And just like that another month has flown by and it is the first day of October. Do you all say “rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of a new month for good luck? Even with good intentions I often seem to forget, however, this morning I remembered! Hopefully, that means that this will be a good month!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of housesitting for a great family friend, one of my mom’s best friends from when she was in college. The house was just one town over from my college and only about 10 minutes away. But that small distance and the simple pleasures of being in a home, compared to a dorm room, was just what I needed this weekend. It was the perfect unique version of a “staycation.” I was able to relax and sleep in (and go to bed early…not common during college life.) I had time to get ahead on my school work and then there was the added bonus of the beautiful weather. I am a huge supporter of taking a weekend away! Sometimes, just a break from day to day life returns you refreshed and ready to go for the coming week.
Packing for a weekend trip, harder than you would think. It is just two nights; so a few outfits, maybe two pairs of shoes, necessary cosmetics and a toothbrush. But in the end when you get down to packing your bag the task of narrowing down what to bring can seem much trickier. This is where my favorite weekend bag, The Catalina, from Lo & Son’s comes in to the picture. I have used many different bags for weekend trips, from a small duffle bag, an LL Bean tote or large Longshamp and I can tell you with out a doubt this is the best weekend bag I have ever used! The bag is a perfect size for all your weekend essentials, there is an extra bottom layer (this is where I store my sneakers and shoes), an interior zipper pocket, an outer pocket and a top zipper. When I was traveling over the summer, spending almost every weekend somewhere else, I used my weekender non-stop! This past weekend, while housesitting, I used my tried and true favorite once again.
The Catalina Weekender that I have is a special edition from last winter (a blue ikat print.) If you like to stick with solids, you can check out the various color options over on Lo & Sons. However, if you like a fun pop of color and interest, Lo & Sons has just released a new special edition of their Weekender in collaboration with Of a Kind. Head over to and check them out..before they sell out, there are only 27 of each pattern.
I hope that you all had a great week, my week was packed with school work and meetings. We are at that point, a few weeks into the semester, where the school work is starting to pile on. I am glad that it is finally the weekend so that I have time to take a bit of a breather and catch up on work. Did you all have a busy and long week also? I hope you enjoy some much needed down time this weekend!
ONE // One of my favorite brands, Cuyana, released their new Fall Collection this week. The new colors for the leather shopper are making me want it even more! It seems like it would be the perfect everyday bag!
TWO // I came across the beautiful photographs by Trinette + Chris and was in awe of all the amazing images.
THREE // I love a good YouTube video..and when it includes not only Jenna Lyons but also Leandra Medine, aka the Man Repeller, it is automatically worth watching.
FOUR // Aerin released new scents to their fragrant collection, how perfect is the packaging. I love the various patterns for each scent.
FIVE // While I love a great cup of coffee, over the summer, I tried to limit my self to only having coffee a few times a week. But now that I am back at school, coffee is becoming an everyday occurrence. Not surprisingly the coffee in the dining hall leaves much to be desired, and it is adding up buying an iced coffee every morning. So then I remembered my favorite cold brew from this past summer, and thought it could be the perfect solution. I ordered these bean bags from Food52 this week and cant wait to make my first batch next week.
SIX // Spotted this beautiful home over on Dreams in HD this week. The cottage home in Sag Harbor belongs to interior designer, Michelle Smith. Doesn’t it look like the perfect house for a fall weekend trip?!
How beautiful are the latest photos from J.Crew’s October lookbook? I love the simplistic white and black outfits. The beautiful coastline, with the dark sand beaches and cliffs are an amazing background to the photographs. All the new items seem like wonderful basics not only for this season but all year long! Earlier this week I ordered the Oversize Stripe Turtleneck (#1), it looks so cozy. I can already see my self wearing the turtleneck non stop with leggings and boots.
As this week marked the first official days of Autumn, I feel as though it is the perfect time to share some of my photos from last weekend’s trip to the Shelburne Farm Fall Festival. Shelburne Farm is a beautiful location in northern Vermont right along Lake Champlain with acres and acres of land, including a working farm as well as an Inn and Restaurant. Along with my friends, Maddie and Lily, we attended our first Fall Festival. It was such a great way to see more of Vermont. The highlights were probably seeing all the animals and our floral crowns (much harder to make than you would expect!) What a wonderful way to celebrate fall! I hope that you are all enjoying the first few days of Autumn!
Happy Sunday! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. I wanted to pop in quickly and share some of my favorite posts and web links from the last week. Can you all believe that this is the last week of September? On Saturday I headed out to a fun Vermont event, the Shelburne Farm’s Fall Festival. I will be sure to share some of the photos later this week!
– It looks like Rifle Paper Co. is continuing to expand outward from the world of stationery. Check out a preview of their latest collaboration here.
– I have been updating my wish list on Keep. Working on only buying things that I really ‘need,’ or okay more like things that I really want. I figure that if in a month or maybe a few months, if I still want something on the list then I am reassured that it is a worthwhile purchase. Top of my list, a leather bag from Cuyana and a watch from Daniel Wellington.