Tuesday Ten | 10 “Must Haves” for Your Wedding Registry

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Happy Tuesday!

My husband and I had a few friends over for a dinner party on Sunday night, which was so much fun. My friend Lindsey, who is getting married in May, asked me some suggestions for the “must haves” on a wedding registry since we just got married last May. I thought this was a great idea for a blog post– so this one is for you, Lindsey, and for all of you brides-to-be out there scratching your heads over what you really, really should register for– and why!

1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Some people (like your future husband, perhaps?) may try to dissuade you from registering for this heavy-duty kitchen accessory. While they do run a bit on the pricier side, I absolutely love using mine as often as I can. One accessory that can make cookies, cakes, pasta, ice cream, and freshly-squeezed juice? So. Worth. It. Our pick: KitchenAid Stand Mixer in Aqua Sky, $499.99 at Macy’s

2. Beautiful, Dishwasher Safe Dinnerware — NOT Fine China!

I loved the idea of registering for fine china at first. It seemed so whimsical and nostalgic, something we could pass on to our children one day. But my mom advised against fine china, as she never uses hers. And, most people I know don’t either. Instead, we chose the beautiful VIETRI Incanto for our formal dinnerware. It’s durable, dishwasher-safe, and exudes gorgeous Italian charm. I chose aqua for the dinner plates and white for the salad plates to give the presentation a bit of depth. Our pick: VIETRI Incanto in Aqua, from $29.99 at VIETRI.

3. Quality Coffee Maker

We make a lot of coffee in our house — I mean a LOT. Having a great coffee maker will make your married mornings so much happier! Our pick: Krups Combination Coffee-Espresso Maker. Similar: Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Maker, $139 from Macy’s.

4. Unique Flatware

Your flatware is a place you can have a little fun! Add personality to your dinner plates with textured flatware. Crate & Barrel has a lot of great, unique options. Our pick: Boulder 5-Piece Place Setting, $39.95 from Crate & Barrel.

5. Steak Knives That Compliment Your Flatware

You’ll want to choose steak knives that compliment your flatware so that each place setting looks consistent and beautiful! If your flatware doesn’t come with steak knives, do a little research to find some that closely resemble what you picked out. Our pick: Hammered Antique Steak Knives, Set of Four, $40.00 from Reed & Barton.

6. Nesting Mixing Bowls

I’ve always had a couple of mix-and-match mixing bowls in my kitchen. I really liked the idea of these mixing bowls when I registered for them, but I didn’t realize how much I would love them. We use them all the time! They’re great for saving space, prepping ingredients, marinating meat, and even as a popcorn bowl. Our pick: Martha Stewart Set of 6 Melamine Mixing Bowls, $29.99 from Macy’s.

7. Matching Casual Dinnerware

When you’re doing casual entertaining, it’s nice to have your plates, bowls, and coffee mugs that match, especially for breakfast! I recommend simple, solid stoneware that is dishwasher-friendly. Our pick: Marin White 16-piece Dinner Set, $116.95 from Crate & Barrel.

8. Barware with Personality

This is another opportunity to let your personality shine through! Choose fun, funky wine glasses and high ball glasses with sass. Our pick: Edge Wine and Champagne Glasses, from $12.95 at Crate & Barrel; Mingle Bar Glasses, $9.95 from Crate & Barrel.

9. Good Knives

Wüsthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife Set, Natural Block

Having good, sharp knives is essential in every kitchen. Seriously. These are a must! Our pick: Wusthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife Set, $299.95 from Williams-Sonoma.

10. OXO Smooth Edge Can Opener

OXO Smooth-Edge Can Opener

This is the most incredible can opener, ever. Who knew I would ever be writing a sentence about can openers? This can opener is super easy to use, the lids come off with smooth edges, and you can pop them back on to save the contents of the can if you don’t use it all. It’s sheer genius. $21.99 from Macy’s.

What are some of your wedding registry “must-haves?” Leave them in the comments section below!



Tuesday Ten | Sweet Stocking Stuffers Under $40

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Did you hear? There are only 23 days left until Christmas! Cue the panic!!!


If you’ve been busy making your list and checking it twice for all the important people in your life, you may be tearing your hair out to find the perfect gift. While you’re worrying about the biggies – don’t forget about the small, special, thoughtful gifts that can mean just as much (if not more) as the big, expensive ones.

Here are ten sweet stocking stuffers to help you keep your sanity (and your budget) in check this holiday season:

1. giant gem speaker | $40 | shop ban.do

Ban.do Giant Gem Speaker - Front

2. ‘party on’ bottle opener | $25 | kate spade saturday

3. ‘good dog’ assorted colors play ball bucket | $29.99 | harry barker

4. starry sky cookie cutters | $14 | anthropologie

5. knit boot cuff socks | $22 | etsy

Knit Boot Cuffs Leg Warmers Boot Warmers | The Redlands | Grey Marble

6. the andy cohen diaries: a deep look at a shallow year | $16 | amazon.com

7. ‘japanese quince’ pagoda candle | $28 | seda france

8. set of 4 ‘frozen’ quotes pencils | $7 | etsy

Stocking Stuffer - Quotes from Frozen, Set of 4 Pencils, Gold Foil Pencils, Pencils, Engraved Pencils, Quote Pencils, Disney's Frozen

9. ‘i’m so fancy’ coffee mug | $15 | etsy

I'm So Fancy Coffee Mug - Petite Party Studio

10. bite mix n’ mingle lip minis | $12 | sephora

Bite Beauty - Mix N

what’s on your stocking stuffer list this year??? share in the comments below!


Tuesday Ten // Sea Glass-Inspired Home Accents


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Happy Tuesday!

As I was doing some cleaning and organizing over the Labor Day weekend, I realized that so many things I love the most at home right now are a pretty, ethereal sea glass color — that airy, pale blue-green that immediately whisks you away to coastal daydreams.

Whether it came off of our wedding registry or bought as a gift for myself, here are a few of my favorite sea glass-inspired home accents. Share your favorites in the comments below!

1. “Cumulus” Wine Glasses (Anthropologie, $14.00)



2. “Camelot” Throw Blanket in Mist (Bedford Cottage, $79.95)

3. Glass Water Bottle in Holiday (bkr, $30.00)

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Tuesday Ten // Farmhouse Inspired Decor

Farmhouse-Style-DecoratingH a p p y Tuesday, lovelies!

For a couple of years now, the words “rustic” and “farm-to-table” have been on the lips of many a wedding planner, interior designer, event planner, and restaurant owner. As the trend has evolved and grown over the past few years, we’ve seen rustic, farm-chic style infiltrate its way into our homes and even our closets!

Here are my favorite rustic, farmhouse-nspired decor items to make your home feel arcadian country chic– no quilts or needlepoint required.

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Tuesday Ten // Virginia Craft Beers to Enjoy This Month


August is Virginia Craft Beer Month! With 82 craft breweries across the state (and counting!), Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers, for sure!

In honor of Craft Beer Month in the Commonwealth, here are ten of my favorite Virginia Craft Beers to enjoy this month. Check them out after the jump!

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Tuesday Ten | Holiday Gift Guide for everyone you love!


Hello, lovelies! It has been an shamefully long time since I last posted on the blog. Between Thanksgiving in South Carolina, traveling for work, traveling for fun to NYC last weekend, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays….well, I’ve just been a busy bee! I’m looking forward to spending a Southern Christmas in South Carolina next week, but I have yet to do my Christmas shopping!

I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I’m going to get everyone, but I thought for this week’s Tuesday Ten, I’d share some gift ideas for all of you who are like me and wait until the last minute to go shopping! I hope these gift ideas give you some inspiration for presents for all of the loved ones in your life. Happy Shopping!

1. For your Fancy Mama

flannel pajamas

Rouge Eiffel Tower Classic Pajama Set (BedHead, $124)

2. For the best Dad


Hank Haney Ultimate Putting Set (Golf Town, $45)

3. For your sweetie

mr beer

Mr. Beer Brewmasters Select Home Brewing Kit (Mr. Beer, $89.95)

4. For your best gal pal


Things We Love Coffee Table Book (Kate Spade, $40)

5. For your boss


Japanese Quince candle (Seda France, $37)

6. For your in-laws


Mrs. Prindable’s Classic Deluxe Holiday Basket (Neiman Marcus, $68)

7. For your favorite little guy


Lionel Polar Express “G Gauge” Train Set (Pottery Barn Kids, $170)

8. For your favorite little gal


Blabla Doll, Fleur the Giant Bunny (Layla Grace, $180)

9. For your office Secret Santa gift

coffee mug

Golden Monogram Mug (Anthropologie, $10)

10. For your four-legged family member


Parisian Gift Bucket (Harry Barker, $38)


Tuesday Ten | Favorite DIY Holiday Gifts

Even though we’re  still a couple of days away from Thanksgiving, it’s never too early to start thinking about your Christmas list – who’s been naughty this year? And who’s been extra nice?

For your friends and family that fall under the “NICE” category this year, here are 10 sweet and thoughtful DIY gifts to inspire you to get crafting this holiday spirit. They say that it’s the thought that counts — well then these gifts will count for a lot!

1. Picture frame wreath with festive ornaments from A Diamond in the Stuff.


2. Glitter Reindeer note cards from Daisy Dreaming.


3. Ice Cream Cone ornaments from Sweet Caroline RVA (moi!)


4. Holiday Spice Bath Salts from Mom Endeavors.


6. Candy Cane Blossoms from Baked Perfection.

Candy Cane Blossoms from baked Perfection

7. Simple Lemon Hand Scrub from Aspiring Mum.


8. Wedding Invitation Ornament (for the newlyweds) from Thinking Closet.


9. DIY mini-wreath to accompany the gift of wine bottles from Traditional Home.


10. And finally, my glitter-based stemless wine glasses (linky here).


What are some of your favorite holiday presents to give and receive? Leave your answers in the comments section!


Tuesday Ten | Best Horror Movies…Ever.

Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960)


Halloween is just around the corner! I absolutely love Halloween — from the fun costumes to the candy to scaring the living daylights out of yourself watching horror movies.

Today’s Tuesday Ten is a collection of my favorite horror movies. Watch at your own risk!

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Tuesday Ten | Autumn Soups

This week I’m unveiling a new post that will come out every Tuesday — Tuesday Ten. These posts will be a collection of ten things — from recipes to decorating ideas to fashion and more.

ImageThis week’s Tuesday Ten is all about soups! Since I’m still getting over a cold, the idea of hot soup sounded so lovely I walked over to La Parisienne at lunch for a cup of their famous Zee Onion soup. Delish! Here are 10 other soups I’m dying to try this fall….

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