Minted Mail

Apparently when you’re a bride, you get a lot more mail than normal and it’s either way more fun than average mail or way more annoying than average mail. Fun = engagement cards, registry catalogs, invitation samples, etc. Annoying = somehow landing on a bridal mailing list for dozens of mailings about photographers, DJs, and tux rentals.

But I got an EXTRA fabulous piece of mail this weekend that I had to share!

If you haven’t checked out before, it’s a must-visit website for ordering custom invites, holiday cards, baby announcements, and art prints. I’ve been combing through hundreds of wedding save-the-date cards, invites and day-of designs since we got engaged. I signed up for an account to track my favorites and received a code for 8 invite samples as part of a free wedding kit. Yes, please!

On Saturday I received my invite samples in addition to swatches of paper options, envelopes and print samples of colors and fonts. So. Fun.

I’m really impressed with the paper quality and love the variety of designs on the site, so right now they’re on the top of my list for invite printers.

Check them out!

First Stop: Miami

Whew! Things have returned to normal again now that the wedding venue and photographer are both on the books. I am a much calmer person this week. Hooray!

So it appears my favorite brand of all time has done it again. If you haven’t checked out Target recently, their newest designer-inspired collections are fabuloso. The Shops at Target were created and curated from real store fronts across the country and they’re an awesome mix of styles for everything from bath products to dog beds.

My first stop on the tour is from The Webster in Miami – clothing and accessories with a bit of Southern prep meets Miami Beach resort.

Here are my favorites from the collection:

From The Webster Collection at Target: Deco Print Dress, Coral Floral BangleJacquard SkirtFlutter Sleeve DressCream Wallpaper BagRuffle Trim TankSleeveless Jersey DressInfant Miami Bouquets DressBouquet Print RomperToe Cap FlatStretch Sateen JacketLeaves Drop Earrings

This may be the one time in my life I consider wearing something with a flamingo on it.

Embarrassing confession.

It’s happened. I’ve become one of those girls who gets engaged and then spends the next three weeks completely absorbed in wedding magazines and blogs, completely oblivious to everything around me. I was a wedding-blog junkie before, now it’s just out of control.

With families in two sections of the country, we haven’t quite nailed down where the wedding will be geographically, let alone a venue, so we’re frantically hunting to find a venue to sway us one direction or the other. When that’s nailed down, hopefully we can return to normalcy. Hopefully.

So while I’m being a crazy-bride-pod-person, you should check out this amazing-sounding recipe from Anna Watson Carl via Design*Sponge and drool over the beautiful food photos like I did. Given I eat arugula on nearly a daily basis, the recipe is right up my alley!

Linguine with Ramps, Asparagus and Baby Arugula
Photos by Signe Birck

Full recipe here.

And on a random closing note, the other night we had some flowers left over after an event and I brought them home with me. Having fresh flowers at home makes me feel fancy and happy.

Going Knotty

To continue my recent nautical-themed obsession, here’s a trio of rope-inspired DIYs that are both practical and stylish, natural enough to fit into any space.

DIY Rope Containers from The Gilded Hare via Apartment Therapy


Color-Block Coiled Rope Basket via Design*Sponge


 Sailor’s Knot Doorstop and Paper Weight via Design*Sponge 

Eastern Fashion Standard

A friend who has lived out East far longer than me recently sent me a link to this blog and told me she secretly hopes that in the near future I’ll be a pearl-wearing prepster like the author of this blog.

Given my affinity for anything striped and nautical-inspired accessories, I think I’m halfway there. However, 13 years of Catholic school dress code has left me with a lifelong allergy to button-down collared shirts and dress pants, so I may never have what it truly takes to be prep to the max.

Sarah Vickers – author of Classy Girls Wear Pearls and co-founder of Kiel James Patrick – on the other hand, has managed to master a modern take on prep in both her adorable accessories line and her daily life.

Vintage clothing stores and antique shops in New England have inspired the colorful patterns and plaids in KJP’s bracelets, belts and accessories. And as if the online store isn’t enough to find inspiration for your wardrobe, her blog chronicles the seemingly effortless and perfectly curated outfits she wears on her daily adventures with boyfriend and business partner, Kiel.

Today I thought of Miss Vickers while shopping and channeled my inner Classy Girl,  purchasing a navy pencil skirt and matching striped top. Who knows – maybe there is a preppy girl in me just waiting to break free!