this week's favorites...

Where are you off to this summer?! I'm dreaming of Iguazu Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil it's the widest waterfall in the world stretching over 1.7 miles across. 

Let's Be Classy

It's only been a few days but I'm still peeved by a particular scene from the documentary, Always at the Carlyle. Honestly, it's disheartening, Dwight Owsley who had been the head concierge for more thirty years retired in 2014 and his reason for leaving was a sad one. He spoke of Old New York. A time where dignity, class, modesty and kindness were very much apart of our culture. In the end, I couldn't help but think why are these ideals no longer apart of our society? I once received a rose and a letter from the maintenance staff at my apartment complex all because I smiled and said good morning to him. If common courtesies are no longer apart of our day to day life, then we have a serious problem! These are ten old but updated ways of being a classy and a decent person!   
Strong and Confident Posture -Good posture shows respect to others. 
Define Your Sense of Style - a black slack and white blouse go a long way. If you're not really sure what your style is stick…


I finally ordered this summery dress after months of it just sitting in the cart. 
A shimmery contour/bronzer set and more Stila liquid eye shadow.  
I've been wearing these shoes for four years and I still love them!
A podcast I can't stop listening too even though I cry every single episode. 
This ballerina
I have been waiting for this book forever, finally it came in! 
The cutest bed sheets I can't wait to put on my bed tonight. 
The cheese I use on everything from sandwiches to cheese plates. 
My favorite hole in the wall Italian restaurant

Always at The Carlyle

A few months ago one of the New Yorker bloggers I follow on social media was raving about a documentary about The Carlylehotel in Manhattan. It seemed like it was only getting a limited release so I was saddened I would have to wait until it was available as a dvd. So when my mom called a week ago saying it was playing in Palm Springs, I jumped at her invitation to see it. With all it's elegance, class and history, I was most fascinated with the architectural design, art and most especially the staff's stories. Looking up Dwight Owsley right now, you should do the same!  

Quote of the Day

"If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if shes late? Nobody." -Holden Caufield 


Self Care Friday

What a week! On top of the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, it's been an emotional week - two high profile deaths, one being near and dear to my heart and a few personal struggles I've been dealing with. What everyone needs is to hug and kiss someone and have a night in.  
What I'm Reading: Why We Need to Talk About Suicide
What I'm Buying: The Important Book
What I'm Doing: Girls Night In

The Daily Escape

5 Reason to Visit Kansas City, Missouri:

1. Hands down, Kansas City has the coolest library exterior and interior in the entire country. Make sure to make that a part of your visit!

2. Barbecue can be a sensitive subject but I have to say I prefer Kansas City Barbecue. Joe's Kansas City, was voted the best southern barbecue in the country by readers of USA Today.

3. Hit up the Country Club Plaza for some shopping! It opened in 1923 and was the world's first drive in shopping center.

4. Despite Kansas City sharing two states, Kansas and Missouri have not always been on friendly terms. During the Civil War, violence erupted across Kansas between abolitionists and fighters from slave state Missouri over whether or not Kansas would allow slavery. The state during this time became known as "Bleeding Kansas."

5. Kansas City is home to roughly 200 fountains and claims that only Rome has more. Early architects of the city said they wanted to create an urban landscape with &…