Aruba 2015

Winter-Getaway-Aruba-Best-Restaurants-Costa-Linda-Resort-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 1Winter-Getaway-Aruba-Best-Restaurants-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 2Winter-Getaway-Costa-Linda-Beach-Club-Aruba-Best-Restaurants-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJApologies for the radio silence this past few weeks, I hadn’t intended on taking such a long hiatus! Christmas week was a complete blur of food & wine {the best kind!} accompanied by lots of parties, presents, dinners, brunches and laughs with family & friends. Right after the holiday we headed south for our annual family vacation in Aruba, where I started every morning with Zumba or hitting up the gym {working off all my holiday indulgences, ha!}.  This sexy open back tank and these compression crops turned out to be one of my best pre-vacation purchases – isn’t it funny how some cute gear can make such a huge difference?!

My family’s a pretty active bunch, so snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and daily walks on the beach usually take up the majority of our afternoons. L*Space bikinis are one of my favorite brands for their chic/sexy cut paired with their comfy/sturdy fit {allowing me to successfully partake in all of the above activities!}, so I was super excited to find a bunch of them on major sale via 6PM before I left. I also picked up this coverup, which I was super obsessed with – will definitely be wearing it as a top with skinny jeans once it warms up a bit in NJ! I read a couple of books, but The Summer We Read Gatsby was by far the perfect beach read! Of course it wouldn’t be vacation without some fantastic meals out and this breezy Ramy Brook dress {on major sale!} ended up being ideal for the laid back island vibe {you can check out an updated list of my favorite restaurants here}.

I must admit, unplugging for a bit was just what I needed, I feel refreshed, inspired and ready to get started on a few new exciting projects! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday, I’m so looking forward to catching up!

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Getting There In Style

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Traveling can be a bit overwhelming to start with, pair it with the holiday season – parties, decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping, menu planning, etc. – and I usually end up throwing my stuff into a carry-on last minute. I’ve learned over the past few years to invest in a few go-to pieces in neutral color palettes so they can be worn interchangeably, and don’t draw a lot of attention – airports & transit stations can be chockfull of sketchy characters! An oversized cashmere scarf is an absolute must, doubling as a blanket keeping me toasty and warm. I picked up these leggings a few months ago and have worn them constantly – they’re so unbelievably comfortable! Slide-on boots that can worn with socks is an absolute must – walking bearfoot through airport security beyond skeeves me out!

What are some of your travel essentials?

Recent Pursuits • Wölffer’s Harvest

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A Fall Weekend out East

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Although summer is probably my most cherished season overall, my absolute favorite time of year to head out East is during the fall! The light in the Hamptons is somewhat notorious for its unique color spectrum created from the ocean and sound both sourcing reflected light; and to see the change of the leaves amongst it is simply magical! Add in the abundance of farmers markets & pumpkin patches, the nonexistence of traffic, along with the fact that Kardashian’s and such like crews have skipped town – and the quaint little Hamptons towns are actually quaint once more! We’re heading out this weekend for Wölffer Estate’s annual Harvest Party, and I’m really excited after the amazing time we had last year!

Bordeaux

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Let’s rewind a bit – our wine tasting tour started on Monday, so Billy, my parents, sister, brother and I arrived a few days early to explore the city and do a little shopping – naturally! The port city of Bordeaux is absolutely gorgeous, filled with art, history and architecture dating back to Roman times – I could have spent a month in the city alone. After a few days on our own, we were whisked off to Château Coulon Laurensac, an exquisite 18th century Palladian Château nestled on the banks of the Garonne River, right in the middle of Bordeaux’s famous wine growing region. The Château itself was fairytale-breathtaking, with awe-inspiring gardens, a state-of-the-art kitchen (I was drooling over) and hundreds of years of meticulously maintained history between its walls – I’m still dreaming of all the ceiling beams and fireplaces! Our suites were located in the former chai à barriques (a building where wine used to age in oak barrels), which just added the overabundance of charm!

The unique part about our tour was that Château Coulon Laurensac is the year-round home of Wine Masters, Ronald and Margaret Rens, who graciously hosted and guided us throughout our stay. Our week was filled with visits to some of the premiere 1st growth vineyards on both the left and right banks of the Bordeaux region, cooking classes at the Château, an adventure to the local farmers market in Creon and more 5-course+ lunches & dinners than I care to admit to!

As always, my favorite places to eat and see are bookmarked here; and if you’re looking to visit Bordeaux, sample their wonderful wines and cuisine, I can’t recommend The Bordeaux Wine Experience enough!

Packing List • Bordeaux

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After a year and a half of planning, my family and I are heading to Bordeaux this week for harvest and to celebrate my parents 35 wedding anniversary. I’ve never been to that region of France, so I’m beyond excited for the great adventure ahead of us, and for all of the wine tastings and culinary delights we’ll be sampling!

Of course what to pack has been anxiously nagging me, although I did much better on our last two trips by way of a little preparation and sticking to a strict color combo – mostly neutrals with a splash of bordeaux (of course!) for this trip. I’m also taking a tip from a good friend, and selecting my shoes first, then selecting which garments to pair with them.

Bordeaux’s weather can be a little temperamental this time of year, with an average of 13 days of rain in September, and temps ranging from 55°-85°. A great rain jacket with a hood (why don’t they all have one?!) and pair of rain boots is an absolute must; and these Loeffler Randal booties with their chic gold buckles can be worn casual or dressy, rain or shine (my beloved Hunter’s would likely take up 1/2 the weight limit in my suitcase!). Theses ballet flats are so incredibly comfortable (I took my friend Hanna’s advise and snipped off the charm to make them look a little more “grown up”), while these sexy heels are perfect for dinners and drinks.

As for the clothes, light layers are my go-to this time of year in general to combat the constantly changing temps, and sticking with a strict color combo allows me to seamlessly transition pieces from casual to formal!

Have any of you been to Bordeaux? Any recommendations on places not to be missed?

Recent Pursuits

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Sunday mornings out east are always spent with my dad, hitting up the local farmers markets for our Sunday feast! Our little princess Bella turned 10, so we stopped by Iacono to pick up a few chickens for our own dinner, and to provide Bella with a celebratory treat of chicken and rice (crazy, I know!). Billy and I also hit up new-to-us Montauk Brewing Company for a beer tasting – which we both highly recommend! My mom and I scoped out the Montauk Art Show, where I fell in love with this gorgeous creations of Tail Feathers jewelry line (the emerald and onyx bracelet can be found here!).

Hope you all have been enjoying the summer weather! xo

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Design Crush • Kara Rosenlund’s Perfect Imperfections

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The Hamptons & an Unexpected Staycation

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DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{we found a new favorite waterfront spot for dinner & drinks}

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Apologies for the radio silence this past week, I hadn’t intended on taking such a long hiatus! I must admit, unplugging for a bit was just what I needed! I feel refreshed, inspired and ready to get started on a few new exciting projects! I headed out East last weekend for some much needed time with a few of my girlfriends. We lounged on the beach by day, enjoyed some spectacular sunsets, hit up some of our favorite restaurants and usually finished things off with a little nightcap at The Surf Lodge. Of course, in traditional girltime form, we made sure to support the local economy, hitting up all our favorite boutiques – Serena & Lily is never to be missed, I just adore their new floor set!   

Billy was supposed to arrive upon my friends departure on Wednesday. But with Hurricane Arthur’s path threatening to hit the East-coast, and with our own home so close to the water, we decided it was best I head back home. Like many of you fellow East-coasters, I was totally bummed the storm was ruining our 4th of July plans. Luckily the potential hurricane took it easy on us this time around, humbly resulting in only one day of rain! Seeing as both of us had already taken the time off work, we created a little staycation for ourselves – lounging by the pool, indulging in lots of alfresco dining, nightly walks on the beach to admire the fireworks and we found two new favorite spots for dinner and drinks. I must admit, I never really considered taking a staycation before this one unexpectedly happened upon us, but Billy and I both enjoyed it so much we plan on making an annual “trip” of it!

I hope you all had a fabulous week, I’m so looking forward to catching up!

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Packing List • The Hamptons

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We’re heading out East next week and what to pack is already on my mind. As much as I adore traveling, packing isn’t one of my fortes and typically leads to an unnecessary dose of stress due to procrastination and packing WAY too much! I did much better on our last trip, and found that a little preparation and sticking to a strict color combo – blue, white and a pop of pink for this trip – really paid off. The Hamptons is super casual for the most part, so a pair of statement sandals, perfectly distressed cutoffs (for a steal!), bikinis and few breezy dresses & rompers (that can preform double duty from the beach to dinner) is really all I need!

I picked up Provence, 1970 a few weeks ago and am really excited to dig in! Any other reading recommendations?

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