March 19, 2013

Williamsburg Treasures

Wedding Favor Inspiration

This past weekend, my fiance and I decided we were in much need of a Brooklyn day trip.  We had just read NY Mag's "Best Of" issue, which featured Williamsburg's Parish Hall as the best brunch in NYC.  Since that made the decision of where to go in Brooklyn easy, we just had to get over the fact that a minor blizzard started as soon as we walked out the door.  When we arrived in Williamsburg, we were welcomed with my favorite combination of real estate: boutiques and bars.  While I had been to the area many times before, I was always in a rush with no time to explore.  But, on this particularly snowy Saturday, we had no immediate plans, giving me plenty of time to do some damage. While I loved all of the shops on Bedford street, my absolute favorite was the now quite famous Catbird boutique.  Catbird is known for gorgeous delicate jewelry (think knuckle rings and finger bracelets), but in the boutique I was drawn to the accessories outside of the glass cabinets.  Since the shop carried such a well-curated selection of unique pieces, I decided to share a few of my favorites.  See descriptions below each pic.  Which one do you like best? xx

Gold painted ceramic bowls I pinned over a year ago here.


Mini rope cowbells that perfectly match a larger version I bought in Austin

Giant velour pumpkin - need I say more?

Gorgeous John Derian plates + a cat plate that my future brother-in-law should own

"Don't Give Up the Ship" cufflinks, famous words of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry,
who is known as the Hero of Lake Erie (my hometown)

March 3, 2013

If Not Now, When?


Well it appears that the month of February has flown by so fast that I didn't even get a chance to post during it!  A lot of exciting things happened during the month including my 28th birthday (hooray for getting old), completing our second half marathon race, booking our photographer and entertainment for the wedding, and an unexpected dream job opportunity that I could not refuse.  I wanted to share the above quote because I have asked myself this question more than once in 2013.  Since I am learning that some amazing opportunities might not come at the most amazing time, you have to be accepting of change and make the choice that is best for you.  With a week off before I start my new job, I am headed home to spend time with family and friends.  I am excited to take this time to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for and mentally prepare myself for the exciting (and potentially stressful) months ahead.  xx