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Honeymoon Essentials

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Packing for a honeymoon is one of the most exhilarating experiences. You have your mind so completely focused on the wedding itself that you can’t seem to think about much else.  But when you have just a moment to realize that you’re about to go on a trip of a lifetime — this probably causes the same shock of happiness that someone experiences when they are told their number just won the lottery!

Packing for a honeymoon is crucial… it’s the biggest trip of your life and your first time traveling as a new version of your lovely lady self – a wife! You probably look amazing at this point from all that “sweating for the wedding” and juicing to look glorious in that perfectly tailored dress, so the honeymoon is the ultimate opportunity to look and feel great. To do so, it’s important to put thought into preparing for your trip.

One suggestions I have shared with fellow brides is to treat yourself to some little “honeymoon gifts” to make the trip feel more special than any other! Pick a few items that simply make you happy and feel good — then wrap them up in something pretty and tuck the gifts away in your suitcase a week before the wedding day. By the time you land, check-in and unpack that suitcase, you’ll surprise yourself with those little treats you packed away for this special occasion! Some easy gifts to yourself to consider are the following: your favorite soaps, candles, shampoos, new pajamas or a brand new bikini.

I recently returned from my honeymoon and oh lady, was it amazing! We traveled to French Polynesia and saw the islands of Tahiti, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Moorea. Before the trip I followed my own advice: a week prior to the wedding I carefully packed some of my favorite goodies for the honeymoon. The entire week of the wedding I never had one minute to think about the honeymoon or the treats I had packed. When we arrived and I unloaded my luggage it felt like opening up mutiple Christmas gifts! My friends knew how important this trip was for my husband and I, so being the sweet ladies that they are, they decided to surprise me on the wedding day with a few special items for the vacation that I packed too! Of all the items that I packed for the honeymoon, here were my favorite treats to have on the trip. Take a look and consider packing these great items for your honeymoon travel!

1. A book and a bottle. Pack your favorite bottle of champagne or wine. Well of course the hotels anywhere in the world have wine and champagne! But let’s be real here, ladies… A bottle of wine at top hotels can be pretty expensive ($100 and up) and when you are relaxing in your hotel room as newlyweds you might not want to deal with the hassle of calling room-service to interrupt you. Plus some foreign hotels might not carry your favorite bottle of Italian Chianti or Cupcake wine. If you are checking a bag, take a towel or bubble wrap and carefully pack your favorite bottle. It’s nice to have and a great way to start the trip before picking up the phone for room service. I packed a yummy bottle of Sancerre. And there on my chair – my book – I chose to read a crazy tell-all about Hollywood, Coreyography. Pretty graphic novel but had some interesting stories about Michael Jackson and his love for Disneyland and Apple Juice.

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2. A bag with your NEW name/ initials. Call me a diva but there is nothing wrong with getting the bag of your dreams – the Mon Monogram bag by LV has been one of the most popular totes for 2014. People are raving about this customized bag and I am too! Especially with my new name on it! Order a Mon Monogram Here!



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3. Bridal Uggs. My Bridesmaids bought these for me as a surprise even though I told them not to… these ladies tend to be a little too generous so I asked them graciously to pipe down. These boots are perfect for the end of the wedding night (when your feet kill) and can be comfy on a long plane – a great gift idea for a friend getting married! I wore them while traveling for the day and felt like I was walking in slippers. I have also seen brides rock these under their wedding gowns for the colder months/ winter weddings — check them out! They come in various different bridal styles. Bridal Uggs Here!

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4. Honeymoon Games. These were another gift from my sister and we loved them! These “how well do you know your groom/bride” book games are hilarious and so much fun to play while laying on the beach. You can find them at most bookstores or on Amazon. I just bought a pack of these books for a friend getting married soon. There is nothing more hilarious than having a few drinks and playing this game together – the questions are pretty creative so expect a lot of laughs! Buy the Books Here!

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5. Lingerie Bag. Another great gift received and packed as a honeymoon essential. A close friend of mine had this bag made for me and I loved using it to pack! You can use these little bag for lingerie, your undergarments, or bathing suits. It’s a great way to stay organized and have something personal for your trip. It’s available in several different designs and colors – this would be a great gift idea for the next bridal shower or bachelorette party!  Shop Custom Bags Here!

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6. Floats. This was the by far the most crucial item that I packed for our trip. I heard through the grapevine that we should pack floats for the trip. So we went on Amazon and bought a pack of 2 — packed them away in a bag easily since they didn’t take up much space deflated. When we arrived in Bora Bora we inflated the floats and lounged on them all day long. The hotel did not provide floats so it was great to have them. They are not that expensive, easy to fold up and pack. Buy Your Float Here!

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7. Mr. & Mrs. Pillow Cases. Another great way to personalize your trip and make it more special than all the others — indulge in some honeymooner pillow cases! This is also a great gift idea for a friend getting married – they are easy to pack and fun to have on the trip or even at home. Get Pillow Cases Here!

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Make your honeymoon extra special for yourself or for a friend… These are just a few honeymoon packing and gifting ideas, but the possibilities are endless! It always puts a smile on someone’s face to get something personalized to their experience or upcoming travel. And it will definitely put a smile on YOUR face if you pack these items for your honeymoon of a lifetime! Happy packing and honeymooning! Love,



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Washington, DC – Birthday Party to Boozy Brunch

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I’ve never stopped loving the nation’s capital as a great American city to visit… exquisite architecture, an easy train ride out of New York’s Penn Station, and always tons to do or see… do you blame me? I probably can’t count the number of times I have visited the city of power and prestige. DC, unlike New York, is not about money or flashy things – but rather about culture, tradition, education and yes, power. DC is the kind of place where you are frequently asked: who do you know, where did you go to school, and what are your thoughts on Obamacare? Years ago I actually had the chance to live in DC for a few months while working in the Senate as a legal intern. My brother studied at Georgetown University so that was just another excuse to make the occasional weekend trip. With all my travels in and out of the “American Rome”, I have never lost the thrill of making a trip down on the Amtrak… DC is constantly evolving and growing into a cultural hub of the world – finding something new or exciting is typically an easy task.

After my most recent trip to DC, I can’t help but share some exciting news about a fantastic brunch spot for you to consider! We recently traveled down to DC for just a brief weekend to celebrate a friend’s birthday — they rented out the entire top floor of Clyde’s Restaurant with a live band, raw bar, full dinner and loads of fun. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton (downtown DC) and had wonderful service with a prime location. The lobby bar was a bit entertaining with some crazy characters from near and far so there was never a dull moment. If there isn’t anything good on TV and you aren’t a college football fan, grabbing a 10 dollar beer at the Ritz Bar is like purchasing a front row ticket to live entertainment. Great people watching might be worth the cost of an overpriced drink. Here is us leaving the Ritz and a glimpse at the party inside Clyde’s…



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Ahhhh the morning after a late night… What is the first word that comes to mind? Brunch. The hotel recommended we try - Central. Although I had already been to Central several times before, the hotel concierge urged me that they just launched a completely new special brunch menu with bottomless cocktails. Wait, did you say bottomless? Yes.

We arrived to Central on the very first day they actually tested out their new “brunch menu” and got the star treatment, as they were trying to gauge whether this new meal option could be a midday hit. I was shocked, especially coming from NYC, with the quality and prices of the restaurant’s new menu — $25 for a three course prix fixe! This includes a delicious and probably sweet starter, a hearty brunch entree and a light dessert. Add on 10 bucks and you can sit there for hours drinking bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Mary’s… Sure, I’ll add on the 10 bucks, #YOLO.

Here are some glimpses of our favorite options on the menu with restaurant details below. Keep your eye out for: pancrepes, fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, chicken schnitzel, and coconut sorbet with macarons… Sorry if this post sabotages your paleo diet!

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Central is crafted with Chef Michel Richard’s lively, jovial style of delicious food.  After winning international acclaim for his flagship fine dining restaurant Citronelle in Washington, DC’s Georgetown neighborhood, Michel turned his creativity to the “democratization of gastronomy”, creating a restaurant that is welcoming and accessible, “at a price that makes you invite more friends”.



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This modern American bistro with a French twist is a recipient of the Nation’s highest culinary awards, including winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant in the US.


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This is my American bistro, with a french accent….



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Central – Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

(202) 626-0015

Click here to make a reservation! 

Planning a trip to Washington, DC? Can’t go wrong with Central in the mix for your meal plans… Have a fabulous Friday and happy traveling! Love,



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Cape Cod Highlights – From Summer to Fall

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The summer literally flew by with a gorgeous fall season in full swing! The smell of pumpkin lattes fills the brisk air and college football plays loudly in every pub across New York City. Looking back at summer travels, I had the chance to visit a beautiful little beach town at the tip of Cape Cod – Provincetown, MA. Filled with character and charm, this east coast beach spot is not your average coastal village. I went to Provincetown to cheer on a family member biking in the famous Pan Mass Challenge. It was truly such a positive and uplifting experience. The ride is for an incredible cause and the atmosphere is filled with hundreds of inspirational human beings biking for days to raise support for cancer research. I loved meeting all the families and wonderful people participating in the weekend festivities and hope to return next summer.

A few weeks later I had the pleasure of attending a gorgeous wedding and wedding brunch in Osterville, MAanother gem on Cape Cod!  The weather was picutre perfect as the ocean sparkled against the coastline. Here are my personal highlights from these short trips to Cape Cod with a list of hotspot suggestions (lady favorites) for your next trip!

Glimpses of the goodies in P-town!



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A spectacular wedding celebration in Osterville, MA….These moments were captured at the Oyster Harbors Club and the Wianno Club.



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P-town Musts:

  • Twisted Ice Cream – homemade deliciousness
  • Lobster Roll – lobster meat on a toasted bun, doesn’t get any better than that
  • Pilgrim Monument – historical and beautiful
  • Walk Commercial Street – quality shopping (yes they have a Michael Kors!)
  • The Mews Restaurant and Café – delicious food and cocktails
  • The Brass Key Guesthouse – luxurious lodging
  • The Wired Puppy – great coffee and dog friendly

Osterville Favorites:

  • Ellie Kai Shop – best maxi dresses in the world
  • Wimpy’s Seafood Market – delicious seafood at a great price
  • Crisp Flatbread – great lunch spot for great friends
  • Wianno Club – breathtaking views of the coastline
  • The Raw Bar – drive down the street to Hyannis Port and treat yourself to the largest lobster roll I have ever seen

Happy Cape Cod traveling… a great spot for the summer (high season) and a tranquil getaway during the fall months…  Bottom line — you can’t go wrong with a trip to any quaint town in Cape Cod.  Love,



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Lawyer by Day, Ladyhattan by Night!

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Well, well, well lady travel lovers… a sincere apology for the lack of fabulous fun & travel so far this summer! After graduating from law school in early May, I felt on top of the world with family and friends cheering me on as I walked the stage of Madison Square Garden. However, within just a few days of the graduation cheer, I had the daunting challenge of not just taking one state bar examination, but two – New York and New Jersey. It was several weeks of intense studying, a nonexistent social life, and not one short travel escape from the big city. Although I had the opportunity to explore several beautiful library landmarks across Manhattan, I truly missed the extraordinary pleasures of new places… 

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Despite a few weeks of sheer misery, I’m done with the exam and looking forward to enjoying life to come! From weddings across the country to a honeymoon in Bora Bora, this lady is ecstatic for the thrills on the horizon… Here are some highlights on the Ladyhattan travel agenda for the remainder of 2014:

  • Rest & relaxation at my family home on the magical island of – Nantucket
  • Featured fun at the 2014 Pan Mass Challenge in Provincetown, Cape Cod
  • Surf and Yoga retreat feature on the coast of Costa Rica
  • The Ladyhattan Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Destination weddings in Block Island, South Beach Miami, and Osterville
  • Rum tasting action in the sunny Dominican Republic
  • Thailand Feature for Honeymooners
  • Biking across Italy
  • Shots from the 2014 Henley Royal Regatta, UK
  • Honeymoon perfection on the islands of Bora Bora, Tahaa and Moorea

Looking forward to working with my co-bloggers to share some tips, great finds and glimpses into beautiful travels around the world. Cheers to less study and more sights to be seen.

Love,



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NYC TRAVEL – New York Fine Dining at the Clement

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Why cook in New York City when you can step outside and enjoy the thousands of remarkable restaurants this great city has to offer? Whether your a local Manhattan lady or visiting as a tourist – make a reservation at the Peninsula Hotel’s Clement Restaurant for your next special night out. Delicious cuisine, an upscale atmosphere with superb service right on Fifth Avenue – it doesn’t get much better than that, ladies.

With much to celebrate these last few weeks, a few of my favorite ladies and I were treated to a wonderful night at the Peninsula Hotel. On the second floor of this five star hotel, you are welcomed with endless arrangments of flowers and candles. We started with a glass of champagne and a few complimentary small bites. We then made our way to the formal dining space where I enjoyed a beet salad and the lobster served with stone grits. Everyone was delightfully satisfied with their choices as well as the complimentary extras we received from the friendly staff. Although a bit pricey, I would say this is well worth every penny and recommend it to all my lady friends looking for a fantastic dinner out. A date, a celebration, a family affair, a girls night, a business dinner. Not convinced yet? NYC’s finest shopping is just around the corner – from Tiffany’s to Henri Bendel’s for some pre-dinner shopping… But seriously, look how beautiful this hotel is? Enjoy glimpses of this Manhattan Treat below. 

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 We loved the gorgeous spread of flower arrangements on the various tables of the lounge area where we enjoyed champagne and small bites.

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 Through the lounge area, here is the main dining room. 

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The main course favorite – lobster served with stone ground grits and white asparagus. 

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Other lady favorites to consider while dining at Clement:

  • Start with the oysters served with caviar
  • Mushroom soup with gruyere cheese
  • Black sea bass in a roasted duck broth
  • Lamb with rhubarb syrup
  • Finish your meal with something sweet… we loved the “Hudson Apple Crisp” served with cranberry pecan crumble, orange buttermilk ice cream 

Clement inside the Peninsula New York

700 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

(212) 956-2888

Click here for the menu and more details on this restaurant!

Happy fine dining to all the lovely ladies of Manhattan and beyond. Love,



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