My Mini Vacay with Dog Vacay

If I haven't formally introduced you yet, this is Jameson. My rambunctious, sensitive, sweet, handsome Boston Terrier. At just over three years old, he's stolen both Josh and my heart since the minute we got him. For many reasons. The intensive cuddling, the endearing snores, and I mean, THAT FACE. 

With all the traveling I've been doing and Josh's intense work schedule, not to mention us not living together at this time (short-long distance sucks!), we were adamant about getting in some quality time. A frustrating thing about having a pet is that while you want to take them on vacations, hotels generally aren't accomodating. Factor in flights and all that jazz, and it's just impossible. We generally rely on his parents or my little sister to take care of Jameson while we're away. They do a wonderful job, but sometimes we don't want to inconvenience them.

I caught news of Dog Vacay, a website and app that makes finding great pet sitters as simple as AirBnB. Pet owners can search for pet sitters nearby, book stays and pay online, all with just a couple clicks. The reservation included free pet insurance, around the clock customer service, and daily photo 'pup' dates! I was able to browse several hosts around my area and found someone who was flexible and could stay with Jameson at my home, an important factor for me because he does best in his own environment. Once our reservation was booked, we arranged a meeting so Jameson could meet his new friend. She was delightful and immediately put Jameson, and more importantly my paranoid mind, at ease. During our trip, we received daily 'pup'dates, or pictures, of what Jameson was up to and came home to a happy puppy. It was an overall great experience!

If you're interested in signing up for DogVacay, use the promo code UPPERLYNE for $10 off your first reservation (new users only).  If you have any questions about the site, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email. I'd be happy to help! 

While we were taking full advantage of Florida's beautiful white sandy beaches..

While we were taking full advantage of Florida's beautiful white sandy beaches..

Jameson was walking his friendly host for the weekend.

Jameson was walking his friendly host for the weekend.

And putting her to work with his favorite game, the old toss and fetch.

And putting her to work with his favorite game, the old toss and fetch.

So happy to be back home and have Jameson back from his #minivacay! 

So happy to be back home and have Jameson back from his #minivacay! 

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by DogVacay in exchange for writing this review, but all opinions are my own.


Summer Black and Gold

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This blouse from Target's Rodarte collaboration a few years ago still remains one of my favorites. Remember Dakota Fanning in the leopard dress? So good. I paired the top with black satin wide leg pants for this dinner at Le Petite Grocery. You probably think I'm crazy for wearing all black during the dog days of summer, but the key here is to wear light and airy fabrics that won't stick to your skin. Plus, you can eat as much bread as you want! And that's just what I did.

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West Elm New Orleans Opening

Last week's West Elm festivities still have me in a happy frenzy.  It started with a giveaway that sweet Juliet Meeks won and an Upperlyne & Co. home office makeover. Then, a dinner at Le Petite Grocery with the amazing West Elm corporate team, including creative director Vanessa Holden, who I've been obsessed with since reading her The Everygirl career profile. (If you haven't read it, hop on over here.) Just as I was making a bee line to the dinner table, Vanessa tracks me down to introduce herself. I literally shook this woman and screeched 'HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM!' D'oh! Not the greatest first impression. But she didn't mind it at all because she's quite possibly everything you'd hope she'd be. Funny, approachable, and humble like the rest of her team. It's no wonder she's lead this brand to what it is today. 

Following that day, a few great lifestyle bloggers including Graham Blackall of Glazed and Confused, Aimee Broussard, Leigh Ann Chatagnier of My Diary of Us, and Emily of Louisiana Bride Blog and I were invited to preview the store in all its glory. The store, located in the former Pippen Lane, is a welcomed addition to Magazine Street. In addition to its usual envy-inducing selection of furniture and home accessories, the store highlights great local makers and crafters by selling their products in the Love Local section. If you need to find me, I'll be the creeper shopping at West Elm weekly.

Shortly following the private preview was the grand opening. It seems the entire stylish New Orleans community came to welcome West Elm with a big hug. Drinks, shopping, the cutest photobooth, and a second line made for the happiest happy hour I've been to in a long time! Welcome, West Elm. We're so happy you're here.

Vanessa just chillen.

Vanessa just chillen.

An intimate dinner at Le Petite Grocery. Oh the shrimp and grits!

An intimate dinner at Le Petite Grocery. Oh the shrimp and grits!

The adorable local makers display. So many greats including dear friends Flying Fox, Tchoup Bags, Lion Heart Prints, and The Grove Street Press.

The adorable local makers display. So many greats including dear friends Flying Fox, Tchoup Bags, Lion Heart Prints, and The Grove Street Press.

With Summer Suleiman of Healthy Summer and The Grove Street Press girls at the grand opening party

With Summer Suleiman of Healthy Summer and The Grove Street Press girls at the grand opening party

With Vanessa Holden, Creative Director of West Elm

With Vanessa Holden, Creative Director of West Elm


Style After the Post-Adolescent Idealistic Phase

What’s wrong with Josh? Is he going through his post-adolescent idealistic phase?
— Dion, Clueless

Good news guys. I'm no longer in the Post-Adolescent Idealistic Phase, PAIP for short. Whaaaat up Clueless fanatics. You know, that time when your attitude and style was largely trend driven? You didn't hesitate to try drop-crotch pants (guilty) or the brightest cardigan to mimic dear Blair Eadie (guilty, again) while simultaneously trying to save the world. I know I'd still be in this phase if I seriously considered overalls. The difference nowadays is instead of spending time looking at everyone else's closet, I funnel that energy into my own. More often than not, I buy and get excited for essential pieces in different variations. For instance, a basic tee in every color not in the rainbow but found in the forest or someplace Earthy like that.

Since graduating from PAIP, it's been delightfully easy to get dressed daily and pack for trips. On my most recent travels, I'd basically pack the same items in a small carry-on: denim, basic tees, a skirt, some kind of jacket, sandals, and pumps. From there and like my grocery-buying strategy, I just mix-and-match for the appropriate weather. Sure, I can be a perpetual outfit repeater but one less closet dilemma makes for a happy traveler. No muss, no fuss.

Have you survived PAIP? Still navigating it? I'll share more fashion horror stories if you do!