Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer: A Season to Celebrate

I love Sparkling Wine.  It is definitely my drink of choice, and I'm not one to think that popping the cork requires a special occasion.  {Tuesdays are special too aren't they!?!?}

While there are many brands of sparkling wine out there, my favorite is Domaine Chandon located in in Yountville, California.  I was first introduced to Chandon on my 21st birthday when my parents took me to the vineyard for my first wine tasting and a wonderful dinner at the restaurant, etoile.  {I won't go in to detail here as this meal deserves its own post.  More than ten years later and it still ranks in the top 5!}  There is probably some sentimentality wrapped up in my affinity for this wine, but since then, more often than not you can often find a bottle in my fridge.

And this summer, they have limited edition packaging that I can't get enough of!  The bright striped bottle brings life to any table and is the perfect compliment to a summer BBQ.

Limited Edition Brut Classic
I just love this bottle!!  And the youthful spirit they highlight throughout their website stood out to me as very different from other brands.

I can't wait to get my hands on one {or twelve} of these bottles so I can celebrate summer!

What do you think?

Until tomorrow . . .

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A New Obsession

I have a weakness for all things design, especially home design.  Each time I look at a website or pictures in an article I dream about the day that I have a place of my own, and the resources to decorate it.  Monica had her wedding binder, I have a binder of things to do when I own a home.

Recently I came across the Curbed Network of sites and since finding them, I have spent way too much time looking at their various sites.  They have multiple sites based all across the country, in addition to a "National" site.  More than enough content to keep a person occupied for quite some time.  

Not only do they have multiple cities for Curbed, they have Eater {focused on restaurants} & Racked {devoted to shopping.}  

Curbed {my first find, and where I spend most of my time} is a unique, hip set of sites that post about real estate and life in various locals.  From beautiful houses for sale to property with some very unique attributes they seek to provide information you won't see in the brochures.  This weekend on their Hamptons {NY} outpost they also posted on available reservations at local restaurants.  Very helpful for those in the area!  

Here's how they describe themselves:

"Curbed Network delivers intelligence on dining & nightlife, shopping & fashion, and design & real estate to an affluent and influential urban audience."  
"Curbed's city sites breathe life into real estate and neighborhood news with witty and insightful coverage of the country's most vibrant urban centers. Our editors relentlessly report on sales and rental prices, new developments, neighborhood trends, and celebrity deals. 
Find Curbed in New York, Boston, The Hamptons, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. 
Curbed National takes our obsession indoors, with a focus all-things design, decor, and shelter, from Malibu dream houses to Wyoming ranches to Maine cabins, and all residences in between."
As I start the summer with the goal of trying new things across the North East I will definitely be turning to these sites for ideas and tips.  What do you think?

Until tomorrow . . .

Friday, June 22, 2012

And. . . . I'm back

It's been a while and I fell of the map but I am back.  New posts coming this weekend and on a more regular schedule.  If for no other reason than that writing gives me the creative outlet that I just don't get in my day job.

Happy Friday everyone.  Happy Summer.  And for those in NYC, stay dry and out of the heat.

Until tomorrow. . .