I basically gave up blogging to wedding plan and Pinterest took over. It really would've made a lot of sense for me to blog as I planned and shared my thoughts and ideas, but that would've ruined the surprise of everything I did!
I'm anxiously awaiting our photos for our amazing photographer, then I hope to share a lot of the things I did to make our wedding magical.
In the meantime, here's some non professional photos:
Valentines Day is my favorite! Honestly, I might like it even more than Christmas.
I'm sure it starts with my incredible Mom (dad too) spoiling me as a child on Valentines Day. Ever year I got a new outfit, flowers from my Dad, and a gift from my Mom. I'm not talking some candy and a stuffed animal, I'm talking a big toy I'd been wanting or clothes and other girly stuff.
Well, that tradition still goes on, except I but my own outfit.
T and I planned to go shopping before picking up some dinner, but the poor guy caught my awful cold and is staying home. I think I'm going to grab some Cheesecake Factory, moscato, and watch a movie with him this evening.
Here's some pictures from today's fabulousness. Oh, and my week of Valentine outfits ;)
The Valentines I sent my nieces and their fun envelopes, the valentines for my favorite coworkers (earrings, chapstick, and kisses), and a valentine from my wonderful friend.
My nails, a little sloppy as I used my "wrong" hand
February 11th, sparkle tights!
February 12th, floral tights
The littlest (for another 3 weeks) valentine niece <3 font="">3>
Just in case you couldn't come up with any resolutions...
I meant to post these yesterday. You know, on New Years Day, but I was busy working on Resolution # 3. Here they are, in no real order:
#1 Stress less. I am not quite sure how to do this, but it's definitely something that needs to be done. I need to learn when to let go, when to let things roll off my back, and most of all: realize that it's probably not worth the stress.
#2. Look incredible in my wedding dress, and stay that way. I want to look and feel incredible in my wedding dress (what girl doesn't?!) and keep that awesome feeling long after the wedding. So this means eating healthier (no more cheese fries for dinner) and actually working out. The goal is to drink as much water as possible, load up on protein and veggies, and go to yoga more.
#3. Unplug with Tyler. Yup, less computer, iPhone, iPad, and more genuine time with T. Who knows, maybe we will start doing date nights.
#4. Manage my time better. This was on the list last year and it needs to be on the list again this year.
#5. Have the wedding of my dreams. Yea, I know, cheesy right? It's only once in your life that you get married in Ireland after all. So far, I've got this resolution in the bag.
#6. Read more. I LOVE reading, in fact, I think I've forgotten just how much I love reading. I feel like I just never have time anymore, but in reality I don't make time.
#7. Wear my Invisalign religiously. When I first got it, I was every Orthodontist's dream patient. Then like all things, that kind of fizzled out. I still wear them every morning and all night, but there's a good chunk in the middle of the day where I just...don't.
I absolutely love Auld Lang Syne and while the video itself is mildly annoying, I love the added in lines in this version.
As 2013 comes to an end, I thought I'd take a look at how I did on this past years resolutions.
#1 Blog More. Well, I did good at the beginning of the year, then as usual fizzled off.
#2 Drink More Water. I actually did really well here! I still need to drink even more water, but I went from drinking maybe a glass of water a week to at least a glass of water a day. I average about 32 oz of water a day.
#3 Eat Healthier. Yea, that did not happen. The only notable changes are that I stopped eating corn and now use almond milk instead of dairy milk.
#4 Time Management. This was another fail. I still struggle to balance things at home, it never feels like there is enough time. Honestly, I just wish I could work less. We're not rich though, so that's not an option :)
#5 Be Sweeter. I'd have to ask T, but I feel like I succeeded in this one. I've stopped letting the little things annoy me so much and have worked on making more time to spend just with Tyler.
#6 Go on vacation with just Tyler. That did not happen this year, instead we went on a really awesome family vacation back home to Alaska. I think Tyler and I still need some time with just the 2 of us, but that will have to be another time.
#7 Get In Shape. Uh, I don't even want to talk about this one. This tops the list of fails for 2013. In fact, I went to yoga less and ate more. With our wedding coming up though, that is sure to change.
I look forward to sharing my 2014 Resolutions with hopes of actually sticking to them.
I can hardly believe that it has been 6 months since we got engaged and even crazier, 6 months until we get married, it's quite exciting! I realized yesterday that while I am regularly sharing wedding ideas I love, I've yet to share anything about my own wedding.
We will be renting out The Roundwood House in Mountrath, Ireland for a few days for the wedding. The house was built in the 1700's and seems like the perfect setting for our vintage wedding. All of our guests will be staying together in the house which I think will be nice way of uniting the two families as one big one.
I plan on doing a whole post about her gorgeous work, but we've hired Paula McManus to do our photography. Here's one of my favorites as a sneak peek.
I won't spoil the menu, but our dinner sounds incredible. Paddy, the owner of the Roundwood House, has amazing reviews for his cooking. In addition to the several dessert's he will be making, we are also going to have a tiny little wedding cake by Emily's Pantry. I've never seen anyone do such realistic sugar flowers!
We are so lucky to have Andrea from Chirp Paperie designing our invites. I've blogged about her before, and I can't wait to reveal our invitations!
Over the past 6 months my Mom and I have been slowly collecting vintage 1910-1920's decor to use. Everything from cloth napkins in my color scheme to a table runner and a ceremony back drop. I am so excited to see everything come together!
Tomorrow, December 5th, will be exactly 6 months until our wedding! I have a feeling once January hits, the wedding is going to sneak up on us! I am feeling pretty prepared, but there's still lots to do.
I am, as always, turning to Pinterest for inspiration and I came across this SMP that I love! Included in their invites was a helpful "packing list", what a fun idea!
Once I got over my extreme jealousy for this gorgeous NYC apartment layout I couldn't help but admire the eclectic and homey design. A Cup of Jo is one of my favorite blogs and I love how their home just seems to sum it all up.
The best parts are definitely those personal touches. The Clash poster that he loves (which happens to look amazing in there!) and the rocking chair with the sweet memories, that fact that its cozy and kid friendly while still being stylish and not childish.
I'm not sure if I love the collage TV wall or that gorgeous grey rug / couch combo more. Either way, I know that I want to completely redecorate our condo. Or, better yet, find a new condo with hardwood floors, lots of windows, and some character.
Read all about it and see more picture here: A Cup of Jo
I can't wait to see the bedrooms and nursery!
P.s. I'm still not over my jealousy. I want to move to the city.
Moonrise Kingdom. There's just something about this totally retro home. A killer attic complete with a window seat, the checkered kitchen floor, and variety of wallpaper. Oh, and the fact that it's a converted lighthouse? Yea.
I can only imagine having had this as my house growing up, so many adventures and memories.
Are you seeing this game room? How awesome are those shingled walls!
I love this huge foyer with the split staircase.
What's your favorite part of this house?
P.S. If you haven't seen this movie, what are you waiting for?