Nantucket Magic.

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Oh Nantucket.

Even though we live a mere 3 hour drive/ ferry ride from this little beauty, Andrew and I had not been in TEN YEARS. I don’t know what we’ve been doing all these weekends the past decade, but it was more likely Netflix binges and yard work than jaunts to Nantucket.  I am SO GLAD we decided to go last week for three nights to celebrate our nine year anniversary.  It is one of the most magical places I have been since Paris. I am not even kidding you. Granted, we had the most perfect weather ever (sunny, dry, breezy and 67 degree days and slightly chillier nights) and we went during the best month (the crazy, busy summers are not so much my thing).  But truly Nantucket has a glow about it. A salty, warm glow that just makes you smile and breathe a little easier.  As my mom said, it’s like a really expensive Disney World for adults. Everything is SO beautiful it almost feels like it can’t be real! Especially the houses. Oh, the houses!!!  Walking along the streets I found myself yelling things at Andrew like “How can all these houses be so cute? How do all these people have so much money? I want to live here forever! Let’s sell everything and open an inn!”  It was heaven. And here are some pictures to prove it.

Win A Bit of the Island Life at Baha Mar Hotel & Casino.

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(image by Slim Aarons)

We are not even five minutes into fall—my favorite time of year—and yet I am already thinking about winter getaways.  When you reside in the tundra that is Boston, you have to think ahead about how to break up the colder months’ long, dreary stay. I’m not a huge fan of long flights; I’m always looking for spots with direct routes and sunny beaches. So I’m delighted that a magnificent, new resort, Baha Mar, is about to open in the very convenient Nassau, Bahamas. Debuting in late spring 2015, Baha Mar offers an amazing location that brings together three established luxury-hotel brands—the SLS LUX, Rosewood, and Grand Hyatt—with the new Baha Mar Hotel & Casino. The focus of this amazing,destination is the true soul of The Bahamas: its authentic people and culture and the unique and meaningful experiences that can be had, all the while surrounded by  stunning, blue waters. So while I could be lounging on the expansive beaches of the Bahamian Riviera and indulging in a massage, my husband, Andrew, might be hitting the links on the insanely beautiful Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course or trying his luck at the Las Vegas–style casino, which happens to be the largest in the Caribbean (100,000 square feet).

The Book Tour!

With about a month until the release of my book, I can finally reveal my book tour stops and dates! I’ll provide more detailed info for each stop as the dates approach but am hoping that you guys will save the date, tell friends and come have a drink with me to celebrate (and buy a book for me to sign!) :)

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The Boston launch will have an Eventbrite link for RSVP’s that I will post as soon as it’s available. We’re in the planning stages and the details are all coming together…

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Blog Favorites: DVF on Life and Wrap Dresses

A lot of fashion posts are timely- with items in style in the moment- and in looking back I see that while I still like a lot of the items I’ve posted over the past seven years, there are only a handful of posts that stand the test of time. Such as this 2011 one about Diane Von Furstenberg and her famous wrap dress. I still adore wrap dresses TO DEATH, and I still wear the first one I ever bought over 8 years ago. There’s something to be said about an item of clothing THAT classic and timeless. But also timeless, are these life tips from Diane- just what I need tore-read today! Thanks for letting me take the week off, new posts resume on Tuesday! :)

On Tuesday night I had the extraordinary pleasure of hearing the one and only (and my personal favorite designer) Diane Von Furstenberg speak at the Harris Center’s Public Forum at Harvard Business School. While the Harris Center Forum is typically a discussion about the fashion industry, body image and the resulting eating disorders it can produce, Diane’s speech was more about female empowerment rather than the shrinking waist sizes of runway models. While at first this bothered me, with eating disorders being a very personal cause for me, once she started speaking about her life and career I was completely enraptured. And empowered. And that sense of empowerment is one of the best ways to begin mitigating the self-mutilating thoughts and behaviors of an eating disorder. I had to share with you the experience of hearing Diane speak in person!

Blog Favorites: On Beauty

This post was one of the most commented on of my career- in fact, it was purchased to run in Ladies Home Journal and is actually in my upcoming book because it was so loved (the rest of the essays- there is one in every chapter- are brand new). So when thinking of favorite posts over the past seven years, this one HAS to be included.

As I stood in the horrific light of the Gap dressing room yesterday trying on several bikinis I had a bit of a meltdown. After spotting one of them on a lithe, tan model in one of my many, many magazines I devour monthly (and being fresh off a sweat inducing yoga class and self-tanned to a decent color) I felt like I was ready for a little bikini try on time. You have to be “ready” to try on bathing suits, not in a “post-cheeseburger-pasty-white-and-pissed-off” mood. Like many women, I struggle fiercely with self-esteem. I’ve been wanting to write about this topic for a very long time, but always feared what people would think (hello-self esteem 101, Erin) and if I could possibly put into words the incredibly complex emotions I feel about the importance placed on beauty these days and my personal relationship with my looks. If I keep waiting for the perfect sentence and the perfect time, I will never write it. So here we are and here I go. No little outfits for you today, just deep thoughts….

I was not a cute adolescent. People who did not know me then like to argue with me on this. Let me assure you I was not. Let me assure you even further still with this assault on your eyeballs:

Me in fifth grade, I believe.