Friday, January 20, 2017

Dare to Decorate: The Maryn

Dare to Decorate is back with a fresh installment this month. Introducing The Maryn, a decor website that provides a laid-back seaside stylistic approach to decorating your humble abode. The Maryn, which means of the sea, was founded by the genius Michelle Adams as a way to help you one effortlessly create the timeless aesthetic of a home on the water. Her inspirations are her favorite seaside spots - the shores of Lake Michigan, the south of France, Montauk and Sausalito. As a once magazine editor, she has realized overtime that trends are fleeting and therefore she has curated pieces that are here to stay - the kind you will love today, and years down the road. 

Take a peek at some of the pieces that I am currently coveting for my apartment. Which one is your favorite.

1. Desert Sands Pillow, $170

2. White Sailing Ship Kite, $40

3. Robot and Cat Ceramic Mugs, $12

4. Petite Bang Plate, $80

5. Dash Incense Hut, $36

6. Black Suit Art, $122

7. Linen Navy Dashes Throw, $140

8. Charcoal Single-Stripe Basket, $80

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Greenery With Envy

At the end of last year, Pantone announced that the color for 2017 would be Greenery. It's a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of Spring. Pantone states that this color will "provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose. A life-affirming shade...emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality." Damn, that sounds like a pretty powerful color if you ask me.

Green has always been one of my favorite colors and what better way to take 2017 by storm with this punch-tastic hue. Check out all the amazing items I found for your wardrobe and around the house.

Sunglasses - Steve Madden, $23 (on sale)

Clutch - Sarah Bailey, $184

Sneakers - Taos Glyde, $38 (on sale)

Mug - LennyMud (Etsy), $16

Earrings - Allurez, $165 (on sale)

Dining Chair - LexMod, $77 (on sale)

Pillow - Sopupuka, $36.60

Keychain - Kate Spade, $32

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen

Last weekend, I braved the blizzard and headed out to the theater to see the new buzzed-about musical Dear Evan Hansen. I've been desperately trying to see this show since last Summer when it was off-Broadway but failed on all accounts. I was overjoyed to hear that it would be moving to Broadway in 2017. For those unfamiliar with the musical, the synopsis reads as follows, "a letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in."

Let's set the record straight, Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect fame is immensely talented. If he could sing me to sleep for the rest of my life, I would absolutely be ok with that. In addition, Pasek and Paul (the genius' behind La La Land) are an incredible songwriting duo. 

The musical had me crying, laughing and beaming with joy. After the 2nd song, I determined that Ben Platt would win the Tony Award and show will sweep every other category. You heard it from me first. Therefore, stop what you are doing right now and run to the theater to this incredible work of art. In the interim, check out some clips below to tide you over before the curtain rises...

{Ben Platt performs "Waving Through a Window" on the Today Show

{Cynthia Erivo performs "You Will Be Found" at Elsie Fest}

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Vacation begins tomorrow and I could not be more excited. On Friday, Karen, Steve, and my Uncle David are embarking on the ultimate trip – we are headed to Japan. I can’t wait to spend the last week of 2016 in one of the coolest destinations in the world. I’ve heard nothing but marvelous things and I can’t wait to explore in just a matter of days. Feel free to send any recommendations my way of places to see, places to eat, and places to shop.

Hope everyone has a happy, safe, and warm holiday surrounded by loved ones.

See ya on the flip side 2016.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Get ready to hear big things from Cincinnati-based indie pop band PUBLIC featuring John Vaughn, Ben Lapps, and Matthew Alvarado. If you are familiar with acts like Walk The Moon, Young The Giant, or Twenty One Pilots, then chances are you might have seen these fine gentlemen perform. Just after one spin of their new single, I became an instant fan. I guarantee that after listening to the jam below, you won't be able to stop. This one is going on my Tokyo plane ride playlist immediately.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

It seems like every year the holidays slowly creep up and then BAM, it's Thanksgiving. This year has been in fast forward mode since it began and I can't wait to take a few days off with my family to relax and reboot. But before I go on auto pilot, I'd thought I'd share all the things I am truly thankful for this year. My loving family, my health (shout out to my left leg and foot), my wonderful and comforting apartment, and my close girlfriends who are practically my family.

The next few days will be spent with my extended family on both Karen and Steve's side. I can't wait to laugh, smile, and eat endless amounts of stuffing and pie. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and I'll see you on the flip side.