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end-of-summer travels (bellport, montauk, palm springs), my last trip of the season to nantucket in september cannot go unpublished.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....


Monday, August 24, 2015

for such a small island (14 miles across, to be exact), we always manage to make each nantucket trip quite different than the previous jaunt. in late july, mackenzie and i met up on the island: this time was no exception and particularly sweet because we no longer live a block away from each other. major quality time, new restaurants, sunset cocktails, beach days, no shortages of 'sconset market blueberry muffins, laughing 'til we cried, and a full six days to relax — all ingredients for the perfect ACK trip.

mackenzie's parents, dear grandmother, will, and i tried a handful of new restaurants: cru for dinner, met on main for brunch, lola burger for post-cocktail noshing, and the gray lady for incredible lobster rolls. as always, we revisited old favorites — because you cannot go to nantucket without hitting the juice bar every single night. we spent a bit of time downtown and stopped at a few favorite shops: peter beaton (where the striped sailor shirt above is from) and  flowers on chestnut (where we picked up hydrangeas for the house). 

we also said hello to the town pool team and took a ride on a few brilliant bicycles which are beautifully made, super chic, and very affordable. i own this one in 'simply white' and i cannot say enough good things about it!

when i land on ACK, i can't stop smiling and well, i just hate to leave. i couldn't have asked for a better time with some of my favorite people. until next time....