Apr 282014

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Hi friends!

You might have noticed things look a little different around here today. That’s because on Friday night instead of going to happy hour with my friends I stayed in to fix some kinks in the blog that have been bugging me lately, and I decided it was time for a little face lift while I was at it. I actually wound up having a nice little evening to myself (with Jack’s help, obviously) since it was pouring rain and I hunkered down at the computer with a bowl of hot tomato basil soup. Not the most exciting Friday night, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and got a lot accomplished!

So, what do you guys think of the new look?? I wanted something a little more streamlined and clean, so I think this works for now. Eventually I’d love to add some custom social media buttons to match the new colors, but I just didn’t have energy for that on Friday night. Haha!

Anyway, I had a great little weekend so let me tell you all about it! You already heard about my Friday, so I’ll skip right to…


Fabio and I woke up on Saturday morning to bright sunshine and chirping birds outside. It doesn’t get much better than that!

As soon as we were up and moving, Fabio, Jack and I headed out the door to get some bagels for breakfast. The bagel shop near our apartment is fantastic and well worth the long line. I got sausage, egg, and cheese on a whole wheat everything bagel and it was divine. The three of us took our bagels (well, Jack didn’t get a bagel, obviously) to a little square by the Clarendon metro station that has a lot of outdoor tables, and once we were done eating we crossed the street to the dog park!

The park was pretty crowded since it was so nice out. It was so fun to watch all the different dogs playing around!


It was definitely a nice way to start to our weekend.

We stayed at the dog park for a little while and then headed home to get ready for Rebecca and Richard’s (aka Rebchard’s!!) wedding! (I just love their nickname Rebchard, lol. Everyone used it throughout the wedding!)

The ceremony began at 2:00 pm over in Fairfax, VA, so Fabio and I took a cab over there and arrived at around 1:45. We wound up getting there at the same time as the rest of our friends, so we selected a pew big enough for us all to sit together. I then killed some time by taking a picture of the lovely church. 🙂


Rebecca used to work with Fabio at his old job, and we have hung out with her and Richard a number of times. During the wedding we wound up hanging out with the rest of Fabio’s old coworkers (who we are also good friends with) but the majority of Richard and Rebecca’s other friends come from their two a cappella groups- the New Dominions (their UVA college group) and the Noctonals (their post-college northern Virginia group). Because there were so many awesome singers in attendance, the entire wedding party started off the ceremony by singing a song in Latin. The music was absolutely beautiful, and it was such a nice way to kick off the wedding.

The rest of the ceremony was fairly traditional, with one more song (Ave Maria) being sung at the end.





Once Rebecca and Richard were officially husband and wife (hooray!) we took some pictures outside of the church with our friends. It was still a beautiful day, but it wound up being quite windy!! Our hair was all over the place, haha!

The ladies.


My handsome date.


Once we were done with pictures we still had a few hours to kill before the reception, so hopped in the car with our friends Angela and Ryan and headed over to the Green Turtle for a couple beers. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the sunshine and good company!


And the beers. Clearly 😉


The whole gang!


At around 4:45 pm we headed over to the reception which was held at the Fairfax Country Club. It was a lovely venue and was close to the church (and the Green Turtle!), which was convenient.

Hors d’oeuvres were passed around for a little while and then it was time to be seated! Our table was near the window and we had a fabulous view. The sky looked a bit ominous but the rain held off. Phew!


More pictures with Angela 🙂


And another of me and Fabio!


Here are Angela and Ryan!! They are so much fun and I wish we got to see them more. We will have to change that once the summer is here!!


Soon the food came out and we began our meals with a delicious spinach, strawberry, feta, and almond salad. Yum.


I chose the filet for my main meal and it was delicious! It was so tender that I only needed a butter knife to cut it. The cheesy scalloped potatoes were also delicious 😉


The rest of the evening was spent talking with good friends, drinking the signature “R&R” cocktail, and dancing! It was a lovely wedding.




I especially loved the father/daughter dance to Brown Eyed Girl 🙂


And when Richard serenaded Rebecca with a rendition of John Legend’s All of Me. So sweet!


Thanks, Rebchard for inviting us to share your special day!!


I had plans to meet one of my old coworkers (Claire) and my old manager for brunch on Sunday in Bethesda, so after another lovely trip to the dog park and completing a few little chores around the house, I headed over to Uncle Julio’s in Bethesda. (You know how I feel about that place, haha!)

I’d actually never been to brunch at Uncle Julio’s, and I really enjoyed the dish I got which included eggs, grilled chicken, peppers, onions, cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream in a big bowl. On the side was a delicious fruit salad. Great brunch!


It was really nice to catch up with my old coworkers and we lingered for a while filling each other in on life updates 🙂

Afterwords my old manager left and Claire and I popped into the Lululemon that was right next door. Ahhh that store is so dangerous! I wound up buying a new pair of summer running capris (since I wore my winter ones ALL THE TIME) and restrained myself from buying anything else. Phew! It was a narrow escape.


And that’s pretty much it for my weekend! After Lululemon I headed back home, ran some errands, cleaned up the apartment, etc. etc. etc.

We finished up the evening with another cut-up mango and Game of Thrones! Perfect Sunday!

Other News

Three other things I wanted to share with you guys today:

1) My mom and stepdad have decided to start raising chickens (yes, like cluck cluck!!) and the baby chicks arrived over the weekend. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get over there to see them soon!


I don’t know anything about raising chickens (and my mom doesn’t either; thank goodness for my stepdad) so if any of you have tips please let me know so I can pass them along!

2) My aunt CC and “uncle” Steve just bought a beautiful house in the Berkshire mountains!! I am so happy for them and can’t wait to visit this summer/winter, since there is a lake, mountains, skiing, etc. Congrats CC and Steve!!

3) Unfortunately my stepdad’s father passed away in his sleep over the weekend. I wasn’t all that close with him but I know he was a great man, so please keep him and my stepdad in your thoughts and prayers this week 🙁

Ok guys, that’s all I have for today! Thanks for sticking with me through this super long post!!

Questions of the day: Would you ever raise chickens? Do you shop at Lululemon?

 Posted by on April 28, 2014

  7 Responses to “CET Facelift & Rebchard Wedding!”

  1. I love the blog facelift. Nice and clean look! What a fun weekend-great blend of relaxing and fun!!

    I raised chickens for a class in college, but they all got taken by coyotes. So, I have no useful advice to give…other than protect them from bigger animals! 🙂

  2. Love the new look!!! Looks like you had a great weekend! I love the dress you wore to the wedding (deets, please!), and Chickens??? haha. At least you’ll probably get some fresh eggs out of the deal!

    • Yes I am definitely hoping to snag some fresh eggs out of the deal 😉 And the dress is from Lily Pulitzer from last spring (my mom bought it for me as part of a birthday present/we’re going to Italy so you need a new dress gift, haha!)

  3. Blog looks great! Nicely done.
    In the UK you can buy things called ‘Eggloos’ which are little chicken hut things you can put in your gardens and then keep a couple of chickens in. I have been tempted but I’m not sure how Alfie (our little dog) would feel…plus we have such a tiny garden.

  4. I love the new site design! Looks really clean and fresh. And P.S. I looove your blue dress that you wore to the wedding. Where is it from?

  5. Love your dress from the wedding! Also, I laughed when you said you combined the names for your friends. My brother Eric is about to marry his fiance Sara, and I affectionately call them Saric (Sara + Eric) all throughout their time dating. I’m thinking that’ll be the wedding hashtag 😉

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