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Favorite Wedding Registry Items: Duvet

Missed my list of my favorite wedding registry items? Check this post out. This post describes one of my favorite items with more detail, and why we love it.

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One of my favorite things about staying at hotels are the super comfy beds. One of the best beds I remember was from a Kimpton hotel that we stayed in, and it was sooooo comfortable (and it was all white, which reminds me that our honeymoon bed was also all white, including the duvet, and all linens). It was hard to peel yourself out of it! I knew that when we got married, I wanted to ask for items that recreated this type of experience. Thankfully, with the items we got for our bed, I am absolutely in love with our bed and it accomplishes everything I wanted it to!

When we started looking at bedding, I knew I wanted a duvet. I’ve had one before and they are just so warm and comfy! I also like that the duvet filler feels heavy, or somewhat weighted. So once I knew I wanted a white duvet, I went and looked on Macy’s, and really liked the striped look they offered from Charter Club. We ended up selecting the Charter Club “Damask Stripe” 500 count duvet cover, in white. I chose this specific duvet because a. i liked the look (color & style) b. the fabric was nice, which I felt one day when we were in Macy’s picking up something else and c. it goes on sale often!

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Once we received the duvet, washed it, and put it on the bed, I loved the look! It really fits exactly what I was going for, and once the whole master bedroom is painted and decorated, I think it’ll look even better!

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QA: Are you as particular about bedding as I am? What are your requirements for a comfy bed?

Favorite Wedding Registry Items: Towels

Missed my list of my favorite wedding registry items? Check this post out. This post describes one of my favorite items with more detail, and why we love it.

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When I started looking at towels, I knew I wanted nice, soft, fluffy towels, something I’d probably not purchase for myself. I also knew, based off my sister-in-law’s advice, that I wanted white. She made a point once saying how easy white towels were to clean because bleach can be used on them, and I remembered this when I was looking through the array of colored towels.

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We were registered at Macy’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and William Sonoma, so I looked at their towels to start, and Macy’s had a wide selection that I liked. As I shared before, I did all of my registry online, so I based my selections heavily off reviews of which towels seemed the best.  I usually look for 4 stars and above, and I’ve used the Hotel Collection brand before, so I went ahead and went with it.

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Thankfully, we did receive our full towel set, and… we love them! They are so soft, and shall I say, comforting?! I’m very glad with the choice we picked! How many of what kind did we register for… here’s what we got, and this I completely just guessed with:

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Overall, this amount has worked well. If I would add anything, it might be more washcloths, if you use them to wash your face daily.

So… I think that covers towels. Did I miss anything?

QA: Are you as in love with soft, comfy towels as I am?

Favorite Wedding Registry Items

This post describes our method for building our wedding registry and what our favorite items thus far have been. I’ll be writing a post for each of our favorite items to give more detail as to why we selected it and love it. 

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A friend of mine posted about her favorite wedding registry items which prompted me to post this (thanks for the tips, Ais!). When starting to plan out the registry, it can be overwhelming, and you can be unsure of what to add to your list. I felt that same way, and spent a few hours scouring over what Macy’s and Martha Stewart told me were the ‘musts’ for registries. I selected stores to build registry’s from that I knew had good after the wedding discounts (Macy’s gives you 20% off anything on your registry, Bed Bath & Beyond (BBB) was 10% off, and William Sonoma was 10% off) and that I knew fit our style. Another benefit was that Macy’s often has sales, as does BBB, so I thought that was nice for those buying gifts. I’ll be honest and say that I did 100% of our registry online… I didn’t step foot in a store to make any decisions, which I think made the whole process a lot less stressful. When it came down to selecting items, I read reviews, asked others what their favorite things were, and if all else fails, you can always make a return if the item isn’t quite what you wanted. Long story short, this was how I built our registry:

1. Review registry guides and decide what is important to you… like this & this. If you never envision using china (insert: stemware, linen napkins, etc.), don’t register for it! There will be items people tell you are musts… but base your registry off your needs and what you’ll use! We did register for china because it was something I wanted, but I know many others who haven’t and don’t regret it. Choose what matters to you.

2. Choose which stores to register with… I chose the stores based off of places I already shopped, ones that had coupons, and that had ‘after the wedding’ discounts. The three stores  we selected (Macy’s, BBB, William Sonoma) had everything we could have possibly wanted/needed.

3. Adjust your registry as often as needed… I recall starting out with items, such as a large vacuum, but removing it and replacing it with a smaller wood vacuum because we moved into an all hardwood condo. The large expensive vacuum wouldn’t have been used often, and it seemed more practical to get a vacuum that would work in our new condo.

4. Wait until after the wedding to open and use gifts… I know this one is hard to do, and I did end up using one or two things before the wedding day, but about 95% gifts remained unopened/used until the wedding was over and we returned from our honeymoon. Reason being, once you receive all your gifts, you may want to return items to get something you really needed but didn’t receive or you might realize that you don’t really need an item you thought you did. For example, we ended up making some returns to Macy’s in order to get the pots & pans we really needed vs. the barware accessories that probably wouldn’t be used often.

At the end of the day, I’m pretty thrilled with the wonderful gifts we received from our registries, but there are are a few items that really stick out as my favorites thus far (I’ll continue to add to this list as gifts are used):

1. Towels

2. Duvet

3. Cast Iron Skillet

4. Silverware

5. Nespresso

6. Pots & Pans

7. Egg Pan

8. Knives

9. Kitchen Aid Mixer

10. Shelves

11. 8 Cup Food Processor

12. 2 & 4 Cup Pyrex

13. Wood Vacuum

14. Le Creuset Stoneware

QA: If you’ve done a gift registry before, what have been your favorite gifts? Or what would you recommend others put onto their registries?

Wedding: The Engagement

So I realized I haven’t shared much about our engagement/wedding! I’d love to share because we are having a fun time trying to plan the wedding while maintaining a budget 😉 I’m going to start with the engagement!

So I knew TP was up to something around Valentines Day of 2012 when he asked about what kind of rings I liked. I gave him a detailed email describing them lol 🙂 Not really, but I did provide some suggestions as to what styles I liked, which he says he appreciated!

After valentines day, it was on my mind, but I figured he was working on it, so I kept calm and enjoyed life together! We had a lot of things coming up including the beach, and my 25th birthday, but didn’t want to get my hopes up, so I was proud of myself for maintaining the ‘enjoying life’ goal… 🙂

Both the beach and my birthday passed, with no engagement, however we had an amazing time at both the beach and my birthday!

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A week after my birthday, in early August, TP came home from a business trip, and was in our bedroom unpacking. I was hanging on the couch in yoga pants and sweatshirt, per typical! He asked me to come into the bedroom because he had a souvenir for me, to which I was really skeptical, and honestly was not even thinking of the engagement. I walked into the bedroom and he was on his knee holding the ring, and said a lot of great things that I can’t remember (so wish I remembered), and I just was in shock! It was a complete surprise and so perfect that we were in our apartment that had helped us grow so much as a couple.

The ring is absolutely stunning, and I feel so lucky and blessed that I get to marry him!

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Now we are deep in the wedding planning phase 😉

Little Victories

Happy Thursday to you all! I’m not sure about you, but I’m ready for Friday/the weekend.

Running

A couple days ago I mentioned my race fever, and I’ve completed two days of running this week (5 miles between tues/thurs)! I did have some knee pain, but overall felt energetic, and I’m determined not to be bummed about it. I’m continuing to stretch a lot, work the gluteus medius muscle, and work on my running form (aka landing on the balls of my feet). It honestly just feels great to be out running in the cool weather!

Eats

Last night we had a wedding meal tasting at our apt (the chef came to us)! It was really nice to be served in our house, and get to taste so much delicious food. My favorite of the night was mac and cheese, and especially since it’s one of my favorite foods! It will definitely be on the wedding day menu 🙂

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For the second time ever, I had pho today for lunch! It was so delicious, and a great food for fall/winter. I went to a place called Pho 75 that had a line out the door when we left. I feel like lines, although annoying, let you know that a place is good!

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Lastly, I tried a meal for dinner tonight I had pinned a couple days ago: Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf from Proud Italian Cook. This was amazing, and basically reminded me of a meatball sub sans the bread! I swapped the ground chicken for ground turkey, and it was great. Both the fiancé and I decided it must go in the rotation of weekly meals. Not to mention, it took 5 minutes to prep, and then just bakes, so it was really easy to throw together on a work night. We had the meatloaf, with steamed broccoli, and roasted potatoes.

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I love when things just work (running, good food/recipes)!

Q+A: Did you have any ‘little victories’ this week?