MAKING this house a home. A fun, exhausting project. COOKING hot soup to use up the loads of farmers market veggies sitting in our fridge, and to warm things up around here, because, well, hello 40 degree nights. DRINKING coffee. READING anything and everything home decor related. WANTINGthis cardigan. I would, quite literally, live in it. LOOKING for a cozy rug for our living room. Suggestions would be appreciated! PLAYING Ella Henderson. WISHING for the weekend. It’s going to be a good one. ENJOYING the slow, chilly mornings. Sweaters, coffee, candles. Yes, yes, yes. WAITING for the weekend. Said that already, yes? LIKINGthis capsule wardrobe idea. Wishing I had the time to make it happen. WONDERING what the dog is chewing in the other room. Worst nightmare. LOVING this time of year. I know everyone is saying that but gosh, it’s just so cozy and fresh and new and good. HOPING for a quintessential New England autumn. Apple picking, pumpkin carving, leaf peeping… you name it. MARVELING at how quickly this year is breezing by. NEEDING a warm blanket. SMELLING the ocean spray candle lit next to me. A little out of season, yes, I know. WEARING sweats and a cozy sweater. NOTICING how far we’ve come in our house so far, but how far we’ve still to go. TRYING to be okay with slow progress. THINKING about how much I really love September. What a freakin’ awesome month. BOOKMARKING rugs, lamps, cabinets. All day long. FEELING excited for these next few weeks. They’re going to be good.
The last full month of summer was good to us. Very good. Here’s what happened.
(ONE) A few vineyard visits to my local favorites, Jones Winery and White Silo Farm, with the best of friends and family. (TWO) Many nights spent outdoors admiring the show Mother Nature puts on for us every evening. There was barely a night that went by in which I didn’t snap a picture of the sky. (THREE) Al fresco dining. Lots of it. (FOUR) Birthday celebrations for Hobson. We had a delicious dinner here, grabbed some drinks with friends, and spent a night at Citi Field for the Braves/Mets game. I can’t speak for him, but I’d say it was a pretty perfect way to celebrate! (FIVE) Maybe the best part of the month, and the reason we were so looking forward to August, was the purchase of our first house! We were (and still are) over the moon to be homeowners. And I want to thank each and every one of you that sent congrats and kind words! The process wouldn’t have been the same without the love of our family and friends and all of you!
I love September, oh so much. Summer always holds a huge piece of my heart, but I think I’m just about ready for the crisp of fall in the air. Here’s to a season of change, lots of hot vanilla chai and cozy socks.
Welcome to Monday, friends! With this fresh week comes a new series collaboration between myself and my dear friend, Brooke, the writer of the sweet blog Honestly, B. We’ve teamed up to bring you a fun challenge we appropriately named Moodboard Mondays, and we’re pretty darn excited about it! Here’s how it’ll work. Come the first Monday of each month, we’ll be choosing a theme to create a moodboard around and share with you all. We figure it’s a good way to exercise our creative juices and set a positive direction for the month ahead. There’s nothing like starting off on the right foot, so we’d love for you to join in on this challenge with us!
We’re a week behind on this month, but we made an excuse out of last week’s holiday. So today, for our first theme we chose “Summers End.” After all, it’s what September is all about, right? The falling back into a routine after a full and chaotic season, soaking up the last couple weeks of warmth and sunshine and sandal weather, and drinking as much lemonade and sangria as the days and nights will allow. I happen to find the beach in September beautiful. Summers end for me is still the beach, only with sweaters instead of bathing suits, bonfires instead of coolers and closed umbrellas instead of open ones.
What is summers end to you? Do you have any end of summer routines in preparation for the chillier days ahead?
Don’t forget to head on over and see what “Summers End” means to Brooke! That girl is crazy talented. Her board will not disappoint!
Next month’s theme is “Macabre” in honor of Halloween! We would love for you to link-up with us next month. We will post on the 6th of October. And maybe you’re really feeling the theme “Summers End?” We’d love to see what you come up with! Leave a comment below with a link to your post.