The Blaze

October is just around the corner and that means it’s time for the The Great Jack ‘O Latern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson in the Hudson Valley. For one month, Van Cortlandt Manor is transformed with over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins. 

 It is a sight to behold!! And, it’s a sell out every year, so now is the time to get your tickets, before they’re all gone.

Happy almost Halloween!

S B Long Interiors

A short while back, I had the privilege of touring a friend’s recently completed new home. Her previous home had been beautifully done, so I knew this would be fun. I had no idea. I. Was. Blown. Away. 
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this photo of the mudroom, which is where I entered. Wow!
The tour continued, with my jaw firmly affixed to the ground. Every room stunning. Transitions from room to room seamless. Thoughtful details throughout. And I was immediately intrigued about the interior designer, Susan Bednar Long. Little did I realize that I had seen her award winning designs in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful,  Luxe Magazine and D Magazine. Susan has left the East Coast for my hometown of Dallas, Texas and she is racking up the accolades.

Like witnessing a perfectly choreographed ballet, there is a combination of excitement and awe that comes over you when you walk through a home that is so incredibly designed. The perfect blend of livable comfort and artistic delight. A designer like Susan makes it look so easy. You and I both know it is not.

How do you strike the balance between comfort and aesthetics?

Best Kept Secret: Claire Florence

I get an email from my dear friend in Washington, D.C. about this amazing line that everyone is talking about. So, of course, I had to check it out. 
Turns out, it is the just-launched website and eponymous label for long time fashion darling, Claire Florence. I just didn’t know her name. Until now.
Claire was something of a teenage fashion-design whiz, who then was brought on to consult with firms such as Tom Ford and Calvin Klein. After that, she opened a chic atelier in Nolita (North of Little Italy) in New York City and was a fashion favorite of celebrities, such as, Minnie Driver and Julia Roberts.
Fast forward. Claire moves to D.C. Starts a family. Decides to launch her own website and viola….Claire Florence is born. Sold only in private shows or online, she’s still something of a well kept secret. But, I’ve decided you need to know about her and her cashmere + bits formula.

 There’s the ever versatile travel wrap/evening wrap.

 Resort wear.

 And, my favorite. These amazing cuffs made of all kinds of chic bits. 

They even have a program where they’ll ship you a selection and you just send back what you don’t want to keep.

Can I keep a secret? You bet. But this one is definitely worth sharing!