“Family” Meals

12th October 2011

I will always love the hospitality industry, having been raised by parents who owned a restaurant and then working in the industry myself throughout my college years. One of my fondest memories of the business is the family-style meals we ate together as a service team before every shift.

Random House just recently released a book called, Off the Menu, which is a collection of recipes from America’s top chefs, created for their staff meals. Some of the contributors include Dan Barber, Danny Myers, Jose Garces, Andrew Feinberg and John Besh. I can’t wait to read the stories and try the recipes. Guess this is the first thing on my Christmas wish list!

Fall Fashion

5th October 2011

It’s official – fall is here and I’m not ready! My tan is fading and my closet is in dire need of some cold-weather updates. Here are some of the things inspiring me this season…as usual, lots of black…


All Things Emersonmade

Gold Jewelry (bangles, bangles and more bangles via Atlantic-Pacific!)

Red Lipstick and Stripes


Alexa Chung + Chanel

Basics with Bright Heels (and Emersonmade)

Chevron Stripes from Ella Moss

Animal Prints and Fur (NEVER thought I

For those of you shopping for fun, fall fashion pieces, check out Piperlime’s “Girl on a Budget” collection. They have an unbelievable selection of apparel, accessories and shoes (all for under $100)!

Words to Live By

23rd August 2011

My mom always had great quotes (thoughts, statements, mantras, etc.) to share with me when I was growing up. I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I started seeing graphic quotes pop up on Pinterest (yes, I’m obsessed). Here are some of my favorite “words to live by” right now…

Amen, Kate Spade.

Always makes life more fun!

Tough, but true.

I remind myself every day...

Sometimes a plan isn't always the best plan.

I wish more people lived like this.

Be flexible!


Good reminders.

Ugh, so true!

Hello, again!

2nd August 2011

I just got back from a lovely mini-vacation on Nantucket. It was a much needed escape from reality and a great chance to catch up with old friends. For those of you have never visited the island, I have some long-standing recommendations (read my older post here), but I’ve got some new additions below.

Driving on the sand to Great Point - always a must!

12 Degrees East– a great new restaurant in the old Cambridge Street location. The interior and menu got a revamp, but it’s still a great spot to beat crowds and enjoy a cocktail or bite to eat. I highly recommend the flatbread appetizer – I can’t stop thinking about it!

Millie’s – if you’re in Madaket, there is no better place to watch the sunset and have an evening cocktail. Stop by for a Madaket Mystery and the best tuna tacos you’ve ever eaten! If you don’t have a car on-island, take the hourly shuttle from the information booth in town.

Petticoat Row Bakery – a great little spot on Centre street next door to Vanessa Noel shoes. If you see something that looks delicious, buy it immediately. They will run out!

Ventuno – another great new restaurant in the old 21 Federal location (Ventuno is 21 in Italian). The interior has not changed, but the food and atmosphere are more laid-back. The menu is full of small dishes you can share. I loved everything.

Matt Fee Tea

Matt Fee Tea – I’ve been a fan of Something Natural for as long as I’ve been visiting the island, but I only recently started drinking their homemade tea. It’s an herbal blend with an interesting mix of hibiscus, rosehips, mint, sugar and lemon. Sounds strange, but I promise it’s life changing!