Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday Shopping

We had an easy start to the weekend as we ordered in last night and started the series The Outsider. We are loving it so far (it's on HBO). We have a slow weekend and I fully plan on catching up on some work, running some errands, and getting the house in order. We have a wedding meeting on Sunday! What are you all up to this weekend? Check out the items above that I came across this week as there are some gems!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Everyday Place Setting

Everyday Place Setting

Everyday Place Setting

Everyday Place Setting

Everyday Place Setting

Everyday Place Setting

Everyday Place Setting

Everyday Place Setting

Every time I share what we're eating for dinner on instastories, I get tons of questions regarding the plates we are using so I'm going to do a full blog post about them so you can get all of the details! 

When it's just the two of us, we mostly eat at the kitchen island. I wish we could eat at our dinner table but as you may have read in this post, I need to get the cushions redone and I've been on the hunt for months for the perfect chandelier/light fixture for above the table. I found our dining chairs on Facebook Marketplace. They were exactly what I had been looking for (antiques from the 1960s!!) but boy do the cushions look like they are OLD. Plus, the cushions put you too low when you are seated....we need bulkier/firmer ones made. Once we get the cushions taken care of (this really needs to get on the top of my priority list as I already have fabric, but it's tough finding someone to do this) we will likely eat there for every meal. 

However, I still set the island for dinners most nights...sometimes I will even set up place settings even if we are eating from somewhere like Chick Fil A, ha! I just love a pretty setting and it always feels so much more civilized. 

Our everyday plates are all linked above. I love them all so much. I love Blue Italian Spode  (it seems that Wayfair has the lowest prices and you can also find at Homegoods periodically) and we use these bowls more often than we do plates. I think the bowls just make a lot more sense in terms of what we eat most often. They are called 'pasta' bowls but we use them for chili, salads, salmon/veggies, and so much more. If it's just the two of us, we also try to eat dinner off of our salad plates (when possible) as it's much easier to control portion sizes when eating off of a smaller plate.

 I actually bought china before any of these more casual plates...buying china and silver was one of my biggest priorities when I moved into my apartment. I have a full set of 12 Wedgwood place settings and I love them so much. I would say we use the Wedgwood china 25 % of the time and the only reason we use them so little is that I can't reach them. We keep saying we need to reorganize our cabinets now that we have lived here for a while and have figured out what we use most. 

In terms of flatware, we only have silverware (we don't have anything 'casual' as I just prefer silver). It's annoying because we do have to polish everything several times a year. I just love the old school look of silver, though, so the extra bit of work is worth it. I have considered getting a casual set like this to change up the look every once in a while. 

I collect placemats as I love how easily they can change up a tablescape. These are my current favorites but I have all different shapes and sizes. I love finding vintage ones with embroidery or scalloped edges. I also collect Embroidered Cocktail Napkins. I love mixing different embroideries together on one table and while they make great cocktail napkins, I also use them as coasters, too! I find that these also make great host/hostess gifts as they are pretty inexpensive but thoughtful and personalized. 

We have 3 different sets of plates right now and we have registered for even more. My grammie and mom passed down their love for plates/tablescapes as they both have so many beautiful sets of dishes. I have started to collect the Spode Woodland set as my mom has these and I always love it when she uses them. They are so 'fall' and I love that cozy vibe that they give off. I'm just a Spode girl and thankfully, it's affordable and easy to find. I have also been collecting the Christmas Spode plates as well (my grammie gifts me pieces each year).

We registered for these very basic plates as I like that they are completely void of color so they can be layered with everything. Plus, they're not very expensive (or irreplaceable heirlooms) so I will be totally fine if one or two get broken throughout the years and I can always replace them easily. We registered for the Herend Chinese bouquet salad plates as I like the idea of layering them with the basic china plates. I already have quite a few Herend pieces that will look great mixed in. I also love the idea of mixing and matching. I don't personally love the look of everything matching all of the time. Whenever I set the table with the Wedgwood china, I rarely put it all out. I think a mixture is what makes things fun and a little more 'modern', especially since I'm not hosting super formal dinner parties. I have a bunch of vintage sets of dishes saved on eBay that I'm always considering purchasing but I keep holding off because we already have too many plates as it is!!! I also held off on registering for these plates and these plates as I love them both, but enough is enough! 

Thursday, January 23, 2020


I hope you are all having a great week! It's been pretty 'normal' around here. I spent a lot of time creating content this week which always has me off of instagram/stories and email which can be a little annoying, but I love doing it and have so many great posts coming up in the next few weeks! 

I was planning on working on Monday (which I did for a few hours) but also was so glad to have one of my girlfriends go to Orange Theory with me that morning since she was off from work! We also ended up doing our grocery shopping together which was fun!

I sent off an e-mail that approved our wedding invitation suite to go to print which is so crazy!!! We aren't sending them out for quite some time still, but we are having them hand-calligraphed which adds an extra step into everything! Also, my parents were visiting my sister this past weekend and they sent out our shower invitation, too! Everything is coming so quickly now, it just amazes me!!

On a totally random note, I am trying to go all January without painting my nails or having them manicured just to give them a rest as I typically get a manicure every 2-3 weeks. It's been unsightly to have bare nails (I just feel so much more put together with manicured nails) but they are so much healthier now! 

Wearing: I'm not a huge statement earring wear-er, but I think there is something so fun and sweet about these heart earrings! Even though they're hearts they really can be worn year-round!
Eating: This is a PSA that Target is selling fun-size Hershey's bars that are PINK! I couldn't resist them in the store, they were so much cuter than the classic brown wrapper. 

Reading: Did you all see that Hermes is making lipstick?! I love Hermes, no doubt, but I'm not so sure I get the hype around the lipstick! 

Sale-ing: I don't typically shop at Matches Fashion because it's pricey, but I always love everything on the site. However, they're having a major sale where you can take an extra 20% off the sale prices using code EXTRA20 at checkout. I ended up snagging quite a few things for our honeymoon this summer, including this beautiful blush pink dress. They have tons of swimsuits, lots of incredible dresses and more... I had to restrain myself, ha! 

 We went out to dinner with our friends on Saturday night and they recommended 'Three Days Later' which is a thriller type movie and it happens to all be filmed in Pittsburgh. We ended up watching it and I loved it. It was so suspenseful and kept me hanging on the entire time. It would be a good movie to watch with your significant other as my fiancĂ© liked it, too! 

Listening: Any Mac Miller fans out there? I am loving his newest album- it's bittersweet to listen to! 

Loving: These earrings and this earring brand. Stunning!!!! 

Wanting: There hasn't been too much that has caught my eye this week except for this blue linen dress that is currently on sale. We are in that weird in-between right now with retailers. I really want to try this undereye primer... I have never heard of a primer specifically for under eyes so I am very intrigued! Since I haven't been finding too much lately, I've been using this time to focus more on decor/house stuff! 

Quoting: Even if you cannot give anything more, give thanks. // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wedding Wednesday: Special Bridal Attire

So I didn't really know what to call today's post as this was highly requested by all of you in may different words. Basically, you all wanted me to round up 'special' pieces that you could wear leading up to your wedding for events like showers, bachelorettes, luncheons, rehearsal, etc. You all mentioned you wanted more than just white dresses and that you're looking for dresses of any color, jewelry, shoes, and more. 

I hear you! So today I'm rounding up all of the pieces I have seen that have caught my eye over the past few weeks to share with you! 



Two Brands that I love and will be wearing are Marchesa Notte and Lela Rose. I find that the both lines have very special pieces and while much more expensive than things I typically post/share, it's a lot less for pieces of that quality and design. Both brands also go on sale, so if you are eyeing a piece, definitely keep an eye on it! The Outnet is also a great source to score higher-end, special designer pieces for a lot less! 

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