Last weekend I was in Martha’s Vineyard celebrating my college roommate and sorority sister, Lanie’s wedding! Lanie’s family has had a house in Oak Bluffs for generations and she has spent every one of her summers at Martha’s Vineyard. I visited her the summer after we graduated college and I fell in love with the island. Brian (her now husband) proposed while they were vacationing on the island and I was hoping she’d get marred on Martha’s Vineyard. So when I got the wedding invitation I was so pumped to spend a weekend at Martha’s Vineyard again. It takes planes, trains and automobiles to get to Martha’s Vineyard, but when you get to the island it’s completely worth it.
- Shop the Look Above: Dress: Trina Turk (similar) // Wedges: Aerosoles // Statement Necklace: Happiness Boutique
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- Shop the Look Above: Blouse: Zuri Zuri by Flora // Necklace: Moonstone Magic // White Crochet Shorts: Loft // Pink Purse: Massimo Leather // Aviators: Coach // Loafers: Aerosoles.com
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On Saturday I grabbed lunch with one of my girlfriends and we checked out the Urban Air Market in East Atlanta Village. Urban Air Market is a showcase of emerging sustainable designers and artists. There were local, one of a kind; quality products direct from local Atlanta artisans. The Urban Air Market wasn’t as large as we thought it would be, but we enjoyed walking outside in the warm weather. Even though it is mid October the weather is still in the 80’s in Atlanta, hence the shorts. We grabbed lunch at Tomatillos, a Mexican restaurant and then continued to shop.
One of my closest friends, Laken, got married the weekend of September 24. She lives in Baltimore and had her wedding festivities in the Baltimore area. Friday September 23 her in-laws hosted her wedding rehearsal at the Boathouse Canton, a waterfront grille and seafood restaurant, on the waterfront of Tindeco Wharf in Baltimore’s renowned Harbor. We had a private indoor and outdoor area at the Boathouse Canton with waterfront views of the Harbor. The menu was amazing and the crab cakes were to die for. My husband and I spent the evening catching up with Laken, her husband and both of their families. On Saturday September 24 she got married at the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House.
Saturday September 17 was Demi and Nick’s wedding day! They got married at 5pm at the Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, Virginia. Demi, my husband, and their other sister Molly lived in Roanoke when they were younger. My father-in-law was a headmaster at a private Roanoke Catholic school. Nick grew up in Roanoke as well, which 1. Is such a small world and 2. Crazy that Nick and Demi never ran into each other when they were little. For the wedding, the bridesmaids wore blush Amsale gowns and the groomsmen wore tuxedos. The wedding ceremony was extremely touching. I cried when Demi walked down the aisle with her grandfather. She looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress. After the wedding ceremony, an old fashioned trolley transported the wedding guests from the Church to the reception at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
This fall we have 5 weddings we are attending! This past weekend we had my sister-in-law’s wedding in Roanoke! My sister-in-law, Demi, and now brother-in-law, Nick, are perfect for one another. We had such a great time celebrating with them this weekend! I went to Virginia Tech for college, which is only about 30 minutes from Roanoke. However, I never really spent much time in Roanoke. Downtown Roanoke is really precious. They have a great selection of restaurants and boutique shops. My husband and I got in Friday afternoon and grabbed a late lunch at Fork in the Alley. After stuffing our faces with pizza, we walked around the shops for a bit. We ended up buying artwork for our home from a local street vendor. After exploring downtown Roanoke, we checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Roanoke, which is absolutely gorgeous and looks like a castle.
Time flies by so quickly – I cannot believe I got married over 4 months ago! I’m sure many of you saw (from my multiple Instagram posts), that our wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty! Style Me Pretty and Borrowed and Blue were my 2 main resources while planning my wedding. Style Me Pretty is the best wedding blog out there, so I utilized it for wedding theme inspiration and I leveraged Borrowed and Blue to find our wedding vendors. A husband and wife team started Borrowed and Blue. They went to Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, where my husband went. They may still reside in Charlottesville, so are well acquainted with local vendors.
This past weekend I went to Cape May for one of my best friend’s, Lanie’s bachelorette parties! Lanie and I went to college together, were in the same sorority, were also roommates and were pretty much attached at the hip during college. She’s one of the sweetest girls I know and we had such a blast in Cape May celebrating one of her last weekends before she becomes a married woman! Her wedding will be in October in Martha’s Vineyard and I CANNOT WAIT! Martha’s Vineyard is such a beautiful island and an October wedding is going to be stunning. I had such a blast catching up with Lanie and the rest of the girls, and I didn’t want to sneak away from the festivities to take photos, so these photos are actually from Hilton Head, where I went two weekends ago for a family trip.
This past weekend we went to Hilton Head to spend time with family. My husband’s Mom and Stepdad retired and moved from Virginia to Hilton Head last winter. They were looking for places to retire to, and once Jeremy found out he got his job offer in Atlanta, his parents purchased their place in Hilton Head. We spent the weekend with my husband’s parents, his sister Molly and his sister’s best friend Sarah.
My husband and I both work at consulting firms and have pretty hectic schedules during the week. We both need to dress business casual or business professional depending on the day since we have client-facing careers. My husband travels Monday through Thursday every week to his client site. I’m lucky and only have to travel occasionally. During the summer, my husband still needs to wear suits, which is unfortunate for him since its so hot out. Luckily being a woman I can get away with a blouse and pencil skirt. I’ve talked to my husband and we’ve both outlined our looks for styling professional in the office for these hot Atlanta summer days!
Being 5 foot 2 I always run into the issue of dresses or pants being too long for me or tops just not fitting right. The places I shop at most frequently like Loft, Ann Taylor or J Crew all have petite sections which make it easier to find clothes that fit my body. It’s really frustrating have to pay for the clothes at a retail store and then having to pay extra at a tailor to get it altered. I recently got a bridesmaid dress hemmed in Atlanta and all they did was shorten the dress and tighten the straps a bit and it was $160! Since I just got married myself, I understand that weddings are expensive, but that seemed a little ridiculous in my opinion for minor alterations. I’m always on the lookout for new companies that specialize in petite clothing so I don’t have to deal with having to pay extra at a tailor.
Saturday night I had a girls night. My husband was out of town visiting friends in NYC so I had our place all to myself. When we moved to Atlanta I was worried about making new friends. Most of my friends are in the Virginia and the D.C. area. Jeremy is lucky because a lot of his friends from business school moved to Atlanta. I love all his friends but they are mostly guys. I need girl time sometimes. Luckily I’ve met so many great girls here. I have a great group of girls at work and I’ve met some others through a few degrees of separation. It was fun to relax on Saturday, drink wine and get to know one another better.
I’ve been all over the place this summer, from my wedding in Virginia, to my honeymoon in Italy, to my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party in Miami, to my friend’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas, plus so many other places this summer! I’ll be headed to two other bachelorette parties at the end of August. One in Cape May, which I’ve never been to so I’m really excited to attend and another one in Baltimore. Baltimore is such a fun city and I’m looking forward to that as well! Whenever I’m traveling and know I’m headed to the pool or a beach I always pack my must-haves. I always need a cute bathing suit and cover up, like this new off the shoulder white lace romper I got online at Romwe! I’ve gotten more conservative as I’ve gotten older and I’m not as comfortable walking around in only my bathing suit. I love white in the summer and this lace romper is just the cutest! It has a drawstring to adjust the size because it’s one size fits all. It’s also another $20 purchase! I love finding good deals and the romper shipped really quickly! I also have been searching for some new bathing suits and I found some really cute affordable ones at Adore Me!