Congrats Erin & Josh!

For those of you that know my mother, know she is a WONDERFUL hostess and she loves every bit of it. Last Sunday afternoon was no exception!

So many family members and friends came from all over the country to our little hometown in Maryland to celebrate the engagement of my brother Josh and his beautiful fiancé Erin. We had my uncles come in from Ohio and Kentucky, my grandma and cousins from Pennsylvania, Erin’s mom from Colorado, her brother from Pennsylvania, and family friends from Texas, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida!

We definitely had a full house (of company and food) and it was so much fun celebrating the love between these two kind hearted, genuine and amazing people!

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Of course we had to make sure that everything was decorated perfectly. I spent most of Saturday (and some of Sunday morning) making signs… but of course you all know I love doing that ‘crafty’ stuff.

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We had a nice mimosa and Bloody Mary bar set up, along with an elaborate dessert bar and a s’more bar by the fireplace (Erin’s favorite). The weather could not have been more beautiful and it was just an overall perfect day!

Here is the blood mary/mimosa bar:

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We will definitely be doing this again! I LOVE mimosas and everyone else did too… this will be at my next house party for sure. Here is the dessert bar with the “Love is Sweet” Sign that I made. Homemade doughnuts and coffee cake were delicious and my mom’s infamous cheesecake bars went quickly! I also made the welcome sign at the front door with chalkboard paint… (that stuff is amazing)!

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Below are some more of the decorations and delicious food –not to mention the over the top cheese plate my mom had me put together last minute:

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The s’mores were also a huge hit –especially since it started to cool off at night. Throughout the day it was so good to spend some time with my family and get to know Erin’s family a little better. I had never met her brother Charles (who lives in Towson, MD) and he brought his daughter, (Erin’s niece) Virginia who is the SWEETEST and cutest little thing. I have never met such a happy baby!

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and then there are the crazy ladies behind it all…

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Seeing the turn out for this party shows how much love and support there is for these two already. I could not be more proud of my brother or more blessed to add another sister like Erin to our family! I have been lucky enough to watch their relationship grow over the last 6 years and can’t wait to see all of the exciting things that their future has in store!

Below are some more pictures from the party… enjoy!

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New Accessory Line!

Express is one of my favorite clothing stores –especially for work wear. Their clothes are sleek and tailored, but also stylish. Their work wear line allows me to dress professionally, while embracing my unique style.

It came as a complete shock to me when they recently released a Home & Travel accessory line –but I could not be more excited! This was definitely a bold move on their part and only time will tell if it will pay off. However, I will say that I am loving these chic additions!

Shop the line and view products coming soon here

These are some of my favorites that I wanted to share:

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Champagne glass, $14  |  Wine Stopper, $14  |  Notebook,  $15  |  Passport Holder, $24

I am so excited to see what else they add to this line. Right now the selection is very small but everything is just SO adorable!!!! (AND affordable)!

P.S. these items also make PERFECT gifts for friends 🙂

Which items are your faves?!

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Xx, Hannah Beth

Tips For Cleaning Your Closet

Your style significantly changes over the years. Especially from college to the working world. For most of us (myself included) it can be hard to let go and transition into that next chapter of our lives. A large part of that transition is adjusting your style and getting rid of items that don’t fit you and/or your new lifestyle. When cleaning out your wardrobe, ask yourself the following questions to figure out whether or not something is worth keeping:

What’s the condition?

To me, the most important thing is quality. When going through each piece of clothing, ask yourself, “is this in good condition?” If the answer is no -ditch it. This may include picks/tears in the fabric, stains, holes, etc. For these items, you don’t even need to try them on -they can go straight into the Goodwill bag.

Is this in style?

Style is important and it’s always good to stay up to date with the latest trends. If your piece of clothing passes the quality test, ask yourself if it’s in style. I try to keep classic pieces that will always be in style and can be paired with just about anything. These are items you definitely want to hold on to!

For those unique pieces that used to be in style a few years ago, it’s not likely that they will come back into style. If they do, it will be years down the road and chances are, the style will be slightly different. These items are usually not worth keeping. HOWEVER, you may have some things that were last year’s trend, but you wear them all the time -these are ok to keep! Just because something may be a little outdated, doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it, as long as it’s relevant to your current taste and style.

This leads into the next question…

Is this applicable to your daily life?

Basically you need to ask yourself if the item of clothing is practical. If it’s an old formal dress from years ago that you only wore once, the answer is probably not.

The best way to do this is to make a list of daily and weekly activities. Do you work in a corporate office where you need to dress professionally? Do you need workout clothes if you go to the gym? Or party clothes for nights out on the weekend? Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above. However, if anything changes in your personal and/or professional life, you need to be ok with letting some things go.

This is the HARDEST thing for me. I don’t like letting go of things, and my clothing/style is a large part of my identity -so purging my closet is always a little sad for me. The best way I stay on track is reminding myself how much better I will feel with a closet that isn’t so cluttered. Also, by donating things, someone else may be able to get a lot more use from it than I would if it was still hanging in my closet untouched!

TIP: If you have something you love, but you have not worn it in over a year, donate it. If you haven’t worn it in a year -you likely never will.

Finally,

Does it fit?

So your clothing is in good quality, it’s in style and relevant to your daily life -but, does it fit you properly? Try it on. This may take a while to try everything -but if you are unsure how something fits -you NEED to try it on.

If something doesn’t fit properly and you don’t feel confident in it, say goodbye.

My best advice I can give here is to be brutally honest. Sometimes it helps to have a family member or friend with you.

If you bought a top to go with a certain printed skirt but it’s too tight around the arms -it isn’t the right top for you. If you feel uncomfortable in a dress you spent a lot of money on (and that’s the only reason you are keeping it) try to resell it -but make sure it goes. You likely will never wear that dress if it doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks!

Hopefully these tips are helpful for that (late) spring cleaning. I know I have a lot of work to do!

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Xx, Hannah Beth

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