Life Lately

The perfect travel bag

I feel like I’ve been so busy for the past few weeks that I haven’t been as active on social media. I thought I’d give you a little update on what I’m loving right now as we head into what’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend here in Connecticut!

Travel Bag: I got a ton of questions about this travel bag that I posted on Snapchat and Instagram. I love the size of it, the personalization, and the fun pattern. It’s definitely pricey, but a great investment piece that you’ll have forever. Buy it here.

Instagram’s Downfall: My friend Jess sent me this article about how Instagram is killing the honest blogger. So many Instagrammers are buying likes and followers, making it hard for the rest of us to get the engagement that we so badly want. It’s been a serious struggle over the last few months, and I hope the people at Instagram see the problem and make a change! Read the article.

Fresh Scent: I’m super weird about perfume, and rarely update my scent but when the SJP team sent me Sarah Jessica’s new fragrance, Stash, I died and went to scent heaven. Literally I’ve never liked a celeb’s perfume…ever. But this one is the perfect amount of masculine/feminine with notes of cedar wood, black pepper, and sage. Buy it here.

Sleepy Spaghetti Baby: I know it’s a few days old by now but this sleepy baby trying to stay awake for his spaghetti gets me every time. I can’t stop watching it! Watch the video here.

Holiday Sweater: I love love love this sweater (in red) for the holidays. It would be so cute with a plaid skirt or jeans and boots. Buy it here.

All of the Cheese: Caylin’s guide for creating the perfect cheese plate is on point, and the photos make me seriously hungry. Since I’m hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas this year, I’m definitely going to be using her tips.  Read the post.

Lip Whip: While we were in Napa, my friend Victoria turned me on to Kari Gran’s tinted lip whip, and I was instantly hooked. It’s super moisturizing, the color is gorgeous, and it’s made with all-natural ingredients. I bought one for myself as soon as I got home! I love it in Radiant but I’m sure they’re all gorgeous. It’s a great little stocking stuffer or treat for yourself. Buy it here.

Boots’ Birthday: Today Boots turns one! For his birthday, we got him this cute plaid dog bed from Orvis (pictured below). It feels like a lifetime ago that we brought him home. He’s taught me so much about life and responsibility. Having a dog is no joke, you guys. I love this little guy more than I ever though possible.

Orvis bed

Photos by Courtney Ann Photography.

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  1. Happy Birthday Boots!

    Love that travel bag and may add it to my Hanukkah wishlist this year!

    Enjoy the weekend, Julia!

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  2. Meghan Hanke said:

    GOD I love boots.

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  3. Alyssa Thomas said:

    Happy Birthday Boots! He was so little when you first got him!

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  4. Paola Blanc said:

    Happy birthday lovely Boots!

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  5. Katy said:

    OMG could Boots be any cuter!?!?! NO!!! He is so so so cute!!!

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  6. Virginia Merati said:

    Happy birthday Boots!

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  7. Valliere said:

    Wonderful post !

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  8. CelebratingthisLife said:

    Sounds like life is full these days! Boots is adorbs, you really got lucky with that handsome guy. I saw the IG article last week and honestly, it bummed me out. I have watched my engagement drop and as a smaller blogger who is doing this part-time, I don’t like the idea that I would have to pay just to get noticed. Also, I really don’t like missing out on my fave accounts posts! My feed seems to be filled with ads and no real content. I love IG and really hope they see Ashley’s article. xx Rox-Anne,

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