Monday, April 30, 2018

Book Club Monday

Today's Book Club Monday choice is Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend is this month's Amazon book club choice and a New York Times bestseller.

A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art, and fashion.

Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original. -

This book is going to make a great beach read for the summer!!  For more information or to order this book, click HERE.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Shaved Asparagus with Toasted Hazelnuts and Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

As the weather gets warmer, I start looking for new salad recipes.  Our sponsor, Watson's Catering emailed this recipe last week and I quickly added it to my "must try" list and thought you might like to try it too.  Bon Appetit!!!!

PS Don't forget to book Watson's for all your summer parties and celebrations!!!!!!

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Shaved Asparagus with Toasted Hazelnuts and Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

Servings: 4


12 large asparagus spears, trimmed and peeled

¼ cup manchego cheese, grated plus a piece for shaving

¼ cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

2 lemons, juiced and zest

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste


Combine lemon juice, zest, manchego and parsley in a small mixing bowl and slowly whisk in the olive oil until well blended. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Working with one asparagus spear at a time, use a vegetable peeler to shave spears into long, thin shavings. The tips will snap off as the spears get thinner, add to the bowl. Drizzle vinaigrette over shaved asparagus, toss and coat. After plating garnish each salad with hazelnuts and shaved manchego. Serve and enjoy. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

MOMA for Mother's Day

Who wouldn't want The Moma for Mother's Day?  Our blog contributor,  art curator extraordinaire Emily McElwreath is going to take us on a private tour of the Moma's permanent collection, just in time for Mother's Day.   AND!!!   She has generously offered to lead a post discussion at lunch at the Michelan-starred restaurant The Modern immediately after (lunch will be a la carte, not included in the tour price).  This is truly going to be a once in a lifetime experience!!!  To save your spot for this spectacular day, email,

Emily McElwreath is an independent curator in addition to serving as a partner at Sidel & McElwreath art advisory. Emily has over fifteen years of experience working in the arts where she most recently served as The Director of Communications and Education at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, overseeing the foundation’s educational initiatives while fostering relationships with supporters and partners of The Brant Foundation. Previously, Emily has taught art history, fine art and English in addition to having a background in consulting and sales. Emily holds an MA from Purchase College in Art History with a Concentration in Contemporary Art Criticism and has completed the Art Business Certification Program at Christie’s Education.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Uber Stylish Closets!!!

A couple of years ago, I turned a corner on my closet design.  I had a light fixture in my closet that caught fire.  NIGHTMARE!!!!  So it gave me the excuse I needed to really revamp how I used the space.  I don't have a huge closet.  For the size of my house its weird that the size of the master closets and bath are pretty underwhelming.  But over the years I have definitely  worked with what I have been given.  Back to the closet....My approach for this space was to really merchandise it.  It does not matter how big a closet is or how much storage space you have, if it always looks a mess, you will never be-inspired.  I really want to be inspired by my closet because I am so passionate about the things I choose to put in it.  Sooo I went about merchandising my belongings.  I really tryed to display them so that it was very easy to pick out an outfit and accessory each time I went to get dressed.  I had a small countertop installed and I had hooks installed above it all the way to the top of the ceiling.  I have decorative objects displayed on the countertop and necklaces displayed all up and down the wall.  I have a some beautiful framed watercolor artwwork from my favorite movie Grey Gardens and some vintage Chanel prints.  My handbags are displayed on decorative drapery tie backs.  So after working on this project for well over a year, to get it just so, my mom came to visit and she was surprised how different my closet looked.  All she said to me was "It looks just like a little Boutique".  Honestly I really don't know if she was saying that to be nice but I'll take it and every since the re-do I have a much easier time getting ready!!!!  Oh and I really do love love my closet now...

Here are the shoe cubbies I have (mine are white)...I love the artwork and lattice here. The use of the cake plate to hold perfume is brilliant!!!
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This is so gorgeous.  The bubble light fixture is so pretty and I love how they painted the sides of the drawers hot pink!!!!!
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This is so chic.  Love the rug and the suitcases for storage!!!
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Here is a perfect example of a well merchandised smaller closet.  
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Such a smart idea to use the designer shopping bags for storage.  They look so chic as well.
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Pink Peonies has my favorite closet.  I love how she uses her bags and clothes to decorate the space.
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I love the idea of books in the closet and I have been dying for that gold wing statue.  Beyond perfect placement of her LV box and fancy shoes too!!!!
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Club Monday

I found the funniest book this week that I thought all of you would love.  The title alone caught my attention,  Just When You Are Comfortable In Your Skin, It Starts To Sag: Rewriting The Rules to Midlife. HA!!!  Here is the summary:

With the voice of a close friend, this clever and witty guide from bestselling duo Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile takes women through the new and sometimes challenging midlife phase, with chapters including: 

- Redefining what beauty means after age 40... and that there is beauty after age 40!
- How to care for yourself when you're also caring for growing children and aging parents
- Navigating midlife relationships and dating (did someone say dating apps??)
- Discovering new career paths and new meaning in your life

Whether married, single, widowed, divorced, with children or without, at some point women inevitably ask the question, "What's next for me?" Here, they will find a road map for how to embrace and thrive in this new phase of life. With helpful quizzes, friendly advice, and inspiring quotes from women who have been there, this smart and engaging book gives readers the tools to turn a midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity. As seen on Oprah, Trisha and Amy share their own perspectives and experiences to bring clarity, guidance and support while reassuring readers they're not only on the right track... but that the best years are still to come. -

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Get Your Pearls On!

In memory of former first lady Barbara Bush, we are joining everyone else on the internet #PearlsforBarbara.  Here are some beautiful ways to get your Pearls on.  Barbara Bush was a woman to admire.  She was strong, kind, elegant; a woman to look up to and emulate and she was from RYE!!!!!  Join me tomorrow and celebrate #PearlsforBarbara!!!!


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

My Fair Lady

I finally finally was able to get tickets for the SOLD OUT... My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center for our May theater outing.  We will be going to the 8:00pm show on May 23rd.  The tickets are $130.  The show opens this Thursday night and thus far, the audience has been cheering all the way through the previews.  I am sooooo excited.  I love the story of My Fair Lady.  This HIGHLY ANTICIPATED REVIVAL stars screen and stage actress Lauren Ambrose as the delightful Eliza and the hansome Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins!!!  I cannot wait..I hope you are able to join us. HURRY we have a limited nubmer of tickets!!!!  EMAIL ME to reserve your tickets!!!!

I loved this preview video

And the behind the scenes video:

Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Club Monday

"I get by with a little help from my friends"....this is my motto and this is why I picked this weeks Book Club Monday choice,  Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship.  This title really spoke to me so I decided to share it!!!  Here is the summary:

"Text me when you get home." After joyful nights out together, female friends say this to one another as a way of cementing their love. It's about safety; but more than that, it's about solidarity. 

From Broad City to Big Little Lies to what women say about their own best friends, the stories we're telling about female friendship have changed. What used to be written off as infighting between mean girls or disposable relationships that would be tossed as soon as a guy came along are no longer described like that. Now, we're lifting up our female friendships to the same level as our other important relationships, saying they matter just as much as the bonds we have with our romantic partners, children, parents, or siblings. 

Journalist Kayleen Schaefer relays her journey of modern female friendship: from being a competitive teenager to trying to be one of the guys in the workplace to ultimately awakening to the power of female friendship and the soulmates, girl squads, and chosen families that come with it. 

Schaefer has put together a completely new sociological perspective on the way we see our friends today, one that includes interviews with dozens of other women across the country: historians, creators of the most iconic films and television shows about female friendship (and Galentine's Day!), celebrities, authors, and other experts. The end result is a validation of female friendship that's never existed before. -

To purchase this book, click HERE.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Weekend Real Estate Stalking

How incredibly beautiful is this back country home in Greenwich, Ct??!!!??  I love its stately stature and interior wood details from the reclaimed beams in the kitchen to the decorative moldings and doors and domed ceilings.  The outdoor entertaining space is spectacular!!!  And with a gym like that I would def be motivated to hit it!!!!! For more information on this uber home, contact Julie Burke.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Fashionable Friend Friday

This week's Fashionable Friend Friday is local photographer Holly Bonner.  I have admired Holly's work for years.  She so so talented and I just love the vibe of her photos.  They are simply gorgeous but also have a whimsical element that so many photographers omit from their lens.  I am happy to announce that I am partnering with Holly throughout the rest of the year.  I am going to highlight more of her incredible work, offer you coveted Summer/Beach and Holiday photos sessions AND maybe we can convince Holly to throw in a special or two for our AWESOME readers. I am so excited to share Holly's talents with you!!!!!  Stay tuned!!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Zucchini Egg Cups

OMG!!! This recipe was sent to me and I knew I had to try it.  What a great way to make eggs...It's like a mini quiche but so much better because NO CARBS. I tried them out yesterday and they were really delicious.  I highly recommend added them to your breakfast routine!!!  Bon Appetit!!!

In case you need new muffin pans, THESE are the ones I just purchased!!!


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Cooking spray, for pan
2 zucchini, peeled into strips
1/4 lb. ham, chopped
1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, quartered
8 eggs
1/2 c. heavy cream or Fat Free 1/2 & 1/2
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 c. Pinch red pepper flakes
1 c. shredded cheddar

  1. Preheat oven to 400° and grease a muffin tin with cooking spray. Line the inside and bottom of the muffin tin with zucchini strips, to form a crust. Sprinkle ham and cherry tomatoes inside each crust. 
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, heavy, cream, oregano, and red pepper flakes then season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over ham and tomatoes then top with cheese.  
  3. Bake until eggs are set, 30 minutes. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

La Ligne

Yesterday I heard 3 very impressive ladies speak about their company and their creativity....former Vogue Editors, Meredith Melling and Valerie Macaulay and Molly Howard, the former head of business at Rag and Bone.  Basically these fashionistas believed in the universal, classic, forever chic, appeal of the stripe.  So much so, they founded their company around this belief and thus around the stripe.  Everything they feature on their site has a stripe from everyday essentials, to statement pieces for special occasions.   And I have to say I am a believer.  Check out their site and you too will fall in love with stripes!!!!