Rome + Road Trip to Tuscany

Now that the wedding posts are up, time to move onto the honeymoon!

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Right after our wedding, we went away for a few nights to Santa Barbara and postponed our actual honeymoon until May. This worked perfectly for us — planning a cross-country wedding was such a huge undertaking for us and we wanted to make sure we spent adequate time planning such a big trip.

For our honeymoon, we tossed around so many different places and ultimately decided to go to Italy and spend time in Rome, Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast. We had both done the major cities / tourist thing back in college and wanted this trip to be all about relaxing and spending time together.

We took a redeye from New York to Rome and checked into our hotel, Palazzo Dama. After freshening up from our flight, we had a leisurely breakfast on their patio next to the pool. We didn’t have enough time in Rome to enjoy the pool, but it felt like such a luxury to be at a hotel with a pool in a major city!

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With only 24 hours in Rome, we decided to spend the majority of our time walking around and eating. We started by exploring the area around Villa Borghese, Villa Medici and the surrounding gardens. Our first gelato stop was at the famed Giolitti and it did not disappoint! After our gelato break, we made our way over to Armando Al Pantheon for lunch, which was incredible. I’m glad we were able to make it in before they closed for the hours between lunch and dinner.

After an afternoon nap, we headed over to the neighborhood of Trastevere and just wandered around, taking in all of the beautiful buildings and blooming jasmine. We were supposed to have dinner at Roscioli Salumeria (which I’ve heard is amazing), but after a mix-up with our reservation, they wouldn’t seat us. To say I was incredibly disappointed is an understatement and after a few tears, we ended up at a random restaurant.

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The next morning we picked up our rental car and headed off on a day long road trip to Tuscany. So many people told us to take the train and not drive, but because we knew we’d be training later from Florence > Naples, we wanted to do the drive. Plus we both love a good road trip. Conde Nast Traveler had coincidentally just published a piece all about driving from Florence to Rome, which we used to help plan our stops. As expected, we ended up LOVING the drive and it was one of our favorite days. It was so much fun to be able to stop anywhere we wanted and truly explore the countryside.

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Our first stop outside of Rome was in the town of Orvieto to see its famed black and white striped Duomo from the 14th century. It completely took our breath away and was so cool to explore. I joked that if I were a Duomo, I would be this one. We had lunch in town at Trattoria dell’ Orso, followed by some gelato of course.

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Continuing on our drive, we meandered through the towns of Chianciano and Montepulciano. As we were driving we saw an incredible villa up on a hill, which turned out to be a winery called Palazzo Massaini. We decided to stop and had our own private tasting—we were the only people on the property! They let us explore the grounds a bit and then we hopped back in the car.

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We ended up making it to Siena just before sunset and made the hike up to their famed Duomo. This was my first time in Siena and it completely lived up to the hype. We had dinner outside at Enoteca I Terzi and loved sitting under the stars once it got dark.

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Up next: our time in Tuscany at Borgo Pignano!

Hotel Peter & Paul

A few months ago, Hotel Peter & Paul opened in New Orleans and I’ve been dying to stay there ever since. Fortunately for me, we are heading to New Orleans next fall for a friend’s wedding!

The hotel is in an 1860s converted rectory, schoolhouse and convent and was concepted and designed by ASH NYC. They are behind other famed hotels The Dean in Providence and The Siren in Detroit.

Gingham is having a serious moment (although I believe it’s a classic pattern) and I love the unexpected play on scale within the rooms. Every aspect of the hotel has been meticulously thought out — I can’t wait to see all of the details and layers up close.

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So looking forward to our trip next fall! I’ve never been to New Orleans, so please send any recommendations you have for must-see’s and do’s!





Kid & Coe

Last weekend, a group of friends and I packed our bags and headed for the Catskills. We had all been craving a weekend out of the city and ended up finding the perfect house through Kid & Coe. They have amazing houses to rent, aimed at families with children. We didn't have any kids in tow, but I was assured that Kid & Coe celebrates "kids of all ages" and off we went!

We stayed at the Acra Residence, a house owned by a former interiors editor, and it could not have been more perfect. We loved how much space we had—compared to the city, it was great to have so much room to spread out and rooms large enough to comfortably hold us all for meals and late night games.

My favorite room of the house was the Great Room—a two story living and dining room with an upstairs loft bedroom. Every morning we made a huge breakfast and shared it at a large farmhouse table, and every night ended with drinks and games lasting well into the early hours. We had so much fun in this room and so many memories were formed in such a short amount of time.

My second favorite spot of the house was the outdoor space. The house sits on 16 acres of land, including a huge barn and out buildings. I spent the majority of my time reading outside under the pergola, which ran the length of the back of the house. It was covered in grapevines, which created the most beautiful dappled sunlight patterns, especially in the mornings.

It was the perfect weekend getaway and we are already plotting our next trip back during the fall or winter!

Long Weekend Packing

I'm headed out of town for a long weekend and can't wait to relax and spend quality time with our friends. 

1. Cuyana Straw Bag / The perfect tote whether you're headed to the beach or the country.

2. Madewell Chambray Cutout Jumpsuit / This jumpsuit looks so easy to wear and pairs well with flats or dressed up with a little heel.

3. Need Supply Off the Shoulder Top / The shirt of the summer.

4. Clare V Le Grand Depart Towel / No one will question what your plans are with this towel.

5. Carrie Forbes Salon Sandal / I love Carrie Forbes' straw shoes and these are extra-special in navy.

6. Solid & Striped Anne Marie Swimsuit / All of my bathing suits are black or navy so I'm forcing myself to try this striped (albeit still neutral) suit.

7. Warby Parker Tilley Sunglasses / These sunglasses are slightly Celine-esque and I love the grapefruit color for something different.

8. Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy Striped Tee / Another striped t-shirt, because summer.

9. Away Carry-On Suitcase / I recently purchased this suitcase and it has completely transformed my packing abilities. It has an amazing compression system that allows me to overpack and still have room! And it can charge your phone—I can't recommend it enough!

Rivertown Lodge - Hudson

Last weekend Grant and I went on a weekend getaway to Hudson, NY to relax a little before I started my new job. I had been wanting to check out the newly-opened Rivertown Lodge and this was the perfect fall weekend to do so. 

The building itself has a lot of history - it was originally a movie theater in the 1920s (it still has the old marquee sign!) and was later converted to a hotel. The super-talented Brooklyn-based design firm, Workstead, worked on the design of the hotel, filling it with their amazing light fixtures and custom furniture pieces.

Every detail was carefully considered and it really showed. Case in point: they have some of the coolest light switches I've ever encountered. The hotel's lobby is perfect for relaxing and hanging out and because it's located right on Warren Street (the main drag in Hudson), it's only a quick jaunt from lots of restaurants and shops. We loved walking around and coming back inside to warm up and chat with one of the owners, Ray.

A few things you can't miss:

Gaskins - While this restaurant isn't technically in Hudson, it's only a quick 15 minute drive and I promise it will be an amazing meal.

Flowerkraut - Right across from the Rivertown, this cute shop is both a floral studio and boutique with lots of amazing finds.

2 Note Hudson - This local perfumery worked with Rivertown on their shampoo, conditioner and body wash, which is what initially led me to the store. I was surprised by their large array of products, including some natural skincare products (that of course smelled amazing).

Cafe Le Perche - The staff at Rivertown recommended this spot for brunch and it did not disappoint! I recommend making reservations as this is the spot to brunch. 

Hawkins New York - I had to be dragged out of this store before I bought everything in sight! The store is curated with beautifully designed goods, as well as their own in-house line. Come here for their luxurious linen bedding!

A glimpse into what I packed...

Industry Standard jeans / J.Crew loafers (sold out - similar here and here) / Zara sweater (old - similar here and here) / Madewell sunglasses (old - similar here and here) / J.Crew Fair Isle sweater

shelter island

My mom and I booked a last-minute trip to Shelter Island to celebrate my birthday and it could not have been more perfect! It was our first time there and we absolutely loved it. We stayed at The Chequit, which is nicely nestled in the Shelter Island Heights area and is walking distance from shops, restaurants and the harbor. The hotel was recently renovated and every detail was accounted forevery room even comes with a sun hat and a turkish towel!

Shelter Island is only accessible via ferry—either to the North Fork of Long Island or to Sag Harbor. It was a bit overcast one day so we ventured over to Sag Harbor for the afternoon. It's such a picturesque town with great shops to wander through. Back on Shelter Island, we loved going to the beach near the Sunset Beach Hotel, which is another great place to stay or spend some time at. 

STAY:
The Chequit / Sunset Beach Hotel / Rams Head Inn

EAT:
Vine Street Cafe / Marie Eiffel Market / Provisions / Wolffer Kitchen (opening soon!)

SHOP:
Monc XIII / Bloom / Ruby Beets / Sylvester & Co 

weekend getaway

Weekend getaways are, in my opinion, one of the best parts of summer. There are so many great places within a few hours drive from NYC, and upstate New York is quickly becoming one of my favorite destinations. The Hudson Valley is full of unique small towns, each with its own sensibility.

I'm excited to announce that I've teamed up with onefinestay, and am heading to the Hudson Valley this weekend with a group of friends as an early birthday trip! onefinestay is an amazing resource of homes you can rent throughout select cities across the world. They are founded on the idea of handmade hospitality, so each home is well-appointed with everything you could possibly need. 

I can't wait to check into our home for the weekend and explore the surrounding area! I'll be sharing details of our weekend on my instagram, as well as on onefinestay's instagram. Follow along to see what we're up to! 

And what would a weekend getaway be without a packing list?

The key to packing for any weekend getaway is a great bag that can fit all your essentials without breaking your back. The Catalina Weekender by Lo & Sons is my weekend bag of choice (Grant's is the Everlane Weekender)—I especially love the bottom compartment for shoes so they don't dirty the rest of your clothes!

Minimal clothing is needed because you'll be in your bikini most of the time, anyway! I always pack a pair of jean shorts, a few striped tees, an oversized button down and something special—like this chambray romper.

A few accessories are all you need—a sun hatsunglasses and a pair of espadrilles. Of course, a witty beach towel doesn't hurt and a camera to capture all the fun!

In case you're looking for some inspiration, I've made a Pinterest board celebrating the spirit of weekend getaways. And what is a trip without some good music? Check out the Spotify playlist I curated for our trip!

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nyc staycation

This past Friday, Grant and I spontaneously decided to do a staycation here in the city. We had been toying with the idea for awhile, and when The Standard launched their new app, One Night Standard, and had $99/night rooms, we jumped at the chance to make our idea a reality!

We opted for a room at The Standard High Line over their East Village location so we could explore a different part of our city that we don't often get over to. After work, I ran home and quickly packed us a bag and headed to the hotel. Our room was perfect, with views of the High Line and the rest of the city.

We took the opportunity to get a little dressed up and went to dinner at a little Italian spot nearby and then had drinks at the hotel. On Saturday we got up and had brunch at The Standard Grill (order the cinnamon-sugar donuts!) and spent the afternoon wandering around the West Village. The neighborhood was buzzing with the reopening of the Whitney Museum so we stopped by to check that out. 

I highly, highly recommend trying out a staycation - it seriously felt like a true vacation, even though it was just for a night! 

STAY:
The Standard Hotel - High Line

EAT:
The Standard Grill
Piccolo Angolo

SHOP:
Calliope
CAP Beauty