Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Engaged!!!









Hi guys!! So I am engaged!!! (Technically since July 23!) If you saw my Instagram first, you read that I would share the details here on why I am announcing it now. First, I'll tell you the story on how it came about. I knew that we would get engaged before October, I just didn't know when. We had gone ring shopping over late winter/early spring so he knew what I had wanted. (Yes, I am that picky and particular about things...lol....that I wanted to pick out my ring and then he could get it or something very similar when the time came).

 Now, a week before July 23 which was a Sunday btw--we were still discussing the ring and that he was looking at different places to find it. He had said that we had to go to MA on that Sunday (July 23) to deliver a boat part for his dad (his dad is a commercial fisherman and this is not unusual as we have done it before). So I was like okay, no big deal. 

The day before that I had a graduation party to attend so on Thursday night I was painting my toes and he goes "why don't you get your nails done". Just FYI--it's not often I get my nails done. Usually just for my birthday, Christmas, and special events. So that kinda tipped my off right there but I didn't say anything and was still a little confused as we had just talked about him not even finding the ring yet. I definitely suspected something would happen that Sunday or even the following weekend which was his birthday. 

So on that Sunday before we got on the ferry, we had to stop by his parents house to pick up the boat part from his mom. That particular day the weather was actually a little cool out for July (I was wearing a sweater). Also, my allergies were horrible and I was battling inflammation of my eyes and had to wear my glasses--no contacts were allowed--so I was a little miserable that day. 

Once we were in Fairhaven, MA we decided to stop at the Fort Phoenix State Reservation. Again, this wasn't out of the ordinary either as we had gone here in January. This place is located at the Fairhaven-New Bedford harbor. The fort is in the era of the American Revolutionary War. The view is amazing when you walk all the way out to the end which we couldn't do in January because it was way too cold and windy so we took the opportunity to do it now while it was nice. 

So we walked out there and he was standing there for a while (turns out because he was waiting for people to stop walking near us) and then he proposed! He had told me that he called my dad (he lives in NC) and asked him and also went and saw my step-dad and asked him as well. It was totally unnecessary but he did it anyway and they were both really happy that he did that. He said my dad was almost crying! And FYI--there was no boat part in that box we picked up! Ha! 

Now for the reasons why I am announcing now. Well, that day I definitely didn't want pictures taken with my glasses on and nose all red from allergies so we were going to wait to take photos. Then my ring was too big (they wouldn't size it even though he knew what my size is--they said I had to come in). I wanted to wear it that day so I just kept my hand in a fist all day so it wouldn't fall off! 

The next day after work, we went to get it sized. They have to send it out so it would take about a week. I was suppose to pick it up on Wednesday August 2 but it missed the shipment and we were leaving to go away the next day and wouldn't be back until Sunday night. Let's just say my fiance and I were a little upset but what can you do. So I picked it up on Monday August 7. Then because we both work during the week and don't get home until late, we would need to have our pictures done on the weekend (plus he needed to get a hair cut lol).  Friday we had plans to go to Southampton and watch a movie in the park and Saturday's weather was not good so we took the above photos on Sunday with my uncle's girlfriend. We just wanted a couple photos of us at the beach. We didn't want to spend a crazy amount of money on professionally done engagement photos. We would rather put that money towards the wedding. So finally it is all out there now! 

We picked out the venue and date--August 11, 2018! I'm thinking about doing some posts on wedding planning as I go along--what do you guys think? What would you like to see?

Thank you all for reading!!

xoxo

~Michelle 







Thursday, July 27, 2017

Montauk

























Hi guys! So I'm guessing you are wondering why I've been MIA. I apolgize it's been awhile. This is the longest I've gone since I started blogging. So if you are not aware already, I wear contacts basically everday and my glasses only once in awhile. I've been having some eye problems in the last year but a few weeks ago it was the worst that it's been. My eyes were very inflamed. They were sensitive to light and it was hard to read, watch TV, and go on the computer. For those who don't know, I work full time as a credit analyst and I'm on the computer all day long. In addition, I love reading books and magazines and then I'm also working on my blog. It's pretty safe to say that I strain my eyes a lot. I went to the doctor and had to be put on special drops and wear my glasses for 2 weeks (no contacts). Has anyone else had these problems? I would love to hear your comments if you have. In that time, I decided to give my eyes a break and not blog. I also didn't read as much. I can finally start to wear my contacts again on Friday--yay!! Now that you are up to date, let's move on to today's post!

Montauk! I think everyone has heard of this town at least once in their life or have at least been. I'm pretty embarrased to admit that I have lived on Long Island my whole life and this was my first time going to Montauk (at age 34 btw). Even though it is on the South Fork and I live on the North Fork, it's not that far away. I live in Greenport right now and I can take the ferry over to Shelter Island and from there take another ferry over to Sag Harbor (these ferries are about a 10 min ride) and then it's about a half hour drive. If I drove all the way around, it would take more than an hour, especially in the summer traffic.

So I wish I could say that my boyfriend and I had a whole day or weekend planned out for Montauk and I could give you a whole list of places to try out of restaurants and shops, but that is not the case in this story. Summer is the busy season for my boyfriend who owns a seafood store in Greenport. He mostly works seven days a week so we don't do too much together until night time. In addition to having the store, he also does farmers markets and he had planned on doing the one in Montauk this summer. He wanted to go check on the location of where it would be held so we thought we could go over and spend a little time over there.

Montauk Point Lighthouse was one of the places we wanted to go to. We went all the way to the top and the view as you can see was gorgeous! It was a little scary walking up though because the spiral stairs are open meaning you can see below all the way down as you go up and I have such a fear that I was going to fall through! Then on top of that the railing on one side is a rope and the stairs are so narrow and you have to give people coming down the right of way. So when they come down you have to move over to your right side which there is no wall. Holy crap--I still get shivers thinking about it. I was holding onto my boyfriend for dear life and he had to keep my calm so that I wouldn't get a panic attack (yes, I get them sometimes--that will be a whole other post to get into!). But once we made it to the top, I was fine and the view made it worth it! BTW--going down the stairs was a lot easier! You can't see in my pictures, but there was a wedding ceremony going on outside the lighthouse so I was able to watch for a bit. What a beautiful place to have it at!

We also went to Gosmans to have lunch and go to a couple stores. You can see from the pictures, it's like this little town where they have a bunch of shops and restaurants. It's very cute. We went into some stores to get things for our house and we wanted everything! We said we would have to come back at a later time to get more stuff. We ate at Gosmans Restaurant (there are other Gosmans places to eat at--see the link). To be honest, we didn't think the food was that good and it was expensive for what we got which was fried calamari and burgers. The calamari wasn't that cripsy and very chewy. The burgers were not cooked to how we ordered them and the fries tasted like fish. The place is definitely beautiful and I think a good time to hang out at, but not to eat. I think you are basically paying for the name.

Has anyone else been to Montauk? What places have you gone to and suggest? Leave me a comment!

As for what I am wearing--the top is from Morning Lavender but has sold out. So sorry! I've linked similar styles here, here, and here.


Thanks so much for reading!

~Michelle

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Little Fourth of July Inspiration




Hope you guys are enjoying your week so far! Here's a little inspiration for the holiday! Does anyone have any exciting plans? I want to hear about it! I think my uncle is having a BBQ but other than that nothing too crazy. I'm helping my boyfriend work on Sunday (he doesn't get off since it's his most busiest weekend) and then I go back to work on Monday and then I have off on Tuesday. 

Enjoy your day!!

1 ~ 2 ~ 3 ~ 4 (on sale!) ~ 5 (less than $20!) ~ 6 ~ 7 ~ 8 (dress was literally on the site yesterday and now it's gone! Uggh! Similar items here and here) ~ 9


Thanks for stopping by!

~Michelle 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Last Minute Father's Day Gifts





Happy Thursday! Weekend is almost here and for anyone who still needs ideas for Father's Day gifts, I got you covered! I pulled together some ideas based on the fact that not every guy is into sports or works a desk job and needs a tie. I sometimes feel like I am the only one who has a hard time finding gifts for my father, stepfather, and grandfather. They don't golf or play any other sports and they don't wear ties. My grandfather was a truck drive his whole life, my stepdad works on boats, and my dad has worked on cars his whole life. So when I see the same gifts being advertised every year that don't relate to my family, it gets pretty frustrating. Even finding cards is difficult. I went to Target and there was one...ONE...card for stepfathers! How ridiculous is that?! Does anyone else have a hard time finding gifts? Let me know! 

one ~ Birchbox ~ This is a great gift because I have noticed that more men are starting to take care of their skin and want products to try. You can purchase a gift subscription that includes four grooming samples and either a gadget or accessory. 

two ~ Coffee Mug Warmer ~ The person who came up with this is genius! What a great idea, right? I don't personally drink coffee, but my stepdad does and I know sometimes you pour a cup and then you get distracted or have to go take care of something for a few minutes and then now your cup of coffee is cold. (my boyfriend is guilty of doing this--I find cups of coffee all over!) So now if you place your cup on this holder and you walk away for a few minutes, it will still be warm when you return. Perfect! And it's less than $10!! 

three ~ Cordless Drill Driver ~ So if you are shopping for a guy who loves using tools whether for work or hobby, I'm sure they can use something like this gift. It's cordless which I know comes in very handy, it has an LED light to help see, and it's on sale when helps you the buyer out! ha! Home Depot has so many tools to choose from that you are bound to find something that meets their needs! 

four ~ Double Money Clip ~ If you want to get something small but personalized, how about this double money clip from Mark & Graham? They have such great gifts and they offer free gift wrap! One side is for cash and the other side is for credit cards. Perfect for the guy who doesn't use a wallet and needs some organization! 

five ~ Goodguys Car Show ~ If your dad loves cars like mine, why not surprise hime with a car show! I go down to NC every October to visit my dad and we attend this show. There are over 2,000 cars at this event! A car lovers dream! They have events scattered across the U.S. so hopefully you can catch a show near you! 

six ~ Jack Black Travel Set ~ So this brand is very popular on Sephora. I had bought the hand lotion for my boyfriend over the winter because his hands get super dry and it worked very well for him. This gift is for any guy who likes to take care of his skin but without all the girly scents! ha! 

seven ~ Lowes Gift Certificate ~ When all else fails, the easiest gift is a gift certificate. And being that every guy usually has a preference on wether they like Home Depot or Lowes better, I made sure to include both on this post.

eight ~ Mercer Travel Pouch ~ If you wanted to get a little fancier, you can get this monogrammed travel pouch. Any guy who travels for work or who needs something nice to put their products in when they go on vacay, would certainly appreciate this manly bag. 

nine ~ Portable Grill ~ This is for the guy who loves to cook on the grill even away from home! This comes in handy whether you are camping, at a sporting event, at a park, or at a car show! This is the perfect gift for under $50!

ten ~ The Man Can ~ Okay, I love this next gift just based on the packaging alone! How awesome is the paint can container! The skin products are all natural and a complimentary card is included with your personal message! 


I hope these gift ideas came in handy! 

Thanks for reading! 

~Michelle 







Monday, June 12, 2017

Hostess Gifts



Hi Everyone! Hope ya'll had a great weekend! It was finally warm and sunny out! As I mentioned before in my prior posts, we have been having crappy weather here...rainy, cold--I was still wearing winter clothes!! I seriously could not take it anymore. I was able to get out a little bit and enjoy this fabulous weather by doing my fave thing which is walking on the beach and getting beach glass! 

Now, you know what warm weather brings, don't ya?? Parties!!! It's that time of year when everyone is dying to get get outside and have BBQs, birthday parties, graduation parties, etc. I know how hard it can be to come up with ideas on what to bring the hostess of a party so today I am linking some great finds. Everyone seems to do the traditional route which is flowers, wine, beer but I thought these ideas are a little more personal and interesting. And if these don't work for ya, I'm hoping they inspire some other great ideas for gifts! 

Agate Coasters ~ How pretty are these? I think everyone can use coasters and these are just so unique.

Book ~ I think this is an unexpected gift and if you know your hostess is a reader, why not add a good book to their collection? This particular book is on my list to read! 

Cookie Jar ~ This is one of the prettiest jars I have seen and it's white which will pretty must go with anything! If you know their favorite cookies, make it even more personal by adding them in there! 

Darcy Tray ~ Everyone could use a tray for any part of their house. You have the coffee table, dining room table, kitchen counter, bathroom, bedroom dresser, a bookshelf, patio table, etc. They could use this for anything which is the best part. I love the neutal color and texture of this! 

Dessert & Baking Salts ~ If you know your hostess love to bake, why not add this collection of salts?! Such a great gift! 

French Lavender Gift Set ~ If your hostess is a woman and she loves the scent of lavender, then this is a fabulous gift! How pretty is this set already packaged up! 

Graphic Mug ~ I can't get over how cute these personalized mugs are! If you know a thing or two about your hostess, why not choose a mug that represents something they like? I love that it adds a personal touch to an simple gift. 

Meena Vases ~ I love how different these vases are. Even if you don't want to get flowers, just presenting these as a gift is enough as they are so pretty. But if you do want to add flowers to these, I think any kind of white flower would look beautiful and elegant. 

Infused Olive Oil Set ~ This is such a fantastic gift because I believe everyone needs olive oil at some point for cooking. This set comes with four differenet flavors to try. 

Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit ~ I love a good dipping oil for my bread and in this kit there are 15 different spices!! There are even recipes located inside.  This is a great gift that they can use for themselves or even their next party dinner party! 

Reclaimed Wood Picture Frame ~ If you are thinking a picture frame seems blah as a gift, try getting a frame that suits their style and even adding a photo of you and the hostess or a photo of their family if you have one. It will seem more personal after that. I'm obsessed with the distressed wood look so the frame I linked is one I'm dying to get. If the wood is not suitable, Joss & Main has so many other gorgeous frames to choose from. 

Turkish Terry Towel ~ How gorgeous are these towels?! They just scream summer to me with those colors! You can also get free monogramming which is such a great personal touch and let's face it, we all need towels for something in our homes.


What are some of your gift ideas for parties? I'm all for hearing other ideas! Leave me a comment below!

Thanks so much for reading!

~Michelle 






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Express Times Two


















Happy Wednesday! It's the middle of the week and I can't be happier because it's suppose to be warm and sunny by this weekend!  We have seen nothing but rain and cloudy skies and it's starting to get depressing! We have gotten a day here and there that's nice but then it just goes back to being cold and rainy. When is summer getting here?? 

Moving on to the clothes....I can always find a ton of stuff at Express. Tops, dresses and sweaters have always been my fave finds from there. Obviously ruffles are a big trend this season so when I saw the first top I immediately knew I had to have it! I love the added detail. On top of having the ruffle it also has the cold shoulder which I also love. I paired it with my GiGi clutch and my Gorjana necklace I received at the Create & Cultivate conference. (Love this necklace--it's one of my favorite things I received in my gift bag). As for the second top, I initally wasn't look to add more black to my wardrobe--I have enough black tops already--but I loved that it said Love on it! It was also light and flowy and well, I need more flowy tops for those bad stomach days so I used that as my reason to get it. Ha! I have also been wanting a body chain for about a year now. I wanted one to wear with tops and bathing suits and found this one on the site and not only is it pretty but at such a good price! Right now jewelry is Buy 1 Get 1 50% off!! 



First top ~ Ruffle Cold  Shoulder ~ Express

Here are some other ruffle tops I love: one, two, three 

Gold Necklace ~ Gorjana

Clutch ~ GiGi New York ~ my color is sold out but they still have the same clutch just in different colors ~ slighly different clutch but color is close to mine

Second top ~ Love Muscle Tank ~ Express 

Other graphic tees that are perfect for summer: one, two, three, four, five  

50% off tops and shorts!! (Exclusions apply) 

Star Body Chain ~ Express 


Stay tuned...I just order two more things from Express!

Thanks for stopping by!! xoxo 

~Michelle 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kendra Scott Jewelry

















Hi guys! So sorry I've been MIA. I was sick twice this month and it took a lot out of me and I decided that I just needed to rest and not do anything so I could get better. I was sick my birthday weekend and then Memorial Day weekend. The two weekends out of the month that I didn't want to be sick for--figures right? On the other hand, the weather for both of those weekends was crappy so I guess I didn't miss too much. With that said, I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! 

On today's post, I'm showing off my Kendra Scott jewelry. I absolutely love her stuff! Everything is so beautiful and reasonably priced. I had a gift certificate so I ordered the bracelet, necklace, and travel case even though I wanted everything. Ha!

 I love this Elaina adjustable chain bracelet because it not only comes in so many colors (14 to be exact!) to choose from and is sparkly, but it's easy to put on and adjust by myself. It can be a pain sometimes to put on a bracelet by yourself that has a clasp. Plus I have small wrists so I can tighten this so I can wear it comfortably. I went with the pink because I don't have a lot of pink jewelry and being that I am obsessing over this color lately in my wardrobe, I had to get it! Next up, is the Whitlee Pendant necklace. I ordered the gold because I have so much silver already and needed to add some more gold pieces. It also comes in rose gold and antique brass. I love how it's dainty and has that simple curve in it that makes it different.  Moving on to the travel case. Unfortunately they will not be selling the jewelry organizers anymore as I called and spoke with a representative. I have searched online and found one on Nordstrom and that is out of stock! Everyone must be traveling and in dire need of travel cases! Here is the link for the Nordstrom one just in case in comes back in stock. It's a bigger one than I have in the photos and it comes in a pretty green color. Below I have listed similar items. So sorry! I really hate when that happens.


Bracelet ~ Elaina Adjustable Chain Bracelet ~ also love this one!

Necklace ~ Whitlee Pendant Necklace ~ love this one, this one, and obsessed with this!

Jewlery Organizer ~ no longer availabe ~ similar here and here! (may have to get this one too! So pretty!!)


Thank you so much for reading!

~Michelle