Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekending | The One After The Super Bowl

Hey friends! Boo for having to go into work today, how's that petition coming along to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday?! So as I'm struggling to wake up today, let's go over my weekend!

Saturday was pretty uneventful, went with my sister to book the venue for my bridal shower...bring on all the rustic themed goodness!! After that my cousin came over and we played with my brand new selfie stick! I never thought I would enjoy having one, but with all the fun events and traveling in the next year, I know it will come in handy on more than one occasion! 

I got my no chip redone and boy am I loving this new color!! It's perfect for Valentine's day and just a bright and fun color in the drab and gloom that is winter!

Made a Sonic run after forever, if you've never had the mango slushie, you need to go get you some because it's the best thing...not overly sweet, but makes you feel like you're some place tropical!

Of course Sunday was all about football! I started the morning off by going to the grocery store to pick up the essentials; Angry Orchard, taco dip and yummy brownies! One phrase that can summarize yesterday is SO.MUCH.FOOD!!! I think I polished off half the taco dip (holy deliciousness) and threw back about 4-5 brownies...hello wedding diet!! I need to hit the gym extra hard tomorrow that's for sure!

I was rooting for the Broncos because it's probably Peyton's last year and he totally deserves to win while being a Bronco. I don't think Cam Newton and the Panthers played to their caliber yesterday, it was kind of sad because they were doing so well and I was totally rooting for them to do well too.

Wearing my Broncos colors (which also double as Bears colors conveniently)!

Situation yesterday since I was primarily in a food coma most of the night.

What did you guys do for the Super Bowl any fun parties?

Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Favorites: February Edition

TGIF friends!!!

Is it just me or has this week felt like it has lasted forever and a day? Maybe it's the complete lack of sleep I've had during the week, I'm talking 2.5 hours of sleep last night...insomnia at it's finest guys! It's fine, I have a huge cup of coffee this morning to keep me going!  Let's get onto the favorites of this week!

:.favorite recipe.:

With the big game this weekend, I'm always thinking about food. I'm watching the game with some friends and want to bring an easy to prepare dish that everyone will love. Alas, layered taco dip. Guys this stuff is so addictive that I may polish off an entire tray on my own sorry I'm not sorry!

:.favorite song.: 

Ok Rihanna, I see you. This song is so good, just gets you in the mood to dance, love it!!

:.favorite purchases.:

I don't know what's gotten into me lately, but I've been on a shopping binge. Target is my kryptonite guys, I can't not stay out of there!!! Here are just a few things I've picked up recently. To justify buying 2 new swimsuits, I have my bachelorette in Miami and my honeymoon coming up this year so it's basically a need.

:.favorite pins.:

Any fun plans for your weekend? Who are you rooting for to win the Super Bowl, or are you watching for the commercials & Coldplay/Beyonce??

Linking up with Amanda for Friday favorites!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wedding Wednesday | Bridal Henna

Happy Wedding Wednesday friends!! I still can't believe that we are already in February and time is just zooming past! These past few weeks I've seemed to rev back up on the wedding planning train and I don't see too much slowing down from here. There is just so many little details now that can be worked on because I'm almost at that 5 month mark. Here are a few things that I've checked off my to-do list as of lately:

.: Rented our convertible for the week of our wedding :.

.: Got my alterations on my outfits started :.

.: Finalized my wedding invites :.

.: Got everyone's addresses added to my template :. 

.: Received my wedding cake topper :.

.: Booked hotel rooms for out-of-town guests :.

Phew, when it's all written out there I've seriously got a lot accomplished! It's great to see how things are progressing. 

This past week I was tasked to find some local henna artists for not only myself, but for our event on Friday evening. After reaching out to a few ladies, I've narrowed it down to 2 and have since been scouring Pinterest for inspiration on my bridal henna.

Henna is a traditional part of any Indian wedding where dyed paste is applied on a bride's hands and feet in intricate designs a few nights before her wedding. The symbolism behind bridal henna is said to be when the henna is all dried, the darker the color appears on your hands and feet, the more loved you are by your groom-to-be. It's a fun event and I can't wait to share the special moments with my loved ones!

Here are some of the pictures that have been inspiring me lately...


Now it is your turn! We would love to have you link-up with your wedding tales, planning adventures and day-of memories.


As always, we would love to have you linking up with us and sharing your wedding inspiration, stories and photos of your own! Just please remember to link back to either mine or Macy's blog in order to keep the Wedding Wednesday fun going around.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekending | First of February

Happy February 1st friends!! 

This past weekend was a treat for Chicago folk because we actually hit 50* temps and for the end of January, that's pretty unheard of.  Here are some of my snaps from the weekend!

Oh hello #contourgoals, these Snapchat (follow me: npat62) filters are so much fun and while I was waiting for my sis to get ready, I had fun goofing off with these. 

On Saturday night I got to celebrate my good friend's birthday at Punch Bowl Social. It was a fun place and great night with some awesome people. Boy was I wiped the morning after, I seriously cannot hang anymore!

Sunday was spent laying in bed with my friends in Stars Hollow. With the recent confirmation of Netflix rebooting Gilmore Girls, I wanted to re-watch the entire series again so I set out to do just that. I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I got through season 1 in just a weekend.

I also used this new product Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water over the weekend and I'm loving it so far. My skin never feels dry or itchy after using it and it helps get pesky makeup that my wipes would have otherwise missed. I also like that it can be used am/pm and is super sensitive on your skin. If you are looking for a great new cleanser, go get you some of this, you won't regret it!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and has an equally as great week ahead!

Linking up with my girl Biana for Weekending!

Friday, January 29, 2016

| Friday Favorites |

Happy FriYay!!!

My posting has been quite sporadic lately and I really want to try to get on a better schedule and get posts written ahead of time, but so much has been going on this month already that I'm hoping things slow down a bit more next month and allows for the time I need.

Anyways, linking up with one of my favorites Amanda for Friday favorites!

Favorite song

Ok so a pretty raunchy video from the ex-Disney starlet, but hey she looks good and this song is so catchy and fun!! Also, take a look at the hottie in her video ;)!

Favorite recipe

My coworker totally intrigued me with her mason jar salads and I knew I wanted to try it out for myself. These are seriously so delicious and filling too! The awesome part is that you can literally put whatever you want as long as you keep the dressing on the bottom and the lettuce/possibly soggy items on top. 

Favorite show

Ok guys so Netflix totally got me on this show and I'm loving it so far. It's a heartwarming show that gives me Jane Austen/Little House on the Prairie vibes. I love the characters and it's just a wholesome show. I've already buzzed past season 1 and am already on season 2, so if you need a new show I suggest trying this one out!

Favorite DIY

I followed this recipe to make these sugar scrubs and instead of eucalyptus I used peppermint. We had a favorite things gift exchange and these were a part of my gift. Super super easy to make and an awesome, thoughtful gift that people can use!! 

Favorite gym selfie

I look pretty awful here because it was super early in the morning, but I love my workout days with my sissy because I feel a whole lot better working out and making sure I keep sweatin' for the wedding!!

Favorite sugary snacks

So with the working out I do get to feel a tiny bit better when I eat sweet cupcakes like this one. A new bakery opened up close to home and I'm loving their cupcakes. They are perfectly sized and not overly sweet which is a win win in my book. The flavor I got is an almond joy cupcake!

At our girls night we decided to whip up some frozen watermelon margaritas, topped with a sugary rim, it was the perfect almost end to the week!

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend ahead!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wedding Wednesday | Honeymoon Dreamin'

Happy hump day friends!! Just an fyi in case you missed it yesterday, I'm teaming up with some awesome ladies to help one lucky winner keep their 2016 resolutions on track...the giveaway will end Monday Feb 1st, so be sure to get your entries in, enter below and good luck!

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Now onto today's Wedding Wednesday post! Ever since the clock has been ticking down to the big day (less than 6 months and counting...) the more fun part of the whole wedding process has been racking in my head. 


Early on I spoke to my fiance about wanting to get away to a tropical island where we can lay on the beach and sip fruity drinks. When we talked about it the last time, my fiance said he wanted to take the responsibility of planning for the honeymoon...this means I won't know where we are going!!

I'm a typical Type-A planner type so not knowing seriously is killing me, but I know it will just mean that much more to know that he has planned an incredible honeymoon. Of course I wouldn't be me if I didn't give him a list of my top 3 destination choices. Here are my perfect places that I would absolutely not mind going to on our honeymoon.


This has been a top pick for me from day 1. I've heard nothing but incredible things about Hawaii and I hope I can experience it for myself. 

St. Lucia

Another gorgeous place that has been at the top of my list. How can you be upset with a view like that??


Ok how does such a place even exist?! This little gem of an island has been a newly popular destination for newlyweds and I could see myself getting down with a hut on the ocean!! Also did you know this is where Prince William and Princess Kate honeymooned??

So there you have it, my top 3 choice of destinations for our honeymoon. Have you been to any of these locations? Where was your honeymoon and why did you love it? Any tips that I can pass along to my fiance for booking the major trip?

(Pictures found from Google)

Now it is your turn! We would love to have you link-up with your wedding tales, planning adventures and day-of memories.


As always, we would love to have you linking up with us and sharing your wedding inspiration, stories and photos of your own! Just please remember to link back to either mine or Macy's blog in order to keep the Wedding Wednesday fun going around.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016 Resolutions Essentials | Giveaway |

Morning ladies!!

So around this time of the year is when people start to fall off the wagon of working out, dieting, and overall staying healthy!! I've teamed up with some amazing ladies to help you battle all of that and get through the hump of staying healthy.

These goodies will help one winner get healthy and hopefully stay there! We have a Fitbit Charge and adorable accessories from Enter through the rafflecopter below for your chance to win :)!!

Giveaway runs until Monday Feb 1st, good luck!!

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