Happy Friday!

Mount Vernon gardens

What a quick week! Maybe because I’m so excited for the weekend? I’m looking forward to soaking all of this sunny cool weather in, perhaps going to the zoo, and relaxing on the coach with my latest obsession, SmartFood popcorn (not very original, but so delicious!) Between that and a Nats game I’m really looking forward to the weekend! What about you? Any fun plans on the horizon?

Here are some other things entertaining me this week -

A great hair tutorial! Such a lovely low bun

I’m in love with these boots, especially the pinkish taupe color - they’d go so well with all the pink I wear in the fall! (and all year round, lol)

Five stretches you can do at your desk

Aren’t these Polene bags gorgeous? They look like something from one of the big fashion houses but are so much less (not cheap, but way less)

I’ve been really enjoying a few pretzels with white chocolate for dessert - just put some pretzels in a bowl with white chocolate chips on top and microwave them for 30 seconds plus another 30 seconds. Voila!

Sorry Starbucks, Dunkin pumpkin is my favorite

These beauty themed dog toys are so fun!

I loved Grace’s explanation of what goes into running her blog and podcast

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is here! It’s the best time to stock up on your Lilly favorites, everything is 40-65% off! Plus, once it’s gone it’s gone forever! I always find a few favorites at the sale, the deals are just too good to pass up! This year the clothes are going fast - the pink packing cubes I wanted already sold out! So I suggest logging on quickly! Here are some of my sale favorites:

Remember when you shop that things disappear from your cart so check out fast! I also recommend logging on a few devices so you can check out a few times and not miss your favorites! Plus it gives you a better chance of getting to the front of the online line. Finally, don’t refresh your browser once you’re in the queue!

Happy Shopping!!!

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August Reading List

August Book List

What a fun month for reading! I finally got off the library wait list for a number of books, and the timing lined up perfectly with our beach trip! Reading by the water is one of my favorite things, especially when it’s a book you can’t put down! Since it was the end of summer August consisted mostly of beach and pool reads, with a fantasy book thrown in for good measure. If you are looking for some books you can’t put down, I highly recommend all of these!

The Last Mrs. Parrish - 3.5/5 - This is your classic beach read. It’s about the perfect family and psycho imposter who tries to ruin their lives. Mrs. Parrish has everything - a loving husband, gobs of money, and beautiful children. Amber has none of those things, and pretends to be someone she’s not so she can weasel her way into the family and steal Mr. Parrish away. It seams like your classic Lifetime Movie until a giant twist that was so satisfying!

The Night Tiger - 4/5 - This novel is pretty hard to explain the plot to, to be honest. It’s loosely about five people in Malaya who are linked together by fate and a finger…The book is full of myths, murder, and love. I found it really engrossing despite the fact that the plot was very slow to unwind.

The Silent Patient - 4/5 - Another thriller! This one follows the story of a famous artist who killed her husband and the never spoke again and the psychiatrist who is obsessed with her. I didn’t guess the book plot twist at all, which is so satisfying, and read it in a couple of days. Every chapter leaves you wanting to know more!

The Lying Game - 4/5 - I loved this book! It’s, you guessed it, another thriller. It’s the story of four girls who become inseparable friends when they attend a boarding school together in England. Years later they are drawn together again when a body is found, which is the last thing any of them wants…As the plot unfolds you feel the intensity of their friendship while simultaneously wonder who’s a killer.

Two Can Keep A Secret - 3.5/5 - A YA thriller at it’s best! This is by the same author as One of Us Is Lying and I enjoyed it just as much! It follows two twins who are forced to spend their senior year of high school with their grandmother who they barely know at her home in Vermont. The town is famous because every decade or so one of it’s popular high school residents is found dead. The twins are determined to be detectives and find out who the fiend is before one of their friends is the next victim.

Once Upon A River - 3/5 - This book is by the same author as The Thirteenth Tale, which I love! It’s a fantasy book that takes place in rural England along the Thames. A young girl appears one night and everyone believes she’s dead, until she comes back to life. Over the next year a number of different families believe she’s their relative, and no one can agree on what to do about it. The book is intertwined with local folklore about the Thames, and keeps you wondering about what’s real and what’s fantasy. A fun read and the characters are lovely!

Whisper Network - 3/5 - This novel is a store about the Me Too movement. It follows a group of woman who work at a company in Dallas; three are attorneys and one is a cleaning lady. They have all had run ins with the In House Counsel and decide to sue for sexual harassment. The results are unexpected and messy! I enjoyed the power of female friendship in the story, though I did find the author to be a bit heavy handed with how difficult it is to be a woman “in a man’s world.”

Did you read anything good in August? Please share!

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Happy Friday!

Mt Vernon in the fall

Happy Friday everyone! And cheers to a long weekend! I can’t believe it’s our second holiday in D.C. I remember going to all the monuments last year in awe, and now it’s round two! Plus I’m going to the National Book Festival, and a number of my favorite authors are going to be there, and let’s just say I’m excited ; )

What about you, any fun plans for the weekend? Retiring your white shoes? I think I’ll keep mine out for a little longer, but we’ll see…

This nail polish handle makes painting with your non dominate hand a breeze, and it works on any polish!

How to transition your wardrobe for the new season

All the information on the National Book Festival if you are in the DC area!

Uplifting podcasts to listen to on your way to work

The new Glossier balm is the perfect color for fall (plus 10% off your first order with my rep link!)

Giant Barnes and Noble sale!

I really loved this episode of Fat Mascara, it goes into a lot of entrepreneurial stuff

Lisi Lerch is having a 30% off memorial day sale!

The colorway on this scarf is so perfect for fall (and it looks so much like an Hermes!)

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

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Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

While we were at the Inn at Perry Cabin JD surprised me with a sailing expedition. I’m always loved the idea of sailing, and even attended sailing camp on the Cape when I was younger, so it was the perfect surprise. We set out around 4 when the air wasn’t too hot and the sun was low in the sky.

We sailed around Miles River for a couple hours of peaceful bliss. The Captain was kind enough to teach us all about the boat and offer tips for where we can take sailing lessons in DC. Apparently there are a few sailing clubs that might take us on as deck hands during a race! Crazier things have happened, so fingers crossed!

Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

Sweater / Shorts / Sneakers / Hat

The last time I was on a sailboat a hurricane was coming in, so the wind on the river was decidedly more peaceful. The Captain even let me steer for a minute. Don’t I look like I know what I’m doing? ; )

Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

It was the perfect addition to our weekend and such a clever way to give a themed gift - cotton is the traditional gift for a second anniversary, and the sails were made of canvas!

If you go to St. Michaels I highly recommend taking some time on the water. There were kayakers, paddle boarders and boaters everywhere.

Do you sail? Any tips for a beginner?

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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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