Diamond Shopping with Diamonds Direct

“Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” ― Dolly Parton

Diamonds are rare, beautiful, timeless, authentic, and have the ability to make you feel a certain way. I have always been fascinated with them. I love how they sparkle when you move your hand in conversation. I love how they come in different shapes and sizes and there is a perfect one out there for everyone. Mostly, I love how they can be passed on through generations and carry a story each time. I love how you can get your great-grandmother’s diamond earring and they re just as beautiful then, as they are now.

I take diamond shopping very seriously. There are a handful of places that are on my list that are acceptable for Brice to buy from. Locally, one of them is Diamonds Direct. Not only do they have very competitive pricing  but they also have very quality diamonds. Upon walking in you are amongst a land of sparkle. They have pieces and price points for everyone.

I had my eye on a pair of diamond studs. I have always wanted a pair. I love how they can be worn everyday and also dressed up for formal events. I went into their newly renovated store and was overwhelmed (in the best way) with all of the options they had for me. I settled on a pair of .75 carat, beautifully simple studs. They were so helpful and patient as I tried on different pairs. They listened to what I liked and didn’t like and found me the perfect pair.

If you ever need a beautiful piece I truly hope you go to Diamonds Direct, if even to experience their amazing store and very helpful customer service. I found my dream stud and through the process I can wholeheartedly recommend them.

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Dogwood Hill Christmas Cards

Growing up I LOVED going through the stack of Christmas cards my family would receive. I could go through them everyday and never get bored of it. I loved seeing the family photos and all of the gorgeous festive cards. Once I had a family of my own I was very excited to get to start this tradition. Something I also wanted to do was save our family’s card every year and have giggles over how much we changed and to also enjoy all of our different cards through the years.

When we first had Eleanor I was feeling really good to just get a card out. I didn’t spend as much time or effort in the actual card as I would have liked. It was a whirlwind of a year and I was just happy to get “something” in the mail. Last year my card stepped its’ game up, but it still wasn’t exactly as I had wanted it. But this year, I made up for all the previous years. I LOVE our 2020 Christmas card!

After spending more time doing research on the best places to go I decided to use Dogwood Hill. I love that they are a small business. I also love how each of their products is made with love and quality. I am kind of picky when it comes to design. I want nostalgic Christmas, but not cheesy. I want it to be red and green, but not too much. I want beautiful, traditional font, but not too stiff. You get the point. Dogwood Hill has so many options that it didn’t take long to find the perfect card! I decided on the, “Highclere Holiday Wreath” design.  Our cards are thick, with gorgeous printing, and a classic design. They are perfectly, “us.” Dogwood Hill’s cards really do go above and beyond and I know I will look back on this years card with so much fondness.

If you are still in need of a Christmas card I hope you consider Dogwood Hill. They have many options so I am sure, like me,  you will find exactly what you are looking for. And when you finally settle on that perfect Christmas design you can use Hafnerholiday10 for 10% off your purchase! I know you will be just as happy as I am!

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What to Wear Pregnant and Postpartum: Frances Hart

Outfit Details // Frances Hart Puff Sleeve Crewneck Sweater, Frances Hart Ribbed Knit Sweater and Ribbed Knit Skirt

I first discovered Frances Hart when I was pregnant with Eloise. We were in Covid lockdown for four months of her pregnancy. All I wanted was to look put together. I know that sounds strange to say during a lockdown, but I feel my best when I get dressed. True Story:  I HATE wearing work-out clothes unless I am actually working-out.  To be productive, I need to feel put-together and good. Before I was introduced to Frances Hart I was buying a lot of  Zara tent dresses. They were comfortable and made me feel put together but I yearned for higher quality, chic, and multi-purpose pieces. I wanted to move past “trendy” and into timeless.

When I found Frances Hart I felt like my wants had finally been met. I had no clue a company like this existed. When I received their dresses (all three shown in this past post) it was a match made in heaven. The quality of the fabrics was unmatched and their attention to detail was something I didn’t even notice on their website. Everything from the pleating around the shoulders, the ties at the waist, or the extra ruffle by the wrist. There was so much detail that I was truly blown away.

You always hear, “you can wear this pregnant and postpartum.” However, if you have been pregnant, how often is that really true? Not much. However, I found myself reaching for my Frances Hart dresses just as much postpartum as I did pregnant. The fit was different, but just as beautiful. I truly don’t know how they can create one pieces that can be worn at such different life stages.

I have kept in close contact with the girls at Frances Hart so when they launched their new knits I wanted to see if they could be as multi-purpose as their dresses. I am no longer pregnant but since their dresses fit me so well postpartum, I wanted to give the knits a shot too! Well, long story short, they did it again. I could 100% see how they would look beautiful pregnant, but they fit just as good postpartum. And like their previous pieces I own, the quality of their knits is above and beyond. I have actually been living in this sweater! I love it with jeans for a casual, everyday look.

My best friend is currently pregnant so I let her borrow the dresses I wore when I was pregnant with Eloise. She agrees, they are like nothing else on the market! Since I am not sure we are completley done having babies, I feel so good knowing I can invest in items that will work for all stages of my life!

Mary Hafner Frances Hart Mary Hafner Frances Hart Sweater Mary Hafner

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