Monday, July 6, 2015

Insta-peek

Hello July + Good Morning! I wasn't anticipating taking so many "blogging" days off but last week and my mini-vaca sort of came and went so quickly! I actually can't believe it's over and Monday already!! I never ended up with much time to blog.

This week I am beginning a new weekly blog post that will include a sneak peek at what's happening in my life through the eyes of my Instagram account. I try to capture my work days and the little special details of my life through photos and instagram! I thought I would kick off this week with my new post idea. Each post may contain a couple or a bunch of images depending on what the previous week looked like!! 

Enjoy and Happy Summer! This is my FAVORITE time of the year.

The images are in the order of events...


I think I have mentioned, after several bouts of skin cancer on my face, that I do my best to shield my face from the damaging rays of the sun. I let my body get sun and the strangest thing is I still get pretty tan with sunblock on but I am getting white dots on my skin from the sun??!!  Here is a list of the EWG's recommended safest sunscreens.

Summer is my favorite time of year and the beach is my favorite place so there is no way to escape the sun 100%..Plus we all need a little vitamin D. I recently ordered Estee Lauder's bronze goddess. It delivers the perfect amount of a sunny glow to my face. I use it with a large brush.

On the first day of our Cape Cod trip, Matty and I went to the beach in Wellfleet. Cape Cod's natural seashore is stunning and protected. Read more about the area here
I'm a huge fan of oysters. Small Wellfleet oysters are my favorite. We enjoyed a dozen of these along with an oyster shot at the Beachcomber bar after our beachside afternoon.
We spent last Wednesday exploring Provincetown. I popped into John Derian to check out his array of decoupage creations. I loved the plates and paper weights.
The vintage sign outside of the Lobster Pot is a favorite. Stop here for a number of seafood options!
July 3rd is a bigger celebration than the 4th in my beachside community. Everyone lines the seven miles of ocean front for an array of private fireworks shows. This year's fireworks were amazing! It is my favorite night of the year! I was sure to break out my stars and stripes (shirt) for the occasion. This star jacket is no longer available but you can never go wrong with a classic denim jacket. Find a similar style sans the stars here
The beginning of the fireworks show!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Love the look



I'm heading to The Cape today for a little sun and fun this week!! It's a mini-vaca...Our first stop? The beach! Here's what is in my beach bag!!

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We are going to the tip of the Cape - to P-town and Truro!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Shelter Loves...


Wow, how is it Friday already!? I could have used a clone this week. Here is what caught my eye, along with my thoughts. Have a fabulous weekend my sweets!!

1. Have I mentioned I want a pool someday?...Yes, a pool along with five of these flamingos for all my guests! How fun would these look floating around.
2.  I am almost finished with my front yard gardening!!! Next up? The side yard. I love this classic look along with the white house!
3. Ines de La Fressagne is hands down one of my favorite fashion icons. I am buying this Lacoste polo for the summer! I'll wear it with so many different looks!
4. Pineapples, pineapples. Pineapples seem to be everywhere lately! Good thing I love them. I'll be mixing myself up a pineapple smoothie this weekend.
5. This is a classic summer espadrille with a splash of color. As you may know, I adore pink.
6.  I TRY!!
7. I signed up for tennis lessons this summer. YAY! I really am excited to learn how to play well. I need a racquet.
8. Switch out your pillows for a quick summer update!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Home Love #2



In keeping with my cottage love posts, I will also be sharing larger homes that catch my eye. I am aptly titling these "home love". Here's another beauty this month. Luckily for us, Sue De Chiara of the fabulous retail store and blog Zhush has her home featured on the My Domaine website. Sue worked closely with designer Lauren from Muse Interiors to complete the project. It is a wonderfully chic mix of sandy greys and blues. Two of my favorite shades. Enjoy all the goodness and see more here


This bar and color are fabulous!!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Love the look

There's something about being on the water that puts me at ease..My parents have a little whaler and I was lucky enough to head out on a friend's boat a couple of weeks ago. Someday, I'll buy my own little boat. We live so close to so many beautiful places accessible by the water. Here's my boating gear check list! (this is basically my beach check list too)

Cheers to an amazing summer!!

** clearly a bathing suit is on this list too!! J.Crew is having a 40% off select swim styles sale today only!

1. Star fish earrings. I keep my jewelry minimal. Salt water and babbles don't mix.
2. Large sunglasses that don't cost a fortune. I have lost sunglasses in the water before, it's a real bummer when they are pricey ones. 
3. A cute cover up
4. Sun block of course. This is my favorite new brand!
5. A hat
6. Flip flops
7. A boat tote with my monogram. Find a similar one here
8. Lots of yummy snacks, a cozy sweat shirt and beach towels are also in my tote bag!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Curb appeal


My focus has been on the outside of my house this week. I shared my Palm Beach inspiration.  On that note and and keeping with a popular Palm Beach color scheme, I thought I'd share this gem. I always love aqua, mint, white and grey together. A classic and soothing mix for sure. This house is so pretty and inviting. I especially love this welcoming dutch door. This entire home featured in Luxe Magazine is lovely. Be sure to check out the kitchen color combo....beautiful.. 

Happy Friday and weekend. Wishing all the Dad's and men who act as a Dad and share their love..Have a wonderful Father's Day. Enjoy. xo



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A bit of Palm Beach up north!


Sorry for the re-post of Krista's porch. I just ADORE this look.

Sooooo as I have mentioned we have been cranking on the yard. Next up? A seating area outdoors. I don't have a porch or a patio yet but I think we are going to install a patio at some point. In the meantime, I plan to set up a seating area and want it inspired by Palm Beach style. Think Chippendale details, scalloped umbrellas, stripes and lots of pretty colors!!! In fact, the prettier the better. (P.S. My bedroom is almost done. I am having bedside tables sprayed a very similar color to these blue chair cushions...eek!! I'm so excited!)
Find floor cushions here.

** Side note**

Be sure to hop over to Ace Hardware's Instagram  page as I take over their page a bit today sharing images of a day in the life of a Design Expert and Interior Designer!!
This is an image of my inspiration board.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shelter Loves....

I haven't vanished from planet earth, but between end of year school celebrations, field trips, my wonderful clients, numerous camp applications and gardening... I have not had a minute to blog. If I don't blog, it means I most likely don't have time to eat, do laundry or much else for that matter...so never take it personally. Love y'all...;)

My summer mode is a more casual one. In fact, much like a couple of my pregnant clients, I prefer to nest during June. (no I am not preggers). We have been busy in the yard and with my house, that makes me so happy. Here is what is happening in life all around!! ( I am also breaking my no wine on Tuesday rule right now - sorry bikini belly)


Shoes:  Comfy shoes. Sorry, heels are chic as hell but don't make much sense for designers. I tend to wear flats unless I am heading out at night. (then heels are my friend)

Nail Polish:  Second Honeymoon is one of my favorite nail shades! It looks great with a hint of a tan.
Clam Bake: I want to have a clam bake this summer! We have been growing a new lawn and much to my surprise, it is coming in nicely!!
Plates:  I love entertaining during the summer. What is better than dining al fresco with good food and friends? Not much. These small plates from Anthro are adorable and would be so useful.I
Short Wellies: The kids, Matty and I have been gardening. We actually planted a small veggie and herb garden over the weekend. I am hoping it does well. I love planting flowers but haven't planted too many veggies in the past. To make a salad from my garden would be a dream. I wore my wellies to garden and think I may even buy a short pair to use all the time in the yard. The best part is they hose off beautifully when done. Planting can get messy but there is something therapeutic about getting your hands and feet in the mud! Boot here.
Herb Garden: Loving this. Mine is right outside my kitchen window and we boxed it in.
Sangria: I love a fresh sangria, this recipe doesn't use sugar, which is my preference! (see recipe and source below)
Quote: Think about this....  (quote from one of my favorite books)

Sangria:
  1. 1 bottle of sweet white wine
  2. 1 bottle of champagne
  3. 1 orange
  4. 1/2 lemon
  5. 1 cup raspberries
  6. 1 cup blueberries
  7. 12 strawberries
  8. 1 cup 100% pineapple juice
  9. 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  10. 1/4 cup honey (optional to sweeten the sangria if needed)
Instructions
  1. Pour the white wine and pineapple juice into a large pitcher.
  2. Wash and cut the fruit and add to the pitcher.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but up to 1 day.
  4. Just before serving, pour in champagne and brandy and stir well.
  5. Garnish with fruit and enjoy!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Love the look - flying must haves!


Follow me on Instagram here!! I try to share sneak peeks and clips of my life daily.

Hola! How's your week? Mine? Busy, but great. I took a quick day trip on Tuesday to film a short segment for Ace Hardware! I've got this travel thing pretty down. At times, I am gone at least once a month. Today as a part of my Love the look series I wanted to share my travel essentials. I don't leave home without these! Above is a quick peek of the items I brought on flight Tuesday.


1. A fabulous sturdy bag. This amazing Chloe one is on my "wish list". 
2. I need to start to read more. Pre kids I read a ton. I like the feel of a book in my hand. I don't down load them (yet)..Rumor is this one's a great thriller.
3. Hand cream!
4. I always bring a snack. Almonds are my go to. They are healthy and hold you over. Who knows when you'll be stuck on a run way?
5. I ALWAYS bring a scarf. I find planes either to be too cold or sweltering! Either way, scarves make me feel secure when it's chilly and if I am exhausted from traveling.
6. An ipad. If I can avoid bringing my computer, I do. I have learned to travel light. It makes life much easier!!
7. If I am staying over night, I usually bring a light bag. I've learned to pack well! Brics bags are great and this particular one can attach onto a suitcase if needed. (see images)
8.  Lip balm. I am addicted!
9. Headphones. it is nice to block out the world sometimes. 
10. Comfy slip on shoes..I like to wear something stylish but also something that is easy to get on and off for obvious reasons!! I also had to sprint on Tuesday, so it helps to have a good shoe on. 
11. And finally WATER!!! Flying is sooo dehydrating.



Monday, June 8, 2015

Katie Lee's home (not a cottage but I home I loved)

Not so much a small cottage but I did enjoy coming across the colorful retreat of Katie Lee's vacation home in Domino Magazine. With the help from friend and designer Nate Berkus the pair transformed this shingle style home, located in South Hampton, into a welcoming retreat with lots of color and feminine details. As most of you know, I also love to cook. Katie's new cookbook, Endless Summer, is available here. See Katie's website here

I am always on the look out for gorgeous cottage style homes to share with you all!

Purchase Katie's cookbook here.




See the entire article and more images via Domino Magazine

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