Read This: The Good House

January 19th, 2014


The Good House will have you reaching for a big glass of wine — until you stumble upon the page in which you find out the loveable protagonist, Hildy Good, is a recovering alcoholic. And still struggling with sobriety.

In this guilty pleasure chosen by my neighborhood book club group, author Ann Leary (also a recovering addict) does a wonderful job portraying small-town life in coastal New England — peppered with nosy neighbors, witchcraft, boozy shenanigans, horrid hangovers, a cheating scandal and real estate greed.

From the moment I picked up this well-written tale, I couldn’t put it down. Same will go with you. It will also have you rooting for Hildy to get back on the wagon. Cheers to that!

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Read This: The Silent Wife

August 1st, 2013


{Bookworms, listen up.}

I finished this tome in three days.

Yep, you heard that right. That’s, like, the lifespan of a fly.

Anyhoo, consider A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife as this summer’s Gone Girl. Written from the POV of a woman scorned and her philandering partner, I gobbled it down in one weekend, and because of the wonderful writing, I did not feel one speck guilty.

Expect murder plots, sex, psychotically psychotic chicks and whodunnit questions…the perfect makings of a great read.



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Live Every Week Like It’s Shark Week

July 19th, 2013

snorkeling in antigua


Fun fact about me: Above shoes, horrid reality television programming, New York Times bestellers and spaghetti bolognese — I love to travel. Wanderlust has led me to many different parts of the world such as Greece, Israel, France, Amsterdam, the U.K., Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, St. Barts, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Aruba, Jamaica, Costa Rica and most recently, Antigua.

Being half mermaid pisces, I have an affinity for any spec of land surrounded by turqouise waters brimming with Crayola-colored fish — comfortable hotels are always an added bonus. Antigua’s chic Carlisle Bay fit this description so off I went! My favorite hobbies happen to be reading, tennis and snorkeling and I certainly got to relish these activities while there. I mean, hand me a shark bait situation and I’m so there!

I hope you enjoy these snapshots from my trip…and most of all, I hope you roam whenever given the chance. Nothing gets the mind rested and inspired like new surroundings.



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Because Everyone Likes “Free”

July 8th, 2013

Maria Tettamanti

{For great hair for FREE at Van Michael Salon…read on}

Need a new ‘do?

Duh, of course you do.

Fret not as locally loved Van Michael Salon celebrated its 12-year anniversary on July 3rd. In recognition of that, the salon is running a promo for first-time clients: For the first 12 days of July the first 12 people that call in each day and wish them a happy anniversary will receive a complimentary cut and color and experience Aveda rituals and world-class service with their newest talents Sean, Roxie and Bethany.

Yep, score the perfect color and cut for nothing by simply dialing (305) 534-6789.

You’re welcome.


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Read This: And The Mountains Echoed

July 2nd, 2013



Mortifying confession: I haven’t picked up a book in six months.

(Insert behemothic sigh of disbelief here and then virtually slap me in the face for being a sloth.)

Coming from a gal who used to clock three books a month, I can’t exactly pinpoint where things went terribly wrong in the bibliophile department, but the good news? The book nerd in me is ba-ack.

And I want to share my latest read with you because it’s the best tome since Gone Girl. Currently on my nightstand you’ll find Khaled Hosseini’s And The Mountains Echoed. If the author’s name sounds familiar to you, he penned The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns — which are equally spectacular.

In typical Khaled form, this particular novel is much like an exquisite piece of classical music — both painfully sad yet uplifting at the same time. Based in war-torn Kabul, the book touches on love, poverty, senseless murders, sexuality and the irrevocable bond between siblings. Without giving away too much, I cannot put this book down and am almost done reading it after three nights!

So do your cerebrum a favor and read this book. It’s ah-may-zun.

And when I’m done with this puppy, do you have and reccos for me?

Photo by Charlie Lebess



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