Registry Essentials // Casual and Fine China

f747ee1284b99837ffc6244418e91a5cWhen Sam and I started looking for our first place, the most important thing on my list of must-haves was entertaining space. The place we found has its shortcomings (there isn’t one closet on the main floor), but we have plenty of indoor and outdoor space to host our friends so we’re happy. Once we found the place, I focused my attention on stocking it with everything I would need to entertain properly and the first thing on my list was dinnerware.

I am a china fanatic. I love to collect dishes, teacups and glasses. Choosing our casual and fine china for our registry was so fun for me. It might have been a little too much fun because I ended up registering for way more than we needed (and there were still at least five patterns I wish I could have added). Today I wanted to share my favorite casual and fine china sets with you. If you’re engaged, I hope you’ll find the perfect set to add to your registry. If you’re not, I hope you’ll be inspired to plan a little get together for your friends this weekend!


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Highlights // 4.10.15

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Weekly Highlights posts have become a tradition in my past few years of blogging. Every Friday, I share a round-up of the things I’ve been loving, things that have piqued my interest, and things I believe my readers want to know about. These “Highlights” have included beauty products I’ve been using, recipes I want to/have already tried, articles I read and wanted to share, online sales I heard about, etc. So, of course, the tradition will continue! Here are the highlights of the week…

:: Sam recently started working on the weekends and, because I’m still getting used to his schedule (that’s code for “I’ve been super lazy”), I’ve been terrible about making sure we eat home-cooked meals more than we eat out. This weekend, I decided to make our favorite turkey burgers (here’s the video version in case you’re more of a visual recipe follower). They’re healthy, Sam loves them and I’m making enough so that we’ll have leftovers in case the lazies hit me again tomorrow. Triple win!

:: Ever since I moved back to Virginia (from New Orleans, where I attended law school), my skin has been dry and dehydrated. I’ve tried everything I could think of, but my dry patches haven’t budged. Despite this problem, my t-zone is still pretty oily so it was hard to find a moisturizer that could balance my entire face. I’ve been using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream for about two months and I’ve had great results. It gets rid of my dry patches without making my entire face greasy. I have to reapply in the middle of the day sometimes, but that doesn’t bother me. Have any of you tried it? What did you think? Do you have any other recommendations?

:: Book of the Week — With or Without You by Domenica Ruta. I started and finished this incredibly brave memoir in one day. I have too much to say about the book to summarize it here, but this NY Times review will tell you everything you need to know. If you do read it, let me know what you think.

:: I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my home office so I’ve been devouring all of the home office and work space tours I can find. I was browsing old articles on The Everygirl and came across this one about the different ways to style a desk for the college student, post-grad and career woman. I’m somewhere in between the post-grad and the career woman so I’m going to come up with a combination of the two for myself. If you’re currently designing (or have been meaning to start designing) your home office, you should definitely check this one out.

:: After I decided to launch the Registry Essentials series, I came across this DIY Housewarming Gift tutorial. While shopping off of a registry is convenient and guarantees that the recipient will love the gift, a homemade (or semi-homemade) gift is always more memorable. What I love about this gift idea is that you can change the container or the contents depending on who you’re giving it to and what their style is. It may take a bit more time than purchasing a gift off of a registry, but it is sure to make a lasting impression.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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All Of My Friends Are Getting Pregnant Without Me

The following post is the first in the new Words Wednesday series. In an effort to force encourage myself to write every day, I’ll be posting an original piece of writing each week (hopefully!). I’m not making any promises of perfection or publication worthiness, but I will try my best to make them honest, entertaining and thought-provoking. In the future, I would love to feature other writers in this series as well. If you’re interested in contributing to E&E, visit the Contact Page for submission information. 

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I saw a book not long ago called All Of My Friends Are Getting Married Without Me. I had to fight the urge to buy it because anyone who is unmarried and in their mid-twenties (I was both of those things at the time) knows that feeling. You’ve recently graduated college and started your career, you’re trying to get a foothold on this whole adulthood thing and then all of a sudden your single girlfriends start dropping like flies. Everyone is either engaged, married or stuck in that awkward and tense phase of their relationship where the girl is dropping every proposal hint she can think of and the guy somehow manages to miss (ignore?) every single one. It’s impossible to keep up with the engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette weekends and weddings you’ve been invited to. You adore your friends and you love celebrating them, but if you have to sit at the singles table one more time you just might have a nervous breakdown. You can’t help but feel like you’re missing out. And you hate yourself for thinking that everyone else’s life is a little bit better than yours because they’re wearing a ring on their left hand. I admit feeling like this more than once. I almost married the wrong person because of it. But that’s another story for another day (or another lifetime in which I have the courage to tell it).

Just when I started to feel like I had gotten over my comparison phase (which coincidentally coincided with my own engagement), another life event swept through my circle of friends like a pox. If I wrote a book about it, the working title would be: All Of My Friends Are Getting Pregnant Without Me. You’re probably laughing. I am too (a little). But I’m also doing a mental survey of my friends list, trying to think of at least five of my close friends who aren’t currently pregnant or who haven’t already had a child. I only made it to four. I am surrounded by babies almost every single day and I have to say this (type this) before I’m overtaken by guilt and shame: I have baby envy. I’ve been married for exactly twenty-five days and I have baby envy. I have clearly lost my mind…right?

A normal woman would be in a state of euphoric newlywed bliss, enjoying every kid-free day and night she has with her husband, knowing it will be twenty to thirty years before she can have him all to herself again. And I am. But every now and then, when I’m watching my friend Angel hold her perfect baby girl next to her perfectly round pregnant belly, I can’t help but want to join the mommy club too. And when I recognize my own smile in the smile of my adorable, curly-haired niece, Alana (pictured above), I can’t help but wonder what the future Everett babies will look like. And no matter how much I try to keep it together, my heart always manages to burst into a million tiny pieces of mush whenever I see my husband holding or playing with or even smiling at any human under the age of five.

I guess I just want to know that other women recognize these feelings too. I want to know that someone else understands what it feels like to want a baby at the “wrong” time. That someone else knows what it’s like to be convinced that they’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms, even though they feel exactly like PMS. That someone else has already figured out how long it would take (and how much it would cost) to change the office they just designed into a nursery – just in case the birth control fails. That someone else has felt the tiniest bit of heartbreak when their period showed up on the exact day they knew it would.

I know that I’ll look back on these early days of marriage and wish that I could have stretched them out a little longer. I know that I am blessed to have this time to sleep and write and travel and play. I know that in God’s perfect timing four, maybe five, Everett babies will grow in my belly, climb into our bed, play in our backyard, and eat waffles every Saturday morning at our kitchen table. But I still can’t help but wish that their tiny feet would walk into my life just a little bit sooner.

 
 

Registry Essentials // Williams-Sonoma

10363814_10102249917793579_1761328150173256677_nAs I mentioned last week, my husband and I got married and moved into our first home together last month. While I enjoyed (almost) every single moment of the wedding planning process, I think I’ve enjoyed making our little townhouse into a home even more. I have an entire wedding week planned for the blog (just waiting to get all of the photos and video back), but I couldn’t resist doing a registry series now. This series is for brides as well as new homeowners or renters. Those of you who have been in the same place for a while may even feel inspired to add a few new things to your already-established nest.

For our wedding, Sam and I registered at Williams-Sonoma, Bloomingdales and West Elm. I loved each registry for different reasons and there were still about 5 more stores that I wish I could have added. For this series, I wanted to begin with Williams-Sonoma for two reasons: 1. I love to cook and 2. I’d say 75% of our gifts were purchased from there. In the past, I’ve steered clear of WS because it was always out of my budget, but, with the launch of their Open Kitchen line, I’ve been able to shop there guilt-free! Here are the top 10 things Sam and I have been loving from our Williams-Sonoma registry…


 
 

Hello!

tumblr_n7vtwn0K2P1qi59yho1_1280Hello and welcome to Everett & Elizabeth! My name is Jerrell Everett and I’m a recent law school graduate, writer and newlywed. My husband, Sam, and I were married in March 2015 and we recently moved back to the small college town where we met almost ten years ago! Some of you may know me from my fashion and lifestyle blog, Style & Sucré. While I absolutely loved that blog, it came to an end during my final semester in law school. With the pressure of school, wedding planning and preparing to move back to Virginia after graduation, blogging became a bit too overwhelming. I also felt like I was being pulled into a new creative direction.

I’ve been a writer ever since I was old enough to write full sentences. I wrote (very bad) poems and (equally bad) short stories, but mostly I wrote about my life as it was happening. In order to fully understand my thoughts and emotions, I’ve always had to write them down. As the great Joan Didion once wrote, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” Unfortunately, over the years, I started to believe that writing wasn’t a legitimate “career”. Writing was for the creative, dreamer types and I desperately wanted to pretend that I didn’t fit into that category (read this blog for a week and you’ll quickly learn that I’m practically the president of that club). I needed to get more “serious,” so I went to law school. I have never felt more out of place, or more in over my head, in my entire life. I was determined to graduate, but I promised myself (and my husband) that when I finished, I would give writing a real chance. I may never make a penny off of any of the words that I write, and I may never have an actual audience outside of my family and friends, but that doesn’t much matter. What matters is that I’m finally confident enough to be who I am – out loud and on the page.

My mother, whose middle name was part of the inspiration for the name of this blog, is an interior designer and boutique owner. She is passionate about designing and entertaining, and anyone who has ever attended a party at her house knows that she is the ultimate hostess. Thankfully, she passed those passions onto my sister and I. More importantly though, she taught me how to dream BIG. This blog is my love letter to all of the things she taught me, plus a few I came up with on my own. At E&E, you’ll find everything from design tips and entertaining ideas to musings about married life. As I move into the most exciting phase of my life, and begin to create a life and a home for my own little family, I am so excited to share this journey with all of you.

Here’s to new beginnings!

xoxo, Jerrell

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