Saturday, June 30, 2012

hello sunset

back to the beach.
yes, the same beach we went to 
herehereherehere, here, and here.
oh, and here too.

my second home.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

dc trip :: eastern market

we spent our first morning in d.c. at eastern market.  eastern market is tucked away in the beautiful capitol hill area and really comes to life on the weekends.  they had everything you could imagine:: fresh flowers, fresh fruits and veggies, arts and crafts, every kind of meat you could think of, and of course the famous blue buck pancakes.  we waited in line forever at market lunch, just to taste those very popular pancakes. they were definitely worth the wait! i wish i could shop there every week.

 more to come

Monday, June 25, 2012

stop it, debby!

my hometown of south tampa is under water right now.  check out bayshore boulevard from earlier today. you can almost see my grandparents house in this picture. crazy! reminds me of hurricane season senior year of high school.  however, i have never seen anything like the below picture before :: 

not sure if the shark is real or not. i'll let you decide.

lake day

yesterday we went to the lake with some friends.
it was a much needed chill day and the weather was perfect.
there's nothing quite like a day on the lake.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

have you tried sublime?

i recently went to sublime doughnuts in midtown to sample a few of their doughnuts.  i had tried one of them once before, and was really looking forward to going to their shop and trying a few more. {clockwise from top left} i got the salted carmel, nutella, chocolate wildberry fritter, and the yin yang twist.  my favorite? the salted caramel. definitely a yummy chocolatey and caramel treat.  it doesn't beat out my favorite doughnut ever :: red velvet from ike and jane in athens BUT it's the best doughnut in the city.

Friday, June 22, 2012

fueling my addiction

sister came to the city today and we spent the afternoon in beautiful virginia highlands.  we stopped by paolo's so i could get my gelato fix. i got the chocolate strawberry, which is my favorite flavor that they have. it was really yummy, but after having pitango twice last weekend in dc, nothing really compares. please pitango, come to atlanta!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

have you seen this proposal???

i know i showed you this proposal recently, but
i just had to share another one with you.
husband showed it to me at the airport on our way home from dc.
and of course i started blubbering.
the part that got me? the laptops of their friends that couldn't be there.  
so creative and sweet!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

when you first saw me in my favorite dress

i can remember thinking to myself
"i hope he likes my dress."

happy anniversary, my love.
thank you for being my husband for 3 wonderful years.
you are my favorite.

see more of our wedding here

//photography by erik clausen//

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

now, that's a big house.

spent the weekend with husband in d.c. taking in all of the many sights. lots more of our trip to come!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

new faves :: mint jeans

well, i finally got on the mint jean band wagon! if you know me well, you know that i am typically a very careful {indecisive?} shopper. i like to do my research before making a purchase and make sure that i really like the item before i take it home. thanks to pinterest, i am able to virtually look at a variety of options before even stepping foot in a store. one quick search for "mint jeans" and i found this montage of photos with great styling tips.  since this is a trend and not an investment piece, the pair in the bottom left corner marked $58 really caught my eye.  after reading lots of reviews on urban outfitters, i decided to head to the store and try them on.  thankfully, i feel in love with them and they are now mine.  i am so excited to incorporate them into my wardrobe.  get ready, because i'm probably going to be wearing them all summer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

life, recently | iphone photos

we spent the first two weekends of summer in auburn, relaxing with friends and family.
it was so great to go back and escape the busy life of the city.
the first weekend, we focused on relaxing and eating at our favorite places that atlanta doesn't have::
marble slab, mcallisters, amsterdams, and of course earth fare's chocolate milk.
we also were super lazy and watched the entire first season of downton abbey
{so good!!!}
oh the good ole days of lazy weekends in auburn.
we also got to catch up with our small group friends + baby john embry and go to church which was great.

the second weekend was all about spending time with family.
sister came and we got to spend the weekend with our grandparents and their new kitten!
again, we ate really well, laughed a lot, and relaxed on the porch with good books.
we even took a trip over to campus to see the new commons area in front of the engineering building that is named after my grandparents and dad - the finished product is really pretty! 

both weekends were so much fun and we desperately needed that time to breathe and relax.
until next time, auburn.

Monday, June 11, 2012

rain rain

rain rain go away...
or i am going to have to cave
and buy hunter boots.
now, if i could only choose the color...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

birthdays are the best

i had such a wonderful weekend celebrating husband!
we celebrated saturday night at abattoir and then at jct with friends.
and today we had a yummy brunch at empire state south.
such a fun weekend filled with presents, yummy food, and great friends!

happy birthday, husband!

hubba hubba. 
happy 26th birthday to my sweetheart.
i love celebrating your birthday, 
because it reminds me of the summer we met -
six birthdays ago!

Friday, June 8, 2012

lego proposal

last weekend i was visiting with one of my grandmother's favorite friends and she was telling me all about her youngest daughter's upcoming wedding in atlanta.  after talking details she asked me if i had heard about their engagement story.  a quick google and i found their video.  super cute and creative! just had to share.

you can see the video and read more about the couple here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

magic vinegar

over the past {almost} three years of being a wifey, i've been trying to learn all of those tips and tricks that all good moms and grandmothers know. you know like stain removal, how to treat burns, how to sew on a button, etc. i have a long way to come, but i did want to tell you about one of the new uses that i discovered for vinegar. 

i was washing colors one day and had these red pants in the mix with my favorite stripe shirt. you know where this is going - as i took out the clothes to put them in the dryer, my favorite stripe shirt's stripes had turned from white to pink! ahh rookie mistake. i had washed the red pants before, but alas, some of the dye had creeped over onto the only speck of white in the bunch - my stripe. 

it was late and i was planning on wearing my favorite stripe shirt the next day. so naturally i teared up and got really upset. sweet husband tried to calm me by saying things like "you can just buy another one" and "at least it wasn't expensive".  i had purchased the shirt at h&m months ago and new it was long gone, so i searched shop style, but found nothing but overpriced cotton shirts - nothing as good of a deal as my h&m find.

after trying to convince myself that it could now just be a pink and navy stripe shirt, i realized that i had to at least try to fix this.  after much googling, i discovered magic vinegar.  i've always known that vinegar was great and that it had many uses. however, i did not know it could pull out die from clothes {and make them really soft, too!} so, after i had washed the shirt twice and hopelessly sprayed stain remover on it, i grabbed my bottle of vinegar and got to work ::

1. fill pot with water 
2. add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
3. bring to a boil
4. add the garment
5. turn down the heat a little
6. let garment sit for about 10 minutes
7. pull out garment to see if any of the pink dye has transferred to the water
8. dump out pink water 
9. repeat until all dye is removed!

bravo magic vinegar, bravo.

i apologize for no before pictures of the pink stripe shirt. i was too distraught at the time to think about blogging this :) 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

new favorite nude

yes, i'm cheating on OPI with Essie. i just can't help it! Essie has created some wonderful new colors lately, and the names are pretty fun.  one of my new faves is ole caliente.  it's like a more red cajun shrimp. oh to always have this much time on my hands...pun. intended.
 // topless and barefoot by Essie //

Monday, June 4, 2012

simple joys :: fresh flowers

fresh flowers are such a treat!
sweet husband got these for me
to celebrate the beginning of summer.
he really is the greatest.

i could eat one of these every morning.

highland bakery is by far my favorite breakfast spot in atlanta.
 here is just one of the many reasons ::
the large fruit tart.

Friday, June 1, 2012

exciting update

hello there blog world! just wanted to share with you my new ad that can be seen in june's issue of buckhaven lifestyle magazine.  more to come on this exciting update!

click here to like :: 

life, recently | iphone photos

i should start calling these posts "what i've been eating recently"
or "where to eat in atlanta"
because all i do is take pictures of food!
one day, i'll have a pet,
and then a babe, 
to fill up this blog.

until then, 
it's just the two of us, food, and our adventures!

#1. el taco with friends
#2. saturday brunch date at west egg
#3. small group yard party
#4. intense thunderstorm / view of the city
#5. last day of work breakfast :: sublime doughnuts!
#6. team dinner at brio