Saturday, May 30, 2020

Saturday Shopping


Happy weekend, friends! We don't have too many plans this weekend (shocker). Last night we went over to my parent's house for my favorite Mineo's pizza which is always nice! This morning, I am super excited to do an outdoor socially distanced Orange Theory workout. I cannot tell you all how amazing our Orange Theory and the coaches have been throughout all of this. They have hosted live workouts twice a day every single day, they have posted health tips, easy recipes, etc. from the coaches on social media and more. So today they're doing two socially distanced outdoor workouts and it is truly going to be the highlight of my weekend. I'm sure it will be SO tough, but I am here for it! We were also announced into the green phase yesterday and we get to enter that phase next Friday. That means hair salons are finally allowed to open (appointment only and with masks) and I seriously cannot wait to get my hair cut and highlighted... I think I will feel like a new person when that happens. Things are starting to look up and I feel some excitement again! 






Friday, May 29, 2020

The Best Moisturizer With Sunscreen





Let's chat sunscreen, shall we? Today I'm partnering with Olay, a brand I have loved for years, to share details about their Regenerist Whip SPF 40. I totally get that it can be annoying or hard to work face sunscreen into your routine if you haven't found a product that you love. Plus, during the winter months, it's hard to remember because you're not necessarily out in the sun all day! 

But, as the days grow longer (yay!!) and we start seeing more and more of the sun, it's so important to remember to protect your skin from the sun! I have always been a fan of Olay products and love the Regenerist Whip SPF 40 is one of the best!

I know the term 'self-care' looks different for everyone. I've personally noticed as I get older, self-care for me looks less like bubble baths and more like long walks with Henry, a solid and regimented skincare routine, and taking my daily vitamins. I'm definitely more conscious of my health and part of that is keeping my skin protected from the sun's harmful rays. Within my regimented morning skincare routine, I use Olay Regenerist Whip SPF 40 as a way to keep my skin healthy. 

I was not always good with sun protection. I've shared this before, but when I was in high school, I would lay out in the sun, oftentimes with no sunscreen on! I was a lifeguard and on our country club's summer swim team so I was always out in the sun. I had cheerleading camp 2-a-days in August each year in high school and we were out in the sun from morning until night and I rarely ever reapplied my sunscreen. I cringe just thinking about all of that unprotected sun exposure!!! 

Because of that, I am extra cautious with taking care of my skin with a good skincare routine and always wearing sunscreen! I think one of the things that helps me to remember to apply sunscreen is that Olay's Regenerist Whip SPF 40 is a moisturizer and has SPF! It's a 2-in-1! You get the benefits of Olay's Regenerist moisturizer like a more even skin tone, moisturized skin, and so much more but you also get to protect your skin from the sun in one step. 

It's also extremely blendable and lightweight. So it applies just like a moisturizer and you can easily apply your makeup right afterward because it immediately absorbs into your skin. I also love it on no-makeup days because it doesn't make my face look shiny (it's matte) or leave any residue so you can't tell I have anything on at all. 
Henry, my fiancé, and I have been going on tons of walks lately. I love getting outside and breathing in the fresh air and getting exercise. It truly makes a difference in my physical and mental health. Knowing that I'm protected from the sun while being outside, makes me feel even better! 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lately

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and have had a great week. We have had a crazy heatwave this week. Tuesday was SO hot. I normally go on a 4-mile walk and by mile 3 I was truly too hot to keep going... which is really saying something for late May in Pittsburgh!!! But I'm so thankful for the sun!

Not really much to report from this week. We have been spending a lot of time outside. I don't have a ton of good outfits for you all as I have been in workout clothes for most of this week. I find that if I put them on in the morning, at some point during the day, I'm much more likely to work out.

I have, however, been browsing a TON online to find a handful of flowy dresses to purchase for this summer. When it gets into the high 80s and 90s, I'm reminded how I really only ever want to wear loose, flowy dresses to stay cool so I add a few each year to my collection. This week definitely reminded me and that's why I've been heavily browsing. I'll pull all of my picks into a post coming soon.

Wearing: I wore this Eyelet Shift Dress over the weekend and it is about as classic as you can get. I love wearing white dresses in the summer and this shift-style is just so cute. If you look closely, you can see the eyelet pattern is in the shape of pineapples! This runs really big so size down. I am wearing a size 2 and probably could have gotten a size 0! 

Eating: I like the frozen chocolate covered banana slices at Trader Joe's but then I tried Diana's Banana's (found at Aldi) which are half banana's covered in chocolate on a stick and OMG they are truly incredible. They taste equally as good as ice cream. A tasty 'healthier' option for the summer months! 

Drinking: I don't drink White Claw too often but on a really hot summer night they are fun! I recently tried the Tangerine and you guys it is SO good. It tastes so similar to tangerine la croix! 

Reading: I have love a claw clip. I have so much hair and the giant ones are the only ones that work in my hair so this is a funny article! These are the big clips that I swear by! 

Watching: We watched the second Supersize Me documentary and it was so interesting... it's about fast-food chicken chains and just really eye-opening. 

Listening: I started a summer 2020 playlist and there isn't a ton just yet but it's all so good!! 

Loving: Oh my goodness I can't resist a blue and white plate but these are only $10/each and I love them. 

Wanting: This has Bordallo Pinheiro vibes but for way less!

Pittsburgh-ing: On 6/5 we are finally allowed to eat outdoor at restaurants. There are not a ton of outdoor spaces at many Pittsburgh restaurants so it's going to be tough to find many options but I'll take it!
Smelling: Just got this pretty citronella candle under $15. It's huge so hopefully, it keeps the bugs away! We only have space for a small setup and so we had a small sectional and tiny coffee table and have decided to get rid of that and go with an outdoor dining table and chairs as it just makes more sense for our lifestyle! I'm excited for the new to arrive so we can spend basically every second outside! 

Quoting: 'Humble as ever but aware of my value.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How To Buy Quality Furniture

How To Buy Quality Furniture

How To Buy Quality Furniture

How To Buy Quality Furniture

How To Buy Quality Furniture
This has been one of my most requested topics since I've been adding new pieces to our home over this past year and sharing here and there on instastories. This post took me ages to write so I hope you enjoy it as much a I did writing it! As many of you noticed, most of them are antiques/older pieces. I grew up in a very old home and my mom typically decorated in a traditional way. 

I've always liked my parent's home style as well as my Grammie's interior style and subconsciously, I think that's where my home decor taste comes from. It's a style that isn't really popular within my age group, but I'm OK with that. Although with the term 'Grandmillenial' recently coined, I do feel seen!! I've never wanted my home to look trendy or look a certain way for Instagram likes. I decorate for myself and to my taste... luckily my fiancé likes it!! 

My parents always hammered into me that I should not be 'cheaping out' on furniture but rather living without until I can afford quality pieces that I will truly have forever. If you are replacing that $200 Ikea piece every few years or every other move, that $200 eventually adds up and you might as well have purchased a high-quality piece in the first place. So I've always lived by this. It's definitely not for everyone but it's how I think in terms of purchasing furniture. 

Everyone is on different budgets when it comes to furnishing their spaces but what I love about shopping for antiques and older pieces of furniture is that you can truly often find incredible high-quality antique pieces of furniture for under $500. So you don't have to spend crazy amounts to still get a much higher quality piece than a big box store would offer. It's honestly insane to me how popular brand name furniture stores can sell their pieces for the prices that they do and more often than not, the furniture is so poorly made. That's not to say that all new furniture is terrible. I've scored beautiful things from places like Ballard Designs and Serena and Lily! And there are just some things that are hard to find as antiques- like a big wine rack and you just buy new because it doesn't really exist as an older piece. 

The thing about really scoring is that you have to know what you are looking for or at least know enough to know that the price for what you're buying is decent. A pretty looking piece of furniture could be on sale at a consignment store for $200 and it could be an amazing score or it could truly be junk. The same thing goes for a $5k++ antique- you could be getting a terrible deal or it could be incredible buy. 

Another great thing about buying on consignment or from antique dealers is that it's a great way to reuse rather than buying a new piece of furniture that is likely not good for the environment and will eventually end up in a landfill. A lot of new, cheaply made furniture (and I say cheaply made in terms of crappy quality and not really in terms of the selling price. Prices on new furniture are usually not always indicative of quality) is actually made with a lot of chemicals! So buying used has a lot of really positive qualities. Buying at a consignment store or antique store is also a wonderful way to support small businesses. I love the Resplendent Crow. She takes older high-quality pieces and lacquers them or slightly modifies them for a more modern look and you can shop online! Her prices are incredibly reasonable. 

I am no expert, but I have been buying pieces for years now and have picked up a lot of good tips and tricks. 

Brands I look for:
Pennsylvania House
Henredon
Thomasville
Baker
Ethan Allen (the older the better with this brand)
Stickley
Hooker
Councill
Henkel Harris
Kindel
Kittinger
Drexel
Duncan Phyfe

**This doesn't mean that I stick to only these brands, but typically, these are name brands that have produced quality pieces of furniture and fit within my own personal decor style. To find out the brand it is almost always stamped somewhere on the piece. Usually underneath or in one of the drawers. A lot of these brands don't even exist anymore. It's such a shame, people just don't make furniture like they used to. If you are questioning a brand, just google it and you'll likely be able to find out enough to decide whether or not it's a quality brand. 

Keywords for Searches:
Chinoiserie
Federal
Regency
Blue and White
Tole 
Georgian 
Williamsburg Reproduction
Burl Wood
Inlay Mahogany 
Faux Bamboo 
Wicker
Hand Carved
Rattan
Queen Anne
Mahogany 
Cane
Brass ___
Chippendale
Heppelwhite
Chintz

I mostly shop for furniture at places like consignment stores and antique stores, but if I'm searching online, these are just some of the keywords I search on places like Etsy, Google, eBay. They're decor words or words that describe a style or type of furniture. You can sometimes put a brand and a keyword together and it will bring things up, too. 

Types of furniture keywords:
Bachelor's Chest
Highboy (the piece you see in the photo above)
Sideboard/Buffet
Demilune Console
Bowfront Chest
Armoire
Breakfront 
Cocktail Table
Butler's Tray Table

These are just some terms I could think of off the top of my head that are used to describe furniture but this is a big comprehensive list. You don't see these words often on big-box brand name furniture websites... these are kind of like the 'vintage' descriptors. For example, a Bachelor's chest is a small chest- often used as nightstands or in small spaces. Rarely are they called Bachelor's chests anymore, but traditionally that is what they are called. It helps to know this because you can search 'Bachelor's chest' on sites like eBay and get better results than just searching for nightstands. 


I typically look for signs of high quality. The process looks a little like this:
- Find the brand... if you see a higher-end brand stamp, you can usually assume this will be a well-made and high-quality piece of furniture. No brand makes it a little trickier and requires more investigation. 

- Check for signs of quality craftmanship like Dovetail drawers. Dovetail is a term that means that the pieces of wood are put together kind of like a puzzle. You can see what that looks like in the images above... Every single piece of furniture in my house with drawers except for one has dovetailed joints. This doesn't necessarily guarantee anything, but it is a good sign.  

- I make sure there is no particleboard/MDF- it's that material that gives something a cheap look/feel and is used in a lot of furniture today. Here's an example of something that looks cute online, but when you read the details, it is made of MDF. You see this a lot with painted furniture.

- Figure out what the wood is made of. Cheap wood is typically painted and even though they can say it's 'solid wood' it's really cheap wood that will ding and scratch easily. Cheaper wood is usually softer and you can tell! My favorite hardwoods are mahogany and walnut. 
- Easy open/close drawers/cabinets/etc. Usually a sign of quality is that no matter how old the piece is, as long as nothing has been damaged, the drawers, cabinet doors, etc. should be easy to open and close and the drawers should guide easily. 

- Feel the weight of something. This doesn't go for everything but usually if it's super lightweight it's probably not made of real wood. 

- Watch out for reproductions that look like the antiques but are poorer quality. Reproductions are not always bad but oftentimes they are mass-produced to look exactly like an antique but are made of extremely cheap materials. My best example of this is my eagle convex mirror. I searched for years to find one that wasn't Syrroco. I think back in the 1960's, they reproduced the originals of the mirrors into a plastic mold called Syrroco. Syrroco mirrors are a dime a dozen and while yes, it's a nice way to get the look for less, it's literally just plastic. So I held out for years until I found a true, quality eagle regency mirror that fit within my budget. 

- Beware of fakes. These are similar to reproductions, but again, with reproductions you can often find a lot of high-quality options. For example Williamsburg reproductions are often really nice. But it is the downright fake things that you want to watch out for. I see this a lot with furniture from places like Target where they reproduce a popular piece of furniture and it's actually made of cheap materials. I see this a lot with popular (and expensive china). There is a pattern called Chinese Rose Medallion and it's incredibly beautiful, hard to find, and expensive. There are about a million and one knockoffs and you might not even be able to tell what the knock off is until you see the original. I actually have no problem with people buying the fakes from antique stores because it's a nice way to be able to achieve a similar look for less, but the problem comes when the consignment store or antique dealer doesn't know their stuff and they are selling the fake Chinese Rose Medallion at the 'real' price. This is a good example of how you just need to learn over time to get to know prices and all of that! You see that often on eBay where people just google what they are selling and they find the 'real' thing and then charge that price when they actually have the cheaper knock off. They're not trying to scam you, they just truly don't know. 
- Check the condition. I personally think there's something charming about a few dings here and there, but if a piece is totally trashed, it's sometimes just not worth it. You see the most wear on the feet, corners, and tabletop of the piece. If you are in love with a piece and it is high quality but badly dinged up, you can always have someone refinish it or have it lacquered. 

Where to buy older furniture:
Estate Sales
Consignment Shops
Antique Shops
Goodwill/etc. 
Craigslist
Facebook Marketplace 

Buying online is WAY harder than seeing something in person. I recommend buying in person when you can! But, different furniture styles can be very regional. So, for example, I love the look of faux bamboo furniture. It's a popular furniture style right now but it's also pretty classic and there are a lot of higher-end brands that used to produce high-quality faux bamboo furniture. However, people in Pittsburgh don't typically have that decor style, it's seen more popularly in places like Florida. So it's easier for me to hunt down faux bamboo online just because it's literally not here in Pittsburgh. 

There are so many more tips and so much I don't even know. It just takes years of 'practice' and even after a few trips to your local consignment and antique stores, you'll start to get an idea. My number one biggest tip is patience. You'll likely walk into antique and consignment stores and leave without purchasing a thing. It's a waiting game and if you can wait until you find the gem, you'll be so happy you did. A lot of the pieces in my home are pieces I truly waited years for. Again, this is not for everyone but I wanted to share these tips in case you have a similar style!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Let's Chat Water Bottles: Hydro Flask Review

I've always been a big reusable water bottle person. In high school, it was a Nalgene bottle, in college it was a Camelbak. Now, I actually don't find myself using a water bottle that often day-to-day as I always prefer to drink out of a real glass.

But, let's chat reusable water bottles, shall we? What you like to drink water out of is very personal. That's a really weird sentence, but seriously, there are so many different lifestyles that require different features! It's about as personal a preference as to how you like your steak cooked or whether you prefer the beach or the lake. There are different types and I know you can be a strong fan of one or another.

For activities, or in the car, I love my S'well bottle. It is the shape and size of a traditional 16 oz. plastic water bottle but it is insulated. It has a screw-off top and a regular-sized mouth. 

However, I found the 16oz. S'well bottle to be annoying as I would end up wasting my precious Orange Theory minutes (well at least when I was able to actually go to Orange Theory) constantly filling up my bottle. I end up drinking anywhere from 32-50oz. in each 60 minute class and to fill up my bottle more than twice would get on my nerves (talk about first world problems, I know).

I have been doing the at-home workouts that are live with our studio coaches (I love them) and I notice that even in those, I'm running over to my refrigerator to fill up!

So, back in November, I searched high and low for a 32 oz. bottle that was insulated. I landed on the Hydro Flask as that seems to be the craze right now. My aunt generously got me the Hydro Flask for Christmas with accessories like the silicone boot and the flip-top lid. The thing that bothers me is the nickel and diming - I mean, water bottles have accessories?! Not to mention, the bottle itself is relatively expensive. The 'boot' is supposed to protect it from denting (which it shouldn't dent if it costs $45, right?). So far, the boot has done its job and my water bottle hasn't dented. I also like that it keeps it from moving around on a hard surface. 

Anyway, I have been using the Hydro Flask for about 6 months (since Christmas) and I really only use it in my Orange Theory classes (or the live-at-home OTF classes). Otherwise, I prefer my S'well bottle. Here are my cons... 

-I find that the flip-top lid that I have is annoying to drink out of as I have to hold it up for quite a while to get a mouth full of water (the water flow isn't just terrible). I did get the straw top after a few of you recommended that to me via DM and it's definitely better but now I'm paranoid about bacteria and mold in the straw. I read some reviews and they all said this type of water bottle straw can get gross. So I'm insanely diligent about cleaning it. 

- It leaks occasionally. Not terrible enough to create a puddle in your bag or anything like that but enough to be annoying. 

- It does not fit in a cup holder. This is my #1 complaint!!! It doesn't fit in a treadmill cup holder or in a car cupholder. 

- The water bottle without water in it is SO heavy (compared to most other water bottles I have tried). It feels well-made, but at the same time, I don't want to carry it around empty let alone full with 32 oz. of water!! 

All-in-all I'm entirely underwhelmed and do not get the hype at all. I shared this frustration with you all on Instastories a while ago and many of you commiserated with me but a lot of you praised the Hydro Flask but said I needed to get the straw lid... another $10 spent on this darn water bottle, but I appreciated the tip so much!

I'm going to keep giving it a chance, but a lot of you had recommended some other brands and I thought I would share the top-recommended bottles here as a lot are much cheaper. I just don't think Hydro Flask is truly worth its price.

Simple Human// The reviews on Amazon alone are enough to sell me on it. SO many of you said this is your favorite water bottle of all-time and it's half the price of a Hydro Flask. I love all of the fun color options, too. The 32 oz. does not fit in a cup holder. Just as a general note to self, before I ever buy another water bottle or any type of thermos/to-go cup, I am making sure it can fit in a cup holder. 

Camelbak// This is a bit different from the silicone straw top that I had in college. Instead, this has a chute-style top but what is really neat is that the cap that comes off attaches magnetically to the side so it doesn't get in the way while you drink. 

Thermoflask// This is another highly recommended one that has a very similar look/functionality to Hydro Flask. Apparently, this is also sold at Costco in a 2-pack for a steal! 

S'well Sports Cap// A bunch of people recommended getting the sports cap for my beloved S'well but some people did say that these leak, so beware! 

Gatorade Bottle// This is only $6 but so many said it's the perfect workout water bottle since you can easily and quickly get as much water as you need! There are over 3000 good reviews.

Do you all have any other great water bottle recommendations? Let me know! 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day Sales
Happy long weekend! I hope you are all doing something fun this weekend and making the best of it how you can. As always, I'm sharing a roundup of sales. Sales have been wild this entire stay-at-home period but as I was going through the sales this year and comparing them to last year, they're so much bigger.

Sale Items I Love:

Abercrombie// 40-60% Off Throughout the Store + Extra 15% Off Select Styles + Free Shipping on Orders Over $75.
Ann Taylor// 60% off code: SUMMER
Anthropologie// Extra 50% off sale. 
Barrington// 15% off with code AMERICA and they are also donating 5% to Feeding America
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 $100! 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// Online clearance, extra 30% off.  
Club Monaco// 25% off any purchase, code: LONGWEEKEND. Love this navy jacket and 
Dermstore// 20% off select products. Score some of my favorites like the wet brush,  daily peel padssilk pillowcase. These daily glyoclic pads in a high strength have become a favorite of mine. They are STRONG but boy do they work. Use code SUMMER. 
Gap// 50% off everything, use code WARM. 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! This navy and white striped boatneck shirt is such a classic and also a steal. 
Jack Rogers// Lots of styles on sale including some classic Jacks for just $59. 
J.Crew// 60% off your entire purchase, code: HISUMMER
Lisi Lerch// 30% off jewelry and select handbags! 
L.L. Bean// 15% off with code SUNNY15
LOFT// 50% off everything, code: FRIEND
Mark and Graham// Extra 30% off sale. This would make a really cute gift for bridesmaids!
Nordstrom// Clearance Sale, up to 60% off.
Pottery Barn// Up to 25% off with code SAVEMORE.
Ralph Lauren// Extra 30% off sale
Saks Fifth Avenue// Designer Sale up to 50% off.
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// Extra 25% off sale using code BERRY25
Williams-Sonoma// Up to 75% off clearance event (100s of items). 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Affordable Athletic Pieces


Affordable Athletic Pieces
Shop the Pieces:

Today I'm partnering with Walmart to share with you all some really great and affordable athletic pieces! It all started with these Shorts. They're seriously only $10 and they're modest, lightweight, and perfect for working out.

I prefer to workout in shorts (rather than leggings) in the warmer months so I have quite the collection. However, it's hard to find anything modest that is not too short. These have a 5" inseam so they're perfect!! They come in a bunch of colors. I tried both the size small and medium and would recommend going with your true size. The smalls fit perfectly on me!

Check out the items below to see a few other pieces that I ordered. I've obviously been working out from home and not my usual Orange Theory classes so it was nice to treat myself to a few new pieces to keep my motivation going! 

Affordable Athletic Pieces
These are the shorts I was talking about and this tank is just a great basic lightweight racerback tank. It's breathable but doesn't look super 'athletic' so you could wear it under a sweater or something like that, too! 

Affordable Athletic Pieces
 Tank// Shorts
This tank looks and feels so nice for the price. It's super breathable and I like ombré green. It has a mesh panel on the back for a lot of breathability.
Affordable Athletic Pieces
This is the same tank as the black one above. The white is a little see-through but I don't' mind that in a workout top. It's super breathable!
Affordable Athletic Pieces
This sweatshirt is really cute. I sized up to a medium for an oversized fit. It's ribbed and just overall a great layer if you are on a chillier walk or post-run. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lately

We are heading into Memorial Day weekend! Can you believe it? Summer is basically here. Here in Pittsburgh we are still very much shut down which is a real bummer but I am hopeful and excited to make the best of this holiday weekend!

My fiancé ordered us a tie-dye kit because he wanted to tie-dye shirts. I'm not so into the whole tie-dye trend, but it will be a fun activity for us. I also want to order rollerblades (LOL). We did have a picnic one weekend which was truly wonderful so I think that might make the agenda this weekend and maybe we will do a blind wine tasting- we'll see! It has been really nice that we are able to golf here. It's not really my thing, but it makes my fiancé so happy so I am glad!

We have also been having wonderful weather so I have been getting in a ton of 4-mile walks. That seems like my sweet spot with my walking distance. On the last mile, I will sometimes run, which is really saying something because unless I am at Orange Theory I am NOT a runner.
Eating: I mostly try to make my own dressings at home but I have never been quite able to recreate this dressing at home. It is SO good.  It's very similar to the dressing at one of my favorite sushi places here in Pittsburgh, Little Tokyo, and just tastes so fresh. I also use it as a marinade. It's soooo good on salmon. I typically find it at Target and Giant Eagle. 
Drinking: Heading into the weekend, here is a recipe for my low cal margarita recipe

Reading: I literally never read 'tabloids' but this Southern Charm drama is juicy!
Sale-ing: Sooo many sales going on right now because of the holiday weekend. I'll be back this weekend with a full list of sales. In the meantime, Lisi Lerch is doing a big sale where you can get 30% off everything! 

Watching:
 This is SO funny... it's a parody on how to load the dishwasher... and this is SO my fiancé!!!
Loving: These are the inexpensive tinted lip balms that I love and right now you can get both for $26 total!

Wanting: Lots of sales going on because of Memorial Day Weekend, so keep an eye out! 

Smelling:

Quoting: 'Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Home Items On Sale

We are creeping up on Memorial Day Weekend and the sales are rolling right in. There are tons, but I wanted to highlight a bunch of home items. I am constantly asked about what to add to a registry or even just what some of my go-to home basics are like glassware, etc. 

I linked to exactly what we registered for, here. I did a comprehensive post about items, here. So today's post is going to just highlight many home items that I personally love that are on sale and that are an integral part of our daily life at home. Everything I am including is ON SALE... I will add more as more sales pop up throughout the rest of this week and weekend so keep checking back!

Wusthof Knife Set// This is 16 pieces for Under $300 which is CRAZY. We have a larger set and use it every single day. If you don't have nice knives, I highly recommend taking the plunge. They are a game-changer in slicing and dicing. I was skeptical before spending on knives but I bought the Wusthof brand a few years ago and have never looked back. They make cutting even stupid simple things like bread or vegetables SO smooth and easy. You can see the knife set and dutch oven in the photo at the top of this post!

Staub Dutch Oven// I have never cooked in this but my fiancé uses it at least once a week. It's great for sauces, soups, and really pretty much anything. I, however, did the research as these aren't cheap and the Staub one is apparently a little better than the Le Creuset brand because of the little nubs on the underneath part of the lid... it apparently draws up the condensation and the nubs drip it back into whatever you are cooking. Either way, this is a great kitchen item and I have been reaping the benefits of delicious meals made by my fiancé in this! 

All-Clad Pots and Pans// This brand is high quality and will last you forever. There are tons of different ones on sale. They're pricey so any savings can be a big help. I use my pans from cooking everything from eggs to salmon! 

Waterford Crystal Stemless Wine Glasses// These are gorgeous and high-quality... they are heavy duty and hold wine beautifully. We have these in a different pattern and use them all the time not only for wine but they're perfect for cocktails, too. My fiancé loves them so much he uses them as his daily water glass. I put them in the dishwasher and they've always held up perfectly. 

Linen Napkins// These are such nice quality. Thick and durable, they wash well, too. Some sets of 4 are under $30. 

Wine Cooler// We have this exact one. It was out of stock when I wrote this post and is now back! This one is on sale for $35. 

Initial Old Fashioned Glasses// One of my girlfriend's got us these glasses and we love them and use them all of the time. They're pretty large so they're nice for molded ice cubes (like spheres, etc.) to hold spirits like bourbon.

Printed Tablecloth// For under $50 this tablecloth is great. It has an India Amory vibe. Although the quality is less than IM (I have one of her's and it's very high quality), it still achieves that same look for almost a third of the price.


Rattan Placemats// We use these all the time. I love their casual look and that they are neutral. They are sturdy and just add a nice texture to a tablescape.

Scalloped Salad Plates// We have both the dinner plates and salad plates but we use the salad plates more as they are good for everyday portion control when it is just the two of us! They're beautiful, heavy, and don't chip easily and hold up well in the dishwasher. 

Bath Towels// We use these in the guest bathroom and they're SO nice. So soft and really thick and high quality. Use code ATHOME. We also have Weezie towels that we use in our master and we love those, too. Similar in quality to these but I've never seen them go on sale. Also, most of our bedding is also included in the sale!

Orrefors Bowl// I LOVE Orrefors. It's similar to Waterford in that it is cut crystal but the designs are a bit more contemporary. I have a vintage design but this is similar in size and everything. It's 50% off and honestly, I might buy one or two to give as Christmas gifts/housewarming gifts/etc.

Spode Pasta Bowls// These are definitely our most-used dishes. We don't use them just for pasta but for literally everything. They work SO nicely for chopped salads or even things like chili. They're shallow so it's like a cross between a plate and a bowl.


Chaise Lounge Chair// We refer to these as our chairs and we each have one and we only sit on 'ours', ha! But seriously these are the MOST comfortable chairs you will ever find. Ever. The price is insanely low for a chair like this. It's solid, high quality, and wears well. These are big so keep that in mind, but you'll never find anything better. The price fluctuates quite a lot on these so keep your eye out as I'm thinking maybe they'll dip even lower in the next few days? No idea, but that's my guess. 

Alpaca Blanket// This is the blanket on the chaise in the photo above. I've featured it a lot but it really is a fantastic blanket. I feel SO spoiled when I curl up in it every morning with my coffee. It's pricey so getting it on sale is key. 

Crystal Ice Bucket// Besides an ice bucket, I use this as a vase or to display items or even use as a silverware roll holder if I'm hosting a larger gathering. It's just beautiful but also inexpensive! 
 

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