Vintage Finds Under $50 (Part 2)

Friday, June 5, 2020


I really enjoyed putting together my last post of Vintage Finds Under $50 so I wanted to do an all-brass edition this week. When I first started decorating with blue and white, I mostly tried hoarding every piece I could find. Over time, I found this monothematic approach a bit overwhelming to the eye and a bit boring to curate. Now I love finding unique pieces of all kinds to mix together. So, here are some of the pieces available now via various vendors on Etsy!

1) Tassel Vase | $14 | Could literally fill with anything.
2) Set of 10 napkin rings | $22 | Would compliment any china color or pattern - also great for everyday!

3) Shell shaped mail/letter holder | $24 | Love this for a desk or foyer table. 
4) Woven box | $23 | It's taking everything in me not to buy this. It'd be perfect for the kitchen counter to hold recipe cards! 

Becoming Catholic

Sunday, May 24, 2020


This weekend marks the end of my journey as a catechumen, or a non-baptized person learning about and hoping to become a Christian, in my case, through the Catholic faith. We had planned to welcome our friends and family at Easter to watch as I became baptized and received my first communion. While our plans look a little different, I am still excited to acknowledge how much I have grown and learned throughout the process. I have chosen my confirmation name, Madeleine, for two main reasons:

  1. Madeleine is a derivative of the city Magdala and of Mary Magdalene. 
  2. Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. She is known for founding the Society of the Sacred Heart, committing her life to educating women, and for her virtues of humility, wisdom, and charity.

When Andrew and I began dating in 2013, I began attending the mass with his family when we visited and on the holidays I spent with them. I knew very early on that Andrew was 'the one' so I had quite some time to explore the possibility that I may embrace Catholicism as my religion. I say 'embrace' rather than convert because the word convert implies that I am giving up or changing from one thing to another. I didn't really grow up with any form of religion. My family identified as Christians and occasionally attended our local Methodist church, but I was never baptized and we rarely practiced prayer or talked about God within our home. I did love participating in my school's YoungLife program, bible study, and the occasional youth trip. 

20 Wedding Movies to Get You Through 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Oh 2020, where do I begin? Since COVID-19 reared its head, there's been quite a few times that I've thought to myself: what a strange, strange time to be planning a wedding. How to cope? Binge watch all the best wedding movies. There's a few below that aren't really wedding movies - but there's a wedding in them and they're favorites of mine so they made the list. Here's 20 wedding movies that are helping me make the most of this season (in absolutely no particular order):