Are y’all as ready for autumn as I am? I can’t stop dreaming of the day it will cool down enough to pull out some of my fall pieces, get a Caramel Apple Cider from Starbucks, and start lighting up the fall candles. In the meantime, I’m dreaming up ideas for fall dressing and this year, my biggest inspiration is Queenie Goldstein from the Fantastic Beasts series. Her style is undoubtedly feminine, with lots of warm colors and rich textures like wool, velvet, and suede. I’ve pulled together 12 pieces that remind me of Queenie to give you some inspiration for a feminine fall wardrobe to try out in the coming months.
The truth about me is that I’m never not dreaming of travel or planning my next trip. So, for a quick Monday post, I wanted to share some of the top places on my (extensive) travel bucket list. This barely scratches the surface, but it’s a good start!
Luckily, this is one I’ll cross of my list later this year but I just can’t believe I still haven’t been! I’m looking forward to going to the cute shops and bakeries, eating really good food, and enjoying the Lowcountry vibes.
jackson hole, wyoming // sun valley, idaho
They’re pretty close in proximity and features, so perhaps I’ll do both! These seem like the perfect places to visit for an outdoorsy time in the summer with lots of lake swimming and exploring.
I’ve been interested in Montreal for awhile, but especially since I’ve gotten into Louise Penny’s series which is set in Quebec, my interest has been piqued even further. I’ve heard it’s a lot like going to Europe but without the long flight and I’d love to go during Christmastime to enjoy all of the magical vibes in the city.
I feel confident that when I visit Provence, I’m going to have a tremendously hard time leaving. It looks like the absolute dreamiest place on Earth where everything is exactly my taste from the food to the environment and the decor.
I want to do this trip in two parts. One part would be staying in a luxury, grand hotel with all the trappings and doing all of the chic things one can do in a Swiss city, then the second part would be mountaineering, canyoning, and hiking in the Alps.
I’ve been wanting to visit Edinburgh specifically for as long as I can remember now because it just looks so cozy! At this point, I’d also love to take a Range Rover up to the Highlands and live out my (not tragic) Outlander dreams.
I have a full-on plan already for this trip, as a big part of its purpose is to visit my foster elephant at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. I plan on flying into Nairobi and staying at Giraffe Manor which is the most incredible hotel right near the elephant sanctuary.
Japan is in my top three bucket list locations for so many reasons. The landscape, the food, and the culture are three things I’ve adored from afar for so long, due in part to my love for Miyazaki movies. I want to do a really extensive Japan trip where I’m able to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Okinawa, Hokkaido, and stay in a ryokan in the countryside.
I dream about a trip to Bali quite often these days, even though I should be trying to escape the humidity at home, not seeking it elsewhere 😂 But it’s just such a stunning, spiritual place where I’d love to rent a villa, eat lots of fruit, swim all day and get lots of massages.
As the summer has begun to wind down over the past two weeks, I’m trying (and failing) to make more of an effort to get to the pool and beach which I’m going to try again this weekend. I think there’s just not a lot of pressure to do so mentally because it’s going to stay hot here well into autumn, so there isn’t any real rush. Honestly, I prefer the pool/beach in spring and autumn to the summer because the summer months can get so hot that even the pool/beach are too warm. But I do hope to go swimming at some point this weekend!
Last weekend, I spent some with a cup of tea and the September issue of British Vogue, edited by Meghan Markle/the Duchess of Sussex, which was incredibly impressive. I had such high hopes going into it and my expectations were completely exceeded. There were so many interesting interviews and creatively done fashion pieces! I must admit that it’s been a very long time since I actually read every single section in a magazine, but that was the case here. I’m still managing to find a physical copy online, but you can get the digital version on British Vogue’s app and looks beautiful on the screen.
Something else I’ve been doing lately is beginning preparations for my next big trip! The plan is to go to Paris next autumn for a really cozy, relaxed visit to the city. I’m having so much fun in the planning process already, picking out a hotel and making a list of all the food I want to eat. This time around, I’m promising myself that I’ll actually make it out to Versailles for a day while I’m there.
This weekend, I’m working on some GRE prep, taking practice tests and studying to brush up on my math skills. Tonight, I’m eating ice cream and watching both Kill Bill movies with my dad and then, tomorrow having a fun day with my best friendand waiting patiently for the second episode of season two of Succession, which is very hard to do because I can never stop thinking about that show when it’s in season. What are your weekend plans? Let me know here or on Instagram :)
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As Proust would tell us, scent is a powerful sensation that has the ability to transport us and to evoke deep memories. It also says a lot about your personality. Buying a $200 Tom Ford perfume says something very different than using a $10 Egyptian musk rollerball from the natural food store. Your perfume style might be different than your fashion style too, which is when things get interesting. Here’s a few ways to start developing your signature scent.
look to your scent preferences
This is the most obvious point of consideration, of course, because your visceral reaction to the scent is the most important thing. What kind of scents make you just want to keep smelling them forever and ever? For me, I’m drawn to things like vanilla, amber, pink peppercorn, and hinoki.
rotate seasonal scents
The smells that are fitting for summer aren’t as appropriate for winter, so it’s nice to have two different scents. I like doing one for spring/summer and then another for fall/winter. For the spring/summer months, look for scents that are fresh, clean, and bright with notes such as lime, grapefruit, yuzu, magnolia, freesia, sea salt, berries, and green grass. For fall/winter, look for scents that are warm, dark, and spicy with notes like cedar, vanilla, amber, vetiver, pomegranate, cassis, and rose.
consider your personality + moods
Like I said before, your scent can really say a lot about your personality, so take that into consideration when figuring out which will be your signature. Below, I’ve included some perfumes I find fitting of four different archetypes: cool girl vibes (think Paris and New York girls), bohemian earth queen, bubbly personality, and old Hollywood glamour. This doesn’t necessarily have to match your personal style when it comes to clothes. In fact, mixing it up is what makes things interesting. My personal style leans more classic, old Hollywood with a little bit of cool girl vibe, but I prefer the cool girl vibe scent profile. Mixing the two together makes for a vibe that’s all my own.
cool girl vibes
summer- Byredo Bal D’Afrique, Fleur de Peau
winter- Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club, Le Labo Tonka 25
bohemian earth queen
earthy, natural, woodsy
summer- Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk, Byredo Gypsy Water
winter- Byredo Eleventh Hour, Le Labo Oud 27
the bubbly personality
summer - Calvin Klein CK One, Byredo Sundazed
winter - Ouai Rue St. Honoré, Tom Ford Lost Cherry
old hollywood glamour
summer - Glossier You, Maison Margiela Replica Lipstick On
winter - Chanel No. 5, Jo Malone White Moss & Snow Drop
It’s official, only 19 days until fall. God bless, I’m ready. I love summer and all of its vibes, but I think we’re all in agreement that it’s time for a 20 degree temperature drop, at least, and a change of seasons. Fall is my favorite because - and I think this is the case for most - of all the cozy vibes, namely the natural sense of hygge that comes in late September and sticks through winter if you know what you’re doing.
But, I’m all for enjoying where you are in the now and who’s to say you can’t do hygge in the summer? It’s all about good times with loved ones and creating a feeling of contentment, so it’s completely reasonable to make this happen even in August. Here’s some ways we can all really enjoy what’s left of summer before our real favorite season arrives late next month.
summer scented candle
You can’t have hygge without candles, even in the summer, so strike a match and light up a summer scent like Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom, Homesick’s Summer Camp, or Maison Margiela’s Beach Walk.
take a sunset swim in the pool
Instead of roasting in the mid-day sun, why not wait until sunset? The temperature in and out of the water is much more comfortable and things tend to be quieter.
have a morning swim in the ocean
My favorite time to swim in the ocean is right after sunrise when the waves are very calm and there’s usually no one around. Something about it is just supremely relaxing.
make an herbal tisane
I love making tisanes in the French press with whateve’s in my herb garden. Just add the ingredients to the French press with hot water and let it steep for about 10 minutes. I like rosemary, lemon, and red chili pepper flakes or mint and lemongrass, but there are so many different variations to try.
host a themed dinner party in your backyard
Invite your friends or family over for a themed summer dinner party, be it Mediterranean or a Mexican fiesta or a simple Italian pasta meal. Be sure to fill your space with string lights and candles for peak hygge.
drink a piscine de champagne
In the middle of the summer heat, I love a big goblet of champagne on ice. Pour yourself a piscine de champagne and enjoy it outdoors or on the couch with a summer movie.
go for a long walk
Whether on a trail or through a beautiful neighborhood in your area, take an iced coffee and go for a long walk when the weather’s nice. Load up a good playlist, podcast, or audiobook to make it a little bit productive.
buy a bouquet of fresh flowers
There’s nothing more summer than a bouquet of white and blue hydrangeas on your bed side in a beautiful vase. I love waking up to the sight of fresh flowers in the morning.
drink iced tea in a hammock
On a breezy day, cozy up in a hammock with a book or magazine and a tall glass of iced tea. If you fall asleep, that’s okay, too. See below!
take an afternoon nap
When all else fails, take a long, luxurious nap in the afternoon with the windows open and the fan on. I know it’s not super eco-friendly but it feels so nice.