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locanda verde nyc tribeca
locanda verde nyc tribeca
locanda verde nyc tribeca
locanda verde nyc tribeca

What: Sunday brunch at Locanda Verde with Amy and Carly

Where: 377 Greenwich Street, TriBeCa

Why: Location, location, location! And great outdoor seating in the summer.

WearingThis outfit! 

*All photos by Amy Stone

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A standard everyday look: striped shirt, skinny jeans, riding boots... And my new favorite watch. It was my favorite Christmas present and I've been wearing it literally every day since. There's a lot to be said for investing in pieces you'll use a ton. Some of my best purchases in 2013 were this coat, this jacket, and this entire outfit. What was yours?!

*All photos by Amy Stonefollow her on Instagram here (you will not regret it!)


one  //  two (on sale)  //  three  //  four  //  five  //  six  //  seven (splurge-worthy)  // eight ($28!)

Blue has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. My favorite crayon was Cerulean, my childhood bedroom is plastered in blue Marimekko (#cringe), and I inherited my mother's love of all things navy blue. This combination of navy and hydrangea blue (or Carolina blue, as some of you have informed me!) remains one of my all-time favorites. In fact, if my entire wardrobe consisted only of these two colors and a little white for good measure, I'd be completely content. Shop these picks and a few other true blue favorites below:


1. A little bow skirt for just $24.

2. Bailey and Carly wrote awesome posts that echo some of my own struggles this past year. I'll add only this quote: "Don't worry about the people who talk behind your back; they're behind you for a reason."

3. Beautiful photos from Bradley's wedding.

4. Cool styling idea: wear your sweater backwards.

5. I posted my new 101 in 1001 list — be sure to check out the lists linked at the bottom for extra inspiration and tweet me if you decide to post your own list.

6. Love the leather pocket on this striped tee.

7. Need a brunch recommendation, New Yorkers? Browse a few of my favorites here.

8. Rain boots in two seriously cute color combos.

9. These frozen lighthouses are breathtaking (but make me ready for spring).

10. 52 places to go in 2014, according to the New York Times. I'm thinking a trip to Nashville is in order...


How cool is this? It's an 1840s Methodist church on Martha's Vineyard (a hop, skip, and a jump from my favorite place on earth!) that's been converted into a vacation home. The ceilings and floors are all original — I can't think of a more fun renovation! Definitely one for the dream home file... Speaking of which, do you know what your dream home looks like? Where is it? Do you have it all planned out on Pinterest? I'd love to see!  


Thank you all for the positive feedback on my new 101 in 1001 list! There's something about setting goals for yourself, putting pen to paper, and sharing them with all of you that makes me that much more excited to get started. I'm actually in the midst of #5 (not shopping for the month of January, eeek!) but of course I find myself making little wishlists for once I can shop again. #19 on my list is to find a friend to join me for Pilates and yoga and start going at least a few times a week. I really enjoy it when I go but I miss having my mom around to take classes together. In any event, I'm thinking a few new workout wear purchases are in order to help motivate me...

I've also been living in this racerback tank from Thomas Kelly — the fabric is so soft for workout clothes! What's your workout regimen? Any favorite workout wear? I need all the help I can get ;)


I'm so excited to share that I've posted my second 101 in 1001 list! After crossing off 79 tasks on my first list, I couldn't be more excited to achieve more goals this time around. Please check out my new list in its entirety right here and tweet me if you decide to write your own so I can link up! Let's make things happen, people. I'M SO EXCITED!!!


Just when you never thought you'd see the day... A recipe post on Design Darling! My brothers bought me the cutest apron for Christmas (in the kids' size, ha!) as a cute little costume for our second ever video post. This recipe is a family favorite — it's great over asparagus or broccoli for vegetarians like me and it comes straight from my grandfather's cookbook (which we typed up, bound, and gave to my grandmother two Christmases ago — best reaction ever!). Without further ado, Hollandaise sauce à la the Horan family...

For six servings, you'll need:
1 stick of butter
7 egg yolks (1 yolk for each person plus 1 for the pot)
1/4 cup of heavy cream (or half-and-half if you're watching your waistline)
1/8 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 dashes of white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2-3 twists of white pepper from pepper mill


1. Melt the butter in a double boiler over low heat.

2. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk well.

3. Once butter is melted, add the other ingredients to the top of the double boiler.

4. Whisk ingredients together with butter until Hollandaise starts to thicken.

5. Remove the double boiler from the stove and continue beating with the whisk until desired consistency is reached.

6. Pour out hot water from double boiler and refill with cold water. Return double boiler to low heat and stir Hollandaise occasionally.

7. If you need the Hollandaise to wait while the rest of your meal is prepared, it will hold its consistency for up to an hour with occasional stirring and exchanging boiling water in double boiler base with cold water from the tap. Should you lose consistency, add a bit more cream, melted butter, and lemon to taste.

8. Serve while hot over steamed asparagus or as a topping for eggs Benedict (after a puppy taste test, of course!).

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My mom and I had so. much. fun. in Atlanta this weekend. We picked up a ton of new goodies for Design Darling (I am so excited to roll them out in the coming weeks!!!) and made a little time to take you up on some of your fabulous travel recommendations. Here are a few moments from our trip...

AmericasMart is huge. I've been to trade shows in New York before but really nothing could have prepared me for just how massive this space is: three buildings, eighteen floors, lots of ugly design, and a few really awesome hidden gems just perfect for Design Darling! :)

I was so excited to finally see Ann Mashburn's space in person! The store is beautiful, the salespeople are so stylish I wanted to snap their pictures, and I could have bought one of everything in the store. A must-see!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. I'm not a crazy flavors kind of girl but the coffee ice cream at Jeni's was dee-lish.

I got to meet up with two of my college roommates who are living in Atlanta. We had a super casual catch-up night over margaritas at Tacqueria del Sol — I highly recommend. I hadn't seen either of them in eighteen months but we just picked up right where we left off. I love friends like that and I loved seeing them both so happy.

My mom and I wrapped up our weekend with brunch at Sun In My Belly. I was obsessed with these colorful mason jars... And the food was out of this world. The perfect end to a perfect trip! Note to self: get back to Atlanta ASAP! 


Mango dress ($79!)  //  T+J Designs necklace  //  J.Crew clutch  //  Kate Spade riding boots (on sale!)

I bought these Kate Spade riding boots and it was basically love at first sight when they arrived this week. (Although you should order a half size up if you're on the fence!) Unfortunately it's been such a rainy/slushy/snowy mess in New York that I've been afraid to wear them outside my apartment. Thankfully my mom and I are on our way to Atlanta (thank you SO much for all your recommendations!) so I'll finally be able to wear them in weather that isn't downright miserable. Have a good one and be sure to follow along on Instagram!


I know it's so cold outside you can barely think, but... Consider this your public service announcement for the dress of spring/summer: Mink Pink's scalloped little white dress. For all of you who couldn't get enough of J.Crew's scalloped dress this past summer, this is a no-brainer, especially because — get this — it's only $71. I KNOW. I have a feeling this baby will sell out before the temperature gets above freezing so order yours right here!

P.S. My favorite dress from last summer is still available too!


What: Saturday brunch at East Pole with Amy and Carly

Where: 133 E. 65th Street, Upper East Side

Why: Avocado toast, navy leather banquettes, Slim Aarons photographs in the bathroom, and vintage maps galore

Wearing: Oversized cashmere and vintage Ray-Bans

*All photos by Amy Stone

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My mom and I are headed to Atlanta this weekend to do a little buying for the boutique! I've only ever gone to trade shows in New York so I'm excited to branch out and see what the south has in store (and extra excited to have my mom in tow!). 

I've actually never been to Atlanta so I can't wait to explore the city and meet up with my friend Sara from college. I've been dying to visit Ann Mashburn since interviewing her for Matchbook a couple years ago but I'd love to hear any other recommendations you have for can't-miss shopping and dining... Thank you in advance! xx


I've long adored Roséline's blog This Is Glamorous and was delighted to discover her new line Belgrave Crescent. Hatched as an idea to create a luxe leather iPad case, the line has expanded to include gorgeous bespoke handbags made in England. Their lookbook has me daydreaming of a spring picnic — and the perfect bag to go with it.


Let's start the new year with a little walk on the wild side, shall we? I do love a little bit of leopard — emphasis on little. Very few people can pull off a leopard coat, for instance, but a leopard clutch or pillow? Easy and instant chic. Below, a few picks in my favorite animal print...

P.S. Want a little leopard for less than $20? Get the look from my boutique with this or these!

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