#howisummer


This is the first weekend I've spent entirely in New York yet this summer! Here's what I've been up to so far this season. I kicked off the summer in Oxford over Memorial Day Weekend—it's my center-ing place, where I go to re-ground myself, read books, see films, sit in parks, eat as many breakfasts as possible, and think. (I had a hotel drama this time around—which is not something I've ever experienced before.)



I go to England a lot—and I love raiding the local drugstore for beauty products when I get over there. Here are some things I picked up on that trip (some of them you can totally get Stateside, like Simple micellar wipes, Astral moisturizing cream, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, and Rimmel "Cappuccino" lip liner. Obsessed with all of these products.



Just a few days after that much-needed weekend in the UK, me and some of my team at Food & Wine headed to Colorado for the 35th Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. It was glorious and all I wanted to do was stay in Aspen forever. Here's Day One:



And Day Two:



Then back in the office for a few days before skipping town again to spend the weekend in the Hamptons (really, Sag Harbor) to celebrate the opening of the Eleven Madison Park Summer House with the good people of American Express, who invited me along for the ride.



And then I was only back in New York for four days before heading out of town for an extended Fourth of July weekend in Brighton, one of my new favorite places on Earth. It was the first time in 15 years I'd been in Brighton, and all I've been doing since is trying to figure out when I can next go back! I'm in love with that city and its vibe (and its seafood). Here's a combo vacay vlog and June favorites video. Some of the products I mention that you can pick up via Amazon Statesides: E45 Itch Relief Cream, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist deodorant, the Becca x Chrissy Teigen palette, and Embryolisse.



Finally, right after arriving back to New York from Brighton, I bopped off to Los Angeles for a week to check out the brand new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (obsessed, could live in that hotel, obv).



I'm on the ground now for the next few weeks, just making sure I have all my ducks in a row before fall starts (Labor Day is in, like, six weeks! Where did the summer go?), but am already in the throes of researching a long weekend destination for September and then... drumroll please... my BIG BIRTHDAY TRIP for later this year. It has to be grand/epic (or maybe I'll just go somewhere I've been before and loved, I can't decide).

The best fish sandwich


This is the best fish sandwich I've ever eaten. Smoked in a little hut right on Brighton Beach, a hot mackerel kipper on a buttered warm toasted bap—flaky, light, savory, completely unassuming. I ate the whole thing in three minutes flat. The perfect seaside sandwich.

Eat this £3.80 sandwich at Jack and Linda Mills Traditional Fish Smokers: 201 King's Road Arches, Brighton.


"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn