Monday, April 30, 2012

Bridal shower recap-prepare for sappyness

Hello Lovelies! I am going to go ahead and apologize if this post gets a little sappy.  But what can I say, my bridal shower made me feel all warm and fuzzy and well sappy.

First of all my bridal shower was AH-MA-ZING!   I was overwhelmed with love from the second I walked in.  One, because I was immediately greeted by my family and closest friends (Who were all already there since I am perpetually running 5 minutes late....dang hair) and two, because it was beautiful.  I could just see all of the effort and hard work my wonderful Aunt Nancy (aka Nana) and my sister Emily (also maid of honor) put into it.  I'm still waiting on mom and bridesmaids to email me pics, which I will post asap, but ill go ahead and try to describe and give you some pics of some things I have here:

*My cousins, nana and sister had stayed up cooking till 11pm the night before and the spread was awesome.  SO many different quiches, crab dip, tarts in every flavor, chocolate covered strawberry's, yummy salad, fruits, veggies, mini cupcakes in my wedding colors and my personal fav SANGRIA!

* My mom had put together a hilarious game of questions about myself and Casey.  She had secretly emailed Casey to double check answers and get more questions.  Let's just say it was hilarious and led to several stories being told about me that made me laugh so hard I was crying.  Some of which were probably not appropriate for Grandma.

* My sister had made the cutest invites (she is a graphic designer for Pandora-yes the jewelry company, and yes she gets huge discounts!)  She had included with the invite a recipe card for everyone to fill out so I got sooo many awesome recipes from friends and family.

*There was a little box my sister had painted in my wedding colors to hold well wishes that Casey and I will get to read after the wedding.  Knowing i'm a snoop she took it with her:)

* I got some of the most thoughtful gifts I could have imagined.  Several made me cry! They were all awesome (hello luxury sheets and matching silverware!!!) but let me share a few of my favorites.

-My sister/maid of honor/visionary of the shower gave me SUCH a thoughtful gift.  It was a basket full of wine, but each wine had a label (that she designed herself of course) with an occasion during our first year of marriage and a sweet poem.  There was a bottle of champagne for the wedding night, a bottle of red for our first fight, first dinner party, first Christmas Eve, first anniversary etc.  Lets just say I was crying trying to read the poems out loud to everyone.  Without a doubt I am one lucky girl to have such an amazing sister.

 -My bridesmaid and one of my best friends Natalie aka Nad HANDMADE me these adorable hangers.  Here's a pic of one of them.  I have been eyeing them on Etsy, and can not believe how crafty she is!  She also bought Casey and I these awesome Bride and Groom pimp cups.

 After the gift opening was over Nana (my aunt who is like a second mom and was hosting the shower) asked me to come upstairs with her.  She opened her jewelry box and immediately started crying.  She told me that she was letting all of us girls (her daughters-my cousins who are more like sisters and my sister and I) choose one of my grandmothers rings when we got married.  I chose this one because I remember my grandmother loving pearls.  Its hard to see but its a cluster of small pearls and tiny diamonds.  My grandma was a fancy lady:)  I am going to wear it as my "something old" on the wedding day...I need to get it sized though because my fingers are ALOT bigger than hers! It is so special to me to have a piece of my grandmothers jewelry with me as I walk down the aisle, and I feel so honored that my Aunt would give me something so dear to her:)

Those are some of the highlights of the day, I can honestly say that I will never forget my bridal shower.  It was full of so many laugh until you cry moments, sentimental moments and everyone I love put SO MUCH effort and energy into making it special.

After the shower Nad, Jess(other bff and bridesmaid) and I went to grab a drink before I had to go home for a LONG night of assembling wedding invitations with Mom and Em.  And to make my day even more awesome Nad (who recently got engaged to Doug in Hawaii!) asked Jess and I to be bridesmaids in her wedding!  I am so so excited to return the favor to her next summer!

The bridal shower was so much more than I even thought and if you read this blog you know I was excited for it!  I feel truly lucky to have such sweet, hilarious and thoughtful women in my life.   And I promise pics coming as soon as possible!

Have a great Monday!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday's Letters

Well I have never done a "link up."  At least that's what I think its called? But one of the many blogs I stalk Adventures of Newlyweds does one so I thought I would join in the fun!  Hopefully I am doing this right, here we go:


Dear Friday, thank you for letting me get off work early today!  I really needed some me time.  Dear Jenna Marbles, OMG I almost peed my shorts laughing at this video.  Please do not watch if curse words offend you.  I personally have a raunchy sense of humor sometimes and thought this was hilarious.

Dear New Joe's Jeans that just arrived in the mailbox today.  I heart you and how you make my tush look so much rounder than it actually is.
Dear anyone who is invited to a wedding ever.  2 names on the invite means 2 people are invited.  Your name "and guest" means 2 people are invited.  Just your name means JUST YOU are invited. Open bar and crab cakes are expensive people and some wedding venues (like mine) only hold so many people.  There is no room for that dude who you just met at the bar and asked to be your date.  I am sorry lots of brides have to cut off the guests at people who are actually dating someone!
Dear Fiance and blog readers, thank you for putting up with bridezilla rants like above:)


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beach day outfit

I'm working on a bridal shower recap for tomorrow but for now let me leave you with what I hope the weather is going to be nice enough to wear this weekend!  I love mixing more expensive pieces like this tote with more affordable ones like everything else in this outfit!

beachy outfit

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Yellow Love

Hello lovelies!  I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!  I sure did:)  I forgot to take pics, but i'll give you a quick rundown.  Friday: Boring.....Me, Casey and TV.  Saturday: We were up bright and early to head to Greenville aka G-Vegas for the spring game.  We lasted about 20 minutes at the actual game, but spent ALLL day at a local hangout that a friend owns drinking delicious beer and catching up with everyone who still lives in Greenville.  It was a hilarious day full of lots of toasts, reminiscing about drunken college memories and laughing.  Sunday: Casey and I headed downtown to check out the Azalea Festival.  This is a huge event in Wilmington.  We basically ate, people watched and just enjoyed each other's company:)

Tonight I was playing around in Polyvore and put together some things I love in a color I LOVE.  Yellow.  These dresses are perfect for all of the summer weddings, showers etc. etc. that everyone has going on.  To me yellow is one of those timeless summer colors that just makes you feel and look beautiful and happy.  AND it looks great on just about any skin tone so everyone can rock it.
yellow love

J Crew pocket dress, $148
Single shoulder dress, $72
Giambattista Valli sleeveless knit dress, £1,549
Ruched chiffon dress
Belted dress, £20
Jimmy choo pumps, $595
Kelsi dagger shoes, $119
Tory Burch genuine leather handbag, £234

What do yall think about these looks?  Would you wear it?

Hope y'all had a great weekend and love these yellow pieces as much as I do:)


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tween's with style!

So I have to share my adorbs future sister-in-law's outfit she put together today.  Lily is all of 12 years old, but is probably the most fashionable 12 year old I have ever met.  I mean when I was 12 I was rocking braces, didn't know how to tame my hair yet and wore like wide leg jeans.  I believe they were called Jencos or Jincos?  Ew.  Kids have come along way since my day.  Ha anyways I took her shopping for some summer clothes at Le Targe' aka Target. I usually do her shopping with her via her mama's and my future mother in laws credit card because there would be a knock down drag out if they went together.  The child has some serious sass when it comes to what she wears.  And plus I can make sure she is looking good and not getting anything hoochy! 

1. High waist flowy shorts $16.99
2. Tank top with cute aztec print $12.99
3.Shrug $15.00

This cute outfit that would be equally adorbs on a 20 something all for under $50.  Love Target!

All for now!


Makeup galore!

Good morning!  I have to share my score from Ulta  that I am so excited about! So I have been saving or some would say hoarding all of my Ulta rewards points for some time now.  FINALLY I hit 7,500 and was able to get $100 off my purchase.  Um holy excitement.  $100 to spend at Ulta is like a dream come true for a girl on a budget like me. I also got an email coupon for 20% off my purchase so I decided to sneak out of work yesterday for a quick break because waiting until 6 felt unbearable.  I was able to get all of this.

To be exact I got the Urban Decay naked palette that came with a mini primer potion ($50), Benefit smokin' eyes ($36), Benefit big beautiful eyes($32), Benefit blush in coralista ($28) and last but not least a teasing brush ($4.99).  All of this would have cost me a little over $150, but with my coupon and rewards points I literally paid $23.  YAYYY! I think I seriously skipped out of the store.

All of this new makeup excitement inspired me to clean out my makeup drawer. Out with the old, in with the new!  Pretty organized right?! For me the least organized person on the planet that is.

Has anyone tried these products or have any that I need to try? Or any good $ saving strategies to share?  This girl is alllll ears!  Hope yall have a great day:)


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bathing suits and wedding "stuff"

Well hello there!  I have been busy busy taking care of wedding "stuff."  I am proud to report that in the last week or so we have nailed down a "event schedule" with the DJ, booked a getaway vintage cab, booked lighting, met with the rental company and met with the florist (side note: Fiore Fine Flowers is the best florist in Wilmington.  If you are a Wilmington bride you should for sure go see them.  Erica is adorable and they are so creative and helpful!).  Whew I am exhausted just thinking about it!  Its so funny how almost a year ago when I got engaged I felt like the engagement period could go on forever.  I loved the planning, the meetings, the excitement. Ha and now I am ready to get this show on the road, enjoy the day and just be married to my best friend.  Not to mention escape for a week for some "us" time on the honeymoon.  So basically I have been reminding myself to enjoy these moments and not wish time away this past week.  But I have also been doing a lot of thinking about bathing suits.  Namely, fitting in/looking good in them haha. But also, I need some cute suits for the bachelorette party ( in FL with all my skinny BFFS...those bitches ha) and the honeymoon! Here are a few ton of my top choices that I will hopefully be treating myself to!

Where do you girls buy your bathing suits?  I could use some suggestions!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What to wear?

So I have a very exciting event coming up in less than 3 weeks.  My first bridal shower.  I am really extremely excited about this.  I will get to head home to Maryland and spend the day with my beautiful mom, sister, aunts, cousins, family friends and bridesmaids  and to say that I am beyond excited is an understatement.  Ha I have even been realllly naughty and have been stalking my registry websites. I know I know, I should let myself be surprised....but I was the kid who always snuck a peek of my mom's "Christmas book."  This thing held her lists of every present bought for me and my sister.  And I was not above counting to make sure it was even!

But on to the purpose of this post: What should I wear?!!!!  I have a few options.

Option 1:

This I already own and have not worn yet.  So that is great for the budget.  I would pair it with either my nude or coral wedges, some fun gold earrings and MK watch.  Also probably a cardigan.  

Option 2:

SO cute.  I would have to buy as I do not already own this beauty, but I could wear it again.

Option 3:

I like this one because it feels a little more conservative.  I mean my grandma will be there so I want to be cute, but covered cute.  Haha it is a bridal shower not a night club ya know?

 Option 4:

This I like a lot too!!!  I'm not sure about buying this online though because it looks like something I should try on.  But it is superrrr cute!
I need help!  What option do you like best?! 1,2,3 or 4?  I do have another shower with Casey's side of the family coming up in the beginning of May.  So technically I need 2 choices. Pretty please leave me a comment and let me know which you like best.  Or maybe I am totally off base and none of these are perfect shower outfits.  Haha I need help!!!

Thanks for reading!  I am finally up to 3 followers and so excited about it (I am a dork I know)! But I really do love reading everyone's blogs and I am excited I discovered this little blogging world!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Concerts, alligators and achy feet!

Hello!  So I have a few things I need to get out....But first here is a quick weekend recap!


 Casey and I were on the couch, in PJ's, enjoying t.v and adult beverages.  Around 11:30 the phone rings and we are told that Nappy Roots is playing downtown in 30 minutes.  What are two responsible adults to do except get ready in a hurry and book it downtown?  The show was awesome and well worth it though.   Only problem....It was hot as crap in there!!!!  I broke out my favorite coral wedges for the first time this season, but made the mistake of wearing what I though was a weather appropriate shirt.  3/4 sleeves, but it had kind of a open back thing going on.  Oh my lord what a mistake.  I was sweating like crazy.  It was so embarrassing!!! We were with Casey's friend (also his best man in our wedding and my very good friend as well) when he so kindly pointed out to me that I had boob sweat showing through my shirt (sans bra due to the open back thingy.)
                                                    HOLY MORTIFYING.
So of course I overly indulged in the vodka crans and cracked many many wow im in pre-menopause jokes that weren't funny.  Oh well, by the end of the night I was sitting on a curb, talking to my new BFF who I have several pics with that I won't share on here and scarfing down pizza.  Boob sweat and late night pizza eating considered, Nappy Roots was well worth it!
So I forgot to snap a pic of my outfit, but in my vodka cran embarrassment induced haze I did get Casey to take a pic of my  stacked bangles paired with my new Michael Kors watch!  It made its first appearance downtown! Haha.  Please disregard the chipped nails, I was all set for an evening of lounging.  Also let me take a moment to explain my wrists aka the ban of my existence.  Simply put I have baby wrists.  Like I have never lost my baby fat and my wrist size does not match my hands.  Its an issue.


Casey and I headed downtown around noon to get my car and some lunch.  We decided to check out Greenfield Lake park because we still needed to find a place to do the rehearsing for the wedding before the actual rehearsal dinner.  We found the PERFECT place, chatted up some weird old man(pictured below) and then decided to walk around the lake.  Casey was kidding me that there were alligators in the lake...right when I was about to believe he said ohh your so gullible!  Thennnn we continued to walk and saw this!!!! OMG!  He was totally kidding and didn't even really know there were aligators(though once we saw the sign he claimed he knew the whole time haha.)   We even saw one!  Anyways, we kept walking and walking thinking it was only about 3 miles around the lake....OHH noo....try 6.  In skinny jeans and very uncomfortable sandals.  My feet were aching. All in all a fun little adventure and Greenfield lake park is wayyy prettier than I realized.  Later on we had some Mexican for dinner and went and saw Joe Who Lives At Home.  Pretty funny, but not as funny as I expected.  But still good.
"The sign" haha 

See him!  A gator!

Perfect spot for rehearsing!  It was overcast, but its even prettier in person! (Weird man pictured)

The other view!

Anywho this recap brings me to the matter at hand.  My wedding is 76 days away.  I still have like a gazillion things to do (At least finding a rehearsing space is crossed off!) and if you can see from the weekend I cannot keep it together with the healthy eating once the weekend rolls around!!!!!  First dress fitting is in exactly 21 days.  HOLY cow I need to get it together!!!  I've been doing weight watchers and lost about 8 lbs in 2 months, then in March partied way to much and gained 8 lbs basically over St. Patty's day weekend.  I am back down 6 of the 8 I gained back.  But I REALLY need to step it up.  Weekends included.  I joined a gym, was going really well and then fell off the wagon around said St.Patty's drinking weekend.  THIS week I am going to get back at it.  I need to lose those 2 pounds I had lost plus 10. And April 21st is gonna come wayyyy to soon for all that I fear.  I at least want to 5.  So we shall see.  I think the only way is buckling down and not going out to eat on the weekends..or maybe just one night, but no out for a hangover breakfast or lunch the next day and no late night pizza! And yes actually using said gym membership.

I will keep you posted on all of the progress I will hopefully be having these next few weeks!  If anyone has any suggestions how to step up weight loss in a healthy way puh leeeezzee let me know!