Patio Tour
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Our patio is my little oasis! I know how rare outdoor living space is in a city so I don't take this area for granted! When we looked at apartments back in 2015, we hoped to move into our current complex. The complex has three huge buildings in it but there is only one floor with enclosed patios like ours. While there are a lot of units with balconies, we knew that it wouldn't be the same if we couldn't have enough space to put a couch. Comfort=coziness, right!? Needless to say, once we found out about this unit, we ran! It blew the others that we saw out of the water because it felt so peaceful. We were also drawn to the fact that we could entertain out here. I love  to plant flowers out here (and by plant I mean have Jay and my mom kindly do the labor for me) even though the shade and shallow dirt make it challenging. Being able to pick flowers from your little garden to put in vases in your home is one of those simple pleasures that really get me!

I love having the sliding patio doors because it allows us to see directly onto our patio and open the screen door to enjoy the fresh air. It gives the illusion that our apartment is bigger than it is since the patio starts right where our living room ends. It also means that we have a peaceful view for an apartment in a city. Our patio is gated within a communal courtyard that has trees and flowers and open green space. I love getting to look out at the greenery and feel like I have my own version of a backyard. In the winter, the snow remains untouched and preserved so we get to pretend like all of winter is magical from our view. Our courtyard setup also means that it is so quiet in our apartment. We rarelyyyyy hear any noise and if we hear anything, it's kids laughing in the courtyard. I feel like we are so spoiled that we never hear any horns are cars or anything and I don't know how we will ever give that up. 

We spend as much time as possible out there! We have an electric heater that I call the incubator. We sit under that and use big fluffy blankets in the fall and spring. Don't worry, I obviously have separate indoor and outdoor blankets...let's be real. We keep an old TV under our bed and we bring it outside with our Apple TV and watch shows and movies outside sometimes. We set up our Beat's pill speaker and put the speaker close to where we are sitting so that we project as little noise as possible. Ordering pizza and binging on Netflix out there is my idea of a great night! I am so grateful for this space and all of the memories that we regularly in it! 

I linked the sources for everything that you see here below. The only things that I could not link are the table and chairs because they are a super old set that my mom spray painted for me. Our thrown pillows are also discontinued. As always, please don't hesitate to ask me any questions via email or comment! 

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Sectional couch: http://www.rstbrands.com/Cannes-6pc-Sectional-and-Table-Slate

Favorite Sweaters Of The Season
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Cozy season is upon us and there's nothing cozier than sweaters. I searched high and low to find the best sweaters for sale. Here are my picks and they are all under $100. They range in price from $15-$100. Just click on an image below to shop it! 

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Gold Specks Cake
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I slightly adapted Sweetapolita's watercolor buttercream recipe (linked below) for my husband and mother in law's birthday cake. I loved the idea of using edible gold leaf flecks on a cake so I purchased them (and linked them at the bottom of this post). They were easy to use and looked cool with the gold candles (also linked below). The best thing about this cake was that it was still fresh tasting and the m-word (I hate that word!) 3 full days after making it. I attribute the freshness to the cake container/transporter that I linked at the bottom of this post. Shout out to great products that actually do their job and SUGAR! 

Ingredients

For the frosting:

  • 2 1/4 cups (285 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups (450 g) superfine sugar
  • 1 cup (120 g) dark unsweetened cocoa powder (see Notes)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 cup (240 ml) hot coffee (if you can't use coffee, substitute with very hot water)
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (see Notes)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 cups (620 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Edible gold leaf (linked under 'Shop The Post' at the bottom of this post  

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F (180°C). Spray the bottom of three 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line bottoms with parchment rounds. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla, and then mix in eggs.
  4. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Divide batter equally among the three cake pans or weigh for accuracy--each pan should weigh about 580 grams.
  5. Bake the first two layers until a wooden pick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out with a only a few crumbs, about 23 minutes. Try not to over-bake. Let cakes cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, and then turn onto rack to cool completely. Repeat with the final cake layer. When ready to assemble the cake, wrap the layers in plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes.
  6. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, shortening, and salt on medium speed until very pale and creamy, 8 minutes.
  7. Reduce the speed to the lowest setting and gradually add the confectioners' sugar, heavy cream, vanilla bean paste and water. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until very light and fluffy, about 6 minutes.
  8. The frosting will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Bring chilled frosting to room temperature and beat on low speed to soften. If necessary, you can warm the frosting in a heatproof container in the microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring after each one, until smooth and spreadable. Add a small amount of water, one tablespoon at a time, if the frosting needs more "glide."
  9. Put your first cake layer top-up on the cake board or plate, and spread about 1 1/4 cups of the frosting evenly across layer. Put the second cake layer on top and repeat with another layer of frosting. Repeat again.
  10. Using a turntable, if possible, frost entire outside of cake with a thin layer of the frosting to seal in the crumbs. Chill until the frosting begins to firm-up, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, tint the remaining pink frosting (there should be about
  11. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and return it to the turntable. Using a medium straight palette knife spread the icing around the cake.
  12. Add the gold flecks by gently pressing random patches of the gold onto the cake. Serve at room temperature.

http://sweetapolita.com/2015/06/watercolor-buttercream-party-cake/

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Excerpt From Our Wedding Ceremony
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On my husband's 28th birthday, I to share an 'excerpt' from our wedding ceremony in which our officiant (my beautiful sister in law) read a paraphrased version of what Jay and I each shared with her about the things that we love about each other and our partnership. We never saw/heard what each other said until the ceremony and so I think Jay's last line here is hilarious.

From Carly, on her groom...
I love how thoughtful he is. He really takes his time to think things through, especially when it invokes someone that he cares about. 

I love how funny he is. I am guaranteed to laugh every single day that I am with him. 

I love his eyes. They're like the most beautiful blue ocean that I could get lost in. More so than that, they really SEE me.

I love how affectionate he is.

I love how he is so committed to bettering himself in every realm of his life. He doesn't just want it though, he actively goes out and works on things. 

He is so freaking smart. 

I love how he is the definition of a true partner. He will jump up to take the heavy load off my shoulders and then all of the problems in this crazy world instantly feel lighter to carry around.

I love how chill he is. 

I love how he embraced my family and friends as if they are his own. 

I love his sense of self.

I love the fact that I KNOW that he is going to be the most incredible father. 

I love how he's such an incredible listener. No one has ever listened more intently to what I have to say. I can feel him hanging on my every word and processing everything that I say and it's the most validating feeling on the planet. Just to KNOW that someone cares that much about how I feel and what I say makes whatever I'm talking about feel better.

From Jay, on his bride...

She’s my dream girl. She is a Jill-of-all-trades. She is well rounded in so many ways. She will be the ultimate wife and most loving and nurturing mother. She knows how to make a house a home.

She is incredibly smart and can do anything she sets her mind to.

She is the most emotionally intelligent person that I have ever met. She has taught me so much about empathy, differentiating my emotions, and properly channeling them to not only achieve my individual goals but more importantly our goals as a team.

I love her optimism and positivity despite all of the hardships that she has endured.

I love her beautiful smile.

I love when she laughs even more. Her giggle is my favorite sound in the world and it makes me smile every time I hear it.

I love her curiosity about life and the people in it. She seeks to truly understand others.

She is generous and selfless. She is thoughtful and thinks about how to make others happy. She will consistently put the needs of others before her own.

She is genuinely kind to the bottom of her heart.

I still get butterflies when I see her name pop up on my phone. I love talking to her.

She is the most beautiful woman in the world. I love her skin and her perfect body. Her skin is electric yet comforting.

I love how she smells.

I love how she loves love. I love how she loves me. 

I love her passion and enthusiasm.

I love all of her quirks. Like how she has to eat her cupcakes with the wooden forks.

She is the best communicator.

She is hilarious.

She is confident in who she is as a person and the beliefs that guide her.

In my pursuit of her, I once said that one of the things that I liked most about her was how strong she is as a person. She has proven that over and over again, more than any person should ever have to. It’s one of the reasons that I know I will be able to lean on her for the rest of my life.

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From Carly, on their relationship...
I love how I can know what he's thinking and how funny it is when I call him out on it. I read him like my favorite book.

I love how we have the same idea of fun and have so much of it. We don't have to negotiate what we do together because we both enjoy the same things. We can also be doing nothing together and have the best time.

I love how have complete and utter trust in one other. It makes our home a peaceful place to live.

My heart circles him. Somehow whatever I do or think comes right back to him and my love for him. He's the center of my universe.

I love how we share the same morals, values and goals for our future.

We both are dedicated to living with intention and fighting for a happy marriage.

I love how easily I get lost in him...the kind of lost that feels like being found. He's an escape from reality and yet a part of my every day truth.

From Jay, on their relationship... 

I love that we know the other person just as well, if not better, than ourselves. We can read how each other is feeling or what the other is thinking without saying a word.

I love our connection and need to be with each other as much as physically possible. I wish I could share every experience with her. 

I love how we have the same, slightly inappropriate, immature and sarcastic sense of humor and make each other laugh constantly.

I love how we elevate each other. We teach each other new things. We build each other up, support each other, and help the other person with new ideas and advice.

I love how we balance each other out. She brings me a sense of urgency while I relax her anxieties.

We fully and completely trust each other.

We share the same goals and visions of our futures and work towards them as a team.

We both value our families and we both want to grow a family of our own.

I love how we probably said very similar things.

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Peach Crisp
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This is the PERFECT September dessert! Peach season is still going strong and I wanted to take advantage. The peaches provide a fresh taste that is perfect for that last leg of summer feel. The warm dessert makes it cozy for fall! Top it off with some vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt and it's bound to make you smile! I loveeeee a good hot-cold combo. I keep my frozen yogurt in a seperate bowl and get each bite with some yogurt, topping and peach. I like doing this because then the ice cream/frozen yogurt doesn't melt and you actually get to eat it. Try this recipe and you won't regret it! 

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or white flour will do)

1/2 cup quick cooking oats 

1/2 cup brown sugar 

1/2 t baking powder 

1/4 t cinnamon  

Dash of salt

Dash of nutmeg  

1/3 cup unsalted butter

6 ripe, yellow peaches  

1/4 cup powdered stevia  

1/2 t vanilla extract  

Directions: 

Let the butter come to room temperature and cut it into small pieces. 

Cut the peaches into small chunks  (approximately 1-2 square inches).

Place the peaches in a bowl with the stevia. Mix and let sit for at least 20 minutes.  

In another bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg  cut the butter into the mixture with a pastry blender  (if you don't have a pastry blender you can use two forks). 

Add the vanilla extract to the peaches and then place them in a baking dish.  

Spread the crumb topping in a layer on top of the peaches.  

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes.  

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The White Box
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I found The White Box on Instagram and was intrigued by their business. I ended up getting the opportunity to speak with the founders of the company on multiple occasions. I loved learning about their business model and dreams. Basically, The White Box is a wedding planning service for people who either can't afford a full time wedding planner or don't want one. They work remotely with you on your wedding. They help you lock down a 'wedding brand', point you in the direction of next steps, connect you with vendors, and generally help guide you along the wedding planning journey. Unfortunately, I discovered this service after I already did the majority of my planning. Still, they helped me get the linens that I ordered at a discount because of their connection with La Tavola. They have connections with lots of companies to help brides and grooms get the best rates! They also sent me this pretty mock up box to demonstrate to you guys what it would be like if you worked with them from the start! The owners are SO sweet and are definitely a pleasure to work with. If you're interested, head over to their website and take a look! 

https://thewhitebox.co/ 

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Fall Shoes That You Need
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Bootie, bootie, bootie, bootie rockin' everywhere! Here they are...my favorite shoes of the season! I've got some amazing booties, mules, slip on sneaks, flats, and peep toed heels to keep your feet happy this season. I know that boots and booties can get expensive so I only linked shoes that are $150 and below. I can say with full confidence that I will be living in these slip on Nikes. If you want to be living in them too then I'd hop right on it because they are selling out fast! Happy Shopping my loves! 

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Zoodle & Burrata Salad
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Who doesn't love burrata? Seriously. Dare I say that this is one of the best burratas that I've ever had? It was so creamy but not too heavy. I went to The Cheese Shop in the West Village and obviously had to get it along with a few others. I put the burrata to good use because this salad was bomb! Is it okay to say that a creation of yours is bomb?! I don't know but it's the truth so who cares. It tastes so fresh! Here's what's up... 

INGREDIENTS: 

1 ball of burrata  

3 zucchini  

2/3 cup grape tomatoes  

3 ears of corn  

Juice of 1 lemon

2 T fresh basil  

1/2 cup olive oil  

1 T pepper  

1 T red pepper flakes  

1 t salt  

1/2 T dried, minced garlic  

DIRECTIONS: 

1. Turn your zucchini into zoodles (you can also buy it already zoodled at most food stores now) 

2. Place the zoodles in a pan over low heat with a tablespoon of olive oil for 5 minutes. Toss the zoodles so that none of them turn brown.

3. While the zoodles are on the stovetop, cut the corn off of the cob. Half your tomatoes as well.  

4. Combine the zoodles, corn and tomatoes in a large bowl.

5. Add the olive oil and lemon juice and mix.

6. Add the pepper, salt, dried garlic, red pepper flakes and mix.  

7. Add the burrata on top.

8. Cut basil on top of the salad and serve cold.  

 

Work Out Clothes to Kick Off Fall
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Don't you always feel like new work out clothes help you kick off the exercise routine that you're aspiring to? I feel like the change of season is a perfect time for a revamp of all of it. Let's be real, with the colder weather coming I'll also be wearing work out leggings more frequently than I'd like to admit! At least there's a cool word for it now. I rounded up my favorite activewear under $100 below. Just click on an image to shop the item. Happy Athleisuring!  

Pants

Tops

Sneakers

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Honeymoon Part 2- Bora Bora
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We said goodbye to Moorea and hopped on a plane to Bora Bora. The plane landed and we went to get off of it. While collecting our carryons we heard "next stop Bora Bora" over the speaker. Apparently planes there work like our trains here! Once we landed in Bora Bora, we had a boat waiting to take us to the hotel. I think that its a v-nice touch that the hotel sends private boats to pick up each of their guests. +10000 points and we hadn't even gotten to the hotel! The fresh flower leis didn't hurt the arrival points either!

I have the mental reel of us pulling up to the hotel engrained in my mind for forever. The iconic huts jut out into the water, the insane mountain was showing off, and the water was the most crystal clear and blue water I have ever seen BY FAR. It sh** on Moorea's water, which was the clearest I had seen. Prior to the trip, I was worried that photos would overhype the destination. There are so many filters and ways to boost color when editing pictures. We purposely didn't look at any photos of our destinations and did not follow the hotels on Instagram in order to not become 'immume' to the beauty before arriving. Even if we had, the photos would not have done it justice AT ALL. The same can be said for my photos. It was just so much more spectacular in person and that water was just so much more vibrant. 

We were greeted on the dock of our hotel, the St. Regis, by a butler who handed us drinks and walked us into the lobby. He then gave us a tour of the property via golf cart. We were SO pleasantly surprised by the property. We expected to be obsessed with our room and to not want to leave it. We didn't expect to be so in love with the resort property in general. It was freaking unbelievable! It was like a whole other world, tucked away right on this Motu (little island inside the barrier reef). The property was huge and was 98 percent nature and 2 percent buildings. There was so much to explore and so much beauty to soak in everywhere that we turned. 

Our last stop on the tour was our villa and it was everything that I hoped that it would be. It was the size of our apartment and was truly what honeymoon fantasies are made of. I wish that I could live there permanently. I'd have to swap out some of the bright colors if I did for some white decor but it was cool to have Tahitian decor for our vacation.

The coolest thing inside was our shower. The bathroom had sliding mirrors at the vanity that could be opened up so that it was an open flow between the rooms. I loved how you could shut the mirrors because it gave the option for privacy. Most of the time we kept them open though because you could look straight out and see the blue water off of our deck! The shower didn't have any doors and was just an open rain shower. That means that we got to stare at the insane view outside while in our shower...WIN! 

The best part about our villa was obviously the outdoor space. It was SICK to have this place that we could be alone and experience paradise together. We had two cushioned lounge chairs (cushions are the first thing that I check for in pictures of hotels now sadly haha but they are game changers for even ‘normies’). We also had a table and chairs, which was perfect for ordering room service. We looked out at the amazing water and it was insanely peaceful. It was a little less private than we expected it to be. There are walls on either side of the area with the lounge chairs, so your neighbors can’t see you from their villas. However, everyone on jet skis, canoes…can see you from the water. There were a few times when boats would just stop in front of the villa and the guys would look over at us. I think that they are maybe looking for celebrities and hoping to get the Bieber d*** pics part 2. This only happened a couple of times and besides that, it was really secluded feeling.

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The first morning I woke up to find my cute husband reading out on the deck for sunrise. Generally speaking, I thought that the sunrises and sunsets were a little anticlimactic considering we were in this beautiful tropical place. It was definitely beautiful to see but the sky wasn’t putting on a crazy show. I think that it has something to do with how the atmosphere is different there (same reason as to why the clouds are so low). Suddenly I’m a hard core scientist who knows things?! I know nothing haha.

Breakfast was included with our room and it was a legit buffet spread. One of my favorite parts of vacation is the breakfast buffet so I obviously went IN on it. I attribute most of my vacation weight to the endless croissants that I ate. They also let you order things off of the menu, which is perfect for someone who values freshness and hot food to an extreme like I do.

The hotel provides complimentary bikes that are part of a shared program, like in Amsterdam. You can grab any bike that you see, as long as someone did leave their belongings in the basket and mark it as theirs. I haven’t really gone on bikes since my accident and was scared but it was good for the flat surfaces. I held onto one of the bikes for the duration of our stay because it was the lightest and easiest to maneuver. The bikes were perfect for exploring the large property. You can also call a golf cart at any time, but I quickly learned that I could be in increased pain if I got a bad golf cart driver so we walked everywhere and sometimes rode bikes.

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We explored all of the little canals and different areas of the lagoonarium. We got our bearings for where everything was and oohed and aahed over everything. There is something to be said for wandering around aimlessly in a new place with your partner. My favorite memories from when Jay and I studied abroad were from the times when we would just walk around for hours discovering new things. We got lost CONSTANTLY, but it was okay because we just discovered new alleys and canals in Venice, for example. Well, our first day in Bora Bora was a lot like that. I feel mega grateful that I got to wander around a new place with this guy as my husband.

You guys, the people there literally SING their greetings. Everyone is just so happy there because how can you not be?! The staff was all so friendly and helpful. They learned our names, which was SO impressive! 

The marine biologist at the hotel does an educational fish feeding and shark feeding twice a week. We went to the fish feeding at the lagoonarium and were shocked to see how many fish there were. There is a net with holes in it where the private property begins. The fish can swim in and out at their leisure. One fish (this crazy blue one) is the only one that can’t leave because he is too big. He came when he was only a baby but never swam out when he was small enough. Clearly they like the lush life at the St. Regis and the endless supply of food…I’m with him!

Jay made fun of me a lot for being an “8 year old in school” at the shark feeding. He does a pretty good imitation of me saying, “do fish sleep?” FYI the answer is that some do and some don’t…this lemon shark never stops moving because he has to move to get oxygen but he sometimes swims slower to rest and the lagoon shark sleeps on the bottom of the ocean. I learned a lot…as in we stayed after the session for a solid 20 minutes chatting with the sweet marine biologist about everything. I feel bad for the sharks there because they were originally trapped by other fisherman by accident and brought to the hotel. They are treated really well and they do their best to not interfere with their natural way of life. I wish they could be free and treated well, but it seems like there are a lot of problems with Tahitian tourist culture with how they use sharks as entertainment and let people swim with them (sharks are supposed to be afraid of humans but they are being positively reinforced to want to be near them since they are getting fed by the humans).

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We spent the afternoon at our villa and then went to this ‘secret spot’ on the beach where the staff lives, to watch the sun set. We literally chased down the sun across the property and got to watch it pop through the trees and disappear below the horizon. It was a magical collection of moments that I will never, ever forget.

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My friend, Michelle, gifted us tickets to the Polynesian Show for my bridal shower. We had Tahitian food and then the show began. I know that they do this stuff for tourists but it was so cool to see and experience. I pretty much want one of the grass skirt things that make twerking look cool.

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Our travel agent was able to get us a free couples massage at the spa since we were on our honeymoon. The hotel makes you send a copy of your marriage license to them in order for you to get the benefits, which is crazy! It makes sense though since SO many people there were on anniversary trips (more than honeymooning maybe). After breakfast we posted up at the beach in front of the spa. It was my favorite spot at the resort because it had SUCH a cool view of the mountain and it was always super secluded. You can go to the spa beach and use the spa facilities at any time during your stay at the hotel, which is cool. We snorkeled in the lagoonarium and I sucked at it. I was being stalked by a school of fish and basically spent my time swimming away from them like a baby. Jay kept getting water in his snorkel from laughing so hard at me.

The massage was awesome! They give us disposable thong underwear (yes, US), that you can wear during the massage. I thought that it was weird that they were thongs but it made sense after we saw how intensely they massage your glutes. Let’s just say that Jay was a fan (roll eye face).

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That night, we took a boat to the main land and went to Villa Mahana, which our travel agent, Lauren, told us is a must. The boat left from the main dock of the hotel with other people who were going to dinner on the main land. The boat part was the easy part in comparison to the car ride on the windy roads once we got there. Jay and I tried asking the driver to take it easier because of my back injury but he didn’t speak any English and our poor signaling didn’t work. It was a damper on the night but I put on a good face like a champ as best as I could because it was such a romantic place. We sat out in this back garden that felt like we were in Tuscany with lots of candles. It is a tasting menu so Jay got a variety of carnivore dishes and they had a vegetarian friendly tasting menu for me (this is rare and usually pushes us away from places with fixed menus so it was awesome). Jay also did the wine pairing, which was cool. Half way through our meal it suddenly started to POUR. The restaurant didn’t have any tables inside so while the guests ran inside, the staff lifted all of the tables and brought them inside the tiny indoor space. I felt so bad for them as they hustled hard. By the time they brought everything in, the filets were floating in water and the linens were soaked. They changed out everything from the tables as we all laughed about it. There is only one boat that leaves the resort each night and one boat that comes back to the resort so they had to rush to serve us the rest of our food in time. We finished our meals inside and they kindly comped everyone’s bills for the inconvenience.

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My friend, Lubin, got us a yoga class for my bridal shower. It was awesome to do yoga right on the lagoon. We saw fish swim right in front of us and we heard birds chirping. Who needs a yoga playlist when you have real life nature? Instead of closing my eyes each time that the teacher instructed us to, I looked up at the palm trees swaying in the breeze. It was such a cool experience that I will never forget. It was also the only exercise that we did the ENTIRE trip...whoops! Annddd I did it supppperr modified. There wasn't any time to waste working out so I don't have any regrets, as soft as it made me. 

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The other nights we went to dinner at the resort. People say that a downfall of going to Bora Bora is that you can’t leave the resort easily to go out at night and that it’s pretty quiet and dead at the resorts. I personally thought that it was an upside because we love the simplicity of walking to dinner. One of the reasons that we don’t want to move out of a city is because we love just strolling to dinner. We didn’t mind that it was quiet at night because we are used to not staying out late with my injuries. We also liked getting to bed early because it meant that we woke up early without being tired. It’s Bora Bora’s winter during our summer so the sun is out for less hours. We wanted to make sure that we enjoyed every second that the sun was up. We prioritized the daytime and loved it.

One night we got back from dinner and I went to take off my makeup and walked into our living room to see Jay like this. He was staring at the fish through our floor for an hour! And he called me the 8 year old about the fish…

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My one complaint about the trip was that it was WAY too short. We spent 6 nights in Bora Bora, but we traveled during two of the days, which sucked up our time but also hurt my back for the day. So, we had four full days there, which was not even close to enough. The reality is that we would never have enough time there and would always have been sad to leave. I don’t think that I could get sick of that lifestyle with Jay, I’d only get sick of the bill.

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One night we decided to just order room service to our deck. It was SUCH a great decision because we got to stay out in our bathing suits for longer and not rush to get ready for a dinner reservation. We rushed every single day getting ready for dinner because we just didn’t want to leave our deck to get in the shower! On the night that we stayed in, Jay put on his robe after he showered and I was like “DOWN!” I laid fresh towels on our lounge chairs and we laid down staring at the stars and listening to music. We ordered dinner and they set it up so nicely for us, with a candle and flower arrangement.

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We both agreed that while Moorea was awesome, it felt a lot like a really legit vacation that we were taking right after getting married. It was fun to talk about the wedding and just bask in that newlywed feeling. We were majorly in love in paradise, so it was obviously awesome. However, it didn’t feel SO much different than the trip where we got engaged (dare I say that the trip that we got engaged during actually felt more different than any other awesome vacation that we could take together). This changed when we got to Bora Bora and I don’t know exactly why. It just felt more special and different. I think that most of it was because it was iconic and it was this dream that we both shared for as long as ‘we’ were even a thing. I also think that the awesome luxury lifestyle didn’t hurt. The level of service was insane and we got to just sit back and chilllllllll. I think that the secluded feel of the villa deck with the amazing view was also to thank.

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I truly have to say that the best part of all was getting so much time alone with Jay. We both thrive with alone time and all of that individual attention. We were in full obsession mode and just having the best time being along with each other. Other honeymooners at the hotel tried to be friends with us and we would chat briefly but we were then kind of rude and unfriendly (which is the opposite of my M.O. in life), because we just wanted to spend all of our time alone together. We smiled non-stop and just obsessively talked about how happy we were in each moment. We tried our best to soak it all in and continuously talked about how we were living out our dreams and we couldn’t believe it.

It was made tenfold more special by the fact that we were honeymooning. We straight up abused the words wife, husband, Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson. We couldn’t get close enough to each other, even with all of the space that we had to ourselves. Basically, we were mega annoying so I won’t drone on about it. I have been struggling with how to not make the whole thing sound cliché when people ask how it is because it just WAS amazing and it WAS insanely romantic and it WAS a dream come true. So, there you have it. It felt so special and crazy to know that this man was now my husband. We spent way too much time staring at his wedding band. I think that he looks like such a MAN with it on and it’s alarmingly hot.

I have one more post coming with our boat tour and snorkeling pictures so stay tuned! 

 

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End of Summer Tablescape
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I don't want to be the annoying person that brings up how summer is coming to a close but unfortunately the rumors are true. With Labor Day weekend approaching, I thought that it would be fun to share a summer tablescape idea. This is perfect for any outdoor party. The tropical vibes make you instantly feel like you are on vacation. Pair it with a palm printed dress, like this one from Vici, and you're good to go. I think that pineapples are such a fun and inexpensive centerpiece idea. These tropical flowers don't hurt either! I hope that you guys have an amazing summer finale!

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Blush Mini

I think that the first rule of wearing a mini dress is to wear very high heels that will make your legs look long (even when they are short stubs like mine). These were as high as I could go (and I'm only equipped to go directly to my seat at the dinner table in these haha) but I am grateful that these low block heels are in this season. The loose boning in this dress makes it hug to your body in a way that helps you out a little bit but isn't so tight that it's uncomfortable. I'm wearing an XS and while it fits snugly around my chest, I think that it fits pretty true to size. It also comes in white but I thought that the white color looked a little bit cheap in this lace. I mean it is cheap becacuse it's less than $20 butttttt we obviously don't want it to look it! 

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