Saturday, December 30, 2017

30 on Thirty on the Thirtieth

Today I turn 30!

I have been excited for this day for a long time. I'm excited to enter what many women describe as a transformative decade. In celebration, I'm listing 30 things today. Thirty things that are new, things that have changed, or things I've come to realize about myself this year. Maybe you can relate?

1. I'm obsessed with my family. They are the coolest.
2. I now understand homebodies, and may possibly be one.
Fun fact: Early in our relationship I told Heather I never wanted to be boring like my parents who read on the couch together at night. That is now my reality and she loves to remind me of it.
3. I hoard sentimental items. Notes, wrapping paper, tickets, you name it.
4. I still feel the same way about socks as I did as a child. Read: They are awful.
5. I see in grey, not black and white. I can usually see anyone's perspective.
6. I'm a complainer (see #4)
7. If you want something, ask for it. Partners/spouses/friends don't read minds!
8. I have little eye wrinkles when I smile now, and I like them.
9. I am getting to a point where I like myself with less makeup.
10. I have a house cleaner who comes sporadically - it really improves quality of life. Promise.
11. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up
12. I'm less tolerant of drunk, ridiculous people
13. I'm a married person - something I never thought I would be! PS: It's cool
14. Boundaries - I'm pretty damn good at 'em
15. I think being observant is my number one skill
16. I like when my friends ask me for advice
17. I've worn the same perfume since high school: Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue.
18. I can be pretty lazy
19. I'm impulsive and want instant gratification. Heather is the exact opposite and its one of her many amazing qualities.
20. My closet is full of way too many clothes, jewelry, and bags, but I'm not sure I can ever pare it down as most of them are sentimental!
21. I tan soooo easily now, not a good thing!
22. I have come to realize how unique it is to have grown up the daughter of a woman who NEVER made negative comments about her appearance or allotted any value to my own. I believe that has shaped me in invaluable ways.
23. I wish I had my grandparents for more of my adult life
24. Consumerism is actually something you have to actively fight against
25. I want to do more for others
26. I really like mayo - this is something I have recently admitted to myself
27. A bad day, for me, is usually the result of being too self-focused
28. I'm obsessive about music that I really like
29. I've learned to use the special, favorite things (perfume, clothes, wine) so I can actually enjoy them, not just look at them!
30. Spanx make you invincible

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Two Year Engage-iversary + Pre-Wedding Festivities

Two years ago TODAY, Heather and I got engaged!

Here are a few throwbacks from that day and that Thanksgiving when we went home (well, my home!) and celebrated. If you'd like to check out that whole post, with all the mushy deets, here ya go.

Since it's been ~5 months since we got married and 2 years since we got engaged, it seems about time to start sharing some wedding photos. Whadda ya think? You in? Cool!

In my mind, there are "pre-wedding" activities, and then the wedding and honeymoon, so that's how I shall organize it!

The first pre-wedding activity we engaged in (get it?? get it?!) was getting our marriage license! We went right when the office opened at 8 to be at work at 8:30 and neither of us expected to get so emotional! I took this selfie to document our early morning cry eyes.

A few days before the big day, our people started arriving and it finally became real! Of course, we had to eat at 12 Bones, tube down the Dirty Broad, and get all the out-of-towners together for a meal.

(I hope you guys like my sexy one-piece)

Friday afternoon, my lovely cousin Maggie and Aunt Jackie threw me a bridesmaids luncheon at the Ivory Road Cafe. The food was stellar and the company even better. For the event, I had the skirt shortened on one of my mom's outfits from the eighties, which felt kind of special! I am so grateful to them for the effort they went to to make me and my ladies feel special. It meant a lot to me to have that time with my friends and family before the craziness.

Later that afternoon, leading up to the rehearsal, it was absolutely pouring rain. Like, don't get out of your car, it's not worth it pouring. So we pushed it back 30 minutes, and magically the sun came out!

For the rehearsal dinner, we had our caterer pull her food truck up to the 2nd story "milking station " over the barn and had cocktail tables set up inside. It's a hard layout to understand, but I think our wedding planner did a great job utilizing the unique space.

To end the evening, my Aunts Tinky and Fran and Uncle Tom hosted an Ice Cream social for anyone that wanted to come. I always like to have the chance to socialize with people prior to the "big event" - seems to make it a bit more chill!

This last one may be the best photo of the evening, the little girls having some intense reactions their ice cream!

And that sums up the "pre-wedding" festivities!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween + Fall Favorites

Happy Halloween! Since today is the second-most autumnal day of the year (Thanksgiving is obviously the first, duh!) I thought I would share a few of my favorite things I've been loving this season!

First up we have this awesome skeleton I snagged from Target. It was $15, but I am sure it will be at least 50% off tomorrow! Who doesn't love an after-season deal? In the checkout line, the gal asked me if my dog would be scared of it and I said Mozey would probably ignore it, which ended up being true! If she pays attention to anything on the dinner table it's not the decor...

One of the best things about living in Asheville is the accessibility to amazing hiking. Some of the notable hikes so far this season are Black Balsam, Twin Falls and Devil's Courthouse. All worth checking out if you want to hike in the area!

I have been really enjoying some of our wedding presents now that this weather has me in the baking & hosting mood. This salt plate makes such a beautiful presentation for otherwise very simple cheese and crackers, which just so happens t be one of my favorite meals!

Now that wedding season is over, I'm saving money on manicures and DIYing it. This top coat is amazing and makes my polish look thick and glossy like a gel manicure. And the Sally Hansen Gel polish is the longest lasting I have found. It stays chip-free longer than OPI or Essie!


My sister has finally convinced me to sell LipSense! I snapped this classy bathroom pic on Saturday night: Both Rosie and I are wearing (or in the process of applying) Blu-Red. This lasted through one-too-many whiskey gingers and a long night of eating and drinking - it's so impressive! I'm at the point where I want every lip product I wear to be LipSense now! So hit me up if you're interested.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

My Bestie's Baby Shower

My best friend is having a baby!!!

Abbey and I met in 8th grade and have somehow maintained that friendship through high school, college, that weird post-grad time, and now regular old LIFE. She's my oldest friend and one of the truest, most genuine souls I've ever known. So, of course, I had to host her bebe shower!

Her mom and I teamed up to plan the shower in DC and it was super lovely. Big shout out to my mom and her Aunt Judy for all their help setting up!

The Cake Room in DC made the most lovely, delicious cakes and cookies for the celebration! We ate sugar, popped bubbly and Abbey unwrapped tons of gorgeous gifts. I am pretttty sure Abbey felt special, we all felt honored to celebrate her and it was a totally gorgeous day. What more could we ask for?

The beautiful mama on her throne!

After the shower, Abbey's husband Dan hosted everyone for an incredibly epic dinner party! He is a talented host and chef and served an incredible spread. It was the perfect way to finish the day of celebration and connect with family and friends.

One of the really special parts for me was reminiscing on our time in PA together with my mom and Abbey's parents. We all went through some fun (read: coming of age) times together and it was so cool to get together again years later!

The next morning we took a short walk on the beautiful trail behind their place! It was so heart-warming to see everyone who cares about Abbey and Dan all together, celebrating their growing family!