One T-Shirt 4 Ways

I LOVE a good t-shirt. What’s a good T-shirt you ask? A good t-shirt is soft, doesn’t have a boxy fit, and has some sort of graphic on it. The one featured in these photos is from J.Crew (it’s the Ciao baby tee). I paired it with jeans, a mini skirt, maxi skirt, and a pair of dress pants.

All of these items are on sale right now!

Of course, the classic T-shirt & Jeans look
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In my opinion, T-shirts aren’t just something you wear on the weekends or on a casual day/night out. You can make a t-shirt work with any outfit if you pair it right!

Love this adorable skirt from ShowPo
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J.Crew has some of the best quality t-shirts. They fit well and wash well! I’m wearing a size small here.

Another adorable ShowPo skirt
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Like I said earlier, a t-shirt can be paired with anything! I’ll even wear this one to work.

Love this look for work
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Share your t-shirt looks with me!

with love & gratitude,

stef

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Celebrating 4 years with Greg wearing ShowPo!

Greg and I celebrate four years together today! He took me to dinner at a wonderful little restaurant in Victorian Village here in Columbus! I wore this adorable outfit from ShowPo.

Shop this skirt here!
it’s TTS i’m in a 6
Shop the tank here!
it’s TTS I’m wearing a 4 here, if you want a little more room in the top I would size up one size.

ShowPo is based out of Australia and as soon as you click these links and check out their site, I promise you’ll be hooked! Their clothes are adorable and you’ll be surprised by how quickly your order arrives with standard shipping! I LOVE this brand and if you tag them in your instagram post they’ll likely send you a 15% off coupon! what could be better?

My new favorite sandals are Mix 6 and available at DSW! these are linked in my ‘Shop My Instagram’ page, but you can also shop them here !

Share your date night looks with me!

with love & gratitude,

stef

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Living Room Refresh

with IKEA, Target, TJMaxx & Value City Furniture

This is after all of the changes! Links are below.

Greg and I have gotten really into antiquing.  We’ve spent the last few Sunday’s checking out different antique stores in Columbus, Westerville and Dublin and we’ve seen some pretty amazing things!

It inspired us to give our living room a little bit of a refresh. When we first moved in, I thought ‘Why bother putting effort into decorating? It’s just an apartment and we wont be here long.’ Well, turns out I was wrong in thinking this way. Living in a space that doesn’t feel inviting isn’t fun. It made us not want to be there and home is the one place you should feel most comfortable! So, we decided we would buy a few different pieces over the span of a few weeks so that it wouldn’t hit our pocket so hard.

This is before we bought the new rug, lamp and plant

Couch – Value City Furniture (linked here)

The couch I got a Value City Furniture and it’s currently half price! We got ours months ago and ordered it without the middle piece because we didn’t want it to take up to much space in our living room.

Boomerang Room (Check out their site here)

The first thing we added was the greenish/beige chair that we got at Boomerang Room in Clintonville. This is one of the better vintage/antique stores we’ve been to. Everything is clean and in pretty great condition.

The Mirror – Target (linked here)

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Wood Ladder Standing Mirror at Target

I had been searching for a mirror for awhile.  I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on something for a space that we may not be in in a few months so it was a long search. Finally, this one came up on sale at Target. It was only $52! Can you believe it?! it’s on sale now for under $67 The back holds blankets or if you put it in your bathroom, towels! I love a multi-use anything.

End Table – TJMaxx

The end table is a TJMaxx special and can’t be linked but it’s super cute and was only $40 (it was on clearance). There was plenty of them in the store so if you like it, I suggest taking a ride over to your local TJMaxx ;). I linked a similar style here ( I kind of like these better! it’s a set of two)

Rug, light, and plant – IKEA (rug linked here; light linked here; bulb linked here; plant pot is linked here)

TÄRNABY Table lamp IKEA Small and easy to place anywhere you want to bring some coziness and mood lighting into your home.
Photo is from the IKEA website – it’s $19.99
lightbulb is $4.99
MUSKOT Plant pot IKEA Decorate your home with plants combined with a plant pot to suit your style.
MUSKOT plant pot; currently $9.99 or join IKEA family and get it for $7.49

We sprang for the rug, the small light on the table, and the plant this past weekend. All 3 are from IKEA. I love, love, love this rug! Bono destroyed the last one, but he’s finally potty trained now so fingers crossed he doesn’t muck this one up!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

with love & gratitude,

stef

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Me & Greg…

We got married at Arrow Park in Monroe,NY – The ceremony was outside and the reception was indoors.

Greg and I got married in July and it was beautiful, in every sense of the word. I will unapologetically gush about my husband any chance I get because to me, he’s freaking amazing. I’ve learned more about myself from this man than I ever could have imagined. He’s the most supportive, kind, generous, genuine person I’ve ever met and he’s not afraid to be himself (I admire that about him the most). We’ve been through a lot together and we’ve grown a lot together. I think (maybe I’m wrong here) that some people in my life have this perception of me being this sort of overly-strong, independent, bossy, etc. woman who calls all the shots and doesn’t need anyone to help her (or maybe that’s just how I see myself in which case hello someone needs therapy LOL). Anyway, yes, I’ve had some things happen in my life that have forced me to be a ‘strong’ person, but the truth is, I need Greg and I’m not ashamed to say it. I need him for all of the things he does for me that nobody knows about or that I don’t even think he knows about. Greg pushes me to be confident, to make decisions, to put myself out there and he does all of this just by being himself. Pretty damn amazing, right?!

linked my wedding dress here

Greg and I met in NYC. I was out celebrating my friends’ birthday (Jen) and he was out with a couple of guy friends.  We were sitting at different tables (he was sitting directly behind me) when my friend, Kristine, got up and asked him if he could “watch me” while she stepped away (LOL). The rest is history. We actually didn’t see each other again for about two weeks (my foolishness) but once we did we pretty much stuck together. We met on April 18th and we mark that day as our (dating) anniversary. I told Greg we would get married the night I met him, so I think it’s safe to mark the day down as special (don’t judge me).

When we first met, I think we were both a little lost. He says he finally realized he needed to settle down and “get it together” and well, I think I was just sort of walking through life not really knowing which direction I wanted to go in. Needless to say, I went in the right direction because it brought me to him! Meeting Greg honestly strengthened my faith. I’m not super religious, but God is my homie (lol). Like, for real, I’m that person that believes every blessing in their life is because of God. Hate it or love it but it’s the reason I do my best to live right and do right by others. Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t manipulate, don’t take what isn’t yours, etc. I think all of those things block your blessings, so I avoid them. I consider Greg a blessing. He’s brought so many wonderful things into my life (family, love, friendship, companionship, happiness, etc.) and we’ve been blessed with so many things, things that you can’t put a price tag on!

Whenever either of us is feeling down or unhappy with where we are, where we live, or what we’re doing with our lives, we look at the things we have to be grateful for. For example, sure, maybe we would like to have different jobs or live in a different place, but the jobs we have make it so that we can spend time together on the weekends and experience different cities and the place we live may not be where we want to be forever, but right down the road from us is a place that’s loaded with art and fun restaurants!

Anyway, Greg is my best friend (the ultimate best friend). He’s been really supportive of me starting this blog and encourages me to share more and not worry about any negativity it may bring. What more could a girl ask for?! I would be remiss if I didn’t write a post about my favorite person! I think what makes us work is the fact that we’re two separate people, who don’t depend on one another to make them better or make them happy. Greg is Greg and I’m me and we each bring 100% of ourselves to the table. Sometimes it isn’t perfect, but we keep pushing on. I know, I’m young and we haven’t been married very long BUT this is my experience so far and I started this blog to share my life so there you have it!

With love & gratitude,

stef

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Our Valentine’s Weekend Winery Hop

Because it’s a post about Valentine’s Day, here’s a profile view of my hilarious husband, Greg 🙂

Greg and I REALLY love visiting wineries and have been to well over 70! Visiting wineries and vineyards is something Greg and I had never done prior to meeting each other. Around a year into our relationship, we randomly decided to spend a weekend in Connecticut. It wasn’t that far from home, but it was affordable and it was just far enough to feel like a little vacation. We visited our first winery ever that weekend, Gouveia Vineyards and became obsessed with trying different wines. From that point on, any new place we went to, we made it a point to check out some of the local wineries. 

So many people think wineries only exist, or rather, only good wineries exist in California, Upstate NY, Oregon, etc. It’s so incredibly far from the truth. We’re not wine snobs or connoisseurs by any means, but we kind of know what we’re talking about! We’ve had A LOT of great wine. 

Anyway, getting back to the point of this post..

Instead of going out to dinner on Valentine’s day, Greg and I decided we would take a drive and a couple of places to our list of Ohio Wineries visited. It’s only about a two-hour drive from Columbus and I can honestly say it’s worth the trip. We visited about 8 wineries in two days. (I’ll list/link them out at the end of this post).

Side bar: We actually ended up participating in live band karaoke on the night of valentine’s day and it made me love my husband more than I already do (if that’s even possible). Greg never seizes to amaze me. He’s always pushing me to get out of my comfort zone and sing in front of people. You’d think by now I wouldn’t get nervous or care what anyone thinks but even after years of singing (and knowing I’m actually kind of good at it) I get nervous and worry that people are judging me or that I don’t sound as good as I do when I perform in my kitchen (lol).  I’ve only ever seen Greg nervous about two times in our relationship. Once when he convinced me to climb this rope obstacle course at the Palisades Mall in New York and once before a job interview.  Live band karaoke made Greg as nervous as climbing a three story rope coarse (that’s very high on the Greg-nervous scale). It was one of the best nights we’ve had in Columbus and one of those nights that made me realize that even though I may not love where we live, I love that I’m living here with him.

Now on to the list. We visited:

Newman Creek Cellars 

An urban winery located in downtown Massillon, OH. The winemaker was very nice and the wine was good.  The town was very quaint and one of those places we probably wouldn’t have ever gotten to see if it weren’t for the winery.

The Winery at Perennial Vineyards 

They had live music that drew in a pretty large crowd, the wine was good (we both found something we really liked) and they had brick oven pizza.

Cherry Road Winery

 I really loved this one. The owner was really sweet and gave us some recommendations for other wineries to visit. The chocolate raspberry desert wine here is to DIE FOR.

Gervasi Vineyards 

This is a showstopper and VERY different from other wineries we’ve been to. It’s a beautiful place with a crush house (restaurant-like feel), a fine dining restaurant, and a still house (it’s modeled after an old Italian church). There are also villas on the property so you could make a whole weekend out of it.

We also visited Ugly Bunny, Troutman Vineyards, Sunny Slope Winery, and Indian Bear Winery.

P.S. if you visit Troutman Vineyards and you like Semi-Dry white wine, try the Traminette! It’s a good one.

Feel free to leave a comment if you’re interested in any of these wineries or are looking for recommendations!

With love & gratitude,

steph

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