Around Here XV

Saint James striped shirt

It’s been a minute since I’ve followed my typical MWF posting schedule and I wanted to pop in with a little bit of what’s been going on in life lately! It’s true when they say “when it rains it pours” and there’s been the perfect storm of craziness in seemingly all parts of my life, including my 9-5, freelance, and a couple back to back personal trips. I’m grateful for all those things but a few unexpected things in every bucket kind of drained my tank–and pushed blogging down the priority list–and this weekend couldn’t have come at a better time.

I had a low key night Friday, shot a couple outfits on Saturday, and tried out a new spot for dinner (let’s just say I’m glad I’m about to build out an official DC burger guide), and worked out and met a friend for brunch at Indique on Sunday. I also got in a decent amount of computer time and while one more day would be the ideal way to end these couple of days, am simultaneously feeling more above water but happy that next weekend will be another low key one as well!

Saint James striped shirt

Summer travel

Our summer travel plans are kind of weirdly timed this year…we spent the first two weekends of this month away (first to Maine, then to Florida–my Maine post has been nearly done for two weeks and will finally be up Wednesday), but other than a quick one night trip for me in a couple weeks, are staying put in DC till the end of July. Then it’s basically a few back to back weekends away with Dallas, Chicago, Newport, RI, and NYC on the calendar and then it’s post-Labor Day and fall starts to settle in. I feel like I say this every year but something about planning summer trips in advance makes the time go by so quickly. We got the Newport trip in the books back in April and just booked Labor Day, but I’m trying to slow down and appreciate the next few weeks (even though I detest the summer heat!). It should be easier to do with the 4th of July, a couple friends visiting, and my birthday later next month!

Saint James striped shirt

Big little lies

Who else is watching Big Little Lies? We binged the first season in a day two summers ago and I’m so excited it’s back! I haven’t really had a “show” to follow at the same time each week (we have Hulu Live and ABC doesn’t work on it in our area, meaning The Bachelor is relegated to delayed viewing and I fell off This Is Us during a busy few weeks in the fall) but am looking forward to this new Sunday night ritual for a few weeks! I think my approach to watching TV has changed over the past couple of years and I just end up putting on things in the background rather than investing into new plots. I’m not sure this season will compare to the first but I’m excited to get back into it!

Sarah flint sandals

The past eight or so months have been a rude awakening in the foot department—my flat feet have decided they hate when I walk any kind of lengthy distance in flat, unsupportive shoes. The pain really picked up towards the end of last year when I had consistently been walking ~4 miles a day in flats, but I’ve pretty much exclusively switched to sneakers for my commute to save my calves, knees, and feet. Getting old is hard!

Anyway, I’m still wearing flat shoes and sandals when I’m not walking long distances and finally let myself splurge on this pair of Sarah Flint sandals. I’ve been eyeing them for a couple of years and since I work in a casual office, decided it was finally time to take the plunge. (Meghan Markle is a fan, too!) The reviews rave about their comfort and I can safely say that if I wasn’t experiencing any foot pain, they would be the the most comfortable flat sandals I’ve ever owned! I haven’t walked miles in them but I was worried about the flat sole in any capacity. They’ve totally exceeded my expectations (even though I initially thought they didn’t fit because I laced them wrong…whoops) and are worth the splurge if you’re looking for a timeless summer sandal with a subtle statement. I’d love to get a pair of their classic pumps sometime–Sarah Flint prioritizes comfort in their craftsmanship (scroll down on the product page) and that’s music to my ears if I’m going to wear heels! (And you can take $50 off your first SF purchase with code BAMONICA50 at checkout!)

Saint James striped shirt

My new go-to lunch

If you’d told me two years ago that I’d be a “salad for a meal” person I’d have laughed dismissively and told you there was no way that’d be true. Yet here we are–I’m really good about bringing my lunch to work but every time in recent memory that I’ve bought my lunch, I’ve gotten a Sweetgreen salad. I used to always get Guacamole Greens whenever I went to SG, but they had a roasted tomato harvest bowl this spring that was really good. When that seasonal menu ended, I decided to create my own combination inspired by those ingredients and came up with what may be the best salad I’ve ever concocted: Kale (ask for extra–they’ll always up the number of greens for free), wild rice, apples, basil, corn, red onion, goat cheese, blackened chicken, walnuts (free!), and the balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I thought basil would feel like a waste of one of my four toppings but it’s key, so don’t skip it! This comes out to $11 which isn’t cheap, but considering it has goat cheese and chicken, is sadly a good price when it comes to SG salads. Discovering that I prefer the blackened chicken to their typical roasted chicken was also a game-changer, and now I’m totally hooked. Highly recommend if you have a location near you!

Saint James anniversary shirt

The shirt I’m wearing in this post is the Saint James limited edition shirt created for the brand’s 130th anniversary. If you’re a regular around here you already know how much I adore the French brand and I ordered this shirt as soon as I saw them post it on Instagram. Their sizing can be really tricky but I’ve found that I’m a medium in their unisex styles (like this one) and I always air dry the shirts instead of put them in the dryer…they shrink a lot! It’s kind of crazy how often I reach for my striped shirts–at least 2x/week–and the Saint James ones hold up better than any cheaper alternative I’ve purchased. The anniversary patch on this one is so cute and I love how this style works just as well solo as it does layered over a tee, making it perfect for traveling, too!


Saint James shirt (wearing a M)
J.Crew shorts
Everlane sandals
Ray-Ban sunnies

Saint James striped shirt

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  1. Erica wrote:

    Those Sarah Flint sandals are gorgeous! I wear my Saint James shirt once a week for almost 3 years now. It’s a year round staple for me too!

    Posted 6.17.19 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      #stripesaddictsunite :)

      Posted 6.20.19 Reply
  2. Sounds like you have a busy month coming up! Those sandals look great on you as well!!

    Posted 6.18.19 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thank you so much!!

      Posted 6.20.19 Reply