Saturday, October 18, 2014


Good morning! 

We are off for the weekend to celebrate my adorable brother and future sister-in-law. Wasn't the sky gorgeous last night? I finished my magazine within the first hour of the flight, so I proceeded to take no less than 55 photos out the window. I think I need to download some games...

If you're in the shopping mood, there are lots of great sales happening this weekend.

Saks is offering 25% off with the code FRNFAM though Sunday.

Get 40% off at Gap with the code SHOP.

J.Crew Factory is offering 30% off sale styles with the code YAY30.

Get an extra 30% off at Madewell with the code PICKMEUP.

Club Monaco is offering 25% off select fall styles with the code FALLFAVES.

Sweaters and outerwear are 30% off at J.Crew with the code SHOPFALL.

Enjoy 20% off at Loeffler Randall with the code IMAFRIEND.

Get 30% off at Kate Spade with the code F14FFUS through Sunday.

It's Jonathan Adler's Friends and Family Sale. Use the code FF2014 to get 20% off everything through Monday.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

the table // mix and match

Our everyday dishes are these blue and white painted plates from West Elm. They're fabulous, but lately I've been thinking about adding a little something else to the mix. Perhaps it was Jamie's fabulous table setting, or the inspiration in Erin's new book, but I think a little variety would add some serious spice to our lives. 

Don't you think one of these adorable salad plates from Anthropologie would be perfect? 

Me too. Someone tell Mike. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Feathers As Flowers // and another friends and family

decorating with ostrich flowers, jonathan adler decorating with white ostrich flowers
Not to brag (but to totally brag) I was down at Jonathan Adler's headquarters a few weeks ago and saw the best idea. 

In his showroom, JA's gorgeous white pottery is filled with giant, fluffy feathers. Like flowers, they add beautiful texture to a room (but unlike flowers they are one-time investment). Don't get me wrong, I'm all for fresh blooms (I am the granddaughter of a florist after all). But if you have a spot in your house (like on top of a bar or console) where you don't want an empty vase, this would be a great way to keep things looking styled.

If you're interested, you can get the feathers here. 

By the way, Jonathan Adler is having their Friends and Family Sale right now (tis the season right?).

Get 20% off site wide through Monday. 


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the surprise party

This Saturday Mike and I hosted a surprise engagement party for my best friend, Jess and her fiancé, Will. It was the first surprise party I have ever thrown (and the first party we have had in our new apartment). I never stress out about parties, but the "surprise" element of this party made me anxious.

You see, Jess is a really thoughtful and detailed oriented person so I didn't want to let her down.
As I got ready for the party I furiously texted photos of every step to my parents hoping for some sort of moral support. If you're interested, here is a small sample of what they endured…

(apologies in advance for the terrible iPhone pics)

Jess is from New York and Will is from North Carolina, so we did northern and southern desserts to celebrate their roots. I cleaned out my closet last week and got rid of all the cards we had gotten at our wedding. However, I saved any that had pretty decorations on the front. Then I cut them out and glued them onto the labels I had made. The stands are made from clay, decorative straws and gold paper clips. #crafty

We served black and white cookies from William Greenberg, banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery, Cheesecake from Junior's and homemade pecan pie (recipe coming soon). We also served these pumpkin cupcakes. Somehow I didn't get a picture of the full table. 

Jess loves a good mimosa bar so I channeled my inner Pinterest queen and put juices in these reusable glass bottles. And if you hadn't guessed already, their wedding colors are gold and black. Matching confetti was purchased. 

More photos of the signs and balloons in the entry…because nothing says party like having to fight your way through balloon strings when you walk in the door. 

Like I said, this was all about the Pinterest inspiration. I barely did anything for my own wedding so this was my opportunity to go nuts with a theme. We did black and gold candy in glass jars and small monogrammed bags. 

There was a sign but you can't see it in these photos.

Flowers. The one on the right has a cabbage in the middle, which I really enjoy.

In keeping with the theme I wore black and gold heels from J.Crew (old, similar). The dress is Milly (old) and the necklace is J.Crew (also old, similar here). I also took a selfie to show Jess what I was wearing. Didn't want to risk her showing up in a t-shirt…which she told me she was going to do.

The whole party was huge hit (and they were really surprised!) thanks to everyone who helped. From Mike, to the bridesmaids, to my parents, to my in-laws, to the brides parents. Everyone pitched in. My dog-in-law was particularly helpful in the moral support department. She carefully supervised the making of the photo/video montage. I would show it to you, but I do have some measure of respect for their privacy.

The beautiful bride! And in case you're wondering how I lured her there, we told her it was a housewarming party. She may never trust me again.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


It's time for Shopbop's Friends and Family Sale. Get 25% off through Thursday. 

Here are a few things I love…


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So here's the deal. Popcorn, Indiana used to sell the most amazing BBQ flavor. I would buy it at Gourmet Garage and, more often than not, consume it within 24 hours. Apparently my voracious appetite was not enough though, and they stopped making it. As a BBQ addict, my popcorn consumption drastically plummeted after this discovery. Last week however, I started thinking about it again (like any good food obsession) and decided to see if I could make my own. Well, it was PBS Kitchen Explorers to the rescue. They had the best recipe which I am delighted to share with you here. 

2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder*
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard powder
3 tablespoons grape seed oil**
1 bag microwave popcorn

1. In a small bowl, mix the garlic salt, smoked paprika, sugar, onion powder, chili powder, table salt, and mustard until evenly combined.
2. Cook the microwave popcorn according to the bag's directions. 
3. Remove the popcorn from the microwave and pour it into a large bowl. Drizzle the oil over the popcorn, shaking it gently to evenly distribute the oil over all the pieces.
4. Shake some of the spices over the popcorn and gently shake the bowl again. Repeat this a couple more times until the seasonings are all used up and evenly distributed.
5. Enjoy.

*I didn't have onion powder, so I went without.
**I used olive oil instead.

Also, I had a lot of trouble publishing this post so I apologize if it showed up in your readers/inboxes/bloglovin/feedly/etc. twice. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Currently coveting // fall fashion

I'll take them all.


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