Wedding Day Photo Sneak Peek! 7-24-15

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I laughed, I cried. I ate, danced, and drank. I chatted with friends and family from near and far. There were surprises and things that didn’t go as planned while other things exceeded my expectations, but most importantly I married my love and am officially a Mrs.! More photos and details to come after the honeymoon!

Hope you had a good weekend too! Ciao for now.

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 7/17/15

I am linking up for this weeks 5 on Friday -

five on friday
A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite from July 4th -

What a perfect festive fruit salad a friend brought to share at the 4th of July celebration. I love the red (strawberries) white (banana) and blue (blueberries) theme and the star shaped watermelon!

2. Favorite night out -

Sal and I have made it a point to take a break from wedding planning mania and have date nights…including a Mexican meal complete with fajitas and margaritas on the patio of Mexico Lindo and a Mariachi band.

3. Favorite food – 

I cannot get enough sushi lately! It is the perfect food that is light and fresh and perfect for hot weather.

Sushi at Yoki

Sushi at All Seasons Table

4. Favorite pastime – gardening

The garden is flourishing right now! If you follow me on instagram @mlev15  you have already seen some of these pics…but the Zucchini is insane right now.

5. Favorite in wedding – 

We applied for our marriage license and pick it up Tuesday and by Friday, it will be signed, sealed, delivered, and I will be a Mrs! We went out to celebrate at Not Your Average Joe’s for lunch and had lettuce wraps to share and then I got the ahi tuna and for the fiance, steak tips, green beans, and mashed potatoes.

I can’t believe my next Friday Favorites will include wedding favorites! Ahhhh! Anyways, what is new – what are this weeks favorites for you?

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Bridal Shower Gift DIY to Try: A Basket of “Firsts” for the Bride and Groom

I already gave you a sneak peek at one of my favorite bridal shower gift ideas here, but I want to break it down further and share how to make one yourself, for a lucky bride-to-be. It is such a fun off-the-registry gift to stock up the new happy couples wine rack.

How to make a Firsts Bride-to-be gift basket:

What You Need:

  • cooler / tub
  • tissue paper
  • paper shopping bags
  • ribbon
  • notecard or greeting card
  • tags
  • wine (see below for wine suggestions)

1. Start off with a large stainless steel beverage tub (tons of options at Target or Wayfair)

Occasionally Made 2 Piece Happily Ever After Beverage Tub Set

2. Crumple /rip the shopping bags to create a base layer.

3. Crumple tissue to create your top base to cushion the wine bottles.

4. Take each tag and match up with your appropriate bottle, and tie with ribbon, in a bow.

*For the tags: There are tons of tag options on Etsy – inculding this one – or you can of course make your own -

DIGITAL FILE: Bridal Shower Wine Tags with Poems for Wedding Shower or Bachelorette Wine Gift Basket - Set of 8 (Customized)

5. Fill your beverage tub up with all the wine bottles.

6. Top off with a notecard or greeting card with the message “quenching your thirst through all of your firsts.” Bring to the bridal shower and get ready to wow the bride!

Wine Suggestions:

The key is to match up the theme of the tag with the type of wine!

Wedding Night – Monogomy

First Fight – Clean Slate

First New Year’s Eve – champagne of course – Veuve Clicquot

First Valentine’s DayTerra Valentine

First AnniversaryBetter Half 

First House - House Wine

First Dinner Party – Bread & Butter

First Baby – Barefoot Bubbly

Additional add-on ideas – wine glasses, wine carafe, and wine opener! You could even have friends chip in for a new wine rack. The options are endless!

A big thank you to Court and Meg for this amazing gift, that inspired this post! 

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Honeymoon Shopping – Countdown to Aruba

Three weeks until the wedding which also means three weeks until our honeymoon, where we will spend one week  in Aruba! All my money has to go to the wedding right now but I can’t help but daydream about all the amazing vacation/summer gear I wish I could buy for the trip.

Here are 10 of my favorites…

Tory Burch Beach Tote

Badgley Mischka Glenna Espadrille Wedges

Anthropologie Salsola Dress

Sleeveless Beach Tunic In Zigzag Ikat

Drawstring Reptile Skin Beach Tunic

Cheek Frills The Bride Panty Set

 

Kate Spade New York Happily Ever After Imprint Flip Flops

 

Sole Society Straw Fedora

La Blanca Majorca Tankini Swim Top

Turquoise Jasper Point Statement Necklace

What about you – where did you go on your honeymoon? Or how about any fun summer trips planned?

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 7/3/15

I am linking up for this weeks 5 on Friday -

five on friday
A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite in food – 

My co-workers threw a bridal shower for me this week! Complete with blue lemonade mocktails called the “bride-to-bini,” sushi from Milk Street Cafe, an ombre cake from Party Favors in Brookline, decorations, gifts, a book filled with wedding advice and well wishes, a song sung by the CFO, and peacock napkins. So, so sweet.

Bridal Shower Collage

2. Favorite in fashion -

I have lucked out with some great purchses on Zulily lately!

This necklace….

And this dress…

And a simple white cardigan…

Plus a few other goodies. It is really hit or miss – since there are no returns allowed, but I just give away extra things to my sisters or friends or just pop them on ebay.

3. Favorite in wedding – 

Just three weeks until the big day! So many generous gifts have rolled in from the registry that I cannot even wait to use!

SodaStream! We love seltzer so this will be great.

Items from the Kate Spade Charlotte Street collection.

A smoothie maker – My Oster

New knives

Schmidt Brothers Cutlery Titan 15 Piece Cutlery Set

Champagne Flutes

Oleg Cassini Crystal Diamond Toasting Flute (Set of 2)

4. Favorite freebie – 

A perfect drink for summer, I was lucky enough to get some samples of Rekorderlig, a delicious, fruity Swedish cider! The strawberry lime is SO good you guys! I received a #SummerPassion mailer, courtesy of Rekorderlig Hard Cider which also included their newest flavor – Rekorderlig Passionfruit, featuring spring water from the Boulder-Ridge River in Sweden.

5. Favorite in subscription boxes – 

My Stitch Fix for July arrived right on time. This is not my favorite collection though. There are black pants  – which don’t exactly scream summer to me. A long sleeved black cardigan. A black striped maxi skirt that looks awful on my short, curvy body. Then two tops – one black with a stripe down the middle and one grey striped, with a nice orange pattern.

My favorite item is the black cardigan, but I am returning the rest! It is a nice, soft, stretchy one that could be good at work in air conditioning and will be good for fall. The orange/grey top has potential but I need to be conscious of my spending since it is wedding month, so the $48 cardigan is all I am keeping and am happy with!

What about you – what are this weeks favorites? Any fun 4th of July plans for this weekend??

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 6/26/15

I am linking up for this weeks 5 on Friday -

five on friday
A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite in wedding – 

One month from today literally at this exact moment I will be saying I Do! Craziness. On the wedding front, most things are checked off the list and now I am looking to do the small details that will make it more personalized. This pic cracks me up from the end of our engagement photo shoot. Sal is a trooper for holding the soon to be her mr sign I got on etsy! This photo made it into our guest book.

2. Favorite thing – 

I already told you the low down on the bridal shower, but I didn’t tell about the bachelorette yet! We stayed at the Westin in the Seaport area of Boston, went to the hotel bar followed by Lucky’s followed by Empire! Basically were partying it up from 4:30 pm at the shower until 2 am! Great to see my friends from all walks of life…hometown, college, local Boston, sisters, sister in law, and everyone all in one place!

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Not everyone made it into the group pic which seems to be one of the only photos I have of the end of the night!

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3. Favorite in food -

I cannot get enough of lettuce wraps. We went to All Seasons in Malden and as usual, they hit the spot. They are even better then my other favorite lettuce wraps at pf changs and at cheesecake factory.

4. Favorite in fashion – 

I totally lucked out at White House Black Market for my bridal shower outfit! I got the entire outfit including an undershirt and an additional white tank top for $250.

This dress…

Sleeveless Watercolor Floral Dress

And then these adorable and surprisingly comfortable shoes.

Ankle Strap Espadrille Wedges

Me in the outfit…with my bestie!

5.  Favorite freebie -

Dunkin Donuts now has tons of K-Cup options! I was so excited to get a big package in the mail with a few of the flavors to try like hazelnut, chocolate donut, and french vanilla. Oh the joys of being a food blogger – so many fun perks!

What about you – what are this weeks favorites?

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What I Ate Wednesday – Food Pics #WIAW

I am linking up with yesterday’s food photos, for the What I Ate Wednesday - link up!

WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONSWednesdays are my work from home days so it is usually easier to whip up meals rather then when I rush out at 8 am on work days to head into Boston for the day. I kicked off the day with a smoothie featuring Broccoleaf, strawberries, banana, blueberries, vanilla shakeology, water, and ice, blended up by the fiance. What a guy! You know I love a good green smoothie.

Lunch was super quick before I headed to get my wedding dress fitted! I LOVE it and all fits well besides definite hemming at the bottom and in the chest area that needs to happen.  I microwaved up a lean cuisine from the freezer before heading out. Here is what the box shows….

And here is my photo of the spinach and artichoke ravioli! Actually pretty spot on!

We had dinner with Sal’s family at Causeway in Gloucester, MA, which I have been to quite a few times (I posted about it here and here). I couldn’t even keep up with how much food there was to take pictures but there was oysters, clams, fried flounder, octopus salad, and Linguine ai Frutti di Mare plus watermelon and a cannoli cake and wine and a fruity spiked punch. Needless to say I did not feel all that great today….but so so delicious at the time!

How were your eats the past couple of days?

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A Happy Hour Bridal Shower

I cannot believe my bridal shower has already come and gone! It was this past Saturday and my sisters and future SIL really went all out in making it tailored to things I would love. It was held at Exchange Street Bistro (in Malden, MA) in a private room and had under 35 guests, which was a great sized group. They really stuck to a happy hour theme by having appetizer type foods, perfect for sharing, chatting, and drinking! They even incorporated my blog by doing a theme of “eat, sip, and be married.”

The menu included everything from meatball sliders, to chicken satay, to brushchetta, to veggies and dip!

They created a fruity signature cocktail too, served in a punch bowl, with a cute sign.

And for dessert, cupcakes with little chocolate martini glasses on top!

Check out the gifts table – wowza! I was in awe at how generous everybody was for me and Sal to start our life as a married couple on a good note, stocked with lots of goodies to build a home (or in our case apartment, ha).

For the centerpieces, they did large martini glass vases filled with stones and fresh flowers! Gorgeous! And printed out photos of us to put one frame on every table.

Look at this collage my friend made with some of the highlights of the day!

Here is me and the sisters!

And me and the future sister in law…

This gift from my two gal pals is the best gift idea ever. Wine paired up with tags that say special occassions of when to drink them. I feel like this deserves a DIY post soon! And the message “quenching your thirst through all of your firsts” is so darn cute too.

We played a trivia game and a “what’s in your purse” game for prizes and each guest took home a cocktail themed lip gloss!

Feeling so thankful and grateful to have so many amazing women in my life, to shower me as the one month to the wedding countdown is on!

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Photos from Florida: Scenes from my Vaca

I just wanted to drop in and share some stories and photos from my trip to Florida to see the fam! My mom, step-dad, and two sisters are all down there and I don’t get to see them nearly as much as I wish I did.

Check out my view from the balcony of my hotel room, at the PGA Resort and Spa (see more posts about PGA here). Double whammy – I could see the swimming pool and golf!

Healthy snacks and water from my sweet sister to enjoy in my hotel room!

We spent tons of time with my mom, who has Parkinson’s disease. Sigh. Really sad to see her going through this!

Nicole Levine's photo.

But my sister and I also snuck away for some girl time at her neighborhood pool.

And the three sisters found time for a cocktail Friday night!

Onto the food!

We hit up Mexican restaurant Calaveras Cantina. I LOVED the atmosphere and decor. The drinks list was great but we skipped alcohol during lunch and instead got refreshing watermelon lemonades.

For lunch, my sister and I split fish tacos and brisket tacos. We both preferred the fish one – the brisket needed a sauce or spice or some umph! The beans were smothered in fatty bacon. NOT good. It was a weird texture and definitely not appealing to us. It was an OK lunch. Nothing fantastic unfortunately.

Another night, a family dinner out was had at my parents favorite place: Duffy’s. I made sure to keep it light (hello – wedding day countdown) and got seared tuna to start and steak, salad, and zucchini. Very tasty and low key meal! Unfortunately the salad was not as healthy as planned – cheese and crouton mania, but what can you do.

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Speaking of salads I ordered a southwest chicken salad at BJ’S Restaurant and Brewhouse for lunch one of the days of the trip. Yuck. I don’t know what I disliked exactly – the canned corn, the dry chicken, the unflavorful dressing….but it was not good. My sister on the other hand had an awesome turkey club and fries and hers was WAY better.

And we tried the stuffed mushrooms small plate, which actually tasted better then it looks!

The rest of the meals were very casual – subs, salads, take-out etc. Even though it SEEMS like I was picky and not liking much of the restaurant food, I did really enjoy all the meals all around. But more importantly loved getting to see the parents and sisters and their guys and catching up. It was on one hand extremely sad that both the parents are sick (the step dad had cancer and is now dealing with leg issues) on the other hand amazing to have family time and get together since it has been ages. Until next time FL!

Have you been to Florida? What are your favorite places there?

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June Stitch Fix 2015

After all my subscription boxes I have tried along the way (Love With Food, GlossyBox, Bestowed, the list goes on), Stitch Fix is the only one I am getting regularly these days. The reason I love it is because you can actually return things, where as other boxes, you are stuck with products or snacks or things you don’t want or need. But here you get a stylist picking clothes for you, you try them on, and just pay for what you want to keep! There is the $20 styling fee, but it goes toward your purchase anyways.

So, without further ado, here is June’s box!

At first glance, this is totally up my alley. I love blues, greys, silver, and black!

Not my style at all was this bag though.

Item number two: this top. I actually do really like it but it would be perfect for someone who actually wore pants! I live in dresses in summer so back it goes.

The third item was kind of a bummer. It is a cute pattern, comfy material, and a flattering silhouette. BUT – a weird length (past my knees) and I don’t want to spend more money to get it hemmed, so another return!

This necklace is fun and bright but for $38, I don’t think it is worth it.

And lastly, the one item I am definitely keeping! This dress is comfortable, flattering, I don’t have a navy blue dress like it, and it can be worn all year long with some layering. Total cost $64.

Even though I only kept one thing, I still think this Stitch Fix was a success!

What do you think – what would you have kept/returned?

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