Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Dorm Must Have's

Hi everyone! I cannot even believe that I will be heading into my senior year of college. It feels like I moved in as a freshman yesterday. Being an upcoming senior, there are pieces that I've found to be essential when living on my own in order to make my space feel like home. Last year I moved from a dorm to a house, but find I needed a lot of the same things. I also find it's great to invest in pieces that can be utilized not only throughout college but also as I graduate and move into other spaces. Even as a freshman I shopped at Pottery Barn Dorm for a lot of my dorm decor. They have such a great variety of pieces and so many dorm essentials that made my space feel like home. I included a few photos of my dorm room as a freshman, sophomore, and junior- my Pottery Barn Dorm bedding always made my space feel put together and sophisticated. I love that I was able to utilize the same bedding from year to year, but switch up other elements for a completely new space.

Today I am excited to be sharing some of my dorm must have's with Pottery Barn Dorm ! I am going to be giving my space at school a little refresh this year and cannot wait to share the results with you. Stay tuned for that post coming up soon. I've always loved shopping at Pottery Barn Dorm for my college spaces, here are a few of my essentials on the site right now! 


B E D D I N G 

Picking neutral bedding is always a go-to for me! Rather than going with a print in my duvet, I always stick to something simple so I can use it from year to year. Navy and white is a color palette I always find myself drawn to, especially because it pairs so well with other colors. Choosing a simple color palette for bedding makes it a lot easier to utilize it from year to year. I add prints and color in things like throw pillows, sheets, and wall art. Another way to make your space feel cozy are faux headboards. They always look great in any space and make a dorm feel like home. 

Duvets and Quilts:


D E S K  A C C E S S O R I E S 

Desk accessories are such a fun way to add personal details to a small space! One of my favorite purchases for my freshman year dorm was my desk chair. Living on campus, there's not a lot of options to switch up the furniture so a desk chair is a great way to make a put-together space. I have been using my desk chair every year since and it was definitely worth the investment! Pottery Barn Dorm has so many great chairs that are classic and will never go out of style. Organization in a small space is so important. I picked out a few really great pieces that help you stay organized, but still, look great in your space. The jewelry organizer is incredible and stores so much!

W A L L  A R T

Wall art throughout college has been one of my favorite ways to accessorize my space. I love a gallery wall that is pretty yet functional. I always try to include a mix of shelves, mirrors, and artwork. Being able to utilize the walls for some storage is such a great way to maximize space in a small dorm. I love that Pottery Barn Dorm supports artists as well! Evelyn Henson has been one of my favorite artists for years, and it's great seeing her prints on the site. Wall art is great since it can easily be swapped out from year to year to add a personal touch to your space. 

B A T H  N E C E S S I T I E S 

I was lucky enough to not have to experience communal bathrooms in college, but there are so many great items to make it a lot easier! Having a bathroom caddy with all of your essentials is great so you can grab it and go! I also love having towels that are personalized or a fun print so they don't get mixed up with anyone else's. It's also great to have a cozy robe to throw on while lounging around your dorm!

Freshman Year Dorm: 

Sophomore Year Dorm:

Junior Year House: 

How cute is the Pottery Barn Dorm x Lilly Pulitzer collab? It's still available too! 

I also have a very classic Pottery Barn Dorm duvet at my parent's house that I love:

Thank you Pottery Barn Dorm for sponsoring this post 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Draper James Fall Shoot Recap

Hi everyone! Today is the day- Draper James launched part of their fall collection! Draper James has always been a favorite brand of mine since it launched in 2013. I love their ladylike silhouettes and feminine details. When I found out I was going to be heading to the Montage Palmetto Bluff to shoot their fall collection I couldn't contain my excitement! I was jumping for joy- *literally* you can ask my family. While on vacation with my family in Hilton Head a few years ago we took a day trip to the Montage Palmetto Bluff and ever since then I've been dying to go back! Today I'm recapping the wonderful experience with the Draper James team. I am so thankful to have been able to experience the trip with these lovely ladies as well- Sarah, Shay, and Nazira! They will also be sharing their looks from the shoot so be sure to check them out! 


Here's a look at a few of the Draper James pieces that launched today:

The perfect sweatshirt for a gingham loving gal!

Have you ever seen a cuter game-day look? 

Shop my favorites from the launch:

I arrived at Montage Palmetto Bluff in the afternoon on Tuesday and was immediately blown away by the beauty. We stayed in the most adorable cottages that were perfectly decorated. I wanted to move in- I practically did since I moved all of my clothes into the incredible closet. After settling into our cottages, we headed to lunch at the Main Inn. It was a great lunch, and great to meet everyone we'd be shooting with. After lunch, I decided to change into my suit and hang out by the pool for a little bit until the other girls arrived. The pool was so refreshing, the perfect spot to spend the afternoon. Once everyone arrived we headed (via golf cart) to fittings! I was so excited to see everything in person that we'd be shooting. The fall collection is beyond adorable and I can't wait to share it with you when everything launches. It's filled with so many adorable prints and styles for fall. After fittings, we went to a welcome dinner at the Main Inn. Everything we ate was wonderful, and I loved being surrounded by such good company. Our cottage had the coziest screened-in porch, it was the perfect spot to end the evening.

On Wednesday I was able to sleep in and had a very relaxing morning, we had a dolphin tour scheduled but since Nazira's flight hadn't gotten in yet, we rescheduled for Thursday. I never sleep in, but couldn't help it in my cozy bed and Draper James pj's! In the afternoon Nazira and I headed to hair and makeup. For my first look, we did a classic red lip which is one of my favorites. We also shot at the most beautiful stables that were the perfect setting for my look. Colson of  And Delight Reigned did an amazing job setting up each shot with the best props, outfits, and locations. Montage Palmetto Bluff is such a large property, and they offer such a wide variety of experiences. They have everything from horseback riding, golfing, boat tours, paddleboarding, and much more. Our next look was gameday themed and so fun to shoot! It made me so excited for football season- Go Bills! After shooting we got ready and took some photos around the property with  Lindsey before heading to dinner. 

I woke up early on Thursday morning to catch the sunrise and was accompanied by some swimming dolphins. It was one of my most relaxing and incredible views I've ever seen! I love that Montage Palmetto Bluff is right on the water- it's so serene especially in the morning. After watching the sunrise, Nazira and I headed to hair and makeup at 7. We shot at the Main Inn, and on our adorable porch. Even though it was very hot, it still made me so excited for fall trying on all of the Draper James looks! After shooting we had a quick lunch and headed out on the water for our dolphin tour. I had as much sweet tea and shrimp and grits as I could while I was there! Not only did we see dolphins, but we also went to Montage Palmetto Bluff's private island, and climbed their gorgeous treehouse. All of the girls had been dying to go to the spa the whole trip, and we were surprised with a massage later in the day! I've never had a massage prior, but it was amazing and the perfect way to wrap up the day! We had a final dinner with everyone at Cole's, their fried chicken was so delicious. It was such a wonderful trip, and I was so sad to leave! Shay, Sarah, Nazira, and I had a great night relaxing and chit-chatting in our Draper James pj's. So thankful to have met so many inspiring women- be sure to check them out if oyu don't know them already! 

Stay tuned in the coming months for more launching from  Draper James. I can't wait to share all of the photos with you! 

Hair by:  Clay Nielsen 

Makeup by:  Caitlin Wooters

Photos by:  Lindsey Grace Whiddon 

Creative Director:  And Delight Reigned

Thanks for reading and a special thanks to the Draper James Team (Lydia & Emma) and everyone at the  Montage Palmetto Bluff for an incredible trip!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Best of Buffalo + Evelyn Henson Map Print

Hi everyone! Since I'm away at school for most of the year, I don't often talk about my hometown on the blog. I've lived in Buffalo, NY my whole life and thought it would be fun to round up my favorites in the city. In today's post I'm sharing my favorite places to eat, shop, take photos, and more.  I'm so excited to have partnered with one of my favorite artists, Evelyn Henson, to share this adorable map print she made for Buffalo! You can purchase it here or enter our giveaway on Instagram to win a $300 gift card to EvelynHenson.com. Find us on Instagram- @belleoftheball45 and @evelyn_henson.


S h o p p i n g

In recent years the shopping in Buffalo has gotten SO much better. There have been so many great local stores popping up. Here are some of my favorite places to shop, some of them have online stores as well if you want to check them out. 

Molly and Kate (Hamburg) 

One of my favorite stores! The owners are the absolute sweetest and I love their selection. They have a mix of home and clothing items. Recently they started carrying Vineyard Vines, and carry other great brands like Joules, Tretorn, and more. Not only do they have great brand names, but also adorable items at a great price point as well. Also if you have kids, they just opened their kid's store Main & Downing. It's too cute and has the best brands for your little ones. 

 The Galleria Mall (Cheektowaga) 

Our mall has gotten so great within the past few years. We recently got a Zara which is amazing. A few of my other favorite stores to shop at are J Crew, Anthropologie, Aerie, and Lord and Taylor.

 Tony Walker & Co. (Williamsville)

There are a lot of great brands at Tony Walker such as Tory Burch, Gucci Jewelry, Carolina Clothing Company, and Longchamp.

Niagara Falls Outlet (Niagara Falls) 

The outlet mall is about a 30-minute drive from the city, but totally worth it! They have stores like J. Crew Factory, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, Barbour, and so much more. I always score so many deals when I shop there!

Oxford Pennant (Downtown / Canalside) 

They make the cutest pennants and have so many unique pieces!

BFLO  (Galleria Mall / Downtown) 

The BFLO Store has so many fun Buffalo items! They also carry a lot of Vineyard Vines Buffalo pieces which are too cute.

The Cobblestone Suits (Village of Hamburg) 

So many cute boutiques are always popping up here- I love Indie Twenty and T. Boutique.

D i n i n g 

The Grange Community Kitchen (Village of Hamburg) 

The Grange has been one of my favorites since it opened! Not only do they have a great dinner menu, but I also love their brunch and custom cakes as well. They're also opening a restaurant in Ellicottville, NY in the fall- can't wait to try it! 

 Prima Cafe (Village of Hamburg)

I love Prima Cafe! They have so many delicious, yet healthy options. 

 Deep South Taco (Downtown) 

I love the atmosphere here- and who doesn't love Mexican food.

Barbill Tavern (East Aroura)

Some of the best wings in Buffalo! Also located in an adorable town.

Connors Hot Dog Stand (Angola, NY) 

I've worked at Connors for the past few years and LOVE their food. They have a location near Evans Town Park and another at the Sturgeon Point Marina. Great place to eat in the summer- make sure you get fries!

Root and Bloom (Downtown) 

Such a cute vegan restaurant!  

Chefs (Downtown) 

Great Italian food!

Coles (Downtown)

The perfect spot to get a classic Buffalo beef on weck! 

Lloyds (Downtown)

I love the tacos here, also it's next to Churn which has amazing ice cream.

Kunis (Downtown)

The best sushi!

Lombardos (Downtown) 

Another great Italian restaurant!

Osteria (Downtown)

Allen Burger Venture (Downtown) 

Great burgers and a fun spot to be in the city!

Jims Steakout (Downtown) 

My favorite place to get a chicken finger sub and a loganberry- SO good. 

The Terrace at Delaware Park 

Such a great place for date night! Clost to the museum and right next to Delaware Park!

Fresh Catch Poke 

I've been loving Poke bowls lately- this place is a go-to if you're craving one!

D r i n k  S p o t s 

Alchemy (Hamburg, NY) 

The Grange Community Kitchen (Hamburg, NY) 

The Little Club (Downtown)

Hydraulic Hearth (Downtown) 

100 Acres at Hotel Henry (Downtown) 

Vue- The Curtiss Rooftop (Downtown)

Patina 250 (Downtown) 

William K's (Downtown)

Liberty Hound (Downtown)

Panorama (Downtown)

Mickey Rats Beach Club (Angola, NY)

( A special thanks to Courtney Erickson for suggesting her favorite drink spots!)

C o f f e e  S h o p s 

Remedy House (Downtown) 

Public Espresso + Coffee (Downtown) 

Tipico Coffee (Downtown) 

The Grange Community Kitchen (Village of Hamburg)

Tim Hortons (basically on every corner- hahaha) 

Spot Coffee (Hamburg, Orchard Park, Downtown) 

Overwinter Coffee (Downtown) 

Rowhouse (Downtown) 

P h o t o   L o c a t i o n s 

Delaware Park 

Not only is Delaware park a great place to grab dinner and walk around, but its a great spot for photos. In the summer there are rowboats on Hoyt Lake, beautiful blooms in the garden, and a short walk from both the art and history museum.

Knox Farm

In any season Knox is a stunning place for photos. All of the barns, historic homes, and greenery across the property make it a wonderful spot for a walk and perfect for photos as well.

Green Lake

This is such a beautiful park in the summer. The park makes a great spot for photos. It's also perfect for a picnic or to bring some kayaks and paddle around the lake!

Evangola State Park 

Theres a lot of variety for photos here! I love the covered bridge, gazebo, and beautiful greenery.

The Tift Nature Preserve

Has a great bike trail, and also such a beautiful nature preserve. Great spot for photos and close to Canalside!

Greeting From Buffalo Mural

 461 Ellicott St.

A c t i v i t i e s 

Albright Knox Art Gallery

The Art Gallery is a great spot with a beautiful collection of artwork. They also have M&T First Fridays so the first Friday of every month is free admission!

Outer Harbor

I love living near the water, and the Outer Harbor is a great spot!


Canalside has become so fun within the past few years! There is always something going on and new stores popping up. It's also great in the winter since they have an ice skating rink. In the summer there's also a spot to rent paddle boards and kayaks!


There's zip-lining, food, and always something fun going on at Riverworks!

Flower Picking in Springville 

A little bit of a drive, but totally worth it! The most beautiful you-pick flower farm. Check out their Instagram for more details about picking times. @theflowerstand716

Sporting Events (Bills, Bisons, and Sabres)

Sporting events are always so fun, especially Bills games!

White Orchard Day Spa (Orcahrd Park, NY)

Treat yourself to a mani pedi, facial, and more! The cutest spa that uses farm fresh products made in the US!

Botanical Gardens (Lakawana, NY) 

Such a pretty place full of so many beautiful plants!

Niagara Falls

Just a short trip from Buffalo, definitely worth the trip! I would reccommend going to the Canadian side!

Food Truck Tuesday

 I always look forward to Tuesday's in the summer, Food Truck Tuesday is always a fun night full of good food and music.


I haven't been to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in years, but I have been dying to go! It's always such an amazing performance.

Day Trip To Ellicottville

Ellicottville is the cutest ski town, and is also so fun in the summer! Holiday Valley is so beautiful and there are so many cute shops and restaurants. I try to plan a trip to Ellicottville once a year. This year I'm heading there for fall fest with some of my friends and I can't wait!

P l a c e s  T o  S t a y  

The Curtiss

Also has a great restaraunt and rooftop bar!

The Delaware Mansion

The Westin

Hotel Henry

W o r k o u t   S p o t s 

RISE Fitness

I've been going to RISE a lot this summer and have been loving it. Yoga and spin are two of my favorite workouts! 

Garage Fitness 

Judy that owns Garage is the best, and always keeps her classes fun! 

Level Red Boxing 

I go boxing at school a lot since it's close to my house, but I love Level Red in Buffalo as well! I wish it was closer to me so I could go more. 

Central Rock Buffalo 

I've always wanted to go rock climbing and I recently found this spot! I definitely will be trying it out soon.  

There's definitely a chance I forgot something, so I'm sure I will be adding on soon! I hope you enjoy Buffalo- tag me @belleoftheball45 if you use this guide! 

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