September 12, 2017

Summer Glow for the Fall

OH HAY. I’m back! If you haven’t seen on Instagram, I broke my elbow in the middle of August. I narrowly missed needing surgery to realign the bone, so when my orthopedist directed that I needed to significantly reduce my computer time while the initial healing took place, I listened. I actually took a medical leave from work, since it involves being on the computer all day, every day. Anyway, I’m healing well and cleared to be back on a keyboard.

While I was out of commission, everything moved from summer to this fall transition period. Admittedly, I am a super fan of summer but this late summer/early fall transition is the best of both worlds. Warm days, cool nights. Layering heaven. Patio season, with amazing sleeping weather. There’s amazing produce at the farmer’s market

A great way for mixing in some end-of-summer vibes into your look is with beauty products. Summer glow is real, even if it comes from your inner vibes and not from tanned skin. Even better, these are all clean beauty products.

ilia tinted lip conditionerRock that “I just ate a strawberry popsicle” look with a swipe of tinted lip conditioner. I love the Arabian Knights color, which wears more like a lip stain and has a perfect berry color.

This is the perfect in-between season for shorts and a light sweater. Keep your skin smooth with this amazing smelling body scrub from Indie Lee. (Seriously, that zesty coconut scent is so good!)

w3ll people bronzer clean summer beautySwipe on a little bronzer across your cheekbones and nose for a sun-kissed look to refresh those “oh, I was just on the boat this weekend” vibes. This W3ll People bronzer is a great choice for buildable and believable color. (We’ve all probably come across a bronzer that is too dark or too orange and it looks all kinds of wrong. No one needs that.)

While you’re pretending to have been on the water over the weekend, spritz in some sea salt spray for hair that matches your sunkissed (looking) skin. I like the Captain Blankenship Golden Waves shimmer spray for adding a little shine to my hair. If that is too glitzy for you, there’s also an original/non-shimmery formulation.

Last but not least is Yarok’s Feed Your Ends leave-in conditioner. Summer is hard on your hair – between extra sun exposure, chlorine, etc. During the height of the summer, I use hair masks to keep my locks hydrated, but as we transition to fall, my hair still needs some extra TLC. I like this leave-in conditioner spray, and can spray and much or as little as I need after showering. When we hit the extra dry winter air, I’ll Incorporate heavier moisturizers, but this light spray is perfect for right now.

The fall transition is inevitable, but letting go of summer doesn’t have to be! How are you extending summer?


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August 30, 2017

Two Years

Still miss you every damn day, Dad.

I keep wanting to write a blog post about grief, about my experience with it. I put it off every time, for countless reasons. It’s not happy. It’s too hard. I have nothing new to shed light on. I’m not an expert.

Those are all terrible reasons not to do something though. My story is my story, and no one else is going to be able to tell it but me.

Today is not that day though. Right now I’m nursing my arm and my heart. I will do something small to honor his memory, and when I am ready, I will write about grief.

But today is a day of love and remembrance, in the face of loss and heartbreak.

August 4, 2017

Happy Friday

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WOO, it’s Friday already! It’s been a busy but fun week, because we’re watching my mom’s dog and she’s so stinkin’ cute. It helps that my dogs love hanging out with her, and it’s been a lot of fun for all of us.

What are you up to this weekend? I’m going to a concert tonight, checking out the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum on Saturday with my aunt, and then meeting my friend’s new baby on Sunday.

Here are a few fun links for you to check out this weekend:

My love for California is well-known. This shirt really speaks to me!

I am loving these Dirty Dancing style cues.

WhoWhatWear’s fall line just dropped at Target, and I want these pants and this skirt. (Fall stuff being out means that summer stuff is now on sale, and I might scoop up this dress.)

Might have to transform some of my old clutches.

The Nordstrom sale ends on Sunday, and I’m really hoping that they restock this and this.

I’ve been itching to redo the guest room for a while. I would love to hang this print in the room!

I don’t know if this is crazy or delicious, but apparently pickles in beer is a thing. If someone has tried this, LET ME KNOW.

This pearl jacket is SO pretty.

Made this for dinner this week and it’s pretty dang good.

Why is Free People so freaking good right now?! I’m craving this jumpsuit after seeing it on a few people.

The neckline of this jumpsuit is so unique.

My favorite pair of shoes are a pair from Madewell. The almond shaped toe and the large heel make them some of the easiest to walk in shoes I own. This pair is really similar.


My five favorite true crime podcasts

What I want to do with the rest of my summer

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks (The sale ends on Sunday, and prices are back to normal on Monday.)

Have a great weekend. See you back here next week.



Basket Bags: Under $100

Basket bags. Damn, you have really stolen my heart the summer. It’s classic Jane Birkin summer style. I’m sure you’re familiar with the Cult Gaia bag. I snagged one early this season, prior to my trip to Palm Springs. The Ark’s clean lines and architectural body has me swooning, but it’s a bit of an outlier in the group. The basket bags below have more of a casual, natural vibe.

When I went to Brimfield in July, I was on the major hunt for a vintage one. I lucked out and snagged one that I love, but not everyone can get to Brimfield. Etsy is always a great resource, as well as your local vintage and thrift stores. Make sure to check out the housewares section, because you might be surprised what is hidden in there.

So, without further ado, here are some cool basket bags and they’re all under $100!

straw basket bags jane birkin petite handheld

Classic Jane Birkin style. Enough said. (This version from Etsy is basically identical.)

basket bags straw petite handheld style

Another petite, handheld version. This looks similar to the one I found at Brimfield.

vintage straw basket bag

A little bigger is this vintage one with some straw embroidery design.

round crossbody straw rattan basket bags

This round bag is pretty cool, and has a long strap so you can wear it as a hands-free crossbody.

bohemian round straw basket bags vintage

The shape of this purse is making my heart pitter-patter. It’s neutral yet a total showstopper.

basket bags tulum colorful style

This basket bag is handheld, but has a much bigger “body.” The colors are amazing. This basket would also be great decor when you’re not using it as a purse.

basket bags free people straw tote

We’re scaling up big time with this one – it will fit everything you need for the day!

Are you into the straw basket bags this summer? Let me know!

August 2, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s that time of the year – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you follow any fashion bloggers, whether you read their blogs or follow them on social media, you know about the sale already. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale goes from July 21st – August 6th, and they discount a ton of items. Most sales discount stuff at the end of a season, but my favorite aspect of this sale is that Nordstrom knocks down the prices of a ton of fall items. It’s a perfect time for stocking up on sweaters and jeans, as well as back-to-school shopping.

The number of items on sale is overwhelming, and you want to be a smart shopper. Reminder: just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. continue reading