Down Under Escape: Halcyon House Cabarita Beach

Down Under Escape to Halcyon House on @SavvyHome

 

BACK TO OUR REGULAR BEACHY/BOHEMIAN/MODERN PROGRAMMING…

 

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It seems as though I’ve been waiting for this hotel to open for freaking ever—and it finally has! I’ve mentioned Halcyon House before, namely because it was decorated by one of my all time favorite designers, Anna Spiro.

You see, I started my blog when I was living in Australia (you might not remember this because it was eons ago and I had like three followers back then). Anna Spiro was one of the early interior design bloggers, and one of the few that were located in Australia at the time. So she quickly became a mentor—a #spiritanimal of sorts (hate that word, sorry).

She’s been flying a little under the radar lately, but with a project like Halcyon House on her hands, who could blame her? The place looks like paradise on earth; like Disneyland but better—way, way, way better. It’s as if Surf Lodge and the Soho Beach House had a lovechild… Basically, what I’m tyring to say is that I’m booking a flight to Australia stat.

I had to Google Cabarita Beach, because I wasn’t familiar with the place—it turns out is a quick 30 minute drive from Byron Bay—one of my favorite places in the world—which I’ve also talked about in the past. You guys, this place is so so special: the sunsets, the sea breeze, the coastline, the beachy bohemian vibe… Argh! Australia, you hold such a dear place in my heart.

 

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Images via Halcyon House.

What to Pack for Montauk

Packing for Montauk, NY • on @SavvyHome

 

Meet me in Montauk…

 

Packing for Montauk, NY • on @SavvyHome

I’m super excited to be packing for a girls weekend in Montauk today! To be honest, I’m kind of struggling with my packing (I feel like I need a shopping spree stat). BUT if I had it my way, this is exactly what I would pack. Four versatile outfits to take me from day to night; and from the beach to dinner. The key to Montauk style is to keep your outfits simple, chic and to the point. Flats are definitely the way to go as the flooring of choice in many places consists of sand, pebbles or grass… And a good frizz control hair product is essential!

Lauren, a few gal pals and I will be staying at the Montauk Yacht Club, so follow along on Insta and Snapchat!

 

On the to-do list

Have a glass of rosé at Wölffer’s Wine Stand

Have dinner at Moby’s

Hit Ruschmeyer’s for one last time before it closes 🙁

Stop by Navy Beach

Watch the sunset at Crow’s Nest

Try the new and improved Gurney’s

Check out the new Harbor MTK

Obviously make a pit stop at Serena & Lily‘s Beach Shop

And MAYBE make a detour to Sunset Beach

 

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Photo The Surf Lodge, Montauk.

Your Ultimate Summer Guide to a Seaside-Inspired NYC: Part 2

Grand Banks: Best Seaside Inspired Restaurants NYC 2015 • on @SavvyHome

 

Your ultimate guide to a seaside-inspired NYC just got 2x better!

 

Blame it on my appreciation for oysters, lobster rolls and rosé—but I seem to inexplicably be drawn to places that are inspired by the ocean no matter where I go. How else would I have rounded up two full lists of seaside-inspired spots in the heart of the concrete jungle? Because I just can’t help myself (and clearly neither can my friends), here are 5 new surfside-inspired spots to try in New York City, just in time for Fourth of July!

 

Hotel Hugo: Best Seaside Inspired Restaurants NYC 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Hotel Hugo

I loved staying with friends in NYC, but on my last trip I treated myself to a hotel room and got a great rate at Hotel Hugo through Hotelied. Have you tried it yet? Hotelied gives hotel discounts based on social media following and travel reward programs. You connect all your accounts and watch the discounts fly in!

Hotel Hugo is brand new; it’s nautical-inspired and located in SoHo (a walk to the West Village is a short 10 minutes). The rooftop has a gorgeous view overlooking the Hudson River (I had a pretty great view from my bedroom on the 17th floor too). My favorite details about Hotel Hugo were the monogrammed hotel bedding and the vertical gardens in the lobby and restaurants. If only I had a green thumb…

525 greenwich St, TriBeCa

 

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Grand Banks

Grand Banks is the place that made me write a Part 2 to this seaside-inspired NYC guide. Why? Because it’s also set on a boat (see Part 1). This boat is a historic wooden schooner and it’s docked at Pier 25 in TriBeCa. It doesn’t sail away like The Water Table does, but it sure has a killer view of the city and the sunset over the Hudson.

I visited Grand Banks with Lauren and a few other friends after the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. After spending all day in the sun drinking rosé champagne, it’s safe to say we were #hangry. We tried not to get discouraged by the 2-hour wait to get a table and stood patiently in line, cracking jokes with the staff that we were about to order the entire menu (made up of delicious wild harvest oysters, a seasonal selection of small seafood plates and nautically inspired cocktails). That comment didn’t fall unto deaf ears because within minutes we were ushered to 5 prime seats at the bar with a full tasting menu in waiting.

The food was delicious. The sunset was magical. My tip: show up overdressed (grand hats and all) with a group of gals and order the entire menu (it’s not that big). You just might skip all the lines.

Pier 25, Hudson River Park, TriBeCa

 

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Bar Sardine

loved this place. It has to be one of my new favorite spots in NYC. I had brunch there with Amy and Lauren the day after the Polo Classic. When it comes to NYC local gems, Amy knows where it’s at. Every time I hang out with her, she makes me discover a new spot that’s better than the last and Bar Sardine is no exception.

The vibe at Bar Sardine in the West Village is tropical beach bar meets all-american diner. The place is tiny, with only eight tables and bar seating all around. The cocktails are delicious and brunch appropriate (it’s one of the only places I found in the US who make a real Canadian Bloody Caesar). I’ve yet to try the Cold Brah, made of Colf Coffee, Rum, Amaretto and Combier but I bet it’s basically a better iced coffee. I ordered the smoked whitefish toast and it did not disappoint. Lauren’s benedict caesar and Amy’s fedora burger looked equally yummy. I can’t wait to go back and try everything else on the menu.

183 West 10th Street, West Village

 

Navy NYC: Best Seaside Inspired Restaurants NYC 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Navy NYC

Last week I stopped by Navy NYC in SoHo for a quick drink with Nathalie. Upon walking in, I immediately guessed that this place shared the same owners as Smith & Mills which I talked about last October (a little bit of research confirmed I was right). The place is tiny (like Smith & Mills). We sat at the bar and cracked jokes with the bartender who was serving us rosé out of a magnum bottle.

As you would guess from the name (and the fact that it’s featured on this guide), the place is nautical themed. I loved the blue and white tiles around the bar that were shaped like tiny waves and sailboats. The menu is (surprise-surprise) primarily seafood-based. I didn’t get to try the food but judging from the plates around me, it looked delicious. Their signature dish is an uni-butter toast which I obviously have to try. I will be back.

137 Sullivan St, SoHo

 

Mary's Fish Camp: Best Seaside Inspired Restaurants NYC 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Mary’s Fish Camp

Stepping into Mary’s Fish Camp is like walking right out of the West Village and into a New England seafood eatery. The décor is simple, not fussy. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The menu is extensive. I had anxiety choosing my meal just looking at how delicious everything looked. It brought me right back to the harbour-side eateries of my childhood summers in New Brunswick: fried clams, lobster rolls, Canadian steamers, oysters (with a “foodie twist” naturally).

The fried clam roll immediately caught my attention and did not disappoint. Amy had the lobster roll which looked perfectly authentic (and according to Grace, lobster roll connoisseur, it’s the best in NYC). We washed down our plates with a healthy dose of freshly squeezed lemonade.

64 Charles St, West Village

 

The question remains, when is Part 3 coming out? In the meantime, read Part 1.

Images c/o Hotel Hugo | Grand Banks |Bar Sardine | Navy NYC | Girl Crush LA

Savvy Travels: The Joule Hotel Dallas

When you stay at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, you never really have to leave. But if you do, this is what you should check out.

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I’m back from Dallas! I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I love staying at the Joule Hotel in Dallas. First, I’m slightly addicted to the food at their modern brasserie, CBD Provisions. I could eat their kale salad and strozzapreti all day, every day. I bought all the ingredients for the kale salad today in an attempt to re-create it at home… and I don’t even like kale! But there’s something about their lemon dressing mixed with raisins and chili flakes that is just YUM!

Then, there’s the pool: an infinity pool that hangs over the edge of the building over the street below. It’s pretty cool, to say the least. Weekend Coffee serves the best iced lattes in a setting grazed with Garza Marfa barstools and other mid-century goodness. I’ve yet to find a better place to sip on my coffee in the morning. Too bad it’s a 4-hour flight away.

But that’s not all! The Joule is home to three fantastic stores: Tenoversix (my favorite), Traffic LA and a Taschen bookstore where they host tea parties on weekends. Finally, for a night cap, the aptly named Midnight Rambler will serve you some of the best craft cocktails I’ve ever tasted (I got hooked on the Hell Hound) and their pimento cheese spread is out of this world.

Basically, when you stay at The Joule, you don’t ever really need to leave the hotel. But if you do, this is what you should check out:



Also pictured @gabyburger : The Vault Files, @stephsterjovski : SS Life + Style, @nealjolly : The Neat Fit.

I was wearing— Outfit 1: J.Mclaughlin Palm River Hat, Picnic Satchel and Cabana Linen Scarf (c/o), Boohoo White Lace Top (c/o), Club Monaco Verna Seersucker SkirtJ.Crew Malta Metallic Sandals / Outfit 2: Cooper & Ella White Top (c/o), Club Monaco Amber Faux Leather Shorts (on sale!), Yumi Kim Clutch, SuperRetroFuture Super Racer Motorpsycho Sunglasses / Outfit 3: Sachin & Babi Blossom Dress (30% off during Saks’ Friends & Family sale!), Banana Republic Calfskin Clutch / Accessories: Kendra Scott Rachel Double Ring and Essie Woven Bracelet (c/o), Kate Spade Bow Ring.

Images via the @SavvyHome Instagram.