Thursday, January 31, 2013

today's daydream...

i always find that right around this time of year is when i realllllllly get into day dreaming about vacations.  i am craving warm temperatures, sunshine on my skin, lazy days, naps, and disconnecting for a little while....

meanwhile, the winds have been howling here since last night and you can feel the cold in your bones. so, i'll keep on dreaming....

what are you daydreaming about today?


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

if i were to do it again...

i'm still wedding as wedding obsessed as i was before becoming a mrs.  i still subscribe to style me pretty and admire just about every wedding they post. so, last week i saw this wedding and i thought to myself, if i could have a dress re-do this would be it.  i showed shawn, and he to liked it... or he just nodded in agreement to appease me! (probably more like it, ha!)

all photos: source

 quite different from my actual wedding dress, i love the flowy-ness, the sheer fabric across the chest, the bow detail, and just the right amount of poof.  soooo dreamy! do you want a dress re-do?


Monday, January 28, 2013

lovely little weekend

this past weekend was the perfect no plans, spur of the moment fun, last minute ideas kind of weekend. it started off on friday with a last minute hair appointment.  i received an email late thursday stating that my salon had last minute appointments to fill on friday at 50% off! for real?! i was so excited to scoop up a late friday afternoon appointment to get my blonde brightened and a little trim. friday evening was spent sipping on some drinks with my husband as we "day dreamed" and house hunted online in some of the nicest areas of the city that we will actually never really live haha... it was the perfect friday evening!

saturday morning we woke up with no plans so we decided to head into the city for the day for lunch and some shopping.

shawn is a beer connoisseur and has been wanting to try out the Belgium Cafe in the art museum area for some time now. we have tried their sister restaurant, Monk's, in the past.  both restaurants have extensive beer lists, and are known for their mussels.  we had so much fun!

shawn's burger & fries.  i always, always, always have to have a bite of his food.  i typically am NOT a burger kind of girl, but this one was delish! if we go back, i might possibly consider ordering one.... ;) no fries and hold the bun!

my chicken salad- good but a little too rich for my liking.  it had apples and grapes which i loved.

how cute is this guy?! i fell in love with him immediately!
after lunch i made a few purchases at anthropologie, h&m, and urban outfitters. i just have to share this adorable ring dish from anthro..

and then on sunday we had a little starbucks date followed by seeing zero dark thirty.  the movie was so, so good and i definitely recommend it.  jessica chastain is quickly becoming a new favorite for me.  (and did you see her last night at the SAG awards? perfect!)

i loved that this weekend was full of daytime dates and spent with my very best friend! i hope your weekend was fabulous!


Friday, January 25, 2013

friday things

happy friday, friends! i am happy to say that this week flew by! temperatures have been frigid here in philly lately, and this weekend will be no different.  there are flurries in the forecast, so i am looking forward to cuddling up and staying warm.  no plans in the books except for a much needed hair appointment.  (getting this yellow blonde <yuck!> back to blonde blonde!)

have a fabulous weekend!

photo source

Monday, January 21, 2013

our weekend

this weekend we packed up our bags and trekked up to raystown to stay with college friends in the mountains. it was so great to catch up with girlfriends, play apples to apples, snuggle by the cozy fire, and sip on yummy drinks!  nothing beats quality girl time! also, i may or may not have thoroughly enjoyed learning to shoot a bb gun ;)

i hope you had a fabulous weekend! 


Friday, January 18, 2013

weekend get-away

happy friday! is it just me or has this week been a doozy? needless to say i am more than happy to welcome the weekend.  after my morning meeting, shawn and i are off for a weekend get-away with some friends.  we started a tradition last year and i'm so happy we are continuing this year....

looking forward to warm fires, cozy conversations, & spending time with great friends!  hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

a new favorite: {restaurant}

last week we finally were able to celebrate shawn's birthday.  you see, his birthday falls on december 31st, so we always try to celebrate it a few days in advance.  this year, however, i was so sicksicksick the day we originally planned to do dinner.  so we rescheduled.  then HE got sicksicksick.... make a long story short, we just finally got around to having that birthday dinner last week.

i wanted to surprise shawn and take him to a restaurant that we had never tried before. i checked out philly magazine's top 50 restaurants and went from there.  i'm border line obsessed with reading reviews (for everything and anything!) as well as menus.  so it took me a little while to pinpoint the right place. but i did finally decide on philly's oyster house.  we first tried oysters during our staycation after the honeymoon, and we loved them! we were able to make it during their happy hour, where they have select oysters for $1!

i have to say that their decor was so exactly my taste: picture white exposed brick walls and subway tiles, with gray accents and vintage oysters plates scattered on the walls to add some extra color and fun.  these photos are directly from their site:

we were able to sit right at the oyster bar section where the oysters were shucked right in front of us.  it was very different from anywhere we have been before.

now, on to the food!  we, of course, started with oysters.  shawn had their lobster roll (amazing!) and i had the striped bass with kale and butternut squash.  the food is just amazing... i want to go back already!

after wards we walked along the city streets and popped into a little hole-in-the-wall bar for one last drink before heading home... and i realized that sometimes tuesday night dates are my favorite!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

wedding wednesday! {our wedding}: the cocktail hour & reception

thank you for following along with my wedding posts these past few weeks.  it has been so fun reliving my favorite day by sharing our photos!

finally, today i'm sharing with you our professional photos from the cocktail hour and reception.  i hope you enjoy them!

the property where our reception was held had some beautifully amazing grounds, so we took full advantage of that and had more photos/portraits taken while there.

...and they lived happily ever after!!

photos by george weiss III
reception site

xxoo! happy wednesday!