Nine Favorite Things
Well, what a week it has been! I feel like the last ten or so days have been non-stop between travel, fitting in work calls, meetings, zooms, and life in general. After a week plus of traveling, including 3 destinations with 3 different time zones, I was definitely ready to be home come Thursday. I’ve spent the last few days getting organized, catching up on emails, grocery shopping, packages, cleaning, and of course cooking.
Finally feeling back to normal, but whoa what a week. August is always so crazy. And with more travel on the calendar, I don’t expect it to slow, which to be honest, I love. I love the business, I love the hustle, and what’s even crazier is that I’ve been loving the travel. Which in the past, I’ve always struggled with. It’s actually been really fun. I love being out and about, getting dressed up, meeting with people, and everything in between. It’s crazy that we’re already halfway through August though. September is so close!
I believe I let off last week with details from my LA trip. From LA, I flew to Chicago where I was very warmly welcomed by The Peninsula. Wow, what a beautiful and classic hotel. I’ve discovered that the one thing that’s made traveling easier for me is a super nice hotel. Or just a hotel that’s cute and can feel like a home away from home. Even if it’s just a one-night stay, it really does make all the difference for me.
The hotel had the nicest cheese plate waiting for me when I arrived. As well as a chocolate display of Chicago, it really was amazing. And of course, the room was incredibly nice (including the bathroom – bathrooms are so important to me). Spacious, warm, and very comfy. I was sad to leave this sweet little hotel, but I only had one meeting in Chicago and then it was off to New York.
Once in New York, I stayed at The Bowery, which is a New York classic. The rooms are small, but it’s cute and fancy and it very much has a “New York vibe”. If you decide to stay, be sure to eat at Gemma, the restaurant attached to The Bowery. It’s one of my favorite Italian spots in the City. I also love Via Carota in West Village, it’s classic. I actually first ate there years ago with my mom. Fun fact, this is where she learned she loves olives!
Anyway, I had meetings during the day, then a fun dinner at Dante in West Village. A very quick trip in and out of the city. But I did get to explore a little before heading home. Sharing all the photos below!
Meanwhile, the family spent the week together soaking up the southern California sun and heat. From the looks of it, they had a lot of fun. They took mostly videos, so sadly I can’t share those here, but if you follow on Instagram I shared some of what they’ve been doing last night on stories. Honestly, they’re mostly cute videos of Oslo. We are obsessed with him.
I think that’s everything for the week! Happy to be home for a bit and hoping for some beautiful end-of-summer weather coming in the next few weeks! Have the best Sunday!
1. Things I’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
loving…Cuyana pouches. I packed all my Cymbiotika vitamins in this pouch and will never go back to unorganized supplements floating through my bag. Order more for skincare and accessories. I love these pouches.
everything in my cart…LOW. The color of these full length satin effect pants from Zara is perfect for transitioning into fall and so pretty. Also, love this satin effect dress. Again the yellow is great for summer to fall. Finish the looks with a great tote bag.
Sticking with these transitional pieces, from & Other Stories, I love this pretty knit cardigan in yellow and fitted knit halter top in blue. Wear the halter under this blazer for fall. Complete the look with these silk trousers. From Reformation, this skirt would be cute with these boots. I love this cashmere crew and cashmere short sleeve. Great basics and both affordable under $200 cashmere pieces. Love this cropped shirt and blazer look from Abercrombie. This Skims ribbed camisole is another super cute piece. And lastly, I have these Alo muse shorts and love them. So comfy.
loving…our new Dyson vacuums. I’ve never been excited to vacuum. BUT, we finally (finally), upgraded the ancient Kirby vacuums we have, to the cordless Dyson vacuums. Oh my gosh, my life is better with these. They’re quick, there is no annoying cord getting in the way, and most importantly, they really work. Oh, and they’re so light. I really do love mine. I have one in my house and one in the studio. I’m kind of obsessed with vacuuming now.
excited to try…the Dyson air purifier. It’s still in the box, but a new update/review coming soon. Cannot wait to have this in my house. You guys know how dry it is here!
listening to…Daphne Oz on Move with Heart Podcast. I know Daphne personally. She’s one of the hardest workers, TV host, author, chef, business owner, and mother of 4 young kids. She really does do it all. I always love listening to her interviews. Her new cookbook, “Eat Your Heart Out” is wonderful.
dreaming of going…Porto Ercole a small island in Italy. I would love to stay at Hotel Il Pellicano. What a stunning Italian hotel that sits right on the water. This place looks magical. Maybe I can get the family to go!
ordered…travel snacks. I recently tried Mary’s Gone Crackers, which I got at Whole Foods in New York. Perfect for snacking on in hotel rooms. I love the original cracker. These gumdrops are a fun, more wholesome candy option. And I want to try this Togarashi Crunch snack mix. Oh, and this Sun Pop popcorn too. What are your favorite travel snacks?
shopping…Fashionphile. For discounted preowned designer pieces.
loving…Ikea’s Konstfull vase in green/brown. I don’t shop at Ikea often, but I read about this vase and it’s a genius idea. The rings at the bottom of the vase hold the stems at an angle and create space between the flowers. This vase will help you be able to easily create an arrangement of flowers using fewer flowers.
everything in my cart…HIGH. Let’s start with bags, this YSL bag is very pretty. It’s set to be the “it” bag for fall. These knee high boots from The Attico are beautiful. A pair you can have forever that will never go out of style. The detailing on this embroidered silk midi skirt from Des_Phemmes is so pretty. Same with this crystal-embellished tulle gown from Retrofête. Love this Staud perry suede bag and also these chocolate suede pumps from The Attico. And finally, this Janessa Leone hat screams fall. I like the black color.
watching…a Copenhagen House Tour via Architectural Digest. I always love these videos.
loving…these super affordable flower drop earrings. I think these are fun. I may order them for Asher’s birthday.
dreaming of going…. Want to visit them all.
2. August Sunday night dinners.
3. Best skincare products from the Dermstore sale.
Dermstore is having its anniversary sale. Here are my favorite picks.
The sale ends 8/17. Use code CHEERS at checkout.
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: good basic ribbed white/black top with quarter sleeves?
a: Reformation Muse Tee. Comes in black, white + multiple other colors.
q: when will you come to Europe?
a: Someone please invite me to Europe!!! I want to stay at Le Meurice Paris, eat at a LouLou restaurant, and see everything. Go to the vineyards, walk the streets, shop the shops. I’m dying to go to the Amalfi coast. My list is long – I’ll get there soon!!
q: do you ever feel like you just don’t want to cook?
a: Yes!! Absolutely. Sometimes more than others. If I’m not wanting to cook I try to do something else but sometimes I have to re-inspire myself with different styles. New dishes help to excite me. I love shopping RW Guild…scrolling their site now. Also, Crate and Barrel and Zara Home have incredible finds too. Just something new and different so I can feel excited to create again. But not going to lie, sometimes it’s hard.
q: who picks the VRBO/hotel?
a: That would be my mom, who can be heavily influenced/dictated by Asher.
q: just want to say that I love how haphazard you are with dumping or pouring things in your videos.
a: Yeah I just go for it. Everyone has been asking if I do this on purpose, definitely do not. It’s literally just how I cook/bake. I’m a mess, but at the end of the day, everything is CLEAN. It’s a weird control thing I have. It’s always nice to turn the mess into something clean! Basically, what I’m saying is that I’m crazy.
q: Have you read all the Harry Potter books? What is your house?
a: yes, it’s the only book series I’ve ever read front to cover. Though I did listen on tape. I think I would be in Gryffindor.
q: what’s up with the legs up the wall? I am doing it because you did, but I don’t know why.
a: ? literally every other question is about this tonight!! So I do it for 10-15 minutes. It helps reduce inflammation from being on my feet all day. It increases circulation, helps with digestion, relieves stress/anxiety, increases sleep quality, and drains the body of excess fluids. It’s been a game changer for me and is especially important after flying too. Now that it’s a part of my routine, I hate not getting it in. It’s super relaxing for me and I just work on my phone while I do it.
q: how do you balance work + life?
a: Very poorly to be honest. My work is my life. It’s hard because I love what I do soo much and want to work all hours on it. It doesn’t help that my family is also a part of the business. I’ve been making more of an effort to take time at night, travel just for fun, and have conversations not just about what’s happening with HBH. But it’s not balanced by any means. Baby steps I guess. I will say, I think we have seasons in life, and this is just a season. Will it always be like this? No, but right now I’m enjoying it!
q: do you eat leftovers?
a: Sure do. I think there are a lot of foods that actually taste better leftover. And a lot of leftovers that can be reinvented into something new and even more delicious. We love leftovers.
q: what foods did you eat endlessly as a kid?
a: Pierogi and carrots (usually dipped in ranch).
q: is it possible to start a food blog with just an iPhone as a camera?
a: Absolutely. I use my phone more than my DSLR camera now. I do think it’s best to have both, but if all you have is your phone, that will totally work!!
5. Some fun packing tips.
Determine the vibe/mood
Is it a tropical vacation? A work trip? Family wedding? Ask yourself what the vibe/mood is for the trip to get a general idea of the clothes you want to pack.
Make a mood board
This is fun if you have the time. You can create a Pinterest board and/or Instagram folder full of looks that are inspiring you depending on the location or vibe of the trip.
Go through your closet and pull what you think you want to bring. Start to put together looks in your head or even try some on. Then decide if you want or need anything new for the trip.
Try on looks or put looks into a PDF
Take photos on your phone and organize them into a folder within your photos. These will be so nice, trust me! When you don’t know what to wear, just look through those for inspiration.
Or make a PDF that looks like what I have below with photos of each piece. Try on the outfits too, but the PDF is fun! My brother’s girlfriend Caitlin, who is a stylist in LA, does this and it’s incredible.
Make a packing list
Create an itemized list of everything you need to pack. This is essential and will take all the stress out of packing. If you’re a visual person, you can make an itemized list with photos that go through every item to pack.
6. From my camera roll.
The Peninsula in Chicago for a quick one-night stay
New York from The Bowery
so much love for dahlias
union square market
dinner at Dante West Village
PS. make sure to order the bread
and the tiramisu
goodnight from The Bowery
fam goes to southern California
Hailey, Oslo, and Dad
dahlias from the garden
horses make me so happy
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
…ready for a fall trip.
…back to work refresh.
…I too love Sunday Riley.
…so fun, love this idea.
These are cute – and on sale.…the brands to buy.
…a cool product.
…good to know.
6 Investment Pieces That Are Worth Splurging on for Your Home…good to know.
$20 Jelly-Like Serum for Dehydrated Skin…love this affordable skincare line.
Best Face Oils for Oily Skin…a dermatologist explains.
Fashion Girls Can’t Get Enough of J.Crew….everything to shop from J.Crew.
How to do a Clam Bake at Home…the perfect way to close out summer.
8. Fall boots + my trip looks.
Splurge over $300
Items I wore on my tip – high and mid-price
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.