Sandy Plans

We’re hunkered down in our apartment waiting for Hurricane Sandy to pass, watching the news and using computers while we can in anticipation of power loss when the worst of the storm hits.

Here is what our plans look like for the rest of the day:

Chris is pretty excited that being home from work means he has ample time to create a pumpkin masterpiece. I sent him to the store for some last-minute necessary items before everything closes and he returned with milk, caramel apples and a tool set for carving pumpkins. I love where his priorities lie.

Recent Discoveries

Recent adventures (i.e. wedding planning and just regular ol’ daily life) have led me to a few little gems that have me excited and looking to spread the love!

In no particular order… This genius little site makes address lists a breeze whatever the occasion – weddings, baby announcements or even simply holiday cards! Sign up for FREE, get a customized link to share and everyone inputs their own info and it does the rest of the work for you!


J Crew Weddings. After serious fits of indecisiveness with my bridesmaids dresses, I finally chose some silk chiffon dresses from J Crew and could not be more excited about the whole experience. I have to give massive kudos to their wedding specialists – I had a question on something I saw online, sent an email and got a quick response.

I also found out I could visit the store near my office and check out the dresses in person by making an appointment. I thought the appointment part was kind of annoying given I only wanted to look at the material in person but they got me an appointment the same day and the woman I worked with was extremely helpful. Plus, ordering through a wedding specialist means no shipping for my bridesmaids and personal service from a real person! (Sadly, a revolutionary concept in today’s retail world.)


BaubleBar Sale! One of my favorite sources for awesome jewelry without breaking the bank, BaubleBar is holding a friends and family sale from now until Oct. 28 – so act fast! Just use code BBFAMILY when checking out.


Amazing Halloween Treat. Something about Halloween makes me crave popcorn balls. Maybe it was the neighbor that handed them out when I was little but they just scream sticky fall treat to me! Tasting Table recently blew my mind with a recipe for Maple-Caramel Popcorn Balls made with all our favorite fall flavors, including apple cider! You better believe I’m tackling this recipe next week for Halloween night as I sit in my 2nd floor apartment wishing I had trick-or-treaters and eating them all myself!

On My Front Stoop

Yesterday we shot our engagement photos which was really fun — I cannot wait to see how they turn out! We chose to shoot them in Charlestown, Mass., because it was an area of Boston that has the unique charm of old New England but isn’t as crowded as the North End and also has the Navy Yard nearby with a great shot of the city in the background.

Not only were the neighborhoods adorable enough with the antique doors, row houses and brick streets, but everyone seems to put a lot of effort into decorating their stoops in Charlestown. Selfishly, I was extremely grateful for these efforts given our photos and but also wished I had a little stoop to put out some pumpkins or seasonal potted plants.

Given that inspiration, here are some of my favorite looks for your front porch this fall:

Check out this “Decorating Your Doorstep” tutorial on Design*Sponge to make this one!




From The Butlers

What’d You Bring Me?

Aaaaaaand….I’m back!

No excuse for my blogging absence but like any smart person who has disappeared for a while, I return bearing gifts! Technically, I may not be the one bearing said gifts but if I point you in the right direction, hopefully that’s enough to put me in good favor again.

A ridiculously talented woman in Minneapolis, who just so happens to own the handbag company Nelle, is giving away one clutch a day for each day of October. If you’ve ever seen her clutches, you’ll realize how truly awesome that is.

All you have to do is visit Nelle’s Facebook page and “like” her — which I know you already do — and fill out the contest form here. Then you’re entered and each day she’ll randomly draw a winner and some lucky person will receive an email that they’ve won! (Please be me! Please be me!)

Have time for a quick story? Even cooler than this giveaway and all the beautiful clutches is how Nelle got started. I remember meeting her in Minneapolis a few years back after her business had just started to take off and a mutual acquaintance told me all about this lovely lady who just decided one day to start sewing clutches and picked up a book at the library and taught herself how. Apparently she had a natural talent for it because within a few years she was holding trunk shows at Bendel’s and has graced the pages of every major women’s magazine with her beautiful work.

Unbelievably inspiring!

Images via Nelle


New York Fashion Week (now Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week) has been igniting the fashion scene since 1943 and for somewhere around 60+ years of it, budding fashionistas had to wait for the latest copy of Women’s Wear Daily or Vogue to find out what designers had in store for next season. Luckily for us, social media has given us a front-row seat in Lincoln Center to see each model as they stroll down the runway thanks to avid Tweeters in attendance.

Granted, it doesn’t come with the glitz and glam of actually attending, but for those of us who have the same shot of ever attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as we do of scoring a date with Bradley Cooper, we’re thankful for those digital sneak-peeks.

I’ve been keeping my eye on #NYFW on Twitter the past few days and here are some of the goods I love the most, brought to us by the kind, fashionable souls in New York. Swoon.

@habituallychic: Another look at the chicness that is @jcrew. #nyfw #amexfashion


@crisfg31: RT @lauren_drago: Former @teenvogue intern @laurenconrad leaving backstage after @badgleymischka! #nyfw


@belleswift17: RT @StyleModeMag: What a stunning finale at @Reem_Acra! #SS13 #NYFW


@redbookmag: Love. RT @BureauBetak Check out the nails from Rodarte’s show today #NYFW #Rodarte


@TheKidzJumpBlog: Kate Spade S/S 2013 #NYFW


@GilangGee: Spotted Sarah Jessica Parker and @BravoAndy front row in DVF show #nyfw #ss13


@NaomiNevitt: Sparkly shoes at Rachel Roy #nyfw


@Bergdorfs: And @karliekloss slinks by at Rodarte #nyfw


@mbfashionweek: Look for this on the #redcarpet: pale pink corset with a delicate bottom @BadgleyMischka #spring2013


@dzalcman: Rachel Roy S/S ’13 Presentation #nyfw


@jimshi809: The world of @JCrew women’s in one photo. #NYFW


@eholmeswsj: Tory’s finale. #nyfw @toryburch

Fall Shoe Essentials

Fall is almost upon us! Pumpkin beers are on the shelves and Starbucks is brewing up Pumpkin Spice Lattes, which means colored leaves and crisp air are right around the corner.

Time to swap out my shoe rack from sandals and sling-backs to boots and oxfords.

In my book, fall footwear requires a few staples — think brown leather and boots — and a few fun pieces to mix it up…

Brown leather and suede flats — non negotiable.

Kilty Suede Moc by Minnetonka Moccasin, $40; Kate Spade New York Hailey, $198

Black leather boots, both casual and a little more fun…

Indigo by Clarks Charlie Zip, $215; Vince Camudo Edorn, $159

Brown leather boots that go with plaid flannels or something to pair with a silk top and navy blazer.

Born Bitsy, $210; Frye Miranda Zip, $298

Oxfords for your boyfriend jeans — spend or splurge as you see fit!

Sanford by Splendid, $98; Loeffler Randall Joanna, $350

And a little something colorful to mix it all up…

See by Chloe Joanna Bootie, $350; Yosi Samra YS Patent/Polka Dot, $70

Tuesday Tidings

Who’s ready for the long holiday weekend already?! This girl!

We have a weekend planned of wedding errands and family time back in Iowa and my mouth is already watering in anticipation of the Mexican BBQ my parents are throwing for us Sunday night.

I’m also feeling like my brain is moving in twelve different directions this week, adjusting to a new schedule at a new job, checking off items on the wedding list and trying to squeeze in time for all the fun projects I like to give myself on the side!

In honor of this mental frenzy, here are some of the dozens of things that are flying through my thoughts right now:

I had a massive craving for homemade pizza on Sunday but didn’t have the motivation to brave a busy grocery store to grab ingredients — next time, I’m using this recipe from A Beautiful Mess

I had Chris print out this blog post last week so I could keep a copy of “10 Simple Things to Make You Happier at Home” within eyesight – wonderful reminders for daily routines

Last week I burned my arm with my curling iron attempting to follow a Pinterest demo – graceful. Maybe this demo from Camille Styles will help next time.

Maybe it’s just me but I always seem to eat my avocados too early or I’m a day late and they’ve already turned brown and mushy. The Kitchn has 30 Tips, Hints and Recipes for the Creamy Green Fruit and you best believe I’ll be taking notes.

How insanely beautiful is this garden oasis wedding on 100 Layer Cake?! Tres chic!