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Accessory of the Day: Dew Drop Statement Earrings

SHOP | Dew Drop Statement Earrings

Saturday Statements with pops of color to match all the good feels today 🌞 I’m so stinkin’ happy that it’s the weekend y’all 😍

These versatile chandeliers not only add a gorgeous pop of color to any outfit- they double as a chic stud! Just detach the watercolor teardrop chandeliers for the stud. Two earrings for one price- aka, more bang for your buck! Snatch a pair up before they’re gone & thank me later! 😘

Product Details:

  • Versatile: chandeliers to studs
  • Soft watercolor teardrops with pastel sparkle
  • Gold plated with a vintage finish
  • 2 ½”, Statement Weight
  • Titanium Posts

Happy Saturday, friends! 🥰

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

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Sunday Stacks: Arm Parties to Copy Now. Accessorize for the upcoming Fall Season and Treat yo’ Self!

SHOP | Yves Wrap Bracelet (also available in BLUSH) | Pair it with a Signature Engravable Bangle

Happy Sunday, Fashionistas! 🥰 Who else is prepping for a long work week?! 😟 I love my career- but I’m already ready for the freakin’ weekend! 🙆🏻‍♀️ Somehow 48 hours isn’t enough time for me to reset- go figure 🤗

Anywho- today I’m sharing some Sunday Stacks worth copying- like right now. They’ll take you through all of the seasons, especially the most anticipated season for me thus far.. Fall-la-la-la-laaaaa (la-la-la-laaaaa) It’s been so hot here in Texas… I’m not even kidding y’all, this is what I imagine hell feels like. 😩

Shop the stacks HERE or tap any direct link below the photos for the pieces you’re eyeing! 👀

SHOP | Yves Wrap Bracelet (yes, again- because it’s that good) | Brix Stretch Bracelet in BLUSH, GREY, or MINT 😏

May the coffee be strong and your work week be short, friends!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies Blog

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The date challenge that you need to try with your spouse right now. It’s so fun!

Last night Jeff & I took to the kitchen to have a fun little date! 🙆🏻‍♀️ Don’t let the picture stray you away- it was seriously so much fun! We made a blueberry pie from scratch (with a delicious crumble for the top) which is difficult enough as it is for me because pie crust is only a whopping four ingredients but if you don’t do it justttttt right, you can completely mess it up.. And lets be honest- I’ve made a few crusts in my time and maybe a handful have actually been done right.. lol! 🤣 If blueberry pies aren’t your thing, you can make whatever pie you and your spouse love! We just recently got a blueberry pie candle and I always have it burning- the only downside is it’s such a tease because you’re always hungry smelling it. So needless to say, we just had to have a blueberry pie.

With this super fun couples challenge, one person has to be blindfolded while physically making the pie- the other person has to instruct what to do by holding the blindfolded persons hands and doing everything to make the pie through them! (Total disclaimer- flour ended up everywhere! But it’s so fun, and the clean up process was actually super fun, too)

Now back to the date challenge: Rules: The person with the least cooking experience has to be the one blindfolded, so, naturally Jeff took that spot (this time) and to top off the fun- you only get three actual verbal instructions for the time you’re making the entire pie- which was harder than it sounds. Believe me haha.

It was definitely an interesting Saturday date night in the Mongelli household- but oh so much fun! 🥰 And the end result was extremely delicious, y’all. We added vanilla icecream and cheers-d our spoons with our first bites loaded on to celebrate the hard work before we dug in.

Here is the yummy blueberry pie recipe we used:

For the Crust:

1/2 cup unsalted butter — diced and chilled

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-4 tablespoons ice water

  1. Add flour, butter, and salt to a large bowl. Cut your butter in using a pastry cutter. Work in one tablespoon of water at a time.

  2. Flour your surface. Press the dough ball into a disk and roll to about 1/4″ thickness. If it sticks to the rolling pin, place a sheet of wax paper on top of the dough so you don’t have to add more flour. Be sure to flip and rotate your dough as you go so it does not stick to your surface. Roll out the dough to a few inches larger than your pie plate.

  3. Place in pie plate and press to fit. Tuck under any overhang and crimp or use the tines of a fork to decorate the edges. Chill until ready to fill.

  4. This pie crust is great for filling and the recipe makes 1 crust that fits comfortably in a 9″ pie plate. For a bigger pie plate or for a double crust, double the recipe.

For the Pie Filling:

5 cups fresh or thawed frozen blueberries

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 tablespoons cornstarch

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place one pie crust in the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate and crimp as desired.
  3. Carefully stir together blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Pour into prepared pie plate.
  4. Top with topping of your choice, we used a crumble.
  1. Place a pie shield around the edge of the pie and place the pie on a cookie sheet.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes at 425° then lower the temperature to 350° and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until crust is baked through and golden.

For the Crumble Topping:

12 tablespoons unsalted butter

2/3 cup sugar — (brown or white or a combination)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  1. Grate cold butter into a large bowl.

  2. Add sugar: use all brown or all white or a combination to make 2/3 cup.

  3. Add flour and then, using a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.

Tips for the Crust:

  • Make sure your butter is COLD and your water is ICE WATER. Cold ingredients yield a better crust.
  • Make sure you chill the crust before you fill and/or bake it. Cold crust bakes better than any other kind, especially since this is an all butter pie crust.

I’d love to know if you try this date night in the comments below! Happy dating, y’all! 🥰

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies Blog

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Red, White, and Cute | 2019 4th of July Outfits For Little Fashionistas

2019 4th of July is right around the corner- make sure your little fashionista has the cutest outfit- no matter what festivities you attend! Here are a few of my favorites for y’all 😘

SHOP | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

Don’t forget about the adorable bathing suits & accessories! These are all under $15!

SHOP | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

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Elegant Rustic Farmhouse Entryway Look for Less | Shop The Look

Elegant Rustic Farmhouse Entryway Look for Less | Shop The Look | Large round mirror summer home style 2019

SHOP | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

An elegant rustic farmhouse entryway brings coziness and makes all guests feel welcomed as soon as they walk in the door! Updating your space doesn’t always have to break the bank! I’ve put together some of my top cozy-home picks that will look great in any space in your home.

Number 1: A framed round mirror! I love the project 62 mirror I linked because it’s (on sale for under $50 right now!) 28″ and adds dimension to every space! If you’re looking for a black frame like in the picture, you can snatch this one 24″ or this one 21″

Number 2: A texturized vase with florals or faux greenery adds character and charm to any space! Everyone knows I have an extreme obsession with target! I’m also loving THIS one and THIS one from Target for under $25!

Number 3: Goes hand in hand with number 2, but add a smaller texturized vase for extra dimension and eye appeal. I’m loving THIS, THIS, and THIS one.

Number 4: Exact match. This exact console table is behind our sofa as well BECAUSE it’s minimal, and goes so well with all of our decor. The best part? IT’S ONLY $52 RIGHT NOW! There are so many different spaces that you could stick this guy to add character to your entire house. For your entry way, in a hallway, behind the sofa- the possibilities are endless. Seriously y’all- snatch one (or two) up quickly and thank me later!

Number 5: I’m a firm believer in Garden Flowers and greenery. They genuinely soften the feel of a home, whether fresh or faux. You can never go wrong with throwing a few stems in a vase and putting them in any spot in your home to soften the feel and add some color. They truly pull the room together! My favorites for spring and summer include Peonies, Eucalyptus, Fern, and gardenias.

Number 6: We all already know that throws add coziness to your home. You can never go wrong with a simple gray & white striped throw! Just Incase Gray doesn’t go with your color scheme, here are a few of my other favorites. | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

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A Trendy Rustic / Farmhouse Entry Way (where to shop for less!)

SHOP | Faux Peony Stems | Faux Fern Stems | Glass Vase | Mason Jar Caddy (similar style) | Wooden Pillar (also here and here)| Pillar Lavender Candle here, here and here in a few of my favorite spring/summer scents | Faux Potted Greenery | Lamp & lampshade | Table Book | Summer Floral Scented Candles HERE, HERE, HERE | Vintage Serving Platter Similar Style (my less expensive favorites here, here, here |

One of the main things that I love about being a military family and moving so frequently is that we get to update our living spaces and sort of start from scratch every few years. Right now, I would have to say that our trendy Rustic / Farmhouse entryway is one of my favorite spaces in the house! I’ve linked a few of my favorite pieces right now for your home and hope you love them!

If you’re needing more inspiration, here are a few of my entry way necessity top picks for under $25!

SHOP | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

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Sophia’s Summer Wardrobe, Part 3: Adorable Toddler/Girls Sun Dresses for a STEAL!

Calling all mamas with little Fashionistas! Old Navy is doing it again- and these deals are HUGE and way too good to pass up!

Sophia’s summer wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a full line of adorable sun dresses- because these days that’s all she’ll wear! And with these 100 degree temps, who could blame her?! Right now (6/19/19) ALL DRESSES, Shorts and Tees are ON MAJOR SALE at Old Navy.

I’ve linked all of our favorites for you below. (How perfect is that blue dress with the Red White and Blue Stars?! PERFECT for the 4th of July!) You can tap any picture to shop directly or click the links below the pictures.

Printed Jersey Fit & Flare Cami Dress for girls, Toddler Fashion, Girls Fashion Summer Dresses, Printed Polka Dot Dress, 4th of July Stars Dress, Red White and Blue, Patriotic Dresses for Kids

SHOP | Printed Jersey Fit & Flare Cami Dress (multiple prints to choose from- and for reference, Sophia is 4 years old and in an XS in girls sizing)

SIMILAR OPTION FOR TODDLER SIZING HERE

printed watermelon and red floral button front tiered dress for Toddler Girls summer 2019 Toddler fashion

SHOP | Printed Button Front Tiered Dress (we also ordered the adorable watermelon print!)

Printed Watermelon Button-Front Tiered Dress for Toddler Girls 2019 Summer Fashion

(Tap the picture to shop the watermelon print dress)

Patterned Button-Front Tiered-Hem Sundress for Toddler Girls Summer 2019 FashionPatterned Button-Front Tiered-Hem Sundress for Toddler Girls Summer 2019 FashionPatterned Button-Front Tiered-Hem Sundress for Toddler Girls Summer 2019 Fashion

SHOP | Patterned Button-Front Tiered-Hem Sundress

There’s our entire haul for the day- happy shopping mamas! And Happy Hump Day!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

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Trending Wedding/Formal Wear 2019: Sequin and Tulle Dresses & Where to Get Them!

Summer 2019 is HERE y’all- just incase those blazing temperatures didn’t give that one away already… haha. I’ve had so many questions about the gorgeous Sequin and Tulle dress that I wore to a formal military ball so I thought I’d feature it in a blog post and give you guys a cooler alternative Summer option for this heat!

Bridesmaid Long Sleeve Maxi Tulle Dress with Tonal Delicate Sequins in Taupe/Blush

If you’re bold and want the long sleeves, here’s the link to my dress: SHOP THE MAYA HERE

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SHOP | Maya Halter Neck Midi Tulle Dress with Tonal Delicate Sequins in Taupe/Blush

Maya Bridesmaid Halter Neck Maxi Tulle Dress with Tonal Delicate Sequins in Taupe Gold BlushMaya Bridesmaid Halter Neck Maxi Tulle Dress with Tonal Delicate Sequins in Taupe Gold Blush

SHOP | Maya Halter Neck Maxi Tulle Dress

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SHOP | Maya Bardot Maxi Tulle Dress

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SHOP | Maya V Neck Maxi Tulle Dress in Green Lily

Also available in silver 👇🏼

Bridesmaid v Neck Maxi Tulle Dress with tonal delicate sequins in Soft Gray Silver 2019 Summer Wedding Fashion StyleBridesmaid v Neck Maxi Tulle Dress with tonal delicate sequins in Soft Gray Silver 2019 Summer Wedding Fashion Style

SHOP | Maya V Neck Maxi Tulle Dress in Soft Gray

I’ll be updating this blog post with more styles and different colors, including a maternity option! Stay tuned, friends!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

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Sophia’s Spring/Summer 2019 Wardrobe Update: Old Navy Haul

SHOP | Short Sleeve Tutu Dress (other colors available- while sizes last)

We’re so excited because Sophia’s FAVORITE princess dresses are ON MAJOR SALE right now- so we stocked up on our colors for our spring/summer 2019 toddler wardrobe update! Tap any picture below to shop directly. If your mini loves these dresses as much as mine does- snatch one quickly! I’ve also linked a few other items that we got for a complete STEAL, and they’re so stinking’ adorable. I had to share!  Continue reading “Sophia’s Spring/Summer 2019 Wardrobe Update: Old Navy Haul”

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Traveling in Style: The Cutest Weekend Get Away Tote, Gym, Yoga, Beach, or Diaper Bag, etc- That You Need This Summer

Heading somewhere for a weekend getaway? Needing a new Travel Tote? Gym Bag? Yoga Bag? Diaper Bag? No matter what you’re needing a new bag for- Travel in Style with any of Stella & Dot’s Get Away Totes! They’re seriously the perfect travel companions! Y’all have seen me feature this beauty over and over again- because it’s JUST. THAT. GOOD!

The totes are available in multiple different super adorable prints, has an easy, wipeable material, and is convertible and expands in a zip for spontaneous shopping.

  • Measurements: 14 1/4″ Height (zipped) 19 1/4″ Height (unzipped) x 15 1/2″ Length x 8″ Depth x 8″ Strap Drop
  • Exterior: Woven fabric with vegan leather trim, front slit pocket, top zipper closure
  • Interior: Pocket with zip closure
  • Lining: Wipeable coral/white print lining
  • Hardware: 9k Plated Gold
  • 2 way versatility: Detachable & adjustable cross body strap included

I’ve used mine as a diaper bag, gym bag, yoga bag, beach bag, and it’s TSA Approved for flight travel! ✈️ Sophia and I are headed to warmer weather this weekend- sunny Florida, here we come! ✨ And of course, we’ll be traveling in style with this beauty!

SHOP: Stella & Dot: Click HERE for the Get Away Tote in Black/Cream Stripe (Pictured Above) OR Click HERE to shop/browse all prints and travel bags!

Don’t forget to add the matching pouf! They’re so adorable! I always like to have a smaller pouch for my larger bags to put smaller items in that I don’t want getting lost at the bottom of my totes. Something for my chapstick, lipsticks, make up, sunscreen, cash, cards, etc!

Happy Traveling, Friends!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

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The Low Down on Mom Jeans: Tips // Tricks // How to Style // Spring 2018 Fashion

Happy Friday, Y’all! This week has been a hectic one- to say the least. But the good news is, WE MADE IT! Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back like I am! Haha.

I’m a HUGE fan of mom jeans! You can dress them up or down and accomplish any look you’re going for, effortlessly. I personally thought I couldn’t pull them off but I stepped out of my comfort zone and bought a pair- and to my surprise, they were actually extremely flattering! I am now hooked. There are so many looks you can achieve with a good pair of mom jeans, from cool and casual to chic street-style looks.

Today I’m showing you just a few of my top style tips for “mom” jeans, giving you the direct links to shop the looks, and what fab accessories I’m pairing with my similar looks!

LOOK NUMBER ONE: Throw on some heels, a cool neutral blouse, and add accessories. Boom. You’ve got an effortless (super adorable) street-style look! What’s even better, I’m sure you already have a blouse you could pair with the jeans in your closet. 

Get the Look:
BLOUSE (under $20) // JEANS (Also HERE on sale for $30) // HEELS (Under $40)

ACCESSORIES TO PAIR:

1. Stella & Dot | Ava BackPack

 

 

2. Stella & Dot |Eloisa Statement Necklace

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3. Audrey Statement Earrings // Stella & Dot

 

 

 

LOOK NUMBER TWO: This look is perfect for transitioning into the upcoming Spring and summer months! Add a chunky (or an oversized lightweight) sweater, give it a good front tuck into your jeans, throw on some neutral pointy toe mules and add accessories. Casual and stylish is as easy as 1-2-3!

Get the Look:
SIMILAR SWEATER (on sale, under $20) // SIMILAR JEANS // FLATS (under $25!)

ACCESSORIES TO PAIR:

  1. Stella & Dot | Marseilles Tote
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2. Pave Petal RING & EARRING STUDS

 

 

3. DANNIKA FLORAL NECKLACE
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4. ESMEE CUFF

 

 

 

LOOK NUMBER THREE: You can add some classic edge to any basic outfit by throwing on a black leather or moto jacket. I’m absolutely loving this look!

GET THE LOOK:
SIMILAR SHOES // SUPER SOFT BASIC WHITE TEE (under $30) // JEANS (UNDER $30) // SIMILAR JACKET (Moto- ON SALE $36)

ACCESSORIES TO PAIR: Stella & Dot

1. AVA BACKPACK (yes, again- because it’s that good!)

 

2. PAVE DUO RING

 

3. RHETT CUFF (Available in both Gold and Silver)

 

 

Which of these outfit ideas is your favorite? How do you wear your “mom” jeans? Tell or share your style in the comments!

Happy Friday, Gorgeous!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies