My Favorite Flat Sandals For Spring

March 20, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Audrey Hepburn Sandals

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I love the look of a beautiful, classic, flat leather sandal.  Some of my favorite style icons have worn them glamorously over the years.  I think it is a look that never goes out of style and every Spring, I look forward to choosing a pair that will be my workhorse shoes for the summer.  I have a few requirements.  To start, they have to be flat.  I want to be able to wear them every day and walk in them for miles.  In addition, they have to be versatile.  I like to wear them with everything from sundresses to shorts to denim.  Finally, they have to be high-quality.  I do not want to have to replace them mid-season.  Because I wear these shoes to death, I don’t mind spending a bit more for a high-quality pair.

Jackie Kennedy in Sandals

Image courtesy of Town and Country Magazine

This year, there are some great choices available.  Here are few of my front-runners.Steffi Tassle Sandals

Steffi Tassle Sandals

Edris Flat Sandals

Edris Leather Sandal

Patos Flat Sandals

Patos Flat Sandal

Niove Sandals

Niove Sandals

Saint Laurent Nu Pieds Sandals

Nu Pieds Sandals

Fringe Leather Horsebit Sandals

Fringe Leather Horsebit Sandal



Easter Brunch

March 15, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

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Every year, I entertain the idea of going out to a nice brunch on Easter.  While certain aspects of that plan are very appealing (i.e. no prep, no work, no clean-up), I really enjoy celebrating at home.  For me, Easter signals the start of Spring so I enjoy putting a bit of effort into marking the day.  That usually means brunch with friends and family.  The kids like to hide Easter eggs and eat the chocolate that the Easter Bunny brings – and I like to linger over coffee in the morning before preparing the meal.

Since we’ll be eating at home, I decided to pull together the menu early this year.  So, if you are looking for a little inspiration here is what we’ll be eating at our house.  Some of these recipes like the arugula salad and berry tiramisu (the latter of which I have been making for more than a decade) are tried and true.  The others are variations of recipes that I have made in the past.  Just add mimosas, or your favorite beverage, and you are good to go.  Happy Easter!

Peach and Arugula Salad

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Peach and Arugula Salad

Asparagus Quiche

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Asparagus Quiche

Ina Garten Orange Glazed Ham

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Orange Baked Ham

Crunchy Rosemary Potatoes

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Crunchy Rosemary Potatoes

Bon Appetit Mixed Berry Tiramisu

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Mixed Berry Tiramisu

Parker the Cockapoo

March 13, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Parker the Cockapoo joined our family over the weekend.  We had our gear, thanks to our posts here and here, and we have all been excited to play with the little guy.  He is cute for sure but I have to admit that it has been a little tough to get any work done.  I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled programming later this week.


It Item: Swinging Chair

March 12, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

It’s no surprise that this trend traces back to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Manhattan penthouse living room.  Like many It-Items, the swinging chair is not so practical and not easily attainable.  Most of us aren’t necessarily willing or able to reinforce our ceilings to install one of these, despite how much fun they look.  The mom in us also sees our kids (or friends) swinging this straight into the wall.  But setting those concerns aside, we must admit that this trend has lasted longer than we would have thought.  Since the Goop-edition, the chair has been given a more casual feel:


Then again, some incarnations have become even more ornate:

What do you think?  Say yes to an indoor swing or leave them outside?

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Amazing Outdoor Furniture

March 9, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Amazing Outdoor Furniture

Image courtesy of Summer Classics

I spent the day at the Merchandise Mart attending this spring’s outdoor design program.  There are some amazingly stylish outdoor pieces available this season.  I was specifically looking for lounge chairs so I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

Taos Armchair | Kannoa Outdoor

Image courtesy of Kannoa Outdoor

Mirage Dining Chair | Klaussner Outdoor

Image courtesy of Klaussner Outdoor

Katachi Low Back Side Chair

Image courtesy of Janus et Cie

Slant Collection

Image courtesy of Janus et Cie

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely dreaming of summer days. . . .