Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 Can’t Miss Instagram Locations In Disneyland Paris

 

1.) The Castle


The Disneyland Paris castle is really the most beautiful castle of any Disney park in the world! This photogenic castle really can’t take a bad picture, it’s like it was made for instagram!



2.) The Character Balloons

All along Main Street you’ll find bunches of character balloons. Find your favorite character, crop in close and get your ‘gram!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Perfect Peach Pie Recipe


To me baking should evoke feelings of homey-ness, like it would be something your grandmother lovingly crafted. For that reason, I never really got into heavily decorating my baked goods. This summer, though, after picking fresh fruit at the farm I was inspired to bake a peach pie. Somehow, no matter how decorative you get with your lattice top, a pie still maintains it's home grown feeling!

I love how simple and straightforward this peach pie recipe is, perfect for these end of summer days when peaches could not be more delicious! Whether you choose to go decorative with your top or keep in simple, the subtly sweet freshness of this pie is what makes it perfect. A bit of complexity of flavor is added to the peaches in this recipe by the use of brown sugar and a touch more spices than most peach pie recipes call for. I know you will love it!




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Life Update - I'm Married!


Hey lovelies! Something big has happened since I last posted - I'm married!! To be honest, I'm still having trouble remembering to call my SO my husband and not my fiance, but boy does it feel so good to finally be his wife!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Wedding Etsy Finds


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A two year engagement, naturally, gave way to two years of scouring Etsy for the most perfect handmades to complement our wedding! From my papercut ketubah, to my fingerprint tree guestbook, to my just married hat I'll be wearing on our honeymoon, these are some of my favorite finds on Etsy I've chosen to be a part of my big day!

I hope you find some inspiration here for your own wedding or special event! What treasures have you found on Etsy lately?

With love, Katie 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Antiquing Adventures - Crafting a Handpicked Wedding

One of the absolute most fun and memorable parts of wedding planning, for me, has been the many trips I’ve taken antiquing with my family to find treasures for my modern vintage wedding. What I’ve mostly been on the hunt for is milk glass, a vintage creamy white glass I have been collecting to use in my centerpieces.

I’m not sure how the idea came about exactly, but one day I decided I wanted to collect milk glass to use as floral vessels for the wedding. Before you knew I it had a Pinterest board dedicated to the topic and had scoured StyleMePretty for every inspiration pic of milk glass I could find. I was hooked!
Milk glass is vintage yet modern in aesthetic with it’s clean and uniform white appearance. Once I started collecting my taste quickly evolved so that no mere bud vase or florist-grade vessel would do. Fenton became my favorite milk glass maker, and silver crest became my favorite Fenton pattern (followed closely by hobnail, a swiss-dot like texture that covers the glass).

Saturday, June 10, 2017

How To Pick A Signature Scent For Your Wedding


I kind of surprised myself when I got engaged, I didn’t read nearly as many bridal magazines as I always thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, I indulged. But I think I had a clearer vision, even from the start, of what I was thinking for my wedding aesthetic. As a result, I found Pinterest to be more useful since I could curate what type of inspiration I was seeking.

I did glean some useful information from bridal magazines, though, and one tip in particular stuck out to me. The tip was to find a new perfume to wear for the first time at your wedding, something that reminds you of your love, romance, and the overall feeling you want to capture in your day. By finding a new perfume for you wedding, the idea is that you will create a scent memory so you will forever be reminded of your wedding when you spritz on that particular scent.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays - My Bridal Shower!

Hello Again Lovelies! I'm checking in today with something so exciting, pictures from my bridal shower! With everything going on in my life right now I asked my bridesmaids for it to be a surprise (to take a little stress off my plate), and boy did they deliver! It was SO unbelievably GORGEOUS!

I think the best part of my bridal shower was getting to see all the thought and time and little touches that went in to pulling it together. The theme was french country mixed with Lilly Pulitzer, which is PERFECT for me right now as I've turned into a total Francophile (in preparation for my honeymoon) and Lilly lover of late! It might sound like an unexpected pairing, but it worked beautifully.

I'm such a sentimental person and I'm going to treasure all my gifts and the DIY pieces from this for a very long time! My bridesmaids pulled together Lilly inspired table runners, recipe cards from each guest in a hand decorated box, a jenga guest-book (I love Jenga BTW, challenge me and expect to LOSE ;), Lilly themed paper goods (the signage was on point!), and a Future Mrs. Hass banner that I died for. So cute!! They also picked fresh peonies which were arranged everywhere, and peonies are my absolute FAVORITE. The favors were handmade lavender body scrub, which is sooo perfect for the french country theme and also ties into my wedding where I am hoping to have some fresh lavender touches!

The bridal shower games were also totally on point with a multimedia newlywed game between me and Cam (no guys allowed, so his responses were pre-recorded on a tablet!). The questions were hard, but so fun! Cam of course took the opportunity to get sappy on the last question and made everyone's eyes go a little misty. Too. Cute.

Without further ado, here are the photos! I hope they inspire you as much as they do me!








Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Hey there lovelies! This weekend I pressed fast forward to spring (even if it was just for a few hours) at the Philadelphia Flower Show! Spending a few hours celebrating all things bold, bright and beautiful was an excellent excuse to pull out my Lilly!


The theme at the flower show this year was Holland, which called for lots of tulips and lots of orange! Orange was the last name of the royal family of Holland. We actually have the Dutch to thank for orange carrots, they bred carrots to be orange to honor their royals!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wedding Weekends - Our Minted Save the Dates


Hello there lovelies!

This weekend I'm bringing you a very exciting wedding update, all of our save the dates are in the mail!! This wedding is officially happening people!

I always knew I wanted magnets for my Save the Dates. Somehow making them a magnet makes them feel so much more fun, functional and luxe. After hours upon hours of pouring over stationary sites, I landed on Let Love Shine magnets from Kelly Ventura on Minted.

I was happy with the promptness and design of the changes I made when working with a Minted designer to modify the Save the Date a bit from the stock design (I added a line for our wedding website. So necessary!). Also they came super quick and packaged beautifully. The paper on the magnet is matte and feels nice and thick. I'm totally in love with how they came out!

The next big decision is the invitations themselves! I'm not sure what I'll pick yet, but I know it will echo the vintage inspiration behind my wedding! Stay tuned!

With Love, Katie.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

My New Favorite Fitness Accessory - Motivate Wraps

  Hi Lovelies!

I've been focusing a bit on fitness on this blog recently, sharing my workout routine as I head towards my wedding. While the wedding is pretty much all the motivation I've needed recently to stay on track (it's coming up so fast!), every little bit helps!

Scrolling through Instagram recently I came across one of Momentum Jewelry's Motivate Wraps, and I impulse purchased one immediately. I received it, wore it, loved it, and have bought two more since. I'm obsessed!

 The concept is that the bracelet wrap itself is made of stretchy, comfortable, workout-friendly jersey material that includes a metal plate with a motivating saying on it. You can choose from lots of options of motivating sayings to keep you going through your day or through your workout, and the wrap itself comes in tons of different colors! If you don't like any of the pre-made sayings, you can make one yourself!

One of the reasons I loved this immediately is because of how perfectly it complements (and elevates) my fitbit (which I wear every single day). I've always had a struggle accessorizing my fitbit, but these wraps work PERFECTLY. Plus, you can wear them while you work out so your fitbit wrist stack can stay stylish pretty much all the time.

Own Today was the first saying I bought, in a go-with-anything black wrap. I've worn it a million times since I've gotten it and I especially love it as a reminder that every day counts when I'm tempted to skip or lag a little during a workout.

You can put find the bracelets on Momentum Jewelry's website for $19.

I hope you've enjoyed this review! What tricks do you have to keep you motivation strong when working toward a fitness goal? I'd love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

With Love, Katie

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Wedding Weekends - Venue Tour and Tasting at Aldie Mansion

Hi lovelies!

Today I'm checking in with a recap of one of single most fun days of wedding planning so far - our tasting day! Our Venue, Aldie Mansion, has an exclusive caterer who puts on a "tasting day" for their couples a few times a year. It was a 4 hour foodie event, and it was so, so fun! Since everyone says you never get to stop and eat at your own wedding, this was our chance!

In addition to spending a solid 4 hours grazing on some seriously tasty wedding food, I snuck in a few pictures so you can preview our venue! I hope you enjoy my photo recap below!





Friday, February 24, 2017

Wedding Weekends - Veil Shopping


Hi lovelies!

I'm checking in today with a very exciting wedding update; my bridal look has just had one major addition - my veil! One appointment and two very enjoyable hours later, I found the perfect complement to my gown: a cathedral length tulle veil with amazing shape and a pencil edge. Yay!

If I have one piece of advice for anyone in search of their perfect veil - DO NOT BUY YOUR VEIL ONLINE. I too was very tempted to save some money by buying online, figuring veils were pretty much all made the same since I wanted something fairly simple. This, my friends, is wrong. I walked into the boutique asking for a simple, plain veil, thinking they maybe had one in store, I'd try it on, and be on my way. Little did I know there was a huge variety of types of tulle, cuts on the tulle (even when they were all cathedral length) and edging. The veils all fell differently, some going straight to the floor while other floated out a bit more. I ended up trying many different cuts and tulle types until I found a veil that perfectly framed my face and shoulders, and had a shape that would add dimension and interest to the skirt of my dress. So exciting!

If you're in the market for a veil, do yourself a favor and go ahead and book yourself a consultation. It's a once in a lifetime accessory shopping experience! Make sure you grab your mom, like I did, and make a day of it. So fun!



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Celebrating Love With Framebridge's Heartstagram

I'm a week late, but I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's day! My (slightly self gifted) gift for cam this year was one of Frambridge's adorable Heartstagrams. I chose one of our favorite engagement photos to be matted to a heart and it couldn't be more adorable.

I don't know if it's just me because I'm decor obsessed (and the internet knows it), but I'm ALWAYS getting ads for Framebridge. I've wanted to try their frames for a while and wanted to try something small and affordable before investing in a larger piece.

I'm very impressed with the beauty of the piece. The frame looks great and you can tell the mat quality. I was surprised with how light the frame is, expecting it to be a more substantial weight. I admit that sometimes I equate weightiness to quality, so I was a little disappointed when I first picked my piece up. However, I really can't deny that the piece looks gorgeous, which lets be honest, is what really matters.

It should be mentioned that the website was super easy to use, and shipping was super quick. I even missed the date for Valentine's day delivery by a day, and it came on time anyway!

Overall, I appreciate Framebridge as an option somewhere in between pre-fab frames and frames from custom framers in both price and quality, and I wouldn't hesitate to order from them again when I want a gorgeous, artistic frame for a fair price.

Until then, I'll enjoy gazing at this little beauty. I have it adorning my dresser at the moment and couldn't find it any cuter! You can create your own heartstagram until the end of February.

Have you tried Framebridge yet? What is your favorite go-to for custom framing? I'd love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

With Love, Katie

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Barre, Hot Yoga and Cycling - ClassPass Review



So I know I may be a bit late to the party, but I. Love. Classpass. Starting my clinicals for school meant LA Fitness was no longer convenient for me. So, after years of putting up with the mediocre zumba and bootcamp classes that came with that membership, Classpass feels like a major breath of very fresh, very bougie air. And I love it. Let me tell you more:

The app is amazing. All the classes available at all the different studios in my area are incredibly easy to search. It's so much simpler to compare class times, studios, and reviews than it is trying to compare by navigating to individual websites. I can view my schedule of upcoming classes really easily. I also love opening up the app after a workout to be congratulated and asked to give a quick rating or review. I find the app easy, and most of all, motivating.

One of the major critiques of classpass is the penalty when you miss a class; you are charged a whopping $20 (and that's Philly area prices. I'm sure it's more in upcharged New York). I have to admit, this seriously sucks. However, you better believe this penalty made me get my butt to class on days that I surely would have skipped if no penalty was attached.

Another less than ideal limitation that comes with classpass is the studio limit per month. With my membership (5 classes a month) I can only visit the same studio twice. However, once you hit that limit you can purchase individual classes from the studios, through the classpass app, at reduced prices. The cost of an individual class from my favorite Barre studio is $19, but I can get it for $14 after I've hit my twice monthly limit and buy it through the classpass app. This limit forces you to diversify for at least 3 classes a month (something I think is a GOOD thing), and still lets you get classes for a reduced price after the limit has been hit. In my book, that's a win.

So, with my love for classpass made clear, I want to share with you the three studios classpass has helped me discover that have become my weekly routine to get ready for the wedding: barre, hot yoga, and spin!




1.) TruBarre Lafayette Hill

This was the first class I tried with classpass, and I loved it! I was always intimidated by barre, but somehow signing up for classpass gave me the oomph I needed to finally try this studio. I'm so glad I did! Barre is hard, like everyone always says, but it's definitely not impossible. You burn out each muscle to the point where you think you can't do another rep, and then it's over. And you stretch. I love it, and I feel like my posture has improved immensely even after only doing barre once a week for a little over a month. This workout works, and this studio is great!

2.) Dana Hot Yoga - Glenside

I've attended this studio in the past, but I was thrilled to find out it was on classpass. I've been doing hot yoga Sunday mornings after doing barre on Saturday, and let me tell you, by Monday I'm sore! I enjoy the ambiance at Dana and in winter the warmth is wonderful. I can't recommend this studio enough!
3.) Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness

I'll confess, I HATED spin at LA fitness. Spin at college was ok, but still something I suffered through just for the calorie burn. I've taken 2 classes so far at Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness, and I can't believe I actually ENJOYED my classes there! They are 45 minutes, which is perfect, and I've found the music to be great and the instructors to be so motivating. I've been cycling once mid-week, and I think a 45 minute cardio blast is the perfect after-work workout.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2 Weeks In France - Honeymoon Itinerary


After hours, days (seriously, days!), of research, I finally arranged my perfect honeymoon itinerary!

First, I should back up and say my honeymoon is 2 weeks in France! We actually have 13 full days in the country (excluding travel days), which we decided to split between Paris and a roadtrip through Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. For good measure, we're throwing in a day at Disneyland Paris too! It's neither of our first times in Paris, but it will be our first time to explore the french countryside! We are so excited!

I've decided to share my itinerary because when I first started trying to decide how to divide up the time I have overseas looking at other blogger's itineraries helped me so much! Read on for an overview of my honeymoon!
 

Days 1 - 5: Gay Paris! Of these five days, we may choose to spend one heading out to either Versailles or Disneyland Paris using the RER trains. We're staying the Saint Germaine neighborhood because of it's proximity to some of the best sights and restaurants, and because it's totally charming! If you're looking into hotels in Paris, I suggest you start by reading up on the different neighborhoods (arrondissements) to decide which appeals to you the most!

Day 6: Normandy - Giverny (Monet's Gardens) and Rouen. This day we will start by heading out of the city to the airport to pick up our rental car (Since neither of us know how to drive manual, we are taking the advice of picking up our car at Charles De Gaulle airport. Since this is a major rental hub, it will maximize the chances that the company we are renting with will indeed come through with an automatic!). Once we have the car we will drive the hour to Giverny to tour the gardens that inpired so many of Monet's paintings. Then it's on to Rouen, where we will eat dinner, have a stroll, and spend one night. We want to be sure to see the light show that is projected every night on Rouen's cathedral after sunset!

Day 7: Normandy - Agrotourism Tour of Normandy Cheese and Cider Producers. Normandy is knows for it's chamambert cheese and its cider. Because France is so well known for its food, I didn't want to leave the country without seeing some country farms myself! We will pick up this tour in Caen, then at the end of the tour drive to Bayeaux to spend the night.

Day 8: Normandy to Brittany - Bayeau Tapestry OR D Day Beach, Mont St Michele and a scenic drive to St. Malo. Because I wanted to leave some flexibility in the days, we are spending the morning in Bayeaux and will probably only have enough time to choose one of the local attractions; we will choose to either see the Bayeaux Tapestry (it's 70 meters long!), or head just outside the city to one of the D-Day beaches. Then we will continue to to Mont St Michele and spend the afternoon there before beginning the scenic drive between Mont St Michele and St. Malo to enjoy the rugged Brittany coastline (the scenic route follows the coastline and stops at Pointe du Grouin. Overnight in St. Malo.

Day 9: Brittany - St. Malo and Dinan. We will spend this day exploring St. Malo and Dinan, two towns that are close to each other in Brittany. I'm especially looking forward to doing some kayaking in Dinan on the Rance River! We will spend the night again in St. Malo.

Day 10: Loire Valley - Villandry and Loire's Troglodytes. Start the morning with the longest drive of the trip, 3 hours to the Loire Valley! We will start our Chateau exploration with Villandry, after which we will head to Troglodytique des Goupilleres, which will allow us to see the "cave dwellings" common to this region. Afterward we will finish our journey with a final drive to Amboise, where we will spend the night.

Day 11: Loire Valley - Chonenceaux, Chambord and Cheverny. I took this day straight from my Rick Steve's guidebook! We'll start the day at the Cenonceaux chateau, before heading to Chateau Chambord, and if there's time head to Cheverny at 5 to see the feeding of their resident hunting dogs! We'll spend this night again in Amboise.

Day 12: Loire Valley - Amboise and Blois. While we will spend the entirety of this day exploring Amboise and Blois in the Loire Valley, we will end the day completing our circuit of northern France with a drive back to Noisy-Le-Grand, in the suburbs of Paris, where we will spend the night.

Day 13: Optional Day - Either Disneyland, Versailles, or Paris. We're stationing ourselves for our last two nights in Noisy-Le-Grand, a suburb of Paris, because it will give us options for how we want to spend our last day. From here we can choose to head into Disneyland Paris, Versailles (if wwe haven't already gotten there during our time in Paris), or back into the city if there is some Bistro we just have to have one more time.




Monday, January 2, 2017

Wedding Skincare Routine



It's no secret: I'm Kiehls obsessed. Anytime a friend a friend or family member asks about my skincare routine or gives me even the slightest complement on my skin I start ranting and raving about how Kiehls saved me. But seriously it did, I had cystic acne even my senior year in college. It wasn't until I found Kiehls that I realized my skin would be better served by using simple, pure, gentle but thorough cleansing and moisturizing products rather than harsh, stripping products designed for acne.

At the time, this was a totally novel approach for me, I'd been trying to combat my teenage and adult acne with the harshest, most intense acne products I could find (that made sense at the time; bad acne? Hit it with the biggest, baddest acne zappers you can find!). If you struggle with some breakouts here and there, especially as an adult, I totally recommend this routine to you! It's good, honest, simple but thorough products. And when you need acne treatments, leave that for targeted products (like the amazing Mario Badescu drying lotion pictured below, or a lotion from your dermatologist).

So here, gathered into one place, is my skincare routine I've been doing to prep for the wedding! The wedding has been an amazing motivator to really stick with my routine, and I've been getting complements on my skin. ACTUAL COMPLEMENTS. Never before in my life have I actually received COMPLEMENTS about my complexion! Woohoo!




Wedding Skincare Prep


First up is my beloved Kiehls basics, which include the Ultra Facial Cleanser (my daily cleanser), Ultra Facial Cream (my daily moisturizer), and the Midnight Recovery Eye (my nightly eye cream. This has just a bit of anti aging in it. Now that I'm 25, I feel like it's a good time to start!). The cleanser is AMAZING at removing makeup, and the moisturizer work incredibly well without clogging pores or ever causing a breakout, and it has a great consistency without ever feeling greasy.

For facial treatments and masks I look to Kiehls as well, I use the Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque at night in place of the Ultra Facial Cream whenever my skin is feeling extra parched (it's a lifesaver in the winter!). Whenever I want to treat myself or control extra oil (more common for me in the summer) I use the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. At $28 for a jar that will last you at least 6 months, I think this product is actually an incredible value as far as luxury mud masks go! Using this is a serious pampering treat. I also use my Clarisonic Mia with the delicate skin brush head (good for acne prone and sensitive skin) about once a week to gently exfoliate.

I've always been prone to body acne in addition to facial acne, and my dermatologist recently recommended I switch from a salicylic acid body wash to one with benzoyl peroxide instead. I've been using PanOxyl 10% wash on the end of a long handled brush to reach my chest and back and it's been working like a charm!

Not pictured, however, is possible the most important step to my skincare routine; I found an attentive, helpful dermatologist who I love. If you have any skincare concerns and a big event coming up, don't skip this step! Not pictured is a prescription topical antibiotic that has helped minimize a small patch of rosacea that's been lingering on my left cheek (oh the woes of fair skin!).

I hope you enjoyed this post! Are any of you stepping up your skincare recently to prepare for a big event? Let me know in the comments below!

With love, Katie.