We've made it, y'all! It's FRIDAY! 

I'm headed back to Champaign (feels like deja vu!) for a dear friend's wedding on Sunday, and I'm so excited to see family and friends and spend time by the pool. I just love long weekends, don't y'all?! And honestly, I prefer Mondays off over Fridays. Then the work week feels like a snap, instead of anticipating the Friday off all week. 

Hopefully you all have fun plans and it will be sunny wherever you are! 


shopping  |   Loft is 40% off everything in store. I love this jumpsuit - it's way cuter in person than on the model, and could easily be dressed down with sandals or up with wedges and hoop earrings. Tuckernuck is 20% off sitewide - you can get the earrings from this post for under $100! Banana Republic & Gap are 40% off as well. I haven't been loving Banana's stuff as much this year, but I do love how their jeans fit and may need this pair. Club Monaco is offering an extra 30% off sale styles - I love this off-the-shoulder dress, this wear with everything crop top, and this eyelet top.

reading  |   I picked up Everything I Never Told You and The Light Between Oceans from the library. Everything I Never Told You is an easy, quick read, and The Light Between Oceans is coming out as a movie this fall - I'm really excited for this one. 

listening   |    Matt Wertz released his new album this week. I'll always love Twenty Three Places the most, but this one is pretty good. I'm also loving the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. It generates new songs each week based on your top song history!

eating   |   After seeing Ashley's post on Chrissy Teigen's chicken lettuce wraps, I've decided I really need to start cooking from my cookbooks more often. I have so many great ones - Cravings, Smitten Kitchen, Martha Stewart Cakes (!!!), Thug Kitchen (hysterical read). 

the best bags for weekend trips

I remember when I got my first Vera Bradley overnight duffel bag. It was for Christmas, and I was SO excited to no longer have to use a Nike athletic bag for overnight trips. I loved the print - a blue and brown floral print - and I even have a cosmetic bag to match. The little things, right? Well, I'm still using that same duffel probably 10 years later and I can say it has seen quite the trips over the years. Props to Vera Bradley too, because that thing has held up very well. After 10 years, though, I think it's time to upgrade to something new, don't you think?!

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend and all the summer travels ahead, I've rounded up some great weekender bags. With whatever I choose, I want it to last as long as my Vera Bradley did. Rather than a bold print, I think I'll go with something neutral and classic. 

Mark & Graham leather weekender bag - perfect for all upcoming summer travels

Kate Spade nylon weekender bag - perfect for all upcoming summer travels

Lo & Son's weekender bag - perfect for all upcoming summer travels

what to wear: wedding attire in your late 20's

The past weekend officially kicked off this year's summer weddings. I don't know about you all, but I'm at the point in life where I have LOTS of weddings. Like, 9 this year, with one this weekend!!! With weddings comes shopping for dresses, and I personally have a tough time finding age appropriate dresses. It's the Britney Spears conundrum - I'm not a girl, not yet a woman! Although I guess I am technically a woman, just a young woman. When I'm shopping for dresses now, I want a balance of pretty but chic, appropriate but a little sexy. I don't want something too sweet, and trendy, but rather beautiful and timeless - something I can feel confident wearing year after year. Is this a challenge for anyone else, or just me?!

A few good brands I've found that accomplish that strange, mid-to-late 20's to early 30's gap: Elizabeth & James, Club Monaco, Milly, Tibi, Rebecca Taylor, etc. etc. I've pulled together a few of my favorite options below, and I actually ordered this Club Monaco dress for a wedding in June.

(comes in white, too! and is on sale for under $130!)

(comes in multiple colors, on sale for under $170!)

(not as simple, but I think it's fun and could be worn year after year)

(I think this is GORGEOUS. Also comes in red and is on sale for under $225)

(I think there's something really pretty about this. Comes in black too, would love with gold jewelry!)

What are your go-to places for dresses? I'd love to hear where you all shop!
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