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May 102017
 

As of today, my wedding is officially one month away.

Eeeeek! To say I am freaking out would be an understatement; I’m feeling a whole flurry of emotions that range from incredibly stressed to unbelievably excited. And now that the countdown is on, body image is top of mind.

I’m one of those women who’s always looked forward to her wedding day and imagined what it might be like. Even from the time I was a little girl, I can remember thinking about *that special day* and knowing it would be the most perfect day.

Once we got engaged, I thought that as part of my wedding prep I would also lose a whole bunch of weight. Sweating for the wedding, and all that.

I’ll definitely be 10 pounds lighter by the time of the wedding, I thought.

Well here I am, one month out, nowhere near ten pounds lighter. And, I’m not freaking out about it.

As you may remember from last April when I tried to lose weight for our engagement party in New York, losing weight is not easy for me. I definitely have what I consider to be a normal weight range, and the best I was able to do then is get two pounds below that normal number.

I might have been two pounds lighter, but I still was eating my treats! Haha!

And in all reality, that’s probably where I’ll be for the wedding too. Right now I’m at the lower part of my normal range, and I feel like in one month I might be able to lose another pound or two.

Even though the number on the scale isn’t showing the kind of progress I was hoping to see by this point, I’m ok with that for a couple of reasons.

First, I feel strong. I can feel my quads and hamstrings powering me through spin class and bootcamp squats, and I know my upper body can handle heavier weights now in my classes. Recently some of Fabio’s friends called me “jacked,”  which I took as a compliment even though I’m not sure they really intended it as one (I feel like guys don’t really like girls with big muscles, but mine does so who cares). I can see more definition in my abs, and I can see my performance improving in my classes. My body can do amazing things, and the scale is just a dumb number anyway.

And secondly, I like my life the way it is. I like eating healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during the week and getting lots of exercise in, but then still going out with friends on the weekend or enjoying a special meal out.

I truly believe a healthy lifestyle is all about balance, and I have to decide what’s worth a splurge and what’s not. When my coworkers go for milkshakes, it’s easy for me to walk with them and not get anything. When there’s delicious banana pancakes on the menu, but also a healthy egg and veggie dish, I’m ok with getting the eggs. But if there’s something I really want – a piece of NYC pizza or my mom’s amazing cheesecake – I’m going to eat it. And I’m not going to feel guilty about it or beat myself up about it later. Because I know that with my next meal, I can go back to my typical healthy choice.

So I guess that’s how I’m feeling these days, hoping that I’ll look my best during the wedding but also trying not to stress over a dumb number on the scale. Even if I’m not 10 pounds lighter, I know my dress will fit. I know my friends and family will tell me I look beautiful. I know that, at the end of the day, this is all really about my marriage (!!!) to Fabio, who loves me even when I eat the pizza and the cheesecake and who has seen me at every range of my weight.

Now someone please remind me of all this before my final dress fitting in a couple of weeks. K thanks. 😉

Question of the day: How do you handle weight loss/body image for big events?

 Posted by on May 10, 2017
Apr 122017
 

Earlier this week I looked at the date and realized my wedding is just two months away. Ah! Where did the time go? I feel like I’ve been engaged for so long and my wedding always felt so far away, and now it’s really weird that now it’s just around the corner. Eeek!

Since my mind is pretty much focused on all things wedding at the moment, I figured I would give you guys an update today!

Bridal Shower

My bridal shower is going to be more like a backyard BBQ, and couples will be invited! I’ve been to a bunch of traditional bridal showers where it’s ladies only and everyone watches the bride open up a bunch of gifts, and while that tradition is beautiful, it never really felt like me. I’d rather have a more casual get-together with both guys and girls, and I’m not planning to spend a lot of time opening up gifts in front of everyone (I figured I would just talk to some of the ladies who might want me to open their gifts, and do that separately, away from the whole party).

The shower will be at my dad’s house on April 29, so it’s coming up really soon! I’m also having my wedding makeup trial that morning, so I’ll have a full face of makeup for the party. Hey, whatever works, right? Now I’m debtating…should I get a blow out too? Decisions, decisions.

My dad, cousin, and a couple of my bridesmaids are taking care of all the planning for the party, so the only thing I have to do is figure out what to wear! Woohoo!

I wound up buying this fun maxi skirt, which arrived in the mail last week.

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I think it’s perfect for a bridal shower! Now I’m on the hunt for a top to match. I can’t tell if it needs to be white or ivory (or some other color, like gray?) so I’m planning to head to the mall soon to look around. Suggestions are welcome! Either way, things are moving right along for the shower!

Rehearsal Dinner

Another thing I’ve been shopping for is my rehearsal dinner! I went to the mall with my mom a couple of weekends ago to look for a dress, and though I saw lots of pretty things, I didn’t see anything that seemed right for my rehearsal dinner.

After thinking about it a bit more and doing some research online, I decided what I really wanted was a white jumpsuit. I thought it would be trendy and modern, but still sophisticated and elegant. Here are some of the ones I looked at online.

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I loved this one above, but it only comes in petite sizes and I was worried it would be too short.

In the end, I wound up getting this one from Nordstrom!

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It also arrived last week, and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s a great material, super flattering, and has an open back (which I’m going to need to buy a stick-on bra for – please let me know if you have any suggestions for ones you like!).

The slits up the side are also very fun, and I think it’s going to be perfect for the rehearsal dinner. Granted, it’s a bit dressier than I initially thought I wanted, but I figured if anyone can be overdressed at a rehearsal dinner it’s the bride! Right?

Wedding

Wedding planning itself is going…so-so. Unfortunately, our wedding coordinator with the venue had unexpected surgery in early March, and we’re not sure when she’s going to be back. Initially we were told she’d be back at the end of March, but now we’re being told it will be sometime in May. Her replacement planner seems ok, but I just really love our coordinator. She’s been working at the venue doing weddings for 30 years, and just knows so much! I really hope everything went ok with her surgery – I sent a get well soon card to her house – but selfishly I hope she is able to come back to work soon!

Her replacement planner seems ok, but I just really love our coordinator. She’s been working at the venue doing weddings for 30 years, and she just knows so much! I really hope everything went ok with her surgery – I sent a get well soon card to her house – but selfishly I hope she is able to come back to work soon!

Either way, I feel confident that between her replacement and my compulsive, type A personality, everything will go smoothly.

Other wedding items are also going well – I recently coordinated with the hair people, makeup people, photographer, and florist on a day-of timeline, which took a lot of work. All the girls received their bridesmaid’s dresses, and all of the groomsmen except one have their suits. I’ve been talking to the florist and the bakery and we are all set there. I think the next thing on my to-do list is to work more closely with the DJ. It’s all coming together!

Honeymoon

A lot has been happening on the honeymoon front! We recently booked our flights to Thailand and are now working out the exact itinerary for our trip! We had a general idea before, but wanted to wait to book our flights to pin down which days we’d be doing what. Now that we know exactly what our schedule will look like, we are doing fun things like booking our day trip to the Elephant Nature Park – the elephant reserve that takes in abused elephants and lets you feed them and play in the river with them – and book our hotel on the beach. Eeeek!

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Because I’m so type A and love planning, this is one of my favorite things to do! I’m currently deeply immersed in articles about the best places to eat, the coolest neighborhoods, and the most unique bars, and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂

And that’s about it as far as the latest wedding planning updates go. All in all, it’s coming along nicely and I think (hope?) we are in pretty good shape.

Before I sign off for the day, I have to give some major props to my good friend Shriya who recently opened up her own makeup artistry business, SKK Beauty! Since it’s also wedding-related, I figured this was a good time to share about it. 🙂

To celebrate the launch of her website, she’s running a limited time offer for 2017 brides through May 9. As part of the offer, they get a free makeup trial ($85 value) when they book four or more wedding attendants.

Here’s why Shriya said she started SKK: “I felt like makeup artists in the DMV area either cost an arm and leg for event makeup, were inconveniently located (i.e., did not travel to the client’s home or venue), or did not take into consideration the client’s skin type and overall makeup style preferences, and you ended up with a cake face or something totally different than what you imagined. I wanted to provide a service that was fairly priced, offered in-home service, AND really listened to client’s needs and preferences to create a flawless look. While I always listen to my own client’s desires, my personal style is elegance and glamor without feeling or looking caked.”

Go Shriya! I’m so proud of her for taking on this new adventure.

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Question of the day: What color shirt do you think I should look for to go with the bridal shower skirt? Do you have any recommendations for those sticky bras?

 Posted by on April 12, 2017
Mar 302017
 

Hey friends! I’m back today with the final recap of my bachelorette weekend! Here are the first few posts in case you missed them:

And today we are talking about our last full day in sunny Florida, which took place at the beach!

When we woke up, we immediately saw sunny skies and headed outside by the pool. Going straight from PJs to bathing suits is a wonderful thing!

We all still had our Fabio tattoos on from the night before, which was so funny. Everyone was walking around making coffee and getting bagels, and I just saw Fabio’s face everywhere. Haha!

Also, we had another new spachat filter on Saturday. Amazing!! 🙂

After everyone was up for the day, we decided to walk over to the beach! It was about a 10-minute walk from the house, which wasn’t bad at all.

The water was really cold so I only dipped my feet in, but we had a really fun day sitting on the beach and chatting. This actually was one of my favorite parts of the trip, since we told lots of embarrassing stories (mostly Bianca telling everyone about our awkward middle school years) and laughed for hours. It was so much fun!

Eventually we got hungry for a late lunch, so we walked along the boardwalk until we found a delicious-looking beachfront Mexican restaurant. I got fish tacos and a Corona and was a happy girl!

After lunch, we headed back to the house to relax for a bit. When we got to the front door, we noticed there was a package on the doorstep addressed to me! When we opened it up, we saw a dozen Georgetown cupcakes from our friends Jess, Jess, and Courtney who weren’t able to come on the trip with us. So, so, so thoughtful of them. 🙂 Thanks, guys!!

After relaxing around the house for a little while, we had dinner delivered (Megan had ordered a bunch of kabobs, rice, grilled veggies, hummus, and pita in advance) and spent more time sitting around chatting before it was time to go out. Sometimes these quieter moments when we just sit and chat are my favorite!

When it was time to go out, everyone wore black except for me!

This naturally meant we had to take lots of pictures in front of the BRIDE balloons. 🙂

Me & Catrina…

My bachelorette planning princesses, Megan and Bianca…

Sloppytown!

Kappa Delta pledge sisters, Britt and Kristen <3

And one with Hana and the E for my new last name!!

I also got to wear my bride-to-be sash and veil, which was so fun.

I actually got a little emotional when I put the veil on – this is starting to feel real!!

That night we went out to a bar that was a lot of fun, although I honestly couldn’t tell you the name of it. When we arrived and got our first round of drinks, we were told that they were paid for by Jess, Jess, and Courtney! Ahhh! I couldn’t believe it. As if the cupcakes weren’t enough…sheesh! I really do have the best friends.

We stayed out at the bar for a while before eventually calling it a night.

The next day we had to pack everything up and leave the house. Womp womp.

Before we all had to head home though, we went to brunch at the Marriott along the boardwalk. The kind bellhop let us leave our suitcases with him even though we weren’t staying at the hotel, which made navigating the restaurant SO much easier!

The food and atmosphere of the restaurant were great (except for the fact that it was SUPER windy since we were right on the beach, though there’s not much they can do about that!) but I just have to take a minute to comment on the amazing service we received. All of the waitstaff took such good care of us and when they heard it was my bachelorette party, they brought me a celebratory drink and a key lime pie dessert.

This was just the icing on the cake pie! What a perfect way to end such an amazing trip.

After brunch we all headed to the airport and went our separate ways. Luckily Megan was on my flight home, so we spent the whole plane ride talking about how much fun we’d had and doing some more wedding planning. Now I can’t wait for the rest of my wedding events! My bridal shower (which is more of a couples’ BBQ) is up next! Woohoo!

Thank you to every one of my amazing friends (and my mom) who made my bachelorette party so amazing. I am so blessed to have such thoughtful people in my life!!

Question of the day: Cake or pie?

 Posted by on March 30, 2017
Mar 232017
 

Well, I really tried to make this the final recap post of my bachelorette party in Fort Lauderdale, but I couldn’t do it! So, you will have one more post after this one. Sorry! Hopefully you don’t mind too much. 🙂

If you missed the first two recaps, you can read about our first day and night in Fort Lauderdale here, and read about our fun day by the pool here! When we last left off, we had just finished chatting in the hot tub before going inside to get ready for dinner.

We decided to wear our fun bachelorette tanks for this night – mine was white and in gold sparkles said “Drunk in Love” and everyone else’s were black and said “Just Drunk.” Yep! Sounds about right! 🙂

Once we were all just about ready, all my friends secretly got together in the back room. I had no idea what they were doing, but then they all came out with flower crowns and – get this – tattoos with Fabio’s face on them!!

(FYI – they got them from my sorority sister’s Etsy store, Dunkirk Designs!)

How hysterical, right? They had one for me too, obviously. 🙂

How funny! They also had tattoos that said “Make good decisions,” so I decided to wear that one on my lower back. Haha!

I then took the opportunity to take a million pictures with my amazing friends! Here I am with Sam, Hana, and Bianca. I’ve been friends with Hana since first grade, and Sam and Bianca since middle school!

Bianca is also one of my maids of honor, and she did a great job planning some of these fun bachelorette decorations and surprises. 🙂

I also grabbed a picture with Kristen, my pledge sister! We met in the fall of 2008 – the same time that I met Fabio – and have been such good friends ever since. <3

Then there’s Megan, who was basically the bachelorette planning Queen! She’s super organized and helped Bianca with a lot (ok, all) of the planning logistics. We’ve also been friends since college, and she’s now the only one still living in Arlington with me (all of our other gurlays have moved away!). I don’t know what the heck I would do without her.

Then we have Catrinaaaa! My California girl, fitness buddy, fellow foodie, and amazing friend. I don’t get to see her enough!!! Move back to the East Coast, Treen!

A Megan/Catrina sandwich!

And then there’s this. Lol.

That right there is probably one of my favorite pictures from the whole trip. It’s so us!

Once we were done with our photo shoot (this wasn’t even all the girls – just a few of them!) we hopped in a Lyft and headed to a drag show at Lips!

When we got there, we saw that Hana had coordinated another Snapchat filter for us. Seriously, my friends spoiled me rotten during this trip.

Somehow we got SUPER lucky and wound up with a table right up front. Look at my bachelorette crew! Aren’t they beautiful? (People probably hated us, lol. We were definitely “those annoying bachelorette party girls.”)

Yay!

Before the start of the show, we met our waitress for the evening, Chocolata. She had such great energy and right from the get-go I could tell she was going to make the night so much fun.

We ordered our food and a couple of drinks before the show started, and I ate some surprisingly good mushroom raviolis. (I say surprisingly because I’m not sure good food is the main focus of a drag show place, haha!)

Then Chocolata brought over two bottles of champagne and said they were from Claire and Jojo!! I couldn’t believe it – two of my sweet friends who weren’t able to come on the trip had coordinated to have the champagne brought over to us. How many times can I say that my friends are the best?

Once we were done with our food, it was time for the show! Our front and center seats came in handy and we had a great view.

After a couple of entertaining acts, Chocolata came out in a whole new outfit and worked the room with an amazing lip synching and dance performance!

I looove this picture of her putting her boot on the table in front of Megan.

LOL!!

Basically, Chocolata was phenomenal.

Then before I knew it, the main part of the show was over and I was being called up on stage with a bunch of other bachelorettes for a challenge! I screenshotted this picture from Hana’s Snapchat. 🙂

For the challenge, we had to get on our hands and knees and take a “blow job” shot without using our hands. Yep, I had to do that. On stage. In front of a bunch of people.

Ready…

Go!

The challenge was a lot of fun, and at the end I fulfilled my dream of taking a picture with Chocolata (who had changed outfits again).

Right before we left, I talked to Chocolata a bit more (probably too much) and thanked her for empowering women everywhere to be the best version of themselves and to just be confident in their own skins. Yep. I’m not making this up. Luckily my friends pulled me away and we left Lips before I got too annoying. I hope, anyway. Haha!

That’s some love right there.

What a fun night!!

Question of the day: Have you ever been to a drag show? Also, do you get stage fright?

I thought I would be nervous about going on stage for the challenge, but since my friends were all right in front of me I didn’t feel nervous at all. The drinks beforehand probably helped too. 😉

 Posted by on March 23, 2017
Mar 152017
 

Hi friends! Today I’m back with part 2 of my amazing bachelorette weekend! If you missed part 1, read that first here! I was hoping this would be the last post in the recap, but with so many pictures it’s looking like I’m going to need a third one to finish everything up. *Sigh.* Hope you guys aren’t sick of these yet!

When we last left off, we had finished up our Thursday evening with tacos, good music, and girl talk before bed. The next day, Friday, was a pool party day at the house!

Self-timer FTW!

Despite going to bed really late, I was up bright and early on Friday when I saw the sunshine coming through my bedroom window. I instantly threw on a bathing suit and joined my friends by the pool!

The rest of the girls trickled outside as they woke up, and we all enjoyed bagels and coffee by the pool. At 9:00, Hana and Bianca said they had “something to show me,” and took this picture. I didn’t think much of it, but then I looked at my snapchat a few minutes later and saw that I had my very own filter!

Ahhh! How cute!! I loved this little surprise and continued to use the filter on about a million snapchats for the rest of the day. Thanks, guys!!

We debated walking down to the beach, but the weather was looking like it was going to shower on and off throughout the day, so we decided to wait for the beach until the next day. Instead, we laid out by the pool!

It did drizzle a little, but whenever that happened we would move under the covered portion of the patio.

The house really was perfect for this! Back and forth we went – out under the sun and in under the rain. We probably moved back and forth about 10 times! None of the rain showers were ever very strong and temperatures were in the 80s, so I would still call it a successful pool day! Better than March DC weather, anyway.

What could be better than hanging around poolside all day being silly with your best friends? Here are some photos of our shenanigans. 🙂

In the early afternoon, the doorbell rang. I couldn’t image who it could be, and I was so surprised to see it was delivery with my name on it! Inside the package was a box of chocolate covered strawberries and cherries from Fabio’s sister, Diane! She wasn’t able to join us for the weekend since she’s expecting and her doctor was worried about zika, but I thought it was so sweet of her to send the fruit. Thanks, Diane!

Around this time we also brought out the drinks! Look at this beautiful one that Bianca put together for me. 🙂

Cheers!

Naturally, we decided it was time for some drinking games, so Bianca set up the beer pong table for us. We also involved the flamingo cup holders and made a rule that anyone who shot their ball into one of the flamingo cups had to run around the pool. Haha!

It was so much fun and HILARIOUS!

Then we decided a photo shoot by the pool was necessary. With the bachelorette props, of course!

By this point it was later in the afternoon and we were feeling a little chilly, so we brought our drinks into the hot tub.

With the flamingos, obviously. For some reason they all kept going over to Megan.

Haha!

Once we were done in the hot tub it was time to get ready for the evening! I have about a million pictures from this night as well, so I’ll save those for another post! 🙂

Question of the day: Are you a pool or beach person?

 Posted by on March 15, 2017
Mar 082017
 

On Thursday of last week, I headed out for a surprise bachelorette adventure with 11 of my best friends!

I spent the morning finishing up my packing, and then hopped in an uber at around 10:45 am. From there we picked up my friend Megan, and then rerouted to Regan airport. When we arrived, Megan handed me my boarding pass, which said we were going to Fort Lauderdale!!! Woohooo!!!

We got to the gate by 11:30 or so, and decided we needed to celebrate with some margaritas.

As you do!

After a quick and easy flight where Megan and I spent a ton of time wedding planning on the back of one of the airsick bags (I wish I was kidding!) we had arrived in paradise!

Our friend Catrina arrived from California at the same time as us, so after greeting her with lots of hugs we all hopped in an uber and headed over to the house where we’d be staying for the long weekend. I didn’t know anything about our plans at that time, but I was really happy to hear we had a house instead of a hotel since it meant we could spend more time together.

After driving past lots of palm trees, we arrived a huge house just a few blocks from the beach. When we came inside, my friends Hana, Bianca, Sam, and Britt were all waiting for us with a bottle of champagne!

I spent the next half hour or so wandering around the house in awe. First of all, the place was humungous with enough room for all 12 of us to sleep comfortably (no air mattresses needed!). It also had an awesome back yard area with a big pool, hot tub, patio, and bar area. AND my friends had decorated everything so adorably with lots of bachelorette/bride decorations. They are seriously the best!!

After the house tour, I immediately poured myself a cup of champagne and headed outside!

My friends had strung up a bunch of glittery tank tops for us all – mine said “Drunk in love” and the rest said “Just drunk.” Haha!

These were so adorable and were definitely a big hit with the girls.

We spent the next few hours sitting by the pool, enjoying the warm weather, blowing up floats, munching on chips and salsa, and catching up!

The swan float that the girls bought me was particularly difficult to blow up and required some teamwork.

After what felt like forever, we finally got the whole thing blown up. Can you see my thumbs up below? Haha!

The heart was quite a bit easier. 🙂

During the rest of the late afternoon, the girls finally told me what the plans were for the rest of the weekend which included a beach day, a pool day, and a drag queen show, among other festivities. Woohoo!

Does life get any better?

Eventually it was time for us to head inside and get cleaned up for dinner! My friends bought a bunch of photo props, which I thought was really fun.

We had some trial and error with a selfie stick before eventually getting it right. Lol!

Girls!

My high school besties!

Me and my Maid of Honor, Bianca!

She and Megan did most of the planning for the trip and I am so, so, so thankful to have such amazing friends in my life.

For dinner, we decided to walk down the street toward the beach see what we could find. We wound up stumbling upon a place called Taco Bar, which was really more like a taco club.

We sat on white couches and listened to great music from a DJ like we were in a club, but we got to eat tacos while doing it! It was totally my kind of place!

We had a blast sitting with each other and enjoying our delicious tacos (and drinks!) as well as the music.

Whee!!

We didn’t stay out too late since it was our first night, and after dinner all the girls hung out on the bed chatting for a while. It was the perfect way to end day 1 of my amazing bachelorette party!

A few of the other girls arrived in the middle of the night due to a combination of not being able to take off work on Thursday and delayed planes, so when we woke up the next day the rest of our friends had arrived! Yay!

More to come! 🙂

Question of the day: Have you ever been to Fort Lauderdale?

 Posted by on March 8, 2017
Mar 062017
 

Well friends, I’m back from the most amazing bachelorette weekend in Fort Lauderdale with my AMAZING best friends.

Seriously, I cannot even begin to tell you how fantastic they are and I am so, so lucky to have such thoughtful, caring, funny, loving, supportive people in my life.

I have about a billion pictures from the trip and it’s going to take me some time to sort through them all, so it might be a couple of days before I get a recap post (or two) up.

I’ll be back with an update for you soon!

 Posted by on March 6, 2017
Mar 022017
 

Well friends, by the time you read this I will be on my way to my bachelorette destination! My girlfriends planned the whole thing (kudos to my MoH Bianca and awesome bridesmaid, Megan!!) and the location is a surprise! All I know is that I’m supposed to pack bathing suits and warm-weather clothes, so I know it’s going to be awesome. Plus, I just love my friends so much that you could literally stick us in a shack somewhere and I’d be a happy camper. 🙂

Anyway, I’m out for vacation today and tomorrow, and I’ll *try* to get a recap post for you up on Monday but that will depend on what time we get back on Sunday (since my friends booked my flights for me too, I don’t know when we get back!). Surprises are so fun. 🙂

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s talk about this week’s workouts.

Saturday, Feb. 25: A beautiful 5.6 mile solo run through Arlington and D.C. It was pretty challenging, which always seems to be the case when I run alone. It was so pretty though!

Sunday, Feb. 26: Rest day!

Monday, Feb. 27: Anne, Kathleen, and I decided to try something new on Monday — we took a kettlebell conditioning class at CRUNCH gym by Metro Center. As soon as we arrived, we were blown away by how nice and welcoming everyone was. We got a tour of the gym and the nice locker rooms, and then it was time for our class!

We were especially happy about the variety of kettlebells available, which is very much the opposite of one of our favorite spots, Urban Athletic Club. Over there, there are limited options and we sometimes have to share kettlebells. Not at CRUNCH!

We all grabbed a few kettlebells and picked up a big exercise ball for our workout, and then got started!

The class was relatively low-key as it focused more on strength and didn’t include any cardio, which I actually thought was a nice change of pace for us. I also liked that you could make this class what you wanted – if you used heavy kettlebells then it could be really challenging and if you went lighter ones it would be a nice, relaxing strength session. I wound up using fairly heavy kettlebells (two 12 lb. ones was plenty challenging for me) and was sore the next day.

I liked this class and would definitely go back when we’re looking for something a little different!

Tuesday, Feb. 28: Fabio and I headed into Georgetown on Tuesday morning for the C2 class at CorePower Yoga. Fabio’s been getting more and more into yoga lately so when he requested going to a class on Tuesday I happily obliged. 🙂

Sorry for the grainy and dark photo!

The class was fairly challenging and also gave us a good stretch. I also was a sweaty mess by the end, so I’ll consider that a success.

Wednesday, March 1: Anne and I headed into Dupont Circle for another class at CorePower Yoga (two days in a row!), but this time it was their sculpt class. Our favorite instructor Mandy was teaching, and she absolutely killed us! For whatever reason, the class was much harder than last time, which was both horrible and great. 🙂

All in all I’d say it was a good week of workouts so far! I didn’t have room for my sneakers in my carry-on, so if I do any workouts while I’m away it will probably be something low-key like more yoga or some walks on the beach (assuming I’ll be by a beach?). But, if I don’t get any workouts in that’s ok too! I actually planned around this weekend when making my Cherry Blossom 10 Miler training plan, so I’ll be happy with whatever happens.

And now let’s talk about my Monday night, which wound up being super fun and special since we had our wedding menu tasting!

We had initially planned to do the menu tasting on a weekend, but sadly we couldn’t get our schedule to align with the staff at the wedding venue (they have a lot of weekend events and other weddings) so we went on Monday night instead. My mom, stepdad, dad, and little sister joined us for the fun. 🙂

While there we got to try the champagne (woohoo! Fun Monday indeed.) as well as a ton of hors d’ouvres, salads, and entrees.

Everything was extremely delicious, but my favorite items were probably the “Wye River salad” which comes with strawberries, goat cheese, and candied nuts, and the crab dip. Because how can you not have crab dip when you’re on the eastern shore of Maryland?

Really though, everything that we ate was absolutely delicious and we were so happy with the food for our wedding. I think our guests are really going to enjoy it!

After we ate we went through a bunch of other details like what napkin color we want, selecting china, chairs, table numbers, etc. etc. etc. It was a productive evening and we made a lot of important decisions!

We didn’t wind up getting home until past my bed time (around 10:45) but it was worth it to have such a fun and productive night! 🙂

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. I’ll talk to you when I get back!! Woohooo!!

Question of the day: What’s the best wedding food you ever had?

My friend Megan’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stand was a memorable one for me!

 Posted by on March 2, 2017
Jan 302017
 

Hello, hello! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was one of the best I’ve had in a while, and I’m bummed it’s already over. Wahh.

Here’s my recap!

Friday

When I got home from work on Friday, I immediately got to work cleaning the house. I knew we had a busy weekend ahead of us and I just wanted to get the cleaning over with. Plus, after two weekends in a row of traveling, the cleanliness of certain things that I had been ignoring (like the tubs in the bathrooms) were really starting to drive me nuts. I was a woman on a mission, and with Fabio’s help we had the whole place clean pretty quickly. Phew!

After that, we sat down to dinner: broiled salmon with Asian sesame salad and couscous. Yum!

We spent the rest of the evening watching Netflix on the couch. We are in need of a new show right now – we tried watching the Black Mirror but I found it to be really weird and also kind of boring. Hmmm. Any suggestions?

Jack kept us company until we headed up to bed.

Saturday

On Saturday we were up bright and early for wedding planning festivities! Woohoo!

At around 7 a.m. I took Jack for a really quick run (just about a mile) and then Fabio and I were showered, dressed and in the car by 8. We met up with my mom along the way, and then before we knew it we were arriving at our wedding venue! My dad joined us for the festivities as well, and we had a fun morning meeting our amazing wedding planner Kathie (she works for the venue) and our florist, Amy. Kathie had set out coffee, muffins, fruit, and pound cake for us. Amazing!

I had to giggle at Fabio and my dad wearing matching sweaters – my stepmom got them these for Christmas and I thought it was funny that they both decided to wear them on Saturday. Twins! 🙂

After a couple of (very fun) hours talking about flowers and detailed plans for the rehearsal dinner and wedding weekend, we took a spin around the grounds! This just got me so incredibly excited for the wedding (no surprise there) and now I am feeling even more giddy than ever. Eeeek! It will be here before we know it!

After saying goodbye to Kathie, the four of us drove over to our next appointment of the day: dessert tasting! Fabio and I don’t want a traditional cake for the wedding, and instead we’re going to have one small cake for cutting and then a bunch of other treats on the dessert table like cupcakes, brownies, bars, mini pies, mini cheesecakes, and cookies.

Kim of the bakery Peace of Cake did NOT disappoint with our tasting – I couldn’t believe how many treats she set out for us! Everything was phenomenal and I tried my best to just try a small bite of everything so I didn’t get too full on sweets, but it was definitely hard.

These were two of my favorite elements: little pies with hearts on the top and crab cookies! We added a bunch of these to our order. 🙂

If you are planning a wedding on the Eastern Shore of MD (or know someone who is) I can’t recommend Peace of Cake enough!

After our sugar coma, we met up with my grandparents for lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Narrows. We love this restaurant because not only is the food great, but the waterfront views can’t be beat.

Woah – don’t mind the crazy hair. It was windy!

None of us were feeling too hungry after all the sweets, so I got a small cup of the cream of crab soup and then shared and order of crab cakes with my mom. Hit the spot!

Lunch was a lot of fun, and I had a great time catching up with my grandparents. We had lots of wedding details to share with them!

All in all, it was such a fun morning, and I’m so thankful that my mom and dad were able to join us for the planning session. Thanks for coming, guys!

When we got home, we relaxed for a bit and then decided to keep the wedding planning going. We popped open a bottle of champagne that we already had in the fridge, and then sat down to answer a premarital counseling questionnaire that our officiant sent us a while back.

We were supposed to work on the questionnaire alone without sharing answers with the other person, so we put some music on and worked on separate computers until each of us had finished. There were some really thought-provoking questions in there, and it definitely made both of us think more about our relationship. I think we were both feeling a little mushy toward each other when we were done. Haha!

For dinner we had some leftover chicken sausage and brussels sprouts from earlier in the week, plus some of Fabio’s homemade mozzarella sticks we had in the freezer. We also finished up the champagne!

After dinner we watched the longest movie ever (the Physician – it was just ok) and then hit the hay. What a fun wedding planning day!

Sunday

Sunday began with a trip to the dog park.

Then we ran a bunch of errands including Home Depot and the grocery store. I’m starting week 2 of Designed to Fit Nutrition and was really excited about some of the scheduled meals this week!

The rest of the afternoon was spent prepping and organizing for the week ahead!

This also included making a batch of fresh juice. This week’s concoction had carrots, beets, kale, other random greens, parsley, ginger, an apple, and a pear. Yum!

Once the meals were prepped for the week, I folded some laundry and watched one too many episodes of Fixer Upper (the house envy was becoming crazy). Fabio also had a fire going for us and I enjoyed some delicious green tea!

For dinner I made us some mac ‘n cheese using a “sauce” of Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, sundried tomatoes, and garlic whirled in the food processor, alongside some random chicken sausages we had leftover in the fridge. Plus a salad on the side!

It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend. 🙂

Question of the day: If you’re married, did you have a traditional cake? If you’re not, would you want one at your future wedding?

 Posted by on January 30, 2017
Oct 192016
 

Today’s post is wedding related! If you’re not interested in this particular topic, pop back in for a regular update on Friday. 🙂

When it came time to select dresses for my bridesmaids to wear during my upcoming wedding in June, I didn’t know where to start. I knew what color dresses I wanted (sage green), but when I turned to the internet I was overwhelmed by all the options.

I found a few that I liked the look of, but I didn’t know what do next. I wound up having one of my bridesmaids (Megan) order a dress, but when it arrived we agreed it was a definite no. I knew this strategy would work out ok as long as shipping and returns were free, but how many dresses were we going to have to order (and then return) before finding the right one(s)?

I also visited the bridal boutique in a local Macy’s with my mom, but I didn’t see anything special and wasn’t really taken with any of the dresses. I didn’t really want to go to a place like David’s Bridal – for no real reason except I just felt like that was too common or something – but I was starting to run out of alternatives. Admittedly I was feeling a little lost by this time and wasn’t sure how to proceed.

Then Megan passed along some information about Bella Bridesmaids, a franchise with locations all over the U.S. where she had purchased a bridesmaid’s dress for another wedding she was in recently. Bella Bridesmaids’ showrooms carry dresses from tons of different designers, making it easy browse hundreds of options all in one place. Bridesmaids can come in for a visit or place their order online, making it easy for everyone involved.

Bella Bridesmaids

To get started, I emailed Sheri from the D.C. Bella Bridesmaids (located in Friendship Heights right by the metro) and asked to come in for an appointment. She asked me how many bridesmaids I had, and suggested I come in once with a small group of about three women to make the initial selections, and then a second time with the rest of my bridesmaids so they could try on the dresses.

I also sent Sheri some links and images for dresses that I had in mind, and she worked with her team to have similar samples pulled before we arrived.

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Some of the inspiration images I shared with Bella Bridesmaids

During the first visit, I went to Bella Bridesmaids with my mom and two maids of honor. We met our stylist, Violet, who had helpfully picked out everything ahead of time. We all loved the dresses that she pulled, and I felt like really “got” my vision. We wound up selecting dresses from three different designers all in slightly different colors, so I know it’s not something I would have been able to do on my own.

Once we made the initial selections, I visited Bella Bridesmaids again a few weeks later with the rest of my girls. I actually had been second guessing my choices in between visits, and when I told Violet about this via email she pulled a few additional styles for me just in case. When we got there and saw everything in person, my fears disappeared, but it was so nice knowing they could be super flexible!

Then my bridesmaids all got to work trying on their dresses and placing their orders right then and there (not necessarily in the right colors, but there were enough options for us to get the idea).

The team at Bella Bridesmaids measured everyone, ensuring that they would all get the correct size. The girls could have the dresses shipped directly to the address of their choice for an extra $25, or they can be shipped to the store for free and picked up from there (we had a mix of these). They’re ordered directly from the designer so they do take a while to arrive (a few months) but since we are way ahead of schedule this wasn’t an issue for me.

The whole appointment went incredibly smoothly, and even though I showed up with 7 girls, we were in and out of there in an hour! That just shows how organized and put together these women were.

Plus, it was a lot of fun!

Just when I thought we were done with our orders, I contacted Violet about dresses for my junior bridesmaid and flower girl, and she had even more suggestions for me. I wound up making a third appointment with Bella Bridesmaids so my sister could come in and try on her dress, and once again it was a huge success.

Overall I can’t say enough good things about ordering bridesmaids dresses through Bella Bridesmaids, and they made the selection process so incredibly easy for me. Plus, it was a lot of fun going into all those appointments! 🙂 Seeing everything in person reassured me that I was making smart decisions, and I know all my girls are going to look amazing!

Question of the day: Tell me a story about a wedding! Have you been a bridesmaid? Did you have a dress snafu?

 Posted by on October 19, 2016