Hi guys! I’ve been so busy putting together my Hamptons Showhouse posts that I haven’t posted a link round-up in a while, but I had a lot saved up so I wanted to share them now. What’s everyone up to this weekend? I’m getting brunch with a friend tomorrow at The Smile (been wanting to go there forever!), and hoping to be really productive as well – by cooking some food for the week, cleaning out my closet and getting some clothes listed on Ebay, and making some progress on Unit 3 of my design course – as well as hopefully making some time for taking a few photos in Central Park.
Things I’m loving:
- My Madewell Transport Tote is looking a little worse for the wear, so I’m on a mission to find a few a new tote bag or two (one for my trip to London, and one in a more neutral, light color) – in my search I came across this one, which is just impossibly simple and chic (but out of my price range), and I’m contemplating the Cuyana tote – anyone have one? (I love the stone color). On the other hand, I do love the shape and size of the Transport Tote, so I might buy one in this color. As for a new black one that’s in my price range, I got this one from Nordstrom (can’t beat their return policy), and I love the perforations on the front which add a nice little detail to keep it from getting boring. Also it’s fake leather so if it gets rained on in London I guess it won’t really matter?
- Adore this DVF dress – just the right amount of interest while still being super chic and minimalist.
- Love this top for a date night.
- Sorry if this is TMI, but I need to talk about Hanky Pankys for a minute. I always heard they were crazy comfortable, but I didn’t really believe it until I wound up getting a pair in a gift bag (random), and discovered that the hype is true – they seriously are the most comfortable ever. They come in lots of fun colors and patterns, as well as all the basic solids.
- Rifle Paper Co. launched a line of floral fabrics – I love them, of course. I’m really hoping they’ll make this quilt available for sale because I’m slightly obsessed with it. It feeds into my love of English-country-style-Rita-Konig type patterned coziness (if that makes any sense).
A few fun links:
- Do you always finish the books you start? I’m of the mind that my free time is too scant and my to-read list too long to suffer through a book I’m not enjoying. Interesting discussion on the topic, as well as lots of tips for making more time for reading, here.
- My friend Susan of the lovely blog Fleurishing recently launched a new Instagram with Kirsten Alana and Lindsay Tramuta (@lostincheeseland). @thefrancophiles is a curated feed that displays the beauty and charm of Parisian living – in France, stateside, and beyond. Susan is the biggest francophile I know and has an absolutely amazing eye, so you’ll definitely want to check out the feed (and submit your own gallic snaps by tagging and hashtagging @thefrancophiles!).
- This Jess Lively podcast episode resonated with me. She talked about the idea that you don’t have to own something in order to appreciate or admire it…seems obvious but I never thought of it that way before! I appreciate too that she pointed out that it’s not a super easy mental transition to make, but rather something that you can practice at. She also touched on issues of “Instagram-envy,” which I think we can all somewhat relate to! Definitely worth a listen for anyone looking to cut down on spending or adopt a more minimalist approach.
- A new Beaks and Geeks episode is live! This time Lindsay interviews Jennifer Close (Girls in White Dresses) whose new novel The Hopefuls is high on my TBR list.
- Speaking of books, almost all of these were on my radar and now they’re…well, doubly on my radar. So many books on my to-read list…if only I could speed-read!
- The MET announced their Costume Exhibition for the fall! I don’t actually totally get it (sounds kind of similar to the one they just did), but I know it’s going to be amazing. They always are.
- Looking for abstract art? Studio McGee posted some lovely and affordable options.
photo by me, at the Conservatory Garden