If there’s one thing missing from a lot of blogs these days, it’s personality. I scroll through the blogs I follow in the morning mostly just looking at pretty photos. And don’t get me wrong, everyone’s creating beautiful imagery! But it’s hard to connect… ya know?
I try to write a lot of my posts so that they sound exactly how I speak– may not be that eloquent, but it’s a blog, not a dissertation. I’m really putting the effort in nowadays to make sure that you feel like you’re connecting with me still. I know that my “personal” posts are always some of your favorites and the truth is that my life is pretty run of the mill most of the days. It’s not possible to always drop truth bombs every week without feeling like I’m reaching and scraping for it.
Anyway… I do think it’s fun to share some snaps from my phone that either never got posted anywhere or I want to share more than I can fit into an Instagram story caption.
When I was in Charleston a few weeks ago, I ended up picking up this super soft sweater from the Skinny Dip store. I was exhausted from my trip, and I didn’t bring any comfortable clothes with me for the plane ride home. Six dresses for two and a half days? Check! Something comfortable to wear on the plane? Nope. It’s arguably the softest piece of clothing I own now!!!
Speaking of clothes. I popped into Madewell after seeing this ruffle dress online. (I wore it in Rhode Island for the tulip farm!) Well, of course, I go in for one thing and fall in love with another. How amazing is this chambray dress? I am not in the habit of taking dressing room selfies, don’t worry, but I wanted to send this to my friend to see her thoughts before I bought. It’s not a dress I would think that I would like because of the cutouts, but it’s extremely cute, and I love it. It was warm enough two weeks ago to wear it to al fresco dinner with friends.
Speaking of friends… a couple of mine live in Hoboken, and I finally have a chance to explore it. I don’t know what took me so long. I wish I had looked into Hoboken when I moved. It feels a little bit like the city (or Brooklyn), but it’s very neighborhoody with amazing restaurants and the best views ever. My only problem with it is the parking situation– it’s out of control.
This was the scene of my epically horrible sunburn if you follow me on Snapchat. It was over eighty degrees and so sunny. It felt good to be sitting outside for five hours with little snacks and a book and frisbee games. I just wish I had put on more non-spray sunscreen!
I met Audrey, who interned for me last spring, for a little breakfast before one of her final weeks of the semester. We went to The Stand in Fairfield for acai bowls. I haven’t had one in forever, and I forgot how much I liked them.
I love my ballet flats from Talbots, so they sent me this gingham pair for the summer. They’re super cute. (FYI they fit true to size!) Also worth checking out their mules (adorable!) and these d’Orsay flats.
I was first introduced to Jet Set Candy two and a half years ago. I get a bunch of emails about product lines all the time, but there was something special about Jet Set Candy. I gave them my address (a HUGE deal if you’re a blogger) and the next thing I know, the most beautifully packaged charms show up on my doorstep. The charms are ridiculously detailed. They even have a line of “movable” charms with so much personality you can’t believe it. The Toblerone charm, for example, opens up and a row of perfect little chocolates slip out.)
Over the years, I’ve become friend with Nicole, the designer behind the brand. I just love her. I swung by their studio to drop off my bracelet to get spruced up, and she gifted me a few new charms for my upcoming trip to Paris!!! So special.
The dogs and I are just so happy for the sunshine and green grass. It’s been a little chillier than summer weather, but it’s still nice to soak in the sun rays. The scene at the park doesn’t even feel real to me. We go for about an hour at a time, and I find it so relaxing to just sit in the grass watching the dogs play.
IT IS PEONY SEASON. I know it’s so cliche and so basic, but I’m on that peony bandwagon and have no plans to hop off anytime soon. I went to the grocery for something random and walked out with as many peonies as I could hold. It was the best surprise. I think 90% of the fun of peonies is watching them bloom. They open up so beautifully, changing hourly!
More flats. I wear ballet flats all the time, so I feel kind of justified in having pairs in every color. I’m always on the hunt for comfortable flats. It’s harder than it seems. These Margaux flats are amazing. So simple and classic, but also ridiculously comfortable. They have a ton of cushioning, and the leather is super soft. I’d recommend sizing down for the Demi flat. (I measure a 37-37.5 and the 37 fits best.)
This dog. Having dogs can be hard, but it’s so worth it in the end. They bring me such joy. I walked by Teddy who had made himself a hammock of sorts out of pillows on the couch. He was snoozing and opened his eyes right as I took the photo. I felt bad for disturbing his peace, but I had to capture the cuteness. I would trade places with these dogs in a heartbeat– they live great lives!
And last up, The Granola Bar opened a “to-go” shop in Stamford. I’ve been stalking their social channels for the grand opening and can’t believe it’s already here. It’s dangerously convenient (especially with online ordering), and I think I’m going to be swinging by for quick lunches and caffeine fixes.