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!

top image by onefinestay / bottom image by Jessica Comingore

venamour

I've been an admirer of Lisa Hedge's design and art direction work for a long time. I love her aesthetic and the detail in her typography is so beautiful. 

I've been following along with her latest venture, Venamour, a wedding ephemera & stationery studio, and have been loving all of the sneak peeks she's been sharing on Instagram (the studio is set to launch soon). Alice Gao recently photographed her studio for Kinfolk and it was just as inspiring as I imagined.

all images by Alice Gao

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

interior envy

A few spaces that have caught my eye recently...

I can't wait for the day that we have a proper entry like this one. (And windows and floors like that, while I'm at it!)

I love how uncluttered this nightstand is, complete with a little tray beneath it for books and magazines.

Will someone please buy me an amazing tassel throw like that one??

I've been trying to slowly turn our apartment into a tame jungle and just added a new cactus friend to the mix. Now I'm on the hunt for the prettiest pots for them all!

about that break...

It's been awhile - oops! I definitely did not set out to take a two-month break from here, but after some time away I'm anxious to get back at it. How has your 2015 been so far? Mine started off a bit rocky, but things are better now and I'm just counting down the days until spring!

Anyway, what's been going on?

Reading: Simultaneously reading two books - Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Once I finish one of those I'll be reading The Girl on the Train for my book club!

Loving: My recent haircut. It's a little shorter and I've finally been able to get the hang of making waves with my curling iron, using the wrap technique. It's the little things.

Coveting: Anything and everything denim. Like these straight leg jeans. And this chambray shirt. These perfect high-risers. And the jeans I'll be wearing all spring. This is the plan for the next few months.

Needing: WARM WEATHER! Seriously, though - you West-coasters don't know how good you have it! Our trip to California in April cannot come soon enough. We're going on a family vacation to Yosemite (my first time!) and then spending a night in Palm Springs (which I cannot.wait.for). Send any recs!

Working: On lots of fun little freelance projects!

Finishing: My weaving from Maryanne's workshop that I took back in January. I'm loving the break from all the time I spend staring at a screen and want to turn it into a bigger hobby of mine! Who wants a weaving??