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Montauk Neighborhood Guide

Montauk Yacht Club

c/o Calypso St. Barth sweater

Before we moved out of the city last year, I worked with one of my favorite brands, Calypso St. Barth, to bring you a Meatpacking District Neighborhood Guide. This summer, we teamed up again to give you a peek into this summer’s hottest hotspot at the very tip of Long Island: Montauk, NY.

Montauk Neighborhood Guide:
Montauk Yacht Club for a nautical atmosphere
Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa Beach Club for a chic day at the beach
La Brisa Tacombi for fish tacos and cocktails
Montauk Point Lighthouse for some good old-fashioned sightseeing + selfies
– Navy Beach to watch the sunset

Montauk Yacht Club:

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The Montauk Yacht Club is covered in navy and white stripes. I was pretty much in heaven as soon as I saw the décor that the Montauk Yacht Club is known for. Their restaurant, Hurricane Alley, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks and overlooks the pool. It’s easy to check in and never leave the resort all weekend long.

When we checked in, I fit right in with my Calypso St. Barth striped linen sweater and white shorts!

Gurney’s Beach Club:

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Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa is the hottest new hotel in the Hamptons and maybe the entire East Coast this season. Every blogger and celebrity seems to be flocking to its secluded location to eat at Scarpetta Beach, stay in a fabulous room, and most often, lounge at “The Beach Club”, one of the the chicest beach experiences I’ve ever had. To reserve a day bad, it’s a $1500 minimum so I want to give a special thank you to my friends at Gurney’s for sparing me that expense!

On Saturday at Gurney’s, we lounged on our luxurious striped beach bed, splashed in the clear blue ocean, lunched on lobster rolls, and sipped on mojitos. It was definitely one of my summer highlights! I had to look as chic as our surroundings so I turned this Calypso kimono jacket into a cover up for the day.

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c/o Calypso St. Barth kimono jacket

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La Brisa Tacombi:

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c/o Calypso St. Barth dress

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with tacos, especially of the seafood variety. I could eat them everyday and never get sick of them. When I heard that one of my favorite taco joints in the city, Tacombi, opened a sister restaurant, La Brisa, in downtown Montauk, I knew we would have to try it. Sitting among the colorful Mexican-inspired decor, you can’t help but smile.

We tried every taco on the menu but the crispy fish tacos were our absolute favorite. I also highly recommend the Mezcal Mule, a smokey ginger cocktail that’s equally refreshing and unique.

For our early colorful Mexican dinner, I wore this embroidered lace-up dress, seemingly made for the occasion.

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Montauk Point Lighthouse:

Montauk Point Lighthouse

c/o Calypso St. Barth sweater

When we travel, we tend to always checkout the cheesy tourist thing. In Montauk, nothing is cheesy and the Montauk Point Lighthouse is less tourist trap and more a spot for a lovely pre-dinner stroll with your toes in the sand.

I outfit repeated this striped linen sweater with ripped denim shorts as the day cooled down by the water.

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Navy Beach:

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c/o Calypso St. Barth kimono jacket

Navy Beach is a popular location for dinner but I love it even more for the amazing summer sunsets with its West-facing views. After dinner one night, we walked the beach waiting for the sun to set and light up the sky in cotton candy pinks and blues.  I repurposed my kimono cover up over a tight white tank top and cut offs for a more bohemian feel.
Navy Beach 1

Navy Beach 2

Striped Boyfriend Shirt

Loose top and cutoffs

Madewell shirt (almost sold out so similar here and better price here), Treasure & Bond shorts, c/o Seychelles floral pumps, Heidi Wynn clutch (similar), Karen Walker sunglasses, c/o Asha bracelet

This summer has been a flurry of travel for us and this weekend was no different. Anel and I made the trafficky drive out to Montauk last Friday night for a fun project I’m working on with one of my favorite brands (More on that tomorrow!).

Although we had to work for most of the day on Saturday, we were able to enjoy the beach club at Gurney’s and a few fabulous meals. My favorite was a casual dinner of fish tacos and smokey mezcal mule cocktails at La Brisa Tacombi followed by watching the sunset on the beach where we took these photos.

Given a horrific sunburn on my stomach (I missed a big spot with my sunscreen), I opted for an oversized boyfriend shirt so it wouldn’t rub against the burn. This shirt is one of my top 3 purchases this summer. Although it’s almost sold out (and on sale!) you can find two other versions almost identical here (more expensive) and here (less expensive).

It was nice to be on a vacation where it was just the two of us so we had time to connect, talk about some big plans for our future, and just relax on our own schedule. It feels rare that we get to do any of those things so I am especially grateful for our little Montauk escape!

Ripped Shorts

Boyfriend Shirt

Madewell Striped Shirt

Summer nights

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This month’s wellness tip:

Have 5 free minutes? Complete 10 sun salutations. This always makes me fell 100% better physically and emotionally in very little time!

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Minnie & Emma x Lemon Stripes

Coffee Break

Lemon Phone Case / Pineapple Journal

I am bursting at the seems about today’s post! It’s always been a dream of mine to create a line of products that is totally me. My design concepts, my aesthetic, and my colors. When Minnie & Emma reached out to me about creating a line of phone cases, note pads, and journals for the summer, I could not have been more excited! I pretty much exclusively use their phone cases because they’re good quality and I love having a monogram on everything.

The process of creating these pieces was even more fun than I had imagined. I started by looking on Pinterest for inspiration and then created a cohesive collection in my head that I described in words. The incredible Minnie & Emma graphic design team put those words into designs that were exactly what I wanted! We only had to go back and forth a handful of times to perfect the  Minnie & Emma for Lemon Stripes Collection.

From trendy pineapple to zesty lemon to refreshing watermelon, this summery collection has a little something for everyone. I keep changing my mind on which piece is my favorite but as I’m writing this, it’s the blue phone case with lemons and the pineapple journal… And the striped watermelon case… Ok fine, all of them.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think. Let me know your favorite piece in the comments below!

Lemon Cases

Lemons on Blue / Lemon on Stripes / Lemons on White

Pineapple

Pineapple Journal

Watermelon on Stripes

Watermelon on Stripes

Lemon Stripes Collection

The Entire Line

Lemons and Flowers

Blue Stripes

Watermelon on Stripes

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Pineapple Journal / Pineapple Phone Case

Watermelon

Watermelons / Watermelon on Stripes

Watermelon Case

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I’m in Love with My Coco

Pops of Color

Joie blouse, Articles of Society jeans, c/o LK Bennett pumps, c/o Bauble Bar necklace, Chanel 2.55 bag (similar)

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of owning a Chanel bag. The classic black 2.55 flap version that I had my heart set on retails for an exorbitant amount of money, so I assumed since we’re saving up to buy a house, that was not in my near future.  When my husband and sister chipped in to surprise me with one for my 30th, they leaned on my friend Hitha to help find me a used one in perfect condition. She directed them to Portero which has an entire Chanel section that features bags at a fraction of the regular price. It is still an investment, but a great way to buy a luxury piece if you’re in the market.

For a more affordable version, this Rebecca Minkoff quilted bag looks almost identical but is far better quality than a cheap street knockoff.

I was shocked at the gift and so grateful for it but didn’t have a chance to take it for a spin on the town until last Friday night for our weekly date night. I paired it with my favorite neon pink blousebright blue pumps, and summery white jeans so that the black and gold would stand out against the colors.

I go through white jeans like crazy. I inevitably spill on every pair I buy so when I found this pair at an amazing price-point (under $60!), I bought two pairs. Now I’m covered until next summer.

I'm in Love with My Coco

Hot Pink and White

Chanel 2.55

Summer Colors

Connecticut Sunset

{This gorgeous sunset is what I was looking at behind my husband as he took these photos}

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Quotable:

“Cambiare tutto perché niente cambi. (If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.)”

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

A Good Night’s Sleep

A Good Night's Sleep Challenge

I’ve written a lot about my struggle with insomnia, and I’ve deemed my 30s the decade where I squash it for good. With the help of the National Sleep Foundation, I’m proud to give you an update with some vast improvements!

Over the last month I’ve been taking their #GoodNights challenge which involves following a series of 10 sleeping tips for 30 days. Even though I knew a lot of them already, it was a great reminder and forced me to actually practice what I preach. Plus I’ve learned a few new things.

When you read the tips, you might think they seem obvious but when you really think about it, you probably aren’t practicing the majority of them. You can read more about how the challenge went for me at sleep.org.

10 tips for a good night’s sleep:

1. Stick to a sleep schedule​ of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends.​ This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night. Even though I had heard this before, I was staying up late on weekends to watch movies with my husband or going out to late dinners when we travel. Trying to stick to the same schedule made a big difference on Monday mornings.

2. Practice a ​relaxing bedtime ritual​.​ A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety. These things can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep, or remain asleep. My bedtime ritual involves a shower (I sleep better if I feel clean), followed by a few yoga poses, and then reading in bed (an actual book, not on an electronic reader). When I don’t do my ritual, it takes me much longer to fall asleep.

3. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon.​ Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can’t fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help. This one has never been a problem for me as I can’t nap but I have a lot of friends who could use this tip!

4. Exercise daily.​​ Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep. I still struggle to make this happen every day but I try to stick to 4 times/week.

5. Evaluate your room​.​ Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, “white noise” machines, and fans.

6. Sleep on a comfortable ​mattress ​and ​pillows​.​ Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 9 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses. Have comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you. See my bedroom design here. My husband and I invested in a TempurPedic mattress a few years ago and that was a game-changer for us.

7. Use bright light to help manage your ​circadian rhythms​. ​Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning. This will keep your circadian rhythms in check. I use an amber lightbulb at night and turn off all other lights in my room while I’m reading before bed. It really calms me down!

8. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening.​ Alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to sleep. If you can, avoid eating large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. Try a light snack 45 minutes before bed if you’re still hungry.

9. Wind down.​ Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading. For some people, using an electronic device such as a laptop can make it hard to fall asleep, because the particular type of light emanating from the screens of these devices is activating to the brain. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid electronics before bed or in the middle of the night. This tip has, hands down, made the biggest difference in my sleep. About 6 years ago I got this piece of advice and whenever I don’t follow it, my night is a disaster.

10. If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.​ It is best to take work materials, computers, and televisions out of the sleeping environment. Use your bed only for sleep (and sex!) to strengthen the association between bed and sleep. If you associate a particular activity or item with anxiety about sleeping, omit it from your bedtime routine.

Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

Some of the products that I use help me sleep:

Lavender Candle

Serena & Lily Sheets

Amber Lightbulb

Silk Pillowcase (To avoid sleep wrinkles and bed head)

Yoga Toes (I wear them while reading before bed)

Overnight Face Mask

Aromatic Nighttime Treatment

Silk Eye Mask

Ear plugs

Soft PJs

I challenge you to take the sleep challenge and let me know how it goes. It might give you more energy during the day, relieve some of your stress, or it could completely change your life. I look forward to hearing your results!

Thank you to the National Sleep Foundation for sponsoring this post.