nattily: adverb, sprucely, elegantly, neatly, trimly, or smartly. Generally refers to dress.

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Dear Baggu Weekend Bag,

Would you like to come on my (much-needed, utterly-longed-for) beach vacation in August? LMK.



If Sliding Doors and The Bletchley Circle had a baby, it would be Life After Life. And I would adopt that baby and love it forever. A finely crafted, multilayered historical novel that takes on the challenge of answering the question “what if?” with dizzying skill. This is truly a tour de force. 

This dress puts me in mind of salty gray-shingled houses with weathered porches that might or might not give you splinters, and the sky gray before a storm, and the distant-but-not-too-distant sound of waves whipping up onto the beach. 

I wore a headband to work last week. In the past I’ve worried that headbands look a little bit “Hi, I’m five!” on me and consequently, I’ve avoided them. The whole band-plus-ballerina-bun thing felt quite pulled together when I bit the bullet and did it, though, and I’m thinking it should now become a regular thing. This sequined situation from Namrata Joshipura will likely end up figuring in the plan. 

Rifle Paper Co., maker of my cell phone case and lots o’ beautiful stationery, has started making wall paper. The above pattern will be featured on an accent wall in a TBD room in my future home. JFYI. 

pollen-induced sneeziness. hair that is both limp and frizzy at the same time. multi-hour plane delays due to extremely lightning-y thunderstorms.

sometimes i forget why springsummer makes me so damn happy.

and yet. the smell of happy plants. the sun. the not getting hit with a cruel blast of frigid air whenever i exit… anywhere. the smiles on everyone’s faces. the walking everywhere. the pie baking. 

let’s not beat around the (verdant) bush: it’s awesome. 

It occurs to me that I could buy several of this Madewell dress, wear one of them to the office every day (cycling them in and out of rotation for cleaning, of course) and be perfectly content. 

Honestly, I’m not sure if I’m grown-up lady enough to pull this Hall look off, but it’s something to aspire to. That is some cool, old-school, ahhhh-dult glam.  

Deb of Smitten Kitchen fame has graciously decided to show us all how to take advantage of rhubarb season without causing severe bathing suit preparation setbacks. She is a generous lady. 

Photo via Smitten Kitchen