One of our favorite holidays of the year is right around the corner!
Check out some of our favorite #TBT pics from the 4th of July…

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 We love Independence Day, although with 5 kids there is little independence at our house!

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Photo Credit: Rosanna Wolff 

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Fireworks, parades, bbqs- just a few of my favorite things! Happy birthday, USA!!

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We love picnics, especially if there are beaches or fireworks involved.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite essentials just for you!

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1. Urban Outfitters Magical Thinking Beach Blanket     |     2. Lucky Night Wine by Swanson Vineyards

3. Monogrammed Mark & Graham Playing Cards      |     4. Cake Pops from Dylan’s Candy Bar     |     5. Jawbone Portable Speaker


 

When you plan a trip to place like Nantucket you need insider info.  We called in our good friend Carolina de Neufville, (Interior designer, mother and Nantucket aficionado) to get the lay of the land, so we’ll be sure to hit all the right spots on our next visit to ACK!!

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1. Ladies Beach is at the top of my list, on the way there stop at Bartlett Farms for the best chicken salad, and get a surfing lesson on the beach from Nantucket Surfari .

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2. A great way to get out on the water on a boat – Make a lunch reservation at Toppers, their boat will take you across the harbor from the White Elephant to the Wauwinet. It’s my favorite lunch spot, don’t bring the kids and do order lots of rose. Take a swim afterwards on the ocean side of the beach.

 

Nantucket in summer

Bartlett Farm

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3. For a very casual and very fun night out with the kids go to Jetties – oysters, lobster rolls and sandy feet – enjoy the sunset! Other favorite dinner spots – for foodies American Seasons and The Nautilus.

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4. The Galley for the best location and sunset. Black Eyed Susan’s for breakfast or for a date night.

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Nantucket in summer

Jetties Restaurant

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5. Take a hike at Sanford Farms - The ocean view and historic barn at the end are worth the 3 mile walk.

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6. Hit the cobble stone streets in town for some shopping at Bodega and the Lions Paw for home accessories. Currant Vintage for the best vintage clothes, accessories and wine. Erica Wilson for summer staples, while there pick up a needlepoint project for rainy days.

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Nantucket in summer

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7. Take a walk down the shell path on Old South Wharf where you get a little bit of everything!  Art galleries and my personal favorite store— Space, for the best mix of home accessories, gifts and the best bags.

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8. Don’t miss Table 1 for wine, farmstead cheese and a baguette – enjoy it there or take it home!

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… and check out Carolina’s picks for a weekend getaway to ACK:

The Anchor Top (coming soon)     |      The White Skinny Flare

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Five things we (each) won’t be without over the next three glorious months!!

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VMB’s Picks
1. Celine Clutch   |     2. Seaman Schepps Bracelet     |     3. Tan Towels     |     4. Nike Lunarsandiator Sky Hi     |     5. Pottery Barn Napkins

VSB’s Picks
6. Basta Surf Bikini (Top and Bottom)    |     7. Roll Up Backgammon Set     |     8. Aliza Licht’s “Leave Your Mark”     |     9. Flamingo Pool Float     |     10. Ancient Greek Sandals (similar here and here)


 

Indian Summer. This collection was inspired by the golden hours of our favorite season.

Meet our ultimate must-haves to get you from summer in the city to the beach, the bonfire or boat.

Shop the collection here or check out our Pre-Fall Pinterest board to see the full moodboard

that inspired the Veronicas’ designs.

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Congrats to all of the 2015 CFDA Award winners!

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Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford

Accessories Designer of the Year: Tabitha Simmons

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Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin

 Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

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Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson

The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Instagram

International Award: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

The Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert: Millard “Mickey” DrexlerChief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of J.Crew Group, Inc.

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HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Our red carpet moment with @TheFatJewish!!

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Summer!!  Our favorite time of year— the beach barbecues, the bonfires, sunset boat rides, the smell of sunscreen, Southsides, fireflies, tanlines, hammocks, naps, and books!  We want to be barefoot with beach hair, wearing white from sunrise ’til bedtime.  Here we go!

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VSB’s Picks
1. Veronica Beard Scarf Print Dress     |     2. J.CREW Flats     |     3. Eugenia Kim “Do Not Disturb” Hat     |     4. Super by Retrosuperfuture Sunglasses     |     5. The Stylish Life: Tennis     |     6. Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo

VMB’s Picks
7. Veronica Beard Lace Peplum Top     |     8. Oliver Peoples Sunglasses     |     9. Veronica Beard Skinny Flares     |     10. Janessa Leone Hat     |     11. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes     |     12. Clare Vivier Clutch


 

Travel is incredible way to broaden your perspective and take a quick escape from the daily grind. My kids are very interested in different cultures—especially indigenous populations and the unique heritage of a given community. Every year, my Mother, the 5 kids and I pick a new country to explore— this year we chose Italy. The kids are finally getting old enough to appreciate the art, music and industry and can handle all the walking that is involved in order to properly explore each destination. Take a look at some of our favorite cities, foods, activities and ideas. This is our Italy…

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It’s all about the masks and beautiful Venetian glass!!  We stayed at Hotel Bonvecchiati, next to St. Mark’s square.

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TUSCANY: Padua, Assisi & Pisa

We loved visiting Padua for its original Giotto paintings & the famous Café Pedrocchi–established in 1831! (It’s the only place I know to get a mint latte!)  Assisi, with its pink stone buildings and archways has castles that date back to 1200.  And of course we had to see the leaning tower of Pisa at least once in our lives!

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THE AMALFI COAST: Pompeii, Ravello & Positano

This region is one of my favorite places on earth. The picturesque vistas and vertical living are mind blowing and the wine and produce ARE the culture. You have to eat at La Tagliata in Positano. It’s family-run, with no menu and all freshly grown, raised and caught vegetables, meat and seafood. Get ready to dance and jig with the old tunes, “That’s Amore!”

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