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Chocolate Hearts

I stumbled into the Compartés chocolate shop on Melrose Place last week by accident. It’s located in the very back of Alfred Coffee downstairs, so it’s easy to miss. The boutique itself is tiny, but packs a big punch with the design.

The chocolate has been handmade in Brentwood since 1950 (how have I only learned this??). Each flavor showcases a stunning design on the wrapper, with an extra fabulous limited collection by Kelly Wearstler. I came home with the Bijou Bar—dark chocolate coated in multicolored sugar crystals, and got that same childlike and fancy feeling as when I put sprinkles on top of an ice cream sundae. I finished the last gorgeous bite last night, just in time for Valentine’s Day. If anyone is stumped on a gift (honey?), Compartés will surely make you a hero. Even if of your own heart.

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Clementine Molly

Be Mine, Clementine

A PEEK INSIDE CLEMENTINE FLORAL WORKS

It’s almost February 14th, and I gave up the need for an overpriced, underwhelming dining experience years ago in lieu of pizza on the sofa with a great romcom and the love of my life. But I’m still a girl, and as ridiculous as it is, I still like a little surprise in the form of chocolates or flowers. AND A CARD. I’m making reference to the Valentine’s Day to end all Valentine’s Days right before I got engaged, when my soon-to-be finance was so upset over my engagement ring not being ready that he forgot to get me a card (or anything at all) and we sat in mad silence over a $200 dinner we couldn’t afford and almost broke up. It was my total Father of the Bride, “Give the little wife a blender” moment that I am not proud of, but I digress.

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Schone Bride

Schone Bride Studio Tour

“I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say I do. I was wrong. That’s getting married. A wedding is an entirely different proposition.” — George Banks, Father of the Bride 

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Powder Room Opening Photo

BEFORE + AFTER: OUR POWDER ROOM

Without a doubt, the most popular post I have ever done on this blog has been our condo before + after. I’m so grateful for all of your comments, emails, texts & tweets! Can you believe the one year anniversary of our move is in two weeks?! Though we finally feel settled, I have learned that it’s never really done (also, I am a psycho). There are always tweaks to be made and ways to make it better. If you’ve ever built a house or nested at all, you know that things you hope to have in your budget (art!, rugs!, a new coffee table!) get replaced by things that really matter (supporting beams!, toilets!, a back door!). With the new year came a new found energy for putting some finishing touches on our place. So, it’s with great excitement that I share what is the last of the rooms that needed some major love—the powder room.

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Ludlow Hotel

The Ludlow Hotel

‘Shawty got low low low low, low low low low’…

Happy New Year, everybody! Back to the grind…am I right?  We spent half the holiday traveling back east (North Carolina, Philadelphia and New York City) and half of it at home, which made for the perfect balance of hustle, bustle, Netflix and chilling. I am excited to to have my first post of the year be an introduction to the new luxury boutique hotel that became our NYC home this trip…The Ludlow. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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