I am back home in Chicago with Henri and back into a routine. Jet lag is strong but thank goodness for summer weather and long nights. I celebrated my 6th anniversary of the blog this week at a celebration at Diptyque in Wicker Park. It was so much fun to meet readers in person and Henri was there too! He did great for his first indoor meetup.
Grab your coffee and croissants and join me for this week’s links I love.
I am very excited to start editing images from Italy and adding them to The Print Shop! I have had a lot of requests for some favorites. We will also be updating some of the art we have in our own home and printing and framing some for the walls. There will be a Lake Como and Portofino guide on the blog later this month.
If you have been watching the news, you know there was a tragic event in Highland Park which is a suburb of Chicago. I have friends who moved here after college to start families and who were in attendance at the parade. My heart goes out to each and everyone who is a part of the Highland Park community. One of my friends shared this and allowed me to share it here. There are multiple GoFund me pages, community resources, and meal trains for the Highland Park Victims. ❤️
Henri and I stopped by our local Green City Market this weekend and picked up fruits and vegetables. I am bummed peony season is over but we have blueberries for blueberry muffins. I have made this recipe each summer and love it. (via NYT and may require a subscription)
European flight canceled or delayed? Know your rights. This happened to my dad on the way home from Italy. This EU law ensures compensation.
They have some cosmetic work planned for the Olympics but it needs more.
I love these bowls from Anthropologie for pasta. We will start registering soon and pasta bowls are a must, after all, our time in Italy.
Testimonials from your dog’s 4th of July support group. This made me laugh so hard.
The Marais finally has hotel star power. A new 5-star hotel is opening in October.
How Stanley Tucci travels. This was an article that circulated in my family while we were in Italy
The paper bag shorts I mentioned a few weeks ago are currently on sale. I bought a pair. They run big so I purchased a 26. They should be at home when I arrive.
Architectural Artifacts is reopening in Chicago in a new location. If you love antiques, this is a great spot to spend an afternoon exploring for that perfect unique piece. It opens in the middle of July. There will be an all-day cafe with wine, small bites, coffee, and pizza.
I have been wearing this locket on repeat which is a gift from Monica Vinader. My niece Emma has been opening it and closing it with ideas on what to put inside. You can use the code REBECCA4JULY25 for 25% off at check out. Or REBECCA20 if that codes doesn’t work.
As a travel photographer and blogger, keeping my equipment protected while traveling is so important. I didn’t have lost bags or hours of delays but my family did. This is where insurance is key.
The Best Cheese Shops in Paris a guide by Fodors
Updates on Notre Dame’s latest design plans that are set to be completed by Olympics 2024
The cutest pajama set for summer. These are so soft.
I ordered this color-blocked dress from Sézane. This looks so comfortable and I love the colors.
I hosted my 6th blog anniversary party at Diptyque this week and this candle was a favorite among just about everyone. And I rave about it because it really is that good. I love a clean kitchen and this candle with makes the whole room smell good even when you aren’t burning it.
Cuyana is discontinuing my favorite top zip tote. I have raved about this tote for the last 6 years and mine has been all around the world with me. I am sure they have something fabulous to introduce soon. If you have your eye on this bag, grab it now. Colors are starting to sell out.
I swear by these sleep gummies to help with jet lag and restless nights. They are always in my travel bag.
We will eventually update our kitchen and I have my eye on this option. I now follow the brand on Instagram and love everything they do. Has anyone used Semihandmade?
The Magic of a Little Danger (The Atlantic)
I surrendered and watched Only Murders in the Building on the way home from Italy and found it entertaining and funny. My sister raved about it and it was a great opportunity to watch it on the long flight.
I spotted Birkenstocks ALL over Italy. They were even for sale at the local Pharmacy in Lake Como. This is the pair I have my eye on and they are also waterproof and great for the pool and beach.
This headband I have been wearing on repeat is part of the sale.
My favorite Rubbermaid storage containers are on sale. It’s how I keep my fridge and pantry organized. I have gotten my whole family hooked!
I love this green smocked puff-sleeve linen shirt from J.Crew
My favorite dry shampoo saved me from washing my hair this week. It has a great mint scent which covers up any odors too which I love.
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