Monday, September 1, 2014

labor day weekend

long weekends are simply the greatest thing ever. 
it called for rain almost all weekend, and all weekend has been practically perfect.

we had a party at our place friday night, 
and the rain held out so we were able to spend the majority of it outside on the deck. 

 I've been buying these flowers at TJ's every week. 

I made a few of my favorite things, so I'll share the recipes tomorrow. 

the beginning of my go-to cake 

 I used my only bundt pant for my cake, so instead of making my appetizer in my usual ring, I improvised and used my mini bundt pans and did 6 individual cheese rings.  
#professionalfoodphotography

Saturday was relaxing, and we capped it off with dinner at a new-to-us restaurant walking distance for us called Bistro Dre.  It was a gorgeous night, and we luckily scored an outdoor table. 
The food was delicious. It is family style and arrives as it is ready.  We shared french onion soup, mac + cheese, and a caprese salad.  We were planning on sharing the fried chicken as a main course, but were so full we could barely move.  The portions are HUGE.  We will definitely be back;  the menu has a ton of things we can't wait to try.  
I wore as much white over the weekend as I could, 
even though I don't technically follow that rule. 
j.crew dress (old) // target booties // kendra scott earrings (15% off everything today!)

Sunday my friend took me to the Luke Bryan concert at Soldier Field, with Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice opening.  We had incredible seats on the floor and perfect weather. 


 Before Luke Bryan had even gone onstage, the beer vendors had ran out of beer and scrambled to get more, 
in the end only being able to get their hands on Blue Moon. 
see what happens when I go places? 

 The guy said they went through 3x the amount they go through at Bears games before Luke Bryan even started…… PREACH. 
 I love people at country concerts.  So fun.  

There's so much great TV on tonight my DVR is exploding. 
Bachelor in Paradise, OC Reunion part 2, Jersey Belle, The Unauthorized Saved by The Bell Story.  
will you be watching the saved by the bell show? or am I alone in this? 



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

wishlist wednesday :: under $100

wedding wednesday to return next week with the final posts about our honeymoon in St. Lucia 
and how much I would pay to have my ass back on that beach right now.
  
kip's 30th is coming up in a few weeks
you can guarantee this will be hanging on the wall.
and then likely stay there for awhile. 

simple silk tanks are my new favorite for every time I stare in my closet and have nothing to wear.  
which is basically every thursday, friday, and saturday. 
I live in this j.crew factory striped tank for $29; I probably wore it 10 times this summer alone. 
I plan on buying these similar j.crew factory tanks as well for perfect basics. 

three cheers for heels I can walk in!!! 

this is just perfect.
I know I'm not the only one who asks their significant other 
or who's mother asks them 97 times if they have their ID/passport. 
and then responds YES annoyingly but still checks their purse 97 times as well. 

if it's a blue and white striped dress, I want it.

and believe it or not I do NOT have a fitted, 3/4 sleeve one yet.
I know…. the horror. 

I'm plugging my ears with my fingers and saying "la la la la la" to the idea of fall clothing,
but BB dakota always makes the best thin leather jackets that can be worn almost all year.
I have an old grey one from 2 years ago and it goes with everything at an incredible price. 


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

tuesday thoughts

a random smorgasbord for today 
(I didn't have to google how to spell that at all.)


Big Little Lies was as great as the two other books of Liane Moriarty's that I have read.
(the husbands secret and what alice forgot;
her other three are now on my must read list)
Quick read, plot twists you don't expect, humor, perfect beach read (and also bedtime read for me).

if you were a lover of emily griffin books, and now are feeling ehhhh about her last few like I am, Liane Moriarty is an amazing breath of fresh air and you'll love her writing. 

Also in book news, they have started running the trailer for the movie version of This Is Where I Leave You


Watch the trailer.  It is so good. 
 It looks just as great as the book -- it really is a must read. 


Sunday night I somehow got sucked into a loophole of a million articles on GOOP.
The Hangover post was quite fitting, as I was nursing a killer hangover from Saturday nights wedding 
where we went to bed at almost 5 am. 

I now want to buy milk thistle, this Mercy beverage thing, and all the B12 I can get my hands on. 
The hair of the dog works for me too, as always.
Gwynnie is so funny doing posts like she is a huge lush or something. Yeah…... right.


I've been back on my Pinterest binge every night before bed routine for the last week or so.
It's amazing how you I can trick yourself myself into thinking you I accomplished so much, have so many great ideas, and truly have plans for projects for the weekend…….

when in reality I'm eating peanut butter and jelly in bed way past bedtime, dripping half of it on the white sheets, 
and could not be further from Martha Stewart. 
waaaait actually do things?? 

I mean, Martha, I just pinned 27 incredible recipes, decor ideas, and fall fashion.
THAT IS WORK. 

My favorite Tracy Anderson workout that I did before the wedding isn't on YouTube anymore.
guessing it wasn't supposed to be up there, like half the other amazing ones on there :) 
luckily, plenty of others are.

This YouTube account has a ton of the Metamorphosis workouts, broken down into her 10 day increments.  I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and these are what I'm trying out for now. 

Tracy says you should do dance cardio combined with toning,
so after I do the Tracy toning stuff, 
I follow the Jack McFarland Method to trick my body and change things up. 


after the toning and dance cardio,
I stand in front of the fridge for 10 minutes and think about food/snack for the next 3 hours until bed. 
it's highly effective.  

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

coffee talk

discuss amongst ya-selves…… 

bachelor in paradise:
if during the bachelor/bachelorette producers pump the male and female suitors with alcohol every day and night, they are pumping them full of alcohol AND drugs in mexico.
the girls are insane.
photos via

Drinking game of the night : every time Elise says something that doesn't make sense, chug. 
"through the storm clouds comes a rainbow….. dylan was my storm…..chris is my rainbow."
no…. no elise…. you are just sleeping with "falling in love" with two different people in 48 hours, but sure, all it a rainbow. whatever. 
how you really know elise is on drugs : she says "chris is such a gentleman".
seriously, what hallucinogens are they taking down there?? 

I wish graham would just call AshLee a lot of things I won't write a stage 5 clinger already.

graham :: we don't know each other.  we literally just met.
ashlee :: but I follow you on instagram.  so I know the kind of person you are.


(insert horror movie sound effect: ree ree ree ree ree)
she gives killer crazy-eye-stare constantly. 

ashlee :: I can't wait for you to meet my dad. 
grahams inner voice unless he is a moron :: RUN LIKE THE WIND. 
graham does realize he would be about the 6th bachelor person she has dated right?? 
I'm feeling a little bad for how pathetic michelle money is looking during all of this…. 
and old…..
just sayin…..

everyone needs to take a minute and listen to one arm sarah, because she is the only sane one there
with the exception of constantly talking about only having one arm and utter lack of any confidence. 
HOW does she not realize she is too good for this? what is wrong with her parents? 

Jersey Belle 
is just incredible.
next week I may do an entire post just on the amazing one liners from the past three episodes. 
note to bravo :: this is one of your best shows ever, and there is no arguing or trash talking at all, and the cast is filled with genuinely good people.  pick a lead who actually has a sense of humor and is intelligent, and you have pure gold on your hands. 

I seriously can't believe how much I like every single person.  
Jaime is the funniest person they have had on Bravo in a long time.
I can't even put into words my love for Danielle. 
I want to comment on Arden … ..
(and her Small Mouth.  she totally beats Small Mouth from Ben's season of The Bachelor), 

but I won't because even she seems to have enough of a sense of humor to laugh at herself.
"When I met Jaime, I thought she was such a 'B,'—you know what that means—because she told me I looked like Ellen DeGeneres and I was really offended."

Only con :: the first two episodes were much better than the third.  Let's get back to more laughing, less baby talk.  
ps…. the monogrammed china she laughs at while they are in the gift shop,
you guessed it : my wedding china :) 

Soooo this is a short Coffee Talk and not as gif filled.
my apologies. 
It's been a hectic few weeks.
(with some exciting news to share in a few weeks!)
blah blah blah. 
But……if you want to know the real reason……..

it's because I'm getting my very first spray tan tonight and I am terrified.

So I spent all of last night exfoliating 97 layers of skin off my body in preparation and googling tanning nightmares. 

updates on how horribly it is bound to go to come…… 

 just youtube'd this episode to watch again….. 


as always, ignore my own blatant grammatical errors whilst I make fun of others poor grammar during coffee talk on a weekly basis.  
#hypocrite  #sorryimnotsorry


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