1. Bedroom: Styling your Bedding

    Safavieh Throw Pillows, Overstock.com beddingSafavieh Chain Link Pillow, chain print pillowsWhen it comes to buying new bedding I feel that there is this huge misconception that the simplest way is to go to ‘one’ store and buy ‘one set’ so that it all matches. While a one-stop-shop is always convenient, I find there to be countless downsides to simply pulling a bed out of a bag and here is why. 1.Buying a full set at a beautiful store can be very pricey, 2. You run the risk of walking into your friends home and seeing an exact replica of your bed in their bedroom, 3. Finding a bedding set where you actually like ‘everything’ included can actually be more difficult than you think, and 4. You lose that sense of character that putting together on your own can lend to a bland room.

    Now, I know what many of you are thinking… that you are not the “decorating type” or that you just don’t trust your taste to take such a risk. Well, luckily I am here today to show you how it’s actually quite simple to put together a gorgeous bed in just 3 easy (practically brain-proof/taste-proof) steps! Not to mention, can all be done online with a few simple clicks… So here we go…

    1. Start by picking a matching Duvet Cover and Standard Pillow Case. Be aware that you usually need to buy the ‘inserts’ separately. Shop mine, the Hudson Park Italian Percale Bedding from Bloomingdales.com.

    Hudson Park Italian Percale Bedding in White

    2. Pick a matching Quilt and Euro Sham in a solid color. [Again, purchase the insert to the Euro Sham onAmazon.com]. This is a chance for you to have fun with color if your duvet was bland- I brought in a whole element of sea-foam to the room! If you did however choose a multi-colored or patterned duvet/pillow, choose one of the colors that is in the print as opposed to bringing in a whole new color. If finding a color in the print becomes difficult or hard to match, you can’t go wrong with a neutral color like white, natural, or light grey as well. [Shop mine, the Ralph Lauren Wyatt Collection from Bloomingdales.com]

    Ralph Lauren Wyatt Quilt Collection in Seafoam

    3. Pick two sets of accent pillows. For the first set, choose pillows that match Step 1 (ones that match back to your duvet/standard pillow color scheme). For the second set, choose pillows that match Step 2 (ones that match back to your quilt/euro sham). So in mine, I chose one set with sea-foam and blues to match my quilt/euro, and then golds to match the trim in my duvet/pillow. I recommend finding ones with texture such as studs and embroidery! (I love Safavieh from Overstock.com for these because 1. the pillow insert is included, 2. they are sold in sets of two, and 3. they come in so many colors/prints/textures!).

    Safavieh Accent Pillows, Overstock.com bedding, Chainlink Print Pillows

    Now all that’s left to do is put it all together! Make sure to make your bed the way I did to show off all of your beautiful elements. First lay down your sheet (again no need to splurge, a simple white or cream from Bed,Bath, and Beyond will do!). Next lay down your quilt on top and fold the sheet over to about mid-way through the bed (see pictures for reference). Fold your duvet in half and place at the foot of the bed. For your pillows the order is: euro shams first, standard pillows second, and 2 sets of accent pillows last (smallest up front!). You are all set!

    bedroom decor ideas, how to style your bedroomSafavieh Throw Pillows

     

  2. Carry-On Packing Essentials List

    With Christmas and New Years vacations upon us, it was time I made a list of my travel necessities. Here is a list of my faves when it comes to being comfy on-board. 1. My favorite Light Weight Carry-On Rolling Bag is the: TUMI Super Léger International Carry-On $395.00. It is ‘soft’ making it easier to smoosh into the “sizer” at the airport. Not to mention, easy to store under your bed at a hotel. 2. I feel like no matter how hard I try, I end up bringing 100 things on-board: snacks, magazines, electronics, tylenol, this list goes on… so this…

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  3. Staying Healthy over the Holidays

    Written by Guest Nutritionist Casey Simmons: Hi FH fans! I am back once more to share some healthy holiday habits with you! While this is wonderful time of year…it is also filled with wonderful temptations! When deciding whether to be naughty or nice, you may want to consider some healthy swaps and foods to stay away from during the holiday season. Let’s be realistic, the holidays are not a time to try to lose weight. Instead, your goal should be to maintain your current weight. To do this, there are definitely some steps you should follow: Eat until you are satisfied,…

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  4. Erno Laszlo Facial at The Institute

    Whether your skin looks dry and dull from the change in the weather or you simply want to glow and show off that gorgeous face to family and friends when you travel to your holiday destinations, I have an AMAZING recommendation for you. This past week I knew my skin looked blah (ie. borderline sickly) when even 3 applications of bronzer couldn’t re-vamp me, but then on Friday when I broke out with a zit on my chin (seriously, am I in high school?). I put my foot down and made an appointment at what my friends raved to be…

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  5. 8 Months Pregnant – Flirty with a Touch of Lace

    Top: Annie Griffin Kate Top / Bottoms: 7 for All Mankind Pull-on Leg Maternity / Clutch: 3.1 Phillip Lim / Bracelets: Vita Fede Capri 5 Wrap & Vita Fede Mini Titan / Necklace: Dana Rebecca Sylvie Rose Necklace / Booties: Matt Bernson Collette Bootie Sometimes my usual flowy silk blouses feel a tad too plain jane for date nights with the FHH, but the thought of putting on something sleeveless in the winter-time gives me the chills! So when I came across this beautiful silk top with a sexy lace back (the Annie Griffin Kate top), I knew I had found the perfect solution. What’s not to love about this top? It has all…

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