Friday, September 13, 2019

Fall Wish List

I haven't done a wish list post in quite some time so I thought it would be fun to share things I would love for fall... and what better a time than Friday the 13th (with a full moon, no less)! Are you superstitious? I am not but I would like to think that maybe instead of crazy things happening, good things will happen! I guess we shall find out! 

I didn't actually mean for this to have a neutral/brown color palette but that just shows how much I am loving the earthy tones for fall! I'm not typically one to wear a ton of brown so this is a little new for me!

Alpaca Sweater// This sweater deserves a spot at the top. I bought a sweater from J.Crew years ago (5 to be exact) and it is to this day one of my favorite sweaters ever. So much so that about a year later, I went on eBay to find another one! Well, this sweater that J.Crew just released is basically that sweater! I checked the tag and they are made from the exact same materials. I ordered one to test out so here is to hoping that I am right! 

Sunglasses // These are just gorgeous and such a pretty shape. They are in a classic tortoise but also come in black. 

Suede Sneakers// I love my tretorns because they are cute and comfortable. Tretorn is a classic brand that has been around since my mom was my age! I love the idea of the suede because they are a bit dressier than your typical white canvas sneakers. The lining is a bonus since it gets so cold here in Pittsburgh starting in November! 

Houndstooth Coat// This is my dream coat. It's a major splurge but I am seriously considering it. The cut is timeless and I love the beautiful fabric. 

 Leopard Print Leggings// I love that these look like your everyday black leggings and then you do a double-take and see the leopard print. 

Red Leather Skirt// They brought back the pleated faux leather skirt and I love the red color! I have it in black and navy in the shorter version but might just have to scoop up the red. It's an easy way to wear color in the fall/winter months!

Vanity Case// This is so cute and so functional! A great item to add into your carry-on. 

Sherpa Puffer// I love the idea of this. I love sherpas and puffers so I think this could be one amazing coat! 

Monogrammed Leather Tote// Ugh. This is just gorgeous! I love a leather travel bag and this one offers a custom painted monogram. 

Gilt Pomander and Hinoki Candle// This is one of my favorite fall/winter scents ever. It's cozy like a fire but also has hints of pine and cider.

Ginger Jar// It's hard to find a quality ginger jar. Lately, everyone makes them but a lot of them have that 'fake' look to them that makes them look cheap, do you know what I mean? This one looks legit!

Thursday, September 12, 2019


This week was a GREAT one! So many amazing things happening and all will be shared in due time! I hunkered down and got a lot of behind-the-scenes things done which feels so good!

Besides getting work done, I also started on my wedding workout routine that I will hopefully stick to until the wedding (ha, we shall see). Some home items arrived (which I shared on Insastories earlier this week), I tied up a few loose ends in terms of wedding planning and have been binging on Breaking Bad. I only started it a few weeks ago and I already started season 4. So. Good.

We also have officially planned our honeymoon! We went a totally different route than our original thoughts and dare I say this is not your typical honeymoon... I literally stumbled upon it while researching and was so excited when my fiancé loved the idea, too. So. Excited.

Wearing: This is what I wore this past weekend. The weather was incredibly perfect so I took that as the perfect opportunity to wear one of my newest favorite tops! It's a beautiful faux suede material and the color is very pale sand so it basically goes with everything. I love the slightly puffed sleeves and the smocking around the wrist. It's one of those really easy tops but looks special. They also made a black version that's not faux suede (so it is slightly dressier) and that is at the top of my wishlist! So chic.

Eating: If you have a Costco membership, I highly recommend getting their homemade chicken noodle soup. It is absolutely fantastic. The taste is so flavorful and fresh and filled with hearty vegetables, chicken, and noodles. It's located in the refrigerated area with the prepared foods (kind of near the rotisserie chicken). 

Reading: Dog owners, have you all seen the FDA's warning about many brands of dog food? I saw this just recently and while Henry doesn't eat any of those brands, the warning also covers pea and lentil ingredients. I noticed Henry's food (Canidae Salmon) had peas as the 4th ingredient. So we are going to slowly switch him over to Nature's Logic. I did a lot of research and this seems to be a really great dry dog food and one without lentils or peas. I bring this up not only for you all to be aware, but also if you have great, healthy, and safe food suggestions for dogs that you use and love, let me know in the comments below and so others can learn from you, too! Henry goes to his yearly vet appointment in the next month or so, so I'm going to chat with him about it, too! I'll report back! 

Watching: Movies coming out fall 2019. I haven't seen a movie in ages so I hope to see one this fall at some point. I love me some movie theater popcorn, ha! 

Listening: This is my latest favorite song. It is so funky and upbeat!!  
Loving: These headbands come in a set of 3 and look so much like Gucci but are only $13 for the set! They are so cute and dress up any ordinary outfit. Plus, they don't hurt at all! 

Wanting: Did you guys see that my favorite, Lake Pajamas, just released their latest collection and my requests have been answered! They created a crewneck style with FULL long sleeves! I ordered right away. SO excited. See this post for my full review of the brand. 

Pittsburgh-ing: This past weekend we headed to Sewickley because they were having a fall event where they closed down the streets and there were tons of vendors. It was really cute and the absolute perfect day for it. We stopped and grabbed a bit to eat at Mediterra Cafe. I had been seeing it all over Instagram and it looked delicious and so cute. Well, it exceeded our expectations. It was SO delicious. I highly recommend!

Quoting: 'Privacy is power. What people don't know, they can't ruin.'// Could not agree with this quote more!!!! See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wedding Wednesday: BHLDN Pittsburgh

BHLDN Pittsburgh

BHLDN Pittsburgh

fall wedding guest dress

fall wedding guest dress

BHLDN Virdia Dress

BHLDN Virdia Dress

Did you all know that BHLDN opened in Bakery Square in Pittsburgh? It's located inside of the Anthropologie and boy is it beautiful! I was so excited to be invited to their opening party and brought my mom along for the celebration.

They sent me this gorgeous Virdia Dress to wear to the event and I am absolutely in love. The color is so beautiful and the textured fabric is stunning. Such a gorgeous, well-made dress that you can wear for any dressier occasion. It will be such a nice dress to have on hand for fall weddings! 

I've already found my wedding dress, but did you know that BHLDN also makes beautiful wedding dresses? My sister is going to make an appointment for later this fall so we can all watch her try on BHLDN wedding dresses. I'm so excited to see her in all of them! 

Here are a few iPhone snaps from the event. My mom and I had the best time. BHLDN really knows how to throw a great party. They had a mobile flower truck and we were able to create our own bouquets which we loved!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A New Electric Toothbrush I Use and Love

I am so excited about today's blog post because I was one of the first people to be able to try a new toothbrush brand, GLEEM. Caring for my teeth and keeping them white has always been very important to me. Fun fact: I have (knock on wood!!!) never had a cavity before! With our upcoming wedding, keeping my smile bright and shiny is one of my focuses. 

I never thought I would use the word 'chic' to describe a toothbrush, but here we are. My GLEEM toothbrush looks SO pretty in my bathroom. But besides looks, GLEEM also delivers on functionality, too, because let's be honest, that's most important.

GLEEM toothbrushes are battery operated so I don't have to worry about another charging cord. The brush has a sonic vibration to brush and polish teeth. It's lightweight and comes with a sleek travel case so you can take it wherever you go. My favorite part, though, is that it pulses every 30-seconds so you can time out 2-minutes for a perfect brush! 

I'm a super aggressive brusher and the GLEEM electric toothbrush is great for me because it helps me lessen the damage to my gums. I'm always worried about gum recession and if you are like me, too, you can use an electric toothbrush to keep your worries at bay.

GLEEM toothbrush is only $25 and you can get your own at

Thank you to GLEEM for allowing me to be one of the first people to test out this toothbrush. This post is sponsored by GLEEM. All opinions are my own.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Summer 2019

The day has come and the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is HERE! Like in years past, you will be put in a virtual line so you may have to wait a bit but it's worth it- I seriously think this is the best sale that Lilly has ever had. The selection is HUGE and there are lots of print options for each style. I'm blown away. Truly.

If you are new to the Lilly sale, check out this post where I share everything you need to know!

See below for items I have and love that are included in the sale. I touch on quality and size/fit.

If you are wondering about an item, please feel free to direct message (DM) me on Instagram and I'll be happy to answer any product questions you may have to the best of my ability!

For your reference on sizing, I am typically a size 2 in Lilly Pulitzer. I typically wear a size 2 or 4 (or 27) and a size small in most other brands. I'm 5'6". Things are final sale, so if you are truly unsure on sizing, you'll want to size up because you can always tailor it to fit, but if it's too small, you're out of luck!

White Dresses for Bridal Shower, Bachelorette, or Rehearsal:

Quality: This is kind of crazy that this is included in the sale because right now it's full-price on Nordstrom's website! This dress is a fit and flare style and as sweet as can be. The pink is BRIGHT which makes me really happy but if you are not into a more neon hue, this might not be for you! However, they also are offering it in the Havana Pink Yarn Dye which is a pink and white seersucker and eyelet lace combo which is a lot more subtle! And they also have it in all white eyelet lace which is STUNNING- great for a bride-to-be! The lace detailing is stunning and the part around the waist is 'see-through'.

Sizing/Fit: This is true to size. I am wearing a size 2. It's fitted in the top and then flares out more at the bottom.

Quality: This print I am wearing is currently full-priced, but the pearl romper is available on sale, too! I LOVE this style. It looks like a shift dress, however, it's actually a romper. There are slits on the sides that reveal shorts! It is so comfortable and flattering.

Sizing/Fit: This runs true to size. the shorts part are very loose and breezy- they are not fitted! The fabric is not stretchy at all, though. This would be an easy piece to have tailored, though.

Quality: This is such a great dress. It's a throw-on style that looks instantly polished and put together. It's a very lightweight cotton-feel dress so it's perfect for really hot weather. The lace detailing is just gorgeous and really elevates an otherwise casual dress. I love this print because it is navy-based so it's not as loud as some of the other Lilly prints.

Sizing/Fit: This is a tunic-style dress so it is meant to be a relaxed fit. It is a-line and definitely roomy. I am wearing a small, but again, could have worn an XS. There is very little stretch to the fabric so keep that in mind.

Quality: The first two images feature older prints of the Mila shift and the last is a current print that is full price, but the Mila Shift is a Lilly Pulitzer classic style. It's a sheath-style shift dress and has a cute little U-shaped dip in the back. I love the bamboo zipper at the back.

Sizing/Fit: This is a style that is meant to be fitted. I accidentally got a 4 in the last dress you see in the photos and it's too roomy. It doesn't look horrible, but I definitely need to take it to the tailor since this style looks best when truly fitted. I typically wear a size 2 in the Mila and it fits like a glove... that is what the first two images are!

ELSA TOP (this print available Tuesday)// ELSA TOP
Quality: The Elsa top is a Lilly Pulitzer classic. There are SO many prints available. If you are unfamiliar with it, it's a gorgeous silk top. It has a slightly smocked neckline and the prettiest gold buttons down the front. This is one of those tops that you can dress up and down and always look effortless. This is the perfect top for those of you who work in a business casual office.

Sizing/Fit: This runs generously. I am wearing a size small but could easily have sized down to an XS. If you are in-between sizes, size down. It's mean to fit billowy and looks great tucked or untucked!

Quality: I love Lilly's athletic line. The quality is always so great and what I love the most about their leggings is that you can wear them in the winter and they fully brighten up those cold early morning workouts. The leggings are opaque and suck you in.

Sizing/Fit: These fit true to size. I am wearing a size small and typically wear a size small in most athletic brands. They have a nice amount of stretch to them. I love the wide, high waistband because they really suck me in and feel very comfortable! They don't shrink and do well in the wash (no color fading!).


Quality: These are SO soft and cozy! Very stretchy and the perfect sleep outfit.

Size/Fit: These run true to size. I am wearing smalls in both top and bottom. They are roomy so you don't need to size up if you are like me and like your pajamas a little bigger. 

Quality: This one is a guess, but I think they'll be including this red right return print dress in the sale. It's one of those effortless and easy dresses. It is a lightweight printed fabric. I think it's great as swimsuit dress but can also be worn for casual things like running errands. It also looks so cute with white sneakers.

Sizing/Fit: This is a swing style dress so it's fitted in the shoulders and then gets roomier as it reaches the hem. It runs a little big. I am wearing a size small but could have taken an XS.

Quality: I LOVE this print. It's a vibrant pink and then there are white and two other pink hues throughout the dress. It's an easy slip-style dress with adjustable straps. This is short but not too short if that makes sense. Just not something you could wear to an office or anything like that. I'm wearing it here with Jacks, but this could definitely be dressed up with statement earrings and cute heels for a cocktail party or even more casual wedding. 

Size/Fit: This runs true to size. I am wearing a size small. It's straight so if you are curvier, keep that in mind! 
Quality: I love love love this coverup! It's included in the sale in a beautiful print. I have had this for years and wear it so much. It's a great length, too. It looks like an oversized shirt, but plenty long enough if you have to walk through your hotel or something like that! 

Size/Fit: This runs true to size. Definitely a bit roomy, but I like my coverups to fit that way! I am wearing a size small.
Quality: I love Lilly's luxletic line. The pieces are SUCH good quality. This skirt is thick and stretchy and is just so perfectly made. Every detail with the pockets and great waistband were well thought out. 

Fit/Sizing: This runs true to size. It's very stretchy and the perfect skort for golf! 

Quality: This is one I actually borrowed from my mom because it is SO stunning. Seriously the fabric and details are incredible. This would actually be a really fun bachelorette or rehearsal dinner dress. Can be dressed up for a cocktail event, no problem! 

Size/ Fit: True to size. It's an a-line fit and I find it to be very comfortable! 

Quality: Kind of crazy to see Lilly do black, right? But they do it SO WELL. This is one of my favorites. The silk is stunning (it's lined) and the detailing around the neckline is gorgeous. A dressy dress that you can wear for a multitude of events and year-round, too! 

Size/Fit: True to size. If anything a bit big, but I wore my usual size. This is meant to fit flowy. 

Quality: The fabric on this is stunning. Truly a gorgeous cocktail dress that is perfect for any dressier occasion. It's a heavy dress- not that it makes it uncomfortable to wear, but you can tell how high-quality it is. 

Fit/Sizing: This runs big. I would suggest sizing down. It's not meant to be super form-fitting but I find it big in the chest and hips. 
CARLOTTA SHIFT (elephants)

Sizing: I am wearing a size 2. The fit is more a true size 2. It is a little tight in the hip area for me, so I should have sized up! If you're not curvy/wider in the hips, I'd stick to your usual Lilly size. 

Quality: This is my favorite dress! The textured navy fabric is classic Lilly and the coral around the neckline is beaded in the most beautiful sequins! The neckline goes around to the back and has a scoop back. This would be dressy enough to wear to a summer wedding if you paired it with heels and a cute clutch! 

Quality: This is one well-made dress. The all-over lace is so gorgeous as is the pom pom trim. The neckline is actually adjustable with a well-hidden zipper. 

Sizing/Fit: This runs big! It's a more tunic-style shift dress so I would suggest sizing down. 

Quality: This is another gorgeous fabric. The fabric is stiff so it is really ladylike! The detailing around the neckline and waist is beautiful. 

Sizing/Fit: This is a fit and flare style. It's a little tight in my chest (I'm wearing a size 2) and I have a small chest. So if you have a larger chest, I would say size up. Otherwise, this runs true to size. 


Quality: Oh my goodness I am SO excited this is on sale. You guys... this is one of my favorite Lilly pieces of all-time!!!! IT's so stunning in person and can easily be dressed up for a more formal event, but I have it styled here for cocktails when I was in Florida last December! 

Sizing/Fit: This runs true to size. If anything, size down. The only place it is fitted is in the waist. I am 5'6" and did not have this hemmed. Although, I probably should have had it hemmed about an inch or so! If you are any shorter than me, you'll need to have it hemmed! 

Sizing/Fit: I am wearing a size small. The fit is generous and so is the length! If anything, size down.

Quality: I love this print! It is toned down with the navy blue base but the pop of bright pink is so much fun. I love the beautifully beaded neckline and the flared sleeves. I typically find rompers to be too short/skimpy but I love the modest length of the shorts. Will be glad to have this in my closet for those 'going out' nights!
Sizing/Fit: I am wearing a size small. The fit is generous and so is the length! If anything, size down.

Quality: The lace is beautiful and the gold zipper in the back adds a luxe touch. If you are a bride-to-be this would be a fun bachelorette party dress! The white lining is not see-through at all, which I appreciate!
Sizing: My mom (left) is in a size 4 and I am in a size 2. This dress runs true to size, if anything, size down. Take your normal size or size up if you are wider in the hips as this runs pretty straight and narrow in the hips. 

Quality: The lace work at the top is beautiful and well-done! The white color is not see-through and the fabric is lightweight and comfortable. 
I love this luggage and so does my mom! It fits SO much it's truly crazy. It fits much more than a hard piece of luggage. I also love how vibrant it is because you can always know what bag is yours!

Honorable Mentions:
- This Tennis Dress
- A great deal on this set of 2 towels for just $9
- These gorgeous neutral heeled sandals 
- A men's bowtie- so fun for a tropical black tie!
- Love this dress for future 4th of July's!
- Darling robes- if you are a bride-to-be these would be a fun gift for your bridesmaids!
- A very luxe cashmere wrap in several colors. 

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