Meet Our Newest Contributor: Desiree Spinner
We are so excited to welcome Desiree Spinner to The Boston Day Book. Desiree is a long-time Cape Cod resident, and blogs about lifestyle and fashion for children and adults at La Petite Peach. We are looking forward to hearing about her favorite spots on the Cape and Islands, along with her style tips and perspective on life with children.
We decided to do a little interview to introduce Desiree to you! Enjoy!
How would you describe yourself in a few words?
Lucky mama. Writer. Book lover. Super lucky wife. Old fashioned. Day dreamer. Entrepreneuress.
You live on the Cape, and have spent quite a bit of time on Martha’s Vineyard (lucky duck!). What do you consider to be the area’s best-kept secret?
There are SO many hidden gems! One of my favorite places to go is the brown jug in Sandwich. It’s a small, gourmet grocery that also has a little wine shop. In the summer you can sit on their brick patio, and have a glass of wine (they are usually doing a tasting on the weekends) and listen to one of my favorite local muscians, Greg Harper, play acoustic guitar. It’s straight out of a scene in southern France! Another hidden gem (it’s by the airport so the location is unusual) is Pain D’Avignon, a french café with the best coffee and people watching!
On the Vineyard, I could fill pages with all my best kept secrets, but my favorite thing to do is to gather some friends, grab a slice from the Chilmark store, blankets, and a bottle of wine (it’s a dry town so you have to BYOW) then go to Menemsha beach to watch the sun set. There are a ton of locals who do the same, I love that when the sun finally goes below the horizon, everyone cheers! In the same area, we always stop for soft serve. The last time I was there, I had a 10-minute conversation with Bill Murray. You just never know who you will run into!
How did you become interested in blogging? Tell us a bit about your blog, La Petite Peach.
I started La Petite Peach almost 4 years ago this spring. It was really a personal journal for everything I was inspired by after living in Florence, Italy with my oldest baby. I was there for a writing program, and Luke was 1 1/2 when we started our journey. I was so inspired by European culture! After coming home, and not knowing what to do next with my life, I started the blog, first in my notebook, and then online a few years later. I was in the wedding industry at the time, and pretty darn good at my job. But after some soul searching two years ago, I decided to follow my heart, and write full-time. It has been an amazing journey! I started blogging every day, and eventually La Petite Peach became a way to support my writing career. Now, I help creative’s write content and copy for their websites and blogs, I do a ton of bio writing for all types of clients from artists to jewelry makers. I have been working on a children’s book too, which has been challenging me as a writer more than I could have imagined, and I am loving every second of it!
When I first started blogging, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. Some of those first blog posts are REALLY embarrassing! Now I am proud of all the content I put out there. I write mostly about fashion for moms and babies but also beauty, travel and recipes. The mission is quality over quantity, my kids don’t have a TON of clothing or toys, they have a small closet but it’s filled with beautiful well-made clothing from around the world. I learned so much about how Europeans raise their children, and try to emulate that every day.
You have 12 hours in Boston – what would you do?
In the morning, I would grab a tofu scramble at Trident Cafe, an amazing café/bookstore on Newbury Street. They have ALL the European magazines I crave, but can never find at the bookstore! I leave with a smoothie (best smoothies) and 20 foreign mags under my arm. Next I would take a walk to Boston Public Garden, and take some pictures of the kids. We love to run around and get that energy out! In the winter I would be heading straight to the ice rinks. My oldest is a hockey player so he (or my husband) wouldn’t miss outdoor skating for anything. Wesleigh still takes a morning catnap so I try to get in a little writing for the blog during this time.
I love checking out local shops. My husband hates to shop so he encourages me to take some “me” time and head out myself (woo hoo!). I also love to meet up with my girl friends since most of them live in Boston, so it’s the perfect place to have some girl time and catch up. Recently I went into Flock Boston in the South End. They have gorgeous clothing, jewelry, shoes and more. Their style is totally California boho, which is right up my alley. Then I would head to the South End Buttery for a their vegetarian sandwich. Wesleigh is still sleeping at least 2 hours in the afternoon, and that is when I get client work done. I would definitely bring my computer to the Buttery to do some writing. Then I usually grab a mid-day tea to keep me going.
When I come to Boston, it’s all about the food (if you didn’t notice yet)! I love to get dressed up and go out to dinner with my family. Some places I have been into lately are Carrie Nation – the mac and cheese is to die for! Or I would head into the North End for a fabulous Italian dinner at Mamma Maria. I also love to stop at Paul Revere’s house for a little history lesson for the kiddos. We are not above bribing our kids with pastries for excellent restaurant behavior! ;) I love the vibe of the North End. Driving is one of my favorite things to do – I’m not kidding! So driving back to the Cape after dinner is a pleasure. I get to catch up with my husband, and the kids always fall asleep in the back seat. Très bien!