Design Crush

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Have you all heard of Amber Lewis? If not, I suggest you open up your Instagram account and begin following her immediately!

I stumbled upon Amber’s blog a few years back and became and instant fan. Fast forward just a few years and it seems like everywhere you turn, Amber is receiving well-deserved kudos for her interiors. Known for her laid-back, California cool aesthetic, Amber launched an online shoppe about a year ago {her pillow selection is insane}. As you can imagine, the e-store was an overwhelming success {most of the items sold out within hours} and thus when the opportunity came along for a brick and mortar, Amber jumped at the opportunity. Located in Old Town, Calabasas {yes, the land of the Kardashians}, Amber’s store is on the top of my list of reasons to get myself back out to Cali.

Here is just one vignette of a dreamy couch.

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And look at that wall of pillows.

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Amber… thank you for the endless inspiration!

*Image credit: All photos from Amber Interiors

Tuesday Travel

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For the longest time, I thought New York City was the place I was suppose to be. A city where the streets will make you feel brand new and the lights will inspire you {name that song?!}. There is a pulse and energy to New York that always draws me in. As luck would have it, my big plans of relocating to NYC never did work out {life is all about timing}. Lucky for me, New York is a quick and easy weekend getaway from Beantown.

 Stay

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The Marlton Hotel – K and I stayed here over the summer and absolutely fell in-love with this chic hotel nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village. Although the rooms are small {we stayed in a Queen Deluxe}, our bathroom was insane with a big tub complete with Cote Bastide products and plush robes. And the lounge in the lobby is the perfect place to meet friends for a pre-dinner cocktail. I guarantee we will be staying here again.

The High Line Hotel is also on my list of places to stay. The location is ideal and they have an Intelligentsia coffee truck outside. I’m sold!

Do + See

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Whitney – You must visit the Whitney’s new home in the Meatpacking District. Designed by Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, this space is breathtaking and the views of the city well worth the price of admission. Plus, the art collection is insane. I suggest starting on the top floor and working your way down.

The High Line – A park like no other. This nearly 1.5 mile park, built on a long abandoned railway in Chelsea, is a delightful combination of wild, natural foliage, original and restored rails, breath-taking views, benches, and areas to relax. A New York City must!

Eat

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Many of my trips to NYC are planned around where I’m eating. Some favorites include:

ABC Kitchen – My absolute favorite spot in the city. The carrot and avocado salad is a must! Their sister restaurant ABC Cocina is on my list for our next visit.

Craft Bar – Located around the corner from Tom Colicchio’s Craft, Craft Bar is my go-to for a late afternoon bite and cocktail.

Jack’s Wife Freda – If you’re on Instagram, I’m sure you have come across a photo or two of this delightful cafe with two city locations. The poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi cheese is delicious! And be sure to check out their sugar packets. The cutest!

The Butcher’s Daughter – A vegetarian and vegan haven with a yummy juice bar next door. Their patio in the summer is where you want to be!

Clinton Street Baking Company – Blueberry pancakes is all you need to know… Oh and go early!

Dough – In my opinion, the donut has replaced the cupcake craze and Dough has some of the best. You must try the hibiscus.

Maman NYC – The cafe of my dreams. The blue paper coffee cups are just the icing on the cake at this quaint French cafe.

Haven’s Kitchen – Cafe, cooking school, event space. Haven’s Kitchen is not to be missed.

A few places on my list still to try: Russ & Daughters Cafe, Egg Shop, and Cafe Clover.

Let’s hear it for New York! 

Pink

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October. Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We have all been touched by someone with breast cancer. A sister, mother, friend, co-worker. This disease still hits close to home for too many of us. And while we are moving closer and closer to a cure, research is still needed. I’ve skimmed a few articles of late encouraging consumers to “think before they pink” and my response is this. If you like these items, buy them and know that some of the proceeds are going to a worthy cause. I believe is awareness and I believe in doing good. I hope you do too!

Survivor Charm – I love this charm from Stella and Dot and it is a great base to layer many charms to.

Cosmetic case – Tory Burch just has the most beautiful prints and lucky for us she is offering 20% off the purchase of this Kerrington cosmetic case to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® mission to end breast cancer in our lifetime.

St. Frank Pillow – This suzani pillow would be the perfect addition to my pillow collection and with 20% of the proceeds going to support breast cancer treatment for women living in under-resoucred settings, I think I might just take two!

Wear the Ribbon – North Face has created six items that will not only warm us up this fall but support a worthy cause.

Lace Up for a Cure – I mentioned I wanted to run a 5K this fall and these New Balance sneakers may just help me check that off my list.

Found

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I have a confession to make… I think about planning weekend getaways at least once a day. And on Fridays, this obsession is even greater as a weekend is upon us. And so today I thought I’d share my favorite travel guides and this week’s found item, Wildsam Field Guides, which The Wall Street Journal claims are “for the tireless seekers of the authentic.” Guess that’s me!

K and I bought our first Field Guide for our trip to Austin last fall and read it cover to cover {and sadly left in our rental car}. What I love about these guides is not only the design {perfect size to fit in your tote}, but the content includes a mix of prose and personalities, historical tidbits and local interviews. With each page, you feel like you are getting insider advice from a dear friend as these guides tell the true stories of a specific place.

Guides are currently available for Nashville, Austin, Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans and Brooklyn. Word on the street is that a Charleston guide will be released later this fall. Planning a getaway to any of these fine locals, I highly recommend picking one of these up. Not only are they are wonderful resource, but the collection makes a beautiful little vignette on a bookshelf!

And wondering where the name WildSam came from? Go to your bookshelf and refer to Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The world was peopled with wonders.

Enjoy this weekend, dear friends!

Book Club

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Happy first day of October, sweet readers!

With colder evenings upon us, now is the time to find a good read to curl up with along with some warm apple cider. Sounds perfect, right? Well, if you are looking for a book recommendation, I have one for you. I just finished All the Light We Cannot See for book club and let me tell you, it was amazing. I don’t think I have read a more moving novel since Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth. 

This novel tells the story of Marie-Laure LeBlanc,the blind daughter of widowed master locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris and Werner Pfennig, an orphan who comes to age in the town of Zollverein. His passion for science and gift of radio mechanics earns him a place at a training school for the Nazi military elite. The timing is 1940-1944 and each chapter weaves the story of these two characters and their eventual meeting in Saint-Malo, France near the end of the war.

And the writing is superb. Author Anthony Doerr just has a way with words “Time is a slippery thing; lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.” This will be a book you won’t be able to put down as each chapter brings a new level of suspense. I promise!

Next on my night stand… Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me.