Happy Prime Day, everyone! Since Prime Day inception, I’ve always looked at this day as summertime ‘Black Friday’ and it gets better every year. On the first Prime Day, Tom and I bought a crockpot (never used once) and a putting green (used every single day when we lived in our Studio apartment in Hells Kitchen). Luckily, Amazon has really stepped it up in the fashion vertical over the past few years so I won’t feel pressured to buy a half off crockpot when there are tons of gorgeous dresses/tops/skirts/etc. on sale!
To shop the Prime Day sales will be today and tomorrow all you need to do is click on one of the pink boxes in the image above. Happy Shopping!
Happy Friday! Another weekend is here and I couldn’t be more excited. As much as I hate it, I always tend to ‘live for the weekends’ in the summer! And one of my favorite things to do on a summer weekend is to entertain my friends and family. Whether my high school girlfriends are driving out to the Hamptons for the ultimate girls weekend or a few friends stop by my NYC apartment, there is something about summer that gives me so much more energy to entertain in style.
When you are working all week, entertaining definitely isn’t the easiest and sometimes could feel exhausting before you even start prepping but throughout the years my mom (who is truly the hostess with the mostest) has shared a few easy and attainable tips to turn any moment into a classy affair.
1| Set the Scene. Whether it is a 2-3 person bachelor viewing party or a gala, you always want to set the tone for the gathering. This might mean putting on your favorite Spotify playlist to play softly in the background or picking up a bouquet of in-season flowers to display on your entry table, these little details immediately let your guests know that you’ve prepared for their arrival and they haven’t ‘caught you by surprise.’
2| Always serve hors d’oeuvres. This is a mama Goldstein must! Seriously for as long as I can remember my mom always had snacks at the ready. Whether my friends were coming over for an evening or she was entertaining my dad’s business partners, hors d’oeuvres were just as important. You may be thinking, ‘what if we are going out to dinner afterward?’ or ‘It’s just a pregame party!’ I promise you, your guests will always eat. Of course, what you serve will be dependent on the occasion, but I find charcuterie and cheese boards (as pictured here) to be a good go-to. They offer a variety of options, they are actually filling and usually pair well with your favorite glass of wine.
3 | Presentation Matters. You may think putting a bag of potato chip on the table gets the job done, but it honestly feels lazy and isn’t at all welcoming to your guests. Nobody wants to be the first one to open the bag and who wants to be reaching their hand in all night?! This one kinda goes back to ‘setting the scene,’ if you want your guests to feel comfortable in your home, break out a nice glass bowl and pour in those chips!
4 | Diversify the beverages. I’m definitely not saying that you need a fully stocked bar, but don’t go all-in on one sort of beverage unless you are 100% sure nobody at the gathering would prefer something else. For example, don’t only get one type of wine because SO many people have a preference for red or white. That’s actually why I like stocking up on Cappola Wine’s Diamond Collection in our apartment. For a pretty decent price point (~$20 per bottle) you can always have a few bottles of white and red at the ready. It’s also important to have a few non-alcoholic options. My personal favorite is buying the individual sized San Pellegrino bottles, not only are they thirst quenching for anyone who is just plain thirsty, they al
5| Have Fun. Nobody likes a stressed-out hostess and it honestly just makes your guests feel guilty for accepting your invitation. If things get overwhelming ask one of your guests for help or actually accept the help when someone offers, I promise you aren’t putting ANYONE out whatsoever.
I hope some of you are off entertaining this weekend or at least enjoying time with friends and family because that is what Summer is really all about.
It’s been more than a month since we returned home from France and I think I’m finally ready to sit down and write my French travel guides. For those of you who don’t know, Tom and I joined his parents on a two-week vacation to France at the end of May and it was absolutely amazing. France wasn’t necessarily at the top of my travel bucket list but it far passed my expectations and I was so happy to have the opportunity to truly explore the country.
We actually started the trip in a little village called Eze, which is in the French Riveria and made our way north to Paris. More on Eze and the French Riveria later this month because today we are diving deep into my favorite places in Paris.
If you’ve read any of my past travel guides, you know that they only use iPhone photography. We are usually out of the hotel first thing in the morning and don’t return until very late at night, so lugging around my camera just isn’t realistic so I hope you enjoy this snapshot of my time in Paris!
Where We Stayed
Our hotel in Paris was the most low-key out of the 4 different hotels we stayed out throughout the trip. We stayed at the Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, which was only steps away from some of the biggest attractions Paris has to offer but not at all crowded or overwhelming. We were able to walk everywhere from the Champs Elysees to theSacré-Cœur but the hotel was closet to attractions like Galeries Lafayette (only ~2 blocks away) and the Paris Opera house.
Overall, the hotel was extremely comfortable and everything I needed after walking miles every day in France. The room was super spacious with a bathroom I’d love to have in my own home. Lastly, while we are usually hesitant for settling for a hotel bar (especially at an American hotel), this one was super casual and comfortable that we found ourselves there twice throughout our week in Paris.
What We Did
What didn’t we do?!? We were in Paris for a total of 5 days and we didn’t miss a MINUTE.
Day 1 | For our first full day, we were up early (out of the hotel by 8:30a!) and off to the Louver for a private tour. After a quiet and actually very memorable first walk in Paris, we arrived at the Louvre around 9 AM only to find out that the staff was on strike (very Parisian of them). After waiting about an hour hoping the museum would open, we forfeited and our private tour guide took us on a little walking tour around the Louver, which was actually an unexpected but appreciated introduction to Paris. After the mini-tour, we grabbed lunch and were off exploring for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. We walked up and down the Champs Elysees and even found ourselves by surprise at Rue de l’Université, which was one of my favorite places to take photos in the entire city. I was also especially happy because this spot became a construction zone not 24 hours later.
Day 2 | On our second day in Paris, we actually took a day trip to the Loire Valley and visited the Château of Chambord and Château of Chenonceau. Both were absolutely beautiful and definitely a worthwhile experience, especially if you are a history buff. While Tom and I aren’t too keen on the history of it all, we do watch shows like Reign that give a glimpse of what life was like when both of these Châteaus were in use, so to see that slice of history in real life was pretty cool. That said, this day trip requires many hours in the car so if you are only in Paris for a few days, I’d pass on this trip and save it for when you have some more time.
Day 3 | What was planned to be a pretty low-key day (after a crazy day trip the day prior), this day soon became chock-full. After sleeping in for the first time in a while, Tom and I actually spent the morning drinking mimosas at a local cafe and then met up with his parents to finally have our private tour of the Louver. This tour was INCREDIBLE, our tour guide was so knowledgable and passionate about every piece of art he shared with us, making it so much worthwhile than what we could have done on our own. Not only did we see iconic works of art like the Mona Lisa, but we also learned a lot about life at the Louvre through generations of French royalty. While the tour was truly amazing, the tour was almost 4 hours, which was WAY too long. By the end, my feet were killing me and I was exhausted, so the only possible way to make the day better was an Aperol spritz and a charcuterie board.
Day 4 | On the fourth day, we were supposed to go on a private tour of Versailles but Tom woke up not feeling well so we used it as an opportunity to sleep in and take it a bit slower. While I would have loved to tour Versailles, I chalked it up to being a great excuse to come back to Paris one day. Around noon, we ventured out of the hotel and grabbed afternoon tea at Laudree (one of my favorite Parisian cafes here in NYC) and again some random exploring/shopping. After dinner with Tom’s parents, Tom and I climbed the Arc de Triomphe (in the last 30 minute it was open) to watch the Eiffel Tower light show. It was absolutely magical and a must-do on any future trips to Paris.
Day 5 | On our final day, it was all about revisiting our favorite places and having a chance to live like a Parisian. First thing in the morning, we made our way up to the Sacré-Cœur, which brought us through quintessential Parisian streets. With a brasserie on every corner, we grabbed croissants and coffee and enjoyed breakfast overlooking the city of light. It was absolutely GORGEOUS but definitely a tough walk so be warned! On the way back down, we stopped at a brasserie for a baguette and a local shop for the makings of the perfect charcuterie board. We then took these goodies to the Eiffel Tower for a picturesque picnic overlooking the icon. After our little picnic, we spent the rest of the day picking up presents for family and friends back at home at the Galeries Lafayette.
What We Ate
We had so many amazing meals in France and especially in Paris, but I’ll share my top three if you are traveling to Paris in the near future.
1| Le Recamier. On our last night, we probably had one of our most French meals of the entire trip. This Michelin-starred restaurant was best known for its soufflés and oh my god were they delicious. I had TWO full soufflés to myself to bid Paris farewell and it was one of my better decisions of the trip. As my meal, I enjoyed the Henri IV soufflé, which was mostly cheese and chicken, so what’s not to like and for dessert I had the Caramel soufflés, which was to die for! This was the only restaurant we went to on the left of the Seine river so it was also nice to explore a different area of the city.
2| Angelina.You can probably find Angelina’s on every Paris tour guide, but it is a goodie! I actually never heard of Angelina’s before visiting Paris and I was so happy we stumbled upon it. Not only was the hot chocolate just as amazing as everyone says it is, but you also need to get a Millefeuille as an afternoon pick-me-up. I’m not a huge pastry person, but this one was by far the best I’ve ever tasted.
3|Daroco. I know it is kinda embarrassing, but one of my favorite meals of the entire trip was an Italian restaurant. I had the burrata ravioli and it was seriously life changing! We ate at Daroco on one of our first few nights in Paris and I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t want to go back multiple times throughout the trip. This restaurant is also located in a historic and beautiful part of the city, right in the heart of the Galleria de Vivienne making it a beautiful place to take photos before or after dinner. They also have a little speakeasy in the back of the restaurant that serves the most delicious drinks in an even more beautiful setting (I’m talking fresh roses everywhere!).
What I Wore
Last but not least, what did I wear! Since this destination was a complete surprise to me (yes, Tom’s parents didn’t tell us where we were going until we showed up at the airport!), I didn’t exactly pack the best for the weather. I was expecting to be a lot warmer than it actually was, which meant I wore jeans a lot of my time there and actually bought a few maxi dresses when I arrived in Paris because I wanted to feel a little bit more dressed up than I did in the other French cities that we visited. I was in Paris for god sakes, a fashionista’s mecca!
While a put together an outfit of jeans and a cute top definitely does the trick, I definitely recommend bringing a few maxi dresses along with you so you can feel a bit more Parisian. I felt so much more comfortable after I made these purchases easily right from a Zara on the Champs Elysees.
Above all, I recommend a comfortable pair of shoes and a lot of layering. I wore my Sperrys pretty much the entire trip because they are both comfortable and more fashionable than a pair of sneakers (at least in my opinion). In terms of layering, I found the weather to be a bit all over the place. One day you would see people walking around in winter coats and the next you would see sundresses, so a little sweater or a cute rain jacket is definitely essential.
Woof, well that was A LOT!! This trip was absolutely one for the books and I could not be more thankful and appreciative to Tom’s parents for letting me tag along on their family vacation. Stay tuned for more about our French trip in the coming weeks!
After a full week in the Hamptons, we’re back in the city and it actually feels kinda good. As much as a weekend at the beach is just what the doctor ordered, I’m anxious to get back into a routine and start jamming on a few new projects that I have on the horizon.
This week, I’m anticipating a pretty crazy work week as everyone returns back from vacation and gets back to normal, which is why I’m keeping it pretty low-key this week and planning on staying in the city next weekend. This will be my first weekend home since before we were in France (memorial day week!), so I’m looking forward to sleeping in, organizing things around the apartment and of course, getting a chance to experience some of my favorite Summer activities in the city.
For starters, I’ll definitely be hitting some of my favorite restaurants that I’ve been missing over the past few weeks, like the Odeon that I’m posing in front of here. The Odeon is a French restaurant in the heart of Tribeca and I always seem to be drawn to it in the Summer. I love the quaint tables set up outside and of course, the little ice cream stand right at the front door. You can definitely find me here with a bottle of rose come Saturday.
Summer in the city definitely isn’t easy (it’s hot, it smells, etc.), but it’s DEFINITELY worth the wait through the cold and brutal winters we have!
After a very patriotic weekend (proof here), I had to share this gorgeous Gal Meets Glam two-piece set that is one of the cutest summer ensembles in my closet right now, maybe only second to this two-piece that I shared a few weeks back. This red, white and blue ensemble made an appearance over the holiday weekend when I enjoyed a Friday night at Dockers (a Hamptons favorite!), but it will definitely be on repeat throughout the Summer.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, there are few brands out there that fit as well as Gal Meets Glam. Every dress or set that I’ve bought from them have fit like a glove, up to the buttons! Seriously, when was the last time you wore a top or dress that buttoned over your chest that didn’t result in awkward gaping or pulling over the buttons? Both two-piece sets have buttons up the front and both fit PERFECTLY, no gaping, NOTHING.
One of the things I love most about Summer is accessorizing with straw and tortoise neutrals. I bought this straw Kate Spade New York bag last summer and it has been one of those unexpected necessities. Given the straw look goes with literally EVERYTHING, it has also become one of my travel go-tos. Makes traveling light SO much easier. Same goes for my tortoise accessories. The golden and neutral brown hues in tortoise not only ground your entire Summer outfit, but it also matches your tan.
How are you spending your post-holiday week?! I would love to hear all about it in the comments!
Happy Monday! Who else is excited about the short week ahead? ♀️♀️♀️ As for me, I’m working remotely from my parents’ house in the Hamptons and it feels like high school Summer vacation all over again. And to be very honest, it was the best idea I’ve had all year. There is just something about waking up in your parents’ house, right?!
With the 4th of July right around the corner, this weekend was very lowkey making this outfit the go-to uniform. Word on the street (AKA, Pinterest Trends) is that this color yellow is called Rebel Yellow and it’s about to be BIG (think Millennial Pink, but yellow) so I knew I needed to splurge all 10 dollars that this bodysuit cost. I picked this bodysuit up from H&M on Friday and after wearing it all day on Saturday, I immediately bought it in this adorable blue and white pattern. It is a jersey knit material so it is SUPER comfortable and can be easily dressed up and down.
As pictured here, I paired this bodysuit with an old pair of cut-off jean shorts I found in my drawer and of course, a knotted headband. A few things that you need to know about this outfit:
1| If you already own a pair of jean shorts, this outfit costs all of $20.
2| I’m not a big bodysuit person. I always think they are uncomfortable but I could practically sleep in this jersey knit one.
3| Headbands are just a part of my head now. I think I’m compensating for the decade between the Gossip Girl finale and this summer.
This is how I wore the bodysuit during the day but once the evening rolled around and I was too lazy to pick out an entirely new outfit 🤷♀️, I threw on a pair of high-waisted jeans (currently on sale) and my espadrilles and I was ready for a night out.
Given this color is on the rise, I jumped at this amazing headband. The silk texture and perfectly-sized knot is everything I needed and more (it also comes in hot pink, which I’m seriously considering). While yes, it matched this bodysuit impeccably, I can also see myself sporting this it with all of the harvest hues come Fall.
June is wrapping up and we are in the THICK of Hamptons season. When most think of the Hamptons, they think of Diddy’s white party, which isn’t totally inaccurate but there is much, much more to dressing for the Hamptons. Unlike what most people would think, the Hamptons is actually a super casual environment. Jeans (even ripped) are pretty much acceptable everywhere and you find many slumming around in shorts and flip flops.
Today, I’m here to help you for being THAT person who sticks out like a sore thumb. You can always spot the Hamptons newbies from a mile away (and not in a good way). They are either A) WAY too dressed up or B) taking preppy to the next level (seersucker galore, sweater looped around their neck, etc.).
As a natural Prepster, Hamptons style falls somewhere in the middle of metallics and Lilly Pulitzer. When getting dressed in the Hamptons think, cool (because there are plenty of places with no or limited AC), elegant (conservative but still summery) and comfortable (remember, you’re still on vacation!). Below are my 5 tips for packing for the Hamptons:
1| A casual but elevated pair of shoes. If you ask me, I advocate for comfort over EVERYTHING but you still want to feel refined so don’t be brining your Old Navy rubber flip-flops. If I’m headed out for the weekend, I usually only need two pairs of shoes. One pair of Jack Rogers for during the day and my Soludos espadrilles for the evenings.
2| Prints & Florals. Honestly, this outfit featured in this post is basically the perfect Hamptons outfit. The pastel floral print is super elegant while the short and cropped top combo is super casual and great for any dockside dinners. In addition to this two-piece, Gal Meets Glam has plenty of other appropriate options. And I can’t rave about the quality of the brand enough!
3| Hair accessories for all types of weather. The weather in the Hamptons is SO unpredictable. It can be raining cats and dogs one minute and suddenly turn into the most beautiful night of the year. As someone who has some of the most unruly hair ever, I always have hair accessories to make it more manageable on hand. Now that headbands are officially back in style (YES!), I’m a huge fan of the top-knot headbands. I wore this white one from Anthropologie multiple times throughout the weekend. I also recommend a set of barrettes to mix it up a bit.
4| All linen everything. This weekend, I wore linen not once but twice! I threw on a pair of linen shorts for brunch at the Hampton Maid on Saturday and then this linen two piece of Saturday night dinner at Dockers. This tip pays off on all three of my criteria. There is no cooler, more elegant or comfortable material you can find.
5| Your favorite par of sunnies. I mean, this one is a bit of a no-brainer but very, very necessary. Even though I’m the first to sleep in on vacation or even a general weekend, that doesn’t happen in the Hamptons. I love waking up early, grabbing a cup of coffee from the kitchen and spending the entire (and I mean entire) day outside. I few of my current favorites is this retro-inspired style and these over-the-top cat eyes (currently on sale! Use THEPREPPYMAG15 at check-out for an additional $15 off).
Need more inspiration for an upcoming weekend out east? I’ll be headed back out to the Hamptons for the 4th of July and sharing all of my outfits here on Instagram. Be sure to follow along for a constant stream of inspo.
When I first heard about this product, I kind of thought it was crazy. Why do we need to buy water to spray on our face? Feels a little over-the-top. BUT, after using this spray a few times I was absolutely proved wrong. Not only is this spray the perfect pool/beachside companion it can also be used as a toner before you put your make-up and I don’t love anything more than a purchase that can work double time for me.
What I Love: With the first official weekend of Summer under our belts, I can confidently say that this product is the 2nd most important one in my beach bag (sunscreen is #1 because duh). While I love, love, love spending Summer days outside, I’m definitely one to get easily over-heated and that is where Evian comes in. With a simple spray, I am brought back to life with the refreshing mist of Evian. As much as my friends/family may give me a hard time for paying $13.50 for a canister of water, this is definitely my most borrowed product as it is compatible with every skin type (normal, oily, dry, sensitive, etc.).
The Watch Outs: This is a great product but it should be in ADDITION to the other hydration solutions in your vanity. Unlike some other products, I feel the effects of this product in a long-term capacity (after a few weeks of using) rather than the instant hydration that I sometimes crave after a long day in the sun.