Falling for Fall: Fashion and Decoration

10.21.2014

Fall is my favorite time of the year :) Gone are the days of sweating off your makeup and frizzy, humidity soaked hair and hello to cooler temps, gorgeous fall colors and holiday excitement.

We are finally settling into our new house and I am loving being able to decorate it. It just wasn't the same when we had a different rented tiny apartment each year that never quite felt like home. 

Here are some of my favorite fall happenings so far:

Our front porch
A DIY centerpiece I made watch out Martha Stewart!
Michigan has some of the best fall colors
Check out those colors! This was in Iowa for a wedding. 
Car selfie pre-wedding. Finally mastering bold lip color.
The one stitch fix outfit I kept this month-really soft and comfy.
Getting my business casual on for a meeting 
Lululemon cardigan I got on clearance. I have 3 of these so its safe to say they are my faves :)
I may not love flying but Detroit from a mile high was worth the plane ride

Any fun fall plans for you??




Dirty 30

9.29.2014


So I am officially a member of the dirty 30 club now. I haven't really matured mentally or sense of humor wise past the age of 19 so it feels so strange typing that out ha! We had a party over the weekend at our house and it was fantastic. It was the only time since my wedding that all of my favorite people were in one place to celebrate with me. 

Here are a couple pictures:

The obligatory selfie before the party started
My cake! I was most looking forward to this out of everything. I couldn't find a bday cake that I liked so this one is a modified wedding cake...only me I swear.
A before shot. I used mason jars with flowers as centerpieces. Now I can reuse the jars as cute drinking glasses.
Take a lucky guess if I get my height from my mom or dad
We hired a comedian to do a roast and was the best $ ever spent. He made fun of everyone there including me, my husband, my parents, brother. No one was safe. Hilarious and really made the party :)
Surprise Louboutin booties from my husband. I was really shocked to get these and very thankful. I told him the party was present enough but I am one lucky lady.
Making a 30th bday wish at the end of the night

I think that age really is just a number. Some of the people who look the best and have such a youthful attitude even though they are in their 40's, 50's or older all say that keeping a young and happy attitude towards life is their secret. So apparently that means I am as much fun as two 15 year olds now!

Thanks to all my family and friends near and far who celebrated with me and offered birthday wishes. Now I am ready to plan the next party. I think event/wedding planning is in the cards for me...I would get to do all the fun behind-the-scenes stuff with someone else's budget hmm.








Viva Las Vegas...and Florida

9.11.2014

Spending the past 4 days in Vegas with my sister felt like we were there for 4 weeks. Vegas has a way of packing so much into one day that at the end of your trip you leave utterly exhausted, fulfilled and hopefully not broke as you say goodbye your money for one last time looking out the airplane window ;)


I haven't seen my sister in a year and we wanted to take a girls trip to celebrate our reunion and my 30th birthday a bit early. Here are a couple of my favorite moments from the trip:

Looking like a bunch of bananas. Yes we may have taken a limo from the airport but hey its my 30th birthday. At least I can pretend to look like a high roller ;)

First night out. H&M dress I got for like $20.

Makeup time. Not shabby for doing it ourselves. Never underestimate the power of fake lashes!

My Ill only wear this once in my life bombshell dress from Bebe

Britney Spears

She was not into into her show and lip synched the entire thing but my inner 13 year old was dying inside. Her dancers made up for everything and the set was flashy and fun.

Hard to see whats going on here but Le Reve was a must see show. High flying acrobats, synchronized swimmers, high diving. Way better than O. We were in absolute awe of the talent, strength and passion the performers had.

Got to meet fellow Dr's wife Breanna. We met through blogging such a small world and it was so cool to connect with her in person.

Frozen Oreo hot chocolate-enough said. So amazing I had to have 2. Interestingly enough this milkshake didnt bring any boys to the yard hmm...

View from our hotel. Vegas at night is a man made wonder to behold.

Last night in Vegas but still smiling
Then we headed to Florida and my sisters pool. Coming back to 50 degree weather was not the most fun thing after this :(

Watch out Tiger Woods. I may have gotten two holes in one put putting.

My last Florida shot. Palm trees make everyone happy right??


So I had one heck of a week and am back home now. It feels like I never left but also like I'd been gone forever. If I didnt have all the pictures I may not believe all that I did. Whats next on your traveling agenda? Or any bucket list places you want to see?







Back Home

7.23.2014

The past 6 weeks have seen a lot of action. We moved into our first house which is absolutely gorgeous and more than we could ever ask for :) However...dun dun dun. We have run into major issues with it.

Undisclosed basement leaks are always awesome
Its brand new construction and we are learning now that the builder was unfortunately pretty incompetent in almost all aspects of the construction. It has been a nightmare since we moved in to get him to fix the issues. Were talking major things like basement leaks, roof problems, A/C not installed properly, fireplace not installed properly, and many more little things that would take 5 years to actually list.

So instead of having a warm welcoming my husband and I have been super stressed and making daily trips to Home Depot instead of drinking wine on the back deck. But all that aside we have a plan of action and hopefully all of these issues will be addressed and fixed by the end of the week.

I will post some house pictures soon once we switch from repair mode to decorating mode. Heres a sneak preview decorated by yours truly:


Luckily Mya doesn't mind all the house issues. Love her!

In the meantime I shop to make myself feel better. Retail therapy for the win! I have been on a maxi dress kick lately as you can see from the trio below. I also realized I need to figure out a new pose since all my pix are basically the same. Maybe a hands in the air one next ;) I need a freaking photographer I swear!

The two dresses on the left and center are Stitch Fix. Ill shamelessly plug my referral link here: http://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3436472


I had just gotten on Pinterest ad was geeked to get 125 repins on the picture below. It was kind of cool to see that other people were digging my style and fueling my selfie taking habits.

           

I finally got in to get my hair done here too. My sister is a super talented hairstylist but lives 500 miles away and couldn't make it up here to do it this time. I reluctantly went to a salon here and it turned out great but there is nothing like the magic touch Ashley has. Cant wait to see her in September!! Its been almost a year since we have been together and I miss her terribly.

Shameless good hair after the salon selfie
I should be posting more from here on out. Thanks for checking back with me xo!





We in the House

6.11.2014

There is probably only one thing that can tear me away from surfing the internet aimlessly and wasting time shopping online and that would be (drumroll please) we just closed on our first home!!

I still can't believe I am typing the word homeowner-it seems surreal. My husband and I have rented apartments through a year in medical school, six years of residency and a year fellowship and now (after quite literally being able to buy a home cash for what we paid in rent) have a place to call our own.

After signing his job contract in the fall we went back and forth over renting again until we found our perfect place. But then we realized a perfect place only exists in your mind and then even if we waited 100 years renting we would still be unsure and confused. So we decided to do it. We went back to Michigan for a 72 hour trip that included seeing about 12 homes and at the end we ended up with this beauty:


It is a perfect fit for us right now, plenty of room for kids (hold your horses mom thats not an announcement of any kind), fantastic neighborhood, a yard for our schnauzer finally instead of her peeing on cement and dead weeds, an office, huge kitchen, an actual laundry room (don't ask why Im excited about this Im still not sure), spa like bathrooms and I hate to brag but a walk in closet that is as big as our first New York apartment.

Once we get furniture for the place and decorated I will definitely share some "after" pictures. Now we get to have to fun of playing interior decorator. Ahhh I still can't believe we actually own something! It was so refreshing to fill out our last rent check ever last week :)

Luckily we have movers coming to pack next week so it will be a relatively painless process, but the unpacking and organizing is another story ugh. Our parents will both be in town which is always priceless when it comes to help. But I don't care I'm enjoying every single moment!