Monday, August 19, 2019

Jackie O Inspired Outfits

I came across this top randomly one day and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it! Sometimes I believe I was born in the wrong era... the style of the late '50s and '60s is something I am utterly obsessed with. I love mini shift dresses, portrait collar tops, tweed dresses with matching coats, monochromatic outfits, a full-skirted cocktail dress, and so much more that were very prominent around 1958-1965ish. Bewitched, the hit sitcom in the 1960's is one of my favorite shows and what gives me so much inspiration. And to top it off, Jackie O was a style icon in the 1960's and she's one of my own icons that I look to for inspiration to this very day. 

Unfortunately, pieces that have a '60s vibe are rather hard to find in 2019! Which is surprising, because a lot of those styles are so classic. So, when I saw this top, I just had to order it immediately! 

Sure enough, it was everything I hoped it would be. Well-made, classic, and stylish. It's made of a crepe-like material so it's dressier than your average top but I paired it with White Jeans which easily dressed it down for a more day-to-day look. Besides jeans, you could pair it with navy slim dress pants for a monochromatic look that would be appropriate for an office setting!

I saw the Dress, too, and had to get that as well. It's such a great little dress that hits right above my knees. It's definitely conservative but still very chic and sophisticated. This is a great office dress, cocktail party dress, or shower dress. You could easily wear this with tights as fall and winter approach. 

I haven't carried my Speedy with me in ages, but it feels so appropriate with both the dress and top because the speedy was a popular bag in the 1960s. Actually, the reason I bought the LV Speedy as my first designer handbag is that Audrey Hepburn was photographed carrying the bag so often all of those years ago! It's a bag I love and will never part with. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Etsy Finds

Etsy Finds
300 pc. Stationery Set// Dog Tea Towel// Blackwatch Plaid Tree Skirt

The Etsy favorites posts from this year have been some of your favorite posts (thanks, everyone!), which I love because I love Etsy! There are so many amazing items from around the world on Etsy and it's so great to support small businesses.

Today I'm sharing some more of my favorite things. I really think I need to order this Custom Sign... the sample has 'Summer Wind' on it!! I think that this Cutting Board makes a really touching off-the-registry gift for a bride-to-be! 

I am so excited to finally have a real Christmas tree this year and I have already been hunting for a classic, gorgeous tree skirt. I find a lot of them to be boring/or just plain tacky, but this Blackwatch Plaid Tree Skirt is so beautiful and classic! 

Thursday, August 15, 2019


I cannot believe we are already to Thursday! I got back from the lake late Sunday night and I have been on overdrive all week trying to play catch up! Lots of random miscellaneous tasks, errands, fall planning, and scheduling. I have quite a busy fall coming up in terms of social life. We have lots and lots of weddings which is so fun and exciting... a lot of them require travel which will also be fun, too!

I also tackled a bunch of small wedding-related things which had been sitting on my to-do list for a while. It feels good to be able to check them off!

Besides that, I got the itch to organize the house so I have been slowly organizing every space! Organizing is one of my favorite things to do (which I know sounds really lame). I have always been this way, though. In the kitchen, I took everything out of the cabinets and finally organized it appropriately and with bins/organizers. The sense of accomplishment after organizing something feels so good. One night I even took time to organize the garage... that had been sitting on my to-do list forever and I'm so glad it's finally done! Being organized makes me feel ready and excited to embrace a new season.

Wearing: This Eyelet Top  is one of my favorite pieces that I have been wearing lately. It's still summery because of the eyelet, but the color and sleeves make it seem a little more fall appropriate. This is the type of thing that I love to wear during this transition period between summer and fall! It runs a little big so I would suggest sizing down!

Eating: Oh. My. Gosh. Do not walk, RUN to your nearest Chick-Fil-A for their mac 'n cheese. My fiancĂ© is Chick-Fil-A obsessed and he had us going there the day they started serving the mac 'n cheese. I was worried it would be a flop like Chipotle's queso was but their mac 'n cheese might be the best I've ever had! I don't even want to know the calorie count on it because it is sinfully rich and creamy. 

Reading: Have you all seen that Target is bringing back items from their past brand partnerships?! This includes the Lilly for Target pieces from 2015! You can shop starting on September 14th.

Watching: I just watched Panic Room which is a movie on Netflix. It was SO good. It's a thriller and kept me on my toes the entire time. It's definitely a great movie to watch if you are staying in one night this weekend! 
Listening: I used to make monthly playlists and since then, I've decided to cut down to make them 4x per year. Summer's is finished and I'm ready to move on to fall, but it's worth a listen because there are some real gems on there!

Loving: These. Shoes. They are everything, aren't they?! It's like Ralph Lauren and Ferragamo made a shoe... classic and ladylike and preppy all at the same time. Want. There's a bag too. Drooling. 

Loving II: I love that Williams-Sonoma is collaborating with Schumacher! This tablecloth is so beautiful! On top of that, Pottery Barn created a Friends collection and it is part funny, part clever! I want this doormat! So fun. 

Wanting: This hydrangea topper is very summery but it might be the chicest thing I have seen in a while! It can be paired with a matching dress making it 1960's Jackie-O-looking, which I love. This is a new-to-me brand, but it's worth checking out because all of their pieces are so classic- like this blush dress. I've also been eyeing this Goop Glow microderm instant glow exfoliator. The instant facial by Goop is one of my all-time favorite skincare products so I am thinking this one will be good, too. 

Smelling: With fall around the corner, I am going to share this fig scented candle again. It smells SO much like Diptyque but for so much less. It's one of my favorite affordable candles and has such a cozy feel to it. 

Quoting: 'If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.'- Wayne Dyer // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Easy Hairstyles You Can Do At home

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of having Courtney Benedetti come to my house to style some different hairstyles that we can all do ourselves at home! I met Courtney at my friend Eugenia's wedding and am blown away with how talented she is!

Courtney moved back from New York City to Pittsburgh. She grew up in Pittsburgh and went on to New York City where she worked at MTV, styled many celebrities, as well as became the Hair Department Head at The Tonight Show. Impressive, right?!

Now that Courtney is in Pittsburgh, she focuses on weddings and bridal hair (check her out on instagram!), but since Pittsburgh has such a big film presence, she works on the sets of shows and movies like Mindhunter and the new Mr. Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks. Not to mention she has the two cutest little girls!! 

And to top it all off, Courtney will be doing my hair for my wedding weekend! I am so thrilled! Not only is she so great at what she does, but she is also SO nice and easy to be around which is something I think is really important when hiring someone for your special day.

Anyway, today we are chatting about hair that you can do yourself at home. The #1 thing I am always asked about is my hair and I personally get stuck in the same styling rut! I stick to my few styles that I know how to do but am always open to trying new styles! 

That's where Courtney comes in. Most of the below styles stem from a simple ponytail that we can all do in just a few minutes.

The biggest tip that Courtney gave me was to work with your hair in sections! For example, Courtney took the top half of my hair and separated it. She put the bottom half into a ponytail and then just worked with the top half of the hair. That way the hair doesn't look so uniform and is easier to work with. To see these styles come to fruition, be sure to check out the highlight in my Instagram profile 'Hair x Courtney'. The videos help a lot to see how these styles are done.

This was one of my favorites! I think it looks so elegant and it was surprisingly quick to do! Courtney started with a ponytail but left out a 2-inch perimeter.  She then took small sections along the hairline and draped and pinned.  This left the front and back of my hair looking soft and effortless without losing the foundation of the style. Once my hairline was complete, Courtney separated my ponytail into two sections, twisted the first one and pinned it into place.  Then she took the second section and twisted it and pinned it to fill in the style.  A really great tip that Courtney shared is to use matte bobby pins since they have a more powder-coated finish they don’t slip as easily.

To create volume stemming from the hairline in most of these styles, Courtney used a triple row comb and Redken Quick Tease spray on the roots of my hair. 

This one looks so intricate, doesn't it?! Courtney sectioned my hair first in half from ear to ear.  She took the bottom section and put it into a low ponytail. Then with the remaining hair, she created three sections, two sides, and the top. Think temple to temple and then create a triangle that meets at the ponytail.  She then took the top section and crossed over piece by piece on top of the ponytail. *If you don’t have thick hair like me, you can do the entire section at once, spit it in half and just cross over and pin on top of the ponytail.  Don’t worry if you see bobby pins, that's what the side sections are for! Once the top section is done, it is time to blend the sides in and hide those bobby pins.  Twist one side back and make sure it blends with the top section, wrap it around your ponytail and pin.  Then repeat on the other side. 

This one is SO fun looking, right? I personally think it looks intricate and a fresh take on a typical french braid. The way it is done is similar to a french braid but instead of working with three pieces of hair, you only have to work with two. 

Starting with a ponytail in the bottom section again, she split the top of the hair into 3 sections, one center row (the twist) and the sides to blend the lines and to make it more flattering from the front. To create the “french twist” you start with a small section of hair (just like if you were about to braid), split it into two pieces of hair, cross it over and then add a slice of hair to each side and twist. Add hair to BOTH sides every time, and twist every time. 

Once the twist section is done, temporarily secure the twist and work on the sides.  Courtney draped both sides under the twist above my ponytail and tied it with a small rubber band on top of the main pony.  Then, Courtney quite literally tied my hair into a knot around the ponytail to secure it but we also shared this cute way to secure it with a bow! There is a great video tutorial for this one on my instastories

I loved how elegant this style looked but it was truly just two steps! You just pull your hair back into a low ponytail and as you are pulling the last portion of hair through the elastic, you stop and then wrap the hair around the ponytail and pin in the back. So so easy but this seriously looks like a style you could wear to a black-tie wedding! 

These cute hair clips were so easy to place in my hair and instantly gave my typical wavy hair a new and refreshed look. I love how Courtney placed them right behind my ear. It tucked my hair back in a pretty way but I also loved having the hair pulled back from my face!

This was such a cute and easy hairstyle and I would have never thought to do it! Courtney pulled back just a section of hair at the top of my head and secured it with this bow elastic. It instantly looked like something Bridgette Bardot would have sported! 

Courtney found this adorable gingham headband at Anthropologie and curled my hair into the most beautiful curls with the t3 barrel iron. She placed the headband behind my ears but made sure to leave pieces out at the front to look tousled and effortless.

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