Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thank you all so much for your kind words on my engagement blog post and on instagram! It really means a lot to me and so many of you feel like friends even though we have never met. I could not be more excited to head home for Thanksgiving this week and continue the engagement celebrations with friends and family. I'm feeling particularly grateful this Thanksgiving. I'm also grateful for my cousin, who I asked to be my maid of honor this weekend. Believe it or not, she's my only first cousin! I have tons of second and third cousins but just one very special first one. She and my Aunt and Uncle have always lived in New Jersey whereas the rest of my family (all the second and third cousins included) live in the DC area. I used to cry hysterically as a kid when we would come and visit them and then had to leave. She's grow up to be such a beautiful, smart, talented, and mature young woman, and I can't wait to have her stand by my side on my wedding day!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Engagement Story

* Warning, this is long, but I hope you like it :)

Where does one even begin when recounting a moment like this?! For those who are new to my blog, a little back story first. My fiance (eee I love saying that,) and I started dating almost three years ago now. I was a junior in college, and he was a senior planning on starting his job in NYC in just a few short months. However, it was love at first sight ,and we decided to date long distance for a year after he graduated. When I graduated, I made the big decision to find a job in NYC and move in with him. These were all HUGE steps for someone who had just graduated college, was an only child, and thought they would live in the DC area forever. However, it was all worth it. I think A took his responsibility of having me move in with him very well. He now had this person he had to deal with who wanted to redecorate, clean constantly, and only buy organic food. He didn't understand half of it, but tried his best to make me feel comfortable and happy all the time. 

About 6 months ago, we both really began to feel ready for the next step in our life. We had several open conversations about it, looked at rings, and set January as his ideal timeline. However, A was determined to get me the perfect ring and had been warning me lately that it was a longer process than he thought, was very busy with work, and the engagement might be put off for a bit longer.  For the past two weeks, he had mentioned wanting to go with me to the Met to check out an exhibit I wanted to see. He suggested walking through Central Park on the way there to see all the pretty leaves.

On Saturday morning, I was feeling a little suspicious (especially since he had fluffed the pillows so well), but he went into a long speech apologizing how he still didn't have the ring and was trying his best. I completely believed him, and we went about our day. On the subway I jokingly patted his pockets and thank god he had kept the ring in a fabric pouch. After feeling nothing, I was even more convinced it wasn't happening.

We walked through the park and found ourselves in a quiet corner. It was when I realized no one else was standing around that I began to think O MY GOD. Next thing I knew, he was down on one knee saying he lied that morning and loved me and wanted to be with me forever. I started screaming yes and O MY GOD and I REALLY BELIEVED YOU. I was in complete shock. I was in even more shock when he slipped the most beautiful ring I have ever seen ( maybe I'm biased) on my hand.

I was already in shock and kissing him and so happy when he pointed towards a tree. There were our friends M & M who had taken pictures of the whole moment for us. Another of my best friends from home CM was also there. I was so touched to have them involved in our proposal and we will treasure these pictures forever.

We headed to a celebratory brunch afterwards but in all honesty, I barely remember anything from it! I was too shocked. Once I was breathing normally, A told me that his goal was to shock me so that's why he chose to do it in NYC instead of on a trip where I would have been more suspicious. Well, he certainly got me!

We headed over to our friends apartment for champagne, called all of our family and friends, and went home to rest for a bit.

But it wasn't over yet, A had reservations for us at the Waverly Inn and when we arrived, his parents and brother, and my parents and godparents where there waiting for us! It made everything even more special to be surrounded by family. I wish I had pictures, but the Waverly Inn does not allow photography. I was so touched to hear how everyone had been involved in the proposal and by their kind words and toasts. I did get a picture with my parents and godparents the next morning and to our surprise, we all matched!

I hope you'll enjoy following me along this wedding planning journey and offer any suggestions you might have (lord knows I need them!)

Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm Engaged!!!

I plan on doing a full blogpost to recap this weekend's events once my mind calms down! However, I thought I'd at least share this with you all today. I think my face says it all :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tassel Bracelet

Over the Sumer, I got quite a few comments on this tassel bracelet I picked up at the beach. Several people asked where it was from, but I had purchased it a small boutique and there was no designer listed. I'm happy to report that I have found a similar and very affordable option from Tuckernuck! Only $10 for these too cute bracelets that can easily be stacked together.


What's Cookin' Good Lookin'

What I'm cooking this week:

1) Turkey piccata. I made this Cooking Light recipe over the weekend, and it was a big hit with the boyfriend! I would suggest using the thinnest turkey cutlets possible for quick cooking.

2) Shrimp tacos. I winged it here and marinated shrimp, onions, and peppers with olive oil, lemon, a little bit of cumin, and chili pepper flakes. I then sautéed and served with warm tortillas and homemade guacamole.

3) Breakfast for dinner! This is my favorite and laziest night of the week. I'll be making myself a Greek omelette like the one below tonight.

4) Broccoli rabe and chicken sausage pasta. Planning on using this recipe for inspiration but cutting down on the cheese and substituting lower fat chicken sausage.

What are you cookin'?

Monday, November 10, 2014

My Style

I have to say that this is one of my favorite blog posts I've ever created. These looks are really my style - classic with a slight preppy twist. I've always felt most comfortable in neutrals - black, brown, and navy. I'm also a sucker for luxe accessories. Of course, an unlimited budget would help in achieving all of them but for now these pictures will do.






Of course I had to include one Lilly dress at the end of this post! Sometimes the Southern sorority girl just has to come out.