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If I had to pinpoint it, I’d say my love of vintage things started with a bag. Oh, not just any bag but a vintage Gucci doctor bag with blue and red striping.

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To be honest, I probably first saw this bag worn by Carrie Bradshaw and teenage me thought, “I must have this.” But I thought about and researched it for a long time before finally making my purchase.

I loved wearing this bag around town. But then as time went on, for some reason, it got banished to the back of my closet. And I kind of forgot about it for a while (two kids will do that to ya!)

But then I rediscovered it last summer and I’m so happy I did. It brings back a lot of memories of my early years in NYC – college, first job, first apartment, etc. It was also my first foray into buying vintage items, and I haven’t looked back! Maybe one day my daughter will take an interest and want to borrow my bag, and then I can tell her of its past (and in turn, mine). That’s the beauty of vintage – what goes around, comes back around – and then some.


It’s Alright Cause I’m Saved by the 90’s 

In fashion, they say that trends seem to cycle back every 20 years or so. If that’s the case, then this early 90’s revival I’m seeing seems to be right on track.

As a tween and teen in the 90’s, I can safely say my fashion sense left much to be desired. But let’s face it, the looks I rocked were “in” (hello Cavaricci’s, Cross Colors, chokers and flannel) and my style icons were the likes of Blossom, Kelly Kapowski and the older, “more sophisticated” girls of 90210 😉

But as we all know, everything old is new again – as evidenced by the looks we’re seeing now like baby doll floral dresses, all-over denim and black satin choker necklaces. 


Now excuse me while I head out to buy a tube of Revlon’s Rum Raisin matte lipstick! 


What do you think of the 90’s revival – yay or nay?

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I’m Back!

Hello again! It’s been a minute since I’ve written my blog and I thought it was well past time I started up again. A lot has changed since I last posted here.
Two weeks ago, the Husband and I became parents again to a baby boy! He’s fantastic and big sister M is adapting pretty well given the circumstances. 

We’ve also made many more changes to the house with more to come. As the weather gets warmer, there are more projects we’d like to tackle. I also want to do a complete kitchen overhaul, but that’s a much-larger, long-term project. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing some of the other projects here including the nursery and our family/playroom and mudroom area. 

It feels great to be back and I hope you’ll come along on the journey!

A Fresh Start

15ab85f6690a8430c551bbf670574d24Hello blog world – is there anybody out there? I know, its been many months since I’ve last written, but with (somewhat) good reason. We sold our co-op and bought a house and between the two sales, were living with my parents for a bit, in-between homes. There were vacations and lots of fun along the way, but now it’s time to get serious and get down to business.

I always think of September as a time of new beginnings – since it’s the start of a new school year and all. We moved into our new home about three weeks ago and I have so many changes in store for it. It can be a bit overwhelming, but one step at a time. That’s why I’d like to share some of my makeover/home renovations projects on the blog. We’ll be starting with the paint later this week and I can already tell that it will make a huge difference in making this house our HOME.

Tips-to-Restore-Your-Dream-HomeI hope to be back at this on a more regular basis (I know I’ve said that before, but this time I really mean it). I can feel myself getting settled again and it feels good. So please come along for the ride with me!

Why You Should Plan A Day Trip to Governors Island

Governors Island is a really amazing gem situated right in New York Harbor. But unfortunately, many New Yorkers never think to venture over there. However, the island is open to the public seven days a week from late May through late September each year. With so much to offer and many cultural events taking place throughout the warmer months, make it your mission to spend a day at Governors Island this summer.

Governors Island is fairly easy to get to – just hop on a ferry from the Battery Maritime Building. Kids under 12 travel for free and you can even bring your bikes with you. Once you step onto the island, it’s almost like you’ve been transported back in time. It’s peaceful, serene and full of historical significance.


The Jazz Age Lawn Party

The two main edifices on the island: Fort Jay and Castle Williams were built between 1796 and 1811 and served as defensive structures during the Civil War. The past history of the island is in full view to visitors, as there are a multitude of kid-friendly, historical activities taking place all summer long. Here is just a sampling:

For Kids! From Drills to Drums: Civil War Life on Governors Island

Here you can witness first-hand how soldiers, civilians and even prisoners lived on the island during the 19th century through re-enactments by historical actors.

Artillery Thursday!

If you really want to get in on the action, you can learn how a 19th century artillerist lived – there’s even an exciting (and loud!) canon demonstration. From there, visitors can take a look at the huge Civil War-era canons at Fort Jay. Head’s up – you may want to bring along ear plugs for this one!

Junior Ranger Activity Booklet

Kids can receive their very own official Junior Ranger Badge by completing the Junior Ranger activity booklet. Simply download a copy here, complete the activities and bring it to a park ranger. Pretty cool!

In addition, there are daily tours of Castle Williams, Nolan Park and the Arsenal District as well as hikes throughout the island and much more, such as a Jazz Age Lawn Party, taking place two weekends in June and August. Be sure to pack a lunch before you go or on weekends, you can choose from a variety of food truck vendors at the Governors Island Food Court. Set up a picnic area either at a table or on blankets underneath a shady tree for a truly relaxing experience.

Make time to visit Governors Island this summer and you’ll be wondering what took you so long in the first place.


This article originally appeared on MommyNearest.com

Back to Reality

Well here we are, officially in September. It’s also officially back to reality for me. The Husband went off to work today so Lady M and I are back to our normal routine.

She’s napping now so I can get some stuff done. I have a to-do list of tasks that I’ve yet to conquer but will in good time. 🙂

It’s also back to my work – the summer had been a bit slow for writing jobs but it seems things are already picking up! The Junior League is also back in full gear so my Media duties are already pouring in.


I’ve always loved September – it seems like a time to make new beginnings and start fresh. Here’s to a fulfilling September!



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Summer’s End

Wow – the summer is already coming to a close. I feel like August just flew by! I have to say, it’s been a fantastic summer and we’ve done so much. It’s been wonderful having The Husband home but now it’s time to get back into a routine. That includes my writing. I’ve been very sporadic about writing this summer and also haven’t been keeping up with all the blogs I love to read.

That stops now. I’m getting back into my routine, which includes writing my posts and reading others, both of which make me happy. This is going to be a busy Fall. I have lots of projects I want to start and Lady M is getting more and more mobile, which is so much fun, but also scary at the same time. 😉

So I’m making a vow to be better about writing on a more steady basis. I’ll share my projects along the way, as well as things that are inspiring to me in general. Right now I’ll leave you with a few recent favorite shots from this summer. Happy Labor Day and here’s to a great Fall!


Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY


The Culinary Institute of America


Untermeyer Park, Yonkers, NY


Anniversary celebration – The Ritz Carlton