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! 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Little White Dress and White Skirt






Snapped these on the hottest and most humid day we have had so far and was so glad to just throw on a lightweight non-clingy dress! I got a white eyelet dress in a very different style last year from Walmart and LOVE it. I wear it constantly so I decided to try out this one and it's going to be another favorite on rotation throughout this summer. 

We snapped these photos while we were downtown picking up takeout to bring over to my parent's house. They truly have an outdoor oasis situation in their backyard so we go over as often as possible. We picked up Condado which is one of our favorite 'make-your-own-taco' places. I think it's one of my fiacĂ©'s favorites in all of Pittsburgh. They also have the best margaritas and you can get them to go! 

I've been trying to dress 'nicer' when we go to my parent's house as I try to think of it as an 'outing'. I do love to dress up but the past few months haven't given me much opportunity to do so. I've taken it upon myself to dress up even if the situation doesn't really call for it!!

Another Walmart score that I have gotten recently is this flowy white Skirt. It has an elastic waist and pockets and is slightly sheer so it makes a really cute swimsuit coverup. I love it paired with one-piece swimsuits! I wore it to our club to sit out by the pool one day and my mom complimented me on it. I told her it was from Walmart and that they have a lot of cute stuff and she ended up ordering a few swimsuits for herself that are SO CUTE and inexpensive! She ordered this, this, and this and all are nice quality and so flattering on her! Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday Shopping + Lilly Pulitzer Dressed for Summer Sale


I am SO excited to kick off this weekend's Saturday Shopping with a fun announcement that my friends over at Lilly let me know about! They are having an unprecedented online-only 'Dressed for Summer Sale'!

When is the sale?
The Dressed for Summer Sale begins Monday, June 29th around 8:00 am(ish) ET and will run through 11:59 pm ET on Tuesday, June 30th.

Will there be a virtual line?
Yes! This will be a similar setup to the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! 

What will be included in the sale?
I have not been given a preview of the sale like I usually get for the After Party Sale, but I've been told that 'a ton of popular styles will be included as well as a lot of must-have dresses'.

Will there be new styles added during the sale?
Yes! Lilly will announce when on their social media!

Can I return items if things don't work?
No, this is similar to the After Party Sale in that everything is final sale!

Is shipping free?
Shipping is free on any $25+ order!  

This is all of the info I have been given thus far, but I'll cover the sale on Monday morning for you all to check out and in the meantime, if I hear of any more info, I'll be sure to add it to this post! You can scroll through the widget above to see some of my current favorite Lilly pieces and who knows, they could go on sale?!?

And now onto regular Saturday shopping! Scroll through to see some more favorites from this week!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Everything I Wore At Montage Palmetto Bluff


Dress// Earrings (old, similar)// Basket Bag (on sale)
Gold Wedges (on sale)// Lip Color (in babe) 

On Wednesday, I wrote about my trip to Montage Palmetto Bluff and got flooded with messages asking where certain things were from. I loved the outfits I wore so much!! So today's post is just going to be a post focused on what I wore with links for those who are interested! Because this was months ago, some of the pieces are sold out but some are on sale, which is great! 

The first up is this beautiful white dress from a small business out of Dallas, Mi Golondrina. I discovered the brand last year (or maybe it was 2 years ago) when they did a collaboration with one of my favorite interior designers, Mark D. Sikes. I literally set an alarm for the collection so I could snag a piece- it sold out so quickly and I missed out. But I emailed them to ask if they get a return or anything if they could let me know and sure enough, they had one and I got my beloved dress!! Now, a year or two later I'm such a fan. The embroidery of their pieces is stunning and the cotton fabric is so crisp and colors are so bright. LOVE! 



Dress (on sale)// Earrings// Basket Bag (on sale)
Love this dress! I want a chair upholstered in this fabric as I just love the colors and whimsical print. These Shoes are so cute and beyond comfortable because of the thicker heel. 



This is one of my very favorite dresses because I cannot get over the design of the eyelet. It's so beautiful and just very different than your more traditional eyelet fabrics.  


Sweater (on sale)// Cardigan (on sale)// White Jeans

I love these jeans as they hit right at the ankle and the raw hem with slits on the side is fun and slightly trendy. This belt is really cool because it is reversible. On one side there is a bamboo print and on the other, there is a classic brown leather! 



Sweater (on sale)// Basket Bag (on sale)// Shoes

Aren't these pants SO fun?! They kind of reminded me of a ginger jar with beautiful prints and vibrant blues. This  Linen Shirt is one of my very favorite summertime staples. It's such a nice shirt and so soft!

You all know these are my favorite pajamas. You can read my full review of the pajamas and brand, here
 

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