Emirates First Class Review JFK >DXB

I debated doing a review of Emirates First Class because it’s been done before (here via The Points Guy and here via Travel Sort). But, It really was a great experience and thought I would share a few pictures. We were so lucky to get to fly Emirates for our honeymoon, and we anticipated that it would be the best plane trip of our life – and we guessed right.

We flew on the Airbus 380 equipped with walk-in shower, full bar in the rear of the plane, and great cocktails and drinks. The plane is totally obnoxiously decorated and blinged out – it’s really unbelievable. We were excited to fly Emirates because we thought we would be so comfortable and get to sleep so that we wouldn’t be too jet lagged for our honeymoon. BUT, we really didn’t sleep at all because we were just taking it all in. Shocker. I loved the food and the champagne, as well as the little take away pajamas and sleep kit. The flight attendants outfits and offering of Arabic coffee and stuffed dates was also a nice touch. I was not a fan of the coffee, but loved the dates. It was an overall amazing experience! For a travel tip – we bought Business Class and upgraded to First Class with American Express points. The point conversion for upgrade was way more valuable than a dollar amount – I was really surprised why anyone would ever buy First Class outright because it is so much cheaper to upgrade with points.

 Check out our photos and some more Emirates First Class Reviews here, here, & here.


 

Look for Less: Self Portrait Azalea Dress

This past wedding season, I tried to get on board the fashion girl trend: the Self Portrait Azalea Dress. I thought this dress was a versatile purchase. This dress seemed like it had a lot going for it: it could be worn to black-tie or cocktail events, was neither short nor long, and was a solid color. Seemed like a no-brainer. I told myself to invest. However, upon it’s arrival via Amazon Prime, I could not justify keeping it. For the heavy price tag, the fit was less than flattering on me, and the heavy fabric seemed not ideal for South Georgia outdoor weddings. I contemplated having major alterations, but with my short waist and big bust, it seemed like it would never work. So I sent it back, although disappointed because I was in love with the idea of the dress.

Last weekend, I was strolling down Broughton Street and popped in to Club Monaco. Boom. Displayed on the mannequin was a Self Portrait look-a-like! I tried this on and this dress was everything the other wasn’t: light weight, a comfortable fit, and not overly expensive. In fact, it is even ON SALE right now. So for $209 versus $500, I think the Club Monaco version is a great find. At it’s sale price – you can get 2 colors for the price of 1 Self Portrait, and, there is still much of the summer remaining for it to be worn. What are your thoughts? Look for more or less? XOXO

Look for More: Self Portrait Azalea Dress, $500

Look for Less: Club Monaco Nanhah Dress, $209

Our Rehearsal Dinner

Since I got engaged, I have been saying that I would get back to blogging after the wedding. Well, here I am. I really applaud the women out there who can juggle motherhood, jobs, etc., with blogging. Picking up my MacBook to blog has been difficult the past 2 years among becoming a business owner, getting engaged, moving, etc. I enjoy keeping up a blog and look forward to being able to share more! I thought the perfect intro back on the blog would be to share these pictures from our Rehearsal Dinner at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Hope you guys love them as much as I do!

Todd Events of Dallas planned and designed all of the events of our wedding weekend. He did such a phenomenal job. Drew & I wanted to do the rehearsal at Moreland at Montage Palmetto Bluff because oyster roasts are one of our favorite past times, and also we loved the laid back vibe preceding the big night. We enjoyed oysters, low country boil, Blood Orange Margaritas as the “her” cocktail, and Dark & Stormys as the “his” cocktail. The food & atmosphere were such a good reflection of all the things we really love: low country cuisine, the marsh, friends & family.

Event Design: Todd Events | Photography: Julie Livingston Photography | Location: Montage Palmetto Bluff | Hair & Makeup: Rosser Makeup | Dress: Dolce & Gabbana | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Food: Montage Palmetto Bluff | Cookies: Two Smart Cookies | Paper Products: Colorbox Dallas | Crest: Happy Menocal | Furniture Rental: EventWorks Charleston


Gallery Wall: Framed Artwork Under $80

framed-print If you have been following my Instagram over the last couple of months, you probably know that I have been curating and constantly rearranging my gallery wall. It took a long while to get it right, but I am completely in love with it. I would cover my whole wall from ceiling to floor if I could, and I haven’t completely ruled that possibility out yet. One thing is for sure, artwork can get expensive, and not even to mention the framing on top of that. I have found 10 framed pieces above that cost $80 or less all together!

#8 is an inspiration for some DIY I have been wanting to do. I have tons of Laduree and Hermes bags that I have saved and was thinking of framing one of each. It’s an inexpensive and beautiful piece of art. Plus, the bag can be something unique to you or represent a certain memory from a trip or a gift given. Besides trying this DIY, I will be sure to get this Happy Menocal piece because I love her work, leopard print, and the fabulous price. In fact, most all of these are such great prices for framing included. Please note #10 does not sell framed, but I figured the price was inexpensive enough to equal $80 or less when framed. Get the details of these pieces below:

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Gray Malin Phone Cases

gray-malin-phone-cases So, after months and months, I am back on the blog today. My day job has been putting me a little at sorts with the blog. But, nonetheless, I am trying to get back to posting and curating about things I love and find exciting. After seeing these adorable Gray Malin iPhone cases this week, I knew I had to share them. I have been a long time lover of Gray Malin, if you have see my gallery wall here, and other works of his around my home. Now, I can’t wait to carry a little piece of his work around with me all the time! Shopbop is now carrying Gray Malin art + accessories – even shoes! I’m so obsessed with anything with flamingos at the moment – especially this Gray Malin piece + this inflatable flamingo from Shopbop. Don’t these items just scream summer? See iPhone 6 covers listed below:

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J.Crew Savannah Opening

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As you have probably heard, I am so ecstatic for J.Crew to be arriving in Savannah, and so excited to be co-hosting their grand opening event this Wednesday evening at the new location at 201 W. Broughton St. from 6-8pm. J.Crew has always been a favorite brand of mine because they have something for any & every occasion – a pencil skirt for work, a tee for the weekends, a cocktail dress, great staple shoes – you name it, they have it. I adore the new fall arrivals and feel like there is something for every woman – like this staple dress for work, the perfect go-to pant, great button downs like these, a dressy top, fun pumps, great loafers, etc.

Come check out the new J.Crew location at 201 W. Broughton St. this Wednesday, September 10th, from 6-8pm, for sips, snacks, a live DJ, and shopping of the fall arrivals. Here is a peek of my top favorites of the newest J.Crew items below. I promise there is so much more to see! Don’t forget to RSVP to events@jcrew.com if you plan on stopping by the grand opening celebration. I hope that everyone can come. XXO, Stefanie
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Garden & Gun Korean Ribs

korean-ribs After a fabulous birthday weekend spent in Bluffton, SC, I retired home wanted to spend some time in the A/C eating some comfort food on Labor Day. My boyfriend and I are big fans of Asian-fusion, and after he sent me this recipe last week, I knew I had to give it a stab (literally). I always love to cook, but have been even more excited about it recently because someone gave me these amazing Shun Knives for my birthday. Now I feel so official – my old knives were kind of sad and getting dull. This Shun Knife above literally cut through the slab of ribs like butter. These ribs were slightly spicy, sweet, and delicious. I used pork baby back ribs – but would like to try a beef rib next time. To find the ingredients, I went to a local Korean market to get the Korean Red Chili Flakes and the Gochujang paste. I discovered Gochujang is essentially chili paste. But, I did some research online and saw that Annie Chun brand makes a Gochujang sauce, and Food52 has these Korean BBQ sauces – I think I would like to try one of these as well next time. If you like Korean flavors and ribs, I definitely recommend this recipe served with a side of sticky rice and asian salad. We didn’t take an “after” picture because they were just too good to not dig in 🙂

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J.Crew Savannah Opening

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As a longtime lover of J.Crew, I am so thrilled to announce that the brand will be opening in Savannah very soon (for those of you have not seen the location already)! To celebrate, come join me + the J.Crew team at the new store located at 201 W. Broughton St. in Savannah on September 10th from 6-8pm. We will enjoy sips, snacks, and some great music + shopping, of course! Come check out the Fall Collection and have some fun! To get excited about J.Crew opening + the fall season, see some of my favorite J.Crew styles from the September Style Guide below:

Don’t forget to RSVP to the event by emailing events@jcrew.com! Hope to see you all there 🙂
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How amazing is this Oversize Sweatshirt? I would live in this + leggings in the fall!
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jcrew_savannah_3 How much does this bejeweled sweater make you ready for cooler weather? Love!

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