Friday Things

West Elm chairWayfair bookcaseL.L. Bean tote (size M with long straps)

Hope everyone had a nice week! Mine was pretty uneventful in a good way–the highlight was definitely trying out the new District Winery with Katie, Laura, and Kristyn, followed by dinner at Osteria Morini, which never disappoints. The winery is right on the waterfront in Navy Yard and is a stunning space…the area where you can do tasting is pretty small, so it probably gets crowded at prime times. We got there around 6:30 on Wednesday and it was great!

A couple college friends will be in town this weekend (the perfect excuse for a great bottomless brunch!) and the agenda unsurprisingly includes lots of food. I’m going to hit Orangetheory and barre3 in between since I’m happy to be consistently working out again and want to stick with it! Have a great one, friends :)

SHOPPING: Both Banana Republic and J.Crew are dominating in the new arrivals department! Lots of great pieces below, including some gems from the ‘Crew sale section:

OF NOTE…

– Ahead of what’s sure to be an imminent engagement announcement from the Palace: Meghan Markle opens up on life and love to Vanity Fair.

– We’re entering prime slow cooker season and I’m definitely adding this Greek chicken to the recipe list–talk about a happy desk lunch salad for leftovers!

– Speaking of fall and cooking, Julia’s paleo pumpkin bread seems pretty simple and worth a try (these are my go-to but having an alternative with less sugar would be great)

Jenn shared her home tour! If you live in a studio or small space, take notes! I love how patient she was when it came to carefully choosing each piece rather than rushing to buy everything upon moving in–it really make all the difference.

17 exciting restaurants opening around the world this fall.

Inside the home of Drybar founder Ali Webb–#backyardgoals is a thing.

ON C&L:

– Bringing this series back after a hiatus: swooning over Sri Panwa in Phuket.

Five things we’ve recently picked up for the apartment.

Around the World: Sri Panwa – Phuket, Thailand

Sri Panwa – Phuket, Thailand

It’s been way too long since an Around the World post (where did the past 11 months go? I’m also blaming this on dropping posts from 5x/week to 3x/week) and I’m excited to bring them back! If you’ve been reading here awhile you may remember that I went to Thailand about a year and a half ago and spent a few days in Phuket. The resorts there are nothing short of spectacular–this is where we stayed–and they alone are going to have you adding the country to your bucket list!

Recent Home Purchases

 

Time for some apartment peeks! I’m going to snap some actual pictures of the space soon but wanted to share a few recent purchases that we’ve made. While we bought a few new things for the place–including a bed (cannot recommend this mattress more) and couch–the idea was to replace other things gradually for the sake of money and not rushing the decorating process. I’m also trying to think of the smaller, less expensive changes that can really elevate a space, such as new closet doorknobs (they arrive today!) and simple light fixtures to replace the unsightly generic ones that are tolerable but don’t do anything for the space.