7 Items I’ve Been Eyeing

Window Shopping

M. Gemi Onda Booties Scholar Mfg Carry All J. Crew Sloan D'Orsay Flats West Elm Textured Serveware Williams Sonoma Gold Roaster BeautyCounter Body Butter Club Monaco Gideon Soft Trench

It’s that time of year when I’ve got the window shopping itch — both to gather ideas of gifts to give, and to put on my own wish list (there was a moment last week when my grandmother asked me for my list and I thought…dang, I can’t believe it’s that time already). A few of these items I’ve had bookmarked for ages, and have repeatedly revisited for some ogling (this insanely beautiful tote from Scholar tops that list). I also saved this pretty porcelain roaster when I spotted it over the summer — it’d look great year round, but would make an especially appropriate statement on the holiday table, don’t you think? Finally, I attended a book club a couple weeks ago and one of the attendees happened to be a BeautyCounter rep. I’ve wanted to check out more of their products having been a fan of the company’s mission (and that packaging!) for a while. It was fun to see a lot of the products up close and in person. My favorite was the Enrich body butter — it was thick and luxurious, and I couldn’t believe how fast it absorbed into the skin! I’m ordering a jar of it to use now that San Francisco is finally a little bit cooler…it’ll be a nice winter time body moisturizer for sure.

What’s topping your wishlist at the moment? Have you started doing any holiday shopping yet? (Oy.) I’m thinking I will spare everyone the gift guides again this year and instead do another one-page shop like I did last year (did you guys like that?). Gifting challenge already on my radar: last week at happy hour, my girlfriends were talking about needing to find the perfect laptop and gym bag for their husbands/boyfriends, and it’s challenges like these that I LOVE taking on. (PS, I already found it…stay tuned for the rec!)


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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

I’m Loving…

(also known as recent acquisitions)

i'm loving

I went on a bit of a shopping spree recently, which I felt a little guilty about when I saw the volume of shipping boxes piled up at our front door — but then I realized most everything I bought was something I either a) already owned and loved so much I wanted more of, b) used every single day, or c) both. Totally justifies things, no? I’ve linked to all these things I’ve been loving below, and also wanted to point you to a new playlist for September. We’ll keep things real casual for these, and if/when I come across new songs, I’ll throw them on there (I’ve already added a few for you to check out…fair warning that the beats and vibes are all over the place). If you followed along on August’s playlist, be sure to save any favorites, as I’ll delete that playlist at the end of this month. It’s kind of fun sharing new music with you guys — feel free to share any tunes with me on Spotify if you discover good ones!

Let’s see, other life updates: well, the relative quiet around here has been due to a crazed work schedule (summer’s definitely over) and lots of three day weekends in a row. In fact, for five weekends this month and into next, I’ll be out of the office either Friday or Monday due to weddings, traveling birthdays, family visits, and friend reunions! It’s been a lot of fun so far, though I will I admit I totally had to take a nap at one point last week. I have a feeling another one might be on the docket for late this week, too…

What’s going on with you as we head into mid-September? (eep!)


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Sézane Hardy Scoopback Tee, $37.78   •   M. Gemi Felize Loafers, $198  •  Liholiho Yacht Club  •  Splits59 Nova Leggings, $92  •  Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion, $28 (I purchased it in person at Credo Beauty; you can also find it via Birchbox, here)  •  VMS September Playlist

Liholiho Yacht Club image via their Instagram; flowers styled by The Petaler

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I’m Loving…

I'm Loving

There have been so many fun thngs on my radar lately that I’ve been wanting to share with you. To start, have you guys heard about the new series on Lifetime, UnReal? I have to say I was a little dubious when I first heard about it, but reviews have been so good, I set my DVR and checked it out. It was surprisingly dark and fun! Both Joe and I agreed — a series we will for sure follow this summer.

Second, I recently bought another pair of these huaraches, after the ones given to me in the summer of 2013 were finally looking a little worn. These are without doubt my favorite shoes to wear in warmer temps — once you break them in, they are unbelievably comfortable! You can buy them directly from the Ix site, and Shopbop sells a few colors too.

Third, fellow blog buddy Louisa recently launched a print shop of her beautiful photographs, on the heels of a fast-growing Instagram account. The California girl in me loves this one and this one; I think they’re awesome in black and white, but the color versions are lovely too. Any favorites?

I went on a book buying spree this week and downloaded a bunch of new reads; first up is this book, which everyone is talking/writing about. I used to live a couple blocks from the church/AA meeting all the reviews are mentioning (it really is near a Ralph Lauren and a Prada; they also left out the Tom Ford and Pucci stores nearby too). Any other good books I should add to my summer reading list?

Finally, M. Gemi. I’ve been meaning to share this company for a while — mostly how sad I am that I missed these loafers, which are exactly what I’ve been looking for (I LOVE the blue and orange colors). You should check these guys out, especially if you were in the camp of J.Crew’s shoes not being what they once were. Everything is made in Italy, in limited editions. Prices can be on the higher side, but I’ve heard good things about the quality and love their commitment to working with family owned factories who make everything by hand (you can see a video of the Felize loafers being made by scrolling down a little here).

Any fun finds on your radar lately?


MAY-JAH POST UPDATE! I took a chance and decided to waitlist myself for the orange Felize loafers on the M. Gemi site. Literally an hour and a half later, I got an email saying that a pair was available. Score! So as an FYI, if you see some shoes you love that are waitlisted on the M. Gemi site, it’s worth it to sign up for the waitlist. I wonder if/suspect since everything is handmade, the company may not have the distribution in place to make certain sizes readily available, but if they get a request for a certain pair in a certain color/size and there are a few in stock, they’ll notify you via the waitlist. Either way, I can’t wait to get my loafers!


Unreal Ix Style The Life Observed Book List M Gemi

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UnReal   ·   Ix Style Huaraches   ·   The Life Observed Print Shop  ·   My Summer Reading List  ·   M. Gemi Shoes