Brunch at Lafayette

Lafayette

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.

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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.

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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!

See you next Christmas, New York!

Costa Rica

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (and if you’re not you should be!) you know that I spent last week in Costa Rica with my family! Its been a place on our “must visit” list for awhile now– my great grandfather was born in San Jose — and we finally made the trip happen this year. We stayed at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste, which is about an hour or so from Liberia — depending on how fast you can drive on dirt roads!

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We did a whole lot of nothing on the trip, and it was perfect! We swam in the infinity pool, lounged in hammocks, searched for shells on the beach, drank fruity cocktails, and watched the sun set over the Pacific every night.

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One day we got ambitious and ventured out on a tour of a coffee plantation to learn how Costa Rica harvests and produces their 100% Arabica coffee. We even got to see some traditional Costa Rican dancing as a “surprise” from our tour guide. The trip to the plantation was an experience all in itself — 2 hours of driving in a van on dirt roads with more potholes than I had ever seen in my entire life. We saw a lot of people riding dirt bikes and ATVs in the road — much better vehicle choices for the terrain!!

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The coffee in Costa Rica is amazing — its such a small country compared to other coffee producers that they focus on quality and not quantity. Definitely a modern girl philosophy! And once we were on the tour it was easy to see why — I was so surprised to hear about how much work goes into picking the coffee beans — one 25 lb. basket only yields about 8 lbs. of finished coffee beans!

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Our beach was so nice and secluded — there were hardly any other people were around! Doug and I took a long walk and I found so many unique shells on the beach that I had never seen before. I smuggled a few home and I may try to make a necklace out of them for next summer.

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I shared most of my sunset photos on my Instagram page, but this one was from our last night and its just too pretty to not post here too. The colors were different every day — sometimes the sky was a bright orange like this night, and other nights were pink.  If you want to go “off the grid” for a little bit I’d highly recommend Costa Rica, especially Guanacaste.  Outside of the hotel property (which was about 10 mins off the main road anyway!) was so rural and had an easygoing, relaxed feel to it. After all, the country’s motto is “pura vida”!

Dreaming of Telluride

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Sweater: Bobbles & Lace (similar) / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Hat: H&M / Boots: Frye

I think I read about Tom Cruise selling his Telluride house just a day or so before I spotted this sweater at my local Bobbles & Lace. I clearly had all things “Western” on the brain — dreaming about drinking coffee from my luxe log cabin in the mountains. I suppose if I can’t have my own Telluride mansion, I can at least dress the part!

The sweater is so soft and comfy — here I’ve belted it, but I can also wear it open. My Frye boots were a birthday present from my parents last year and probably my favorite pair of shoes to date. They are so amazing and versatile that I also splurged on this black pull-on Frye Melissa Button pair earlier in the fall. They fit perfectly and will last for years and years to come.  If you ever catch them on a sale definitely snag them!!

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My sweater is no longer available online (it may be in some of their stores!), but I’ve rounded up some other chic & western options!