Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'll take it!

One of the perks that comes with the change of seasons are the incredible sales, there are some great ones going on right now so ladies shop away.  The hubs and I are heading to Costa Rica in October, where it will be 90 degrees so I am definitely thinking of new items I can use on our trip, and taking advantage of every mark down.

The Lilly sale was just insane.
 All I kept thinking was these dresses would be perfect for our dinners in CR

I know it's over but I hope you did not miss it!!

Obsessed with the dress,  the cutouts are perfect
I don't think I can wait until our trip to wear this, it might be making it's debut this weekend

We will be doing a lot of hiking on this trip
these shorts are perfect

There is also a surf school at our resort

 since we will be learning to surf,  I will need this rash guard shirt

The perfect beach strolling shoe

The cutest walking to town shorts

and a few more goodies from Jcrew

Happy Shopping!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Girl Friday

Cheers to the weekend!!

Crossing a few things off my summer to do list this weekend.

Catching up with old friends at one of my favorite restaurants...

Then a little staycation with one of my besties.
On our agenda

My bag is packed  and ready to go

Here's to one of the last weekends of summer!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer's End

It may officially be summer for another month, but mentally I am transitioning into fall.  I am not completely ready to give up lazy summer mornings, afternoons at the pool, and evenings on my porch sipping cocktails but time marches on and fall is right around the corner.

A few things that I am looking forward to this fall
the return of the pumpkin spice latte

chunky sweaters

oversized plaid scarves

warm soup on a chilly night, cant wait to try this recipe

gorgeous fall flowers for my table

a trip to a few wineries in our own backyard

fall nail polish

getting my favorite red wine out of the cellar

and firing up our patio table.

Ready or not, it's coming!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pop The Bubbly

I am itching to throw a dinner party.  Sometimes when you are not in the mood for traffic, crowds, or waiting for a table, a dinner party is the perfect solution.  

In my mind this dinner party I am throwing is coming together beautifully and I have my theme all worked out...

Mini champagne bottles at my door when you first walk in...

my table would look something like this

I have my menu all worked out

Beef tenderloin with champagne mustard sauce

and how about this amazing dessert table

stocked with champagne-sicles
put your favorite fruit popsicle (Edy's Fruit Bars) in a wine glass and fill 1/4 with champagne

chocolate champagne truffles

champagne bubbles

champagne cake with fresh strawberries

in the goody bag for all my ladies
OPI Only Drink Champagne

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Back in the Saddle

Not only has our stint in Michigan come to an end, but so has our summer.  With just a little over a week before the kids are back in school and we have to get back into some sort of routine, we still have a few things to cross off our summer bucket list

A day at the beach

Right so if you know anything about geography you know that STL is land locked.  Well I discovered a little gem about 15 minutes from me.  A man made lake perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, and playing in the sand.  Pools are great but there is something about a picnic on the beach that just can't be beat

Since I spend so much of my summer away, I don't get to see my girlfriends much during these 3 months.  The perfect way for us to catch up, a little getaway in our own back yard.  Our decision on which hotel to stay at is based solely on who has the best pool, our top pick is always here
Chase Park Plaza

but there were some close contenders

Every year there is an 18 mile bike ride at midnight through the street of downtown.  Every year they close the streets to cars and set up party tents throughout the bike course.  Every year I am usually in Michigan, but not this year.  This Saturday the hubs and I are meeting my sister and her hubby downtown at midnight for our bike race, so excited!!

Make my deck pretty
I don't focus too much on flowers/planters because I am gone so much in June and July that if they were to survive I wouldn't even be around to appreciate them.  Now that I am home, I need to spruce up my deck and make it pretty.  We still have a good 2 months here before dining outside is no longer an option.

I better get busy!!