Treasured Maps

If you have a piece of coastline that you love — where you live, where you vacation, where you honeymooned, where you went as a child — then you have to check out this amazing new custom map company, Bank and Surf! Above is their map featuring my town of Rye!

You pick the town and the color! 
Great as decor for your home or a gift for someone you love. Especially if you’ve been invited to visit! Here are a few of my favorite beach towns!
These are the towns they currently have maps for:
If you’re interested and want to learn more, contact my friends at Nest Inspired Home. For my local readers, they are hosting a trunk show on Wed, Oct 9th so you can stop by in person and check them out. Maps ready for purchase are also hung on the front wall, if you’re walking by.
What’s your favorite coastal city?! 

Hamptons Holiday

We’ve been visiting the Hamptons for years. Yet, this summer, it just isn’t in the cards. 
So, I’ll have to make do with memories of last summer’s trip. Here are some of my favorite spots:
Beach: Main Beach for family time. Mecox for sunset cocktails.
Stay: The Maidstone or Mill House Inn, if you don’t want to rent a house
Dine: Surf Lodge in Montauk
Farm stand: Round Swamp 
Photographer: Bentley Waters
Wishing you a “sand between your toes, sun on your face, perfect wave” kind of day!

Pictures of you, pictures of me

Do you know the song, “Pictures of you, pictures of me”? The lyrics say it all…
Hung upon your wall for the world to see
Remind us all of what we used to be
There is no more important gift you can give yourself and your family than professional photographs that will mark a single point in time. Children grow, loose teeth, get taller…basically, they change. And, you forget. How they used to be.
My dear friend, Bentley Waters, is an amazing photographer, fellow Texan by birth, mother of two, blogger and the kind of person who makes you relax and captures…you. Bentley has taken pictures of my family in the Hamptons, on various beaches, and at our home. Her photographs are on my wall. I guess you could say I’m a fan.
She is lining up her summer shoots in the Hamptons (Aug 19-Sept 5) and in and around the NYC metro area (July and early August) now, so if you are looking for a fantastic photographer, take a look at Bentley’s portfolio here!
A farm stand, the Montauk lighthouse, Central Park, your backyard, Georgica beach, the dock of a bay….where would you want your picture taken?