Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Saying Yes to the Dress

Big news on the wedding front everyone...

Finding a dress at Everthine Bridal was everything I could have ever wanted.  The service was amazing, it was fun, personalized, and...I never thought I would say this...easy!

Their fun, vintage, indie style was so me and my dress...stunning and so different. Why do I have to wait until next June to wear it?!? 
Sunday, July 20, 2014

To the Fullest

This was quite a weekend. It started with babysitting this nugget on Friday morning ...

and became a wine flight on a patio with two good friends Friday night.

Saturday began with a cake tasting for the wedding...

...and turned into a six pack of beers on the train to NYC for a very fun birthday party for a very good friend...on a boat no less.

Sunday was an early train back to Connecticut and a day by the lake with good friends and Summer Shandies.

It's not a bad life...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tourist in Your Hometown

It's been well documented that I enjoy a nice secret stair hike while in Los Angeles, but I didn't think I would be able to partake in any such activities while home in Connecticut. Luckily, I was wrong!

Yup, that's CT's version of a secret stair hike...a little less urban than what I am usually used to, but highly enjoyable none the less.

Actually, this was the first time in my entire life that I actually hiked East Rock even though I grew up basically next to it my whole life. A nice, quick, 20-minute up and back to the summit on the "Giant Stair" trail was a great way to start a Monday before the rain storms rolled in. 

Why hello there New's lovely to see you today...
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Off-centered Ales for Off-centered People

On my little East Coast bucket list I posted last week, I said that I wanted to tour Dogfish Head brewery....and guess what...WE DID.

On Monday, the boy, his dad, and his brother-in-law (his sister stayed at the beach with the baby) trekked over to Milton, DE (only about 45 minutes from their condo on the beach in Bethany)  to tour and taste at DogFish Head.  Basically, this is the little brewery that could.  From a brew-pub in Rehoboth that almost couldn't open because in 1995 Delaware still had prohibition laws on the books to a huge, multi-building operation that it is today.  And you know Dogfish Head's motto...

Off-centered Ales for off-centered people

Yeah, they live that. 

Notice our super sweet safety goggles.  Also, we came to find out, no open-toe shoes allowed on the tour either (safety first people).  But don't worry...they provide you with some super stylish crocs to wear if you aren't prepared...

The tour took us all over the facility from brewing to bottling and everything in between.  Remember...don't touch the red buttons...

After the tour you get to taste any four beers of your choice.  The hands-down favorite of all four of us was the Theobrama...we even ended up buying a few bottles to have on hand for these next fews days down at the shore.

Cheers to summer, the east coast, and good beer.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

East Coast Bound

By the time this post goes live I will be (hopefully) firmly on the east coast with a Dunkin Donuts IV in my arm getting ready to enjoy by soon-to-be brother-in-law's wedding in Deleware.

My time on the east coast will be super packed this summer.  Here is a taste of what I am hoping to accomplish during the month of July.
  • Attend two fabulous weddings (one in DE, one in NY)
  • Go wedding dress shopping (3 appointments in NYC...and one is Kleinfelds...and one in CT)
  • Have a lobster roll and five a gin and tonic on the patio at the Owenego
  • Attend Camp Rising Sun's Night Out to benefit an amazing cause (one of my favorite nights of the summer...if you are in Southern Connecticut you should join me)
  • Spend a day by the lake with the "4 best friends that anyone could have" + a doggie
  • Go to Nordstrom to *hopefully* finalize bridesmaid dresses
  • Eat crab legs at the Fenwick Crab House
  • Lay on the beach in Bethany and drink Victory Summer Love Ales
  • Visit the DogFishHead brewery
  • Drop in at any/all of the crossfit boxes in Southern Connecticut (and hopefully get some free swag)
  • Attend the tasting for my wedding reception and settle on a menu 
  • Eat New Haven Pizza (Sally's or Pepe's?  The eternal question)
  • Wear Lilly dresses and Jack Rogers sandals with people who "get it"

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: DIY Boutineers

I am going to add "amateur florist" to my resume after a marathon floral arrangement day last Friday helping a very good friend (and my team teacher) get ready for her beautiful wedding. One of the many things I helped to create were the boutineers and while the internet had no shortage of ideas of what they should look like there were ZERO how-to posts on how to actually assemble them.

So my friend Angie and I took a little bit of my personal knowledge from my short stint helping at a florist in high school/college and a little bit of a hope and a prayer and created some pretty impressive boutineers.

Want to know how to make them?  Keep reading...

Step One:  Gather your items

We got the flowers from the LA Flower Market in downtown Los Angeles, but I am sure other markets like this exist in other cities and states.  Besides the flowers we also needed floral type to keep the tiny arrangement together, twine to wrap them in to go with the rustic theme, and pins to well...get them to stay on the boys.

Step Two: Arrange your flowers

We kept it simple with just babies breath, so it was easy to just get a small clump and arrange it so it was higher in the back than in the front.  A more complicated arrangement with multiple flowers would take more finagling, but still follow the same basic concept. 

Step Three: Tape your flowers.

Starting from the top of the stem, wrap your flowers tightly in floral tape so there are NO gaps.  I wrapped from the top to the bottom and then again from the bottom to top.  A larger/heavier arrangement may need more tape.

Step Four: Wrap your flowers

Floral tape is not the cutest look, so you have to cover it up.  We used twine for a rustic look, but lace, ribbon...really anything would work.

Step Five: Repeat until everyone had one :)

Good Luck!!
NC Belle In Boots
Friday, June 27, 2014

365 Days to Go...

A year from today I will be getting married!

It's crazy to think, but the countdown has really started to begin.  And besides the fact that I still have 3 million things to do (a dress, cake, limo, welcome bags, bridesmaid dress, suits, tasting, flowers)...let's take a step back for a minute and remember the most important thing...I get to marry this stud...


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