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When in Posi...

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Hello mes amis! C'est moi, Daphne! Or should I say buongiorno principessa?!  Inslee wrote that wistful blog post about that ONE TIME she went to Amalfi. #ROFL I swear she's been this dramatic since we were two.  Anyway, I'm back. I'm spending yet another long, lazy summer in Positano. Holed up in the quaint little Le Sireneuse. Isn't it so nice when a hotel is both affordable and luxurious?  My dear dearest, Martha, has joined me for the weekend. But because she isn't entirely sure when the weekend begins/ends, she arrived today. We're lunching on the balcony on a first course of prosecco,...

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August: Everything and Nothing

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Oh August! A month that, for me, always inspires a confusing mix of wanderlust and also laziness. The victory lap of summer. The final hurrah of doing nothing and being bored and barefoot, but with the potential for magical and unexpected adventure. The last moments of "school's out" mentality before the rhythm of "real life" starts all over again in the fall.  I chose to toast this month with a scene from the coast of Italy - a place where being barefoot and bored is a lifestyle that seems to me to be maintained with great conviction. No one else does lazy...

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14 Reasons to...

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Were you honestly hoping there'd be a list? I knew it!  Lists are the number 1 trendiest thing right now! Lists of trends are a trend in and of themselves. A prominent trend among a potpourri of trends this summer that seem to be mutating and escalating and imploding in on themselves all around us. TRENDS.  Is it just me or is this the trendiest summer of all time?  From Swan Floats to Rosé to the english language devolving to a place where we either communicate entirely in List Form or we just don't finish sentences, we just add the first part...

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July 2015 as seen through an art historical gaze: Margo the Land Mermaid

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Margo By The Water, Portrait of a Young Woman circa 2015 - watercolor on paper, artist unknown A painting that has long been called the iconic image of a time in American history and culture known as "Summering Out East" What we see here is somewhat of a mystery, art historically speaking. Margo, a mythical "land mermaid" known only by a small faction of elite Hamptons Natives, has been referenced often throughout history and various artistic mediums but few solid details are known about her origins or family lines. While the details of her lineage are blurred by the veil of time,...

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Inslee vs Daphne, the struggle is real

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The trouble with creating a fabulous alter ego is just that - she's fabulous.  Daphne is always making me resent the mundane, day-to-day struggles of being Inslee. While I was cleaning up our office after throwing a party in here, she was galavanting around Cannes. Daphne is a regular invitee to all the major film debuts at the festival. I am a regular at Duane Reade, where I am often spotted shopping for more swiffer wet mops.  This is what my desk looked like the morning after our party...  What did Daphne's desk look like the night after walking the...

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