Saturday, October 12, 2019

Long Weekend Reading 10.12

Happy long weekend! It's been a minute, huh? Fall is in full swing here and I've been busy. My brother was in town for the past couple of weeks so we did all the fall things we could while he was around: hiking, apple picking, exploring the coast... all this, plus a little too much happening personally lead to a little hiatus that wasn't intended. Now that things have calmed down, I'm looking forward to taking full advantage of my three day weekend. Today calls for rain, so I'm planning to do some fall decorating and closet-cleaning-out so I can take advantage and get outside on the other days. What are you up to? Hope it's something good!

A very sweet story about an octopus in a cup that's also a good reminder to skip the single-use plastic when you can

These candles are my kind of fall decor (and they're on sale!) (there's a diffuser too!)

On my October wishlist: a cozy cashmere beanie, a classic pair of jeans, and the perfect pair of slouchy boots

An all-women flight team flew 120 girls to NASA

This is making the rounds but worth it: Senator Warren's brilliant answer to a same-sex marriage question

Save 40% off your purchase from J.Crew! I'm eyeing this cozy beanie (the neon!), this fluffy bomber jacket, and this bold plaid overcoat

Alexa Chung is back in action with a new collection and the pieces are so good (that green jacket!)

Something I'm working on: Why you never see your friends anymore

Have you seen Madewell's new arrivals? So good! Seriously considering this cashmere dress

If it's raining where you are (it is here): here's the 50 best movies on Netflix right now (NYT)

This bag looks way more expensive than it is - love the black, perfect with this dress (both under $50)

I've heard great things about this face essence - that it's a dupe for SKII! – just ordered, will report back...

Who would Tavi Gevinson be without Instagram? Worth considering for all of us.

Have you seen Blair's new collection for Nordstrom? It's so good! Love this polkadot dress.

Hot Girl Summer is over – thank god for Fat Bear Fall

These ceramic candle holders are so cool - the white would be beautiful for holiday decorating

Related: It's soup season!

This vintage shop has some beautiful pieces for fall!

Gahhh someday I will own fancy handmade plates and when that time comes, it will be these handmade plates

Friday, September 27, 2019

Weekend Links 9.27

Happy Weekend! Any fun plans? This is the first weekend in awhile I haven't had something going on, and I'm planning on taking full advantage I'm hoping to do the big summer-to-fall closet switch and I'd like to make it to yoga. Otherwise, relaxing. And maybe some thrift shopping? It was a weird week, I definitely didn't get enough sleep, which left me feeling a little on-edge and off-kilter. Hoping to get back to center over the next couple of days. Hope yours is a relaxing one!


ICYMI: My style picks for fall (on sale for another hour or so!)

Things to talk about that aren't work (I'm so, so tired of talking about work)

40% off fall favorites from J. Crew! Loving this denim jumpsuit and this fluffy baby blue sweater

Wine pairings for the impending impeachment proceedings (topical!)

I'm in full sweater-hoarding mode, which is making the new recycled cashmere line from Everlane really, really hard to resist (I have my eye on this one)

So cool – Mattel has launched a new line of gender-neutral dolls called 'Createable World'

Do you decorate for the season? I don't usually but these handmade velvet pumpkins are making me rethink that

Definitely need to bake something this weekend and this Pumpkin Tahini Loaf looks like just the thing. Or maybe pumpkin chocolate chip bread? I can't decide!

Save 50% off shoes from Urban Outfitters! Including these very classic Nikes

Today in horrifying stories: a woman was shot in the head by her boyfriend... and she didn't realize it for a month

I photographed a bride wearing these sparkly wedding sneakers last weekend and now I think they're the perfect wedding shoes – how cute are they?

I just got these slippers and good lord are they the coziest things ever (I guess we're talking shoes in this post)

On a less horrifying note, this piece about planning for the future was really lovely

Save an extra 30% off sale from Anthropologie! Eyeing this sleek jumpsuit and these cute pink sunnies

Love this list of easy zero-waste swaps

If you're looking for a new book, perhaps one set in Maine that's a bit spooky?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Shopping for Fall (+ Shopbop Sale!)

Despite the little hint of summer we received last weekend, I am 100% ready for fall, and it seems fall is 100% here. The leaves are changing and collecting on the sidewalks, nights have been cooler, and it seems it's officially time to swap my closet over from summer to fall and make my list of items I'd like to add to my wardrobe for the season. Perfect timing for the Shopbop Event of the Season Sale! I always look forward to Shopbop's sales because they're the perfect time to add that one special item to my closet, or join up with friends to save on seasonal must-haves. Last year I added a gorgeous White + Warren cashmere robe to my closet and this year I have my eye on a few special things...

This season, I'm on the search for the perfect animal-print bag (love these – especially those croco options), a great statement-making headband (obsessed with that polkadot number), and some modern hiking boots (what's better with dresses in fall than a classic pair of lug-soled boots?).

What makes this sale so great? It includes full-price and sale items (in fact, a pair of my favorite sunglasses are on major sale), and the more you buy, the more you save:

Take 20% off orders under $500 & 25% off orders over $500 with the code STOCKUP19
some exclusions apply
Sale valid 9/25 7:18am ET – 9/28 4am ET

Below I'm sharing a few more pieces I have my eye on (yes, I'm having a leopard print moment, I ordered those boots and the leopard print transport tote):

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Weekend Reading 9.21

Happy Saturday, friends! I just got back from working as a photographer's assistant for a wedding and I. Am. Beat. This week was a long one spent checking off some big to-dos, the most exciting of which is I finally pulled the trigger and bought a car. Chris and I have been sharing one car for months, and while I wish owning two wasn't necessary, with his schedule it absolutely is. So, now that I have a way to get around outside of my easily walkable radius, tomorrow I'm planning on taking my paddleboard out to enjoy the second wave of summery weather that's hit Portland. I can't believe it's already the end of September – this year has flown by at an incredible pace, but I'm also really excited about the next few weeks. My brother is coming to town – the last time I saw him was in 2017 – and to be honest, I'm just really looking forward to fall and everything that comes with it. Apple picking? Yes please. Fall hikes? Sign me up. I'm ready for all of it.


A great and powerful read: Jonathon Van Ness comes out as HIV-positive (NYT)

Related: I just ordered his book

How to join the youth climate strike – no matter your age. Did you protest this week? I couldn't go but am hoping to this Friday!

I've been on the hunt for a new fall coat - loving this menswear-inspired plaid jacket, this cozy shearling moto jacket and this dreamy faux-fur jacket

Are you going to see the new Downton Abbey movie? I have so much catching up to do!

For the true crime lovers out there, a long read: the hunt for the serial killer of Laredo

I have my eye on this cozy cashmere sweater – so pretty with jeans or even with a skirt for fall

Why doesn't anyone feel like an adult anymore?

Found: a really good matte black nail polish (perfect for the season)

How to make a lifestyle change actually stick – I needed this

Can you tell I'm on a sweater kick? Loving this cozy striped sweater

This is pretty major – Allure just launched a clean beauty seal!

Love this modern take on the liner jacket - especially in that ochre color

These chai spice cookies are on my must-make list

Iced horchata latte? Sign me up.

OK, this pink faux-fur moto jacket is too good

Friday, September 13, 2019

Weekend Reading 9.13

Happy Friday the 13th! I feel like I've been looking forward to this weekend for, well, weeks. Life has felt like a whirlwind lately, and I'm in desperate need of some downtime. I don't have much planned for myself this weekend, for once – I'm doing some car research so I can hopefully get myself a car next week (a big reason why life has felt so crazy has been sharing a car with someone who works 90 hours a week), and going to the Portland Yard Sale on Sunday. And cleaning my disaster of an apartment – not sure about you, but you can tell a lot about my mental state by the state of my apartment, and right now it's in shambles. There are about 1000 other things I'd like to add to my to-do list, but I'm trying – REALLY TRYING – to slow down and take the time I need to get back to my baseline of feeling somewhat better (I need sleep, badly). Anyway – I hope YOUR weekend is restful and relaxing and exactly what you need it to be. If you're in Maine/Portland, come out to the Portland Yard Sale! I'll have a rack of vintage there and all proceeds go to RAICES to support families separated at the border.


Fall hit fast this year (it's currently 40°f!) and I'm really excited about dressing for it. I have my eye on this cool bag company for a good work-friendly bag, some hiking-inspired sneakers (that green pair!), and some kind of cozy, fluffy faux-fur coat

Have you seen the new Madewell x Dickies collab? Giving me major flashbacks in the best way. I have these pants and this jumpsuit (pink!) in my cart.

Teens explain their back-to-school outfits (everything looks like the Delias catalog from 1997 and I LOVE IT) (Related: I feel old but that's OK)

I have plants to bake something this weekend – and I think it might be this delicious-looking pumpkin bread

I have my eye on this pretty layering necklace – I haven't seen one like this before and think it would be so nice on its own or layered up

Have you seen Everlane's new corduroy pieces? I wasn't sure about them but have since convinced myself that I need these high waist wide leg pants - so good with sneakers and a vintage tee, right? I'm thinking Navy...

Always love seeing who Bon Appetit nominates for their 50 Best Restaurants list – no Maine on there, but I do see Providence and Boston!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing more size representation on Shopbop! They still have a ways to go for total inclusivity, but I love that they didn't make a big deal about it (You know what I mean? Some companies seem to only do it for the press coverage and like they're doing people a favor – I like that they just did it). MORE OF THIS PLEASE!

My favorite loafers now come in a (really good) snake print - ordering now!

Started this powerful book this week - so far I'm loving it, one part memoir, one part self-help/advice, but from someone who has experienced more than most of us will ever experience in one lifetime

What you can do now to financially prep for the holidays - I needed this, but also how about emotionally prepping? Thinking about that a lot lately.

The best new cookbooks for fall – I seriously need some inspiration, I feel like I've been stuck on autopilot recently

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Long Weekend Reading 09.01

Happy long weekend! Can you believe it's Labor Day weekend already? This summer flew by (and TBH I'm ready for fall), but I'm also not quite ready to admit summer's nearly over – with how our schedules worked out, this summer was a bit of a bust, so really I'm celebrating the arrival of September and what that means for us. Chris and I have some plans to unplug this weekend and celebrate the end of the busiest season at work – at least the proverbial end (it's probably not going to end) – and I'm looking forward to doing some reading, writing and hiking. Hope yours is sun-filled and relaxing – here's some links to click, read & shop:

ICYMI: Dainty gold necklaces for fall

Save 50% off sale styles + 40% off your purchase from J.Crew! Including this adorable dress and this classic bag

August's most popular recipes - those grilled shrimp look so good!

Receive a great 5 piece gift set with any Biossance purchase - this gorgeous oil literally changed my life

PSA: Don't fly with cake mix

I've been working on updating my Poshmark closet more frequently - if you've been thinking about joining, you can use the code 'ORCHIDGREY' to sign up and get $10!

on the desire to look less "Instagrammable"

Save 50% off sale items from Anthropologie. I have my eye on this cozy-looking henley dress, this headband and this adorable beaded bag

Made me laugh (re: Lizzo)

On my wishlist for fall: Cozy fall pieces in muted colors (that color-block cardigan!), a perfect faux-fur jacket, and some pretty, dainty hair accessories

Have you watched the trailer yet for The Goldfinch? I'm so excited!

Crushing on this chunky knit cardigan and these button-up pants

How to stretch your grocery budget

My other holy grail skin product now comes in a duo with an oil - plus receive a free full-size gift!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Style Crush: Dainty Gold Necklaces for Fall

At time of writing, it's 54°f here in Maine... I think it's ok that I start talking about fall. While I won't wish summer away just yet, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited for the opportunity to throw on a light sweater and dabble in transitioning my summer wardrobe to styles meant for cooler weather. This time between summer and fall is one of my favorites, especially during that sweet spot when you can wear sweaters thrown over dresses and paired with skirts – no boots or tights just yet. That's the time of year I love, and I'm looking forward to carrying a few summer trends over to the cooler temps, namely the dainty gold necklaces I've been wearing non-stop for the past few months.

As someone who always gravitated towards chunkier statement jewelry and lots of silver, I never thought I'd be so won over by the layered necklace trend I've been seeing everywhere, especially in gold – but here we are. I love them peeking out from button-ups and, come cooler weather, I'll be wearing them with blazers and fluffy, fuzzy sweaters – gold just feels classic, simple, and easy to throw on to finish off an outfit. Life has been so busy lately, anything that I can do to feel pulled together and somewhat with it these days is a lifesaver – the styles I've been drawn to are on the simpler side, easy to wear and allow me to move freely. Maybe this is why I've been taken with smaller, more delicate jewelry – it's simply lighter.

What are you most excited to wear for the upcoming season?