Thursday, August 29, 2019

Cheers To The Long Weekend!!!

Just because Labor Day weekend is upon us, does not mean that we cannot celebrate.  I stumbled upon this Pineapple Mango Rum Punch recipe on Pinterest from Papernstitch Blog the other day and thought it would be just the thing needed to celebrate the end of summer.   I plan on making a batch and enjoying the next 4 days with lots of family, friends, and fireworks.  Bottoms Up!!!


Ingredients for Pineapple Mango Rum Punch

Makes one cocktail.
  • 3 oz of pineapple coconut juice
  • 3 oz of coconut rum (you can also use light or dark rum here instead)
  • 1 oz of mango juice
  • 1 oz of orange juice
  • splash of grenadine (mainly just for looks)
  • lime slices and/or orange zest for garnish
  • edible flowers for garnish

How to Make Pineapple Mango Rum Punch

1. Combine all juices. Combine all juices (pineapple coconut, mango, and orange) and rum. Then stir.
Tropical rum drinks like this can be used with all kinds of fruit juices.
2. Stir and pour over ice. I like using nugget ice for cocktails because it looks really pretty. Plus, I like chewing ice and this one is the best!
3. Add color. This is an optional step, but I like adding a splash of grenadine for color to rum punch cocktails. The grenadine will fall to the bottom and give the drink a pretty ombre look. It’s not a necessary step, but definitely adds an unexpected pop of color – great for parties.
4. Garnish. To take this cocktail up a notch, add lime, orange zest, and/or edible flowers for garnish. I like using orchids for a drink like this because it makes such a big impact. Did you know that orchids are actually edible? 
To get the orange zest ribbon I just used a peeler to peel a long strip of zest from the orange. Not going to lie, it took a couple of tried to get a long piece that I could then curl, but it’s worth it, IMO.
Note for making larger batches: If making a rum punch in a large batch, rather than a single drink, treat the ounce numbers above as parts instead. So, for example, if you’re making a large batch of pineapple mango rum punch, you’d use 3 parts pineapple coconut juice, 3 parts coconut rum, 1 part mango juice, and 1 part orange juice.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Fall On The Patio

We love using our patio all summer long and want to move from summer to outdoor fall living.  On social media, I have seen people using their patios in the fall in the most clever ways.  From Sunday football parties to horseshoe is some of my inspiration for my own fall patio setting!!!!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Blouses for Fall

With the coolish weather the past couple of days, everyone around me is talking fall.  I am sooo looking forward to the fall this year.  I have a bunch of fun things planned and I'm ready to get this party started!!!!!  Well, actually, not yet....I am really going to sit back and enjoy this long last weekend of summer.  But back to Fall and Fall FASHION>>>>>>>one of my favorite ways to create an instant smash is a great blouse to pair with jeans white (if you plan on wearing yours into fall..mine will be packed away for sunny FLA) or dark denim or black pants.  I have partnered with Nordstrom to bring you some of my fav tops to kick off the fall season, in all different price points (as requested).  Add a great pair of earrings (perhaps one of our amazon finds) a great heel or a pointed flat (if you are like me) and get ready to feel the crisp Indian summer air.  

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Affair Is Back!!!! Season 5

Do you watch the Affair?  I do and I love it. Season 5 began last night.  From the beginning of this show, what I found the most fascinating was the differences in telling the same story from 2 different peoples point of view.  If you are not familiar with the affair, the first half is the week's story from one person's perspective and the second half is the exact story from another character's perspective.  Sooooooo....Back to Season 5.  Which is actually the last season in the much is happening (SPOILER ALERT) 

We no longer have Allyson.
We no longer have Vik.
We really do not know what happened to Cole. Or Louisa for that matter...
We meet an adult Joanne.
We learn that Whitney is getting married.
Helen will have a new love interest, oh and her parents are back...

I read that there is going to be 11 episodes for us to enjoy..I cannot wait!!!  In the meanwhile, here are some pics from the upcoming season!!!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bon Appetit's Ultimate Lobster Rolls

What is summer with out a Lobster Roll...I recently made these Bon Appetit Ultimate Lobster Rolls for a friend's bbq and everyone said they were the BEST they have ever tasted.  FUN TIP:  I actually ended up making minis as an appetizer and cut the rolls in half.  YUMMMM ENJOY!!!!!


  • Kosher salt
  • 3 1 1/4-pound live lobsters
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2–3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 New England–style split-top hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature


Pour water into a large pot to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil and salt generously. Add lobsters, cover, and cook until bright red, 8–10 minutes. Transfer lobsters to a rimmed baking sheet and let cool.

  • Crack lobster shells, pick meat from tail and claws, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix lobster, celery, lemon juice, chives, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper and add more mayonnaise, if desired.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread flat sides of buns with butter. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side; fill with lobster mixture.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Scenes From Southampton

UGGGGGGGHHHHHH This summer has really been a challenge.  Life has thrown us some curve balls and its been really hard to focus.  Yesterday we lost our sweet, beloved pug Rosie.  She was such a sweet girl and kept us so happy for 13years.  We will miss her everyday.  She brought us so much joy!!!

On a happier note, I spent a few days in Southampton, our happy place, with my sister, when she was visiting.  My parents arrived last Saturday night and we are hoping to get out again once before labor day (fingers crossed!!!!).  I had to share some of my favorite photos from this year with you.  I hope they brighten up your day as much as they did mine!!!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Book Club Monday

We are going to lighten up things this week and post a really fun beach read....Carnegie Hill: A Novel is just what we need after 2 weeks of on the edge of your seat thrillers!!!!!  Here is the story:

"Carnegie Hill has got to be one of the most charming, hilarious, and insightful books I've read in ages. When it comes to New York's (often befuddled) elite, Vatner has an eagle eye for detail, and an ear for whip-smart dialogue. This is an assured, heartfelt debut." –Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding and Honestly, We Meant Well
Deception is just another day in the lives of the Upper East Side's elite.
At age thirty-three, Penelope “Pepper” Bradford has no career, no passion and no children. Her intrusive parents still treat her like a child. Moving into the Chelmsford Arms with her fiancĂ© Rick, an up-and-coming financier, and joining the co-op board give her some control over her life―until her parents take a gut dislike to Rick and urge Pepper to call off the wedding. When, the week before the wedding, she glimpses a trail of desperate text messages from Rick’s obsessed female client, Pepper realizes that her parents might be right.
She looks to her older neighbors in the building to help decide whether to stay with Rick, not realizing that their marriages are in crisis, too. Birdie and George’s bond frays after George is forced into retirement at sixty-two. And Francis alienates Carol, his wife of fifty years, and everyone else he knows, after being diagnosed with an inoperable heart condition. To her surprise, Pepper’s best model for love may be a clandestine gay romance between Caleb and Sergei, a black porter and a Russian doorman. -Amazon

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Fall Fashion With Anthropologie

Anthropologie is my go to.  I always seem to find just the right thing there....whether it be a gift, or sweater or decorative home piece.  I definitely do better online than in the store.  I partnered with Anthropologie to bring you some of my favorite looks for fall.....

Leopard is going to be HUGE this season and this dress is so adorable....

I am going to get this graphic tee for my daughter to take to school!!!

I love this entire outfit!!

This style sweater was so popular last fall/winter and always sold out. I am glad to see it's back and I love the light grey color!!!

I was just out to dinner with some friends and they were asking for a jean skirt for fall. I think this is a great option!!!!

I had been looking for an Ikat blouse for so long!!!!

I wore this blouse the other night with white jeans....

Not sure if you are over summer clothes yet, but this cover up is so perfect.....

I really like both colors of this dress!!

This top is an awesome staple....

I am so happy the tie neck blouse is still in....

Just ordered this the black/navy combo

This will be your new go to dress!!!!

A friend of mine had this pink blouse on with white jeans and it was the best outfit ever!!!!!

I love the off the shoulder look!!!!

Another friend had this top on with white shorts and white berks...omg....LOVED!!!!

These are the sandals that my friend had......

I just got them in silver in the Hamptons last week.......if you want them and cannot find your me and I will get them when I go back out next week!!!!!!! They are selling out everywhere!!!!!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Marissa Tomei on Broadway...The Rose Tattoo

Our December show(!!!!), can you believe we are planning for December???!, is going to be The Rose Tattoo with Marisa Tomei.  I LOVE Marisa Tomei...She is so awesome and honestly who can forget Lisa in My Cousin Vinny.  We have a group of tickets on Tuesday, December 3rd, in the orchestra for $110.  EMAIL me to save your spot!!!

This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won’t soon forget.
Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei unleashes a tour de force as Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Sharply directed by Trip Cullman (Significant Other), Williams’s lesser-known gem sizzles with humor and heart one sultry summer off the coast of Louisiana.
Don’t miss Tomei’s quintessential performance—erupting from the depths of despair to the heights of passion in this Tony Award-winning Best Play.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

End of Summer Beach Picnic

It is shocking to me that August is half way over.  I was lucky enough to be able to get together, a lot, this summer with family and good friends.  We spent many beautiful nights at the beach.  Don't let the summer go by without hosting your own beach picnic.  Here are some beautiful settings to get you motivated!