One of my happy places – the Wynwood Walls in the Miami Arts District. Here are some of my favorite quotes I try to live by to go along with each photo. I hope this special collaboration with @sidewalkerdaily inspires you to explore this lively neighborhood. Much love.
“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning…Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”
“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect. “-Steven Johnson
“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
“Education is of no value and talent is worthless – unless you have an unwavering aim. Never find yourself without a compass.” — Condoleezza Rice
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein
“There are many more people trying to meet the right person than to become the right person.” – Gloria Steinem
“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.” – Isaac Asimov
“Do things that feed your soul, not your ego and you will be happy.”
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” -- Albert Einstein
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
“Dance first, think later.” ~Samuel Beckett
“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” -- Leon Suenens
“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~William Shakespeare
”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~Steven Pressfield
Shoutout to my first (girl) baws I ever had in NYC – Nina Zadeh! I worked at Nina’s start up in New York my first year at FIT. It was my first internship that turned into a job and there were countless moments there that I will never forget. She basically coached me through my first real NY fashion week where I got my first big feature in Cosmo as 1 of NYC’s Top Bloggers. I remember finding out in your living room in the Upper West Side like it was yesterday – insane. I cannot imagine where I would be without this incredible human being. I love you so much and am forever grateful to have someone like you in my life. <3 Ecstatic to be reunited in Miami babe.
Through Nina and this internship/job I also met one of my other best friends who I’ve grown with over the years as well – Jinna Yang aka @greaseandglamour aka the girl who you see all up in my Instagram feed;) To see how much you two have grown makes me want to girl boss even harder. Love you sisters.
(Follow @sidewalkerdaily for the most wanderlust photos you’ve ever seen;) This is just 1 of many projects she’s working on right now but I have to say it’s one of my favorites;)
This Summer I wasn’t really planning on going to Montauk at all and then life happened and I went 3 times for work/play – not mad. It was beautiful as always – such a magical place where it’s almost impossible to come by wifi and phone service so you are forced to straight chill – kinda love/hate it. This is from my weekend with Refinery 29 and Old Navy at the R29 Beach House – I’m wearing head to toe @oldnavy More on the instagram @amy_marietta.
Photos by @lisadengler from Just Another Blog.
Love these babes!
A lovely brunch prepared by the amazing @camillebecerra.
And below here is my fave book for beach reading on Refinery 29. Check it out, read about it – so good.
“Always Pack A Party Dress” by Amanda Brooks
On another trip I went out with my friends and we made a last minute stop at the fair. Super cute – right by the Carvel on the way out.
Did the BBQ thing, played some volleyball – realized how much coordination I lost and then went home. Relaxing trip though:)
This trip I went to Surf Lodge with our team – amazing time. That’s all I think I have to say. Good. Times.
View from our room which honestly was the best room.
Inspirations of the day:
“Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
– Jim Rohn
Song of the day: “Far Alone” by G-Eazy featuring Jay Ant
I know this is totally not my style and I will probably look back on it and be like “why Amy?” but I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now because I want to remember and share this phase of life. I feel like it’s important and a lot of girls need more guidance and support – I just want you all to be girl bosses, k?
It’s croosh to be single before you’re ready for someone new – you have to truly know and love yourself first. Personally, my past relationships were really holding me back from focusing on my career and what I loved to do because I was still growing and learning what I was even passionate about. I’ve had my best year yet and I really feel it’s because I had “me time” if you will. You have to be selfish for a short part of your adult life to do you and be happy with who you are – it’s the only way you’ll be ready for “the one” that comes into your life later.
I have been single for the first time since 15 for the past year and a half and here are some of the things I’ve learned during my #singledom…
1.You need to treat yo self – in more ways than one. Spa days, vacations alone or with you bff, wine nights with friends, shopping, concerts, flowers for yourself – whatever floats your boat. But I’ve gotten really good at dating myself – like really, really good.
2. Turns out I’m actually super handy and really organized. I surprised myself with how great I am at assembling furniture, renting out apartments, buying apartments, moving cities, raising a fish, buying a car, paying my taxes, working and doing annoying grown up chores. Yeah I definitely called my dad for some tips at times but seriously I’m great at handling pretty much anything and the satisfaction of doing it myself is kind of amazing. (Thank god for the internet tho…and my mentors – I do have really great mentors – shoutout Alie + Geoff.)
3. I learned how to say no or just not respond – real fast. When you don’t have a bf as a buffer err body guard – it sucks to “be mean” and say no but you just gotta save you both the time. It’s like ripping off a band aid – just do it.
4. Don’t give thought to thots. Choose your friends wisely. Don’t settle for shitty friends – if they don’t believe in you and you can’t help each other grow as beautiful human beings- just no. Also make sure to call your fam often. I call everyone almost everyday to check in even if it’s 30 seconds, If you love them, show them and be there for them – even if it’s inconvenient. Your family should always be #1 and be extremely choosey with your top 5 friends you surround yourself with because honestly yes – you are who you hang out with.
5. I’m even more of a hustler when I’m free – err single- because I don’t have a reason to stay home and cuddle with my laptop. Find your passion. Be outgoing, meet new people, travel and have experiences you couldn’t if you were on a honeymoon. Just live your life the way YOU want to. I went alone to Malta (my other homeland) last year and had the most epic trip of my life and made new friends that I will never forget. Of course I love traveling with ones I love but alone is also an experience you have to try at least once or twice. Swear. Then when you are in a relationship you can both have your passions and individuality which is why you probably liked each other in the first place.
Coffee with Jose Martinez – one of my favorite creatives. @j2martinez
6. Hip hop is your best friend. When you are newly single you cannot listen to love songs – hell nah. But rap music reminds you to hustle because you do not want to become a stripper, boys are typically fuckboys and honestly it’s just my jam and I like to dance to it- rap music please.
7. I learned not to hate on happy couples who post their million selfies. Those photos make me genuinely happy now – I have something to look forward to, you know? Everything in life is all about perspective – stay positive and don’t hate. I promise hate and jealousy is a waste of time and energy. Share the love. Also get over thinking you need a date for all your friends weddings – single people will find single people at weddings – and if not – hopefully there is an open bar for you.
I’ll stick to posting photos of my baes. And just bring girl dates.
Last minute Vegas trip with Britt<3
8. The going out phase is an evil necessary. I did it. I loved it. I realized I love creating/working more because it fulfills me. And I don’t do hangovers. Don’t stop going out – just tone it down – keep it classy – you know.
9. You have to really learn how to let go. Not the fake let go. The real let go. Of ALL your exes, lovers, any hate you ever had inside. Life is too short. Come to realizations with yourself and learn to love yourself. And if you can’t then you’re definitely not ready for anything else. Masking your feelings by dating other people is THE WORST and so toxic for you. You won’t even know how you feel. I’ve felt like that before – it really, really sucked. Trust.
10. Stop whining and being a lil bish. No one wants to be around those types of people – literally no one. Be straight forward, keep it real and stay honest. Cut the drama because that’s what bored people do – they focus on time consuming and energy sucking drama. You’re too good for that boo.
11. Don’t change for someone else. If they don’t love you as you are – it’s not worth it. My dad always told me to never try to change someone – he was very right. Thanks dad.
12. I am a great 3rd wheel if I do say so myself. Like I feel it’s my calling.
I’ll even make new friends while 3rd wheeling.
13. Don’t care what other people think. This is something everyone struggles with daily. Bro – I literally give zero ducks what you think of me so please excuse me while I block your number. (Yes, ducks Siri).
14. I’ve come to realize yes I have high standards (like he has to be a family guy and respectful) – and no I’m not going to change them and you shouldn’t either. If anyone has a problem with that – you just don’t need that in your life. Bye Felicia. Or Felicio. Whatevs.
15. Life is all about timing and I know that what is meant to happen will happen. Not everything will happen the way I want it to at the time I want it but I’m totally fine with it. If I’m still single in 10 years then we may have a problem but for now – I’m content with this life.
16. Most of your guys friends will try to make moves. I recommend you don’t go that route.
17. When I do start dating someone I don’t want to complete them – I want to be their partner. PIC. Ride or die. Bey to my Jay.
Wherever you are in life – some of these apply to you or someone you know. Learn to live a balanced life, don’t depend on someone for your own happiness and be the best version of you that you can be.
Share the love.
So for all my single ladies…
This weekend at the Waku Waku festival was unforgettable – literally nonstop festivities. The fun kicked off Friday when I interviewed the talented Misha Janette for NHK World – Japan’s sole public, independent, public broadcaster. We talked fashion, makeup, culture, travel, life – you know – the usual. She’s a girl boss and I love her enthusiasm to share Japanese culture with the world. Stay tuned for the episodes that will air in a few weeks on NHK!
Also big side note – I just want to say how amazing the whole crew was – so kind, happy, creative and just fun to be around. I felt like we formed a little weekend family. Love love love – we should all do a Japan trip in the future:)
Photos and video by the amazing @j2martinez.
Japan is endlessly inspiring and intriguing – different in so many ways – a truly unique culture. Tokyo seems like a gigantic Disneyland – which if you know me – you know I had a season pass in college and went there weekdays after class…maybe a little bit excessive but whatevs. Seriously though – everything looks like an adventure in a different world and there are so many characters to go along with the various stories. I guess another great comparison that might make sense is Narnia meets Candyland? Yes that definitely makes sense.
So a little bit about the Waku Waku festival in Brooklyn… I got to learn all about Tokyo’s best fashion at the show at Verboten which was styled and curated by Misha. There are about 10 different “tribes” or “subcultures” in Tokyo street style – each very unique and different. I also got to learn and celebrate the fusion of Japanese anime, music, food, film and fashion. Most importantly – DOMO MADE AN APPEARANCE! And Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and Pokemon were intertwined into the festival.
So yes – here are some photos and I hope to see you all there next year! xx
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Sitting next to the talented artist/designer Sebastian Masuda.
Pants by Gentlefawn; Bag by Valentino via Trendlee; Shoes: Call It Spring
Met some randoms on the sidewalk – had to share – it’s just so BK. #newfriends #jknevertalkedtothemagain
Inspiration of the day:
“Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.”
Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.
Song of the day: “Do It Again” by Pia Mia
B U S C E M I ~ elegance on lock.
Photos by @arielpenzer
Buscemi – the epitome of Italian glamour meets Miami/NY/LA aka my life. Obnoxiously elegant. I love these sneakers – they’re pieces of art. They have become iconic pieces throughout the world due to the bold Birkin aesthetic and high quality.
These kicks can be worn with pretty much anything whether it is a romper, shorts and a basic tee or Summer dress. Buscemi’s are great girl boss shoes – bold + high quality + obnoxiously elegant.
For more follow on insta @amy_marietta.
Sunglasses: Dior Bag: Chanel Top: Nanette Lepore Shoes: Buscemi
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
— Henry Ford
“There are three hungers that people are trying to feed throughout their lives. The first is to connect deeply with the creative spirit of life. The second is to know and express your gifts and talents. The third is to know that our lives matter. Fulfillment comes from feeding these three hungers.”
— Richard Leider
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
Song of the day: “Be Together” by Major Lazer featuring Wild Belle
“Jewelry has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique.” – Jennie Kwon
Lately I have been obsessing over a couple of beautifully unique jewelry designers – MATY - a France based brand – and – Gabriel & Co. - a New York independent jewelry designer. Both very unique in their own ways.
MATY creates jewelry which is crafted in Paris – I cannot seem to get enough of them. Their pieces make the perfect gifts. One of the many things I love about MATY is that you can customize your own piece by drawing out your vision and they will work with you to create this custom piece. So for all my ladies out there who have great visions but aren’t professional craftsmen – check this out.
Gabriel & Co. (pictured above) has the most beautiful, delicate and intricate fine jewelry pieces which I cannot seem to take off. I love them. Obsessed with them. Their designs are the perfect proportions to wear everyday with anything. It is obvious that each piece was handcrafted with passion and care – they truly are one-of-a-kind pieces.
Here are some more pictures below and if you want to see more head on over to their Instagram @gabrielandco or stop by their store on 545 West 45th Street in NYC.
The view from my new condo in MIYAMMMIIII. I’m in lust with this place.
Song of the day: “Leon On” by Major Lazer featuring Ty Dolla Sign
Atlantic City isn’t always mentioned among the best U.S. cities for nightlife, and yet it remains the East Coast’s best imitation of Las Vegas. Long recognized as the second-best casino hub in the country, Atlantic City has always attracted the same style of entertainment and show business as Vegas, just on a slightly smaller scale. And the result is that even today, it’s a wonderfully enjoyable city for a night out.
I found this out first hand during a recent trip to the city (I was actually visiting New York but we decided to do the weekend in AC), so here are a few personal tips for a night on the town in the East Coast’s Sin City.
Don’t Discount The Restaurants
I’m not sure if it’s because Atlantic City doesn’t attract the same celebrity chefs that tend to flock to Vegas, or if it’s simply the proximity to New York’s endless selection of fine dining options. However, for some reason, the restaurants of Atlantic City seem to be overlooked. As a little bit of a foodie, particularly when I travel, I did some looking around before hitting the city, and I thought the TripAdvisor’s list of the best dining options in town was pretty tempting.
We kept things fairly casual, but I’d absolutely recommend Dock’s Oyster House for a fancier night out, or even a lighter start to your evening. It’s a quaint place, casual and elegant at once, with one of the best raw bars and seafood selections I’ve come across south of New England. The prices are a little steep, but for one big night out in the city it’s worth it!
Visit A Few Casinos
A couple years ago, New Jersey made big news by becoming one of only a small handful of states to allow for legal online gambling. The London-based Betfair Casino helped to pave the way by partnering with existing Atlantic City casinos, and in the time since has aligned itself with numerous establishments in the area.
Some believed the introduction of online gaming would harm the live Atlantic City casinos, and indeed there have been some reports of mildly declining profits. But that doesn’t mean the venues have become any less spectacular to visit! Timeout New York did a nice write-up highlighting the best of the area casinos, including the Borgata, Caesars, the Golden Nugget, and Harrah’s, among others. Rather than recommending one, I’d direct travelers toward the strategy of “casino-hopping,” or checking out a few of them in one night. You’ll quickly find that while Atlantic City can’t mimic the scope or sheer glitz of Vegas, its casinos are very much in the same vein. As for my own personal preference, I’m a sucker for blackjack, and loved the table space at the Golden Nugget.
Stop In At A Casino Bar
If you’re familiar with casino tourism, this step may seem unnecessary. After all, classy casinos will keep bringing you drinks the longer you stay and gamble, so it’s easy enough to just stay with your friends, keep enjoying the games, and turn the casino itself into your bar for the evening, within reason. But as is true of any respectable casino destination, Atlantic City has its share of noteworthy bars as well, and it’s a shame not to stop in and see them—even if it’s just for a quick drink before you step things up a notch and hit the clubs.
I’d recommend stopping by the Borgata. It’s not just because it really is one of the prime casinos in the area, but because its Gypsy Bar’s combination of laid-back atmosphere and top-notch quality can be hard to find elsewhere. This bar is known for a pretty ridiculous tequila selection (and margarita menu), but the menu is expansive, and you’re sure to find something you like. It’s a good place to hang out for a drink where you can hear yourself (and your friends) think before diving full-on into the nightlife.
Enjoy The Clubs
Finally, once you’ve had your dinner, perused the casinos, and gotten a few drinks in you, there’s no visiting Atlantic City without exploring the club scene! I didn’t actually get there myself, but the first thing that comes to mind in this regard is Harrah’s Pool After Dark, which is exactly what it sounds like: a large, excitingly lit pool surrounded by cabanas and DJ booths, packed with people partying late into the night. This place boasts just as good a nighttime party scene as you’re liable to find at the resorts of Miami or Las Vegas, and it is absolutely worth checking in on.
My more personal take would lead you back to the Borgata, where the combination of Mixx and Mur.Mur provides a great one-two punch for your night on the town. Mixx is more of a dance hub (though its second level offers a bit of an escape), whereas Mur.Mur is a great late-night stop where, if you feel like splurging a bit, you can relax with a private table and bottle service, surrounded by but not immersed in the energy of the club.
Stop by a few of these hot spots, and you’ll have enjoyed a night out in Atlantic City in style.
Dinner at the Versace Mansion in Miami – also known as The Villa.
Here is a little photo diary of a beautiful evening with Alie and Jinna. Girls night, every night;)
Thank you for having us at Il Sole by Barton G- we will definitely be back!
“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.”
24 carat gold pool. The details here are impeccable. The mansion is the perfect fusion of Miami and Italy.
Miami glam at its finest. This place was made for royalty.
I highly recommend you treat yourself (or get treated to) an extravagant, exquisite evening here at the Versace Mansion asap. This magical, foreign, museum-esque manor will leave you with unforgettable memories and great photos to go along with them;)
You can also stay at the Versace Mansion – including Gianni’s old room – or even rent it out for a party. Each room is decorated uniquely elaborate with decor from all around the world – this mansion is literally fit for royals. Or mafia. Whatever. (Read more about the history of the mansion and Gianni Versace here.).
You are also located right across the beach – making this spot an even more perfect getaway for a recharge weekend. I NEED to create a boutique hotel like this at some point in my life – there need to be more places like this – and it would be a fun project for when I’m retired and bored – it’s going onto my “to do” list. Boom.
Have fun on your pseudo Italy escape and let me know how you like it – would love your feedback.
Song of the day: “Pretty Thoughts” by Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Architecture – it inspires us constantly – it’s an art and a science… Miami’s modern architecture and overall aesthetic is something that I think is underrated but definitely on the come up… The Miami Design District is one of Miami’s newest and most beautiful shopping centers with every high end designer you love and an aesthetic that slays…
These Dior intricate sunglasses are miniature architecture – so well crafted and truly unique. The perfect pair for modern women.
This past month has been full of new and exciting major life changes and events – however – I can’t say anything proper until the press releases go out. BUT I am a bit excited to share a plethora of stories on my recent experiences with you within the next couple weeks…
I am officially tri-coastal – LA/NY/MIA – just got a place in Miami – right before SWIM WEEK this past weekend – insane. Words won’t do the experiences justice but it was something I will always remember and will expand on in the book I’m currently writing.
Minor detail to explain the new pad in MIA: I became Director of Marketing at a Nasdaq company and I am beyond passionate about the project. If you told me this is where I would be 2 months ago… I’d probably say I’m not opposed to the idea – let’s do this. Anything is possible – that’s been my life motto since I was 16 – just remember that you should always be yourself. Learn how to adapt but don’t change who you are or what you believe in. I think it is important to get outside your comfort zone and test yourself constantly. Everything is a learning experience and you need to always have the hunger to learn and better yourself and others.
I also just bought my own first car – another big girl move that felt rather awesome. Still need to name her though… Thoughts?
These photos are from my first official shoot in the Design District with the most stylish, creative and unique person I’ve ever met in Miami – @arielpenzer. Her, along with three handfuls of other people, have been nothing but helpful – love you all so much and thank you for being such awesome humans – I already feel like I have a Miami familia. It’s a refreshing city and I feel like a million new opportunities are being created.
I will still continue to work with brands, blog etc but I will also be sharing more of my work experiences and how to better yourself and land your dream job with the right work ethic and mindset.
For daily updates – check the gram- @amy_marietta.
Sunnies: Dior; Shoes: Buscemi; Bag: Moschino; Romper: Show Me Your Mumu; Kark Keychain: Fendi
V73 Bag – Italian design – Miami based.
“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”
– Peter F. Drucker,
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
– Charles Darwin
“Success in any endeavor does not happen by accident. Rather, it’s the result of deliberate decisions, conscious effort, and immense persistence… all directed at specific goals.”
– Gary Ryan Blair
Song of the day: “Leon ON” Remix by Major Lazer featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Never did I think I would be last minute packing on a Friday night for my departure to Miami the following afternoon in the midst of June. Rushed and a little bit messy, I woke up Saturday morning to finally shoot with the talented Jose Martinez on my street in the West Village – Charles Street.
I finally felt at home in New York at this apartment – countless memories were made here. Late night Ubers that led to those early morning arrivals with untamed hair, smudged make up and heels in hand; shisha nights at Casa La Femme to celebrate big wins and new beginnings with friends that turned into family; flirty wine nights at Morandi that led to stolen kisses followed by me telling boys they couldn’t come inside. Those lazy Sunday mornings always accompanied by late brunches in cashmere sweaters, big sunglasses and white chucks. Playing tour guide when my friends visited from out of town – making sure they experienced everything I loved about New York including the walk to the Hudson River to catch sunset. The simple morning walks to Toby’s across the street to order the same iced coffee from the qwerky red head barista who always has the most contagious smile no matter what time or day. Those little talks while sitting on stoops as they smoke their cigarettes and drank wine out of my coffee mugs – talking about boys and dreams. Those times I had to scurry out of my own apartment to catch an early morning flight – leaving him to sleep in.
Charles street is where I created dreams and turned them into a reality while creating memories and experiences along the way. More importantly friendships that I will have forever were started here.
I know this street like the back of my hand – it’s my favorite and always will be in NYC.
Scroll down to join me on this week long journey I did in my Pikolinos shoes. Explore your world. Take leaps. The possibilities are endless.
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Shoes by Pikolinos; Bag by Violet Ray
Photos by Jose Martinez (@j2martinez on Instagram)
“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.”
– Edward Butler
And then later that Saturday – after coffee with Jose at Toby’s – I left for Miyaaaami. (Yes. Miami.)
We arrived after listening to Will Smith’s hit “Miami” countless times to get us extra groovy. I’ve been to Miami multiple times before but not like this. Let me rephrase that – I’ve never been single in Miami. The energy is indescribable and I’ve never felt so elated.
We stayed at the Thompson hotel for a week – thank you Ricardo and Fernando – I feel like this is one of my homes now. See you soon!
My other pair of Pikolinos - honestly – I’m obsessed.`
So many drinks to try, so little time.
Love this piece by Hunt Slonem.
Bogie loves the coco.
Definition of high maintenance.
The Standard – very much my jam. Most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in a while.
The Edition Hotel – if you haven’t checked it out yet – definitely a spot worth experiencing.
Our first time trying Cuban food… I’m a fan.
Spent the 4th of July with an old friend from high school, his family and friends in Key Biscayne at The Ocean Club. It was the most amazing day/night and I felt like it was the first time in a while I got to live in the moment.
And then we threw off our clothes and jumped into the ocean and watched the fireworks above us. Freedom at it’s finest.
I hope to be in a relationship like theirs one day. Serious goals.
Here is a little photo diary of a memorable few days spent at the Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook Connecticut. I hope it inspires you to get out of NYC and explore quaint towns and hotels like this gem. <3
The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is a family owned, AAA Four Diamond rated Inn located where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound.
Here I found the most sincere, genuine, polite and accommodating staff I have ever encountered.
They gave me this entire mini mansion to myself for 3 days and I have never felt more relaxed. The name of this grand Victorian Italianate house is “Three Stories” and there is also a new grandiose building being built next door which will be done next year. Me and some of my closest friends felt like kings and queens – thank you from the very bottom of my heart Saybrook:) Highly recommend this gem to EVERYBODY. And their whole family/friend group – you can fit about 8 small families in here fyi;)
The house was originally built in 1892 as a private residence for William Vars, a train engineer responsible for transporting passengers from Hartford to the Shoreline. After the house was vacant for many years, the Tagliatela family, owners of the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, lovingly renovated and expanded the house to offer seven guest rooms including a luxurious two bedroom suite and comfortable, sophisticated common areas.
“We’re thrilled to finally make our dreams a reality and open the doors to this historic property for all of our travelers to enjoy,” said Stephen Tagliatela, innkeeper and co-owner of the inn, which was opened by his parents, Louis and Mary Tagliatela in 1989.
Named in honor of prominent Old Saybrook residents, the unique guest rooms are carefully appointed to reflect each individual’s personal history. Katharine Houghton Hepburn’s room features memorable photographs celebrating her daughter’s life as a celebrated actress. Another room pays tribute to Anna Louise James who was the first female African-American pharmacist in Connecticut and owned the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Other rooms pay homage to local businesswoman, Steffie Walters who was the first women to own the Dock and Dine Restaurant, and John N. Buckridge who was the lighthouse keeper of Lynde Point Lighthouse also known as Saybrook Inner Lighthouse from 1883 to 1902.
Wrap around porches, private gardens, and common rooms with billiards and books offer guests places to relax and rejuvenate. The property’s unique architectural features include eight individually designed rooms each with a private balcony, fireplace, European bedding, fine linens, heated bathroom floors, multiple showerheads, extensive water views and original artwork by local artists. And as a testament to its rich history, each room tells the profound story of a famed local resident who made sure that the history of the community was well preserved.
Looks like a fairytale no?
“Every place has its own history and feeling, and we thought people would like to come here and be able to feel a bit of our history when they stay at the guesthouse.” says Tagliatela.
Each room has a private bath with heated floors, fireplace, flat screen television, and sumptuous European bedding as well as a mini-bar with refrigerator. A private balcony outside each room invites guests to relax and savor the tranquil water views or join other lodgers outside by the fire pit on the third floor.
For recreation, guests can play checkers or chess by the fireplace in the cozy first floor living room or venture down to the lower level Yale room. This cavernous, luxurious space includes an elegant bar area with comfortable seating to sip an evening cocktail. A large wooden table stands in the center of a back room which could easily serve as a meeting space. However, concealed under a custom-made tabletop, a pool table that once belonged to Louis Tagliatela Sr., has been completely refurbished for guests to enjoy.
Rooms at the Three Stories guest house at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa can be rented individually or the entire property is available for large groups such as corporate retreats, family reunions or wedding parties.
Tagliatela added, “It’s always a dream when you do this to have a perfect inn. For some people, perfect is a few rooms with a living room, a place for board games, and porches, and we wanted to be able to offer that to guests who love that kind of experience.”
And they have local artisans create custom masterpieces like this one. They each tell a significant story about the history of Saybrook.
Here is the main hotel with a beautiful view of the dock and my dream yacht – Lucky 7.
Also while here make sure to check out SANNO Spa – you deserve it.
ANDDD I got to test drive a Tesla…Best day ever? Yes.
Saybrook Point Marina.
Inside the beautiful lighthouse.
Rose by the water? Yes way.
The lovely fire pit where friends gather around to enjoy some tasty cocktails, wine and beer at Fresh Salt.
Crop top: Tess Giberson; Necklace: Marc Jacobs; Sunnies: Tom Ford; Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
The owner of Saybrook Point Inn, Stephen Tagliatela, gave me the ultimate tour on their golf cart around the town and taught me all the history behind every single thing. It’s pretty incredible how rich the history is in Saybrook.
Tagliatela is carrying on what his family started and is continuing to create unforgettable experiences for thousands of people every year. He really inspired me in a lot of ways and it was refreshing to encounter so many kind-hearted people.
He has a real passion which is definitely exuded in the way he tells stories about the property and town surrounding. The community is very tight knit and very Italian – my favorite type of people:) I feel like a part of the family now<3
On the last night we sat outside on the porch drinking wine and watching the thunder and lightening – it was pretty magical.
1. This view… From your back porch attached to you luxe tent that has a supa dupa comfy bed waiting for you.
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RESCUE SKIN and SHOW ME YOUR MUMU collaborated on “a day at CAMP RESCUE” hosted at the MUMU BEACH CLUB in Malibu, California last week. I helped put together the event for Rescue and it was AWESOME. We had bloggers, creators and influencers all under one roof in Malibu on Malibu Cove. Scroll down to see some Pinterest looking Bloody Mary Bar (featuring Malibu Mary), Avocado Toast Bar, Suja Popsicles, babes and beach scenes.
PS. Drone footage coming soon…
Follow on Instagram for more: @amy_marietta @rescueskin @showmeyourmumu
My other half Felicia! Aka Alie. #teamrescue
Kristi McKnight! Such a babe.
Lugo! One of our awesome ambassadors.
Photos below by the amazing Larsen Sotelo!!!
Cammy! Another one of our brand ambassadors for Rescue;)
Kristi, Jeff Garner and her pup Tazzy!
The amazing designer behind Mumu!
I love my job and I love people.
Song of the day: “Classic Man”
Video edited by Dennis Thomas for Nanette Lepore and Gov Ball
Before this year I had never been to a music festival although I have a serious passion, LOVE and appreciation for MUSIC. This year I have been fortunate enough to work with brands who allow me to use my creativity to share experiences, outfits and events to make content and create campaigns which help to expand their visibility amongst a certain demographic.
I’m most grateful for the unique, creative individuals that I cross paths with along these adventures. Y’all inspire me constantly.
Doing what I love is so freeing. I may have a crazy schedule that definitely wears me out sometimes but I wouldn’t want to live my life any other way. I’ve always been a dreamer and a creator and I’ve finally found ways to channel those to help brands and people.
Previously at Coachella I had the opportunity to work with Rescue Skin, Chevrolet, Century 21 and Show Me Your Mumu which you can see here.
For GOV BALL I was working with Minnetonka and Nanette Lepore. You can read my interview with Minnetonka here and our video for Nanette Lepore x Gov Ball will be out soon.
Sandals by Minnetonka; Jacket by ABS; Backpack by KN Leather Goods
Since we were working directly with Gov Ball and their sponsors, we were able to swing Artist’s Lounge/All Access passes so we got the best content (not to mention stories) ever. Huge thank you to Nanette Lepore for giving my partner in crime Jinna from GreaseAndGlamour.com, and new gal pal Claire from DeLuneBlog.com, the most unforgettable experiences and opportunities. Read below for more and stay tuned for some videos:)
For Saturday I went really casual/sporty. I appreciate everyone who dresses extreme for festivals, I really do, but sometimes I like the low-key looks the best. You don’t always have to peacock – especially for music festivals.
I am obsessed with #MyMinnetonka Lyric sandals – they are perfect for running around and dancing in. Minnetonka is such a classic brand – one that I highly recommend for all festivals. The quality, variety of styles, and functionality are all on point. They’re like a festival chic version of Adidas slip ons – perfect for you peeps that love to be comfortable but still festival chic. I also love Minnetonka because they have managed to stay relevant and change with the times without losing their quality and ethos. #FANGIRL #FORREAL
Rescue Skin to save the day! How cute is Tina though? #HOMEGIRL
Kiesza. Showed up just in time Saturday to see her perform Hideaway. Incredible – her dance moves though.
Backstage at Flume… Definitely a highlight. Definitely. He is so young and so talented. To see the way the crowd responded was incredible – the best energy I’ve ever experienced. This is why I love music.
Artist’s Lounge vibes.
Got to hang out with Marnie for a little bit! Of course she was in the VIP section – #celebpup. <3
While shooting the Nanette Lepore video in the Artist’s Lounge we asked Tame Impala to take a pic with us. This is what happened.
#rapsquat #iwanthissilkshirt #amongstotherthings
Backstage at Tame Impala – the energy of the crowd was unreal. So hard to explain but it was a beautiful thing.
Having a Kanye moment.
My obsession with off the shoulder tops continues… Nanette Lepore has been one of my favorite designers from the beginning. The quality, bright colors, perfect mix of sophistication and playfulness. it’s all very my style. Every single Nanette piece I have fits perfectly and makes me feel elegantly chic.
So naturally I am addicted. This skort and top will be making multiple appearances – I don’t care about outfit repeating – I could wear this day and night – ideal for city girls.
Bishop Nehru! GET IT.
If you haven’t heard of Bishop Nehru yet and you are a fan of hip hop like me – check him out. V talented.
Bag by Brahmin
Thank you Stack Wine for the beach balls and wine – I think the concept behind your on-the-go wine in pure genius.
Also HUGE thank you to Jimmy for making this all happen. You and that shirt are everything. <3 <3 <3
“One good thing about music. When it hits you, you feel no pain.”
“You gotta fight for your right to party.”
“Music is a world within itself. It’s a language we all understand.”
Song of the day: “On Top” Remix by Flume
Miniskirts, shorts and skorts are back. Suns out, legs out.
(For daily updates follow me on Snapchat @amynicole134 and Instagram @amy_marietta).
Top: Ooh La La Boutiques; Custom Bag: Gigi New York
It’s Summer time which means scorching, humid heat here in New York City. The bright side of this weather is that it leads to a great tan while you are out and about running errands. The bad side is you need to carry deodorant with you EVERYWHERE.
So I’ve been really into tube tops and off the shoulder tops lately because the following:
1. No real bra is required.
2. You avoid acquiring the dreaded farmer’s tan.
3. They are easy to put on and take off. Also v comfortable.
White has also been my go to because it’s clean, fun, goes with everything and forces me to not eat like a slob.
That one was for you mom. Cotillion taught me something;)
Also another tip for staying cool in the heat – leave your hair wet. #wethurrdontcurr
Brunch at Randolph’s on Broome Street… It tastes as scrumptious as it looks and the bottomless brunch is only $35. Then after you’re done you can walk through Chinatown and SoHo. The adventures are endless dahhhling.
The Laduree patio – Team Rescue’s new favorite spot in SoHo. We spent a perfect Sunday here this past weekend and cannot wait to go back for some Negronis:)
Had to be done. #sweettooth #becauseimitalian
My ultimate favorite place which happens to be a couple doors down from Laduree AND is across the street from our office – Cipriani Downtown on W Broadway. Bellinis (plural) are a must.
I went here last week to meet a client and as soon as I arrived the manager told me he had seen me walking by everyday and was waiting for me to come in. Then he handed me a Bellini. Where else in NYC does that happen? The little things. #mademyday
The Jade Hotel in Greenwich is also a new spot we discovered last week – quite the gem in our opinion. Sauv blanc + the wild mushroom flatbread = all you need. The decor, comfortable couches, customer service, ambiance, food and wine were all phenomenal. So quaint – I’d recommend it to anyone who has a date coming up or anyone who should plan a date for you beau. Also the wifi is horrible so if you don’t want your significant other to be on their phone the whole time… #trapqueen
Another all white outfit. Told you I was really into this look right now – this one made me feel like I was on my way to the Hamptons or Montauk. I will make any excuse to dress like I am going to the beach – the Cali girl in me. Team short shorts forever.
Top: Lush from Ooh La La Boutiques; Bag: Elliott Lucca; Shoes: Proenza Schouler; Sunnies: Ray Ban
Inspirations of the day:
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
- Dr. Seuss
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.”
– Brian Tracy
Song of the day: “Bad Blood” By Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar