Friday, May 28, 2010

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

See you on the sound, bitches.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Obession : Coconut Water!


I discovered Coconut Water last weekend in Montauk and I've been on a bender ever since. At first sip I wasn't sure if I even liked it, but by the end of the bottle I was hooked. Zico is definitely my favorite brand, I've also tried Vita Coco and O.N.E (like I said, bender). Aside from being the water alternative for hydration, it also has twice the potassium as a banana. Speaking of hydration, everyone be sure to drink a ton of water this weekend!

I want this...

I think I need this beach cruiser. I live so close to the beach it is pathetic that I don't bike/walk there. I think if I had this beach cruiser with an adorable basket on the front I would bike everywhere - especially if people were taking pictures where I was going - image that entrance. Plus lets be honest, Carey Burden and Julia Allison both have them and dammit I want one too.

Monday, May 24, 2010

MANICure Monday


Reblogged via Refinery29:

"Remember way back when mood rings were cool? Well, we still think they're pretty rad (in a funny nostalgic way), and apparently we're not the only ones. Perfect Formula is reinventing the mood ring, but this time in the form of a fingertip fad—nail polish.The top-secret special formula changes your shade from cool colors to warm bright hues depending on your body heat, which triggers the polish to magically transform. And around here, it's no big secret we're big fans of nail art, so this trend may just become our newest obsession. The collection launches in June, so be patient and don't get moody!"

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Surf Lodge




I just got back from Montauk yesterday. It was exactly what I needed to kick the summer off. I never made it out to Montauk last year, so I had a lot to catch up on, The Surf Lodge being at the top of my list. Last summer I blindly wrote a piece for To27 explaining my thoughts on The Surf Lodge, which as a journalist/blogger (whatever the hell you want to call me) may have been unfair. But as I stepped foot onto the deck to watch the sunset and the first person I saw was a guy loudly talking into his cell phone in a matching zip up track suit and slicked back hair (you know who you are and please go back to South Hampton) I couldn't help but think I had been right all along.

First lets talk about the room rates. $400 a night and you are on the Pond, not the ocean, a pond. And don't fool yourself, its not a lake, its a pond...as in you can clearly see to the other side. Not to pimp out the East Deck, because it has its flaws too, but the rooms there are going for $99 a night now and after Memorial Day are only $199. At the East Deck you are literally on Ditch Plains beach. Granted I didn't have a brightly colored hammock on my balcony, but I could however hear the ocean as I slept - beat that Surf Lodge. And let me say that if The Surf Lodge had a pool and had some sort of afternoon pool party this might be a completely different story.

As you can see from the images above this place is beautifully decorated. Every detail is right on. One day when I own my very own Montauk surf shack I would love it to look just like this. It looks just as it does on the website - completely perfected beachy chic. It really doesn't get any better.

Aside from the ridiculously high room rates for a pond view all other prices there were completely competitive. I did have one little issue with the service - there was an auto gratuity placed placed on a round of drinks I ordered for 4 people. I think at this point everyone is aware that if you are a party of 6 or more you will be auto-grat'd, but if you are auto-grat'ing for a party of 4 that needs to be clearly stated somewhere on the bill, which this wasn't.

So the moral of this story? Heading out to Montauk? Stay at the East Deck. Hang out at the Surf Lodge. And give your tab a close look.

Altec Lansing iPod Speaker


It isn't even June yet and I already can't go anywhere without my Altec Lansing ipod speaker. This thing is lightweight, the sound and clear and loud, and it comes in this easy to carry zip up case. The speaker is battery powered, but hasn't died on me yet and I brought it to Bermuda, Montauk, and every Compo day in between. You can find the Altec Lansing Orbit M Speaker at all Apple stores or online.

Altec Lansing Orbit M Speaker $39.95


iPod speaker generously provided by Altec Lansing

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Charity:Water + TOMS

charity: water + TOMS shoes from charity: water on Vimeo.



Check them out. Buy a pair. I promise they will be the most comfortable shoes you will ever own.

Charity : Water + TOMS

Bermuda?

John Smith's Beach, Bermuda

Many of you have you been asking why I haven't posted a single word about my trip to Bermuda. I'm so happy that I have readers that are comfortable enough to reach out to me and I am always sorry when I disappoint. I figured I would take this time to clear this little misunderstanding up. It isn't that I didn't want to put a full Bermuda recap on here, it is just that I am currently using the content for a freelance article. When you are writing for another publication they really like original content and you can quickly tarnish your rep if they find out you've already posted all the info on your blog. As soon as the article is live I will be sure to let everyone know. A piece of information that I won't be using in my article? The Tiger Market in Bermuda has the best service and pizza you will find on that island.

Tiger Market, Bermuda

PAYDAY Pick

Spring Tide Pants & Widest Leg Pants

Summer is here. This means I will be doing a lot of traveling and a lot of seafood eating, consequently this also means that my clothing budget is close to nonexistent. But really, what's better than being well traveled and well fed? Let me answer that for you. Nothing. So I hope you take my lead and do a little sale shopping this season and make up for it with a little oyster eating. I know I will be. Both of the high waisted trousers above are on sale for only $49.95! I know high waisted is a hard look, but with a great stacked heel and fun blouse you can make it work. Both pair fit great, but I ended up getting the Widest Leg Pants just because I felt like they went with more of what I already own.

Spring Tide Crops $49.95


Widest Leg Pants $49.95

Montauk.

This post deserves a better picture. I will have to dig one up later, but tonight I have to pack.

Just like it hits me every summer some time around May my heart starts to ache for Montauk. There really isn't much I can do about it, it is something that has been ingrained in me since before I can remember. I grew up spending summers out in Montauk with my father and his friends. They were this amazingly cool blend of surfers, models, and photographers all turned bartenders for the summer- unknowingly to me at the time, but looking back by far the coolest people I would ever be hanging out with. At the start of every summer I yearn to go back in time to those days at Ditch. Last week we had a clear day in the 60's and all I kept thinking was "this feels like a Montauk morning", that was the last straw, I had to get out there. Luckily they had a room available at the East Deck for this weekend, so Rob and I are heading out tomorrow morning. Ditch, here we come. If I know Rob we will be hitting the road early enough for me to get my morning coffee at the Ditch Witch. My request for the weekend? That once we get into Montauk we take the Old Montauk Highway route for the hills. You grow up, but some things never change.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

God, I love FourSquare

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Weekend in Review





This weekend kicked off my favorite time of the year; Boating Season! This summer I've taken a consulting contract in Darien placing me just miles away from where Rob docks his boat - I can't even begin to put into words how excited I am by the thought of sunset cruises after work! Summers for me are all about being by the water- It is honestly what makes me happiest in my life. I am so fortunate to have a boyfriend and friends who feel the same way. I really feel that summer is the season where I reconnect with so many of the important people in my life; whether its the time I spend in Nantucket with my girlfriends, nights out on the boat with Rob, or having friends come out from the city for weekends on the sound - those memories are what get me through the rest of the year.

So speaking of those friends who come out from the city, check out Kiira's post on this Sunday's festivities on Eat & Greet.


"This past Sunday was spent as follows: On a boat. I was on a boat. I was on a boat with Arax and Rob. In Rowayton, CT. Oysters happened. As did some Babich Sauvignon Blanc which I had the pleasure of tasting prior at a Cork'd event. And the peaches and the grapefruit and the green, green grass had just reeled me in and begged to be enjoyed seaside. And so that happened too."



To read the full post head over to Eat & Greet.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Spicy & Tasty



Apparently Queens is notorious for having some of the best Asian food in New York. Who knew? Not this girl. I read an article in Time Out New York that said, "Your journey for Asian food should start at Spicy and Tasty", can't argue with that! After about 40 minutes of parking spot negotiations we were seated at a small two top in the middle of the bumpin' Szechuan restaurant. With eyes much bigger than our stomachs we ordered so much food that they actually moved us to a bigger table. What, that doesn't happen when you go out to dinner? Weird.

Below is the list of everything we ordered:

*Sliced Beef in Fresh Hot Pepper
Sesame Cold Noodle
Cucumber in Sesame Oil Sauce
*Fried Spare Ribs with Fresh Garlic
*Beef Trip with Hot Pepper Sauce
Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

All this food and I think the bill came to under $50. Can't beat that. All the (*) are things that I would definitely order again, even though everything was amazing. Spicy & Tasty was more than a great meal, it was an experience. I highly recommend this place if you are willing to make the trip.

Spicy & Tasty
39-07 Prince St

Flushing, Queens

718-359-1601

Subway: 7 to Flushing–Main St



MANICure Monday

John Smith's Beach, Bermuda

To help me cope with the pile of laundry on the ground and my mile long to-do list I've chosen to watch a slide show of my pictures from Bermuda on repeat. Can't do that? This #manicure Monday go with something beachy! Here on my toes is Flirt, which Essie describes as "a sexy hot pink-orange", and I think it's a great way to brighten up your Monday. Oh, if only to have my toes in Bermuda's pink sand and crystal clear water....

Forever Young


I will say more about Bermuda later, but right now I just wanted to post my new anthem...



"So we living life like a video
Where the sun is always out and you never get old
And the champagne is always cold
And the music is always good
And the pretty girls just happen to stop by in the hood"

Thursday, May 6, 2010

PAYDAY Pick


This is gonna be quick. Have to leave for JFK tomorrow at 6 am *luxury problem, not complaining just need to get some sleep*. I love these two necklaces. There's a third color that I don't like as much so I figured why feature it? This Double Torsade Necklace is the perfect addition to a white tee or a great summer cas-lo* dress.

Double Torsade Necklace $28

*Cas-Lo: meaning casual long, currently being used in place of "maxi". The phrase was coined by a Miss Ellen Rowett summer of 2009.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

4 Pieces, 4 Suits



Since my Victoria Secret bikini was sold out I needed to figure something out and quick. Last summer I basically lived in a bathing suit top that I picked up at H&M, so I headed there to see what they had for this summer season. Let me tell you, AMAZING. H&M did something really smart - they rolled out a few different styles and patterns but all in matching color stories. I normally would have just grabbed one suit, but since I was able to mix and match they sold me on another. And seeing that I picked these up from H&M I have no guilt. I got out of there with all 4 pieces for under $50.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bermuda Shorts


Thursday I will be hopping on the $69 Jet Blue special to Bermuda! Pre-booking I actually knew nothing of Bermuda other than the island is famous for its pink sand beaches. I sent an email to our gracious host Lux (aka Charlie) asking if he could give me names of places we would be frequenting so I could google the heck out of them and he actually did me one better - he sent me a link to his friend Dave's blog, Bermuda Shorts. It was an instant add to my google reader and has yet to disappoint. Be sure to check out his article for the New York Times "36 hours in Bermuda". Whether you are planing a trip to Bermuda or just want a dose of distraction be sure to check out Bermuda Shorts. Dave will have your toes in the pink sand, eating sweet lobster, drinking dark and stormies in no time. Is it Thursday yet?