Seven for Saturday

Seven for Saturday

It’s hard to believe it’s the weekend already and time for another Seven for Saturday!

1 – On my Mind

What’s on my mind this week is probably what’s on your mind too: treacherous, destructive hurricanes in Texas and Florida, a huge earthquake in Mexico, and terrible fires in Oregon, Washington, Montana and California. It’s hard to believe these devastating events are all happening in such a short time period. The safety of residents in Florida has especially been on my mind this week. I can’t imagine how frightening it must be waiting for this enormous storm to arrive. I’m hoping, as we all are, for minimal damage and loss and that Irma passes quickly.

2 – Freelance Projects 

When my mind wasn’t on current events, I was working on two freelance magazine articles for North Bay Woman Magazine. I’ve been writing for this publication for a few years and so enjoy working with my editor and the staff photographer. My two articles will be in the fall issue, coming out in October.

North Bay Woman Magazine, Spring 2017 issue

3 – Once in a Lifetime Birthday Lunch

Most of my evenings this week have been spent combing travel websites, flipping through guide books and examining maps of France. Planning a big trip is almost as fun as taking it…almost.  While I am doing the majority of the planning, my husband did reserve something special for my birthday. Bill booked a lunch reservation on the day of my 50th at Le Jules Verne. What a treat!! This will likely be the most memorable and fancy lunch I’ll ever had. What in the world will I wear?

I decided to experience lunch rather than dinner for a couple reasons. First, I prefer daytime views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, while at night I like to see the Eiffel Tower from the outside. I also know me – I will be tired by the time dinner rolls around on my birthday. But at lunch, I will be alert, excited and focused on savoring every second!

Have you dined at Le Jules Verne? If so, I would love to hear about your experience.

Photo from Alain Ducasse

4 – From Heatwave to Cool Rain 

We went from record breaking heatwave to chilly rain, all in the course of about three days. I was thrilled to see it sprinkling and took my camera into the yard to shoot macro photos of raindrops, one of last winter’s favorite pastimes. I am so looking forward to rain – real rain – and cold weather!

5 – Crossbody Bag Search

If there is one thing I have learned from visiting Europe it’s leave the satchels and shoulder bags at home and carry a crossbody bag. I want my hands free and my belongings safe. I had a bag for years but it was too small for my new phone case so I donated it.

So now the search is on to find a crossbody bag that is practical but not utilitarian looking. It doesn’t have to be the most stylish thing in the world but I don’t want anything ugly either, of course. I usually wear my crossbody bag under my coat for extra security so it needs to be small.

While searching online, I came across a few that might work for me from a brand called Travelon. I found three that I think might work for me and since they are reasonably priced, I ordered all three with the plan to return two.

Anti-Theft Slim Pouch With Stitching, $27

I like the shape of this bag and I think it will be easy to retrieve things from the front pockets like my phone, money or really important items like lipgloss.  The stitching gives it a little more personality but I am not crazy about its very thick strap. I do like the length of the strap however. The 29″ shoulder strap is longer than what I’ve seen on other bags, and that’s a good thing because I am so tall.

For security, it has slash-resistant locking main compartment with RFID blocking card slots and passport pocket as do the other bags shown here. And the straps I are also slash-resistant.

Anti-Theft Clutch Crossbody Bag, $36

This one is the most attractive of the group, in my opinion. It can be worn as a bag or a clutch and I much prefer the thinner straps which are also slash resistant and adjustable. It has the same security features as the other bags.

Anti-Theft Classic Mini Shoulder Bag, $30

This bag is my least favorite looks-wise but I thought I would give it a try for its small size and security features including a locking main bag. It was rated highly by customers and it comes in lots of different colors but I am sticking with black since that’s the main color I am packing for France.


 What’s your favorite handbag for travel?

6 – Seeing Olivia! 

My 50th birthday celebration is starting early with a trip to Southern California with a few friends from high school to see Olivia Newton-John at Pala Casino Resort & Spa in San Diego County!

Earlier this summer, I attended an influencer event at Pala Resort. It was such a blast and I loved our experience at Pala. They invited me back to see Olivia with friends and stay a couple of nights. My flight is booked and I could not be more excited!

Olivia’s Totally Hot album was my favorite as a young teen. I played that cassette tape on our living room stereo countless times, memorizing every lyric.

Have you seen Olivia Newton-John in concert?

7 – The Last of the Grapes 

Harvest is underway and for many grape growers, already compete. I am not seeing many grapes on the vines around here so I’m trying to get as many photos of them as possible before they’re gone until next summer. They are one of my favorite photo subjects!

**How I Wear My Reminder!**

My sweet little Daisy wants to remind you that How I Wear My is happening soon! Jill and I decided to close out the summer with one last warm weather theme: Straw!

To join in the fashion fun, send us a photo showing us how you wear “Straw” and be sure to include a description of your look and link to your blog or Instagram account.

Send to by the end of the day on September 11th. The posts on my blog and Jill’s will go live early morning September 13th.

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!


  1. Kim D. Smith
    September 10, 2017 / 6:58 am

    We dined at Jules Verne on our first trip to Paris many many years ago. I have a picture of my future husband & I holding hands across the table. Looks like I was wearing a black skirt,grey cashmere sweater set & a scarf of course. My Europe palette is usually Black, Grey & Navy. There were no prices on the menu. Our lunch was about $400+ & I remember been a bit sad we had not bought a painting for that price we had passed on instead. That was over 22 years ago? It was a lovely experience but remember we were a bit schocked when the bill arrived. I would of savoured every morsel. They asked if we wanted a soufflé half way thru our lunch for dessert as they took awhile to prepare. They were about $40-45 each. My husband does not drink & I had a house carafe of vino. It was a once in a life time experience & we were young & did not know what to expect. Years later we got engaged in Paris. Ah Paris….

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 13, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you for the outfit tips. I am still undecided about what color palette I will bring but it will for sure include black. I have a beautiful and very vibrantly colored Hermes scarf – a gift from my friend who lives in Paris – that I want to bring with me (ON the plane so it doesn’t get stolen with my luggage like my last Hermes scarf did). It’s primarily hot pink so I think black and gray will be good choices.

      Jules Verne has the prices for pre fixe menus on their website. That gave me a good idea about the cost – I am sure my husband is freaked out by the prices (as am I) but we’re just going to make this my once-in-a-lifetime spendy lunch for a big birthday. Maybe we’ll just have falafels for my birthday dinner 😉

      You have so many special memories in Paris! How wonderful! I spent my 40th birthday in Paris (and a few others). The city holds lots of unforgettable memories for me as well.
      Thank you for sharing your Jules Verne experience!

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