Saturday, February 27, 2021

Saturday Shopping

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend! Last night we had a small dinner at our house which was lovely and today we are just taking it easy and I'm catching up on a bit of work! 


Friday, February 26, 2021

The Little Things IV


La vie est faite de petits bonheurs. That's a French saying that roughly means 'life is made of little moments of happiness. I've always loved this phrase and it is something I think about often- even more so now than ever before. 

Back in 2014, I wrote a post of my little things' and every few years I'll publish a new list. I haven't published a new one since 2019 so I figured it was time. I went back and read 2014, 2016, and 2019, and reading them brought smiles to my face. 

If you are new here, these lists are incredibly random filled with tiny little moments that happen in everyday life that provide me with happiness and joy. Hopefully, this will guide you into your weekend with a smile on your face, too, and if you feel so inclined, share a little happiness in the comments! 

The shine from the wood floors after they have been freshly mopped. 

The hum of the dishwasher in a silent kitchen after your dinner party guests have gone home. 

Laughing so hard you cry. 

Freshly pressed napkins. 

When the light is *just right* for a magical photo. 

The first time you are able to open your sunroof in a long time. 

Emptying the Dyson vacuum and being equally grossed out and satisfied at the same time. 

When you hit the flower jackpot at the grocery store. 

The warmth from seat heaters in your car. 

Freshly cleaned jewelry sparkling in the sun. 

At Orange Theory when they say 'last all out of the day, empty your tank'. 

Finding a really good candle at Target. 

When the mailman gives Henry a treat. 

The second after you finishing washing, blow-drying, and styling your hair. The work is done. 

When you recognize someone's handwriting on a card you get in the mail. 

Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies from our generous neighbors. 

A gift from someone special that says 'I really know you'. 

Watching bubbles dance in a glass of champagne. 

No line at Trader Joe's. 

Hands being warmed from a hot mug of tea after being out in the snow. 

When you wake up just before your alarm. 

A bagel the morning after a night of a few too many cocktails. 

The smell of a blown-out match.

When Bruster's has my favorite flavor. 

A spritz of Jo Malone Wood Sage and Seasalt, even if in sweats. 

Weekend coffee delivered to my bedside. 

When your gas tank says '0' and you make it to the pump just in time. 

The green blanket. 

Henry watching me pull out of our driveaway from the window. 

Finally finding a pair of sneakers that are a perfect fit. 

When you are in your car in the winter and it's cold outside but you can feel the warmth from the sun radiating through the window. 

When your steak is cooked to perfection. 

When Christmas catalogs start arriving in the fall. 

Extra dirty martini at a swanky bar with blue cheese olives and ice crystals.

Looking around a room filled with all of your loved ones and thinking 'how lucky am I'?... I cannot wait to be in filled rooms again.

Costco trips. 

When you shave your legs after a few days of neglect. 

The click-clack of Henry's paws trotting around on the hardwood floor. 

Pittsburgh unfolding as you drive out of the Fort Pitt tunnels. 

The contentment of a snow day when you have nowhere to be. 

The 'hurt so good' soreness the day after a really hard workout. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Lately


Pajamas// Slippers (on sale)

This week sped by! We have had 'warmer' temperatures this week and it was been so wonderful! I got in a very long walk with Henry yesterday and just soaked up the sun- glorious!! The snow was still melting so it was wet and muddy and Henry got SO dirty so he's headed for a bath today. I am always happy when he is clean!

This week I've spent a lot of time creating content, which I love but it always takes me away from posting on social media. I've also been getting in some of the spring things I ordered and I am SO excited to share some of them with you all. Some were duds but I also found some really cute things.

Wearing: Just got a PR package in from Print Fresh which makes beautiful 100% cotton Pajamas. They are so crisp and comfortable and the prints are beautiful. They just launched spring prints and this is one of them! I love the colors! They gave me a code for you guys to use for 15% off: SUMMERWIND. They have robes and nightgowns and all different styles- I think this would be so fun for bridesmaids! 

Eating: I made this smoked salmon pasta the other night with a few tweaks based on what I had in my refrigerator and it was SO good and beyond easy to make. I love anything with salmon so this will be a staple from here on out! 

Eating II: PICKLE SALSA!!!

Drinking: Did you catch my pickle martini recipe from Tuesday?! I will probably make one this weekend! 

Sale: Nordstrom has 240+ pages of sale items right now. Crazy!! 

Watching:
 Have you guys seen the trailer for Cruella?! It looks so good! 

Listening: I accidentally made my 'Dinner Party' playlist private for a while and had no idea! So linking it here again so you all know it's public again. Sorry about that! 

Loving: Many of you often ask about my signet ring that I wear on my pinky. I found something really similar with diamonds and the price is truly amazing! 
Wanting: This tote. You guys, I love handbags, but it's really totes that are my weakness. So for this one, you can have it monogrammed, but what I think would look extra nice is to get a tone-on-tone monogram (which is possible if you put it in the notes at checkout) so that the monogram blends in with the canvas of the bag. So chic and subtle! 

Pittsburgh: A fun article about some delicious breakfast sandwiches in Pittsburgh. I am dying to try 350 breakfast biscuits in the southside!

Quoting: “We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa //See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Painting Interiors

Painting Interiors
Let's talk about painting! I've always been afraid of putting ANY color on the wall beside any version of white. I'm not sure why I have such hesitation but I think it's because white kind of 'goes' with any decor and I particularly like how bright the rooms in our home get whenever it is sunny out. I also like that when it is gloomy outside, the inside doesn't feel too 'dark' because of the white walls. 

But, whenever I see an image on Pinterest that I love, I notice the walls are painted something other than white!! I seem to gravitate toward images of rooms that are painted (anything other than white). So you'd think I would have painted at least one room in this house, but no! 

Anyway, I'm thinking of testing it out painting a room something other than white. Possibly in my office or our bedroom or the guest bedroom? I really have no idea yet. This is really more me thinking aloud with you all. I thought I would share some images of painted walls that I really love. Do you have the interior of your home painted all one color or do you have different colors in different areas? Do you have a favorite paint color (that's not some version of white)? 

Painting Interiors

Painting Interiors

Painting Interiors

Painting Interiors

Painting Interiors

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Pickle Martini Recipe

Back in April, I shared my dirty gin martini recipe. It's very simple and a go-to cocktail for me. In the past 2 or 3 months, though, I have been preferring pickle martinis to olive martinis. I first discovered a pickle martini many years ago at Soba (a restaurant in Pittsburgh). They used to make their own in-house pickles and the pickle martinis were fabulous. They have since done away with them (unfortunately) so ever since I've made my own at home. You can sometimes find bars and restaurants that will make you a pickle martini. If I am in the mood for one, I will often ask. 

Anyway, I shared the recipe in a quick video on Instagram stories this past weekend and so many of you were into it! I thought I'd create a page that you can refer back to should you ever want to make one. 

Here's What You'll Need:
- Gin (I use Hendrick's)
- Pickles and juice (I use Grillo's pickles/juice- SO good and fresh)
- Vermouth (I use Martini and Rossi)

1. Fill shaker with ice. Add in 3oz Hendrick's Gin, 1 oz. pickle juice, and the tiniest bit of vermouth. I eyeball the vermouth but it's probably around a teaspoon. 

2. Shake vigorously. I know I'm done shaking when my hand is too cold to keep going, ha!! Then you pour it into your martini glass. If you shake hard enough, you'll get ice crystals which is the goal!  

3. Garnish with pickles. 

I find a martini is all about preference. You kind of have to play with the measurements until you get it how you personally like it.  A note about Grillo's brand pickles: they have a very fresh dill flavor to them. I think it makes the martini taste out-of-this-world delicious but it's not for everyone. You can also just replace gin with vodka if you prefer that- it works interchangeably. 
Pickle Martini Recipe
Top: Greenbrier (WV), Merchant and Trade (NC), William Penn
Bottom: Polo Bar (NYC), Le Mont 

One of the frivolous things I have missed SO much since last March is sitting at a swanky bar that has a jazz trio and sipping a martini. We loved going to Eddie V's bar with their live jazz and it was always so much fun to get all dressed up for a night out! 

Martini Accessories:

Monday, February 22, 2021

Pearl Embellished Clothing and Accessories

Pearl Embellished Clothing and Accessories
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I have always loved pearls, that is no surprise! For me, day-to-day I mostly wear pearl stud earrings. However, I've always loved to collect more 'special' pieces that are embellished with pearls. Whether it's a cardigan or a hair clip, there's something simple yet elegant about pearls! I am rounding up some fun pearl items I have been coming across in the past few weeks. It seems that there are so many beautiful options out there!

And how about this pearl embellished dress? It's way out of my budget, but WOW! Also out of my budget are these shoes, but what showstoppers! 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday Shopping

We made it to another weekend! My parents are doing something very exciting this weekend and I cannot wait to share- I am about equally excited, ha!!! Last night we had a small dinner at our house which was great. Today I plan on doing a little work and then lounging a bit. I just started Firefly Lane on Netflix and am loving it so far! 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Getting Dressed Brings Me Joy

Sunglasses// Suede Booties (on sale)// Bucket Bag is old-school Coach
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Back in high school and college, I got dressed every single day for class. Not because that was the norm but because I always wanted to. In college, especially, I always lived by the motto 'dress well, test well'. I truly believe in that mentality to this day. When I am dressed in what I personally feel good in, I feel more confident and in turn, feel that it helps me to perform better and enjoy whatever task is at hand. 

I've learned a lot about myself over the past year big and small- I'm sure many of you feel that same way about yourself. Although frivolous, this year has solidified the fact that I truly enjoy dressing up and getting 'ready' each day. 

Don't get me wrong, I love pajamas, sweatpants, slippers, and robes. There is truly comfort in those pieces and oftentimes I feel good fully embracing that comfort- especially in the colder winter months! I've had many a day in the past year where I switch from pajamas to sweats and back to pajamas again. But, truthfully, I feel more myself when I am dressed in an outfit that makes me feel put-together. I feel ready to take on the day, even if I'm just sitting in my house. 

I know for certain that if I'm having a bad day or even just an 'off' day that if I take the time to get dressed, it makes me feel better, too. I can truly feel the shift in my mood. 

I am not the most creative person. But back in March/April when I wasn't getting dressed as often or putting together outfits for trips and events, I felt creatively stunted (I still have those days!!). It took me a while to realize why that was. I found other ways to channel that creativity- hence all of the fun tablescapes I have shared over the last year! I took to paint by numbers (no, seriously) and that was fun, I enjoyed taking care of a few plants (my basil was something I was so proud of HAH!), but after a few months, at the end of the day, I realized what I was really missing was putting together outfits. 

I think some of you also must be feeling this way in terms of putting together outfits, too. When I asked you all for requests for content in March, I was truly surprised to see that many of you wanted to see 'good old-fashioned outfit posts'. I was excited to hear that and also in that I was not alone in longing for fashionable, put-together outfits! 

I started Summer Wind back in 2009 because I wanted to share and chat about fashion. It has always been an interest of mine. I remember clipping things out of magazines when I was in early high school and hanging them up on a bulletin board in my room. My sister brought up Polyvore- do you guys remember that? I used to LOVE putting together outfits on that platform!!

Fashion and getting dressed and sharing outfits is something I enjoy. It is something that makes me happy. I've always known that but it has taken some time this year for me to really figure out how much it means to me. 

Although fashion can often be seen as frivolous to many, I am a big believer that nothing is silly or dumb if it brings you joy and happiness...especially during this past year. That's really the real message that I wanted to share today. For you, it doesn't have to be getting dressed but it's just knowing those little things you can do during the mundane days that make you feel like yourself or pull you out of a little funk. Because truly, over this past year, there have been many days where I have not been inspired and have not felt like myself. It's hard to stay positive and excited and inspired when the days run together- it can feel mundane and just plain dull! I am just so glad to know of little things that are sure to cheer me up and get me back to 'myself'. 

Over this year, I've learned to take any little dose of happiness I can get. So I will continue to get dressed more often than not. Not for the internet, not for my family or friends or neighbors, but for me! The outfit shot I am sharing at the top of this post was taken this past weekend on a day where I had literally nothing planned but to go to the grocery store. But I said you know what, I'm putting on something cute! 

I'm wondering if there are things like this that you know bring you joy and instantly make you feel like yourself? I'd love to know! Another one of mine is skiing. I really feel alive when I am skiing! A few more: creating tablescapes, exercising, practicing gratitude, wrapping gifts, creating/fine-tuning a great playlist, arranging flowers, and (no surprise here) cleaning/organizing. I'm sure there are more but those are what I can think off of the top of my head. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lately

Can you believe there are only 10 days left of February?! I am ready for March and hopefully, slightly warmer/sunnier weather.

I cannot tell you how much I miss taking Henry on long walks around our neighborhood. Of course I walk him now but our walks are much shorter and I am wearing alll of the layers. I so look forward to being able to step outside with him and not bundled up! The long walks with him always make me feel so at peace and calm! 

This week I got a new iPhone. I had the XS Max and honestly really liked it and never felt any rush to upgrade. Well, my phone took a dive off of our kitchen island, and I guess hit just at right speed and angle to completely shatter both the front and back of the phone. So I ordered the 12 Pro Max and set it up on Tuesday. I know the camera is supposed to be a lot better, which I am excited about, but honestly it feels a just like my old phone!

I also started to get some new thing in for spring which really got me excited in terms of wearing cute outfits for warmer weather! 

Wearing: My favorite lightweight lounge pants are BACK! And they now come in such a pretty pale blue! They are so soft and comfortable but thin/lightweight so they are perfect in the warmer months when you have the air conditioning on. Love them so much! They run true to size (but a nice roomy true to size). 

Eating: Pickles are one of my very favorite foods ever. If you had me choose between a pickle and a brownie, 9/10 I would choose pickles. Oh Snap pickes (the ones that come in pouches) are my very favorite pickles... but a new contender just popped up on my radar. I saw them at Target the other day and they just looked good so I had to get them. The brand is called Grillos and I got the dill pickle chips. They are SO fresh tasting and have a nice crunch to them. 10/10 recommend. 
Sale: LK Bennett is having a huge sale. Their pieces are like my ideal wardrobe- very prim and ladylike styles and always well-made. I can't get over how low some of the prices are!! 

Sale II: Vineyard Vines is having a big sale! So many great items and big markdown. I love this neutral cashmere sweater (looks so much like La Ligne) and this eyelet maxi is stunning. 

Watching:
We watched The Cecil Hotel documentary on Netflix. For about 2.5 episodes, it was really good, but then it kind of went down hill from there. We still watched the entire thing, though! I also watched the third To All the Boys I've Loved (also Netflix) and it was so cute- simiar vibe to the other two.. this one had a very predictable plot line, though. We had a big TV watching week/weekend- we also started Yellowstone (Peacock) and we can't seem to get into it! We have heard rave reviews, though, so we are going to keep giving it a chance! 
Wanting: I am really not into the puffy/frilly sleeve trend, however, this is one top with some big sleeves that I would make an exception for. It comes in several color options and I love each one!! I also absolutely love these gold rope sandals- kind of Hermes-esque but the gold is just so fun! 

Pittsburgh: It's officially lent and that means FISH FRY TIME! I love a good fish fry and you do not have to be religious at all to get food! Here's the list
Smelling: I got this candle at Target the other day and it smells SO good. It's like woodsy and cozy without being heavy. Amazing for only $20! 

Quoting: 'Growth is growth no matter how small.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Lake Pajamas Review

Lake Pajamas Review

Lake Pajamas Review

Lake Pajamas Review

Lake Pajamas Review

Lake Pajamas Review

Lake Pajamas Review

Lake Pajamas Review
Originally Posted August 2019, Updated February 2021
This post was originally posted in August of 2019, but I'm bringing it back and updating it with new info! Today is a Lake Pajamas sale! It begins at 10am EST! 

How thick are they? Are they too hot for summer? Is the fabric see-through?
They are thick in that they feel like a quality set of pajamas. But they are lightweight so you can easily wear the short-short set in the summer or if you get hot at night. I even wear the short sleeve top and long pants bottoms during the summer months and am just fine. Cotton is breathable and the perfect fabric for sleeping. You could wear the long-long to bed in the winter if you get cold and it is great! In the winter, if I'm wearing them to lounge, I might wear a sweatshirt and slippers or robe overtop for more warmth. The fabric is not at all see-through.

Are they worth the cost?
Something being 'expensive' is very subjective. I personally love pajamas and only really wear nice, matching sets of pajamas to bed. So I think $75-$100 for a set of pajamas is the going rate at places like Shopbop, Nordstrom, etc. Of course, you can also find great pajamas at places like Gap and Target for $20-$30. I think it all just depends on how you shop and what you like to wear to bed. I know a lot of people who wear men's boxer shorts and old sorority t-shirts to bed and that's totally fine, too! Whatever works for you!

Have you tried the dresses?
I haven't! I like to wear little slips while getting ready for the day or night, but I don't personally like to sleep in dresses. I have a few nightgowns but they just don't get as much wear compared to shorts or pants. I also wouldn't spend much on a dress like that because I don't really find lounging in little slip dresses to be all that comfortable. I do think they are cute, though! I see Lake style their dresses (and other pajamas) as 'outfits' that you could wear outside of the house running errands or whatnot, but I'm not down with that. I personally wouldn't even walk Henry around my block in them. They are pajamas and look like pajamas. I can, however, see one of the dresses being worn as a swimsuit coverup! 

Do you have a favorite style?
Yes! I love the short-long (which is a short-sleeved top and long pants). I think choosing a style is totally a personal preference. I wear the short-long year-round and I think they are more modest than the shorts if you are wearing them around other people (like in a vacation setting or something because the shorts are kind of short). The long-sleeve tops are not really 'long'. They're like a 3/4 sleeve and I personally don't love that. The weekend set has a long-long set that is a full long sleeve which I prefer much more, but overall I prefer the short sleeve version regardless of the season. 

Do you know if they ever have sales?
Yes, they do! It's typically mid to late February, late summer, and Black Friday. I follow the brand on Instagram and that is where I see the sale announcements. The Black Friday sale is the best, in my opinion where they offer the deepest discounts. When they have a sale, you have to shop VERY fast because they sell out so quickly. During one Black Friday, I got a short-long set for $52, which is 50% off! I literally got online the minute the sale went live so I was able to get my size!

How do you wash them? Can you dry them?
The washing instructions on their site are very high maintenance and I don't' follow them. I wash mine in a regular load with everything else, I just try to avoid doing them with anything that could snag the fabric. See below where I talk about fit to learn more about what happens when you wash them! I saw someone send in a question about the colors fading, I can't speak to that because I have not noticed colors fading at all. I would imagine if that is an issue, washing on cold with delicate items and laying dry like the Lake website suggests would be the way to make sure that fading doesn't happen. 

Customer Service
I have now had one customer service experience over email. It was for a return and it was quite seamless. I have heard several people complain about the customer service, though, which is unfortunate because if you are spending $100+ on pajamas, customer service should be really good. 

How do they wear after they are washed? Do they hold up after a lot of wear? Do they stay soft?
They're SO soft and the best part is that they continue to be SO soft wash after wash. I've had pairs for years and wear them weekly and they're just about as good as new. I also like that they don't get wrinkly out of the wash. 


What is Pima Cotton and how is it different from any other cotton?
I think if buying quality items for your wardrobe is important to you, it's very important to know your fabrics and fibers. Just do a little research or a Google search of the fabric the next time you are considering purchasing an item. Regardless of brand, the type of fabric used in a garment is always a great way to judge something without seeing it in person and also knowing how well it will hold up and/or if it will do things like wrinkle or shrink. 

Pima cotton is known as 'nicer' cotton. Pima is used in a lot of infant clothing because it's soft, smooth, durable, and wrinkle-resistant. Did you know it is best to sleep in cotton? This is because it is breathable and keeps you cool. You should try and stay away from synthetic materials- things like Polyester when you sleep because they tend to trap moisture and heat. If you get overheated at night, 100% cotton pajamas might be the answer for you. Also, 100% cotton usually shrinks in the dryer! 

Lake Pajamas is not the only brand that makes pieces in Pima cotton. The Company Store, Roller Rabbit, and Sail to Sable all offer 100% Pima cotton pajamas.
What is the difference between the weekend style and the regular?
The weekend style feels a little more 'modern' and crisp, in my opinion. The weekend style has a traditional high crewneck and does not have the contrast piping. I also feel like the weekend set is a little slimmer in the fit- not tight by any means, but looks a little more 'tailored'. I don't prefer one style over the other. They are both great and both made of the same material. 
How would you say they run in terms of sizing? Length? Are they fitted?
Lake Pajamas are not meant to be fitted. They are not particularly stylish and definitely not sexy, in my opinion. They are meant to be looser and comfortable. I would say the sizing is true to size and if anything, size up (keep reading...). I have both sizes small and medium. I typically buy my pajamas a size up from my usual clothing size as I really like roomy pajamas. With Lake, they are true to size, but if you buy your true size, I would suggest following the high maintenance care instructions. This is because anything 100% cotton will shrink if you machine dry it! I personally find that they shrink in the length than anything else. So if you buy a small and they fit, they're not going to get 'tighter' on you after machine drying, but the length shortens. You can combat the shrinkage in the dryer by drying the pajamas on 'low'- they will still shrink but just not as much. But if you dry on low, you have to always dry on low for the life of the pajamas- the second you put them on high heat to dry, that is when they will shrink the most.  

I started buying the tall sets recently. The tall sets are, as the name suggests, made for taller people so the lengths are longer. I am only 5'6" so when the pajamas arrive, they're very long on me- like too long it would be dangerous to wear them because they would cause me to trip. However, one round through the washer and dryer (on high heat with the rest of my clothing) and they're the perfect length. It's the first machine dry that does the shrinking, after that they won't shrink further. I wouldn't recommend a tall set for anyone shorter than 5'6" as they might be too long on you (even after drying) and you're likely to trip. 

Before machine drying, the regular length (in a size small) is great for me at 5'6"- if you dry them, they'll likely be a great length for someone 5'4ish and under. I machine dry all of mine and so the regular pants are more like ankle length once dried. I don't particularly mind it but prefer the 'tall' sets I have purchased better.

I have also gotten mediums (sizes sell out so I get whatever they have small or medium) and they are quite large on me at first, but once I put them through the dryer, they shrink right up and are closer in size to a small. So basically, if you want to machine dry them, size up, if you want to lay flat and air dry, get your regular size. If you are around my height, you could also opt for the tall set.

They're honestly not as high maintenance as they sound! 

Do you know if they make solids or darker colors?
Yes! They have some newer styles out right now that are prints and some are navy- around Christmas they have red and just this past Valentine's Day they had a bright red heart print. I really like the pima sets and most of that style is lighter in color and more pastel-forward. 

Do you have the robe?
Yes! It's wonderful and feels the same as the Pima pajamas. The robe runs BIG so definitely get your true to size or size down! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Best Moisturizers for Your Hands

The Best Moisturizers for Your Hands
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It seems like every week here has been starting off cold and snowy! This winter we have had a lot more snow than in the past several years and with the cold temperatures, the air is SO DRY. It's like my skin can't get enough moisture!! Last week I shared my favorite moisturizing lip products so this week I'm sharing some of my favorite hydrating and moisturizing products for my hands!

The Best Moisturizers for Your Hands

Udderly Smooth// This was a find from my fiancé. To be totally honest, I would have never given this a chance if I saw it in the store based on the name, haha!! However, this stuff is amazing!! It has a slightly different texture than traditional moisturizer and when you apply it on your hands, it dries and sinks in almost immediately. This is what I use if I'm on the go or need to touch something immediately afterward like my phone or computer. It's hydrating but not the absolute best, but if you remember to apply often, it makes such a difference. The selling point with this one (at least for me) is how quickly it dries! It is also really inexpensive! 

Moroccan Oil// I've been using this for many years. The brand sent me a press packaged a long time ago and I've repurchased each time I run out. The scent is the classic, wonderful Moroccan Oil scent and it's so moisturizing. I find it a little slow to sink in so I typically reserve this before bed. The scent is also calming. The formula feels lightweight which is another thing I like and what sets itself apart from a lot of other moisturizers. If you felt it for the first time, you might think it wouldn't be super moisturizing, but it totally is! 

Hand Relief// This is the classic Aveda smell and for me, it's really energizing. I like to put this on in the morning as I'm drinking my coffee. The scent is like aromatherapy and makes me excited for the day. This also takes a little time to sink and the feeling of it is very heavy and thick. Once it sinks in, it doesn't leave an oily residue or anything but this isn't something I'd apply when out and about.

Dry and Brittle Nail Strengthener// This is a great product for bare nails. It just looks like you have clear nail polish on them. If I know I am going to get a manicure later in the week, I will apply this all week and I feel like my nails end up being in the best shape for a manicure. 

Cuticle Oil// This is a holy grail product for me. I have tried a lot of cuticle oils and I love this. It doesn't have much of a scent and it rubs in so nicely and truly makes a big difference in my cuticles. This dries/sinks in pretty quickly, too. I typically do this right before bed before hand moisturizer. 

Shea Butter// I've been using this since high school. It has a 'powdery' scent to it that skews nostalgia for me. It is SO moisturizing. It definitely takes a bit to sink in but if your hands are really in trouble, this will solve the issues. I keep a small size in my bag at all times (especially in the winter months). The scent is very 'neutral' so even my fiancé loves this. I also love the lavender scent. It's pretty strong but soothing and smells very natural- could be a great option for nighttime since lavender is known to be calming. I also feel like the tube/branding is very chic if that matters! 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Statement Earring Organization

Statement Earring Organization

In an effort to organize all. the. things. I have now organized my earrings... very specific! I am someone who, for the most part, wears diamond or pearl studs. I just prefer the simplicity of simple, small studs. However, over the years I have amassed a ton of statement earrings. 

Statement Earring Organization
I had always stored my earrings in these lucite boxes. They work out nicely because they keep them from dust but I can also see what my options are. However, the box was getting too full and therefore, it took me minutes to find a match when I would be getting ready. 

So then I ordered this flat, hanging organizer. It works SO WELL for my earrings! I definitely wouldn't put any fine jewelry in this organizer, but for fashion jewelry, this is truly a game-changer. I like being able to see all of my options, this takes up virtually no space and there is plenty of room to grow as the other side also has pockets. Going through all of my earrings was great, too, because I got rid of soooo many pairs I no longer wear. 

I think this type of organizer is great if you live in a small apartment with minimal storage space and countertops. It's funny because this is such a simple and inexpensive switch but it made a world of a difference for me in terms of getting ready and the fact that this created more drawer space for me! 

This past year has really been a huge year of organization and tidying and I have fully embraced it. I've found cleaning and organizing is something that truly makes me happy (as odd as that sounds) and always get excited when I find such a simple and inexpensive fix! 

I'd love to know if you have found any really simple and useful organizing items or tips? Part of the fun of organizing is sharing! 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Saturday Shopping

Happy Valentine's weekend! I hope you are all enjoying the day and maybe have something special planned for your Valentine's Day! We are going to one of our very favorite bakeries this morning and then relaxing and catching up on some chores. Tonight is our Valentine's celebration and we are cooking steak and lobster, yum! Enjoy some of these fun items I came across and loved from this week! 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Spring Tablescape + Rosé French 75

Spring Tablescape + Rosé French 75



Spring Tablescape + Rosé French 75


Water Goblet// Pink Coupes (linked similar) 
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Happy Valentine's Day weekend, friends! Do you all have any fun plans? We are cooking in on Saturday and celebrating just the two of us then and then we are headed to my parent's on Valentine's Day. It's a tradition that we go over to my parent's as they always cook something delicious and host a fabulous night. We have had COMICAL past Valentine's Days so we have vowed to stay in and cook (not even do takeout HA!!) for every Valentine's! 

I put together this tablescape and while we will eat at this table for Valentine's Day, I wanted to create something that leaned more towards spring than any one holiday. I am hoping that what I created inspires any of your spring tablescapes in the coming months. I wanted to use our plain white Nantucket basket dinner plates without layering any other plates to show you that you don't need to collect tons of plates to create a beautiful table. 

Setting a table is kind of like putting an outfit together. Using a white dinner plate is like wearing a pretty white dress and then adding in fun earrings, a colorful bag, etc. 

This also serves as your PSA... I am not sure if this is in all locations, but this weekend, Whole Foods is offering 2 dozen roses for only $20. I got these pretty pink roses from Whole Foods as well as the filler and I was so please with what I created. The selection at WF was out of this world good. They had so many more options compared to places like Trader Joe's and Fresh Market! This likely all depends on where you live, but seriously, if you are in Pittsburgh, head to Whole Foods!! 
Spring Tablescape + Rosé French 75



A French 75 is one of my most favorite cocktails and a great cocktail to serve over Valentine's weekend. It's gin and champagne with a touch of lemon! If you haven't tried it, it's a must! It's often served in a champagne flute or coupe so I thought it would be the perfect thing to serve it in my pretty pink vintage coupe glasses I found in Georgia a few years ago! 

My only edit would be to use less simple syrup than they call for. I eyeball it, but I don't like sweet drinks so I do a tiny bit of the simple syrup! This is something you can easily make in a batch for several drinks, too! 
 

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