Sunday Shopping

Spring is in the air – I can totally feel it! I love to introduce more cheerful & colorful decor into my home as spring approaches – it’s the perfect way to reflect my more cheerful attitude as the days get longer & warmer!

Here’s what I’ve been eyeing online lately:

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Flight of Fancy Pillow ($29.95 from Joss & Main) //  Young House Love Scallop Print Drum Shade Pendant in Coral ($99 from Shades of Light) // Bazaar Dhurrie 5×8 Rug ($279 from West Elm) // She’s a Wildflower 11×14 Print ($25 from Etsy Shop The Wheat Field by Katie Daisy) // PB Found Watering Can ($89 from Pottery Barn)

Hope your weekend is fantastic!

 

Back to School: Etsy Style

Loving these back-to-school items from some great Etsy shops!

Clockwise from top left: 1. Library Card Cover Spiral Bound Notebooks ($6.00 ea.) from Crap Apple Design; Keep Calm and Study On Digital Printable ($5.00) from Fancy Shmancy Notes; Upcycled Book Apple ($15.00) from Whimsys Workshop; Grey Chevron Tote Bag ($45.00) from By Deva; Red Glitter Apple Earrings (On Sale for $6.40 – Reg. $8.00) from Strawberry Universe; Silver & Blue Ombre Painted Mason Jars ($15.00) from Beach Blues; Red Chevron Insulated Lunch Bag ($22.00) from Julie Meyer.

 

Happy back to school ~ thank a teacher today! ❤

 

Cape YAY.

Cape May, New Jersey: a beautiful shore retreat filled with stunning Victorian-era homes and B&Bs, fantastic restaurants, beautiful beaches & lovely people! We had an amazing vacation in our rental home on Madison Avenue on the beautiful, southern-most tip of New Jersey. Here are some highlights of our summer vacation through the lens of my iPhone + Instagram!

All packed and ready to go! Emma sits in a doggie seat that gives her a great view out the window. We learned when she was a puppy that she travels in the car very well- as long as she can see out the window! (And if she can’t… watch out for a car-sick pup!)

  The exterior of our lovely rental home!

Cheers! A toast among great friends, over a great meal!

My happy place.

I tried to do a cool “reflection” shot. I reflected my hand holding my iPhone. Still dig the shades, though!

The Cape May Lighthouse.

My dream home- we passed it walking into town every evening. When I win the lottery, I will buy this house.

Watching the sunset at Sunset Beach.

And we all know it is impossible to go on vacation without a little shopping, right? Here are my two purchases of the week. (We also made a wedding related purchase… cake topper? Check!)

An attraction at Sunset Beach in Cape May is the search for Cape May “Diamonds” – small white stones tossed & tumbled by the surf until they are smooth and nearly clear. Once polished, they sparkle and shine enough to resemble diamonds!

I’ve been wishing for a fish-shaped “Gurgle Pot” for a while now, so I happily snagged this little guy during a shopping excursion to Stone Harbor. He’s cheery & silly, and I love him!

We cleaned & packed up early this morning, and sadly left beautiful Cape May to return home. It was a rainy morning, which made it slightly easier to leave, although I’d still take a rainy day down the shore over a rainy day anywhere else! All in all, we are sunburned yet refreshed, and Emma is so tired from all of the extra walking and excitement that she will surely sleep for days!

Where did you vacation to this summer- or is yours still yet to come? Share your favorite trips & spots!

Dress Shopping.

Tomorrow I begin the hunt for my wedding dress. My mother and I have two appointments at New Jersey bridal salons.

I am really excited to:

~ See the beautiful gowns I’ve been eying online, in person. I can’t wait to feel layers of chiffon and tulle and silk and admire the embroidery,    beading, and ribbon.

~ Spend the afternoon with my mother. We will have tons of lovely wedding ideas to discuss!

~ Figure out if the style of dresses I love most in photographs (you know, when they are on perfectly sized, gorgeous models) will work for  ME.

Which brings me to the things I am NOT excited about:

~ Staring at myself in mirrors all day. I’ve lost 7 pounds since the ring went on my finger. I have a long, hungry road ahead.

~ Dress sizing. Don’t worry- I read all of the magazines and online sites that warn brides to be prepared for a number 1-2 sizes bigger than your regular size. Why wedding dress designers choose to torture future brides that are already stressing their weight/appearance/etc. is simply beyond me. A cruel, cruel trick of the wedding industry.

I am prepping for the day by reading some dress shopping tips.

dressfinder.com offers some good advice, like:

“Before you go dress shopping, make sure you’re freshly bathed and scrubbed, and wear pretty undies (no thongs, puhleez!).”

Thong? Try Spanx!

“Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Most salons will not have you wear shoes while you are trying on the gowns.”

Pedicure!

“Decide on your budget before you go anywhere near a bridal store, and resist the temptation to try on more expensive samples ‘just for fun.’ Falling in love with a dress that’s out of your price range will either break your budget or break your heart. Try on dresses within the price range that’s realistic for you.”

I’ll try to follow this advice, Mom…

“Be sure you understand that when you order your wedding dress it is a final sale. Buying a wedding dress is not like buying a mass-market T-shirt that you can return if you change your mind. Take that seriously, but don’t let it scare you. If you can commit to a man, you can commit to a dress!”

Wait… Tim doesn’t come with an exchange policy??