Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide with Mark & Graham

Robe: Mark & Graham c/o (also love this PJ set) Tray: Mark & Graham c/o Napkin: Mark & Graham c/o Glass: Mark & Graham c/o Vase: Mark & Graham c/0  

Mother's Day is extra special for me this year now that I have Harry. Being a new mom has given me such a fresh perspective on life. I have so much more appreciation for my mother and all mothers in general. There are so many sacrifices, little and big, that moms make on a daily basis for their children out of pure love. Harry is the most demanding boss I'll ever have, and I wouldn't change a single thing. Watching him grow is my greatest joy. 

I used to think that it was hard to steal time for myself before Harry, but now it is is infinitely harder. Me time is almost nonexistent. This Mother's Day, I teamed up with Mark & Graham to put together a gift guide that would really allow moms to relax and take a break from all that they do. This guide applies to new moms -- whether it be your sister or a friend; your own mother; wife; or even grandmother.  In my opinion there is nothing better than being served breakfast in bed while enjoying a little light reading. 

Here are some of my ideas. Please note that all of Mark & Graham products can be personalized which always makes gift giving extra special:

1. Silk Robe and or matching PJ set: Silky pajamas are one of life's little luxuries. This gift is perfect for any mom, but especially new moms in need of a little rest and relaxation. She'll appreciate slipping into something comfortable after a long day. Robes are also very friendly for nursing moms. 
2.Ceramic Pitcher: This can be used as a pitcher or vase. Flowers come and go but this keepsake piece is forever. Fill it with your mom's favorite flowers for the perfect gift.
3. Tray: This hand-made tray is simply beautiful with gorgeous leather handles and a wicker base. Make that special mom in your life a breakfast she won't forget, delivered on this tray. She'll not only love the breakfast but the tray as well. It's a great piece for summer entertaining. 
4.Napkin: I just love the pretty fringe detailing on these napkins. They come in several colors and the personalization takes the look to the next level. Gift these to any mom and it will put a smile on her face.
5. Glasses: These elegant glasses are a pretty addition to any breakfast in bed scenario. The monogram etching that can be customized is gorgeous. This is a great set to have around the house. 
6. Zip Pouch: My mom has recently become obsessed with using an iPad. She is probably one of the few moms who doesn't use an iPhone but she loves taking pictures with the iPad. This pouch is for storing an iPad or small personal items that moms use everyday. It's small enough to fit perfectly in a larger bag to ensure extra protection for the items within. 
7. Bamboo Handle Tote Bag: This bag is simply beautiful. The classic silhouette and elegant look will appeal to any mom. It also has plenty of pockets and room for new moms that are toting around a lot of extra items for the little one. (On a side note I  carry both a purse and a diaper bag at all times. I will often store little things such as a pacifier, bottle with a cover, burp cloth, etc in my purse for easy access.) 
8. Leather Heart Keychain: Fun little gift for the mom in your life. Adds the perfect pop of color to any bag. 

 Special thank you to Mark & Graham for sponsoring this post! Check out more of their great gifts for Mother's Day here.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Palms and Pools

Dress: 1901  c/o Shoes: Saint Laurent Bag: Bembien Scarf: Gucci Belt: Gucci Bracelets: Van Cleef & Arpels, Kiel James Patrick  Glasses: Gucci Lipstick: Marc Jacobs // Core Cora 234 c/o

During our stay at the Brazilian Court Hotel, the pool was my fav0rite place to be. It was relatively busy during the day and at night right before sunset we basically had the whole place to ourselves. Situated in its' own private courtyard, I found it tranquil and relaxing. On the first afternoon we spent a couple of hours swimming and enjoyed truffle fries and a turkey club on the patio.

I took these pictures right before dinner at Cafe' Boulod. We were strolling Harry around in hopes that he would fall asleep for dinner and he did...for a little while. The restaurant, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is situated right in one of the hotel courtyards, but you can also eat indoors. It's a beautiful place to be at night with the glowing lights and the sounds of the trickling water fountain. The food was amazing -- the best meal during our entire trip. I had a filet with a side of charred broccoli, just the way I like it.

    Special thank you to the Brazilian Court Hotel and Cafe' Boulod for accommodating us! 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Finds - The Shopbop Sale

1. Blouse , 2.Mules, 3.Flamingo Float // 4. Round Handle Bag,  5. Hair-Tie, 6. Wallet // 7.One Piece Swimsuit, 8. Sunglasses, 9. Ferragamo Shoes 

Shopbop is having a big sale that ends tomorrow night. Save 20% off orders $500 and under, and 25% off orders over $500. I included a few items in this round up that I already have and love such as my signature shades and the swimsuit (the swimsuit is very flattering). I've been wearing these shades for over 5 years now which attests to my love for them. The mules are very similar to my new YSL pair that I've featured in many of my recent posts. They are less than half the price before the sale. Some of my favorite designer brands such as Tory Burch and Ferragamo are also included. Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Brazilian Court Hotel

Dress: Roller Rabbit Shoes: Mansur Gavriel Bag: Bembien Scarf: J.Crew (old) Earrings: Sequin Glasses: Karen Walker 

Location: The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach

Last week we escaped the cold and headed to sunny Florida to shoot a special new collection for our brand. On the first leg of our journey we stayed a couple of days at the historic Brazilian Court Hotel. The boutique hotel is perfectly tucked away in a quiet neighborhood and only a short walking distance to Worth Avenue. We started off every morning with breakfast in the outdoor courtyard at Cafe Boulud (the hotel restaurant) before exploring town. I loved being able to walk everywhere. I'm so used to having to drive and it was nice change of pace. 

One of my favorite parts of the hotel are the three tropical outdoor courtyards. One courtyard included a gorgeous pool (not featured),  the other a fountain and outdoor restaurant. and the last was made up of private seating areas scattered underneath the palms. All were relaxing places to sit and get a little work done, read a book, or enjoy a cocktail. 

                                Special thank you to the Brazilian Court Hotel for our stay! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Exploring Sea Island

Dress: Kiel James Patrick Sandals: Carrie Forbes Bag: Bembien Scarf: J.Crew (old) Necklaces: Kiel James Patrick 1,
Sweater: Ralph Lauren Shirt: Ralph Lauren Jeans: Frame Shoes: Ralph Lauren Glasses: Gucci
Shirt: DVF (similar) Jeans: Derek Lam 10 Crosby Necklaces: Kiel James Patrick 1,

Falconry, horseback riding on the beach, and a salt marsh tour are a handful of the activities we enjoyed on Sea Island. I was really excited when I learned the resort offered a private Hawk Walk to guests. It's such a neat experience to go out with the raptors --  the owl is an insanely gorgeous creature. I was a little bit in awe of it! Paige, the trainer, has a very special relationship with the birds and I loved hearing her experience working with them. There is a really close bond and level of trust between them that is inspiring. 

On one of the mornings during our stay, Kiel and I went to the stables for horseback riding on the beach. I've only been riding a handful of times and was excited to get back on a horse. Our small group was led by an instructor through the woods and then to a isolated stretch of beach. It was so much fun, although my legs were a little sore afterwards. We saw dolphins swimming very close to the shore as we were riding. It was a peaceful start to the day.

The last image of this post is my favorite scene from the Salt Marsh Tour. This picture definitely looks fake but it was 100% real. This dolphin followed our boat for a good twenty minutes. My back was completely soaked from the dolphin splashing water, and there were points that I was convinced it would hit the motor. I was amazed that it kept jumping out of the water so closely over and over again. It was certainly one of the highlights of our trip!  Excited to share this picture with Harry in the future. 

                                   Special thank you to Sea Island for our stay! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Palm Beach Tunic Dress

Dress: Elina Lebessi  (purchased at CJ Laing) Shoes: Saint Laurent Bag: Aranaz Earrings: Rebecca de Ravenal Scarf: Gucci Glasses: Karen Walker

Across the street from Via Mizner in Palm Beach, is the prettiest blue doorway surrounded by gorgeous pink flowers. There is beauty around every corner on this small island from the mosaic tile stairways, to stone fountains, and hidden courtyards bursting with flowers. Palm Beach has an old world charm with a Mediterranean Flair. Every time I visit I discover something new whether it be a blue doorway or a favorite new shop. 

We spent one of the mornings shopping on Worth Avenue. I was really excited to visit CJ Laing. I ended up leaving the store with the bucket bag (featured), two dresses, and a pair of Rebecca de Ravenal earrings. I've seen the earrings so many times but never pulled the trigger when it came to buying them. After trying them on I had to have them. The earrings are light-weight and add such a fun look to any outfit. I ended up wearing them almost every day during my trip. They are worth the price tag. You can find similar looks for less here and here

What I loved about CJ Laing was that there was so many blue and white dress options in beautiful prints and fabrics. The embroidered tunic dress featured is comfy, slightly loose, and I love the bell sleeves. It's easy to throw on for an effortlessly stylish look -- my favorite kind of dress to wear in the summer. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Summering Dress Collection

Dress: Kiel James Patrick  (and this one) Shoes: Tory Burch (old) Bag: Bembien Scarf: Gucci
Sophie: Dress: Kiel James Patrick (and this one) Shoes: J.Crew (old)

Just released our latest collection for Kiel James Patrick -- The Summering Dress Collection. This classic style is really versatile. Dress it up for dinner with a pair of heels or wear it more casually with a pair of sneakers. I really love how flouncy the skirt is. I'm 5'5 and the dress falls mid-thigh.