• Pink Barn

    Pink Barn

    Just outside of New Preston, Connecticut is this perfectly lovely pink barn. Set on a somewhat dilapidated piece of property it wouldn’t feel as right as it does if were pristine. The editor in me always wants to orchestrate a glorious photo shoot here. Rust color barns are traditional but it’s the unexpected sweet side here that I love so much.

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  • Freshmade NYC

    Freshmade NYC

    Little chefs, my daughter being one of them, truly enjoy getting acquainted with ingredients in a kid friendly environment which is something Freshmade NYC offers. Their team serves up the best healthy cooking and catering classes in a way our wee ones can easily digest. Plus they do catering and events. www.FreshmadeNYC.com

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  • Eskandar

    Eskandar

    The 4,000 square foot New York shop of London-based designer Eskandar is the ultimate lifestyle boutique. In a city filled with endless shops it’s rare to discover one this grand that is hyper curated. The designers clothes are, of course, for sale there along with jewelry, candles, blown glass and pottery. The shop on 10th street is one of my absolute favorites and now there’s one on Melrose in West Hollywood and Walton Street in Chicago as well. www.eskandar.com

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  • Coral Cutie

    Coral Cutie

    I was walking around Southampton one sunny summer afternoon and spotted this vintage coral cutie. The picnic cloth fringed roof and monogrammed seats made me want to transform my entire world and go super retro preppy. It’s not my look, in the end, but you must admit this car is adorable!

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  • Steak a la Oscars

    Steak a la Oscars

    It’s true that summer grilling is a beautiful, au natural way to cook but I love that our household master chef (aka David Yanks) pulls off the same stellar taste on the stovetop. Using a grill pan, seared for 6.5 minutes a side David’s London Broil is marinated five hours in Makers Mark bourbon, Balsamic Vinegar and Soy Sauce. It’s the ultimate #Oscars2014 #spyluxebite

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  • Morning Toppings

    Morning Toppings

    At a spa breakfast in Arizona I spotted these adorable signs denoting healthy morning toppings such as flax seeds and granola. Its rustic vibe had me thinking … this would be a grand idea to recreate this summer in the Hamptons for my house guests. I may not go overboard with this many options but a custom version of this may be part of my hosting hallmark.

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  • Stages

    Stages

    Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre has just announced their Stages Spring workshop with two programs for children, one for 6-10 year olds and the other for 8-18 year olds. Both have full scale musical performances on the stage of the Bay Street Theatre when the programs conclude. www.StagesWorkshop.org

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  • Fig

    Fig

    Where we lay our head at night should subside any stress we have and I adore shopping for bedding. One of the leading stores I have found in my travels is Fig in Westport, Connecticut. They have Matouk, Sferra and Yves Delorme, three of the best, and it’s the perfect spot to find all of those finishing touch details such as soaps and table linens. www.figlinens.com

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  • Grisal

    Grisal

    Japan is known for the very best textiles so when I was on the hunt for the softest cashmere scarf I tracked down Grisal. With a frigid winter on the horizon and a considerable amount of travel on the schedule I needed something ultra soft and lightweight. Made on vintage machines no two are the same. Plus, how chic is the hat box packaging they come in. www.Grisalscarves.com

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  • Diptyque

    Diptyque

    Founded in 1961 Diptyque is a legendary French perfumer that makes the most glorious scented candles (Baies, which has hints of blackcurrant, is the one I love to burn) They’ve opened two new shops, one in New York City’s Nolita area and this one, in Westport, Connecticut. www.diptyqueparis.com

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  • Tulips

    Tulips

    There are countless reasons I love New York City and the oodles of tulips I can buy at my local deli is one of them. Exquisite florists abound, and I certainly use them, but nothing perks me up quite like a few bunches of these in a simple vase.

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  • Berries

    Berries

    The best alternative to sweet desserts is to serve fresh berries. Simply display them, en masse, like this on a beautiful platter with sensational silverware. They capture clean eating while all the while being the epitome of elegance.

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  • Plain T

    Plain T

    I love iced tea and always produce my own sun tea during the warmer months. I’m weary of bottled teas because they tend to be filled with sweeteners but Plain T is a boutique producer that is very connected to their suppliers. The quality from tea garden to their bottles brews are excellent. www.plain-t.com

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  • French Toast

    French Toast

    Our French toast recipe has been passed down from my mom, she makes the very best of the best. The family secret is to use a brioche bread dipped in a quick whip of egg yolks with a dash of vanilla and orange juice.

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  • Mint Tea

    Mint Tea

    The most calming sip for me is mint tea. Steeping fresh clipped sprigs from my kitchen in hot water is the purest way to enjoy it.

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  • Lafayette

    Lafayette

    If I could have my perfect lunch every day it would be a Niçoise salad with a glass of Sancerre at Lafeyette. The classic salad is composed traditionally of tuna, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, tomatoes and anchovies with a light vinaigrette. The variation of this at Lafayette has green beans, boiled potatoes, capers and a sprig of dill. It stays true to its roots but Andrew Carmellini adds his own touch and I love it! www.lafayetteny.com

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  • Manolo Blahnik

    Manolo Blahnik

    Making the most iconic pumps in the world Manolo Blahnik put on a stellar exhibit during New York Fashion Week. The stilettos, ankle boots and adorable flats were a mix of polka dots with grosgrain bows, multi color patchwork shoes and these beauties with bursts of pink and red silk. www.manoloblahnik.com

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  • Crayon Rocks

    Crayon Rocks

    Reinventing a classic like the Crayola crayon doesn’t happen that often so when I spotted these Crayon Rocks I thought they were really cool. They’re great for little hands and come in a slew of summer colors like violet and robin’s egg blue. www.CrayonRocks.net

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  • Polo For Women

    Polo For Women

    Ralph Lauren divided his Fall/Winter fashion show into two scenes, the first were the looks that are part of his Polo for Women launch which will debut at retail at the new Polo Store opening at 711 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street. The flagship will have a restaurant as well.

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  • The Pierre

    The Pierre

    The hand-painted mural in the landmarked Pierre hotel is one of the most #spyluxe spots in the city. Step off of Fifth Avenue and you’re transported into an old world space that’s one of the very few left of it’s kind in New York City. It will always hold a special place in my heart as my parents were married there. www.tajhotels.com

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  • Terrain

    Terrain

    On a weekend trip to Westport, Connecticut I visited Terrain which is the most well-appointed garden center I have set my eyes on. The vignettes are all gorgeous with little nooks to sit in such as this one. They have beautiful glassware, potted plants and an array of beauty products. The book selection is quite rich and their jewelry has that Au natural feel to it using stones all in line with the color palette of the shop. The most divine part is that there is a restaurant right in the middle of it all. www.shopterrain.com

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  • Dannijo

    Dannijo

    Known for their jewel encrusted baubles, the duo behind Dannijo presented their latest collection on ballerinas in a boxing ring. This season’s ruby hued pieces were simply smashing as you can see here. I have my eye on them for a holiday soirΓ©e. www.dannijo.com

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  • Cull & Pistol

    Cull & Pistol

    The artisanal food market is having a moment in New York City, they’re popping up everywhere. One of the originals, Chelsea Market, has always been one for reinvention. The team behind the Lobster Place have just opened Cull & Pistol which immediately became my must go-to spot for seafood. Aside from a seriously lengthy list of raw oysters and chilled lobsters meant to douse in hot sauce, the lobster salad stuffed deviled eggs topped with a dollop of caviar are #spyluxe. I’m going to snag this recipe as it’s a perfect party idea. www.cullandpistol.com

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  • Fatty Sundays

    Fatty Sundays

    And so it goes in the trendy sweets world … the cupcake was replaced by the cronut, then the eclair ousted the croissant-doughnut hybrid and now Fatty Sundays has kicked up the pretzel to the cutest version I have ever seen. With flavors like banana cream, berry granola, lemon cookie, and pumpkin spice sprinkle covered pretzela are now all the rage. The modern twist on the classic rod shape is hand dipped making them super #spyluxe and pretty! http://www.fattysundays.com/

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  • SAG Awards

    SAG Awards

    Narrowing in on the best dressed during the flurry of awards season including the SAG Awards is something as an editor we find great joy in. From the SAG Awards my 5 favorites are seen here. Sofia Vergara and Camila Alves both in Donna Karan Atelier, Claire Danes in Vionnet, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior and Jennifer Garner in Max Mara.

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  • Christian Tortu

    Christian Tortu

    When you think of the master class in any category the very top of the heap in the world of floral designers is a man by the name of Christian Tortu. The Parisian based designer makes the most sensational bouquets I have ever laid my eyes on. There is a fantasy quality to them, they are grandiose but balanced with a sense of modernity. If you’re in France visit him to see his arrangements or experience the beauty he creates from afar with his fragrances and candles. www.christiantortu.net

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  • Pastis

    Pastis

    Destined to close after a nice run I hang on to my last meals at Pastis in an unexpected way. Growing up in New York City it’s not a foreign concept that restaurants come and go but this is one of my personal haunts. I have a table I sit at, a carafe of wine I order consistently and my beloved leeks that shouldn’t be dis messed as plain. Here they are tossed in a light vinaigrette with hard boiled eggs. I’ve had so many good years here. My only option is to say goodbye gracefully.

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  • Tom Ford

    Tom Ford

    After giving Gucci back its verve and then departing to establish his own namesake label Tom Ford is on a mission to conquer the beauty world one engraved lipstick at a time. Finely crafted and far from flashy he has figured how to give us women something we are craving. We don’t need Tom Ford lipstick, but we certainly want it and we have to have it. This gives him the advantage. www.TomFord.com

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  • The House of V

    The House of V

    On the hunt to send a thank you gift to a very good gluten-free friend of mine in Miami I discovered The House of V. The owner Valentina Cordero has an all-natural and vegan approach to baked goods and creates organic cupcakes, donuts, brownies and cookies. She infuses her minis with fruits and flowers which takes the basic cupcake to a new level. My friend was super impressed. www.thehouseofv.net/THOV

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  • Victoria Health

    Victoria Health

    I’d heard a lot of buzz about the British based wellness site Victoriahealth.com as the Mecca for all products related to mind and body wellness. I’ll admit it, I am constantly on the hunt for anything that will improve my wellbeing so I clicked right on through. First, it’s organized brilliantly and secondly, it truly has the gamut of product to approach your life in a healthful way. From supplements, boosters, cleansers, and treatments to detox products and teas the site guides you to products and ways to help our over active minds unwind. www.victoriahealth.com

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  • Maryam Nassir Zadeh

    Maryam Nassir Zadeh

    The stylish edit of boutique owner Maryam Nassir Zadeh at her namesake Lower East Side shop in Manhattan includes many of the smaller labels that I love to wear. Included in the mix are Carven, Acne, Gabriela Artigas and Bernard Willhelm. She also designs her own line of shoes with sculptural wedges, artful flats in vibrant grass green and fuschia and these charming kitten heels which already have me longing for Spring. www.mnzstore.com

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  • A Dose of Fresh Berries

    A Dose of Fresh Berries

    It is simply inevitable that our bodies change as we age and the first major shift I have made is to add a dose of berries to my diet, daily. I find it gives my a positive kick so I load up on them in the morning with a dollop of Siggi’s or Blue Hill yogurt. It’s inescapable that I’ll be braving a few more winter storms this season but nothing could be better than having the appropriate fuel to tackle it. My #spyluxe tip is to pair it with a piping hot cup of water with lemon. There is power in clean eating, you have my word.

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  • Canyon Creek Ranch

    Canyon Creek Ranch

    In the heart of Arizona’s Black Canyon is the ultimate Old West experience, Canyon Creek Ranch owned by Jim and Opal Brown. Set on 130 acres are rawly carved trails surrounded by cacti and volcanic rock, bull heads on which to perfect your roping technique and plenty of ways to experience true cowboy culture highlighted by their love of children and acclimating them to horses (the one my daughter rode was named Taco). Opal herself makes a high dimension chili to fuel you mid way through a day at the ranch between their kid friendly shooting range and a trip back to the desert base on a vintage Pinzgauer. www.westerndestinations.com

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  • Plated

    Plated

    I have to admit I am bombarded by new sites every day. I’m an editor so it’s my job to sift through a little bit of this and a dash of that. My consistent point of view is this … the simpler the concept, the better. When I was introduced to Plated.com my immediate reaction was A. They have clean branding, no muss and thus no fuss. B. How the hell did I not think of this, which is always a good sign C. They deliver chef designed dishes, with a recipe, the ingredients and the nutritional information wrapped in a box and delivered to your doorstep. You cook and look like a whiz which is #spyluxe. www.plated.com

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  • Last Sunset 2013…2014

    Last Sunset 2013…2014

    Right between those glorious palm trees is the last sunset of 2013. This last year has been quite special for my family but we couldn’t be happier to embark on a new one. We welcome 2014.

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  • Toby’s Estate

    Toby’s Estate

    In the major facelift that Flatiron’s Club Monaco recently received a Strand Books was added, a miniature version of the free spirited florist Polux was installed, but it’s the Toby’s Estate coffee that has me swinging in more often than not. I recommend the fresh baked cookies and the roaster’s espresso. www.tobysestate.com

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  • The Bloody Mary

    The Bloody Mary

    This is an ode to my husband who is a master craftsman when it comes to the Bloody Mary. He prepares an “angry shrimp” version coated in fire red pepper, balances them with a pickled cornichon and a classic celery stalk.

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  • Kika’s Treats

    Kika’s Treats

    Based out of San Francisco Kika’s Treats makes the best chocolate covered graham crackers I have ever tasted. Their confections range from salted caramels to chocolate-covered shortbreads and their honey cakes are my latest decadent find from the brand. The packaging is nostalgic in feel and as you can see here it gets my #spyluxe seal of approval. www.kikastreats.com

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  • Owney’s Rum

    Owney’s Rum

    Handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York Owney’s Rum founder Owen Madden has put New York rum on the map. His small batch (chicly packaged) molasses based liquor even has limited edition flavors such as mint and rosemary. www.Owneys.com

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  • Monogram Mania

    Monogram Mania

    While I was curating a segment for Good Day New York on personalized gifts, I realized there is a bit of monogram mania happening. With initials like SPY there’s a tendency to want to customize everything. Apply this approach to your world, but don’t go overboard, as I did! Clockwise from top: jeans www.cwonder.com, tote www.clava.com, boots www.zoubaby.com, travel trays www.iomoi.com

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Bridgehampton Florist

Bridgehampton Florist

As we gear up for another season in the Hamptons my friends always ask me for recommendations, which I love to give. One of the very best florists out east is Bridgehampton Florist. I received these radiant orchid hued roses which miraculously lasted for two weeks and the depth of color is stunning. After all, it is Pantone’s color of the year. www.TheBridgehamptonFlorist.com

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c/o The Maidstone

c/o The Maidstone

As is often the case, many of the places we visit during the summer in the Hamptons sadly close in the off season. Thankfully, one of my beloved hangouts, c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton, stays open year-round and is cozy as can be. The highly luxurious fur throws on the porch if the inn make for a chic decorative moment, surely, but more importantly they are practical to nip that winter chill. The recent renovation of the kitchen at their restaurant the Living Room has them experimenting with all sorts of divine Scandinavian fare as well. www.themaidstone.com

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Little Elm

Little Elm

When a restaurant is entirely comprised of an eight-seat chef’s counter and is only open Thursday-Sunday it has me intrigued. Brooklyn’s The Elm, which is known for forward-thinking French European, has laid great groundwork for it’s mini sister restaurant Little Elm. With an eight-course tasting menu Mazen Mustafa, who worked in the kitchens of David Bouley and Daniel Boulud has us clamoring for one of those coveted eight spots. The china is quite chic too.
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Blue Hill Yogurt

Blue Hill Yogurt

Located just outside of New York City, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is considered one of the best restaurants in the country, and a leader in the farm-to-table movement. Dan, David, and Laureen Barber’s recently launched vegetable yogurts are sensational and a culinary game changer. Think about unexpected yogurt flavors like sweet potato, tomato, carrot and beet which are pleasing to palettes like mine which appreciate more savory tastes than sweet.

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On Display

On Display

Depending on your space you might stow all of your makeup away, or you might put it out on display. Beauty brands go to such great lengths to create luxurious and gorgeous packaging, I say show it off. This is a peak into my carefully curated vanity.

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