It’s hard to believe but we are a little over 6 weeks away from the first official day of Fall! It feels like Summer just arrived, but we’re already heading back to school and taking those last-minute Summer trips. You don’t have to let go of the carefreeness that Summer holds just yet, however, because we still have plenty of sunshine and warm days ahead of us. Instead of losing that Summer vibe, I wanted to share a few ways to help you hold on to those Summer feels a little bit longer!

Take a weekend trip to a lake
While it may be difficult (and expensive!) to try and plan an elaborate trip now that school is back in session, that doesn’t mean that you have to stop traveling completely. Look to see if there are any lakes that are are only 1-3 hours away from you via car and take a quick road trip with your fam or friends. It can be an easy day trip where you just sun bathe for the day, or make it a weekender and actually go camping or relax by the lake for a few days to get the last of those Summer sun rays. Travel doesn’t have to be this crazy wild thing, and when done on the weekends, it’s an easy way to feel refreshed when you need it.

Handbags and AccessoriesWeekender Bag, Southern Avenue Company

Keep those Summer activities going at home
If you love to break out the grill, that doesn’t mean that you have to put it away just yet! Keep the Summer fun going by grilling hot dogs and veggies on Saturday afternoon, and then switch to S’mores that night while pretending you’re at a camp ground-you could even grab your sleeping bags and sleep under the stars while you pretend to be somewhere else! Set the sprinklers out in the backyard or get a kiddie pool for the kids if you don’t have access to a pool, and then play a few family games while you’re at it. It may feel a little cheesy, but it’ll be loads of fun for everyone involved and help you stay cool.

Keep wearing those bright colors
Just because Summer is leaving doesn’t mean you need to pack up all of your fun tropical prints or bright clothes! There are certain colors that just FEEL like Summer (all white, bright oranges, blues, pinks, yellows), so keep wearing them until the weather actually starts to change and you need to wear clothing that’s a little bit warmer and more seasonally-appropriate.

Handbags and AccessoriesSoHo Large Studded Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag, Michael Michael Kors

Have your own Summer series at the park
Live music events are one of the best things to do during the Summer, and you can easily recreate the moments with your own fun playlist at the park! Pick a musical theme for your playlist, and then grab a few blankets, a cooler and snacks and head to the park (or even your own backyard if you want to be more private) and relive the moments of dancing outside to some of your favorite tunes. If you live in Memphis, Shelby Farms or Overton Park are fantastic for this!

Handbags and Accessories-20Endless Summer Straw Tote, Southern Avenue Company

Summertime sadness doesn’t have to set in just because the season is coming to an end. With a little bit of creativity, you can keep the Summer vibes going well into the Fall!


All products featured are available at retailers at The Shops of Saddle Creek!

Accessories are the easiest way to update your wardrobe each season, and now that Winter is here, it’s time to find a few cold weather weather appropriate bags. There are so many fun options to choose from this season, especially when it comes to prints and textures. And thankfully, you don’t have to go broke when you want to add something new; there’s always some type of sale going on this time of year, plus a lot of stores get in new inventory as well. I’ve always been the type to carry the same bag every day, but I like to add new ones periodically. I carry a lot of stuff with me and have my camera most days, but I still try to switch it up from time to time so that I can actually enjoy my handbag collection. There’s no point in acquiring all of these pretty things if they’re never used or seen, you know?

If you’re looking to refresh your handbag collection soon, here’s a roundup of Winter bags all under $100.

We The Free Waxed Canvas Sling

Free People We The Free Waxed Canvas Sling, $60

Michael Kors Jet Set Medium Saffiano Leather Crossbody Bag

Michael Kors Jet Set Medium Saffiano Leather Crossbody Bag, $84

Chicos Jacquard Clutch BagChico’s Jacquard Clutch Bag, $60

Movement Backpack By Urban Originals in Green

Movement Backpack By Urban Originals in Green from Anthropologie, $88

Banana Republic Leather Hobo Bag

Banana Republic Leather Hobo Bag, $100

Carmen Chain Clutch

Free People Carmen Chain Clutch, $58

Talbots Croco BagTalbots Croco Bag, $55

Sela Ring-Handled Crossbody Bag By Anthropologie in Black

Sela Ring-Handled Crossbody Bag By Anthropologie in Black, $58

Brahmin Daisy Primrose BCA Collection

Brahmin Daisy Primrose BCA Collection, $95

Fp Collection Sarah Suede Crossbody

Fp Collection Sarah Suede Crossbody, $88


To shop the pieces in this post, be sure to visit these local retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!