Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Blogging Gratitude

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I started my blog almost five years ago, the day after Christmas. I always had "mature" tastes and interests due to being dragged around to one too many meetings with the interior designer as a child. I fully blame my parents now for my expensive tastes! Anyways, I somehow stumbled upon the blogging world five years, at a time when college and sorority life was at its wildest, and I really needed something else to fulfill me. I never thought I'd still be blogging now, have met my future husband, and be planning a wedding! It's crazy how time flies. One of my goals in 2015 is to get back to the frequent blogging pace of when I first started. I'd really love to see the true lifestyle genre of blogging (pre instagram!) make a comeback.  I'm so thankful for all of you who have been reading over the years. Your comments always mean the world to me, and I've enjoyed getting to know so many of you!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wedding Wednesday & Jean Skirts (Don't Worry!)




We have a date and a venue for next Fall! Eeep! I can't believe this is all happening. We're about to begin our vendor selection process through our wedding planner. She works with so many fantastic groups that we can't wait to get to know. A and I were listening to video clips of different bands last night and cracking up at the image of all our guests on the dance floor. He also asked his groomsmen this week, and I asked my bridesmaids. Since all but one of them is in the same location as me, I sent a Kate Spade bridesmaid idiom bangle to each of them with a note. I loved the messages inscribed on the bangles and was also happy they were subtle enough that the girls could wear them for any occasion.

CM & MM were with me on my engagement day!
A and I wanted to keep our groups small and intimate so we stuck to just 5 on each side. My ladies include, my cousin as my maid-of-honor, my childhood best friend CM, my high school bestie JK, another high school bestie MM who lives in NYC and was my lifesaver upon moving here, and my college bestie AB.  I thought I'd share some photos of us all over the years, and I could not stop laughing at the plethora of jean skirts I kept coming across from high school. Why was this a trend?!




In all seriousness, here are some cute ones. 

MM &  I visiting JK in Chicago this Fall 

MM & I before a high school homecoming 

AB and I on her 21st birthday

CM, JK and I out and about 
AB and I the night I met A


Just taking a romantic walk in the rain with JK


CM and I 



MM, CM and I at the Foxfield races


MM and I my first week of work in the city! 
 And finally one of my personal favorites of AB and I. I'm hoping this will be recreated at the bachelorette.















Monday, December 15, 2014

Meatless Monday - Brussel Sprout & Feta Farfalle





Ingredients (serves 4...or 1 if you're me)
8oz whole wheat farfalle
1 and 1/2 cups halved steamed brussel sprouts (see note below)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup feta cheese
Dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Juice of one freshly squeezed lemon

1) Boil water for pasta.
2) While water boils, begin sautéing steamed sprouts with a drizzle of olive oil,  and sprinkle of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
3) Cook pasta - while pasta cooks, continue to sauté sprouts until they have a crispy brown coating. Watch carefully and remove before burning!
4) Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Return pasta to pot and mix water, sprouts, olive oil, cheese, lemon juice, and a little more salt and pepper to taste.

Steamed sprouts - The gourmet market below my building has brussel sprouts in a steamable bag that you simply stick in the microwave. I let them cool for a bit before slicing and sauteing or else they begin to burn much too quickly.

To steam your own sprouts, simply place brussel sprouts and about 1/2 inch of water in a frying pan on high. Steam for 5-6 minutes. You can also place them in a microwave safe bowl with the same amount of water and steam for 4-5 minutes.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Winter Earrings

Headed to a Holiday party this weekend? Unsure of the attire? I think we all get a little self-conscious about how dressed up to be or not be for an event where we personally don't know the host. Especially, if your significant other invites you! What is it with boys never knowing what all the girls are going to be wearing?! Anyways, a great option is to dress up a more casual outfit with dressy earrings. I almost always wear the same ring, watch, and bracelet everyday, but I love switching out my earrings.  It's a great day to night fix.

Winter Earrings


Friday, December 12, 2014

Resort?



Don't get me wrong, Fall and Winter are my seasons. However, I have a soft spot in my heart for tunics and white jeans. This tunic would be just gorgeous for a weekend Winter getaway.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Winter Tops

I don't know about you, but it's very rare that I venture outside pants territory in the Winter in the city. I'd love to wear cute little skirts and tights to work but that ain't happening on the subway. I get chills thinking about it. Anyways, I'm all about great tops in Winter.

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The cable knit sweater. Everyone needs a few classic cable knit sweaters that can be dressed up for work or down with jeans. You can layer them over a top, add a scarf, or add a great necklace.

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The sweater staple. For me, that's the J.Crew tippi sweater. I have it in multiple colors and wear them layered several times a week.
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The trendy sweater. Every Winter, I purchase one or two of the sweater trend of the moment.

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The long sweater. I love the look of a long sweater for work or the Holidays. It looks so chic and cozy and pairs perfectly with ballet flats. I purchased this one a few weeks ago and love it.


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The button down. We all know I love these. It's often too cold to wear them alone in NYC so I layer them under the Tippi sweater with a fun necklace.


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The silk top. Silk tops are perfect to dress up black pants or jeans with heels and great earrings for a night out.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wedding Wednesday

I think the first step in planning a wedding is deciding your location, season, and what kind of wedding you want. For A and I, that was easy. We knew we wanted the wedding in Washington D.C. (my homeland), and we wanted an indoor, formal event.  We both preferred the Fall but were flexible if venues were unavailable. We also wanted a location where the ceremony and reception could both be held. My Mom, who has the best taste ever, also urged us away from hotel ballrooms in favor of more unique spaces. So, we hired a wedding planner with a fabulous team who has been giving us dates for several D.C. landmarks next Fall. I won't share what we actually pick until after the wedding or at least until invitations go out (c'mon people, there has to be some surprises here!). A couple of images that are inspiring me are below.

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Once we have the venue down (which will hopefully be very soon), next steps are the engagement party which A's parents have offered to host in NYC for us, setting up a wedding website, registering for gifts, and taking engagement photos. I've been debating about when to do the pictures since the next few months can be unpredictable in terms of the weather. We may have to wait it out until the early Spring. Since the wedding will be in D.C., I love the idea of taking engagement pictures in NYC. Some of my favorites are below. Do you have any engagement photo tips? How long did you wait after getting engaged before taking yours? 

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