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We’re having the loveliest fall weather this weekend! Yesterday I spent the day out of the city with Kinfield—we went apple picking and then had an incredible dinner at Goshen Green Farm. It was the perfect fall day.

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Watching
If you’re in New York, the Architecture & Design Film Fest (ADFF) is starting this week and runs through Sunday, October 20th. I went last year and had a great time. You can see the full lineup of films here and purchase tickets here. Also, this year I’m excited to be hosting a little giveaway for 2 tickets on my Instagram!

Admiring
The interiors of La Posta Vecchia hotel, located outside of Rome. Kristin’s photos immediately transport you there. This hotel has been on my wishlist and now even more so.

Coveting
I can’t seem to get enough of an all-white/cream look and am on the hunt for some amazing cream sweaters. I love this open sweater, this cardigan and this chunky turtleneck.

Reading
I picked up Where the Crawdads Sing before our trip to Hawaii and have fallen in love with the story. I’m excited to finish it soon, just in time for our own trip down south to New Orleans.

Decorating
Loving this woven chair from Urban Outfitters, which would be a perfect accent piece in any room. Also eyeing a few pieces from Serena & Lily during their Friends & Family sale: these bedside lamps, this woven tray and a cozy throw.

Planning
Last year I searched high & low for a chic menorah and this year I am planning way ahead! This one from Heath Ceramics is my favorite, but I am also loving this silver one, this marble one and this cast iron one (so glad they brought this design back!).

Aloha

We just got back from our trip to Maui and had the best time. The first part of the trip was just Grant and I to celebrate our two year anniversary and then some of his family arrived for some family time. We had a great time—lots of sunshine and relaxation, which was exactly what we needed.

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Flying to Hawaii from the east coast is no joke—we stopped in LA on the way there and Denver on the way back. My necessities for long haul flights: a cozy scarf, the softest sweats, a moisturizing face mask, compression socks and noise cancelling headphones.

This was our second time to Maui together and we focused on relaxing and enjoying plenty of beach time. We checked off most of the popular spots on our last visit, but I included them below in case you are planning your first trip there.

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Stay:

We stayed our first 3 nights in Kaanapali at a hotel and the remainder of the trip in Wailea at a condo. If it’s your first visit to the island, I’d recommend staying in Wailea and exploring from there. There is a gorgeous public beach walk (first photo) that connects all of the hotels and is amazing to walk along during sunset.

If you are looking for a more remote & relaxing type of trip, I recommend staying on the far eastern side of the island near Hana. There are a couple newer hotels there worth checking out.

While you can find vacation rentals on AirBNB, I’d recommend looking on VRBO and Homeaway. We rented one of these villas for the 6 of us and couldn’t recommend it more.

  • Andaz Maui—After having dinner on the property, this hotel jumped to the top of our list for a future visit!

  • Travaasa Hana—Situated in the more remote area of Hana, you’ll experience tons of peace and quiet.

  • Marriott Wailea Beach Resort—We got lots of recommendations to stay here, which is along the Wailea beachfront.

  • Ritz-Carlton Kapalua—We almost stayed here; it’s situated in a really pretty part of the coast and is near Merriman’s restaurant.

  • Fairmont Kea Lani—There’s something about the architecture of this hotel that I just love.

  • Sheraton Black Rock—This is where we stayed, however it was under construction while we were visiting. To be honest, it wasn’t my favorite place and I’d stay elsewhere on our next trip. That being said, it does have access to a nice beach with some great snorkeling around the famous Black Rock.

  • Paia Inn—We briefly stopped in the town of Paia and I wished we had more time to explore. Lots of cute shops to browse and great restaurants. This hotel is relatively new and situated in the heart of town.

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See / Do:

  • Sunrise or sunset at Haleakala—Highly recommend this unique experience to see the sunrise or sunset from the top of a volcano, above the clouds. You can drive yourself or do a guided tour group. The drive up is really cool—it is the world’s highest elevation gain in the shortest distance. You’ll pass through as many ecosystems as if you drove from Mexico to Canada! Pack layers—the temperature can be a difference of 20-30 degrees from the base of the volcano to the top.

  • Snorkel—We rent equipment at Snorkel Bob’s and got recommendations for the best places to snorkel that day.

  • Road to Hana—A fun all-day drive to the eastern side of the island. You can stop along the way and hike to waterfalls, a black sand beach and eat lots of banana bread!

  • Beaches & Hikes—Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and there are so many to explore. We love this guidebook for finding off-the-beaten-path hikes and beaches.

  • Shopping—Definitely check out the town of Paia for boutiques such as Pearl Butik and Imrie.

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Eat:

  • Mama’s Fish House—Popular for a reason! Even locals recommend this spot. Book a reservation around sunset (pictured below).

  • Morimoto—Amazing sushi.

  • Merriman’s—This restaurant is situated on a beautiful point with insane views.

  • Ululuani’s Shave Ice—We stopped here randomly and came back two more times throughout our trip! Highly recommend the Sunset Beach with Coconut Ice Cream!

  • Monkeypod Kitchen—A few locations on the island, we love the one in Wailea.

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Weekend Shopping: Shopbop Fall Sale

Fall is my favorite time to invest in quality pieces for the upcoming seasons and replenish some of my essentials. The Shopbop fall sale is one of my favorites because so many full price pieces are included! I bought a few pieces yesterday that I had been eyeing for awhile. I picked up two pairs of jeans—high rise straight blue jeans and cropped black jeans.

The details: 20% off orders under $500 or 25% off orders over $500 with code: STOCKUP19

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They just extended the sale for 2 more days so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you:

Have a great weekend and happy shopping!

South of France: Provence

We spent the second half of our trip in Provence and stayed at Hotel Crillon Le Brave, which came highly recommended from some friends. If you are looking to splurge or doing a celebratory trip, I can’t recommend this hotel more. We lucked out with a special they were running and booked three nights for the price of two & in an upgraded room and it was absolute heaven. It’s one of those special hotels that has thought of everything and takes the best care of you. Completely worth every penny! I loved all of the design details throughout and was taking a zillion pictures to remember for our future home one day.

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Provence is all about exploring the little towns and enjoying incredible food and wine. One of our favorite villages was Gordes. It is one of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France aka “Most Beautiful Villages of France,” which is an official government seal of approval for a number of villages. It truly is breathtaking and exactly what you picture when you think of a Provencal town.

Gordes is built onto a hilltop and has insane views of the Luberon (see below). We loved walking through the streets and emerging at the end to beautiful vistas. After wandering, we stopped at La Bastide des Gordes, which is a gorgeous hotel in the center of town. We sat outside on their patio overlooking the valley with a couple glasses of rosé and some snacks.

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L’isle-sur-la-sorgue is the spot for antique shopping. The town is full of antique shops and stalls and if you are able to go on a Sunday, there are even more vendors set up along the edge of the town. As a forewarning, prices are a little steep and I had to really search to find the mid-century vintage pieces I was hoping for. I forgot when you’re in Europe, antiques can be super super old! My favorite spot was 50 Cinquante, which was located in a back courtyard and full of mid-century pieces. There was also an amazing vintage clothing shop in the same courtyard (think lots of white eyelet blouses and dresses).

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One thing I wish we had done more of was market shopping. Each town has their own market and they vary which day of the week so I recommend researching ahead of time and planning your visit accordingly. The markets close very promptly at 12 noon and it seemed like we were always arriving at 11am, with not enough time to truly explore and savor it. Next time!

I particularly loved the markets in L’isle-sur-la-sorgue (Sundays), Vaison-la-Romaine (Tuesdays) and Aix-en-Provence (Thursdays).

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Hands down favorite meal of the trip goes to La Bastide de Marie. We booked a reservation here without knowing much about it and could not have been more in love. The property is a hotel, restaurant and vineyard with the most incredible roses and flowers I’ve maybe ever seen. Dinner starts with a drink and apértif in the garden during sunset and eventually you move inside to a rustic dining room overlooking the vineyards. The meal was our first true gastronomic experience and we loved every part of it. We jokingly thought the meal would be outrageously expensive (I forgot to check prices beforehand!) but it ended up being totally reasonable for an outstanding and memorable dining experience. A definite must visit or stay if you are in the area!

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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.