Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Thank Yous

This has been a long week. I'm back in the office after working from home for two days with a really bad cold. Woof. While I was sick, my furry sister back at home was also sick with a doggie stomach virus. Poor pup! Woof again. I was also deeply saddened by the senseless death of Alison Parker, a young and talented news anchor shot on live TV in Virginia. One of my friends was in her sorority at JMU and spoke of what a wonderful person she was. In reading about her terrible tragedy and that of Adam Ward as well, someone mentioned that this is exactly why we should always share with friends and family how wonderful they are and how much we love them since we never really do know what can happen. As I was writing thank you cards last night for generous wedding gifts we have been receiving, I realized that I wanted to take this opportunity to really write to people a heartfelt message of gratitude. Do you think we sometimes forget to let people know how much we really care about them?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Foodie Picks

This was our first free weekend in the city in two months! Needless to say, we wanted to take advantage of the ability to eat outside, walk around our favorite neighborhoods, and enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather. 

We had brunch at Jeffrey's Grocery in the West Village on Saturday morning. I had been for dinner before and wanted to make a trip back for brunch. I started with their amazing Bloody Caesar. It's a spicy Bloody Mary topped with an oyster, shrimp, and other delicious accoutrements.

A and I shared the shrimp cocktail. Then he went with the pancakes,  and I went with the baked eggs. Baked eggs sounded relatively simple and healthy. Um, no (in the best way possible). The eggs were baked with potatoes, butter, gruyere, and kale. It was served with toast covered in bacon jam.

Next time, I'm dying to try the Fresser platter for two. It looked like it could easily feed 4!

We made a quick pit stop in Murrays Cheese shop. Despite being stuffed, I totally sampled some delicious cheeses.

Then, we walked up towards Flatiron. I used to work in that neighborhood and really miss all the great shops, beautiful architecture, and of course, Maison Kayser.

After indulging, we took it easy. Until Sunday dinner that is. We went to the Spotted Pig with M & M. We started with Moscow Mules and then sampled the oysters, deviled eggs, and chicken liver. Naturally, we all had their famous burger covered in blue cheese for our entree. YUM.

I'll be eating salads for the rest of the week if you need me. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Spot in Nolita

I had dinner with K and M last night at Nolita's latest hot-spot, Seamore's. K suggested it a few weeks back, and the moment I did some googling, I saw that it was being talked about everywhere. The bright and airy restaurant features a menu of different fresh fish tacos every night. Last night, we went with the seared mackerel topped with crema, avocado, and other fresh veggies. They were delicious and so fresh. We finished off our meal with the chocolate almond homemade soft-serve. Images courtesy of @Seamoresnyc instagram ( I was too busy eating to take my own!).

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Design of the Day

I've shared my obsession for Ashley Whittaker's designs on this blog before. I can never stop staring at her NYC apartments - fun, traditional, and elegant all at the same time. This amazing Park Avenue Duplex is one of my favorites.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekend Happenings

Today is a big day! Exactly two months left until my wedding day and the Lilly Pulitzer sale! As I've mentioned before, I really don't wear much Lilly in the city. I didn't want to go crazy during the sale since when I do buy a Lilly dress, it's usually for a very specific occasion, and I therefore want a very specific dress. So instead, I stocked up on some basic t-shirts, plain Elsas, and sweaters for the Fall and my honeymoon.  My soon to be mother-in-law threw a lovely luncheon in my honor in New Jersey this weekend. It was great having both A's parents and my parents in town for the occasion.
Discussing Flower Girl Duties
You could still see a glimpse of NYC from the venue! 

My parents also brought me tons of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and collard greens from my Uncle's garden. He has a serious green thumb. I most certainly do not; my office still laughs at how I killed the cactus, Phoenix. Anyways, I got to work with the veggies last night and made a caprese salad and an all veggie soup filled with collards. I think it's safe to say I'll be packing a salad for lunch everyday this week. 

I received some many more beautiful gifts at this luncheon. Currently those gifts (and all gifts) are happily residing in a closet at my parents' house. I cannot wait to organize everything post-wedding and really step up my cooking and entertaining game! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

5 on Friday

1) Last night, I had dinner with A's family at Blue Ribbon Bakery in SoHo. Besides the delicious food, the other highlight was seeing Yolanda Foster! If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know she is a huge girl crush of mine. She was absolutely stunning in person and seemed very sweet and gracious.

2) Politics aside, I think everyone can appreciate this heartfelt video of Jenna Bush Hager receiving a call filled with well wishes from her Mom and Grandmother before heading out on maternity leave a few days ago. She gave birth to baby girl Poppy yesterday.

3) The sale. It's that time of year again soon. The time when Lilly Pulitzer puts a bunch of colorful frocks on sale and Southern women go CRAZY on Facebook every time the site breaks down. Sigh. I'll be stocking up on cardigans and scarves for my honeymoon. You heard that right - I'm not going somewhere warm!
4) Speaking of honeymoon shopping...I'm seeing some nice Fall hopefuls at J.Crew.

5) Finally, I'm dying to actually hang out in New York. I haven't been in the city on the weekend in well over a month. Instagram brunch pictures have been killing me!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Bridal Portraits

Ira Lippke 
I could stare at bridal portraits from my favorite wedding photographers for days. Leading up to the wedding, a bride picks her dress, shoes, hairstyle, veil, make-up, and accessories. However, each piece is selected separately, and the entire vision does not come together until the day of the wedding. I think the moment when it finally all comes together must be unbelievably magical. I would love to hear what the moment was like for you!
Christian Oth Studios 
Patricia Lyons Photography
Barnett Photography

Abby Jiu Photography

Patricia Lyons Photography

Christian Oth Studios