happy fourth!

In honor of the long weekend, I’m sharing Week/End links a day early, along with links to some great sales happening right now. What’s everyone up to this weekend? I’m flying solo, with Joe off visiting his family in Ohio. I’ve got an alone time mega-weekend planned, filled with a little shopping, cooking, movie watching, rosé drinking, and (just added to my list today) maybe even a little gardening. Our patio has been in dire need of some greenery, and this might be the weekend I tackle it. Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a fabulous summer weekend. Cheers, and enjoy!


WE’RE NUMBER 2!: Have you ever used Lyft instead of Uber? I really enjoyed reading this article about the competition between the two, how they’re differentiating, and what the future may hold for each.

IF YOU’RE GOING THROUGH GAME OF THRONES WITHDRAWAL…: I mean, am I alone on this one? Sunday nights just aren’t the same! Joe found this fun quiz a couple weeks ago, and sent it over to me. It was fun to take if you’re into the series (and currently missing it).

21 IN 35: Tiffany shared these wise life lessons she’s learned at the age of 35, which are spot on.

KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY: I loved this “as told to” interview Vera Wang gave about her career and how she became a designer. Really inspiring!

SINGLE? THERE’S ALWAYS T.G.I.FRIDAYS: At least, that’s how it was back in the late 60s in New York City! Did you know T.G.I.Fridays started as a co-ed bar, specifically to get single gals to come to a watering hole? This article about the original Fridays was super interesting! Had you ever heard the term ‘fern bar’ before?

TINY TATTOOS: Do you have a tattoo, or would you ever get one? Like Lexi, I don’t even have my ears pierced, so a tattoo hasn’t ever been on my radar. But (also like her), I love this series of photographs of tiny tattoos she found. They’re pretty dainty!

A WEDDING GETAWAY…: If you’re the type of person who likes to creep other people’s wedding pics (I admit, I sometimes still do!), you might enjoy this beautiful Caribbean wedding Vogue featured earlier this week. Combined with a serious case of beach wanderlust I have right now, it was a perfect five minute getaway.

…AND THEN, BACK TO REALITY: I have been known to poll married girlfriends about two things: whether they changed their last name when they got married, and how they handle finances with their husbands. I just think it’s interesting to see how differently couples approach these things! The Times published an article this week about how keeping maiden names is on the rise again, and based on my (super informal, not at all scientific) research, I can’t say I’m surprised.

IN OTHER COUPLES ADVICE NEWS: I loved this post Mackenzie put together with women offering their advice, experiences, and insights about choosing to move in with their significant others. 

DO STUFF. FAIL WELL. LEARN MORE. REPEAT: In this week’s inspiring posts to apply to your own life, one designer shares a fool-proof method (if you ask me!) on how to grow, learn, and get better at most any skill you’re trying to learn or goal you set for yourself.


Holiday sales

Nordstrom: Lots of summer styles are being put on sale, probably in preparation for the Anniversary Sale, which starts July 17. Anyway, of particular note is that the sandals I bought for Paris last year are on sale, which I’ve found is rare. Snap ’em up if you have a trip coming up — honestly, they’re so comfortable! My review for them is here.

Rebecca Atwood: Select styles have been marked down, and all pillows are an additional 20% off with code HappyIndependenceDay.

High Street Market: It’s no secret, this is pretty much my favorite vintage/found home accessories shop. Until the end of today, you can take 20% off your purchase of $100+.

Banana Republic: Take an extra 50% off all sale styles (wow). I like this easy, casual pocket tank and this adorable textured white dress (with the sale, it’s only $45!).

Madewell: Take an extra 20% off all sale styles! My picks: these rose gold lace up sandals and this summery version of the classic transport tote.

J.Crew: Take an extra 40% off final sale styles (a great deal if you do know what size you are in specific items, like tees or sweaters).

Hudson+Bleecker: Take 30% off everything with code FIREWORKS! I had to share this sale, as I have been working with H+B for the last couple of months on a re-design of their site, which will launch in the early fall. I own a shoe bag from them (which I sometimes use as a packing cube) and trust me when I say, their travel accessories are amazing. Also recommended: these cosmetic cases!

M. Gemi: Okay, no sales here, but did you see these cute ‘knot’ sandals they released this past Monday? The obsession continues.


Happy weekend, everyone!


Image: by Kelley Bozarth, via Unsplash, with graphics added by Victoria McGinley


  1. 7.2.15
    Sheila said:

    Perhaps it says something about one’s age when you can say you know the term ‘fern bar’? ;) I remember hearing it in high school back in the early 80s and have always associated it with Friday’s. Can’t wait to read this!

    • 7.2.15

      Haha, I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all! I thought the history here was so interesting. Hope you enjoy the piece! :)

  2. 7.2.15
    Ujjaini said:

    I am going through similar (GOT) withdrawal symptoms. So, no you are not alone!


  3. 7.2.15
    Sonya said:

    As always, love your link roundup! It is never anything I’ve read already. Have a safe and happy 4th!

  4. 7.5.15
    charlotte said:

    oh I love that tiny tattoo series!

  5. 7.5.15

    Thanks so much for sharing my link! Hope you had a great “alone time” weekend. They really are the best! xo

  6. 7.10.15
    Holly said:

    I would be really curious if you ever wanted to write about how you/people you know handle sharing finances within a marriage! I got married this winter and my husband and I have been talking about this, and I too have started polling friends on how they handle this — what they’ve blended, when, why, all of it. I find the different strategies really interesting!

    • 7.10.15

      That’s a great idea, Holly! I’ll work on polling some friends and hopefully come up with something soon. Thanks! :)

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