Throwing Shade

Who else keeps their sunglasses in the cases in which they were purchased?

That was me too, up until a year ago. While it is a respectable method of storage, it is not the optimum method of storage. How many times have you completely forgotten about owning a pair of boss sunglasses, but due to only wearing them in special circumstances (ie a coordinating outfit), completely forget that you own them? I stand by having a method in which you can see all, if not most of the sunglasses in your collection.

Enter the sunglasses storage box.

I purchased this one last year and it was money well spent. As someone with a mere eight pairs in her arsenal, more if my husband throws in his Ray Bans, I love storing the six I tend to wear least in the top tray of the box and the ones that I tend to lean on more frequently in the pull out drawer. This forces me to evaluate whether there is a better match for any given outfit, while never forgetting that I have a standby in the drawer.

While the drawer is not full, I like to use the remaining sections for jewelry that do not fit in my jewelry box. (More about those storage solutions here.) The sections are the perfect size for big bangles and over sized statement pieces.

This method of sunglasses storage also allows you to pare down on the sunglasses cases in which pairs arrive. I stored all of my extra ones in the back of my undergarment drawer and only kept the biggest one, necessary to accommodate my largest and most extra pair of sunglasses, in my purse.

clockwise from top left: ecru box // blush box // small box // eight section flat box // gunmetal box // six section flat box // twelve section ebony box // collapsible box

Bauble Boxes

As important as the jewelry we wear is how we store our pieces. For the longest time (read: nine years), I used a jewelry box that I purchased at the Peters Street Urban Outfitters when I took my little sister there for her eighteenth birthday. Along with an outfit for her (a graphic tee and a vintage red Levi’s cutoff skirt), I bought a jewelry box.

It was veneered in pink silk shantung with delicate beading on the top. Rectangular in shape, it opened on the long side so a mirrored underside and a removable tray divided into four sections. Even after my apartment got broken into and half of my collection ripped, I still loved my jewelry box.

Sadly sometime around the autumn of 2014, I realized the silk was becoming detached from the structure of the box as demonstrated whenever opened. The fabric was also discoloring, turning from pink to burnt sienna.

With that I went on a hunt for a new jewelry box. Antique stores, brick and mortar chains, etc., and I was still unable to find new storage; however, a trip to the online store of Target and I bought the jewelry box that I still use today. It does a fantastic job of keeping everything organized. I love the distressed finish and although it slightly larger than last jewelry box only wish it was larger.

 

I found a few other options that were not on my radar back then. Even if I had found any of the others, I likely would have still purchased the above option. Unless, of course, I had an extra few thousand that I could blow on jewelry storage and in that case, I would definitely buy the last option in this list.

 

weathered black jewelry box


 

stackable jewelry box


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jewelry tray


 

deluxe jewelry box

Man Approved Lilly x Pottery Barn Decor?

Should I still be a single lady living in my own lady-pad in the city, I would have already purchased all of the desired Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn collaboration. Same if my husband and I were expecting a daughter. Alas I am in the space in between. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. Living with my husband is the best and I think we both love being selfish and spoiling each other.

Is there such thing as man-approved Lilly P decor? Okay, to be honest, I did not ask him. He heard about my Lilly Pulitzer x Target experience and saw my haul – including the stuff I snagged for his/our sweet little nieces – and I did not want to panic the guy. I do know the following would be approved for the house:

clockwise from top leftfurniture // glassware // planters // sheet set // shams and bedspread

Here is hoping (something tells me he will approve): swaddling blankets

Cook Before You Leap

Le Creuset just released a lilac set of cookware. It is so good. We have a bunch of the blue gifted from our wedding registry and I can envision the two colors meshing beautifully. The price points start at $20.

grill // braiser // skillet

 

Dutch oven (small) // Dutch oven (medium) // Dutch oven (large)

 

petite dish // flower dish

 

covered dish // square dish // rectangular dish

How To: Wedding Registry

Did you know that iTunes recently released seasons one through four of Will & Grace, as well as the pre-sale of the 2017 – 2018 season? It was one of my favorite shows to watch while it was on the air. My fiance and I digested the four available seasons over the past two weeks; I can confirm that the series holds up as a favorite. One of the best episodes back then and today is “Wedding Balls.” In it, Will volunteers Grace to assist his cousin’s fiance (the groom) in wedding preparations, as his cousin (the bride) is bound to the west coast with an ear infection. There is a wedding registry scene which takes me back to registering for my own wedding last fall.

Credit: NBC

I planned for a long engagement. Highly recommended. The fiance asked me to marry him on Thanksgiving of 2015 and we are getting married this Saturday. Do the math. Yes, our engagement was nearly two years. Within that two years, the fiance moved back to the east coast, I relocated up 95 to live with him, I joined a new company, and along with an amazing planner, we organized a DC wedding.

We waited nearly one year after the engagement and six months after moving in together to register for gifts. Again, highly recommended. This allowed us each to take inventory of our “stuff” when we each moved out from our single abodes and again when we moved in together. We were able to make a list of items that would need to be replaced and items that neither of us had but required for a happy home life (example: waffle maker). We kept a record of this on a shared pinboard. While it was not necessary to pin the exact make and models, we wanted to keep a record of what we needed so we would resist getting sucked into scanning everything within the store.

Speaking of the store, I recommend visiting several stores’ before committing to a registry. Crate & Barrell, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Anthropologie, L.L.Bean, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorg Goodman, Barney’s – try not to get overwhelmed. My wedding planner advised to have registries at two to three different stores with registry accessibility online and at least one of them with copious locations of brick and mortar stores, for the older guests who tend to be adverse to online shopping.

We went with two of the above and a local boutique that offered registry services, where we discovered the most amazing set of Scandinavian porcelain dishes and mugs. The two above that we registered at offered a discount post-wedding for the bride and groom to finish purchasing anything that was leftover.

This brings me to how much you should include in your registry. It is a personal decision for every couple. Have you ever seen those wedding registries that are so grand, only to be told by the bride that she is trying to keep the wedding intimate? Those leave a bad taste in my mouth.

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Does this barcart come in tall?

This is why after putting together our registry, I developed a spreadsheet. It analyzed the number of guests slash invitations, dollar value of our three registries, and breakdowns of gift price points. It was asssuring to know that we had not registered for more dollars per invitation than my fiance and I tended to gift in the past. Impersonal? Maybe. But when you analyze numbers for a living, real data is crucial!

These are my top ten picks from my wedding registry:

 

waffle iron // cocktail glasses // cocktail shaker // casserole dish // mixer // bath sheets // bed sheets // sterling silver frame // mugs // dinner plates