This summer I made an effort to go on as many outings as possible. My boyfriend was out of the country for a few months on business so I took full advantage of the opportunity to do all the girly things I normally wouldn’t do. I ventured out to Long Beach one weekend with a friend to see DIANA: Legacy of a Princess aboard the Queen Mary. The collection of dresses was breathtaking, but one exhibit, a telephone booth that played actual messages left by Princess Di, was incredibly sad. No cameras were allowed inside the exhibit, but it was such a beautiful day outside, my camera was still put to good use.
Like most women, I tend to carry my entire life around with me in my purse. Despite my best attempts to stay organized, I still find myself frantically searching through my bag to find my keys or wallet. (I’ve even gone so far as to use one of these silly-looking bag organizers.) I’ve come to the decision that the answer to my problems is simple – a satchel. The ample storage room and structured, rectangular base of these classic black satchels allow for easy organization, while the double handles and shoulder strap make them versatile enough to go from the office to a day strolling through a flea market.
1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Handbag, Bedford Bowling Satchel – $398
2. ALEXANDER WANG Pelican Debossed Satchel – $985
3. Kate Spade Grove Court Large Maise – $468
4. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Satchel – Classic Q Baby Aidan – $478
I love the fall. The fresh scent of an early morning drizzle mixed with freshly brewed coffee wafting through air ensures each day begins on a happy and peaceful note. Brisk winds throughout the day let me know it’s time to toss a heavy quilt on my bed, bring my scarves and sweaters to the front of my closet, and replace my sandals with my favorite pair of leather boots.
The weather in Los Angeles tends to be scorchingly hot more often than not, so the brief glimpse of autumn weather we experienced last week was more than welcome, albeit a bit of a tease. I was thrilled as the temperature dropped below 60 degrees – complete with rain and thunderstorms – but the excitement was short-lived. The thermostat has jumped back up to the high 90s, so it seems that summer isn’t quite finished with us yet and it’s back to hiding indoors with the air conditioner blowing, regularly checking for weather updates online.