5 Things…To Take Note Of

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1. I’m the first to admit I’m such a klutz…thankfully, if I ever drop my iPhone in Pierre’s water bowl again there’s a simple solution to save the day

2. One thing I love more than chocolate: goals. <-This tool is excellent.

3. Call me honey, call me sugar….but please don’t call me pumpkin [spice].

4. Started shopping for holiday apparel… J.Crew Factory has the hook-up: option a (black and blue and gorgeous all over), option b (traditional lumber Jackie gone to a holiday office party), and option c (super simple – to be worn with a fitted ruffly silk blouse)

5. I stumbled upon this awesome travel site...what a fun idea!

5 Things…To Take Note Of

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Cheers to the first full week of October beginning today! After work on Friday, I ventured into the city for a weekend full of F & F (family and friends) time.

When I arrived in the city Friday evening, I spent time with my brother, his girlfriend, and a couple other people. We had a fantastic steak dinner at my brother’s apartment and we spent the remainder of the evening unwinding from the week. I rarely go out on Friday nights because I’m usually exhausted from the week, so having a low-key night at my brother’s place was the perfect compromise.

I was supposed to participate in a run with a group of friends on Saturday (see #1 below), but due to extremely poor weather conditions that run was cancelled. We had to postpone participating until 2016 but at least we didn’t have to run in the rain, cold temps, and wind! Since the run was cancelled, Saturday morning was a continuation of Friday night’s low-key energy. I decided to meet up with one of my friends from junior high/high school and we had brunch at where else but The Smith! (Surprise, surprise? Not at all) I’ll admit- I was extremely tempted by the Salmon Benedict and the Blueberry Waffles that The Smith has ha on their breakfast/lunch menu, but after indulging by eating a heavy steak dinner the night prior I chose to order an omelette. It turned out to be the perfect energy-booster on a cold and dreary day!

Later on I met up with a friend for dinner. I’d never been to the East End Kitchen before, so I was thrilled to try out a new restaurant. I absolutely adored the simple yet sophisticated decor of the restaurant, and the food was just delicious. I’ve already added it to my list of restaurants that I love in NYC! I ended up staying in the city an extra night, and left the city after having a late breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien on Sunday morning.

Sunday was a continuation of a mix of friends and family- the clouds cleared by the time I got to my father’s home, which was perfect timing for our rather new weekly routine of tennis practice. Sadly, despite the fact that the clouds had cleared (for the most part), the wind lingered from the storm so our practice was cut a bit short. Later on I spent time with more family, since a relative was in town from out-of-state – then I headed back out east just in time to welcome a dear friend visiting from Germany.

I’ve said it so many times, to so many people- the autumn out here is by far my favorite time of the year. Besides the beautiful scenery, the energy in town changes completely from hipping-and-hopping to being absolutely cozy. One of my favorite restaurants, Tutto il Giorno, is a perfect example of this. In the summer, it’s very difficult – if not impossible – to drop in for dinner, as there is usually a long wait. The front of the restaurant, where the bar is, is usually bustling with people who are having a drink before dinner or with people who are waiting for their table. Last night though, the girls and I were able to drop in and be seated at one of my favorite intimate corner tables without having to wait. Perfect! The girls and I indulged in pasta (their Paccheri is unbelievable), veggies galore (oh my BRUSSEL SPROUTS!), cheesecake and good conversation (of course). It was the ideal ending to a weekend of being here, there, and everywhere.

5 Things…To Take Note Of

  1. I was so excited to run this (last Saturday), but it was cancelled- now I can’t wait to run it in 2016!
  2. Shopping for gifts for a certain someone and this, this and this from West Elm caught my eye (monogrammable!)
  3. Chelsea boots + a bit of leopard = LOVE
  4. This is pure brilliance.
  5. …and last but not least, if I won the lottery this is how I’d spend a chunk of it

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  1. Autumn means it’s time for duck boots! I’m loving these and these and these (I have a similar pair from last year that I wore at least twice a week!) Not only are they great for rain and snow, but they’re super toasty.
  2. A great rainy day DIY activity…I’ll admit, even though some people go ga-ga for tassels I have never really understood the craze around them. This ottoman is just too darling, though.
  3. I’ve been trying to get friends together for a camping trip, but (shamefully) I’ve never gone camping anyplace other than my own backyard. Thankfully, this article from The Everygirl simplifies the planning process.
  4. Halloween is just over a month away, and I still have no idea what to be…I’ll be looking through this slideshow & brainstorming costumes this weekend!
  5. One of my favorite sites for gifts- Mixbook.com– is currently have a Friends & Family sale for 40% off!

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IMG_7872Is it just me, or did these first two weeks of September fly by? I remember being shocked that August was coming to an end and that September was around the corner- I suppose you could say that the chill in the air brought my attention to the fact that the official beginning of fall is just days away!

Now that the chaos of a very social summer is out of the way, it’s time to buckle down and continue working on my professional and personal goals. What’s on my radar? Reaching more clients & exploring more of the country. On that note, here are some fun reads (particularly if you’re heading on a road trip soon or if you are feeling like you’re in a slump, professionally).

  1. Take some tips from Bethenny Frankel’s success story… it’s time to pitch your own story!
  2. Here’s how to party productively…it’s all about (net)working the floor.
  3.  Whether you’re just having a bad day, or you’re feeling upset by your job here’s a way to turn that frown upside down
  4. A must-read if you plan on hitting the road with your other half
  5. …or if you plan on hitting the road by yourself

Late Summer/Early Fall Reading List

I’ll admit- lately, I’ve definitely been slacking off on reading actual books. Magazines? Check. Newspapers? Check. Online articles? Check. Books? Nada! Is that embarrassing or what? I would have gladly named this post “Summer Reading List” but HELLO- it’s August (third!), so I  think that “Late Summer/Early Fall” is a bit more appropriate.

Anyway- I am so thrilled to be making this list as  I strongly believe that lists are the best way to make sure that things get done. Obviously, creating a Summer Reading List was not too far high up on my list of priorities! So here we go…

1. My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

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2.  Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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3. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

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4. Always Pack a Party Dress by Amanda Brooks

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5. The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake

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6. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

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7. The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg

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8. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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9.  I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich

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10. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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If there are any others that I should add, I’m all ears!

*all images via publishers or Amazon

The French Press Coffeemaker

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It’s my cup of coffee every morning…

There are very few people I know who do not require a jolt of caffeine to wake up in the morning – and for those who don’t require it, I’m relatively sure that you must be some kind of robot! Before doing anything productive, I have a morning ritual of heading to the kitchen to begin brewing coffee with my French Press. I have an aversion to the conventional coffee makers and I’ve only been dreaming of calling myself the proud owner of a sleek Nespresso machine (note to self: add to Christmas list next year) – I swear by my trusty French Press and I am especially proud to say that I’d be able to brew a cup even if New York suffers another hurricane one day.

Although I swear by the French Press I use every single day I’ve been looking for an update. I strongly believe that if you’re going to be seeing and/or using something every day, it should be beautiful! I’ve scoured the internet for some alternatives to the super simple one I currently own which is actually from Ikea… I’m not trying to drop a hint…but the Le Creuset one would definitely go slightly better with my Le Creuset-filled kitchen 🙂

1. Le Creuset French Press (a bit pricey, but oh-so beautiful)

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2. Ovente Flower French Press via All Modern (under $25!)

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3.  La Cafeterie Classic Chrome French Press via Bed Bath & Beyond (under $35)

31221141956328p4. Hario Olive Wood Double Walled Coffee Press via Seattle Coffee Gear (also a bit pricey, but is superior quality with wood and leather accents that are detachable for washing)

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5. Frieling Brushed Stainless Steel French Press via All Modern (also a bit pricey, but it is double-walled for insulation)

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XO

-j.

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We survived Monday! Hooray for that!

It’s been a cloudy couple days here in the Hamptons- such a bummer after we had a stunning weekend with abundant sunshine. My friend flew in from Germany on Friday night and a bunch of the girls and I headed over to Tutto Il Giorno for dinner. For the first time I tried a French martini -I totally recommend it!- instead of my usual Moscow Mule. For dinner, we all went the same route and ordered the Paccheri which is pasta with a neapolitan-style beef ragu. So delicious, even if it was a bit of an indulgence for a summer dinner choice. We ended our night by sharing the cheesecake which is perfect for splitting between people if you don’t want to feel too guilty about ordering it!

On Saturday Pierre the Goldendoodle and I headed over to our favorite beach for a bit. Later on we went over to my friend’s place to have a BBQ – we have a tradition of assembling lots of appetizers (like hummus & carrots, salmon spread & pita chips, etc), BBQ-ing chicken sausage, and making yummy summer-friendly salads. Such a simple meal, and so delicious- it never gets old for our summer dinner get-togethers! After dinner we headed over to our favorite spot to dance the night away.

It was the first true beach weekend we’ve had this summer, so here’s to hoping that there are many more to come and that this cloudy weather disappears quickly.

For now… here are some good reads. Enjoy!

Take Note Of:

  1. Set yourself up for an awesome week- here’s how
  2. Check out these women who are #winning
  3. It’s s’mores season, y’all. Have all the fun, without the flame with this recipe for s’mores dip (how genius! I might have to make this tonight)
  4. Why women will always swoon over the Birkin
  5. Currently #homeenvy-ing over these nautical rooms
  6. This navy stripe skirt is so darling, and oh-so affordable. It’s definitely a must have!

XO

-j.