Decor

My Bridal Shower

Last weekend, my mother-in-law, sister, and sisters-in-law hosted a beautiful bridal shower for me! It was such a gorgeous day, and so special to be able to celebrate with my closest friends. The food was delicious, the neutral decor was so elegant, and the entire event was just perfect! Bridal Shower Bridal Shower Decor For the bridal table, they rented white tables and chairs from Durants Party Rentals in Fairfield County. They ordered these white linen tablecloths and napkins (another option) from Amazon (I honestly couldn’t believe they were Amazon since they looked exactly like my Williams Sonoma ones – such a steal!) My sister-in-law actually made the flower arrangements – I was so impressed. She used these simple clear vases. The food was catered by Garlelick and Herbs and the poached salmon (my fave!) was from Fjord. The menus were created through this Etsy shop. My sister ordered the cutest custom macarons from Stache of Goods for each guest to take home and Minuty generously provided the rosé. We played a short and sweet Couple Q+A game where everyone had to guess answers about us! Bridal Shower Outfit I wore this white eyelet Monique Lhullier dress with these Stuart Weitzman white leather heels. Surprisingly the heels were fine to wear in the grass – I didn’t sink in! The dress runs a bit small, so I recommend sizing up. This is another beautiful option, and I really love this one (under $140!) I linked a ton of additional bridal shower dresses on my Bridal Favorites page and LTK. Bridal Shower Gifts And if you need any bridal gift ideas, be sure to check out my Gifts Favorites page or the bottom of the Bridal Favorites page (I added a ton of bridal lingerie!)
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Soho Living Room

Our move from NYC to CT happened so quickly, and I never got around to sharing our full NYC living room on here. Also, we loved our furniture in this space and actually kept all of it for our CT living room. Overall, I wanted the room to feel cozy, but also sophisticated, with an understated glamour. Soho Living Room Restoration Hardware Black Velvet Couch So, this black velvet Restoration Hardware couch really added warmth to the space, and was such a focal piece in the room. Also, we custom ordered it off the RH website, and the exact style name is called the: Belgian Classic Roll Arm Three-Seat-Cushion sofa. It has held up beautifully, and this jumbo lint roller does wonders if you have a dog! Anecdote White Linen Swivel Chairs These linen arm chairs are 100% worth the investment. They came from a stunning home decor store called; Anecdote. We went with the creamy white linen material. The base is a subtle brass color and looks really luxe! They are insanely comfortable, down-filled, and one of the pieces I get asked about the most. Also, this is another option that is made of a fun boucle material. Anecdote White Marble Coffee Table So, this coffee table is so elegant, and would look amazing in any space. Meanwhile, it’s thin enough to fit in a studio apartment or smaller NYC space, but actually still works in our new CT living room styled with coffee table books. This is a great alternative if you want to spend under $350! Anecdote Natural Jute Rug Anecdote was kind enough to gift me this jute rug, and it really tied everything together. Also, it is SO sturdy and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about it pulling or shedding like crazy. It’s also very reasonably priced compared to other jute rugs I’ve seen. They also just started carrying this tighter woven jute rug that is really chic. Restoration Hardware Gold Gilt mirror This gold gilt mirror really packs a punch. It would look great over a fireplace, on a dresser, or behind a sofa like I had it here. The larger size is incredible, but HUGE and I made the mistake of ordering that one first – but it overpowered the room and didn’t even fit in the elevators or stairs haha! I would definitely recommend going with this half size. Restoration Hardware Linen Curtains I have an entire blog post on curtains here, but the exact ones pictured are the: Heavyweight Textured Linen French Pleat curtains in white (which is more like a creamy white, and fades to an even creamier color as it ages.) Aerin Floor Lamp This floor lamp is one of my absolute favorites, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat! It would fit any style home/room and is simple and classic. It’s on sale here. So, stay tuned for the rest of my Soho Apartment tour coming soon!
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My Favorite Cocktails

Thomas and I have had so much fun making cocktails this past year during quarantine, so I wanted to share my favorites here with you! I am VERY picky about my cocktails and the alcohol + ingredients that go into them. I love to indulge, but I don’t want to feel like sh*t the next day, and making sure I choose the highest quality ingredients insures that I won’t! For 21+ only… My Favorite CocktailsExtra Dirty MartiniWhen I’m at a restaurant I ask for an extra dirty martini with Belvedere vodka (it’s the purest!) and no vermouth. When I’m home this is how I make it! This cocktail packs a punch and you only need 1 or 2! What I love about it is it’s salty, pairs deliciously with cheese, and has 0 carbs or sugar. These are the martini glasses I use. RoséA simple glass of light, crisp rosé is a go-to for me in the summer. I don’t love a super sweet or dark rosé and prefer a French one over an Italian rosé. My favorite brands are Whispering Angel, Domaine Ott and Minuty. It’s fun to make frosé with ice in a blender on a super hot day. Piña ColadaWe had fresh piña coladas in Palm Beach the other week and OMG they are SO tasty. It instantly makes you feel like you’re on vacation. With only coconut milk, pineapple, ice and rum – this is a relatively “clean” cocktail that packs a fruity punch! Cucumber MartiniIf you have a juicer, juice 1 cucumber and add in 2 shots of vodka plus 1 tsp simple syrup. Shake over ice and enjoy – it’s soooo simple + yummy. Lemon Drop MartiniWhen I’m craving something citrusy, I simply juice 1 lemon, add 2 shots of vodka and 1 tsp of simple syrup to a shaker and pour in a martini glass (or over ice if you want to dilute it!) Add ginger and blend with ice to make a lemon ginger slushee! Watermelon Lime VodkaMix 1 cup of watermelon juice, juice from 1/2 lime, 1.5-2 shots of vodka and muddle mint for a delicious, summery cocktail! MojitoThis is such a flavorful, refreshing drink that combines mint, lime, and club soda. It’s typically made with rum, but sometimes I do vodka instead of rum! You can add a bit of simple syrup to sweeten if needed. If you’re interested in making cocktails at home, these are some of our most used shakers! This one is a beautiful hammered silver shaker, my sister got me this chic brass set for Christmas, and I love the classic look of this one. What are some of your favorite cocktails? I love trying new recipes so feel free to share below :) And please drink responsibly!
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Family Room Design

Decorating an entire house is a slow, but steady process and we are excited to be thinking about our basement/family room area next! Our basement will essentially become a family room where we can relax, watch movies, and comfortably seat 10+ people. Right now our current family room/living room area upstairs is great, but it’s more formal than a typical family room. The basement will be the perfect in between. Family Room Design I love to mock up a simple design layout in Photoshop before purchasing anything. It’s an easy way to get a feel for what a room will look like and readjust as needed. I centered the room around the sectional I wanted. And I knew I wanted a neutral L shaped sectional to fit the space. I then chose a rug to make the area feel warmer. I love a patterned rug and the colors in this one are beautiful. From there, I chose a coffee table that would compliment both the sofa and rug styles and colors. Then I chose a side table, table lamp (still on the fence about this one, but I have a few other options I’m mulling over), and lastly the 2 side chairs. I rarely like to use patterns when it comes to furniture, but the subtle, neutral stripe fabric in these chairs is timeless and ties in nicely with the rug. All of the pieces I chose blend together without looking cookie cutter. They play off each other well, while each standing out in their own unique way. The overall vibe/theme I was going for was relaxed, cozy, neutral, updated classic. Our basement floors are going to be a thick jute carpet (they’re an ugly tile right now that I can’t wait to get rid of!) so the patterned rug will really pop against the jute. Family Room Accessories I want the room to be bright and airy, so I don’t want to clutter it with too many accessories. I’m thinking of bringing in a few different textures like these subtle velvet pillows, linen pillows, maybe even a quirky floor lamp, these fun straw floor pillows, and ceramics. I really love these abstract prints. Shop the rest of the room below!
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