Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Wedding: The Ceremony

Phew, more wedding photos! The ceremony and reception were both at Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo. I go to the zoo way more often than a normal person (when I lived in the area my morning runs took me right past the lions ;) and I literally didn't realize this building existed until people started mentioning it to me as a potential wedding venue. We were looking for places that brought the indoors in (since Jeff and I are way too risk-adverse to plan an outdoor wedding!) and when I walked up the stairs into the main room for the first time I knew this was the place. It was a good thing we decided to go indoors too, because as soon as we started the ceremony it started to rain. That's good luck, right?

See the huppah? My dad made that! It was originally just for my brother's wedding, but then I decided to use it too. Now it's planted in my parent's back yard :) 

Photos by Cristina G

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Coffee Table

Woooooo we finally got our new coffee table!! It's helping the room feel more "done" (even though our dining room set won't arrive for 6-8 weeks). Plus it's nice to have somewhere to put your drink down other than the floor, where you'll inevitably knock it over and then completely soak your new rug and then have to stuff towels under it and set up a fan to dry things out. Not that that happened.

It also comes with gold legs, oooooooooo...

But the best part about this particular coffee table? Well...

It opens! One section of it pops up, making it super convenient if I want to work from the living room, or be a terrible adult and eat my dinner in front of the tv, or just put my beverage in easier reaching range. 

Is this too many pictures of one coffee table? Sorry, I really am just this excited. 

Want to see the deets on the rest of our living room? Check out the post.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pencil Skirt + A Bow

Blouse (similar) - LOFT / Skirt (similar) - J.Crew Factory / Booties - Adrienne Vittadini / Belt - Ann Taylor / Bag (now available in coral too!) - Kate Spade / Necklace - c/o LovelyWholeSale

Whenever I throw on a pencil skirt and heels, I hear a little voice in my head that says, "I wish I had to dress up for work." And then I beat it back, because, well, it's fun for one day, but dress pants in the Chicago winter are the absolute worst. Jeans and booties all the time, please!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Playing Catchups

It was a weird and not too exciting weekend for me, so instead of talking about the weekend, let's talk about my trip to Florida!

A friend has a condo down in Naples, so we decided to have a little ladies trip/escape from winter. Winter then decided to get us back by planning a blizzard for the day we flew out - one girl had a layover in Nashville and came SUPER close to getting stuck there. I basically had my fingers crossed my entire flight, but we all made it!

Thanks to the blizzard it was super windy and cool most of the time we were there, but we still fit in lots of giggles, lots of wine in wine sippies, lots of seafood, and lots of running around taking ridiculous pictures on the beach. We also fit in day trips to Lover's Key for some hiking/screaming about bugs and snakes, and Keewaydin Island to pretend we're incredibly wealthy and roll around on the beach. Sorry for blowing up Insta and Snapchat ;)

Weird housekeeping note - I'm going to start scheduling my posts for 6am CST instead of 8am, so feel free to stop by bright and early every day!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Our Wedding: Photos Around Town

What? More wedding photos?! I know, I know, they're never going to end ;) After our first look on the riverwalk, we went to Olive Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo for more photos, during which the weather somehow went from cool and foggy to sunny and hot to about to pour. Oh, Chicago in the spring ;) 

Dresses - Donna Morgan (short and long). We decided on dresses just before my sister realized she was pregnant - luckily the dresses were from Nordstrom, easy returns! 

Photos by Cristina G

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

January Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $300, which to some may seem like a lot and to others a little, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2015 budget here

Well, it appears I managed to forget what month it is. Instead of sweaters and boots, I went for dresses and other spring-y attire. I guess that happened last January too - what can I say, I'm dreaming of spring! A few of these items managed to make the trip to Florida last week, but I guess I'll have to plan something else to give all those dresses their time in the sun!

Surprisingly I was way under budget in January, which is weird since traditionally I overspend at the beginning of the year. I have a feeling I'm just going to go nuts in February though - I recently gave my sister my black Hunter boots so now I'm dreaming of a red pair. I also still have a little extra cash from Christmas burning a hole in my pocket, and I'm still dreaming about this pleated leather number.

So anyway, enough rambling - here's the damage for January:

Gap Shift Dress - originally $59.95, on sale $35.97.
Gap Striped Dress - originally $69.95, on sale $41.97. This is a great dupe of a dress that was popular at Nordstrom last fall (ahem, that I maybe purchased in the wrong size and still have in my closet and need to return...)
Gap Red Crossbody - originally $39.95, on sale $22.10. I never would have guessed it, but this little red bag goes with everything. Ahem. Ahem.
Old Navy Distressed White Jeans - originally $36.94, on sale $19.67. These run a little big, I would definitely recommend sizing down!
Old Navy Gray Sweater Tank - originally $19.94, on sale $11.96.
Ann Taylor Bow Belt - originally $45.50, on sale $16. I haven't gotten to wear this yet, but I'm excited to pair it with pencil skirts and dresses for a few dressier days I have coming up.
Old Navy Tee Dress - originally $24.94, on sale $10.70. I seriously couldn't believe this dress was such good quality for the price - it's stretchy and comfortable, but thick enough fabric to be super flattering. Bring it on, summer!

Total Spent: $158.37
Total Saved: $138.80

Did you budget this month? How did you do?

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Best Scrambled Eggs

Okay, I know. You know how to make scrambled eggs. (Unless you're my friend from college, who used to beg her roommates every Saturday to make eggs for her.) I thought I knew how to make scrambled eggs. In fact, I thought I did a pretty damn good job. Then I heard about "low and slow" scrambling, and my life has changed. I've tried a couple of different "low and slow" methods, but this one is definitely the winner. They turn out super fluffy and not the least bit dry. I made them for Jeff without telling him I was trying something new, and he totally freaked for them.

So what does "low and slow" mean? Well basically, you cook the eggs over super low heat for a long amount of time, instead of over higher heat for a short amount of time. Oh, you didn't need that explanation? My bad. 

(Also, no I don't eat cream cheese on my bagels. I know, I know, what a weirdo.) 

So what you're going to do is take two eggs. Or three, or four, you know, depending on your appetite. You're going to crack them into a bowl, add a splash of milk, and then mix them up with a whisk (or a fork if you don't have a whisk, or, ahem, are too lazy to find yours). 

Then take your favorite pan and give it a mist of olive oil if you're lucky enough to have an olive oil mister, or you know, a spray of some other non-stick spray would work. Then add the eggs to the pan while it's still cold, and then put it over low heat. If you're feeling crazy, add a glob or two of butter into the mix. 

So here's the key part of this particular "low and slow" method: stir continuously. Make sure you're scraping the bottom of the pan as you go so that everything cooks really evenly. The eggs should slowly get less opaque, and then start to cook. When they're bunching up and just starting to look done, turn off the heat (they'll continue to cook a little after you take them off the heat, and you definitely don't want to overdo it). At this point, I like to stir in a little bit of cheese. And then I dig in. 

And voila! The best scrambled eggs you'll ever make! 

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