Denver – Wedding Day!

After months and months of planning the big day was finally here! Everything about Saturday, June 17 was absolutely beautiful and perfect. I am going to apologize in advance for the NUMEROUS pictures that are about to be in this post. But, there were just so many great moments and memories that Doug Treiber was able to capture, so I wanted to share them with all of you.

You read about my trip to the Coors Brewery, the bridal luncheon and the rehearsal dinner, but their wedding day was my absolute FAVORITE!

We had an early start to our morning and showed up at the venue (Erin’s mom’s house) bright and early to get ready. Trust me, it took a village with 11 bridesmaids! I also think that is a testament to the type of people that Erin and Josh are –they have so many close friends and family that adore them because they are just such genuine, loving people!

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And I just love how us girls spent the entire day getting ready and meanwhile… the boys were doing this:

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But they did get ready eventually 🙂

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I also can’t complain… we had some downtime and were able to sit out in the sun, sip some champagne and had an amazing deli lunch delivered. We also (obviously) had to take a ton of pictures.

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Erin’s sister Annie and her sweet baby niece Julia

The girls who did the hair and make up (Planet Laboratories) were amazing and I even reached out to Erin so I could include them in my post. They were SO talented and friendly. They used all Aveda products, which I haven’t really used too much in the past, but now I am obsessed with their makeup line… I never even know they did makeup! I got a simple half updo and wore the rest of my hair down and curled, and despite dancing all night, my curls held perfectly. See our final hair:

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I also tried fake eyelashes for the first time, and I am not going to lie they were a little uncomfortable at first. Eventually I got used to them and I think they looked great -but I probably wouldn’t get them again unless it were a special occasion. Erin had eyelash extensions (which I have been wanting to try) and they looked amazing… she didn’t even really need to wear mascara with them.

Once Erin had her hair and makeup done, it was time for the “first look.” I think this is a really sweet idea and the photographer got some amazing heart-melting pictures! Here Erin is in her dress! It was so elegant and fit her like a glove. It was as if that dress were made for her. The v-back was beautiful too and simple diamonds around the waistline added the perfect touch.

 

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So here are some of the pictures that the photographer took during the first look. I’m just glad you can’t see all the girls peeking through the windows in the background! We were also trying to not cry all the fresh make up off our faces!

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This last one is my favorite ❤ The garden on the side of Erin’s house was honestly the perfect backdrop for these intimate pictures. As you can tell, her mom’s flowers and gardens were impeccable and just added to the beautiful setting.

After their first look, the photographers took Erin and Josh to the front of the house to do all of the bride and groom pictures. After that, they did all of the wedding party pictures, which was GENIUS! So after the ceremony, we didn’t have to waste time taking pictures, they were already done and Josh and Erin and the rest of the bridal party could just go right into the reception!

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So all of these pictures were actually taken before the wedding, but it ended up being perfect because it did sprinkle right after we finished. (They say a little bit of rain on your wedding day is good luck)! As the guests arrived, it was time to walk down the aisle! But first, let’s start with the cutest “ring bearer” ever –Erin’s little nephew, Andrew.

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The one thing that they did, which was really sweet was Josh met Erin in the middle of the aisle and walked her down the rest of the way to the alter. They also shared their own vows, which was really special –I’m sure for them– but also for everyone else to hear. I had been good at not crying up until that point. My brother has always been a man of few words, but listening to him talk about Erin and share his love for her with all the guests was so special! ❤

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And I now present Mr. & Mrs. Bordner!

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After a gorgeous ceremony it was time for the reception! I would say that the theme of this wedding was garden chic. Everything was put together so beautifully and every little detail was thought of. I wanted to share some pictures of the venue and the decor because it was truly truly beautiful. (I also know most of my friends will steal them to put on their Pinterest boards)!

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A fun and interesting note about these table settings… Erin’s mom actually hand sewed all of the napkins for every guest. This was a great personal touch and she used three different patterns, which tied everything together so nicely.

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Erin and Josh still did the traditional wedding cake cutting, but it was just a small cake. So instead of serving that cake to the guests, they had an ice cream bicycle come and handout different flavors of ice cream sandwiches. These were actually really refreshing and really tasty and was such a fun idea (especially if you aren’t a big cake person).

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Once the ceremony was over, they held a cocktail hour for the guests before sitting down to dinner. We also went through all the speeches and Erin’s mom gave the most heart-warming toast welcoming Josh into their family –I know he is in good hands living across the country. I don’t think any of the guests minded that two people interrupted…

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After the toast, dinner was served buffet style with tons of options and a delicious watermelon salad AND sweet potato fries! And after dinner was when the real fun began! They had a live band, Diamond Empire who was absolutely amazing! There is just something fun and authentic about having a live band interacting with the crowd!

Before sharing pictures from the reception, I did want to share some sweet pictures from their first dance to Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett.

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Now for the rest of the pictures from such an amazing night…

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My handsome date!

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My mom’s side of the family

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Josh and my sweet grandma ❤

And I am so bummed because this is the only picture I have of the back of my dress, which I was so in love with! The beaded detail on it was so intricate and beautiful, I am kind of sad I don’t have more pictures.

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I guess I will just need to find another time and place to wear it again 🙂

I think I can speak for all of the guests there, that this was one of the most fun and amazing weddings I have ever been to. (And yes, I am biased). But there was just something so intimate about this backyard wedding in the home that Erin and her siblings grew up in. It was also so much about family and good friends and I am so thankful that these two found each other!

So last but not least…

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CONGRATS to the newlyweds!

xoHannah

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Denver Trip – Rehearsal & Dinner

If you have been following my last few posts, you will know that my brother Josh married his beautiful fiancé, Erin this past June in the lovely Denver, Colorado.

I may be a bit biased… but this was honestly one of the most FUN rehearsal dinners (and weddings) that I have been to! After the bridal luncheon earlier in the afternoon, we headed over to the rehearsal, then off to The Tavern in Platt Park to help set up for the dinner party.

Here is a picture from the actual rehearsal:

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I loved that Erin and Josh had their photographer at their rehearsal and the dinner to take pictures and capture some sweet moments. (I am not sure if that’s standard now-a-days)? The Tavern was the PERFECT location… we were up on their rooftop bar, the weather was perfect, food was amazing and the staff was so great!

I was super excited that my mom let me design the invitations for the rehearsal dinner (see below). My parents ended up inviting a good number of people because so many friends and family flew across the country and a lot of our family members and friends hadn’t met Erin and vice-versa with Josh. So this was the perfect way for everyone to meet BEFORE the actual wedding.

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I crossed out last names for privacy 🙂

I also created a cute little logo to put on the vases on the tables at the ceremony and to add to the menus. I designed 2 signs as well to match the invites (I may have gotten a little excited designing things)! See designs and venue pictures below. My mom also made this adorable slideshow for Josh and Erin of family pictures and pictures from their childhood, which was playing in the background on all the TVs.

Also, I must say… the rooftop location did make a really good backdrop for some photos! (We may have gotten a little carried away). See outfit details below the slideshow:

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Dress: Revolve, old (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar only $20)
Necklace: Gift from the bride
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Bag: Tory Burch, old on sale (similar, similar)
Earrings: Baublebar, old (similar)

The rehearsal dinner was also the perfect time to give some speeches so we weren’t taking up too much time talking at the wedding 🙂 My sister and I did a joint speech to the bride and groom and I’m not going to lie, I was slightly terrified! There were so many things I wanted to say (funny/embarrassing stories), but we kept it short and sweet since there were so many people who wanted to toast the happy couple! ❤

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After the rehearsal dinner, we finished off the night at the Marriott’s Hotel Bar. We didn’t stay out too late because we had to get enough sleep for the big day tomorrow!!

Bare with me… only one more post on the big day –coming soon! Happy Friday hope you all have an amazing weekend!

xoHannah

P.S. Photo credit goes to the talented Doug Treiber.

Denver Trip – Bridal Luncheon

Happy bridal luncheon and rehearsal dinner day! ❤

This Friday was such a gorgeous day and we started it off with a luncheon/brunch, mimosas and blood mary’s at the Denver Country Club. This was the perfect time and place for all of the girls to get together and unwind before the madness of the rehearsal and wedding!

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My sister and I were able to spend some time with Erin, her mom and her sisters and the other bridesmaids. We also had a full course meal with appetizers and sorbet dessert! YUM!

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Meet the Bordner girls!

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Dress: Bardot (similar, similar only $29!)
Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer, old (similar)
Earrings: Sole Society, old (similar, similar)
Bracelet: Kendra Scott
Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties

Between the luncheon and the rehearsal, we were able to explore a little bit of Cherry Creek –which is actually a really neat place with a lot of cute boutique shops and restaurants! I would have liked to spend a little more time exploring, but we had a busy schedule so I guess I will just have to save that for next time 🙂

Hope you all survived Monday and have a great rest of the week!

xoHannah

 

 

Denver Trip 2017

I can’t believe it’s been about a month and a half since my little brother tied the knot in Denver, Colorado …and I STILL have not blogged about it <insert embarrassed emoji here>!

This was such a wonderful and fun trip, spending time with family and amazing friends I haven’t seen in a while. There is just something about a wedding that makes everyone happy and there was just SO much LOVE! ❤

First stop on my trip was a tour of the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado. I also learned that they own Blue Moon (my favorite beer)… mind blown! We were able to take the grand tour of how they make all of their beer and finished up with some taste testing afterwards.

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The entire process is actually really cool… they even use the fresh water from the mountains during the brewing process.

Halfway through the tour there was a little stop where we were able to try the Coors Banquet beer (which I had never had before). I liked the Banquet, but think I’ll stick to the original 🙂 also, excuse the poor lighting…

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Although I enjoyed the tour, I think the best part was the socializing and “tasting” afterwards. We were able to get 3 full samples of their different beer and it was great to relax and hang out with everyone for a while before all the wedding madness set in!

Here’s the entire group…

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Outfit details below…

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Top: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar)
Earrings: Sole Society, old (similar, similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom, ONLY $14 (similar)
Jeans: Express, old
Shoes: Sole Society, on SALE (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors, old (similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties, $20+

Stay tuned for more info on our trip and Josh’s wedding. We had a wonderful bridal luncheon on Friday before the rehearsal dinner and I can’t wait to share all of the pictures with you! Hope ya’ll have an AMAZING weekend!

xoHannah

Cali Trip – Days 3 and 4

It has been so long since I have posted about my trip to California, which seems like ages ago… probably because I have been super busy! I married off my little brother last weekend in Colorado (more to come on that) and work has been consuming a lot of my free time. If you missed the details on Day 1 and Day 2, make sure to click the links and catch up! This trip honestly went by so fast but we packed so many activities into these last few days!

Day 3 consisted of brunch at The Sunny Spot, walking around downtown Venice Beach, a trip to the skate park and muscle beach, the Santa Monica Pier and sunset at The Griffith Observatory. My favorite thing about The Sunny Spot was the bottomless mimosas, rum punch AND bloody marys = BEST brunch EVER! The food was really good too though 🙂

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We were even able to sit outside under the fun tents. After brunch and a few cocktails, we walked around downtown Venice Beach and stopped by some fun wall paintings for a photo op. We also stopped into some fun boutique stores for souvenirs AND the original TOMS flagship store.

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This outfit was so perfect for a day full of so many different activities. This romper is old (from last year) but it’s that soft cotton that’s so comfy AND it has pockets! The sandals were very comfortable as well -there was a lot of cushion in the soles, making them great for walking around. I also brought along my denim jacket for when it cooled off at night. See outfit details below:

Romper: Nordstrom, old (almost identical, similar)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar, also love this one)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (similar only $4)
Sandals: Ash (similar, almost identical only $20)
Watch: Nixon, old (similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, old (similar, similar for $24)
Necklace: Nordstrom, old (same, similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott (similar only $9)

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Venice Beach was definitely a people watching place. There was so much to do and see! I went to my first actual skate park! And we walked by “muscle beach” where I guess they usually hold weight lifting competitions and the like, but unfortunately there was no one out there.

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Next we made our way to the ever popular Santa Monica pier. It was extremely crowded (but it was Memorial Day weekend). Of course we had to do the ferris wheel going over the beach, which offered some beautiful views… see below!

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After sight-seeing at the pier and the beach, we drove back towards the city through Beverly Hills (Rodeo Dr.) and then on Hollywood Boulevard to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I must say, I was not overly impressed with the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (We didn’t even get out of the car)! I was more or less expecting some glamorous street, but it was quite the opposite. We were able to drive by and see the Chinese and Dolby Theatres where they hold a lot of awards and events, so I was excited to see that at least!

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We ended the night with a beautiful sunset at Griffith Observatory, which offered breathtaking views of downtown L.A. AND the Hollywood sign. It took us a while to get to the top of the mountain (there was a lot of traffic), but it was completely worth it.

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We had another SUPER busy day as you can see. The next day was Memorial Day, so we had a more laid back day and just hung out at the beach all day. It ended up being beautiful! Weather was perfect –not too windy and I was able to get a little bit of sun.

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We started out at Newport Beach, which is about an hour south of L.A. along the coast. This was SUCH a cool town. Seemed very laid back and the beach was HUGE! We stopped by Banzai Bowls to get acai bowls and it was honestly the best I’ve ever had! (Even better than the 3 Natives place I’ve raved about before)! We spent most of the day at the beach, but we left a little after lunch to go down and see Laguna Beach. We stopped at Sancho’s Tacos -a small Mexican place off the beach to grab a quick bite. They serve tacos a la carte, so I was able to try a few of them. I did like the tacos, but Katie got nachos and they were the most amazing nachos I’ve had! I would highly recommend them if you are ever out in Newport beach!

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Towards sunset, it started to get a little bit cloudy so we weren’t really able to see the sun set. However, we did find this cute little bungalow restaurant on Crystal Cove beach called Beachcomber, where we stopped in for appetizers and drinks.

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Overall, we had a successful and fun trip! We were so busy that it just went by way too fast. There were a few places we didn’t get to make it to so I guess I will just have to plan another trip back! 🙂

I hope you all are having a great week so far! If you have any questions about my trip, or suggestions for next time, feel free to send me a comment.

xoHannah

Cali Trip – Day 2

After an exciting, but long day 1… I woke up to the smell of bacon, eggs and muffins. My sweet friend Alison woke up early and made us all breakfast (now that’s a good friend)! We needed all the energy we could get for our morning hike out towards Santa Monica and Malibu. We hiked a trail near Pacific Palisades and it was the first time I ever got to see the Pacific Ocean!

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We ended up hiking a little over 2.5 miles, so it was good exercise and definitely worth it for the views! The land in the distance of those pictures is Long Beach (which we will eventually get to tomorrow). I also found my casual dream home with an infinity pool on the side of the cliff… some of the houses we saw were just so breathtaking.

After our hike, we stopped by the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. This was one of several architecture case study houses done in the 1940’s through the 60’s. This house was actually built in 1949. My friends Alison and Katie are both architects, so they knew a little bit more about case study houses, but I was able to gain a new appreciation for architecture on my trip. Shortly after we got there, the sun came out, so we were able to see a more clear view of the beach and the ocean.

Next on our stop was lunch. By the time we got to the restaurant Cafe Vida, I was so hungry (hiking really takes a lot out of you)! Apparently this place is super popular because there was kind of a long wait. I got a fresh acai smoothie to hold me over. It had all natural ingredients with strawberries, blueberries and bananas and I was in heaven. All of their food was so fresh, I just wish I could go back once a week and try EVERYTHING on their menu!

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Since we were out by Santa Monica, we HAD to stop by the beach after lunch. Unfortunately it was extremely windy, which made it a lot colder. But hey, this was my first time in California so I was determined to put my feet in the Pacific Ocean. If you can’t tell by my reaction below… it was FREEZING. (And of course the wind didn’t help).

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It was cool to sit on the beach and have the mountains on one side and the Santa Monica Pier on the other side. It’s definitely not something you would see on the East Coast. We didn’t spend too much time at the beach (that was for Monday), so we headed out a little early to beat the infamous LA traffic.

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Bathing Suit: Nordstrom (similar only $10!)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar only $7)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (similar for $7)
Cover up: Nordstrom (similar for $19)
Bag: Nordstrom, old (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (only $16!)

Once we got home, we all showered and dressed up for our sunset tour of another famous house, followed by a night out on the town. This was another case study house, that many of you may have heard of, The Stahl House. It’s been in a lot of movies and quite a number of commercials. You can certainly see why… it’s a cliff side glass house that was built for $40,000 in 1960, just above Sunset Blvd and offers the most breath-taking views of LA.

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I am so glad we were able to see this! Truly one of my favorite things that I did while I was out in California. It was cool to see all of the older style decor and original cabinets, flooring, etc. Once our guide eventually kicked us out, we went towards downtown LA to El Compadre Mexican restaurant. I was really looking forward to being able to try authentic Mexican food and El Compadre did not disappoint! I had the most amazing, fresh strawberry margarita (made with REAL strawberries) and another margarita that our bartender lit on fire!

After dinner we went out to explore the bar scene. Any Vanderpump Rules fans? I was SO excited to see PUMP! I wanted to go in, but it was towards the end of the night. We spent the majority of the night at The Abbey in West Hollywood and I definitely got the full LA experience there. I also thought it was weird that there wasn’t a cover charge –but hey, I was not complaining.

We had another successful, fun and BUSY day but it was so worth it. Still a lot more on our list of things to do 🙂

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Dress: Free People over 50% off! (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar, similar)
Watch: Nixon (similar)
Earrings: Sole Society (similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (almost identical for $59)

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. Can’t wait to share the rest of my trip with you all! And also can’t wait to head back out west later this week for my brother’s wedding!

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Cali Trip – Day 1

So last weekend I took my very FIRST trip to California! I went with my roommate Katie to visit our friend Alison who had moved out to LA a few months ago. We had originally planned our trip for February, but that happened to be the weekend with all of the rain and mudslides, so we switched it to go over memorial day. Thank goodness we did because the weather ended up being absolutely beautiful!

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This was the view from my friend’s house in Miracle Mile. One of the coolest things I noticed out there were all of the different styles of houses. You would have a modern house right next to a mediterranean style house, next to a colonial house, etc.

We landed at LAX around 8 PM and after Alison picked us up, we immediately had to go to In n’ Out Burger. Unfortunately we went to the one right next to the airport, so everyone else flying in had the same idea and it was pretty crowded. I got their double burger and the best strawberry milkshake I have ever had! I was surprised at how CHEAP it was. Especially since everything else in California is so expensive, but it was the perfect first meal in California. Of course we stayed and chatted for about 3 hours before finally heading back to Alison’s place where we immediately passed out (I now know the feeling of jet lag)!

The next morning we went to visit Alison’s architecture company, then made our way to brunch in downtown LA at LA Chapter. They had a small menu selection (which is true for most of the places we went) but everything we got was melt in your mouth amazing.

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After brunch, we walked up to their rooftop bar and terrace and I loved the ambiance! I felt like I was at an upscale boutique hotel in India. I absolutely fell in love with the bohemian decor AND the rooftop pool! I also learned that rooftop pools are a big thing in LA and anyone can go up and swim in them?!

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Next stop was The Broad Museum (pronounced br-ode). It’s a really big attraction in LA and it’s free! But, you have to register about 2 months in advance if you don’t want to wait hours in line. Luckily we had advanced tickets so we were able to go right in.

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Honestly, there were some disturbing, yet eye opening pieces there (not pictured), which gave me a new appreciation for art. They had a little Andy Warhol exhibit too, which was really cool! However my FAVORITE thing was the infinity mirror room. We had to wait a while to get in but it was so worth it. You walk out on this platform that’s surrounded by water and the entire room is covered in mirrors. How cool is that?!

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After the museum we walked across the street to explore the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s a really strange shaped building but we had fun walking around. We didn’t get a chance to go in though… maybe that will be on the list for the next visit! We stopped into a beautiful cafe called Otium for a drink and then made our way to the Arts District.

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We stopped in at the Arts District Brewery for some beer and bar food for lunch. Then we walked over to Angel City brewery. We were just killing some time until we were ready to leave for the Dodgers game! It’s been A WHILE since I’ve been to a baseball game and I forgot how fun they are (minus the $14 beers)! Of course I had to get myself a souvenir Dodgers hat and they came away with a 4-0 win over The Cubs.

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We stayed after the game for fireworks… it was honestly the perfect night. We had such a busy day that by the time the game and fireworks were over, we were understandably exhausted! So we had a successful Day 1 in Cali, but there were still many more adventures to be had!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend! Check back next week for all the deets on day 2!

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A Gainesville Graduation

It’s hard to believe my younger sister (by 5 years!) graduated from college 2 weekends ago! I remember my college graduation like it was just yesterday… Although it was actually four years ago almost to the day. I remember the excitement, the fear, and the uncertainty. Even though I had already had a job lined up and my sister is set to go to pharmacy school in August, there is still that uncertain feeling of moving onto the next chapter in life. After that weekend I got to thinking about my college years and feeling nostalgic. Looking back, there are so many things that I could have (and probably should have) done differently, but without those experiences I wouldn’t be where I am today!

At least Haley chose to go to the University of Florida so I had a nice little weekend getaway in the sunshine state. At least that’s what I thought… My weekend actually consisted of a lot of driving, packing, moving, cleaning and lifting heavy furniture. Oh, and food… a lot of good food! And it was all worth it to see my sister walk across that stage Sunday morning with a big smile on her face!

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My parents, grandma and sister all drove down to Charlotte Thursday night so we could leave early Friday morning. That night I took them to Paco’s Tacos & Tequila for dinner. If you live in the Charlotte area and have not been there and love Mexican you HAVE to go! They have the best, fresh guacamole and margaritas that are out of this world. Also, try the volcano queso dip… don’t ask what’s in it and just trust me 🙂

After arriving in Florida on Friday, we just relaxed and spent some family time together over cocktails and beer… it had been a while since we were all together. We ended up actually staying at a hotel in Ocala (45 minutes away), since Gainesville hotels booked up 6 months before graduation! We were in for a long day Saturday since we had to pack up Haley’s room and load the UHaul truck.

I was up bright and early Saturday morning… I was able to get a quick workout in too, but I would soon realize that was a mistake. We spent the next several hours helping Haley pack, cleaning her apartment and loading up the UHaul. Luckily she did a good job at having everything together so it didn’t take nearly as long as it could have.

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And afterwards, I insisted on going back to 3 Natives! This place is SO good… I wrote about it in my blog post about our Naples trip. They honestly have the most amazing acai bowls I have ever had! I haven’t been able to find a place like it in Charlotte, unfortunately.

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We got back to the hotel in time to spend a few hours by the pool and it turned out to be a beautiful day! We had a few cocktails, listened to some good music and took our time getting ready for dinner. Haley had made us reservations at this Italian place called Leonardo’s and it was delicious! The service was excellent, wine was great and the food was so fresh and authentic.

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After dinner (and dessert) we went to a nearby rooftop sports bar downtown and watched the sun set.

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Outfit Details Below
Romper: Nordstrom, ONLY $45!
Wedges: Steve Madden by DSW
Body Chain: Kendra Scott ‘Joslyn’ (similar only $13)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Watch: Nixon (similar, similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott ‘Rogan’ (similar)

On Haley:
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (similar, similar)
Lace-up sandals: Lilly Pulitzer (similar only $19!)

Sunday morning was the big day! Haley had finally made it and everything she worked so hard for over the past 4 years was all for this moment. I was so excited and so proud of her! After a long ceremony, and lots of coffee, we were able to celebrate with the grad! And by celebrate, I mean we spent the next 7 hours driving back to Charlotte. She will be starting Pharmacy School at Ohio State University in the fall and I can not wait to see everything that she accomplishes there! Best of luck Hales and congrats!

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (similar for $39, similar)
Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar at Target (similar)
Haley’s shoes: Lilly Pulitzer
Mom’s dress: Lilly Pulitzer, old

The gang eventually made it back to Maryland on Monday morning… here they are unloading the truck, and my mom clearly loving Haley’s scooter!

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I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

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Tie Sleeve Off the Shoulder Top

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and have a great start to a new week! One of my current trend obsessions right now is this off-the-shoulder look. I instantly fell in love with this top… it’s trendy AND the tie sleeve detail is SO cute!

Pair it with some white skinnies and booties (or sandals/flats) and you are good to go! I wore this outfit a few weeks ago in Florida and I will definitely be wearing this top alllll summer. The material is really thin and comfy too, so even though it has long sleeves, it will still be wearable in the summer heat! M y favorite part? It’s ONLY $35!

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Top: Nordstrom, $35 (also love this one)
Pants: Charlotte Russe, old (similar for $39)
Booties: Vince Camuto (similar only $22!)
Leaf cuff: Lilly Pulitzer, (similar)
Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties
Earrings: Baublebar (comes in 24 other colors)
Sunglasses: Nordstrom, $12

This is one of my favorite outfits I’ve put together in a while because it is SO affordable! I mean, tell me where else you can get cute sunglasses like these for less than $12? And where you will find a quality off-the-shoulder top for $35?

I also LOVE Baublebar accessories (especially their statement earrings). There are so many different style options at affordable prices AND you get points for each dollar you spend that you can use towards future purchases.

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Weekend in Naples

Last weekend I was able to visit the beautiful town of Naples, Florida for my gorgeous soon to be sister in law Erin’s “last flamingle” a.k.a. Bachelorette party! There were 11 of us and we stayed in an amazing condo a few blocks from the beach. We collectively decided on a flamingo theme… And let me just tell you how cute this idea was and how much fun we had with it! Is she not the cutest?!

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I left for Florida Wednesday night after work and made a pit stop in Gainesville, Florida to pick up the little sister. Of course I had to wait until her classes were over on Thursday (despite my best efforts, I could not convince her to skip class). So while she was in class, I went for a little run around Gainesville and did some stairs at the stadium. Of course I stopped for a breather and was able to snap this shot.

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It was an absolutely gorgeous day, so I was happy that I could fit in a quick workout before the busy weekend! We were finally able to hit the road (with Starbucks in hand) at 2:30 and arrived in Naples around 7. We made a stop along the way and picked up some drinks, sunscreen, balloons and other decorations.

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Luckily, Erin was out at the beach so Haley and some of the other girls and I were able to decorate everything and surprise her when she got back. There were two other girls whose flights got in a little later, so we just hung out at the house, waited for them and ordered in. One of my favorite decorations (and I think most of the other girls would agree) was this life size portrait of Erin!

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Not to mention, she is wearing a FLAMINGO bathing suit! Side note: we decided on the theme BEFORE we were able to get our hands on this picture (thanks Josh)! Is she not stunning in this one piece?!

Anyway, we ordered pizza for dinner from a place called The Crust. We got a few different pizzas and let me just tell you how AMAZING their menu is. The Barbeque Chicken was my absolute favorite! If you are ever in the area I would DEFINITELY recommend this place! And one of my favorite things is having left over pizza for breakfast… anyone else do that too? The rest of the night was spent getting to know each other/catching up and just a few cocktails from the margarita machine!

I was so excited for my first beach day of 2017! Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t that great (a little chilly and windy), but the beach is the beach and just being able to relax by the ocean with a Corona had me happy! And as you can see below, we were definitely not going to let a little cold weather get in the way of our fun weekend.

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Swimsuit: Everything But Water top, bottom

We ended up having to cut our beach day a little short, but that gave us more time to get ready for Erin’s big night out! (And more time for 11 girls to get ready for her night out). We reserved a VIP table at one of the local night clubs, called The Blue Martini. I am not used to going to a bar and reserving VIP tables –but it was super fun for the night!

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Romper: Nordstrom, old (similar for $29, also LOVE this)
Shoes: Guess, old (similar for $39!)
Earrings: Baublebar (short version)
Necklaces: Not sure 🙂
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Haley’s romper: Lilly Pulitzer (similar only $38!)
Haley’s sandals: Lilly Pulitzer (similar, $22 similar, $24)

We had an amazing night and I think Erin had a ton fun, which was the most important thing! We may have stayed up until 3 AM, but we sure as heck weren’t going to miss the beautiful weather that Saturday!

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Bathing Suit: Victoria Secret, old (similar top, $17 bottom, $13)
“Hello Summer” Hat: Nordstrom, only $25!

The weather on Saturday definitely made up for the weather on Friday. We made ourselves at home on Clam Pass Beach and spent the day relaxing in the sun. We stopped by the beach restaurant for lunch and while we were waiting, we obviously had to try their drinks. They made the most amazing piña colada with a rum floater. Definitely a new favorite drink of mine that I discovered on this trip! (As if I needed another).

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All of the girls!

After a full day relaxing on the beach, we made our way back to the condo and got ready for dinner. Since this was our last night, we kept things more low key than the night before and played some fun bachelorette games.

We had reservations for dinner at a place in downtown Naples called HobNob. The food was so fresh (I can honestly say I did not have a single bad meal while I was down there). We shared some appetizers –I would recommend the stuffed peppers, they were to die for! I also tried ceviche for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised. For those of you that don’t know (and I didn’t) ceviche is raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spices. I was surprised that the sushi lover in me had never had this before!

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Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar on sale, similar for $23)
Dress: Nordstrom, old (similar)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar, similar)
Haley’s dress: O’Neill, on sale for $25! (also love this)

Once we got back to the condo, we played my fav bachelorette game of the weekend! One of the girls came up with this idea to interview Josh before we left and ask him questions about their relationship, then see what Erin said and how their answers matched up. It was very sweet and had all of our hearts melting!

Haley and I left early the next morning. I stopped in Gainesville to drop her off, then slowly made my way back to Charlotte. 11 hours of driving in total… it was a long day and weekend for that matter, and I was SO exhausted. However, celebrating Erin and my brother and their upcoming wedding was absolutely worth it!

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If you have any questions about Naples and my trip, feel free to reach out I would love to hear from you! OR if you have questions about fun things to do for a bachelorette party, I can also give you some pointers. Until then…

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