Casual Black Dress

Casual Black Dress, a Summer to Fall transitional outfit.

Steven Alan Droptail Military Parka (similar by Everlane ) / Prada Timeless Sunglasses / T By Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Mini Dress / Cuyana Classic Leather Zip Tote / Fleeps Sandals

Summer has had some hot days here in California, but also some cooler ones. Mornings tend to be cooler with the marine layer, so much so that you want a light sweater or jacket, but in the afternoon it can really warm up. This outfit was a good all-day look for me and was perfect for the hourly change in weather. The Steven Alan jacket is older and has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now. I’d consider it one of my favorite investment pieces, and also wore it during our trip to Sea Ranch. The Fleeps were part of the goodie bag from the Midsummer Beach Picnic I hosted with Reichel, and have been a favorite this Summer as well.

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How to Make Extra Room in Your Suitcase

5 easy tips for how to make extra room in your suitcase, for your flight home or souvenirs, or just to pack a few necessities.

Pictured: Tumi Tegra-Lite International Carry-On, Marysia Mott Swimsuit, J.Crew Gladiator Sandals (similar by Steve Madden).

Up until now all of my packing lists and travel tips have been about packing to leave on a trip, but what about packing to come home? We’ve all been there, you go on an amazing trip and do some shopping, then are not sure how to fit all of it back into your suitcase to come home. It seems to happen during every trip for me, but during our last trip in Iceland I was dying to bring home an Icelandic wool blanket and a few other goodies, but there wasn’t much extra space in my suitcase. 

After getting creative with my packing I was able to make it all work, so today I’m sharing with you my best tips for how to make extra room in your suitcase.

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Ethical Shopping, Your Suggestions?

Buy less, choose well, make it last. - Vivienne Westwood

More and more lately I’ve made it a point to put thought into my buying habits, where I vote with spending my money, and how ethical my purchase is. It could be called intentional shopping. On top of being conscious about whether an item brings me joy or is something I actually need, I’ve been drawn to making more ethical shopping choices. I constantly find myself being pulled to products that not only make me feel good, but do good by the companies and people who work for them as well as contribute to a better planet for us all.

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Easy Care Indoor Plants

Easy to care for houseplants.

One of the main items that bring me joy in our home are my plant babies. Not only do they bring fresh air to the space, I feel like they make it feel more like a home. Today I’m sharing with you my top 5 easy to care for indoor plants. These little ones are hardy and I have to admit that I’m not always the best plant mom, as they are a little neglected when we’re on the go. Sometimes a friend will water them for us, but others they’re left ten days in sweltering heat without water (cough, Iceland, cough). Either way, they’ve stayed true (or green) for me over the test of time.

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