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). 

Blankets

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. 

Monday, September 5, 2022

Labor Day Sales

 The summer Season has really sailed by, but there is always a silver lining to the end of every season… there are always a ridiculous number of amazing sales. Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the season. Once the ‘BER’ make their appearance I feel like the year really starts to speed by because of all of the holidays, but it is always such a fun time of year. I always feel like end of the season sales are the perfect time to treat yourself, stock up on a few wardrobe staples, and do a little pre-holiday/special event shopping. Wishing everyone a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! Below are a few of my favorite sales!!

Abercrombie// Up to 50% off select styles

Ann Taylor// Extra 70% off all sale styles 

Anthropologie// Extra 50% off all sale items

Brooks Brothers// up to 60% off plus an additional 20% off

ClaireBella// Save 20% with code: SOUTHERN20

Club Monaco// 50% off sale styles

Draper James// 30% off sale styles with code EXTRA30

Dudley Stephens// 30% off sitewide

Free People// up to 25% off all sale styles

J. Crew// 40% off with code LONGWKND

J. Crew Factory// 50% off entire site & storewide

Joules// 30% off everything with code LABORDAY

Kiel James Patrick// 25% off all sale items

Madewell// Extra 40-50% off all sale and 30% off fall favorites with code: LONGWEEKEND

Mark & Graham// Warehouse Sale Up To 70% off

One Kings Lane// 25% off sitewide

Sarah Flint// $50 off with code SARAHFLINT-BALAURENAID

Serena & Lily// 20% off everything with code NEWLEAF

Shopbop// up to 70% off sale

Summersalt// Up to 60% off sitewide and you can use code LAURENJS10 to save an extra $10 on your purchase

Vineyard Vines// 40% off up to 2 sale style and 50% off 3 or more

Williams Sonoma// Warehouse Sale up to 70% off