Friday Favorites No. 3: Life & Style Around the Web

Lifestyle / Friday, April 27th, 2018

It has been a WEEK! Every Friday I get out my biggest coffee mug and reward myself for completing another 5 days and still be standing. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but you know the feeling when you get to Friday and you feel like you can breathe in and just sigh a little deeper, knowing that two blissful days lie ahead? Go ahead…breathe in and let it all go! Feels great, doesn’t it?

I recently answered a survey on Instagram stories by The Blog Societies and one of the questions was, where do you find inspiration? I answered “Magazines (I’m old school).” Of course I read a ton of blogs and marvel at what my fellow creatives are coming up with. But magazines have been my little reading treat for years. Like a lot of young girls, my first magazine was Seventeen. I felt so grown up when my mom agreed to allowing me a subscription, and I couldn’t wait for the mail to deliver another month of makeup, fashion, and lifestyle tips.

Now as a grown-up, I subscribe to In Style and my favorite travel publications – Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. This week “The Europe Issue” arrived from T+L and it has me jonesing for summer and our trip to Scandinavia. We’ve been going to Europe every summer for many years and it’s the one time of year I truly feel carefree. Just like those days of reading teen magazines on my bed, chatting with my best friend on my clear telephone (the one where all the inner workings are different shades of neon colors?), and thinking about cute boys. Totally carefree with no real responsibilities and just enjoying life and its simple joys.

Here is a (rather famous) photo I snapped of Manarola in the Cinque Terre, Italy two summers ago. I can smell the salty air and hear the sounds of people laughing in the water. It reminds me that I can still find simple joys in my adult world. This week’s Friday Favorites are all about putting the fun in functional. TGIF, everyone!

Manarola Cinque Terre | Travel | Italy | Cathedrals and Cafes Blog

For Dog Moms

Gifts for Dog Mom’s Day

Did you know that May 12th is Dog Mom’s Day? Every fun dog mom loves injecting a little color and cuteness into her pup’s accessories. I love these 4 stylish gifts for dog mom’s day from Wear Wag Repeat. I am in love with those colorful leashes and bandanas from The Foggy Dog. I think Bella would love them, too!


Less Screen Time

Between working full-time, blogging, and catching up on my favorite shows, I am engaging in a lot of screen time. I love this list of 25 things you can do instead of watching TV from But First, Coffee. In addition to just being a good way to lesson our tech time, these are great ways to find simple joys in everyday things.


Closet Envy

These might have to be the entrance to my closet in our next home. I love the idea of switching up a door in your house to add interest. I see it all the time with unique pantry doors. These pink closet doors are so adorable and it’s a DIY project! How to make our pink closet French doors by Studio DIY! shows you how. I also think these would be amazing in a matte black or really dark blue. That pop of gold hardware absolutely makes them!


Dressing for Drinks

I have found my casual style twin in this look from Damsel in Dior, Ready for Wine. T-shirt? Check. Distressed jeans? Check. Slip-on shoes? Check. Summer tote? Check. Ready for rosé? You bet! But I’m not sure I have enough ripped up jeans in my wardrobe. Where are my scissors?

Xo – Erin

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