This past weekend, you guys, I did something that I haven’t done in nearly a year. And it felt good.
(Sorry if you were expecting something a little more salacious, but today’s story will still be fun!)
Yep – a year’ish.
Living in the city simply tends to have that effect on you, though – I never needed a car in Chicago and I certainly don’t want to deal with parking here in New York (not to mention the lack of actual space). I was traveling in Asia over the holidays last year and my family generally doesn’t trust me to drive when I come home otherwise — not that I can blame them.
So last Friday, I drove. I hopped behind the wheel of a super-sleek Cadillac CTS (which the brand let us borrow for the weekend) and embarked on a small-town escape to Sag Harbor with my ladies Jess & Lauren.
Now, let me clarify: I AM a good driver. It’s just been awhile, so I was simply one of those who essentially sits on the steering wheel and prematurely uses the blinker — even when there are no cars in sight.
Driving in New York City will make you re-think your entire outlook on humanity. Like, are we all morons? Seriously. Phone-in-hand pedestrians are absolutely oblivious. Cab drivers do whatever the hell they want and it’s a known fact that bikers own the road. Holy smokes.
Once we emerged from the congestion of the city, though, it was smooth sailing – er, steering. Off to Sag Harbor we went!
If you’re unfamiliar, Sag Harbor is a close-knit Hamptons community located two hours outside of Manhattan. (Or closer to four if your co-pilot enters the wrong address in the GPS and you pit stop at, say, a Wendy’s for Frosty’s and french fries. Hypothetically speaking.)
The three of us stayed with the Cadillac crew at a charming tree house-inspired cottage in a quiet, back-roads kinda neighborhood. My most pointed memory of the weekend (oddly enough) was laying on the wrap-around deck, rosé in-hand (bag of tortilla chips in other hand), drunkenly admiring a sky full of stars. I hadn’t seen stars in awhile.
Both mornings, we drove into town to wander along Main Street, which curves away from the harbor and boasts an array of art galleries, vintage clothing stores, antique furniture shops and restaurants.
At night, it was all about the high-powered Hamptons experience.
We were fortunate to attend a slew of events with the brand, as Cadillac was sponsoring a weekend-long partnership with IvyConnect, which is a members-only social network of local entrepreneurs, business leaders and other accomplished professionals.
The festivities included pool-side parties, sunset cocktails at a private estate (note to self: marry rich), and one hell of a fundraising fête (to benefit Building Blocks for Change) on Saturday.
I pretty much wore this cropped sweater, a pair of white lace shorts and Keds sneakers all weekend, but I packed a pair of stacked sandals from J.Crew and a brightly-colored drop earrings to dress up my more casual duds.
In sum, lots of beautiful people, lots of beautiful cars. Loooots of rosé .
Which brings me to today — lots of concealer (yes, still). Loooots of water.
*Wearing: 525 America cropped sweater (had to buy it in white, too), Joe Fresh shorts (identical pair here), J.Crew sandals (extra 25% off with code ALMOSTFALL), Lisi Lerch drop earrings c/o Design Darling (finally back in stock!), Ray-Ban aviators
*SHOP MORE: J.Crew shoes (all on sale), this post (below):