Archive | July, 2015

Five Things Friday: Can’t Beat it? Join It!

31 Jul

Happy Friday y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful week, or at least better than mine! Not that it was all that bad and I really have nothing to complain about but yesterday was just awful, including the fact that I spent a total of 2.5 hours in traffic to and from work. But putting my complaints aside, I’m here to share a few random thoughts with you guys.

1. I couldn’t beat the heat, so I joined it! The title of this post is appropriately named because even though it has been very hot and humid the past week or so, I decided that it was a good idea last Thursday evening to take a Bikram yoga class. I felt like I needed a little detox before the weekend and I definitely sweated everything out! It was the most uncomfortable I have felt in a class since my very first one about two years ago. I am glad I finished it and I did feel better once I cooled down a bit.

Loving my new yoga capris from TJ Maxx!

Loving my new yoga capris from TJ Maxx!

I was pretty happy with that number since I wasn't as active with my poses as usual.

I was pretty happy with that number since I wasn’t as active with my poses as usual.

2. French fries are my current food obsession. I have been enjoying my fair share of them during the past week including an amazing serving of poutine at the Connecticut Wine Festival this past Saturday and some Red Robin fries which we enjoyed at home the other night with our BLTA sandwiches. I think I have been loving them so much because the heat always makes me want carbs like crazy but luckily my workouts have been excellent this week so I’m not feeling too guilty about the carb overload.

ALL the cheese things

ALL the cheese things

I could eat this meal every single day

I could eat this meal every single day

3. This weekend is filled with all of the birthday celebrations! I’m SO looking forward to finally getting to see Alex after she has been away a bunch this summer and celebrate her birthday which was this past Monday. On Sunday we are celebrating another good friend’s birthday in Massachusetts which should be so much fun as I’m loving little day trips right now.

These are some gems, let me tell ya :)

These are some gems, let me tell ya πŸ™‚

4. Who else was completed thrilled that Kaitlin picked Shawn on The Bachelorette? I definitely feel like she picked the guy with whom she had the best overall connection. I think they are the cutest couple and I’m enjoying following her on SnapChat and their adorable Instagram photos too.

SO cute

SO cute

5. I can’t believe tomorrow is August 1st! I know I’m reiterating what everyone else has been saying but this summer is flying by and our wedding is rapidly approaching. We have a lot to do and very little time to do it so I can’t promise you guys that I will be blogging a ton but I will try my best to post at least once a week.

True story

True story

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

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Wordless Wednesday: My Bridal Shower

22 Jul

Happy hump day everyone! I know it’s been a while but I’ve been busier than everΒ (80 days until the wedding!) and I really spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to write this post. In reality, there are no words to describe what a magical day my bridal shower was and I came to the conclusion that it would be best to just show you guys in photograph form. I will tell you that my girls (and everyone else involved) did the most amazing job putting everything together and it was truly one of the best days of my entire life. I felt so special and I wish I could relive it a million times. So enough with the mushy stuff (although I could go on for hours) and let’s get to the pictures!

I'm so glad he dropped me off... I was quite nervous/excited!

I’m so glad he dropped me off… I was quite nervous/excited!

All of my wonderful ladies!

All of my wonderful ladies!

CRAZY! #happilyeverhannon

CRAZY! #happilyeverhannon

This was so adorable and clever

This was so adorable and clever

They decorated these wine glasses themselves.. they came out so perfect

They decorated these wine glasses themselves.. they came out so perfect

I am obsessed with the mason jars! And floating candles :)

I am obsessed with the mason jars! And floating candles πŸ™‚

Every little detail had so much thought put into it

Every little detail had so much thought put into it

The guests also played bingo and the winners got prizes!

The guests also played bingo and the winners got prizes!

Obviously I had to take a food picture, it was so yummy! And they had brie, which is my very favorite cheese!

Obviously I had to take a food picture, it was so yummy! And they had brie, which is my very favorite cheese!

My maid of honor Alex and my flower girl Emma.. so adorable!

My maid of honor Alex and my flower girl Emma.. so adorable!

I was completely blown away by the generosity of my family and friends. We received the most amazing gifts!

I was completely blown away by the generosity of my family and friends. We received the most amazing gifts!

Natasha put together my ribbon and bow bouquet. It came out so pretty!

Natasha put together my ribbon and bow bouquet. It came out so pretty!

I don't think I stopped smiling all day long

I don’t think I stopped smiling all day long

The cake looked incredible and it tasted even better!

The cake looked incredible and it tasted even better!

My future mother-in-law with Jenna and Melissa

My future mother-in-law with Jenna and Melissa

My beautiful flower girls, Aubrey and Emma :)

My beautiful flower girls, Aubrey and Emma πŸ™‚

Loved the marriage advice wall with the different pictures of us!

Loved the marriage advice wall with the different pictures of us!

It was such a perfect day with the best people in the world :)

It was such a perfect day with the best people in the world πŸ™‚

Thank you to Alexandra Swanson for taking such beautiful pictures so that I can look back on this day for years to come!

I hope you guys have enjoyed these pictures as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you. I end this post feeling so lucky to have such great people in my life and I can’t wait for the rest of the wedding festivities to come! Have a great day!

The Smashed Grape: Wine/Liquor Seminar # 2

10 Jul

Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m sharing a wonderful event that we attended this past Wednesday evening. It was The Smashed Grape‘s second wine and liquor seminar. We weren’t sure we were going to be able to make it but our softball game was cancelled and boy were we glad we were able to attend!

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

The first presentation and tasting was done by Lelaneia Dubay, the owner and creator of Hartford Flavor Company. She makes a variety of liqueurs, all of which are gluten and GMO free with no artificial flavors. She started out making these liqueurs as Christmas gifts and her friends and family enjoyed them so much, she decided to launch the business this past April and her product is already in 95 establishments!

We tried five different flavors; cucumber, rose, lavender, birch, and chai. The cucumber was excellent and very refreshing. The rose was probably my least favorite but I generally can’t stand anything that has a flowery flavor, although it received rave reviews from many of the other attendees. The lavender was also not a favorite of mine but for the same reason and again, most of the others loved it. The birch was very good and she also let us taste that one mixed with bourbon and it was amazing. The chai was probably my favorite as it had a strong cinnamon flavor and I could definitely see myself sipping it. I absolutely loved her story and charisma and she told us she is probably going to launch a cranberry flavor soon, which I am very excited to try!

All gone!

All gone!

The next gentlemen was from a large distributor called Brescome Barton. I did not catch his name but he gave a great presentation as well and we were able to taste quite a variety of items.

We first tried a beer which provided a nice variety from the sweet liqueurs we had been tasting. It was the Ommegang Cooperstown Ale, which drew me in immediately based on the baseball-related name. It was a very light, summery ale and I could definitely enjoy it at a baseball game.

He provided very generous pours as well!

He provided very generous pours as well!

Next, we tried the Dreaming Tree Everyday White, which is actually singer Dave Matthew’s wine! It is a white wine blend of four different grapes and I found it to be very balanced but it was a little dry which was a pleasant surprise because I tend to find that a lot of white blends are very sweet.

The food was brought out at this point and we definitely needed some sustenance after all of that booze! As usual, The Spicy Green Bean outdid themselves with some caprese skewers, chicken salad served on cucumbers (my favorite!), sliders, bacon wrapped asparagus, and shrimp crostini. I have yet to find something that they have made that I didn’t adore and it is also great that they are located right across the street from us!

Anything wrapped in bacon is amazing in my opinion

Anything wrapped in bacon is amazing in my opinion

These were my favorite!

These were my favorite!

The next wine we tried was my overall favorite and of course it included bubbles! It was the Ruffino Prosecco which was so easy to drink and had such a delicious fruity flavor of apples and peaches. The gentleman providing the presentation advised us to not spend more than $15 on a bottle of bubbles and to go with Prosecco whenever possible as it is usually much cheaper than champagne.

Bubbles are the best!

Bubbles are the best!

Last but not least we tasted the Ravenswood Vinters Blend Zinfandel. I was loving the fact that they included two blends in this tasting as I find them to be so unique. This was a surprise as it was very fruity but not at all like what I expect when I drink a zinfandel. It had a wonderful raspberry flavor and he told us that it is very popular which I totally understand. It had a long finish and would definitely pair well with steak and potatoes or really any kind of meat.

This event was so much fun and I truly love the owners/staff of both The Smashed Grape and The Spicy Green Bean. They already have two events lined up in August and September and we are already looking forward to those!

Birthday Weekend Festivities

8 Jul

Happy hump day all! Today I’m doing a recap of my fabulous birthday weekend festivities. In all honesty, I could not have had a better weekend. We fit so much fun stuff in and I wish I could relive it a million times! Even though I had a four day weekend, it flew by so fast and by Sunday night, we were scrambling to do our food prep and cleaning for the week.

Thursday:

I spent a good chunk of the day shopping with my mom which was fun because I picked up a couple of new bathing suits from TargetΒ (this one and this one)Β and she made a final decision on her dress for the wedding πŸ™‚ For dinner that evening, Dan and I went to Krust, which as you guys know is one of my favorite restaurants. We enjoyed a couple of cocktails along with Eggplant Caponata along with a Sunny Side Up pizza topped with brussels sprouts. It was a very relaxing start to a very busy weekend.

This drink was made with Onyx Cranberry moonshine!

This drink was made with Onyx Cranberry moonshine!

It has been forever since I had eggplant, I will definitely be ordering it more often

It has been forever since I had eggplant, I will definitely be ordering it more often

Those brussels were so crispy and delicious!

Those brussels were so crispy and delicious!

Friday:

I was fortunate enough that Dan also had my birthday off so we slept in a little bit and then continued to lounge while watching some TV. Once we got up, we met up with our friend Kevin and walked around town to do some errands and we got my favorite Double Dark Chocolate iced coffee from Daybreak. Dan and I ran some more errands and prepped some food for the evening and then we spent about an hour at the pool at our apartment complex. I had been dying to take a dip and I was lucky we had that free hour to do so. Once we came back from the pool and got ready, we headed off to my birthday celebration! I had a gathering with a bunch of our friends at Arrigoni Winery in Portland. It was honestly one of the best nights of my entire life. Everyone brought an appetizer to share and we all just hung out, ate, drank wine, and listened to live music. I truly recommend that everyone does something like this for their birthday at some point in time. It was so relaxing and there was so much laughter and silliness had! We ended the night at the Diamond where we enjoyed the most delicious chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake from Ben and Jerry’s.

My stomach is growling just looking at all of that food!

My stomach is growling just looking at all of that food!

Arrigoni had so many places for perfect photo opportunities

Arrigoni had so many places for perfect photo opportunities

The group shot! Love these people so much!

The group shot! Love these people so much!

Loving this pic of Natasha also taking a pic :)

Loving this pic of Natasha also taking a pic πŸ™‚

Saturday:Β 

We spent most of Saturday down in Old Lyme at Jenna’s aunt and uncle’s beach house. It was a little gloomy to start the day but the sun eventually came out and it was another relaxing afternoon and evening. We walked over to Lenny’s on the Beach and enjoyed some cocktails. The night ended with an extraordinary fireworks display which was one of the best that I have ever seen. It was a great day and we love spending time with Jenna and Robbie!

Naturally the only picture I took that day was of the fish bowl we drank ;)

Naturally the only picture I took that day was of the fish bowl we drank πŸ˜‰

Sunday:Β 

We woke up pretty early on Sunday and scrambled to go get our grocery shopping done. After that, we met up with Dan’s boss and his granddaughter and headed up to Boston for the Red Sox game. It was my first game of the year and we had perfect weather for it. The seats were also incredible and it was such a fun ending to the best birthday weekend ever!

Such a perfect day!

Such a perfect day!

Hot dogs always taste better at ballparks, I swear

Hot dogs always taste better at ballparks, I swear

I hope you guys have enjoyed my birthday weekend recap. I am planning to post again on Friday (fingers crossed) since I have the day off because my bridal shower is on Saturday and I figured, why not have a long weekend? Although I do plan on spending the majority of the day at the pool so we shall see if I can find the time to write.

Fashion Friday: Stitch Fix # 3

3 Jul

Happy Friday all! I’m in a great mood today because not only do I get to spend my birthday doing some fabulous things, including spending time with my favorite people and drinking lots of wine, but I also get to share my third Stitch Fix order with you guys! I purposely changed the delivery date of this fix (I love how flexible they are) to coincide with my birthday, mainly so I could justify a purchase as my birthday gift to myself πŸ™‚

Such a good sight when I come home from work!

Such a good sight when I come home from work!

Here is an explanation in case you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix before: Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You pay a $20 styling fee up front and then you fill out an extensive styling profile which is sent over to a stylist who picks out five items (clothing, jewelry, scarves, accessories) which fit the personalized profile you have filled out. The items are sent to you and you try them on, with three days to decide on what you want. If you decide to keep anything, the $20 styling fee goes toward your purchase. If you purchase all five items, then you receive 25% off your entire order!

Taking a peek!

Taking a peek!

Item # 1: C.Luce Pyra Square Eyelet Dress ($84)

Verdict: Returned. In my comments to my stylist for this fix, I requested a white or ivory dress to potentially wear to my bridal shower which is next weekend (WHOA). I was very happy that my stylist obliged but to be honest, I just was not a fan of the way that this dress fit me. I don’t think I have ever tried anything on that was this type of eyelet material and I just wasn’t a fan. I think it looks good in the picture but I just was not very comfortable in it.

Item # 2: Pixley Messi Lattice Neckline Knit Top ($68)

Verdict: Returned. I keep going back and forth on this top. It fits really well and would be absolutely perfect for a night out, but the price is extremely high for a top and I keep thinking that I could easily go to Old Navy or Target and buy a few tops for that amount of money. This was Dan’s overall favorite but he agreed that the price was just too high.

Item # 3: 19 Cooper Marlow Crochet Back Detail Top ($48)

Verdict: Kept. As soon as I saw this top, I loved the color and the “party in the back” aspect of it. The first time I tried it on, I basically wrote it off because I wasn’t a huge fan of the super loose fit but when I tried it on again to take the picture, it started to grow on me. It really is a fun shirt and would also be great for a night out.

Item # 4: Dear John Lillie Cuffed Short ($58)

Verdict: Returned. I really wanted to like these shorts and I am in dire need of a good pair of shorts. However, I just could not get over the color as I am really not a big fan of black denim. I definitely think that they looked great on but I don’t see myself wearing them very often mainly because of the color.

Item # 5: Level 99 Esme Straight Leg Jean ($98)

Verdict: Undecided. As soon as I saw these, I was almost hesitant to try them on because I knew they would fit like a glove and that I would love them. I was totally right. My stylist, Harley, was right on point and these jeans fit perfectly and they are petite so the length was also on point. The price, however, was not on point. I have never even come close to spending that much on a pair of jeans but I have also never even tried on a pair which fit this well and I’m completely torn. I’m going to try them on again although I’m leaning towards sending them back and trying to find a pair elsewhere for cheaper.

This fix was a slight disappointment based on the success of my previous fixes, especially since I mentioned I was really into maxi dresses and maxi skirts and I didn’t get any of those. I’m hoping that my next fix will work out better and I did appreciate the two fun tops which I did ask for.

I hope you guys have enjoyed and also that you have a fabulous, fun and safe Fourth of July!

WIAW: All the Food

1 Jul

Hi guys! Happy Wednesday! Today is actually my Friday as I took tomorrow off and we are closed Friday for the holiday. Friday is also my birthday so I’m pretty excited for that as well. I’m looking forward to a fun day/night filled with sunshine, friends, and lots of wine (duh). I desperately need to catch you guys up on some of my recent eats so I figured the best way to do that would be through pictures.

On a random day off, Dan and I shared two types of lobster rolls from Stew Leonards.. so delicious and summery!

On a random day off, Dan and I shared two types of lobster rolls from Stew Leonards.. so delicious and summery!

Our first trip to Burgerfi! I love me a good cheeseburger :)

Our first trip to Burgerfi! I love me a good cheeseburger πŸ™‚

The special at Spicy Green Bean on Father's Day... I don't remember what was in it but it was AMAZING

The special at Spicy Green Bean on Father’s Day… I don’t remember what was in it but it was AMAZING

Steak dinner at Dan's parents house for Dan's dad's 50th birthday... the steak was melt in my mouth good

Steak dinner at Dan’s parents house for Dan’s dad’s 50th birthday… the steak was melt in my mouth good

I haven't had a belgian waffle in ages. This was from the hotel this past weekend in NJ for my cousin's grad party

I haven’t had a belgian waffle in ages. This was from the hotel this past weekend in NJ for my cousin’s grad party

On our way home, we stopped in Chinatown in NYC for lunch at this tiny place. Little place with a little menu but the food was crazy good

On our way home, we stopped in Chinatown in NYC for lunch at this tiny place. Little place with a little menu but the food was crazy good

They were cutting up the meat right in front of us!

They were cutting up the meat right in front of us!

Each of us had the roast pork. The serving was huge and only $3.75! It lasted us for both lunch and dinner.

Each of us had the roast pork. The serving was huge and only $3.75! It lasted us for both lunch and dinner.

One of my birthday week requests was Chick Fil A.. Their grilled chicken club is amazing and I'm obsessed with the honey roasted BBQ sauce!

One of my birthday week requests was Chick Fil A.. Their grilled chicken club is amazing and I’m obsessed with the honey roasted BBQ sauce!

I hope you guys have enjoyed my foodie catch-up. I know these pics have made me quite hungry! That is all for today but keep an eye out for a potential “Fashion Friday” post as I am supposed to be receiving my next Stitch Fix tomorrow! Have a happy hump day!