Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Tips On How To Take The Best Christmas Family Photos

 I feel like the holidays is the most popular time of the year for family photos, friends photos, event photos, and just photos of any kind. Today Peter Minkoff is guest posting to share some simply fabulous tips to take beautiful family holiday photos!

Taking photos for Christmas is a very sweet tradition that shows the growth and change of your family and its results are cherished forever. That’s why it’s worth putting some extra work into your photos this year. If you’re planning to take pictures of your family and want to capture some Insta-worthy shots, here are a few tips to keep in mind: 

Dress up 

Let’s start with a simple dress-up party. In general, professionals recommend that you dress more neutrally without super-loud patterns, which can be very distracting. Plus, going overboard with colors and patterns can create editing issues later on. For a more classy and elegant shoot, seasonal colors like reds, whites and greens are a great option. But if you’re going for a fun vibe with ugly Christmas sweaters and silly onesies, disregard the tips above—you’re going to have extra fun results even with over-the-top clothing. 

Pick the moments that count

It’s important to capture those moments that make the holiday season special for your family. Maybe you love decorating the house, unwrapping gifts or making tasty recipes—whatever it is, focus on those sweet shots. Many times, in those situations, you don’t even have to plan anything, just have your camera at hand. 

Choose a meaningful location

You and your family will feel most at ease in locations that you know and love. And because Christmas is a holiday of coziness, closeness and love, it’s important to incorporate all your favorite spots into your shoot. Most families choose their living room or their backyard, and these are great choices. For a family portrait, it’s best to opt for a background that’s calm, so the people can be in focus. However, don’t mix “calm” with “plain”—some fairy lights, trees, presents and snow can always capture that holiday spirit. 

Use the right lens

It’s not necessary to get technical with your photos, but some help from the right equipment can make a huge change. If you’re hiring a professional in family portraits to do your Christmas shoot, they will know just what kind of equipment to use for the best results. So, you don’t have to do much but relax, have fun with your family and enjoy the occasion. However, if you’re shooting alone, keep this in mind: you might want to use a wide-angle lens to fit more people in the frame, but this will create distortions. Instead, stand far from the subject and zoom in with a standard kit lens. 

Think about composition

Here’s another technical element on this list—composition. When organizing the group in your family portrait, try to place everyone’s head at different levels by using chairs, armchairs, etc. For instance, one person can use a regular chair, one can sit in their lap, one can use the armrest and some can stand or sit on the floor. Start with the center of the frame and go towards the edges, placing people according to your wishes. If you’re not sure of the frame size, look through the viewfinder and place two people at the borders of the frame, asking all others to stand in the space between. If you also want to be in the shot, set the timer on your camera. And don’t forget to take multiple photos in case someone bas their eyes closed. 

Play some music

And finally, as you prepare and conduct your shoot, try to avoid silence. Silence can make taking photos a bit awkward and make everyone look stiff and bored—this shows in photos so well. Instead, turn on the music to get you in the mood to celebrate, dance and laugh. Having portable speakers with you can do wonders for outdoor shoots. 

This year’s Christmas family photos will blow everyone’s mind, and make you super excited for the holidays. And some extra effort you invest will pay off in so many ways. 

Friday, December 9, 2022

5 Tips For First Time Car Owners

 First or fifth time, I feel like buying a car is always exciting, a little overwhelming, and a little stressful. Today Peter Minkoff is guest posting on the blog and sharing some simply fabulous tips for first time car buyers!

Getting a car for the first time is an awesome thing: it gives you freedom, access to new destinations and makes your daily life so much easier. However, being a first-time car owner comes with a nasty surprise—all that maintenance you need to do and all those car things to keep in mind. As a woman, you might feel a little lost in the world of vehicles, but with these tips, you’ll become the most responsible car owner there is: 


Read the owner’s manual

Before you dive into any other detail, make sure to grab your owner’s manual and look through it. This booklet has everything you need to know about your car’s maintenance schedule, oil changes, flushing of the fluids and replacing the filters. You’ll also learn how to read the dashboard signals, what issues to pay attention to and how to keep your car looking good and fashionable


Schedule regular tire and fluids checks

It’s imperative for you to know how to inspect your car for issues, especially before any long trips. Firstly, check the state of your tires, which is an easy task that requires minimal effort. Make sure your car is sitting comfortably on the tires, the tread is deep and there are no cracks on the sidewalls or foreign objects wedged inside the tire. Fluids are also something every woman can check herself. Check the levels of windshield fluid, engine oil and coolant; if you notice the levels are low, simply top them off. 


Protecting your car’s paint

Your car’s paint is not there just to give your vehicle some color and life. It’s actually a great protective layer that keeps the metal underneath safe from corrosion and damage. Therefore, your paint deserves good care—much more than simply washing. To properly maintain your car’s paint job, engage in thorough washing with water and soap, and don’t be scared to go into all the nooks and crannies, especially in wintertime, when there’s a lot of salt on the road that can stick to your car. To get the nasty water stains off the car, grab a special water spot remover for water spots, scale and stubborn stains. And the best thing about this product is that it can be used around the household: on windows, glass shower partitions and all other tough surfaces. Cover the paint with a special protective coating that saves the car from dirt build-up, oxidation, sun damage and dirty rain for extra protection. 

Create an emergency kit

Every driver needs to have several emergency items in the car. Women seem to be more diligent in supplying the car with an emergency kit and keeping it up-to-date. It’s necessary to have a valid first aid kit in your car to handle any medical trauma before the medics arrive. Aside from that, it’s also crucial to have some tools in the car that will help you in a pinch. A pair of working jumping cables is a must, and you can also refresh your memory on how to use them. There’s a great possibility that you’ll need a screwdriver, pliers and wire cutters in your driving career, so throw them in your trunk as well. 


In case your car gives up in the middle of the night, a flashlight will also come in handy so you can read the manual and see what you’re doing. If something is loose, duct tape will be there to keep things together until you drive yourself to a mechanic. And lastly, a blanket, water and snacks can save your life if you get stranded. 


Build a trusting relationship with your mechanic

There are some mechanics willing to scam women drivers by inventing issues and overcharging for parts. The safest thing to do is choose a properly-certified mechanic shop to prevent this behavior. If possible, find a female mechanic who will be more sympathetic. In many cases, if you stay loyal to one shop, you can end up with great service and various discounts. 

Just because you’re a woman, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to know anything about your car. If you study these tips and follow them, you’ll gain a lot of experience quickly and go from a new car owner to a seasoned driver in no time.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Fashionable Birthday Gifts For Him

 When it comes to gift shopping, I always find that the most challenging people to shop for are dad, brother-in-law, guy friend, significant other, etc. Maybe it’s because I am a woman, but I feel like there is larger amount of gifting options for women than there are for men… To make gift shopping for the men in out life slightly easier, Peter Minkoff is guest posting on the blog today and sharing a few fashionable gifts for him!

You’ve come to the perfect place if a man in your life, whom you cherish and love, has a birthday coming up. Finding birthday presents for men entails getting to know them well enough to choose items that they’ ll value highly. If you choose wisely, fashionable birthday gifts for him can bring happiness, enthusiasm, and inspiration. Here are stylish and fashionable birthday suggestions that will aid him in further developing his look and continue to be chic and trendy in any situation.


A new pair of underwear

You can give your birthday boy as a surprise a pair of new underwear. It’s something that we all need, so it surely won’t go unused. The foundation of any remarkable outfit is the undergarment, and a nice pair of boxers or briefs will keep any guy well-stocked with fashionable, flexible, moisture-wicking underwear. If you don’t want to risk it, opt for the best men’s underwear to buy for every body type. Just pick a length that’s comfortable for him, and he’s good to go.

A classic polo shirt

There are times when it’s wise to choose a traditional present that will please any guy, and that’s a classic polo shirt. A polo is a classic piece of apparel that is appropriate for every situation, including casual Fridays at work, first dates on the weekend, and leisurely picnics on the weekend. If your birthday boy loves to stand out and be fashionable, avoid ordinary polos and choose terry cloth shirts for men instead and get that classic look with a modern thin fit and accent elements. He’ll feel quite cozy thanks to the terry fabric, made from organic cotton. Regardless of the situation, this ace-up-your-sleeve is wonderful for summer days and gives him the perfect balance of ease and refinement.


Trendy accessories

Accessorizing and making a statement are key components of fashion. You may best express yourself and flaunt your sense of style by using accessories. Look for scarves and hats if the man you’re buying for loves to accessorize. A pair of leather gloves will keep him warm and fashionable when winter arrives. One can opt to wear a chic timepiece to improve their appearance. Consider getting him a watch that he’ll like wearing in this case. If you know his preferred looks, feel free to splurge on a watch.

A stylish belt

Daily attire that’s stylish and practical enhances a man’s appearance and belts are one such item. Even though they can go unnoticed, their absence is undoubtedly intimidating to an outfit. In particular, for any professional or business owner, their absence is quite revealing. Men’s belts make thoughtful presents because they’re practical, worn daily, and set the tone for the man’s attire. Try to look for belts for men that are precisely cut, feature a high-end design. You might also want to look at some fashionable brown and black leather belts as a nice touch to the outfit of your birthday boy.

Cashmere sweaters

A cashmere sweater will provide all the coziness and comfort you may require if you’re alone and need to stay warm. A cashmere sweater not only feels warm, but it also unquestionably looks chic. For added sophistication, wear a dress shirt underneath. To add class and value to any outfit, think about wearing a cashmere turtleneck. Because the sweaters are so adaptable, he’ll be able to pair them with a variety of bottoms, such as jeans and casual pants.

A classy tie

Even today, wearing a tie is the mark of a gentleman whether it’s at a formal occasion, a family gathering, or even at work. Men’s ties never go out of style since they’re more than just a piece of clothing. They produce an appearance and presence that define a man’s position and demonstrate the lifestyle he chooses. You can choose a gift that precisely complements the man’s preferences and way of life from among the many various colors, textures, designs, and fabrics available out there.

A personalized gift box

When you’re not sure which gift to choose, choose several and make up a practical gift box. Along with a flask, add a belt and wallet to the mix. You can give the man in your life a stylish present with a pricey bottle of wine or strong liquor, some Cuban cigars, and possibly a bow tie.

Even though buying gifts for birthdays isn’t always simple, it doesn’t have to be difficult. With these fashionable birthday gift ideas, you can quickly choose the most stylish gift for him without too much hassle.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Black Friday Sales

 I love how over the past few years that “Black Friday” sales have started a week or so early. I really appreciate that it cuts down the stress level and gives you time to make thoughtful purchases, make sure you are purchasing the correct gift items, and treat yourself to a something extra as well… let’s face fact… the holidays are a wonderful time, but the expectation surrounding some things can be a little stressful, and ‘treat yourself’ moments become a necessity. 

There are some truly wonderful sales going on right now, which I have rounded up for you all! Be sure to check back as Friday approaches because I will continue to add sales to this list!

Abercrombie// 30% off everything

Addison Bay// 30% off with code CYBER30

Anthropologie// 30% off select items

Ann Taylor// 40% off your purchase

Barrington// up to 15% off of orders under $200 with code jingle15, 20% off order of $200 with code jingle 20, 25% off orders of $400 or more with code jingle25

Brooks Brothers// 30% off sitewide

Clairebella Studio// 30% off sitewide with code BLACK30

Club Monaco// 40% off everything

Dudley-Stephens// 40% off sitewide with code: DSDELIGHT

Hill House Home// 30% off your order

J. Crew// 50% off your purchase with code: SHOPEARLY

J. Crew Factory// Up to 60% off everything

Kate Spade// up to 50% off select items

KJP// 25% off sitewide

Krewe// buy 2 frames get 15% off, buy 3 frames get 20% off

Lake Pajamas// 25% off sitewide

Lele Sadoughi// 25% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY

LoveShackFancy// up to 75% off Sale

Madewell// 40% off your purchase with code: OHJOY

Mae’d in NYC// Gift with Purchase and you can use code: SOUTHERNGRACE10 to save 10% on your MAE order

Mansure Gavriel// 50% off sale event

Margaux// Save 20% sitewide

Mark and Graham// up to 70% off

Naked Cashmere// 50% off sitewide sale

Nordstrom// Up to 60% off Deals

Sail to Sable// up to 40% off

Saks Fifth Avenue// Up to 50% off Designer Sale

Sarah Flint// Use code: SARAHFLINT-BALAURENAID for $50 off 1 pair of shoes, use code: HOLIDAY-FLINTFAMILY for $100 off 2 pair of shoes, $225 off 3 pair of shoes, and $400 off 4 or more pair of shoes

Serena and Lilly// 25% off with code: GRATITUDE

Shopbop// 25% off storewide with code HOLIDAY

Summersalt// 30% off sitewide

Tory Burch// 30% off select styles and up to 50% off sale

Vineyard Vines// Up to 50% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Williams Sonoma// up to 50% off

White + Warren// 25% off site-wide

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Fall(ing) With Summersalt

 Summersalt is widely known for their amazing swimsuits, most of which are currently one sale right now… Until I started working with Summersalt I never really paid attention to any of their other items that they offer: sweaters, shirts, joggers, hoodie, jackets, pajamas, etc. – I have to admit, that I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of all of their items! Even as I write this I am wearing one of their sweaters that I am completely obsessed with.

I am sure a lot of you are like me and were completely out of the loop on just how amazing their other items are. So… I thought I would share a few of my personal favorite Summersale items and a few items I have my eye on with you all! To receive $10 towards your Summersalt order, be sure to use code: LAURENJS10

The Flirty Ruffle Sleeve Sweater

This is the first Summersalt sweater that I tried, and it was love at first sight and touch. I love a ruffle detail anything and this sweater has the perfect amount of a statement ruffle. If you live in a city where you still need a transition piece or if you have warmer winters, then you 100% need this sweater!

The Coziest Cahsmere Blend Hoodie and Jogger

This Cashmere Blend Hoodie and Jogger outfit is a complete dream! It is like slipping into the safest, warmest hug ever, and sometimes that is a need after a hard day or week. I love the fact that these pieces are sold separately so you can either purchase one or the other, or purchase different sizes to create the perfect fit! This will be your new favorite outfit!

The Luxe Cashmere Blend Two-Tone Sweater

This is the sweater I am wearing while writing this post… The quality of this sweater is amazing, it looks more expensive than it actually is, and it is super soft complete with a very flattering fit. This is a fall and winter must-have for everyone!

The Reversible Eco Quilted Lightweight Jacket

I have been eyeing this item… it comes in 4 different colors, but I personally love the navy and light blue combination. Plus, blue is universally flattering. This is another Summersalt item that I feel looks far more expensive than it actually is. 

The Luxe Cashmere Blend Mix Stitch Sweater

This is a new item for Summersalt, but how perfect is this sweater! I love the style of this sweater, the colors it is available in, and the fact that it looks a little old school. Will definitely be adding this one to my Summersalt collection!

The Luxe Pima Long-Sleeve Statement Tee

I have worn this Tee countless times and I have only had it since September… The Pima fabric is sooo soft and it is a great piece that can be worn alone or as a layering piece!

Monday, October 17, 2022

Links I'm Loving

 I usually do these posts on Fridays, but I have been so bad about posting on here this month. I promise I will post on here more regularly, especially with the holiday season coming up! Since I haven’t done one of these in a little while I thought it would be fun to switch things up and share a few of my favorite links to start off the week! 


One// Sarah Flint Rose’s Parker Sling 50

The Rose’s Parker Sling 50 is such a dream and so perfect for the upcoming holiday season. The deep yellow amber suede and gold satin that make up this shoe is just such a stunning combination. Sarah Flint designed this shoe with tastemake Rose Dadouchic as part of her Visions of Vienna Collection, and this pump really is such a vision, love it! Use code: SARAHFLINT-BALAURENAID for $50 off your first pair of Sarah Flint Shoes!!


Two// MAE Outerwear

Sarah Mae of Mae, Mae’s in NYC just released the most beautiful collection of coats for the fall and winter season and I am completely swooning over each and every one of them. The classic lines complete with embellished bow buttons is just everything. My person favorite is the Sophia Coat in Glen Plaid… Use code: SOUTHERNGRACE10 to receive 10% off your entire Mae purchase!


Three// Ree Drummond Individual Caramel Cakes

I love the way pumpkin spice smells, but when it comes to actually eating something, I am much more of an apple cinnamon and caramel fall person… Is it just me or do individual desserts just seem cuter? This Individual caramel cake from Ree Drummond looks absolutely delicious! 


Four// Maxwell & Geraldine Fall Collection

Maxwell & Geraldine is a newish to me company I love their overall aesthetic. I just ordered my first ever item from them last week and it did not disappoint. I ordered the Kate Dress in Blackwatch Plaid and the order arrived in less than a week with regular shipping and their shipping packaging was fantastic.


Five// The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5

The Handmaid’s Tale is such a nail bitter of a show this season… I have to pause it and take a break during the episodes on multiple occasions. If you are on the search for a show to binge, I highly recommend this one.  


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

My Favorite Fall Recipes

 As many of you know, fall is hands down one of my favorite times of the year. I love how the thickness of summer starts to fade away and that the mornings are greeted with a crisp lightness to the air. I not only love the weather, fashion, and holidays that accompany this time of year, but I just adore the food that is typically associated with the cooler months of the year. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite fall recipes, and most of them are super easy and do not require much time to put together!

Classic Minestrone Soup

This is hands down the best Minestrone soup recipe I have ever tried, and the best Minestrone soup I have ever had, period. Perfect for a fall winter night!


Chicken Noodle Soup

There used to be a restaurant in Nashville called the “Bread & Company”, and they had the best chicken noodle soup. It was always so comforting on a rainy day; you could ask to have it in a bread bowl, and the soup always had linguine noodles with plenty of chicken and vegetables – it was food for the soul. Last year I tried to recreate the recipe and it turned out to be a hit with friends and family!


Easy Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

I always love a recipe that you can pretty much dump in a crock pot, set the timer, and forget about it till it’s time to eat. This slow cooker chicken chili is delicious, packed full of flavor, super easy to make, and serves about four or five people {and to feed more all you have to do is double the recipe}. Love this recipe for days when I have a lot to do or am feeling a little lazy…


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This one is slightly more time involved than the chicken chili because of the prep work, but this is another chili recipe that you can put in a crockpot, set and forget about. Personally, I am not a big beef person, and this turkey chili is so amazing and such a great alternative to a traditional beef chili. Side note: I personally love to put some macaroni noodles on the bottom of my bowl then top the noodles with chili and my favorite chili toppings!


Stuffed Belle Peppers

The pioneer woman has the best tex-mex recipes, and this one is another of hers that really hits it out of the park. You can make these are ahead or make them in the moment. I love the fact that there isn’t a ton of meat in this recipes and the veggie and rice mix is the ultimate comfort food for the cold night. If you are like me and aren’t a big beef person, I usually sub ground turkey or chicken for the beef.


Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

I think at this point it is safe to say that I am a fan of Tex-mex food, if you aren’t I promise there are different recipes coming up, so keep reading… This is one of the easiest recipes to make, and it is always so delicious! Perfect for a night when you don’t want to spend a lot of time on dinner


Barefoot Contessa Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Fair warning, these sandwiches are time involved, but the end result is so worth the effort that goes into making these sandwiches. This Barefoot Contessa recipe was inspired by her favorite chicken sandwich from the Shake Shack, and no offense to the Shake Shack, but Ina’s Chicken sandwiches are next level! You will love how this recipe turns out.


Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie is one of my most favorite fall and winter dishes. Anytime a restaurant has chicken pot pie as an option on their menu. I really wanted to be able to make this dish at home, but could never really find a recipe that I 100% loved, so I started playing around with coming up with my own recipe based off of some chicken pot pie recipes I had already tried, and not to toot my own horn, but this recipe is pretty fantastic, and easy to make!


Cider-Roasted Pork Tenderloin

At first, I was a little skeptical of cider-roasted tenderloin, but Ina always knows best, and this recipe is amazing and the flavors in this dish just taste like fall.


Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet

This is one of the easiest things to make and it is beyond delicious. Pasta, in my opinion, is one of the ultimate comfort foods. This recipe only requires one pan and it is just so delicious!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Links I'm Loving

 It has been a little while since I have last posted on here. I feel like the month of September has been one of the longest/shortest month of 2022. I got sidetracked by so many things, and I must confess, like many Royal watchers I put my life on hold to watch all the coverage surrounding Queen Elizabeth II… she was such an amazing, accomplished person who has seen and been through so much in her seventy years as a monarch. I know no one can last forever and that there comes a point that we all must part one day, but I can’t believe someone who was so admired by the world is no longer her. I felt like watching the news coverage was like watching history.  

I do plan to post on here much more often, especially with the holiday season coming up! I am so excited that we are in the “BER” months. This is just my favorite time of the year and I am just so excited for everything this come with this last quarter of the year. For now though, here are a few links that I am currently loving!

One// Sarah Flint Boots

Is anyone else ridiculously excited for boot season, or just me? As you all have probably guessed by now, I am completely obsessed with Sarah Flint shoes; the quality and fit is just amazing! I have already purchase the Perfect Riding Boot 30 and I have my eye on a few other pairs of Sarah Flint boots… Use code: SARAHFLINT-BALAURENAID for $50 to receive $50 off your first pair of Sarah Flint shoes!


Two// Classic Minestrone Soup from Magnolia Table 

This is not only the best Minestrone soup recipe I have come across, but the best minestrone soup ever. Makes enough to easy last a family {or individual} anywhere from 3 days to an entire week. Absolutely love this recipe! The only thing I do different is I do leave the spinach out because I have found that the soup taste better heated up and last longer without the spinach cooked into the initial batch of soup


Three// Hocus Pocus 2 Official Trailer

If you have been following my Instagram stories, then you know that I am beyond excited for the release of Hocus Pocus 2, available this Friday on Disney Plus! 

Four// Summersalt Sale

If you haven’t shopped the SummerSalt sale, then you need to as soon as possible. All swim is currently 30-60% off and you can use code: LAURENJS10 to save an extra $10 on your Summersalt purchase!!


Five// Diane Keaton + J. Crew

I love every single movie that Diane Keaton has ever been in. She is so fun to watch on screen and she seems like she would be a really great person in real life as well. I hold Diane Keaton {and Nancy Myers} 100% accountable for the coastal grandmother trend that took the fashion world by storm this past summer, so it only makes sense that J. Crew would want to make her part of their fall campaign!! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Guest Post :: Cozy Home Decor Wedding Gift Ideas

 I absolutely love home gifts for any occasion! I get so excited over things from William-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel that it is almost embarrassing. Today Peter Minkoff is sharing cozy home wedding gift ideas, some of which I am definitely adding to my own wish list!   

Being invited to a wedding is a great honor, but it can also be stressful, especially if you don’t know what to get for the happy couple. If you’re bad at buying gifts or if you just don’t know the couple that well to get them something sentimental, here are a few ideas that will definitely hit the mark and make their family home full of beauty, comfort, and love (while not costing you a fortune). 


It might sound a bit weird to get people blankets, but think about it—some of our most prized possessions are blankets (our baby blanky, our first bed cover with superheroes, cozy throws, family quilts, etc.) So provide your happy couple with a top-quality blanket throw, and let them create their own memories of cuddling underneath and talking about their future. And if you want to give your newlyweds the gift of rest and sleep, check out weighted blankets online and take your pick. These work great for minimizing anxiety and stress, and they offer ultimate comfort and relaxation while sleeping. After the wedding hustle and bustle has settled, your couple will be so grateful for your thoughtful gift that will help them get the best sleep of their lives. 

Picnic basket with goodies

Is there anything more romantic than a picnic for two? Provide your couple with a perfect tool to bring all their picnics to life—an old-fashioned picnic basket with a few lux goodies inside. Best baskets are already equipped with plates, wine glasses, utensils, and napkins. Add an outdoor blanket to the mix, and you just made their next date under the sun so much better. And when not in use, a gorgeous vintage picnic basket can be used as a perfect hallway, patio, deck, or mud room decoration. 

Personalized wine box

The happy couple always needs to have something high quality to make a toast. With a personalized wine bow with three or five custom wine bottles, you can ensure they have tasty wine for every big day in the future. The bottles are marked with dates and meant to be opened for their first, third, fifth, tenth, and 15th anniversaries. The box is beautiful in itself, engraved with the spouses’ names and the date of their wedding. Just make sure to choose some tasty wines that can withstand the test of time. 

Espresso machine

The first days of marriage are super romantic, easy, and relaxing, but once you need to return from your honeymoon and start living in the real world again, things can get stressful. Well, with a cup of coffee to wake you up every morning, your couple will avoid many early-morning grumpy quarrels. A double-server coffee maker will be not just the single most used gadget in their home but also serve as  beautiful decoration that will elevate their kitchen design. 

Designer plant pots

If you know your couple takes pride in being great plant parents, why not surprise them with a gift perfect for their leafy companions? Pick out the most beautiful set of designer pots that will replace their mismatched pots and create a lux and sophisticated vibe in their home. If they are handmade, you can even order stamped pots with their initials on the bottom, as a signature and a reminder for their family and love to grow and thrive. 

Framed wedding invitation

Once you receive your wedding invitation, don’t throw it away, but turn it into beautiful house d├ęcor for your couple. Blow up the invitation and put it in a gorgeous frame to be displayed in the bedroom. You can opt for a box frame, so the couple can add trinkets and memories from the wedding and make a little treasure display that will forever remind them of the happiest day of their lives. 

Any one of these perfect wedding gifts will fit beautifully into your newlyweds’ home and make their shared space full of love, style and comfort.