Gift Guide: For Her

May Lindstrom ‘The Problem Solver’


Veja Sneakers (I am asking for these)

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Small Victories by Julia Turshen Cookbook


Peep’s Paper Products Custom Animal Stationary 


Brush Essentials

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Maya Check Nightshirt


Waterford Ring Holder


Eve Lom Kiss Mix



Kat Burki Micro Firming Wand


Vince 3/4 Sleeve Cashmere Crew (on sale)



Le Monde Beryl Velvet Flats

F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas WSJ Magazine Shoes BerylGHD Professional Hairdryer (“you can absolutely suck at blowdrying your own hair and it’ll still come out soft and manageable with it”- Into the Gloss). OR this new one by Dyson.


Herban Essentials Eucalyptus Towelettes to beat those winter colds.


Classic Kule Shirt


Jasmine & Will Monogrammed Pajama Set

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Hoxton Tote Bag


D. Porthault Travel Trays

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Mark D. Sikes Beautiful Book

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Gift Guide: For Him

Cotton Poplin Pajama Set


Bean Boots, 8″ Thinsulate 

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Buck and Ball The Upland Jacket

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Rhone running shorts

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Sid Mashburn Down Sport Vest

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Topo daypack

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Sabah Shoes


Le Creuset Crepe Pan


Sleepy Jones Socks

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Gift Guide: For the Kids

Little People, Big Dreams: Coco Chanel


Y Glider Deluxe Scooter

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Classic Yellow Raincoat (that I want in adult size!)

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Baby Pillow


Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Crayons


Fold and Go Wooden Barn

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Sorel Snow Boots



Debuci Baby Teddy Bear

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White Cradle for Micro Dolls


STATE backpack (for every one purchased, one is hand-delivered to an American child in need)



Minnow Swim Bathing Suit

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Peppa Pig Train Set

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Thomas the the Tank Up and Down Roller Coaster (kids FREAK over this one)


Frog Umbrella

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Yolke Eye Mask


McEvoy Ranch Travel Hand Lotion

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The Yves Durif Brush


Shinola Playing Cards


Glossier Boy Brow


Beckett & Robb Pocket Square

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SK-II Facial Treatment Masks

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Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick


Barbour Gloves


Rosewater Uplifting Spray


HG Signature Votive Candle


Hot Forged Steel Scissors

Cocofloss Mint (truly the best)

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Gift Guides…coming up!

Readers? Friends? Anyone still out there? I’ve decided to take a [permanent?] hiatus from blogging but couldn’t bear to go a holiday season without posting my gift guides. After all, how would my mom/ husband/Secret Santa know what to buy me??? I kid…


Stayed tuned!


Baby Blankets

…the perfect newborn gift! Some favorites below:

Bella Bliss Applique Blanket


Sofia Cashmere Baby Blanket


Elliefunday Silly Rabbit

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Auggie Baby Blanket

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Traveling with Kids

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!

WSJ: A Parents’ Guide to Packing Light: Baby Gear for an Easier Vacation

Fathom Away: Take That Baby With You | 3 Sleek Essentials for Traveling Parents

MOTHER: Traveling With A Baby or Toddler? Read This.

Goop: Guilt-Free Apps to Keep Kids Entertained


Some personal favorite travel accessories/hacks:



Veja Sneakers

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.



Two Ingredient Pancakes

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.

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Sabah x Nantucket

We’ve been long time fans of The Sabah Dealer (Hank was featured on their Instagram page here) and I was so excited to learn that we’ll be overlapping in ACK.sabah

Island agenda:

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
Stay tuned!

New to Nantucket

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:

Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry


Supta Yoga Nantucket

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And of course, my old faithfuls.




Le Specs

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?

Shelter Co Warehouse Sale

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


A friend recently introduced me to Esi Seilern Aspang, a talented Madrid-based family photographer. I can’t get enough of her beautiful images; the settings are just beyond! If you don’t follow her on IG, you’re missing out.

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Eat, Drink, Nap

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.

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Soothing Moisture Mask

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! AVE-C05139-main

HHH Robes

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.


24 hours: Carmel, CA

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

Dinner: Casanova

Post dinner: Rooftop at Vesuvio


Summer Wedding Inspiration

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!

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Nikon D3300

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.

Z-d3300-beautyA few photos I’ve taken with my Nikon over the past couple of months (I guess it’s easy when your subjects are so cute):

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Brilliant Basics

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: The founders, who are both veterans of, 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)…

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Summer Entertaining: Hester & Cook

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!

Hester & Cook Lobster Paper Placemats


Anchor Place Cards

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kraft paper runnerWhite Chalk Pen

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Nine Fair

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…

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Cacio e Pepe

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.

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  • 1 Olivelle Pasta Rock
  • 6 oz. bucatini pasta
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed, divided
  • 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add Olivelle Pasta Rock, and boil for one minute. Remove the Pasta Rock and add pasta to the water. Stir occasionally, and drain when tender, reserving 3/4 cup pasta water.
  2. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pepper and cook until toasted (about 1 minute).
  3. Add 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add pasta and remaining butter, reducing heat to low. Add Pecorino Romano, stirring with tongs until melted. Removed pan from heat and toss until cheese melts, sauce coats the pasta, and pasta is al dente.* Transfer pasta to warm bowls and serve.

*Use reserved pasta water if pasta seems dry.
*Serves 2.

Travel Guide: Rome (eats)

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.

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Until next time, Italy! Thanks for following along.

Travel Guide: Rome (stay + see)

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.

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Travel Guide: Vietri sul Mare

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.

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Capri by Sea

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.


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Travel Guide: Ravello

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.

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Hotel Santa Caterina

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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Travel Guide: Amalfi

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.


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Next up: Hotel Santa Caterina!

Travel Guide: London

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).

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Travel Guide: Surrey, UK

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.


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Summer Reading List

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:

The Rocks

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.

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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 Nest

“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.


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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.”


I’m Glad About You

“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.


Klorane Sun Lightening Spray

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.

  • Helps lighten blond hair naturally and gives beautiful honey-gold highlights to light-brown hair
  • The lightening is completely natural and controlled without any bleaching agents such as hydrogen peroxide or ammonia
  • Hair is soft, easy to detangle and full of radiance
  • Results can be accelerated by the sun

Summer Games

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!


{Backgammon & Checkers Game}

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6001_handsome_dan_handmade_leather_football_1{Handsome Dan Leather Football}

leblon-beach-bats-pastel-green-frescobol-carioca{Leblon Beach Bats}

26071290_000_a{Yard Dice}

terrain-bocce-ball-set-gear-patrol-full-{Bocce Ball Set}

English countryside perfection

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:

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K. Jacques

23890bad34e784835b5278d094b23787K. 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!

Hesperide Leather Sandals

Gina Leather Sandals

Zenobie Suede Sandals

Buffon Metalic Sandals



Perfect (Adult) Evening Routines

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!

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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.

33633389_901_bAn alternative to boxers and oversized t-shirts #guilty . Sleepwear by Etoile.

J25A9024_compressed_grandeI just started taking Baptiste yoga classes. This book offers the perfect bedtime reading material.


Stress Less Organic Body Oil from Follain.


American Prep


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
8:30am- 6:30pm

Address: 30 B Ross Common | Ross, CA


summer S A L E S

As you gear up for summer vacations, don’t miss Barney’s and Shopbop’s designer sales happening now! kk10-karlie-10bd

Ulla Johnson Shirtdress

Isabel Marant Etoile Coverup Dress

Mother The Stunner Ankle Jeans

K. Jacques Laura Simple Sandal in Pul Natural

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