The Hangover

January 2, 2013

We returned to Boston late last night from our wonderful week a the beach and reality hit this morning at a brutal and arctic 18˚F.  Six bags of luggage and laundry need attending too as well as all the work I ignored last week, not to mention our pitifully empty fridge.  (String cheese and bread and butter pickles will not be an appropriate lunch for bébé.)  So as I attempt to face reality, I am happy to reminisce about our fabulously New Years Eve dinner.  My mother organized the most glamorous, gorgeous, family dinner ever!  We had the entire wine cellar at The Cloister hotel for our own private family dinner.  Candle light lit the cellar and reflected off of the mercury glass candle holders.  Flowers filled mint julep cups, and the wine…oh the wine…It was all very Downton Abby.  We talked about favorite places to travel and dream places we wanted to go.  Silly movies, favorite books and family stories.  A ridiculously fabulous way to end end an amazing year.  Thank you mom and dad.

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And one of my favorite rooms at The Cloister hotel:

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What the what?!?!

December 12, 2012

So the other weekend, while bébé was napping and the hubs was on the sofa fighting off the stomach virus I so thoughtfully passed onto him, I saw a Pinterest contest over on my friend Cassandra Lavall’s blog, Coco+Kelley for the online shopping site Taigan.  I thought, what the heck, why not do a little fantasy shopping with the hopes of winning a $500 gift card.  Then last week I got an email telling me I had won!!!!  What the what?!?!?  $500 to go shopping on Taigan all for me…errrr…I mean to do some Christmas shopping.  I still don’t even know what to get but my wish list has spent the $500 already and then some.  Here is what I “pinned.”

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1. canoe (way over $500 but so pretty) 2. necklace  3. earrings  4. gold leaf box  5. horse trays  6. ceramic elephant  7. Louis Vuitton portfolio (another one way more than $500)  8. luggage tag  9. Equipment sweater  10. Vogue, The Editors Eye book

Cape Cod in the Fall

October 3, 2011

To celebrate our wedding anniversary we popped down to the town of Chatham on Cape Cod.  The weather was still beautiful but the summer crowds had departed and the sun hung lower in the sky indicating the changing of the seasons.  I love the beach and the ocean any time of year, but particularly now in the quite fall.  Chatham is an old fishing community on Cape Cod, that now also boasts some of the most beautiful homes on the Cape.  It has all the charm of an old New England town that just exudes pumpkins, leaves, and sweaters all with the smell of the ocean wafting in the breeze.

We stayed at the ridiculously awesome Chatham Bars Inn with our room over looking the ocean.  I could have sat there all day watching the fishing boats come and go, listening to the fog horns in the early morning.

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This guy has been waiting all year for October.

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I just love the old wicker beach cabanas.  They just scream Jackie Kennedy on the Cape.

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We found this on the beach.  Local art of mass exodus of horseshoe crabs in size order.  I love it.

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Pink sunset over the sandbars of Chatham

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We enjoyed the sunset with this deliceous and creative way to present chocolate covered strawberries, courtesyof the Chatham Bars Inn.

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We savored every moment, bite, sunset, and ocean view.  It was a wonderful getaway.

Marital Bliss

September 28, 2010

This weekend, after returning from an amazing week a Canyon Ranch, my husband and I celebrated one year of marriage!  I can honestly say it had been the best year of my life.  There had been so much change, moving from Atlanta, starting this blog, working more on freelance photography and design, and so many wonderful travels, adventures and fun. We have an amazing trip planned for the week of Thanksgiving, so we decided to celebrate the actual anniversary day by not making any solid plans.  What ensued way a fabulous fall day of, brunch, bloody marys, football, a little shopping and ended with some amazing blues, dancing and champagne at Beehive.

I certainly re-toxed very quickly after my healthy week at Canyon Ranch. :)

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Beehive just exudes cool.  It is in a downstairs setting and has that bohemian, beatnick feel.  The interior and art are amazing art, with even more amazing music playing every night.  Sunday’s are blues night…can you think of a better night for blues to be played?  Of course there was nothing “blue” about our night.  The musicians were so talented and the music and atmosphere was a blast.

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I love these old beer mugs.  I think my dad had them when we were growing up.

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Dancing the night away with my husband of one year.

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Celebration time

August 5, 2010

I cannot thank my wonderful, wonderful husband enough.  Last night he threw me a fabulous party in celebration of the Orvis Dog Book Cover and to raise a little money for NEADS (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans).  So many friends and family came out to join in the festivities and we even got a special visit from a NEADS dog in training.  I did not take many photographs as I was having too good of a time, but here are a few.

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My husband choose his favorite neighborhood bar for the venue, The 21st Amendment.  It really is his “Cheers.”  We can’t walk by there with out seeing someone we know.  The inside is as historic as you can get.  Originally built in 1899, it has had a few different names, but the inside with the dark wood beams, stone floors and fireplace are historic Boston.

A little camera test shot.  I just love those Tudor style windows.

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I auctioned off a pet photography session and Rebecca Willson from The Urban Hound auctioned off a 5 night stay in a luxury suite at their brand new dog hotel.  We raised over $700 for NEADS!  Thank you everyone for your bids and donations.

Notice anything?  I am working on a new logo and website.  I had business cards made and put the new logo on the auction sheet.  What do you think?

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Donna Laconti from NEADS joined us and brought along the adorable Perry, a yellow lab still in training.  Perry graduates in November and will go to a disabled Iraqi war veteran.

Perry the super dog.  Perry, husband Steve, Steve O’Brian, Helen (mom in-law)

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Steve and I loving on Perry

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Steve O’Brian (L), surprised me and had these t-shirts made.  So fun.  The bar tenders and staff were all wearing one.

Steve and Andrew

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And then they brought out one of those fabulous, sugary sheet cakes with the image on it!  So cute.

Steve O’Brian even pointed out that they intentionally had a marble cake made, because Jake has brown and white spots.  They wanted the cake to match Jake!  Love it.

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Bad photo, but I had to share this one of me and the three girls I use to baby sit in Atlanta and Philadelphia (while at college).  They are all in their 20′s now!  How old does that make me?!?!?!  Such cute smart girls.  We look like we could all be sisters.

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It was a fun fun party and we raised some money for a great cause. By the end of the night we were pooped.  Thank you to all who came out to support.

I have the best husband in the world :)

Hosts, Steve Curry (Sarah’s husband) and Steve O’Brien invite you to come celebrate Sarah & Jake’s cover of the Fall 2010 Orvis Dog Book

We have also invited the NEADS organization (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans), out of Princeton, MA to join us for the celebration. NEADS trains and provides independence to people who are deaf or physically disabled through the use of canine assistance.

I will be auctioning off a photo session with your pet with the proceeds going to NEADS. Check out their Facebook page.  It is full of some of the most adorable puppies in training and inspirational photos of NEADS dogs and their new owners.

The Urban Hound will also be auctioning off a 5 night stay in a luxury suite at their brand new dog hotel. Value is $90 per night. You will have one pampered pup while you are away on your next vacation!

Here are a few photos of NEADS dogs in action and PUPPIES in training!

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Hope to see you all there.

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