Summertime in Newport is pure magic. Sailboats, sunshine, and the sea - it just doesn't get better. We are lucky enough to live just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the gorgeous city by the sea, so the number of times we are asked for our must-dos in that pretty little place is countless. Well, thanks to Erin McGinn's picture perfect images I'll now have all my answers in one sweet spot.
Around March 30th, Andrew and I both channeled our inner Verruca Salt and declared we needed warmth and we needed it now! It sounds dramatic, but if you've ever experienced a spring like the one we are currently having in New England, you would understand the primal need to get to the sun. I just wanted a few days of warmth in a place with a little character before my brain exploded. Ok, now that is a tad dramatic, but it's precisely how I felt. Don't judge.
Spring cocktails are happiness in a glass. There is absolutely nothing like the first sip of a yummy cocktail on the patio after a long winter, and I have just the recipe for such a special occasion. Now, it's important to know, whenever I plan on serving a cocktail I make sure it only has a few ingredients - because who wants to sit in the kitchen mixing all night while your friends are enjoying themselves on your dream cocktail + patio evening? Well this little bubbly sipper is so easy you could do it in your sleep (or after a few perhaps), but they are fun and festive enough to make the evening feel special. Tip: the elderberry maple syrup from Runamok Maple is what really makes this spritzer shine.
Ok, uncle. I need spring. I'm pretty sure I break right around this week every single year. It's like clockwork. At the end of March, I want spring. And I want it now. Very Verruca Salt of me. But I think it's just human nature to start craving life again. I want to see buds on the trees. I want flowers in my garden. I want my allergies to flair (ok, not so much that). I want sunshine on my chest. I want afternoon spent lounging on the patio with the pups. Just the little things, nothing huge.
It never fails. The minute February rolls around I start to crave some serious vitamin D like nobody's business. Yes, even me, the certified snow queen needs an escape to the warm weather in the depths of winter. I just like to remember what it feels like to wear flip flops again, to not have ten layers on at all times and to twirl around in a dress again. It's really the little things.
So here is my dilemma in life; I love things to look beautiful, but I hate being inefficient. For instance, I would love to have an amazing cocktail at every gathering, but I know for a fact I would be miserable trying to make them all evening. So I've learned a few go-tos that seem impressive, but really anyone could knock them out in a few mere minutes before the party begins. These are so easy in fact, they don't even need a recipe.
You know how Oprah always tells you to put things out into the universe so they are attracted back to you? Well universe, I want this house on Nantucket. That doesn't seem to be asking too much, now does it? As I've mentioned before, I love real estate. And dreamy real estate over looking the Atlantic Ocean in my favorite little town of 'Sconset on the sweetest island (that just so happens to be outfitted by all things Nantucket Looms) might be as good as it gets if you ask me. Well, I got to decorate it for Christmas during a shoot for the fabulous ladies at Nantucket Looms (they are my fav) and call it my job, and I thought I would share it with you. Welcome to my (dream) home.
Ok folks, I've been teasing a peek into our little Vermont cabin for an entire year, and it's about time finally live up to my word. It seems like the perfect time, because I'm joining forces with Talbots to encourage people to #sharethemoments this holiday season - and our favorite holiday moments are always the simple ones spent with each other. Bonus if we happen to be in Vermont surrounded by friends or family. So It's time to finally open the big red door to our little sanity saving getaway thanks to these gorgeous images from my new bestie, Meg, at Rodeo & Co (she's honestly amazing).
As much as I love hosting, I realize it has a reputation for being a bit overwhelming. And I so get it. If you are anything like me, you start with a simple idea of gathering a group of friends together - and by the end of the process you have a party planned in your head that would make both Martha and Ina proud (we are on first name basis, obvs). I have a tendency to bite off more than I want to chew, I'll admit it.
I really, truly love the holidays. I've been blessed with years of good memories around this time, and I don't take it for granted. Instead I try to embrace every little moment. And the moments i love most are all about the gatherings (not the gifts). I love the crazy conversations that happen around a dinner table. It's free entertainment, and even better when the table is decked to the nines. So I thought I would share a simple yet statement-worthy table setting I styled up for Nantucket Looms for your holiday decor inspiration. It's a little New England, a lot classic and really easy to whip up. The perfect combination, no?