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.

Weekend Reading


Short weeks never seem so short, do they? We arrived home from a wedding weekend in Philadelphia late Monday night, so it felt like a race to the finish line. On Friday night I worked late-ish and was in bed before 10pm! On Saturday I blew through errands before heading to Napa for a night to visit friends. We're back in San Francisco and I'm packing for 48 hours in New York for Fashion Week work early next week. I'll share the last of my Italy photos next week but here are some links I loved this week.

We just finished Stranger Things so I loved this New Potato article on the actress who plays Nancy Wheeler. 

This week really felt like back to school week for me. Maybe if I buy a new back to school outfit like this one spotted on Le Catch I'll be more into it?

I'm trying to decide if I'm into the high heel loafer.

And speaking of shoes, this article makes a solid argument for brown boots.

Another fall trend I'm not sure I can pull off is wide legged cropped pants. I bookmarked this article in case I decide to take the plunge.

Loved this grammar (yes, grammar) post on Cup of Jo.

Career advice worth reading from Gwyneth Paltrow.

I really like the idea of making a fall goals list.

In semi-embarrassing news, I think I need this.

And in case you missed it:

All Black Everything


Maybe it's because I'm no longer in my twenties, or maybe it's because we live in a city now, but I've been gravitating towards black more and more lately. It's classic, and can be dressed up or dressed down. Since it's fall I'm stocking up on a few items for my closet that will carry me through till spring, like the bell sleeved top and leather backpack. See below for more.

1. Rag & Bone Micro Pilot Backpack
2. H&M Short Coat 
3. Free People Anastasia Maxi Dress
4. Sole Society Pia Ankle Strap Sandal
5. Loeffler Randall Luz Lace-Up Sandal
6. Flynn Skye Selena Top

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