8.20.2014

Thrifting

 My favorite type of shopping is actually thrifting. I just love to look for little trinkets to fill our home. Older things seem to fit better with our more traditional style and of course I love a deal! I've consistently found the best/highest quality things at St. Vincent de Paul.

I recently put together this little vignette (it's currently hiding my grandmother's sewing machine) with a few thrifted items! I paid $10 for the large ginger jar and .50 cents for the little blue and white bowl. 

Candle // Calligraphy poem from our wedding // Book

I few types of things I look for while thrifting:

Blue and white ginger jars, platters, plates and vases. As a general rule, I like to look for pieces that are made in England or Europe (there will be a stamp on the back) and pass on pieces made in China. I love to rotate the plates and platters I hang on the wall.

Teacups. I'm slowly building up my teacup collection and I'm always on the look out for fun bright sets. Once again I'd rather buy a set that is bone china but not made in china.

Books or book sets with beautiful bindings (remove the jacket) that can be used for display.

Cut crystal glassware. We received a set of beautiful Waterford crystal glasses for our wedding, but it is nice to have some 'backup' glasses for more rowdy guests (no sweat off my back if it gets broken). I look for glassware that is heavy, has a pretty design and doesn't have a 'seam' where the glass pieces were put together. IMO, it's fine for these pieces to be mismatched. I've also seen pretty punchbowl sets, candle sticks and vases.

Beautiful picture frames. You can change out the picture and clean up the frame if you've found something really nice.

Silver. I've found a really nice tea service set, a large platter and other serveware. Look past the tarnish but make sure it seems heavy and well made.

Furniture. I actually haven't purchased anything becasue we aren't in need, but look for things that are solid wood, with pretty details and is made with tounge and grooves.

What do you look for when thrifting?? Any tried and true places?? Do tell!! XO

8.11.2014

Weekending

Happy Monday! 
 
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here or not, but I work 9 hours/day during the week to get every other Friday off. It can make for a long workday, but it's totally worth it to have so many 3-day weekends! This past weekend was a 3-dayer and it was soo relaxing!
 
We are considering joining a country club in our area and on Friday we were able to take a tour and play a round of golf.
I will be forever obsessed with my golf bag and clubs. The golf was nice but not sure if this was the club for us.
 
I broke out my pink mixer and my great grandma's apron for some baking.

I discovered a super easy peanut butter cookie recipe the other day and wanted to try it out for CWF:

-1 cup peanut butter (We make our own from bulk peanuts in the vitamix, but  regular would work too)
-1 cup sugar
-1 egg
- chocolate chips (optional)

Mix together and form balls on ungreased cookie sheet
Cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees

I can't personally attest to the taste since I have a nut allergy, but CWF really liked them (don't worry mom I didn't touch them either). I thought they were super easy to make though and would be great for kids!
 
 
I also wore a few noteworthy outfits:
 My favorite easy summer dress- fit is true to size (same style, different pattern


Another day, another golf outfit!
 
 
I hope you all had a lovely weekend too!!! XOXO

8.06.2014

Wedding Wednesday- DIY Veil

I wanted to share a couple wedding DIY's I did for this week's Wedding Wednesday!
 
So after trying on pretty much every veil style with my dress I realized that a cathedral length raw edge veil complimented my dress (I wanted the main focus to be on my fab Vera dress) and would be perfect for the ceremony. For the reception I chose a birdcage for our entrance. However, the $150/each price tag was extremely outrageous. I did some research and realized I could make the same thing for around $12 total. Yes, $12!!!!! So with the help of my bridesmaids one Saturday afternoon, that's exactly what we did!
 
First up, I went to Hobby Lobby to the tulle section. There was two types of tulle, regular (matte) and bridal. Bridal was almost glittery and slightly more expensive (I think about $1.09/yard compared with .89/yard) I ended up going with the bridal. But I think the regular would have been fine as well. I bought 4 yards and had a 40% off coupon. I also purchased a package of plastic combs and ivory thread. 
 
I read this tutorial becasue it was extremly indepth and there is no need for me to recreate the wheel here.
 
This was my final outcome:
 
image by cocotran
 
image by cocotran

And for the birdcage veil, I followed this tutorial and purchased 1/2 yard of bridal netting which can be found at joanns. 

image by cocotran

Out of the two veils, the birdcage was way easier (not that the other was hard) but I whipped it up in around 20 minutes and thought it was a fun change for the reception (I also added the J.Crew bow belt to my reception look). Overall I was super happy with both and glad I saved the money.
 
 

8.05.2014

Evening Golf

CWF and I have been golfing a lot lately.  It's been so relaxing spending time out on the course together in the evenings.

My go-to outfit has been Lilly Callahan shorts, bow belt and a polo.


I only play with pink golf balls. They are easier to find IMO too. I prefer the color of the callaway ones I recently purchased, a true hot pink to the nike ones I had before (they were more of a purple pink). I can't tell the difference between them for my game so I always go for the best color.

 
The sunsets on the course just can't be beat!!
 


XOXO

7.28.2014

Guest Room Redo

Since getting married, I've been wanting to update our 2nd bedroom from my very girly closet room to an actual functional second bedroom that our family would like to stay in.
 
We are planning to get a new (queen size!) bed for the master and my four poster (full size) that was my great-grandma's will be moved to the guest room. I really like the mix of the traditional bed and rug with some more modern elements like the chinoiserie chair and quatrefoil mirror. I think it keeps the room looking youthful and while still looking 'grownup'!
 
 
We have a lot of storage space in the bathroom so I was able to move all my jewelry there. My crafting supplies and purses will stay in the guest room but I'm making better use of the closet and keeping everything stored away instead. I'm so excited for the final outcome!!

7.23.2014

Wedding Wednesday- Derby Bridal Shower

A while back, the girls at my office threw me a pink & green Derby themed bridal shower! Everything turned out soo cute! I love that all the ladies wore their big hats too.
 
One of my coworkers even made this fab cake that fit perfectly with the theme, complete with my new monogram!!

I wore a white seersucker Lilly dress (similar) and Jcrew sweater

For my hat I took a monogrammed sunhat and hot glued a bow, feathers, and veil tulle for the perfect bridal shower derby look.

With the shower hosts! There was plently of sweet treats to choose from.

 We even had (non-alcoholic) mint juleps and sweet tea!


The cute gift and card area along with a picture board of CWF and I.
 

 And lastly we played everyone's favorite toilet paper bride game! Here was all of 'brides' and of course I had to choose the one brave guy as the winner!

 Thank you ladies for throwing me the most fabulous bridal shower ever! XOXO

7.22.2014

Ronald Reagan's Mac N Cheese

This is literally my favorite dish of all time as I'm a huge fan of anything with cheese. My aunt made it for us growing up and has become a staple at family occasions.  It is from the Congressional Cookbook back when her Father In Law was in office and Nancy Reagan submitted it as one of the President's favorite dishes. If you are interested in purchasing, it can also be found in the White House Family Cookbook.
 
 
 
Ingredients

1/2 lb macaroni
1 teaspoon butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon hot water
1 cup milk
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated


 Directions

Boil macaroni and drain thoroughly. Stir in butter and egg.

Mix salt and mustard with 1 tablespoon hot water. Add to milk. Add the cheese, leaving enough to sprinkle on top. Pour into buttered 9x9 dish, add milk, sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes or until custard is set and top is crusty.

Enjoy!!
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