The older I get and the more I travel, the less likely I am to pack clothes specifically for outfit photos on vacation. I gravitate more and more to the classic pieces that make up the foundation of my closet and are, quite frankly, my preferred items to wear anyway. (It’s amazing how creating a capsule wardrobe in a carry-on suitcase forces you to define your style.) This was one of my favorite outfits from our recent trip to Seattle. It was comfortable for exploring the Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods, and a tote bag made it easy to stash the things I bought during the day.
Wearing: Banana Republic trench (old; similar; I also have this one.) | Leith dress | Puma sneakers | Old Navy tote bag (old; similar; splurge-worthy version here) | Vrai & Oro earrings | Monica Vinader ring (similar) | Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses (old; similar)
Happy Friday! I can’t exactly be relieved that it’s the weekend, considering we just got back from our Seattle trip late Wednesday night, but we’re off again for an overnight trip to Milwaukee. We both applied for Global Entry and our interviews are scheduled for Friday afternoon in the city, so we figured we’d make the most of it and make it into a mini trip. (We definitely don’t travel often enough internationally to warrant Global Entry, but it comes with TSA PreCheck and we each have a credit card that reimburses the fees.) After that, I’m looking forward to spending the rest of the weekend at home after we get back on Saturday. There’s a noticeable autumnal chill in the air, and I have a laundry list of house projects I want to get done before the real cold arrives! I hope you have a lovely weekend!
- Key moments from Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford’s senate hearing. (I’m writing this on Thursday night, and I can’t adequately explain how worried I am that tomorrow’s confirmation hearing will go Kavanaugh’s way. Ford has absolutely nothing to gain by coming forward and sharing her recount of that harrowing moment. I genuinely believe her. And to the Republicans who don’t, there’s got to be someone — anyone — to confirm who won’t find himself or herself in the midst of a controversy. Why dig your heels in to prove a partisan point?)
- Transform an empty wall near your door into an entryway.
- Are online waitlists a scam?
- A menswear-inspired shrunken cardigan that looks cute enough to wear as a shirt.
- Nextdoor is the most ridiculous perk that has come from having a house. If you’re not familiar with the Twitter account @bestofnextdoor, you are missing out. It’s also strangely reassuring to know that neighbors in all cities are crazy.
- Chicago is getting the world’s largest permanent digital art installation.
- Tips on how to mix patterns the right way from textile designer Rebecca Atwood.
- It’s time to look for a new fall jacket. I love this cropped buffalo plaid motorcycle jacket for an urban take on a northern classic.
- Six ways to raise your confidence at work.
- Would you pay for an $80 crystal water bottle? (That piece links to a small study exploring the placebo effect of crystals, which I found interesting.)
- Autumn calls for apple cider cocktails.
Finds Under $50:
- I have never had the desire to wear something from Abercrombie & Fitch, but this sweater is awfully tempting.
- Almond-toe loafers that are less expensive alternative to this pair.
- A goldenrod blouse is such a pretty option for fall.
- Prefer pattern? How about this floral print option?
- Charming isn’t the first word that would come to mind when describing dish rags … and then these happened.
Earlier This Week:
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This month was all about adding a few basics that my wardrobe was missing, namely a couple of black sweaters that I’ll undoubtedly reach for throughout the upcoming seasons. I also ordered the Madewell loafers I had wanted since their debut, but my regular size 7 seemed snug. I ordered a half size up to see if that helps and will report back next month. I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival because I think they’ll be adorable with my beloved Leith dress and the cardigan I ordered last night. I’m also seriously considering these Vince sneakers, which are eligible for the Shopbop discount. Everyone seems to rave about them and I would like a pair of slip-ons, especially for travel.
See all of this year’s sartorial additions here.
- Banana Republic merino wool turtleneck in black – I had a black turtleneck sweater from J.Crew that I wore quite a bit in 2016, but it shrunk. I tried to replace it with this BR version last winter, but my size kept selling out before I could snag it. So, I finally bought it — at full price — to avoid disappointment this year. While BR’s other merino sweaters run true to size, I find that this sweater is a bit snug.
- Banana Republic sweater shell in black – I bought the light blue version earlier this year and wore it throughout spring and summer. The black version can be worn on its own, but it’s also great layered over button-down shirts. It runs large.
- J.Crew drapey tie-neck blouse in sky blue – This is such a pretty blouse! Sure, a tie-neck blouse can look a bit stuffy or too much like the secretary archetype, but that isn’t the case with this one. The drape is great and I love the v-neck line and the pintuck details. It looks great tied like it does on the model. Runs true to size.
- J.Crew striped boatneck t-shirt in multi (worn here) – Because my closet obviously needs more stripes.
- Earrings at Moorea Seal – My trip to Seattle overlapped with Kimi’s daylong jaunt to the city. While we didn’t have a chance to meet up, I obviously creeped on her Instagram and decided to add Moorea Seal to my own agenda after seeing her snapshots of the store. In true fashion, I bought jewelry. I mean, did I really travel if I didn’t come home with something for my jewelry box?
DIDN’T WORK OUT
Things I tried and didn’t love.
- J.Crew “Cameron” slim crop pant – I was between sizes in these pants, but even then, the waist was much higher than I’d prefer. I felt dowdy.
- Leith tie-front mini dress – The tie hit me lower than my natural waist, so the top kept bunching up weirdly when it was cinched.
We’re off to Washington today for my brother’s wedding on Saturday. I’ve never been to the state before so when news of my brother’s upcoming nuptials came, we jumped at the chance to extend the trip by a few days on either side of the “I dos” to explore Seattle. As always, if you have any travel recommendations, I’d love to hear ’em! I’ll be sharing snapshots from our adventure on Instagram and will be back here on the blog on Wednesday.
- Things to keep in mind when renovating a historic house.
- Don’t flush your contact lenses.
- These farro bowls with lamb meatballs sound amazing.
- Can we take a moment to admire the amazing heels on these shoes?
- Join Apartment Therapy’s “September Sweep” to banish clutter in your home.
- Saying goodbye to Racked with a roundup of their best stories and essays.
- An interview with Stan Smith himself.
- I’m naturally a morning person, and I know plenty of night owls who aren’t appreciative of my exuberance in the a.m. If you’d like to become more of an early bird, here are some tips.
- Seven trends for fall.
- I’m awfully familiar with the stress-induced cry. Here are tips on how to cope with that teary onslaught and — hopefully — keep the tears at bay.
Finds Under $50:
- This stoneware vase is such a beautiful shape. (I’m sure I’ll be adding it to my next Target order.)
- A pretty sleeveless top that you could definitely wear to work.
- Pair cheeky gingham socks with loafers and cuffed jeans this fall.
- A knit sweater to spend all weekend in.
- A long, cozy cardigan is a must to transition some of your favorite summer dresses to fall weather.
- These resin earrings are stunning, especially in green.
Earlier This Week:
- I’m crazy about the pink and burgundy color combination in this week’s roundup.
- Heading to Portland? I finally shared snapshots and travel recommendations from our trip.
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