You Need These Sandals In Your Life

Have you ever heard of Fibi & Clo?

Maybe not. I hadn’t until recently, when I stumbled on them via Pinterest. I’m obsessed now. Obsessed. These sandals are simply gorgeous and timeless. We’re talking about beautiful details that take a normal sandal and twist it up.

Perfect for warmer weather (which is thankfully around the corner)!

The line comes in eight styles, and each pair of sandals can go easily from workwear to a night on the town. My favorite is the classic “She Said Yes” sandal in beige–I already have a pair on the way and I’m dreaming up places to wear them.

Like what you see? Make sure you shop with me! 

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Don’t Miss the Brunch at Temple Orange

As I’ve said before, I’ll go anywhere and do almost anything for a good brunch. Brunch is one of my favorite meals. I love a good mimosa, a bloody Mary bar, some eggs Benedict….

But I digress.

We recently brunched at the Temple Orange restaurant in Lantana, and I loved it. It lived up to the hype. Temple Orange is the signature restaurant of the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, a five-star hotel located just south of Palm Beach herself. At one time, the Ritz owned the property, but now it’s a part of a small line of boutique resorts.

Temple Orange turns into a delightful spot for Sunday brunch. A flat rate gets guests access to a plentiful buffet full of smoked salmon, pastries, humus, breakfast favorites, fresh fruit, omelets, and more. A small additional fee allows guests to experience a champagne and blood Mar bar–and I must say, that should be passed up by anyone. It’s too good.

Topping it all off, however is the view from Temple Orange. The restaurant lies in the middle of the resort, and gives guests a perfect view of the main pool, resort grounds, hotel rooms, and the ocean. It’s magical.

Put Temple Orange on your list. You won’t be disappointed.

A Piece of Camelot on Peanut Island

It’s well-known that JFK and the rest of his family loved Palm Beach. The Kennedys had a home there for many years, and members of the family often visited. A few of the most iconic images from the Kennedy administration were taken on the island.

A little less well-known are how many steps the secret service put in place so that JFK and his family could enjoy life in South Florida at the height of the cold war. Among those things: the government nuclear fallout shelter built just for the Kennedys on a small island just across water from Palm Beach herself. Today, the shelter is a tourist attraction on Peanut Island which is a county park where people can spend the day sunbathing, picnicking, hiking, and more.

We visited the bunker on our last visit to Palm Beach. It’s the crown jewel of the Palm Beach Maritime Museum. After a short tour of the old coast guard station on the western edge of this manmade island, a tour guide led us to a small hill and then underground to the shelter that government officials hoped would keep Kennedy and his family safe should a nuclear attack occur on Washington (or another high value target) while the president spent time at his family’s South Florida retreat.

The shelter isn’t very big, and spartan at best.  We’re talking about one large room a few feet underground, along with a few beds, storage for non perishable food, room for a desk, and not much more. The shelter could house people for up to 30 days in case of a nuclear fallout, but our tour guide said most agents expected it to only be used about four days.

Still, its fascinating–and a great example of a time long gone, a time when this kind of event seemed imminent, and preparation was prudent. Add to that the fact that Kennedy presided over the Cuban Missile Crises, and it’s enough to send chills down your spine.

So, if you have a chance–check it out. History is important, and this shelter is certainly a part of that. It’s worth seeing, and a side of Camelot people don’t normally remember.

Four Fashion Brands You Need In Your Life

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I’m always scouring the web for new collections and styles. Right now, I’m obsessed with a few, and I’m sharing them here. You might find they fit with your personal style, too–so make sure you check these out–just in time for spring styles!

1. Nightcap Clothing: If you love lace, this is the place to start. Nightcap makes beautiful dresses and puts a creative spin on evening wear and unique separates. I love this line because the pieces look great on so many different kinds of bodies. Nightcap makes the wearer feel sexy and look great. I’m not the only devotee…. celebrities love it as well!

2. Lark & Ro: Amazon’s exclusive line for prime members offers fantastic work separates at great prices. Lark & Ro is a great place to find day-to-night dresses, classic skirts, and other flattering pieces for prices that make your jaw drop (in a good way!).

3. Rebecca Minkoff: This line of accessories (and a few clothing pieces) focuses on affordable luxury, and does it well. Most of the handbags are on trend, and don’t break a budget. This is a great line for cross-body bags and fun clutches.

4. Joie: Boho chic meets French fashion in this line, and I love it. Look to Joie for festival fashion, and for comfortable pieces that are well made and classic. Oh, la, la!

After 60 Years in Business, You Learn a Few Tricks

Earlier this week, a local joint on the northern fringes of Cincinnati celebrated 60 years in business. Not bad, huh?

The Root Beer Stand has served hungry folks in Sharonville the same homemade root beer and chili since 1957. This is the kind of spot that does a few things–and does them very well. If you’re looking for root beer that tastes fresh and crisp, this is your spot. If you’re looking for a burger topped with cheddar cheese, nacho cheese, and bar-b-q, this is your spot. And, if you’re looking for a famous hot dog served with everything on it all at once, this is for sure your spot.

By the way, employees make gallons of fresh root beer every day at this joint. Every. Single. Day.

The folks in Sharonville love this restaurant. On any given day during the spring and summer, you’ll find it packed with folks enjoying a few twists on basic fast food. Many say The Root Beer Stand is synonymous with their neighborhood.

Which meant they didn’t let the drive-in’s 60th anniversary pass without a celebration. Not only did the city declare last Monday “Root Beer Stand” day, but city leaders and officials turned out with cupcakes for a root beer toast of 60 years service to the community.

Here’s to 60 more…

When Dive Bars are the Best Bars

img_4701-1Sometimes, you just want a cold one. Or a quick stop somewhere that isn’t about scene or a fancy drink menu. Sometimes, you’re just looking for a place with no frills.

And the dive bar does the trick.

Down the street and around the bend, we’re lucky to have one such spot. The Vogue has been serving up beers and quenching thirsts in Cincinnati’s Hartwell neighborhood since 1925, and I love it for that. The bar is tiny and spartan, but that’s part of the major appeal. It’s also located in a nondescript part of town anchored by a grocery store and a few other struggling businesses.

 People of all races and classes mix at the bar, and the staff doesn’t overcharge. Recently, my husband and I shared a beer and a margarita while watching March Madness.

We paid $6.50. Total.

The Vogue is fun. Unique. A mainstay. And always a good choice when you just want a change of scene. Bring cash, though, if you go. They don’t accept credit cards for payment.

Four Travel Essentials You Need NOW

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Everyone knows I love a good deal. I love ingenious design even more–especially when it comes to doing less with more, something that is essential when on the go.

Recently, I’ve come across a few products that I think are GAME CHANGERS when it comes to making it easier to get out there and get after it. I’m sharing my favorites right here.

1. This travel hoodie:  XY37 designed this travel hoodie, and I think it is absolutely brilliant. t is stylish but functional, and contains pockets for all the things a   needs: a passport, ear buds, neck pillow, iPhone, knit cap, water bottle, and so on. I don’t think I’ve seen anything this awesome!

2. These travel adapters: Never get caught without the right plug again. This set of adapters will take you all over the world, and they work in 150 countries! You need these!

3. This set of travel organizers: Keep your items separated with this chic set of organizers. I especially like the laundry pouches!

4. This deep sleep eye mask: It can be hard to sleep on planes, trains and in automobiles, so I always recommend ways to work around the noise.