Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week and I am ready for this weekend to start! Although it will be a packed weekend with baby showers and birthday parties (for kids), I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family. Lately, we’ve been soaking up every last drop of sunshine and summer with grilling and lounging on our patio. The above picture captures some of our recent libations. I can’t believe we are nearing the end of August already.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a roundup of “links I love” so I’ll end this week with some of my current favorites.
I recently discovered the site Chicwish. It offers trendy and (very) affordable clothes and accessories. Love!
It seems clothing subscription services are still on the rise. There’s Stitch Fix, where a personal stylist hand picks 5 items that are sent to you each month. Keep what you want and send the rest back. Lately, I’ve read about Le Tote, where you can purchase orrent clothing and accessories each month. Have any of you jumped on these monthly subscriptions?
Summer might be winding down, but I’m already planning my next vacation. Song of Style‘s recent travels to Italy inspire a European trip for next year.
For all you mommies out there, I am loving all baby clothes from Carter’s. They’ve got the cutest styles around and are of great quality. A+ in my book.
This alfresco bash should convince anyone to throw one more outdoor picnic/party/bbq before fall knocks on our door.
That’s all for now…thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
Hello and happy Monday! How was your weekend? I have been jet-setting all over the country this past month, from work events to graduations to bridal showers. This spring/summer is flying by so fast.
Speaking of which, Father’s Day is coming up in less than a week! I am just beginning to think about what I’d like to do for my step-dad this year. He is all the way in New Jersey so spending a quality day with him seems unlikely at this point. The good thing is my parents will be visiting us in a few weeks so I hope to make it up to him then. What will be on my gift list? Since I see him only once or twice a year now, I would like to make him a homemade meal…something warm, satisfying, and made from the heart. I might add a trip to the golfing range as well.
Let me know what you are planning for Father’s Day and if you have any great ideas for treating fathers who live farther away. Have a great start to the week!
Forecast says we are in for several days of rain starting today and into this weekend. These are a few things that will keep my cozy and comfy during these rainy days. Hope you all have a great weekend!
It’s that time of year again! The annual Morning Espresso holiday gift guide. This year I’ve decided to share my gift ideas in 3 installments: the significant other, the bestie/girlfriend, and family.
Above are my selections for the significant other. Some of these items the hubby already has and some are new things he doesn’t know he needs yet! I hope you enjoy perusing through this list. Do you have any gift ideas for the significant other that I missed? Please share in the comments section below. Happy shopping! xoxo
It’s Friday – we made it through the week! How gorgeous is this tabletop arrangement? It looks so inviting and the perfect setup for a cozy dinner party. Check out more details here for how to arrange a similar setting for your next get-together.
Happy Friday! It’s been cool and crisp these last few days in the Bay Area, providing the perfect weather for outdoorsy activities like hiking or apple picking. I’ll be heading to Vegas tomorrow for a quick trip to celebrate a friend’s milestone birthday. What are you up to this weekend?
Some inspiration and links for your perusal:
Throwing a Halloween party this weekend? Get into the mood with this cocktail starring black ice cubes.
Have you been catching all the sales that have been zipping by? This week, Loeffler Randall is having a Friends and Family sale…Rider Bag, I’m looking at you!
Piperlime is giving 40% off Final Sale items…run, don’t walk!
Happy Friday! As we’re winding down another whirlwind busy week, who’s ready for the weekend? (both hands raised here) Depending on weather, I hope to make it down to Santa Cruz tomorrow for a day trip / quick getaway. Only a few precious summer weekends left…how are you spending it? Have a great day and weekend everyone!
Some fun reads and links for your weekend perusal:
1. How are we already mid-way through August? Celebrate the last few weeks of “official” summer with this colorful dish.
2. Make a summer get-together even more festive with this champagne-inspired dinner party.
3. Great hair and great jeans? Sign me up! Make sure to stop by your nearest Madewell and Drybar in the next few weeks to take advantage of this partnership offer.
It seems like with the start of the new year, many people I know have moved into new homes and are in the process of decorating their abodes. Those who did not move are re-decorating or adding the right conversation piece to their current homes. Whichever group you belong to, one decorating tip that I like (and currently use in my own home) is making a bold statement with a rug.
From the examples above, statement rugs just add the right zing to a room. Stripes (how about this one from West Elm), geometric patterns (like this one from C&B), repeating lines, a striking color, shapes (such as a round rug from Anthropologie), are all ways that make a statement rug stand out. The general rule of thumb I follow is if my rug is busy and bold, I try to keep the rest of the room simple and let my furniture and furnishings compliment the rug.
There are many options out there and all in various price ranges. There are even sites that let you create your own pattern/design. Some of the best finds are from small local businesses right in your town that would not be available to the masses. I’d recommend first looking at magazines, online sites, Pinterest, to get ideas. Maybe talk it over with your interior designer (if you have one). Once you have an idea of what speaks to you and have some knowledge of fabric options, sizes, and care, you can shop around and make adjustments as needed based on your budget (if you have one).