Fall Wish List with Lyst


Ah, fall. My favorite season to dress for. I still have that back-to-school feeling that makes me want to give my closet a refresh. Since I do most of my shopping online, it was fun to recently discover Lyst, an online destination that partners with some of my favorite designers and stores to create personal shopping experiences. I can follow some of my favorite brands, discover new ones through trend stories, and am alerted when items go on sale or back in stock. Here are my picks for this fall.


I love all things A.P.C., and this navy tie waist dress is no different. The dress would look great with simple pumps, but these metallic Lanvin pumps are much more fun.


For the weekend I'm typically wearing sneakers, so these Chiara Ferragni Roger Sneakers fit the bill, but I'd like to step it up from my typical skinny jeans and tee with this jersey dress by new-to-me brand The Great.


Shockingly, we don't have any weddings this fall, but I may need to pick up this navy Self Portrait dress anyway. And instead of paring it with the simple black strappy heels I wore to weddings all summer, I'd choose these blush colored heeled sandals by Mansur Gavriel.

This post is sponsored by Lyst but all thoughts are my own.

Our Very Own Fig Leaf Fiddle Tree


I've been noticing a trend about the living spaces I've been pinning: many of them have fig leaf fiddle tress in them. The plant, notoriously difficult to care for, has been popping up everywhere. We finally bought one this weekend and I'm so pleased with what it adds to the "office corner" of our living room.

We've been looking at apartments recently, so we don't want to purchase any furniture or make any big changes in case we do move sooner than later, but picking up our very own fig leaf fiddle tree was the perfect apartment refresh. Right now it's just three feet tall, and with the pot was less than $150, but you can buy them full grown for around $300. 

Read more about fig leaf fiddle tress here.

Back to School Reading List


Back in June, I shared my summer read list (see it here) and now I'm back with a few books that are on my reading list this fall. 

I just finished You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein. It had me laughing and nodding along throughout and was the perfect end of summer read.

I just started The Inseparables by Stuart Nadler. The book follows three generations of the Olyphant family as they reinvent themselves when things they thought they knew to be true turn out to be false. Fall feels like such a time of reinvention for me (more so than January 1, even) so I was excited to start this one and I'm enjoying it so far. 

Next up is Commonwealth by Anne Patchett. I always enjoy her books, and this one's about an affair, two broken marriages, and the aftermath. I also have Sister Mother Husband Dog by Delia Ephron on deck as well as Arianna Huffington's The Sleep Revolution.

What are you reading?


The Shoe I Can't Stop Thinking About


I don't really consider myself a shoe person. I love a good heel, don't get me wrong, but I reserve my splurges for bags or special pieces like a great coat or dress. 

I've been spotting these Gucci heels everywhere and couldn't stop thinking about them. At just under $600, price tag is too high for me to pull the trigger, which is why I'm so excited that I discovered the Steve Madden copy, which is a fraction of the price at just $80 and comes in three colors. Run don't walk.

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Oh, Tuscany


 My parents in Lake Como on their honeymoon 40 years ago.
 The whole group (minus the kids) on the night of our cooking class.
 Happy Henry doing what makes him happiest - eating! 
 Day trip to classic Italian beach town, Viareggio.
 San Gimignano from above.
 Wine tasting at Montefili.
 Getting lost and not caring while driving around Tuscany.
 Nightly routine.

I'm back sharing some final photos from our dream of a trip to Italy last month. Our house was in the boonies (in the best way possible) but the closest town was San Donato or Castellini. We enjoyed our morning coffee and nightly glass of wine at the house, and typically left once a day in smaller groups to go exploring.

San Donato had a great butcher and we had an amazing lunch at La Toppa in town - the owner is a classic Italian character. One of our favorite meals during the trip was at a restaurant called Uscio e Bottega, a teeny tiny spot up the hill from our house next to a beautiful church. We had one of our best dinners at Osteria Alla Piazza, near Panzano (another great town with another famous butcher) and a great casual spot is Rostericceria Il Re Gallo in Castellini. The BEST pizza I've ever had is at Pizza Pie in Radda.

Radda is definitely our favorite little town since we honeymooned here, but it was fun to go into the bigger ones like San Gimignano and Greve. We also bopped around and visited a few wineries, including MontefiliThe father of the owner of Uscio e Bottega owns a winery that's right up the road, with no sign. We eventually found it and picked up wine, olive oil, and honey to bring home.