Hello, hello, and happy three day weekend! How has everyone’s week been? It’s been a full one for me, so to make up for the quiet around here, I thought I’d share an extra long list of links for you to peruse over the weekend. I hope you enjoy ’em…


SPRING ROSE & IVY: The latest quarterly issue of Rose & Ivy is out, and you should spend some time flipping through its beautiful pages this weekend. As always, Alison has done an incredible job and created photography that truly inspires.

DRESSED IN SLUB: On the heels of their cotton linen tees (which are unbelievably comfortable, by the way), Everlane released new slub cotton tees this past week. Is anyone else having the problem finding their entire wardrobe is slowly becoming Everlane? Raises hand.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: In the spirit of articles you can invest some time in this weekend, check out this one about the evolution of robots, and how far IBM’s Watson has come. It sounds nerdy and perhaps like it doesn’t affect you, but so many advances have been made with robots and AI that some predict that by 2050, robots will be better at human tasks than we are — which will probably equal a deep impact on our economies. It’s fascinating to read about where technology is going, though it’s a little mind boggling, too.

THE EVERYDAY LUXURY: Do you get your nails done every week? I must admit, it’s not a habit I’ve never gotten into, but I completely understand the appeal. Have you seen some of the investigative reporting recently about inexpensive nail salons? The Times wrote a long report about the dark side of this industry; I also enjoyed this editorial about why women enjoy this ritual so much.

ON INTERNET NEGATIVITY: I’m a little behind on this one, but I thought this essay on Internet negativity was a great read. It’s filled with smart observations and a lot of truths about the bizarre online world in which we all find ourselves living.

DAREBEE!: OMG, have you guys heard of this site? I discovered it this week randomly, when doing a search for HIIT workouts. Darebee is this amazing resource if you’re looking for workout ideas and programs to do on your own — all completely free, with instructional videos, and lots more. If you’re like me and sometimes just want a 20 minute workout but need new ideas for how to mix it up at home, you should totally check it out. Each workout even has a built in timer that you can run on your phone.

HILLTOP: What’d you guys think of the series finale of Mad Men? Matt Weiner gave an interview about the finale, and I loved getting more behind the scenes insights!

LA VIE EN ROSE: I really loved looking through Clara’s photos of the villa she stayed in while traveling through Provence. If you’re not able to get away this 3-day weekend, consider this your visual vacay.

THE EASIEST DIY: Need a little project to work on this weekend? Love anything hex shaped? This mirrored hexagon tray is meant for you!

AND ANOTHER ONE FOR THE SUMMER: I want to try this!! Erin shared a great tutorial on how to make citronella candles that will actually work and keep mosquitoes away. Check this out before the Fourth of July, for sure.

BATKID SAVES THE DAY!: Do you remember the whole BatKid story from the fall of 2013? I remember watching coverage from my desk in NY and wishing I could’ve been in SF that day. Little did I know, a documentary was made about the whole story and how this Make-A-Wish went viral, and it’s coming out later this summer. Prepare the tissues before you watch the newly released trailer…but guaranteed, it’ll put a smile on your face.

IF YOU BLOG OR LIKE TO READ THEM: I wrote a little post over on The Well about the future of blogging. I’ve enjoyed reading everyone else’s thoughts around this too — what do you think?

BAD NEW YORK DAYS: I used to use this same term as Grace did on particularly rough NYC days. If you had a bad day at any point this week — mercury is in retrograde, after all! — take comfort in her honest essay.


Memorial Day Sales to Know About!

Nordstrom: The Half-Yearly Sale is happening now through 5/31! I used it to stock up on a new puffer vest and some coats, of all things (hey, summer in SF…); for the rest of the country, sandals might be a more appropriate place to start.

Bauble Bar: 20% off sitewide, with 25% off 3 or more items and 30% off 4 or more items (use code MEMORIAL20). I’m loving this little fringe pendant necklace!

J.Crew: Take 30% off your entire order, including sale items, with the code WEEKEND. Also, in-stores, sale items are an extra 50% off, so swing by your local store if you get a chance.

Club Monaco: Take an extra 30% off all sale and clearance items with code MEMORIALDAY. Club Monaco makes gorgeous things but can sometimes be a bit pricey, so this sale is a good one. I was eyeing this dress and this one too!


Any fun plans over the long weekend? We’re filling ours with lots of fun get togethers and adventures, including a barbecue with friends tomorrow, and a quick day trip to Sonoma on Sunday. In between, I’ve lined up a couple delicious reservations for us here in town, and we might even take advantage of some of the good sales and do a bit of shopping, too. I’m so looking forward to the mini-break — I realized this week that I think I really need it — so you’ll find me sleeping in and enjoying the unofficial start of summer. I hope your weekend is just as fun!


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"All we wanna know is where the stars came from, but do we ever stop to watch them shine?" - Jon Bellion

Palm Reading

I read an article about how airlines will be busier than ever this summer, as more people are actually taking advantage of summer vacation time (and a decent economy). Combine this with recently hearing from a few different friends who are taking fabulous beach vacations in the coming weeks, and I’m itching to pack a suitcase filled with nothing but swimwear, coverups, and a couple sundresses. But who am I kidding, I think this happens every year around this time. It’s that “school’s out for the summer” vacay itch, you know?

If you’re planning a tropical beach vacation this summer — or if you just want to roll around your city and pretend you’re at a tropical beach, like I’ll be doing — you’re in luck. There’s a trend for that! Because as you may have noticed, the palm print has exploded onto the scene. Ok, actually, this whimsical little print has been a summer/beach time staple for ages. I know this only because I had a palm print tote from J.Crew that I bought in college circa 2005, which met a tragic end when I left it in the back of a cab that was dropping me and a bunch of friends off at a cruise ship terminal at the start of Spring Break our senior year (further details: the most perfect, sturdy pool/beach tote ever; had filled it with contraband bottles of wine; still upset about it to this day; gained at least 5 lbs on that cruise; trip photos not forthcoming). Regardless of its history, I’m enjoying the wild palm prints on everything from phone cases to shoes to pants. Is this trend something you’ll be donning this summer?

A few of my favorite pieces, above and below:



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Mara Hoffman ‘Rising Palm’ Bikini   ·   Vince Camuto ‘Island Palm’ Midi Skirt    ·   Society Social ‘Beverly Palm’ Pillow   ·   MICHAEL Michael Kors Palm Print Pants   ·   Paul & Joe ‘Sister’ Skirt   ·    New Look Palm Jumpsuit   ·   ASOS ‘Palm Reader’ Pumps

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Serena and Lily Throw Kate Spade Charlotte Street West Serena and Lily Dot Pillow Sezane Breton Stripe Tee Simply Curated Candles Shopbop Beach Towels

I’ve been stockpiling a few items and companies you should definitely know about. First: I always love seeing what home decor goodies Serena & Lily debuts with each new season (especially because their patterns are always so beautiful!). This throw and these pillows (available in an outdoor-ready fabric, or silk) stood out to me this week. I’ve been known to use outdoor pillows inside before, and I actually like the texture they can add to a sofa — and that they’re incredibly durable.

Also on my radar: keeping an eye on Sézane’s Essentials collections, which they’ve now categorized into clothing, shoes, and leather goods. Unlike their rotating monthly collection, Essentials will (in theory) always be available. Which is a good thing, because this Breton stripe tee is magic. A word of advice: I have found Sézane tops to run a little bit small, so if you’re unsure, order a size up (because sadly, return shipping — and international at that — is on you). The company also launched a lifestyle/home goods collection earlier this spring, which included adorable coffee cups and gorgeous pillows (check out the previous lookbook here). Get ready: the next home collection is launching May 19!

Last, I recently discovered Simply Curated’s cocktail candles, and I love this concept! The glass jars come in a variety of scents, with different 22k gold leafed patterns on their exteriors. Once the candles have melted down, you can clean the jars out and voila — cocktail tumblers! Cool, no? I also think it’s interesting that the wicks are made of wood. It gives the candles a different, unique look in your home.

Have you made any cool discoveries lately? Share ’em with me below!