Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Three Bachelorettes are Better than One

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to celebrate my bachelorette with my two favorite brides to be, my dear friends, Andrea + Caroline!

As soon as we realized the three of us would be getting married this summer, we started talking dates for all of the celebrations. We soon realized it would be easier and way more awesome to have a joint bachelorette for the three of us. Since we were three brides-strong, our ladies (and one dude!) rented a bad ass house in Austin and had some pretty epic (surprise) activities planned.
On mother's day weekend, our people trekked from all over the country to meet in Austin! Some of our tribe arrived early Thursday afternoon and it was killing me to see all of the pics and snaps. After work Thursday, I took a late flight into ATX with an even longer layover in ATL, cue the pre-party beers! After arriving at 2am, I found my way to my designated bed in our huge (i mean huge!) rental house, and crashed.

Friday morning, I woke up and got to see all of my favorite people! Between the three brides there were 4 maids of honor and they did an amazing job planning. That morning, there were breakfast tacos delivered to the house, an Austin specialty, and we commenced our day of pool-side fun.

As most of our pics from this trip are booze + bikini heavy, I will spare you all the gritty details and just say that we had a ball. One eventful part of Friday, for me personally, was learning what a "haircut" shot was. Thanks to the 22 year old for making us all feel really old!

Friday night we got all dressed up to eat at Jacobys where the gals had planned a special menu for us and we had a private room. The food was stellar and the drinks were amazing, but I was hit with an intense bout of vertigo during dinner so went home early while most of the other gals went out. I hate that this happened during my bachlorette, but whatcha gonna do? My mom and sister both get it too, and sometimes planes and elevators screw with me. Fun times!

Saturday morning we were up and at 'em to hop on our party bus and head to Lake Travis! Our group had picked up burger fixing, beers and tons of floaties and we loaded up our pontoon boat for a day of floating + battling bachelor parties.We won, don't worry.

Saturday evening, we napped, cooked dinner in the huge-ass kitchen and hung out in the crazy back yard! We ended our festivities on Rainey Street, a street of old bungalows turned into bars!

I feel like I always like to end with a silly picture, so here's a typical snap of me and my MOH! Love you sis!
 Thanks to everyone who planned and made it a super special weekend. Caroline gets married this Saturday and I cannot wait to celebrate her and Alex!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

About Last Week

The pace has been swift and it's not slowing down anytime soon!

Last week I was in Charleston for work and flew out Thursday to Scottsdale to see our girl Jordan get hitched. Congrats Jor!! It was an amazing and exhausting week and getting home at 12am Monday made for a rough workday. Shout out to folks who can pull of this sort of travel on the reg, don't know how you do it.

Just to add to the craziness, tomorrow I fly to Austin for our group bachelorette! Since Caroline, Andrea and I are all getting married within 6 weeks we decided to join forces and have one epic party! I have seen pictures of the house we have rented for the weekend, and I know there will be donut floaties, but at this point, all else is a mystery.

I didn't actually bring my phone/camera to Jordan's wedding, so I regret that I have few photos of the bride. But here are some pretty snaps from the beach in Charleston, the resort in AZ and a few welcome dinner and wedding snaps from other folks!

Torturing our non-makeup wearing condo member

Caroline snapped this when we were getting ready on Saturday and I had to share. This is really my happy place...champagne, hotel robe + makeup. Done!

Monday, May 8, 2017

It's Raining, It's Pouring

...The old man is snoring. Just kidding, we had another condo shower! You get it!?

Andrea is our July bride and her mom and sisters hosted her shower at the end of last month. This time, I had a serious case of deja vu as I took the same trip for Caroline's shower...flew into Newark, grabbed an Uber to Mere's and had a slumber party on Friday night. Saturday morning we all took the train to Connecticut to celebrate!

Her family did a seriously amazing job decorating and creating such a beautiful space for Andrea's shower. Her save the dates and shower invites were cream and pink with roses, so it was cool to see that as the shower decorations too... I do love a good theme.

Her parents are amazing hosts and her dad made all the food. There were beautiful charcuterie boards, caprese salad and lots and lots of shower juice aka chamapagne. Lunch was amazing and her dad's eggplant parm will live forever in my dreams. After lunch we did the typical shower things and sat around socailzing. It's such a special time to be able to see my best buddies this often, when usually I only see them once or twice a year!

At the end of the shower someone literally released the hounds and we all lost it. Her parents have two mini yorkies that they dressed up like a bride and groom, and all had had enough champagne at that point to be increeeeedibly enthusiastic about it.

I'll leave you with a few gems from the day:

Monday, April 10, 2017

Taylor Swift + Cheetos

The last weekend of March I had the pleasure of celebrating the next bride in our gang, Caroline! Her shower created the occasion for a lovely NYC weekend with my favorite people.
To begin my weekend jaunt, I took the new super-cheap-on-time-easy-peasy United flight after work into Newark and had some quality time with my friend lady Mere. True story, Meredith and I once decided, while laying in a bunk bed in London, to not have conflict because we love each other. And we haven't. Isn't that cool?

Anyway, after my long-awaited arrival Mere and I wine-d ourselves while the rest of our crew slowly made their way to the UES. Saturday began early with delicious NYC bagels to start our journey to New Jersey! Caroline's shower was in her parent's home, where she grew up, and it was so beautiful! Her mom and sister hosted and the theme was centered around Caroline's two favorite things: Cheese and Taylor Swift!

They created some beautifuuuul cheese boards (like gourmet status!) that we snacked on while drinking champers and playing some games. It was super fun to write down all our old memories from college. Caroline and I were in the same sorority and even lived together in the Delta Nu house together our junior year...those were the days.

Her mom served a beautiful lunch for us all and a family friend made an insane cake! It was the perfect event to shower our Caroline!

After everyone dispersed, we trekked back to NYC for dinner + drinks! Sunday was Court's birthday so we had a quick brunch together before heading off to the airport. I don't recommend Alice's Tea Cup, but it was fun anyway.

On my way home, I experienced an important traveler's first. I abandoned my bag in the airport for the first time! I celebrated our reunion with some important recovery foods, beer + cheetos. 

This weekend I am off to the next #weddingseason event, my cousin Travis's wedding in TN!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wedding Season

2017 is a year of celebration.

Residing in that lovely "late 20's-almost 30-do I want babies-do I want to party- do I want to go to bed at 9 pm" zone means one thing: weddings. Lots of weddings.

This summer a few of my oldest pals from Dickinson are gettin' hitched. To put that another way, I'm hauling my ass all over the US of A this spring and summer to celebrate. And I'm pretty pumped about it. As is my almost but not quite airline Gold Status, woot woot!

This weekend, the first of those celebrations commenced: my bridal shower!

If you know me, which you probably do if you're reading this, I am a casual gal. I mean, don't get me wrong, I was pumped about an excuse to buy my first DVF. But, I generally like to just hang. With these very descriptive and useful directions, my mom and sister pulled off my perfect shower!

Friday night, my family and a few of my friends arrived in Asheville. We sat around, giving tours of the house, cooing over the baby and rehydrating from long days spent at 30,000 feet. Then we hit one of Asheville's coolest restaurants for dinner: Smoky Park Supper Club. We had the spicy cracker jack and brussels to start and lots of yummy wine! Shout out to Mere for teaching me to say, Cab Sav. I'll never have to reveal my lack of French classes in public again! After dinner, my mom and sis went home to put the baby to bed and Heather and I shared one last glass with my two lovely friends from the North, Meredith and Caroline.

Saturday morning, I hosted brunch at my house! I don't think anyone snapped a pic but I was pretty proud of myself. My menu included: a veggie frittata, a chorizo + cheese frittata, baked pear and apple oatmeal, fruit, lots of coffee and of course, mimosas! For brunch, I had all four of my college besties, my mom, sister, niece and my bride-to-be. Warms my little heart!

The shower itself was Saturday afternoon at Urban Orchard Cider. Urban Orchard is super cute inside and has a perfect section of the bar area with a couch and long table, so it was separate but not secluded. And of course, their cider is delish. After a morning of stuffing our faces, we ate amazing smoked trout dip, pimento cheese, smoked salmon crostinis, bruschetta and more!

It was honestly such a fun shower! Again, I am terrible at getting photos of things but it was the perfect hang out with all my favorite people. I told my mom no games and no gifts - but there were a few and it was totally perfect. Thanks for ignoring me guys! For the single game, they hung up photos from all ages of my life and people had to guess my age. Apparently, I was a massive child as evryone thought I was 7 and 8 when I was 3 and 4. Thank goodness I stopped growing in middle school or I would have been the next Sandy Allen. (If you don't get that reference, our friendship is over.)

Saturday night, we napped, ordered pizza and went to bed early. Sunday I said goodbye to most of my people and got to spend a few more hours with my NOLA folks who I didn't get to see until Saturday. It worked out perfectly! Andrea, Courtney and I walked the New Belgium trail along the river to the brewery, had a beer on the deck, had lunch and then rolled down the road to the airport.

I am so grateful to everyone for traveling to see me and celebrate, it really does feel good to feel the love from your people. Here's to a season of celebrating!