Jan 29, 2015

ANA By Design

Every once in a long while, I get an inquiry that makes my pulse quicken and my head spin, and has me pinching myself because it cannot possibly be real life. I could not be more excited to announce my upcoming partnership with All Nippon Airways (ANA) for their recently launched "By Design" campaign. The campaign emphasizes ANA's dedication to providing an inspired guest experience, one with intention and purpose.

Tokyo has been at the top of my travel wishlist for a long time, and I'll finally be heading there next week to experience the culture of Japan (with a focus on food, of course) and share those experiences via my social channels over the next few weeks. And as if that weren't thrilling enough, ANA has also partnered with Noma's Tokyo pop-up to offer global travelers the experience of the "inspiration of Japan" with Noma's exclusive menu. Which means, by some insane stroke of luck, I'll also get to eat there.

In the meantime, I'm envisioning my ideal travel outfit. I hate feeling like a slob at airports, but obviously want to be comfortable too. Most likely, the jeans will get swapped out for some softer wool pants. Though I could easily fit a week's worth into this weekender bag, I'm bringing extra luggage because, hello Japanese ceramics.

Trusty travel camera / Jeans / Coat / Sweaters / Weekender / Sneakers (Same style, different color) / Best dotpads / Scarf / Sunglasses

Starting next week, I'll be posting unique content on my Instagram, Facebook page, and Twitter, so please do follow along for real-time updates! And check this space for post-trip posts.

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with ANA - All Nippon Airways. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of ANA.

Jan 19, 2015

The Dean Hotel

Visiting Providence has gotten a lot cooler with the addition of The Dean to the hotel scene. If the branding of the hotel doesn't win you over, the low price point should. I realize I sound like a PR pitch (no, they didn't pay for my stay) but really, I'm totally their target audience and was happy to finally spend a night there over the weekend. There is tons of old school charm that is balanced by masculine and modern elements. Once a brothel, the 1911 building still has some of the original design elements including a classic caged elevator and mosaic tiled floors. And of course, any hotel room with beautiful morning light gets the ok in my books.

It was downright freezing while I was there, so I admit that jeans with holes weren't the smartest idea. It's just that I was pretty excited to finally replace my retired boyfriend jeans that became too hole-y to wear (way too much accidental foot sticking in the knee hole when putting them on – the worst). This pair from Rag & Bone is a great staple to any closet and has one of the nicer, more unique washes I've seen on denim in a while. I actually spent an afternoon in Soho trying on pair after pair of boyfriend jeans, but these were the only winner.

Also, apparently I'm a men's medium. The Chunky Knit sweater from Everlane has been sold out in women's sizes forever, so I've taken to looking in the men's department (and am actually pretty excited about some of the upcoming arrivals for men). I have pretty broad shoulders and I never mind extra-roomy fits, so the men's sweaters are kind of perfect with a little tuck to deal with the length.

Sweater / Jeans / Pumps / Tote / Dopp Kit

Jan 15, 2015

Weekday Breakfast

If only all mornings could begin at Maialino, a restaurant that is so much more to me than just a place to have delicious food. So many good mornings have started here, lunches where one hour quickly becomes two becomes three... and dreamy nights have ended here. There's just the right amount of buzz on a weekday morning here, and that caramelized brioche bun (not pictured here because you gotta eat it while it's warm) still gives me so much joy after all these years of ordering it. Although I come here at least once a week, I rarely document my meals here anymore. The light was too pretty this particular morning to resist a few shots.