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Currently Lusting For…

August 13, 2014

Wall Art Recos from The Pretty Dish | www.theprettydish.com I love it when I stumble across something online that exactly fits my taste and sensibility. It’s like finding an unexpected hidden treasure. Such was the case when I came across Sally Spratt’s “Lust List” online shop. Sally is an awesome Australia-based illustrator and graphic designer. She uses pencil and watercolor to illustrate items that she’s totally “lusting” for. In her words:

After working in the fashion industry and being continuously surrounded and inspired by fashion and luxury items, I came to terms with the fact that my eyes were too big for my pockets. If I couldn’t have them, I’ll draw them. This began my fun little Lust List project. 

In this post I’ve included a few of my favorites from Sally’s online store (link here) – she’s selling each of these as prints, which means that your walls can be as fashionable as your closet! They each retail for $75, plus $20 shipping (hey, Australia is far). Ringing in at a total of $95, I think it would be totally worth it to invest in one of these. The print runs are so limited that you’re sure not to end up with something that a million other people have. ~~ Wall Art Recos from The Pretty Dish | www.theprettydish.com Wall Art Recos from The Pretty Dish | www.theprettydish.com Wall Art Recos from The Pretty Dish | www.theprettydish.com

All images via thelustlist.bigcartel.com

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 T.P.D.

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Bucket (Bag) List

August 11, 2014

I’m on the hunt for a new handbag, and who knows where I’ll land. In the meantime, I’ve been admiring bucket bags — so on trend, and they remind me of the purses my mom carried when I was growing up in the 80′s/90′s. I love that this style is back. I’ve rounded up a few below, at varying price points. Consider this The Pretty Dish version of a Bucket List.
bucket bag collage at The Pretty Dish

  1. Elizabeth and James
  2. Target (Merona)
  3. Madewell
  4. Alexander Wang
  5. L.A.M.B.

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 T.P.D.

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everything’s coming up *roses*

August 1, 2014

kate spade rose print scarf

Oops, it has been a little while since my last post! Well, there has been a lot going on – all good things! Yesterday was my last day at work before maternity leave, and neatly wrapping things up to be out for three months definitely stole my focus. I’m now on “official” baby watch. Mike and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little bundle! Separately, (and more info than you probably need), I’m in the process of moving my blog from WordPress.com to being self-hosted via WordPress.org. This will allow me to take The Pretty Dish to the next level and also create a more dynamic user experience for you Dishers!

Ok – now on to today’s business. I have been LOVING floral prints since last spring, and I hope this trend doesn’t disappear too quickly. When I came across the Kate Spade printed scarf printed above, I immediately added it to my mental wish list! I love square scarves because they’re very versatile. You can tie them around your neck in variety of ways (my favorite is to fold in half and tie the scarf cowboy style), tie them to handbag straps to add some punch, or even frame them for a pretty piece of art.

The pictured scarf retails for $228 (available here), but if you’re not in the market to spend that much, try one of these less expensive options by one of my go-to accessory brands, Echo Design: here // here // here.

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 T.P.D.

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Teenage Dream

July 20, 2014

Teenage Dream Collage2

This summer I’ve been spending a ton of time with the girls I grew up with. We’re still very close, but it’s hard to spend time when the real world gets in the way. Luckily, weddings and showers have been recently bringing us together. I’ve seen these lovely ladies more often during the past few months than I saw them over the past few years! I think back to when we were teens, trading beauty tips and reading Seventeen Magazine. My love of products really started back then, and I got nostalgic recently, remembering a few of the products that I used and LOVED when I was a teenager. Many of them are still on the market, so I figured I’d round some up for a post. Enjoy!

Clockwise from top left:

  • MAC Lipstick in “Touch” is great because it’s super versatile – looks amazing on all skin tones. My friends and I ALL wore this color at one point or another. I think it’s time to add it back into my beauty routine! I wore it with MAC’s Chestnut Lipliner, which I still use to this day.
  • Kiss My Face Peaches & Cream Moisturizer is all-natural and seriously smells like peaches…and cream. It’s another product that I need to work back into rotation. I remember using this in the morning before school — it would totally help to wake me up on those early mornings. The scent and light feel make it perfect for summer!
  • Ahhh, Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden. This bright and fruity perfume is, by far, the most nostalgic product of all. I clearly remember this as my first perfume. It was 7th (or 8th?) grade and my friends and I thought it was totally cool to smell EXACTLY THE SAME.
  • Love Spell Body Spray by Victoria’s Secret was everything to me in college. It specifically reminds me of my freshman year. The fruity notes were (and still are) so uplifting and the scent just lingers.
  • Skintimate Shave Gel saved me from many, many nicks over the years. This product is still a staple – but I distinctly recall this making its debut when I was a teen.
  • Purpose Moisturizer was recommended by my dermatologist waayy back in the day. I remember that I was trying a bunch of home remedies for my awful teenage acne. I went to the derm, swiftly got a prescription and was told to use this product. Worked like a charm.

Do you have favorite products that you remember using when you were in your teens? DO TELL! Leave me a comment below :)

xoxo……..

 T.P.D.

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He’s on His Way (+ a little maternity fashion)

July 13, 2014

Maternity Fashion at The Pretty Dish (www.theprettydish.com)Baby Boy’s coming soon! These are the maternity photos Mike and I took before my baby shower in early June. I was just shy of 30 weeks pregnant at the time. Get this – the dress I’m wearing is not a maternity dress. I’ve actually worn it multiple times before, even in an outfit post on this blog! Another perfect example of how you can make clothes from your pre-pregnancy wardrobe work for maternity. At the end of this post, you’ll see side-by-side pics of the dress before and during pregnancy!

In the maternity pics, I’m wearing a Madewell dress (sold out, but still available here on ebay), Jimmy Choo d’Orsay pumps, and a Badgley Mischka necklace.

Maternity Pictures
So, here you have it (below). Same dress, different circumstance. Works perfectly in both cases! Something to think about when it’s time for you to build your maternity wardrobe. Don’t automatically disregard the pieces already in your closet, loves!

before after madewell

Outfit details for pre-pregnancy photo posted here.

Photo Credits:
First two photos, and bottom right: Sophie Kawalek
Bottom left: Lydia Hudgens

 

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 T.P.D.

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~~ Happy Fourth ~~

July 4, 2014

happyindependenceday

Just a quick post to say Happy Fourth! If you’re in the NYC area, don’t let the wet weather get you down. Looks like things are clearing up just in time for fireworks.

I’ve been inside ALL DAY. Not ashamed to admit it, either. I haven’t been sleeping well lately (blame that on the fact that I’m approaching my 9th month of pregnancy) so I took advantage of today by using it as a much needed day of rest. What day of rest doesn’t include a little web surfing? I came across these links to love along the way:

*10 great pie and tart recipesBrown Eyed Baker

*If I wasn’t pregnant, I’d be totally game for these bourbon fudgsicle shots. Yes, fudgsicle shots. YUM  - Oh, Bite It!

*This is one of the most beautifully designed hotels I’ve seen in recent memory. Next stop, GermanyHeidelberg Suites

*Here’s a DIY ingrown hair treatment that, according to Lauren Conrad, smells “divine.” So easy, there are just three ingredientsRefinery 29

xoxo……..

 T.P.D.

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Twist

July 2, 2014

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Hot weather presents the perfect opportunity to throw your hair up in a sloppy bun and go. I rarely put wear my hair up without a headband. These twist scarves from ban.do are perfect because they come in such cute colors and patterns, AND they’re really versatile. The fabric is sewn around wire, so you can twist them into whatever you look you like. The options go beyond adding a chic touch to a sloppy bun. Of course, you can also wear them with hair down. They’re just perfectly whimsical for summer, and would also make a great little gift for a girlfriend. These styles and more (24 total) are available here for $20 each.

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 T.P.D.

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:: Beauty Break ::

June 26, 2014

Beauty break June 2014 collage

It’s been quite a while since I’ve brought you my latest beauty picks! Here you go. Enjoy, and just think – it’s almost the weekend! ;o)

Clockwise from top left:

  1. This Vivité Daily Cleanser is super gentle, but still thoroughly removes makeup and excess oil. The 15% glycolic acid in the formula sloughs away dead skin cells and makes skin look brighter. I’m also convinced that it’s gradually lightening my dark spots.
  2. Firecracker by Tom Ford lipstick feels soft and conditioning going on, and the orange hue is so on trend.
  3. Jurlique Rose Love Balm comes in the cutest little pot, smells beautiful and provides moisture anywhere you need it – cuticles, lips, elbows…the list goes on.
  4. Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment is really lightweight, yet still moisturizes hair and provides great shine. It’s also great to apply to damp hair as a heat protectant before you blow dry.
  5. Keep this one in your purse: Tahitian Gardenia Roll-On Perfume by Pacifica is prettily packaged and sweetly scented. It’s a great value at just $12.
  6. Curtain Call by essie is my official pale summer pink (for this year, at least). It’s perfectly light and shimmery.

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 T.P.D.

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Hanging in There

June 22, 2014

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“I’m hanging in there.”

At this point in my pregnancy, that’s the answer I give to people when they ask how I feel. I’m now 31 weeks along and I have to admit, the day-to-day grind is getting harder. Aside from the normal slowing down and aches/pains, being in the home stretch means I’m super anxious for Baby Boy to arrive! These pics were taken two weeks ago or so, so the belly has grown since. Still, here’s another example of an easy maternity outfit. Enjoy!

J. Crew Denim Vest (sold out, but similar here and here) | SOLD Maternity Skinny Jeans (also seen here) | Pea in the Pod Blouse (here) | Kate Spade Peep Toe Flats (old) | Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel (also seen here

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xoxo……..

photos by Lydia Hudgens

 T.P.D.

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pretty little details

June 15, 2014

megans shower

Over the next few months, I have so many weddings to attend. It’s a really exciting time for my group of girls. On Saturday I went to a girlfriend’s beautiful bridal shower. I couldn’t let the afternoon pass without capturing the pretty details of the day. Hope you draw some inspiration from this post.

Now, on to Monday. Enjoy the week, lovelies!

xoxo……..

 T.P.D.

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