Friday, October 21, 2016

Take Me Away - Glass Cabins In The Woods

above photo was by my husband when we arrived

It may sound corny to some but we enjoy following the traditional themes for anniversary gifts for marriage. So when we celebrated our "wood" anniversary this past June marking five years of marriage, I was stuck on what to gift my sweet guy who spoils me in every way possible. I truly love giving a gift of an experience and stumbled upon this glass cabin in the woods. I thought this would be the perfect getaway for him to unwind from work and our everyday life in the urban environment we live in. I immediately booked the trip to be enjoyed during the fall and soak up all the autumnal splendor we could. Our little airbnb in upstate, NY {Hillsdale, NY to be exact} did not disappoint. It seemed we hit the best week of the year weather wise as well as for the change of colors on the trees that surrounded us. I however will not lie... the complete darkness and silence of night had this city girl shaking in her boots. I however wouldn't trade anything in the world for the beauty we were surrounded by during the day. Long mornings lounging fireside soaking up the slight chill in the air and the falling leaves all around was heaven!

The home was beautifully decorated with vintage pieces everywhere. The open concept living with all the walls being glass really allowed you to feel like you were living outside in the woods. Everywhere you turned was a stunning view. 

wouldn't an infinity pool on that little open land be perfection for summertime

a great big dining table for entertaining friends or family dinners
{a kayak suspended from the ceiling for water activities}

when your breakfast matches your view

the home was filled with rustic decor that gave it such a warm lived in feeling

how cute is this gallery wall, I especially love the shadow box filled with collars of beloved pets from  their past, such a sweet keepsake for our furry friends

an adorable barn house that was for sale down the street

we explored some of the farm fields near our house, can you spot us?

Since the house was about twenty five minutes from Hudson, NY we dined there every night. While it's known for it's excellent antiquing and home decor shops {we loved Hudson Home, Lili and Loo, Regan & Smith, 3 Forty Seven & Hudson Supermarket}. There also is a major food scene happening there that is worth visiting. We loved every single meal we had. 

Grazin Diner, our favorite meal of the trip was one of the best burgers we have ever had and it has a really awesome sustainable farming ethics as well as sources everything locally. 

Swoon Kitchen Bar was our last meal and it didn't disappoint. We indulged in homemade pappardelle with local beef bolognese, fried artichokes and a crispy kale salad. We left very happy to say the least!

Hudson Food Studio was our first meal in this historic little town and the asian fusion food was incredible. We loved the ramen and the curry. 

casual Mexican food at Mexican Radio for one night, we loved the chili and the spicy shredded chicken tacos

WM Farmer & Sons was by far the coolest restaurant we dined at. The ambience was fun and the food was stellar. Try the country ham board with homemade biscuits & pickles. It's divine. 

image above is via Decorista, I forgot to photograph one when we were there 

we hiked to Bash Bish Falls to see Massachusetts biggest waterfall 

we visited Olana House at sunset to score some incredible Hudson River views 

see the full listing & more photos of the home here, please feel free to email me at for any other questions - thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Etsy Love

Etsy can be a severely overwhelming place to shop, however if you know exactly what you are looking for you often can find exactly what you want, all while shopping small and often getting something custom made just for you. I often find myself turning to the site when I am planning a special event {examples A, B & C}. So while I usually share a theme of my Etsy favorites like this post for baby items or this one for home, pottery etc. However today is more of a random selection of some favorites that are just plain old pretty. 

If we are friends on Instagram, you may have seen that I had a bit of a pumpkin addiction this fall. I love these calligraphy ones that make such pretty decor for Thanksgiving. I am thinking of ordering some mini's with the families names on them as place cards for seating. 

I love these letter boards, they are such a fun way to leave messages for your kiddo or have in an office with some motivational quotes. 

This little shop has the cutest mugs. I adore the funny one below but also think this one is super sweet for a new mom

I love sending out cards but I always dread addressing them. I think it's time to invest in a personalized stamp to make things easier & prettier. Will be extra helpful with the upcoming holiday card extravaganza. 

I have a serious soft spot for beautiful gift wrap, I absolutely love giving a gift that is wrapped up in something special. So when I saw this watercolor dog paper I knew I had to share it with you all...after all you all know my obsession with dogs!

some more of my favorite Etsy shops are below


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mom's 70th Birthday!

This past weekend in Connecticut we celebrated my mom's 70th birthday! While we love to throw a big party, she wanted to keep it a small intimate celebration with just the immediate family. That however didn't mean that we didn't plan a few personal touches to the weekend to help make this special occasion a little extra special.  Since I got to be behind the planning, I worked with an artist to create a autumnal watercolor crest with our mom's initials in it. Since she is more known as Oma {German from Grandma} these days I used that in the birthday message.

When the family checked in I had monogrammed guest bags waiting on the beds filled with some of our mom's favorite snacks as well as some miscellaneous items in case anyone forgot the essentials.

Inspired by my favorite gifting company, I created three of these totes for my family.

The table centerpiece was created by Winston's of Greenwich. It is called the "Summer Berry'. 

Gifts were wrapped in equally bright paper in an English rose print from Paper Source

The seating was organized with white agate place card holder with each family members name written in white ink. Perfect for reusing for the holidays or making a coaster set out of. 

Finally, we put together a video of for her that included lots of happy memories from the past 70 years with recorded messages from friends and family sending her birthday wishes! Happy Birthday Mom, we love you!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Cash or Credit - Black & White

Happy Friday friends...SO happy the weekend is here! While we are off to Maine to celebrate my husbands birthday I wanted to share a little cash or credit with you all before we go. The tie neck {I refuse to call it what it's actual name is} is a major trend happening in everything from dresses to blouses. Just this week I wore this style with this dress. I plan on living in silk blouses, comfy flats & denim all fall. It is always my full proof outfit that I feel best in so I wanted to use my personal style as some inspiration for todays get the look for less. Happy Weekend!

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cash - earrings // saddle bag // polish // flats // top // denim 
credit - earrings // saddle bag // polish // flats // top // denim 


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Color Crush - Army Green

If we are friends on Instagram you probably have seen a bit of a green trend happening in my wardrobe. I can't stop gravitating to this earthy color and have been loving it as my neutral for the upcoming fall season. Not only does it look great with pale pink, dark pink, rusty hues and golds but I just feel like it works it looks great on all skin tones.  I rounded up a few of my favorites, some I have purchased and some are on my never ending wish list. What color are you loving for fall? Oh & p.s. I updated the "shop" with all new fall favorites, check it out!

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silk dress // scarf // earrings // jacket {seen here on me} // flats // pants // wellies // blouse // booties {these are waterproof!} // dress {seen here on me} // sunglasses // skirt // watch // bag // hat 


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fall Florals

I used to only associate floral prints and patterns with Spring fashion. It honestly never occurred to me that with a swift change of a color palette that floral designs would work so well come the autumnal season. I adore the more moody tones of a floral print on an ivory or black backdrop and the rich berry tones that I have been seeing out in the shops. I rounded up a few of my favorite fall florals that will easily take your wardrobe into the season. I am personally loving them in accessories like these gorgeous Coach bags & those cute embroidered pumps with the block heel. I don't know about you but I cannot wait for a less busy schedule, cozy nights in, making comfort foods and getting snuggled up in blankets again. However I know come January I will be singing a different tune...per usual.

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top // purse // dress // pumps // dress // scarf // jacket // earrings // blouse // tote // tee // sunglasses // scarf // skirt // wellies // watch // denim // socks

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