A Couple Tips for Traveling with Airbnb

11:11:00 AM

We visited Seattle recently to celebrate Ian's 29th. :-) For this trip we decided to stay in an Airbnb loft apartment so we could walk to the Seahawks game and have a spot to host a small party.

The apartment was great, but when I opened the windows one evening to let some air in, I was amazed at how quickly the smells of the alley behind the building filled the room. Luckily I had a solution ready since I had experienced this before. And in that moment I thought, hey I should share the tips I've picked up from my experiences with various Airbnb apartments from our travels.

I try to keep a small, fragrant candle in the inner pocket of my suitcase at all times. In fact, sometimes I forget that it's even there, but it is the perfect little indulgence. As I mentioned already, unpleasant city smells can sometimes drift in with the otherwise-delightful evening breeze, and a mini candle is a perfect antidote. Other benefits of the candle include a boost of ambiance during a late night convo, a focus point for morning meditations, or a new scent-memory to take home as a reminder of your trip. The tisane candles by tatine are tiny and smell amazing. I love this one and this one.

P.S. The tatine candles come wrapped in pretty paper which you can toss into your lingerie bag or fold in with a sweater to leave behind a subtle scent.

A few other favorites:

Not all Airbnbs use metal keys, many have coded keyless entries. If that's the case where you're staying, this bit of advice won't really make a difference for you. But for those apartments that are keyed, I find that the key(s) are often just loose or on a teeny tiny (easy to lose) key ring. If I keep a charm/tassel/piece of string/elastic hair tie in my luggage, I can attach it to the key first thing and avoid the worry of lost keys.

For longer trips, I often choose apartments with laundry machines. On a trip to Greece, I found myself baffled by the washing machine because it was literally in Greek, which I cannot read or understand. Google translate's instant camera translation feature enabled me to select the right cycle and distinguish the box of laundry detergent from the box of dish detergent. It's not perfect, but it certainly is helpful.

French Pharmacy Beauty

12:23:00 PM

This morning I stumbled upon this completely charming video of Jeanne Damas sharing her favorite pharmacy beauty products and her trick for applying lipstick. I love her philosophy on beauty and her adorable, fluffy cat.

And! These are my own top 3 French pharmacy products. I like to mix the Embryolisse creme with foundation or tinted moisturizer for sheer, dewy coverage. 

1. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate

2. Klorane Dry Shampoo

3. La Roche-Posay Ultra Light Sunscreen

What are your favorite pharmacy buys? (French, or otherwise)

velvet touches

11:03:00 AM

I've been noticing a new trend for fall: velvet! I don't think I've personally worn velvet since the 90s, probably at the school Christmas pageant. 

But this season's velvet seems cooler than it was back then. Velvet pieces like a strappy sandal or cut-out dress feel elegant and sultry. And the unexpected texture of velvet on a simple tee or sneaker give a luxe twist to well-loved basics. 

What do you think? Will you incorporate a pop of velvet to your fall wardrobe?

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P.S. I just ordered this.

Master Bath: Current Space + Inspiration

9:00:00 AM

We've been in our new house for a couple months now. All our stuff is unpacked and put away. We've made a list of projects and furniture needs. We've spent some time each weekend chipping away at yard goals. We are still figuring out what some of the light switches do. We've had a couple dinner parties & bbqs to break this baby in.

More and more, the house is really starting to feel like ours. To make it even more our own, we're going to start working on our first big update, which is the master bathroom!

Here's what we're currently working with: