Jersey Girl

Free People dress

{Me at our Jersey Shore home in a Free People dress available here, Chloé two-tone sandals available here}


{Mom’s hydrangeas}

Here I am — sans makeup, a pro blow, accessories  — on my parent’s front porch in Cape May, NJ. Because in Cape May, that’s how I roll. And let me tell you, it’s a wonderful change of pace from Miami. There’s something to be said about the simple life in a sleepy town. From walking barefoot on mom’s lawn peppered with hydrangeas to visiting my favorite restaurants to showing my own kids my favorite Victorian homes — it’s always nice for this City Mouse to go Small Seashore Town Mouse.

If you didn’t know by now, both of my parents are Greek (opa!) and I was raised in the Victorian, suspended-in-time city of Cape May, NJ. I often tell friends that this is one of the Universe’s greatest gifts to me because growing up in small town instills certain traits in an individual which big city living will never afford.

I grew up in a seaside town where we left the doors unlocked. Where it’s safe and close enough to saunter to and from elementary school alone. Where seasons truly change. Where bicycle riding is the transportation of choice. Where people are in no hurry and are genuinely kind to one another. Where all the businesses are mom-and-pop run. Where lobsters are the size of boogie boards. Where cheese steak hoagies are really cheese steak hoagies, for chrissakes!

So what I’m saying is: I’ll always be a Jersey Girl at heart. And I’m so happy to be here if for only two sweet weeks — sans makeup and all that other fussy stuff.



  1. Fofo
    June 30, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    We love having you here maraki.

  2. Elise
    July 1, 2013 / 9:57 am

    What a breath of fresh air!! Love this post & how you match the hydrangeas!!!!

  3. July 1, 2013 / 11:14 am

    lovely! I know exactly what you mean about small towns… I so miss mine in Cuba… anyways! have fun!!!

  4. Mariella
    July 1, 2013 / 5:07 pm

    I feel ya…sigh…. Except I continue to hit some Miami spots sans makeup and cutoffs and feel like a homeless person and can no longer leave my purse in the car which might be a good thing in general to start doing 😉 have fun in your “homeland”!!

  5. July 1, 2013 / 5:20 pm

    Sometimes its great to just get away from crazy Miami! You look gorg as always 😉

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  7. July 2, 2013 / 11:56 am

    hey I know that porch. Welcome…eh Home!!!

  8. July 2, 2013 / 11:01 pm

    Im glad you are having fun. can you come back home now, please?

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