Friday, May 26, 2023

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Happy weekend, everyone! I am so ready to take the long weekend to relax and enjoy. Are you all up to anything fun? There are lots of sales going on so I will try to keep this post as organized as possible! 

I like to look back on the year before to compare the sales/deals, and this year seems to be significantly better in terms of deeper discounts, free shipping added, etc. 

I will update this post as I see more things that catch my eye and more sales pop up!

Some Highlights

- This jewelry box is what I use to store my nicest jewelry in. I love the look of it and the clear top. Right now, it's free shipping with $100+ and an extra 20% off clearance items with code WEEKEND

- My favorite travel toiletry bag is up to 20% off! 

- Augustinus Bader Rich cream on sale. This is rare, and while it's so pricey for skincare, I love it and have repeatedly purchased it! 

- My go-to underwear is 3 for $18!

- Ooni on sale! We use ours so much, and the pizza it makes is incredible! The one I am linking is the exact one that we have that works with propane, but they have different sizes and fuel options on sale, too! 

- My absolute favorite throw blanket is on sale! It makes a great gift. 

- I have and love this quilted floral jacket, and it's currently an extra 30% off the sale price! 

- You all loved these wicker solar path lights when I posted about them earlier this month; now they are on sale! 

- This packable hat is a current favorite and 30% off!

- These brown platform sandals are a current favorite. They are SO comfortable and 25% off right now!

- My favorite cashmere travel wrap is an extra 20% off the sale price with code MDW20. 

- Westman Atelier, a favorite makeup brand is on sale! 

- One of my favorite pullovers marked down to under $100. It runs roomy. I often size up in pullovers because I like a roomier fit, but I got my true size small and it is plenty roomy! 

This chandelier is worth every single penny. We have it in our dining room and it is so stunning and well-made. I use these rattan placemats all summer long- they are my very favorite. I also have these baskets and they add such a nice texture to my decor. Our coffee table is also on sale- it's the best! All of this is 20% off using code SPLASH. 

Brand Roundup

Ann Taylor//40% off full-price styles using code SUMMER. Extra 50% off sale!

Anthropologie// Extra 40% off sale items, up to 40% off furniture, outdoor, candles, bedding & more

Ballard Designs// 20% off sitewide and free shipping!

Barrington// Use code SUMMER for 10% off < $100, 15% off $100+, and 20% off $300+! Sale ends Monday, May 29th at midnight.

Banana Republic// 30% off with code BRSUMMER. 

Bloomingdales// Up to 50%, 40% off designer sale.

Club Monaco// 25% off everything

Dermstore// Use code SUMMERWIND. This code will be better than the best discount available! 

Dudley Stephens// 50% off sitewide (some exclusions)

Eric Javits// 30% off sale

Faherty// Up to 40% off. 

Gap// 40% Off Your Purchase, 60% Off Dresses, Tees, Tanks & Shorts

J.Crew// 40% off your purchase & extra 50% off sale styles. Use code WEEKEND.

J. McLaughlin// Up to 40% off.

Lilly Pulitzer// Free gift for every $100 spent!

Lisi Lerch// Up to 60% off

Matches// Up to 50% off

Nike// Save up to 40%

Rifle Paper// 25% off with code SYDNEY25

Saks// Up to 50% off designer sale.

Talbots// 40% off highest regular price item use code SUMMER, 30% off discount appears in bag.

White and Warren// Extra 20% off sale with code MDW20. 

Shop the Anthro Sale:

J.Crew New Arrival Faves (up to 40% off)

Thursday, May 25, 2023


We are almost to the long holiday weekend! Did you all have a good week? When a long weekend is coming, I tend to get the days all mixed up!! I felt like Wednesday was Friday... so odd! 

I got home from a wonderful bachelorette weekend on Sunday night! I left earlier last week so I could stay at my sister's for a bit before we both headed to the bachelorette house. We all had such a fun time celebrating the bride. We stayed on Lake Norman which was beautiful (and right outside of Charlotte)! I spent most of the week so far behind a desk trying to catch up a bit and work ahead a bit so I can enjoy the long weekend. 

We don't have many set plans this weekend and that brings me SO much joy. After being away last week/weekend, I want to relax, sleep in, and spend time with my husband and pup! I just got this book in and I'm excited to read it this weekend! We also may check out a new restaurant, spend some time at the pool, and possibly play mini golf or go to the driving range! The weather is supposed to be beautiful all weekend so Henry will also get lots of long walks! Low key for sure! 

Wearing: Loved this outfit for a boat day this past weekend on Lake Norman for a bachelorette party!

Sale: There are so many sales happening right now; it is overwhelming. I wanted to share a handful of them with you all here, and then tomorrow's weekend wish list will be more focused on that! 
Use code SUMMERWIND (deeper discount than the SUN code)

40% off your purchase with code WEEKEND. These are the new arrivals I love.

Watching: We just finished Defending Jacob on Apple+. It's a few years old but it was really good. It is a crime drama that has a bit of a twist! 

Watching II: I've been on a Growing Pains kick. It's one of my favorite shows. I used to watch the reruns when they would play on Nickelodeon when I was growing up. I bought all of the seasons on Amazon. It's such a cheesy show, but I love it. The early 90s vibes are such a good throwback and it is somehow comforting and an easy show to have on in the background. 

Loving: These pajamas are not only so soft but I feel so chic when wearing them. They feel 'dressy' almost, which is silly to say about pajamas but they are the kind of thin you can wear around others and feel OK to be in your pajamas! I wore these this past weekend on a bachelorette and they were perfect!

Loving II: This Shirt is one of my absolute favorites! I have had it for a few years and I am constantly wearing it. It is oversized in the best way and the fabric has a cooling feeling and doesn't wrinkle so it is perfect for travel! 

Loving III: This tote is giving me old-school Vineyard Vines vibes in the absolute best way. 
Wanting: Just ordered this sweatshirt this week as it is on major sale. It looks so cozy and I love that it is neutral. This top and shorts set is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. I love how it's classic and modern at the same time! There is a dress version, too, which is lovely! 

Amazon Rec: Love these little hoops! under $20 and lightweight! You can find more of my Amazon favorites, here!
Amazon Rec: I have quite a few of these inexpensive wraps. I just wore it this weekend and I love it!! You can find more of my Amazon favorites, here!

Quoting: “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." ― Franklin D. Roosevelt //See more of my favorites, here.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Our Bedroom

Serena and Lily Aspen Rug

serena and lily jetty pillow cover

Serena and Lily Aspen Rug

serena and lily beach club

serena and lily jetty pillow cover

serena and lily petaluma hamper

Serena and Lily Aspen Rug

Serena and Lily Aspen Rug

Serena and Lily Aspen Rug

Serena and Lily Aspen Rug

Serena and Lily Aspen Rug

Shop the Items:
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, with it comes sales. I asked you all if you are looking for anything in particular, and I was surprised to see so many requests for furniture and specifically bedroom furniture! 

I love our bedroom. It might be one of my favorite rooms in our home. That is because it feels the most 'finished.' I always wanted our bedroom to feel light, bright, and serene. I really do feel a sense of calm when I am in that room. Years ago, I stayed at Zero George, a beautiful hotel in Charleston, and loved the vibe of the room I was in. It was mostly light and bright, but it still had some antique brown furniture and touches of blue and white, and that's kind of my inspiration for both this bedroom and our guest bedroom!

For the bed, I opted to go with a headboard instead of a full bedframe. First and foremost, it is so much easier to move a headboard vs. a bed. It's also easier, quicker, and less costly to re-upholster a headboard. 

The 'formula' I used to get a somewhat custom look was to use this bed frame base which allows you to forgo a boxspring entirely. I got the 18" height because I prefer a taller bed. I've been really pleased with this base- it is nice and sturdy! Remember that the standard is 14-15"ish, so it is much easier to find a bed skirt for the standard drop vs. the 18" drop I have. In hindsight, I'd still go with the taller frame, but I would like a bed skirt with a more custom look. Ballard now makes an 18" bedskirt option which must be new because I haven't seen that option before. I just ordered some fabric samples to see if they have a fabric that would coordinate with my headboard/bench! 

I got the headboard from Ballard Designs. The quality is exceptional. I love upholstered items from Ballard Designs because you get to pick the fabric and shape of the headboard, so you get a somewhat custom look. They have many other items besides headboards, so you can pick pieces to match. I also got a Bench in the same fabric as the headboard to finish off the bed and tie it together. 

Bedding + Linens
I also always like to do white bedding as I think it's an easy canvas to work from with the rest of the room and also really easy to care for. I also love that it reminds me of a hotel. I love the Beach Club line of linens from Serena and Lily, the Boll and Branch Eyelet Line, and The Company Store Legends Percale line for linens. I have duvets and sheets from all three brands. I personally prefer percale- cool and crisp! I have had all of these linens for years now, and all have held up wonderfully. 

I haven't made many changes to our bedroom at all recently. The newest addition to our bedroom is this beautiful 9x12 Aspen rug but even that update is a year or two old now. It's made of felted wool, and it's so nice and thick and soft underfoot. It feels casual but luxurious at the same time. 

I got our Striped Curtains from Ballard Designs. I ordered the headboard, bench, curtains, and mirror all at once because they all worked so well together. The curtains are high quality for the price and I love the simple and serene look they give off. I wanted the headboard and bench to be the focal point of the room so I kept everything else minimal and simple. The full-length wall mirror is no longer available, unfortunately. It was from their Casa Florentina line. The CF line is of exceptional quality for the price. 

Future Updates
Our bedroom is mostly finished, but the one thing I want to change and have wanted to change for a while now is the TV area. You can see the photo above. I actually have a different (better) lamp in that space since I took that photo a while ago. The TV in our bedroom is from my apartment and is probably 7ish years old at this point. I'm waiting for it to die so we can replace it with a pretty Frame TV. We love the Frame TVs and have one in our living room. I'll move our living room TV to our bedroom and then get a new one for the living room. 

I've also been looking for a new dresser for our bedroom for ages. I got a beautiful high-boy piece of furniture when I first moved in for our upstairs hallway. The woman I got it from (Facebook Marketplace) was moving, and she had this dresser. I either paid a nominal fee, or she just gave it to me. I don't really like the look, and the quality is not up to my usual standards, but I took it because I needed a place for storage in our bedroom ASAP. Well, years later, I still haven't found what I am looking for to replace it. My ideal dresser is this Williams Sonoma dresser, but not only have they since stopped making it, but they never made it in a wood stain that was right for my space- the color was always much too dark. But I love the look so much.  

**If you don't see something linked, it is because it's either an antique/consignment find, Homegoods find, or no longer available. 

See below for headboards that I love to get a similar look to my bedroom! I cannot vouch for the quality of any of these, but I would highly recommend Ballard Designs pieces based on my experience! Most of these are on sale due to the upcoming holiday weekend!  

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Henry's Favorite Treats and Toys

In honor of National Pet Month, I wanted to share some of Henry's favorite products! Henry is estimated to be about 7.5 years old (I adopted him when he was about 2). I cannot believe he has been in my life for only 5.5 years! He is my best friend and adopting him was the best thing I have ever done! I highly recommend adopting a pet if you are in a place to adopt it. I weighed the pros and cons for a while before Henry, but it has been so rewarding. 

If you are looking for a specific breed and think you aren't able to adopt the breed you are looking for, I recommend digging around first to see what you can find. I was dead set on an Australian Cattle Dog but also dead set on adopting. It took a lot of time and effort to find Henry, but it is possible!!

For those of you who have dogs, in particular, I hope you find this post helpful! 

Multi Vitamin Probiotic// This is not the cleanest product, but Henry loves it and I really do think it is more good for him than it is bad! It's a multivitamin and probiotic in one. They are made in the USA. If you all have a cleaner option than this, please let me know!! 

Dasaquin Joint Supplement// We got this on recommendation from our vet. It's a joint supplement and we started Henry on it this past fall since he is getting older. It gets good reviews and I really do think it makes a big difference. Henry has a crooked front paw. We assume his paw is like that because he was a stray and broke is leg at some point, he never got any help, and so it never healed properly. So sad to think about!!! But, the older he gets, I worry that his crooked leg/paw will hinder him so I am trying to stay ahead of it! 

CR Peanut Butter// You can find this peanut butter at most grocery stores. Henry loves peanut butter and I put it in his kong in the freezer for a special treat. This peanut butter is made with 100% peanuts and that is the only ingredient. I am not a peanut butter person but my husband also loves this PB!! 

 Ring Toy// Henry and my parents dog, Buddy are utterly obsessed with this toy. I don't get it. It's just two rubbery rings with a rope ring in between. They destroy the middle rope part and then just chew on the rubbers rings and chase each other around. It's the most sought after toy in the house. They both have the toy and I have backups. My aunt and uncle's new puppy came to my house a few weekends ago and she also went for the rings so my aunt ordered them for her! 

Glandex// Henry has gland issues and these are supposed to make his stool bulkier... if you know, you know. I truly think this make a big difference. 

Freeze Dried Beef Liver// For treats, I mostly feed Henry whole foods like fruits and vegetables but this is one packaged treat that I can get behind. It's one ingredient- just beef liver! He absolutely loves these and they are easy to transport. 

Dental Chews// Henry loves these! They are made in the USA and have minimal ingredients. I truly believe they help Henry's breath and his teeth! 

Dog Alert Sticker// We have these on several windows in our home. They're not pretty but I really want every single person to know we have a dog in this house in case of emergency. 

Wishbone Chew Toy// These toys are questionable because I've heard a lot of bad things can happen like cracking a tooth but since the day I got Henry, he has always LOVED to chew. It's his absolute favorite thing. The vet, completely unprompted, complimented Henry's teeth this past fall at his annual vet visit and said his teeth were amazing for a dog his age. He agreed it could be because he loves to chew on things like this so often. We have never had an issue (knock on wood) but I do keep a close eye on him when he plays with this!

Lavender Scented Waste Bags// Scented bags make ALL the difference! They are made with 65% recycled plastic and totally leakproof. 

Parrot Toy// Henry loves any and all super-chewer bark box toys. He is pretty tough on toys and ruins anything stuffed practically immediate but these keep him entertained for longer. 

Brush// Henry has shorter hair so he doesn't need brushed a ton but I do try to brush him a few times a week! Buddy, my parents dog, has a longer coat and this brush works wonderfully on him as well. 

Wicker Dog Bed// This is not the bed Henry has, it is sadly no longer available but this has the same insert. He has 3 beds around the house and always prefers this bed over anything else. I also love that it looks more like a piece of furniture and kind of blends into decor. Otherwise, he has free reign on any piece of furniture in our home. 

Bark Box Cotton Candy Toy// I don't think this is a super chewer toy but it's big for his size (27 pounds) and he loves it and it is one of the only stuffed toys that has ever lasted so long! I bought a back up so once he destroys this one, I will have another one for him! I usually always buy a backup or two of toys that are his very favorites. I have a basket in a cabinet filled with extra toys so I can bring them out for special occasions or when needed! 

If you are looking for more dog products that I would recommend, check out my gift guide from this past holiday season. It is chock full of great finds! 

**Regarding the supplements and treats within this post, please note that I am not a veterinarian.  This is for informational purposes only and not intended to be medical advice nor is it a substitution for medical advice. Please do your own research and consult your pet's veterinarian before giving your pet anything. A licensed, qualified veterinarian will be able to make decisions based on each pet's medical history and current prescriptions.

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