Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bachelorette Weekend

I am heading out for my bachelorette weekend after work tomorrow! We are heading to my family's beach house in Rehoboth. I've wanted to have my bachelorette party there for as long as I can remember. It's a place that brings me so much happiness and relaxation, and I couldn't think of a better place to spend quality time with my best girlfriends. During they day we're planning on laying on the beach, doing some shopping, eating at some yummy restaurants (Cultured Pearl!), and then of course, going out in Dewey.

Now in preparation...

I'll be exfoliating with Origins Modern Friction. This stuff is fierce and scrubs your skin hard. However, it gives skin the most fabulous glow.
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Then, I'll be attempting to use one of these Tan Towels that I've heard so many great things about. Apparently, they are super easy to use and provide a nice and light glow.
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And finally, I'll coat myself in Clarins body tonic. I've convinced it makes you look skinnier.
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Then, I'll be packing up a few tunics.
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And sliding on my new beach flip-flops.
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And hitting the road with my Maid of Honor!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Navy and White Bedding

Happy Monday! I had a super relaxing weekend in LBI with A's family. The kind of weekend where I didn't even take a single picture (aka the best!). Anyways, with several bridal shower gift cards in our midst, I think it's time to get some new bedding. I want to switch to a darker navy and white look to go a little more with our modern apartment and to better hide stains. In a small apartment, a bed acts as another place for seating, and all white shows every single little thing which gets exhausting! We did receive a gorgeous pair of navy and white scalloped pillow covers from my bridesmaid J and her Mom that I can't wait to incorporate into the look.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Seasonal Dilemmas



Around the middle of each season, I start really desperately wishing for the next. And even more so, I start creating fantasies in my head of where I would wear these outfits. Like the one above. Valentine's Day in Paris right? Perfect. Yeah right. My Valentine's Day will consist of wearing a 40lb coat and eating at Mr. Chows or Locanda Verde like we aways do. But hey, at least I'll be married! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Comprehensive Guide to Pretty China Patterns

I love china - always have, always will. Maybe it's the art history major in me who regards it as historical, maybe it's the Portuguese girl who appreciates the craftsmanship, or maybe it's just the fancy side of me that loves drinking lattes out of Hermes teacups. I would guess it's a healthy combination of the three, but all I know is at the Neiman Marcus in Tysons Corner, you'll find me staring at the china way more than the shoes. All images below from the glorious Scully & Scully unless otherwise noted.

Mottahedeh
We registered for blue lace pictured below. I love blue and white and figured it was a good pattern to mix and match in the future with blues, whites, and golds.
My other Mottahedeh favorites include Imperial Blue, Blue Canton, and Tobacco leaf. 
If you want something a little unique, Duck of Gloucester is very glamorous. My aunt has a few pieces on display, and they just sparkle in an otherwise modern room. 
My Mom also has a few of the Dupaquier set which is super fun for Thanksgiving. 
Herend
When many think of Herend, they jump straight to the animal figurines. However, Fishscales and Rothschild are both very low-key elegant patterns. 
Anna Weatherly
Anna Weatherly remains very popular with her nature inspired pieces and scallop set. 

Hermes
Hermes is famous for their high-fashion Guadalquivir pattern. A's mom has been gifting me pieces from their tea set over the past few years. I dream of having a super swanky "tea bar" in a study one day. 
I'm pretty sure I can trace all of my china love to Vista Alegre. The have a small store not far from my grandparents' house in Portugal, and we would often stop in there. Vista Alegre actually produces two of the Mottahedeh patterns (Tobacco Leaf and Blue Canton) in their factory in Portugal as well. My mom has the complete Viana set, and it always makes me smile since Viana is one of my favorite places in Portugal. 
Juliska 
Country estate is a huge fan favorite of many.

And finally, if you fancy yourself the sassy kind, may I suggest Lynn Chase's Jaguar Jungle. 

















Thursday, July 16, 2015

What To Do In Montreal

I stumbled across Town & Country's Montreal guide yesterday and was reminded of the seriously wonderful mini vacation A and I had there around New Year's. Although I personally find the snow and cold charming (I'm a January baby after all), I know many do not, and the Summer months are a great time to visit as well. I've reposted my guide to Montreal below.
Right after the Holidays, and I took a quick 3 day trip to Montreal to unwind and celebrate our engagement. We'd both been to the city before separately and were dying to go together. I would describe Montreal as North America and Europe having a very cute child together. A child who is also an amazing chef! Montreal is a major foodie destination and pretty much all we did was eat.



Where we stayed : Ritz Carlton Montreal. I could not recommend this hotel more; I want to live there! While the lobby is beautiful and traditional, the rooms are recently renovated and very modern. We ended up foregoing our dinner reservation at the hotel's Maison Boulud, but did have breakfast there one morning and loved it.

Where we ate:
Big in Japan - Japanese fusion restaurant famous for their big bowls of noodles and great beer.
St-Viateur Bagel - The most amazing Montreal style bagels. They are a bit sweeter, thinner, and crunchier than their New York counterparts.
Le Club Chasse Et Peche - A very well-reviewed and fancy stop in a historic area. I loved the caramelized scallop appetizer.
Au Pied du Cochon - Anthony Bourdain says this is one of his favorite restaurants in the world, and I can see why. They are famous for their selection of foie gras which A indulged in. My favorite was the maple syrup pie. It may have been the best dessert I have had in my life.
L'Express - A classic French bistro serving up traditional items and giant jars of cornichons.

Where we wanted to eat : The famous Joe Beef. Unfortunately, we couldn't get a reservation and even the hotel concierge couldn't help us. Reservations need to be made months in advance!

What else to do: Besides eat? Um. Shop along Rue Saint Catherine for great department stores like Ogilvy, check out the amazing Bio Dome which has the cutest penguins EVER, and stop by the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica.

The Little White Shirt

There's nothing more classic and easy than a little white shirt. 
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