Life Lately, Vol. 8

Oh, Friday how I am glad to see you! This week flew by in the blink of an eye because we were so busy. It was one of those weeks where I actually got an insane amount of work done (day job, blog, wedding tasks, friend dinners, daily workouts) but I was up at 6:30am and didn’t eat dinner until after 9:30pm 3 out of 4 days. Whew! I have a feeling this may be my life until after the wedding…

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Hard to believe this was taken at a bridal show back in January – just 1 month after we got engaged!

Wedding: Speaking of, I’ll be doing a big wedding update next week to share how things are going, what’s left to do, etc. Crazy how the past 7 months have flown by in the blink of an eye.

Shopping for: Nothing! My fiancee and I decided a couple of weeks ago that we are halting all unnecessary spending until after our honeymoon, in a last ditch effort to save a small chunk before the big day. That means no dining out (I mentioned our dinner with friends above, but it was really clients who had been asking to treat us to dinner for months, so that doesn’t count!), no shopping (for home or clothes), no Starbucks coffee and no frivolous spending. Basically, if it’s not rent, a bill, gas, or groceries – we ain’t buying. I’ve done this before and it’s amazing how quickly you can save when you are hyper aware of it. Anyone else tried this?

Financial: Since we’re on the topic of spending…let’s talk financial. If there were any other career I would have chosen, financial planner would likely be it. I LOVE talking finances, read financial blogs, listen to financial radio stations/podcasts and have a general interest in the topic. I strongly believe that knowledge is power and there is so much to know in regards to finance. A friend and I were discussing budgets and I suggested that she & her husband see a financial planner (they just had a baby) to get on track with saving, spending & long term planning. This is one thing Terry & I will do in the fall after we’re married. For us, being on the same page financially is huge. We want to make sure we’re properly planning future events & starting our marriage on a healthy financial foot. I’ve heard great things about LearnVest (I also listen to her show). Has anyone used them before?

Cooking: I’m usually a creature of habit when it comes to dinner. I’ve pretty much got my top favorites on rotation (crockpot chicken, baked fajitas, shrimp tacos, stir fry) but I’m loving all things Greek right now. The flavors are so delicious & ingredients healthy! These turkey burgers are a staple of ours (served naked with Greek salad) and I’m eager to try this Mediterranean style frittata, seared Mediterranean tuna steaks, and Greek quesadillas. Yum!

On that note, I’m off! Today will be another normal work day with dinner at home (I may try one of the above recipes) while Saturday will be a full-blown wedding planning day. We’ve got quite a few tasks to check off our list. Luckily for us, it’s supposed to be 85 & sunny on Sunday, so beach day it is! My favorite πŸ™‚

Enjoy your weekend!

Life Lately, Vol. 7

FRI-YAY!

After being not only delayed twice, but cancelled, and then re-delayed on my way back from FLL (you can read about my trip here), I finally arrived home 48 hours later. While I certainly don’t enjoy dealing with airline delays (Spirit customer service, you can expect to hear from me later today!), I was able to spend a quick 36 hours in Atlanta seeing my family which was a wonderful surprise! I must admit, I was feeling a little homesick and needed that visit.

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3rd visitor in 2 weeks arrives on Sunday so keeping this guest room clean is key…

Travel: Speaking of, there has a been a lot of travel new lately, including a new 72-hour SPG cancellation policy update (I’m a loyal member with status so this makes me cringe) and some possible restrictions when visiting Cuba, a country I’m hoping to make it to soon. Looks like I better plan this trip for sooner rather than later.

Honeymoon: In other travel news, we are booking away! I mentioned before that we booked our safari via Sabi Sands and now we’ve booked our hotels in both Johannesburg & Cape Town. Next up: inter-Africa flights (to/from the safari lodge and from JNB-CPT), our hotel in wine country and…wait for it…shark diving!! AHHH this is really happening.

Shopping: I’m on a major spending freeze (weddings & honeymoons are no joke y’all…$$$); however, I am in search of a couple cute one-piece bathing suits. We all know they’re making a huge comeback. Gone are the days of old, frumpy one pieces. The ones these days are stylish, sexy & so cute! I’ve got my eye on this black one & this off the shoulder. How cute for bike riding around a beach town? Throw on some jean shorts & you’re ready! Perhaps I’ll get both…

Reading: Not like I have any time for reading right now; however, laying on the beach with a good paperback (and a glass of rose) may or may not be my Sunday activity of choice. I’ve currently got The Royal We and Forks, Knives and Spoons in my cart. Both came highly recommended as fun & easy summer reads. Anyone read them?

Interiors: Crushing hard on this Studio McGee Park City renovation. Whoever owns this home is one lucky duck! This rustic meets mountain dream home is To. Die. For. Let’s be honest, anything Syd & Shea touch turns to gold. Check it out!

Wedding: The 6-week countdown begins. My fiancee & I are getting SUPER excited to host all of our loved ones for the weekend. Given that my to do list is a mile long (about 6 printed pages to be exact), I am spending every waking second this weekend getting stuff done. I need a whole new word for “overwhelmed”. Who wants to help me? Any takers?

On that note, I’m off to Michaels, The Dollar Store, Anthropologie, Staples & Target to knock stuff of this list. Wish me luck!

What’s on your weekend agenda?!

My Bachelorette Party

HappyΒ  Monday y’all! I’m still on a huge high from pretty much the best weekend ever. All of my best friends & I hopped down to South Florida for a long weekend full of beautiful ocean views, delicious food & drink and endless laughs. I’m so grateful that 10 of my best gal pals were able to join in celebrating my “last sail before the veil” (as our boat Captain Michael said). To say I’m sad the weekend is over is a huge understatement! Isn’t it the best feeling when you bring a group of friends together & everyone not only gets along, but genuinely enjoys spending time together?!

While I won’t share all of the fun details from the weekend, I want to give recap with a few of my my favorite parts.

We spent hours by the pool, soaking in the view…

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We ate delicious food & drank delicious drinks…

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We dressed up & had a night (or two) on the town…

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The girls surprised me with the most amazing bridal brunch…

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And an afternoon on the best boat ever…

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my high school friends

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my college friends

Β I can’t thank my friends enough for all of the time, effort, money, generosity, love and thought spent on this weekend. I am one VERY lucky girl!

 

Life Lately, Vol. 6

Happy Friday! My favorite part about a long weekend is the short work week after. This one flew by! We don’t have any major plans this weekend which is perfect because we’re dog sitting a friend’s golden, still unpacking/doing laundry, getting our home in order & preparing for our upcoming bachelor & bachelorette parties (mine is next weekend!)

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Writing: Iceland travel guides! So far I’m working on 2 excursions (tour companies, sites, etc.), Iceland tips & what to wear. Trust me, there’s a lot to know before you go. Anything else you’d like to see?

Cooking: Well, pickling. It ain’t your grandma’s hobby anymore. I made a batch of pickled red onions a couple of weeks ago and we are obsessed! One of my favorite spring salads is arugula, pickled red onion, sliced apple, walnuts & goat cheese. If you haven’t tried it, get on this! Next up I’d love to try pickled beets & asparagus – any tips?

Desperately wanting: a new sofa. When T & I moved in together, we did the classic combination of items, so naturally we have 2 random sofas. Our living room space is pretty large, so I’ve been wanting to sell both of ours and buy a new sofa & two arm chairs. While I typically prefer ivory/cream colored sofas, we’ll likely switch to a gray one due to our dog’s (black) shedding hair. The hard part is that we may be moving in a few months, so I’m debating do I wait or do I pull the trigger? Below are a few styles I like…

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Reading: My french book. Omg y’all French is so dang hard! I’ve got the classroom work book, an app & a CD that I’ve been working with but it’s really difficult. It’s basically the opposite of Spanish (pronunciation styles), which I studied in school, making it extra difficult. Wish I had started this younger!

Craving: The ocean. Now I realize that I we just came home from vacation; however, I crave warm sun & ocean water (it’s in my Southern blood) and I’ve got the itch real bad. I desperately NEED to lay on a beach, read a book & fall asleep with my toes in the sand. I’m hoping it will be warm in Boston the next few weekends so we can squeeze in a beach day! Fingers crossed.

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Β In case you missed it:

May in Numbers

Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

May in Numbers

Wow, it’s June 1st?!

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May absolutely FLEW by! All year, I’ve known that May would be my busiest as we had so many plans. I’m not sure what makes May the month that I always want to cram it all into. Maybe it’s the turn of the weather or the flowers blooming or the first official summer holiday. Whatever the reason, it was a busy month filled with love & laughter, family & friends.

Here’s how my May looked:

10 blog posts

2 wedding showers (for us!)

25+ Crate & Barrel gift boxes to open

2 countries, 6 states & 6 plane rides

1 surprise vacation

…and miraculously, only 2 vacation days used.

WOW! To say we were busy was an understatement. Somehow we survived & here we are in June… 8 weeks away from the wedding, 2 bachelor(ette) parties to go and countless small projects to be completed. Luckily there are no major plans, so weekends can be spent relaxing, working out, spending time with friends, finalizing wedding details & cooking at home (after all, I have to fit into this dress!)

What was your May in numbers?

Any 2-month out wedding advice for me?!

Life Lately Vol. 5

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already here…Memorial Day Weekend. AKA the kickoff to summer! Unfortunately, it’s been in the 50’s and raining the past week here in Boston so it doesn’t feel like summer. I just heard on the Today Show that this is expected to be the busiest travel weekend in over ten years! I think that’s amazing – as they say…

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Currently Planning: Or should I say, finishing up planning….a surprise trip to Iceland! I’ll give more recaps next week but follow me in Instagram & Snapchat to follow my journey.

Currently Shopping: So many great sales happening right now:

The Nordstrom semi-annual 40% off sale. Now is the perfect time to scoop up a new cute summer dress, a gift for Father’s Day, or some new sandals. I’ve got my eye on this dress, this top and these sandals.

Anthropologie is also having an extra 40% off of sale items. Love this cute apron, this napkin set & these candle holders.

Currently Reading: In search of the perfect summer book. Jenna suggested “All the Missing Girls” as a fun thriller.Β  I need to peruse this Elle list, this Cosmo list & this Real Simple list – they all suggest “top books for summer”. There’s nothing I love more than an easy beach read.

Currently Searching For: Special ways to display our baby pictures & travel photos at our rehearsal dinner. It’s hard to find something that’s (a) not cheesy (b) not tacky and (c) unique! I wanted to do a slide show but unfortunately we won’t have access to a television or computer. Anyone have ideas?!

In Case You Missed It:

Rattan Roundup

5 Favorite Paris AirBnBs

What are your Memorial Day Weekend plans? Any favorite summer reads you’d suggest?

Life Lately Vol. 4

Happy Friday! This week in one word? BUSY. We arrived back in town late Monday after an incredible weekend of being spoiled rotten with not one, but two wedding showers! We basically got to see all of our favorite people, celebrate mothers day & my dads birthday and leave with a fully stocked kitchen. Now if only we actually had a kitchen to put all of our goodies in!

Currently looking at: all of this on my desk…

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I’m so honored to be helping a friend design a nursery for her sweet baby boy, due in Oct! We’ve got 20+ swatches and are getting a custom glider and daybed made, as well as some roman shades and throw pillows. This room is going to be seriously adorable. I’ll be sure to share the finished product once we’re there!

Currently eating: all of the fresh fruits & veggies! I’m gung-ho “must lose 5lbs before the wedding” mode and this is truly the perfect time to do it. Temps in Boston rose from 50 to 91 overnight so we’ve had fresh fruit galore lately! I bought my first round of sweet cherries earlier at TJs and I can’t wait to dig in. TheyΒ  may be my favorite fruit snack.

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Currently cooking: Speaking of the health kick above, we’re heading to a friends house to cook out and we’re bringing a summer salad. This field pea saladfield pea salad & minty watermelon salad both look delicious!

Currently shopping for: Still on the perfect dress hunt. Surprisingly, Banana Republic is killing it now – I’m seeing a ton of cute stuff online so I need to pop in this weekend and try some cute dresses on!

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Currently watching: Below Deck Mediterranean! OMG y’all….this yacht!!! Admittedly, I watch it 80% for the scenery, 20% for the drama but it’s totally worth it. I basically spend the whole hour drooling over these unbelievable locations and then want to cry after because I’ll never be able to afford a week on a yacht (I heard this one ranges upwards of $175,000/week)

On that note…HAPPY FRIDAY πŸ™‚