Family Weekend in the Poconos

Family Weekend in the Poconos

Who enjoys getting away even if only for a weekend? I definitely do. And to be honest, it’s taken me awhile to share this wonderful home away from home that I was so excited to enjoy with my family during a weekend in the Poconos a few months ago. Life happens and as I am just jumping back into my creative spirit, I am so happy to finally share it with you. But don’t be deceived, just as much as this is the perfect place in the Poconos in the fall and winter months, it also makes a perfect home for a family gathering as you start to think about warmers days for summer getaways.

weekend in the Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

Located within a Poconos community in Pennsylvania, this Oasis Holiday Home has the most beautiful view of a lake right in the backyard (which is ideal for all the summer activities!) and only 10 minutes away from some of the most enjoyable activities for children for any season. Want to get a head start on planning for a Fall vacation? I don’t know about you, but I’ve already got a few plans in the pipeline and one of them is enjoying the transition of the fall leaves, which would make this home an ideal place to stay again! 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in Poconos

I have stayed in an Oasis Holiday Home before (seen here), and the owners have such a liar for home design and style. So not only are you enjoying the location of being by a lake or a beach for a backyard, but you are also enjoying all the amenities you would need in a home without having to pack anything but your clothing and toiletries. I’ve shared  this Pocono home on my Instagram here, here, here, here, and in a blog post here and here, so be sure to check them out to see how easy it was to make this home feel like home even if only for a weekend. 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

From playing with my son in the game room to just hanging out enjoying a morning together, and a little fashion photoshoot with my husband, the beauty of being surrounded by nature for a weekend really can’t be beat. 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in Poconos

With 2 bedrooms on the top floor, two on the main floor and one bedroom in the “basement” (with direct access to the driveway for anyone who cannot take the stairs) equipped with a crib, every single family member up to 12 people can enjoy this beautiful and spacious Poconos home.

weekend in the Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

Can you tell I was already ready for spring with our Crocs at the door? Let’s hope there aren’t any more snow days ahead for us with the strange weather pattern we’ve been experiencing. But don’t let that stop you because this would make the perfect ski home too! The slopes aren’t too far away and planning for next winter for the holidays would get you a head start on the crowds! 

weekend in the Poconos

Thank you to Oasis Holiday Homes for letting us enjoy their stunning home. We are grateful to have spent time together as a family when we needed it most.

Consider booking a stay for the weekend in the Poconos with Oasis Holiday Homes, you genuinely will not regret it! Thank you for reading and I wish you a great week ahead!

Featured look #1//  Sweater (similar)  | J.Brand denim | Baublebar for Target necklace | Boots

Feature look #2 // Sequin dress | Baublebar for Target earrings | Heels

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Sunset // Yellow Eyelet Dress & Gold Sandals

Sunset // Yellow Eyelet Dress & Gold Sandals

There is nothing more beautiful than taking a trip away from it all and ending up on a tropical island for a long weekend! Resort life is pretty amazing, and when you have a beautiful sunset and palm trees all around you can’t go wrong with wearing yellow! My husband and I went on a little getaway (more of the story and a vlog soon! Subscribe to see it first!) and I brought this yellow eyelet dress by Maggy London with me because I knew I wanted to dress up in a bright color for an evening out to dinner.

yellow eyelet dress

I know some women may think they can’t wear yellow. But trust me, you can wear anything you want wherever you want as long as you feel confident in it. That is all that matters. Yellow is that color that can feel a bit intimidating to pair with other colors, but shades of red, violet, pinks all go well with yellow. With this dress and a sun-kissed tan, I wanted to simply wear all yellow tones of amber and gold chrome accents.

yellow eyelet dress

yellow eyelet dress

yellow eyelet dress

Gold sandals are the perfect nude when you want to kick your outfits up a notch and go the long mile, so I always like to invest in a great pair to wear for a few years.

yellow eyelet dress

The lovely open back provides an sexy but elegant surprise to the dress, which I appreciated on a warm evening. A great transitional pieces from day (paired with a navy blazer) to night, I know I’ll be wearing this dress again soon come Fall.

yellow eyelet dress

yellow eyelet dress

Shop the Feature // Maggy London Melina midi | Schutz sandals | Banana Republic clutch |Kate Spade earrings | Ray Ban sunglasses

Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post!

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Summer Oasis // Jersey Shore Beach House

Summer Oasis // Jersey Shore Beach House

What’s summer without a stay by the beach in a beautiful home away from home? I love staying at any great hotel, but over the last few years my husband and I have opted to stay in homes we find on VRBO. Whether we were staying in London, Buenos Aires, Cape Cod or for a staycation at the Jersey Shore, we always like the coziness of a place that feels like home. Enter Oasis By the Sea! This exquisite and well-appointed Jersey Shore beach house in Manasquan, NJ is literally 120 steps away from the beach, and the minute you enter the door, all you want to do is RELAX!

Jersey Shore Beach House

jersey shore beach house

The owners of the beach house really took the time to pay attention to the details that make a beachside rental feel like an oasis. With neutral tones throughout the home with touches of gold and anchored with a variety of sea blue colors all around the house, you almost don’t want to leave to go to the beach itself.

Jersey Shore Beach House

Jersey Shore Beach House

Jersey Shore Beach House

Jersey Shore beach house

I loved wearing this white dress around the house and shared more here in this post. Love the decor? I’ve rounded up some similar finds to transform one of your rooms into an oasis home, even if you don’t live anywhere by the sea but want to feel like you do! 

Jersey Shore beach house

With 4 bedrooms (one with a balcony), two full bathrooms, toys for kids, ceiling fans in every room along with a sweet welcome treat, the home came equipped with everything we needed, even if we simply wanted to stay in and cook for the night. With plenty of space for parking (in the shade!), beach essentials such as beach towels and chairs, you really don’t need to pack much to enjoy your vacation in complete comfort. It really felt like an oasis by the sea.

Jersey Shore beach house

Jersey Shore Beach House

Jersey Shore Beach House

There is so much to do in the area of Manasquan and the surrounding towns (Sea Girt, Point Pleasant) as well. With great restaurants, the boardwalk at Point Pleasant, and the Jersey Shore at your footsteps, there is no denying that if you are looking for a great place to stay without the potential hassles of booking a hotel, this home is right for you. It definitely was for my family.

Jersey Shore Beach House

Jersey Shore beach house

There are a few weeks/weekends open in July and August, so be sure to check out the Oasis by the Seas home here to see if something may work for you and your family. Be sure to book your stay soon, as this is the first summer it has been available for the summer and almost already rented out entirely for the season!

Jersey Shore Beach House

Check out our vlog of our stay on my Youtube channel below for a full recap of the exciting weekend we had! We’d love for you to subscribe and let us know what you think! Have a very happy 4th of July weekend, if you celebrate! Thank you for stopping by!

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Summer Light // White Lace Maxi Dress

Summer Light // White Lace Maxi Dress

Happy Summer! I am so happy that I am finally able to take a break from the school year and relax in the sun. Thank you for all the love on my new YouTube channel and supporting it with a subscription, like, comment and/or view! I have a vlog coming soon about my glorious stay at a beach house along the Jersey Shore, so be on the lookout. It seriously was one of the most gorgeous homes I have stayed at, and could not have felt more “away from home” even though it was still in New Jersey! I can’t wait to share more of it soon, but if you’re curious to see it on VRBO and  hoping to book a few days or even a week down the Jersey Shore in oceanside beauty, check it out here

lace maxi dress

lace maxi dress

There is no doubt that you will need a white dress in your wardrobe for the summer. It’s the perfect way to feel light and airy as you probably will attend many outdoor parties or be invited to at least one “all white outfit” event. lace maxi dress

lace maxi dress

And because wearing white dresses are the perfect summertime outfit, I’ve teamed up with 4 other bloggers to share their white summer dress style too! Check them all out below! 

lace maxi dress

lace maxi dress

lace white dress

lace maxi dress

lace maxi dress

Shop the Feature // ASOS White lace maxi | Knot Cuff | Watch 

lace maxi dress

Happy a great start to your weekend! Thank you for stopping by! 

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Getting Outdoors // Day Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA

Getting Outdoors // Day Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA

Happy May! Can you believe it? Summer is almost here, and I’m taking advantage of  the warm and sunny weekends to take a few day trips with my family – our most recent being to Bushkill Falls, PA. Mr. E and I got married outdoors, under a tent and near a barn with mountain views, so it’s no surprise one of our favorite ways to spend a weekend is a day trip with our son hiking up to a waterfall! If you’ve been following my Instastories, you know we’ve even been looking into purchasing an RV since we enjoy camping and the outdoors so much! We love to travel;  just look at some of our favorite places we’ve been – Greece, Montreal, Cape Cod (here, here and here), Hawaii, Walt Disney World, and Argentinaday trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkilll falls I’ve known of Bushkill Falls located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since we visited several others in the area, but last week was my first time visiting the falls. Let me just say that I’ve been to Niagra Falls, and now I know why they call Bushkill Falls the Niagra Falls of Pennsylvania! The 100foot waterfall alone is stunning to see! You can get up close and actually feel the cool mist of the water splashing down as it rapidly descends from above while you walk along a wooden path and bridge. 

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls There are different trails (green yellow, blue, red) you can hike depending on how much time you wish to spend there. The Green trail being the easiest with only a few steps but no climbing while the red trail is the most challenging at 2.5 miles long with several steps to climb and over 2 hours to hike. Overall, it’s important to remember you are hiking about 1200 feet above sea level, so before going it’s good to know what to wear and bring. I saw all people of all ages hiking, so it’s really about how you come ready for the hike. A plus? There are places to rest along the way – granted it may be on a large rock! And don’t be surprised if you see a creature or two along the way! 

Plan for a Day Trip to Bushkill Falls

Water Bottle

I forgot my water bottle in the car, which totally was not smart! But I was able to purchase one at the food store they have on site. Here are a few good ones that can keep your drink cool for the long hike!

Technology

You are not going to want to miss out on all the beautiful places to capture on camera! So be sure to have it fully charged before you head out the door! Now whether you use your heavy duty camera or just your phone, make sure to have a battery backup! With all the IG stories or snapchatting you’ll want to do, having a small backup charger will be a must! Some of my faves are lightweight and give you plenty of power to last the day!

Binoculars 

If you have kids, they’ll love to have a pair of binoculars! There is so much to see, and it’s a great way to observe some of nature through a closer lens. The little ones love to feel like explorers, so it’s exciting to make it part of the hiking experience!

Dressing in Layers

No matter the weather, I know that having options on a long hike is so important. Dress in layers, so you have the option to warm yourself up in some of the cooler parts of the hike (seasonal) and when you feel warmer because your heart rate is slowly rising! See below for outfit details in “Shop the Feature”.

Sunscreen and Shades

You can’t forget to protect your skin and your eyes! Wear sunscreen, shades and a hat! The beauty of the waterfalls only makes me more aware of how important it is to take care of what is most natural to us – and that is our skin staying hydrated and protected from the harsh sun.

Comfortable shoes (that can get wet!)

You’re going to want to wear your best version of a hiking shoe! Clearly, I could have been more prepared and worn a better pair myself, so lesson learned. A great pair with a sole that grips works. I’ve recently invested in another pair for my next visit!  

Hope you enjoyed this photo story and tips for a lovely day trip out to Bushkill Falls! We’ll be traveling again soon and can’t wait to share our next adventure! 

Shop the Feature // Nautica baseball cap & Herschel baseball on me | Chic t-shirt (seen here) | J.Crew carpenter shirt | Daniel Wellington watch (15% off with code “seasons gold”) | Nike

Where are you headed on your next vacation or even just next weekend? Let me know in the comments below. And if you want to see more of our travel adventures, let us know! Thank you so much for reading. 

Mamma Mia // Rustic Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Mamma Mia // Rustic Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Happy Wednesday! Last week, I had the pleasure of joining forces with some local NYC fashionista’s to enjoy an evening of rustic Italian cooking lessons with Mamma Mia wine! I shared a bit of the festivities on Facebook Live in 2 parts, so feel free to learn more about the brand there as well.

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking with Wine

As a Mom, I love to cook (luckily, so does my husband!) and when it’s time for us to wind down as grown-ups (without our little guy), we love a good bottle of wine. And when I’m out with my girlfriends, enjoying a glass is always a good idea too! That’s what this fun night was exactly all about. The benefit? Enjoying a rustic cooking lesson at Rustico Cooking, founded by famed chef and James Beard-nominated cookbook author, Micol Negrin.

With the holidays approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favorite moments from the evening for some major decor, food and wine inspiration. If you’d like the recipes to these delicious dishes, simply drop your email here for our newsletter, and we’ll be sending a special one out very soon with all the details to our subscribers!

We started the evening with some white wine from Mamma Mia. Its crisp and floral notes definitely were the perfect start to our amuse-bouche and the start of the cooking lesson.

Mamma Mia White Wine

Our chef shared that we would be making everything from scratch, including pasta, which I was so thrilled to do! For our appetizer, we enjoyed a small dish of Tagliatelle with Two-Meat Ragu. It was so perfectly done (if I do say so myself!). It was such a joy to make the pasta from a basic flour and egg mix and see it through to the final plating for all of us to enjoy!

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking - Fresh Pasta

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons - Ragu

Italian Cooking - Rustic Table and Tasting

For our main course, we had Chicken Scaloppine with Lemon-White Wine Glaze. As our sides, we made Roasted String Beans with Sundried Tomatoes and Fresh Thyme along with Braised Chickpeas with Spinach and Chili.

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine
Italian Cooking with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

 With very few ingredients, we made Wine-Poached Fruit over Wine-Laced Mascarpone Mousse. Our dessert was simple, but perfectly ended the evening. Are you hungry yet? We definitely were and enjoyed the entire meal from beginning to end with Mamma Mia wines. The red was perfect for the dessert, as it was fruity and earthy.

Dessert Mis En Place

Italian Cooking - Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

I loved all the kitchen tools we got to use, so I’m sharing them below as you start to plan your own menus for the upcoming holiday dinners! I know I’ll be making this entire meal again because I do love a great rustic Italian dish, wine, great company…and kitchen tools! What’s your favorite meal to cook and wine to drink? Let us know!

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Travel Diary Pt. 2 // Cape Cod Beach Stories

Travel Diary Pt. 2 // Cape Cod Beach Stories

August is such a great time for vacation and travel, but also a reminder of the Fall season to come. It’s the time of the year where for those of you who go to school, have children in school or work at a school know it’s the last hurrah before getting back to the grind. Our favorite place to go is the beach. We enjoy the serenity of the ocean and the slow pace of simply enjoying time with each other, especially when we travel to faraway beaches rather than those closest to us in New Jersey. We have so many beach stories we still talk about to this day, and it truly is the happiest of times we can recall. Our personal favorite are our Cape Cod beach stories! 

This Season's Gold // Travel Diary Ridgevale Beach

This Season's Gold // Travel Diary - Ridgevale Beach

Every year when we return to Cape Cod, we make it a habit of visiting two of our favorite beaches, Ridgevale Beach in Chatham and Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. They are both gorgeous beaches for two very different reasons.

Ridgevale Beach is the perfect area for parents with young children. You can choose to sit on the side of the shallow inlet area, known as the “creek”, where children can look for crabs and interesting shell life, or on the beach side, where the waves gently roll (the sandbars are the result!) in with a view of chartered sailboats colorfully sailing in the distance.

This Season's Gold // Beach Stories Sail Regatta

This Season's Gold // Travel Diary Beach Stories - Ridgevale Beach

This Season's Gold // Ridgevale Beach

This Season's Gold // Ridgevale, MA Beach Stories

This Season's Gold // Ridgevale Beach Stories

This Season's Gold // Beach Stories Ridgevale Beach

This Season's Gold // Beach Stories Cape Cod - Ridgevale Beach

Cahoon Hollow Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, is a beach with a bit of a younger crowd due in part to the rather steep sand dune you need to walk down to reach ocean. It is more challenging for someone who may have trouble walking a far distance or up a steep hill (going down is way easier!), so that is something to consider. We happen to love braving the walk every year and make it easier for ourselves with one of these carts filled with all of our stuff to make the trek down (ok, so it’s really my husband who deals with all of that!). The best part is to reward ourselves afterwards with a lunch at The Beachcomber at the top of the dune (also with easy access to parking for all of our stuff!). Note to self: Service can be a bit difficult to access on your phone, so don’t plan on any major Instagram posting or Snapchatting until after you’ve done the climb back up!) 

This Season's Gold // Cahoon Hallow Beach Stories

This Season's Gold // Cahoon Hallow Beach

This Season's Gold // Cahoon Hallow Beach Waves

This Season's Gold // Cahoon Hallow Beach, Wellfleet

This Season's Gold // Cape Cod Beach Stories

Thank you so much for reading! Are you headed anywhere right before the official start of the school year? What’s your favorite beach story?

Shop the Features // Outfit 1: Anthropologie duster (old, this one is perfect for the beach) | J.Crew Gold one-piece (old, bikini top) | Banana Republic hat (on sale!) // Outfit 2: Striped chambray dress (similar) | Hat // Kids Swim: Crewcuts rash guard (on sale!) | REI outrigger hat // Outfit 3: Cutout shoulder top/ Hat

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