Just a few of the things I’m loving this week! A nice little mix of practical, fun, dainty, and cozy.
ONE/ Tory Burch Smartphone Wallet: I’ve always thought these wallets were so cool… how convenient would it be to always have a wristlet on hand with your essentials but also be able to easily toss all of that into larger bag? I was a huge wristlet user in middle/high school so this is very much up my alley. My roommate has had one of these iPhone wallets for awhile and I’m really tempted by them!
TWO/ BaubleBar Open Pearl Ring: This is about as edgy as I could probably get jewelry wise. Which is evidently not edgy at all. But I think I love this slightly trendy twist on a classic pearl! Usually I’m with the ‘if it aint broke don’t fix it’ crowd with classic pieces trying to be alternative, but this ring seems like a comfortable way to branch out.
THREE/ J.Crew Factory Quilted Puffer Vest: A puffer vest should have been on my list from last week. For some reason, I always try and buy a puffer vest in, like, November, and get annoyed/discouraged when exactly what I want isn’t available. I’ve done the same thing with black riding boots for years… you think I’d have learned by now. Apparently not, because I currently own neither a pair of black riding boots nor a puffy vest. Everyone knows you must buy seasonal essentials early!
FOUR/ Milk and Honey Cutting Board: How adorable is this cutting board!? Everyone needs a little reminder sometimes, and I would rather have an inanimate object cutely + subtly remind me to increase the greens than someone nag on me for my sometimes questionable eating habits.
FIVE/ Bright Lab Lights: Joanna posted these strings of lights this week and I think they’d be the perfect addition to a bar or food area for a party/gathering. They come in lots of different colors and are really festive.
SIX/ Savon de Marseille Lotion: I’m a sucker for good packaging. And lotion.
SEVEN/ Sperry Topsider Loafers: The two most comfortable pairs of shoes (other than my Keds) that I own are Sperry’s. My classic boat shoes just crossed the five year mark (!!!) and I got a really cute pair of plaid loafers over the holidays last year. They take a few wears to break in, but are worth the bandaids, promise!
EIGHT/ Zara Home Ashtray: To clarify, no I do not smoke. In my mind, this ashtray is the perfect little try for baubles, hairpins, keys, et al. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything paisley. Zara Home is kind of my new obsession…I’m in love with my toast coasters (last seen here) and shipping seems to be free all the time (it’s a bit confusing on the site, but from what I can tell its f.r.e.e.) which is making this new discovery just a little bit dangerous.
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As much as I love larger, chain hotels, I have a soft spot for quaint, smaller properties. I’ve frequently stayed in the bigger, more commercial properties (my family is a huge Starwood fan) and have had incredible experiences, but I’m really eager to explore more boutique hotels.
I knew I had to share the Planters Inn in Charleston, SC because a) I mean…look at it and b) I’m dying to take a trip to this charming Southern town. And when I do, you bet I’ll be paying a visit to the Planters Inn! A restored 1844 building, I’d imagine it fits right in with the city’s Historic District and is a fine choice for the ultimate luxurious take on Southern hospitality. Unique details are key in setting these smaller hotels apart, and I’m a huge fan of the subtle pattern mixing, carved wood bed posts, and manicured foliage/topiaries. This hotel definitely does quaint and homey without going overboard, and I really love that. Also, count me doubly in if the adorable teddy bears are included.
What are some details that you value most when planning a stay? I definitely think proximity to where you plan to spend the most time on your trip, at least one good dining option, and small details that truly make you feel like you’re on a getaway are key!
Images via Planters Inn website
I know, I know. The last thing many of you want to see right now is the sequence of numbers “2015.” I keep prematurely mentioning fall over here (#sorrynotsorry) and am admittedly really jumping the gun by mentioning next year. But it’s worth it for this. I promise!
You’ve probably heard me mention Inslee around these parts… if not, go check out her site, stat, and you’ll see why she’s been discussed over here. Each year, she illustrates a beautiful calendar that in my opinion, serves as the only art you need near/on your desk. The calendar is always good (check out last year’s here) but since I only discovered Inslee’s work within the past year or two, I unfortunately haven’t yet had one of these beauties grace my desk (I got the 2013 one at the Georgetown French Market on major sale and am planning to frame/hang the pages).
Anyway — this year will be different. I’ve already forwarded my mother the email announcing the 2015 calendar and I’m planning to
subtly hint that she should buy it for me make it mine. This year, Inslee partnered with Dempsey & Carroll — one of NYC’s finest stationers — to produce the calendar. It’s printed on Dempsey & Carroll’s paper and comes with a little easel for propping up each page. This also means that the packaging is divine, plus Inslee is including two bonus prints with the calendar. Is this making your week yet? Because it kind of made mine…
There’s currently a special pre-order rate, so definitely snag that and you’ll have le calendrier your possession in around a month. It was pretty hard to pick and choose favorites, so make sure you check out the rest of the illustrations (and order) here. Apologies if this sounds like a long-winded advertisement…I’m just really, really excited to finally get my hands on one of these babies! It’s too good not to share…early holiday shopping, anyone?
P.S. Want the full story being the Dempsey & Carroll partnership? Inslee wrote about it here and is undoubtedly one of the best writers I’ve ever encountered. I love her blog!
Images courtesy of Inslee.net
Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform. It’s a great way to share snippets of your life while still having lots of creative liberty in how you do so. I’m still trying to nail down my favorite editing techniques (I got on board pretty late in the game… as in last year. Oops!), but admire these ladies for their consistency, creativity, and inspiring posts. I don’t like following multiple accounts that post the same type/style of content, so here’s a little sampling of my absolute favorites… each one varies slightly with their style and type of content.
Any other favs you recommend I follow? Share them (and/or yours) below and I’ll check them out! Follow me here : )
ONE/ Lemon Stripes: Bright, witty, happy: those are three words to describe Julia’s Instagram. I feel like I’m right there with her in all of her posts– each one feels so accessible and realistic rather than overly staged and phony. She seriously knows what she’s doing, and it shows!
TWO/ Liz Schneider: Liz’s blog is one of my favorites and on Instagram, she posts the perfect mix of inspiration/fashion/blog content + her personal life. It’s always nice to feel like you know the writer in some capacity, and Liz definitely lets people in just enough without sharing too much.
THREE/ Loren Hope: One of my favorite “brand” accounts and the one that will inspire you to grab some bling and put a smile on your face. Her line has become one of my favorites in the past year and is proof that a great statement necklace can jazz up even the simplest tee + jeans.
FOUR/ Banks & Harry: Puppies are kind of the way to my heart and these two puppy brothers bring a smile to my face (usually a giggle/squeal if it’s a video) each day. It’s pretty hard to stage the behavior of two very energetic dogs, which means that Banks’ & Harry’s personalities are probably exactly as they appear in all their photos + videos. Plus, their mom has a prettttty good blog!
FIVE/ Summer Wind: Sydney’s preppy, clean style comes out so well in her instas and I kind of want to steal her closet. Also, she may love G&Ts just as much as I do… a girl after my own heart!
SIX/ Sarah KJP: Want to feel like you’re on an adventure or at the least, a really legit vacation? Sarah’s Instagram = basically her blog, which is immaculate, sophisticated, and one of my favorite sources of inspiration!
SEVEN/ Society Social: Roxy’s bar carts are on my long term wish list and she has the most adorable, upbeat captions I’ve probably ever seen on Instagram. She puts so much personality into her posts and makes you want to be her best friend. Just the kind of energy I’d want behind a new couch or bar cart! Not to mention, her small biz story is really inspiring.
EIGHT/ Gadabout: Hanna has great taste and the cutest little King Charles Cavalier Spaniels. Her account is the perfect dose of southern + country life, and I love the subdued color palette — it’s so refreshing.
NINE/ Domestikated Life: Nautical, great use of filters, and makes you want to throw an incredibly well-executed party at the spur of a moment. And that’s never a bad thing, especially in the middle of a long week…or on a Monday.
TEN/ Notes from Monroe: One of my newest follows and while overly colorful, ornately decorated shots are unfortunately in abundance and sometimes feel redundant on Instagram, this one has the perfect balance in my opinion. Lots of blue and white, too!
The weekend is here! I’ve felt particularly productive this week and am looking forward to keeping weekend plans light with a couple brunches and a movie (I’m so so excited to see The Hundred Foot Journey). There are some fun changes on the horizon around these parts and I promise the result will be good, so stay posted! Whatever your plans may be, I hope you have a great one!
– Banana Republic is changing things up … maybe in a good way. I’m strongly contemplating this sweater…it’s kind of perfect.
– The August issue of Matchbook Mag is out and per usual, it’s a good one. A nice Friday afternoon read, if I do say so myself!
– I’ve tried a few mug cake recipes and have felt pretty eh about all of them until this one, which I fully admit to eating last night (this is why I can’t go on a 100% healthy diet…moderation, people). If you have Nutella on hand, chances are you have the other three basic ingredients you need to make this really, really delicious/easy microwavable cake!
– I fully admit to loving girly novels… they’re the perfect quick read. The Everygirl did a feature on Emily Griffin, who has an incredibly inspiring story and a stunning studio. If you’re a fan of any of her books (like Something Borrowed) or an aspiring writer, you’ll love this interview.
– Matouk is one of those brands whose products I plan to invest in when I have my own home. They make the most beautiful, luxurious sheets + bedding in the the prettiest materials. While they’re very much a splurge, Erin wrote about her trip to the Matouk Factory outside of Boston, which sounds fascinating. They’re planning to open the factory to visitors in the near future, which sounds like a really cool experience. And with the factory comes the factory store, which also sounds like a place I want to be. Road trip, anyone?