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Keeping Warm

In Decor on January 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM







As Carrie Bradshaw says, “As it gets cold outside, New Yorkers stay inside and find ways to generate heat.”

Well, here’s my way: candles. There’s something so serene about a lit candle (or, 7) with a soothing scent to keep toasty during brisk days like today. As my collection is continuously growing, I decided to purchase a white tray to hold them; and, it’s a good excuse for me to keep buying more, because there’s some extra room.

Although my eclectic collection spans from a candle from the Elton John concert in Las Vegas that I went to last April to a Payard scent reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie, my favorites are Diptyque–a classic brand with scents that sooth me on any given day.

What are your favorites?

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Sydney’s Golden Globes Viewing Style

In Award Show, Decor, Food on January 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM






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Award season: glamour, entertainment, red carpets, A-List celebrities, shiny trophies, stunning dresses…the list of words that come to mind are quite endless. With the Golden Globes airing this evening, there is so much to look forward to. From the red carpet entrances and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to the winning pictures leading to further Oscar predictions and more, this is an award show not to miss. While some like to throw big soirees of their own, I like to keep mine small with few friends and family over festive snacks and drinks: popcorn (with a variety of topping options, including cheddar and carmel powder from Sur la Table and truffle oil from Williams Sonoma), candy (chocolate Twizzlers and Crunch bars), and some peach bubbly (sparkling apple juice was my alternative). Think movie night gone a little more glam than usual, while still keeping it simple and stylish (disposable table cloths are not usually my thing, but in this instance it works, cute popcorn holders, and toppings on coasters).

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Home Holiday Ready

In Decor, Holiday on December 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM






The holiday season is the best time of year to add extra special decorative items to your home. I always think of sparkles and glitter when it comes to the holidays, so finding kitsch pieces to spread in doses is something that I truly enjoy–like my new “Hollywood” Nutcracker  that is a classic holiday symbol, yet with a modern and trendy twist. I also have quite the obsession with candles, so when my mom gave me the one above covered in glitter, I was so excited. The glitter doesn’t stop here–even my poinsettias are topped with sparkles, in addition to my mini Christmas tree table-top pieces that add an element of elegance and glamour to any holiday dinner party. Tomorrow night, my family and I will decorate our 9-foot Christmas tree, but we decided to get a head start yesterday eve and began putting the lights, which is always quite the challenge. In the midst of struggling, I enjoyed indulging in a box of some of our new ornaments (we add to our collection every year), which will add the ultimate pop of color to our tree.

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Sydney’s Warm Homey Touches

In Decor, Food, Holiday on November 30, 2012 at 2:42 AM


There’s nothing like little homey touches that make staying in on cold winter nights during the holidays complete. At this time of year, I love lighting candles while taking a warm bubble bath, reading a book, or am trying to fall asleep.







Then there are those comfortable and bold pajamas that make snuggling in my ottoman chair (spiced up with a sparkly pillow) or in my  bed while watching a Christmasy movie (The Family Stone and National Lampoon Christmas Vacation are my favorites) the ultimate activity.

Adding to this warmth is the help of some peppermint tea and a splurging of cinnamon sugar marshmallows as a light but super fulfilling bite…and after that, a few Lindt balls that melt in your mouth like chocolate perfection.

So while being out and about is a great time, there are some evenings during this time of year when staying at home feels just right.

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Sydney’s Thanksgiving Dinner Decor

In Decor, Holiday on November 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM

There’s nothing like a warm and cozy environment for Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.

Along with my mom’s homemade food comes seasonal decor, always glamorous, colorful, elegant, and festive. This year, we decided to go with metallics, pops of autumn leave shades, floral arrangements, and touches of personalization, such as translucent name tags for seating assignments and menus.

I love to enjoy my surroundings at the fullest, especially with the company of my family and friends, eating (or rather devouring) my mom’s delicious food, catching up on funny and new stories with friends since a tot, and ultimately focusing on giving thanks, relaxing, and just being together with the people that truly make me most happy.

I hope you had a great holiday and got to experiment with your inner Martha Stewart!

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Pillow Time With Zara

In Decor on October 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Though not available in US stores, Zara Home launched its e-commerce site today. With chic styles reminiscent of the Zara clothes you love and prices that will make your wallet happy, Zara’s home decor branch is the perfect go-to for the person who likes to place dress up with their home just as much as their closet. With pieces for your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room, the options are endless. But what I’m majorly obsessed with right now is Zara pillows. I want just about every one of the many pillows, all funky patterns and cool colors that will make your bed ultimately comfy and chic. Below are my favorites.





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Staying In Mom’s Way

In Decor, Food on September 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

There’s nothing I like more than being in the comfort of my own home. My mom hosted a dinner for our family last night, and it felt great to catch up on both new and old stories (plus lots of laughs) over my mom’s home cooked food. The menu was quite extensive, but to much satisfaction she made two of my favorite dishes– noodle pudding and baked apples stuffed with dried fruit. I also love the way my mom decorated our dining room table. She spices it up differently for every occasion, and although mint green tends to remind me of spring, she made the refreshing napkins from Barneys New York work perfectly for fall with the help of some darker green accompaniments (mini pears and flower stems), sparkly candlesticks, silver pomegranate decorative pieces, and a metallic gold table liner.

Mom definitely knows best.

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The Little Things

In Decor on August 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

The little things found in one’s room can say a whole lot about a person–travels, adventures, experiences, interests, and more. Above are some of my little things that I found myself gravitated towards over the past few days. While some remind me of the past, others represent what’s happening now.

I never have and never will have a soft spot for circuses, but the antique circus figures in photo one is a collection that I’ve had since I was born, and they’re as close to a real life performance as I’ll get. The second, a Michael Kors picture book capturing photos of me in quick motion in Michael Kors merchandise at his East Hampton store over Memorial Day Weekend. The third, a brooch that I received at Neiman Marcus in LA after purchasing a Vince sweater. The fourth, a nail polish that I recently purchased and am tempted to try–magnetic-looking nails is not the usual. The fifth, where I lay out my outfit for the next day. The sixth, a stack of fashionable reads. And lastly, BCBGMAXAZRIA’s Fall 2012 trend report, a total head-to-toe guide on all things BCBG.

What are your favorite little things?

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Sydney’s Fourth of July Dessert Table

In Decor, Food on July 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The Fourth of July is the most festive of summer holidays.

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved the combination of the symbolic colors -red, white and blue-, the loud and glistening fireworks, the parade on Main Street in Southampton, and our classic family BBQ, including burgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, cold salads and more.

The day brings a special giddiness, and it’s not just because we have a day off (although this year it’s made things more complicated since it’s fallen on a Wednesday).

I decided to create a Fourth of July dessert table, which is simple and easy (while stylish and ultimately delicious) to pull together last minute, all in the color pallet of red, white, and blue. I stuck to affordable and festive decor: plates, napkins, a tablecloth and a centerpiece.

The wine glasses hold sparkling cranberry juice, which can be spiked for drinkers, and I picked up some of my favorite summer fruit at a local supermarket.

The baked goods, which complete the table, are from the best old-fashioned bakery in town, Ye Olde Bake Shoppe (17 Windmill Lane  Southampton, NY 11968): fresh, colorful, festive, tasty, and chic desserts.

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Midweek Adores

In Decor, Food on June 13, 2012 at 8:44 AM

fresh peonies

truffles on a stick

my camera

candlelit dinners

Orsay’s floating island

This week has been busy with family events: luncheons, dinners, the whole nine yards. I don’t think I’ve worn a pair of pants in days, just dresses, dresses, and dresses. Above are some snapshots from the past few days that I simply adore.

First of all, I love peonies; the way they smell, the way they look, and the way the blossom.

At special luncheons, my mom likes to add little gifts at everyone’s seat and got Godiva chocolate truffles on a stick for lunch at Orsay.

I figured it’s probably time to give my camera some credit, as it’s what makes my blog possible.

I find that there is something relaxing and romantic about a candlelit dinner. I like to experiment with different types of candles, both short and long, but the other night I used long, glittery sticks.

Lastly, one of my favorite desserts is floating island, especially the one at Orsay restaurant. I love the decadency of the meringue, the carmel drizzle and reduction surrounding, and the two or three toasted almonds placed on top.

What are some of your midweek adores?

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Sydney’s Hamptons Bedroom Touches

In Decor, Hamptons on May 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM

street art

summer vacation souvenirs

embellished pillows

my homemade audrey hepburn collage

a chic take on an old school game

scrumptious scents

Being back in the Hamptons feels like paradise.

The whiff of fresh air, traffic going from town to town, and comfort of my home are some of what I’ve missed (although I’m sure I’ll stop missing the traffic very, very soon).

Memorial Day weekend is not only the start to my busy summer calendar, but it’s also the time when I get my home organized for the season. The little touches are what make a home complete, and I like to incorporate quite a few in my abode’s bedroom: chic art (you can find great pieces at the vendors in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art), decorative items from my travels, embellished throw pillows for bedding glamour, a fun and colorful game of tic-tac-toe, and an array of scents (perfume and hair products) for a cool tabletop look and of course usage.

These little touches add a freshness and something to look forward to when returning to my second home every season.

I always keep an eye out for more, whether at an antique show, a boutique, or even a a pharmacy.

Remember, when shopping, expect the unexpected.

What are some of your favorite decorative touches in your bedroom?

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Sydney’s Dinner Party

In Decor, On Sydney on May 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Dress: Topshop, Shoes: Aldo, Necklace: Wink

Last night, I hosted a dinner party at my home for my closest friends of 13 years and their parents. It was the perfect spring evening to celebrate over delicious food, stories from our childhood, and sweet fruitails, all in the presence of bright, fresh decor. My gold dining room table was accented with green napkins and candles, flower arrangements, mini candle party favors, and pins with our pictures used as seat assignments. The parents sat in tables surrounding us with a similar setup, yet green was the main color and gold was the accent (love the combo).

Most wear LBDs to a NYC dinner party, but I wanted to wear something just as bright as my party’s decor. I love this new neon lace dress that I purchased at Topshop last week. My Aldo shoes matched perfectly and have a subtle mint hue that I picked up with my necklace. Although I usually stick to my favorite Frou lipstick, this outfit required a splash of coral, the perfect hue for when you want to make a statement without looking over done.

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Thursday Adores

In Accessories, Beauty, Decor, Food on April 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Lana Del Ray for Mulberry

mango frozen yogurt with oreo crumble

frosted eyes and lips

charming dressing rooms at les pommettes

It’s almost Friday, and I can feel the weekend right at my fingertips. I’m looking forward to spending time with friends, exploring some newly discovered neighborhoods, going to events, and taking a long leisurely bubble bath with my Diptyque candle blowing fresh scents across the room with my US Weekly and People magazine in hand. Until then, I leave you with what I’m adoring, from handbag launches and delicious treats to dressing room decor and makeup ideas for the beauty junkies like me.

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Sydney’s Easter Galore

In Decor, Holiday on April 8, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Happy Easter, Style Solutions readers! I decided to go ultra-festive and colorful for the holiday by decorating an Easter-themed table. Getting creative with my favorite neon trend in the world of dêcor allowed me to shop stores that I’m not typically found in. The majority of my supplies are from Crate and Barrel, where I found great deals on candlestick holders, cake dishes, cups, glass eggs (mini and big), felt bunnies, a placemat and candy holders. Mixed in with the big glass eggs are homemade ones that I decorated with paint and glitter, which is an Easter tradition. Also on the table are candlesticks from Gracious Home, sugar sticks from Dylan’s Candy Bar (bad for your teeth, but so good!), jellybeans and plastic eggs (both from Duane Reade), vintage eggs from Norway, homemade Easter cakes in shapes of rabbits, tulips and butterflies, and of course Peeps.

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