pretty things no. 45

This weekend’s 45th edition of pretty things is all about transitional style. August and September are odd months to dress for as our heads begin to dream of fall, but it’s still quite hot outside. Here are six pieces that, in my eyes, are the perfect transitional items to take your wardrobe through August and September. But, they can also be utilized throughout the year with some creativity.

When I think end of summer, beginning of fall, my mind goes to dark florals. With them, you’re retaining some of the summer vibe that a floral provides but giving it an autumnal edge in the color palette. This dress from Reformation is the perfect blend of summer and autumn, as it has that dark pattern paired together with a breezy, peasant silhouette.

Really, you can pull off a silk camisole just about any day of the year that it’s not freezing cold, which makes it the perfect layering piece. In the summer-to-fall transition, pair with textures and fabrics that get heavier as the weather cools. A rugged fabric like denim, wool, or rough linen looks so good with a delicate silk.

This pair of skinny, olive khaki cargo pants from J.Crew can be dressed for so many different occasions and weather scenarios. Pair with a white bohemian blouse and wrap sandals when you’re feeling summer, then throw on a knubby knit sweater and ankle boots for fall.

This jute bucket bag is the definition of a transitional bag. The bucket shape reads fall to me but it keeps the summer vibes going with the texture. This would look gorgeous with a white dress on warm days and a t-shirt, jeans, and cardigan when it starts to cool down.

I adore these Mango block heeled shoes for their neutral color scheme paired with unique details. That’s what a statement shoe is all about, in my mind. Pair them with white, wide leg crops, a cream summer sweater, and gold jewelry.

When I think transition, my mind’s eye goes to safari vibes. Those pieces are inherently made for warm weather, but have a substance to them that can read fall. This Staud belt totally aligns with that aesthetic and would look chic with everything from a pair of high waisted, wide-leg trousers to a simple black dress.

the weekend list no. 65

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.
— Henry David Thoreau
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The last two weeks of July were full of good summer vibes around here. We spent a lot of time outdoors, in the pool, and reading. My dad came with me to my monthly outdoor yoga class by the beach which I left with a totally sunburnt face and the outline of my sunglasses imprinted in white. I binged watch the new season of Queer Eye, had margaritas with a friend and Impossible burgers with another.

One of the big highlights was that my best friend and I went to see the new Tarantino movie, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” and I have literally not stopped thinking about it since. I’m filling up the time until I see it again with every podcast and interview I can find about it. There’s so much to talk about, I feel I should write a full think piece.

Side note, the rosé above was bought (along with a big bag of Starbursts) to get me through both Democratic debate nights as well as two nights of Bachelorette. I’ve never been more happy to see Hannah (kind of) pull a Mesnick and am crossing my fingers she and Tyler C. actually work out. I also started watching Succession (finally) and am truly obsessed.

Tonight, I was supposed to be going to an Orlando Pride game and was so excited because our team has three players from the national team who just won the Women’s World Cup including two of my three favorite women’s soccer players, Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris. But, then at the last minute I realized I bought the wrong tickets! So, instead I’ll be buying tickets to the right game and spending the rest of my night with my stack of library books and then head to the beach on Sunday.

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I’ve been so looking forward to Meghan Markle’s guest edited September issue of British Vogue for months and this video has me even more excited, if that’s possible.

What vacation should you take based on your Enneagram? My 4w3 choices are so accurate.

How gorgeous is Plum Sykes’ home?

Love this piece, 10 Ways to Do You.

Is this the perfect end-of-summer linen dress?

So many good books on this list. I added at least 5 to my list.

This is very cute.

the weekend list no. 61

I suppose a lot has been going on since my last weekend list in early May! I’m making some moves with regards to my next big goal, but more on that later when I have more details. Since we got back from Europe, I’ve been getting back in the swing of things. Like I mentioned before, I had tickets to see Ariana Grande at the end of May but she had to reschedule the show (until November!!) because of an allergic reaction to tomatoes, which I’m sure sucked for both of us 😅

Now that it’s June, I’m starting to cross things off my summer bucket list and am excited for lots of travel this month. I’m spending a week up in Jacksonville at the end of the month as well as a little trip to Savannah which I’m so looking forward to. This weekend, I have a friend date scheduled for beach and tacos and I think I’d like to do a little movie day Sunday to watch Sabrina and Casablanca.

Currently Reading: “Rules For Visiting” by Jessica Francis Kane

I bought this lotion last weekend and am obsessed. It’s a clean formula and smells so good.

Six reasons to do the things that scare you.

Love Ashley’s at-home manicure guide.

This is some excellent advice.

I am moving into this farmhouse immediately. See ya!

A great piece on travel sustainability.

Another really good piece from The Everygirl about Instagram shaming.

Doesn’t this make you want to book a camping trip?

This little girl is the coolest.

How adorable is this Petersyn top?

And the matching skirt!

Excited to try some of these plant-based grilling ideas this summer.

Such fun ideas for new summer hobbies.

the weekend list no. 58

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader.
— Dolly Parton
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I’m still just getting comfortable sharing my lows. I’ve actually considered for a second not having this section because I hate to feel like I’m complaining. But I’m going to keep it for now because it also rubs me the wrong way when bloggers never talk about anything other than the positive. My lows this week are really just two things. One is that I kept waking up with different aches and pains. It was like each day had a different random ache! The second is that my skincare routine is no longer working very well, so I’m having random, unusual breakouts but I’m remedying that so hopefully it goes away quick.

Okay, one big high is this: I’ve been wanting an instant camera for awhile but just couldn’t justify spending $60-$90 on one when I already have my iPhone 8+ and Fujifilm X-T20 to shoot with. The good news is that I scored one on Poshmark for literally $12! It was actually $30, but I somehow had $25 in credit (I must have sold something and never transferred the money over), so it came down to $6 plus $6 for shipping, thus I got a minty blue Instax 8 Mini for $12. 😊

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Last Sunday, I started the week off with dinner at my friend’s house after begging her to make me her signature meal, a piccata with fresh, homemade pasta topped with feta. We laid by the pool, had dinner and drinks, and talked all about our upcoming trip to Europe which is coming up so quickly. The rest of the week was pretty much working, running errands, and a lot of reading! I got some new things from the library that I’m excited to recap at the end of the month.

This morning, I’m heading to the beach to do some reading, get some sun, and go swimming for the earlier part of the day and then later, just running some errands and come home to finish up extra work. Then, next weekend, I’m planning on getting up early to go to the farmer’s market.

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I’m loving Kate Middleton’s new stylist and have got to try that leg makeup trick!

Get ready for a summer roadtrip with Jacey’s essentials!

Such a delicious smoothie recipe.

I want to live here.

So excited about the Sussex instagram account! 🙌

Ten spots in the U.S. to add to your summer travel plans.

Julia’s spring accessories picks are so lovely.

Love these nail polish colors for spring.

This article on the negative impacts of cruises is an indictment. Wow, wow, wow.

Very important.

These are great ideas for incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine.

Some good ideas for boosting circulation, something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

the weekend list no. 42


Happy Saturday! It's been a pretty great week around here. I took my mom to see Crazy Rich Asians on Tuesday (second time for me!) where we ate strawberry Pocky and chocolate Hello Panda biscuits. Someone in the theater had noodles with them and the smell kept wafting up to my nose which made me super hungry during all the great food scenes.

Afterwards, we went to Target and I had my first Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice of the season. Wednesday, I was finally able to go in for my Global Entry interview and got my approval the following day! I'm so excited to be able to use it on all of my future flights.

Between work and those things, I've been relaxing a lot this week. The hot weather has sapped by energy this week, so I've spent a lot of my free time in bed watching The Bold Type. What have you all been up to?

Have you seen photos from Chiara Ferragni's wedding to Fedez? Oh my god. Goals.

Teen Vogue writer Lauren Buca is really impressive. Loved this article about her

You have to check out this article about Singapore's gorgeous public housing buildings.

I really liked Brighton's post about 'how to be on mission when you're not in ministry'. 

Jess tried an $895 facial!

Love Jen Gotch and love this article.

How charming is this? It also got me really excited for fall.

The four most underrated American food cities.

Caroline looks so cute in the new tailgate collection from Draper James.

I'm definitely going to use some of these creative ideas during my next trip to Europe in the spring.

Such a pretty little Parisian capsule collection.

Love this old(ish) post from The Everygirl about finding your personal style.