I hope you had a great July 4th! I had such a nice trip to LA. Lots of sun and sand, lounging, playing in the ocean waves, time with friends, (and maybe a few too many mai tais!). I would have really liked to have stayed longer but needed to get back to Charleston: on Saturday, I head to Cape Cod for 9 days for our annual family trip.
I’m really, really looking forward to that trip. I grew up on the Cape but my parents and I now live in Charleston, and every summer since my parents moved here the ten of us (both sisters and husbands, two nephews, one niece!) rent a house in Dennis (the town I grew up in) for a week. It did not happen last year for obvious reasons… but it’s on for this year and I cannot wait. Family time is the best and I miss all my spots. Sesuit Harbor Cafe for a lobster roll, The Merc for sandwiches, Sundae School for ice cream… I am drooling just writing this (and if you’re curious all my Cape Cod recs are in this blog post!).
Rattan Bags, a Foodie Newsletter, What I’m Watching, and More Good Things.
Beautiful Rattan Bags at Anthropologie!
I have had my Palmgrens Rattan bag since 2018. It is one of my most cherished possessions and most-worn handbags. I have the tan color. It’s absolutely perfect. The leather has gotten darker (and softer) with age but given how much I use it and what I put it through (I can be hard on my handbags). it’s held up incredibly well. I remember when I first bought mine, a few readers DM’d me their grandmothers’ bags, still in good shape. It ships from Sweden but the shipping is FAST, I got mine within a few days.
That being said, it’s definitely pricier at 3,516 kr (about $412 USD). So I was pretty excited when I spotted this one at Anthropologie: very similar. Turns out, Anthro has some great rattan pieces right now, so here is a mini round-up!
A wonderful newsletter, mostly about food.
I have been really enjoying my friend Brooks’ newsletter, A Small and Simple Thing. (Sidebar: Brooks is an amazing restaurateur, I don’t know if I should be proud or embarrassed to tell you that I eat at his restaurants on a weekly basis). Last Tuesday’s newsletter had a recipe for a Greek salad, some tempting pantry staples, and an ode to feta with some delicious recipes. It is generally short and sweet with information you will actually want. It’s one of the only newsletters that I always open, making a point to sit down and actually read it.
What I’ve Been Watching Lately
As we prepare for so much good July TV, I’ve been watching a lot of movies! I’ve had a lot of quiet nights in the past couple weeks where I put a light, fluffy movie on and just veg out. I rewatched This is Forty on HBO Max (it was funny to watch it as I get closer to forty!), I watched Wild Child with Emma Roberts (cheesy but fun). Last weekend I watched Awake. Not light OR fluffy… terrifying, to be honest! It stars Gina Rodriguez (remember her from Jane the Virgin? Now she plays a tired but very brave mom!). A pandemic (too soon!!!) has happened and no one can sleep. And everyone is going to die. It was terrifying at times (and maybe a little too violent for my usual taste) but I still really enjoyed it.
What are you watching? Would love any recs (especially for Netflix/Hulu/HBO Max) in the comments.
Pretty Pearl Slides
When I saw these pearl slides I just couldn’t help myself. They are maybe the prettiest shoes I own, but also very comfortable. I have a lot of pretty heels, and a lot of comfy flats… but no dressy flats like these? They are a pretty big splurge so I was excited to track down a few similar but more affordable slides. These jelly Stuart Weitzmans are so fun, this $30 pair is CUTE (can’t personally vouch for the brand but worth a try?), these Steve Maddens have a different look but are really pretty, and these from Amazon are absolutely gorgeous too.
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bottom photo by Clay Austin.