The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is widely considered New York City’s social event of the summer. For the past 11 years, Manhattan’s elite and champagne enthusiasts alike have donned their summer best and flocked to Liberty State Park to toast the beginning of summer with Veuve Clicquot. I have wanted to attend the Classic for years, and, let me tell you, the thundering horses combined with the abundance of champagne and the splendid fashion set against the dazzling backdrop of the New York City skyline was everything I hoped it would be.
This Sunday we celebrate the 90th Academy Awards, and if you have been following me on Instagram, you know how excited I am! I have made my annual printable Oscar Ballot for you all because I firmly believe that whether you’re having a glamorous party or watching the Awards at home in your sweatpants, recording your predictions always takes the evening to the next level!
My week in London was an absolute blur of museums, English breakfast, cocktail bars, shows and afternoon tea. I was deliriously playing the whole trip back during my 5-hour layover in Reykjavik when I noticed a subtle link between many of my favorite London destinations. It seemed like much of my wonderfully blurry experience was strung together by a soft pink thread. So here they are, five of my favorite London spots that are either drenched in millennial pink from head to toe or interspersed with playful pops of my generation’s defining color.
One of the hardest things about updating our home has been identifying and resisting the super trendy. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think trends are always to be avoided. A trendy throw pillow or lamp can be added and then just as easily (and affordably) swapped out when you change your mind. But when you are talking permanent and expensive, the hyper-trendy is probably not a great investment. Something that has taken me a long time to admit to myself is that I am an absolute sucker for a design trend. When I fall for something, I fall hard, but as soon as I stop liking it, I absolutely hate it.
In 2012(ish) I wanted Industrial EVERYTHING. I had all the exposed Edison bulbs and even the oversized coffee table with the wrought iron wheels. Then one day I woke up and hated everything about my apartment. Now, as a homeowner, I recognize the importance of resisting the hyper-trendy when it comes to permanent updates. When you are attaching something to your home, it shouldn’t be something you will hate in a couple of years or that will look dated by the time you go to sell your home.
My recent obsession is the hexagon tile craze that I am seeing plastered over every design magazine and flooding my Pinterest feed. I am absolutely mad about hexagons! But, I have had a few people caution me that this is a fleeting trend that I should resist during our kitchen and bathroom renovations (more on that later). I am still not convinced that the resurgence of this 1920’s interior style isn’t a timeless classic that is simply enjoying some time in the spotlight. Here are a few of my favorite hexagon tile looks that are giving me all the heart eyes and that I desperately want to incorporate into our home.
Between awesome hotels, like Graduate Charlottesville, rolling out the red carpet for their four-legged guests to companies like BARK curating themed monthly subscription boxes for pups, pet spoiling seems to be en vogue. This trend might have something to do with the fact that Millennials are having kids so much later than previous generations, leading many of us to view our pets as “starter children.” Whatever the cause, I admit that I have been completely sucked in and view our pup Chloe as a part of the family that deserves wrapped gifts under the tree this Christmas. So, here are a few things she has and loves along with a couple adorable things I have my eye on!
Copper Leaf Leather
I have heard countless of my married girlfriends agonizing about what to get their Mother-in-Law this Christmas. For some reason, they seem to be particularly difficult to find the perfect Holiday gift for. Some MIL’s will give you a list of ideas (bless them) but others will simply say- “Oh, please don’t feel like you need to get me anything!” or “Whatever you get me will be lovely” or “Just having you and my son home for the Holidays is more than enough for me!” All those things are lovely but not the least bit helpful! Of course, we Daughters-in-Law want to give the woman (or women) who raised our incredible husband something thoughtful and awesome for Christmas!
I have both a MIL and a Step-Mother-In-Law, and I typically start writing down Holiday gift ideas in my phone’s notepad as early as May. I am lucky that both of them give us wish lists around November but I always like trying to have something thoughtful and “extra” to go along with whatever they asked for/needed.
Below you will find my Mother-in-Law inspired, list of gift ideas that I hope will inspire you as you hunt for the perfect gift this Holiday Season. I like to think this gift guide has a “hosting a cozy weekend in the Hamptons” vibe.