Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday Shopping

Happy weekend, everyone! Hope you are all enjoying and relaxing! I'm happy to report that we have no set-in-stone plans for the weekend but my bff is in town so I'm sure I'll see her for a bit and hoping to take advantage of the most beautiful weather ever! It's in the low-mid 70's and mornings have been chilly. Pure bliss if you ask me! Hot morning coffee tastes a lot better in that kind of weather! 

Check out some of the great fall pieces I have stumbled upon from this week like this coat. Dream. Coat.

Friday, August 23, 2019

My Home Office

 My Home Office

Today I'm sharing my home office with all of you! I've been living here for about 3.5 months and I feel as though a lot has been accomplished. It still has a long way to go, but it's working out nicely for now! Most of the items in not only my office but the entire house are antiques, but I will try and find likes to similar items as best I can! This room is the smallest in the house so it is perfect for an office and honestly even bigger than what I need it for! 

Plans for this wall: I hope to do a 'statement' wall of either grasscloth or wallpaper to add some texture and interest! This will likely get done the same time the powder bath is wallpapered- still haven't picked a wallpaper, ugh!!! The door to the right goes into the Jack and Jill bathroom. 

These photos and frames used to hang above my bed in my apartment

You can see in the bathroom... it's a full bath but everything else ( like shower, sink, etc.) is off to the left of this photo! This bathroom is actually quite spacious and I love the way it is laid out. We need a really large mirror for this space and I haven't been able to find one I love yet. So this guest bathroom literally gets no use, ha! But, I do plan on utilizing this bathroom as 'my' getting ready bathroom once we do find a nice mirror. It gets flooded with the best natural light and the counter space and storage space is abundant! The bathroom is predominantly white with touches of pale gray and blush pink. 

I love my desk so much. The only downside is that there is virtually no storage space. There is just one slim drawer. I didn't want this office to look like an 'office' at all. I really wanted it to look homey and comfortable and wanted whatever pieces I chose for in here to be repurposed in a future home. 

So for storage, I opted for a dresser. It stores office supplies, camera equipment, files, etc. It looks beautiful and you'd never realize just how much stuff is inside of the drawers.

It was hard to capture this image because this room has the best light in the house. I mean really the entire house is flooded with natural light, which is a huge reason I bought it. However, this light is by far the best! It was so bright and cheery in the room, it was hard to capture this space because there are two big windows flanking this chest of drawers! 

The Drawbertson piece is one of my very favorite things I own but doesn't go with my rather traditional decor. However, I think it's a nice juxtaposition of old and new and I love looking at it! I also like the pop of pink it adds to a rather neutral space.  

Just some knickknacks on my desk. I really prefer a clean desk with few distractions. I will let it get messy but it's always clean by nighttime when I finish up. Ps. my passport is usually locked away, but I had it out for something the day I was shooting these! 

This is sweet Henry's little corner. I bought him a beautiful custom bed for this corner and he NEVER laid on it. He only wants this red bed, which is the first bed he ever had when I brought him home. Oh well! This is my huge mirror that I purchased from Kirkland's many years ago. It's seriously the biggest mirror I have ever seen and takes up the entire wall. 

There is an 8' wide wall to the left of my desk (which is not pictured) and right now it's completely bare. I definitely want to do something on that wall but I'm not exactly sure what to do! I don't want to add any more furniture to the room. Right now, I like that this space feels very spacious and open so I don't want to crowd it with furniture but am not sure if I should add more frames or shelves or what to that wall! I also want to do something to add more color- I think the wallpaper/ grasscloth might achieve that, but we'll see! This is meant to be a bedroom, so I don't want to do anything too drastic to turn it into an office so it will sell well or rent out nicely!

Thursday, August 22, 2019


This week has been fun! Lots going on in terms of meetings and events and lots of exciting e-mails coming through for fall! 

I hate to rush a season, but just GIVE ME FALL! We are expecting cooler weather today and throughout the weekend and I'm just so excited. 

I'm wondering if you all decorate your home for fall? In the past, I've just had a scented candle or two and some fall cocktail napkins out... just very tiny touches as fall approaches. I likely will do the same in this house but now that I have a front door and outdoor entryway, I'm excited to decorate that with some mums or something like that!

I'm also excited for Labor Day weekend. It's always such a fun weekend but bittersweet, too, because that's when our club's pool closes!

Wearing: I just love this print and the beautiful green color! It's a romper but looks like a dress and it's dressy but so comfortable. I wore it to a shower this past weekend and got lots of compliments.

Eating: If you are a Pittsburgher, then you are going to want to run to Giant Eagle to pick up a pint of Rivendale's chocolate apricot ice cream. It is not a flavor that I would have ever picked up myself, but after tasting it, it's one of my newest favorites! 

Drinking: So my fiancé and I tried the Svedka version of spiked sparkling water and they were AWFUL. Do not waste your time- they are nothing like Truly/White Claw and just taste fake. 

Sale-ing: There is so much Alo yoga on sale, here

 The Crown season 3 is coming to Netflix November 17th and I cannot wait! It's one of my all-time favorite shows. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it. It's about the British Monarchy! 

Listening: Who else is excited about Taylor Swift's new album? I am!! I haven't loved her released songs but the most recent, Lover has been my favorite! 

Loving: I love this Burberry scarf that has the classic plaid but is in muted, neutral colors. Very understated and can be worn with everything! 

Wanting: So much fall goodness coming out right now I cannot resist! I have already ordered a few heavy sweaters that I likely won't be able to wear until October but they're just too good!! 

Pittsburgh-ing: I am so excited because tonight I am going to the opening party for BHLDN! One just opened in Pittsburgh in Bakery Square. They sent me the most beautiful dress to wear for tonight!

Smelling: This candle is my scent for fall and right now it's on sale! 

Quoting: 'Small changes eventually add up to huge results.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wedding Wednesday: Q+A

I took to instastories early last week to ask you all what you wanted to see in terms of posts for the upcoming month! I got an overwhelming amount of requests to do a wedding Q+A with you all!

I was a bit hesitant to do this because I obviously want there to be lots of surprises when it comes to our wedding. Answering a bunch of questions felt like a lot might be given away! Many of you did ask questions that I won't be sharing until after our wedding, but there were also a lot of questions that will be fun to answer now! This is going to be a lot of text, so thanks for sticking with me!! 

What is your favor?
We are not doing favors. I will elaborate in a full blog post on this one! 

What type of flowers are you doing?
I like flowers, but this is honestly something that is not a priority for me (probably shocking for some, I know). By hiring a great florist, they will be able to execute my vision and choose flowers that are seasonally appropriate as well as look beautiful with the setting, too. For flowers, I asked for a 'dinner party vibe' in that nothing is over-the-top or ostentatious. I want the entire look to have a classic, understated elegance to it. Even when it comes down to my bouquet, I truly do not care what flowers are in the bouquet and I asked for a very small bouquet for both me and my sister. I loved how Meghan Markle's bouquet was a beautiful addition but not showy and did not detract from her or her dress. You can see my initial inspiration, here

How are you doing your hair for your wedding?
Courtney Benedetti will be doing my hair for our wedding. She is phenomenal and I am so excited to have her be a part of our wedding weekend. She will be doing my hair for our rehearsal dinner, my hair/my sister's/my mom's hair for the wedding day, and my hair again for our reception that evening. I am not sharing how I am wearing my hair in these three different styles until after the wedding! For the longest time, I was actually planning on doing my hair myself for the entire weekend. I still have full confidence that I could execute this, but I really think there is something 'special' about having someone else do things for you. I think the feeling of being pampered will make that weekend stand out from any other weekend, and ultimately, that's why I decided to have my hair done professionally!

Are you glad you did not hire a planner or do you wish you did?
For those of you who are new here or don't know, I worked for an incredible and well-respected event planner for 2 years (my first job out of college!) here in Pittsburgh. I quite literally learned from the best and so I never once needed to research vendors or do anything that a first-time planner might need to do.

We are also having a wedding on the smaller end of the spectrum which is always easier to manage and we are having our wedding at a venue where I not only know the staff and how capable they are, but they are well-known for their great service and capabilities.

With that said, I truly cannot imagine planning a wedding without having any event experience and not knowing about the vendors in whatever city you live in. I also think things get trickier with a very large guest count or something with a ton of moving parts....which our wedding doesn't have. Had we come up with a large guest list or had we been using an event space that required a lot of moving parts, even with my event experience, I would have hired a planner. Event planning is no joke. There is a reason that it is a huge industry. Had I not had any event experience, I would have 110%, without a doubt hired, a planner. I not only think it's worth the time and money, but it's worth it to save your sanity, too. 

What are your mom and the mother-of-the-groom wearing?
I will not be sharing what they are wearing until after! We haven't settled on dresses just yet. My mom has tried a ton of different ones and just this past weekend we landed on one that might be *the* dress. I truly do not care what anyone wears to my wedding in terms of color, etc. I want everyone in attendance to be dressed in what makes them feel their best. We are, however, doing black-tie so it is my hopes that everyone follows that... and if they don't, it's not for me to notice or to worry about! 

How involved is your fiancé? Your parents?
My parents and Andrew are pretty involved, but since I was the event planner, I'm the one that is leading the charge. I have been having fun showing them the ropes. I am one of those people that is very gung-ho. If something needs to be taken care of, I will do it with gusto and have no problem doing it- in fact, I'd prefer to do it, ha! 

My parents have shared their opinions on things, but they ultimately let Andrew and I make the decisions. I feel very lucky because I haven't once felt any pressure or stress coming from my parents. They are my support! I am glad to have my dad equally as involved as my mom. He has gone to all of the meetings, he came to all of the dress shopping appointments, etc. ! It's a special time for mother and daughter, but we are a close family and it has been so important to me for my dad to be equally included! 

As for Andrew, as a person, he is the most relaxed human I have ever met! He does have his opinions, though, and it's so much fun to see what he likes/dislikes/what's important to him. For example, I did not feel the need to send out save-the-dates. It just wasn't something I planned on prioritizing, but for Andrew, he considered that to be important, so we are sending them out! I don't make a single decision without sharing it with Andrew first. After all, it's our wedding. 

And I would be remiss not to mention how great Andrew's family has been. Just like him, they are so laid back and flexible and don't pressure us or add any stress to this exciting time! 

The hardest part of wedding planning? Favorite part?
I think the hardest part is having patience! The anticipation of the big day is SO exciting and it's hard to even imagine what that weekend will be like! In that same breath, I'd say that that is my favorite part, too! Chatting about the day with my fiancé is so exciting and having such a momentous occasion to look forward to is thrilling! In random moments throughout this time in our life, one of us will say to the other, 'we are getting married!' and we get giddy with excitement. I know that sounds so cheesy, but the happiness of this time in life is something I will cherish forever. 

How do you keep all of your planning stuff straight?
I have a tab in my e-mail to organize wedding-related correspondence. I have a folder on my hard drive with all of the wedding documents and within that, they are categorized by folders labeled with things like 'guest lists', 'contracts', etc. These docs are backed up on my external hard drive and Dropbox (this is just how I handle every single file on my computer, too). Once a document is 'final' I move it to a different dropbox folder so I can access it anywhere. I also have a big binder divided out with printed versions of items. Everything is sectioned with dividers for different parts of the big day. The idea behind the binder is that anyone with that binder should be able to execute our wedding day. 

What is your sister wearing?
We literally have no idea yet, ha! I told Callie that she can wear whatever gown she wants. No matter the color, style, etc. I want her to feel her best! She is my maid of honor and I am not having a bridal party, so the world is her oyster in terms of dresses she can choose- she is not limited to just bridesmaid dresses! We have been looking everywhere from Neiman Marcus to ASOS, and haven't found anything showstopping just yet. We'll see! I will say that in terms of colors, we are definitely going to make sure that whatever dress my mom and sister and MOG, end up choosing, they will at least somewhat coordinate in terms of colors so the photos look cohesive! So for example, no one will be wearing lime green and red in the photos, ha! 

Do you plan on fake tanning before the wedding?
This is TBD and will most likely be a last-minute decision. I will likely get a spray tan with my girl, Dina. She is the best and I totally trust her. Her tans look SO natural and never fake or orange. I have gone to her before so I know what to expect. She does 2-3 coats depending on the color you want. I have done both 2 and 3 coats before so I will likely do just 2, but who knows! Game time decision right here! If you are in Pittsburgh, I highly recommend her. 

What flavor cake are you having? Are you having a cookie table?
No clue about the cake- it's not something I have a strong opinion about, though! We won't be doing any tastings that until January, so this is still TBD. Whatever my fiancé wants, I'll be happy with. YES to the cookie table!!!! I know some of you may think a cookie table sounds tacky, but it's a tradition for Pittsburghers (this tradition is so big and so popular, that even the New York Times wrote about it, this article is great, too) to have a cookie table at your wedding. I love Pittsburgh so much and so any way Pittsburgh can be involved is great! I so look forward to the cookie tables at each wedding we go to! I also love this because our wedding will be so formal and the cookie table is something that is more casual and homemade- it's a personal touch that pays homage to the city I love so much. 

Would you consider yourself traditional or more modern?
Overall, I tend to skew more traditional in my aesthetics and execution. I would say my opinions are more modern, though. In terms of literal traditions, there are a lot of wedding traditions we are not doing, but flipside, there is a lot that we are doing!

Will you be sharing your registry? Will you have a traditional registry or will you have a honey fund?
I will share our registry, definitely! I know most couples have registries, and it has been so much fun to create one! At the same time, it feels so odd to request gifts. It feels 'greedy' if that makes sense. I've shared my thoughts on this with family and friends and all have expressed to us that they would love for us to have a registry because they want to give us gifts! It's so generous and thoughtful and I completely respect their wishes- I mean I would never not give someone a wedding gift, you know? So I get it. We will have a traditional registry. We won't be registering for any type of 'funds'. It is not for us. You do you!

We are honestly just grateful for those who are able to celebrate with us and that is enough.

Do you plan on wearing sashes/tiaras/etc.?
No sashes, no crowns, none of that! I don't like things that say 'Mrs.' or 'Bride' or 'Wifey' or anything like that! It's just a personal preference-no judgment here- I know so many who do like that kind of stuff! Again, you do you!

Will you wear white to all of your bridal events?
I already have my shower and rehearsal dress and they are both white, so yes! However, it's not really a priority for me to always be in white. If I find a pink dress and I want to wear for a bridal event, I will happily wear it. I will say, in general, I prefer to wear white... I feel my best in white button-downs, white eyelet dresses, white jeans, etc. so this is one of those times in life where I can wear all the white I want hah!

Are you inviting children to your wedding? If not, how did you let people know?
This was such a popular question. We are having a flower girl and ring bearer (my fiancé's niece and nephew). Otherwise, no children will be invited. Many of you asked how to make it clear to guests that no children are invited. The short and simple answer: your child is not invited to the wedding unless their name is clearly spelled out on the envelope. Long answer...

If you are inviting children, you would address the outer envelope to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. Then, on the inner envelope, you would address it to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and then on the lines below, you add in the children's names. The inner envelope is also where you would add 'and guest', too. We're doing an inner and outer envelope so this is how we will be addressing things! An outer envelope is there to protect the invitation when it goes through the mail.

If you are not doing an inner and outer envelope, you can add the children's names on separate lines on the envelope under the parent's names.

If children are not invited, their name will not appear on the invitation. It's really that simple and clearcut!!!

If you are having a more casual wedding or whatnot, this might not apply to you! I'm no expert- but I'll be sharing a Q+A with my stationer (in a few weeks) who will be sharing tips and tricks for all things wedding paper! You stationer should be able to guide you in the appropriate direction, too! 

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