Best of The Week: 7/31/20

On this last day of July I am dreaming of Annie Hall-esque summer vibes — vintage chinos, rumpled men’s shirts and an African sisal bag (not necessarily all together, and no ties, thank you).  On the same tip, this little linen vest would be so good over a plain white tee, ribbed tank or perfect button-down just to give a simple piece a little shot of classic cool.


Nordstrom is gearing up for its big anniversary sale on August 19th and early access starts now. How about these waterproof Vince boots that look a lot like old Freelance (read perfect). Check out the rest of the deals here.


We spent the week near our friends’ idyllic Upstate house, and at night, when sitting around a bonfire, they pulled out the citronella incense sticks. Let me tell you they smell great and are so much better than the candles.


Our Air b and b upstate had an outdoor plastic rug just like this in the kitchen and now I really want one — looks cute and so easy to clean!

During our Upstate stay, my friend Willa brought over this tie Dye kit which was good for lots of mornings of fun (and now we have more tie dye tees than we know what to do with! Check out my stories @alinett to see just two.)


Yes I really am posting about yet another pair of Magnafied sandals because I love them that much (and no, I don’t make a penny off them). My latest go-to pair is this cool white camo, and did I mention they feel like walking on clouds?


I picked up this Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream on a boring trip to the drugstore about a week ago., and I’m already getting the “your skin looks great” comments.

I bought a couple of these mediation bracelets in Paris a few years ago, and though you’re supposed to use them for daily affirmations, I just love how they’re rubber but look like solid 22Kt gold!


I have always loved these hammock patio chairs and this is exactly what was on the deck of our Upstate Air b and b, which just further fueled the desire.








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  1. I bought the Alex Mill vest when they had it in a beautiful blue. I’m normally an XS but that was sold out so I ordered the S. I wanted it to fit like it does on the model, so my alterations wizard did major surgery on the vest, including getting rid of the sloppy ties in the back, which did nothing for the fit. The effort was worth it because it’s a totally classic piece that I expect to have for a very long time. After all, I’m among the many who still love an “Annie Hall” look and that movie came out in 1977.

  2. I highly recommend Cera Ve products! Derms always recommend them, they are simple and effective. I use the Foaming Facial Cleanser, the body lotion and body cream.

    Tip for Costco people: they often have the lotion and cream (as well as Vanicream products, another great brand) behind the pharmacy counter. Just ask! Also you can sometimes special order items if their supplier carries them.)

    1. I agree, my dermatologist tells me there is no need to spend money on all the expensive products. She uses Cera Ve, Oil of Olay and Roc products but most importantly use sun protection. Her skin is beautiful.

  3. Hi! Nice list. How comfy are those chairs? I love the look but wonder about how they are to actually sit in. I need some patio chairs and love the look of these. (Also: how are the Magnafieds on width? Many strappy sandals don’t work for my long but narrow feet—do these run more wide or narrow?

    1. The chairs are pretty comfy! Magnafieds basically fit like Birks and of course the straps are adjustable. I wouldn’t recommend the criss-cross style for long narrow feet. Hope this helps! Xx

  4. I wanted to purchase the Cerave cream but the ingredients would require too much researching. Who knows if they are toxic or not?
    “Purified Water, Glycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 1, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Tripeptide-1, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Behentrimonium Methosulphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Phytosphingosine, Dextran, Xanthan Gum.”

    1. Yeah I hear you, which is why I usually don’t use stuff like this, BUT my dermatologist, whom I trust implicitly always recommended these products. xx

    2. I know it has it’s shortcomings, but you can always check the product in the Environmental Working Group website or app. I sadly don’t think all dermatologists think about ingredients and focus more on efficacy. Hope this helps!

  5. I want a set of Acapulco chairs so badly! My daughter has a friend that makes them in Colombia, but these are a GREAT price.

    I can vouch for Ceravé products and my dermatologist recommends their products, as well.

  6. FYI, I stumbled across similar bracelets on, they are around the same price per bracelet, but you can buy them individually instead of as a set of 9.

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