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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Shopping: Outfit Edition

Bow Bag c/o// Skinny Jeans (my absolutey favorite ever)

How about an outfit post for today's Saturday Shopping? I'm about to have a super busy week and a half coming up, so I've really tried to plan ahead with some fresh content for all of you! 

This outfit is so bright and fun and really screams spring! I love a gingham print and the added cherry print makes it extra fun... not to mention the pompoms...LOVE! My mom, sister, and I are all three sharing this bag right now because we love it so much. It holds so much and has the cutest bow detail, but the cross body shoulder strap is the best part! It's so easy to throw-on-and-go! 

You last saw this outfit, here, but you probably wouldn't have guessed it was basically the exact same, would you? I just switched scarveshandbags, and shoes, and it completely changed up the look! 
Since it's the last day in April (seriously where is the time going?!?!?)  I thought I would share some of my favorite pieces to transition into the summer weather... it will be here before you know it and I am so ready! I'm especially loving this little black slipdress which is only $55 and will be perfect for wearing to dinner/bars with friends on the weekends, and these scalloped heels that are an almost perfect dupe of the Loeffler Randall pair (and a fraction of the cost!).  Also, if you have any formal events coming up, this black gown is incredible. I would buy it in a heartbeat if I had an occassion for it! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

An Afternoon at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA

Chihuly at Phipps

An Afternoon at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA

An Afternoon at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA

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bananas at Phipps in Pittsburgh pA

Cafe Phipps at Phipps in Pittsburgh

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Review of Phipps in Pittsburgh

Phipps Botanical Garden and Conservatory in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Fashion Blogger at Phipps Conservatory

Orchids at Phipps Botanical Garden

Chihuly glass sculptures at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh PA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Chanel Flats (similar)// Speedy 30// Sunglasses

Glad you made it this far after scrolling through all of those photos! I wanted to include a bunch because of how amazingly gorgeous Phipp's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens really is! It's located in Schenley Park in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh-- kind of right in between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University! It's probably one of the most picturesque areas/places in all of Pittsburgh! 

It was built in 1893 and is a historic landmark. The building itself is so unique and breathtaking. It is compromised of various themed rooms that you can weave in and out of. For example, one room is home to all different sorts of palm plants. Another room was host to the 'Congo' and showed plants native to that area. There is even an area where all sorts of vegetables are growing. You can see bananas in one of the photos above! 

I think my favorite room had to have been the butterfly room. I don't really like bugs or even butterflies, but I set my fears aside and went in! There were so many different kinds fluttering about! It was also cool to learn about the different types and you could see all of the chrysalises about to hatch! We came on the early end of the hatching period, but apparently there are even more that come out later in spring and a lot of the time, they will land on guests! 

Another fun aspect of Phipps is that there are pieces of Chihuly artwork interspersed throughout each of the rooms. The sculptures almost blend right in with the greenery and flowers! They were all so beautiful and unique and really added something unexpected and fun. You can see a few in the photos above. 

I went with my friend Amanda who has the cutest 6-month-old daughter, Capri (see her post, here). It was so much fun to stroll Capri around and catch up with Amanda. A perfect girls afternoon was had. We stopped into the Cafe for lunch. The cafe is voted one of the best museum restaurants in the country and I can totally see why! They had indoor and outdoor seating options. It is cafeteria style where you order at the counter and throw away your own plates.

I got a salad because I really wanted to taste the freshness of the food. Their fruits and vegetables are grown right on site in the garden and everything is organic. Silly me, I asked if they had diet coke and they looked at me like I was asking for straight vodka shots (they weren't rude, though!). It turns out they don't carry soda or anything that's 'unhealthy'. Oops! Instead, they had offered me a delicious drink made from sparkling water and fresh fruit juice. Yum! 

My outfit for the afternoon was super simple. I knew we would be doing a lot of walking and you never know what you will get yourself into when hanging out with a 6-month-old baby, haha! So I dressed comfortably and casually. I was actually super hot in my shirt because it is a greenhouse, the rooms are very warm and some were even humid. All in all, it was such a fun experience. If you are in Pittsburgh I couldn't recommend it more. It's great for groups, as a date (it's open until 10pm on Fridays!), and families. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Monogram Sale

sale on monogrammed items and mark and graham

Just popping in to let you all know about this great sale. You can get up to 50% off on tons of monogrammed items. I am taking advantage by stocking up now to give as gifts to people on my list throughout the year! These are a few of my favorites (the monogrammed plaid throw makes a really nice gift around the holiday season!!). Happy shopping! 

Lately 4/28/16

Wearing: I've been wearing a lot of white and lace lately like the white lace romper you see on me above! I'll be sure to post the outfits soon because they're the perfect summertime look!

Reading: This article from Esquire is such an interesting read. It profiles 4 men at 4 very different bank accounts. It's so interesting to read each one's thoughts and opinions on all of the questions they are asked. It really puts everything in perspective. I thought the most interesting part was the budgeting question.

Loving: These Fromm brushes. I was sent this trio of brushes and was so excited to try them out since I love my Fromm blow dryer so much. If you haven't heard of the brand, I definitely recommend checking it out! These brushes are made to pair with your blow dryer and cut drying time. The 'square' brush is a variation of the standard rounded barrel brush. I find that the square shape is a lot easier to use and produces a great result. I'm not much of a blow-out person, but this actually makes me want to blow out my hair more often! The Glosser paddle is the brush I have been using daily. It easily brushes through my hair and has replaced my drugstore hairbrush. The hot paddle is probably my favorite of all of them. The aluminum ceramic plate in the brush actually heats up while you blow dry. It really cuts down on the frizz for me and the drying time!

Loving II: Staying with the hair category today, I just received these two products from Paul Mitchell: Texturizing Sea Spray and Marula Oil. I haven't tried the sea spray yet, but it smells wonderful... I'll report back, my hair is never good at beach waves, but I'm totally down to try it out! And the Marula oil is heavenly! I have been using the super skinny serum for probably over 15 years and am about to run out, so I'm replacing it with the Marula oil to see how that goes! It smells wonderful-- almost woodsy, but still very light. The bottle says to use a few drops, but since I have so much hair, I use about 2 full dropper's worth. I love that it makes my hair super soft after blow drying!

Wanting: Yurman came out with some new pieces and this gold cuff with lapis ends is absolutely stunning. Add this to the top of my list, please!

Watching: My sister, Callie, is in Banshee, a show on Cinemax (screenshot above!!). The series is filmed in Pittsburgh and Callie got to be an extra on it this summer. It is so cool to see her on TV-- I'm so proud of her! She graduates next week and I can't wait to see all of the amazing things she does as a post-grad!

Watching II: This video. I saw Coldplay in 2009 and to say it was an amazing concert would be an understatement. I love music and love seeing/hearing live music. I think it's amazing how music can cross language barriers, cultural barriers, etc. and bring people together. I also think it's amazing how music can literally tap into your emotions. This video is heartwarming and brought tears to my eyes. I know that when I first heard Fix You, it was emotional for me, too. The music is so powerful and the words are touching. Plus, knowing that Coldplay wrote it for Gwyneth Paltrow when her father died brings even more meaning to the song. When I was at the concert and they played it, it actually gave me goosebumps because the entire crowd sings along (like here at 4:25)and it becomes hauntingly beautiful... it's incredibly uplifting and sad all at the same time. If you have surround sound, I recommend listening to a live version and putting it on really loud. This version is actually really amazing, too, this guy spliced together a bunch of different versions. The Scientist is my second favorite- and I can't forget Viva La Vida (the best version, here.. wait until 4:30!!) because we sing that every Christmas Eve.

Eating: Gaby et Jules salted caramel macarons. I've written this before but they are THE BEST macarons in the entire world. My friends got me a sleeve for my birthday and I ate them all.

Drinking: Paris tea. I went to tea at The Frick last weekend and it was lovely! I have a full post coming up, but the tea I had was wonderful. I love Harney and Sons Paris tea and The Frick's version of Paris was just as delicious.

Listening: Not trying to jump the gun, but I've already started my May playlist! I got really bored of April's playlist as it was definitely not one of my best, so I really wanted to start fresh. You can listen, here. I'll embed it in next week's post once I have added some more songs. My favorite right now is I'm in love by Kygo and Into the Sunset by Mako. Do you have any recommendations?!

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