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Beach House Chic For Less Part 2

This week we have found some great beach house chic looks at Ikea.  My friend recently purchased the Orb light for her renovated home and reminded me how “right on” Ikea can be. From artwork to modern table top items, Ikea is one shop stopping.  Now all we need is a beach cottage to house all our new treasures!

Beach House Chic

Wall lighting

Led bulb light

Light bulb shade

White pillowcase

Outdoor chaise


Home decor

Home decor

IKEA Duktig

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Super Sales Monday

I have mentioned Susanne Carroll our W by Worth representative before.  She has a great sense of style and really knows what will look good on her clients.  She is available to come to your house to rework your closet.  She also is looking to grow her W by Worth team, so if you love fashion and want to earn some extra money do not hesitate to contact   Susanne is having a trunk show showcasing the fall line all week, until 7/27.  Here is a preview of some of the cool looks for fall.  I love how they accessorize the outfits with designer accessories. To make an appointment to see the full line email Susanne HERE.

There is also going to be a “Sip and Shop” event on July 21st from 7-10 at the True Cocktail Cottage in Rye NY.  (old Milton Rd, just past Milton Harbor House).  True Cocktails will be offering samples of their True Cocktail mixes as well as Dawn Elizabeth Jewelry and Degen Designs, featuring Bank and Surf Beach Maps.  If you are in the Westchester NY area, definitely stop by!!

Saturday Real Estate Stalking

The house where F. Scott Fitzgerald started writing  the Great Gatsby is on the market.  The estate is located in Great Neck, NY,  the area that inspired the tale of Gatsby and the lavish mansion and lifestyle in which he lived.  The Fitzgerald themselves threw wild parties, in this home (which has since been renovated) during the 2 years that they rented from 1922-1924.  A story goes that a maid found Mr & Mrs. Ftizgerald passed out, fully clothed, on the lawn, the next morning after driving their Rolls Royce back from a night of partying in New York City.  Oh, the good life!!!!!

Fashionable Friend Friday

Today’s fashionable friend friday is a pair of sisters Laetitia Stanfield and Selina McPherson, who create beautiful “vibrant and colorful” scarf necklaces adorned with beading and sparkles.  Their designs are inspired from their travels all over the world, with much New York and Paris influence.  These necklaces look amazing with a white t-shirt and jeans, for running around during the day, as well as a little black dress, for a sophisticated evening look.  To see the full assortment of necklaces click HERE

I was able to catch up with Laetitia and ask her a little bit about her beautiful designs:

Give us a little background, how did you get into the scarf necklace Jewelry design?
I was a buyer at Bergdorf Goodman for 5 years and I met a slew of young designers.  I loved how creative they all were and wanted to get on the other side of the business.

Who do you envision wearing your designs?  Do you take this into account when you are design the jewelry?
Our pieces are designed for the creative customer who is looking to spruce up her wardrobe.

What are some new pieces you are working on?
Chokers and evening pouches, not only ‘scarf necklaces’
What is your favorite piece in your own personal jewelry collection (photo please)?
Besides my ROARKEs, my wedding band 
What are 5 pieces every woman should have in their jewelry collection?
A few scarf necklaces, a great pair of simple gold stud earrings and something from your grandmother’s jewelry box 
What are your splurge/steal items for a jewelry wardrobe?
Splurge – diamonds. Steal – a ROARKE scarf necklace that can be worn anywhere day to night

What’s your favorite travel destination?
Most recent is Marrakech
What’s your favorite restaurant in NYC?
Il Buco 

What’s your favorite store in NYC?
Kirna Zabete 
If you could see any woman wearing your beautiful designs, who would it be?
Michelle Obama and Kate Moss 
Who are your favorite designers?
Stella, pheobe and Karl

Name a style icon you admire.
Talitha Getty

If I wasn’t making jewelry I would be a travel photographer


Katherine Hepburn’s Brownies

A reader recently posted this recipe on her Facebook page.  I knew that it would be perfect for my blog.  Katherine Hepburn was known for her independence and spirited personality.  She spent the summers living across from a very good family friend’s house in a waterfront community.  I could just imagine her baking these brownies in her kitchen looking out over the beautiful Long Island Sound.

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1/2 cup cocoa
1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 cup broken up walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Melt butter in sauce pan with cocoa until smooth.  Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.  Whisk in eggs, one at a time.  Add Vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour, nuts, and salt.  Add to the cocoa butter mixture.  Stir until just combined.
Pour into a greased 8X8 square pan.  Bake 40 minutes.  Don’t over bake; they should be gooey.  Let cool and cut into squares.

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Wish List Wednesday

I recently sampled the complete line of Beautycounter.  I found it to be so luxurious. There were so many products that I loved and have added to my wish list.  

Countertime Cleansing Balm – you can use this as a cleanser or as a mask at night, while you sleep, to hydrate your skin.  I noticed a huge difference in my skin once I started using this.  I used it both ways, as a cleanser and as a mask.  This was one of the best products I have tried in a long time!!

Citrus Mimosa Clean Everyday Shampoo – this smells heavenly!  It left my hair so clean and the shine was amazing.

Gentle Exfoliator Polishing Cream – My daughter and I both loved this product.  It is perfect for use 2-3 times per week, to keep your skin glowing.

The Lip Gloss in Peony – this lip gloss goes on smooth and is not sticky at all.  It is great to keep in your bag to give you just a hint of color.

Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – This is a very light moisturizer with the perfect amount of tint for a natural glow, with the added bonus of SPF.

For more information or to try the beauty counter line for yourself, please contact our local representative Wendy Nagle at  You can also visit her website HERE.