Beach Weekend

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Dear Mia,

I hope you’re having a fantastic summer! The past few days have been very hot, and today was exceptionally rainy. It’s been very nice lately, though, so I can’t complain.

Summer is supposed to be a time for a bit of relaxation, but it seems as if there’s always so much to do.  Run here, run there… I’m consciously trying to plan the next few months so that I’m not even more worn out by the end of September. I think I need the rest.

The next few photos are from a beach trip. And may or may not include a puppy.

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Letter J Chelsea | Father’s Day Gift Guide

Letter J Chelsea Menswear Boutique | New York City

Father’s Day is in less than two weeks, so I’ve begun gift shopping. I prefer not to leave it until the last minute! Letter J Chelsea is a menswear boutique that recently opened in Chelsea, and Jason Somerfeld (Letter J’s owner) graciously granted me an interview.

I am seated comfortably in a modern-styled chair in Letter J Chelsea. The afternoon sun is bright and light streams through floor-to-ceiling front windows. On my right is a streamlined bookshelf filled with all sorts of interesting publications. To my left is the store, a surprisingly large, airy space. I am listening to Jason tell me about his career and what brought him to where he is today.

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What’s In My Bag: Dream Beach Bag Edition

Summer is here, and that means frequent trips to escape the city heat! My beach bag is always filled with tech (to keep me occupied) and beauty  (sun protection!) products, and of course a great pair of summery sandals. Check out my beachy summer favorites below!

Delayed Missives #VZWBeachBag

Pottery Barn travel tote
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Lip treatment
burtsbees.com

Set Your Location
verizonwireless.com

drugstore.com
drugstore.com

SOL REPUBLIC
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Last-Minute Gifts | Holiday Gift Guide

last minute gift holiday gift guide ideas - warby parker, marc jacobs, urban zen holiday marketplace
Need a last-minute gift? Marc Jacobs is currently offering free overnight shipping on orders of $100 or more (plaid overnight bag, anyone?). If you have Amazon Prime and connect your account to Shopbop.com you can receive free-two day shipping. And order by 10am EST on Monday for a complimentary shipping upgrade at Terrain.

For more great gift ideas, see also:

Warby Parker Holiday Gift Card Marc Jacobs World Tote Marc Jacobs Beauty Nail Polish Urban Zen Holiday Marketplae

Booskerdoo 2013 Festivus Blend Review | Gift Guide

booskerdoo coffe co 2013 festivus blend in mason jar

Christmas is quickly approaching, but I hope you haven’t forgotten about the other late December holiday that’s coming up. In celebration of Festivus, Booskerdoo gifted me a mason jar full of freshly roasted 2013 Festivus Blend. A great cup of coffee is just the thing to give you a mental edge over the other guests at this Festivus’ Airing of Grievances.

My jar of Festivus Blend was roasted on 12/12 and is noticeably, amazingly fresh. As someone who probably loves coffee tastings more than wine tastings, I can tell you that this blend tends to be mild with low acidity and is extremely full-flavored. Light roasts are fantastic for cold brewing, so I cold brewed a batch overnight. I used about 2/3 cup of beans for 6 cups of water because I’m a total iced coffee monster. The blend is really, really good on it’s own. I usually take my coffee with a dash of cinnamon but omitted it in this recipe. The iced brew had an unexpected touch of sweetness and a hint of fruit.

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