The Weekender Bag

Up until a few months ago, I carried my trusty Vera Bradley bag from high school on weekend getaways. Anyone else with me on this?? I recently came across this tidbit on Filson’s website:

Pity the man who carries a gym bag on weekend getaways. Not only because he looks like a kid packing for a sleepover, but also because it says something about him: he doesn’t get away much. But, even if the trip is rare, these canvas bags project the right mix of well-travelled sophistication, casual irresponsibility and, of course, style. Not quite as stuffy as a leather bag, but still refined. The way a weekend should be. 

With weekend getaway season right around the corner, below are my top luggage picks:

Cuyana Weekender Bag:



 Mark & Graham Canvas with Leather Weekender Bag:


Hudson Sutler
Weekender Duffle:


Lo & Sons The Catalina:



L.L. Bean Hunter’s Tote (my friend and I just purchased the Large version of this tote):

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Clare Vivier Weekender Bag:



Filson Medium Duffle:





Longchamp Le Pilage Travel Bag:


Forever 21 No-Fuss Weekender Tote:


Baggu Canvas Duffel Bag:


PS: I ordered these custom leather luggage tags; they’d also make a great gift!

Hand Soaps to Impress

I always note hand soaps in bathrooms and kitchens (read: it’s all about the packaging). My sister Madeleine’s OCD tendency for “empty counter tops” (!!!) has started to wear off on me and as a result, I feel somewhat inclined to splurge on nicer looking soap bottles.

My top contenders:

Further: My current soap of choice. Clean hands and a clean conscious.

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Savon de Marseille: Can’t go wrong with this stylish glass bottle.

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Aesop: According to the Founder, “From a design perspective I would like to think our products only end up gracing the bathrooms of sensitive and intelligent people who will know exactly how to use and position these for maximum visual and sensory pleasure.” A little intense? Maybe.


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Follain: Oh, if only there was a Follain in San Francisco (hint, hint Tara). Pay a one-time deposit on a refill container and fill it up with one of three local soaps offered at the shop.

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Molton Brown: I’ve always been a fan of this classic London brand.

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Have a great day!

Bloom That, Sundays

If you live in San Francisco or the East Bay, you can kiss your Sunday Scaries goodbye. Bloom That (aka the Uber for flowers) now delivers on Sundays. Yesterday was my 4th experience with this flower delivery service and the consistency in quality and packaging still gets me every time. I’m a huge fan of the re-usable burlap and handwritten note (“Happy Masters Sunday” was all I could come up with) attached by a clothespin. When I ordered my flowers, I asked for a delivery time between 11:00am- 12:00pm and my pretty as a peach “Finley” arrangement arrived at 11:15am. FYI: Bloom That will also be delivering on Easter Sunday in case you are hosting a brunch and are in need of some fresh blooms!

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New Zealand on my mind

New Zealand has been the number one destination on my travel bucket list for years. I’m still kicking myself for not visiting NZ when I went on my honeymoon to Fiji. With Prince George on his first royal gig [#royalbabystalker] it’s got me dreaming of a trip down under. Check out some of these amazing hotels:


Auckland :: The Boatshed

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Rotorua :: Treetops Lodge & Estate

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Bay of Islands :: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs


Hawke’s Bay :: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers


Lake Taupo :: Huka Lodge

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Wairarapa :: Wharekauhau Lodge & Country Estate

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Kaikoura :: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses



Queenstown :: Matakauri Lodge

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Coachella Outfit Inspiration

Coachella Outfit Inspiration
Years ago I attended my first Coachella festival. Let me tell you, the people watching doesn’t get much better. You see everything. My sister is desert bound in a couple of weeks and is on the hunt for some Coachella duds. While festival style isn’t really my thing, I can’t help but look to Kate Bosworth for inspiration. In my opinion, she always gets it right. She carries that effortlessly cool, Southern California vibe so well without going overboard like so many other attendees. My advice? Keep it simple like Kate with a classic pair of sunnies, sandals, and wispy dress to beat the heat.kate-bosworth-768
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Baby steps…

I’ve been pretty transparent about my shoe struggles. A few weeks ago we received a wedding invite with a footnote “flats are strongly encouraged”. One would have thought I received an invite to the Royal Wedding. I was that excited. This season, I’d like to splurge on a nice pair of summer flats that will actually last. A pair of Sigerson Morrison shoes perhaps? The Covetuer’s recent photo shoot in St. Barth’s is so dreamy that it makes me want say ‘screw it, let’s shoe shop!’


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