Summer Trends I Love: Wide Brim Beach Hats

I’ve always loved a great accessory. As someone who likes to keep it casual and chic as possible during the summer season, a wide brim beach hat is a must. For those days I want to go makeup-free or I’m in a hurry, it’s a lifesaver. I can throw on a breezy sundress or bikini, my favorite pair of sunnies, and a great hat. Voila! With barely any effort whatsoever, you have an instant look.

You can choose to stick to a classic look or something a bit more fun and festive. Right now, everyone is loving a straw hat with a custom saying or tassels. Believe it or not, I actually picked up this Do Not Disturb hat while shopping for only $18. I’m not going to lie–I’m proud of myself for this sale find!

Oh, and if you’re questioning whether or not I stayed poolside without a disturbance, you know better than that. The moment I sit down to relax for a minute is also the minute I hear “MOMMA!!!” reverberating through the backyard. Oh, well. At least the hat is cute, right!?

Another perk of this summer trend? It protects your face from the sun..and your hair. I’m not a natural blonde (shhh!) so I need all the help I can get when it comes to lasting color. My hair becomes dry and brittle with too much sun exposure which leads to some nasty breakage. Not cute! A little side note tip: to avoid any excess damage, I always skip the styling tools. I’ll typically do air dried waves (my tutorial here!) and wear a hat if I know the beach or pool is on the agenda. Wide brim hats are perfect for those days when you choose to go salty hair and makeup-free. It’s that little bit of sun protection that really makes a difference.

If you’re loving a hat just as much as I am, scroll down below & click on the images to shop some of my favorite picks online. I may have ordered a few more while searching but like I said, this girl loves an accessory. I truly can’t help it! 

For more of my favorite summer trends of the season, check out these links: 

Summer Trends I Love | Jelly Sandals // Summer Trends I Love | Brunch To Beach Dresses // Summer Trends I Love | Rose Tinted Sunglasses

Watch: A Tour Of Baby Grey’s Nursery!

I am sooooo excited, you guys! Baby Grey’s nursery is officially complete.  I worked with Tiffany Harris (who also designed Brooks and Scarlett’s rooms, as well as the playroom) and it turned out AMAZING! I can honestly say that it’s my favorite room in the entire house.

As you know, I’m obsessed with a theme. When we were deciding how to design Grey’s nursery, I knew I wanted it to be bright, happy, and a place that he could cherish for years to come. We ended up going with a french blue from Farrow & Ball and citron. I love the pop of color! I was a little worried it would come out a little too bright but in the end, it turned out perfect.

Today, on YouTube, I’m giving a special tour with the adorable little owner of the room himself…BABY GREY! Click on the link below to get all the details:

See what I mean? I think I could stay in this room forever. Here’s a shopping/sourcing guide if anything caught your eye + all the photos: 

Crib/Built In Shelving: Sandor Pratt of North Forty Design

Bedding: Pehr Designs 

Changing Table Cover: Pehr Designs 

Curtains: Designers Guild 

Baskets: Pehr Designs 

Homemade Mobile: Nicola Vruwink of Hello Poni

Photography/Framing: Gia Canali Photography

Rocking Horse: Clic Gallery 

Bear Nightlight: Clic Gallery

Wallpaper: Scion

photo credit: Amy Neunsinger 

photo credits for room: Erica Hampton Photography

For a closer look at the other rooms in my home, stay tuned for my NEW book coming out on Oct. 10th, 2017 with Harper Collins! It’s called Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing, & Decorating At Home. This was definitely a passion project for me. I’ve always loved interior design and decorating but especially once I had kids. In my book, I’ll be showing you Brooks and Scarlett’s rooms plus all my tips on how I’ve made my house a home. So excited for you guys to read!

Click here to preorder!

My Summer 2017 Beach Reading List

You might not know this about me but I love to read. If I’m into in a book (and if I have the time!) I’ll spend my free time reading. It gets kind of addicting! This is especially the case during summertime when I get a little extra time to relax. In my opinion, nothing is better than laying on the beach with a page turner and a glass of rosé.

By the way, if you are ever in East Hampton, you HAVE to check out one of my favorite cute little bookstores, Book Hampton. I could be in there for hours! While I was there, I made a list of all the books I want to read by the end of the summer. Let’s just hope I can get through them all!

Whether you’re beach or poolside, here are some titles that are definitely on my summer reading list (and should be on yours, too!)

1. The Party by Robyn Harding 

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies. (Amazon)

2. The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda 

In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girl—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all. (Amazon)

3. Body Love: Live In Balance, Weigh What You Want, & Free Yourself From Food Drama Forever by Kelly Leveque

My nutritionist that helped me lose all my baby weight during my #BikiniAfterBaby program! You’ll love her book full of tips and resources on supplements, cleansing, healthy recipes and advice on how to adjust your eating when traveling or on vacation.

4. The Futures by Anna Pitoniak 

After graduating from Yale in 2008, Julia and Evan move to New York City to begin their bright life together. After Evan starts working a hedge fund, he’s pulled into a secret and glamorous world. Bored at her nonprofit job, Julia feels left out from Evan’s life. But it’s 2008, so Julia shouldn’t worry too much: Everything’s about to come crashing once the financial crisis hits. (Amazon)

5. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware 

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister. (Amazon)

6. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins 

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return. (Amazon)

7. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong 

When 30-year-old Ruth is dumped by her fiancé, she quits her job and goes back home. Home, however, is not quite how she left it, as her father, once a well-known history professor, is now suffering from Alzheimer’s. Goodbye, Vitamin is a darkly funny debut novel about love, loss, and heartbreak. (Amazon)

8. The Child by Fiona Barton

Renovations in a gentrifying London neighborhood reveal the long-buried bones of a baby, attracting the attention of an investigative reporter, the police, and three women whose own long-held secrets have been unearthed. (Amazon)

9. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, And Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg 

From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. (Amazon)

10. The Beguiled (Movie Tie-In)

Wounded and near death, a young Union Army corporal is found in the woods of Virginia during the height of the Civil War and brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies. Almost immediately he sets about beguiling the three women and five teenage girls stranded in this outpost of Southern gentility, eliciting their love and fear, pity and infatuation, and pitting them against one another in a bid for his freedom. But as the women are revealed for what they really are, a sense of ominous foreboding closes in on the soldier, and the question becomes: Just who is the beguiled? (Amazon)

11. Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses 

A gripping, suspenseful, and gorgeous debut novel–told hour-by-hour over the course of a single day–in which a husband and wife try to outrun long-buried secrets, sending their lives spiraling into chaos. (Amazon)

12. The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? (Amazon)

13. You Don’t Look Your Age & Other Fairy Tales by Sheila Nevins 

In these pages you will read about the real life challenges of being a woman in a man’s world, what it means to be a working mother, what it’s like to be an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture, the sometimes changing, often sweet truth about marriages, what being a feminist really means, and that you are in good company if your adult children don’t return your phone calls. (Amazon)

14. A Separation by Katie Kitamura 

A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it’s time for them to separate. For the moment it’s a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she’s not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love. (Amazon)

15. Find Her by Lisa Gardner 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her. (Amazon)

16. House Of Names by Colm Toibin 

Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions: how her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would make the winds blow in his favor and take him to Troy; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus, who shared her bed in the dark and could kill; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayal—his quest for victory, greater than his love for his child. (Amazon)

17. Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner 

As dusk falls, a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls, cradled by a stranger, a woman’s name on his lips in his last seconds of life.

Detective Manon Bradshaw handles only cold cases. Five months pregnant, in pursuit of a work-life balance rather than romantic love, she’s focused on being a good mother to her two children: her adopted twelve-year-old son, Fly Dent, and the new baby.

But the man died just yards from the police station where she works, so Manon can’t help taking an interest. And as she sidles in on the briefing she learns that the victim, a banker from London worth millions, is more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. When the case begins to circle in on Manon’s home and her family, she finds herself pitted against the colleagues she once held dear: Davy Walker and Harriet Harper.

Can Manon separate what she knows about the people she loves from the suspicion hanging over them? Can she investigate the evidence just as she would with any other case? Persons Unknown shows acclaimed author Susie Steiner writing her most intricate, suspenseful novel yet. (Amazon)

18. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (the follow up to the book shown above!)

At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows that this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive. (Amazon)

19. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan 

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.

20. The Widow Of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers 

Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce’s belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation—unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception.

When Phoebe learns her husband’s triumph and vast reach rests on an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. As Jake’s crime is uncovered, the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Was she his accomplice?

Are there any that I’m missing?! Comment below and let me know! 

Watch: A New & Updated Way To Use Your Hot Rollers

I don’t care who you are. Everyone (especially if you grew up in the 80’s!) had a set of hot rollers. Whether it was to a school dance or just to head to class, I used them non-stop. I grew up in Kentucky so the bigger the better!

Once I got a bit older, the sky-high hair trend left us (RIP!) But that doesn’t mean we have to throw our hot rollers away, though! I still have my old set and I’ll be honest…I tend to like them better than using my regular curling iron. It’s super easy. You can throw them on, make the kids breakfast, and clean the house all while letting your hair do it’s thing. Remember those older women who used to wear them to the grocery store? We used to make fun of them but they may have been onto something!

Today on my YouTube channel, I’m going to show you how to use your hot rollers to get a new & updated look: 

The Products:

Hot Rollers: T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe

Thermal Protective Spray: Joico Iron Clad Heat Protectant 

Shine Serum: Honest Beauty Honestly Polished Dry Condition + Shine Serum 

Hairspray: VERB Ghost Hairspray

Dry Shampoo/Texturizer: Dry Bar Triple Sec 3-In-1 

photo credits: Erica Hampton Photography

And, there you have it! A new and improved hot roller look. Let me know what you guys think by subscribing and commenting on my YouTube channel

Pamela Salzman’s Grilled Herbed Chicken With Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

We spend every 4th of July in the Hamptons which means I’m in complete entertaining mode. Usually, we have friends drive up from the city and it’s our way to officially kick off the summer.

This year, at our BBQ, I’m letting the guys grill out and I’m preparing this delicious Grilled Herbed Chicken with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette from Pamela Salzman. I’ve already given it a test drive and it barely lasted minutes at our house. Everyone dug in right away!

Scroll down for the recipe if you’re looking to prepare something for the holiday that will really impress your guests. It’s as beautiful as it is delicious! And, as we know…it’s all about the presentation!


4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 Tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley

2 Tablespoons minced fresh oregano

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette:

3 Tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 medium shallot, minced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

pinch sea salt

black pepper to taste

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 Tablespoon finely sliced fresh basil

1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar

A few handfuls of arugula


1. Place the chicken breasts one at a time in between to pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound to a ¼-inch thickness. You can use a meat mallet or a rolling pin.  The idea is to get the chicken to an even thickness all around.  Set Aside.

2. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper in a glass baking dish.

3. Place the pounded chicken in the dish with the marinade and coat it thoroughly. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours or allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes if you’re in a hurry.

4. Heat the grill to medium.

5. In the meantime, prepare the vinaigrette: In a large skillet, heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the shallots until tender and translucent. Add in the tomatoes and salt and sauté until they start to loose their shape, about 2-3 minutes, as your sautéing, try to mash the tomatoes slightly with your spoon. Turn off the heat and whisk in the Dijon mustard, remaining 2 Tablespoons olive oil and the vinegar. Set aside.

6. Remove chicken from marinade and grill a few minutes on both sides until golden brown.

7. Place the arugula on a large platter and place the chicken on top. Top with the tomato vinaigrette and serve immediately.

For more of Pamela’s recipes, make sure to pick up a copy of her new cookbook, Kitchen Matters (here!) and visit her on her blog.

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

Skinny Watermelon Mojito

I cannot get enough watermelon this season. Every time I go to the grocery store, I set it out on the countertop and it’s gone in an hour. Luckily, there are much worse things I could be binging on…so I’m giving myself a break here.

Since I’m all about a cocktail, I decided to add one of my favorite summer fruits into the mix. The best part? The watermelon is sweet enough so you don’t have to add anything extra that would bump up the calorie count.

Scroll down for the recipe and serve up a pitcher this weekend at your pre-4th of July celebrations. Trust me, it’s delicious!

Skinny Watermelon Mojito


1 cup watermelon, seeded roughly chopped

½ lime, juiced

4 mint leaves

a splash of club soda

1 fl. oz. white rum



1. Blend the watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and set aside.

2. Muddle the fresh lime juice and mint leaves together. Pour over the watermelon. Fill the glass with ice and top with rum and club soda.

3. Garnish with mint leaves or a slice of fresh watermelon. Enjoy!

Summer Trends I Love: Brunch To Beach Dresses

I cannot wait to pack up and head to the Hamptons! I look forward to it all year. It’s my time to relax with the kids, eat at our favorite spots, and spend all day at the beach.

Some days, I don’t have time to change in between so I’m always on the hunt for a swimsuit coverup that can double as a casual cute dress to throw on for brunch. It’s a serious time saver…especially as a mom who needs all she can get.

Recently, I’m all about kaftans and anything with tassels. So per usual, I went a little shopping crazy and bought a few new ones to pack in my suitcase. I’m obsessed!

Scroll down to see the two dresses I’ll definitely be outfit repeating all summer + some pieces that are on my wish list:

Pictured: Eden Garden Dress | Santa Lupita

Pictured: Valour Tassel Dress | Zimmerman 

Scroll through below to see more of my favorite picks for the summer:

1. Carson Dress | Tularosa 

2. Tabtab Off The Shoulder Striped Mini Dress | LemLem

3. Crochet Trimmed Embroidered Mini Dress | Sea 

4. Madhi Dress | Ulla Johnson 

5. Moon Flowers Floral Dress | Eberjey 

6. Helena Dress | Ulla Johnson

7. Majorca Maxi Dress | Faithfull The Brand

8. Melanie Leaf-Print Silk Sleeveless Dress | Natalie Martin

9. Embroidered Fable Dress | Free People

10. Ruffle Dress | Moon River 

11. Calista Dress | Figue

12. Elodie Maxi Dress | MISA

13. Cocoa Dress | Banjanan 

14. Chloe Tunic Lotus Flower | coolchange

15. Getaway Maxi Dress | The Jetset Diaries

Pair with some sandals and you’re good to go! Happy summer, everyone! 

Summer Trends I Love: Rose Tinted Sunglasses

There are two things I can’t get enough of: beauty products and sunglasses. Right now, I’m obsessed with rose tinted sunnies. I love the pop of color it gives to an outfit!

Pictured: Mechanix Rose frames by Sama Eyewear (sold at their store in Beverly Hills!)

This summer, there are tons of options from both high-end designers and budget-friendly stores. Scroll down to see some of my top picks!

Pictured (from left to right): 

1. Combusion 7 Rose | Sama Eyewear

2. Mechanix Rose | Sama Eyewear

3. Oliver Goldsmith

4. Mirror Aviators | Celine

More Of My Picks:

1. Deja Vu | Le Specs

2. Round Classic | Ray-Ban 

3. Sean Aviator-Style Mirrored Sunglasses | Tom Ford

4. Mykonos Aviator Gold-Tone Sunglasses | Illesteva 

5. Long Beach Sunglasses | Seafolly 

6. Eyeshine Cat-Eye Sunglasses | Fendi 

7. Mae 55mm Cat Eye Sunglasses | PERVERSE 

8. Love Hangover 60 mm Aviator Sunglasses | Karen Walker 

9. 50mm Gradient Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses | Draper James 

10. Stella 51mm Round Sunglasses | Derek Lam

Pamela Salzman’s No-Churn Strawberry Gelato

I’m a huge sweets person so when Pamela shared she had a guilt-free gelato, I had to try it. And, it’s so easy! Even the most kitchen incompetent in the bunch can ace this recipe.

All you need is a food processor and a few simple ingredients. This gelato has the creamy texture of the classic Italian dessert but without all the sugar and cream. All you need is the sweetness of the berries and some healthy extras.

Scroll down to get the recipe from Pamela’s new cookbook Kitchen Matters:

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

Makes 1 quart


2 pounds strawberries, stems removed and cut into ½” pieces

3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

½ – 2/3 cup granulated sugar or honey, or half honey/half sugar*

¼ cup whole unsweetened Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt


1. In a large bowl, toss the strawberries with the orange juice. Pour mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet and spread out into one layer. Freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

2. Break up the frozen berries so you can fit the pieces into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the sugar and Greek yogurt and puree the mixture, stopping a few times to scrape down the sides. This might take 4-5 minutes. If the mixture is not turning creamy, allow to sit in the food processor a few minutes and then try blending again.

3. Serve immediately. Store leftovers in a covered container in the freezer. It will freeze solid, so to achieve creamy consistency again you’ll have to thaw it for a few minutes and then break it up into pieces and re-blend in the food processor.

Stay tuned for more of Pamela’s recipes here on the blog over the next few weeks + make sure to order your copy of Kitchen Matters here. It hit shelves yesterday! 

Watch: A NEW Baby Grey Update!

BABY GREY IS 5 MONTHS OLD! Here’s an update:

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