Vacation Ritual (+ My Favorite Polish)


One of my pre-vacation rituals is a manicure and pedicure. Even if I’m not going to a warm weather location where I’ll be wearing sandals, it’s fun to treat myself and makes it feel special to have freshly painted toes (even if I only see them when padding around the hotel room). As far as a manicure, if the trip is longer than a long weekend I typically do a full manicure but skip the polish and instead get my fingernails buffed. This way, they look neat, healthy, and nice but I don’t have to worry about chipping them my first day there. As for my toes, my go-to color is Essie’s Color Binge. It’s somewhere between a coral and a pink and really works any time of year. In fact, I have it on my toes now (follow along on my Bali trip here).

Trending: Gingham


Last August, I picked up a sweet little gingham bikini from Solid & Striped for our trip to Italy. Little did I know the gingham trend would stick around, I was happy to pack that bikini for our trip to Bali (we're on our way so follow along on Instagram). 

Since gingham is here to stay, I rounded up some off the shoulder dresses and tops, two swimsuits, a cute clutch and wrap-around skirt, and even some pretty lingerie.

Black and white is classic, but this cheery shade of yellow is so cute. The best part about this suit is the low scoop back.

I also love this bikini, with its cobalt-blue shade and high-rise waist bottom.

I’ve always been a huge Clare Vivier fan. Her clutches are so classic, especially in this print.

Wrap skirts are having a major moment so this skirt is a double threat with its print and style.

This set from Hanky Panky is so good. The gingham stretch-lace soft-cup bra looks so comfortable and the matching bottoms are seamless.

Madewell has gone all in on gingham and I’m not mad about it. This top has an elastic neckline, making it easier to wear.

While super trendy (gingham + off the shoulder + peplum) I can’t hep but love this top.

Wayf is one of Shopbop’s better priced lines, and they consistently churn out items that are on-trend but super wearable, like this dress.

This might be my favorite item on the list. Between its dusty pink shade (definitely a cousin of Millennial Pink!) and cutout sleeves, it’s so good.

Three Days


You. Guys. We leave for Bali in three days. There's so much left to do, between wrapping up work projects to a mountain of laundry, but I'm trying to savor these days of excitement since I know that I get almost as much out of planning for a trip as I do while on vacation. Now, for suggestions. Any movie suggestions for our long flight to Indonesia? Or book recommendations for beach time? 


Millennial Pink


Have you heard of Millennial Pink? This article about its popularity is fascinating, and proves why we’re all so enamored with the shade (myself included). I’ve noticed I’ve been gravitating towards the color both in what I’m wearing and wanting to put in our apartment so I gathered some of my favorite things in the popular shade - which was popularized by the famous hotel in Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel and the London restaurant Sketch (which I’m dying to visit), both pictured above.

When I ordered my first product from Glossier I loved the pink pouch it came in. Apparently I wasn’t the only one, because they now sell them separately!

I live and die by my notebook with my running to do lists. This blush-colored spiral-bound Delfonics notebook may become my next notebook.

It might be a tad too feminine for Ian’s taste, but I love this blush and spotted pillow from Lulu & Georgia.

We have carpet in our current apartment (sigh) but once we get a place with wood floors, I can’t wait to find a cozy rug like this one.

Did you know Madewell makes sunglasses? And they’re under $75? Me neither! These sunnies have a retro feel in a flattering shade.

My Madewell Valley Sweater Tank is one of my most-worn items in my closet. I have the gray but love this pink one, too.

They aren’t cheap, but Vince does make beautiful shoes. Case in point: these pale suede Taye City Sandals.

This RahiCali dress might have to be a late addition to my Bali suitcase. I love the embroidered flowers and subtle, same-colored stripes.

Baker Beach


San Francisco is known for a lot of things, but its beach weather isn't one of them. This weekend it was actually warm enough to be at the beach ... in a bikini. We only get a few of those days a year and I took these photos on one such day last year, the first are at Baker Beach, where we bring our dog most weekends even if it isn't beach weather, and the second I snapped while driving home up one of this city's steep but lovely hills. I'm by no means a professional photographer and took these on my iPhone never intending to share them, but decided that they make me happy even if they aren't professional so maybe they'll make someone else happy too?

Photos by Kirby Brooks Todd