Life Lately: Volume 97

We jumped into our week with a dose of relaxation and positivity after our weekend family getaway. which already feels like a lifetime ago given our fun-packed week. Monday was Amalia’s 6th birthday which added a great deal of excitement around these parts. She’s been saying she wanted to go tubing on her birthday at least once a week since last year so our friends generously took us out on their boat for an afternoon on the water, which she has deemed her favorite moment of summer so far.

On Wednesday night, I picked Amalia and her friends up from camp and drove straight to the beach where we ended up staying until bedtime, pictured above. It was such a perfect summer night and I realized that we need to do this way more often! It has been so nice to see her swimming and brave in the water after years of being terrified of it. This is why we moved here, but I find myself feeling guilty for every second away from my laptop (every author knows this feeling lol) so I’m trying to be better about taking breaks like this.

Have a great weekend!


I finished a fantastic thriller that I couldn’t put down. Add The Family Upstairs to your late-summer reading list ASAP.

Could this really be the end of fast fashion? I’ll believe it when I see it but seems like a good start.

My all-time favorite perfume oil is 20% off in my shop through tomorrow! It comes in 5ML and 10ML sizes.

In other perfume news, I’M OBSESSED with this Vacation scent that smells like sunscreen and coconut.

The reality of The Real Housewives, according to an actual show-runner. I love a BTS Bravo moment and this guy delivers.

Half Baked Harvest’s most popular recipes of summer. I want to make them all!

I added a ton of great late summer/early fall pieces to my Shopbop hearts.

10 books to read if you need more Barbie vibes in your life.

Remember that amazing light blue jumpsuit I shared earlier this summer? I found a black lookalike for under $70! Will be great going into fall too.

When will I “arrive”? I really really loved this article.

I’m v into this adorable crochet cropped sweater from J.Crew’s latest drop.

The best beauty products in the world right now!

The $100 jeans you need for fall.

Can everyone chill with the girl dinner, please?

15 heirloom tomato recipes to make this summer.

This kimono dress is the perfect summer to fall transition piece.

How to have your most fulfilling vacation ever.

And… do you suffer from vacation anxiety?

Absolutely in love with these leather sandals.

What the UFO whistleblower actually told congress.


Sweater Jacket in Stripe

My Favorite Perfume Oil (on sale!) that changes with each person’s body chemistry.

Amalia’s New Desk

Vacation Perfume– smells like sunscreen and coconut and I’m obsessed with it.


– A Family Weekend Getaway
Summer Finds Under $100
My Birthday Staycation