Friday, February 27, 2015

Outfit of the Month: Seeing Stripes

I can't believe I've been doing this OOTM thing for a year.  I've added so many great outfits to my wardrobe, and I can honestly say that I enjoy shopping these days.  Last weekend, Mike and I went on a little shopping spree date to the nearby outlets.  We bought new matching cleats for kickball (how hot are they?!), I got my yearly allotment of earrings from Claire's (I lose earrings like crazy so there's no use spending money on them - 6 pairs for $7 will do it for 2015!), and I hit up the Loft Outlet for their President's Day Sale.  Seriously, everything was fantastic and the prices were great.  I bought 3 tops and a pair of jeans for $75.  I told Mike that it's probably the first pair of jeans I've purchased since we've been together (cough:5 years:cough).
I can't find links to any of the pieces online (probably since they are all from the Loft Outlet), but they're all fantastic! 

A look at all of last year's outfits: FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember - a pretty special one, OctoberNovemberJanuary

Here's to another year of fun and exciting shopping!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blogging for Books: Lighten Up Y'all

Since moving to Charleston, I've definitely gained an appreciation for Southern cooking.  However, most of it is very heavy and filled with calories: shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles, chicken-fried steak, and my favorite: hushpuppies.  Don't get me wrong, all of it is delicious and I definitely love indulging, but I was so excited when I saw a cookbook about lightening up Southern recipes on the Blogging for Books list this month!  I received an advanced copy of Lighten Up, Y'all by Virginia Willis and could not wait to cook up some of the healthy and wholesome recipes!
For dinner this week, I made Virginia's Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts and Sauteed Green Beans with Summer Corn.  This full plate of food was only 365 calories and was filled with fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs.
Mike and I both loved the dishes and the recipes were easy to follow.
As you can see, I already have plenty of recipes bookmarked and I can definitely see some Apple-Raisin-Carrot Slaw and Citrus-Grilled Shrimp in our future this summer.  The book is also filled with great winter soups and a Georgia Shrimp and Corn Chowder that sounds wonderful!  And to end any perfect meal, don't Brown Sugar-Strawberry Shortcakes sound amazing?!
Lighten Up Y'all will be available on March 3rd, and you can pre-order a copy by clicking here.  Virginia also wrote two other "Y'all" books: Bon Appetit, Y'all and Basic to Brilliant, Y'all that I will surely be checking out!

I received this book from Blogging for Books to facilitate this review.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our Wedding Ceremony

I could not be more excited to share today's post.  Our wedding ceremony meant so much to me.  After a very emotional walk down the aisle (Mike and I waited to see each other on our wedding day until that walk), we started the ceremony off with a laugh and all of my nervousness disappeared.  To be honest, I don't remember what it was about, but it definitely broke the ice and gave the whole ceremony an upbeat mood.  We chose to have a traditional Catholic mass.  Because of the Jesuit philosophy at Holy Cross, many guests told us how welcome they felt and all Christians were welcomed to communion.  It was so perfect for our multi-denominational crowd.

We heard readings from our cousins and a friend, and Mike's sister (my Maid of Honor) even sang.  My godmother and Mike's godfather brought up the gifts.

The homily was perfectly fit to us and our priest bought items from the college bookstore for members of our family that represented past memories and future hopes: golf balls, tissues, and even some postcards.

Then came the vows and rings.  At the exact moment we stepped back to the middle of the alter, the sun shone right into my eyes and I lost it.  Almost exactly 13 months earlier, we lost Mike's mom, and this was the perfect sign that she was with us on our special day.

We celebrated communion and shared a sign of peace with our bridal party and families.

Right before the mass was over, we joined back together for our first kiss.  (Truth be told, we definitely practiced the kiss: where to put our hands and what kind of kiss it would be  - don't judge.  Future brides: I highly suggest doing the same - I've seen my fair share of awkward ones!)

We did it!  We excited the church, and it was time for the receiving line.  I'll be sharing all about that next week!

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