Month: June 2015

Songs of Summer

SummerPlaylist

No matter what your plans are for the 4th of July weekend, listening to songs of summer are always a must. Whether you love the classics or what’s current, there’s a little bit of everything on our ultimate feel good playlist that will instantly get you ready for a summer vacation.

36 Hours at the Delaware Beaches

The Delaware beaches have so much to offer. From the adventure thrillers and nature explorers, to the beach bums, the shoppers, and the foodies, there’s something exciting for everyone. It’s easy to understand why Rehoboth Beach was ranked fourth best coastal small town in the nation by USA Today. Here are some of our favorite places.

Beach Spot: Cape Henlopen State Park

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Cape Henlopen is home to four miles of the most scenic, natural beaches in Delaware located north of the famous Rehoboth Beach. Full of nature trails, historic sites, fishing beaches and outdoor activities, there are tons of activities to do. You can even climb to the top of a WWII watchtower to find breath-taking views of the park. The park is so big that it’s rarely overcrowded. A popular spot to explore and take pictures is on the bay side of the point where the beach is reserved for a bird sanctuary. It is secluded, undisturbed and has amazing views of the Brandywine Shoal lighthouse. Every time you go to the park you’ll stumble upon something new to explore.

Breakfast: Surf Bagel

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Surf bagel is home to southern Delaware’s most legendary breakfast. They bake their bagels fresh every morning and strive to provide the most healthy, tasty, and honest food. They have over 20 different bagels to choose from and tons of different cream cheese flavors. Crowds tend to grow pretty fast but the service is so quick you won’t even notice. You’re missing out if you don’t try it and once you do you’ll wish you had a Surf Bagel closer to home.

Restaurant: Salt Air

SaltAir

Located in Rehoboth, one street south of the avenue, Salt Air offers an upscale farm-to-table fresh cuisine. Their menu features fresh seasonal produce, sustainable seafood, and organic meats and poultry. From their unique goat cheese spread and crackers, to their legendary cheese board appetizer, their award winning seafood stew, amazing New York strip steak, and fresh salads, they have something to satisfy any craving.

Dessert Shop: Nonna’s

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Nonna’s Sweet Treats is a family owned and operated dessert shop located on the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue. All baked goods are prepared by scratch in house each day. They serve family recipes that have been passed down through generations with their signature item being the “Liege” waffle. Their Liege waffle is nothing like other locally found Belgian waffles. Theirs are made from a yeast dough rolled in chunks of imported Belgian Pearl Sugar which caramelizes on the outside of the waffle. They serve them as ice cream sundaes for dessert using local legend Bassetts ice cream. The waffles are also offered as breakfast items in the morning.

Store: Bella Luna

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Bella Luna is a boutique located on Rehoboth Avenue known for their vast selection of unique household items, creative gifts, and accessories. For being such a small store it’s nearly impossible to not spend forever browsing their selection. They offer a ton of interesting, one of a kind items that any shopper would love. Add it to your list of places to go while in Rehoboth.

Beachside Bar & Grill

beachside bar & grill

At Beachside Bar & Grill, we love the creations by the James Beard Award nominated Chef Jay Caputo, of Espuma and David Dietz, of BBC Tavern & Grill. The two share a common passion about fresh and local fare. The ambiance is casual and fun, which is ideal for any beach town. They have happy hour from 3-6pm everyday with amazing deals like $5 martinis and $2 off all appetizers. Plus, there’s free parking to the side.

Boss Lady: Kortni Jeane

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. Today we chat with Kortni Jeane, the brains behind Kortni Jeane, a swimwear brand that offers one of a kind designs. Kortni discusses starting her company, which social media platforms offers the most customer interaction and more.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself and your career.
I am 22 years old, I have just started on my second year of this swimmer business and I am absolutely loving it! I love unicorns, cotton candy, and tandem bike riding. Kortni Jeane got started as a hobby for a little extra cash to get me through college and has now turned into my life long career!

2. Have you always gravitated towards the world of design?
There was a million other things I wanted to be unrelated to design in anyway. I grew up sewing and creating but never thought I would make a living doing it until after I graduated from high school.

3. What prompted you to start producing your own products?
I was a guinea pig student for a swimsuit sewing class my senior year of high school. The first swimsuit I made for myself all my sisters and friends wanted so I decided I would make them all one, well word spread quickly and before you know it I was having strangers show up on my doorstep wanting a swimsuit!

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4. Do you ever get emotionally attached to your creations?
Always haha. Being creative you make these things that are yours, so when others get rude or talk down on your company you take it personally. I always have to remind myself that everyone is different and I don’t have to please them all. As I create new designs I almost always want to keep them to myself because they are a little piece of who I am, selfish I know but at the same time I love sharing my creativity and life with others, that’s what makes it so magical!

5. Where do you see your line in 5 years? 10? What do you wish to expand?
Honestly I love what I am doing now and would be totally happy and satisfied if it continued the way it is! But of course like anyone else I love to see new customers find my little company daily and I’ve watched it grow tremendously just in the last couple of months and so I would just die to watch it to continue to grow and meet new eyes! Although we have in the past it would be a joy to start having our swimmers in stores so customers can see the quality of our product before they purchase! I mainly sell women’s swimsuits and have dipped into little girls and men’s slightly this season but would love to expand those lines and bring in little boys suits as well! Nothing like swimmers for the whole family, and hopefully matching none the less!

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6. What is your most successful form of marketing? Do you have a personal favorite?
Most successful and only way I have ever marketed my business is through social media and I absolutely love it! Instagram is where we are most present and it’s just a joy to interact with customers there and to have them share their adventures in their swimmers with me! Every time I get tagged in a customer photo I squeal that someone is actually wearing something I created!

7. If you could have the respect of any Boss Lady, who would it be and why?
Naomi Davis, although probably not a common answer she is so inspiring. She manages not only a million creative and beautiful projects at once but always makes time for her darling kids and husband. I think it’s important to maintain a balance and though I’m sure she is not always perfect she looks flawless doing it all!

8. When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing most?
When I’m not working? I would love to know what that would feel like! I work from home so I feel like I never leave work and am constantly checking on my customers. But when I do manage to sneak in some time I am always with my sweet husband! As summer has started we love to swim or go to the lake and ride our tandem bike! Well I like to ride it and he humors me and joins in (because how fun would a tandem bike be by yourself??).

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9. What inspires you and fuels your passion?
Oh gosh this is always the hardest question for me. I feel like I am inspired just by everyday life! Ideas are always flowing in (most of the time they don’t turn out so well) but I feel like I am always drawing out ideas that come into my head or running to my sewing machine to see if my idea looks as good physically as it does in my mind. I just love to see happy customers out and about. Nothing fuels me more then when I am out of state, out of my usual routine, and I spy someone in one of my swimsuits, it makes me want to run up and hug them (and I usually do)!

10. Do you have any advice for those looking to go chase a dream or goal?
I always say if you have a passion for something you have to at least give it a good whole heartily try because you never know what could come out of it! I never thought in my growing up that I would ever be a swimsuit designer with her own company and here I am starting my second year in my company and having the time of my life! It never hurts to try new things and be adventurous! Don’t be afraid to do what you love, it makes the 24:7 work hours a lot more worth it.

more on kortni jeanne:

website | facebook | instagram | pinterest

Summer To-Do List

summer to do list

After a long winter and cool rainy spring, summer is finally here! Our Summer To-Do List offers plenty of ways to make the most of these beautiful summer days.

Did you know you could have a private bonfire on the beach? You can in Dewey. This would be a fun way to enjoy the July 4th (and 5th) fireworks.

Penns Woods Winery offers tons of great outdoor events like movies, wine tastings, yoga, painting, live music, and much more.

Perfect a homemade sangria recipe using fresh, handpicked fruit from your local orchard.

Enjoy a relaxing night out with friends and family at an outdoor movie screening in Philly.

Any Painting With a Twist class would make a fun girls’ night out.

Boss Lady: Pamela Barsky

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. Today we chat with New York-based designer Pamela Barsky. She is the artist behind the sassy hand-screened pouches and clutches you’ve seen all over social media. (Both Kelly and Sydney love theirs!) Pamela shares how her business began, who handles her Instagram, advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and more.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself and your career.
I was born in Detroit, schooled in Colorado, spent most of my grown up years in Los Angeles, and the last five years in New York. I started out writing advertising which was really fun, but a bit like a game of musical chairs. Eventually the music stopped and I had nowhere to sit. After that, I opened what you’d now call a curated lifestyle shop, only then we just called it a gift store. When it got decimated by the Northridge earthquake, I started designing things to fill my shelves and the rest is how you say, history.

2. Have you always gravitated towards the creative world, in terms of work and/or your personal life
You mean there is something other than a creative life?

3. What prompted you to begin designing your own products?
A big earthquake, a spiral binding machine, and a crazy machine whiz who helped me turn it into something that would punch through the covers of vintage books.

4. Do you ever get attached to your creations?
I do not get attached to things at all. In fact, I have very little of what I design at home. I guess being a designer is a bit like being a mom. When you are doing it right, your babies are supposed to find a life outside of the nest.

5. Where do you see Pamela Barksy, the brand, in 5 years?
Oh my gosh, I can’t even imagine where I’ll be in five years. However, I hope I have a printer that works.

reese witherspoon with pamela barsky

reese witherspoon

6. What is your most successful form of marketing?
I used to work the marketing thing a lot; sending out press samples and taking lots of people to lunch. It is much easier living in New York and having a store in Chelsea Market. The important people just seem to know. Oh yes, and my husband does the Instagram.

7. Who is a Boss Lady that you admire and why?
Nancy Silverton because I love that she spent a full year perfecting the dough for the pizza at Mozza. I’d never have the patience for that. Also, Diane Von Furstenburg because she doesn’t seem to notice everyone in fashion is younger than her, nor does it seem to let it bother her.

Lady Gaga with Pamela Barsky bag

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8. How do you gear up for work? Then, on the flip side, how do you relax after work?
I really work when I feel like it which is most of the time. Living here in New York which has such a hamster wheel work culture, I find it easy to think about work constantly. However, dinner at Prune with my wonderful husband, Fabio always helps me relax. And I never ever ever miss pilates.

bobby flay with pamela barsky

bobby flay

9. What inspires you and fuels your creativity?
Everything inspires me. Except housework. That just sucks the life out of me.

10. What advice do you have for those looking to go from employee to entrepreneur?
Don’t do it unless you really feel like you are going to die if you don’t because owning your own business is the most time consuming, annoying, difficult, frustrating job on the planet. And while the rewards can be great, if you are not ready to give it every iota of your love and attention, you might as well stay working for someone who contributes to your 401k.

behind the boss Pamela Barsky

dedicated area | illustrations | painting | gift wrap | embroidery | coin purse | decor

 

More on Pamela:
Website | Shop | Instagram

 

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

father's day gift guide

More often than not, we find it hard to buy presents for dads and with Father’s day quickly approaching we’ve already brainstormed gift ideas they’ll love; like the perfect summer shoe from Soludos or a Bose portable bluetooth speaker. He’ll love however Father’s day is celebrated but here’s the gift guide to help:

1. Creed Original Vetiver

2. Ships Anchors Bi-Fold Wallet by Smathers & Branson

3. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker

4. Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set

5. Canvas Derby lace up from Soludos

6. New Addition: BBC Tavern will be grilling up burgers & bloody’s for brunch on the patio on Father’s Day. Shop Angersteins for the best selection of grills in Delaware. Receive up to $100 off any Traeger Grill & receive a free bag of pellets.