Summer Bag – Pamela Munson


Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 5.13.48 PMOn our recent trip to Italy, we ended up on a boat one day, headed to the island of Nerano for lunch. On board, was a darling couple, from Dallas, we had met the night before. My new friend, Laurie, had a chic straw bag that caught my eye, so of course I had to ask about it.

Turns out it’s a hand made straw bag by designer, Pamela Munson. Inspired by straw bags carried by her mother and grandmother, Pamela drew upon her 15 years in high end fashion (Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman) to create a capsule collection of “classic with a twist” straw bags. I think it’s the thick grosgrain ribbon that drew me in…but this bag also has such great shape and can hold a lot.

There are two different sizes of the Isla Bahia (pictured above) and numerous other styles. Perfect for summer – day or night!3I9A3172_grande 3I9A3116_grandeScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 10.21.08 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 10.21.19 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 5.14.31 PM

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images: @blaireadiebee, @juliehengel, @sarahkjp

Sneak Peek of Ravello

DSC_0267Back to reality….we arrived home late last night from our Italian adventure.

I want to gather my photos and thoughts into useful posts, which will include tips and helpful information for anyone contemplating a trip to the Amalfi Coast. In the meantime, here are a few things that caught my eye in Ravello.DSC_0272DSC_0271DSC_0283DSC_0286DSC_0318I’ll be back with much more!!

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Simple Summer Entertaining Tips

DSC_0352Simple summer entertaining…is that a misnomer? I don’t think so. The first thing that comes to mind for summer is being outside. In the Northeast, winter seems like a season that lasts half a year, so on any decent day, you’ll find me outside in the backyard.

The other thing that comes to mind is…use what you have. Finding a favorite “go to” color is an easy way to always have things on hand that can be used for an impromptu gathering. Obviously, mine is pink, but yours could be navy, citron or persimmon. Don’t be afraid to use basic pantry items, too….you can elevate them by how you present them. Presentation is everything!

This is a simple set up that I pulled together to welcome my mom to New York. Isn’t that reason enough for a celebration? The base is my potting table, which is meant for growing herbs. When I’m not growing herbs in it, I put the top on and use it as a “bar cart” and serving station. It’s the perfect height and I love the look of the weathered wood.DSC_0344 DSC_0355 DSC_0345Next, I needed to dress it up a bit, so I used a garland that I saved from a birthday celebration. It says “party”! Additionally, I use the “good stuff”. That means ditching the plastic for crystal and silver. I’m not setting an entire table, so it’s as easy as loading up a silver tray and bringing it outside. Don’t have a wine or champagne cooler? No problem. Use a basic glass vase and cut some hosta leaves out of the garden to dress it up.DSC_0349 DSC_0356DSC_0346Some people like salty. Some like sweet. I’m the former, but I always love to have a little dessert for those who love them. Store bought cupcakes are dressed up with one of my favorite sprinkle mixes by Amy Sedaris for Fishes Eddy. The little white candies say “I Like You”.DSC_0341 DSC_0342DSC_0340 DSC_0343The key to simple entertaining in summer, or any season for that matter, is to have an arsenal of entertaining basics on hand and to find a formula that works for you. Happy Summer!!

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Sources: Drink More Champagne napkins (Shop Lettermade), Hot Pink monogrammed napkins (Emily McCarthy), Silver bowl & similar (Watson Kennedy), Rosé All Day pillow (Nest Inspired Home), Garland (BlushBazaar)

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