Spotlight on Lovestar : Unique Home Decor Items

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I love coming across brands that offer unique and quirky, yet stylish items. So I was absolutely delighted to find Lovestar, the creator behind these cheerful and amazing home goods. According to her About page, “Helena Bailey launched Lovestar in December 2012 and it was born out of her love for flowers, nature, fashion and the arts and is a direct reflection of her personal sense of style.” Each vase is hand-made! I can’t help but smile when I see these creations. While I haven’t purchased anything from the line yet, I hope to do so soon. I’ve got my eye on the Frida Khalo-inspired Iconic (no. 1) vase (above) as well as the Cray Cray striped bag (below). How adorable would that bag be for summer? You can take it to the beach, the market, music festivals, or just about anywhere. I am also loving the valentine candy heart vase and the clear turquoise one. These beauties are all so delightful!

Are you familiar with Lovestar? Where do you typically shop for home goods / decor?

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Five Favorite Kitchen Items

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When I got married, I did not have a “traditional” wedding shower. J and I lived together prior to our wedding, so we had already accumulated the usual wedding registry items. Throughout the years, I’ve bought some kitchen/home goods items that I found to be extremely useful and very good investments (and others not so much). Here are some of my favorite items.

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All-Clad Stainless Steel Pots and Pans – Though my husband would beg to differ, I’ve found that stainless steel pots and pans are the way to go for cooking anything. They are easy to clean and maintain. They were recommended to me by a cooking teacher and I absolutely love them.

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Wedgwood White Bone China – I adore my white china. I love the clean and simple design and the shade of white is absolutely gorgeous. Although these are a bit more expensive than other white china, they have proven to be a very good investment. Instead of using them only on “special” occasions, I use them every day. I did not get the bowls because I think it’s fun to mix them up with other dishware that have color or pattern.

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KitchenAid Mixer – I have a purple one and I think it is one of the best inventions ever. While I have not used it outside of baking, I know that it can be used for many other things. Bonus, it’s pretty enough to leave on the counter as décor!

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Mixing Bowls – I think it’s important to have multiple bowls for every occasion. Bowls are so useful for everything, whether you are cooking or baking; or you just need them for eating or holding fruits/vegetables and most anything and everything you can think of.

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Global Knives – I think this is one of the best knives I have ever used. I purchased a chef’s knife many years ago and it still looks brand new. It has maintained it’s durability and has proven it’s effectiveness time and time again (with a sharpening here and there).

Do you have any favorite items for your kitchen or home that you’ve found to be great investments and use all the time?

8 Sweet Deals for Your Home and Wardrobe

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Embroidered Monogram Pillows – $19.95

Though I sometimes find it cumbersome to sift through racks or shelves for bargains (due to sheer laziness), I have to admit, I love a good deal and even moreso when I come across one unexpectedly. Like the one time I bought a black silk maxi skirt for $10. I’ve worn it so many times I think I owe the designer money! I’ve done my fair share of combing sales racks, thrifting, shopping at estate sales and garage sales, but nowadays, I have to really be in the mood. Like recently, I felt like browsing online to see if there are any good deals out there. Here are my top picks. Do you like shopping for sales or just when you happen to come across them?

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Paraiba Kimono Cardigan – $39.95

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Women’s Snake Print Crossbody Bag – $16.99

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Embroidered Tassel Halter Dress – $18.99

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8 Piece set of Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold Tone bangles – $46.40

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Gold flatware set – $31 for 1 set or $112 for 4 sets

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Brass Wall Art – $9.97 {per letter / number}

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6-Cavity Mini Donut Baking Pan – $6.39