Summer In A Bottle

Last summer I spent some time in the Hamptons with a client and she served me a fantastic rose- turns out it was local, from the Hampton’s own Wolffer Estates Vineyard. Since then I’ve been on their e-mail list and when I saw the new release from them, a rose called “Summer in a Bottle” I about flipped. Over the bottle itself! While I’m sure the dry blush wine is delightful, that bottle is insanely great! And I love the name too.  It’s the perfect thing to bring to any summer dinner parties or events.

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It inspired me to design a little tabletop scheme based on this fun, flirty bottle design. A mix of graphic black and white with bold floral melamine plates, acrylic glassware and hints of gold it’s cheery and bold, setting the perfect mood for a patio dinner party. (Hint: when using bold plates or tablecloths always keep your flowers one single color to avoid an overpowering look!)

Now how do I find a way to change Massachusetts law to allow the shipping of booze into our state?

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Fashion Friday: It’s HERE! The Gates Satchel from Gigi New York

When Gigi New York asked me if I had any interest in designing my own handbag I of course replied a quick, very excited “YES!!!” I mean, what girl doesn’t want her own bag design?? I have a couple bags from Gigi and I love them (super durable and well made) so I thought it was the most perfect partnership.  Plus they make their bags in the good ol’ USA ( Long Island, NY to be exact) which is an important distinction to me.  It couldn’t have been an easier, more fun process and I am THRILLED that you can now order your own Gates Satchel starting today (complete with monogram if you wish!)  I seriously want every single color option (obviously- I think that was the point…)

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GAT-TAN-WHT-2 The size and function of the bag was important to me- all I want out of an everyday bag is one that is big enough to hold a lot of stuff but isn’t cumbersome to carry.  I also love straps that are short enough to carry over your forearm but long enough to sneak over your shoulder too.  These are the perfect length for both those and is lightweight yet structured! I’ve been carrying the sample since I got in a couple weeks ago and have even toted my Macbook Pro around inside it.  Here’s a snap of the scale of the bag from my trip to Dallas:

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This was the sketch I sent them of what I wanted the bag to look like.  A pretty darn good execution I’d say!

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I picked all neutral colors for this inaugural collection because I think most women want bags that are staples and can go with anything and anywhere.  My goal was to make it stylish, timeless, fun and with a designer look and lines but without the price tag of the high-end designer bags that inspired it (this retails for $475).   So here are some outfits I put together to show the bags off! I really hope you guys like it!

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dress // bag // jacket (comes in tall & petite!) // earrings // sunglasses // shoes

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top (also LOVE this one) // shorts // bag // shoes // earrings // bracelet

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Target + Safavieh Roundup

Target’s latest line with Safavieh has me yelping “That’s from Target?!” left and right these days. I am dying to nab a bunch of these insanely good items for my new addition (which starts in about a week and a half so get ready for lots of renovation posts!)  Here’s my most favorite picks right now (get ‘em while they last!):

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Met Gala Recap (at your request!)

I honestly didn’t think a Met Gala recap was in order, but after seeing a handful of comments and messages asking about it I had to. To be concise, I thought overall the fashion was pretty bad. And you always have to keep the “theme” in mind for the Met Gala, but after viewing the gowns on display by Charles James, the night’s honoree, I am not quite sure where all the fug came from.

Shall we start with the best? Okay.

The golden, blinding beauty that is Blake and Ryan wins in all the categories. I mean, look at them! Classic old Hollywood style and the glow of love… you can’t compete with that! Their babies are going to be something to behold…

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Also killing it, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. The ruffles could go bad very easily but that insanely sexy side profile (perhaps a smidge too much side-boob, I admit) helps keep it young.  I still think they look fun, beautiful and happy.

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Karlie Kloss looks gorgeous…as always!

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Not a big fan of Andrew’s tux, but Emma Stone looks ravishing in pink and even though I have had it up to HERE with the crop top trend, this I love. Subtle, sexy and young- just like her. And who says red-heads can’t wear pink?

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And we need to address this upfront- Lupita’s first miss. I wish she had worn a dramatic and structured ballgown reminiscent of Charles James- this Prada get-up is so not worthy of her beauty.

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A Man-Approved Meatless Meal

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(a food photographer I am not- plates from Kate Spade)

I have long wanted to add more meat-free meals to my life.  I’ve been cutting out red meat and pork from my diet most of the time (for personal “I love animals” reasons, not for a diet).  However we eat a lot of chicken. SO MUCH CHICKEN. And when I dine out I love to order fish because others cook it so much better than I do. And yes, I know these are also animals but I have less warm fuzzy feelings for chickens and fish then I do for larger mammals. So while I will continue to eat these things, I really want to have some yummy meals I can prepare that do not include any meat at all. There is one problem though…. I have a very hungry husband who likes to eat ALL the animals. Tricky.

So the other night I persuaded him to let me prepare a recipe I saw in last month’s Martha Stewart magazine that happened to be meat-free but I thought looked really filling and delicious- “One Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives”. Holy hell you guys, it was DELICIOUS and guess who loved it? Andrew! (Granted he did say “this would be awesome with some spicy sausage in it…”) But still, he was full and happy with it as is!  I loved it so much I saved the extra and ate it the next day for lunch. And the best part- it’s beyond easy and affordable to make. Just throw everything into the skillet and wait 15 minutes! I’m no chef and I have little free time so meals like these are gold to me!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 12 ounces orecchiette
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 6-inch sprig rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 1 1/2 ounces), plus more for serving
  • 2 cups baby arugula (about 2 ounces)

Combine pasta, chickpeas, olives, tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, oil, pepper flakes, and 5 cups water (** note from Erin- I’d use 4 cups water and add a little at the end if needed to thicken instead- I thought this was too much water) in a large straight-sided skillet. Season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente and liquid is reduced to a sauce that coats pasta, 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat, discard rosemary, and stir in cheese. Add more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin sauce if necessary. Divide pasta and arugula among bowls and serve immediately, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with cheese and pepper flakes.