Every New Yorker’s dreaming of…The Hamptons

From what I understand, if you haven’t already booked your Hamptons house, you’re not going to get one.  Good thing I haven’t booked mine yet! But I’m not giving up hope that I’ll make it out there at some point this summer.  When it’s sweltering and sticky in July, I don’t care if it involves sleeping on the beach (ugh…beach, swoon), I’ll get there. So in my late February day dreaming, I’ve come across The Best of: The Hamptons, a guide from one of my favorite lifestyle blogs.

The GOOP Guide to The Hamptons

Amagansett Beach, The Hamptons (photo courtesy of businessinsider.com)

Amagansett Beach, The Hamptons (photo courtesy of businessinsider.com)

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Bienvenidos a Miami

“Here I am in the place where I come let go
Miami the base and the sunset glow
Everyday like a Mardi Gras, everybody party all day
No work all play, okay”

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

The unparalleled genius of Will Smith’s song, “Miami” from 1997’s great Big Willie Style album, sums up the city of Miami beautifully.  After spending this past long weekend along the South Beach strip, I can honestly say I fully understand the poetry that is Will Smith’s words.

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My Love Affair with London (Part 1 of Many)

Yes, I admit it. London is my favorite city on the planet. Not only because I lived there for two and a half years but also because this city is actually amazing (I know I’ve ruined my credibility with the previous sentence, but it really is true).

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London is a sprawling, multifaceted network of neighborhoods (neighbourhoods, if you will) strung together with a common theme but all with drastically distinct stories. It’s more of a group of towns than one large city, which means it’s impossible to make one travel guide for the whole of it.

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Chocolate – Healthy – Low Calorie : The Greatest Combination That Ever Was

I have a sweet tooth.  I blame genetics, so it’s obviously not my fault when I accidentally eat an entire tin of brownies.  This is my DNA.

Because of this genetic mutation I am burdened with, I am always looking for ways to eat dessert without my bum showing that I eat quite so much dessert.  Chocolatecoveredkatie.com, the healthy dessert blog, has been the greatest discovery I’ve ever made in this mission (well, this blog and a treadmill, but that makes for a far less interesting blog).

I’ve tried so many of her recipes – some are overly complicated (attempting to find xylitol at a grocery store), some are a bit odd (the bean dip brownie debacle), but most are downright delicious.  I recommend checking out this awesome blog, but I’ll let you in on my absolute favorite of Katie’s recipes: The Healthy Chocolate Chip Blondies.

photo courtesy of chocolatecoveredkatie.com

photo courtesy of chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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Valentine’s Day in the Country – Style Guide

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. What’s your hubbie/boyfriend/that one-night stand who won’t stop texting you planning? Suppose he decides that this year, instead of the standard dinner/drinks routine, you guys should rent a cabin upstate and spend the long weekend taking country walks, cooking and getting a little cozy cozy in front of the fire just the two of you – adorable right?! But how in the world do you dress for such an event? You need warm clothes that are laid-back and comfortable (stilettos and country walks do not mix).

So, here’s a guide to help you look great on your Valentine’s Day country escape without seeming like you tried too hard (nobody likes a high maintenance girl, right? …although we all are a little bit, or is that just me).

Valentine's Day

1 – Hunter Wellies, Saks Fifth Avenue – 2 – Love Sweater, Chinti & Parker – 3 – Statement Necklace, JCrew – 4 – Gold Watch, Burberry – 5 – Loafer Flats, Chiara Ferragni – 6 – Baseball Hat, JCrew – 7 – Skinny Jeans, Rag and Bone – 8 – Wax Cotton Jacket, Barbour – 9 – Heart Scarf, Burberry – 10 – Handbag, Chloe – 11 – Knee Socks, Cole Haan