(Long) Weekend Rewind: Turkey-less Thanksgiving

Let’s just go ahead and admit it: Turkey, it’s not great. I mean, I enjoy it once a year, probably more for nostalgia reasons than anything else. So I was not upset when our meal looked more Cinco de Mayo party than Thanksgiving dinner.

IMG_3258We had tortilla chips, two kinds of salsa, queso, guacamole (which I’m getting pretty darn good at making btw!), ceviche, sausage and cheese puffs, AND tacos with all the fixins… It was definitely still a ridiculous feast. Oh, and margaritas. I’ve never eaten to the point of literally throwing up – I came close Thursday. It was all so good!

The dog and I looked the same after all that food – practically comatose. Mimi looked the best per usual.

IMG_3274We didn’t bother trying to fight the Black Friday crowds. That is just really not my thing. Plus, by some kind of miracle, I already have some of my Christmas shopping done. I had to give my dad his present early because… it’s a trip! I bought us tickets (and flights and a hotel room) to see our Hoosiers play Louisville at Madison Square Garden in a couple weeks. I. am. pumped!

Then I rounded out the weekend with a wedding – last one of the season! It’s crazy how many weddings you attend in your late 20’s… I already have two save the dates for next year! But I’m super happy for Mark and Kara, and it was fun to celebrate with the old high school gang. That’s what the holidays are all about!

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Design Inspiration: Macy’s Wedding Display

I am not one of those people that has a secret Pinterest board of wedding ideas for a date (oh right, and fiancé) that I don’t have. Honestly, the more I hear from friends about everything that goes into planning weddings, the less excited I get about the whole thing.

But I happened to be near the wedding registry at Macy’s the other day – I was stopping in the home department to check out the exciting selection of bath mats, woohoo – and stumbled upon this cute fall wedding display:

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I have a strange attraction to warm colors used together. Like I would never think to mix pink, orange and red, but it totally works here. Plus, I’m a huge sucker for all those gold doilies…

Now how do you convince guests to only bring gifts wrapped to match the theme?

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Weekend Rewind: #JorBex Wedding

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This weekend was Jordan and Bex’s wedding! Full disclosure: Jordan and I used to date in college. So the wedding was actually SUPER fun for me because I got to see a bunch of friends from his hometown and from college that I don’t normally have an excuse to hang out with. I miss them! Lots of good people in attendance.

DSC01109The venue was this awesome vintage and antiques store, which just happens to be precisely three blocks from my apartment (though like a dummy I got roped into going to the after-party downtown, drinks I did NOT need…).

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Unfortunately, it poured right after the ceremony so we didn’t get to utilize the outdoor lounge area much, but all in all, it was a great set up and a nice size wedding (probably 75-100 people I’d guess). The was a bit of a vintage travel theme, though I didn’t do a very good job at capturing that.

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There are some pretty, um, interesting videos of the dance floor that, frankly, should probably never see the light of day. Hey, when the whiskey flows…

The recovery continues!

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I Want That Wednesday: Drop Earrings

I’ve been on the hunt this week for jewelry to match the dress I settled on for the wedding this weekend. I’m finding a ton of cute things… things that don’t match the dress, of course. Like these earrings, for instance:

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 9.43.47 PMI just think they’re unique. Elegant, but a little edgy. Gold and gray, which I used to hate but now I love (see: my entryway). Best of all? They’re only $14!

Phoenix Jeweled Drop Earrings, $14, Francesca’s

(Image: Francesca’s)

Disclaimer: “I Want That Wednesdays” are a series of posts that, well frankly, are just of things (decor, fashion, food, etc.) I like. The products featured are never sponsored; they’re simply items I’ve come across that I’m crushing on and that I thought you might enjoy as well. Let me know if you love it/ hate it/ can’t get enough of it.

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I Want That Wednesday: Betsey Johnson Maxi Dress

I’m going to a wedding next weekend, and I am striking out BIG TIME on finding a dress to wear. I will not resort to that lace dress that I swear every single girl owns! You know what I’m talking about

Anyway, I’ve mentioned my love for Macy’s State Street before, and she rarely lets me down, but we’re getting down to the wire now. I’ve taken three different trips there just to hunt for a dress, and I’ve come up empty-handed each time. I ordered a few dresses online too; none of them worked. I even looked at the Rent the Runway options, but I didn’t see any I liked there either.

There is one

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It doesn’t wow me in these promotional pictures, but the bodice part fits me like couture. It makes my waist look so tiny! What’s better than that? Well, I do love that it’s flowy and hides my hips. And navy. I’m picturing a pair of Michael Kors wedges that I’ve seen around going perfectly with it (you know, in the world without budgets).

BUT… and this is a big but, is it appropriate to wear long dresses to weddings? Or does that fall into the your-competing-with-the-bride category, like when somebody wears white? I don’t know the rules, and I certainly don’t want to compete with the bride. (Oh, surprise! My ex is the groom… It’s fine.)

I guess this dress is probably a little too casual anyway (though it is gossamer, not like a typical spandex/cotton maxi dress). So, I think I’ll resign to wearing a dress I already own and blowing the budget on a mani/pedi and new makeup. Or maybe a blowout!

(Images: Nordstrom)

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Weekend Rewind: Family Fun

How is it Monday already?! I managed to fit in shopping, sushi, champagne, family, spray paint (more on that soon) and lots of college basketball… so pretty much all my favorite things. I guess it’s no wonder the weekend flew by!

My aunt was in town, so we started the weekend off right with a night out in Chicago. After some shopping at Sephora (read: DANGEROUS), I took her to Three Dots and a Dash for tiki drinks, then we headed to dinner at Shaw’s and finally we met a friend for drinks at Pops for Champagne. I like oysters now! I didn’t used to (or maybe the oysters I tried just weren’t very good) so that was a fun discovery, especially since the oyster scene in Chicago is blowing up.

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Then we spent the rest of the weekend back at my parents house. It was nice and relaxing—well, outside of the mounds of laundry I brought along. But I still fit in plenty of time with my sis, Coco.

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 11.59.34 AMAnd I even dyed my hair! OK, it’s not really that big of a deal; it’s just the first time I’ve EVER colored my hair in my 27 years. We used one of those ombre kits, but it’s not even really that noticeable in pictures. I’ll try to get a good one to share. It’s nice a nice, subtle intro to the world of hair color.

Here are some other things that came up over the weekend that I was hoping to get your thoughts on:

1. One of my college roommates got engaged this weekend! I’m super happy for her, and it sounds like the guy was a total rockstar in planning the surprise (complete with “paparazzi”). Girls, where do you like to shop for wedding-appropriate dresses? Looks like I’m going to need a few for this summer/fall…

2. It’s been 10 years since I graduated high school. 10 freaking years! So hard to believe. I need to plan the class reunion. I thought they were joking when they said that was the responsibility of the class president (#nerdalert) but apparently not. Any experience planning a reunion? Or have you attended a great one? Any and all advice welcome! I’m freaking out a bit.

3. Buzzfeed is at it again with a “Which Dream Home Should You Actually Live In?” quiz. I got a room with a view for the trees: “You’ve obviously got a fine appreciation for both the indoors and the outdoors, and that’s the way it should be.” Truth. What’d you get?

Weekend Rewind: Besser/Reynolds Wedding!

IMG_1691The wedding of the year finally arrived! OK, so it wasn’t the wedding of the year in the Kimye sense (Indianapolis is almost just like Capri), but more so in that anticipation has been building for this weekend all year. A night to party with some of my favorite people? It’s was bound to be good—and it didn’t disappoint. IMG_1705I am so sore! I’ve never danced that much at a wedding (and I even managed to keep my heels on most of the night, I’ve very proud). I don’t think anybody danced more than the groom though, which is hilarious because he’s not typically a clubber (Did the beard give it away?). Peter was among the first people I met my freshman year at Indiana, one of my boys. The next day his parents said they’d never seen anyone enjoy their own wedding as much as Pete did. It’s something to aspire to. IMG_4345And we love Sarah, too! The two actually met in middle school, and Pete had a crush on her even then, but they didn’t start dating until a few years ago. She looked beautiful, and from what I hear, she was the opposite of a bridezilla (also something to aspire to). I know this picture isn’t good in technical terms, but I really liked it because it looks like a painting.

IMG_1687-2I feel so honored that I was able to celebrate with the newlyweds. I don’t often get sentimental, but this is a couple that I truly believe in. To years of happiness! (Oh, and I forgot your gift… It’s in the mail, I swear!)