Tropical Getaway: Pack Your Swims, Sunnies & Havaianas



The snap of cold weather has me longing for my recent vacation in St. John.  Was it really just two weeks ago that I lived in swimsuits and flip flops? Now it is 30 degrees and snowing.  Welcome to New England! I'll be rolling out some of my tropical outfits and travel tips this week, in honor of our first snow...


I am already planning my next get away and as luck would have it, it's the perfect time to stock up on all the essentials- swimsuits, sun dresses, most importantly, all on SALE. Here's a peek at my tropical wish list and a few things bound to make it into my luggage for the next trip.


My go to flip flop? Havaianas of course, who have some seriously adorable styles in their current resort collection. Born in 1962, Havaianas spread like wild fire in 2000 across the globe- available in an astounding 60 countries today. You can even create a custom pair on their site....for yourself, or as a gift (or, do both, for those of us that have a one for you/one for me gift policy when shopping for the holidays;). Not sure what to gift? Give'em a gift card to pick out or make their own.  I'll personally be giving the Lucky eye flip flops to some of my Greek in-laws, they are perfection! Along with keeping a pair for myself.


1. Gucci Grosgrain Hat
2. TopShop Dip-Dye Maxi Skirt
3. We are Handsome Swimsuit
4. Givenchy Crocodile Cuff
5. Havaianas Slim Animal
6. Thierry Lasry Sexxxy D Sunglasses
7. TopShop Lace Maxi Dress
9. Shiseido Sunscreen
10. TopShop Ikat Backpack
11. Havaianas Missoni Slim Rachel
12. Missoni Bikini
13. Marni Shopping Tote
14. Crosby Derek Lam Azure Short
15. Havaianas Slim Lucky Eye


This post was sponsored by Havaianas.

How to Build a Better Bar Cart



Your guide to building a bar cart, just in time for the slew of holiday parties you are sure to attend (these items make fabulous host/hostess gifts!) and host.

The sleek, simple design of the libations bar cart from Crate and Barrell is a great base to build upon. Also check out the Beckett bar cart via William Sonoma, available in gold or silver finishes.

Finally, even more of my choices for a timless bar cart, available via my latest selection of Guest Picks via Houzz!

Happy mixing, shaking, and stirring!


1. Livia Bottle, Zara Home

2. Double Walled Boston Shaker, William Sonoma

3. Moose Jigger, William Sonoma

4. Albert Tumbler, Zara Home

5. Libations Bar Cart, Crate and Barrell

6. Lennon Tray, Zara Home

7. Alessi Ice Bucket, Barneys

8. Bamboo Bar Set, William Sonoma

9. The Ultimate Bar Book


Out to Brunch

Above: Koral jeans, Stuart Weitzman boots, Forever 21 T-shirt, BB Dakota blazer via Mint Julep, Longchamp  Balzane c/o 


Is everyone stuffed post Thanksgiving?

I am officially overstuffed, been doing nothing but cooking, dining, and indulging in cocktails. Well, maybe a little shopping too.....

Last weekend, I had the chance to meet up with some lovely bloggers, talk purses, auctions, fashion, and kick back a few more cocktails over my foraged mushroom fritatta (seriously, Mistral has to have the best brunches in the city, I have yet to have anything not stellar there!). I wore this low-key outfit out- my new Stuart Weitzman moto boots, Koral denim via National Jean Co., and the most comfortable, beat up, worn in David Bowie t-shirt ever. Lots of loose layers so I could indulge at brunch, you get the pattern.

It was also the perfect chance to test drive the pretty Longchamp Balzane, in advance of the event I am hosting at Neiman Marcus December 6th (where you will have a chance to win a Longchamp tote of your own, a $600+ value!). The perfect tote for shopping, brunching and walking around the city. C'est magnifique.