Five Things to Help Make Sheltering at Home Better

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This whole sheltering at home thing is getting very hard. I don’t want to make this post negative at all because I’m trying to stay on the positive side of things, but we are all going a bit crazy over here.

With that in mind, I want to share five things that are making my days a bit brighter. We are trying not to spend a lot of money right now, but I have made a few purchases that have changed my mood for the better and made my outlook brighter. Below are five things to help make sheltering at home better for you and your loved ones (just you, let’s be honest).

Catchall mat

1// Prince Lionheart Catchall / $15 for 2 of them
If you have kids, these are seriously the best thing since nap time. I strategically place these under their kitchen chairs (where they eat) and at the end of mealtime, I fling out all the crumbs and scraps that have accumulated over the course of the day. It cuts clean-up time in half which makes me so happy at the end of the night. Also, these bad boys work as craft mats for those of us who cringe at the thought of having to scrub paint and other such craft things off walls and tables.

ATM Linen Pants

2// ATM Linen Stripe Pants / $79.99 plus 40% off
Oh sweet Jesus where have these been all my life. I think I have been looking for this pair of pants for five years. These are so lightweight and comfortable without looking sloppy. I’m not the biggest fan of shorts, but I also don’t want to sweat my a** off all summer. The best part is that these are on an insane discount. If you are between sizes, size up because these are not the type of pants that you want to fit snug. Do the half tuck with a white tee plus your favorite sandal and you are golden.

3// Emerson Fry Baja Caftan / $158
I know, I know. I am obsessed with this line and I’m OK with it. You guys, this looks super cool on the beach, but I would wear this every day in the summer too. The color is so good and so is the length. You can for sure chase kids down in this or be comfy in it and lay poolside. I feel strong about this caftan and it makes me very happy thinking that it might be mine.

4// Dôen Joan Dress / $198
First off, I want to say that I am feeling these vibes. When this Covid garbage is over, I want to spin around in this dress with a beer in my hand ideally somewhere amazing like right here. I’ll settle for my front yard though. How pretty is this dress? I also love it styled open without the belt for those caftan vibes. Also, it’s perfect for going straight from the pool to cocktails. That’s a lofty goal for my life right now, but one can dream. I’m into it.

5// Elsie Green Baskets / $69
These baskets have made me so much happier because they keep clutter hidden and look beautiful at the same time. I keep this exact basket (size large) by our back porch and all our shoes go in there and stay there. No more muddy shoes all over the living room. I first saw these on Alicia’s blog and immediately ordered a few. They are sturdy and perfect for anyone who loves a classic neutral basket. You will be so happy with these.

I hope everyone is staying safe and staying at home during this tough time. Reach out to me with any questions or if you need helping finding any of these products.

NEED TO KNOW: LARSEN & LUND

NEED TO KNOW: LARSEN & LUND

I’m excited to tell you guys about this gorgeous accessories line that I stumbled across not too long ago. Larsen & Lund is an environmentally conscious fashion and accessories line based out of Los Angeles. All the leather in their products is upcycled. This means that the leather they use comes from other manufacturers who have leftover pieces of material that would otherwise go unused. They use these materials to create beautiful bags, accessories, and clutches while at the same time reducing waste.

LARSEN & LUND

LARSEN & LUND

I absolutely love the elegant and minimalist design of their collection. All the clutches would work perfectly for everyday use or just as good for evening wear. The Large Black Clutch is one of my favorites. I’m a sucker for a beautiful black leather clutch that looks good with everything in my closet…

LARSEN & LUND
Photos c/o Larsen & Lund

Larsen & Lund has generously offered us a 15% off discount code on all their products for 30 days. Do not miss the gorgeous Large Leather Clutch (black, charcoal, and cognac) or the impeccable Bucket Bag. Simply use “THEPUMPKINSPOT” at checkout and enjoy a sweet deal on all Larsen & Lund goods. There’s nothing better than finding a new line to love, especially when it’s also good for Mother Earth.

Head on over and shop their stunning collection of accessories and killer bags right here.

BORA BORA RECAP

BORA BORA RECAP

The second half of our honeymoon was spent in Bora Bora. We took a short flight from Temae, Moorea to Bora Bora and then grabbed a boat to our hotel. We spent 5 nights at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa and I highly recommend it. Bora Bora is more touristy than Moorea, but for good reason. It’s completely off the grid and if you want to venture off the resort, you have to take a boat. The views are unreal and below are a few of my favorite photos.

BORA BORA RECAP

 

BORA BORA RECAP

Remote beaches

 

BORA BORA RECAP

Rainbow after an afternoon storm

View of the volcano from the over-the-water bungalows

 

BORA BORA RECAP

We spent an afternoon touring the Island with Moana Adventure Tours. We had an unbelievable guide that showed us his family’s island, where to find the best coral, and even took us swimming with rays (and sharks). It was one of my favorite experiences from the trip and if you go, this is an absolute must.

BORA BORA RECAP

Our amazing guide and our ride for the day

BORA BORA RECAP

BORA BORA RECAP

Most of our days consisted of lounging on our deck reading or relaxing on the beach.

 

BORA BORA RECAP

Purple Water Lilies were everywhere

 

BORA BORA RECAP

BORA BORA RECAP

Our trip was even better than we anticipated and lived up to all the expectations we had. Before you book a trip to French Polynesia, there are a few things you should know…

Mosquitos. I’m not kidding when I say that you need bug spray with you all-the-time. They will literally eat you alive. Be smart and buy some before you go or else pay upwards of $25 for a small bottle. Ouch.

Also, if you want to travel in the Fall (like we did), go in early or mid October so that you miss the beginning of their rainy season. We caught the early part and it wasn’t terrible, but we had a few rainy days.

Last, plan your tours early. There are a lot of people trying to do the same activities so try and figure out what you want to do and just book it.

French Polynesia was the trip of a lifetime and I’m looking forward to our next adventure…

BLOGGERS WHO BUDGET: MAXI DRESSES

Bloggers Who Budget Maxi Dresses

Bloggers Who Budget Maxi Dresses

Bloggers Who Budget Maxi Dresses

Bloggers Who Budget Maxi Dresses

Bloggers Who Budget Maxi Dresses

Bloggers Who Budget Maxi Dresses

Bloggers Who Budget Maxi Dresses

{Resort Maxi by Pink Stitch, Banana Republic Double-Bow Fedora, Anthropologie clutch and necklace (a few years old, but see similar below)}

This month’s Bloggers Who Budget theme is maxi dresses under $100. Summer is right around the corner, which means maxi dress season is upon us. There’s no better way to beat the heat than by putting on your favorite maxi and calling it a day.

My dress is the Pink Stitch Resort Maxi Dress for $84. These dresses are so good for the price. The cutout back and ruching make this dress a summer must-have and I’m tempted to grab one in every single color. Fit tip: the bust tends to run a bit small, so consider sizing up. If you are looking for a printed maxi under $100, peep this Zig Zag Resort Maxi that I wore for our April Bloggers Who Budget Prints + Patterns Collab.

A great fedora is essential and just adds to any summer look whether it be a maxi or cut-offs. Mine is the Double Bow Fedora and you can find this gem at your local Banana Republic. The jewelry and clutch were bought a few years ago at Anthropologie, but I found a few that are similar (see below).

There’s no shortage of affordable maxi dress inspiration this month, so be sure to check out all the Bloggers Who Budget below!

Bloggers Who Budget Maxi Dresses

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