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decor vs. fashion: gingham sheet set or shirt?

You really can’t go wrong with the laid-back look of gingham (especially when paired with denim). For this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post, I was inspired by Serena and Lily’s wonderfully made bed complete with gingham sheets to find an equally dapper gingham utility shirt from J.Crew. So, if you had up to $130 to spend this week, which would you choose: a sheet set or a utility shirt? DecorVsFahion SheetsOrShirt decor vs. fashion: gingham sheet set or shirt? Read the rest of this entry »

best counter-worthy bath products: aesop hand wash

While I’m slowly but surely making over my bathroom, I’ve been on the hunt for counter-worthy bath products and toiletries. Since I prefer clear countertops (for both style and sanity), I only buy items with attractive packaging – unless, of course, I’m stowing them away in my cabinets. I’d like to share my latest obsession: Aesop’s hand wash and hand balm.

courtneyadamobathroom best counter worthy bath products: aesop hand wash

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friday happy hour: pimm’s cup

Friday happy hour is back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. Next up: how to make a Pimm’s Cup. A deliciously refreshing drink with a likeness to iced tea. The best part: You can put a pitcher of Pimm’s Cup out at any backyard shindig and it’s a guaranteed hit with EVERYONE.

PimmsCup friday happy hour: pimms cup

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decor vs. fashion: mara hoffman floor cushion or tank top

I’m in love with New York-based fashion designer Mara Hoffman’s graphic boho prints and vibrantly coloured pieces (as evidenced in this post). Her attention-grabbing home decor collection with Anthropologie has been all the rage among the style set this summer, so it seems fitting that I’ve dedicated our Decor VS. Fashion post to her.

So, if you had $170 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: A Mara Hoffman-designed floor pillow or tank top?

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host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

How amazing are these bottle openers from Fort Standard?  CrestBottleOpeners host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

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easy summer dessert idea: ice cream sandwiches

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer! I’d like to share the easiest summer dessert idea. We had our engagement party this past weekend, and after dinner we busted out individual ice cream sandwiches.

EasyDessert IceCreamSandwiches easy summer dessert idea: ice cream sandwiches

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friday happy hour: aperol spritz

During the winter, I shared warm-you-up boozy drinks each Friday afternoon. Well, I’d like to bring the Friday happy hour back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. Next up: an Aperol spritz recipe. This Italian aperitivo (a pre-dinner cocktail) is light and refreshing – best served before a lingering alfresco meal.

AperolSpritz friday happy hour: aperol spritz

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friday happy hour: watermelon lime refresher

During the winter, I shared warm-you-up boozy drinks each Friday afternoon. Well, I’d like to bring the Friday happy hour back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. First up is this sweet and light watermelon lime refresher. Best enjoyed on a rooftop patio, it’s a mix of watermelon, mint and lime with the added hydrating benefits of pure coconut water.

recipe watermelon lime refresher friday happy hour: watermelon lime refresher

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entertaining pick: paperless post invitations

Today’s Style at Home Twitter chat was all about summer party planning. One of the questions asked how we send out invitations to a party? Via email, in person or online invite? There was an overwhelming consensus that Paperless Post is the best way to send out a party invitation, and I couldn’t agree more. My fiancé and I were so happy with our engagement party invitation that we sent to our family and friends via Paperless Post, so I thought I’d share it here.

PaperlessPost EngagementParty entertaining pick: paperless post invitations

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editor’s pick: summer vacation playhouse

How fun is this tablecloth playhouse? It’s almost summer vacation time for the kiddos, and this secret hideaway is perfect for both indoor and outdoor fun. It’s such a simple yet GENIUS idea from Etsy seller StripedCoast – and the kids will love it!

TableclothPlayhouse 2 editors pick: summer vacation playhouse

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