With Christmas just around the corner, holiday festivities are in full swing! This past weekend we attended 3 holiday parties. Friday evening I went to a white elephant gift exchange with girlfriends. Then, Saturday morning my husband and I went to an ugly Christmas sweater brunch/birthday celebration. Last, on Sunday we spent time with my coworkers. I know how stressful it can be to host parties, so I always like to bring a host/hostess gift. Every one of those parties we attended had a different vibe and group of friends, so I cater my gift based on how well I know the person hosting the event.
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So, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is a little depressing. I just spent the weekend with my in-laws in Hilton Head eating plenty of Turkey, mashed potatoes and pecan pie. Now I’m sitting in my office having to get back to the real world. At least we only have a couple of weeks before Christmas. Since today I feel a little bloated and depressed to be back, I’m treating myself to 5 things that will hopefully make me feel better.
Every holiday season I stress over what gifts to get my loved ones. The hardest person to shop for is my husband. He has everything he needs and if he wants something he just buys it for himself. Over the years I’ve learned what gifts he really loves and uses. Here are some holiday gift ideas for the guys in your life as well as gift ideas for your girlfriends and sisters (from some items in my closet that I love and wear daily).
My mom came to visit Atlanta this past weekend. It was her first time visiting since my husband and I moved to Atlanta last summer. Since the weather in Atlanta was beautiful I planned outdoor activities for the weekend. On Saturday my mom and I walked around Piedmont Park and caught the end of the farmer’s market. I took my mom to the Piedmont Park pond and then to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acre botanical garden located adjacent to Piedmont Park. Since my mom loves gardening, I knew she’d love visiting the gardens.
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.
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.
On Friday I went to a Tacori event at D. Geller & Son, one of the South’s longest standing diamond and fine jewelry companies. D. Geller & Son is a family owned and operated business and the Geller family represents 14 generations and over 1,100 years in the jewelry industry. Tacori sent their newest line of jewelry, never seen by the public, to D. Geller & Son. My engagement band is from Tacori and I love it. The “Tacori Summer Sparkle” event was so cute. A bunch of local Atlanta fashion bloggers attended the event. D. Geller & Son had all the new Tacori jewelry out to try on and take photos with. They had a champagne bar, chocolate bar and hors d’oeuvres.