24 Hours in NYC

This past weekend, we were driving home from South Jersey to Boston & decided to spend a day/night in NYC. We’ve gone every year for my birthday (12/7) so this served a dual purpose. It’s about 2.5 hours from Jersey to NYC, and then another 4 from NYC to Boston. Needless to say, this made sense!

Luckily, we’ve both been to NYC countless times and seen all of the major “must see” attractions, so this 24 hours was about having fun! We stayed at the Sheraton Times Square, which was excellent location. Typically, I like to avoid the Times Square area, but with our itinerary it just made sense to stay there.

My favorite thing about NYC in winter is of course the holiday decorations! If you’ve never strolled through Saks or walked down 5th Avenue to see the store windows, you must! I wish I had better pictures but honestly, it was so crowded that I couldn’t get a good one.

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Rockefellar Center

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Radio City Music Hall

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My second favorite NYC activity is, of course, broadway. I’ve seen Wicked, Rock of Ages, The Rockettes & a few lesser named ones. While Hamilton was not in the cards (anyone want to give me tickets?!), we were so thrilled to score discounted TKTS to Jersey Boys! It was so good!! I couldn’t  believe how many songs I knew from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons! The music, the dancing, the acting….oh, we just loved it! If you need a broadway show to see, check it out. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

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Of course, no trip to NYC would be complete without all of the delicious food the city has to offer. We had a fabulous pre-theatre meal at Mastro’s: beef carpaccio & a manhattan for him, tuna tartate & a martini for her, with frites to share. My perfect meal. We also popped into the ever-so-tasty Ray’s pizza on our way out of town. That place never disappoints. Not pictured: two bagels, Tao sushi & Plaza macaroons. Yum🙂

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We lucked out majorly with 60 degree & sunny weather, so we chose to take advantage and go for a run through Central Park! We entered from the South (59th & 6th) and ran up by the MOMA, past Belvedere Castle, through the Strawberry Fields & popped back out by Columbus Circle (Broadway & 59th). It was a gorgeous 4 miles and I probably took 50 pictures!

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As usual, NYC was fabulous and I left reminded of why this is my favorite city in the world. I heart you, NYC.

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LC’s Elegant Chic Cali Home

With my upcoming trip to Cali on the brain, I thought it was only appropriate to share the stunning, bright home of a California girl we all know, Lauren Conrad. Far from her Laguna Beach days (ahh, the good ole days), her Pacific Palisades home is soo amazing! I really wish I could reach through the screen and give this girl a big fist pump because she got it right, y’all. I would happily move in tomorrow.

The dark grouted white subway tile with the floating shelves are a nice switch-up from the all-white kitchens we’re used to seeing these days…

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How awesome is this vintage collection of jars & teacups displayed as an art piece (and really, the focal point) in the dining room. I just love this display!

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Her living room is exactly what I picture when I think of a cool Cali bungalow, but I particularly like the midcentury modern furniture pieces she has. Also note..no tv!

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For those of you who have a wall piano, check this out. The leaning gallery wall keeps it interesting and not so formal feeling…

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Hello perfect bathroom. I would soak nightly in that tub (with a glass of vino and bubbles, of course)…

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You can see her full home tour here. Ugh, its SO FAB!

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

Wow, I have so much to be thankful for, where do I even begin? Aside from the (very fortunate) fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my plate and shoes on my feet…

…I’ve got a loving, supportive family who I live too far away from…

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…amazing, loyal friends who have been there for me through thick & thin…

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…and the two best roomies a girl could ask for…

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Now go enjoy your loved ones, stuff your face, drink wine & shop til you drop this weekend. I’ll be taking a few days off to do just that….

Next week, Christmas countdown begins😉

Blue & White Home Tour

Happy Home Tour Tuesday!

This week I was browsing Pinterest (shocker) and came across this tour of Ruth Chancellor, via Maria Killam’s website. Two very talented ladies, to say the least!

I’m really loving the blue, gray & white color scheme. This color pallet is visible throughout the entire home, but utilized in different ways to keep things interesting. I’m particularly fond of the navy blue island (and hood!), the gray wood furniture & the blue grasscloth wallpaper in that master bath. Oh, and who doesn’t love a few good placements of ginger jars?! Here are a few of my favorite rooms:

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You can find the entire tour here.

Friday Pinterest Inspiration

Hi friends! Firstly, thank you SO much for all of the California road trip recommendations! I really appreciate them all and definitely have some research to do- here’s to hoping we can fit everything in!

This weekend is a fun one- we’re hosting my parents in Boston for a few days! Our time will be spent perusing the Isabella Stewart Garner museum, exploring Harvard & BC (walked on the football field yesterday- so fun!), experiencing the North End and South End dining culture, and watching the Fanueil Hall Christmas tree lighting. Throw in some Mike’s Pastry cannolis, a few good workouts &  an early Thanksgiving dinner and we’ve got the perfect weekend plan!

That said, I’ve got to get to work! So here’s some Friday Pinterest inspiration for you…

I’ve been begging a friend/client to let me install grasscloth backing on her built-ins & after this picture, I think she will be sold…

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Midcentury modern done right in this gorgeous bathroom…

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White cabinets mixed with a black island and abundant light makes this kitchen so stunning…

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White shiplap + a buffalo check bench make for the perfect details in this farmhouse bath…

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p.s. anyone checked out the new Pinterest “home” section? I’m liking the new format- makes it easier to search!

California Road Trip: Itinerary

Happy Wanderlust Wednesday everyone!

I can’t believe we’re already into holiday travel season…if you haven’t made your plans, now is the time!

We’ve got a “bucket list” trip planned for the week after Thanksgiving. I’ve always wanted to do a California coastal road trip, from LAX to SF (or vice versa!) and explore all that the gorgeous Cali coast has to offer. So here’s the plan:

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Road Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: Flying into LAX, spending the night in Santa Monica

Day 2: Driving to Santa Barbara, spending the night

Day 3: Driving to Carmel-by-the-sea, spending the night

Day 4: Driving to Sonoma, spending the night

Day 5: Sonoma for the night again

Day 6: Head into SF for the day, red eye flight out of SFO

SO….While we’ve got our flights, car & hotels booked (some AMAZING ones that I’ll be sharing for sure!), I need your help. Any suggestions for places to stop along the way, local restaurants/bars/wineries we must try, sites we must see? I know there is so much to do on this trip, so we will be taking our time and exploring as much as possible!

Please send all ideas, suggestions & recommendations my way. Thank you!