Wednesday, September 28, 2011

style envy: zooey deschanel

funny. talented. unique. fashionable. oh... and awesome hair.

what isn't to love about zooey deschanel? AND she is married to ben gibbard. that is quite the indie queen. i love her cute vintage flair. it is something i try to incorporate into my outfits too. her hair is adorable too. it makes me almost want bangs again. then i realize how horrible 13 years of my life was with huge bangs. so, i'll just have to leave that one up to zooey. 

have you watched her new show? i haven't yet. maybe i'll check it out.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

bridal shower ideas

hello lovely,
this was quite a big weekend for the newlyweds. i went to a few stores and got some remaining items from our registry we needed for our house. this evening the husband and i hung some more pictures and finally got the kitchen all set up. i'm so happy to have the kitchen aid mixer setup in its rightful home. just a few more finishing touches and i'll be ready to post some pictures. i'm thinking we are going to have an open house one sunday soon. our wedding may be over, but i still can't stop looking at wedding blogs. lucky for me two of my best friends are getting married next year. so, since i have showers to plan it is still okay for me to look at them for inspiration, right? here are some things i'm loving.
alyssa renee

love the table setting and the cute garland

perfect for a shabby chic outside shower

no words necessary

sexy little things make for a cute decoration

i think i might make these napkins for myself actually

i love this color scheme  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

a magical day

hello lovely,
well, it is official. i am now a mrs. so far married life is just about the same as normal life, but i have someone there with me all the time. it is nice :) we are starting to get settled in to our new routine. so far niles is the one who takes charge of making sure laundry actually gets done (my least favorite, but i help) and i usually take charge with sweeping and keeping the kitchen clean. i think captain is glad to have us back in our normal routine again too. when we got home from the honeymoon he just laid in my arms all day. it was precious. speaking of the honeymoon, i'll be sure to post some pics of that too.

in other news, i'm really excited about a crafting trade i'm doing with a friend of mine. she is making me cute cards to use for my pen pal letters, and in return i'm making her headbands and flower hair clips! how  fun!  i'm sure there will be more on that trade later.

here are some of my favorite photos our friends and family took of the big day.

enjoy, i know they make my heart smile.

alyssa renee

yes, that is niles' cake

i went away in my granny's wedding dress. it fit like a glove!

the perfect day ended with a good patty melt and a milk shake at steak n shake

don't worry, niles remembered to carry me over the threshold when we got home. he even decorated the room with candles and rose petals. what a great husband! 

Monday, September 12, 2011

an open letter of gratitude

I'm sitting in our hotel suite thinking back on this past weekend. I'm not sure I've ever felt so loved in my entire life. If you gave us a personal well wish before the big day, sent a kind text, left a sweet voicemail, helped us setup the tent, spent the whole day with us, helped us get ready, attended our ceremony, danced with us all night, or sent us off into the night with a line of sparklers we thank you. All of you helped to make this the greatest day of our lives. I am humbled by all the love we've received. We are blessed beyond measure. Saturday was flawless (except for a little bouquet issue Bubbie quickly remedied) For a year and a half we prayed for the perfect day and we got it. I'm a firm believer in the power of positive thought. The lake was flooded into the yard 2 days before the wedding and it rained the day after.  I believe that positive thought paid off and gave us the perfect day. I'm so grateful to you all. The wedding was exactly what we wanted it to be, a pure celebration of love. Not just the love Niles and I have for each other, but the love shared by our friends and family as well. All of you helped us achieve that goal. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you.

Now all that is left to do is carry that love with us always.

alyssa renee

Say a little prayer that Niles feels better. He is coming down with an awful cold and is trying really hard to fight it off so we can enjoy our honeymoon.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

a pretty yellow nightgown dress

hello lovely,
a quick blog update for you :) i got this nightgown for 8 bucks on etsy! i love it! add a slip and you've got yourself a pretty cute dress. wedding this weekend and i couldn't be happier. can't wait to post the photos!
alyssa renee

Thursday, September 1, 2011

the birthday boy

happy birthday to the love of my life...

 amazing father to our son


the forrest to my jenny

my partner in adventure

my real life prince

the creative genius himself

the original travel dad


my retro date buddy

a looker like his momma


the man of many faces

who even bubbie approves

what a lucky girl i am to soon be his wife. 

i love you, niles!