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Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Club Monday

This week's Book Club Monday's choice is When Life Gives You LuluLemons, by Lauren Weisberger, the author of The Devil Wears Prada.  I have read the reviews and it seems to be a very quick fun read.  Perfect for the beach or one quiet summer night.  It also takes place in Greenwich, Ct, which is toooo close to home.  Here is the summary:

Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. After leaving Miranda Priestly, she’s been working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

When Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous former supermodel, is arrested for a DUI, her fall from grace is merciless. Her senator-husband leaves her, her Beltway friends disappear, and the tabloids pounce.

In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity. But she quickly learns Greenwich is a world apart and that this comeback needs a team approach.

So it is that Emily, the scorned Karolina, and their mutual friend Miriam, a powerful attorney turned stay-at-home suburban mom, band together to not only navigate the social land mines of suburban Greenwich but win back the hearts of the American public. Along the way, an indispensable ally emerges in one Miranda Priestly. - Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book click, HERE.

image amazon.com

Friday, June 15, 2018

A Summer Weekend Getaway

Who doesn't deserve a weekend away???!!!!  I am bringing to you a very special summer experience collaboration between the Regency New York Hotel and Montauk Yacht Club.  This limited edition New York summer travel package is perfect for families, couples, and all  types of travelers alike.  Experience a stay at both hotels, offering the best of both worlds, the New York experience and the cachet of spending the weekend Out East.  

Here are the deets:

Guests have the option arrive to New York City to spend two nights at the Loews Regency New York Hotel where they can enjoy a classic Gin Martini from Flavor New York partner Brooklyn Gin at The Regency Bar & Grill, before they jet out east via Hampton Jitney to spend two nights at Montauk Yacht Club. The package can also be flipped so that the two nights at Montauk Yacht Club can be booked first. Guest then would head back West to Manhattan to complete their New York experience.

The Martinis and Montauk Package options are:
Martinis and Montauk Classic 
  • Two nights at the Loews Regency New York Hotel
  • Two Drink Vouchers for Brooklyn Gin Martinis at The Regency Bar & Grill
  • Two Round Trip Transfers from NYC to Montauk via Hampton Jitney
  • Two nights at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina
Martinis and Montauk Deluxe 
  • Two nights at the Loews Regency New York Hotel
  • Two Drink Vouches for Brooklyn Gin Martinis at The Regency Bar & Grill
  • Two Round Trip Transfers from NYC to Montauk via Hampton Ambassador
  • Two nights at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina
The Martinis and Montauk package starts at $1,299. Book by August 15, 2018 for travel through August 31, 2018, blackout dates may apply.
For more information about this spectacular mini vacay, click HERE. Bon Weekend!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Rafele Rye

So you never know how your day is going to end!!!!  I left my house at 10am and at 7:45 I was still out and about.  I called my husband and asked him if he wanted to meet me at the new restaurant in Rye, Rafele, the second Neapolitan influenced restaurant of Chopped Champion chef Raffaele Ronca.  I had run into one of the owners, Karen, at Starbucks last week and she recommended some dishes, so I really was dying to try.....First off let me explain, this post is no way sponsored, and I did not go for a Chef's tasting...I just walked in off the street like all the other non bloggers!!! HA!!

OMG!!!  I have to say it was fabulous...I go to restaurants a lot and I definitely know if an Italian restaurant is going to be good by the taste of its Tomato sauce...this one was sooo good...I mean UBER good so I knew we were in for a treat.

But let me start my adventure..so last minute I went on open table and made a reservation for 8:15.  I went in a little early and sure enough I screwed up and booked the NYC restaurant...The Hostess did not bat an eye..she gave us the best 4 top table (I called my daughter and mom to run right downtown to meet us), assuring me that it happens all the time (mind you this was a completely full hot brand new restaurant).  Let me tell you, when you make that type of mistake in other fine restaurants they look like they want to slap you across the face....

We started with the fried artichokes.  YUMMMMM...then Rafele came up to our table because we admired a dish our neighbors were eating..and guess what????  He sent us over a complimentary one....THAT NEVER HAPPENS!!!!  Can you believe it?  I was just so impressed with him just coming over!!

Below is what we ordered and honestly I am telling you, you have to try Rafele Rye.  Make your reservations NOW, this one is going to be packed for a loooonnnngggggggg time.....next week, fingers crossed, I will try to get Rafele Rye to share a recipe with us!!!! For more information or to make a reservation, click HERE  Bon Appeitit.
Meet Rafele:

This was the Broiled White Salmon.  My mom ordered it.  It was today's special so I don't have the description but I can tell you that she loved it so much she wants to go back tomorrow to order it again.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Heavenly Bodies at the MET

The costume institute is the jewel of the Met. This year's exhibit is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination examines fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism . Our resident docent extraordinaire, Emily McElwreath is going to lead us on a tour of this incredible exhibit.  I am especially looking forward to seeing the papal robes in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, some which have never been seen outside the Vatican.  Grab your daughters, friends, family and meet us in the Great Hall on the 23rd. EMAIL me to save your spot.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Garden Walk

Today was a first for me..I went on the Rye Garden Club's Garden Walk.  It was amazing!!!  I have always been into interiors so naturally House Tours are right up my alley.  I love flowers and filling my ceramic pots but the adornment for my outdoors ends there.  I plant a few things each year but I have no talent in the horticultural arena!!!!  Well, I cannot begin to tell you the splendor we witnessed today.  Every home that was showcased had an owner whose passion was landscape design and gardening.  And boy it showed......I am making this event a must do every year.......You have to see for yourself!!!!!

There was a definite uniform for this special day, think cute flats, adorable dresses & tops and fashionable straw hats...

This double arch side garden was breathtaking!!!

Most of the homes had gorgeous stone patios.  Notice the marble dolphin console, dark wicker love seat and the Asian garden stools...perfection!

The Koi ponds sighhhhhh....the most incredible I have ever seen...with fountains too!

How cute are my friends waiting for me to get my photos but this arch really was amazing!!!  Perfect for a photo op.

This was a contained Blueberry Garden!!

 This was the most magnificently impressive vegetable garden, I have ever seen, I swear there were about 5 types of lettuces growing!!!

 There are just no words to how regal this looked in person!

We all loved these garden statues!!

I just fell in love with this look...in person, it was just incredible...

The view was one of the best I have seen in this area..someone commented that from certain angles and with the majestic garden decor she felt like she was in Lake Cuomo!!!

I am in awe of the Purple Balls of Allium.  Everyone could not stop oohhhing and ahhhing!!!!

This porch had the most amazing, largest ferns all around...and you cannot see, but on the console inside were the most gorgeous Wooden asian looking trees flanking each side....Divine!!!!!

This weathered iron chair is just the BEST!!!!

There was just something so perfect about this pool house!!

This sprawling lawn was incredible..I have never seen such a majestic line up of trees!!!  You REALLY needed to see this in person......

And, still, with a lot to be desired, I was able to bring home some beauty of the garden walk with me....a gorgeous ceramic cobalt container garden designed by the "Garden Guru", Kent Russell himself!!!..A least it's a start....

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Band's Visit

Did you watch the Tony's last night...well then you might have seen that The Band's Visit won 10 AWARDS, including Best Musical, Best Actress and Best Actor in a Musical!!!!!  I have to tell you that after the Tony Awards were over last night I was frantically testing (at 12:30 am) to try to get us tickets...And HURRAH!!!!   I just received word from the box office that we have orchestra tickets for Wednesday, September 5th for $130.  Please email to reserve your spot!!

Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at the award-winning musical, The Band’s Visit — “the best reviewed new musical of the season” (The New York Times). It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together.

In The Band’s Visit, Dina, a café owner in an Israeli desert town, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians show up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. As their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, this once sleepy town begins to wake up.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

White Bean Party Dip With Pita

I recently found this White Bean Party Dip recipe on Pinterest.  It is perfect to serve at BBQ's, picnic nights, boat outings, everything on your calendar this summer.  I love that it is an out of the box alternative to hummus, and guac.  You should def try it next time rather than reaching for chips and salsa!!!

image food network

1 can (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil, plus 4 tablespoons
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves
freshly ground black pepper
6 pitas
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Preheat over to 450 degrees
Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, 1/3 olive oil, and parsley in the work bowl of the food processor.  Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Transfer the bean puree to a small bowl.  

Cut each pita in half and then into 8 wedges. Arrange the pita wedges on a large baking sheet.  Pour the remaining oil over the pitas. Toss and spread out the wedges evenly. Sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until toasted.

Serve the pita wedges warm or room temperature next to the bean dip.

adapted from food network

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Outdoor Entertaining

For the past couple of weeks, I have been working with Patdo Light Studio and designer Debra Konner on a patio redesign.  After visiting the Patdo showroom, recently, and seeing all they have to offer, and knowing that I had this project on the books, I decided to bring Mari Lou of Patdo on board. She works with Debbie, a local interior designer, whose projects include impressive properties all along the east and west coast, AND VOILA, our dream team was born.  I love the color turquoise and knew I wanted to use it as one of the focal points for the decor.  I really enjoyed working with Mari Lou and Debbie.  Their expertise really transformed and pulled the space together.  Here are the end results.  I will try to source as many of the pieces below.

On a separate note, I really have to thank the incredible Debbie for all of the vignettes below.  Her vision is fabulous.  She was able to take so many of the things I already own and incorporate a few things she bought and the finished product was simply breathtaking.  I cannot tell you how happy I am that I met Debbie.  We are working on my dining room next...OMG!!!  Stay tuned.  If you are thinking of starting any home decor products, I would consider, EMAILING Debbie right away!!!!!!!

Sooooooo here we gooooooooo......

The black iron lanterns were from HB Home a few years ago. The Foo Dogs and Buddha are Vintage.  The oval chairs were a great find!!!!!!!!  The turquoise pillows are from Home Goods. I bought the garden stools last year but HERE are a similar style.  The soda can holder came from Roberta Roller Rabbit.  I am running there tomrorow to get another!!!

This adorable conversation table and chair set are available here!!!!  The glasses are vintage.  I made the straw CC bag.  The adorable sun hat is from Whole Foods!!  The best bug repellent is from Nantucket Spider!!!!  And, who can not live without all the latest fashion magazines????!?!?!?!?!?

The metal garden stools are from Joss and Main.  The Veuve Cliquot glasses and ice bucket are from ebay and are channeling Aspen's Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro!!!  The Mongolian Fur pillows were from Dovecote in Westport and I use my Le Creuset, on my outdoor burner to cook corn and other sides along my grill.

Oh..the pomegranate tree is from Whole Foods!!! And the turquoise milk glass candy dish is vintage.

The Foo Dogs are from Dovecote in Westport.  My friend Alicia used her lined revere bowls at our book club lunch and she inspired me.  I ordered THESE from Amazon and put clementines in one for the centerpiece.  Here are the dinnerware and bowls.  The turquoise silverware, glasses and all placemats are from Homegoods.  The incredible LED table lights are from Patdo.  I am in LOVE and all the info is in the next few photos!!!!!!

This orange LED battery operated lamp is adorable.   I love this one next to the grill and I also got a pink one for my daughter's nightstand.  It makes a great reading lamp and perfect for a dorm room too.   These lamps come in a bunch of colors....EMAIL Mari Lou for more information and special pricing for NS Lifestyles Readers!!!

Here are my favorite items on the entire Patio.  Everyone needs these cordless battery operated LED lights.  They come in white and stainless.  They are so affordable and are perfect by your grill, on your outdoor dining table, steps, front walk, boat, anywhere where you need a little chic lighting!!!!  EMAIL Mari Lou for more information and your special pricing.  I use 4 on my dining table, 3 here on my grill and a few more scattered throughout my seating area.  They are that FABULOUS!!!!!

I am in LOVE with this European dome light..it is the chicest thing ever!!!!!   I like to move it around my patio all night long because it looks incredible EVERYWHERE!!! Mari Lou can also help with this special item.

Here is another favorite, these LED cordless pendants that I have hung in my trees.  I am so in love that 2 is def not enough.  I have a few more on my wish list.  They come on a long rubber loop that you can just loop around so many places and they stay perfectly in place all day and night long.  Mari Lou just got another shipment of these but HURRY they go fast!!!

Here is a better view of the lights at night!!!

How amazing do the table lights look..I told you they were a must!!!!

Sorry...I love them all so much I had to show you again!!!

And again........

Now time to roast the marshmallows and enjoy with my talented ladies!!!! One last thing, the outdoor poufs are available HERE