Vince 3/4 Sleeve Cashmere Crew (on sale)
Herban Essentials Eucalyptus Towelettes to beat those winter colds.
Vince 3/4 Sleeve Cashmere Crew (on sale)
Herban Essentials Eucalyptus Towelettes to beat those winter colds.
Classic Yellow Raincoat (that I want in adult size!)
STATE backpack (for every one purchased, one is hand-delivered to an American child in need)
Thomas the the Tank Up and Down Roller Coaster (kids FREAK over this one)
Miss Mouth’s Messy Eater Stain Treater (seriously, life changing and non-toxic)
Cocofloss Mint (truly the best)
If you’re in need of a pillow refresh, I recently came across this Etsy shop: Pillow Time Girls. They carry some of my favorite designers fabrics such as Schumacher, John Robshaw and more.
Introducing the latest and greatest glass water bottle to hit the market. I love the clean + sleek design by Soma.
I absolutely love this Signature Lariat by NYC fine jeweler, Alexandra Philip. The perfect way to spice up a casual look.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve traveled with your kid(s) one time or 50 times, it’s no easy feat. I’ve included some helpful articles and tips below that can hopefully appease any impending anxiety. And on that note, have a great long weekend and Godspeed to those traveling with children!
Some personal favorite travel accessories/hacks:
A friend who has notoriously helped me with my shoe game (thanks, Mer) recently sent me a link to Veja sneakers. I immediately googled and came across a NY Times article titled, “Paris’s Favorite Sneaker Brand (That You Probably Haven’t Heard About)”. Marion Cotillard even named her three favorite brands for French Elle: Chanel, Dior and… Veja. Who knew? Move over, Supergas; there’s a new sneak on the street.
Anytime I hear “two ingredients”, I’m game; especially when it means I can get my toddler to eat eggs. A friend sent me this recipe and it’s been a game changer for our morning routine.
Recipe below: Continue reading
Friday, August 19 | 5-9pm
The Skinny Dip
23 Old South Wharf
Saturday, August 20 | Daytime
Look out for the loaded Sabah 4×4 cruising the beaches
Saturday, August 20 | 5-8pm
The Sabah Cottage
25 Orange Street
Sunday, August 21 | TBD
The last time I was in Nantucket, I was pregnant with Hank (aka a narcolept). I went from the beach chair to the couch to…my bed. This year I plan on taking full advantage of everything Nantucket has to offer. My rebound year. I’m especially looking forward to checking out what’s new on the Island:
And of course, my old faithfuls.
I picked up these fun sunglasses last week by Le Specs. A friend said it best, “they’re the brand you’ve been looking for but maybe haven’t found yet”. Le Specs’ designs are Parisian chic without the steep price tag. They offer both edgy and classic designs and feel incredibly well made (Solange Knowles, Miranda Kerr and Gigi Hadid are fans of the brand). Apparently, they’ve been around since the ’70s…have I been living under a rock?
I’ve been a long time fan of the San Francisco-based company, Shelter Co (see here). This Friday through Monday, they’re offloading hundreds of lounge furniture and soft good items including: brand new pillows and rugs just in from India. For great preview shots, follow along on Instagram.
1251 Connecticut Street SF, CA
Friday: 3pm- 7pm
Sunday: 12pm- 5pm
Monday: 10am- 5pm
I can’t wait to get a hold of the new Eat, Drink, Nap | Bringing the House Home book: a guide on how to transport a slice of the Soho House into your home.
“In the 19 years since the first Soho House opened its doors, we’ve learned a bit about what works,” says founder, Nick Jones. “We know how to make people feel at home, how to cook food they love, how to make a room stylish but welcoming, how to throw a party, get the lighting right, mix a cocktail, design a bedroom and build an art collection. We’ve even learned how to grow our own, down at Babington House.”
They simply get it right every time. As I mentioned in my London guide, a visit to any location is a feast for the eyes.
I really wouldn’t know about having “too much sun” lately as SF experienced the coldest July in years (brrr) however, I’m planning ahead for our fam vacation to Nantucket. After a long day at the beach, Avene Soothing Moisture Mask is my go-to for curing dehydrated skin. The best part? It’s made for those lazy days when you don’t feel like putting in any effort. You can leave the mask on as an overnight moisturizer or wipe it off and rub in the extra residue. An added bonus: it won’t break the bank at $26/ bottle!
I’m all about that robe life + expanding my Hill House Home collection. Right now they’re offering 25% off robes with the code: crownsoldseparately. According to HHH it’s “The perfect robe. We spent months testing terrycloth to bring you the softest version imaginable so you can enjoy every minute of lounging in style.” Made in Italy.
Back from a quick trip to Carmel where we celebrated my Father-in-law’s 60th birthday. Despite the short (and foggy) stay, it felt like a nice getaway from city life. Itinerary and photos below!
Stay: The Hideaway
Lunch: The Bench Restaurant
Happy Hour: Mission Ranch Inn
Post dinner: Rooftop at Vesuvio
It’s been a while since I shared a post on weddings and with only a month left of summer, I can’t help put share these gorgeous wedding photos from St. Barth. We’ve all probably seen this particular wedding via Vogue last summer but I came across a few more never-seen before photos on Pinterest. That dress!
I’ve had a few people ask about my camera recently so thought I’d share since it’s now on SALE. The camera is fairly light and compact which is great for traveling. I’ve been so happy with the picture quality, especially when it comes to photographing kids– my new favorite pastime (see below). I also highly recommend purchasing this Nikon WU-1A Wireless Mobile Adapter. Game changer.
I think I’ve had the same “it’s so hard to find good basics for kids” conversation with just about every mom friend. Either there’s a logo that ruins a tee or the quality is terrible. Enter: primary.com. The founders, who are both veterans of diapers.com, think shopping for kids clothes should be as easy as shopping for kids diapers. And they believe they shouldn’t be expensive. Personally they had me at “t-shirts without sayings” (and super soft pima cotton)…
Hester & Cook has been my go to for tabletop decor during the holidays (isn’t easy clean up paper products every party throwers dream?). Planning ahead for a family Lobster bake and can’t wait to put a few of these items to use!
It’s no secret that I am backgammon obsessed. Place a board and some good company in front of me and I’m set for hours. I recently came across a new company, Nine Fair, a bespoke backgammon company that specializes in handmade and hand-painted boards. There are even some customizable options which would make the perfect wedding gift. And, of course the Nantucket themed boards pull at my heart-strings…
Follow their Instagram account @nine_fair
Ever since I inhaled the Cacio e Pepe (translation: cheese and pepper) at Roscioli I’ve been dreaming of recreating this dish at home. Enter: The Hatchery–a group I can always count on for the best recipes with top-quality ingredients. The best part? Only 5 minutes of prep time. Simple AND delicious.
*Use reserved pasta water if pasta seems dry.
I truly believe you can’t eat a bad meal in Rome. That being said, before leaving I
found the end of the Internet really did my research to come up with the absolute best spots to eat.
Da Armando al Pantheon: My husband Snapchat messaged NYC Chef extraordinaire, Frank Prisinzano while in Rome asking where we should eat (“yo Franky, where should I bring my wife to eat in Rome? Bring your #A-game). Cringe. Frank actually responded with “Armando al Pantheon”. What a guy. Eat here.
Roscioli: Enjoy a long, leisurely lunch here and order the Cacio e Pepe and Carbonara. You will most definitely need a siesta after #carbicide. We absolutely loved our meal and especially loved the 15-month-old next to us who dined on ricotta cheese while sitting in a big wine bucket. No highchairs. Their pizzeria, Antico Forno, has some of the best Roman style pizza. Eat at room temperature.
Ristorante Nino: A very old school restaurant with a mix of chic international and local diners. It’s apparently Tom Cruises’ favorite restaurant, if you’re into that sort of thing. We had a great meal here on our first night.
Ristorante Piperno: located in the Jewish Ghetto, we dined here on our last night in Rome. The setting is beautiful and incredibly romantic (a couple got engaged a few tables away from us!). Order the Palle del Nonno aka Grandpa’s Balls. I was told it was one of those “don’t ask, just do” kind of things. Mouth-watering.
Da Enzo: authentic Roman food (locals considerate to be a secret gem). It’s not in the greatest part of town but it’s simple and unbelievably cheap!
Pizzeria La Montecarlo is a delicious sit down pizzeria with great pasta.
Until next time, Italy! Thanks for following along.
We watched Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover: Rome” before leaving on our trip. While we weren’t overly impressed with the food stops on this particular episode, the biggest take away was Bourdain’s advice to: “Visit Rome slowly. You sit, you stroll, you take it slow and as it comes. You don’t go to see stuff, you let it slip up on you — one piazza, one fountain, one amazing structure at a time.” And, that is exactly what we did. It was the best-case scenario for such a short stay.
Hotel Raphael: This sophisticated, ivy-covered hotel is located in our favorite neighborhood (and less than a 15-minute walk to the Trevi Fountain). Beautiful, quiet and quaint. Artists painting on the streets, old men playing chess outside of charming local coffee shops and beautiful storefronts around every corner. Book far in advance to get the best rates. While breakfast is included, skip it. Breakfast: quite possibly the only thing Europeans don’t do well!
Hotel de Russie: a friend put it perfectly, the hotel is “f*ck off beautiful”. We visited this hotel for a drink in the garden — a green oasis right in the center of Rome and only 5 minutes from the Spanish Steps.
SEE/ DO (besides the obvious choices):
Galleria Borghese: if you only have time to visit one art gallery in Rome, this is it. It’s been referred to as “the queen of all private art collections”. Also, the grounds are spectacular and worth a stroll.
Palazzo Doria Pamphilij: one of those places that popped up on us and totally worth a visit even if you skip the art.
Daniela’s Cooking School: specializing in Roman and Neapolitan dishes.
Every and any church: A hotel guest at Hotel Santa Caterina told us: “if you pass a church, go inside”. The best advice as well as a nice break from the intense July heat.
Next up: Rome eats!
A stop in Vietri sul Mare, famous for its majolica tiles, is obligatory on your journey home. The town is filled to the brim with brightly colored ceramic shops where you can buy one-of-a-kind plates, bowls, mugs, platters, vases, jugs…the list goes on. The majority of Hotel Santa Caterina’s rooms are decorated with ceramics from here (as well as the dinner plates from J.K. Place Capri which I went gaga for). We made out like bandits at Ceramic Artistica Solimene with a new set of plates, serving platters, fruit bowl, pasta bowls and Christmas gifts galore. The prices are out of this world affordable and they will custom design anything you wish. We can’t wait to put them to use and relive our precious time on the Amalfi Coast.
We went back and forth on whether or not we should splurge on a private boat for the day and ultimately popped for it (thanks to a hotel guest who overheard us debating and interjected: “just work extra hard when you get home!”). It ended up being our favorite day in Italy. Worth every penny. Rocco, Captain of Kaipoe and Positano native, pulled up to our beach chairs at Hotel Santa Caterina and off we went. Our first stop was to the port of Capri where we wandered the streets and enjoyed Aperol Spritzes at J.K. Place Capri, a gorgeous hotel not to miss. Rocco then took us swimming to hidden grottos, opting to skip the touristy spots. Our favorite grotto opened into a glowing green pool and through another tiny swimming a hole, a private beach filled with sea glass. Absolutely incredible. We anchored outside of La Fontelina Beach Club where the dingy came and picked us up for our 1pm lunch reservations. The people watching and crisp white wine on the terrace was the epitome of la dolce vita.
Everyone called it before I left…Ravello would be my favorite town on the Amalfi Coast. They were right. The expansive gardens, unbeatable views and quiet streets were a nice reprieve from bustling Amalfi. Only a 20 minute cab ride from our hotel, it was such a fun afternoon into evening adventure.
Of all the hotels on the Amalfi coast, let me tell you why Hotel Santa Caterina is the place to stay. While there are amazing properties in Positano and Ravello, Hotel Santa Caterina the only luxe hotel with direct sea access. Meaning you can walk out of your room, hop into the glass elevator (holy views) and voila you have arrived at the incredible rock pool/ bathing area. No shuttle rides. No long walks. Even better? If you charter a private boat, the captain literally pulls up to your beach chair. You simply can’t beat that–especially if you’ve consumed too much limoncello the night before and need to clear the cobwebs with an early morning dip in the sea.
The staff is what makes this place so special. While very old-school formal, they have a way about them which makes this hotel the least pretentious place on the planet. Full of amazing characters from Pino: the restaurant the maître d’, always decked in a tuxedo, who affectionately teased me about my pine nut allergy (“Let me guess, Mrs. Halip–a pine nut cappuccino this morning?”) to Juicy: one of the fabulous owners decked in glitter one-pieces and over-sized gold sunglasses (the Italians really have a way of pulling anything off) and last but not least, Bruno: the hotel pianist with a slicked-back ponytail who kept the party going into the late hours (warning: his musical stylings coupled with the insane Mediterranean sunset may cause one to burst into happy tears).
Surrounded by lemon groves, terraced gardens, sophisticated decor and unbeatable views, this family-run hotel has my heart. I never wanted to leave and I can’t wait to return.
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The trek to Amalfi is not for the faint of heart. After planes, trains and winding automobile rides, we were exhausted upon arrival yet, the vibrant scene (Italy had just defeated Spain) and amazing views kept us going. We were also incidentally welcomed with an incredible fireworks show for the Festival of Sant’ Andrea–Amalfi’s largest religious celebration and a sight to see in Piazza Duomo. While Amalfi isn’t the most charming town on the coast (we found it to be a bit touristy), there are plenty of great options to eat, drink and be merry. Full disclosure: we planned our trip to Amalfi based on staying at Hotel Santa Caterina alone– stayed tuned for more on this gem.
EAT/ DRINK (because what else do you do in Italy?!):
Marina Grande Ristorante: the owner splits his time between Amalfi and San Francisco. The views are amazing and the food and wine list is even better. A local favorite.
Da Gemma: The decor, simple and elegant, with ceramic flooring and a terrace overlooking the heart of Amalfi, are some of the features that many have given praise since 1872. Chic people watching.
Ristorante Santa Caterina: The best restaurant in Amalfi. You MUST try the home made ravioli filled with zucchini (courgettes) and fresh buffalo ricotta cheese in lemon cream sauce.
Ristorante Al Mare: A more casual option in Hotel Santa Caterina– you can’t go wrong with a Neapolitan style pizza made in the traditional wood burning oven. Start with a martini on the terrace and take in the heavenly views!
Pasticceria Pansa: Savor la dolce vita while people watching and enjoying Limoncello post dinner at this family-run joint. Oh, and save room for dessert.
Fun fact: the yacht pictured above is the 11th largest yacht in the world. Ahhh, the visions of grandeur.
Next up: Hotel Santa Caterina!
Our time in London was short and sweet (less than 24 hours) so we decided to do the London Eye Champagne Experience — a great way to see the city from above + skip the long lines. Afterwards, we walked to Soho where we met our dear friend at Dean Street Townhouse followed by Soho House 76 Dean Street for drinks. Dean Street Townhouse is predominantly lit by candlelight (the wax decadently drips into the candle holders atop sturdy + beautiful wooden tabletops) and 76 Dean Street is a feast for your eyes (a decor lovers’ paradise). Later on, we dined at Yauatcha Restaurant— Michelin stared dim sum that did not disappoint. Finally, we ended our night at Berners Tavern, the restaurant/ bar in our hotel, The London EDITION (highly recommend).
Home from a wonderful trip to the UK and Italy. I’ll be sharing my guides to each city and town we visited over the next week or so. First stop on the itinerary: Surrey– where we celebrated a magical wedding of two great friends. Surrey is located about an hour from London in the south east side of England. Known for its beautiful gardens, road biking, hikes and quaint local pubs, we had ourselves a grand old-time. We rented a house originally built in 1901 located in Holmbury St. Mary and watched our friends say “I do” at All Saints’ Church (foundations were laid in the 12th century!). I’m very sad to report that this British Accent Spray carried by the Father of the bride did not work its magic. Gutted.
The time has finally come…Europe awaits! Follow along on my adventures @cometococo.
I’ve had reading commitment issues lately however, I am excited to actually finish a book–cover-to-cover– on my upcoming vacation sans baby. Below is my summer reading wish list (keeping the material very light) thanks to theSkimm:
If you need a smart beach read, this is it. Set in Mallorca, it’s about something crazy that split up a honeymooning couple in the 1940s. Years later, their un-related children try to figure it out.
About the two completely different lives a woman could’ve led, based on who she goes home with one night. It’s like the book version of “Sliding Doors,” minus Gwyneth.
“The Family Stone” if the stone was cold hard cash. When the playboy older brother of a grown fam lands himself in rehab, he puts the group trust fund at risk. Cue his dysfunctional siblings scheming to get it all back. It’s funny and it’s deep. And you’ll hate-love them all.
A story about star-crossed lovers told in flashbacks. You’ll be as hooked as the first time you watched “The Bourne Identity,” and you’ll cry as much as the first time you watched “The Notebook.”
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” meets “Notting Hill.” About an actress making it big and the complicated relationship she has with the guy she met as a teenager. You’ll read it in two days.
Sun-In…oh, how I miss that bright, neon $5 bottle of lemon fresh goodness. So does my bank account. Well, there’s a new product on the market for my fellow blonde/ brondes out there: Klorane Sun Lightening Spray with Chamomile and Honey. It’s suitable for color treated hair, it’s sulfate & paraben free and will gradually lighten your locks (and hopefully help space out your highlight appointments even more during the summer). Hallelujah.
Infuse natural sunny highlights into blond to light-brown hair with the ultimate hair lightener. With its authentic chamomile and honey formula, this spray gradually brightens and lightens hair for a sunny, summery look, without bleaching agents. Easily combed and instantly softened, hair recovers its shine and glow.
My days of
looking orange sun worshipping are long gone. Below are some summer games–that are also aesthetically pleasing– to keep the entire family entertained. Stay tuned for my summer reading (wish) list coming soon!
Who doesn’t romanticize about the English Countryside? Centuries-old villages, vast meadows, formal gardens, sleepy seaside towns–it’s all just so idyllic. We are headed to Ockham, Surrey next week for a friend’s wedding and I’m pretty sure it will be my favorite place on Earth. Until then, I’ll just keep scrolling through Ashley Hick’s IG feed:
K. Jacques…the ultimate summer sandal, handcrafted in France. I love these minimal, skin baring sandals that pull any look together. Some of my favorite styles are now on sale on NET-A-PORTER. Side note: my cousin Cami named them as part of her “10 wardrobe essentials” back in 2014– proof that they never go out of style!
There’s nothing better than jumping into bed after a long day (especially when the terrible two’s strike early #oy). Everyone stresses the importance of developing bedtime routines for your children but why stop there? Some ways to up your nightly routine below. Sweet dreams!
They say you’re supposed to write down three things your grateful for every night before you go to bed. I love this Happy Menocal Journal.
An alternative to boxers and oversized t-shirts #guilty . Sleepwear by Etoile.
I just started taking Baptiste yoga classes. This book offers the perfect bedtime reading material.
Stress Less Organic Body Oil from Follain.
One of my favorite children’s clothing brands, Busy Bees, is hosting their in-store summer sale. Everything is 50-75% off (ages 3 months to 16 years). Details below, for those in the Bay Area:
Wednesday, June 1st
Thursday, June 2nd
Address: 30 B Ross Common | Ross, CA