TGIF! How is it almost mid January?! Time is flying! I’m super excited for a few upcoming warm weather trips I have planned. I’ll be posting more spring looks on the blog soon so I wanted to share some of my best winter outfits of all time with you (I love that this Zara coat from 4 years ago is still in style!) I also wanted to share that I’ve added a SHOP BY SEASON section to the blog. This makes it easy for you to find outfits categorized by Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall. It’s a great place to browse if you’re in need of a little outfit inspo. Have a wonderful weekend!
If you’re ever in Southampton, I highly recommend taking a moment from your beach day to drive out to this stunning look out point. Talun and I drove past Cooper’s Beach and decided to explore the very edge of town. The road leading to the farthest point was lined with sprawling estates, tall hedges and statuesque wrought iron gates. It was a freezing December day – with the most insane wind chill, but when we found this look out point we knew we had to get out and admire the beauty around us. Talun’s fingers froze off but we were able to capture these photos before my hat blew away! Getting out of the city during the winter is such a treat and much needed. My sister and her boyfriend recently got back from a trip to the cutest farmhouse upstate. I am dying to go now! I mean just look at this fireplace. Swoon!
I dragged Talun to the beach one morning in Montauk so we could catch the beautiful sunrise just outside our hotel. It was 100% worth it. We caught the most gorgeous rainbow colored skies (these photos don’t do them justice!) and then had the entire day to explore. I wore this Burberry trench (also love this trench for under $100) which is warmer than you’d think and is by far one of the best investment pieces I own. I’ve worn it in the fall, winter, spring, AND summer. I threw my baseball cap on and layered with this plaid scarf I picked up last season. Scarves are my favorite way to pull an outfit together and can completely change the look of a coat you’ve worn countless times. Winter can be tricky – we all get tired of wearing the same coat over and over again! Living in NYC, I try to do frequent closet clean outs, invest in classic coats that will last for years, and buy fun scarves and hats to change up my look. There are so many amazing coats on sale right now. This gorgeous cream Ralph Lauren coat just got marked down to $200, I’m coveting this Topshop extra long coat in every color, and this is such a cool military inspired coat.
TGIF! It’s hard to believe that 2017 is just a few days away! 2016 flew by didn’t it? I am so incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences I had this year. My biggest pinch me moment was by far having breakfast with my idol Diane Von Furstenberg inside her NYC apartment. She is a true inspiration. I loved getting a private tour of the Met Museum earlier this summer (you can too – details here), traveling all over the world – everywhere from London to Costa Rica, and partnering with incredible brands like Ralph Lauren, Audi, Aerin Lauder, and Eberjey. I also loved speaking at several conferences this year and meeting/connecting with so many of you in person. I’ll be speaking at the Create Cultivate conference in NYC in May which I’m super excited about! Like I mentioned in my birthday post a few weeks back, this year was full of highlights as well as challenges. 2016 was a very humbling year for me and taught me to always trust my gut, speak up for what I believe in, and stay true to myself. One of the most important things I learned and finally accepted this year, was that there is no such thing as the perfect work/life balance. It’s impossible to achieve. Sometimes work will have to come before friends, sometimes friends will come before work, same thing goes for family, and personal time. Not every aspect of our lives will be in sync and/or get our 100% undivided attention. I think we can all be pretty hard on ourselves for not “doing it all” and it’s important to remember to be kind to yourself (as cheesy as that may sound!) Studies actually show that people who think positive thoughts about their bodies while working out, burn more calories. I personally need to remind myself of this! So here’s to the New Year and being a little bit kinder and more accepting of ourselves. Here’s to remembering to “stop and smell the roses” because life really is short. Don’t overdue it with a million resolutions and don’t fixate on all the things you don’t have/need to achieve this week. Treat yourself to a fun girls trip or even a solo trip (I did this yoga and surf retreat in July!), get a foot massage (I swear by this place in NYC LOL), or take the day off just because (don’t tell your boss I said so ;)) Cheers to 2017 and thank you as always for reading. xx
Road trips are the best – especially when you have a snazzy new 2017 Audi S3 to drive around in. The other week Talun and I had so much fun test driving this gorgeous car and spent 3 days zipping around the Hamptons. We stayed at one of my favorite properties – Gurney’s and popped in and out of charming restaurants in Montauk and Southampton. (I’m adding an AMAZING restaurant called Harvest to my next App update!) I’ve been on my fair share of road trips and wanted to offer a few words of advice/tips/tricks that will help make your next trip a little more enjoyable :) First, you need a good playlist. I am a huge fan of the Odesza, Flume or the Freddy Verano Pandora stations. Those stations have the best mix of “chill house” tunes that are perfect background noise. Second, stay hydrated and keep healthy snacks on hand so you don’t get tempted with junk food along the way. I like to fill up a Swell bottle with lemon water and bring almonds and dried fruit like apricots or figs with me to munch on. I always pack homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (I use olive oil instead of butter) or slices of pumpkin bread in my bag as well. I try to eat as clean/gluten free as possible and it’s sometimes hard to find GF breakfast food/snacks when you’re on the road. Both recipes are linked and take less than 15 minutes to make. Third, have a general itinerary/plan but be open to the unknown and trying new places. Some of my favorite memories have been from discovering local, hidden spots along the way. If you’re in need of travel inspiration – be sure to download my Travel App which is free and has all of the best restaurants, shops, and sights to see in 17 of my favorite cities. I’m really excited to continue updating it this year. A big thank you to Audi for giving me such a fun car to explore in!