Friday, February 28, 2014

Bride to be!

We're coming up on 2 weeks away!!! AH!! I can't believe how quickly these last few weeks are flying by!  I'm getting so excited for the wedding!  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite pics from my bridal shower a few weeks ago, as well as my full outfit details!  A huge thank you to my Maid of Honor, Kristina, for coordinating everything, and to all of my bridesmaids!  All photography is by my good friend Brandy (Darmon's Photography)
{Outfit details: Skirt // Shirt // Tank // Necklace (similar)}

Happy Friday y'all!!! What are your plans for the weekend?  I'll be continuing the wedding festivities with some bachelorette partying! Can't wait!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Swing Into Spring with Neiman Marcus

Last night I attended the Swing Into Spring event at Neiman Marcus in Fort Worth.  I've attended fall events in the past, but never the spring show... I was expecting the same set-up but was surprised with a different format.  Unfortunately, we didn't get to experience a runway show, but TCU alumni and Neimans still made the event a great success!

The store was closed off from the public and we were able to browse without crowds.   We enjoyed wine and beer, and a few munchies.  There were complimentary makeovers and you could even have a sketch artist draw a portrait... which I, of course, took advantage of!
A few live models posed throughout the store, as well as walking, to show off some spring fashions.  The biggest trend I noticed was PINK! ("Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed!")
My favorite piece had to be this Alice + Olivia dress, which is so simple and SO chic!
I also saw some great color in the men's department with fun, lightweight teal and blue blazers!  Obviously bright, saturated colors are in this spring season!  Overall, it was a fun, relaxed event... but I missed the runway!  I was really hoping to see more outfits put together.  However, I did enjoy interacting with the models last night... they were all so sweet and loved to talk about what they were wearing, so in a way, it was even more informative and personal.

I LOVE hot pink... what about you?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Spring in my step

Yesterday DFW hit the hottest temperature it's been since November 17... and it was GLORIOUS!  I'm not exactly wanting constant 80-something degrees from now on (I would like an actual Spring, please, dear Texas) but after a winter of up and down and ice and snow, I'm ready to be warm!!

As I sit here watching the drizzle outside my window, I'm even more thankful that I had some time to make it to the park yesterday with my boys (along with the entire city... I've never seen it so crowded there!)  Chris, Wilbur and I watched the sunset in Trinity Park as we enjoyed an evening walk together.  As usual, my exercise suffered as I stopped every few feet to take a picture.  With all of this wedding planning lately, I haven't had a lot of time for one of my favorite things: photography!

So here's a few of my favorite shots from yesterday!  I love my Funkytown!!
What are your favorite Fort Worth spots to enjoy the outdoors?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

One month and counting...

Today marks one month until our wedding! Ah!! I can't believe how quickly it's approaching.  I'm not going to lie, the planning process has been stressful and time-consuming.  It's easy for me and Chris, and I'm sure any couple, to fight in those circumstances.  But Valentine's Day yesterday was a perfect excuse to put all planning aside and just enjoy each other's company.  With the upcoming wedding and everything going on, we decided to stay on a budget and have a date night, but not splurge on gifts.  I did buy him a card and he bought me two bouquets of gorgeous flowers.
I surprised Chris with homemade peanut butter cookies, Prosecco on ice and a cute table setting.
Maybe it looked kinda cheesy, maybe not... I guess that depends on your outlook :-)  I loved it though.  {heart champagne flutes, red & pink heart shapes table scatter, napkins and paper plates all from Dollar Tree}  I experimented with the cookies and decided to try to make them heart-shaped.  The first batch wasn't quite right; They didn't look horrible but they also didn't look enough like hearts.
One the second batch, I formed the dough into a more drastic V-shape.
They turned out much better! ...actually, I think they turned out adorable!  It took a couple extra minutes but it was worth it.
After popping some bubbly and toasting to love, we headed out to dinner.  We're blessed to live in downtown Fort Worth and so we decided to walk.  It was a tad chilly, but thankfully the weather the last few days has been quite nice!  When we were trying to decide earlier that day where to eat, Chris and I had a telepathic moment where we both thought of Thai food at the same time.  He texted me while at work and suggested it and I thought Wow we're exactly on the same page.

If you haven't tried TIE in downtown, it's phenomenal.  This was only my second time eating Thai food; both experiences were at Tie.  I fell in love on our first visit.  It's delicious and it's affordable... and the restaurant is currently BYOB.  Not to mention the friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere.  You wouldn't think it could get any better, but it does... the music playlist.  I'm not sure if it's an XM radio station or what but it's straight up 90s jams and it takes me back to my childhood!  We brought along a few Shiners and enjoyed a fabulous meal for less than $30 before tip.
We thought about going bowling, but after calling the Lucky Strike and discovering they had a two and a half hour lane wait, we opted for something else.  Since we were already roaming downtown on foot, we headed a few blocks over to one of our favorite bars, Paddy Reds.  We ordered a few Shiners (since we had to store our leftover byob beers with the bartender) and played a couple of games of darts.
I think one of the things Chris loves about me is the fact that I love to dress cute and sassy, but I'm still one of those girls that is perfectly happy drinking a few beers and relaxing at the pub.  I was feeling a little Blair Waldorf compared to the other bar patrons {ha!} but that didn't stop me from loving this outfit!!
{Booties: Isaac Mizrahi (old) similar // Wristlet: Coach}
{Heart blouse: LC Lauren Conrad // Skirt: Proenza Schouler}
The night was perfectly us.  I loved it and I love him.  Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day too.  One month and counting... I can't wait!