Monday, August 18, 2014

Seasons of Beauty

With September slithering its way into our lives in just two short weeks, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the whirlwind tour I've been on during the past four months. I've been busy and that's apparent given my lack of writing. For that, I apologize dear readers. I've been cruising along the coast, soaking up a little sun and laughing with like-minded ladies. To sum it up, I've been relishing in beautiful places and equally beautiful things.

Ever since I returned from London and Paris (I WILL be sharing my European excursion at some point), there has been a carousel of events, celebrations and commitments vying for my time and attention. Although I'm exhausted and slightly ready for the hibernation that is fall and (gasp) winter, I wouldn't change things one bit. Life's too short to skip what's important and as you know, writing and my relationships rank among the most important in my life.

Despite my blog taking a bit of a back seat this season and to be honest this entire year, I've never once forgotten about you -- my purrfectly chic readers whom I love and value so much. Thank you for continuing to relish in the beauty that is Rue Le Chat and enjoy these snapshots filled with love, laughter and life.

Mr. Chat and I toasted to our first class upgrade on Virgin Atlantic from Boston to London in April. It was a total splurge, but so very worth it. Trust me. 
Fly first or fly home, friends.

 Ello, London calling. So, I've waited 30-something years to take this picture and it was everything I thought it would be. London is just such a proper place brimming with rich history and designer style. Hats, fascinators, high tea, kings and queens. Don't mind the filth on the phone booth floor.
London, my dear chap, is for everyone.

No city in the world can compare to Paris. None. If you haven't been, add it to your list. You won't be sorry. When you're there, visit Pont de Arts a.k.a the world famous Love Lock Bridge. This was my second visit to the quintessential city of lights and celebrated land of love. Seventeen years ago, I just didn't get its mystique. My friends and I were too busy scouring the city for cute French boys which is totally natural for American girls in Paris. My second visit, with Mr. Chat, was beyond beautiful and left us breathless. Paris just has that je ne sais quoi. Oui.

My beautiful and beyond talented friend Alexis Kletjian doing what she does best -- talking jewels and gems at her recent launch party at Tryst Studio. Here she is with Boston style blogger Kerrie of Rarely Taken Seriously in what looks to be serious talk about bangles and other eye candy that's always a girl's best friend. Gentlemen take note and call Alexis for a custom piece for your lady.

Laughing with like-minded ladies, Georgian of Notes on Lifestyle by Georgina and Vanessa of Without a Measuring Cup at Tryst Studio. We love Boston, we love style…and of course we love good food and even better wine. 

Several times throughout the summer, Mr. Chat and I stop at Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard for a picnic on our way to Newport, RI. We've been going to Sakonnet for as long as I can remember -- definitely before it was "cool" and way before Carolyn Rafaelain, founder of Alex and Ani, purchased the winery in 2012. What's our secret? We always stop at Provender at Tiverton Four Corners for sandwiches (the bread is so good) and then continue our cruise down route 77 to the vineyard. A bottle of their sparkling Blanc de Blanc is always the elixir of choice. We veg on the grass, stroll miles of harvest and just get completely and utterly lost in the property's beauty. What do I always say about the ocean state?!

I always love a party hosted by uber-chic Boston Common. The magazine's collaboration with the Revere earlier this summer to kick-off the hotel's rooftop season was nothing short of the who's who in Boston.

It's never too late to do anything and my recent article for South Shore Living is proof. I took several magazine writing courses in college and for some reason it took me what seems like forever to finally write for a lifestyle glossy. In the July issue, I dish about solo artists and bands with ties to towns south of Boston. Check out center fold stars (above) the Aldous Collins Band.

A Sunday afternoon in Scituate needs no words (I know I just used a double negative, but it sounds good).

Photo Credit :: Alexis Kletjian
Last week, I had a rare and once in a lifetime opportunity to dust off my television persona and put my on-air interviewing skills to good use. Acting as a reporter of sorts for America's Best Racing and Fox Sports One, I had the time of my life interviewing fellow bloggers on our way from Boston to Saratoga Springs for a day at the races. I haven't been in front of a TV camera since my days at Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) twelve years ago. Here's the package that aired during the Jockey Club Racing Tour on Fox Sports One. There will be more to come on the blog about my reporting efforts, Saratoga style and a new friend I made along the way. Stay tuned. Film at 11.

What have you been up to this summer?


  1. You have been having a Summer to remember pretty lady (all capped off with your WEDDING!!!!!!!!!!) So excited for all that is to come for you, I know it will be nothing less than fabulous. Wonderful job with the trip, I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work and time xo

    1. I'm so glad you were able to be a part of BOSatoga. Thank you for your friendship.