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Napa Valley Recap

Welcome back to part 3 of my California recaps! I promise this is the last one! After a couple of days in San Francisco and Sonoma, Wednesday through Friday morning were spent in Yountville, which is just a short drive from Downtown Napa! Thursday was our first full day in Napa, so we went all out again, hitting a few different wineries and exploring as much as we could!

Birthday in Sonoma: Recap

Welcome to part two of my California trip recaps! After San Francisco (recap here!) we spent two days in Sonoma, two days in Napa, and then our last day back in San Francisco.

San Francisco Recap

Hi!!!! I can't believe I'm back from California, officially 21, and it's my last week of summer! I mentioned in my New York post last week that it's so crazy how you can look forward to a trip for so long, and then it just comes and goes so quickly! My mom and I had been planning on doing a Napa Valley trip for my 21st birthday for forever, so it's wild that it's already over. I also think it's funny how I'm actually 21 now, because I was the last one of all of my friends!!! The! Last! ONE!

The Importance of the Perfect Tote

In my back to school essentials post on Monday I mentioned how using a tote in place of a backpack isn't the most practical option. However, having a nice, everyday tote bag is non-negotiable for college girls! Personally, I received my everyday leather tote for my 16th birthday and have used it almost everyday since. I can't think of one other thing I own that has gotten more use (except maybe running shoes or sunglasses) than this bag, and I've gotten more compliments on it and comments like, "I wish I had a bag like that!" a million times!


20 years ago today with my mom, lol

I'm officially 21!! I'll be spending the day at a few different wineries in Sonoma with my mom and enjoying my first sips ;) We had an amazing weekend in San Francisco and arrived in Sonoma yesterday; I can't wait to share photos of our trip once we get back! Tomorrow we head to Napa for a few days for more wine and exploring!


Back to School Essentials

How can a student possibly concisely list off the essential items for the back to school season?! Personally, going back to school means loading up my car multiple times to move into my apartment multiple times, and making multiple random purchases that are all deemed absolutely essential because... tis the back to school season. So, I'm probably not the best person to determine what needs to come back to school with me and what is totally unnecessary, but I do know for sure that there a few things I wouldn't be able to live without...

24 Hours in New York City

I chose to split up my recaps between my weekend in the Hamptons and my two days in the city. Although both are obviously in New York, they're so different to me that it doesn't really make sense to combine them. My adventures in the city were pretty quick, but still fun, as always. Let's get into it!

Hamptons Weekend Recap

Returning home from New York late Wednesday night was bittersweet, as it always is! The long weekends I spend on the East Coast with my dad and his family each August are trips I look forward to all year long! It’s crazy how I wait and wait for these weekends to roll around every summer, and then they just go by so fast.

Senior Year Apartment: Before Photos + Plans

Some of my favorite posts I've written the last couple of summers have been a part of the Small Space Decor series that I began when I started college. From dorm decorating to moving into off-campus apartments with roommates, I've been styling my own small spaces for three years now and it's seriously one of my favorite things to do. At this point I've cultivated a nice little collection of decor pieces that have worked well in my different small spaces, but with my particular layout this year there are a few more purchases I'd like to make. Of course I am not going to stray far from my blue-and-white/gold theme...

My Internship Recap + Reflection

I can't believe my internship is already over and done with! My last day was on Friday! They said the 10 weeks would fly by, but I really can't believe how much they did! Although some days felt long, the weeks went by so fast, the weekends even faster, and the entire thing is already behind me! I want to reflect on my experience and share how it went with all of you. Warning, this gets long!

Off to New York!

Ah!!!!! I can't believe my internship actually ended yesterday and by the time this goes up I'll be in New York for the weekend. I've been looking forward to this trip all summer and I'm so excited to see my dad's side of the family and spend the weekend in the Hamptons!

Summer Book Reviews (Part II)

I promise I didn't forget about this post! This is long overdue but I am back to share the second installment of what I've read this summer. If you missed the first one, you can check it out here!

Current Obsessions (Beauty, etc)

It's been a couple of months since I've gone through one of my phases of really, really loving a curated selection of products.. but the bug is back! I have some new ~obsessions~ I haven't been doing much shopping this summer, but with trips coming up this weekend (!!!) and another next week for my bday (!!!) I've been more into shopping lately and have a few exciting things I just have to share!

What I Did in July

Oh wow. Last month was insane. I did so much that the entire month is already blurring together. I apologize in advance if this isn't the most interesting post! I just want to recap my month for future reference.

July Playlist + New Music Releases

Helloooooo my favorite month of the year! It's August!!!!! Happy leo sznnnnn! I'm biased because it's my birthday month, but I really do love August. Every year this means fun vacations, the end of whatever summer job I've been up to, and this year, the excitement of turning 21. In Wisconsin this also means it's finally perfect summer weather... in the 70s most days and not too hot like it has been for the last couple of weeks!