This week I went up to NYC to watch my friend shoot Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Tuesday was the season premier of her show, Below Deck Mediterranean, so she took me along to the BRAVO Clubhouse to watch. It’s so fun to see her when she is in the States. We had a blast and the episode was juicy! Everyone at BRAVO is so lovely.
I also stayed at the Sixty LES Hotel which was a fabulous hotel and property with wonderful views from the Lower East Side. My room had a balcony that overlooked the city where I could see from the Freedom Tower to the Empire State Building, and beyond. It also has a Blue Ribbon on property, which is so great. I absolutely LOVE NYC in the Spring time!
This past weekend Haley and I went to Washington D.C. for a little weekend getaway. It’s so funny living in Baltimore, because we have the Nation’s capital in our back yard, but hardly go. It was so nice to be tourists; visiting the monuments, buildings, Cherry Blossom trees and all of the sites. We had dinner at Rose’s Luxury, voted one of the best restaurants in the US. It was amazing and so worth the wait! (They don’t take reservations).
After dinner we had to go check out the new MGM National Harbor, so headed there for some after-dinner gambling. Sunday we walked around Georgetown and had brunch. It was the perfect D.C. weekend, and close getaway from Baltimore.
Earlier in the week, I was in NYC, and I just had to share this photo of the Freedom Tower. It never gets old. As I was leaving dinner at Little Park, I snapped this. I also had meetings at the NeueHouse (a shared work space), and they have the absolutely BEST avocado toast I have ever had. I always have to get some when I am there. I got mine with lox this time.
Last week we were in West Palm Beach for one of my best friend’s birthdays. We spent the long weekend lounging at her pool, going out to dinner and relaxing. We also started reading Find Her. Creepy, but I did not finish, so I need to continue. Is anyone else so good at reading while on vacay and then stop the books once they return home?! Hate that, and I usually finish the whole book on the trip, so HAVE to find time now. Anyway, we spent the weekend with her, her husband and some of her family who I am super close with. We have been going to her FL house for years, it is nice to go away to a familiar spot.
We spent Sunday on the water in Jupiter and cruised around Hobe Sound, where we topped the day off at The Square Grouper, a super-fun beach bar that we love, located on the marina.
She and her husband had to return to Maryland, so Haley and I stayed for a few extra days and went over to stay at The Breakers. I have been wanting to go there for a while now, so glad we made the trip and stayed. The property is gorgeous! The grounds are beautiful. All of the pools are so nice, and it has fantastic restaurants! We ate lunch at The Beach Club Restaurant, had drinks at Seafood Bar, where the actual bar was a fish tank and the entire restaurant looked as if you were dining inside a yacht! And then lastly, ate dinner at HMF, where for my Bravo fans, LuAnn De Lesseps and Tom sat right next to us! I almost sent them a bottle of champagne, despite my better judgement, but luckily Haley talked me out of it 😉
Thursday we headed to the Palm Beach International Boat Show. It was so big and the boats there were incredible. We walked around the marina for most of the day, looking at everything from smaller cruisers, center consoles to large 100 foot-plus yachts.
On our last night, we went for pre-dinner drinks at Cafe Boulud, which is located inside of the Brazilian Court Hotel, which is just stunning. It is tucked away on a residential street, but once inside, there are courtyards, fountains and lots of beautiful and fresh greenery. It’s very romantic. After drinks we went to an amazing dinner at Buccan. Our friends told us about it and we had heard great things. It was a trendy spot with small plates, fun music and a cool atmosphere. The food was delicious and I loved it.
This past Friday night, Haley and I went to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. They were performing a Beethoven show – Concerto 5 and Symphony Number 4. Growing up my family went to the symphony a good amount, so this was nice to bring back memories. I love classical music. The way it transforms you. It is so moving. Sometimes when I am alone in my car, I blare classical music (sharing a secret), and if I had to say my favorite piece of all time, it would be Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Saturday we headed to Camelback Resort in the Poconos for Haley’s brother’s birthday. Their family rented a cabin. It was fun being with his family, nieces and nephews and seeing their excitement with some of their first skiing experiences. We also got a preview for the freezing cold temperatures and snow that has now hit Baltimore. I am SO looking forward to where we are going this coming weekend and week – hint: it’s warm! Stay tuned!
Last Saturday, Haley took me to see Amy Schumer since she was performing in Baltimore. She was hysterical and so funny, as usual, but it was fun to see her in person. Her material was also extra special because Amy went to college in Baltimore. She referenced a lot of familiar places, which made all her stories and escapades all the more relatable hilarious.
Before the show we went to Bar Vasquez for a drink and small plates. We got the croquettes and calamari which were delicious.
Such a fun night, and I will leave the title of this post to the imagination, but if you were at her show #yougetit.
I have never been much of a Valentine’s Day girl. Maybe you feel that way when Valentine’s Day is every day 😉 (So cheesy!) But it’s actually true. We stayed in this year and Hal made the most amazing crab cakes and rack of lamb. He also shucked us oysters and we had my favorite wine. It was so special and nice to just stay in together. We go out to dinner pretty frequently, so this felt special to stay in and have a gourmet home-cooked meal a lå Haley.
Last week I was in Rancho Palos Verdes for a conference where we stayed at the Terranea Resort, which was beautiful. It was an amazing event filled with such inspiring, powerful and smart women that took place over 3 days.
I also got my first touch of retail. I ran a pop-up shop with conference merchandise in the beautiful and chic Marea Boutique, which is found on-property. Practice for my future boutique perhaps?
After such a long week, I treated myself to a spa evening for a massage and some relaxation in the hot tub. The view from the deck was spectacular and the Pacific sunset did not disappoint.
Last week my fiancé and I went to Key west for a long weekend getaway. It was SO needed. Neither of us have ever been, which is surprising. He may want to go for his Bachelor party, so we had to scope it out 😉
Random side note, I actually dislike the word fiancé. I feel like it’s just silly and a little pretentious. I prefer “future husband” or really anything else. I know, so it’s so odd! So I am going to move forward calling him by his NAME, which is Haley 🙂
Anywho… we flew down to escape the cold Baltimore weather. We flew into Fort Lauderdale so we could do the famous drive down through the Keys. We rented a convertible and were off!
We stopped in Islamorada on the way down and had lunch at Morada Bay Beach Cafe, which offered amazing views of the Gulf, sand and the hotel from the show Bloodline (Haley wanted to see). The hotel is actually called The Moorings Village and Spa and has beautiful grounds. The Cafe’s fish tacos were amazing! We also managed to watch the Inauguration live with our toes in the sand.
We continued our drive down the Keys and arrived about 2 hours later in Key West. we stayed at The Reach Waldorf Astoria, the sister property to the Casa Marina. Both properties were amazing, but The Reach had the only and most beautiful beach in all of Key West. Haley knows me very well, so he chose this deliberately.
The rest of the afternoon we just explored the resort grounds and watched an amazing sunset. For dinner we went to the famous Hot Tin Roof on the marina side of the island. It had an amazing ambiance, cozy fireplaces and the best pineapple martini I have ever had. After dinner we ventured down to Duval Street to check out some of the bars. We went to Hogs Breath Saloon, which we loved. They played live music and then went to Sloppy Joe’s, another Key West staple. We bounced around to a few more before heading home for the night.
The next day was primarily a downtown exploration and beach day.
We went to the most amazing place for lunch – B.O.’s Fish Wagon. It was this little wagon downtown on the side of the street that had the BEST conch sandwich. It was a true hidden gem, and definitely very local, which I love. Inside they had chalk for people to sign their names and displayed cool trinkets from visitors all over. We spotted an Orioles and Natty Boh sticker for my Baltimore people!
Saturday night we went to what I will now call one of my favorite restaurants ever – Latitudes. This restaurant is located on Sunset Key, which is a small island off the coast of Key West. You have to take a ferry to even get there. The restaurant is located on the sand and is lit spectacularly. To be honest I wish I had more photos, because these do not do the property justice, but I was enjoying my evening and dinner with Haley 🙂
The next morning, we explored more. This time, it was the marinas and boats (of course). The marina area of the island was beautiful. We even saw a huge manatee. In all of the years I have been going to Florida, I have never seen one that big and that close! They are such peaceful and spectacular creatures.
This evening we went down to Mallory Square Marina Village for sunset cocktails.
We left to head back to the room and have some Champs on the balcony. We then headed to Rick’s to watch the playoff games.
The next morning we went to Blue Heaven for brunch. It was a little secret beach garden right downtown. We loved it. Haley got the Lobster Eggs Benedict and I got an omelet. A true little piece of “heaven.”
We shopped the rest of the day. I got an awesome gold midi-skirt that I will post! We had dinner this evening at A&B Lobster House. A couple we met the first night told us to go there, and it was amazing. We had a drink at the marina before heading over to Better Than Sex for dessert. It was a fantastically quirky, dark and sultry spot where we dined on dessert wines and amazing key lime pie. The tables are set inside private velvet drapes. It’s quite an experience. I have no pictures from here because that would have been weird!
The last day we just lounged on the beach before heading back to Fort Lauderdale where we had dinner with one of my good friends. He took us to 15th Street Fisheries, which was an awesome perfect end to a great long weekend.
Wow it’s been awhile! SO sorry. I will get better.
Lot’s of things have happened since Halloween, including good friends’ wedding, a quick NYC trip, Christmas, New Year’s and one not so fun thing – getting my wisdom teeth out.
I had a quick NYC trip for work, which I mixed with play. My fiancé came up for an engagement party we had at the end of the week and we managed to sneak in an amazing night with drinks at the top of the World Trade Center and dinner at one of my favorite restaurants One if by Land, Two if by Sea in the Village, which is so old-school and absolutely spectacular!
I just have to say that the view of the Memorials from the new building is so surreal. You sort of just look out and have to take in a moment of silence.
Following Christmas, I had my wisdom teeth out. One, I know I am super old to have to get my wisdom teeth out, but was only told recently that they had to come out. Two, obviously I planned the surgery in accordance with Christmas and to be able to eat everything and all that I wanted!
By Saturday, following my Tuesday surgery, I was itching to get out of the house so my mom and sister picked me up and we had a nice outdoor afternoon looking for sea glass and lunching on Kent Island. Side note: my mom loves to shell hunt (in Florida) and hunt for sea glass in Maryland. This particular beach is know for having lots of sea glass. It was just nice to get out in nature, hear the water and be in the sun. There is something just so true about the water healing everything – I believe it!
Because I was recovering from the wisdom teeth removal, we didn’t do much for New Year’s this year. To make it more fun my fiancé told me to dress up, even though we were staying in, set the table and decorated the house. It was so cute and such a nice surprise to uplift me from being a little bummed about not doing something for New Year’s. To be honest, I am not the most NYE-loving gal. In fact, I don’t really like it. I prefer to go to a nice dinner or have a quiet and low key night in with friends. Since I was unable to consume anything besides basically soup, he made a delicious pasta dish. We listened to music, had wine and watched the fireworks on our roof. It was perfect.
I will get back on track with posting. Sorry for the hiatus. I have basically doing a whole lot of the below, which has been lovely!
This past weekend we ventured down to the beach. The beach in October in Maryland might not sound pleasant to most, but it is SO beautiful and quiet in the off-season. The forecast was also calling for 75 degree weather (not typical this time of year), so we thought we would take advantage of it.
We spent Friday night in Annapolis and ate at a great Italian restaurant Osteria 177.
Saturday morning we drove down to the beach, did a lot of eating out at our favorite spots, shopped and topped off the weekend at Micky Fins in West Ocean City, MD where we caught the sunset. It was an awesome “fall” weekend.
It was great weather and a such a good weekend to be down at the beach, but I was super excited to get home Monday and hand out Halloween candy to the adorable neighborhood kids! So we managed to sneak a little Halloween into our “anti-Halloween” weekend.