When planning this year’s NYC/East Coast visit, we were looking for a family-friendly destination that was driving distance from NYC and offered enough activities and luxury amenities to keep everyone (including a picky 6 + 8 yo) satisfied. Enter Newport, RI! With its close proximity to NYC (3.5 hrs) and its idyllic New England charm full of scenic cliff walks, oyster shacks and colorful sail boats, this seaside city was the perfect solution.
I’ll be putting together a full Newport, RI travel guide for you later this summer, but in the meantime I want to focus on what I’ll be bringing along with me. Newport is a balance of old-world, “blue-blood” New England and modern, laid back beach town — just like the outfits I’ll be wearing!
This week has been a scorcher! The highlight of my week was the official start of summer camp — a.k.a a parent’s summer savior. I drop them off in the morning and at the end of the day I get happy, sweaty and exhausted kids. Just the way I like them. They’re also wild, ravenous beasts. I can’t keep up with their appetites! They literally eat non-stop between the hours of 4:30-8pm and don’t even think about making them wait even a minute. You might lose an appendage. Ah, to be young again with a burning metabolism. Must be nice!
Now, for the good stuff! Let’s get to this week’s edition of Friday Link Love!
While these last few weeks have flown by, I’ve felt a little discombobulated to be honest.
Settling into new routines has always proven to be a challenge for this type-A lady, who thrives on a regimented schedule. While I’ve been slowly making the shift to a less-structured “Summer-time Stella,” I’ve also been making mental notes (and i-phone notes — thank goodness for that app!) about products, brands and styles that have been catching my eye. On their own, they might not be meaty enough for a dedicated post, but when combined you can easily see why they’re worthy of discussion.
This most recent edition of “On My Radar” is all about summer time fun!
Father’s Day is this Sunday and I’ve been working hard to put together a unique gift guide for those of you who like to keep it exciting and perhaps wait until the last minute to score that gift for dad. Dad’s are especially tough to buy for. With this Father’s Day gift guide, I promise you that THIS year you’ll be cruising into the big day stress-free, nary a cliché Father’s Day tie in sight.
What is it about that special scent you find in luxury hotels around the world?
You know the one.
The one that all of your clothes smell like as soon as you open your suitcase to unpack. It’s the same one you get a random whiff of and automatically get transported back to the time and place where you first encountered it. Right now, the sophisticated scent du jour is courtesy of THE SCHOFIELD, the latest Kimpton boutique hotel to open in downtown Cleveland.
Excuse me while I leisurely sip my iced coffee — I’m on summer vacation!
My kids wrapped up school this week and I gotta tell you, as a parent I literally crawled over the finish line. That last push at the very end was rough. I felt like their uniforms looked — tired and ratchet. But hey, that’s in the past. Now we look ahead to summer travel, assorted camps and morning wake ups when it actually looks like morning vs. dead of night. It’s a happy day in Cleveland.
Now, let’s get to this week’s edition of Friday Link Love — it’s a goodie.
There are many things I don’t miss about being 22 — bad dates, being the most junior person in the office and zits, just to name a few.
One thing I do miss, is the ability to pull off any trend successfully without any hesitation or trepidation. When you’re young, fit and fearless you have the under-appreciated (and generally underutilized) ability to just go for it and swing for the fashion fences.
These days, whenever I see a strong fashion trend come into play there’s a bit more research and analysis involved as I consider whether it is (or isn’t) appropriate for this working mom of 2. Over time, I’ve realized that there are very few fashion trends I wouldn’t be willing to try — WITH some modifications, of course.
If you’d ask me to come up with a phrase to best describe this spring/summer’s most prevalent trend, I’d probably say: The New Romantics.
Yes, that IS in fact a TAYLOR SWIFT SONG… BUT it’s just so appropriate, I can’t help myself. Sorry, Tay-Tay.
The New Romantics fashion is a blend of feminine, flowy, ruffled and occasionally floral style with edgy, modern cuts and unique silhouettes. It’s as if our girl Taylor and Lady Gaga merged their fashion aesthetics and had a love child.
If you’re curious as to whether this trend is for you, here are the 4 pieces you need to achieve this New Romantics look: