Friday Things

We’re heading across the pond tonight and I couldn’t be more excited! This is probably my favorite time of year to travel–there’s this awkwardly long break between bank holidays (depending on your office, it could be as long as New Years Day to Memorial Day, or as short as President’s Day to Memorial Day…either way, it’s several weeks!) and I’m so happy to be back in London for the first time in over 15 years + heading to Edinburgh for the first time. Scotland has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember I know this will be the first of multiple visits :)

This week felt simultaneously long and short…we did a lot of trip prep ahead of time, but there were still lots of boxes to check since I want to stay off my computer as much as possible while we’re gone. I had breakfast with Ashlee on Tuesday before she left for Houston (it still hasn’t hit me that they’re moving!), went to Mission for happy hour, and squeezed in a workout yesterday morning before work.

I’m going to take next week off from posting but will be back here a week from Monday! In the meantime, you can follow along on Instagram where I will be posting + storying, or you can catch up on some of my favorite posts (shared below).


I could do an entire post on this but figured I’d just hit the highlights! We never check bags, so packing for a week is totally doable but takes some strategizing. (I’m taking my Delsey rolling bag–mine is the 19” but they don’t make that size anymore, and the Lo & Sons OMG as my personal item). Our Airbnb in London has laundry so we’ll probably throw in a load before heading to Edinburgh on Tuesday, but in the past we’ve either taken a packet of detergent or bought a bottle on arrival and hand washed essentials in the sink or shower.

+ Two pairs of leggings (wear one on the plane)
+ Two pairs of jeans
+ Dudley Stephens cowl neck
+ Dudley Stephens navy Cobble Hill
+ Cashmere crewneck sweater
+ Black silk tank
+ Striped tee
+ Two solid long sleeve shirts (to wear solo, under sweater, or under sweater blazer)
+ Everlane v-neck tee (wear on the plane)- J.Crew Factory Sweater Blazer (wear on the plane)
+ Cashmere blanket scarf (wear on plane)
Puffy coat
+ Rothy’s black flats
+ Black suede booties
+ Gigi New York crossbody bag
+ Sneakers (wear on plane)
+ Baseball hat
+ Sunnies
+ Julie Vos coin necklace
+ Hairbrush (this size is so good for travel)

I’ve also been trying to get more comfortable with doing my hair, because it makes me feel way more put together and luckily it holds style for a couple of days. I picked up this dual voltage wand (only $16!) so am going to try it out. I often neglect my appearance while traveling (sad, but true) so here’s hoping this is a turning point!


+ Grace shared some great career advice–it’s really valuable regardless of your industry or how long you’ve been in the workforce. I’ve always admired her career path and openness to sharing wisdom with others, so really enjoyed how genuine and open she is about her own learnings and experiences!

+ Katie always jokes that she’ll be a Texan in her next life, and that always makes me the happiest! Here’s her guide to a girl’s weekend in Austin, if it’s on your 2019 travel bucket list.

A quick and easy way to elevate (or at least change up) your bookcase or book stacks!

+ So excited for Rosie! I’ve been reading her blog for years, and we’re actually heading to a couple of her restaurant recommendations in London this week.

+ How the CEO of SoulCycle gets it all done–I love this series from The Cut.

On the blog…

+ An inspiring interview with Catherine Smith of Plan de Ville, one of my favorite women-owned businesses!

+ I started a new series on the blog: Dinner Party!

+ Do you buy yourself gifts?

Some of my favorite blog posts…

+ The game-changing way I started organizing my inbox.

+ Little Millie is almost a year old…how?!

+ Reviewing the L.L. Bean Sweater Fleece, and why I own two of them!

+ A drink recipe to try this weekend.

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  1. thanks so much for including me, monica!

    Posted 3.1.19 Reply
  2. Erica wrote:

    Have a great trip!!

    Posted 3.1.19 Reply
  3. Rachel wrote:

    I hope you have a great trip! Totally agree that this is a great time to travel with such a big gap between holidays/days off work!

    Posted 3.3.19 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thank you so much, Rachel!!

      Posted 3.10.19 Reply