Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley October 27, 2018

Weekend hellos! I’m headed back to California today after a quick visit to Salt Lake City, my sister and I had fun playing outdoors and making a day trip to Park City, Utah. The weather has been so beautiful with blue skies and skylines peppered with trees showing off autumn colors. I came at the perfect time!

I’m ready to dive into the holiday season, there’s something about all the stores hanging greenery and twinkle lights that makes me want to start too, although I usually start small with touches of silver and gold as Thanksgiving approaches then decorate more when December is near.

Favorite links from the week…

This is a stunning shade of green on these kitchen cabinets.

So serene: this Scandinavian family home.

Love this cozy medley of color in this NYC holiday house..

This is a cute DIY faux pumpkin idea.

Napkin folding ideas for your Thanksgiving table.

Another great high/low – styled for the holidays.

Maybe you’re not meant to “get through” this phase of life.

Random acts of kindness to practice during the holiday season.

Have a great weekend. :)


Weekender Bags for Travel

By Kate Riley October 25, 2018

Yesterday I hopped on a plane to visit my sister in Salt Lake City for a few days. With me I brought a new weekender bag – it’s my new favorite travel accessory!

In the past, I’ve traveled with a tote bag or computer bag as my “personal item” but never a weekender. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get one, it’s slightly larger than a tote bag and the perfect size for a quick getaway or a carry on.

I prefer canvas as a material since it’s durable and washable. This one is has a flat bottom and is the perfect size for stuffing under the plane seat in front of me.

The perfect carry on weekender bag has a compartment for my laptop, space for toiletries and a spare set of clothing, and also a flap that attaches to the suitcase handle and sits on top for rolling through the airport.

I love this bag so much I just had to share. It comes in several patterns, but I also rounded up several more stylish weekender bags.




vegan leather bordeaux  / herschel weekender (multiple colors)

candice vegan leather  (more colors)

watery blue  / navy canvas and leather

parachute / boho colorful

silver duffle / grey washed canvas / black & white stripe


I’m also shopping for a new suitcase, right now I use a rolling Swiss Gear expandable carry on for domestic travel (I usually check it for international travel), but it’s showing signs of wear and tear so I’m thinking of choosing the hard case style for my next suitcase. Opinions? Do you have a favorite suitcase that you swear by? Do you prefer the soft side or hard side style for travel?