CBS Sunday Morning on #SummerFridays

Today, CBS Sunday Morning ran a tv broadcast segment that covered the work perk known as “Summer Fridays.”

For those unfamiliar with the benefit: companies in America are increasingly encouraging employees to leave the office early on Friday afternoon during the summer months, which allows the workforce to recharge their batteries by spending more time with their families and/or on personal hobbies.

We’re pleased to share that one of the images we posted to the TripleKnots Instagram page, which included the hashtag #summerfridays, is included in the CBS Sunday Morning video.

Here’s a screenshot of our picture, as seen on TV!

 

Regardless of whether you work standard hours or not, we hope you are enjoying your summer!

What’s your favorite work perk?

CBS Sunday Morning: thank you for the cameo!

Photo credit: @bkweav

How To Survive the Summer Commute

Because I am a true California girl, summer is by far my most favorite season of the year. I love the long days, endless blue skies, and the super warm weather, not to mention the nights we are able to BBQ and dine al fresco at our local eateries.

However, one thing I do not love is my long commute in the blazing heat! Sure, I have a working air conditioner (thank goodness for that), but with a long drive and black interior in my car, it sometimes feels like I am heading to and from the office in my oven.

There are a few simple items that have really helped make my commute just a tad bit easier. The best part? Most of them are simple staples that you probably already have laying around!

Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This type of water bottle is an absolute essential for me. When looking for a bottle, I found out that one of the most popular brands is S’well. I must admit I was a little surprised at their cost per bottle ($25-$35). What could be so fabulous about this type of water bottle? However, after a sip of surprisingly still cool water from my water bottle after it sat in 100+ heat for an hour, it became very clear that the money was well spent!

I keep this filled up for my drive to and from work, and I am happily refreshed with cool water whenever I need to take a sip.

Windshield Sun Shade

I have to admit this is a relatively new addition to my car’s accessories. Whenever I thought of windshield sunshades, I was immediately transported back to the 1990s with accordion-style cardboard shades (which were just plain awful!). However, I am excited to announce that the market carries a number of different options, which hopefully make them a bit easier to use. I chose a two-piece vinyl material option, which actually folds up into a very small bundle. While it takes an extra minute or so to put it up, I’m always so grateful to return to a car that hasn’t had the front seats baking in the sun for hours (hello shorts, skirts and dresses!).

Old Towel

Along the lines mentioned above, grabbing an old towel to throw in your trunk is such a great idea. I cannot explain how many times I have thrown it over my driver’s seat leather to provide a little extra coverage from sun coming from one of the side windows. It’s also a great accessory to have when you’re wearing your cute summer outfit and you cringe when your bare leg hits your car’s warm interior. Nothing genius about this idea, just a nice-to-have.

Lip Balm

I am a major lip balm queen and typically have a tube of this in just about everything I carry. However, I find that it’s not always super accessible. I leave a tube of my favorite balm (Burt’s Bees) in my drink holders for a quick moisturizing swipe through my commute. While I have found other brands tend to get mushy when they are left in a hot car, Burt’s Bees seems to hold up a bit better (though it definitely softens a bit).

Extra Sunglasses

Sunglasses are my other must-have during the summer. Like lip balm, I tend to have a few pairs in different work bags and purses, but always seem to find myself scrambling for a pair when I get into the car. I like to conveniently keep a back-up pair of sunglasses in my door compartment. That way, whether I have my purse within arm’s reach or not, I have something to get me through the drive.

For those of you that commute through the hot summer, I hope these tip help make your drive a bit more convenient! Happy Summer!

My Favorite 3…French Finds

I recently came home from a week in France and am still daydreaming about it! After two days in the Champagne region, we traveled to Paris for a taste of city life. We stayed in the St-Paul and Le Marais neighborhood, one of the oldest and most charming areas in Paris. Just north of the Isle St Louis (“the little island”), we strolled through open markets, played tourist seeing the city’s highlights, explored art and culture, and of course ate a lot cheese!

This neighborhood is known as being one of the most trendy and fashionable shopping streets. Lined with boutique shops, the storefronts presented everything from clothing and home goods, linens and soaps, and so much more! It was hard to come home empty handed, and I found a few favorite items that will forever remind me of this trip!

Ema Blue’s Silk Blouse
The Marais has many chic and stylish clothing stores. I found this colorful, floral, pinstripe silk blouse by Ema Blue’s and immediately fell for it. It’s billowy and tunic style, which makes it comfortable in addition to fashionable. And it’s made in France, something I found special!

Jonak Gold Flats
There is no shortage of shoe boutiques in Paris. As I walked past Jonak (near the Bastille) these gold flats popped out to me! I love the metallic gold—perfect to dress up a pair of jeans and coordinate with a dress for a night out!


Mariage Frères Tea
My husband introduced me to Mariage Frères Tea shortly after we first started dating—he brought this tea home for me from Paris, and I savored every bag. It’s by far my favorite tea, and so I was excited to visit this specialty shop during this trip. The scents and tastes were all incredible, but I decided on The A L’Opera (red fruit and vanilla green tea) and Blanc & Rose (white tea & tender rose petals).

I love travelling, and especially enjoy finding a few special items to bring home with me, to remind me of my experiences and memories abroad!