My Everyday Bag

Before the holidays I began the search for a structured handbag that wasn’t too expensive, would keep its shape and would hold everything from file folders to my laptop; without looking like a piece of luggage. I stumbled upon this bag on Amazon and with the rave reviews, the price point, and the sleek, chic design (very similar to this high-end designer bag), I ordered it. A few months in and I can honestly say it is one of my favorite purses I have purchased. The quality surpasses some of my more expensive bags and the size is just large enough to tote my laptop but also small enough to head to happy hour after work without looking like I just stepped off the plane. Best part is comes 26 – YES – 26 colors!

I selected a neutral canvas with coordinating leather. Gave it one spray of scotch guard to protect the canvas and haven’t looked back! How fun is this orange for summer?!

Hello….

…is this thing on… it’s been FAR too long since my last post! So many exciting things happening – my boyfriend proposed in October, the holidays are upon us and we are in full wedding planning mode – needless to say the celebrations have not stopped!

I can’t believe the year is almost over and Christmastime is here. Every year I look forward to slowing down and enjoying the season with my friends and family. It’s a running joke in my family that once December 1 rolls around they can expect my wish list in their inbox! Sharing a peek at my wish list below.

Coffee Table Book – Being newly engaged my eyes are on all things bridal! This book was one of the first things on my list – the most chic bridal inspiration! Not to mention will look great on my coffee table.

Structured Tote – I need a new tote that I can fit everything and won’t lose its shape; this one fits the bill. And it’s on Amazon Prime – win!

Oversized Bracelets – Seems like I have been collecting bracelets lately – how great is this lucite one?!

Casual Sneakers – My white sneakers have seen better days and I am need of an upgrade.

Hyped Facial Products – In 2019 I want to take better care of my skin and this three-step process has amazing reviews.

Checked Bag – truth is I already purchased this one for myself. I needed a bag that I could check for an upcoming trip and the price and style was right on this one.

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Cane Craze

Owning a home has been such a fun journey, however I am continuously making a list of projects I want to start or pieces I want to acquire. Recently I have been drawn to the look of natural cane and light wood. It still has an airy feel and isn’t the commitment of a dark, heavy wood piece or the opposite, a stark white piece. I purchased this credenza for my guest bedroom and absolutely love it. Now if only I could find a place for the chair below. And what a fabulous bar the armoire would make!

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The Art of Layering

A few months back when I was in New York I stumbled upon the new Gorjana store in the West Village. I immediately fell in love with the pieces {and the merchandising}. The girls working there were so fun and helped me layer and try on all sorts of amazing pieces. I am 5’11” and sometimes I find the finer pieces just don’t work on my frame. After a little guidance {and layering} I scooped up my first two pieces and already can’t wait to add to my collection. Best part – the fine finishes, the light weight and versatility of each piece. 

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Round Hill

Last month when our original vacation plans to Cabo were spoiled by a hurricane we made the quick decision to change locations (thanks to the ease of Southwest) and picked Jamaica. Literally 24 hours before we were set to arrive – Round Hill Resort came to our rescue. What a treat we were in for. Five amazing days spent in paradise – no schedules, no place to be, minimal cell phones and no TV – the relaxation was just what I needed.

The resort is truly one of a kind – steeped in history, beautiful architecture and the most amazing people. JFK and Jackie honeymooned here, Megan Markle and Prince Harry visited last year, Ralph Lauren owns a few villas and frequents often – not to mentioned designed several of the public spaces.

Not only did we come home with amazing memories – but lots of design inspiration too! I can’t wait to get back.

{Villa 23 – Our Home for the Week}

{Round Hill Lobby}

{Happy Hour}

{Fresh Flowers from the Villa Garden}

{Breakfast at our Villa Every Morning}

{Outdoor Living}

{Island Time = Rum Punch}

Neck Scarf

This summer I have been reaching for my light weight scarves and bandanas to add a twist to my basic summer knits. There are so many ways you can tie it but I love a simple knot near the neck. When you aren’t wearing it around your neck try tying in your ponytail or as a headband.

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Face Update

I recently ventured out of my comfort zone in the world of beauty products. I tend to have sensitive skin that breaks out with the use of any new product and have remained consistent in my routine. In the world we live in today we are constantly bombarded with new products {ie instagram ads and influencer content}- that are filled with promises to be the next best thing. I fell for a few of those and have been pleasantly surprised with the results.

I ordered several things from Beautycounter and the eye cream and dew skin have been my favorite. Right after you put on the dew skin – think moisturizing coverage – you literally get the dewy skin of a super model! When I recently went on vacation it was the only thing I put on my skin during the day.

The Summer Friday’s Jet Lag face mask is a favorite! I use it every, single night. You can use it as a mask or use it like a moisturizer; I prefer the latter. It is super hydrating and smell great too.

Have you tried any new facial products? Would love to know which ones you love.