Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West


If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I visted Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West last week. Let me start from the beginning (and share more photos). 

I spoke on a panel at a conference on Sunday. Back when I was confirmed to speak and realized it was at the Arizona Biltmore and a quick flight for my mom to come along, I invited her and started the trip early. We visited the spa, read magazines by the pool, and ate delicious pizza in Scottsdale.

Sunday morning my mom and I booked a tour at Taliesin West, located just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona in the desert foothills. Built in 1937, the national historic landmark was Wright's winter home and is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. It's said to be one of the most personal of the famous architect's works because it was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices. 

If you're in the area I highly recommend visiting. I've always been a fan of Wright's but it was interesting to hear more about his life and contributions to the way we live (did you know he was the first to use recessed lighting?). I'll definitely be visiting more of his creations around the country.

Midweek Break


rarely admit defeat, but yesterday I did and worked from home. I couldn't exactly take the day off because of an exciting (and exhausting) work project I'll fill you in on later, but it was nice to have a different kind of weekday. I did one of my favorite Pilates classes, which ends at 7:30 and is typically too late for me to make it to work on time, grabbed coffee with Ian, and knocked out a bunch of errands and chores in between work calls, all before meeting a friend who was in town for one night only for drinks. I even had time to do some Internet reading and find some links to share with you this Wednesday morning. I'll consider it a success.

These book covers are so pretty, it makes me want to stop downloading books on my Kindle and start buying hardbacks again!

And speaking of books, I can't wait to pick up this one.

Bookmarking: Nancy Meyers' guide to L.A

Answers to some of your biggest fashion questions, like can you wear White after Labor Day?

And in case you missed it:

New Balance x J. Crew


I bought my first pair of New Balance sneakers before our trip from Japan and felt chuffed with myself when I saw several chic Japanese women wearing them with skinny jeans and camel coats (my Japan uniform). Of course now New Balances and other sneakers are ubiquitous in San Francisco, and I have been thinking of picking up a second pair of New Balances. 

That's when I spotted the new New Balance x J. Crew collab. It. Is. So. Good. I have too many things in my shopping cart right now so figured I'd share them all with you before I narrow it down to a few key pieces. 

Gray, Blush & Gold

From left to right: Heather Turtleneck Sweatshirt / Seamless Tank (in mauve) / 620 Sneakers  (in gold salt) / Gold S'Well Water Bottle

Yellow, White & Navy 

From left to right: Performance Leggings (in Colorblock) / Seamless Hoodie (in bitter lemon)  / Racerback Tank (in stripe) / Striped Sports Bra

Navy, Red & White 

From left to right: 620 Sneakers (in red navy ivory) / Crop Top (in navy) / Performance Leggings (in navy) / In-Transit Long-Sleeve T Shirt in Colorblock

Two New Shows


I know all everyone's talking about is Westworld and Narcos, but when talking about these often intense shows we're all watching, my friends and I often mention the shows we watch afterward. You know, the ones that aren't political or sic fi and leave you in a more relaxed mood before bed? Lately the two we've been watching are Netflix's Easy - we're about halfway through - and HBO's Divorce - which just started.

Directed by Joe Swanberg and set in Chicago, Easy is like a short story, with each 30-minute episode focusing on a different couple. The show touches on friendship, sex, and relationships and uses that narrative convention where there aren't recurring characters exactly but the the characters are connected in some way. While there are plenty of critiques online, I'm enjoying it. It's simple in its shooting style, leaving the complexity to the topics it brings up in each story. 

As far as Divorce, I'll admit that I just really missed having Sarah Jessica Parker in my life. I turned it on the other night after working late, when Ian was out working even later, and it was the perfect end to my day. SJP's character, Frances, is nothing like Carrie but there's something comforting about watching her. Spoiler alert: the show is about a couple getting a divorce. I'll report back after episode two but so far so good.

I'm curious, have you seen either show? Are you able to drift off to sleep after watching a tense TV show or do you need a buffer with something light?

Fall Dressing with Tobi


I've said it before and I'll say it again: fall just might be my favorite season to dress for. That's why I was so excited when Tobi challenged me to pick out a few things for fall. I settled on this navy floral maxi dress and this white boyfriend blazer.

The Perfect Day Floral Maxi Dress is perfect for the summer weather we're experiencing. I'm loving all of the dark fall florals and can't wait to wear it on an upcoming trip to wine country. 

And I was so excited to find a replacement for my favorite white blazer, which I had to retire last spring. The Adriana Boyfriend Blazer is oversized so it's perfect to  wear with skinny jeans or the jumpsuit I'm wearing in the above photos. I love how it is structured, with a strong shoulder and rushed sleeves, and the crisp white always makes me feel put together.

This post is sponsored by Tobi but all thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting Short & Sweet Blog.