fireside dreaming.

it’s cold here in connecticut. like really, really cold. possibly the coldest it’s been since i moved here almost 1 year ago. and while i wouldn’t trade my move or home here for the world, this weather is leaving me a little nostalgic for the perpetually comfy climate of my life in santa barbara. until we can sneak away for a mini vacation to my old stomping ground, i’ve taken to a fireside virtual stay-cation- perusing images of some of my favorite places from the comfort of my flannel pj’s, ugg slippers & hot tea. on my mind right now? san ysidro ranch, one of my favorite tucked-away havens {not to mention honeymoon destination for jfk & miss jackie o}…

images via pinterest

vacation snaps.

{bikini blonde lager: all. day. long}

please excuse the somewhat long hiatus, but mvsees is back and in action. maui was filled with all we had hoped for: blue skies, clear water, yummy cocktails, amazing sea food and lots of poolside relaxation. oh, and lots of dance parties. lots. now that i’m home and settled back into the routine, i’ve had some time to compile some favorite snapshots from our island vacay… here are some highlights from our maui getaway:

{mid morning cocktails with the bff}

{poolside arm candy: some old, lots new}

{sunset cruise with our friend, captain carey…}

{… and lots of free city}

{blueberry-vodka mojitos: our island obsession. recipe to follow}

new york little black book


anyone that has spoken to me in the last 48 hours knows that i had the most amazing trip back east last week. not only did we get to celebrate the little sister’s birthday in style, but i also got to visit so many people & places that i haven’t seen for years while living here in california- making me not only super excited, but also confident, in the sometimes daunting move back home. while this past trip was only a few short days, we tried to pack in as many of our favorite things while leaving time to experience some new favorites as well.  here is a list of our new york trip, in a nut shell:

1. gramercy tavern

2. peels nyc

3. blt market at the ritz carlton

4. beauty & essex *

5. mediterraneo greenwich, ct *

1. ritz carlton central park

1. lavo nyc *

2. the wren *

3. duplex piano bar

4. village tavern

5. wilfie & nell

6. la prairie spa ritz carlton central park *

1. book of mormon *

2. new york rangers *

3. skaters in central park

* a favorite. a must. make it happen when you’re here.

birthday retreat

 {view from the hilltop restaurant at los carneros inn}

a few weeks ago my friends & family started bouncing around some ideas for a little weekend getaway in celebration of yours truly reaching the big 2-7… after discussing the usual suspects {las vegas, sf, nyc} we agreed on a relaxing long weekend in wine country. while most resorts were completely booked, we were able to get a reservation at the stunning los carneros inn.  not only was the trip super relaxing, but the food {and wine of course} were out of this world and the scenery was spectacular… i see another trip up north in our very near future.
 {the amazing farm restaurant located on the sprawling property}

 {birthday wine tasting at silver oak with my super chic bestie}

 {view from our rooftop cabana}

 {bocce ball… loving the pastel colors}

 {a fall birthday floral arrangement from the pops}