What to wear apple picking (& Friday links)

What to wear Apple Picking in California. 

Just kidding. (Sort of. We went to Apple Hill yesterday and it was pretty warm.)

Actually, even though it still feels like summer here, we’re headed to the beach next week. (Aron has a conference for work and we’re tagging along—and squeezing into his hotel room.) 

So as I pack up the swimsuits and fins, I thought I’d share the details of my favorite (post-partum) swimwear for me and my favorite swim covers for kids. (How’s that for seasonally appropriate?)

I got a lot of questions about the bathing suit in the “Thoughts on Italy with Kids” post; that’s it up there: the Sorrento from Boden (similar). It’s on sale now, so I’m almost tempted to buy myself another before it sells out. I love it. It’s sort of a pain to pull on because it has some built in shape-wear panels—and they say you might consider sizing up if you don’t want that squeeze—but that’s what makes it so great! (Especially for anyone with two babes, but really for anyone.) This Boyleg Maillot, from Anthropologie, is a close second (you can see it in this post—where I’m actually pregnant). 

Boden stops stocking swimwear over the winter, but they’re also my favorite source for kids’ swimwear. Hudson’s and Skyler’s surf suits and Skyler’s towel poncho that you saw in the Positano travelogue (and all summer) are from there, too. Check the clearance!

Ok… just a few items of note for the weekend…

My friend Amy lent me this book

and it’s been staring at me, unopened, for far too long. Jenny’s post is inspiring me to pick it up! (And I just realized that I wrote a post based on the author’s advice without putting two and two together.)

A charming, funny take on Instagram vs. Real Life.

Time to make the doughnuts. (That post title made me chuckle because an acquaintance and her husband—who’d been trying to conceive for a long time—would use that phrase as a euphemism for sex.)

Really comfortable, great looking ankle boot.

(They look just like those Sam Edelman ones.) More fall boots, here.

And this is so smart!

Last chance to enter to win your own Austrian evening. (You can read about mine, here. And see me try to pronounce Gemütlichkeit.)

Aron and I find ourselves turning to The Atlantic more and more often for good articles. There’s plenty of real news, but also some very fun reads. (Caveat: seeing this on the site got me a bit worried… is it becoming a tabloid?)

Finally, I posed the question on Twitter, but I’m hoping for more inspiration: favorite blogs? What are you reading (or looking at) these days?

[Pictured: Swimsuit, Chambray shirt, Sunglasses, Hat (Similar), Shoes, Towel (similar), Bag (similar)—in the made over laundry room.]

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