Welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday!
1 – Here Comes Fall!
Today is the last Saturday of summer. While there are some things I like about summer – warm evenings, longer days, delicious summer vegetables and fruits, and wearing sandals and big straw hats – it’s not my favorite season. Like so many others, my heart belongs to fall.
The leaves are already beginning to turn and there is a noticeable chill in the air. This weekend I’ll put away the cotton tunics and linen pants hanging in my closet and replace them with sweaters and coats. Are you a lover of autumn too?
2 – 50th Birthday Trip Itinerary Set!
After many hours of research and rumination, I have finally decided where I’d like to spend the first week of our two week vacation in France. Provence!
We are spending the first portion of the Provence trip in Avignon at this darling place, then we head to Aix-en-Provence.
We will be staying at Ambiance d’Aix, a charming rental owned by Anne of Music and Market Tours, who you may recognize from this month’s How I Wear My.
I have been following Anne on Instagram for years and stopped by her site to grab her link for How I Wear My. I noticed her page about their rentals in France as I had been searching for a place to stay in Aix-en-Provence for a solid week.
Before long, I had booked three nights at their Aix apartment. It looks like a wonderful property and I feel like this has to be kismet. I can’t wait to see it the apartment person!
3 – Travel Bag Choice
Last Saturday I mentioned I was searching for a new low-profile crossbody bag to carry on my trip. I ordered three bags by Travelon. Two were a definite no-go based on appearance. But this one made the cut. It has a simple design and I like that the strap is slash-proof. It won’t be my bag every day of our trip, but I will carry it when we’re going to high tourist areas.
4 – Packing Research
A friend told me about Travel Fashion Girl. I have been browsing around their site, looking at everything from the top luggage choices to how to stay fit while traveling. As a chronic over-packer, I was drawn to the packing tips, especially the Maximalist packing list (minimalist is just never going to happen for me 😬). I won’t need any of the heavy winter gear but it’s given me some great ideas for packing lighter and smarter.
I am also taking notes from my well-traveled friend and fellow blogger, Susan of Une Femme, who is also traveling to France in the coming weeks. I found this post of Susan’s from earlier this week so helpful! I have already ordered a new silk eye mask and compressions socks from Susan’s list. After reading the latest news about tall people and their increased risk for blood clots, I thought it best to err on the side of caution and invest in a couple of pairs for me and my 6′ 7″ husband during our long flights and train rides.
5 – Top of the Lake
I watched all three episodes of Top of the Lake on Sundance TV this week. This is the second season of this fascinating and rather peculiar series. I watched the first season a couple of years ago and was drawn to the beautiful and dramatic New Zealand landscape and the cast of odd characters, both more interesting to me than the main storyline.
This season, Elizabeth Moss returns as Detective Robin Griffith but this time, the story takes place in Sydney, Australia rather than the remote village in New Zealand. Moss is joined by Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones this season.
I don’t want to give anything away here in case you plan on watching it and will simply say I enjoyed it and I think it’s worth watching.
6 – Favorite New Salad Dressing
We had a big bowl of limes to use up and rather than make margaritas, I decided to make salad dressing. I came across this recipe and liked it so much, as did Bill, that I made another batch and printed off the recipe for safekeeping. It’s light and tart with a touch of sweetness. And I love the addition of garlic, which I tripled by the way. I also subbed the sugar with Swerve.
It’s a breeze to make and I think it would be fantastic on an Asian slaw or Asian chicken salad as well as a green salad.
7 – Hair Products for Travel
Earlier this week, I shot some hair product videos with my hairdresser, Kimberly of Dolce Vita Salon in Santa Rosa. The focus of these videos is hair products to take with you when you travel. I will be editing them this weekend and loading them to my YouTube Channel as soon as they’re done.
Kimberly put my hair in a fishtail braid that I loved. I wish I could figure out how to do this on my own!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!