Happy Memorial Day. Although most of us have been spending our long weekend at the beach with friends and family, its important to remember the real reason for today’s holiday. Its a day of remembrance and thanks for all of those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives so we could have the freedoms that we enjoy today.
So let those American flags fly proud today as we remember all of our amazing men and women in our military — past, present, and future.
Whether you have plans with your Valentine, your gal pals, or just plan on a low key night at home, I always think its fun to get in the Valentine’s spirit! Here are some fun V-day picks for everyone — some pink, red, hearts, and a little bit of lace!
Every year Doug and I take a trip to NYC right after Christmas. We see a Broadway show, have drinks at Lillie’s, and shop at the winter markets. We usually will stay over so we can have a nice dinner in the city, and then we will have brunch on our way back to Grand Central. This year we stayed over in SoHo, so our usual brunch spot in Midtown, Lexington Brass, was too far away. A few Google searches later and we found ourselves at Lafayette, a French “grand café and bakery” that absolutely did not disappoint.
I am still dreaming about my brunch that day — soft scrambled eggs with basil and roasted tomatoes, brioche, and the most wonderfully flaky croissant ever. The ladies sitting next to us were eating an equally amazing looking brunch of champagne, deviled eggs, and oysters.
We were blessed with the most mild weather on this trip. I left my fur coat at home and just brought my wool Ralph Lauren coat and Robinwoods cowl scarf. I also managed to walk all the way from Bryant Park to SoHo (and back the next morning) in my Frye Boots, although I think I might have my cobbler put on some grippy soles! My hat was a street vendor purchase — and it went so great with my outfit I just had to wear it!
This year we started a New Year’s tradition of brunch at Wentworth by the Sea, an adorable late 1800’s Victorian hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My New Year’s Eve was pretty mild (I fell asleep at 11:30!), so when I woke up I packed a few party hats to use as table decorations, threw on my fur, and headed up for brunch.
You really can’t go wrong with a lobster roll in New England — and their lemon scented mayo was the perfect touch. I missed my glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, so I celebrated with an afternoon glass of cava.
The hotel was still decorated for the holidays — I heard its bad luck to take down your tree before New Year’s Day — so we were still able to enjoy all the pretty decorations and twinkly lights.