Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Virginia Reception

Adam and I just attended our reception in Virginia last Saturday. We reused a lot of the decor items, with a different set of flowers and pictures. Here's how it turned out:

We swapped out our engagement photos for wedding photos and used hydrangeas and white roses.

My favorite part was the cupcake display:
I loved the idea of displaying my cake from the other reception to show what it looked like.
Hope you like it!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top 10 Travel Essentials

Top 10 Travel Essentials

1. Week Pill Case from Target: You can pop out a few of the days or bring the full case, depending on the length of your trip. You can use extra days to store earrings or other jewelry.

2. Goody Ouchless Headbands: I pack one of these in my carry on and one in my purse, to give my hair a chic look after a long flight.

3. LA Fresh Anti-Perspirant Wipes: Perfect for day trips when you are nowhere near your hotel and they get through security with no trouble.

4. DownEast Basics Classic Tee: I bring at least one of these on my trips. Great to wear under thin tees to add warmth or you can wear it alone and it looks great with jeans or a skirt.

5. Sephora Slim Brush Set: This set has a few brushes to cover powders, blushes, bronzers and the rest can be used to create any eye look.

6. Eye Mask: This particular mask has a flap that holds earplugs (included). Wearing this will make you forget that you are on a plane.

7. Neutral Flats from J.Crew: Flats are a must if you are walking anywhere. I like a neutral color, to match any articles of clothing I pack. You can dress these up or down to save space in your bag.

8. Foldable Tote Bag from Kate Spade: This can be carried around to hold souvenirs, for use in your hotel room to organize beauty supplies, or it can even hold laundry.

9. Moisturizer: I like to slather this stuff on my face, including my lips, to fight dry air on planes. They also make one with SPF.

10. Shawl Cardigan: This can be used to fend off chilly planes and air conditioned rooms.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nightstand Organization

Last time, I showed you how I organized my electronics, but I did not have the right items to organize inside the drawer. I purchase an acrylic drawer organizer which made the job so much easier!

Here's the before:

Inside the drawer
The top of the nightstand. Note the new lamp!
Full view of the nightstand. My pajamas are stored in the basket on the bottom shelf.


Full view of the nightstand. No more alarm clock!
Inside the drawer, with the new organizer
I decided that my alarm clock is no longer needed, since I have a wonderful app on my phone. It freed up more space on top of the nightstand - and made the top look sleeker.

Items purchased:
Acrylic Drawer Organizer at HauteLook, similar here at Amazon.
Threshold™ Double Gourd Glass Lamp Base at Target
Room Essentials™ Modified Drum Accent Lamp Shade at Target

Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Recent Purchases

Francesca's had a sale online and in stores yesterday, so I picked up a couple of items. Check it out!

Delta Cutout Bootie by Pink and Pepper Shoes

In black

8x8 Plaque

"Kindness is always fashionable"
You too can purchase these items here and here. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reception Centerpieces

This may be a little late, but I wanted to show you how my table centerpieces turned out. Remember the draft I drew?

Here's how it turned out:

The differences:
As you can see, there are a few differences between the concept and how was executed. We had a few limitations that prevented the full concept from coming to life. We weren't able to find birch logs that were wide enough to make into pedestals and candle holders, so we bought smaller branches and tied them together with green ribbon and olive branches as its own centerpiece instead. Also, tulip season barely passed, so we were not able to find white tulips for the ivory vases. Instead, we grabbed peach and orange roses.
Sometimes the execution is way better than the plan. I love the way it turned out. What do you think?

Monday, August 11, 2014

New Purse Accessory

On Saturday, I had dinner with my sisters-in-law accompanied with a little bit of shopping. We hit Bath & Body Works, which I have a little beef with, but that's another story. I came across the cutest PocketBac holder. I have been looking for one to have easy access to my hand sanitizer, without having to spend three minutes digging through my purse. I finally found one that was chic enough to display. In the past, most (all) of them have been a bit juvenile for my taste.

Behold, the glam PocketBac holder!
There are so many things I love about this one. The studs are modern, the color matches any bag I carry, and the little tassel makes it classy.
Right now, it's not available online, but you can pick one up at your nearest store. Happy shopping!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Coralling Cords: A Charging Solution

I've been struggling to find a solution for charging my iPad, iPhone and iPod on the surface of/or in the drawer of my new nightstand. Side-note, my husband and I bought matching nightstands for the master a few weeks ago. I rarely shop Kmart, but these had high reviews and match our dresser perfectly.
But back to my problem. I have three devices I need to charge frequently. To get ideas, I browsed Pinterest of course! I came across this idea that intrigued me:
Image Credit: Driven by Decor
I liked the concept of placing the charging station on the table surface rather than in a drawer. I also had an existing desktop organizer that was perfect for the job, because it already has holes in the design.
Right now, it works as a potentially temporary solution for this nightstand, because I haven't asked my husband to drill a hole in the back of the nightstand for the cords yet. Currently, we are still working on a lot of bigger projects around the house.
Here's how it looks:
New nightstand - the whole view.
Close-up of charging station.
Check back for more updates on our new house!