6/18/94, my date of birth & a day that not until recently has snuck up on me. As a child I would have my birthday list planned out a month in advance for my parents, and my party planned as early as I could possibly have it. But this year felt different.
Priorities have heavily shifted this year, and I find myself reminiscing a lot on my birthdays past. I have fond memories of my Sweet 16 surrounded by everyone I went to high school with singing me happy birthday. My 18th I spent the day on the beach, my 21st out at bars with my close college friends, and my 22nd again on the water. This year taking a day off of work to relax and enjoy time with family and Philip seemed to trump all of those. I can’t tell if I’m becoming wise, or just really boring.
With this, here is some advice for those of you turning 24.
1.) You do not have to have your entire life figured out. In college I assumed my life would be ticked & tied at this point (let’s all laugh together….). It’s okay to still be in progress.
2.) Social media is a morphed reality, and is everyone on their best behavior (lol bc I am the QUEEN of this) . I so often find myself comparing my life to others through Instagram, Facebook etc. but seriously, no ones going to post them fist deep in some toll house cookie dough on their third binge hour of KUWTK (aka me once a week)
3.) It’s okay to not be okay sometimes. Key word, SOMETIMES, this is not to discredit getting help where help is due. Surround yourself by people who make you happy, who comfort you, and who support you (here’s looking @ you Philip). There’s nothing more important than having someone there to talk to after a straight up terrible day at work (don’t pretend you don’t have them, we all do.)
Location: Staufs Grandview
Romper: H&M (dupe HM)
Location: Fox in the Snow Cafe (Italian Village)
Sunnies:Balmain Tee: SheIn, Jeans: Zara, Cardigan: MadewellMules: Steve Madden
Spring has sprung in Columbus (finally), and I’m not sure if I have ever been more ready for warm weather! Being from Michigan harsh winters usually don’t phase me, but this one was exceptionally brutal and the cabin fever is REAL.
This spring will be the last of our relaxing weeks for a while, because come summer we are in full time wedding/travel mode! Planning a wedding is like layering on another full time job, and although I’ve loved every second of it, I am definitely ready for some relaxing days on Lake Michigan’s coast this summer!
I get a lot of questions around where a lot of my pieces are from. I’m all about investing in the classics ( a la the Balmain glasses, although Saks off fifth has them for a bargain in a killer nude shade) and going fast fashion for the trends (bc honestly I had a shirt that said bonjour five years ago and got rid of it…). Zara is and forever will be my favorite fast fashion retailer, but I am partial to ASOS as well (no sales tax ayeee).
Sweater: Urban Outfitters/ Haute Rogue
One of my favorite traditions Philip and I have established this year is venturing to a new brunch spot every weekend. We spent this rainy Saturday morning at Cravings Cafe , and it did not disappoint. I also added the word bronut to my vocabulary, aka a donut hole shoved into a donut.
Pictured: Lynd’s Fruit Farm, The Scioto Mile, The Book Loft of German Village.
This weekend had me fondly looking back at our engagement photos as we continue to prep for arguably the biggest day of our lives. Sometimes it still blows my mind that I’m already twenty three, about to get married, and start a new chapter of my life. Life has been busy, and I realized I forgot to post something for Valentine’s Day! So Philip, here you go!
Philip and I met in college via mutual friends, and it’s sometimes strange to think about the events that had to take place for us to meet. Life really does have a funny way of working itself out. After talking to him the first night we met I knew instantly that we wanted the same things out of life. For those who know us personally, they can speak to how opposite we are in personality. Philip is reserved, even tempered and extremely considerate, and I’m, well….me. The polar end of extroverted, high strung, and overly ambitious. We both have a strong dedication towards our families, a desire to see the world, grow in our careers, and someday have a family. And we both exhibit a deep passion for tacos (@ Conado).
I wanted to share my three favorite engagement shots, as you don’t utilize nearly all of them through save the dates, etc. and as a late Vday tribute. My wonderful friend Megan Logsdon took them (hit her up if you’re in Columbus, she’s amazing!) in some of our favorite spots around the city.
So here’s to you my Valentine, I sure am thankful that everything fell into place to meet you.
Dress: Zara (dupe: Zara), Booties: Madewell, Bag: Henri Bendel (dupe: Henri Bendel)
Blouse: Zara (dupe: Zara), Jeans: J. Crew, Booties: Madewell
I️ am finally getting this post up after a week long sinus infection, and crazy work week (small victories)!
Philip and I️ were able to walk through our reception venue again last weekend since booking, and fell in love with it all over again. It’s amazing how quickly wedding planning flies by, especially since we are both working full time! We often like to reminisce on when we first met in college and all of the free time we used to accommodate! The textures, tones and overall atmosphere of our reception venue is exactly what we were picturing, and I️ can’t wait to post more pictures once the day arrives. Until then, here are a few teasers!