Friday, May 24, 2019

Lately





Happy weekend, everyone! I hope you all have had a great week! Is anyone else so thrilled for a 3-day weekend? I certainly am! This is the last weekend of calmness before I start to get busy with travel again so I am looking forward to spending time by the pool now that the club officially opens, eating good food, sleeping in, and hanging out with friends and family! 

We finally had landscapers come to plant grass/make it look pretty in our very small outdoor area so I am excited to finally be able to enjoy our outdoor furniture, sip some coffee out there and just enjoy! It's looking like the weather might actually cooperate, which is so rare here in Pittsburgh! Looks like it will be hot and sunny- such a win! I'm going to have to be very vigilant about sunscreen!!! 

Right now, there are some darn good sales going on... almost Black Friday level sales, so I highly recommend checking out my post rounding up everything I love that is on sale. I'll be sure to update it throughout the weekend!

Wearing: I love this seersucker dress that just happens to be Nantucket red! It's the perfect casual summer dress that is really easy to wear and style!

Eating: Oh my goodness, I scored some real gems at Trader Joe's that are new-to-me! If you are on instagram, I save everything Trader Joe's-related to a highlight. This week I found an Avocado Tzaziki dip that is incredible and so fresh tasting and teriyaki turkey jerky that is so delicious. I'm a huge beef jerky person and the turkey is just as good as any other beef jerky I have had! 

Reading: I just finished Once We Were Brothers for the second time and it is so good. It's an easy read so it's great for the pool/beach. Check out the comments on my instagram post to see what everyone else is reading this summer! 

Sale-ing: I have a huge, comprehensive post about the Memorial Day sales, here. I thought last year's sales were really good, but this years are even better! 

Watching:
Did you catch last Friday's post about the TV I am watching, am looking forward to watching, and want to watch?

Listening: Still obsessed with my May playlist- so many good songs and I am continuously updating it! 



Loving: This past weekend, my parents, Henry, my grammie, aunt and uncle and I went to visit my sister in Charlotte, NC! We had such a fun time. I love Charlotte- it's such a pretty city and there is always so much to do... plus delicious food! We went to dinner at Haberdish on Saturday night and it was SO incredible. We had the best friend chicken I have ever had in my entire life. I would highly recommend it! 

Wanting: I have been in a bit of a shopping mood lately and I need to stop, ha!! I just ordered this sweatshirt and these shorts for a cute little lounge set. 

Smelling: I was just recently gifted this Chanel Chance Eau Tendre perfume from the Macy's Team at South Hills Village (in Pittsburgh). It smells incredible! If you will be in Pittsburgh on either June 28th or August 3rd, the Chanel Counter at South Hills Village mall with have their National makeup artists in town and you can schedule an appointment with them! It sounds like so much fun and a chance to try out some new Chanel products! 

Traveling: Next weekend, I head to Annapolis and then DC for a shower and a birthday party! These are all for college friends/sorority sisters so I am excited to see them! Then, the following week, we are headed to Nantucket to celebrate my fiancé's 30th birthday! Very excited for these fun times ahead!

Quoting: 'She silently stepped out of the race that she never wanted to be in, and found her own lane and proceeded to win.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Sales 2019

Striped Shirt (runs true to size, if anything, size down)

Dress (runs very big)// Also comes in a top 

Peplum Top (runs slightly big, but if you have bigger arms, get your normal size)

Cashmere Cardigan (runs small, size up)


Dress (runs big, size down)// Plaid Heels


Top (this is what I got engaged in! only $50, runs big, lots of other color options)

Striped Blouse (runs TTS)

Tuckernuck has put SO many of their pieces on sale- up to 70% off. They are one of my favorite retailers and to score the pieces on major sale makes them even better!!

You can see some of the pieces I have and love above are all included in the sale! Plus, I've added some of my favorites that you can scroll through above! Tuckernuck sells out of sizes very quickly, so I definitely suggest to act fast! 

One King's Lane is having a sale and it's 20% off site-wide! I love everything they have- so many great decor items, furniture, and more. I have been shopping a lot there for the new house! Most items are pricey, but with the 20% off it helps! I desperately need things for the walls in my home and they have so many affordable art pieces! I've also been looking for outdoor items because we just got patio furniture! This set of blue and white planters is beautiful. 

Most Important Morning Skincare Step

Most Important Morning Skincare Step

morning skincare routine

why you should wear sunscreen everyday
As we are leading up to Memorial Day weekend and everyone is starting to head out on fun vacations in the sun or ready to head to the pools that are about to open, I see it only fitting to write a blog post about sunscreen. Because let's face it, it's a very important topic and if I can influence even just one of you to start using sunscreen daily, then it's all worth it.

I'm partnering with Olay today to share their Olay Sun Facial Sunscreen + Shine Control. At first, when I was coming up with a concept for this post, I thought about centering it around Memorial Day weekend and style the product with a beach towel, straw tote, etc. 

But, the reality is that we shouldn't only be grabbing sunscreen now that we are headed on vacations and to lay by the pool. We should be wearing sunscreen every. single. day. Did you know that during your normal daily routine, on average we are exposed to the sun's harmful rays 18 hours per week? This stat is year-round, indoors and outdoors!!

Ask any dermatologist and they will tell you it is the best thing you can do for your skin. Wearing sunscreen not only prevents age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines but also prevents skin cancer. I don't know about you, but I definitely want to prevent ALL of that! 
olay sunscreen
I'll be the first to admit that growing up, I was never the best with sunscreen. I always wanted to be tan. Silly me. I know better and now I am a slave to sun protection. You better believe I have sunscreen on every single day. Spring, summer, winter, and fall. So, I decided to shoot the Olay Sun Facial Sunscreen + Shine Control in its natural setting and where I personally use it: in the morning, in my bathroom. 

I do my entire skincare routine and then apply the Olay Sun Facial Sunscreen + Shine Control last. I love this SPF product because it has the consistency of a moisturizer so it is very easy to apply. But, it is also like a primer (dries fast) and makes for a nice base under makeup. It keeps you shine-free, too, so you can easily wear this without makeup, too! I don't typically wear makeup when I'm lounging at the pool/lake/beach/etc. so it's nice to have something that mattifies my face! 
olay sun facial sunscreen
Just like I take care of my skin with all sorts of products, sunscreen is one of those things that helps me to take care of myself and I hope you'll join me in using sunscreen every day to take care of yourself!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day Sales 2019

Memorial Day Sales 2019
Sweater// Sunglasses (on sale!!!)

Scroll through the widget above to see my favorites from all of the sales. Last year, during the Memorial Day sales, this Wustoff 18-piece knife set was on major sale and it is on sale again this year for a crazy low price! I have had my set for a year now and I am so impressed with the quality- nice knives are a game changer in the kitchen! Use code SHIP4FREE to get free shipping, too! 
Also of note, these Castaner wedges are 50% off right now. I recently got a pair and I absolutely love them. They are so comfortable and such high quality. They are a classic summer shoe! 

Abercrombie// 50% off everything! 
Ann Taylor// 40% off code: SUMMERTIME
Banana Republic// 40% off entire purchase, no code needed. Love this dress.
Bauble Bar// Up to 60% off! Love these beaded heart earrings that have a Rebecca de Ravenel vibe.
Bloomingdales// Up to 70% off and an extra 20% off sale and clearance items labeled BIG BROWN BAG SALE! Bloomingdale's has recently become one of my all-time favorite,  go-to shops! The Oscar de la Renta mini tro bag is currently 50% off and I am seriously considering it because it is SO cute. Also, the cashmere travel wraps that are almost identical to the White and Warren ones that I love so much are on sale for just $100! The diamond necklace I wear all the time is custom but this almost identical necklace is currently $600 which is a really great price. These Matouk towels come out to be $40 which is a total steal. 

Brooks Brothers// Online clearance. Up to 70% off and an extra 25% off 
Club Monaco// 25% off any purchase, code: SUMMERTIME
Dermstore// 20% off select products. Score some of my favorites like the wet brushdaily peel pads, silk pillowcase.
Gap// 50% off everything. This little cami bra is one of my all-time favorites to wear with lounge clothes!
Kate Spade// Extra 30% off all sale styles, code: POUNCE
Jack Rogers// Up to 50% off! 
J.Crew// 40% off your entire purchase, code: SHOP40
J.Crew Factory// 50% off everything
Lisi Lerch// 30% off jewelry and select handbags! 
LOFT// 40% off everything, code: FINALLY
Net-A-Porter// Up to 50% off, dying for this sweatshirt and matching shorts
Nordstrom// Half-Yearly Sale, up to 50% off everything, no code needed. 

Pottery Barn// 15% off $100 or more, 20% off $500 or more, 25% off $1000 or more, 30% off $3000 or more. 

Ralph Lauren// Up to 40% off, extra 30% off sale, code: MEMDAY
Saks Fifth Avenue// up to 50% off, such a huge selection of designer shoes on sale! 
Shopbop// Up to 40% off, new sale items added!
Talbots// Extra 40% off one item, Extra 50% off two or more items, no code needed
Tory Burch// up to 40% off!
Tuckernuck// Hundreds of new markdowns (we are talking DEEP discounts)
Vineyard Vines// Up to 50% off!
Williams-Sonoma// Up to 75% off clearance event (100s of items). 

Items On Sale That I Have:
(only items that are on sale are linked)
I cannot believe they are only $13.50!!!! 

Dress




Headband (just $27!!)





From left: One // Two// Three// Four// Five (not on sale)
All of these shoes are such a good deal, some are just $60 and even as low as $35!!





Pink Sweater (comes in a bunch of other colors)

Wedding Wednesday: Honeymoon

Today's Wedding Wednesday is a fun one and all about the honeymoon! Tell me, where did you go on your honeymoon and would you recommend it? What has been the best vacation you have ever taken?

One of the things about travel for me is that for most travel I do, I have to work while I am traveling and a lot of traveling isn't necessarily a vacation. Of course, I'm not complaining at all, that comes with the territory, but the one thing I am most excited about for my honeymoon is to completely and entirely unplug and just spend time with Andrew! 

I actually plan to capture the entire honeymoon via insta stories/instagram/etc. like I normally would, but won't be posting in real time. I will post once I am back so I am able to soak up our honeymoon without the pressures of documenting it on social media. A true vacation but once I am back I can share photos, instastories and share travel guides! 

My fiancé and I have been coming up with a list of places we might like to visit but we are in the very beginning stages of planning anything at all. We have decided we will be gone for 10-14 days dependant upon our itinerary and will be going in May 2020. Here is what we have come up with so far... 

- South Africa/ Safari
- Greece
- Amalfi Coast 
- Austria 
- Scotland/United Kingdom

If we go for a full 2 weeks, we might switch locations once so it might be a multi-city or multi-country honeymoon. We are leaning towards a week in Greece and a week on the Amalfi coast! 

Weigh in and tell me about some of the incredible vacations you have been on and what you recommend/don't recommend. We want to first and foremost relax for at least a few days, but also enjoy amazing food, delicious cocktails, and do some sightseeing and shopping! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Beauty Q+A

A few weeks ago, before the Sephora Sale started, I had asked you all to submit any beauty-related questions you had and I would answer them in the Sephora Sale post. Well, you all asked SO many questions that I decided I would do an entirely separate blog post to answer some of them! 

Beauty, and especially skincare are my favorite topics and I love sharing my knowledge with all of you! 

Chemical vs. physical exfoliants?
I personally think both. I am more of a fan of chemical exfoliants because I see bigger results with them. Plus, you have to be careful with physical exfoliants because the fine pieces can irritate your skin. However, I think once you start peeling from different acids or even things like Retin-A, you still need a physical exfoliant to slough off the dead skin.

Current Favorite Chemical Exfoliants: Instant Facial, Biologique Recherche, facial radiance pads
Current Favorite Physical Exfoliants: Microdermabrasion
Chemican and Physical Exfoliator: Exfolikate 

Natural looking foundation?
If you are looking for something natural, not heavy, and just gives you a 'your skin but better' look, I would highly suggest this. It's basically moisturizer that makes you look sunkissed. I've been wearing it daily and it's especially good for a dewy look.

Favorite lip balms?
For regular basic lip balm, I swear by Blistex in the green tube. I have been using it exclusively for 15 years and have a tube everywhere.

I have recently been loving Lancome's lip balm which is for daytime use and plumps lips. I haven't noticed any huge difference in terms of plumping but the texture is so smooth and hydrating and also gives you a nice bit of shine.

At night, this isn't a lip balm, but rather a lip sleeping mask... but it's basically a lip balm. I really like it. It's really heavy and great for dry, chapped winter lips.

Do you double cleanse? 
No, I use these and they are the best for washing your face/removing ALL of your makeup. I highly recommend and with these, there is truly no need to double cleanse. 

Is Dior lip glow still your favorite or have you found something better? Did you ever find a good dupe?
Dior lip glow is my #1. My two favorite colors are berry and pink. I have been using it for years now. I have long been looking for a similar product because it is quite pricey and there isn't a ton of product in the tube. I have now tried probably 10 different brands and haven't loved them as much as the Dior Lip Glow. However, last week, I was sent a press package from Glamsquad. They just started a makeup line and I got sent their lip balms. I truly think that their tinted lip balm is even better. Take my recommendation with a grain of salt because I have only been wearing it for a few days, so I don't want to declare it my #1 just yet, but as of right now, I am obsessed. It's basically the same formula as the Dior lip glow but maybe even smoother. The thing I love best is that I find the Dior Lip Glow in berry to be too purply and the pink to be too pink/not enough color. The rose color from Glamsquad is truly as if the Dior berry and pink were made into one color. 

What is your favorite concealer that truly hides dark circles?
Without hesitation, Naked Concealer. I have been using it for years and I just recently switched to Tarte's Shape Tape because everyone raves about it. Well, it doesn't hold a candle to the Naked Concealer. The Naked concealer is lightweight and full coverage. It lasts all day, too, and is never cakey and easily blendable. I recently learned a trick from a makeup artist to use a peach color corrector on your undereye dark circles first before you apply concealer. I have been using this one, and have noticed a crazy difference. When I color correct, you truly can't see the dark circles. It's an extra step, but worth it.  

How often do you do a face mask?
It depends on my skin, the season, etc. I used to be really into face masks and then I think I just got lazy. I would typically say around 1-2 times per week! If I have an important event coming up or my skin is particularly fickle, I might do one every other night.

Do you have eyelash extensions and if so, do you recommend them?
Yes, see this blog post for all of the info on eyelash extensions!

Do you have microbladed eyebrows?
No, that's just another thing to add to the list of my already high-maintenance appointments (hair, nails, eyelashes, etc.)! I don't like the idea of them being semi-permanent, either. I have never had great eyebrows, but they are not something that I really care much about, so I have never even had the desire to look into microblading! 

What skincare treatments do you get regularly? Your skin is so clear!
In 2016/2017 I used to get chemical peels every few months. I really liked them but they were a bit annoying because my face would literally peel for days afterward. They did help with acne and acne scarring a lot, though so I would recommend if that is your issue, too. Right now, I don't get any professional facial services. I actually don't love getting facials, just a personal preference. I have not had Botox, either, but am not against it- just afraid of needles. If I wasn't afraid of needles, I would get Botox. You can read my post about that, here.

As weird as this sounds, I also shave my face from time to time. You can read about that, here. I find this to be a game changer. It makes makeup look SO much better.

I used to microneedle with this tool. This is another thing that I think helps a lot with texture and acne scarring. It really does work. It's painless, too. I haven't done it in several months because I don't think my face needs it right now and it's also just another step to add and I get lazy from time to time about that!

With my wedding coming up next year, I may get a peel or something as I get closer. As much as I want to look my absolute best, I also want to look like myself!

My only tip with skincare is to find products and a routine that works for you and then absolutely stick to it no matter what. I do my skincare religiously day and night no matter what. I ALWAYS take off my makeup before bed.

I also really think that a lot of skincare is based on your skin being hydrated (always moisturize day and night) and also using SPF to prevent age spots and wrinkles. 

Favorite serum? Looking for dewy, hydrated skin!
If you want a serum that will deliver dewy, hydrated skin, I highly recommend Skinceutical's HA Intensifier. You can use it alone to boost your skin's hyaluronic acid but I usually add a few drops to my moisturizer for a super potent moisturizing cocktail of sorts. I also swear by Cetaphil's Night Cream. It's rich but lightweight. I slather it on like I would a mask and usually leave it to sink in for an hour or so before my head hits the pillow. 

Have you tried Beauty Counter and have you had success with their products?
Nope, I have never tried it.

Would you ever get fillers?
Never say never, but I highly doubt it. 

Tips for dealing with hormonal acne? Have you ever had acne?
I've had TERRIBLE acne in my mid-twenties. I think it was from stress/anxiety getting my hormones all out of whack. I had perfectly clear skin before then. Rarely ever even had a single zit and all of a sudden, I was having cystic acne. It was awful and I was embarrassed about my skin.

I honestly think that the #1 thing that I did to help cure it was to first get my stress/anxiety under control. Honestly, no product out there is going to cure the awful, cystic acne until you get to the root of why it is happening. Obviously, I'm not a doctor so you should always consult yours!!

I wrote a post 2 years ago about my favorite products for acne-prone skin.

I think once you have your acne under control, it's then about getting rid of the scarring/redness. That took about 2 years for me until my skin was back to normal! I wrote about it above, but chemical peels help a lot with this as does Vitamin C serums and micro needling.

Best anti-aging eye cream?
I need to do an entire blog post about this, but I partially think eye creams are a load of BS. Why can't we all just use our face creams for under our eye? I realize our undereye skin is much thinner, but I sometimes think it is unnecessary to have a face cream and an eye cream... and now they are selling neck creams, too!

I do use eye cream(hypocritical, I know, ha!),  and right now I am loving this one at night and this one in the morning. The nighttime one is super thick and I wake up with truly moisturized eyes. The morning one is a much lighter serum and the applicator is like a metal ball that you can massage your eyes with. It's heavenly.

If you could only recommend one makeup item, what would it be?
Naked Concealer. You can read about it above but it's truly a game changer. 

How long do you wait in between applying serums, sunscreen, primer, SPF, etc.?
Until they are dry... I don't follow any set times! 

Do you use retinol?
I have used Retin-A in the past that has been prescribed to me by my dermatologist. I think it definitely helps with acne. I have some in my drawer right now but just haven't been using it because I hate how flaky it makes my skin and then my makeup doesn't look as good! 

Advice for acne scarring?
You can read above but definitely chemical peels, micro needling and vitamin C serum. This has been my favorite Vitamin C serum for years. 

Do you use a toner, if so, which one?
I use Biologique Recherche and love it so much I wrote an entire blog post about it!

Do you have a daily fragrance?
I think my two all-time favorite fragrances are Carven's L'eau de toilette and Chanel Chance eau fraiche. They are both light and fresh. Ladylike but not heavy or powdery. I don't typically wear perfume every single day...usually when doing something other than day-to-day things (like going to the grocery store). For day-to-day, I love love love this. For fall/winter I love Arquiste for J.Crew No. 31. My bottle is still going strong- I wish they still made this scent. It is cozy and manly.

Do you wear makeup every day?
No! Usually, on the weekdays, I go makeup free. I like to let my skin breath and I am also finally proud of my skin so I don't feel the need to wear makeup daily. I go all out when I take blog photos (sometimes not always) and if I have a fancy date night or fun event. I will wear light makeup when going out for dinner, lunch, getting together with girlfriends, etc. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Work Appropriate Shoes for Summer

Work Appropriate Shoes for Summer

Shoes that are 'work appropriate' is a very subjective label. So, today I thought I would share some shoes that are great for work if you work in a more conservative office where you must wear closed-toe shoes. 

My biggest tip when choosing 'work shoes' is to spend more and buy less. In my opinion, you really only need a few pairs of summer style shoes and a few pairs of winter style shoes for your work wardrobe. If you buy high-quality, comfortable shoes, they should last years! On top of that, I always think that if you can buy something that can perform double duty, that you should. An example of this would be a flat you can also wear with jeans, a pump that you can also wear for date night, etc. 
Work Appropriate Shoes for Summer


My last tip is to always choose a neutral shoe so that you can maximize the wears you get out of the shoes! Think black, nude, gray, and navy. I typically prefer nude for summer so we will focus on that shade for today's post! 

The top collage are the less pricey shoes and the bottom collage are designer shoes! You can't really go wrong with any of them, in my opinion! 

Friday, May 17, 2019

TV I Love + What I Want to Watch

The Best TV to Watch 2019
There are so many of my favorite shows coming out with new seasons this year that I thought it would be fun to share with all of you! I'm sure a lot of you already watch some of these, too. I also thought it would be fun to share some of the shows that are on my 'to watch' list. I feel like I have watched everything and yet somehow, I still have a 'to watch ' list! 

I'm honestly not a huge TV watcher. I usually like something on in the background while I work- it's either music or something like Friends, Grey's Anatomy, or Growing pains. Otherwise, I don't watch much day-to-day. I usually like to binge it all in a few days and then not watch for a while. It's so hard to keep up with a live show that comes on every week! 

But, with all of the new seasons coming out, it looks like I will be spending a little more time by the TV! What shows are you watching right now? What didn't make my list that I should be watching? 

Shows I am Currently Watching
Chernobyl
This is an HBO miniseries about the nuclear explosion in Russia in the 80's. It's being released episode-by-episode so I have only watched one but so far I love it. I love a historical drama and I knew of Chernobyl from high school history but I honestly didn't know much about it so it is really interesting to learn about this piece of history. As always with HBO, the production is really well-done. 

Southern Charm
Season 6 (Bravo) just premiered this week and I love this show! It's mindless and the drama is outrageous. It's clearly staged and yet I can't get enough. I share my thoughts on instastories with this one and I so enjoy going back and forth with all of you while you watch, too! 

Real Housewives of New York
I've been a faithful RHONY (Bravo) fan since day one. I watch RHOBH, too, but I'm really only consistent and faithful with RHONY. (all ELEVEN seasons). This season is a bit of a snooze in my opinion, though. I need to catch up on 2 episodes that I have missed so far. It's harder to keep up when I'm not as interested. 

Summer House
This is one of those shows you can have on in the background of whatever you are doing (ie. working, cooking dinner, etc.). It's mindless and so silly but I also can't stop! It's about friends who share a summer house in the Hamptons together and all of the partying that they do. A guy from Pittsburgh is in it, so that's why I started watching it in the first place. I don't highly recommend it, but it's ok. 

The Act
This is a Hulu show based on a real story. I actually recommend the documentary (HBO) first, called Mommy Dead and Dearest. The documentary is better in my opinion. The real-life story is about a mom with Munchausen by proxy and how she scams and cons her way through life with her daughter. It's fascinating but also so creepy. I have had this playing while I work- but that is because I already knew the story from watching the HBO documentary. You'll need to pay full attention to the show if you don't watch the doc first! 

Shows With a New Season I Look Forward To Watching
Handmaid's Tale
The 3rd season (Hulu) premieres on June 5th. I cannot wait for this. I absolutely love this show. It is so dark and creepy/scary at times. It's about a futuristic dystopian society and you just can't look away. Highly recommend! 

Big Little Lies 
The 2nd season (HBO) premieres on June 6th. The first season was based off of Liane Moriarty's book. I guess originally, they weren't planning on a second season, but now have written a second because the first was so popular. The all-star cast (um hello, Reese Witherspoon!!) is incredible and the storyline is so crazy. I can't wait to see what is in store for season 2. 

Stranger Things
This premieres (Netflix) on the 4th of July! Which, kind of stinks, because I definitely won't be inside watching TV then, but I'll be so looking forward to catching up on season 3 of this show. It is SO good and has the best 80's throwback vibes. The actors are so good and started at such a young age- thoroughly impressed! A good couple show- both my fiancé and I love this! 

The Crown
The season 3 date hasn't been revealed yet, but based on the previous 2 seasons, everyone seems to be guessing for a December release. A new season hasn't been released since December 2017 so I am waiting here with bated breath! This show is SO good, it is all about the British Monarchy and I've read that the historical details are pretty accurate. The acting, sets, filming, etc. are all so well done. The only thing that is annoying is that it's sometimes hard to understand the actors! I have to pause and rewind a lot. This is definitely one of those shows that you cannot be doing anything else- your full attention has to be on the show or you'll miss something. 

Ozark
Season 3 (Netflix) has not released their premiere date, but it's definitely signed on for the 3rd season. Critics are guessing sometime later this year- possibly August/September. This show is dark and all about laundering money. I had to Google a lot of things in the first season to understand how money laundering works, but it's such a good show. This one is like the Crown in that it is really detailed and a lot happens in one episode, so you really have to pay attention. I watch this with my fiancé so it could be a good couple show! 

Mindhunter
I didn't love the first episode or two, but I kept going and ended up loving the first season. The second season (Netflix) premieres this August. I first started watching it because a lot of it is filmed in Pittsburgh. It's about serial killers and the entire season followed an overarching story but the individual episodes were about different serial killers.

Shows I Want to Watch
The Society
This is a new series that just premiered on Netflix (May 10th). I haven't had time to start it yet, but it's on my list. It's based on parents disappearing and the kids having to create their own society. It looks really interesting- I feel like it could be really good or really bad, one of those 'no in-between' type of shows. 

The Twilight Zone
This is a new series based on the old series and I really want to watch! I have so many shows on my list, I just haven't had the time! This is on CBS. 

Dexter 
This is an older show about a murderer who also happens to work in law enforcement. You can stream all 8 seasons on Netflix. I actually have started to watch a few episodes of season 1 and I really like it. I just haven't had the time to really get into it! My fiancé really likes this one, too so it could be a good season to watch together as a couple! 

Killing Eve
The newest season is going on right now, but you can stream the others on Hulu. It stars Sandra Oh as an agent for MI6. My sister watches this and says it is really good! 

Game of Thrones
My fiancé and I want to start this together (HBO). Clearly, it's a fan favorite, but I just never got into it. I've never seen an episode before, so I'm curious if I will like it- it just doesn't seem like a show I'd like, but we'll see! 

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I tried to watch this and could not get into it. Everyone always seems so shocked when I tell them this and they urge me to try it again because it seems like something that would 'be right up my alley'. So maybe I will give this another shot; eventually. I just thought the vibe seemed like they were going to break out in song and dance any second and so I quit, ha! 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lately



Lemon Espadrilles// Denim Shorts (old, similar)

This week was an uneventful, but a nice week! I got SO much done, which makes me feel very good leading into summer! It was rainy to start, which was kind of a bummer, but it started to clear up later on this week and Henry and I clocked a lot of steps on some walks! 

In terms of the house, this past weekend, I got some great furniture pieces and ordered a few more things... we are chugging right along! 

I also signed some more wedding contracts this week so I am really checking things off left and right. It's crazy to think we are still 11 months out and yet I have almost the entire wedding planned already. My event planning job (was my first job out of college!) is really paying off, ha! Now, I mostly just have the grunt work to do- like edit the program and invitation language, edit the out-of-town guest itineraries, format the guest list in Excel, etc. All of those boring, tedious things that just have to be done! We also still have to do Pre-Cana!

This weekend, I am headed to Charlotte with my parents and Grammie to visit my sister and celebrate my Grammie's 93rd birthday! Callie and her boyfriend just bought a new home in Charlotte so we are very excited to see it and help her move, too!

Wearing: Talbots sent me the cutest lemon-themed package last week and I am obsessed! The pieces are so cute and fun for summertime and realllly make me want to jet off to Italy ASAP!

Eating: I had a revelation just recently. I love the red, white, and blue popsicles and they are the perfect after-dinner treat when you want something sweet that isn't crazy high in calories. It's just sugar- albeit not good for you at all, but there are much worse sweets! My revelation, though, is that the Popsicle brand version are nowhere near as good at The Bomb Pops. Keep an eye out because Bomb pops are harder to find! 

Drinking: Did you guys see the NYTimes article about Aperol Spritz?! I am a huge Aperol Spritz fan. Not only is the drink gorgeous but it is so refreshing and delicious. I wouldn't necessarily drink more than one in a sitting, but it is a fun drink and extra delicious when made well. What do you think?

Reading: What is everyone reading this summer? As we are about to head into Memorial Day weekend, I need to get a few new good books. I always look for light and fun when it comes to summer reads! My fiancé has a Kindle and he loves it- I am thinking about getting one to toss in my pool bag to take to the club! I haven't read a single Bridal Magazine (I'm not into magazines, but I think I might pick up a few for this summer- I'm only a bride-to-be once! 

Sale-ing: This athletic sweater is one of my favorites. I wear it all of the time because it is cute and comfortable. Right now it's over $50 off! 

Watching:
 Did you guys watch Southern Charm?! Besides Real Housewives of NY, SC is definitely my favorite Bravo show! If you are new here, I share my thoughts while I watch the show on instastories and it is SO much fun to chat with all of you who are also watching! 

Listening: May's playlist is going strong- this is definitely my best of 2019... I had been slacking! 

Loving: I stumbled upon this swimsuit (top, bottom) and it is SO cute. It looks so much like my Marysia scalloped suit and the entire set is just $40! If you prefer a one-piece, this one is so cute, and this striped bikini is also adorable. 

Wanting: This adorable top looks SO much like Mi Golondrina but for so much less. It is gorgeous! 

Pittsburgh-ing: You are only really going to get this one if you are a true Pittsburgher, but did you hear that Kennywood's Potato Patch CHANGED THEIR CHEESE?! Kennywood is our local amusement park and during elementary/middle/high school, we actually had Kennywood day where we would have a day off of school to go to Kennywood. I went back a few years ago for Fright Night, which is like their Halloween celebration, and it wasn't like I remembered so I haven't planned to go back. However, Potato Patch fries are a hallmark of growing up in Pittsburgh! I'm glad to report, though, that Kennywood announced that they would get rid of the new cheese and go back to the old. Phew. 

Traveling: I'm headed to Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend to visit my sister! It's my grammie's 93rd birthday and we are celebrating Callie and her boyfriend buying a new house! Can't wait! 

Quoting: 'Be brave enough to be bad at something new.' -John Acuff// See more of my favorites, here.
 

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