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Watching:
I’ve been obsessively watching garden tours with Monty Don on Netflix. My favorite has been Italy, but there are also episodes on France and more on YouTube. Watching it has me itching to go back to Europe!

Planning:
Speaking of going back to Europe, Grant and I are thinking about heading to the south of France for our 30th birthdays. Have you been? We would love any recommendations!

Following:
I may have been previously living under a rock, but I just started following Brittany Bathgate and am obsessed with her style! I’m currently on a mission to elevate my everyday style (trying to not wear jeans every. single. day. despite my blog name) and her outfits are serving up major inspiration.

Coveting:
Willing spring to arrive so I can stop wearing socks. These woven mules are high on my spring wishlist. They’ll be perfect with my new favorite jeans.

Reading:
If you know me, then you likely already know that I am obsessed with Of A Kind and everything Claire & Erica do. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the debut of their book (!) Work Wife, which delves into the power of female friendship to drive successful businesses. P.S. if you aren’t already, listen to their podcast!

Hydrating:
Doubling up on my overnight moisture with this brightening night cream by Caudalie followed by the new True Botanicals Moisturizing Overnight Mask. My skin is so soft and hydrated when I wake up!

Our Wedding: Getting Ready

Excited to share more details from our wedding day! We were so lucky to have space at our venue to get ready for the day. It made it a breeze to be in one place and not have to worry about transportation. When we first arrived, I remember it feeling so surreal that the day had finally come!

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I got ready with my mom, Grant’s mom and my five bridesmaids. Once I decided on my getting ready dress, I had everyone else wear white tops + denim, which is basically my summer uniform, ha. We spent the morning getting excited for the day while having our hair and makeup done by Janet & the team at Be. NYLA. They did such an amazing job making everyone look beautiful and natural.

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I had the hardest time figuring out what I wanted to wear while getting ready! I didn’t want to go the robe/pajama route and every dress I came across wouldn’t be easy to get off after having my hair and makeup done. Eventually I found this dress (ironically from the maternity line HATCH) that was a breeze to get on and off! I love that it’s a dress I can wear in my everyday life and be reminded of our special day.

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I gifted my bridesmaids earrings for them to wear and some Glossier Balm Dot Calm in Rose (it’s my fave!). I also had custom bags made for each of them on Etsy. I also found vintage handkerchiefs on Etsy, which I gave to my mom, Grant’s mom and my stepmom.

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The dress! I kept going back and forth about what I wanted — I was drawn to both super simple silk dresses and overly textured dresses. I think everyone expected me to go with a silk dress à la Carolyn Bessette, but I ultimately wanted something more special. I originally found my dress on Moda Operandi, sent it to my mom and said “This is what I’m looking for! But picture it without long sleeves…and without the mini skirt...” I had completely forgotten about the dress when we had an appointment at Saks Bridal and Elizabeth Fillmore happened to be having a trunkshow of her dresses. Lo and behold, the mannequin was wearing the dress I had sent my mom! I tried it on, along with a few others, but instantly knew it was the one.

I was fortunate enough to meet Elizabeth herself, and she invited me to finish all of my alterations and do my fittings at her personal studio. It was a dream come true to get to fully customize my dress and have it made exactly as I envisioned. It was such a special process that I will never forget!

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I had been looking for a few pins to wear in my hair and my mom surprised me at one of my dress fittings with my grandmother’s veil. Her veil was not in great condition to be worn, but she had these amazing flowers that formed a headband and coincidentally were very similar to the flowers on my dress. I took the veil apart and used the loose flower pieces in my hair. I loved being able to incorporate part of her wedding day into my look and have something so unique and special.

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For my jewelry, I wore simple stud earrings and was incredibly fortunate that my dad gave me one of my other grandmother’s bracelets to wear. She loved opals and I have so many memories of her wearing them. It is a piece I will always treasure.

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Grant and I did a first look so we could take all of our family portraits beforehand our ceremony. We exchanged cards with one another and it was so special to have that time alone, before all of the festivities began. If you are comfortable with it, I highly recommend doing a first look. Doing portraits pre-ceremony allowed us to actually be a part of our cocktail hour and spend more time with our guests. It also helped get all of the jitters out!

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I opted to wear a veil for our ceremony and loved how simple mine was. I wanted to make sure you could still see the back of my dress through it so I opted for a sheerer style from Twigs & Honey. They send you swatches of their tulle, which made it super easy to coordinate with my dress.

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I had all of my bridesmaids wear the same dress — the High Neck Cinch Gown in Sand from Natalie Deayala. Her dresses are so beautiful and simple and come in so many colors and styles. Sorry to see that she has closed her business — she filled such a void in the marketplace!

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Last but certainly not least, our adorable flower girls! I found their dresses at Pink Chicken and am so obsessed I wish I could have bought it for myself. I got them swiss dot bows by Coco and Manu for their hair and they wore Saltwater sandals in gold.

All images by Shannen Natasha

Winter Sweaters

As much as I want it to be spring, we still have another month or so of cooler temps. After wearing the same sweaters for months, I always like to look for a couple new sweaters to get me through the last bits of winter. My favorite sweater destinations are H&M, & Other Stories, Mango and Net-A-Porter for some necessary luxe.

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Right now I can’t get enough creamy neutrals and browns and pops of stripes that will carry me from now to spring! Adding this, this and this to my shopping cart immediately.

Our Wedding: The Venue + Decor

I can’t believe it’s already been over a year since our wedding! Our wedding was recently featured on Over the Moon and I wanted to do a few posts here to share more about our day, starting with our venue and decor…

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I am originally from New Jersey and although we live in New York City, we decided to have our wedding outside of Los Angeles. Grant is from LA and has grandparents who wouldn’t have been able to travel to the East Coast. Getting married in Southern California also ensured we’d have perfect weather, which we did—75 degrees and perfectly sunny!

We settled on Hummingbird Nest Ranch for our venue. My close friend, Janelle, got married there two years before us and we fell in love with it. We toured a lot of other venues, but none of them came close to the character and Italian villa feel of Hummingbird. We loved that it felt like an amazing home (with a pool!) and our wedding could feel like a dinner party.

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Our ceremony took place under a grove of olive trees and we used olive branches throughout our decor. We kept everything pretty minimal, for aesthetic reasons and to keep costs down. I loved how simple and classic everything turned out and how seamlessly our decor went with the venue.

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A few details from the ceremony—our welcome table and bags filled with flower petals for post-ceremony tossing. We had white hydrangea petals scattered up the aisle and also used them to fill our “to toss” bags. I knew they would make a big statement in our recessional photos!

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We used the existing greenery around the pool to create the backdrop for our place cards. Wooden clothespins held up the place cards and we also used some mini clothespins for name cards at each person’s seat.

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One of my absolute favorite details (and everyone else’s!) were the balloons in the pool. These almost didn’t happen and were a last minute addition. I had seen something similar on Pinterest and couldn’t get it out of my head. Originally I thought we could easily tackle these ourselves and save some money. However, after talking to our day-of coordinator, it became clear that it would be quite difficult to pull off on our own (plus added stress). Party Blitz came to the rescue and blew us away with her install. It seriously came out better than I could have imagined!

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Stay tuned for more posts about our wedding!

Sources:
Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch
Rentals: A Rental Connection
Balloons: Party Blitz
Flowers: Of the Flowers
Paper Goods: designed by me, printed by Presshaus LA
Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party

All photos by Shannen Natasha

Currently

It’s been so cold here in NYC that I’ve been enjoying the extra time indoors — lots of magazine reading, Netflix bingeing and inspiration hunting!

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Shopping:
Mourning the closing of one of my favorite stores, The Line, but also reaping the benefits from their insane closing sale.

Watching:
Season 3 of True Detective. If you were a fan of season one, but hated season two, then you will love season three. Mahershala Ali is incredible and I’m looking out for Jodi Balfour, who I love following on instagram (and also played Jackie O. on The Crown!).

Visiting:
My talented friend, Jessica Williams, is an interior designer and just opened a store in Newburgh, NY. If you are planning a trip to Beacon, it’s well worth the quick hop across the Hudson to visit Hendley & Co!

Coveting:
We are slowly making updates to our apartment and I’ve got my eye on this pretty mirror. It’s a wallet-friendly version of this mirror.

Dreaming:
Really wanting to plan a long weekend trip to Paris after following Alicia’s recent trip! Somehow Paris manages to still be dreamy in the height of winter.

Selling:
Last weekend I did the whole Marie Kondo thing and overhauled my closet. After getting a few inquiries, I decided to list some pieces over on Depop!

Interior Envy: Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s home ranks high in my inspiration files, which is no surprise considering she’s the daughter of everyone’s favorite movie director / home creator, Nancy Meyers. Hallie’s home has so much character, but still manages to feel modern. I love the combination of wood ceilings paired with bright white walls. It’s so nice to see a home layered with pieces that tell a story rather than everything being brand new.

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GET THE LOOK

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2018 in review

2018 was full of lots of exciting moments, career explorations and of course, a handful of challenges. We wanted to travel more this year and feel so fortunate to have made that a priority — Mexico City, LA, Italy for our honeymoon, Austin, Nantucket, upstate NY, Montauk, and India!
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I also explored a new career path - something I didn’t share publicly, but was an exciting experience for me. I’ve always been interested in interior design and I spent 5 months interning with the incredible team at Michelle R. Smith Interiors. I’m beyond grateful I was able to have that experience and feel so lucky to have been able to work with such an inspiring group of women.

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I’m looking forward to the year ahead and excited to be back in this space! I’ll be putting together detailed posts of our wedding, travel guides, more interiors focused content and lots of style inspiration. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see!

Thank you for continuing to read and follow along. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

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I never used to like brown very much but as of this summer, I can’t get enough of it! I’ve been incorporating it more and more into our home and my closet. The gingham Trademark bag is my winter bag and that brown sweater is currently on its way to me!

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Trademark Gingham Tote / See previous post for current obsession with all things gingham. I missed out on their baby blue version this summer and when the chocolate version came out, I had to have it!

Mango Chunky-Knit Sweater / I’d been on the hunt for a simple crewneck sweater and this one is perfect. The dark brown color is currently on its way to me.

Madewell Cashmere Ribbed Joggers / Cashmere. Sweats. Say no more.

Madewell Chunky Hoop Earrings / Simple gold hoops that make a little bit of a statement.

Loq Matea Boots / Ever since I got this bag last year, I’ve loved a touch of croc. These boots would elevate any outfit.

Tenoverten Polish in Hester / My latest go to manicure shade. Perfect as a year-round neutral.

Heather Taylor Home Gingham Napkins / I’ve been coveting some of Heather’s amazing linens forever and am thinking of pulling the trigger on these when I’m in LA over the holidays!

See what else I’m currently coveting here.

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