1. I’ve never given much thought to my luggage, given that I only travel a two or three times most years, but my good old Target suitcase that I have had forever finally bit the dust. Since this past month included three weeks of travel, it was time for an upgrade. But not too fancy, because it’s still luggage and it’s still going to get thrown around and busted up eventually.  I found this Diane von Furstenberg suitcase from Zappos just a few days before we left for Italy and instantly fell in love. Isn’t it pretty? I love that it has a cute vintage look but it still extremely sturdy. It does come in a larger size but I wanted to be sure it would work as a carry on and not require checking so I went with the 24″. Many of you asked for a packing-related post – I promise, it is coming, but will probably up be early next week.

2. This paperwhites shirtdress from Anthro has been my summer champion. I ordered it in the spring and waited anxiously for it to come in while it was backordered. Let me tell you, this one was well worth the wait! The online listing does not do it justice. The shirtdress style in combination with the pretty embroidery on the front makes it work for just about any situation. It also happens to be super soft and comfortable. And now it’s on sale – even better for you guys!

3. We’ve got at least a month or two before things start shifting to deeper, more muted shades, so for now let’s celebrate summer with this little lipstick wonder. I was already a fan of Bite lipsticks but this duo made me majorly love them! This is a mini lipstick with two awesome colors (lingonberry and tangerine), and the slim profile makes it easy to take just about anywhere. I actually love it so much that I bought an extra one because it is listed as limited edition and I can’t bear to run out of it. I also bought one of the more neutral shades (fig and date) and they are pretty too, though the neutrals aren’t as much my style.

4. I’m not much of a belt wearer in general but when I purchased this dress (as featured in the last Things I’m Loving) it absolutely required a belt to give it some shape. After much deliberation, I eventually settled on this chevron braided belt from J.Crew in both the grey and pale pink shades. For someone who usually doesn’t love belts, I could not love these more! And again, they are on sale now. Score!

5. As with almost every Sephora item I fall in love with these days, it all started with a sample. I got a mini bottle of this Fresh soy face cleanser with some of my Sephora points mainly because I am such a big fan of Fresh products in general. This cleanser is wonderful! It leaves my skin clean and smooth without drying it out, but my favorite feature is that it is so mild you can use it to remove eye makeup as well. I am such a fan of eliminating that extra step before going to bed each night. Needless to say, I have since purchased the full size bottle.

6. Since you all didn’t mind my sharing with you last edition about excellent underwear, hopefully you won’t mind me sharing this time around about what I am convinced is the most comfortable bra ever. My impractical fashion conscious side prevents me from buying boring yet functional bras and I’m always looking for something that is pretty. This is both pretty and exceedingly comfortable. How often can you really say that about a bra? Especially if you are top heavy as I am, I’m sure you understand what a rarity this is. I wish it came in 20 colors because I would buy them all!

7. It’s been a minute since I added any new shoes to my collection but I had some coupon codes and rewards to use that got me these navy gingham pumps from Sole Society for cheap. I have had my eye on them for quite a while but wasn’t sure how much wear I would get out of them, being such a statement shoe. As it turns out, I have already put them to great use. The gingham is perfect as a statement print because it is eye catching but mellow enough that it can work with so many different outfits. I LOVE these shoes!

I don’t feel like I’ve had much time for crafting lately but now looking back through my photos, it seems that I have been fairly productive after all! Also I have been slowly working on bringing together a dedicated area in our house for my sewing, knitting and other crafting and it is finally close to being finished. Can’t wait to share that with you all! Here are some notes on the projects pictured above.

We have been loving rompers for Caroline this summer, so I was SUPER excited when I came across an adorable free pattern from Purl Bee for sewing your own. I had bought this pink polka dot fabric months back knowing Caroline would love it, and was waiting for the perfect project to put it to use. This was my first time sewing with elastic. I was nervous but the whole thing was a breeze! It probably only took a few hours total from start to finish, and we absolutely love the finished product. I’m definitely going to make at least one or two more to get us through the end of summer.

For most of the parties I throw, I buy fabric to cover the table as a cheap and easily customized tablecloth option. Afterward, I end up with a huge swath of fabric and no plans. Not so anymore, now that I can sew! This time I used the tablecloth from Caroline’s rainbow party and made the women’s robe pattern from Purl Bee (it is a paid pattern but is one of the free options you can get if you sign up for their email list. That’s how I got mine.) I wasn’t sure how well the whole tablecloth to robe thing would work out but I love the finished project! It is so cute and comfy. I’ll definitely be making more of these to gift! I made the above the knee version but on short little me it still went below the knees, so I ended up modifying it and cutting a few extra inches off the bottom before hemming. It’s a much better length for a light summer robe now.

For our recent trip to Maine (coming soon to the blog!), I had the urge to knit something navy and white stripes. The nautical leanings and lighthouses inspired me, I suppose! I chose this free aptly named pattern On the Beach. I loved the way this turned out and it was a good thing I brought this sweater because our first couple of days there were a bit chilly. I would definitely make this project again.

I’ve been trying to sew a few new things for Caroline to wear with the start of the school year and the Mara blouse from Compagnie M was one of them. However, I sewed a full size too big to extend her wearing time and she ended up with basically a tunic dress. It’s SO cute though! With the pin tucks and (in this case) a contrasting chambray yoke, this J.Crew lover is feeling pretty proud of this project. I will probably make this pattern again soon, a size or two down, to get an actual blouse out of it and maybe try one of the other sleeve options (the pattern offers several.)


With all the traveling I have been doing lately, I haven’t had quite as much time for actual book reading and some recent books I have read, I don’t like enough to recommend. However, I did listen to a couple of audiobooks during flights, etc. and those were great. One was Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I don’t think I could love Amy more given her creation of Smart Girls and this book was a really enjoyable, funny and down to earth peek into her life. She’s going to keep rocking for a long time to come, no doubt. The other book I listened to while traveling and LOVED was Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. It’s hard to articulate just why or how much I adore David Sedaris but if you have listened to him read any of his essays, you probably understand. And if you understand, then you get me and we should probably be friends. Though I generally prefer the act of reading to listening to an audiobook, hearing David read his work is exactly as it should always be, in my opinion. (Hoping to have more regular book recommendations soon – love the book I am reading currently but it is quite long and I’m only part way through.)

Okay, last thing. For all those fellow Serial lovers who have been jonesing for a fix of the case of The State vs. Adnan Syed, have you been listening to Undisclosed? Is it BLOWING YOUR MIND?! That’s what it does for me each and every week. I must admit that when I first heard about it, I was super skeptical, particularly given that Rabia Chaudry (Adnan’s most avid supporter and champion) was one of the driving forces. The first couple of episodes I was still unsure how I felt about the whole thing. However, the incredible detail and investigative work that has been put into this podcast is pretty astounding. If only the original murder investigation had been given the same time and effort, right? Each week it seems the Undisclosed team blows gigantic holes in another portion of the state’s original case. If the motion Adnan’s attorney filed is successful and if Adnan is granted a new trial, I would be amazed to see what would happen with competent legal counsel and proper investigation on his side. Are you listening? What do you think? What will Jay’s next version of events be?

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  • Angela

    I love these posts. Thank you for putting them together.

    David Sedaris is just wonderful. Me Talk Pretty One Day is one of my favorite books and I read the Santaland Dairies every December. It is the perfect story, especially the end.

    Excellent bra recommendation and I love that photo of you in the robe. The robe is great and that would such a cool print in black and white.

  • Melissa Brooker

    You are gorgeous Annie, the photo of you in the robe could seriously be a modelling shot!

    I am IN LOVE with your suitcase! I’ve never purchased luggage, my grandma bought me a good set one year and it’s lasted so long I’ve never had to, but now i want to! I always love reading these posts!! I am a huge Amy Poehler fan, i’ve been meaning to read her book, i really need to get on that!

  • Heather

    I love all your crafts! Especially impressed that you made your own sweater.

  • Shari

    Hi Annie, glad you took some time off and truly enjoyed your summer vacations. You and Caroline look like professional models :-)

  • Lindy

    Love those shoes! I also want to try out the lip color – I’ve been needing a new one. Question for you about shoes – do you have a comfortable cute pair of flats you can recommend? Good for lots of walking? Thank you! :)

  • Meghan

    I always love these posts Annie! Also looking forward to a post about your craft area!

  • annazimm87@gmail.com

    Okay I was soooo skeptical of Undisclosed I didn’t subscribe, but now hearing your review I can’t wait to listen to it. Jay always made zero sense to me so I’m intrigued by your comment!

  • paigeflamm

    I love those gingham heels!

    Paige

  • annieseats

    Definitely give it a shot. I think you will be impressed! Rabia is not as big of a part of it as I would have imagined (though I know she is the driving force behind it.) Susan Simpson and Colin Miller really lend an incredibly legal and investigative perspective and have just done a really great job with the whole production. They have uncovered so much that I honestly feel now that Serial barely scratched the surface of this case.

  • annieseats

    My most favorite of all flats are the Cece ballet flats from J.Crew. I have them in a few colors and wear them a lot. They are very comfortable and stylish.

  • Amanda

    I totally agree with you on Undisclosed. I figured it would just be a “We love Adnan” series, but it does have me thinking what a shame it was that so many avenues weren’t pursued at the time. The only time I had to skip an episode because Rabia was just too much was the interview with Adnan’s brother. I feel like that was just too biased and forced, but otherwise, I love the perspective Colin and Susan bring to it. I food shop at night, when my kids are in bed, so I can relax and shop alone… and it’s usually when I catch up with This American Life, but usually Disclosed has taken over this time. It’s so interesting!

  • B KP

    Can you tell me what website the bra is from? The link didn’t work for me. Thanks!

  • Lauren D

    I KNEW you were my favorite blogger! When I listened to the Undisclosed episode about incoming calls not reliable for location per AT&T I was walking home from work with my mouth hanging open!

  • annieseats

    RIGHT?!?! I literally shouted out loud in my car when I heard that part. A few episodes have been that way for me – in particular the autopsy and vehicle findings, hearing the way Jay was coached/led with his stories (hence the constant changing), and then the disastrous way the bail situation went down. But greater than all of that is the cell tower pings – the thing that supposedly corroborated Jay’s testimony when AT&T said not to use as location data. WHAAAA? How???? It’s really pretty terrifying.

  • annieseats

    It is Journelle and the brand is On Gossamer (use their brand index to find it fast). I actually have a few from that brand and they are all very comfortable and pretty.

  • annieseats

    Oh my, you are too sweet! Thank you :)

  • annieseats

    Aw, thank you so much! You are so sweet.

    Agreed, I have never been so excited about a suitcase in my life! Haha

  • Erika

    I’m planning to make that robe as my first major sewing project! I know you’re great at everything, but did you think it was a relatively easy sewing project? I’m super nervous to start a project with a pattern. But I know starting is the only way to ever be good at it.

  • Even if I don’t come away with anything I want to buy, these posts are still awesome. So impressed with your sweater! I’m all about the navy/white nautical combination in the summer, no matter where I go!

  • Susan Orr

    Can’t wait for your Maine post! It is my home state and I love spending time there now that we live in MA. From the pic it looks like you are at Acadia? I am from southern Maine and so want to move back to the Portland area. Unfortunately, it is not going to happen anytime soon so I will have to be happy visiting often.

  • We should definitely be friends! I love David Sedaris and the Amy Poehler book. You are so talented – can’t believe you made that jumper – lovely!

  • katrina warwicker

    Hi Annie – I have always loved your posts about sustainability and fashion etc, you really inspire me. We don’t have Anthropologie in West Australia but I see they now ship here, so pretty keen to look into your recommendations – what is your take on the clothing they supply? Is it sourced ethically? Thanks

  • Christine Cardus

    I’m now sucked into the rabbithole of Undisclosed! Thanks! ;)

  • Elisabeth

    Great sewing projects! If you are interested in doing more sewing for Caroline, some of my favorite kid’s sewing patterns are from Oliver + S. They are really high-quality patterns and you end with really nice, well-finished projects.

  • annieseats

    Thank you! I am definitely always looking for more suggestions of good places for patterns!

  • annieseats

    Woo!

  • annieseats

    I do my best to support companies with ethical and sustainable practices, but I honestly don’t know how Anthropologie rates in that regard. I should look into it. I’m always a work in progress in this regard, but am constantly trying to find more companies with good business practices. I see a greater focus on this all the time and I’m hopeful that as more and more people that pay attention, it will eventually become commonplace and expected that all companies have good practices.

  • annieseats

    Heck yes! I know we would be fast friends for sure.

  • annieseats

    Ha! You are too sweet but trust me, I’m not great at everything. Really though, the robe is a great project for you to practice with. Purl Bee’s projects have been extremely clear and easy to follow – I have made numerous knitting, crocheting and now several sewing projects from them and all have been excellent. Even if you mess up, there is always the seam ripper :) Let me know how it goes!

  • Angie

    As soon as I’m finished nursing my daughter I’m going to need new bras, and I’ll definitely give that one a shot. I hate never being able to find bras that fit top heavy ladies but are still cute!

    And I LOVE that dress. I love Anthro but rarely shop there because, well, I love too much and my bank account would hate me. I happen to have a gift card I’ve been holding on to, and I’m thinking this dress might be the winner. That dress with cowboy boots would be awesome in the fall.

  • I love the blue and white stripe sweater you are wearing. I have been looking for a carry-on bag and is so difficult to get the size they ask. I think every airline is different. Any suggestions for a good one? Most of the stores I checked has 21 inch. I have to get a 19 inch height including the wheels.
    I love the bag you have posted. When I went to Zappos, it gave a message that it cannot find it, may be ran out. Is that a check-in baggage?

  • emily

    I was looking at the dress from anthro online and is it stretchy or no?

  • DLG in Mich

    I enjoy these posts as well – please keep them coming! My sister and I were obsessed with Serial and she told me to check out Undisclosed. I stopped listening after the first couple of episodes because the production quality was so poor. My sister claimed that it gets better, so I may have to give it another try.

  • annieseats

    Agreed, the production quality was terrible at first. However, it has definitely improved. You need to give it another chance!

  • annieseats

    Slightly stretchy fabric but it’s a loose fit so it doesn’t really need the stretch, I suppose.

  • Beautiful photos!! We’ve always wanted to go to Acadia and we love going through either Homeaway or VRBO. We always rent a house and have been so happy doing it. It makes a vacation so much better and you don’t feel like your living out of a suitcase.