Packing List for Napa, Portland and Vancouver

Hey y’all,

This Thursday we leave to Napa Valley! [We then head to Portland a few days later, and then Vancouver after that]! To say that I’m excited is an understatement.  This is our first real vacation this year.  [we took a trip to NYC a few months ago but that was a long weekend. :)] I’m thrilled to get to unplug and just relax.

I had to travel yesterday and today for work as one of my projects went live and it is an exciting time to say the least! (If you’re interested, you can read a little more about it here.) Needless to say, my schedule didn’t leave much time for packing.  Luckily, I had already been planning ahead in terms of what I wanted to pack.  I also shopped for any last minute #FallStaples that I wanted to take with me.  I definitely went for a Fall vibe for this trip, and am hoping that the heat wave in Cali dissipates by the time we get there. Packing for both summer and fall and for three different cities can be a bit overwhelming, but here’s what I’m planning to bring with me:

  1. Navy Striped top – This boatneck top is on sale right now for $22.50 and is a great Fall staple. It’s so easy to pair with a puffy vest like this one or just to throw on to run errands.
  2. Knee-high Boots – These Sam Edleman boots are a closet staple for me.  They are beautiful and comfortable.  They’re also great to pair with some skinny jeans and a flannel like the one listed below in #3!
  3. Flannel Button-down (red and blue)- You gotta have a flannel in your closet for fall.  Doesn’t hurt that this one is going for $29.50 at the moment.
  4. Short sleeved wool top – This top is very versatile. You can wear it in fall or winter and you can dress it up or down. It’s a no-frills, classic addition to your wardrobe this season!
  5. Leopard Print Scarf – I have been eyeing a scarf like this for the last couple of years and finally got it! It’s so cute and can be worn with a white tee and the black denim jeans in #6. 
  6. Black Denim – Paige jeans are my favorite as of late in terms of overall fit and where they cut off at the ankle.  I own these in regular denim as well. 
  7. Tortoise link bracelet – I have been on a major Tortoise shell kick recently and this bracelet is on sale for $17! It’s a perfect accessory addition to your fall hues this season,
  8. Gold link bracelet – I never realized how much a gold link bracelet (or multiples 😉 ) can add to your overall look.  Topping off my outfit with this accessory makes me feel more put together and more confident (kinda crazy, I know!)
  9. Tory Burch Flats (Royal Tan) – I have had these for your years and think that once I get back from this trip, I’ll need to dump them and finally get a new pair.  The soles are pretty worn out and the leather is not what it used to be.  I guess that’s a testament to how often I throw these on. 🙂 

If y’all have any travel tips or suggestions for Napa, Portland or Vancouver, let me know! I will also put together my favorite restaurants / activities / sites when I get back.  [If you’re interested in seeing my New York and Seattle itineraries, you can find them here and here.]

Current Favorites: Podcasts, Slides & Dainty Necklaces

For today’s post, I wanted to do a roundup of some of my current favorite things: podcasts, slides and dainty necklaces.


First things first: Podcasts.  Recently, whenever I’ve needed some background noise, some inspiration or just some food for the creative / entrepreneurial soul, I’ve turned on a podcast. Some of you recently asked how I prefer to consume podcasts and for me, the most convenient way is though my phone. I click on my “podcasts” app and all of my podcasts are there. I’ll either subscribe to one that I’m loving or I’ll search for individual episodes that I listen to.  Today I want to share with you my favorite podcasts that I’m listening to right now:

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PINEAPPLES & Creativity with a Side of Shame and Guilt

Pineapples are having a major moment right now and I’m ALL about it! I’m loving the pineapple tees // tops // shorts.  Banana Republic has some really cute pineapple-embellished shorts right now, which I’m wearing in this look.  This top is also really comfortable and a great staple for work attire.  It’s light enough and can be worn in the summer (and in this Texas heat!), but also made of merino wool, which is perfect under a cardigan or blazer in the fall/winter.  I think I’m actually going to grab the one in hot pink soon. 🙂  Both items are on sale right now:  top is $40.50 and shorts are $37.99.

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In addition to this fun summer outfit, I wanted to talk about something a bit more personal on this Monday…a topic that is near and dear to my heart: Creativity and the shame and guilt that can come with it.

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Hey y’all!

When we were planning our trip to New York, I started looking for some cute walking shoes.  From my experience, that has been an oxymoron. 🙂 However, I felt determined to prove myself wrong.  [In the past, I had purchased Clark’s that my husband made fun of me for because they looked so nerdy! So comfy, yet so nerdy!] So I started to scour the internet for recommendations for comfortable walking shoes where you didn’t have to sacrifice on style.  I looked at various shoes and settled on the Pikolinos Alcudia sandals. They are gladiator-style sandals and I got the ones in ‘Brandy.’  I have to say, these are a little more “outdoorsy” than I typically tend to go but I actually love that they’re a little more rugged.

So here’s the scoop, brass tacks:

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New England Vibes // Weekend Roundup

Happy Monday! 🙂

Hope y’all had a peaceful and restful weekend. I certainly did and it was much needed.  Don’t get me wrong, I still ran around town getting all of my errands done but I felt so accomplished as these were things that I just hadn’t had the time for these last couple of weeks.

Taking time to relax this weekend, I got to soak up some goodies.  Here were some of my favorite finds from this weekend:

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