Sweater: J. Crew| Jeans: Gap| Dress: Alice & Olivia | Shoes: Joie
Hey, wassup, hello! I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since my last update. The first two weekends of October were reserved for weddings, then Halloween came, birthdays, Thanksgiving, and here we are near Christmas. When I’m not procrastinating on my couch, I’m trying to wedding plan aka not get yelled at by my mom because I am a terrible planner.
Dave and I were able to squeeze in an engagement photo shoot while the weather was still decent. We started in Beacon Hill, my favorite neighborhood, and ended at the Boston Public Gardens, which is Dave’s favorite spot. Our photographer was awesome and we felt comfortable with him.
Acorn Street, Boston
Photography by: Matthew Jason Photo
I know my responses have been at a glacial pace, but I really appreciate the sweet birthday wishes you guys left me. The highlight of summer has always been my birthday because….duh; it really brought a smile to my face. However, the real event of the summer was my friend’s bachelorette party weekend. I thought I was in love with our trip to the Hamptons, but this managed to top it. I think I laughed for 120 hours straight.
I was introduced to Jess after she transferred to Ithaca freshman year. We lived in the same dorm sophomore year and had some of the same friends. Somehow, we decided to be apartment mates for our senior year and have been great friends ever since. I was really honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid and when she accepted the invitation to be in my wedding party as well. Following her bridal shower, she had a mini bachelorette party to include those who were unable to attend the cruise. There was a total of 6 of us this weekend; all but 1 of us were cruise newbies.
Our ship was the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas, which sailed out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. We spent the majority of day 1 by the pool, met Jess’ brother for dinner in the main dining room, explored the casino, and night club. On Saturday, we landed in Nassau and had about 12 hours to explore before the ship left port. We met a huge bachelor party at Señor Frogs and discovered that they were staying on our ship. We kept crossing paths and they eventually became our new buddies for the rest of the trip. The ship brought us to the private island of CocoCay on Sunday. There were some excursion options available but we just lounged in the water for the afternoon and then migrated back to the pool deck. We were safely returned on Monday morning with an abundance of weird, amazing, hilarious stories, sunburn, and a heavy feeling that we must do this again.
The gals paying attention during the Muster Drill.
I never did find my sash after the first night.
Beautiful views from our balcony room.
The beautiful bride.
Jessica’s Last Sail Before the Veil” shirts in Nassau.
Starfish along the water. The shopkeeper’s wife was screaming at him.
I wonder where this leads.
There was a slight chill in the air yesterday which could only mean one thing: IT’S MAH BIRTHDAY. Naturally, I embraced my favorite gender stereotype and made it into a birthday weekend.
On Friday, Dave and I attended the Incubus concert; it was a great time. Brandon Boyd gave me life, especially when he began singing “Come As You Are” during the set for “Megalomaniac.” Incubus is one of my favorite bands so I was really happy to see them live for the first time. What also gave me life was the peanut butter and jelly burger from Flynn’s Irish Pub. Yup. Peanut butter and strawberry jelly on a burger. It sounds wrong but it was SO right.
I should spare everyone the tl;dr and just admit that I indulged a lot and basically stuffed my face after a week of clean eating. Saturday morning brunch was at Inna’s Kitchen, a spot in Newton that serves delicious Israeli cuisine. My future in laws took me to dinner at Grill 23 located in Boston’s Back Bay. Yesterday, I met up with some friends for brunch at Barcelona in Brookline. They had some great live music, an extensive bloody Mary bar, and delicious breakfast tapas; I think we ordered EVVVERRRRYTHING. I only managed to document what I wore to brunch (my other 2 outfits were so on point), this super comfortable knit dress from Anthropologie. The weather dropped low enough where I needed to actually put on the flannel.
It’s not fall yet but I was making my way to stepping on the crunchiest leaf.
Dave pampered me all day. it was neat.