Pack with me: Nantucket

Next week we’re going on a three day runaway to Nantucket! This is our one vacation of the summer, so I really want to maximize our fun and relaxation while we’re there. That means just a few outfits that will mix and match with each other, that won’t take a lot of thought in the mornings and will let me explore comfortably all day.

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Splurgy caftan, extra long necklace, sandals, kimono, black maxi dress, white top, denim skirt, perforated sneakers, canvas tote bag, distressed cap, bracelet

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In My Bag

I always find it fascinating to hear what must-have items friends carry with them at all times. Everyone seems to have a few signature things that they absolutely need, that will get them through whatever the day holds. Here are mine!

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A small notebook

When left to my own devices, I have post it notes and shopping lists spilling out of my purse, stuck to my phone case, and perched precariously on the handle of my grocery cart. Finally I wised up and bought a few pocket notebooks. I use one at a time and try to restrict my list-making to that area only. At the very least, it’s a central place to keep all my post it notes so that they don’t blow away before I get where I’m going.

Pilot G2 Pens

If I’m writing, I want to be writing with a Pilot G2. It is the most passionately reviewed product on Amazon, and for good reason. If you are a pen nerd/aficionado, you know the unique and underrated pleasure of the perfect pen. I don’t go anywhere without one, and it’s my first choice for Project Life journaling.

Pouches

For corralling all those small things like pens, chapstick, and Purell. Make them bright, and get them in multiples. I also have one for my drawing pencils and travel watercolor set, so that I can grab them and go when I don’t want to take my whole bag along to sketch.

Lip balm and a kicky lipstick

I cover all my bases by carrying a soft moisturizing lip balm for day, and a bright, opaque lipcolor for whenever the situation seems to call for it. I use it as a stain when I’m feeling pale, and slick it on when I wish I had worn something different that day. It always helps.

Sunglasses

For escaping during my lunch hour or getting a little privacy on the commute home.

Sketchpad and Watercolor set

Lately I’ve been enjoying experimenting with urban sketching (see my Pinterest inspiration board here). I love to play with color and turn off my  mind for half an hour during my  lunch  break or after work. I find myself engaging with my environment in a totally different way, and I love flexing these muscles for the first time in so long. I keep everything I need in one pouch so I can grab and go.

What are your must-have items that get you through whatever the day throws at you?

 

 

 

Mothers Day: All the Moms

Once a year, we take a day to celebrate the moms in our lives. We honor mothers in all their forms: the women who gave birth to us, the women who are our role models and guides, the young moms who we watch grow wiser and kinder every day. Here is a little roundup of tokens of love and admiration for those selfless #girlbosses without whom we just couldn’t be ourselves.


99 Things that Bring Me Joy
– A beautifully illustrated guided journal to help her record the joys that make her unique. ($10.75)

Ashley Mary Daydreamer Pencil Case– For all the little things that moms carry with them to save the day. ($10)

Global Greetings Stationary– Charming illustrations on gorgeous, cover-weight flat cards. ($22)

Bearing Flowers Dishtowel– To and fill the kitchen with Spring, even on a Monday night. ($20)

Yarn Bowl with Leaf Handle–  For holding onto her yarn or just the keys by the front door. ($42)

Dual Birthstone Ring– each tiny stone represents one of her children, no matter how big they’ve gotten. ($250)

Savannah Bee Body Butter– This five star concoction, made from royal jelly and delicious essential oils, will remind her to relax and take some time to herself every now and then. ($26.50)

Lilly Pulitzer Hartley Sunglasses– The gift of a little glamour, these sunglasses look beautiful on every face shape and lend a rosy glow after even the longest winter. ($98)

I’m Outta Here Luggage Tag– For all your upcoming adventures together. Especially good when paired with your guide book of choice. (12.95)

Liberty Print Compact Umbrella– To brighten rainy days with a little luxury she would never buy herself. (£48.00)

The Best is Yet to Come– a printable to frame as you like. ($5.40)

Straight Out Of: Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin is one of my top Hulu addictions right now, so I thought it might be fun to do a little roundup inspired by the show.

The Villa Nueva house is warm and charming, with homey touches that never look too new or stark. Mismatched frames and paintings cover the walls, and little details remind you that this is where three generations of women have grown and loved together. The colors are saturated and fun, and you can’t forget a wooden bench for late night conversations on the front porch.

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  1. Embroidered waffle weave kitchen towels
  2. Small Greenport bench
  3. Kari quilt set
  4. Behr Victorian Mauve paint color
  5. Golden arrow personalized necklace
  6. Jean jacket
  7. Fit and flare floral dress
  8. Nicola black patent wedges

Jane herself loves patterned dresses that define her waist and flare into a feminine skirt. She pairs them with everything from jean jackets to soft blazers, with delicate jewelry and fantastic wedges.Her look is attainable and fun, perfect for a regular girl who has gotten swept up in a drama far bigger than she is.

Jane’s style contrasts beautifully with costar Petra’s look: structured, modern pieces with incredible tailoring and sharp silhouettes.  Petra and the Marbella Hotel are all white and blue Miami glam.

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  1. Embroidered medallion pillow
  2. Tiffany Infinity Cuff
  3. Princess Cut Faceted Mirror
  4. Maggy London Midi Dress
  5. Metallic Silver Pouf
  6. Kathin Lace Up Sandals
  7. Coach Nomad Hobo in Cornflower/Gunmetal

Get this look with a few well chosen pieces in fresh, modern colors and touches of silver. Petra is always luxe, but still simple and minimalist.

Are you a Jane or a Petra?

Small Tweaks: Backpack Style

One of the easiest ways to make a casual outfit look stylish and intentional is adding a clean, structured backpack to the mix. It’s a chic way to look pulled together when your work bag is just too formal.

Here’s a little roundup of backpacks that bring something special to the game. They all look like great purses that just happen to be backpacks, which I think is the key to this look.

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  1. MICHAEL Michael Kors suede backpack
  2. Fossil Preston Backpack
  3. Kate Spade polka dot backpack
  4. Matt & Nat vegan leather backpack
  5. Sole Society vegan leather backpack
  6. Kipling antique rose backpack
  7. Calvin Klein black nylon backpack
  8. Fossil Dawson backpack
  9. Frye Parker backpack

With a small update like this, clothes from last season will feel fresh again and basics will look like they took a lot more thought than they did.

What are your favorite small tweaks for freshening up your wardrobe?

Why Not?

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Why not…

Sit in a patch of sun with a book or a fancy magazine?

Buy a big bouquet at Trader Joe’s and scatter tiny vases all over the house? By your bed? On the ledge of the bath? Above the stove?

Wear something light and fluttery? A silk scarf? A swishy skirt?

Buy a new loofah and scrub your way to fresh spring skin?

Make three kinds of pancakes for dinner- chocolate chip? Strawberry banana? Nutella?

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Modest Wardrobe, Spring Edition

Hey, team. I hope you had a good week. It was a long, wobbly one for me, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s drawing to a graceful close. I’m on a little shopping break as I pay off my new hair, but that hasn’t stopped me from looking around for a few seasonal wardrobe updates for you. I focused on basic pieces with great details, and kicky accessories that will make you smile.

Dresses

Soft colors, interesting silhouettes, perfect coverage.

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