Thursday, May 19, 2022

Lately


Dropping in with a quick little intro today as this has been A WEEK! My grammie's 96th birthday was on Tuesday and we celebrated with family, I am having family over to our house for dinner this evening, and then tomorrow is my sister's rehearsal/rehearsal dinner. So excited for their big celebration on Saturday! 

Then, I leave on Monday, early morning, to go to Mackinac Island for a few nights with the Sailor Sailor team. I am so excited as I have never been before. 

Needless to say, I've got a lot on my plate right now and I'm trying to manage it all. I just really want to be able to be fully in the moment this week and weekend. That's the goal at the moment! 

Eating: I used Home Chef all this week and last because I was not having time to grocery shop, cook, or even remotely think about anything to do with feeding ourselves, ha! This made it so easy and ensured my husband and I stayed on track with cooking at home but we also didn't waste anything since these are all pre-portioned out. If I hadn't done this, I think we would have ended up eating ChikFilA all week long and if I had gotten groceries, I think there may have been wasted food which is always something I try to avoid. This was seriously the BEST move. I am so glad I thought ahead to set this up. This was pork meatloaf with brussels and cabbage and oh my gosh, it was delicious!


Sale II: I rarely buy full-priced Tory Burch and am always looking in the sale section. Right now, they have a really good sale selection. I have been keeping an eye on this gorgeous tunic to see if it gets marked down further. I'm obsessed! 

Watching:
 I watched the HBO version of The Staircase and liked it. Didn't love it, but still worth the watch. I think it helps if you have already seen the Netflix documentary (which I think was better). It's a wild story. On my list to watch is Anatomy of A Scandal (Netflix). 

Listening: Last week we went to Ohio (where my husband is from) as he was presenting a scholarship to honor his brother who passed away when they were children. It was such a nice event. We drove there and back in one day. On the way home, we played this 90s playlist and it was so fun to jam out to all of the songs that I haven't heard in so long! I don't understand how my brain retained SO many lyrics to all of these songs, many of which I probably haven't heard in at least 10-15 years! I seriously think everything should be taught to music- I'd remember it so much easier, HA! In fact, now that I think about it, our French teacher in high school would teach us verb conjugations set to songs. I can literally STILL do those conjugations because of the songs.

Loving: My friend, Abby, launched a gorgeous collection with Lisi Lerch! So many beautiful hydrangea and nautical-themed jewelry, hats, and bags!!! 

Loving II: Got my order from the Julia Berolzheimer x Pottery Barn collaboration and I was so pleased with both the tray (sold out) and the little planter that I got! I actually plan on using the planter as a vase! I only wish I also purchased the larger tray as the small one is just gorgeous and so well-made! 
Wanting: How cute is this top?! 

Pittsburgh: Clapton is coming to Pittsburgh in September and I would just love to go. I LOVE his music. He is so talented! 
Amazon Rec: This is such a pretty container for coffee grounds. I keep it right on our kitchen counter next to my coffee maker! You can find more of my Amazon favorites, here!

Quoting: 'That is the simple secret of happiness. Don't let the past move your mind; don't let the future disturb you. Because the past is no more, and the future is not yet. To live in the memories, to live in the imagination is to live in the non-existential. And when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential. Naturally, you will be miserable, because you will miss your whole life.' -Osho  // See more of my favorites, here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wish List

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I did another wish list somewhat recently, but I really love SO much that is out right now and I just haven't been able to say that for so long!!! 

Handbag// This is a new-to-me brand but I just LOVE the look of this bag. So chic and high-end looking without the Hermes price tag! 

Polo Shirt// Just ordered this. I have the light pink from last year and love it. It's a looser fit than their traditional polos which I prefer. I am thinking the navy will look SO cute with the white Target pleated tennis skirt I just got! 

Tortoise Sunglasses// I tried on a pair of Jackie O-esque sunglasses in Palm Beach. We were actually in a cute little shop during a downpour for like 20 minutes and so I was really just buying time trying things on. But now I cannot stop thinking about getting a pair of stylish big sunglasses a la Jackie O. They're definitely stylish and somewhat trendy, but I'm into it! 

Handbag// I have this bag in their patent croc and LOVE it. It's seriously the perfect size. I love their take on the bag for summertime. This is a luxury brand but most of their bags are under $1000 which is amazing. The quality is that you'd see in a $2000 handbag. 

Lettuceware Candle// I have the green version of this candle. Once I burned it, it turned into the cutest little vase or cupholder. I use it so much. I would love to burn down the white one and have that to use as a cute little vase, too! 

Mockneck Sweatshirt// How cute is this?! It says 'FORE' on the back of it. I love a mockneck. My husband is trying to get me to golf with him this summer and so I'm trying to get some cute outfits together to get myself into the sport, ha!! 

Sister Parish x Artemis Loafers// Aren't these SO cute? I love them so much. I think they'd look gorgeous with white jeans and this white linen top I just got (I also have it in blue, it's seriously the best top ever). 

Custom Dog Ring// This is an heirloom-type ring that would be so incredibly special. I saw this on my Instagram explore page and it's just gorgeous! I *think* you can have any dog engraved into the ring! 

Embellished Top// how gorgeous is this top?! Beyond chic. I could totally see Samantha Stevens wearing this! 

Linen Button Down// I love a good summertime plaid!

Flora Perfume// This is such a good scent. I am not a floral scent person but this just smells so light and fresh. I just ordered myself the roller ball to keep in my travel bag! 

Visor// This is the cutest straw visor! 

Running Shoes// I have the pegasus trail 3 and this is the '2' I was going to order the exact same pair again but think I might go with these instead since they look slightly different! They are my favorite shoes for Orange Theory. 

Pima Midi Dress// Love the idea of a Pima cotton dress to wear around the house in the hot summer heat! 

Straw Hat// This is under $100 and so cute. I think you could definitely replace the brown ribbon with anything you like! 

Jeans// I tried these jeans in white and while they were see-through, I really think the regular blue jeans version could be amazing because they are SO stretchy. They felt like leggings!

Tea Kettle// My husband and I have really been getting into tea lately. We have a cup almost daily- usually in the evenings after dinner. I had 2 cute tea kettles in my apartment because I've always loved tea but I haven't seen them since so I guess I misplaced them?! No clue. So anyway, we need a kettle because we always just microwave our mugs of water. Which is actually fine with me. I am anti-appliances or 'stuff' when it comes to the kitchen. I'd happily microwave my mug forever, but my husband wants a tea kettle and I do feel like it's the more 'civilized' way of making tea (on the stove). Growing up we always used a tea kettle for tea so I won't be a total Grinch here! I also like this Mackenzie Childs tea kettle. I don't really have anything Mackenzie Childs. I'm not a huge black and white person when it comes to home decor so I think that's why I have never been drawn to the brand. But they have this blue colorway now and I've noticed myself being drawn to it. I went to the Mackenzie Childs studio in Aurora, New York and it was absolutely beautiful! 

Pink Scarf// I've wanted this bright pink Gucci scarf for months... like since October. I keep coming back to it. It has big Gucci logos all over it and that is what has held me off. I love the sheen, the bright color, the size, and the frayed edge. I also actually have a bright pink lightweight cashmere wrap already very similar but IDK. Something about this scarf, guys!!!!! 

Sandals// Such a pretty and simple neutral flat sandal. 

Bangle Bracelet// This is pricey for what it is but I love the wavy look to it! 

Bronzer// I feel like I have been seeing this all over Instagram lately. I'm intrigued! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Beautiful Fish Midi Skirt






 Plumping Lip Gloss (in velvet)


Coming at you today with a traditional outfit post! I love these and am so excited to show off this new skirt from the wonderful ladies at Beau and Ro. 

This skirt is in collaboration between Beau and Ro and Ashley D Studio. It launches today along with other gorgeous pieces from this collaboration! Isn't the fish watercolor pattern so beautiful? I love the mixture of blues in the coloring and the strong blue placket down the front. Ashley is so incredibly talented. She used to work for Lilly Pulitzer and has since opened her own design studio doing work for major brands like Dior, Goop, Town and Country, etc. 

In true Beau and Ro fashion, the quality of this skirt is exceptional. It is fully lined and the buttons are covered in fabric. The waist is stretchy in the back so you get the perfect fit around your waist. It comes with a matching fabric belt that I actually styled as a headband in my hair!

This skirt runs true to size. I am wearing a size small and would suggest getting your true size! 

I also wanted to highlight this Linen Shirt. I've mentioned it each summer for years now as it is my favorite linen button-down. I love that the fit is roomy but not 'oversized'. I'm wearing my true size small. This linen holds up so well wash after wash and doesn't wrinkle as much as other linen things that I own. It's lightweight but high quality and it is not see-through at all like some white linen things can be! My favorite way to wear it is tied up like you see in the photos!

We are having our family over for dinner on Thursday night and I think this is exactly what I will be wearing for the occasion! I think it strikes a nice balance between dressy and casual! 

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Monday, May 16, 2022

April Favorites


We are literally halfway to June by now and I realized I forgot to do April favorites- that should give you a little insight into my brain/life this month- frazzled and scattered, ha!!! So please forgive the delay but better late than never, right?! Anyway, here are my absolute favorites for April that will go in the running to make my end-of-year 'best of 2022' list! You'll be seeing my May Favorites in just a little over 2 weeks. haha!! 

Force of Nature Cleaner// This is seriously the best cleaner. I use it for basically everything at this point. It is completely non-toxic and kills 99.9% of germs. I feel totally safe using it on spaces I know Henry has access to. I'm not someone that uses all clean products or anything like that but I do think the more choices I make to use safer products can only be a positive thing. But I especially pay attention to things I use with/around Henry. I use this to wipe down Henry's toys, clean my kitchen, bathrooms, etc. 

Sports Bra// This sports bra is amazing. It's almost identical to Lululemon for a fraction of the cost. I got one and loved it so much I bought several more. I use this for lower impact things like walks and rowing or just everyday wear. 

Sports Bra// This is another amazing sports bra similar to Lulu for a fraction of the cost I like this one for higher impact things like Orange Theory as it has more coverage and support. 

Striped Tee// This is such a nice and classic tee for the price!

Rub and Buff// If you saw this post then you know that this product totally transformed my mirror! 

Straw Tote// LOVE this tote. It's so beautiful and the blue leather is such a nice touch. It has a zipped canvas insert which is so nice to keep organized. It's great as a handbag or as a pool/beach tote!

Spray Tan// I'm recently loving spray tans. I got one last year and I've gotten two this year already. I'm actually going to get one this week leading up to my sister's wedding! I go to Reveal Spa in Bridgeville and they do such a good job. I have never loved a spray tan. It's high maintenance and I always felt like they just looked fake. Now, when I get it done, it looks so natural, it's unbelievable! I wish I could afford both monetarily and time-wise to go every other week! 

Wella Fusionplex Hair Mask// I recently got this mask. It's an old favorite and I forgot just how amazing it is. It's so deeply hydrating. If you color your hair or do a lot with heat, you should definitely try this. 

Terra Cotta Planter// I have 3 of these planters on my kitchen windowsill and they make me so happy. They definitely give me Nancy Meyers vibes and I also feel like the terra cotta warms up my gray kitchen. 

Southern Bungalow Candles// The best candles!!! They come in gorgeous jars that you can repurpose once you are done burning them. They make such beautiful gifts! 

Sport Skort// I am obsessed with Tuckernuck's sport line but it's their skorts that are my #1. They are so comfortable and cute and I love that they have the 16" options! I wear them often for errands. This past weekend we went to a bakery in the early morning and then on a Mt. Washington walk with Henry and it was the perfect thing to throw on because it looked cute but I could be active in it, too! 

Hangers//Love these hangers. So inexpensive and work so well. They are all I use! 

 Plumping Lip Gloss// This is the best! I am not into plumping my lips in the sense of lip filler or anything like that. No judgment against it or anything like that, it's just not for me. So seeing a gloss billed as a plumper originally turned me off. BUT, I read that plumping lip gloss won't actually make your lips much bigger but instead, by plump, it means that any fine lines in your lips will be plumped up and smoothed out. Normally, I think something like this seems gimmicky but THIS WORKS! Not only does it work but it works SO well. I will forever be repurchasing this now! I have the color velvet. 

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