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.

NEO-TRAD APARTMENT TOUR

How pretty is this Chicago apartment by interior designer Summer Thornton? This has to be the dining room / breakfast nook of my dreams: a bay window with an upholstered window seat, Chippendale chairs, a painted ceiling… I could move in tomorrow. I love that it’s bright and preppy and feels like each item was collected over time and layered in with other finds. When you only buy what you love, things have a way of looking just right! Scroll down for a few pieces to help you recreate the look.

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ginger jar  //  chandelier  //  lavender pillow

pagoda mirror  //  round dining table  //  shell mirror

boxwood topiary  //  coral pillow  //  Chippendale dining chair

Is this space your style? What decor items have you collected over time?

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE PLACES ON NANTUCKET

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It seems I can’t go to Nantucket without filling my iPhone with three hundred photos of houses, hydrangeas, ice cream cones, and sunsets. I had the best four days on the island with a rotating door of company — Amy for all four days, Will and my parents for two days with an overlap in between, and lots of quality time with my grandmother Grandy. It’s definitely harder for me to get up there from Dallas than it was from New York but we always say with Nantucket, the juice is worth the squeeze. We tried two new-to-us restaurants, Grey Lady and Cru, and really enjoyed both (meaning I get to cross off number #72 on my 101 in 1001 list!). Here are a few favorite moments with recommendations for anyone who might be heading out that way in the next few weeks (pack me in your suitcase?!):

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A trip to Nantucket isn’t complete without a stop at Sankaty! Fun fact: my parents took their wedding photos here :)

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The bluff walk in ‘Sconset is more of a hidden gem — it’s a public walkway in between the homes on Baxter Road and the beach down below. My mom spent her childhood summers on Baxter Road so it’s fun to listen to her and Grandy tell stories about Nantucket before I was born. If you’re visiting the island for the first time, the bluff walk is never crowded and is one of my favorite places to bring guests!

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I think the sunset at Galley Beach is the prettiest one I’ve ever seen. Grandy, my mom, and I all walked out the door in unintentionally matching stripes… Typical. P.S. Mine is by Mott 50, a sun protective brand I fell in love with last summer. I basically lived in it the entire trip because I packed all t-shirts and shorts coming from 100 degrees in Dallas — I always forget how chilly it can be on Nantucket after the sun goes down.

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In town, Amy and I stopped by Peter Beaton (Amy’s favorite striped shirts and Grandy’s favorite hats) and the Town Pool summer pop-up shop. We also had brunch at Met on Main which was so, so, so yummy. The wallpaper in the bathroom is my obsession in life. (Tied with this seashell clutch which makes me smile every time I see it.)

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Finally, two repeat favorites that I don’t have pictures of: the Beachside Bistro at the Summer House (which Will insists has the best lobster roll of his life) and the Juice Bar in town (where if you don’t get hot fudge on top, you’re doing it wrong). Where are your go-to spots on Nantucket? I’m hoping to book another trip soon and am always on the lookout for fun new-to-me places!

 

 

20 THINGS YOU NEED FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE RIGHT NOW

Lately I’ve been seeing a ton of cute pieces from Anthropologie popping up on my Pinterest feed and I finally clicked over to see what all the fuss is about. I don’t own a ton of their pieces as I tend not to think of myself as their target customer… It’s usually a little too boho/hippie for me. But when I clicked over this time, I fell in love with so many pieces that I knew I needed to share with you guys. There are some awesome budget-friendly finds in here as well as some splurge-worthy stunners… And, dare I say, a few of them register as rather preppy? I’ll let you be the judge.

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 My favorites are probably the pearl sandals but I’m also crazy about this striped top and wish I were just a little taller so I could pull this off. Do you have a favorite? Are you a big Anthro shopper? I’m seriously tempted right now…!