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Happy Friday! I’m feeling especially grateful on this Friday as my mind sorts through the highlights from this past week. I’m still so chill from a much needed girl’s getaway last weekend. Those four days in Miami Beach were therapeutic. My lovely girlfriends and I were all on the same page. Our priorities were eating, drinking, lounging and sleeping. I’m happy to report that we excelled in all areas. I walked in my front door around midnight on Sunday, immediately kissed both of my sleeping kids and headed straight to bed. I barely had time to catch my breath before turning around to head into the city to see Adele’s opening night at Madison Square Garden. Life is good.

Kerry and I originally planned to have dinner at The Gramercy Tavern, but realized that the timing of the reservation wasn’t ideal. Instead, we had an incredible meal at Del Frisco’s and sat side-by-side in a booth, it was very romantic (sigh). Dinner was followed by Adele, and needless to say, she was totally awesome. My husband bought me a souvenir t-shirt and I can’t wait to wear it. My weekend plans are pretty spectacular. I’m headed to the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival on Saturday to eat and drink, meet celebrity chefs, watch burger and bartenders showdowns and listen to Ziggy Marley and Old Crow Medicine Show perform live. This festival is the bomb! Tickets are available here, you will not regret buying them. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend xo

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| sunrise view from the room at the Miami Edition |

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| enroute to Miami, this Bloody Mary was made 30,000 feet in the air with fixings my girlfriend brought from home |

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| guava glazed donut at the Miami Edition…I don’t have the words for how delicious it is |

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| my Adele concert outfit |

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| dinner at Del Frisco’s |

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| Adele |

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How to wear thigh high boots

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How to wear thigh high boots

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It’s officially fall and I can’t wait to talk about boots! Out of all the different styles of boots, thigh high boots are the most provocative. They can immediately transform a woman’s image from blah to sensational. And while you may think that only a certain type of woman can pull these off, I beg to differ. Anyone can wear these boots once you know how to style them. I’ve curated a collection of different outfits to show you how easy it is to rock thigh high boots, even if you haven’t had any previous experience!

Thigh high boots are appropriate for almost any occasion from a lunch date to date night. If you are feeling tempted, but still a little unsure, a safe bet is to wear them with jeans and a sweater. Just treat them like really tall boots and don’t overthink it. These boots look amazing with a sweater dress and you can get as daring as you want with how much leg you want to show, LOL! With the fall approaching, these are a great addition to your wardrobe to kick it up. I want to pass along from fashion inspo for a few different looks with pieces that you probably already have in your closet. Happy Shopping!

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| a simple black sweater, black coat and washed out jeans, I love the pop of blue |

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| here they are with a sweater dress |

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| all shades of black and grey |

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| great transitional look – pair them with a beige dress and black leather jacket |

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| an oversized sweater over a dress or skirt, casual and chic |

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| again with a sweater dress, so pretty! |

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Delicious Old Fashioned Recipe

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| Old Fashioned Cocktail featuring Lexington Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey |

While we were vacationing in the Outer Banks, we had dinner at 1587, a fabulous restaurant in the historic district of Manteo on Roanoke Island, N.C. After we were seated, Kerry placed our drink order and when I came back to the table I saw the most perfectly made Old Fashioned cocktail sitting in front of him. My husband knows that my “go to” drinks are beer and prosecco because I typically don’t like really strong cocktails. But this Old Fashioned cocktail was so delicious looking, I had to try it. One small sip was all it took to make me completely change my mind about this cocktail. We had a moment together and I have to say that I was a little pissed about the fact that I had been missing out on this cocktail for so many years.

I had sampled Old Fashioned cocktails in the past, but never enjoyed the flavor. They tasted too dry and too smokey and I didn’t get why people liked them. I chalked it up to “to each his own” and didn’t give it much thought. I can’t say that about this cocktail. It goes to show you how important the right blend and exact quantity of ingredients can make or break the taste of a cocktail. I thought about it so much that I actually called the restaurant last week and spoke to the bartender to ask him how he made the drink. He generously gave me his recipe! The key difference for me was that he used bourbon instead of rye (bourbon is sweeter than rye).

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In preparation for game night with friends, I made an Old Fashioned Cocktail Bar and I want to share some photos and the recipe that was given to me. Cheers!

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DELICIOUS OLD FASHIONED RECIPE

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A note about the type of alcohol: traditional Old Fashioned cocktails are made with rye, however, the drink that was made at 1587 was made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. We didn’t have that on hand, so I used Lexington Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey which is one of the finest brands out there. Here’s what you’ll need:

INGREDIENTS:

1 ice sphere or 3-4 ice cubes
2 teaspoons of simple syrup
1 dash of bitters, Angostura is one of the most popular
2 ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey
1 piece of orange peel
1 to 2 maraschino cherries soaked in brandy

Many people believe that some ingredients, such as the orange peel and cherries are optional. I am adamantly against that opinion because all the ingredients are what makes the recipe. If an ingredient is optional, the original recipe changes and it is no longer the same. It’s like ordering an ice cream sundae and asking them to hold the hot fudge and whipped cream. Enough said.

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DIRECTIONS: Using a lowball glass, add ice sphere, simple syrup, bitters and the whiskey. Stir well then garnish with orange peel and cherry.

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TIPS: 

  1. Have fun with the ice! You can certainly use regular ice cubes, but one of the pleasures of the Old Fashioned cocktail we had at 1587 was the ice sphere. I picked up my ice sphere at a kitchen store, but they are available here. The advantage to using a large ice sphere is that the ice melts more slowly and it prevents the cocktail from becoming diluted. You can use ice spheres for many other drinks too!
  2. Cherries are an important ingredient to a delicious old fashioned cocktail. You need a little bit of their sweetness to balance the whiskey. I soaked my cherries in brandy.
  3. You can use a potato peeler to peel a piece of orange, I used a small cookie cutter in the shape of an acorn to make it more festive. Either way, be sure to squeeze the peel into the cocktail to impart the essential orange oil into the drink and then drop the peel into the glass.

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YOU HAD ME AT “HELLO”

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Yay! It’s finally here. This is the day that my hubby and I have been waiting for since December 25th, 2015! On Christmas morning last year, I surprised Kerry with tickets to see Adele in concert at Madison Square Garden. Okay, I know what you thinking. The gift was really for me and I disguised it as a gift for him.

Okay. There may be a tiny bit of truth to that.

For Christmas, I wanted to give him an experience rather than a new golf club. So, I planned a romantic getaway for just the two is us. Kerry and I will escape to NYC with the kiddos in the capable hands of our nanny, and I could not be more excited to get some alone time in one of my favorite cities in the world. We’re getting into the city early to do some shopping and sightseeing, dine at the Gramercy Tavern (I am already dreaming about the menu) and then head to the concert. I will come back to post some photos! Have a great day.

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Happy Friday! Today, I’m writing this blog post from Miami Beach. The photo above captures the luxurious nature of the boutique hotel we are staying at. A few friends and I are on a destination birthday getaway at the Miami Beach Edition. The hotel is outstanding and located directly on a beautiful, pristine beach. From the moment we checked in, I was totally enamored by the style asthetic of this property. If I had to describe it, I would call it natural sophistication. They pulled this off with an all white interior and exterior, teak furniture with white fabric cushions and lots of green in the way of tropical plants. The atmosphere is elegant and welcoming at the same time. We’ll be here for a couple more days and I’ll post some more pics next week!

The hotel’s fitness facility is offering morning yoga on the beach, so I am signing off. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend xo

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| view from our room |

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| my girlfriends and I were having dinner last night at Prime 112 in Miami Beach and look who was sitting next to us |

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| after having dinner with Kim and Kayne, I snapped this pic of the hotel’s interior |

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| you can find me here |

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