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Item of the Day: Lee Coren

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The biggest question regarding travel isn’t necessarily “where should I go?” but “what bag should I bring?” With the new travel bag/scenic collection from Israeli textiles/accessories designer Lee Coren, both answers become clear. Her weekender duffels, totes and cosmetic pouches will amp up any weekend trip with visions of the …

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Staycation

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Button Down: H&M | Shorts: ? | Tote: kate spade new york c/o | Sandals: Pedro Garcia | Hat: J Crew | Watch: Caravelle New York
 This past weekend, Keith and I stayed back in the city, with a little day escape to my old hood, Rockaway Beach. My father still lives there (my mother recently moved to Brooklyn), so when we go, we pile ourselves and our two dogs into the car and spend the day BBQing and relaxing near the ocean. It’s close by, but seriously feels like a mini vacation. As much as hopping on a plane for a real vacation is preferred, since that can’t always happen, we try to get creative with monthly staycations.
For my outfit: an easy white button down (as always), light weight shorts and my roomy kate spade new york Francis tote, which will definitely serve as my summer “it” bag this year. Being that I leave my house for the entire day, I always pack some essentials:
Staycation Essentials: 
*Large beach towel, typically something bright and cheery.
*My favorite Panama Hat: gotta prevent premature aging as much as I can! Something I’m even more crazy about now that I’m in my 30’s.
*Magazines: gave my fashion magazines a little break and opted for an issue of Clean Eating. Trying to get inspired with some summer recipes, incorporating as much fresh fish and veggies as we can. Since we’re now able to grill outside, it makes it so much easier to eat clean. If you guys have some favorite recipes, please share!
*Flip Flops: The few times I’ve worn flip flops around the city, I’ve come home with some dirty feet (gross, I know), so I really prefer not to. When I’m heading out to the beach, I’ll usually wear sandals and bring my favorite flip flops with me.
And of course, plenty of sunblock, headphones and some lip balm with SPF in it.
Lastly, for something a little more glamorous than a staycation, kate spade new york is giving away a dream vacation to Rio.  
*the Francis tote is exclusive to the kate spade new york store at 17 newtown in East Hampton, NY, but you can also get it online here.
Photos by Keith Hodne
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xo,
Helena
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My Favorite Places in Paris

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Sweater: J Crew (25% off with code PACKME) | Skirt: J Crew | Handbag: Chanel Jumbo Caviar
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Jacket:  Current/Elliott (in navy & white here) | Tee: Current/Elliott | Bag: Givenchy | Sneakers: Nike Thea (other colors here) | Sunglasses: Elizabeth & James c/o (also in brown)
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photo-1View from our dinner at Brasserie Thoumieux {see below}
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Coffee at Telescope 
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Sweater & Skirt: J Crew | Sandals: Pedro Garcia (Can’t help but wear them a lot lately. They’re just so comfy!)
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The rooftop at Printemps
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photo-3The flagship Chanel store: 31 Rue Cambon
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Eclairs from L’Eclair de Genie 
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Sharing my last batch of photos from beautiful Paris! I went there with three girlfriends, where we rented an adorable apartment from Airbnb in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Saint Germain. We spent our days walking 8+ hours, going to museums and eating our way through each neighborhood. We were also lucky to have our Paris expert, Angie, on the trip with us. Because of her knowledge, we got to eat and drink at some of the best places. I wanted to share some of my favorites below:

Fish La Boissoniere: One of the best dinners of our trip! All the food was fresh, delicious and innovative, with a charming atmosphere without feeling too stuffy. The menu was all in French but our waitress was kind enough to break everything down for us in English. My friends and I all ordered different things to share and although all the dishes were delicious, the Hake was my favorite! Also, make sure you don’t skip dessert. We opted for the prefix menu and in my opinion, that was the way to go.

13-a Baker’s Dozen: This place is a true gem, tucked away in the back of a charming courtyard. We came here for breakfast one morning and the owner, Laurel, welcomed us with her infenctious spirit. From behind the counter she asks “do you girls like asparagus in your omelet? pepper? tomatoes?” I felt like I was eating breakfast at a friends place topped with fresh biscuits and freshly made juice, located in the most wonderful setting.

Le 404: a Moroccan restaurant with the most fun atmosphere and beautiful decor. The food is delicious, with large portions (I recommend sharing!) and such a welcome change after having nothing but French food the days before.

Brasserie Thoumieux: Classic Parisian, bistro-like setting, located on of the most beautiful streets. Great French food with an interior and ambience to match.

Coffee: in general, I usually have a pretty hard time with the coffee in Paris. Whether I order a cappuccino or a long black, I feel it’s either too weak, too milky or I just didn’t love the taste. I’m not someone who needs a ton of caffeine in a day, but I definitely need (and really look forward to) that morning cup to wake me up. Out of all the places we went to, Telescope was by far my favorite. Not only was the shop adorable, but the coffee (and banana bread!) was on point. Highly recommend!

L’Eclair de Genie: aside from being the most beautiful eclairs you’ll ever see, they’re also the most delicious. Seriously! We were wondering if they taste as good as they look and truthfully, they probably taste better.

And there you have it! A few of my favorites. Thank you for following along!

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Photos of me by Keiko. The rest by me.

xo,
Helena