a done deal.

where to?

Friday, July 18, 2014

| on nantucket |

hydrangeas have always been, without a doubt, my favorite flower. i grew up summering in cape may, which is a quaint, victorian beach town at the very southern tip of new jersey. along with candy-colored homes, hydrangea bushes overflow in the boldest of colors. at age 7, i could definitely tell you they were my preferred type of flora. 

this summer, the hydrangeas were not in bloom during our june trip to nantucket. however, come july, they were abundant and in every shade imaginable. above are just some of the beautiful hydrangea scenes that i captured while on the island. i especially love the woven basket, complete with fresh hydrangeas and two american flags hanging on someone's marina-side cottage. it was the 4th of july, after all! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

bluestone lane
| collective café |

shirt: icb nyc jeans: rag & bone slippers: stubbs & wootton c/o
bangles: design darling

i absolutely love my neighborhood, but nothing makes me more excited than a new coffee shop or restaurant opening down the street. especially when said location is clad in stripes, navy, and chambray detailing. i discovered bluestone lane coffee's west village outpost while referring to their website for their other shop's address. instantly, i booked a meeting there with a friend. 

 besides the nautical and surf-inspired design influences, delicious avocado toast, excellent espresso (their iced latte is top notch), and the friendliest baristas imaginable make bluestone lane a weekend destination for me. i even chose the café as a part of my city guide with the style line. i recommend sitting in the courtyard at around 5PM on a summer saturday, ordering a glass of rosé, and chatting with one of their amicable Aussie waiters. 

bluestone lane collective café
55 greenwich avenue
new york • new york
• 1 0 0 1 4 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

packing list:
| chambray blue |

summer (as i've said) is my preferred season to dress for. when choosing an outfit each morning, i try to imagine where i'd be traveling if i had my choice. nantucket? montauk? palm beach  60's or current day? palm springs? saint tropez? reality is downtown manhattan...

this packing list was inspired by madewell's hammock stripe market pop-over (which i found on super sale). i love the casual feel of a half-button oxford that could easily double as a beach cover-up. jcrew's navy shorts and classic coach shoulder bag are my summer staples, while sachajuan's ocean mist spray has been a new addition to my beauty regime. 

where to?