Fall Wishlist

We’ve had a few fall days here in New York already and my mindset is slowly shifting toward sweaters and boots. Here are some pieces I’m eyeing for fall…

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1. Lou & Grey Cropped Neon Sweater / I’ve been eyeing this sweater for months at work and am so excited it’s finally out! I’m loving pops of neon paired with neutrals this fall.

2. Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Jean / I’ve also been eyeing these for awhile since seeing them on a friend. They’re the perfect medium blue wash.

3. Tory Sport Bubble Sneaker / I’m all about comfort and these sneakers pair just as well with trousers as they do with jeans.

4. & Other Stories Oversized Cardigan / I love the idea of wearing cardigans fully buttoned as tops. Also eyeing this oatmeal colored one.

5. Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Candle / With the change of seasons I always like to switch up our candles at home. I absolutely love Jo Malone’s scents and just finished one of their candles.

6. Madewell Daisy Pouch / I love the embroidered flowers on this suede pouch.

7. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag / Embossed croc is one of my favorite materials for accessories and I love it in this chocolate-hued mini bucket bag. Perfect fall bag.

8. Alex Mill Garment-Dyed Button Down / I bought this shirt over the weekend and am obsessed with how soft it is! Olive is quickly becoming my color for fall.

9. Tory Sport Sherpa Fleece Jacket / This jacket caught my eye because of the mix of green & navy and I love the pairing of cozy sherpa with luxe satin quilting.

10. Loeffler Randall Joni Boot / Loeffler Randall is hands down my favorite boot brand. Their pieces seem to never go out of style and are always comfortable.

South of France: Côte d'Azur

Excited to be sharing part one of our trip to the South of France!

We started our trip on the coast, staying at Les Roches Rouges, a hotel that’s been on my wishlist since it opened. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Every single corner of the hotel was thoughtfully designed without being pretentious—it felt like you were in someone’s home. The main attraction of Les Roches Rouges is, of course, the endless blue sea.

Our trip was mid-late May so we experienced some chillier weather and sadly only got to experience the sun & sea on our last day. In hindsight, we probably would have flipped our trip around and stayed in Provence first and then headed to the coast later in our trip. That being said, this is the second year we’ve travelled to Europe during a “shoulder season” and we really love it for beating the crowds and getting better deals on flights & hotels.

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I highly recommend renting a car if you are in the South of France so you can explore lots of the little villages and towns. One of our favorites was Saint-Paul-de-Vence. I had heard from so many people that we had to visit the famed hotel/restaurant La Colombe d’Or. We made a reservation for lunch so we could experience it in daylight and spend time exploring the property itself. It is such a special place and definitely a must visit. The hotel is covered in artwork by Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro (to name a few) all of whom exchanged pieces of their art for a stay at the inn. It feels like you’ve stepped back in time and like you are dining in a museum.

We sadly did not make it to the Fondation Maeght, but I’ve heard incredible things and it’s on our list for when we return one day!

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Another of our favorite villages was Grimaud. We passed through here on our way to Saint Tropez and fell in love with its charm. Lots of windy streets overflowing with beautiful flowers and plants. There are also 13th century ruins of a castle and city wall, which were neat to explore.

We spent very little time in Nice - a visit to the Matisse museum (wouldn’t highly recommend), dinner at Peixes (delicious) and gelato at Fenocchio (a must).

There is so much to see and explore in this region, it deserves its own trip! If you are planning a trip and want more detailed information, I’d be happy to share my lists of recommendations with you.

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Stay tuned for the second part of our trip — Provence!

Interior Envy: Alyssa Kapito UWS Penthouse

Alyssa Kapito’s interiors rank high among my favorites and her latest project is no different. Designed for an Upper West Side couple, the space is refined, thoughtfully curated and calm. Her spaces speak to my love of traditional design, but with an infusion of clean-lined minimal pieces and neutral color palettes. Alyssa also has an incredible sense for picking art that complements her spaces.

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Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson

Currently Coveting No. 81

I feel like I blinked and suddenly it’s already August! Fall collections are starting to trickle in, but summer is still in full swing for me. Here are a few pieces that are on my wishlist…

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Ray-Ban Hexagon Frame Sunglasses / I love the subtle hexagon shape of these sunglasses, making them a bit more unique than the classic aviator or round frames you see everywhere.

Madewell Smocked Blouse / The perfect summer blouse—I would wear this with everything!

Madewell Delicate Daisy Necklace / I can’t get enough of daisy patterns this summer and I love this take on them.

Lou & Grey Striped Dress / There’s nothing I love more than an effortless dress for summer, and this one is super comfortable and chic.

Anemone Embroidered Swimsuit / I recently discovered this swimwear line, Anemone, and they make the most flattering swimsuits. I love the embroidered flowers on this black one piece.

Loeffler Randall Mallory Gingham Bag / This bag has been on my wishlist all summer long! The classic pattern makes it a year-round staple.

Alex Mill White Maxi Shirtdress / I love a classic shirtdress and this one works seamlessly to go from beach to dinner. We’re going to Hawaii in September and this dress would be so versatile in my suitcase.

Cuyana Summer Hat / I’ve had this hat for a few years and it’s one of my favorites. It’s flattering on everyone and such a great price.

Ancient Greek Braided Sandals / A friend of mine was wearing these the other day and raved about how comfortable they are. I love how minimal & chic they are.

Our Honeymoon Part 4: Amalfi Coast

Our last and final stop on our honeymoon was the Amalfi coast. We stayed in Praiano, which is a quieter town next to Positano. We spent four days and wished it would never end. There is so much to see and explore in this area and we can’t wait to go back.

We stayed at Casa Angelina, which was really luxurious and the perfect end to our trip. Everything is minimally designed and bright white, making it such a serene experience. The views of the coast from Casa Angelina are incredibly breathtaking. One of the reasons we stayed there is that they have their own beach club & access, which not every hotel has. The towns are built into the steep cliffs, so while they have a beach, it’s over 200 steps down from the main part of the hotel!

I also have to mention that Casa Angelina serves one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had in my entire life. Literally anything you could possibly want, and it’s served at their top floor restaurant with insane views of the Mediterranean.

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On our first full day we took a city bus from outside our hotel to Fiordo di Furore. We hiked down the windy steps to a beautiful cove with crystal clear blue water. The color of the Mediterranean is so incredibly blue it almost doesn’t seem real!

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After our excursion we headed to Positano to have drinks at Le Sirenuse. The hotel is situated in Positano and is a truly stunning property. It’s definitely on our list to stay at for when we return! We had cocktails and apertivo on their patio and then wandered around to check out the rest of the property. I couldn’t get enough of every little detail; everything was so perfectly done.

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The next day we booked a boat to Capri and sailed along the Amalfi coast. It was so neat to see the coast from the sea and experience a different vantage point. We had a couple hours to ourselves on Capri so we booked lunch and chairs at La Fontelina Beach Club. After arriving on Capri, we took a small boat over to the beach club and had the best time. I truly cannot recommend it enough—it was one of our favorite meals and days. Still dreaming about my linguine con vongole!

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Our final day was spent entirely at Da Adolfo. We had been recommended this place by so many people and it may be one of our favorite places in the world! Booking it was a little tricky so we had our hotel arrange it for us. You hop on a small boat in the main port of Positano and are taken to a secluded beach area. It’s very rustic compared to La Fontelina, so be sure to bring your own towel and shoes you don’t mind getting wet!

The food at their restaurant is incredibly fresh and lunch is such a frenzied experience, but in the most amazing way. It’s truly hard to describe! Everyone is barefoot running around like crazy, the menu is written on a chalkboard and the white wine sangria (with peaches & nectarines!) is flowing.

Because it was our last day and we were having the best time, we stayed until the very last boat back to Positano. We did not want that day or our trip to end. Can’t wait to be back someday!

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Part 1: Rome & Road Trip to Tuscany
Part 2: Tuscany
Part 3: Florence

Feel free to comment or email me if you are planning a trip and have any questions!

Our Honeymoon Part 3: Florence

Part three of our honeymoon: Florence! We spent three days in Florence and stayed at Hotel Continentale. It was in a great central location that made exploring super easy. Similar to Rome, we had done the touristy stops on prior trips so we used our time to wander and explore. The hotel has a (small) rooftop bar with incredible views of Florence. Definitely recommend stopping to have a drink on the roof.

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One of my favorite parts of Florence was visiting the original Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy located on Via della Scala. The building itself is so beautiful with incredible details like these embroidered cutout curtains. (Sidenote: I fell in love with embroidered curtains while in Italy and photographed them all.)

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We especially loved the Santa Croce area and kept finding ourselves there. Highly recommend checking out Spigoli Terracotte on Via Sant'Egidio for terracotta and ceramic dinnerware. We absolutely loved our dinner at Cibreo—one of our favorites of the entire trip!

Sandwiches from All’Antico Vinaio are a must—you’ll wait in a long line but they are so worth it. Tip: There are two across the street from one another, both have the same things. We had dinner one night at Trattoria Sostanza and had their famous butter chicken—so delicious. We didn’t make it to La Giostra (pictured below) but it was high on our list of recommendations.

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Another favorite spot in Florence is Desinare / Riccardo Barthel Design. Hard to describe, but it’s part interior design showroom, part cooking school, part shop. We got stuck here for awhile during a torrential downpour and it was heaven to explore. I loved walking around and noticing all the little details that make Italian homes feel so special. We purchased a few pieces of Richard Ginori porcelain, one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Italy. They had a nice collection of vintage Richard Ginori pieces, and I (of course) fell in love with a striped set that is sadly no longer in production. Their pieces are so special and I can’t wait to display them in a future home.

Desinare / Riccardo Barthel is located in a great area for walking around—lots of antique shops and boutiques along Via Maggio and Piazza de Pitti.

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Here is part one of our honeymoon (Rome & our drive to Tuscany) and here is part two (Tuscany). Up next is our last and final stop—the Amalfi coast!

Summer Whites

Summer is in full swing with its long sunny days. I don’t know about you, but I always gravitate toward white during summer and can’t get enough of eyelet and lace details.

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J.Crew Linen Shirt / The perfect summer shirt that goes with everything and never goes out of style. A linen shirt is a must in any summer wardrobe!

Catbird Pearl Hoops / I’ve been loving the small pearl trend and these dainty hoops are a good foray into it.

Nanushka Midi Dress / When it’s hot out, I gravitate toward easy dresses that don’t require a lot of thought. This one checks all the boxes and is so versatile.

Loeffler Randall Maya Tote / I’ve been coveting a woven leather bag for awhile and love the hint of the stripe lining on this one!

La Vie Rebecca Taylor Embroidered Blouse / Summer and embroidery go hand in hand in my eyes. I can never have enough!

& Other Stories Linen Blazer / I’ve been on the hunt for a white linen blazer to throw on at night and I love the detail of the tortoise buttons.

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne / The perfect summer scent—trust me!

Eres Aquarelle One Piece / I have this bathing suit in black and always reach for it. It’s such a classic silhouette and the white is so nice on sunkissed skin.

Madewell Perfect Vintage Short / White shorts have been on my wishlist for awhile and these feel like an amazing pair you found in a vintage shop.

Our Honeymoon Part 2: Tuscany

Part two of our honeymoon: Tuscany! We spent three nights in Tuscany and stayed at Borgo Pignano. I discovered this hotel when my friend Janelle stayed there and it far surpassed our expectations. My favorite part of the hotel was the main pool, which is carved out of limestone. It overlooks the most picturesque views of the Tuscan landscape—we couldn’t get enough.

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Borgo Pignano has a main building and lots of little cottages and maisonettes to stay in. We ended up staying in Villa La Fonte, which is pictured above. The building itself was so sweet and for the majority of the time we had it to ourselves. If I were to do it again, I probably would have booked a room in the main building so we could be closer to the larger pool and have more privacy. I would recommend the Villa if you are traveling with a group of friends or family. It has it’s own little pool that they were just starting to fill with water when we stayed.

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On our first full day in Tuscany, we spent the early part of the day exploring the property and lounging by the pool. After lunch we headed out to go wine tasting at Antinori nel Chianti Classico. The winery is housed in a very modern building and structure that is quite innovative and different from others you’ll find in the region. It essentially disappears into the Tuscan landscape, with vines covering the roof of each level.

After our time at Antinori, we headed to the hilltop town of Panzano for dinner. If you are a meat-lover, you cannot miss dinner at Officina della Bistecca. It’s a truly unique dining experience shared around a communal table.

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The next day, we headed to San Gimignano to explore. It was definitely my favorite of the towns we visited as it is very charming and surrounded by views of rolling hills and vineyards. I loved popping in and out of the little shops filled with homewares made from olive wood and lots of table linens. We had a delicious lunch at Osteria Baccano—I had an amazing pizza with prosciutto and truffles.

After lunch we headed to another hilltop town: Ghizzano. It’s an extremely tiny town and we were there to do a wine tasting at Tenuta di Ghizzano. Our hotel set us up with a private tasting, which included a tour of the original estate. After climbing up numerous flights of stairs, we were led onto the roof, which had 360-degree views of all of Tuscany. It was truly breathtaking and we felt so grateful to experience such a special moment.

We made it back to Borgo Pignano in time to witness one of Tuscany’s golden sunsets. It literally looked like a painting!

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We spent our final day in Tuscany exploring the area on a Vespa! It was a really cool and different way to explore the towns and see the landscape. We scootered all over, stopping in Monteriggioni and Castellina in Chanti before heading back to San Gimignano.

After a long day of exploring, we spent the remainder of the day poolside soaking up our final hours of Tuscany before heading to Florence.

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See the first part of our honeymoon here and stay tuned for Florence!