Monday, August 31, 2015


Labor Day Weekend in Maine

In June, I wrote a post about my summer mantra, about how the only thing on my bucket list was to LIVE IT UP. I mentioned a few things I wanted to do before the last summer of my 20s came to an end. Well spoiler alert—we're almost there. Labor Day is coming in hot, and I'm squeezing in a never-been-there weekend trip to Portland, Maine. I'm aiming to eat every lobster in the state and see every lighthouse because I'm that excited.

As per usual, I'm excited to pack for the location—and get into the nautical, laid-back East Coast vibes of Portland. Island cruising around Casco Bay, day trips to Kennebunkport, biking and kayaking all call for preppy-meets-easy pieces that will look good with a lobster bib. 

A COZY MEN'S SWEATER: I'm a big proponent of oversize sweaters, and a nautical stripe or cable knit crewneck works over just about everything, including a swimsuit or summery white shorts. (See also: anything fuzzy and LL Bean.)

SANDALS & BOAT SHOES: It's my understanding that Birkenstocks are a universally rejected shoe by most people, so I'm pretty sure if I can wear them in NYC, I can wear them in Maine. (No?) Boat shoes (traditional Sperry Topsiders and nothing less) are a preppy staple, and I think I'd really like to wear them on an actual boat.

SOME WELL-CHOSEN FLAIR: A sporty cap (repping NY, of course), an industrial-meets-nautical bracelet from Miansai and some glamorous shades provide a nice mix—especially with a pretty red lip to make all the navy and white feel a bit more feminine.

EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME FINISHING TOUCHES: As I've said before, I think it's silly to buy heaps of things that are only really for the purpose of a specific occasion—vacations are not costume parties (usually). So, while thematic elements are fun, things like a casual leather carryall tote and an olive green utility jacket will be wearable throughout the fall. 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I'm not going to elaborate on this MWMM choice like it's anything worthy of deep discussion, or even a really good song. This, the Sailors remix of 50 Cent's classic "In Da Club" is just straight up fun. Tap your feet, bust out a dance move, put it on at a pool party fun. This song was introduced to me via Soundcloud, as a followup to that Fetty Wap remix I'm obsessed with.

I'm pretty transparently drawn to the current trend of electro-pop and all things Kygo, and this remix has that tropical, distinctly warm-weather oriented vibe I can't resist. Does it have musical merit? I don't care. This is a song that's perfect for late August parties, road trips and days when sitting at your desk is just absolutely the worst. Give it a listen...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Sun Valley in the winter is special. Magical, even. As it's a ski resort town, the snowy months are high season, and much of the rest of the year passes with a quieter beauty that most people miss out on. Summer in the Wood River Valley is, to be fair, the area's second biggest season, with plenty of adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts swinging through the area for hiking, fishing and biking—not to mention concerts, symphony performances, paddle boarding, and river rafting. With hot sunny days and cool, clear nights summer in Sun Valley has a magic of it's own.

I got to spend a whole week out West with my family recently, which gave me a chance to really revel in The Val's laid-back-but-super-active summer vibes. Homecooked meals on the patio and morning walks with the dog were punctuated with high altitude hikes, a couple of mini road trips and more than a few really good margaritas.

Partly for my own enjoyment and also to inspire you to take a trip to Sun Valley of your own, I rounded up my favorite activities (and plenty of photos) of the week to give you an idea of why this is my favorite place in the world, no matter what time of year.


Monday, August 24, 2015


Sometimes when I'm swiping around on Tinder or Bumble or whatever, searching for my own unique kind of diamond in the rough, I feel like I'm wandering through the Sahara Desert convinced that sooner or later I'll rustle up a stately Douglas Fir.

That is to say, utterly and ridiculously misguided.

But you know what? Every now and then, after coming across mirage after mirage... I'm right. I wander over a dune and find myself sipping a mezcal cocktail by candlelight across from a delightful, genuine Douglas Fir.

Maybe I'm just lucky, but I suspect that's not it. And perhaps I am optimistic almost to the point of being delusional—that really might be true—but it's working for me. In my mind, if I'm doing this (and I consider myself to be a pleasant, well-adjusted, generally good person), then there must be likeminded men out there with the same idea. Like I said, I've been right about this. More than once.

And I'm not the only one.


Once again, someone wrote something divisive about modern dating that makes me feel like I have to respond. This time, I'm a little up in arms over Nancy Jo Sales' Vanity Fair article, "Tinder and the Dawn of the Dating Apocalypse." I have a hard time believing this is anything more than a bunch of selectively chosen anecdotes and statistics used to paint the picture this journalist set out to portray.

In the article, Sales chats with millennials aged 19 to 29 about mobile dating and hookup culture, and makes the case that thanks to apps like Tinder, youths have basically devolved in to sexual heathens (especially the men) with no concept of romance or courting.

Sorry, is it 2013 again? Following in the really uninteresting footsteps of The New York Times, VF is serving up a hefty injustice to the audience it so desperately wants to capture.


Friday, August 21, 2015


As promised, I am making a concentrated effort to BRING IT on the blog again, after a bit of a creative drought. Oddly enough, these simple link posts are one of my favorite things to work on each week, as I really love to share the things that entertain, educate and excite me around the webz. So without any more blah blah blah, behold this week's haul: a movie trailer, some humor, home decor inspo and more. As always, thanks for sticking around!
If you're going to be traveling domestically outside the US sometime soon (from Paris to Nice, for example) TIME HAS AN OFTEN-SUCCESSFUL AIRLINE PRICING HACK YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
I don't support cheating husbands or the mistresses they collect. However, I really enjoyed this cheeky opinion piece from The Cut CELEBRATING THE AUDACITY OF CHRISTINE OUZOUNIAN. She's going to be shamed and struggle to rebuild her reputation no matter what. At least she's having fun with it? 
Have you guys discovered BEZAR yet? It's an amazing marketplace for independent artists, jewelers, etc. I check it out almost daily for interesting finds, and am currently "adding to cart" a series of luggage tag prints for airports in places I love. (PS: I'm getting the smaller versions, available directly from the creator's site.) 
VULTURE'S INTERVIEW WITH @THEFATJEWISH'S JOSH OSTROVSKY is pretty interesting. Is he a terrible human, a joke thief, an idiot, a publicity genius, or a little bit of all of them? 
Also, I just finished reading / listening to The Martian by Andy Weir. If you like space, survival stories and generally entertaining fiction, do read it. If you like space, Matt Damon and crazy special effects, WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE MARTIAN MOVIE (which comes out October 2). Anyone else have chills?
Oh speaking of movie trailers, TULLY AND I ARE SO EXCITED FOR 'EVEREST' THE MOVIE we can hardly control ourselves. Based on Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, I think it's going to be impossible for this movie to be anything but totally amazing and terrifying and emotional. 
If you were to ask some of my friends to name one of my favorite foods, they'd rattle off pasta and croissants—and bagels. Good lord I love them. Anyway, EATER HAS THE ULTIMATE GLOSSARY OF NYC BAGELS and it's making me hungry. Bagel shop crawl, anyone? 
On a slightly personal note, my amazing friend KILEY is running the NYC Marathon on November 1, and doing so to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, a cause near and dear to her heart. Won't you join me in supporting her by purchasing A SET OF DARLING GREETING CARDS DESIGNED BY XO-LP (who happened to contribute to this wedding post earlier this summer).
On an additional personal note, I wrote a cheeky ARTICLE ABOUT BASEBALL HATS FOR STYLE GIRLFRIEND. Check it out if you like baseball hats or know a man who does.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Okay, let must just say now that I know making copious purchases now slightly goes against my "summer mantra" that involves shopping less and doing more. But you know what? Reading is doing! And on that note, I've actually been tearing through books this summer. I just crushed (fellow Seattleite and New York Times reporter) Stephanie Clifford's excellent debut novel, Everybody Rise, over my trip to Idaho. Is it ironic that I read a book about making it in New York when I was taking a vacation from trying to make it in New York? Perhaps.

Set in the monied, glamorous world of pre-recession 2006 Manhattan, the book follows the ambitious and (sometimes painfully) relatable rise and fall of smart and charming social climber Evelyn Beegan. Her ambitions to infiltrate New York's highest social strata are at first driven by her job building up an elite social network online, but she's quickly absorbed by the parties, vacation homes and tempestuous relationships she navigates with old money socialites, bankers and their pearl-clutching families. As many reviewers have put it, think of Everybody Rise as Edith Wharton in the modern era. I found it every bit as juicy as Gossip Girl's early seasons, but with a heavy dose of realism and a heroine with whom you can actually identify.

As an NYC transplant, it's easy to put myself in the shoes of Evelyn and imagine that I might do and think a lot like she does as she deals with demanding numbers-driven startup bosses, Regina George-like women you love and hate at the same time and personal trauma you'd rather forget than face. However, this is a witty, fast-paced and entertaining story to which anyone who's ever been an outsider can relate. It's a deliciously colorful peek into a Manhattan I can only imagine, and the kind of book you pick up and kind of want to tear through over one long, lazy day under your AC.

Speaking of AC—I've been on a major design kick in my room as of late, and recently snagged a couple of really inexpensive indulgences to make my little room a bit more chic: a brass reading lamp (from Target!) for my bedside table and yet another Henri Matisse print (this one will hang above the head of my bed). And to wear whilst cozied on my blue-and-white bed digesting all the drama of Everybody Rise? This cool and kind of appropriately themed "Woke Up In Paradise" sweatshirt from Maison Scotch and one of the essential-yet-subtle accessories of the upper crust: a monogrammed signet ring.


Simply leave a comment below answering this question: What were you doing in 2006? A winner will be selected at random on Thursday August 27, 2015. This giveaway is open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by St. Martin’s Press.

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Monday, August 17, 2015


{ This week I captured some great photos—but little else—with my phone... }

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that my latest uploads have not included the skyscrapers of NYC or even the dunes and shores of the Atlantic coast. I've been enjoying my official summer vacation—a short stint in Seattle for a friend's wedding, followed by an entire week with my family in Sun Valley. It was restorative, to say the least.

I'm willing to concede that I really wasn't posting much in the weeks leading up to my trip, either, and I apologize. In the six years I've been writing this blog, breaks have happened. A lot. It's something that non-writers or bloggers often ask me about, "How do you keep going? How do you continually things of new things to say?" And for me, the answer is that sometimes, I can't. I get writer's block—blogger's block—whatever you want to call it. Sometimes it comes at good times when I'm so blessedly busy enjoying the real world that I have no desire to contribute to the digital space. And sometimes, it happens at a bad or sad time when I'm so wrapped up in my own "stuff" that I can't create anything I'd proudly post here. 

For reasons that I am fairly sure I will dive into here on the blog in the near future, my inspiration block this time around has been due in part to processing a bit of personal sadness. The good news is however, that in a testament to my nature as a writer, processing leads to words on paper. (Or the screen, as it were.)  

So, I'm dropping a quick note here (as I eat a this-really-isn't-New-York bagel at the Boise Airport) to say hello and beg you not to give up on me just yet! I'll be revving up the content here again very, very soon. Thank you for sticking by me and waiting out my dry spells, you have no idea how much I value the opportunity to share little bits of my life here with you all.