Friday Links to Love

We've been lucky this week in New York. Breezy, warm days and cool nights. Summer hasn't sucked! I'm starting to plan fall travel and trying to do less than I did last year. I've just had the greatest time being in New York (and traveling to places near New York) and I want to do more local pieces alongside the far-flung getaways. I went strawberry picking at Jones Farm in Connecticut and spent hours cutting them, freezing them, and also making this cake - a big hit!

Just can't believe it's almost July! 

Summer Strawberry Cake View from Trump SoHo Penthouse Suite

Friday Links to Love & Hamptons Bound

We're headed to East Hampton to spend the weekend with friends.  So now starts Hamptons time - where watches, iPhones, and computers mean nothing. Here's some of what caught my eye this week, which was packed with meetings (lunches, cocktails, dinners-I need way more home time next week), a great friend from out of town, eye doctor (Seriously need LASIK), much needed time at Equinox, interviews, and a couple of blissful hours overlooking my favorite spot in Central Park (below). 

Spring in Central Park

  • 5 Things To Love About Vacations in Laguna Beach - I wrote this and it appears on Exclusive Resorts' blog. I love working with them and love any chance to praise Montage Laguna Beach.
  • I loved this on Cup of Jo - French Kids Eat Everything "You don't have to like it, but you do have to taste it" (Great reminders for kids AND adults)
  • Pippa Middleton's Book Cover Released - I love Pippa. LOVE. Can't wait for this book in October and I think it's fascinating that she's actually releasing one.
  • I've been nesting this week and cooking up a storm - MAJOR hits this week were this, this, and this. I don't usually bake treats unless I know I'll be able to bring them somewhere, so they don't stick around the apartment too long. The oatmeal, cranberry & chocolate chunk cookies were unloaded in a minute. I'm filing this recipe away for cold fall days when we have people over.
  • I had a mani/pedi & facial at the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York yesterday. I've been to my fair share of spas (they pair nicely with hotels!), but this one hit it out of the park. I can't wait to go back.

I love New York - Dog Training in Union Square

Friday Links to Love from Australia

Three flights and nearly 30 hours of travel later, and I'm in the Gold Coast of Australia, known for surfing, outdoor activities and a beautiful hinterland (land behind a coast). It's the number one vacation destination for Australians.  I've already done stand-up paddleboarding and HELD A KOALA!!!! They define adorable. Tomorrow I'm headed to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat which looks to have a fun Tree Top Walk and is within a national park.

How awesome is this pic? I love roaming through grocery stores in other countries and I spotted these bananas in Woolworth's as I was looking for Lucas Papaw Ointment.  One of my journalist friends that I traveled to India with is super chic.  I'll trust anything she says and she said it was her favorite lip balm in the world. I love the name!

A few things to check out:

  • 15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently - I need to work on #7 and #15. I don't need to work on #10 - being realistic is never something I've done well. :)
  • Britain's Most Eccentric Attractions - A travel blogger reached out with this list she created and it's awesome. Museum of Dog Collars? World Championship Hen Racing? Very cool.
  • Historic Hotel Bossert Converting Back to Hotel - I absolutely can't wait for this to be a hotel again. It's on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights and has been owned by the Jehovah's Witnesses for decades, who have taken very good care of it. You can't get in now but you can peek into the marble lobby and it's stunning. The two-story Marine Roof rooftop deck was legendary in the 1920s & 30s for views of the skyline and this is where the Brooklyn Dodgers celebrated their World Series win over the Yankees in 1955.  I still feel like Brooklyn Heights is somewhat of a secret (even to New Yorkers) but with Sarah Jessica Parker moving in and many hotel projects, it's poised to become a must for tourists, as it should be! So beautiful and so much history (which I can tell you all about on one of my Brooklyn Heights 101 tours).

Friday Links to Love from Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Arizona

I'm home! But...I'm staying in hotels! Writing this from the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, a beautiful hotel that feels NOTHING like a typical Sheraton - it reflects the beauty and heritage of the Native American land it sits on.  And it's right nearby Rawhide, the coolest fake Western town.  It really is strange to not be staying at home snuggled up with my family's dogs, but so great to see Arizona/Scottsdale/Phoenix through new eyes.  When I'm home, I normally stay within 5 miles of our house and hit up my favorite old spots.  Ready to put on my cowboy boots and hit the horseback riding trails tomorrow!

This week, I loved:

  • Cute kids with swag - may my future child be as cool
  • I saw A Separation, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film this year. I couldn't believe when I checked Rotten Tomatoes, it was 99% fresh. Unheard of? It's heavy, but really worth seeing. You'll want to talk about it for hours.
  • Never Before Seen Photos of NYC (Photo of painters on the Brooklyn Bridge is amazing!)
  • Five Reasons To Eat Organic Apples (I can't eat an apple that isn't organic anymore - or really any of the fruits/veggies on the Dirty Dozen list of most highly contaminated produce)

Friday Links to Love & Leaving for Italy

Rocco on the HudsonI'm in the midst of traveling chaos. I leave for Italy this weekend and have been trying to finish all my work from England and other projects before I go. Not totally successful but getting there. Mostly, I just want to walk through the best city in the world and snuggle with my puppy Rocco.  I had a very fun lunch with Jill Zarin and her assistant Sarah yesterday at Landmarc at the Time Warner Center. Jill was right when I interviewed her for my Forbes column-the French toast is insane.

Here's a few things I thought were interesting this week:

And a quote that came through my twitter feed: "Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move on." ~C.S. Lewis