Thursday, June 15, 2017


Stopping by to post on some of life's happening lately. 

If you have ever met me, than you know I have a passion for food. All food, especially cheesy food. Specifically pizza. My Dad went out of town for work and managed to bring home not one but two deep dish pizzas through security at the Chicago airport. I remember eating "the best pizza of my life" in Chicago as a child and I was blown away at my Dad's stealth. Here, you can find Louie the Labrador asking for a piece, too. 

I have adopted a new puzzling hobby. I have found that Barnes & Noble has a fabulous puzzle collection, the majority of which are made in the USA.  I am excited about my next installment, a Salvador Dali piece.  I found puzzle tape (which seemed easier and less messy than puzzle glue) for $3 on Amazon Prime. 

TJ Maxx strikes again. I found this adorable trinket dish for $2.99 in the clearance isle. It is perfect for sitting next to the kitchen sink, where I frequently almost drop my rings down the garbage disposal. Some things just aren't worth it. 

Another clearance find? These magnet bookmarks for $1 at Barnes & Noble. 
I am a sucker for a bargain, especially a bargain with pizzazz and good humor. 

Now that I am finished taking accredited tests for a while I am able to enjoy reading for pleasure. 
My latest favorite read was The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn. 

I just had to share this candid shot that one of my dear friends snapped at a Jimmy Buffet tribute band concert at a local winery. 


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jack Rogers Special Edition Sandals

I am absolutely in love with all of the special edition Jack Rogers sandals. 
I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lilly Agendas

I am so excited that the new Lilly Agendas are available for pre-order. 

I do hate that agenda months overlap so much, because I always feel like I am wasting money on months I never use. However, I rely on my calendar so much that I can justify spending the money. 

It was very difficult to make a decision on a print this year. I was stuck between Multi Beach Loot and Indigo Gypsea, and ended up opting for the latter of the two. 

Last year I ended up purchasing the  medium agenda because I thought it would be easier to transport. However, I find that my writing gets crunched and this year I chose to purchase the large agenda. The small only allows me to write down my work schedule and leaves little room for other notes and activities. 

What is your favorite agenda to use, be it Lilly, Kate Spade or Erin Condren?


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Look for Less

There is something to be said for a great statement piece in your closet. However, the quality and timeless look of a classic piece can be very costly on the wallet. I have been crushing on the sophisticated look of the Gucci Sylvie bag for many years. I love that Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel are some of the few high-end lines that sell the same coveted bags for years, which is a testament to how classic they are. 

While you have a high chance at finding runway ready bags on a luxury online consignment shop, you can also try to find look-alikes and save vs. splurge.

I found the perfect alternative to the Gucci Sylvie. I actually think I like the Tory Burch garden party option more. The spunk, structure, and symmetry of the Gemini link on this shoulder bag will be something that your great grandchildren will crawl into your closet for years from you. Vintage is in, ladies!




Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Perfect Boyfriend Jean

I did it. I found the perfect boyfriend jean. 
These jeans are two things I never thought I would love...both a boyfriend fit and distressed. 
Yet, there is something sophisticated and put together with this pair. I think they would look great with a crisp button up, a white tee, or a Lilly V-neck. Somehow, I think this perfect Ralph Lauren pick will be a knockout vintage classic. 

Better yet, you could definitely wear these either rolled up or pulled down to the ankles as a perfect slim fit alternative to a dark wash skinny.  


Monday, May 15, 2017

Build Your Own Coffee Cart

As promised, I have built my coffee cart and have come to share the details with you! I spent time investing into quality pieces that would not break the bank. I was having difficulty copying links to Polyvore today due to technical errors, but a lot of these items I purchased on deep discount through Amazon Prime when they were on sale. 

I plan on doing a full series on all of my home updates as of late, but here is a start. You can view all of my home interior decor posts under my tab above. Follow me on Instagram to get details on home updates as soon as they happen over at @theduchess1317. 

This was a gift from a friend but I found it here! 

Peppermint bark candle, organic cocoa powder and tall candles were found at TJ Maxx. The bowls were vintage and gifted to me from my mom. 

I am so happy with how my quirky little morning paradise space turned out. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Coffee Cart Accessories

I just received everything I needed in the mail to assemble my at-home coffee cart. This will be the perfect addition to my kitchen area. It was a treat to myself after studying hard (with caffeine!) to receive a medical certification under my license. 

Once I have everything set up I will definitely be sharing it on the blog.
Until then, enjoy my favorite coffee cart accessories from my favorite designers which are a must. 

And did you know that Lilly Pulitzer starting making all of these fabulous bar cart accessories? I think some of them transition beautifully into coffee cart decor. I love that they are a step above a lucite or lacquer tray. These would also make a great bridal shower or birthday gift for the women who like to host in your life!  I love that there are two color options. The "Painted Palms" print is personally my favorite. 

And did anyone else get the Samsung Galaxy S8 released this week? I had a free upgrade and I am absolutely loving the new chic design!