Sunday, May 24, 2015

What I am taking to the Pool/ Beach this Summer

Memorial Day kicks off pool and beach season around here so in honor of that, here is what I will have with me this summer.
(1) Sunscreen
This is easy to apply and smells heavenly!
(2) Powder Sunscreen for Faces
I love this and use it in addition to my moisturizer that also contains sunscreen.  Since it is a powder I can put it on over make-up and it doesn't feel heavy or greasy.
 (3) Lip Protection
This comes in 12 different colors and the nude is perfect for my fair skin tone.
(4) Cover-up
This one is easy to throw on and to wear to and from the pool or beach.  It is lightweight so it dries quickly.
Surf Gypsy Poncho
(5) Hat
If you just feel like your face has had too much sun, you need a large hat to block it completely.  I have one similar to this one in black & white.
 Wide Brim Hat
(6) Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a must for me year round but especially at the pool.
Oversized Sunnies
(7) For the Kids

Diving Toys for the Boys
Toys for Hollins
(8) Flip Flops
Jack Rogers Slip On Jellies
(9) The Perfect Bag 
This bag is terrific.  The gold color is a perfect neutral but it also comes in silver.  It has a clear zipper pouch to hold things that can't get wet.
Poverty Flat Beach Bag
(10) iPhone with these Songs on repeat
I have some new great songs along with some old favorites that the kids and I love!
Bad Blood by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
This Summer's Gonna Hurt by Maroon 5
Pretty Girls by Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea
Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor
Billionaire by Travie McCoy & Bruno Mars
How to Save a Life by The Fray
See You Again by Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth
Where the Boat Leaves From by Zac Brown Band
Time of Our Lives by Pitbull & Ne-Yo

What's in your bag?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Another New York Recap

My friend Michelle and I headed to New York a couple weekends back.  In all of the times I have been, I have never gone in the Spring.  The weather was terrific- not too cold, not to hot.  During this trip to NYC we decided to try some new restaurants and some old favorites.  
We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Soho for the first time.  I highly recommend it because its proximity to some of my fav shopping and dining spots.
On our first night we grabbed wine and dinner at a quaint little Italian place in Soho called Piccola Cucina.  Allen and I ate there a few years back and really enjoyed it.  They have gnocchi {my favorite food in the world} so I am a big fan!  Their Burrata with Tomatoes & Proscuitto and Beef Carpaccio were heavenly.
I had a list of things I wanted to get over the weekend, first of all being gifts for my niece and nephew expected to arrive this summer.  They aren't even here yet and I already love spoiling them rotten!  Hollins has a blanket that she was given when she was born that adores from Barney's.  So that was our first spot.  There baby section is just gorgeous!  I found these blankets and sleepers for the twins.  The blankets are perfect in their gray and white nursery!

Also, I have had my eye on a particular bag for a while now.  It was actually on my Spring Wish List on the blog.  So, I splurged and bought the bag!  The great part is that I didn't have to pay tax and shipped all of the purchases home for a flat fee of $12!
After a long morning of shopping we ate a Fred's at Barney's for the first time.  It was delicious.  We both had the Blush cocktail and I have the Club Salad.  Yum!  I would go back in a heartbeat.  It will probably become a staple on future trips to NY.
The Lion is a new restaurant find of mine in the Village.  There is an older gentlemen on the street outside ready to show you the way down the stairs to the restaurant.  Inside, The Lion looks and feels like a cozy old library.  It has gorgeous eclectic art and pictures covering the walls.  I loved everything about it.  The food and drinks were amazing.  The atmosphere was completely entertaining.  You saw everything from a bride and groom and their parents toasting with champagne to girls out for a night on the town.  It was a really fun place to experience.
Kale Salad
After a long and successful day of shopping on Fifth Avenue Michelle and I stopped and had drinks a Rockefeller Center.  In the winter it is an iceskating rink.  In the Spring and summer it is an outdoor lounge and bar.  The weather, view and drinks were amazing… the service need to be improved.  Luckily we ordered 2 drinks at a time so it wasn't too bad!
How great was our view?
We had drinks in Tribeca one night to celebrate a friend moving to London.  The bar is called Ward III. The drink menu was a little overwhelming at first but I decided to go with one of their signature cocktails instead of the Bespoke Cocktail {or build your own with a million choices!} so that took away some of the pressure.  Next time if I have more time I would sit and attempt to make a new flavor creation.
On our last morning we had brunch in the West Village at Morandi.  The menu looked so good that I couldn't decide what I wanted…. so I splurged on 2 entrees.  Neither disappointed!
 Lemon Ricotta Crepes with Fresh Berries
Procuitto Egg & Cheese on Focaccia 
I am already ready to go back to the Big Apple! Who's with me???

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fashion Fridays: Mother's Day Weekend

My 3 sweet babies
Over Mother's Day Weekend I got to enjoy time with family and friends.  It started with a Friday of shopping with my sister.
Saturday night Allen and I headed out for nice low-key date night with my sis and her husband.
First thing in the morning I got to enjoyed some quiet in bed with coffee and sweet cards from the kids.  Allen and kids took me to our traditional brunch for Mother's Day.  As usual, I pigged out on the endless buffet of treats! Yum!
Sanctuary Dress (similar)
 Show Me Your Mumu Kimono (from Scout & Molly's)
Later, I enjoyed some girl time at the pool with close friends and family.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Fashion Fridays: What I Wore in New York

I have almost as much fun shopping before I go to New York as I do when I get there….  ;-)  Well, it a close second!  It was a little chilly when Michelle & I left Charlotte and headed to New York.  I always get cold on the airplanes so this outfit was perfect!
The weather was pretty much perfect for our entire stay.  It was cool at night and first thing in the morning but warmed up during the day especially if we were in the sun.  I packed jeans and dresses and added jackets and kimonos to throw on when it was chilly. Everything I packed was extremely comfortable and travelled well, meaning I didn't have to iron anything before I wore it.  Always a plus! Some of the pieces below are from Anthropologie and Nordstrom.  But I also love shopping in local Charlotte boutiques.  Below I linked the pieces to places you can find them online but also said where I purchased them in Charlotte. 
Dress from Chezelle (in Charlotte)