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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Great Outdoors

I cannot believe that Memorial Day Weekend is here..Time to spruce up your outdoor space to get ready for all that summer entertaining!!!  I have been to Home Depot 4 times already looking for plants for my patio pot..I think I am almost there..now onto the rest of the decor.  Here are some photos for inspiration.  I am def going to add an indoor outdoor rug and umbrella this year.  I love all of these pops of color against the neutral sofas. 

I love the black and white against all the natural greens!!
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Such a clever use of all the garden stools!!
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I love the pink and green!!  
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Green and White is my fav.  So crisp and clean!
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This would be my dream set up...I'm drooling over that chandelier!!!
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This reminds me of Charleston!!
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This is another of my favorites..I love the climbing greens on the fence and the other natural elements.  Its really just perfect!!
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Club Monday

Graduation Season is upon us.  Do you want to know what Oprah is giving as graduation gifts this year?  Her book, The Path Made Clear:Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose.  

Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.”
That journey starts right here.
In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us.
Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring readers to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. Renowned figures such as Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay-Z, and Ellen DeGeneres share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.
Paired with over 100 awe-inspiring photographs to help illuminate the wisdom of these messages, The Path Made Clear provides readers with a beautiful resource for achieving a life lived in service of your calling – whatever it may be. - Amazon

I'm def having what Oprah's having!!!! To purchase this book or for more information, click HERE.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fete Home- My New Obsession

Through a couple of chic bloggers, I was introduced to Fete Home.  It is the brain child of the dynamic duo Audrey and Jen who met working at Bunny Williams Home.  They both wanted to fill their home with beautiful things but were on a budget.  Using their connections in the industry they started designing with themselves as their target audience.  Their business is based upon a direct to consumer model (no retailers and no MARK UPS!!!!) with gorgeous pieces ranging from Minimalist to Chinoiserie.  Take a LOOK (there is a 20% off site wide SALE going on now).  I know you will love what you see!!!  Bon Shopping and Bon Weekend!!!

Here are my fist two purchases, the gold vase and the malachite box.  I'm already deciding what I will be ordering next!!!

OMG!!!  These Candlesticks....speechless..

Their table setting items are just incredible!!!!

Meet Audrey and Jen

The pillows are so chic!!!

I am in LOVE with these placemats!!

More pillows...

They also have a line of desk accessories...great grad gifts!!!

Love the idea of an all white table setting!!

I love their linen, flatware and glassware collections too!!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

Earlier today sister-in-law Sally asked me what I would bring as an easy appetizer for a large crowd.  I started going through my recipes and found one that a college friend served at a reunion cocktail party, Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs.  OMG!! This is such a great addition to a party.  I only made it once but I think I am going to bring it back!!  So if you have an upcoming cocktail party, picnic night or just some great friends coming over, promise me you will try this!!!

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Adapted from HGTV.com


1 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
3 large eggs
4 ounces smoked Gouda, diced
2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon thyme, minced
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Place water, butter and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
3. Once the mixture has come to a boil, add flour and quickly stir with a wooden spoon until a ball of dough forms, 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Transfer dough into a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix over medium speed, allowing steam to escape.
5. Once steam disappears, 2 to 4 minutes, begin adding eggs one by one, scraping down sides of bowl for even mixing.
6. Remove mixture from the stand mixer and gently fold in remaining ingredients.

7. Scoop heaping tablespoons of mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, 1 inch apart, and bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Incredible Gray Malin

I have admired photographer, Gray Malin's work for a while now.  I have a cousin, who lives in LA, who is good friends with Gray.  She had been after me for a few years to reach out to him and write a post.  I always felt like he was so popular, why would he talk to me?!  From following Gray's Instagram, I saw that he was going to be in Westport, Ct tonight at the fabulous Serena and Lily.  I messaged him, introduced myself and mentioned our six degrees of separation.  He messaged me right back to come by between 5-7.  Well, I have to say Gray Malin was as dreamy as his photographs!!!!  He was so handsome and personable.  We made a "plan" to meet up,  with my cousin, maybe at Lisa Vanderpump's Pump, which is right across from his office, if and when I get to LA anytime soon!!!!!!!!   Tonight was celebrating Gray's incredible new book, Italy.  His photographs of the Italian coast were always hands down my favorite (and of course his Miami beach photos) so I was dying to get my hands on the book..It does not disappoint.  It also makes a great gift.  If you are not familiar with Gray Malin's work, here are some of my favorite pieces....

Positano Beach and the book cover!

Lake Cuomo.....SWOON!!!!


Faraglioni Beach, Capri

And of course I could not end this post without MIAMI!!!!!!

Lastly here is one of my Bestie Bloggers, Jessica and I tonight in awe of Gray Malin!!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WOW...What A Difference 20 Pounds Makes!!!!!!

I am so excited to announce that the Diet Center of Rye has signed up to be a sponsor of NS Lifestyles.  I am telling you if you want to lose weight...the Diet Center WORKS!!!!!!  I sat down with Judi Finch, the owner of the center and she is GOOD!!!!  The Diet Center is a boutique weight loss center.  Judi, who has been doing this for over 25 years and helped thousands lose weight,  meets with you, one on one, a few times a week to help you lose weight and achieve your goals.  Judi knows her stuff and with her help you will not believe the results!!!!  She comes up with a personalized diet plan that you will be able to stick to.  YES you can go out to dinner, YES you will not be hungry and YES you WILL lose weight!!!  Call Judi today 914-967-9462 for more information and to get your NS Lifestyles special pricing...Her jumpstart program will have you looking great in just a few weeks!!!!

Monday, May 13, 2019


Our sponsor New Leaf Financial has partnered with Lumina Financial Consultants to provide even more extensive services for their clients....Their first is just 2 DAYS AWAY on the 15th in Rye...see the invite below for details!!!

Financial Planning

You’ll get an unbiased, holistic view of your household spending needs today, and long into the future. These help you chart a smooth and rewarding course on your journey.

Investment Management

Our customized approach serves the growing needs of women at every stage of life by implementing sustainable and long-term strategies based on your unique financial profile.

Divorce Financial Planning

We help you manage major life transitions like divorce or the loss of a loved one; giving you the knowledge and confidence to make informed, game-changing decisions.

Women, Wellness and Wealth 

Your hosts:
  • Patti Moores and Hilary Tuohy from Lumina Financial Consultants 
  • Erica Atkins-Pilla from WholeBody Myofascial Release & Massage
  • Janet Muller -  Beyond Yoga Studio - A Path to Wellness- A place for yoga and other wellness initiatives.  Janet Muller, founder, yoga teacher and life coach of the studio, meets clients where they are today and empower them to transform who they will become tomorrow.  
  • Dr Susan Friedman from Back to Health Chiropractic & Wellness - Our purpose is to help people feel and look their absolute best so they can enjoy life to the fullest!!!  We have solutions for handling pain/sports injuries, strategies for healthy living utilizing whole food nutrition and weight loss programs as well as state of the art body contouring aesthetics. 
  • Cecilia Jewel -  LINK necklaces - fine handcrafted jewelry Cecilia Jewel
  • Laura Coash, Certified Senior Distributor, BEMER USA.  BEMER applications boost the blood flow, thus benefiting the body’s cardiac system, regenerative abilities and mental acuity.  Imagine being better tomorrow than you are today…
  • Pilates by Daniela: Personable and private Pilates studio situated in the heart of Port Chester. 

May 15th 6pm - 8pm

Serendipity Labs, 80 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye 10580

Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Bonus Post For Mother's Day --- Home Goods Re-Cap

Surprise!!!!  I am giving you an extra post this week..my Mother's Day gift to you!!!!  My reader's favorite posts are the Home Good's Re-caps.  I went to the Port Chester Home Goods this week and found some great things.  The store is gearing up for outdoor entertaining so that is what I am focusing on today.  I could have literally walked out with everything in this post.....Happy Saturday Shopping!!!!

This outdoor seating set was to die for in person.  I wish I had room for it!!!!!

I bought a pair of these round chairs in turquoise last summer.  They were so hard to find but looked so great.  I was happy to see this orange gem!!!

And Green!!!!

If anyone is looking for an outdoor dining set..this one is incredible.....I love the wood accents..

I am in LOVE with this accent table...I cannot believe I left it there!!!

These buddhas are gorgeous..perfect for a bookcase or on your dining room table!!!

Love these David Hicks looking outdoor accent pillows.

Home Goods always has the BEST coffee table books..there were great fashion ones that MOM would LOVE!

I love the selection of contemporary art!!!

This mirror was too much for me..I fell in love and had to take it home...DON"T WORRY...there is another!!!!

How perfect are these melamine plates.  Very Dorothy Draper and just like the ones Tory Burch home just introduced!!!