Five on Friday

Happy Friday from Philadelphia! I flew in yesterday for some meetings and two work events last night am so ready to get home!

1. Garden Roses

Earlier this week I scooped up a few bouquets of pink garden roses from Harris Teeter for my wine tasting girls night. I could not get over how gorgeous these blooms were and used them for my tablerunner! Also, I had a lot of requests to post a tutorial on my tablescape and am planning to post next week on it!

2. Aqua-Tots

It has been SO fun watching the kids put their swim practice into action this summer. Thomas still requires a puddle jumper at all times, but Caroline is SO close to not needing one!

3. Camera Help!

I am in the market for a new camera! My Canon Rebel gave me 10 amazing years and is officially on it’s last leg — sometimes it turns on, sometimes it doesn’t! So I am hoping some of you may have some feedback on my camera finalists. I’ve narrowed down my contenders to four cameras and two brands. If you own any of these PLEASE share your feedback! 

Option 1: Sony Alpha Mirrorless Digital Camera A5100 vs Sony Alpha Mirrorless Digital Camera A6000

I have read SO many amazing reviews about the quality of both of these mirrorless options but am nervous to relearn a new camera after finally getting comfortable with my Canon. The difference between both mirrorless options is $100. I don’t use my camera for video, so I’m thinking I can get away with the less expensive option (A5100), but the shutter speed in the A6000 keeps me going back and forth. I also love how compact the mirrorless cameras are. I carry my DSLR with me all the time so this would be so much more convenient to keep in my purse.

Option 2: Canon EOS Rebel SL2 vs Canon EOS Rebel T6i 

The T6i is basically a much newer version of the camera I already own and know how to operate, so this option feels safe! But then I read about the SL2 is basically the same camera but a little smaller. 

4. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Reporting back on the QVC 5′ FLF tree! I was skeptical when it arrived in the skinniest box ever but am pleasantly surprised by the quality of this tree! For less than $60, this is an excellent faux tree option! Our coffee table and faux pencil succulent also arrived for the circle room! The table we originally wanted has been backordered forever so we decided to go another route and are really happy with our choice! Now I’m on the hunt for some pretty coffee table books!You can find all of our circle room sources HERE.

5. Nordstrom Sale Picks!

I couldn’t let this sale go by without sharing my top 5 items.

    1. Vince Camuto Gigetta Bootie: An excellent bootie for fall that comes in 4 colors! 
    2. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: I’m doing it!!! I am finally scooping up these infamous leggings!!! I’ve been patiently waiting since the LAST anniversary sale to buy these at the best price all year. I am SO excited and am really hoping that they aren’t too long on me. Why doesn’t this version come in petite?!
    3. Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Lite Circle Cardigan: I have this cardigan and it’s one of the coziest things in my closet. And this price is insanely good!
    4. Steve Madden Feather Studded Loafer: these are in my shopping bag!!! Love these fun loafers for fall. 
    5. BP. Lace Trim Satin Camisole Top: perfect camisole for layering under the Barefoot Dreams cardigan! 

In Case You Missed It This Week



    • Christina
      July 19, 2019 / 4:12 pm

      Just bought this at your recommendation!!! Thanks friend!!!!

    • Christina
      July 19, 2019 / 4:12 pm

      Oh i LOOOOOOVE this book!!!! Beautiful!!!!

    July 19, 2019 / 10:58 am

    Hey Caroline! I absolutely LOVE my Sony Alpha. Although, I HIGHLY suggest getting the viewfinder to attach to it. The reason I recommend is because when it’s bright outside it’s really hard to see what you are focusing on and because it is such a powerful camera, it will focus so crisply on something and if it’s not what you are wanting to highlight in the frame you might wind up getting a very focused tree branch and a blurry kid doing something cute. I took mine to europe and a large amount of my photos had a blurry subject with a random detail superfocused…. which was very disappointing. Not the camera’s fault, I just couldn’t see what I was focusing on with the digital screen like I can with a viewfinder. Something to consider šŸ™‚

    • Christina
      July 19, 2019 / 4:13 pm

      This is super helpful! Thank you for the feedback!!

  2. Katie
    July 19, 2019 / 10:58 am

    Oh wow!! Those roses are beautiful!! Very bright. Weird question. When we buy those cutie clementines they go bad SO fast. Do they stay fresh longer in that open air bowl? I have tried putting them in our large fruit bowl….they go bad so fast. I have tried leaving them in the netting they come in….still go bad. I would just like to be able to enjoy the full bag of cuties or more than 5 before they get nasty!

    • Christina
      July 19, 2019 / 4:15 pm

      That is crazy!!! We eat them so fast that they don’t go bad! We keep them in the bowl and have no problems!

  3. Jordan Kennedy Schiffbauer
    July 20, 2019 / 4:18 pm

    Your rose tasting was soooooo adorable! I loved it! Also your friend Sara looks amazing! Guest post request on her lifestyle change journey please!!!

  4. CC COleman
    July 21, 2019 / 10:29 am

    Please keep us posted on which camera you choose and why. Iā€™m interested in something smaller and lighter than my current DSLR.

  5. July 21, 2019 / 10:33 am

    The wine tasting looked like so much fun (and what a smart idea for a girlfriend get-together!)

  6. Maurizia
    July 22, 2019 / 10:53 am

    I’ve been looking at a new camera too, mine is also 10 years old and a cannon. I keep going back and forth between the Sony and cannon options too! The Sony ones get great reviews, but that also means learning a new system and buying new lenses or a converter. Please share what you end up choosing!

  7. July 22, 2019 / 4:12 pm

    LOVE how the circle room is coming together and I’m still swooning over that mirror!

    • Christina
      July 23, 2019 / 9:32 am

      Thank you friend!!!!

  8. Kate
    July 30, 2019 / 3:36 pm

    Christina, did you get a basket for the faux tree? I just ordered it and now I need to figure out what to put it in!

    • Christina
      August 1, 2019 / 8:39 pm

      we got ours from World Market! They had so many good options!!

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