Welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday!
1 – Hello, Fall!
Fall is finally here and I could not be happier. I love the deep blue sky, the puffy white clouds, the turning leaves and the cooler weather.
I treated myself to some local roses yesterday, bought a few mini pumpkins, then pulled out my glass pumpkins and orange jar to make a fall display for our mantel. Roses and pumpkins don’t normally go together but I kind of like it.
2 – Wrap Me Up
I can’t imagine getting on an airplane for a long haul flight without bringing along a cozy wrap. While I do have a plain black one I usually take, this time I am going for something a little more interesting and luxurious. This Stella Carakasi Tencel and cashmere wrap is not only interesting, but it’s so soft and versatile.
And it’s reversible too!
Yarra from Stella Carakasi and lifestyle blogger Laura Madden did some live Facebook videos yesterday. In one video, Yarra was wearing this wrap. You can see how she styles it here.
This wrap is currently only available in their Fourth Street shop in Berkeley but it’s coming to their website soon!
3 – New iPhone
The new iPhone 8 came out yesterday and, for the first time ever, I got one on the day it was released. I bought the Plus because I like the bigger size – better viewing for my aging eyes. Appearance wise, it looks and feels exactly like my iPhone 6 Plus. The main reason I wanted the iPhone 8 is for its camera. I am hoping the camera on this phone is so good, I won’t want to bring my mirrorless and its lenses on my trip to France.
I haven’t had a chance to take many photos yet but I did take a few shots last night of our garden using the portrait mode. This is my first time experimenting with this feature and I think it’s pretty cool! Here are a couple side-by-sides with and without portrait mode.
Do you have an iPhone 7 or 8 with portrait? What do you like to photograph using this mode?
4 – Italian Leather Crossbody Bag
You are probably tired of me talking about crossbody bags by now, having mentioned them in the last three Seven for Saturdays. But I am so in love with this new woven Italian leather bag, I just had to show it to you. It looks so much like a Bottega Venetta bag, I can’t believe it! At only $128, it was a steal. Sadly, it’s sold out but there is a similar bag of the same brand in a pretty saddle color available.
My bag has three zippered compartments and the adjustable strap is so thick I don’t think it would be easy to slash should someone try to cut it. I hate to have to think about things like that but it does happen. This is a bag I will carry even when I am not traveling. In fact, I wore it yesterday while grocery shopping and I must say, it was so nice to have my hands free and no weight on my shoulder from the totes I usually carry.
I will also be bringing my smaller crossbody, made just for travel, to wear when I want something lower profile and easier to conceal in my coat.
5 – Hot Tea Season
Although I drink hot tea throughout the year, during warm weather it’s usually only at night to help me sleep. Now that the weather has temporarily cooled (90 degree days are headed our way soon), I am making pots of tea during the day. I have loved TWG New York tea for years and happened to find an unopened canister hidden away in my tea cupboard.
I recently discovered the Paromi brand of teas. Their Sleep With Me works like a charm. Mighty Leaf brand is a reliable favorite.
I discovered Mariage Frères during my first visit to Paris for my 40th birthday in 2007. Since then, I have continued to buy this luxurious tea. I always stock up when I go to Paris but I can also source it locally at Dean and De Luca and a wine tasting room in Napa Valley. You’ve gotta love those French muslin tea bags.
Are you a tea drinker too? What is your favorite brand?
6 – Winter Squash
There were lots of winter varieties of squash at the market yesterday. I bought some acorn squash that I like to halve and roast with some butter and salt, then top with a spoonful of brown sugar.
I also bought a butternut squash. I thought about making soup with it but then I came across this recipe. I just happened to have kale and almonds on hand. Tori, who loves cooking, volunteered to make it for us. I regret we didn’t take a photo and ate every last bite. If you go to the recipe on Bon Appetit, you’ll see a photo and it looks just like that. Such beautiful fall colors and it’s delicious and nutritious too.
7 – A Return to Silver
For many years I have been wearing gold tones. And while I know that gold better suits my coloring, I adore silver. Silver is making a big comeback this year. I decided to dig around in my jewelry drawer and see what silvery pieces I could find.
The photo features my favorites. Most are from France. The woven cuff bracelet I bought in 2007 at Metal Pointus in Paris. It has seen better days for sure but I still love it and can’t imagine parting with it.
The etched cuff was given to me by my Parisienne friend. She bought it while on holiday in Normandy. It’s a Celtic design and meant to bring good luck.
The ring with the four bars and the equestrian bracelet are also from Metal Pointus, purchased on later trips to Paris. The spoon bracelet I found at a Paris antique store. It was allegedly made using a spoon from a French family’s silver collection, dated around 1850.
I can’t remember where I bought the two circle rings but good on me for buying them!
Do you favor gold or silver tones when it comes to jewelry?
How I Wear My is coming up fast! For October, Jill and I chose one of this fall’s most popular – and head turning – colors: Red Hot! 🔥
To join in the fashion fun, send us a photo showing us how you wear “Red Hot” and be sure to include a description of your look. Send it to us at [email protected] by the end of the day on October 2nd.
Disclosure: The Stella Carakasi wrap was given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.