Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Photos

A few weeks ago, I did a few Instagram polls to determine what kind of content you’d like to see hit the pages of the blog. Wedding content was amongst the highest voted topics so I thought I’d jump aboard the #WeddingWednesday trend and share a few images we really love from our recent engagement session.

Let me first of all say, our photographer, Jason Crocker, is one of the most talented photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Besides being just overall really freaking cool, he is so talented and instantly put us at ease. We wanted our photos to really capture our life out here on the East Coast, so we opted to have some taken at our favorite beach spot in Greenwich then travel into Manhattan for some city shots. It just felt like us, since we spend so much time in both places.

To be honest, I was nervous about engagement photos. Dave & I both wanted the photos to feel organic, like “us”and sometimes they end up a little rigid, or posed. Jason instantly relieved our fears within all of 5 minutes of shooting. Every “pose” he had us do felt so natural and as we traveled into the city, Dave & I just kind of did our own thing while Jason caught us in our natural habit… while of course making sure we had optimal lighting 🙂 

One of these will soon be sent out as our save the dates!!

I’m excited to share details here & there of our wedding planning process. Let me know if you have any tips!

I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday & if you’re traveling like we are, safe travels!

Cheers

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EBD Blue Light Glasses + Promo Code!

How much time do you spend in front of a computer screen? Reading on an iPad? Checking your phone? If you’re like me, it’s a lot. Most of my work during the day happens in front of a computer then blogging, reading, maybe a little online shopping is all done online… in front of a screen. My eyes would begin to feel tired and dry after a long day of sitting in front of the blue light screen and sometimes I’d even end up with a splitting headache.

When I started to do a little research, I realized how bad blue light is for our eyes and while I don’t currently wear prescription glasses, I found the EBD Blue Light Glasses on Eye Buy Direct and thought I’d test them out. Blue light eye strain is notorious for a range of symptoms. Research shows that over 90% of people who work in front of a computer screen exhibit at least one negative symptom from blue light eye strain; anything from blurred or double vision to neck & back pain, even migranes.

Just after wearing my glasses for a day, I could tell a huge difference. My eyes didn’t feel as tired or dry and I felt like I could keep writing after I’d usually hit my limit.

The great thing about Eye Buy Direct is there are a myriad of frames to choose from, in all different price points. You can get them with or without a regular prescription and they even have a 14-day return policy if you end up not loving the style you ordered or want to try a different frame.

If you want $10 off a pair of your own, click here or use the code: IF1E6HWFEH at checkout!

Cheers

Jicama, Orange & Avocado Salad

Last week I posted a few Instagram polls asking what you’d like to see more of on the blog as I’ve been a little remiss lately. Well, I’ve heard you & I’m excited! Lots of fashion, travel, cooking & entertaining and even a little bit of wedding planning coming your way.

Today, I want to share a new recipe I learned while taking a cooking class this weekend at Sur La Table. Sidenote: I love taking classes at Sur La Table- they make an excellent date activity and a few, I’ve even flown solo (macaron class a few weeks ago) and always have the best time. This last weekend’s class was Authentic Mexican and this Jicama, Orange & Avocado Salad stood out as a repeat recipe for sure.

What You’ll Need:

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced on mandoline
3 large oranges, rind removed, quartered & cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 medium jicama, skin removed with a knife and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon chile powder
2-3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
1 large avocado, sliced into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
sea salt<I love this OXO mandoline & always use it with this cut resistant glove to avoid a nasty cut>

How To:

Combine onion, oranges, jicama, oil, chile power and lime juice and toss to combine. Gently fold in the avocado and cilantro. Taste & adjust seasoning with salt or additional chile powder. Allow to chill for a few minutes for flavors to marinate & serve in a large chilled salad bowl.

*Consider making ahead by combining all ingredients except for the cilantro and avocado, and marinating the flavors so it can be absorbed into the jicama. I find it to be a little like tofu in the sense that it takes on whatever flavor its paired with.

I also fell in love with a shrimp taco recipe that I’ll be sharing later this week. Crazy week for me as I’m doing a quick flight out to Phoenix and topping the week off with our engagement photos! Here we go…may your coffee be strong & your Monday be short!

cheers

Quick Trip to Beverly Hills

Last week, I popped out to LA for a quick work trip. The trip was very quick but I did score a few free hours in Beverly Hills to play. While I’m certainly no west coast expert, here are a few places I recommend if you travel like I do, and need a few suggestions.

Olive & June

If you’re looking to treat yourself, I highly recommend getting a mani/pedi at Olive & June. Inside, the place is so simply chic it’s easy to unwind during your services. The ladies at the BH location were fantastic & are nail art experts. Since I was still rounding out client meetings and additional weddings, I opted for a simpler nail art experience.

obsessed with this half moon design

Sugarfish

Lunch at SugarFish is a MUST. Hands down, the best sushi I’ve ever had. Choose one of the pre fixed menu options (I did the Trust Me Lite) & you won’t be sorry. In hindsight, go hungry & try as much as you can, because honestly, every bite was incredible.

Shopping on Rodeo Drive

Besides the fact that Rodeo is one of the most beautiful streets anyone could want to shop on, the stores are so fantastically staged; just the site of it is gorgeous. Not to mention, everything is more charming with palm trees.

foyer into Ralph Lauren

The Beverly Center is awesome for additional shopping & I also hit up the and The Grove for a quick lunch between meetings on Tuesday in between meetings.

Ladurée

While Ladurée this isn’t a west coast novelty, I can always go for
a macaroon & champagne as a mid-afternoon snack.

In-N-Out

The second I found out I was heading to LA, friends began to make me promise I’d try In-N-Out. While I 100% understand the hype and it was truly delicious, I don’t think any burger joint can top Swensons.

La Scala

Old school Beverly Hills, highly recommend the chopped salad.  Good place to see & be seen.

I also took a quick stroll down Melrose, which is cool area to explore. Very eclectic & chic.

What are your favorite LA spots? Where should I make sure I get to next time?

Cheers,

Asking my Bridesmaids with Greetabl

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to make a gesture. Overall, I think kind, small gestures in our society are sadly overlooked. Remember the excitement of racing home to see if you got any snail mail? There’s a certain delight that comes with receiving a small gift right to your door. Opening the package. Knowing it was sent with love. It’s the experience & the thought more so than an expensive gift.

For a long time, I would peruse the card aisle looking for the perfect card to send to a friend who needed a word of encouragement after a bad breakup or just a “Hi. I miss you, thanks for being my BFF” card. Well, I’ve found something even better. Greetabl.


When I was thinking of ways to ask my bridesmaids to be a part of our wedding party, I couldn’t land on an idea that would stick especially because my girls are placed all around the country. Painted macaroons? What if they end up smooshed? Personalized bottles of champagne? What if it arrives broken?

I worked with Greetabl to create personalized packages for each of my bridesmaids. With Greetabl, you can combine a personalized card, photos AND a small gift! They alleviated all my fears of gifts arriving crushed or crumbled. It’s so easy!

  1. Choose your favorite background & add photos.
  2. Choose your small gift & add message.
  3. Enter mailing address & ship to make your BFF’s day!

The gift choices are awesome and range from a cozy pair of socks or a small candle to Sugarfina sweets and necklaces. Gifts perfect for any occasion. When you choose your favorite background, you have the opportunity to add photos that rip apart from the package that your recipient can save!

When you sign up with Greetabl, you collect points and can even become a Greetabl Insider, which is $29 per year but gets you FREE SHIPPING! If you’re planning to send even just a few of these out, this is an incredible deal!

I will absolutely be sending these as thank yous, housewarmings & beyond.

Cheers

 

 

 

*Special thanks to Greetabl for partnering on this post!

 

Three Thrills by Thursday

While I absolutely adore traveling & celebrating so many awesome occasions with friends, not traveling this week has been pretty amazing. Now that my 2017 wedding season is over, I’ve been locking down some fun details for our own wedding! Instead of posting on #WeddingWednesday, I thought today’s post would be a little more wedding-centric.one.

While this is a little overdue & was mentioned last week. I found my wedding gown! While I had planned to shop in NYC, I scheduled an initial run while I was home in Cleveland & Brides By The Falls knocked it out of the park. While I won’t be sharing too many details on the blog until the big day, I’ll just say, it’s not at all what I expected but everything I ever wanted.

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I found this article about the Evolution of the Wedding Gown from Instyle. Turns out wedding gowns haven’t always been white!

three.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about bridal traditions. While many aspects of our wedding will be traditional, we want to make sure every aspect feels very personal to Dave & I, for example, writing our own ceremony. This article about cultural traditions around the world is super interesting and makes me glad I’m not getting married in Jamaica!

bonus.

tomorrow, I’ll be sharing how I asked my bridesmaids to be a part of our wedding party! you don’t want to miss it!

Cheers

Traveling Like a Pro

Traveling like a pro as actually a lot easier than it sounds. From my own experiences, I’ve compiled the list below that highlights a fewrules I follow when traveling to ensure my trip runs smoothly.

see? the first flight out can have it’s perks

Sign up to accrue airline miles. Even if you don’t exclusively fly the same airline every time, it’s a smart idea to signup every time you take a flight with a new airline. It’s free & a great way to get a free flight/ upgrade your seat.

Pack like a pro. Check out yesterday’s post on packing. No one likes to lug a heavy suitcase around.

First flight out. Many will fight me on this but it is my preference to always take an early flight out. Usually those flights have less of a chance of being delayed and if you happen to have a flight cancellation, it’s likely you’ll be able to jump on another flight later in the day.

Bottle of water + Snack. Whenever I travel, I usually keep at least one energy bar in my purse and one in my suitcase. Once I’m passed security, I always pick up a bottle of water. This stems from those horror stories I’ve heard about planes running out of water. I’ve thankfully never been on a flight like that, but it always eases my nerves knowing I have water & a snack, if needed.

Pre- TSA // Global Entry. If you travel a lot, I cannot express the need to have Pre-TSA & Global Entry enough. You don’t have to take anything out of your bag or remove your shoes to go through security. The application process was fairly simple. Fill out a form online & stop in for a quick interview. Again, American Express offers Pre-TSA as a cardholder perk.

Clean out your purse prior to takeoff. You don’t need those receipts or superfluous items in your bag. No one wants to be the one fishing through their bag at security looking for their ID.

Make yourself comfortable. If you’re gearing up for a long flight, donne a cute pair of leggings & cardigan. I love to swear a scarf or cozy wrap in case I get cold.

Airport Lounges. Check into what your airline or credit card may offer. I’m a Priority Pass holder which grants access to 1000 lounges worldwide. With American Express, I have access to Centurion Lounges, which always makes me get to the airport with plenty of time so I can relax prior to my flight.

via Centurion Lounge

Check your credit cards. As I’ve mentioned, Amex has a ton of great perks that go along with traveling but if you have an airline of preference, check into options with their credit cards. Often times, they’ll run specials such as gaining 60k miles when you spend so much in the first three months. Great option if you need to make a larger purchase, may as well gain those miles to use for flights! The credit card you already use may have great perks you’re unaware of.

Pack thoughtfully. This is a rule I swear by! Have you ever flown somewhere tropical in the dead of winter? When you land, your shorts and sundresses won’t save you from the cold. When I’m packing I’ll put anything I’ll need handy in the very top of my suitcase. Like a jacket or heavy sweater. That way, when I land, I can unzip the top and pull out my jacket or whatever I need. Quick & efficient when you don’t have to stop, unzip your entire suitcase and dig around.

What travel tips do you live by?

Cheers,