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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 | 18 comments

-I have new books! As soon as I read Jenna’s post, I knew I wanted something good to read over Christmas and New Year’s. I’m currently reading The Blue Bistro, which is set on Nantucket, and I’m loving all the food descriptions.

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-I also have new icing tips – so excited to make something with giant blobs of icing!

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-My stomach feels better than it has since last year and my digestive system is…well…working again. I think my Christmas present to myself is going to be re-introdicing goat and sheep cheese. Also, anyone tried the almond milk nog? Which brand is the best?

-Matt and I are going to see a performance of White Christmas this weekend!!! My mom is in love with the movie and bought us tickets for Christmas!

-Any of you athletes out there have recommendations for sore/aching legs? My muscles don’t seem to be recovering from workouts like they used to, and I’m having to limit running to once a week. I’ve tried introducing yoga and walking days (in lieu of working out) and they constantly ache unless I spend a day on the couch.

-A show set in Dallas about fashion? Of course I’m obsessed with Courtney Loves Dallas.

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-Umm, sweetened sweet potato chips? Addicted. I reserve these for dessert though because they are coated in sugar.

Happy almost weekend before Christmas.

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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 | 6 comments

-The sun’s out after days and its glorious. Those post-apocalyptic scenarios where the sun doesn’t shine anymore are my worse nightmare.

-Matt had to travel this week, so I ate lots of bowls with toppings for dinner. My usual go-to combos over quinoa are: roasted broccoli, nuts, and veggie burger; black beans, corn, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, salsa; mushrooms, carrots, spicy sausage, and Indian simmer sauce. This new one I had last night was incredible and included cranberries, sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil, kale, jalapeno chicken sausage, and garlic and lemon dressing. It’s a keeper.

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-After last week’s party, I really want new holiday heels! I LOVE these suede ones with a more reasonable heel. I also like some of the ‘shooties’ I’ve seen online, but who wants toes peeping out in winter?

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-Speaking of shopping, if you’re looking for something fun on the cheap to wear on New Year’s, Forever 21 has some crazy leggings right now that could be paired with an existing top or dress….

- I knocked out all the alcohol shopping for our Christmas stay-cation last night! (don’t worry, we’ll have 9 here to help consume).

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-Aren’t you glad you don’t have to take finals or write term papers this week? I am!

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Wedding Weekly (Slash Monthly): An Update

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 | 5 comments

I haven’t written much about the wedding these past two months because I’ve been working on a lot of little things. Thankfully, all the big stuff is done! The details are my favorite part.

Invitations

When I first started looking at invitations I couldn’t believe how expensive they are! $600 for a piece of paper with black letterpress cursive? I knew I did not want that, so I went for a more modern and colorful invite from a small business: Southern Fete Creative.

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I’ve been using this pattern as my design inspiration because it’s the same color as the bridesmaids dress and I love the clean, modern design. I was able to make some customizations to the background and the proofs look beautiful! The store owner has been great to work with and the cost was half that of many invitations I saw online and in stores. I think they went to print last week and I’ll be sure to show you the final product once the guests receive them!

Accommodations

…are such a pain! Because the island only has one [pricey] bed and breakfast, I’ve been helping the large groups of young people find houses. It’s a lot of work, but will hopefully be worth it in the end. I feel like that annoying person who just had to have my wedding on an inconvenient island. My family had a house picked out as well, but the owners decided not to rent it for the 2013 summer season, so we had to start the search over again right before Christmas. Luckily we were able to find a great place right near the reception that will be beautiful in pictures and great for getting ready on the big day!

Ceremony

This is next on my to-do list! I’m just starting to think about passages/songs/structure, but I’m overwhelmed at the moment.

Cake

We picked our cake a while back, but the baker has been sketching fun ideas and sending them my way. Love the big sugar flower on top, but haven’t picked a design yet.

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Shoes
I ordered custom shoes from Milk & Honey!!!!! This website is so awesome! I literally could not find the type of shoe I wanted with less than a 3 inch heel for under $300. Though my custom shoes were still pricey, I was able to pick the heel height (2.5) the shape, the fabric, and the details. I think I want to keep them a surprise for the real day, but let’s just say that they involve glitter:)
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And that’s what I’ve been up to. Are there any details you’d like me to post about?
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Wedding Weekly: Shoes

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 | 42 comments

There’s not much happening with wedding planning these days – all the big stuff is done and it’s a little too soon to work on the details. But, I have been dreaming about shoes!
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I love shoes (I mean, who doesn’t?), but I consider myself a pretty practical shoe shopper – I buy brown, black, and nude flats and comfortable heels, and aside from flip flops and the occasional summer wedge, that’s about it! Some of my friends have hot pink pumps or bright red flats or chevron Tom’s – I’m a big fan of these uniquities, but when it comes to spending my own money on shoes, I never buy anything out of the ordinary.
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Long story short, my wedding shoes are a chance to splurge on something different (and by splurge, I mean $100 or less!)

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But I just can’t decide if I want sequins,

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a pop of color,

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or something really traditional, but extraordinary.

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Regardless, the shoes have got to be under three inches (for comfort and height restrictions). It’s tempting to get carried away with all the beautiful designer shoes out there (like the manolo blahnik’s above!), but even if I had the cash, I’m kind of against the principle of spending that much money on shoes. But they sure are pretty!

For now, I’m happy to just dream about my wedding shoes and the day that will come with them.

If you’re married, what did you choose for The Wedding Shoe?

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Another Season

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 | 3 comments

Another year, another Labor day; it’s time for that post again. We all love fall clothes, and every year, I take peak at the new arrivals online, and I fall in love. This year? Not so much. I had to actually do some digging and searching to find pieces that felt new and different, and even the picks below don’t feel particularly fall-ish. Perhaps I’m getting too picky or perhaps I need to physically see and touch the items? I don’t mean to give this post a negative vibe though! I’m sure I’ll be lusting for a million things once I visit the mall. For now, these are pieces I’d like for my autumn wardrobe!

I have been enjoying wearing dresses to work. This year, I’m definitely transitioning from back-to-school to working woman. I’d love some work appropriate dresses with sleeves for chilly October days.

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J-crew and Forever 21

My Mad Men watching habits have got me really into the bow tie shirt and pencil skirt combo. And I love that I work in an office now where this outfit would not be too dressy.

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Old Navy and The Limited
Despite all the slouchy pants and ultra wide-leg pants out there this season, I’d actually like to find more fitted dress pants. The dress pants I have accumulated from sale racks over the years all seem to be way too long and wide for my taste these days.
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I’m obsessed with coats. I probably have too many as is. But, I will no longer live in a down-filled puffer for 4 months of the year!!! And celebrating this fact is enough reason to get a new wool coat. I’ve always wanted camel, but it’s just never happened..

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J Crew
Outside of work, I want to lounge in soft stripes…
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…and wear a blazer and jeans on to a casual gathering.

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The J Crew McAllister wedges were top of my list last year. I thought I’d easily be able to find an inexpensive replica, but there’s just nothing out there like the originals. So here they are for the second year in a row. And I actually like the Tom’s wedges. Comfortable shoes are awesome.

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J Crew and Nordstrom
And lastly, because every season needs a fun going-out top, the one shoulder. I’m a huge fan because at least one arm will be warm, right? Who knows if I would look like a box in this, but it’s cute on her.

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And, the inevitable question, what do you have your eye on this fall?
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