Roses are Red

Want to know a secret? Despite working with blooms and sharing photos of flowers on my feed, I almost never have them in the house! And if I do, they’re usually behind a closed door rather than proudly on display.

I blame our two mischievous cats who’ll chew on anything new that enters our home. So despite loving flowers, I really prefer my blooms on my sleeves. So of course I fell for this stunning dress:

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November Beauty Favorites

With a trip to Portugal, plus out of town visitors and plenty of items on my to-do list, November’s been a busy one. Each month a few new beauty products seem to find their way into my routine and become firm favorites. This month they all seem to be products that help me achieve a polished but natural look with ease.

Here are my most-loved products in November:

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The Jumpsuit of Dreams

If you see me at a party or event this holiday season, I’ll probably be wearing this.

Bold color, playful pattern and sheer, voluminous sleeves that remind me of I Dream of Jeannie in the best possible way. I love wearing clothes that call to mind another era and this jumpsuit does just that with its shape, pattern and perfect detailing.

Yes, this is the jumpsuit of dreams!

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A Three Day Porto Itinerary

A little earlier in the year, my fellow blogger Supal asked if I’d be interested in joining her on a trip to Porto. I’ve only ever heard wonderful things about this city, so it was an immediate ‘yes!’ from me. We managed to fit in so many experiences and sights during our two days in the city.

Here’s what we got up to during our time in this beautiful city:

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The Most Instagrammable Spots in Stockholm

Aside from my outfit, of course!

When we travel, we always create a map beforehand, listing all the places we’d like to visit. It’s incredibly helpful to can group activities by area, which allows us to use our time in any given city more efficiently. But pins on a map don’t prepare you for how things will be once you’re in the country.

With our trip to Sweden, I was so pleasantly surprised by just how beautiful everything was and wanted to share those special spots that stood out (and make for a pretty picture too):

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What to Look For in a Work Bag

You know it’s time for a new bag when the current one is fraying on every corner and has handles that look like they’ll give out at any moment. Not ideal when I’m out and about nearly every day, using said bag from dawn until dusk!

Most days I work from my desk at home, but other times, I might be working from a hotel room in a new city or a cafe in Notting Hill. Going from place to place with plenty of things in tow means that I need a bag that can keep up (and hold quite a lot!).

Through trial and error, I’ve learned that there are a few key features that make for a perfect work bag. Here’s what I look for!

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October Beauty Favorites

Another month has passed by which means it’s time to share another roundup of beauty products that I’ve been loving lately. Last month was a busy one with a trip to Sweden thrown in the mix, so it’s been all about ease. Things that are foolproof and simple to wear, even if I’m short on time or out an about all day. Here’s what I loved most in October:

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Changing Leaves, Changing Fabrics

Now that we’re a few days into November, we’re fully immersed in autumn. The mornings are crisp, the days are short and the leaves have gone from green to a gorgeous array of red, yellow and orange.

I use the changing leaves as a signal to switch out the fabrics in my wardrobe—embracing the new season by putting away the linens and lightweight cottons, in favor of cozier fabrics. And this dress, already a firm favorite, is front and center in my wardrobe.

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The Most Versatile Piece in My Winter Wardrobe

The most versatile item in my winter wardrobe is an unexpected one—a houndstooth coat. With it’s streamlined tailoring, velvet details and blue, black and red pattern it’s already become the most reached for item in my closet. It looks lovely dressed up or down and can be worn in so many situations.

On a recent trip to Sweden, I inadvertently proved the versatility of this jacket by wearing three very different looks, all topped with this coat. Here’s how I styled this coat three ways while on our jaunt to Sweden:

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