I’m surprised that I only added four new things to my closet this month, with the exception of these sunglasses that Dave bought for me as a birthday gift while we were in London. I tend to go overboard before a trip with purchases that I “need” to round out the capsule wardrobe tucked in my suitcase. My favorite purchase of the month are the sandals that I’ve had on my wish list for years. In fact, this is the third summer I’ve wistfully looked at them, but thought that $250 was ridiculous to spend on sandals — and it is, but it isn’t. These go with everything. I’m sure the cost-per-wear at the end of the season will justify the upfront spend given how much I’ve already worn them.
It was also a light purchase month on the home front. We bought a few things on vacation: a couple of ceramic bowls, a vintage decanter tag to label our brandy, and a vintage cricket ball that I thought was too charming to leave behind. Other than that, we only bought a set of acrylic tumblers and a storage basket.
PURCHASED – FOR ME
See all of this year’s sartorial additions here.
- Ancient Greek ‘Eleftheria’ sandals in tan – As I mentioned above, I thought this was a frivolous purchase even though I’ve wanted them for years. I’m so glad I indulged! They’re incredibly versatile, and they’re surprisingly comfortable for having zero support. The leather foot bed makes for blister-free walks compared to insoles with synthetic materials. I would have bought them years earlier if I could have predicted how much I’d love them! I tried the metallic version, too, which are also very pretty. I went up a size.
- Loft swing dress (sold out; similar, which I just ordered) – I love swing dresses when it’s hot out, so this was a must have for my summer wardrobe. The only drawback was that it shrunk a bit in the wash despite line drying. There’s plenty of width to allow for that, but the length is concerning on an already-verging-on-too-short dress. I did order the same cut in a different pattern and material because I originally loved it so much, but I’ll have the new one dry cleaned to keep its length.
- Madewell ruffled shoulder crochet top – This is my favorite Madewell piece ever! The fabric is substantial, so it won’t be a true summer top, but it’ll be great for spring and fall. I went with a medium, which fits well and is my typical size at the retailer. The only downside: it’s selling out, but you can get a similar sweater-style here and a ruffled-shoulder tank here.
- Old Navy linen-blend shorts in black – These are great for the price point! I wanted a pair of shorts that didn’t feel too tight in the thighs and were long enough for ample rear coverage for our trip. These exceeded my expectations and held up wonderfully and didn’t really stretch out despite wearing them four times on vacation.
PURCHASED – FOR HOME
- West Elm acrylic tumblers – I bought cheap plastic cups last year to host friends for cocktails during our Memorial Day house crawl. They were a last-minute purchase at Target and were like $3 for a set of six. I never really liked them and these acrylic tumblers seem like a nice replacement. We’ll have to wait and see, though, as they haven’t arrived yet. I placed the order on May 31, the last day to use my credit card’s $25 birthday discount perk. I ordered three of each color in the double old-fashioned size. The clear ones are arriving this week, the blue at the end of June, and the pink in October. Haha. At least I’ll have a set of six this month! Eventually.
- Target storage basket – We never actually organized our entry closet after moving in. I was getting frustrated with the mess and the amount of random junk in there (including empty boxes for electronic equipment in case it failed us and we needed to return something), so I pulled everything out one day, gave a deep clean, and organized everything. I picked up this basket at Target to corral odds and ends that we use fairly regularly, like Bacon’s leash and harness, my work tote, and compact umbrellas. It’s a nice size to keep those smaller essentials easily accessible.
Olá! I’m finally back in the swing of things after our trip to Portugal and my birthday celebration on Thursday! To say Portugal was amazing would be an understatement. I keep thinking about the intricate tiles, the bright colors, and the azure water. If you ever have a chance to visit, say yes in a heartbeat! I preferred Lisbon to Porto, but both were absolutely stunning. I’ll share photos, along with our travel diary and recommendations as soon as I’m able to weed through the 1,000 photos I took!
We’re taking this weekend to relax, get back into our routine, take a break from overindulging in food and drink, and tidying up the place. We typically clean the house before a long vacation, but didn’t have the opportunity this time around because our cat, Bacon, was incredibly sick right before we left — to the point where we weren’t sure if he was going to make it. We spent the entire pre-vacay weekend taking him on emergency vet visits and trying to coax him to eat. With the help of appetite stimulants and anti-nausea medicine, he eventually ate a little bit and we felt better about leaving him with Dave’s parents. We’re so grateful — and relieved — that we came back to a healthy cat. (The working theory is that he got into something he shouldn’t have, either a plant or a cleaning supply, that poisoned him. I’ll spare you the detailed symptoms.)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I can’t get over how much I love this sweater! I think it’ll be a belated birthday gift to myself.
Will the art of skywriting bounce back or die with the few people who know how to do it?
The best way to keep guacamole from turning brown.
Inside the studio of handbag brand Nannacay.
Recommendations for cruelty-free beauty products.
I can’t pull off this hat, but could someone please buy it and Instagram the hell out of it?!
Finds Under $50:
- I’m all about this ring-handle wood jar. It looks like something you’d find at a flea market!
- I bought this rope basket at Target recently when I was reorganizing our entry closet. It’s the perfect size to corral things like scarves and compact umbrellas.
- I also purchased a pair of linen-blend shorts in black. They’re really comfortable and the elastic, drawstring waist is forgiving. Plus, they didn’t stretch out too much despite wearing them four times on the trip.
- I’m crazy about this tunic-style dress!
- I just ordered a set of these acrylic tumblers in the double old-fashioned size for patio drinks. I bought three in each color. The pink one is back ordered until October, so at least I’ll have a set of six until then!
In Case You Missed It:
Like any self-respecting millennial, I have an affinity for houseplants. I can’t step foot in a greenhouse without coming home with a new plant. There’s a lot of theories as to why my generation can’t get enough greenery, from wellness trends to replacing children with plants, and it has resulted in a doubling of houseplant sales over the past three years to $1.7 billion. All I can say is that it’s incredibly satisfying to put in relatively little work and be rewarded with something that thrives on that neglect. Plus, they’re such an easy way to update a room, adding texture and interest to a corner with minimal effort — especially when there’s a great planter to go with it.
I oftentimes have a planter at the ready in our house, just waiting for the perfect plant on my next trip to the nursery. I try not to hoard planters, but it’s really easy to do so when there are so many great options lately. I put together a roundup of 15 favorites below!