Happy Friday!

Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

Happy Friday Friends! Is it just me, or could the weekend not come fast enough? Also, and I know this is kind of blasphemous, but I’m over summer. I want it to be fall and I want it now. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer! But by mid August I need some Hygge in my life and I need it now. I started singing the Summer song from Frozen about fall, haha. Maybe I’ll write out my lyrics and post them here…

Anywho, here are some links that made me happy this week-

The inside of Julie Engel's (Gal Meets Glam) house in in Southern Living, it’s simply stunning!

Sephora’s summer beauty sale is on! 15% off for VIB; I’m stocking up on my favorite Fresh Sugar Lip Balm

A trailer is out for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3!

I’m really excited about Reese Witherspoon’s new show, The Morning Show with Jennifer Anniston; here’s the trailer!

Biossance skincare products are 25% off! I love their eye cream and I can’t wait to try the 100% Squalene oil!

I how simple and elegant this gorgeous knit blanket is (the pattern is free!)

I am absolutely in love with these black bow earrings from Tuckernuck; they are so perfect for fall!

These tiled backsplashes are gorgeous and have me itching to decorate

These Buddha bowls are so good, particularly the carrot ginger dressing!

How to decorate with color without looking matchy-matchy

How to tie the perfect bow

Have a great weekend everyone!

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The Inn At Perry Cabin

Inn at Perry Cabin

As I mentioned on Friday, we went to the Inn at Perry Cabin for a few days for our anniversary. It was heaven! The Inn sits on the water, and the entire place radiates a sense of peace and calm. Along with a gorgeous landscape, there are outdoor fire pits throughout the property, along with a fireplace in the room, which I loved. We spent most of days reading in front of the water, then the pool and then back to the water with lots of great food in between. We also explored the charming down town, and went on a sail boat ride (it was one of the best surprises ever, I’ll share the pictures soon!)

Inn at Perry Cabin
Inn at Perry Cabin

The Inn’s Adirondack chairs were so comfortable, and the temperature in the shadow as perfect to sit by the water and read for hours. I wore my packable bow hat, which I’ve loved for years. The bow on the back is so classic and it does an amazing job keeping the sun out of your eyes. Plus, you can squish it when you pack and it comes back into life. I love how the hat looks which shorts and a tee, or a sundress like I’m wearing here. This one has bows in the back and a short ruffled sleeve; these cute details really elevate the dress and I love the pink pattern! Bows on the dress and bows on my hat - that’s a good day ; )

Inn at Perry Cabin
Inn at Perry Cabin

I love this hot pink dress! It has ruffled sleeves, a ruffled hem and a sash you can knot or tie in a bow. The tailoring makes it super flattering, and it can be dressed up or down. Plus the print has lobsters on it, so cheeky! I wore it to see Frozen, and it’s since become a party dress favorite!

Inn at Perry Cabin
Inn at Perry Cabin
Inn at Perry Cabin

We sat on the porch in the morning and watched the sun rise over the water. A glorious way to start the day!

Inn at Perry Cabin

Overall it was some much needed romantic relaxation at a beautiful spot I can’t wait to return to. I’m thinking a cozy fall getaway is going to be in order in a few months! The water surrounded by changing leaves and outdoor bonfires? Just heaven.

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Happy Friday!

Friday

Happy Friday everyone! What a wonderful week! JD and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and skipped town for a few days for the Chesepeake Bay. We stayed at the Perry Cabin Inn and guys, it was heaven. Lounging and staring at the beautiful water, delicious food, and even a sailboat ride! I can’t wait to share pictures with all of you! Then, just to top if off, se saw Aladdin at the Kennedy Center. It was such an amazing production! I love a play, and it was fantastic - the singing, dancing, costumes, just so fun and wonderful! Plus, it’s already Friday! haha.

Here are some things I enjoyed this week -

Some great beach reads I can’t wait to get my hands on

This L.L.Bean Luna Jacket looks like the perfect fall coat!

How to choose the best olive oil

Mineral sunscreens that won’t make you look like a ghost

I’m absolutely in love with this new navy Tuckernuck scarf

Julia has more daily looks up on Gal Meets Glam; I always find so much inspiration!

I love the new Yeti colors for fall - river green or orange or navy? I can’t decide

Ideas for making generic storage containers look custom

Simone Biles continues to blow the world away! She just landed the first triple double!

The pattern to knit this lace wrap has me daydreaming about fall

I can’t wait for the new Little Women movie!

Have a great weekend everyone! Any fun plans?

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Happy Friday!

White hydrangeas

Cheers to the weekend! This week was so long; on Monday I was positive it was Wednesday and when that happens it’s kind of all downhill from there…BUT this weekend is looking like a good one that makes up for all the non sense this week and I’m super excited! We have a barbecue, the Lion King, lots of time by the pool, and I’m sure a few more opportunities for fun will come up! Plus, so,e good books and internet reads. Here’s what I’m enjoying-

One if my favorite Charlotte Tilbury blushes is on sale!

9 vegetarian recipes even carnivores will love

This gorgeous Tuckernuck scarf is down to $36

I love hearing about people’s empties and Grace at The Stripe has some good ones!

The Chef Show on Netflix is the perfect weekday watch. If you loved the movie you’ll love the show!

If Disney characters donned designer bags

Tina Fey and Ted Danson are working in a new show and I’m pumped!

The secret to becoming a light packer

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Friday!

summer hydrangea flowers

Happy Friday everyone! Did you have a nice week? Survive the heat? We’ve had weather alerts for over 100 degrees and I am happily willing to admit that it is not my cup of tea. Oh well; I’ll just have to embrace the sunscreen life ; )

It’s been a busy week here but I’m trying to make time every night for the warm breeze summer nights by the pool. Sitting next to the water with a drink and a good book is pretty close to heaven for me. What about you? What’s your ideal summer night?

Anyway, here are some other things I’m enjoying -

There’s a Marvelous Mrs. Maisel lipstick collection!!

The darling parrot earrings from Tuckernuck are on sale!

Glossier is coming out with mercy and I’m pretty excited about it! The long sleeve tee looks so cool and cozy

Make Bouillabaisse like a French woman

I’m really watching Kelly’s home decor all come together! Love the chandelier!

I’m really excited about this microwave food cover - it’s BPA free and it collapses when you aren’t using it!

Some interesting info on plant protein

I love these pink leather boots for fall!

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Beach Reads - My June Reading List

Summer Beach Reads

June was full of so many books that I think are perfect for days by the beach or lounging by the pool! Not trash, but very fast paced and enjoyable. I can’t wait to read a few more of these in July! To me, the hot days of summer are perfect for these types of books - not too light, addicting and just plain enjoyable! Here’s what I read -

More Than Words - 4.5/5 - I loved this book. It is by the author of The Light We Lost, which I also truly enjoyed (though it’s sad). More Than Words is the story of a New York debutante who lost her mother as a young girl and has recently lost her father. After his passing she learns some family secrets that change her perspective on her parents and also who she is, and what she values. The writing is beautiful and the characters were very likable.

Necessary People - 4/5 - This book is dark and twisted without going over the edge into creepy. It is the story of Stella and Violet, best friends from college who move to New York City together after graduation. Stella is a rich party girl, and Violet is a hard working girl with a poor background and a nonexistent relationship with her family. Violet aspires to become a news producer and when Stella starts competing with her in the workplace things get ugly, fast. It’s one of those books you can’t put down, and the ending is a complete surprise!

The Kiss Quotient - 3/5 - There were parts of this book I really liked and parts I didn’t care for. The book is about Stella, a lovely young woman with Autism who is struggling in her efforts to date. She decides to practice by hiring a male escort, Michael, who is a male version of Vivian in Pretty Woman. I loved the getting to know the characters, and thought the love story was sweet. What I didn’t like was how parts of it read like a harlequin romance. It was a lot, and I ended up skipping over multiple scenes, just FYI.

Park Avenue Summer - 4.5/5 - What a fun read! This book follows Alice, a young woman from Ohio who moves to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a professional photographer. Along the way she becomes the secretary for Helen Gurly Brown, a true person who transformed Cosmopolitan into the woman’s magazine it is today. Following Alice on her journey of self-discovery in 1960’s New York was so fun and cool, it makes you want to put on a mod banana shift for a night on the town!

I Am Madame X - 3/5 - This book is a fictional account of the figure behind John Singer Sargent’s famous painting Madame X. I enjoyed reading about Paris in the 1870s and 1880s, and enjoyed the characters (except her mother!). Plus, reading about the art world is always entertaining to me, and I loved reading about Paris’s reaction to the Impressionist movement.

Have you read any good books lately? Please Share!

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Happy Friday!

Washington DC hydrangea

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Mine was spent getting back on track after a weekend away, cookies, candies from FAO Schwartz, and lots of work. The business will be worth it though, when I get to relax on Saturday and spent time with my parents when they arrive next week. They started talking about visiting for the 4th of July almost a year ago, I can’t believe the trip is actually here! This past year has just flown by for me - the phrase the days are long but the years are short is so true.

Here are some fun things I enjoyed online this week -

My purse of the summer, the Kate Spade Canvas Sam Bag, is on sale for under $100!

You can remove pen ink stains with hand sanitizer, and it really works!

I always love Carly’s Spotify playlists and she has a new one

Kelly’s mood boards for her master bedroom are giving me house envy!

Tuckernuck has a new packable hat line, these are so great for traveling

If Disney characters donned designer bags made me laugh

How to bring Old Hollywood into your home

I’ve been using a good old Clarisonic recently to exfoliate and my skin loves it!

Warby Parker makes bags now!

This shaken pina colada looks pretty great!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Friday

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Sorry I was a little MIA this week! I thought I had scheduled a post, but it got scheduled to a section of the website that isn’t visible (#newappproblems) and then, honestly, the daily logistics of life took over. I had to call the dentist like 5 times one day to schedule 2 cleanings, same with the optometrist, etc.. It sounds like not a big deal, but it was stuff like that non-stop all week and it just takes so much longer than you think and truly saps all of my patience and attention span. But, on the bright side, while I was on hold so long I found some fun internet articles, lol. Did anyone else have a week where the smallest items on your to do list take up ALL of your time?

But, back to finding joy : ) Here are some articles that made me smile this week-

I really enjoyed this interview with the former Glamour UK beauty editor

Men’s polos are on sale and an extra 30% off at Ralph Lauren, a great last minute Father’s Day gift!

The recipe for the perfect mascara application

Some good restaurant recommendations if you are going to Savannah any time soon!

I’m in love with Lilly Pulitzer’s navy new arrivals, especially this dress!

How to help save the bees if you live in a city

A great high low list if you are on the market for a new purse

I love Kate Middleton’s casual look, especially the pleated collar

I can’t wait to make these salmon burgers this weekend

Essie nailpolishes on sale for $6.59 at Target!

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

The arrival of the summer heat has me day dreaming about all the fun summer activities I want tompartake in this year. Picnics, kayaking, trips to the beach, the list goes on and on! In order to make sure I actually do any of it, I’ve been working on my summer bucket list. Sometimes too many options can just be daunting, you know? A short(ish) list can make it a lot easier to make sure you actually accomplish what you want! So here’s my list:

  1. Take a trip to the beach and go in the ocean

  2. Eat all you can eat crabs somewhere fun

  3. Kayak down the Potomac

  4. Grill Friday night dinner outside

  5. Go on a romantic weekend getaway

  6. Finish knitting my cousin’s wedding afghan

  7. Watch fireworks over the Capital

  8. See a show (Aladdin is coming to town and I think that could be fun!)

  9. Go to a fair and ride the potato sacks

  10. Never get a bad sun burn

  11. Start wearing SOF in my hands daily

  12. Make homemade ice cream

Whats your summer bucket list?

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Happy Friday!

Georgetown Flowers

Hello Friends! Did you have a nice week? Does it feel like summer? It sure does here in the capital! While I wouldn’t mind it the humidity backed off a little, I am here for it! I can’t wait to sit by the pool, where my Jack Rogers everywhere and anywhere, sip pina coladas and enjoy summer meals by the grill. How about you?

There’s a script for Legally Blonde 3!!!

The Kate Spade Canvas Sam, the perfect bag for the summer, is 30% off! I picked one up in navy and paired it with this parrot scarf. I’m obsessed!

How to tell if you exfoliate too much

Ever wondered what sauce paired with that fun pasta shape? Here’s a guide!

I bought some kinetic sand to make a centerpiece for our kitchen table for summer, and the stuff is so darn fun to play with! I highly recommend it, especially if you have kids around to play with you

I really enjoyed this Fat Mascara podcast with a podiatrist - I learned so much about taking care of my feet!

Summer reading recommendations

I guess I’m staying away from this mask

June dinner recipe ideas

Adorable new Target finds

Have a great weekend everybody!

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May Reading List

Tuscany

I feel like May flew by but was also rather long. Anyone else? One positive side effect of that phenomena is that it was full of so many good books! I’ve been in a reading habit lately where I either tear through a book or it takes me a week or two. This month was no exception, though I really enjoyed most of the books (regardless of how long it took to read). I’m hoping June is as successful from a reading standpoint, fingers crossed! 

Ghosted - 4/5 -  This is a mystery romance centered around a woman who dates a man for a week, falls in love, and then stops hearing from him. She is convinced that something bad happened to him, but all of her friends try and convince her to move on because he’s just not that into her. The book is sweet, a little sad, and kept me on my toes. The twist near the end of the book completely took my by surprise, which is hard to do!

Next Year in Havana - 4.5/5 -  This is a love story that takes place in the present age and also right before Castro took over the island. I didn’t know much about that period in Cuban history, and I feel like I learned so much about the island then and now. I loved feeling like I was stepping into the past, and the love stories were very poignant. If you like romance and historical fiction this one is for you. 

The Light We Lost - 4/5 - I think I should start by warning you that this book was so sad. It’s about a couple that falls for each other in college and keep leaving and entering each other’s lives. It was very compelling, I couldn’t put it down, and I think it had some very insightful things to say about different types of love and relationships. I highly recommend, it, but have a box of tissues close by!

The Other Woman - 3/5 - This book centers on a young woman in London who met her dream man and can’t wait to get hitched - the only glitch is his mother, who hates her and will stop at nothing to break them apart. There are a few twists at the end, one of which I guessed and the other one took me completely by surprise. It was a fast paced read that I enjoyed, but I give it 3/5 instead of higher because the main character really bugged me sometimes. 

 The Immortalists - 3/5 - In this novel four siblings go to see a psychic when they are young kids in NYC. The psychic gives them each the day of their deaths, and the prediction shapes the rest of their lives. The book questions the idea of fate, and destiny, and how much predictions come true versus us making them come true. It was a bit of a slow read, but I thought that the author made the characters emotions come alive in a heartfelt and beautiful way. If you want a book that makes you ponder I recommend it. 

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