Appliance Talk

Making large purchases has always caused me a great deal of anxiety. I blame my father – who never buys a thing without researching, consulting consumer reports, and debating for months on end. (Did we ever get that new computer, Dad?)

When it came to selecting new kitchen appliances, the hubs and I debated over a few different options:

Stainless Steel vs. White

We fluctuated back and forth between these two options for a week or so. While I’m not happy with the way some of our old white appliances have yellowed, I’m also not convinced that Stainless Steel is a “must have” in a kitchen, as I’ve seen some lovely white kitchens with white appliances that look nice and open, like this one:

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In the end, we settled on Stainless Steel, primarily because we discovered the Gallery Collection from Frigidaire, which boasts a nice smudge-proof finish. The hubs is quite the perfectionist, and I knew that he would have some issues with constantly cleaning fingerprints and marks off of shiny stainless steel appliances.

I like the way the SS appliances look in this white kitchen:

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So we bit the bullet and went for a new fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher from Frigidaire. We’ve already moved the new refrigerator up into the kitchen, and it is lovely. Plus, we’re really going to appreciate the energy-efficiency of all these new appliances!!

Hood vs. Over-the-Range Microwave

Another tricky decision – I love the look of a pretty stainless steel hood, but I knew that could benefit from the space-saving aspect of an over-the-range microwave. Right now our microwave is hogging precious counter space, so I think we will really appreciate having it built up out of the way.

FGMV174KF_V1_HRFrigidaire Gallery Over-the-Range Microwave

Stove vs. Wall Oven/Cooktop Combo

This one wasn’t a very difficult decision, once we realized it would cost us about $1,000 more to replace both our old wall oven & our gas cooktop, rather than switching to a single stove. I kind of enjoy the vintage look and convenient access of the wall oven, but I know I will really enjoy the extra cabinet and few feet of counter space that we will gain!


So that is the tale of our new appliances – which (with the exception of the fridge) are currently hanging out in our garage just waiting to be installed! In the meantime, I’m busying pinning & collecting all the new recipes I’ll be trying once I have an oven that bakes evenly, and a range that lights on the first try! Woo!! 🙂

Get Some Cutey in your Life!

We all need some extra cuteness in our lives, right? Well, Cutey is a fantastic UK-based company that sells customizable jewelery and gorgeous bags that are all, officially, cute! (And gorgeous & glamorous!)

cutey6I am in love with the fun, colorful charm bracelets – especially Eros, named for the goddess of love – but I especially adore these Shamballa bracelets! I was so excited to receive two of them, a gold & a crystal/white, from the fashionistas behind Cutey.

Cutey7These adjustable bracelets are adorned with nine gorgeous, sparkly beads. Inspired by “Sambhala” – the mythical kingdom of happiness and peace in Buddhism – these bracelets will bring a little piece of happiness into your life!

Cutey5I love how easily adjustable the bracelets are. They fit perfectly- and their simple but beautiful design adds a bit of glam to any outfit!


And talk about sparkle – each bead packs a whopping 84 crystals, which make for a truly eye-catching accessory.

Cutey4The Shamballa bracelets come in a variety of colors and can be shipped worldwide. I think they are super unique and stylish – thanks, Cutey!


To get some Cutey in your life, check out the website, and follow them on Twitter & Facebook!

Sunday Shopping

Hi everyone! Since Spring is just a few weeks away, I’m feeling spring colors like yellow & green right now. Here’s what I’m loving:

_7515038I’m dying for some Hunter rain boots for some stylish puddle splashing this spring.

de09ba1018386715d0155bacd958d9c9I love using small wristlets for weekend date nights, bar hangs & quick trips to the store. This Coach Legacy Leather wristlet in Lemon is so cheery!

Y0099I’m in love with this Jamie Young Gradient Mini Pendant Light in Celadon. It would look great in a kitchen or bath!


Target has a great collection of these Threshold Tufted Accent Stools in lots of fun prints & patterns- I want one!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Back to School: Etsy Style

Loving these back-to-school items from some great Etsy shops!

Clockwise from top left: 1. Library Card Cover Spiral Bound Notebooks ($6.00 ea.) from Crap Apple Design; Keep Calm and Study On Digital Printable ($5.00) from Fancy Shmancy Notes; Upcycled Book Apple ($15.00) from Whimsys Workshop; Grey Chevron Tote Bag ($45.00) from By Deva; Red Glitter Apple Earrings (On Sale for $6.40 – Reg. $8.00) from Strawberry Universe; Silver & Blue Ombre Painted Mason Jars ($15.00) from Beach Blues; Red Chevron Insulated Lunch Bag ($22.00) from Julie Meyer.


Happy back to school ~ thank a teacher today! ❤


Etsy Love

I spend many hours a week perusing & admiring the amazing creations that people-much-cleverer-than-I sell on Etsy. So I thought I would share some of my current favorites!

1) State Love by Poppy & Pinecone ~ I live in New Jersey these days, but I’m a Pennsylvania girl through & through. I’d love to hang this colorful Pennsylvania Love print in my bedroom as an homage to my old stomping grounds.

2) Two Lovers Custom Sterling Silver Bracelet from Lala Design Studio ~ I love the romantic simplicity of two initials connected with a heart in this pretty little bracelet.

3) Fabric Wallet from Tilly Whistle ~ This shop offers some incredibly adorable, hand made, fabric baby booties. Until I am in the market for baby things, I’d like this lovely, mustard yellow, botanic print wallet.

4) A Heartfelt Mother’s Day Card from Craft Colorfully ~ This eco-friendly card would surely make your mother laugh. Well, I think it would make my mother laugh. Because she knows it’s true. 🙂

5) A Colorful Collar for my Favorite Pup from Biscuit & Gravy ~ I love accessorizing our Emma bear with a variety of fun collars and leashes. This multicolor collar would be perfect for her summer wardrobe! 🙂

6) Chevron Case for iPhone ~ A new look for my iPhone? Yes please. I’m obsessed with the pretty patterns and colors by Christine Marie B!


Happy Etsy-browsing, and have a great day!