"Feeling unique is a habit you shouldn't give up."

- Alberto Fermani

"Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their off days that is the most intriguing."

-Alexander Wang


Rehoboth Beach, Real Quick

Just a quick note about some of my fave places in Rehoboth. Some are old, some brand new, but all are worth checking out if you are planning a trip here. Did I mention it only takes two and a half hours to get here from D.C.?

Lots of love for Hobo's restaurant for vegan, vegetarian, and otherwise local food. On Baltimore Ave. (HRC supporter)

Go Fish on Rehoboth Ave. has great fish and chips and we made sure to visit yesterday for a pre-Olympic celebration dinner.

My newest find is (a)Muse also on Baltimore Ave. which blew me away with every single dish we tried. Foie gras mousse with cherries, pickled onion and more was divine. Scallops, chicken, rainbow chard (not all in the same dish) did not disappoint but a dessert called The Beach was a major highlight. Toasted nut ice cream, lemon salt water taffy, shattered grapes, and sea beans was unbelievable. And the limoncello mojito was delicious. I'm going back for more and definitely trying the margarita with jalepeno-infused tequila. Before they get their website up, check out http://www.thecombandwattle.com/ for info about the restaurant and the kick-ass chef, Hari. I have seriously not done a proper review of this place.... (HRC supporter)

Gidget's Gadgets for fun toys especially the old-school Magic Eight Ball and Barrel of Monkeys which we picked up for rainy day fun.

Sole on Rehoboth Ave. for hip clothes and accessories (Theory, J Brand, Calypso, and so much more!). I picked up the cutest evil eye bracelet for just $46. I haven't taken it off but it has also provided countless hours of "fun" explaining to my kids what an "evil eye" does.

Bad Hair Day? salon and spa for pedicures and, from what I can tell, for getting your hair "did," too. They offer a variety of refreshments and read my chakra (for free!). My power chakra was out of balance but not for long so watch out! (HRC supporter)

That's it for now but I'll keep you posted as I continue to visit the great local businesses of my favorite beach town!


My Beach Ensemble So Far

Essie "Tangerine" on my toes.

Mara Hoffman bikini.

That's pretty much it, folks.

I love the beach.


Russell and Carole- Bad Ass Inspiration
Bad-Ass Inspiration
(Carole Radziwill image from http://www.caroleradziwill.com/)

H&M printed shirt, $16 / Gryphon genuine leather jacket / rag & bone/JEAN mid rise jeans / Marc by Marc Jacobs suede shoes / Emilio Pucci onyx ring / Alexis Bittar post earrings

I've mentioned before that Russell Brand is a bit of a style icon to me. Sounds weird, I know, but I think his bad-boy-rocker-crazyperson look translates well to women. Well, at least this woman. My newest style icon is Carole Radziwill (she is far more talented than just the way she dresses, btw) who I have been guiltily gobbling up for weeks now on the Real Housewives of New York. (Everyone knows they are the best dressed Housewives out there.) At any rate, I like how she is a more refined translation of the Russell Brand look. It is one that makes more sense for me, a (almost) 40 year old mother of two. And, since I plan on wearing a LOT of black this Fall, I think I'll continue to keep my eye on these two. This is a version of how I would do it.


Packing for the Beach

Beach Vacay

Rebecca Taylor bright dress, $295 / Melissa Odabash beaded dress / Mara Hoffman swimwear / Leather sandals / Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent beach tote bag / Kendra Scott jewelry / Karen Walker black round sunglasses

It's that time of year, folks. I'm packing up and taking the kids to the beach for an extended vacation. I LOVE the beach and can't wait to get there!

Here is what will definitely be in my suitcase (along with a few other things) to make sure I'm prepared for anything without feeling like I've packed too much.

1. The perfect swimsuit.

2. The even more perfect cover-up.

3. Cute flat sandals.

4. Easy sundress.

5. Must-read book.

6. Turquoise earrings.

7. Coppertone UltraGuard spray sunscreen.

8. 100% natural aloe vera gel for after-sun.

9. Beach cruiser (well, not in my suitcase but it will be strapped to the back of the car!).

10. Paddle ball set.

11. Beach tote.

12. Sunglasses (one pair for cocktails on the deck and one for the beach that can get a little scratched).

Life is good!


Summer Reading List

I spend so much time reading magazines that I usually only get through two or three books over the course of the fall, winter, and spring. But summer is a different matter. The fashion mags are a snooze this time of year so I prefer to spend my spare time with a good old-fashioned book. (I like the smell of the paper and turning the corner of the page down to mark my spot or to recall a particularly good part so no iPad books for me!) I always throw in a couple of classics that I either never got around to reading or that it has been so long since I've read it, I hardly remember it. Here's the stack I'm conquering this summer. A couple I've finished but the stack is high and I can't wait to get to the beach so I can really dig in!


Crazy Busy Summer

Me chillin' out on the front porch with my kids. Don't I look busy??!

As is usually the case for me (and I'm sure for you, too!), I have been very busy and out of town a lot. But there are two things I want to tell you about...

First, if you haven't had a chance to check out The Scout Guide Alexandria, Arlington, McLean, please do! I was the stylist for the photo shoots and it was a wonderful experience. The businesses in this Guide are very cool and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet everyone and learning about some great new places.

Second, and I am SUPER happy about this, my website will be up in the next couple of days! I know, I know. It's about time. But once I got around to it, I wanted it to be perfect. That meant enlisting the help of Inslee Haynes, fashion illustrator extraordinaire, who did a beautiful (albeit very generous) illustration of me and the web designers from Wood Street, Inc. who did a fantastic job of creating a unique and chic look for the site. I love it, love it, love it and I hope you do, too. I'll let you know the moment it's up and running!