Friday, you never looked so good. Ok, that's a lie. You always look good. But really, I am very happy to see you. What are your plans this weekend? Tomorrow, I'm getting my hair gone you nasty little gray hairs. Sunday I'm having brunch with friends at a delicious and greasy little beach shack restaurant (is there anything better on a Sunday anyway)? Then we are going pumpkin plucking with some friends of ours and all the kiddos, and ending evening with pizza and beer. I am ridiculously happy with all of this. Hope your weekends are just lovely, friends. See you Monday!

Loved, loved loved Joanna's beauty uniform.

Last night we had dinner here, and it was amazing. I can never get enough fish tacos.

For all you foodies out there you must subscribe to Gastropod. You. Just. Must.

These are your Millenials, America.

Seven amazingly beautiful European inns. #wanderlusting.

Books by their covers.

A beautiful profile on Barbara Mahany. Love this quote from her latest book, "Autumn: it's the season of....old quilts and thick bed covers unearthed from their long summer's nap."

Santa Cruz Fog, Photo by Matt

Makeup Discovery: Julep


Now that fall is here, I've been making little changes to my daily grind, including my beauty routine. The ladies over at Julep sent me a few fun things that I've been working into my makeup repertoir, like this lip gloss (in Posh). It's the perfect berry stain for fall and has replaced my coral lip gloss that I wore throughout spring and summer. I have also rotated a few primers into my routine: their Blank Canvas Mattifying Eye Primer and Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer.

This post was sponsored by Julep but all the thoughts expressed are our own.

Shelf Styling


I have now accepted the fact that we probably won't be moving anywhere for a while. Darn you, California housing market! As a result I've been going through this weird nesting stage. Or maybe it's re-nesting...I don't know. And no, I'm not pregnant. It's odd actually, I don't recall ever experiencing a nesting sensation when I was pregnant with either of my kids. Maybe it's because I was too busy stuffing my face with french fries and grapefruit to care much about anything else.

At any rate, I sort of re-organized my bookshelves one night at like 11pm. This is what one sometimes does when one can't sleep and realizes that there is no foreseeable time in the future when I can actually do this during the day. So I turned on The Daily Show, poured myself a cup of herbal tea Sauvignon Blanc and set to work.

I'm not sure if I've professed this before, but I sort of adore Emily Henderson. Like I would love to drink wine, watch the Daily Show and organize bookshelves at 11pm with her. She probably does not do this. Actually she might. That's probably why I like her so much.

Anyway, her home was recently featured in Domino and I especially loved her bookshelves. (I really wish mine were white, but Matt has stated that he hates the color white. Hates it so much in fact that he says he feels physically ill every time he sees a white wall, which is unfortunate because our walls are white). I think perhaps he's being a bit over-dramatic, but I've got the hint. Our bookshelves are black, they are from IKEA, and I do still like them even though they aren't white.

One of things Emily says about styling shelves is that you want them to look curated, not cluttered. And this is a tricky line to walk. So in this regard I think you have to get creative with the space you have and the items that you want to display.

I stacked a lot of books vertically (as one does on bookshelves), but then I stacked several horizontally and made little "stands" for various bowls or objects. I also incorporated more green. I never had plants on my bookshelf before, but I love how they sort of make it come to life. By the way none of them are real plants..I am admittedly terrible at the indoor plant thing.* I also put them in white pots. Sorry Matt.

Lastly, I rounded up some of our artwork that was lying around, sadly looking for a place to live and used the shelves as a sort of art gallery. I think one of the best pieces of advice I can give about bookshelf styling is to look around your house, in your cupboards or in your attic and find those little quirky bowls, plates, bookends or trinkets that are simultaneously weird and cool enough to find a home amongst your books.

This was a much longer post than I intended, but I'd love to hear your tips and tricks to bookshelf styling!

*Airplants are a good substitute if you can't bring yourself to buy fake plants, as they are fairly easy to keep alive.

Shopbop Friends + Family


We've been enjoying this Indian summer in San Francisco, but my walks to the bus at dusk have been getting chillier and I can tell fall is coming ... and I'm not prepared. Honestly, most of my fall and winter clothes are more for looks than warmth, since temperatures rarely dip below 60 in San Diego. Luckily, Shopbop's Friends + Family sale started today, and most of things on my fall wishlist are 25% off. Use the code FAMILY25 for 25% through Thursday.

endless rose Modern Meller Poncho / Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora / Madewell Slim Back Zip Billie Booties / BB Dakota Vasha Printed Dress / Rag & Bone Nevin Boots

Dreams in HD: A Dreamy Photography Shop Giveaway


Molly from Dreams in HD is someone Alexa and I consider a friend even though we've never met. We've been reading her blog and admiring her photography for ages, so were so proud of her when she announced the opening of her Etsy photography shop, Dreams in HD

Her shop showcases dreamy photos she's taken on her travels through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, New York, and France.  Side note: Ian and I just booked a trip to London + France so her photos of Paris (like the three above) are making me all the more excited.

Here's why you should be excited: Molly is offering one reader the 8x10 photo of their choice.

To enter to win:
Visit Dreams in HD on Etsy and tell us which photo you'd pick if you win in the comments
Like Dreams in HD on Facebook
Follow @shortsweetblog on Instagram  

Open to U.S. residents only