Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter Coffee Table Basket

While I receive so much joy from decorating the halls for Christmas, taking it all down and redecorating with a clean slate and new perspective is my favorite. I am one of those people who moves right along after the holiday is over. My house was taken apart and cleaned by the time I sat down for dinner on Sunday night. I know, I have some serious OCD...I just can't help it. 
I had a lot of fun putting together this basket for my coffee table. I used a new candle from Shop Terrain along with pine cones and my cotton stems. The basket under neath is very "twiggy"... a gift from my mom! All the pieces together create such a warm, "wintery" feel with just the perfect amount of texture. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Beach Plum Farm: Cape May, NJ

If you aren't aware: I love Cape May, NJ. Like, really love it. We have been going there as a family since I graduated high school (10 years ago). About 8 years ago, my family bought a beach house there and every summer since, we are down as many weekends as we can. When my husband and I first started dating, he came along the second weekend we were together. In my family, if you don't like the beach, you just may not be a contender for the long run! Know what I mean? Thank goodness he passed the test and has fallen in love with it more and more ever since. 

The best thing about Cape May is the quiet atmosphere and all of the history. One of my absolute favorite places there is Congress Hall. It is a gorgeous old hotel that was restored several years back and has grown in popularity since. The design is my favorite inspiration ever. Les (husband) knows exactly just how much I love it (I make him take me there every single weekend) and actually proposed to me on the front lawn one warm night in May of 2012. 

Congress Hall is a part of the Cape Resorts umbrella, who also owns a few other hotels, the West End Garage (an old garage in West Cape May that they converted into a store full of local vendors who sell their crafts and goods- also a favorite place), and most recently the Beach Plum Farm. Aka just another place to add to my weekly itinerary every weekend in the summer. 

Here are some snaps of my visits there. Tell me that isn't just perfect?

Monday, December 7, 2015

Neutral Shelf Styling

I had a lot of fun styling this small shelf in my guest room this weekend. It all started with a $2.99 bouquet of Eucalyptus branches from Trader Joes. This is one of my favorite Christmas greens and I always get a bunch every year. It is my favorite green color- still seasonal, but not too bright! This was the inspiration for today's post!

The shelf is from a booth at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY that I attended with my mom and sister in June. (So much fun by the way!) Most of the other things are trinkets I have found along the way while perusing flea markets and antique shops, with the exception of the bust and baskets which were found at Home Goods. I kept the coloring neutral and monotone, which really brings it all together. Each piece brings me a lot of joy, and that's the most important part!

I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday so far and finding joy this Christmas season!

PS. Are you following me on Instagram? You should! It's a lot of fun over there.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Comfy Cozy Living

As I said in my previous post, we love spending time in our living room. It is the first room you enter as you come into our home and just past it is the kitchen. It is certainly our "hub" and where we spend most of our time. It is furnished with an extra-large Pottery Barn couch, our large television (so much honesty here- we love our tv shows and movies, ok?), a large comfy chair, a gorgeous hand-made coffee table from my father, and pillows....ALL the pillows. It is also where I love to cozy up with a furry blanket and sip my cup of coffee. I don't know about you, but my December calendar has a lot of writing in the margins- so many Christmas parties, projects, errands, etc to keep up with! It is so important to find even just 5 minutes for yourself and "get your fill" so you don't feel completely depleted during this busy season. How do you find that time to relax? For me, it's 5 minutes to read my devotional, 5 minutes to enjoy my coffee, a few minutes of reading a favorite magazine, an hour of crafting, or a few minutes of rearranging a room. I am thinking about you today and hope you are able to find that perfect peace! 

Sources below. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Couch Tour

I have officially named this post, my Christmas Couch Tour. If you know anything about South Philadelphia row-homes...ok, even if you don't, let me explain. They are small. We ain't working with much space, so I decorate to my little heart's content. But you won't see any grand dining rooms on this blog. My favorite room in the house is my living room, which also doubles...triples....err... as our front entryway, main sitting area, occasional guest bed (ok, we have a guest room, but I guess we should have put out a little more for the mattress!), and the dining room. If we are glad we splurged on any of our newlywed purchases, we will never regret our couch purchase. We love it and spend so much of our time there. Maybe too much of our time...

Anyways, I went to town with the Christmas decorating this past weekend and here is the result of my couch decor. So, I bring you the Couch Tour! All sources tagged at the bottom of the post!

Couch: Pottery Barn PB Comfort
Knit Pillow: Ikea USA
Wreath Pillow: Home Goods
White Velvet Pillows: Ikea USA
Beige Linen Pillows: Ikea USA
Shutters: local antique store
Felt Ball Garland: West Elm
Jingle Bell/Pom Pom Garland: Tommy's Folly Boutique at Congress Hall, Cape May
Pom Pom Stockings: West Elm
Cotton Wreath: DIY with stalks of cotton from Shop Terrain
Table: Made by my Dad!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Captiva Island, Florida Getaway

I just returned from a week on Captiva Island on the south-west coast of Florida with my family! When I was younger, we vacationed a few times on Sanibel Island, which is right next door. Over time, we transitioned up the coast to Naples, Florida, which is still a favorite. We spent many years vacationing there, enjoying the beautiful main street of 5th Avenue, the Tommy Bahama restaurant (almond crusted Mahi Mahi and a pina colada?), and the quiet beaches. It's a bigger town with a lot of shopping and nightlife. This year, my parents decided to move our yearly August trip to Captiva. I have to say it might be my new favorite! It's a much quieter, more secluded island...very tropical and you feel like you are in the islands rather than the states! We stayed in a nice big home with a pool and a golf cart to get around! There were only a few restaurants within the very small "downtown", and our favorite was the Captiva Cantina- the best fish tacos I have ever had! The beach was quiet and easily accessible from our house on Dickey Lane. Our second full day, we enjoyed a two-hour wave runner excursion, which was a great way to see the island by water. Another day, we spent half the day on a pontoon boat, venturing to a secluded island a few miles away for shelling. We saw so many dolphins that day and my sister and her boyfriend jumped off the boat to try to swim with them! Overall, a great trip with lasting memories! I highly recommend spending time on Captiva if you ever have the chance and look forward to returning myself in the future!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Reading: The Girl On the Train

Summer reading is such a blissful memory for me. I grew up with a library right down the street from my house and before I can even remember, my mom was hauling us down there, on our way home from the pool or before our afternoon naps to pick out our assortment of stories. Per library rules, we were only allowed 7 books each, so we had to choose (based on the covers of course) wisely. Reading may not have always been my first-choice activity, but I am thankful to my mom for instilling that skill and hobby into me early. When I think of summer now, I think of a list of good books to catch up on while sitting on the beach or in the car on the way to a favorite destination! 

The most recent book I finished is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The book moves between the perspectives of three different characters: Rachel is the divorced alcoholic whose ex-husband is living with his mistress in the home they purchased together, 2 doors down from Megan who Rachel watches from the train everyday as she commutes to her fake job in London. Then someone goes missing and the worlds collide as the story plays out. Did you keep up with that? If you could, you might be able to keep up with the speed of this fast-paced thriller that most have compared to the likings of Gone Girl. You find yourself quickly becoming exasperated at the poor choices made by the main character but your jaw drops at the end when you reach the thrilling twist. 

This book is well worth the read. I felt the intensity level did not quite meet Gone Girl, but I can certainly see why the comparison exists. Some parts can be slow, but overall it is intriguing to peer into the minds of each character as they tell their side of the story. 

Add it to your list now! I don't think you will regret it! 

Next up....The Husband's Secret... by Liane Moriarty 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Throwback: Valentine's Craft Party

Today I am throwing it back and revisiting a craft party I hosted last February at our old apartment! One last taste of Valentine's before we close the book till next year! I provided delicious lunch food, including donuts from the famous Federal Donuts (a South Philly favorite!). We each made banners: an easy craft that both the rookies and more crafty type could both have fun with! I had a lot of fun decorating the tables, using Target wrapping paper as a runner and creating small rose bouquets in Anthropologie mugs! Check back to this post for more details! 

And take a look back at my post pinned photo, this bridal shower gift idea!

Friday, February 13, 2015

For Your Weekend: Valentine's Day Edition

(image via Pinterest)

We have a lovey-dovey weekend upon us, gals! Although it's Valentine's weekend, I am married, and it's also my second anniversary on Monday, I still gotta give credit to the single ladies with a tribute to Beyonce!
But whatever your status may be, here are some links to heat you up and make you feel the love on this cold weekend ahead!! (like, 9 degrees on Sunday. WHAAA?) Enjoy them whether you are hosting a Galentine's party or a weekend with your main squeeze! 

Your steps to a darling weekend: 

1. Start mixing your drinks now with this list of Valentine's Day cocktails.

2. Get your day-to-night date hair on with Glitter Guide!

4. Here are some ways to add pink into your home decor.

5. Turn up the beat with this Valentine's Day playlist

6. Give your love a free printable Valentine

and ENJOY!! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Donuts

 I woke up Saturday morning with the need to eat donuts! But given that summer is starting to show up on the horizon, I needed a healthy alternative, so Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread baked donuts were the solution. They were SO good and still just sweet enough to satisfy my donut cravings! I included a free printable in this post so you can make these yourself! This is not an original recipe of mine, but a mix of some I found on the internets! You will need a donut pan which can be purchased for a mere $10 on Amazon and will be to your house in time for Valentine's Day!! I say these seem like a great breakfast-in-bed option for your honey:)


Monday, February 9, 2015

Stella & Dot Feature

I am dipping my toes into the fashion blogging world today to bring you some of my favorite new jewelry products for the spring! As I mentioned last week, you are invited to my online Stella & Dot trunk show!  It began on Friday, February 6th and runs through the 27th of this month. It is ALL online, so even if you aren't local to me, you can still partake! (We are just missing out on the best part of a party- the food!)

When my Stella & Dot stylist, Ali, introduced me to the spring line, I was just smitten with what it had to offer! One of my favorite pieces were these Flora Chandelier earrings that can be worn three different ways! For $49, you have three different pairs of earrings! I know, I am sure you can't even believe it! The earrings are amazing quality and their versatility can bring you from a day at work to a night out on the town just by switching around the look! I just love the pastel coloring mixed with the darker tone.

Follow the link at the bottom of this post to take a look for yourself! Today is the last day to order in time for Valentine's Day, so give your man one last nudge before you go to bed! Please make any purchases through this link as well and if you need any styling help, Ali is more than willing to help you create a great look for the season!

Before I leave you to browse, I have two last offers exclusively for you, my lovely readers! Each customer who spends $150 or more will be entered into a drawing to win their choice of a silver or gold Arrison Bracelet! There will be two winners. This is a great bracelet to stack or wear alone! AND it's reversible!!

And finally, the first 5 people to book their own online trunk show with Ali will receive a $25 gift card at the completion of their show in addition to the hostess rewards they will receive! This could be a lot of free loot just for inviting your friends to a party! Not bad, eh? If you have any questions, just send me a message!!


Here are the three options of how to wear the Flora Chandeliers! They are so easy to change around and it will barely take a minute out of your "getting ready" routine! 

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