Favorite Places to Travel in the US

Favorite Places to Travel in the US

This photo was taken this summer in Maine, it was absolutely beautiful!

This photo was taken this summer in Maine, it was absolutely beautiful!

Traveling is something most of us love to do and I am no exception.  I didn’t really begin traveling outside of my typical family vacations we took every year until I was in college but really began spreading my wings post college.  And once I really started, I just couldn’t get enough. Something shifts in my heart when I travel and explore new places, cultures and people. I am fascinated by it all!  Since I have been exploring the US a lot in the last year, I am going to list some of my favorite places to travel in our great country.  

Maine (Bar Harbor/Kennebunkport)

 I have been in love with the NE ever since I can remember and there are countless things I love about it but when I recently traveled to Maine it quickly moved to one of the top on my list.

Hamptons

As I stated above I adore all things in the NE and my favorite beach spots in this area are in the Hamptons...superficially South Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island.

Nantucket

Nantucket is definitely another east coast favorite. So quaint and a picturesque town!

Lake Tahoe

I fell in love big time with the place last summer.  It is the perfect all a year around place and combines my two loves; water and mountains.

vAIL

Vail is just a dream and every time I am there my heart comes alive.  Whether in summer, skiing, fall….any time of year I just love all this town has to offer; not to mention the incredible restaurants.  

cARMEL

Carmel is one of my favorite places on the west coast.  This charming town, although cool, is just a true gem and will capture a piece of your heart.  

Santa Barbara

I planning to choose this place as my wedding destination…need I say more?!

This photo was also taken this summer but in California!

This photo was also taken this summer but in California!

Siesta key, FL

Siesta Key is a childhood favorite that has lasted well into adulthood.  I used to travel with my family and my mom’s parent’s every spring break since I was a very small child.  Not only does it hold some of my fondest memories it also has the most beautiful sand and beach of any place I have traveled in the US.

OlD FORGE, NY

Old Forge is another place that captured my heart ever since I was a small child. This is the place where my father grew-up and where we traveled every summer to visit his parents and for all of my dad’s side of the family to gather together. They are some of the best memories of my life.

Sun VALLEY, Idaho

Sun Valley is another place that is close to my heart after our summer adventures from last year.  As Erik says it was the “dark horse of our trip”. I loved everything about this gorgeous state and would go back there in a New York minute.  

I still have SO many places to see and explore so stay tuned as my adventures will continue!  

And in the words of Doctor Seuss:

“…you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”

~XO Tamara



Favorite Things in Dallas

Favorite Things in Dallas: My Dallas Loves…

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But First, Coffee:

For years Dallas did not have the best coffee scene but recently they have really been stepping

up their game! Some of my favorites that offer delicious coffee, amazing snacks, and the

perfect ambiance are Accession, Mudsmith, Magnolia’s Sous Le Pont, The Weekend Coffee

(also located in my favorite hotel in Dallas, the Joule), and Fiction.

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Shop till You Drop

To me, one of the biggest pluses for shopping in boutiques is finding a variety of brands that you

wouldn’t see in the mainstream stores. And Dallas has a lot of fun shops offering a variety of

brands and price points. One of my favorites for the last decade has been Elements. The

women who work there are so friendly and one of the best things about shopping there are the

variety of options, unique brands and price point. And when they have sales, they have amazing deals!

A few other Dallas faves are V.O.D., Richie Hippie, Gypsy Wagon, Gemma… and if you have deep

pockets, Forty-Five Ten is always a great spot with beautiful clothes.

It’s Cocktail O’Clock:

Cocktail spots are a place where Dallas has really grown as they have begun really taking the art

of a great cocktail very seriously. I adore a beautiful location for an amazing drink but I also

love the hidden gems and luckily Dallas has so many of both. In the winter my go-to drink is an

Old Fashioned, which must be made with a single large ice-cube. For warmer months I love a

great margarita, especially a spicy one and my new favorite drink is anything with lavender or

other fresh herbs like rosemary. Some places in the Dallas scene that are among my favorites

are the Tipsy Alchemist, Bowen House, Bourbon and Banter (where my cocktail is in the photo),

and Atwater Alley.

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Sweet Treats…Need I Say More?!

I am always down for a delicious treat and it’s one of my favorite things about traveling…

discovering all the confectionary wonders in the cities and towns I visit!

Some of my favorite sugary spots in Dallas are: Bisous Bisous , for all things French (especially macaroons);

Mustang Donuts, for my beloved donut (and in my mind the ultimate sweet reward); Melt, for amazing ice

cream; and Society, for my favorite cupcakes in Dallas (or maybe anywhere)!

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Where to Brunch:

Brunch is my favorite meal of the week! Brunch allows you to combine sweet and savory,

breakfast and lunch, eggs and dessert, and coffee and cocktails. There is nothing I don’t love

about brunch. After a great workout on a Saturday or after church on Sunday brunch is my

favorite thing to do. I love to brunch in all places I travel as well as NYC and Dallas. In Dallas,

here are some favorites of mine: Mercat (the spot where Erik and I ate brunch the day after

we got engaged), Overeasy, The Grape, and La Duni.

XO Tamara



Favorite Things in New York

In a New York State of Mind:

My NYC Loves…

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A Great Rooftop:

I LOVE rooftops, especially in cities like NYC. And I am so lucky because my favorite rooftop is

right in my neighborhood at the Kimpton Ink 148 Hotel. Perfect for sunsets and cityscapes. A

few other favorites in the city are Top of the Standard, which works in winter or summer, as well as

Gallow Green.

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Where to Grab Coffee in the City:

For something fun and unique I love Oddfellows. You can get things like café Iigeois… one of my

favorites… which is a combination of espresso, small scoop of ice cream, homemade whipped

cream and chocolate soil. Or lattes or other espresso drinks with homemade burnt

marshmallow. For a regular cup of Joe two of my all-time favorites in the city are Rex or Blue

Bottle.

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Best Shopping Around:

Favorite area to shop around in the city is in Soho. It has the perfect combination of all the

designer stores you love, mixed in with some of the mainstream staples, amazing street

vendors and great one of a kind boutiques. Not to mention amazing restaurants, coffee shops,

and cocktail bars to recharge you after hours of shopping.

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Favorite NYC Pizza:

Pizza is one of my favorite go-to foods….there is nothing I don’t love about sauce, cheese and

bread! For a traditional NY slice, Joe’s is excellent and the original location is the one in West Village,

on 6th Ave. But my most favorite pizza in the city is Lombardo’s down in Soho along with in Brooklyn… is

Lucali. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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End with a Cocktail:

I am a huge fan of a unique and delicious cocktail. If a bar only has basic or average cocktails I

will just opt for wine. But for truly genius concoctions that come from a creative mixologist I

am all in! With my love of lavender, I have become obsessed with establishments that are

starting to use this delicious flavor in their cocktails. There is a lavender French 75 at the River

Café that is so incredible you won’t be able to get enough. Not to mention the breathtaking

view of Manhattan that you get while sipping this delicious beverage. Other cocktail faves in

the city are Dear Irving, which is a fantastic speakeasy, The Distillery NYC which is my favorite

neighborhood spot and Death and Company which makes an insane old fashioned.

XO Tamara



Fashion Questions Answered: Part 2

Mommy Attire (That Doesn’t Involve Stretch Pants or Workout Clothes)

  • There are so many comfortable, easy options for busy moms that do not involve

workout wear. You can be comfy and casual and still wear sneakers or flip flops while

looking chic

  • Some items that are excellent go-tos for moms on the go:

  1. Chinos in maybe a shade like army green

  2. Boyfriend jeans

  3. Denim skirt

  4. Shirt dress

  5. Comfy stretchy dress

  6. Lightweight, oversized knit layering pieces

  7. Denim jacket

  8. t-shirts and tanks you love to mix with all the bottom pieces

  • Save your workout attire for actually working out and have some easy pieces that you

can throw on and get out the door in minutes. Just have your “mom” section of the

closet with these items and you can go straight to them when you are getting dressed

and it will be just as easy and comfy as workout attire.

How To Wear Flowy Styles-When You Are Vertically Challenged

  • So the major tip for wearing flowy, oversized styles (especially when you are on the

shorter side) is to add height. I also think when you add height for these pieces a

chunkier shoe is a better option

  • Adding a longer necklace also gives you a better eye line and will elongate the look and

make your outfit even more flattering

  • If you have a flowy pant or dress or top you can add a more tailored jacket or layering

piece to tie in the look and give your figure more of a shape which also will help flatter

the more oversized pieces.

What Colors are Inappropriate to Wear to a Wedding?

  • There is the obvious answer here which is to not wear anything white or off white

  • Don’t wear a dress that could at all look “bridally”….i.e. a blush lace mermaid silhouette

gown.

  • But do not be afraid to wear color or prints! You can wear fun bright colors or prints as

long as it is tasteful of course.

XO Tamara