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This is 29. A birthday story.

There’s a checklist for winding down summer. First, my birthday (read all about the milestone here). Second, a final Beach BBQ’s and cocktails. Lastly, a visit to the US Open.

Ever since I returned to NYC four summers ago, I’ve made it a point to venture out to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. A subway ticket and quick ride on the 7 train from midtown will get you there and the grounds are a great way to spend a Saturday.

The past two years I have been thankful to work with Chase, title sponsor for the US Open. As a chase customer you get a taste of the VIP experience with access to the Chase Lounge a place to grab drinks and a few signature honey deuces before matches begin – you can make a reservation here. Last year I attended an event at the Chase Lounge with Andy Roddick. Nothing like watching a tennis match with one of the greats!

This year, Chase was kind enough to help me get in on the action and watch another great, Roger Federer (SUI), take on Frances Tiafoe (USA) if you watched the match you know it was a doozy with Federer winning in the 5th set. There’s nothing better than being inside Arthur Ashe for a killer match. When the roof is closed (thank god it was because it was raining the night we went) the place gets really loud and with only 23,000 seats it can get really exciting with the whole stadium going.

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Back home this one will involve a birthday story, champagne and a pointy hat, but with my travels this year – raising one to 13 new passport stamps deserves a toast just the same. So grab a glass because…

Happy BIG 2-9 to me! (I know, I can’t believe it either!)

I love writing these birthday posts. In a funny way they hold me accountable for the year past, help me set intentions for the one ahead and all the while, remind me of the themes that make any year just a bit more bubbly – champun intended! Don’t worry flutes and balloons are on standby.

So in keeping with tradition, I dove into the archives to find what 26, 27 and most recently 28 forecasted. I can check #1, #2 off the list and a valiant effort on #4 made for an epic year. 28 was arguably the best yet, one I’m slightly hesitant to say goodbye to as it was filled with…

Adventure – this year 13 countries, some repeats some new. All I can say about my passport is that sh*t needs framing!

Epic Accomplishment – this year professionally came with a Super Bowl, an ode to America and eclipsing the eclipse – thank you Bonnie Tyler. I have been so fortunate to work on so many big and amazing things.

Vulnerability – welcoming new people into my life with open arms and hearts. Xo B!

Stability – While I was off conquering the world, my best friends and family were always by my side of which I will always be forever grateful.

this is 29. A birthday story.


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As I’m sure you’ve seen in storefronts and throughout the liketoknow.it feed blue and white striped everything is everywhere! I am loving it as it’s the perfect blend of pastel hues and reminds me of Santorini. Photo diary coming I promise. During my few weeks of spring shopping I even added to my already growing collection as Zara, Banana Republic and favorite ShopBop designers added pieces to spring collections. 

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MY OVERNIGHT PACKING ESSENTIALS

There’s a fine art to mastering the overnight flight with the goal of having all the essentials without over packing your carry-on. And, there’s even more finesse in waking up on the other end feeling and looking mildly refreshed to make the most of your day. So should you be planning a trip yourself – I’d thought I’d share a few must-haves so you get off the plane looking a little more Rose Byrne and a little less Kristin Wiig.

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