Register with Mishkalo and Receive Free Interior Design Services

From the Museum of Contemporary Art to the Art Institute and everything in between, it’s no surprise that Chicagoans love tart. That’s why Mishkalo is one of the best types of registries in the Chicago area. Instead of having their guests purchase unneeded gifts, newlyweds can use Mishkalo to create custom registries for original art. Their extensive collection of artwork means that everyone will be able to find something to enjoy!


Right now, Mishkalo is offering free interior design services to any couples that register with them before March 31, 2018. The services will be offered by the talented Laurel & Wolf Interior Design. The complete package includes a concept design for one room, 10 days of design time with revisions, furniture, accessories & decór incorporating your existing furniture, space planning, and floor plan plus shopping list.


Fine original arts can really create a more welcoming space in a first home. And having an interior designer assist with creating that atmosphere will make the process seamless. Click here to sign up!

Bridal Event: Kelly Faetanini Trunk Show

Jenny Yoo is hosting a Kelly Faetanini Trunk Show form March 22nd – 31st. It will be an amazing event as newly engaged brides-to-be can browse through the newest Fall 2018 collection at the Jenny Yoo Chicago Showroom. 

In addition, when brides book a complimentary appointment for the trunk show, they will also automatically be entered to win a $1,000 towards a Mishkalo art registry. Mishkalo helps newlyweds create registries to find the perfect art for their new home together. 

Kelly Faetanini 2018 Trunk Show 
March 22nd – March 31st 
Jenny Yoo Collection 
311 W. Superior Street Suite 404 
To make an appointment, call 312-642-2327

Find the perfect dress and the perfect artwork to decorate the walk down the aisle and the walk through a new home! 

Register for Artwork with Mishkalo!

Today, many couples struggle to fill out a traditional registry. New options for gifts are more and more appealing to many brides and grooms. One exciting new option in the Chicago area is Mishkalo Wedding Registries. Mishkalo allows couples to create custom registries for original sculptures, paintings, and furniture. 

Mishkalo was conceived by husband-wife team Kishore and Charu Swaminathan. They wanted to create an opportunity to give a memorable, unique gift to couples who may already have a home full of goods and don’t need a traditional registry. 

Couples can browse the extensive Mishkalo collection online and add items to their registry. From their, Mishkalo designs a gorgeous registry and allows guests to pay for all or part of the artwork of their choosing. 

Couples can also commission Mishkalo’s artists to design custom work from personal portraits to abstract visuals. This is a unique and interesting opportunity to own one-of-a-kind artwork and ask your guests to be part of building your perfect home together. 

Mishkalo hopes to be a valuable part of your home after your wedding and throughout your marriage. Check out their website to browse their artwork and create a registry and follow their blog to stay up to date as Mishkalo continues to grow!

Unique, fun, AND sustainable? Sign me up!

I have recently fell in love with a really great website that I would like to share with the world! It’s called UncommonGoods, and they are totally committed to a lot of issues that are important to me (sustainability, corporate responsibility, and just being an ethical company, in general). That’s great and all but really keeps bringing me back is that they have really cool, unique products!

UncommonGoods prides itself on treating every living thing with which they have contact with dignity and respect—from providing a living wage to not offering products that contain leather, fur, or feathers. They’re also big on sustainability, offer a wide array of recycled and organic products, and source their catalog paper from only sustainable forests. I think that supporting companies with beliefs and ethics such as these is incredibly important—then, if these companies succeed, maybe the rest of the world will take notice and move towards a more sustainable, compassionate lifestyle.

Their curated collections are a great resource if you’re looking for specific types of gifts, but don’t know exactly what to get. For example, their picks for groomsmen gifts are incredibly well thought-out and diverse. Check out that collection here. There are some real gems in there, like this beard maintenance kit (gotta have those groomsmen looking spiffy on your big day!)

…and this necktie travel box (another way to ensure spiffiness)!

On the flip side, if you’re looking for a little something something for yourself and your significant other—or even for a couple you know—their Personalized Wedding collection has a ton of cute, unique ways to commemorate togetherness. You can explore those here. Some of my favorite pieces are this cute tree trunk vase…

 and this unique thumbprint guestbook!

I admittedly have spent a lot of time browsing this site—what can I say, I love fun, responsibly-sourced home goods and gift items! I hope you enjoy one of the newest websites in my “shopping” bookmark folder. 

Introducing Anthropologie’s Registry

One of our favorite stores, Anthropolgie, officially has a wedding registry! What’s better than the convenience of shopping on your phone as well as being able to create your very own wedding registry, right from the same app!

We tested out this new app, and it’s easy to use. Did we mention all of the options available – from bedroom accessories to bath goodies, classic dinnerware, or fun decor?  You will be sure to find something to obsess over.

Check out some of our favorites below, or click here to take a look for yourself!

Poladora, a Wedding Registry for the Chicago Bride

I’m a firm believer that Chicago is one of the best cities to plan your wedding in as it has something for every bride. Poladora has just reconfirmed my belief with their newly released wedding registry designed, specifically, for the Chicago bride-to-be and local retailers in mind. Poladora’s online registry allows couples to register for single or multiple products from local Chicago and niche retailers, so it’s a one stop shop for everything amazing in the city from Northwestern Cutlery, Katherine Anne Confections, Urban Oasis, Smitten Boutique, and Eva Ho just to name a few. Here’s how it works:

1. Select your gifts and add them to your registry.
2. Link your registry to either your personal wedding website or send it out via email.
3. Spend your Poladora credit from purchased gifts in any way you want at any participating retailer.

Use the code “HoneyBeeW” and register here!

Registry for Foodies

I love non-traditional registries – some brides just don’t need a new blender! Foodie Registry is a new registry site for Chicago foodie couples or for those who just enjoy a nice night out. If this free site had been around when I got married, I would have definitely registered for a gift certificate for dinner at Spiaggia and brunch at Perennial. I also love the idea of being able to give the gift of a lovely (and delicious) date night to newlywed friends.

Would you consider using Foodie Registry? What fabulous Chicago eateries would you register for?

My Home… in my Dreams

So if you have followed my blog for awhile, you might be aware that we are living in my tiny but lovely condo that I bought almost five years ago. Due to the current state of the market, we are still there and my wedding presents are in storage. I’ve stayed strong for as long as I could… but now, I would do anything to move.*

*I would do anything to move into my dream home.

So, in the past, I would rip out pictures of clothes that I would like to buy or wedding ideas. Now, added to the pile is home decor. Poor D. He is surrounded by my rippings, which are really just signs of my wantings.

And so, since I do not have my dream home, I have decided to save some of the few of my favorite ideas here on my blog. And when we do one day, own our dream, I can look at my tag “dream home” to find all of my Favorite Things.

Here we go…

I love mother-of-pearl, which you can see for yourself right here. I would also wish to own this gorgeous and incredibly tray. It would look perfect in my dream Master Bedroom. Or my Formal Living Room. One day, I will own a home with a Formal Living Room!

Digressing, I also am a fan of a foyer. However, as an urbanite, I will settle for a space in the entry of our dream apartment that allows for a small table and chairs. My tag is “dream home” so let’s live it up, shall we? I LOVE this look. Not before I tell you the owner’s, don’t you think it is has a certain amount of “wow” factor without being overdone?

It’s Donatella Versace. I know! D couldn’t believe it either.

Last but not least…
As a tea drinker, I really want to own a tea pot. I adore the one from my china set but I was looking for something a bit more sturdy. I found this gorgeous Juliska piece (and don’t you think the blue is so comforting?) with the white trim?

I started to panic, “Should I have registered for this as my casual china?” but then realized that the blue dishes don’t have the lovely white trim. And the tea pot comes only in boring white. Nope, my casual china set is still perfect. Relief! This is nothing worse than registry regret.