A Good Ol’ American Beach Day!

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Who doesn’t love a good, long, hot day at the beach? With the Fourth quickly approaching I thought a little round up of beach-day essentials was in order. Slap on some sunscreen and enjoy….

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1. A starry bikini (this one rocks too).

2. Cheap sunglasses (because if you’re like me, you’ll probably lose them…)

3. A big chambray shirt is the best cover-up (if you need more coverage, this tunic RULES.)

4. An adorable striped beach tote.

5. A little Americana– and sun protection.

6. I love these striped turkish beach towels!

7. Classic folding sling-style beach chairs help you stay cool. These yellow stripe ones are adorable too- and $20!

8. This zinc based sunblock doesn’t have any chemicals but also doesn’t take six hours to rub in.

9. Adorable matches to light your end of the day bonfire.

10. Roll up canvas checker game to stay entertained when the clouds pass over.

11. A paddle ball game to work up a sweat.

12. Nautically influenced rope sandals are SO New England!

13. Bamboo plates and forks made all spangl-y thanks to this Etsy shop.

14. Classic checkered napkins.

15. A cool rope leash for your best bud.

16. I hate beer, but I LOVE this Sam Adams Porch Rocker lemonade-beer mix! If margaritas are more your thing, this skinny mix is the best.

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The Greenbrier

I just got back last night from a little vacation to the historic Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.  I’ve been once before, but even so, when I arrived I couldn’t help but declare “Instagram GOLD!” The amazing Dorothy Draper designed spaces are just so amazing and awesome you can’t help but pull out your phone for a few- or obscene amount- of snaps.  If you missed it over on Instagram here are a few pics from my trip:

The perfect coral walls (for a similar color try Benjamin Moore’s Bird of Paradise or All A Blaze- the same color in my office) and the herringbone floor just about did me in in this room.  The old paintings look so incredible against this bold color!

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THOSE UMBRELLAS!!!

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Drama everywhere in the form of bold florals, bright colors and black and white!

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This chandelier (and ceiling) slay me- the detail work and the coral paint is just perfect with gold.

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I love this room in the lobby bar area.  Only Dorothy can do hunter green and red without it looking like a Christmas nightmare.

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Inspired By: The Marlton Hotel

One of the hottest new hotels in Manhattan right now has to be The Marlton.  I love the style of the hotel which proudly announced that it’s rooms are small but their ideas are big. The blend of modern and traditional is totally my personal style, and I think a lot of inspiration can be gleaned from these spaces.

Small IS the new big after all! :)
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This is reinforcing my choice to do brass in my new bathroom- I was up in the middle of the night questioning my decision but now, not so much.

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Provence in Austin.

I’ve never been to Austin, TX and I’m thinking that I need to go!  My husband has been there many times on business and I think the next time he heads that way he may find his wife sneaking in his suitcase.  One of the many reasons for this would be the incredibly designed restaurants I’ve been noticing in the southern city.  I’m all about delicious food, but it’s best when served amongst a visual feast as well as a literal one. Case in point, LaV. I FREAKING DIE, Y’ALL. DIE. This place is heaven! Designed by McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier (whose portfolio makes me sweat it’s so good) the space is like a modern farmhouse in Provence. I love it.

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Picnic Season

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I have this strange obsession with eating outside. I am happier eating a nondescript burrito on a patio on a warm spring night that I am eating a fancy meal inside. Which makes me a big fan of picnics! I’ve reminded Andrew over and over that nothing is more romantic that a husband who packs a picnic as a surprise after a long week. Even if it’s just to be eaten in your backyard. But men can be dense when it comes to blatant requests for romance, so I will be packing my own picnics this season most likely, which is okay because then I know they’ll be pretty :)  When it comes to packing up a basket there are a few essentials- great wine, real wine glasses (stemless for lawn-balancing), disposable plates for less messy clean up, cheese and crackers and a great blanket!

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