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With a polished coral and beige chevron weave and smooth buff patent trim, our Stephanie Johnson Sag Harbor Collection embodies easygoing East Coast elegance.  Coral and beige silk knot zipper pulls add an extra dash of refinement, while crisp aqua blue liner puts a nautical twist on classic chic.

This Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and I’m daydreaming of lazy days on Long Island.  Here are some of my maritime-inspired favorites:

1.  Lisa Marie Fernandez Two Tone Wrap Around Bikini

2.  Essie Nail Polish in Naughty Nautical

3.  J.Crew Linen Bermuda Shorts

4.  Max & Chloe Red Enamel Nautical Necklace

5.  Tommy Hilfiger Heritage Rugby Stripe Polo in Pink Glo Multi

6.  Heidi Klein Sete Striped Stretch Jersey Mini Dress

7.  Audrey Cane Woven Slip-On Boat Shoe in White

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Want more Sag Harbor?  Watch Stephanie introduce the collection, here:

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I had no idea what I was signing up for last week when I was texting with friend Jessie Freschl (of Covet Closet and Fresch Style) and told her I was en route to Chicago.  She pinged back that I should go to her brother’s restaurant and immediately got to emailing him.  Before I boarded the Chicago bound flight (for one night I may add), I was confirmed for the 7 p.m. seating and had completed the required pre-payment for the meal (a first for me).

I uber-ed over to the warehouse space in a largely abandoned industrial-looking dead end and the driver asked if I was sure I had the right address.  He insisted he wait for me while I sussed it out.  And here the adventure began as I entered the building to find an interior door with a sign reading ‘Get the EL in here!’  This was going to be fun.

Katelynn, who had helped me with my reservation and had inquired about dietary restrictions, welcomed me by name and sat me by the window in a table set for one.  There were only five other tables, a full house, and everyone else was already seated and enjoying a libation of their own bringing. BYOB and I hadn’t brought anything.  This was definitely the type of fourteen course meal (yep it’s true!) that would be best enjoyed with the perfect wine pairing, but alas it wasn’t to be as I’d forgotten this important note.  Chef Phil and team felt awful and offered me anything they might have hanging about including an open bottle of red that my server had in his car.  Hugely accommodating and it wasn’t even their fault.  I would enjoy these edible creations without interference from alcoholic beverages.

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Chef Phil introduced himself to the room and explained that he wanted to turn the idea of fine dining ‘on its head’ and that he encouraged the diners to come to the open kitchen at any time and observe, inquire, chat with the team as well as introduce ourselves to fellow diners.  He announced our first dish, uni (sea urchin) with black lava sea salt, shiitake, coconut pudding with wild trout roe, and said they hadn’t been remiss in not providing silverware:  he expected us to eat with our fingers and ‘lick the plate.’  Did I say this was going to be fun?  Fun and crazy delicious.  Not known to be shy, and when given the opportunity to actually lick a plate clean (in a restaurant no less), of course I dutifully obliged and loved every minute.  Successive dishes included ajo blanco, described as the precursor to gazpacho, with cuttlefish, garlic and green almond, and cherry radish with basil, shattered olives and white chocolate.  Other stand outs were the ‘French fries & frosty’ whose preparation had the kitchen engulfed in white ‘smoke’ and Chef Phil came around with a ladle and cauldron and finished off our dish with the smoky ‘ice cream.’  Not a wallflower, I visited with other tables between courses and the consensus among us was assuredly that this was the most creative food any of us had ever eaten.  When I spoke to Chef Phil and confessed that this experience had really shown that I know absolutely zilch about food and commended him for the pure tastes that came across in his food, he offered that he didn’t like to use foods or flavors that would mask any of the other ingredients in the dish.  Mission accomplished.  Michelin didn’t award EL ideas with a star for nothing.

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for Mom:  look no further!  I’ve compiled some of the greatest hits from our current Stephanie Johnson season to offer ideas for inspired gifting.

Take a peek below and then be sure to check your inboxes (or our Facebook page) early next week, as we’ll be launching a special promotion to make shopping for Mom even sweeter.

Happy browsing and as always, travel chic!

Xo

Stephanie

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1.  ML Traveler

A perennial best-seller, our ML Traveler is the Cadillac of cosmetic carry-alls.  With two snap-out mesh pouches, a removable clear zip pouch, clear wall pocket, and removable mirror, it may be the most versatile piece in our organizational arsenal.

Pictured here in:  Sag Harbor

2.  Luggage Tag

Dress up a boring black suitcase with this striking luggage tag, making for easy identification at baggage claim. Designed with the fashionable frequent flyer in mind!

Pictured here in:  Mumbai Coral

3.  Laura Large Trapezoid

This trapezoid shaped zip top case boasts a wide base to sit upright on your countertop or vanity.  Laura provides plenty of storage space, while its sleek shape allows it to travel well.  Try one for Mom in this rich turquoise patent, trimmed in metallic silver.

Pictured here in:  Laguna Turquoise

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4.  Jenny Train Case

Take it from me, as someone who spends a lot of time on the road, the Jenny Train Case is the perfect go-to for both long trips and weekend getaways.  I love the interior elastic that straps products in place, and the bonus clear zip pouch and removable mirror.  If your Mom is a frequent traveler, this is definitely the bag for her!

Pictured here in:  Mumbai Fuchsia

5.  Katie Folding Cosmetic

With two interior clear zip pockets, this charming case secures with snap closure and is the perfect size to hold makeup basics, while its stylish shape means it’s too cute to be kept hidden inside your handbag.  The Katie is always a favorite, and it’s oh so pretty in soft beige patent, highlighted by subtle specks of metallic gold.

Pictured here in:  Laguna Buff

6.  Fiona Dome Cosmetic

This enchanting half-moon shaped cosmetic bag promises eternal summer in vibrant rainbow raffia.  The perfect every day makeup case.

Pictured here in:  Bermuda

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7.  Grace Brush Case

Grace is one of our most popular makeup cases, with five brush pockets and plenty of space for beauty essentials.  Great for taking on the go, and the colorful palm print exterior means it will always be easy to find inside your bag!

Pictured here in:  South Beach

8.  Martha Large Briefcase

A brand new style introduced in 2014, Martha provides serious storage for your beauty arsenal.  Equipped with three roomy and removable zip pouches (two fabric, one plastic), a large clear zip wall pocket, and tall handles to carry or hang over a bathroom door, this cosmetic briefcase is an amazing gift for product-loving Moms!

Pictured here in:  Mumbai Turquoise

9.  Jumbo Zip Cosmetic

For travel or for life, this emerald green jumbo sized case is simply a bright and pretty way to carry and store lots and lots of beauty products.  Mom will be amazed at how much it holds!

Pictured here in:  Miami Green

10. Medium Flat Pouch

Fill our Medium Flat Pouch with essentials – everything from band aids to hair ties to makeup to jewelry – and keep at the ready inside your handbag.  A beautiful basic Mom will be sure to love.

Pictured here in:  Mumbai Buff

 

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