Poolside Totes

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.45.10 PMWith snow still on the ground in the Northeast, I am dreaming of a warm weather escape. And, many of you will be taking a Spring Break in the weeks and months to come. Getting your beach wardrobe together is part of the fun and a cute beach/pool bag is something that can make your lounging all the more fun.

These beach bags by Poolside are clever and cheeky and super chic! They have a collection of phrases that you can select from or you can do something completely custom. Especially cute for a warm weather honeymoon, bachelorette party, destination wedding or birthday celebration.

I don’t know about you, but I dread trying on swimsuits…so, I relish selecting something from the comfort of my favorite chiar.Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.45.49 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.46.23 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.46.44 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.48.27 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.47.06 PMThese bags may not be my first “beach tote rodeo”, but they sure are fun…..and that’s what you want to have in the sun!

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Summer in the Hamptons

26HAMPTONS-master768I’m just wrapping up a long weekend in the Hamptons.  It’s been a few years  since I’ve been there and though much stays the same, there were a few new discoveries.

For starters, we stayed in Sag Harbor at the recently renovated and refurbished Baron’s Cove. Overlooking the harbor, this jewel of a hotel/restaurant is a short walk to Main Street and boasts a storied history. Rooms have chic furnishings and there is a pool, which is such a plus, especially if you are traveling with children. They have beach passes and chairs/umbrellas/towels for you to borrow, which made it so easy to spend the morning at the beach. The bar and restaurant were hopping and there is live entertainment each day, as well as a small fitness center and complimentary bikes to ride.

I highly recommend it for your next stay in the Hamptons!homepage-51 homepage-61IMG_9887IMG_9888IMG_9890homepage-41

IMG_9871 IMG_9872For delicious Mexican food in a relaxed environment, just stop into the Blue Parrot, which is in the alley behind Ralph Lauren. Recommended by a friend who knows how much I love tex-mex, this was a home run!3fb6c8_114712f8c5e3e30e49719a840d117539

IMG_9896 IMG_9898The Topping Rose House is at the top of everyone’s list, so I was thrilled to finally enjoy dinner there. Jean George recently took over the restaurant and his farm-to-table formula is clearing working. The place was PACKED!trh_night_exterior_3025_LIMG_9861IMG_9864Porch-and-Patio_LThe Hamptons are really a place for everyone…whether you want to keep it casual and get to bed early or go for the glamour and stay out all night. I’m definitely more the former than the latter, but I was happy to see that the Hamptons are still one of my very favorite places to be. And, I always love to share my favorites with you!

Wishing you a wonderful last week of August!

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Summer Entertaining with Bronson van Wyck

one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_BRONSON WITH TRAYWho better to show us simple, yet stunning summer entertaining tips than celebrity party planner, Bronson van Wyck?! Bronson has dreamed up events for Chanel, Feragamo and The White House, sharing his family’s Southern recipes and impressing party guests around the world.

Summer just begs for outdoor entertaining, so Bronson suggests creating a cozy seating area outside and setting up a self serve bar. He says to invest in large beverage dispensers, as they’re less expensive than a bartender!

Bronson keeps things simple with a select number of drink offerings, but jazzes them up with customized stir sticks and cucumbers sliced vertically, so they can double as drink stirs.one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_LEMONS LIMES one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_DRINK DISPENSERSBronson has used his years of mixing exciting libations to create and curate his own line of mixers under the name, Arrowhead Farms. Ginger Margarita, anyone?!one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_GINGERone_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_BRONSON PICKING FLOWERSone_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_JAR AND STIRSone_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_SEATING AREA one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_HAND AND LEMONSScreen Shot 2016-08-02 at 11.30.27 PM one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_FINISHED COCKTAILSo, with summer in it’s final weeks, take advantage of the warm nights and set up a self serve drinks station and invite your friends!

You’ll even enjoy the party, as your guests will mix up their own drinks!

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