WEEKEND READING

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1. 10 life-changing apps for women.

2. 23 things Hillary Kerr wishes she had known at 23.

3. A brief history of lipstick.

4. Only two more days before prices go back up at Nordstrom! My top picks: a cozy elbow patch coat, ankle booties in three colorsHanky Pankies for 25% off, and this timeless camel coat.

5. So impressed by this faux marble DIY project.

6. The cutest bow top.

7. This feature was such a nice surprise!

8. This week’s best seller in the boutique.

9. What to drink this weekend.

PLAYFUL POPOVER

What is it about the week after vacation that makes it so hard to get back into the swing of things? This week totally messed with my sleep and productivity at home and at work. I even took a half day on Wednesday to get the house in order after our trip. At first I felt guilty (who needs a vacation after a vacation?!) but I was super productive at home and came back to work yesterday in infinitely better spirits. We even rearranged the office and tidied up in preparation for our annual birthday sale next weekend… Start making that wishlist!

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vineyard vines stripe party popover shirt

j.crew chino shorts with converse sneakers

stripe party popover shirt

vineyard vines stripe party popover

Vineyard Vines party stripe popover c/o  //  J.Crew chino shorts

Ray-Ban wayfarers  //  Kate Spade wallet  //  Converse sneakers

This striped popover is such an easy piece to throw on for busy days at work but I could totally see it with white jeans and wedges for a dressier occasion. Fingers crossed for a productive weekend and starting next week off right!

MY NEW LUGGAGE

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I posted a photo on Instagram of the suitcase Will gave me for Christmas and got so many emails and questions that I figured I’d answer them here! Mine is the carry-on size (I hate checking bags!) but it is pretty tiny — good for two folded stacks of clothes, a cosmetic case, and not much else. I usually travel with a larger tote bag (either this or this) so the small size doesn’t bother me but I could see adding the larger stowaway size to my collection in time for a longer trip. Will uses this version and I must say we get quite a few compliments walking through the airport together. They’re definitely investment pieces but I say they’re worth the splurge. They would also make an awesome gift for graduation, weddings, etc.!

5 CANOPY BEDS I’D LIKE TO NAP IN RIGHT NOW

There are few things more luxurious than a great night’s sleep. We upgraded from a full to a king sized mattress when we moved to Dallas and I relish the feeling of sinking into it every night. (It could also be the lack of West Village nightlife going down outside my window…) Now that there’s ample room to stretch out as I please, I’m finding it significantly easier to fall asleep at night and have even stopped sleeping with an eye mask, which I used nearly every night in New York. It’s nice to wake up to the sun streaming in through the windows as opposed to waking up under a dark eye mask and trying to resist the lure of going back to sleep. As we slowly make progress in decorating the master bedroom, there’s one more upgrade I can’t get of my head: the canopy bed.

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You may recall that we actually had a canopy bed delivered (this one) when we first moved in that wouldn’t fit up our stairwell. To say I was crushed would be an understatement! I’ve looked at dozens of headboards since then and nothing is living up to my visions of a chic canopy bed to curl up in each night. Are any of you as obsessed as I am? Have you seen any that might strike my fancy? Do tell!

P.S. A few other canopy beds that have caught my eye from CB2Pottery Barn, and Target, plus a cool DIY version.