Enjoying our Spring Saturday // Garden, Icecream, Laughter, and a whole-lotta gorgeous North Carolina weather!

Saturday’s are for shopping (obviously) so today we did something we haven’t done yet in this town..

Those of y’all that know me personally or have been following along with me for a while now already know that I try to avoid shopping malls like the plague. For many reasons, but the main one being my anxiety skyrocketing from being around way too many random people at once- all pushing and shoving trying to find the “deals” that these big corporate stores are having that day- no thank you. I need my personal space and don’t enjoy strangers brushing up on me. However, since we couldn’t find these particular shades that Jeff was eyeing at another brick-and-mortar store, we knew the mall would surely have them- and they did.

I’m pretty sure this was also the first trip to the mall that Sophia will actually remember- and let me tell ya’, this girl was a fan! She loves shopping, (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree there, friends!) she loves food, and she loved the big cookie she got for being such a good girl! (Any fellow mamas spoil the crap out of their kids if they don’t act a fool in public? I see you)

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We came home, got messy in our garden, played outside and then had more treats. This weather is too beautiful not to soak up every second!

One of the most beautiful things about being a parent is watching your children fall madly in love with the hobbies that you love. I absolutely adore that most of the hobbies Sophia has picked up on show her how to take care of things.

Gardening is a big hobby of mine that I believe teaches wonderful life lessons. With little eyes always watching, I believe it’s so important to bestow meaningful activities upon our children rather than the “norm” nowadays. (especially in this day in age)

We started last year when I wanted to dabble into a vegetable garden. She helped me plant the peppers and zucchini’s from seeds and she beamed from ear to ear when she saw them growing. After we planted the seeds, she watered them every single day and anticipated their growth. Life lesson learned: “In life, we have to take care of things if we want them to return the favor,” and also, “Don’t rush the process, good things take time. And sometime more time”

SHOP: SIMILAR BOWS (Also HERE & HERE & HERE) Her outfit was a gift from her auntie- but HERES another romper I’m loving)

I hope everyone has had the most fabulous Saturday like we have! How do you spend your Saturday’s? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Color Street Nails // My Newest Nail Art Obsession.

Hey there, gorgeous!

Today I have the pleasure of sharing my experience with the company Color Street Nails and my gorgeous friend and Color Street Stylist, Courtney Bitner! (Keep reading for a treat!)

Color Street Nails // COLOR CHARLESTON BLUSH // ENGRAVABLE BANGLES (Also Available in Rose Gold & Silver) // MARBLE COASTERS HERE & HERE (I’m also LOVING the gold & marble on THESE // Similar Wooden Candle Sticks HERE (under $20), & HERE (mine is an antique that was given to me by my Mama in law)

If you’ve never heard of color Street before, you’ve come to the right place! I’m sharing my personal experience with this company, my stylist, and my honest opinion on their products.

Before I start, I want to fully disclose that I was not paid by this company or given free product in exchange for this blog post. This is my honest opinion, and my true experience with this fabulous company!

These nail polish strips give you a salon quality manicure in minutes! They’re 100% real nail polish strips, and they are SUPER easy to apply (I’m the WORST at painting my nails or doing any sort of nail art- so finding this company was a God send for me!)

I purchased my first Color Street Nails through a party that my sister hosted with her friend, Courtney Bitner. Being in the direct sales business, I wanted to support my sisters party and Courtney’s small business; so, without hesitation I ordered a pair in color that I loved and knew I’d be able to pair with any outfit.

Those of you that know me know that I don’t really go get my nails done, nor do I paint my nails very often for many reasons- but mainly because they’re a lot of maintenance, I clean so much (it feels like my hands are constantly in water) and I work with my hands every single day so any sort of nail polish always chips and has to be redone. Between owning my clothing boutique, my Stella & Dot Business, and being a full-time wifey and Mama- I just don’t have the time to constantly redo my nails. Thank God I found Color Street!

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I received them quickly and curiosity struck when I opened my package. I sat down, read the directions and started putting them on. These are so awesome because they’re so easy to apply, and they’re super stylish! Because I had no clue about them or had never even heard of this company before- I had every expectation that they were going to chip within a few days because of my lifestyle- and my standards were so low (from my own experiences with past nail salon nails and painting my own nails) that I was okay with the thought of them chipping after a couple of days.

Fast forward to a week later: To my MAJOR pleasant surprise, they were still perfectly intact and still looked like I had just gotten a fresh manicure. No lifestyle changes, same hectic day-to-day routine- they were just still simply perfection and by this moment I was hooked.

On top of their high quality products- they have MULTIPLE different styles to choose from! Solid colors are my personal favorite but they have glitter colors, french nails, nail art designs and they even have exclusive holiday designs each season!

And lastly- let’s talk this surprising price point. They’re VERY inexpensive, with prices ranging from $11 USD to $13 USD (and they always have specials going on!)

Specials right now that I saw include Buy 3 Get 1 Free, and Buy 1 Get 1 Free on the french manicure sets! But Courtney could tell you more about specials!

If you’ve never tried Color Street Nails, I HIGHLY recommend them. And if you don’t already have a Stylist- I highly recommend mine, Courtney Bitner! Not only is this supa’ fine Mama extremely sweet and humble, but she always answers any questions I have really quickly! Customer service is SO important to me, and she truly goes above and beyond!

Pictured above is Courtney with the Founder and Creator of Color Street, Mr. Fa Park!

Shop/Browse Courtney’s Color Street Website Here: http://www.mycolorstreet.com/COURTNEYBITNER

If you’re interested but are a little skeptical, anyone that wants a sample to try before you buy can email Courtney directly at courtneysnailobsession@gmail.com

Let me know if you’ve tried color street nails in the comments below! I’d love to hear your experiences as well. And, if you’ve never tried them but plan on trying them, let me know that too! I truly hope I can take some credit for introducing you to your newest obsession. (haha!)

Happy Tuesday, Friends!
xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies
Instagram: @tormongelli 

Top Candles & Faux Peonies for Spring

I’m just over here dreaming of spring.. The past few days have actually been surprisingly warm in these parts, so I’ve got all of my favorite spring scents burning. (Too soon?)

What you probably know about Peonies is this: They’re gorgeous and smell amazing- and if you didn’t know that, now you do.

But sadly, peony season does not last very long at all. One measly spring season, and then the start to summer marks the end of peony season.

So, I’ve scoped out the best candles and faux arrangements to fill your home with that lush scent and imagery all spring and summer long!

By far the best Peony Candle and the one I keep stocked both seasons👇🏼

// SHOP THE CANDLE // ONLY $12.99 // BURN TIME: 75 HOURS

Notes of Mango Blossom, Freesia, and White Peony will fill your house for over 75 hours with this one candle! If you know me, you know I’m always burning candles in my home and I’ve burned this one so much I’ve even practiced burning different candles with it to see what scents I can create!

Which brings me to my next candle must-have:

// SHOP THE SOHO CANDLE HERE //

Not only does the Jar remind me of my Meems’s vintage decor (she had these green hobnail glasses when I was growing up that I’m in love with) but the notes of apricot, passion fruit, and fresh grapefruit fill your house for up to 80 hours AND it’s only $12.99!

If you’re looking to add some faux Peonies to your home so you can enjoy the beautiful scent from your new candles and add some flowers into your space, I highly recommend any of the arrangements below from TJ MAXX!

// SHOP WHITE PEONY ARRANGEMENT //

// SHOP PINK PEONY ARRANGEMENT //

// SHOP WHITE PEONY TABLE ARRANGEMENT //

// SHOP PINK PEONY TABLE ARRANGEMENT  //

Which color peony is your favorite?

I’d love to hear in the comments below!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Sophia’s Big Girl Room Makeover

77E6AAB5-F915-42A5-8A8B-EC0FDE6C3F91SHOP: COMFORTER SET // METALLIC HEARTS SHEETS // BED FRAME (similar style) // GEL/MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS (sooooo comfortable!) // MATTRESS PROTECTOR // SHELVING UNIT // STORAGE BINS (similar style)

We recently took a trip home to Florida for the Holidays to be with family. Up until then, Sophia had been sleeping in her large crib. Something inside of me couldn’t accept the fact that my little baby girl finally needed a big girl bed..

She ended up sleeping on a twin size bed at my Meems’s house (her vintage metal bed was what inspired me for Sophia’s bed frame) on the last night that we were there and she slept like a baby with no mishaps! (no falling out of the bed, etc!)

Jeff then convinced me that it was time to “cut the cord” and we needed to update her room.

The next few days were spent carefully buying pieces and mentally picturing what I wanted her room to look like and going off of that image in my head. This was the end result and were in love!

This comforter is even more gorgeous and elegant in person- just as we wanted! I believe your comforter set truly sets the vibe in your room. It’s also extremely soft and cozy! They have them in multiple different sizes and colors as well- there’s even a navy blue one that would go perfectly in a little boys room!

// SHOP THE BEDDING SET //

 

// SHOP THE SHEETS // (They’re on sale right now which is an added bonus!)

These sheets are so cute and match the Gold/Pink princess theme we were going for perfectly!

 // FIRST SIGN // SECOND SIGN // THIRD SIGN //

I actually purchased these signs a while ago so I’ve linked some really pretty alternatives that would go perfectly in a room like this!

Mamas that haven’t made the switch to the big girl room yet: I won’t lie to you, watching Jeff take apart her crib & put away her changing table killed me screw by screw, piece by piece.. Not even kidding! But then it was easy for me to get excited when I saw how happy Sophia was when she saw her big girl room and her very own big girl bed.

I’ve linked all of the products for you & you’ll find them right underneath the pictures above!

Have you made the switch yet? Let me know in the comments,
I’d love to hear what theme you went with!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies