We had a weekend getaway to the mountains and it was so nice to get out of the city and just relax with my boys. We slept in, went hiking, and went for a drive to take in the changing leaves.
We ventured to the Jersey Shore for the wedding of one of my dear college girlfriends. The Jersey Shore definitely gets a bad wrap (think the infamous “tan, gym, laundry” routine thanks to the reality TV show), but Mantoloking the sleepy little beach town where we visited was absolutely gorgeous and so serene!
I cannot get over the hydrangeas! They were heavenly! My girlfriends and I could not stop commenting on the abundance of hydrangeas, the variation of colors and the pristine landscaping. It was definitely enviable.
The gingham maxi dress I wore was the perfect amount of formality and prep. The thin criss-cross straps tie beautifully in the back and the skirt is the perfect amount of pouf with a layer of crinoline underneath. It was a dream to wear and to dance the night away in under the white tent of the reception, which was located in a boatyard. Sidenote: The bride and groom made their entrance on a boat, which was pretty much the cutest thing ever and perfect for a coastal wedding. It was stunning!
Unfortunately, my dress currently out of stock online, but J.Crew has some other really cute options that are pretty similar. Scope out this tiered maxi dress in blue and white stripes (which I almost bought in place of the one I wore), this cotton-poplin maxi that preppy dreams are made of, and this gingham ball skirt which would be oh so fun to mix and match with varying tops. I also love this gingham midi dress with eyelet accents. And for more gingham goodness check out this splurge worthy silk gingham maxi my DVF and this deal of a gingham maxi with contrasting trim by ASOS. All super cute styles sure to rival any Lilly Pulitzer ensembles you may encounter on the east coast!
While in Mantoloking we enjoyed our fair share of seafood. We arrived at our first stop the second we pulled into Point Pleasant at the Shrimp Box where we sipped rose overlooking the harbor. Then soon there after followed it with a delicious Italian dinner at Theresa’s South in Bay Head. I would highly recommend the pappardelle with lobster. And since we don’t have it in Denver, the novelty of BYOB isn’t lost on me. When we asked for the wine list we were surprised when she said that we could walk across the street to the conveniently located liquor store to bring in our own wine. Again, how do we get BYOB in Colorado?!
Our trip also included lots of time on the water. Sunset drinks on the shore with the bride’s friend Mary who started her own wine label, Ripe Life Wines. I definitely need to stock some of their Clambake chardonnay at home, as seen on my Instagram! One day we rented a pontoon boat and putzed around the bay while the boys crabbed. (See what they caught above!) We even had a recovery beach day beach day after the wedding before we headed to the airport.
I’m so happy that we had a fun-filled weekend reuniting with my KU girls, celebrating and amazing couple with their friends and family and I got my toes in the sand, something that’s on my list of resolutions each year!
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a great weekend!
Fourth of July is just two weeks away!!! The Fourth is my favorite holiday, not only because it’s my birthday but also because I love everything the day entails. Freedom to do whatever it is you want to do… and what I want to do is lounge at the pool, BBQ with friends and watch the fireworks while laying on a blanket in the grass. Red, white and blue is a classic combination that can be worn all season long and in preparation for my favorite day of the year, I wanted to share my Independence Day Wish List! See my selections for everything you need to show your patriotism this Fourth of July.
Now that we’ve (hopefully) seen the last snow fall in Colorado and turned the corner to consistently warmer weather, I wanted to share my Spring 2016 Shoe Wish List! Since my baby bump is ever-growing, I’ve been focusing my attention on accessories that I will be able to use even after our baby boy is here! I always love a good neutral sandal and lean towards all things metallic or animal print. See my selections for everything you need to put your best foot forward through Spring.
We celebrated Easter with lunch and High Tea at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. This was my first time experiencing High Tea and I absolutely loved every minute of it. High Tea is held in the lobby of the hotel and includes a vast selection of exotic teas accompanied by delicious mini desserts, scones, tea sandwiches and live music. And if you’re not abstaining from champagne like I currently am, you can add in bubbly! We really didn’t need to eat lunch before since there was so much food served, but since we were all tea-time beginners and didn’t know any better we ate beforehand. The Brown Palace is one of my go-to’s for special occasions, like the Champagne Cascade to kick off the holiday season as seen in this post.
I’ve been experimenting with how to dress my growing baby bump and found the perfect Easter outfit as seen in this Instagram post.
Scott and I are headed to The Big Apple! We have a ton of great activities planned including a viewing of The Jimmy Fallon Show, hanging with one of my best friends from college and lots of culinary delights. And while it may seem like Spring in Denver, NYC is a bit colder and the forecast is even predicting some snow flurries while we’re there. See my selections for everything you need to pack for a long winter weekend in the city!
I’m finally getting around to posting about our trip to Chicago over New Year’s Eve. I don’t know where January has gone, but life seems to be moving incredibly fast these days. January was a terrific month filled with lots of time spent with friends, naps, Netflix and relaxation, and the Broncos kicking butt all the way to the Super Bowl!!!! Woot! Woot!
Although my day to day accessory routine tends to be pretty simplistic and based around delicate, gold jewelry, it’s always fun to break out of the (jewelry) box.
Queue: The Statement Necklace.