Boats and Football

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Checking out my favorite, Chris Craft Cruiser // Outfit Details: Sweater, old but similar here // Blank NYC Jeans // Sunglasses

I am a little behind on my posts, but two weekends ago we went to the United States Powerboat Boat Show. It is one of the largest (I believe, second) in the country that takes place every October in Annapolis, MD.

It was so fun to walk the docks, check out boats we are interested in as well as ones way above our price rage, have a few drinks, lunch and spend a gorgeous day on the water.

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Lonely Ravens fan
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View from our seats

Sunday we ventured up to the Meadowlands for some football. We watched our teams face-off, saw friends, tailgated and had amazing Jersey Italian food! Even though the Ravens lost it was a really fun day and a great weekend!

This Week

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The Boathouse Patio

This week was fairly uneventful. Sunday evening we attended a charity event at The Boathouse, one of my favorite warm weather spots in Baltimore. The patio overlooks the marina, their food and drinks are great (love their local Rosé) and they usually have live music. It is a great Baltimore staple.

The hosted charity was K9s for Warriors and if you don’t know a lot about them, they are an amazing foundation that provides service canines to warriors suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and / or military sexual trauma as a result of their service. Their main goal is to empower soldiers to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. There were Veterans with their dogs telling stories of how these animals have saved their lives and made coming home more manageable after being in battle.

We had a wonderful night buying raffle tickets (and losing), dancing, and enjoying the oyster bar, amazing food and drinks. ALL of the proceeds went to K9 which was fabulous.

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The beautiful sunset over the marina

 

Naples, FL

Last week I was in Naples, FL – one of my favorite places. I stayed at The Ritz Carlton in Vanderbilt Beach during the week and then moved to downtown Naples when my fiancé arrived on Friday.

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Beach chairs lined up at The Ritz Carlton
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Snuck in some reading
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The sunsets in Southwest Florida are amazing
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Lunch at the Turtle Club.
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Downtown Naples

Once we got downtown, one of the first things I wanted to do was… shop. Since I have been here over the years with my family, I headed straight for Third Street to check out a few of my favorites, including Tickled Pink.

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Heading to dinner at Campiello. Top (on sale now) // Clutch // Shoes (old but similar here)

Campiello is one of the best Italian spots in Naples, FL (which is hard to say!) It is located off Third Street with seating in an outdoor courtyard as well as an amazing indoor space. The food and ambiance is perfection.

I could go on and on about the amazing restaurants in Naples, but here are a few favorites below (we ate at a few while there)…

Osteria Tulia

Hob Nob

Bice

Chops

And SO many more…

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Day road trippin. Shirt // Hat // Sandals
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Marco Island Marriott Resort Pool

We cruised down to Marco Island from Naples to have lunch at one of my fiancés favorite lunch spots – Quinn’s on the Beach at The Marriott Resort which was absolutely beautiful. We ate and swam for the day.

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He let me drive for a hot minute

We returned to Naples that evening. Unfortunately I have no pictures from dinner Saturday night, but we went to Hob Nob, which is fabulous, followed by some Saturday night college football and live music at Shea’s.

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Sunday boat day

Sunday we cruised around the Gulf and up and down the intercoastal waters looking at the houses and fun dock and dines.

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Lounging after a “lesson”
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The ground of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

I have been going to the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club for years with my parents so I thought it would be a good time to show my fiancé around the property. It has amazing views and two good restaurants, but most importantly it was Sunday and the Sunset Beach Bar has the NFL ticket, so we went to watch some football (Go Ravens!)

My fiancé is a Giants fan so we literally did not sit near each other and watched our games, had lunch and beer separately,  like two crazy people, but it was so much fun (and we both won- yay!)

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The bathroom walls because I could not help myself
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Sunset off the Naples Pier

After leaving the Naples Beach Club we headed downtown to walk the Naples Pier to watch the sunset and then showered for dinner. We went to Osteria Tulia, which is so amazing, sat outside, had some wine and capped off a wonderful weekend.

9/11

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View of the flag ceremony from our seats

I am sure everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. I was leaving mass. It was my first week of high school and we were given prayers to say at the end of each mass. The final prayer that morning was to pray for those who were affected by the plane that crashed into the World Trade Center. We had all been in mass for over an hour so no one knew what exactly was meant by that. When the service was over everyone filed out of the gymnasium and walked into the hallways where TVs were on. We could see lots of smoke barreling out of the World Trade Center. Confused, we all shuffled to our next class and that’s when the second plane hit and then we knew this was something far worse than we imagined.

It was a long day from there but living so close to DC, our school did not take any risks. Our parents were all instructed to come and pick up their kids and we went home. I remember sitting on my back deck that afternoon looking up at the eerily quiet sky, a beautiful blue sky. It was a gorgeous day that September 11, I will always recall.

I continued watching news coverage all the day and night with my parents asking lots of questions they did not know the answers to. It was a new world and you could feel it. All of the devastations, lives lost, those jumping out of the buildings, those heroes on Flight 93 , everything was a lot to take in and images you never forget.

I always hear my parents speak of where they were when John F Kennedy was assassinated and now I know what they were referring to.

15 years later and it is still so clear as day. It is a long road and never-ending battle to fight terrorism. How do you argue with someone that wants to kill you because you are Christian? Live in the Western world? Have different ideals than they do? You don’t, and that is why the new form of war has become this.

I fly all of the time for personal trips and work, and I still get a tiny sting inside me when I think of this day and the disgusting radicals who want to kill innocent people.

Yesterday, watching all of the coverage and the ceremony on the news, it feels like yesterday as I am sure it does to those who lost loved ones that day.

I also went to the Baltimore Raven’s opening game yesterday where they had a lovely service preceding the game. After the Star Spangled Banner, the stadium honored service men and women who were heroes in some way on September 11, 2001  as well as other American heroes who serve and protect us every day: policemen, firefighters, Air Force, Army, Navy, and more. They protect us every day, whether we are aware or not so that we can live our lives and in this great country. It gives me chills every time the Star Spangled Banner is played and the planes fly overhead. I feel the strength. I feel united with my fellow Americans.

I truly always say a prayer and thank the troops for keeping us safe. Every single day.

Land of the free because of the brave!

USA!

 

 

End of Summer Roundup

Summer is officially over. Well, it was over last weekend, but it is still H O T here in Baltimore, so I will blame that on the delayed post. I had such a wonderful summer and so many more memories to share, but here are the ones that made the cut in the roundup. Sad to see summer go, but I do love Fall and football!

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My family at Sunset Grille
Getting my very OWN season tickets! (Earrings: Lisi Lerch)
Watching the Blue Angels practice over our beach
My sister and I at our favorite, Fager’s Island (Dress: my dear friend is the designer! Jane Hudson in the “Jennings“)
Our friend’s wedding in Connecticut (Jumpsuit: sold out but similar here // Gigi Uber Clutch)
Siblings cracking crabs at the beach

St. Michaels Weekend

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The view of the Inn from the back patio
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One of my favorite restaurants ever, Stars, which is located on property
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View of the Bay looking out from the patio
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The most beautiful grounds

Happy Labor Day! We just returned from one of my favorite towns, St. Michaels. It is one of the best places to visit in Maryland. A cute little town on the Eastern Shore and only an hour and half drive from downtown Baltimore, it makes for a perfect weekend getaway.

My fiancé surprised me for Labor Day and we stayed at my very favorite place, The Inn at Perry Cabin. The grounds are so beautiful and the property is so peaceful. The Inn sits right on the Chesapeake with the most stunning views of the water. The building itself is so historic and just gorgeous architecturally. The décor is amazing – country, coastal meets shabby chic. Just so cozy and welcoming. It is also a place that’s wonderful to go in the fall and winter and snuggle up with a glass of wine by the fire pits on property.

Side note: It is the location where the wedding scene in the movie Wedding Crashers was filmed, so it has that claim to fame.

We arrived at The Inn to check in and the headed into town to enjoy lunch at The Crab Claw, an awesome local seafood joint in town. The crab cakes and fish tacos are amazing! After that we walked around and shopped. They have the most adorable and locally owned boutiques, so I always have to do a lap or two on Talbot Street. We topped off the day with a drink at Foxy’s Harbor Grille, one of our favorite dock and dines and walked the docks looking at the boats and listening to music.

After that we headed back to the Inn for sunset cocktails in their adorable Adirondack chairs before getting ready for dinner.

The following day we topped off with a bike ride through town and breakfast at Crepes by the Bay (the Smoked Salmon crepe is my favorite) before heading back home.

It was the perfect two day getaway and we can’t wait to go back in the fall.

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Watching the sunset in the Adirondack chairs. Outfit details: Dress (similar here) // Shoes
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PINK sunset on the water
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Ready for dinner at Stars and view from our patio. Outfit details: Dress // Shoes

 

Sunflower Fields

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View of the sunflower fields at Clear Meadow Farm

This past Saturday we went to the Sunflower Fields in Monkton, Maryland. For anyone that has never been, it is a fantastic site to see with over 150 acres and over 2.5 million sunflowers. The sunflower fields are quite a famous tourist attraction in Maryland and only bloom every two years, so you have to make sure to get there. The end of August to the first week of September is the ideal time when they are in full bloom. We drove from Baltimore towards Harford County taking the back roads along the way. The drive is so beautiful, especially this time of year.

We hung out in the fields, peeked into a cute corner antique shop and bought a few sunflowers for friends and family. Something about sunflowers are so cheerful and put a smile on my face every time I see one.

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Me in the sea of sunflowers.

Birthday Week

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My view at the Four Seasons Baltimore pool

This post is about two weeks late, but I turned 29! That is a little scary to say out loud. I spent my actual birthday, which was a Tuesday, not working and lounging at the Four Season’s poolside for a little “me” time. It was so relaxing. The agenda consisted of lounging poolside, reading, eating, Whispering Angel and popping in and out of the spa. It was a wonderful distraction day. Afterwards, my fiancé surprised me and had my family waiting at our house for a rooftop dinner of crab cakes and rosé. It was a perfect day.

 

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Birthday Dinner Outfit. Excuse my hotel room to-go wine cup. Striped Off the Shoulder Blouse // J Crew Toothpick White Jeans // Gigi Uber Clutch // Nude Strappy Sandals (on sale now!)

I was off to Boston the next day so the following weekend we spent in our favorite city, Annapolis. We spent most of our time shopping, eating and walking around looking at the boats (aka my fiancé scoping out which he is going to purchase).

We have tried so many delicious dinner spots in this town, but this time we went to dinner at a place called Vin 909 located in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis. I have been wanting to try it and it did not disappoint. Their pizzas are amazing! We got The Cubano, and their Butterscotch Pudding is out of this world!

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Seersucker off the shoulder top // Pietro Alessandro Brooklyn Tote // Classic denim shorts (on sale now!) // Gold Jack Roger sandals // Sunglasses

The next day was primarily shopping downtown and then out for Crabs. My fiancé is not from Maryland so doesn’t exactly see the excitement and happiness that cracking crabs gives me, but he brings me anyway. Sometimes if he is lucky, I’ll even crack some for him. We went to Mike’s Crabhouse and enjoyed live music as we walked up and down the docks, waiting for our table. It was the perfect end to the weekend.

 

Weekly Roundup

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View from The Daily Catch Seaport of downtown Boston

This last week was BUSY! I had an event in Boston and then another in NYC, so spent most of the week up north. Boston was awesome. I ran an event I have been doing for the past 6 years and it was great! Seeing the same people attend year after year is so nice and catching up with co-workers and friends. We had amazing weather and the venue is just so spectacular.

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Downtown Manhattan from the Hudson
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Lady Liberty by boat

I spent Thursday and Friday in NYC. It was a great week topped off with a cruise around the Hudson. New York is, of course, one of the best cities in the world, but it can be overwhelming a lot of the time. There is something so peaceful about seeing the city from the water. It seems so massive, and yet so small all at once.

Sundays

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Enjoying a Corona on the Bay

As a kid I used to loathe Sundays. I would get anxiety about the next school day – what homework I did, or most likely, did not, do over the weekend, what I was going to wear (pre-uniforms), just silly things that would make Sundays anything but pleasurable.

Fast forward to being an adult. I LOVE Sundays. What’s not to love. Lazy, sunny and fun in the summers, football in the fall and winter, long walks or bike rides in the spring. Sundays have become one of my favorite days of the week.

This past Sunday my fiancé and I went to look at a boat he is interested in and found ourselves driving through several peninsulas along the water. We stumbled upon a few dock and dines and just had an exploration of an area of Maryland we don’t usually frequent. It was so fun people-watching and just being on the water.

Maryland is so vivacious and full of excitement in the summer time, especially on the Chesapeake – so many boaters and water activities. One of our favorite things to do is discover new places and we definitely found a few gems.

We also made an awesome decision over a few Corona Lights that afternoon – we will not go another season without a boat. He grew up boating and I am born and raised in MD – frequenting the beach and always being on the water, so it’s naturally something that fits our lifestyle. More to come on that, but we are certainly happy to explore and discover new spots by land… for now.