Saturday, November 1, 2014

Giveaway :: Barbour Coat from Tuckernuck

Remain calm... Tuckernuck and I have teamed up to give away a Barbour Beadnell. That's right... a Barbour coat! Again, please remain calm!

Tuckernuck offers quite a few Barbour styles for women, men, kids, and pups. The Beadnell is one of my favorite styles and can be worn so many different ways. I think you'll love it!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

On My Radar

Happy Halloween! I was very nervous about coming back to NYC after my amazing weekend in Boston. This week was a good balance of getting caught up on work and fun "work" things. And also a whole lot of random organizing; I couldn't take the clutter anymore!

I get a lot of questions about where Teddy stays when I'm away. I've mentioned it before, but I never expected that I would travel as much as I do now when I first got him. The place where he gets groomed has this converted garage next door where they have doggy day care and then Teddy goes home with the guy at night. They are THE best. It's pretty expensive, but it is 100% worth it because I know he's in the absolute best of hands. He knows when we're walking a certain way that that is where we're heading and he can't get there fast enough. (He sprints through the store to greet and say hi to everyone!) When I pick him up, he is a zombie. I imagine it's like a parent picking up a kid from a sleepover; he's sweaty, dirty, and exhausted. I typically carry him home because he's that tired. And anyone with a dog knows that a tired dog is a happy dog. The picture above is the definition of his exhaustion. Muffin. 

I spotted this on the subway steps! Looks like Eloise was here!

I had so many great meals this week. On Monday night, I met up with a new friend (we have a zillion mutual friends from Florida) for dinner at The Smith; Brussels sprouts and macaroni and cheese all the way. On Tuesday, Taylor from Ellsworth and Ivey and I grabbed dinner at The Penrose. It might be the only "cool" thing on the Upper East Side and it did not disappoint. We found a spot at the bar and ordered way too much food (fried pickles, kale salad, a cheese plate, and macaroni and cheese... yum). 

Wednesday was jam packed. Jessica and I have been planning (and researching) for our annual pumpkin pancake date. We ended up at Friend of a Farmer and they were the most delicious pumpkin pancakes. It felt like I hadn't seen Jess in months, so it was also nice to just catch up.

Then I had a more adventurous lunch at Barchetta. That, my friends, is an octopus. (I didn't hate it.)

On Wednesday night, a bunch of bloggers and I swung by Jonathan Adler's headquarters for a pottery lesson. Jonathan made "throwing down" look so much easier than it actually was. I'm not the biggest fan of getting my hands dirty, but I went for it. I made a very terrible bowl and two piles of mush. Major props to all the potters out there. 

For Halloween, my friends and I were not really feeling the whole costume thing. So we're "dressing up" and going to go see Wicked on Broadway tonight!!! I haven't seen it in forever and it's one of my favorites. Can't wait!

On my radar...

Sometimes in high school, I would wish that teachers knew what we were going through. (I'm sure they wished the same thing about us, too.) I think back about how difficult high school was. Hormones, friendships, cliques, and personal discovery aside... high school was tough. I woke up every morning at 5:45 to get ready. Sat through back-to-back 50-minute classes where I either felt like I boringly rushed through "busy work" or crammed tiny notes from an extensive lecture onto my notebook as fast as I could or a challenging pop quiz or three tests... or all of the above. In one day. (Followed by three hour crew practices and five to six hours of homework/studying.) The only teachers who "got it" where ones who had students of their own and heard/watched their own kids go through it. I thought this was an interesting article with some interesting takeaways/suggestions. Worth a read for students, past-students, teachers, soon-to-be-teachers, and parents alike!

This is such a fun collection of holiday gifts and goodies. Perfect to buy for your own home or to buy as gifts for festive friends. Scroll through for some of my favorite picks. (The "oy vey" dishtowel is the best though. My mom would love that!!!)

Olivia Benson is one of the best characters on television. (I mean, if Taylor Swift is going to name her cat after her, you know she's good.) I love this little illustration that was on Michele Rosenthal's blog. Made me smile and then made me want to binge watch SVU on Netflix.

Okay, I love reading lists about why NYC is the best, but this one cracked me up because it couldn't be more spot on. The things that make it "great" really aren't that great after all. So listen to "Welcome to New York" and then read this and then listen to "Welcome to New York" to remember why it maybe not so bad.

FIVE // Misophonia

Anyone else hate the sound of other people chewing? Who knew there was a real name for it! Misophonia! This article explains that it's a little bit more intense than just that. Okay, so I can definitely be around other people and everything, but if someone sits near me on the subway and they're chewing gum or (UGH) eating an apple, it's over. I move. Blech! 

What's been on your radar this week? Anything fun for Halloween?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gap Kids x Kate Spade

Oh, how I wish that this Gap Kids x Kate Spade collection had been around when I was little. I lived in Gap Kids growing up.... even long past the point of me being an actual kid because I was quite small back in the day. Some of my favorite Gap Kids pieces from my childhood: bell bottom jeans with patches on the hems, a navy and white striped bikini with lobsters, a floor length pink taffeta holiday skirt, and a white t-shirt with an embroidered beach scene.

My eight year old self is so jealous right now of all the tiny limited edition Kate Spade pieces.

A lot of the collection has already sold out (#popular):

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Boston Trip

My recent trip to Boston was my favorite. Although it was short, I fit absolutely everything in. You know how people say you can have it all, but you can't have it all at once? I think I proved that theory wrong during this trip. I spent incredible one-on-one time with my best friend Nicole, worked with my DC/Tampa friend BAC, got to meet over 120 TCP readers, and (as if all that wasn't enough) I was able to celebrate my friend Alison's soon-to-be-here-baby. I even squeezed in a blog photoshoot with a Boston photographer. I came home on the train with the fullest of hearts. 

Brittney and I stayed at The Lenox Hotel. I have to say... it's my favorite hotel in the world. It's very nice, but they don't try to tell you that they're a nice hotel, they show you! Absolutely everyone from the bellhop to the maids to the front desk is friendly and beyond helpful. I've stayed there before, I'll stay there again... and frankly, I wish I could move in. The fireplace in the lobby is the coziest. Simple, not over the top, and just very homey. Oh, bonus, they have L'occitane products in the room, another favorite.

Unfortunately, I got a horrible migraine on the train into Boston (ugh, bad timing). Once I checked into the hotel, I ran across the street to Bank of America for cash– why do I never have cash?!– and Dunkin Donuts for coffee and a snack. Even though I was in a lot of pain while I waited for medication to kick in, I walked over to take photos in Beacon Hill and the Public Garden. Can't wait to show you the photos later next week. The headache faded while I rested before heading over to Nicole and Janelle, our long time family friends from when we lived in Hopkinton.

How's that for timing? Nicole and Janelle happened to be hosting their annual fall cocktail party at their house that Friday. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing it is to see them. Nicole and I have been BEST friends since we were 3 and 4. That is over 20 years of friendship. Even though we've been long distance for most of the friendship, we can pick up exactly where we left off. It was really nice to see their apartment (jealous, it's perfect) and meet their friends and coworkers. Brittney met us there after her flight; I love introducing friends from different parts of my life!

I held a meet and greet Saturday afternoon, so Brittney and I started early at Drybar to get our hair done. The location in Boston is the coolest two-story space. I just love having someone else wash my hair, a wonderful little luxury. After a quick breakfast-to-go from Flour, we made our way to Tucker Blair's showroom to set up. 

Brittney is a great friend and a great event planner– and blogger! I'm so lucky that she offered her services to help coordinate the entire meet and greet. Everything went off without a hitch! Thanks BAC! I have to say, we also just had a great weekend together.

(Brittney is doing two workshops in DC this weekend with The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. More details about her "Holiday Hosting and Toasting Tips and Tricks" workshops here!)

Coasters and napkins c/o Wedding Paper Divas
Mini business cards c/o Tiny Prints
Hand lettered prints c/o Drafts and Crafts
Business card cases c/o Ame and Lulu
Cake pops c/o Meesh (aka my mom– she shipped them up from Tampa!)

Loved meeting everyone. Seriously. It's one of the most rewarding parts about blogging. I love chatting with readers on Instagram and Twitter, but getting to really meet readers in person is the best feeling in the world. I wish I could have spent an hour with everyone individually! So many great people. LOVE YOU.

^^ Special shoutout to Mary who drove down from Maine with her (sweetest) mom for her 14th birthday! 

Big thank you to Matt Tara who opened the doors of the Tucker Blair showroom for us to have the meet and greet! He also hand delivered my coat on Sunday morning to Drybar because I completely forgot/lost it on Saturday afternoon.

Nicole swung by after the crowd died down. Brittney met up with friends and I went to Nicole's parents apartment in the South End where I took off my boots, curled up on their couch, and ate hummus and crackers. There's something really wonderful about being in the company of family friends. I love getting to see them, if only for a day! We met back up with Brittney and ate at Stella's for the best Bolognese ever.

I couldn't resist sharing this perfect turquoise door that I snapped while walking around the neighborhood. Knock, knock... can I move in?

And on Sunday morning... Alison drove into Boston and we went to Drybar together before driving out to her baby shower!!! I don't think I talk about Alison enough on here, but she is one of my dearest friends. Another Georgetown grad, although five years older so our paths never crossed on the Hilltop, it was blogging that brought us together. (We do share a reunion cycle though!) I've never been to a baby shower for a friend before and it was such a wonderful day! Alison is the best listener and advice giver... the baby is in the absolute best of hands! [Funny story, Alison and I almost wore the same dress. At the eleventh hour, I decided to wear my DVF wrap dress instead of this lace Ann Taylor dress, ha!] Special, special day.

Yes, I think I definitely "had it all" in Boston.

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