Designer-Like Jewelry for Less & Organization

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Like most woman, I too enjoy having a few nice pieces of jewelry in my armoire collection that are significant to me in a personal way. Whether it be for anniversaries, a personal celebration, or graduation I love collecting or investing in some higher end pieces that will last over time. It’s always the meaning of the jewelry that brings me back to whom gave it to me and why, that’s the most important.

I also know some days I love having a stack of bracelets that I don’t mind wearing out to work, errands, orm tossing in my bag while at the gym and not having to worry about what happens if they were to get lost or misplaced. I’m guilty of taking off my jewelry and putting it in a secret hiding spot for safe keeping to only realize, I forgot where I placed it. Anyone else do this? This is a habit I’ve inherited from my mom, but with some new ways of organizing my jewelry I’ve gotten better at staying organized and making sure everything has it’s place. Another important part of my jewelry is making sure I can see it! Sure, sometimes I use jewelry bags to keep certain pieces from tarnishing, but overall I like to see what it is I have when styling something together. I’m always in a rush, so having my pieces in a way I can view them is important to me. For this reason I put my costume casual jewelry in acrylic cosmetic drawers like these.

For this post I thought I’d share some of the affordable jewelry & accessories I’ve found from Amazon and The Styled Collection that are at generous price points and are a dupe for a more expensive version. Some I’ve had for a year and they do wear well as long as you take good care of them and don’t get them wet with water or soap. If you like the David Yurman style a lot of them have that braided wire look or a cuff design. I’m someone who likes to mix my nicer pieces with budget friendly finds and have no shame in that. If it looks great paired together, it works for me!

At the end of this post be sure to click through the widget for some great organization tools for storing and displaying jewelry. Whether it’s on your bed side table, a closet shelf, or in an armoire you need a way to keep those necklaces laying flat for travel. I’ve tried a ton of traveling jewelry cases over the years and go back to some of my original ones time after time that work well. I also love the acrylic drawers that are easy to see everything. I use these for jewelry and cosmetics storage. Find a system that works for you and stick with it! Is there a method you use that would recommend? Please share it with me!

Amazon Like-Designer Pieces

Sunglasses

Oval Link Bracelet

Cable Bracelet

Horse shoe clasp bracelet

Twisted Cable Ring

Cuff

Watch Wrist Band

Designer inspired Hermes

LOVE Bracelet

Jewelry Storage & Organization

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Heart Cutout Cookie Recipe

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One of my favorite recipes from my family is my Mom’s tried and true cut out cookies. They’re more of an almond shortbread cookie than sugar cookie, and basically melt in your mouth. So good and sweet! Before reading any further, this is definitely not one of my healthy recipe shares, but it is one that will dance on anyone’s heart or tastebuds. I frost them with my mom’s wedding cake frosting!

These cutouts make for a sweet treat for your Gal-entine’s Day gathering (or Valentines Day dessert with your other half). The recipe makes a ton, so I always end up giving a bunch to friends & family for Valentine’s Day. I’ve also linked all of my baking essentials and table top details below. By far my favorite kitchen tool is our Kitchenaid electric mixer. It was a gift from my mama from our wedding registry and it is so easy to use and efficient! We even have all of the pasta making, veggie slicing, and food processor attachments to use so it doesn’t have to be just for baking! We have the azure blue which adds the perfect pop to our white kitchen.

Dough

4 1/2 c. flour

2/3 c. confectioner’s sugar

1/3 c. light brown sugar

1 tsp. almond extract

2 cups butter, softened

Directions

1. Mix together sugars, butter, and almond extract with electric mixer for two minutes until mixed.

2. Gradually add in flour & mix. Save the 1/2 cup of flour to roll out dough & for cookie cutter. 

3. Once dough is mixed & softened roll into 2 large balls.

4. Sprinkle counter, rolling pin with flour, and cookie cutter with extra flour.

5. Roll out dough to 1/2” thick then press cut out into dough.

6. Place cookies on parchment paper 1/2” apart & bake 10-12 minutes at 300 F.

7. Let fully cool before frosting. Yields 24 cookies. 


Frosting

1/2 bag confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp Crisco (if no crisco add more milk)

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract

Directions

1. Add milk & vanilla extract to the confectionary sugar . Continue mixing until smooth & creamy like yogurt.

2. Section into bowls if adding food coloring and frost!

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My Baking Essentials

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February Bar Cart & Tabletop Setting

At the end of January it can feel like the winter is never ending. The cold weather in New York City this past week had me craving a getaway to some place warm ! This weekend we’re making a getaway to Seattle to visit my cousin and her husband. I’ve never been so looking forward to exploring and having some great food in good company. I’ve been beyond ready to say goodbye to the January blues and am looking forward to all the pops of red and pink that February brings!  I’ve been adding some little pops of red & pink to freshen up our space.

For this more Valentine’s themed bar cart I kept it winter related and just added a few extra hearts. I found the adorable backdrop from Target to create a temporary wall hanging, while I still figure out what to do with the white space over the cart. Anyone else have a hard time committing to what will hang on their walls to flow with the rest of the space? Commitment issues right there I guess!


Valentine’s Day Bar Cart

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I found many of the details at Target and TJMaxx, Homegoods, Kohl’s. I just grabbed a few things here or there to also add some love to our table setting. I’m still rearranging a few things but this pitcher is the perfect for year round. I also added the Valentine’s Day heart stems from Target with the eucalyptus ones and fresh flowers.. These are the most adorable placemats from the Opalhouse line at Target and they’re really affordable and washable. I don’t ever splurge on any holiday pieces but an artificial tree, and it all gets marked down end of season anyway. That’s the best time to snag a few pieces and save for the next year.

Linking everything in the widgets below with some other pieces that were too cute to not share.


Lovely Tabletop Setting

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February Home Favorites



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