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Getting Some Sun

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Those of us born and bred in New England are typically a hardy breed of people who treat bitching about the weather as our national pastime. I typically hate winter, but deal with it in exchange for our gorgeous falls and summers.  I always end up uttering the “why do I live here” phrase in February/ March but after this brutal, brutal winter I am really pondering that.  We spent five days out in Scottsdale, AZ last week and while sitting at the pool in the dry 80 degree sun I looked at Andrew and said “Maybe we SHOULD move…”  He got all excited because he would move somewhere south or west in a heartbeat as he is FROM the south- but I am a stubborn New Englander and likely would never relocate no matter how much I talk about it.

But man, was it nice to be in the sun.  We stayed at Sanctuary on Camelback and had such a wonderful stay. The grounds are gorgeous, the spa amazing and the food truly fabulous. The rooms need refreshing for sure (I’m available), but what made up for that one little “miss” was the absolutely best staff and service- truly it was Four Seasons level service (maybe even better). We were amazed. Here’s a little peek into our trip via my Instagram.

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The beautiful landscaping.

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The smell of orange blossoms is what heaven must smell like.

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Need A Getaway?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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Me too. Which is why I am finally heading away for a long weekend in Arizona.  But if you live in New England and can’t swing a flight right now how about a weekend away in Maine?  I know, it’s cold in Maine in March, but the cold is SO much better when you embrace it with fires, hot chocolate, wine, long dinners and snuggles!  The Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport has been a long-time EOS sponsor and a place I personally love to visit. Eric and Liz, the NYC transplant innkeepers are the NICEST people and really go out of their way to make your stay special and comfy.

So, for the month of March if you mention EOS when you book you’ll get 20% off your stay!

Need more of a reason for a romantic little getaway? Here are two offers coming up:

March 8th- A relaxing day spa day at The White Barn. - Start this deliciously decadent day with a glass of bubbly Champagne and canapés and then change into your spa robe and slippers as you unwind before your luxurious day ahead. Throughout the day we will be offering massages and reflexology hand treatments, as well as high tea in our living room. Featured partners include B. Kamins, Molton Brown, Airelle and La Bella Donna. Be sure not to miss out on this exclusive event. Must be booked thru English Meadows. 11am to 4pm.
$45pp. Includes two 20 minute treatments,  complimentary samples to take home and a chance to win a Moroccan Oil basket worth $350

March 22nd-  Jacque Torres chocolate tasting and wine pairing – complimentary to guests staying at the inn.

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24 Hours in Newport

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Last weekend Andrew and I spent a night down in gorgeous Newport at Castle Hill Inn to celebrate our anniversary. We lucked out with some glorious weather (mostly) and a fun day of touring the mansions and eating and drinking by the ocean. Some images from our very quick vacation….

The inn’s main house.

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The Harbor Cottages.

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Taking a walk up to dinner and the bikes you can borrow to tour the area.

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The Lawn- where Adirondack chairs and blankets make for a cozy cocktail hour.

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Our beach cottage- the most splendid location right on a private beach! Adorable!

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The view from our porch was spectacular.

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Complete with a cute mini kitchen (and Nespresso machine that we fell in love with). More views.

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Waking up this close to the ocean is heaven.

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Taking a walk up to the lighthouse.

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The shale rocks are so beautiful.

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The mansions- something I haven’t done since I was little and are just amazing!!

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Andrew sizing up Rosecliff.

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I ADORE the architectural details and pink and white stripe awning.

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The Breakers- home to one of the most stunning bathtubs I’ve ever seen. One piece of marble, people.

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This brings me to the topic I am considering making a repeat feature on this blog: Things I Make Him Wear.  I bought Andrew this striped J.Crew shawl collar sweater a few weeks ago and he begrudgingly wore it this weekend because 1) we were in Newport and 2) it was our anniversary celebration and he saw the act of wearing it as “a gift”. He thinks I try to dress him as I would my gay male friends. And he already gets enough attention from his own gender, if you catch my drift. So I try to convince him that he looks very straight and very handsome. In this particular outfit, he said he looked like a sailor. I think the stripes really threw him for a loop. Kind of like the Men’s Cardigan Incident of 2010- which ended in some very nice sweaters being donated to Goodwill and me sulking in a corner.  How many of you have to fight a battle to get your guy to dress “hip”???

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I have gotten him into a slimmer cut dark denim though- these are Rag & Bone (he was HORRIFIED I paid more than $50 for jeans) and his other favorite pair I’ve gotten him are by Bononos (Slim Straight).  They aren’t “tight” but not baggy either.  A perfect slight bootcut that looks dressed up enough when paired with a blazer for dinner out but still looks casual with a sweater. Andrew’s 6’4″ and on the slim side and these fit great, FYI.

As for me, I was ALL about the seaside comfort of white denim, sweaters and Converse.

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Sweater: Vince Jeans: Citizens Bracelet: J.Crew Shoes: Converse Rings: Andrew :)

An Anniversary Getaway.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

This summer has flown by… and not ONCE did I go to the beach. NOT ONCE!!!! That fact depresses me to no end and so I took it upon myself to book a night for my anniversary with Andrew (8 YEARS, OMG) at a place I have always wanted to go- Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. A luxurious inn by the beach is exactly what we need (two nights would be better, but, well…. we have a house to furnish). I seriously cannot wait- their website makes me giddy. It’s New England seaside perfection and just looking at the pictures makes me more relaxed.  Now let’s just pray for sunny skies!

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You can choose stay in the inn on the hill, by the beach or the harbor.

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How LOVELY are the beach cottage interiors??

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A gorgeously nautical inn suite complete with clawfoot tub by the window, of course.

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We’re staying in a harbor cottage at right.  The beach cottages, left, also make me weak in the knees.

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This is what sold me, right here. “The Lawn“, where you can snack, drink and watch the boats in the harbor!

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This will be me and Andrew. Even the boat shoes, which I somehow managed to get him to not only buy, but WEAR too!

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Why yes, I would like a cocktail on the beach, thank you, sir.

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Look at that location!

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Another amazing thing about Castle Hill, that beach below left is called Grace Kelly Beach, because it was her favorite when she would stay here often. Um, yes.

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I also hear the food is spectacular, so we’ve made a reservation to dine there as well.  I hope to also do the Cliff Walk and tour a couple mansions, which I have not done since I was little!  Now that I’m Downton Abbey obsessed, I think I’ll enjoy them even more!

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I CAN’T WAIT!!!

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Books+Wine+Puppies

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

I forgot to tell you guys about the coolest bookstore I got to visit while in North Carolina! Picture this- a rambling, two story shop full of vintage books with a wine and espresso bar inside and BONUS, you can bring your dog?!?!  Is there anything better??? Meet the Battery Park Book Exchange in Asheville.
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I loved the vibe of this place- layered rugs, mismatched vintage furniture and so many nooks to hide in while looking at books and sipping a nice Pinot.

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 I am SO loving that sofa.

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If you prefer espresso to wine, there’s this.  I personally, prefer BOTH.

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I mean. Yeah. This is pretty much everything. My head just exploded.

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And I LOVED their wine glasses with their dog logo!!!

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There’s even an outdoor cafe too for those nice days.

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This visit reminded me of something though… that I need to get a new camera.  While I am a total Instagram addict, I want to be able to take serious pics for the blog with a real camera.  I’m thinking about the Canon Rebel SL1.  Being small and light get a digital SLR is important- my last Nikon felt like carrying around a brick so I never took it anywhere!  Anyone have it? Thoughts??

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