Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Floral Sundresses




Dress (also here)// Crossbody
 Hermes Sandals (similar)// Lip Color (in berry)// Earrings

Every time I think about floral prints, I can't help but think of the quote from The Devil Wears Prada- 'Florals for spring, groundbreaking'! So no, a floral sundress is nothing groundbreaking but I have noticed my love of floral prints has grown lately! 

I'm thinking it could be nostalgic as I'm sure many of you 90's babies can relate to all of the Laura Ashley you wore growing up! I thought I'd round up some other floral print sundress favorites. I don't know about you, but it's been SO hot here that all I can bring myself to dress in is a flowy dress! I love love love this one which is on sale- so special!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Popular Items From the Past Month

I love checking analytics and I do it often but I haven't done a post sharing some of the top items. So today I am sharing 10 of the most popular things. 

Navy Cashmere Cardigan// Love this navy cardigan SO much. I snagged it on major sale (also comes in beige) and it's been the perfect layer for cooler nights. The quality is incredible. 

Denim Jeggings// I did a whole blog post on how much I love these white jeans!
Spode Pasta Dishes// These are the dishes that my fiancĂ© and I use most when it is just the two of us. They are called 'pasta dishes' and are basically a hybrid between a bowl and a plate. They are perfect for basically anything but we especially love them for big salads! They're also dishwasher safe. I'm linking to them where it is the best price I have ever seen online for a set of 4! 
Striped Boatneck// This is such a great top for the price. The cotton is super thick and reminds me a lot of a Saint James boatneck tee. It runs a little big, which I don't mind, but I did size down from a S to XS. 

Custom Pet Koozies// This is something I don't own but shared in a father's day guide and think they are SO cute. You can get a pet printed onto koozies- so so fun! 
Pajama Set// These pajamas are under $30 and 100% cotton. They come in 28 different prints/patterns. Yes, 28!!! These are really nice for the price and are cut very modestly. The shorts are longer and the shirt buttons up pretty high. I sized up in case they shrink in the dryer which I am glad I did because they did shrink a bit! 
Sweater Tank// This is one of my favorite things of the summer. It's so casual and easy to wear but also cute and timeless. It runs a little big so I would suggest sizing down one size. 
Linen Blend Shorts// I have shared these shorts a ton. They're like a step up from wearing pajama shorts or athletic shorts. They are just as comfortable but look a little more put together. These run big so size down! 


Grande Lash Serum// I love this lash serum. I wrote an entire blog post about it

White Linen Dress// I just re-wore this white linen dress over the weekend. It's just a really classic white summer dress and so easy to wear, especially when the temps are so high! It runs true to size! 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Henry Pupdate!


I haven't done a pupdate in quite some time but I think that's in part because there's not a ton new in Henry world- he is still the very best and sweetest and brings joy to my life daily! In December, I will have had Henry for 3 years which is pretty crazy. From what we think, that would make him around 5 years old (in December 2020) because we think he was right around 2 (on the younger end of 2) when I got him back in 2017. Time flies!!

Quarantine
I'm sure many people who have dogs can relate to this but Henry has absolutely THRIVED with so much staying at home. So much attention, so many walks! It made me beyond happy to see him SO happy. He is still thriving because we aren't traveling or leaving him home much at all. I will say since it has gotten so hot here, he is getting fewer longer walks, but all-in-all, he loves having so much time with us!

New House
We have been in the house for a little over a year now and I've mentioned this a few times before but he's definitely a suburban boy, haha!! I knew this from the getgo, though. Australian cattle dogs, as a breed are known to love open spaces (they are herding/farming dogs). I always felt a little bit guilty for having energetic Henry in my small apartment so I am just so happy to see him enjoy more space to run around even while inside. I love that he is so used to the house now and used to all of our walking routes, neighborhood dogs, and sweet neighbors. 

Thunder + Fireworks
This was kind of new for me to see Henry so afraid of thunder and fireworks. Our dog Mac was always terrified but Henry never seemed to mind. However, I realized that in my apartment you couldn't really hear the thunder or fireworks much. Living in a house, you can definitely hear both thunder and fireworks and poor Henry shakes and hides under the bed!

Dog Friends
Henry is iffy with other dogs sometimes. I would say he likes most dogs, but there are times when he does not. We know that so we work on it, always. One of the things I am thankful for is that Henry has made friends with our neighbor's sweet little pup, Mina. The two of them get along so well and it's nice we can go on walks together. He has also been having a lot of fun playing with our family friend's dog, Wesley. Our family friends live 5 minutes from us and have a HUGE yard and the two of them go out and run laps around each other and it is adorable. Henry does this with my cousin's pup, Stuart, too! 

In that same vein, my parents are starting to think about getting a new pup and I couldn't be more excited!! They have been looking to rescue an Australian Cattle dog so my fingers are crossed for them! 

Henry's Food
One of the things we did in the past year is that we switched Henry's food. We were originally feeding him Canidae grain-free food. We read the articles about potential issues when feeding dogs grain-free food so I asked our vet and he said there is not enough information and research yet to be totally sure but he recommended for us to switch just to be on the safe side, so we did! 

Henry's Toys
If you have read any Henry posts, then you know he LOVES to destroy toys. He loves to play and especially loves to destroy stuffed toys. I don't even want to know how much money we have spent in the past 3 years on stuffed toys. We have slowed down buying him them and are always on the hunt for new things he might love that can't be destroyed in 5 minutes. For those who have dogs that are super chewers, we have found that Nylabones, Antlers, and toys like this, are best for him (and better for our wallets!!).

Every day I am so thankful for Henry. He truly brightens every single day and brings me so much joy. I love that so many of you DM me and let me know that Henry brightens your day when you spot him on instastories!!! 

Friday, July 3, 2020

4th of July Weekend Sales




Abercrombie// 40-60% Off Throughout the Store + Free Shipping on Orders Over $75.

Ann Taylor// 40-70% off code: HEAT

Anthropologie// Up to 70% off when you take an additional 50% off sale styles. 

Barrington// 10% off with code FIREWORKS + free shipping with $100+

Bloomingdales// 30-50% off select items, extra 50% off clearance marked items. the cashmere travel wraps that are almost identical to the White and Warren ones that I love so much are on sale for just $99! The diamond necklace I wear all the time is custom but this almost identical necklace is currently $450 which is a really great price. Lots of Matouk on sale! 

Brooks Brothers// Up to 70% off online clearance. 

Club Monaco// Up to 30% off. A great price for a classic little black dress (under $100).


Gap// Up to 75% off everything. Extra 50% off markdowns with code TREAT. Extra 10% off total purchase with code TREAT. This little cami bra is one of my all-time favorites to wear with lounge clothes! And you all know how I feel about this sweatshirt and these sweatpants

Jack Rogers// Up to 75% off. Jacks for just $59. I really want these

J.Crew// 50% off full-price items and extra 70% off sale with code GOFOURTH. This classic linen shift dress is just $50. These earrings (which are cute) end up being under $5 and you can add 2 pairs if you only want to buy one item (so you end up with 3 items in your cart) and it still ends up being a better deal by adding those earrings to your cart just to get the 70% off the item that you really want (if that makes sense). You can keep a pair for yourself and give a pair to a friend or keep the pairs in your 'gift drawer' if you have one (like me!). 

Lisi Lerch// 30% off the entire site. No code needed! These are a current favorite of mine. 

L.L. Bean// 10% off full-price items with code SUMMER10.

LOFT// Extra 60% off sale using code HBDUSA. Love this adorable white top

Mark and Graham// Up to 40% off select styles. This would make a really cute gift for bridesmaids! I also really love this pouch

Nordstrom// Up to 60% off clearance sale. I went through the sale and pulled favorites, here


Pottery Barn// Up to 25% off with code SAVEMORE.

Ralph Lauren// Extra 30% off sale. No code needed. This sweatshirt is in my cart and almost 50% off. This gorgeous blush pink cashmere cableknit sweater is on sale for under $170. This white maxi skirt is stunning and under $200. 

Saks Fifth Avenue// Designer Sale up to 70% off.

Serena and Lily// Special Pricing on all Outdoor! 

Shopbop// Up to 40% off, new sale items added!

Skinstore// Up tp 70% off. This is a new-to-me skincare site and it is very similar to Dermstore. Their sale is REALLY good. I needed a new Vitamin C serum and I got this one for over $20 off. One of my very favorite serums is $20 off. My favorite extra-strength peel pads are also 25% off with code JULY4! 

Talbots// Up to 60% off and free shipping $99+. My favorite cashmere Audrey sweater is included! 

Tory Burch// Extra 30% off sale styles with code EXTRA30. There are two lettuceware items included!

Tuckernuck// 20% off with code TnkNC4227. Lots of sale styles, too. 

Williams-Sonoma// Up to 75% off clearance event (100s of items). Free shipping $49+ with code SHIP4FREE. 
Shop Sale Favorites:


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Lately


Happy holiday weekend, friends! I am guessing some of you may have tomorrow off since the 4th of July is landing on a Saturday this year so I hope you enjoy your time off if that is the case! I am going to take time off tomorrow to just relax and enjoy the long weekend. Are you doing anything fun? We are going to see fireworks at our club- the city's fireworks and most municipalities canceled their fireworks so it will be nice to be able to catch some. Our club has an 18-hole golf course so there is plenty of room for everyone to space themselves out, which is great.

I'm hoping since there will be fewer fireworks happening that Henry will be happy. He does NOT like fireworks so this might be his lucky year!

Other than fireworks, it is going to be hot, hot, hot this weekend so we will likely just hang out by the pool!

This week was very 'usual', nothing really new to report here- we have been enjoying our new patio furniture and spending more time outside! We did have a food truck come to our neighborhood which was fun... this might be something fun to do for your neighborhood, too. It was fun to see neighbors and get a great meal. They've made this a new tradition that happens a few times a month and it's a great way to also be able to support local businesses! One of the next food trucks we will have is a lobster truck. YUM!

Wearing: You know I  have always loved my Lake pajamas (wearing them in the photo above) but I've had a whole new love for them over the past several months. They are getting much more wear and so I am hoping they release a new colorway soon so I can snag a new pair!

Eating: Did you catch my post from yesterday where I shared my top 10 Trader Joe's favorites?! 

Drinking: This coconut margarita recipe sounds SO good! 


Sale-ing: So many sales right now for the holiday weekend, but I wanted to highlight this gorgeous gown on sale. I feel like this is the most beautiful bridesmaid or mother of the bride gown and especially for the price!! You can also scroll through the widget above as I have pulled some of my favorites from different retailers. 

Watching:
 I just got to the end of season 4 of 

Wanting: I just ordered this Vitamin C serum as I ran out of my last jar. They are having a sale so I wanted to try something new! 
Pittsburgh-ing: This past weekend we got takeout from Walter's which is a delicious BBQ spot in Lawrenceville. Their ribs are SO incredible.

Quoting: 'It is a happiness to wonder, it is a happiness to dream.'- Edgar Allen Poe // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Top 10 Favorite Trader Joe's Products

Top 10 Favorite Trader Joe's Products

I feel like this is a very personal list because there are SO many good items at Trader Joe's and everyone has different tastes (like for example, I am not obsessed with the Everything But the Bagel seasoning), but I thought I'd round up my top 10 favorite products you can find at Trader Joe's! 

These are items that I pick up each time I go (or just always have on hand) and have loved for years. We don't have alcohol at our Trader Joe's so that's left out as are items like produce which I feel like are pretty standard at most grocers. 

Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce// This is a mustard-base BBQ sauce and it is SO good. It is perfectly tangy and we mostly use it in the crockpot with chicken! YUM!

Salsa// This is seriously SO good. I put it on everything from eggs to tacos. It's very fresh tasting and the ingredients are pretty darn clean, too. 

Harvest Chicken Salad// I usually take the chicken out of this salad because it weirds me out. So I'll either add my own protein or just eat without. But, I love the dressing in this SO much. It's very mustard and vinegar tasting but also creamy so it's a very interesting combination and I so badly wish that they sold it in bottles! I also love the cheese cubes- it's just a very good mix of things that you don't often find in a premade salad. 

Blood Orange Seltzer Water// This is my all-time favorite seltzer water. It's different than La Croix in that it has about 15 calories and it has a tiny amount of organic blood orange juice, and organic orange juice. It's a very light flavor and not sweet at all. It tastes similar to tangerine La Croix but fresher. I also use it in my 'skinny margarita'.

Apple Blossoms// These are in the dessert freezer section and oh my goodness they are SO good. You just pop them into the microwave and you have yourself the most delicious mini apple pie. They are not at all healthy, but they are not fake tasting at all and taste fresher like something you might find at a nicer restaurant. I love eating it with vanilla ice cream. They're really pretty, too! 

Triple Cream Brie// This is SO creamy and smooth. It's one of the best brie versions I have ever had. It's definitely mild/light in flavor and so easy to spread. 

Fig and Olive Crackers// These are one of my favorite crackers. They are textured and very crispy and the fig is sweet without being overwhelming. I don't taste the olive flavor too much but it's enough to give them that sweet and salty flavor. I LOVE them paired with the triple cream brie and usually always include this combo on a cheese platter! 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi// This is in the frozen section and oh my goodness does it taste like you are at an upscale Italian restaurant. It has a really nice sage flavor and is so rich. This is definitely not something I eat often but it is always such a treat when I do eat it! 

Almond Croissants// I love almond pastries and the almond danish and kringle almost made the list, but I think I love their almond croissants the most. They are a freezer item and you leave them out overnight to rise. You bake them on a baking sheet and oh my goodness they taste like they came from a French bakery. They're SO good and so flaky and flavorful. I like to have these on hand for special occasion mornings or for when we have overnight guests!

Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup// This soup is in the aisle with the pasta and condiments and sauces. We always have a carton of this on hand if not more than one. This is seriously one of the best soups I've ever had. It's so rich and flavorful and just wonderfully creamy. We especially love to eat it with grilled cheese in the winter. 

So tell me, what are your Trader Joe's must-haves if you could only pick a few?! I love trying out new items. I'm due for a trip early next week so I'll share some items I snag on my instastories. I will share items I grab from time to time and save them to my highlights for you all to refer back to. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Samsung Frame TV Review


Samsung Frame TV Review
Samsung Frame TV Review
I never thought I would be reviewing a TV, but after sharing this TV on my instastories, a lot of you have had a ton of questions/interest coupled with the fact that I have never loved a TV more... so here we are! 

I snapped these photos earlier during the stay-at-home order and still haven't gotten around to really making an effort to style under the TV- but I'm working on that now so it will look a little nicer/more cohesive with the rest of the room! 

This is the Samsung Frame TV (we have the 55") and what sets it apart from most TVs on the market is that it is made to look like a frame/piece of artwork on the wall. The construction of the TV is flat so that when it is hung with its special hanging equipment (which comes with the TV), it sits flush against a wall just like any other frame in your home would. 

When it is turned off, the frame shows a picture that you are able to select from a database, so it constantly looks like a piece of art is on the wall rather than a blank black TV screen. It's very customizable as you can upload images off of your phone or even download items from Etsy and then upload to your TV. You can also choose a mat or no mat and play around with color and brightness to get it to look just right in whatever room you are in. 

A typical TV has black around the edges, and that is what comes standard on the Frame TV. However, you can customize the color of the frame by buying a bezel that fits over the black 'frame' area. We got white and I truly think that having a bezel makes it look even more like artwork. There are all different types of bezels to suit your interior style. I just personally liked white best because I felt like it blended into the wall best. 
Samsung Frame TV Review
The TV was SO easy to hang. It took us about 15 minutes in total and the instructions were easy to figure out. Everything you need to hang the Frame TV flat to the wall comes with the TV when you order it... before you order, double-check that yours comes with a mount as I have seen some for sale where it doesn't come with the mount!! 

In terms of wires, you can see the one tiny clear wire in the photo. We are going to hide that, but you see that it's so much less noticeable than the many cords you need to hang a traditional TV. Because this cord is so unnoticeable, it's a great TV for those who rent and might not want to cut any holes in the walls to hide cords. Samsung designed it this way so you can set the power box elsewhere and everything plugs into that box rather than into the TV directly. We have the box down in the middle section of the console underneath. The console was an antique find here in Pittsburgh and it is by Henredon. 

A lot of people have asked about our cable box and where we put that. We actually don't have one. I did a lot of research before buying a TV and found out that our cable provider (Comcast Xfinity) offers an app on Samsung Smart TV's (and Rokus) where you can stream your cable rather than having to use a cable box. You just have to have one box in your home to get this to work so our one cable box is with our basement TV. Even in our bedroom, we are able to easily stream cable TV without an unsightly box. Our bedroom TV is a Vizio smart TV and is not compatible with the Xfinity streaming app so we had to buy a $20ish Roku to get the bedroom TV compatible. I could take or leave cable, personally, but my fiancĂ© couldn't live without all of the sports channels, ha!! Our cable provider also charges a fee to 'rent' the cable boxes so it's nice to also be able to save that little bit of money each month from not having to deal with cable boxes. 

I'm not hugely into TV trends or the latest in electronics when it comes to TVs. I've always just used the Vizio brand as it is pretty inexpensive and has a nice picture and holds up for years. However, I knew that when I moved into this house that I wanted something for the main living room that would look nicer. It's a little pricier than many TVs, but in my opinion, it is SO worth it just for the looks alone.

As for the picture, it is so crisp and clear. It is 4K. The colors are vibrant. We have had it for a little over 1 year and have had absolutely no issues with it at all. As almost all TVs are nowadays, it's a 'Smart TV' so you're able to download a ton of apps and it has a bunch of different features on it. You can easily stream your phone to the screen which is a game-changer when I'm doing at-home workouts. It's all just very user-friendly. 

The sound was something that actually shocked me. With my Vizio TVs, I have always had to buy a speaker system because the sound was never great. I was planning on doing it with this TV but the sound is incredible. The room it is in is pretty large and the sound quality throughout the room is wonderful. Both of us agree there is absolutely no need for a surround sound speaker system. 

All-in-all, this TV gets a 10/10 for me. It's a little pricier but well worth it in my opinion. If you're on the fence, get it and you won't regret it!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer Dressed for Summer Sale Picks!


Lilly Pulitzer Dressed for Summer Sale Picks!

My friends over at Lilly just launched the 'Dressed for Summer Sale' and this is such a fun surprise! Today I'm rounding up my favorites!! 


Sizing: I'm wearing a size 2. This runs true to size, if anything size down. 

Quality: This print isn't included but this same style is in a pretty bubble gum pink hue. I love the tie waist and this is just put together and cute! Can dress up like seen above with wedges or even throw on sneakers to make it casual! 


Sizing: I'm wearing a size 2. This runs true to size. 

Quality: Mila shift dresses are such a classic. This is fully lined and the cotton is always a nice heavyweight without being 'hot'. The details on every Mila dress are so well-done and I find this to be one of the best made Lilly items! 

Sizing: I am wearing a size 2. This runs true to size and has a nice stretchy waist for the perfect fit. If anything, size down. 

Quality: This dress is just gorgeous. It's fully lined and has the prettiest metallic details. This is a dressy dress that you could definitely wear for a cocktail party! 


Sizing: I'm wearing a size 2. It fits true to size. If you have a bigger bust, I'd size up. 

Quality: This is truly a beautiful dress. The fabric is high-quality and detailed. I love the metallic sheen to it and the fact that the neckline is adjustable with a hidden zipper. The lace around the waist and neckline is so pretty and very 'Lilly'.

Sizing: This runs really big. I am wearing an xs and probably could have even sized down to XXS. It's a column-style gown so there is really nowhere that it is fitted. It's not really meant to cling to your body! I had it hemmed as it was too long on me! However, the dress is not included in the sale, but the top is- which is basically the dress hemmed to a top length. 

Quality: The fabric is a heavier crepe and the navy is a beautiful, deep blue. I love the intricate pearl collar details. I wore it to a black-tie wedding! The top version would be wonderful because you would be able to dress it up and down! 

Sizing: True to size, small. 

Quality: Love this coverup. I wear it every single summer and it's such a good one. The fabric is sheer and lightweight so it's not something you could necessarily wear over a swimsuit if you go into a restaurant but it's the perfect thing for going to and from the beach and the pool. You can also wear it with shorts and tie it up! 
Sizing: Runs true to size, if anything size down. It's meant to be roomy!

Quality: This top is soooo pretty and one of my favorite Lilly tops. It looks so good paired with white jeans. The eyelet is not fully lined, but I just wear a nude bra and it's totally fine. It makes it very breathable so it's easy to wear it on hot summer days. 

Quality: 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.
Sizing: I'm wearing a size small. This runs true to size, if anything, I would size down. It's meant to be loose!

Quality: I love pink and green so this print is always a good one. The hem is a tulip hem so it's longer in the front and back and scoops up at the sides. This makes it really easy to front tuck. The fabric is lightweight and not 'crisp' so this is more of a flowy top. It's lightweight so it's really good for hot temps! The fabric is not see-through at all.

Sizing: Runs a little big. Size down!

Quality: I love this simple dress. It's fully lined and a very lightweight silk dress. Perfect for super hot summer days. The colors are VIBRANT.

Sizing: I'm wearing a size 2. This is has a little bit of stretch (but not a ton). I'd say it runs true to size but if you are between sizes, I would size up OR if you have a larger chest or wider hips, I would size up as it is quite fitted in those areas. I definitely could have sized up.

Quality: This dress is a showstopper and something you could wear to a cocktail party as the fabric is thick and luxurious. It's textured with palm leaves and the sleeves have a dramatic flare to them. This is beautifully made.
Sizing: I'm wearing a size small. This runs a little big- I like the small as it fits a little 'oversized' and lounge-ish on me but if you want something more fitted, definitely size down. This is similar in fit to a regular popover!

Quality: This dress is one of my go-to's when I want to feel like I'm wearing lounge clothes but look a little nicer! It's just a really easy thing to wear and the fabric is thick and soft! 

Sizing: This style is roomy and meant to fit that way. I usually get a size small but could size down for a less flowy fit. 

Quality: This is such a Lilly classic and a gorgeous piece. It's a silky material so it looks equally as great in the office or a dressier event or with white jeans and Jack Rogers! 

This is random but I came across this water bottle which is not only cute but talk about functional! It has a neoprene covering, a handle, and a phone case all in one. It's only $14! They also have cashmere under $100

Red, White, and Blue Tablescape for 4th of July







Tablecloth (also comes in blue)// Placemats//White Plates

Blue and White Bowls (on major sale)// Silverware
Shop the Table:

You all know by now that I love setting the table! I think it's just a fun and no-pressure way to be creative and I love that. When it comes to holidays, I don't love to do a lot in terms of decorations around the house, but I do love love love a themed tablescape!! Today I'm sharing the table I set for the 4th of July! I'm sure some of you may have 4th of July plans that look a lot different than in previous years, so this is just a fun inspiration for those of you who are planning to enjoy dinner at home! 

A few items are from Amazon (like the placemats, ginger jar, silverware, and napkins), so if you want to snag them in time, you can! Plus, the placemats and napkins are such a steal! We use the placemats on our outdoor dining table, too, because they're not fragile and easy to wipe off!

I actually included the silverware in last week's Splurge vs. Save post as a set of the silverware that I have is about $235 less than the 'splurge version' and they're SO nice. My parents were over for dinner the other night and my mom commented on how nice they felt and looked! 
 

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