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Here’s this weeks Friday Five:

1. Finally grabbed these flats (on major sale!) & this necklace (sold out online) while in NYC.

2.  Loving this date night idea.

3. This, this and this are now on my wishlist.

4. perfect spring dress!

5. loved this Bridesmaid Party

Have a great weekend!

xo, ash

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High {or} Low

I am starting a new feature here today on the blog called High or Low where I will feature similar products at varying price points.  I thought it would be nice to add something new to the mix and I always love seeing these type of posts on other blogs.  It really makes you question would you spend more or less on that particular item.  Maybe you’re like me and tend to spend more on shoes and handbags but on costume jewelry or trendy pieces you like to find them for less.  Starting simple today with these Loren Hope bow earrings on the high end or Buckle’s version for a lot less.

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Loren Hope//Buckle

Which ones would you choose?

Happy Thursday!!

xo, ash

Wedding Wednesday

So guys this will be my last Wedding Wednesday post and my longest.  It’s a little bittersweet.  BUT after this, now I can finally order prints for parents and our home.  No, I haven’t done that  yet and my  wedding was almost six months ago.  Don’t judge.

The details of our wedding were very important to me and what I spent the most time on.  I think details can add a lot of personality to a wedding along with tying all the elements in.  Another reason it was important was because I didn’t want a cookie cutter wedding since we are not a cookie cutter couple, at least I don’t think so.  I may have been a little bridezilla in regards to the details but I wanted everything to be PERFECT and I wasn’t settling for anything less.

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three generations.

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a year or so before my wedding when my mother was on vacation she picked up these charms.  It’s my birthstone, my husband’s birthstone and our wedding year.  I had my florist add them to my bouquet.

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Since Josh & I started dating, we’ve always pinky swore about numerous things so it was a “must take” picture for me.

There weren’t too many smaller details in the ceremony because it was so short.  I showed you a few weeks ago the flowers for Josh’s mother which was displayed during the ceremony.

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Ceremony “Program”.  My Maid of Honor did the writing for this one and the Menu and she did a great job!  The mirror used for this was actually from my grandparents and it’s very old which gave it a bit more meaning.  The candle and floating orchid was also what we used as cocktail table centerpieces.

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This was our signature drink in mason jars with DIY tags.  I created the logo in Word and a friend and I cut and assembled all the tags with a backer of silver or purple sparkly paper.  I had cocktail napkins made to match as a sort of “theme” for cocktail hour only.

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Eat, Drink & Be Married.  via Etsy.

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I LOVED our stationary display setup.  The little cups are actually displayed on cupcake holders I picked up for $15 each at Home Goods.

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We had a pretty non-tradtional guestbook of a guitar.  My husband plays music so I thought it was a fun touch.  It also looks really neat and we plan to hang it up in our house.  Our “Menu” was also written on a mirror and I think we got lucky finding it at Home Goods.  I love that the shape that of a vintage menu shape.  Lastly, I wanted to memorialize family members that passed.  I used an empty frame, again from my grandparents, and attached the pictures to ribbon with mini sparkly clothespins.  It’s hard to see in the picture but the sign on the last picture says “We know you’d be here today, if heaven weren’t so far away.”

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The reception details are by far my favorite.  Again we had the seating chart displayed on  a mirror we found at Home Goods.  Instead of writing though, I had our invitation designer create cards which listed the table numbers and names.  I LOVE the way it came out.

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Since I paid a pretty penny for flowers and because they were gorgeous I chose to re-use our ceremony arrangements for the entrance to the reception room.  For our reception centerpieces, we had three tall arrangements on the long  grey farmhouse tables along with long mirrored vases in between.  The round tables had three different setups along with two different, alternating linens.  The ruffly linen was my favorite!  In another effort to re-use, we displayed the bridesmaid bouquets around the fountain and it was the perfect touch to something already so beautiful!

It was very important to me that the flowers were perfect.  It was the main color in the room so if they weren’t right, it would have thrown things off.  Luckily, my florist did an AMAZING job!!  Another touch that isn’t as showcased are the black chandeliers.  We did three evenly spaced and not only were they beautiful but they tied in the black chairs as well as drew your eyes up to the glass ceiling.

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We chose to do a sweetheart table and for that table only, I wanted all white flowers and linens.  As a personal touch, we brought a picture of our puggle since she couldn’t be there with us and she’s a very big part of our lives.

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We also added a doggy touch to our wedding cake.

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What’s better than mini ice cream cones?

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I keep saying this was important and that was important but really everything was important to me.  I truly LOVED planning my wedding.

Paper was another biggie for me.  I know it’s controversial since it gets thrown away but I think it really sets the tone of your wedding when you send out those invites.  I loved our creative & unique design.  There was a mini envelope which held a folded invitation.  There was lots of sparkle involved as well.  To tie in the purple, headings were in purple ink and the return envelope was purple.  What you don’t see if the envelope line that was ALL sparkle.  One day I will post better pictures of the invites.  I like these but the candlelight make it difficult to see the detail.  We received SOOOO many compliments which made me feel really good about our decision. In addition to invites, our designed also created the setting chart, table numbers, thank you’s and other miscellaneous items.  I think it helped to have them all tie in together.

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Lastly, I will leave you with our sparkler sendoff.  My photographer captured some amazing shots and all of our guest had so much fun participating.  It was the PERFECT way to end the night!

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florist – Weedweavers of Wakefield//event planner – Blissful Events//all photos via Mandy Mayberry//paper – The Paper Perfectionist

Sorry for the late post.  I just wanted to make this last one perfect.  I hope you guys enjoyed sharing in the most special day of my life as much as I did.

xo, ash

NYC & The Roger

As I mentioned in my Friday post, I went out of town last weekend.  I didn’t go into detail as it was a surprise for my husband for his birthday.  He was so excited and I was just happy to get away to somewhere different for the weekend.  I booked a room at The Roger Hotel after some recommendations.  I ended up getting a great deal thanks to the price watch feature on hotels.com.  The Roger was outstanding!!

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I apologize in advance for some not so great photos.  All via iPhone.

It had adorable b&w striped awnings out front and the inside was even more gorgeous.  It has this vintage yet modern vibe.  It also wasn’t overly girly or manly, it was just right!  The hotel was recently renovated and they really put a lot of work into the details.  I LOVED the lobby.  The colors, the couches, the lights..all the gold!  swoon!  No detail was left untouched and the quality was outstanding!  And they had a bar right in the lobby!

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I loved these vintage looking elevator numbers and how adorable is this door sign?!

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  Beautiful details continued inside the room.  I don’t think I’ve ever loved a room key more than this one and the blue velvet & nail heads…

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The bed was sooo comfortable!  I could have moved right in but alas we had to come home 😦

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   My father lives in NY so I’ve been quite a few times and also been to city more than once.  I’ve never stayed in the city though so that was a new experience.  I believe where the hotel was located was considered midtown which was the perfect location.  Within walking distance of a lot and even a short cab ride to a few places.  Prior to going I had two places on my list I wanted to stop at and we were able to!

When we arrived, we walked around 5th Avenue and ended up stopping at Eataly for lunch.  If your Italian or love Italian it’s a must.  Inside Eataly there are quite a few options for eating along with all the pasta and pasta sauce you can imagine.  We ate right in the middle, standing up and had the most delicious meat and cheese tray, accompanied by wine of course.  Before leaving Eataly to head to the hotel and officially check in, we grabbed some gelato!  So yummy!

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Once back at the hotel we relaxed for bit before getting ready to head out for dinner.  We called multiple places but there was no availability.  We ended up at a place called Lil Frankie’s.  I’m glad we went there because it was true NYC style italian and I felt like a New Yorker.  It was a tight space and if you didn’t keep on top of the waiter, you wouldn’t get a table.  It was really yummy!  I thought this sign outside the entrance was funny.

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After dinner, of course there’s dessert.  It was the first stop on my list, Serendipity 3.  The wait was an hour and a half but we killed time and walked around.   We accidentally came across Dylan’s Candy Bar so we stopped in.  It was adorable in there!  They had the biggest gumball machine I’ve ever seen and I loved the pink dresser!

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We headed back to Serendipity 3 and got right in.  Let me tell you, worth the wait!  It was soooo delicious and the perfect amount too!  The place was vintage & cute just like I imagined.

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Last stop before calling it a night was having a drink at the hotel bar.  It was the perfect ending to the day and of course the coaster didn’t hurt 😉

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The next day we slept in (a little), checked out and then had breakfast at Sarabeth’s.  Another authentic NYC place, to me at least.  When in NYC, you have a mimosa with breakfast.

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After breakfast we headed to Soho.  Another place I’ve never been.  I really enjoyed it there.  Had a different feel than the big city and the shopping was a plus.  We just walked and went in and out of stores.  I love going into all the Kate Spade stores, they are always so pretty!

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Kate Spade box display.

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Live Colorfully neon sign and below was the wall at Converse.

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Another new experience was the NYC food trucks.  We chose Carl’s Philly cheesesteak.  They were so yummy and the perfect size for something quick.

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Last stop before heading home was Georgetown Cupcake.  Oh my goodness, hands down the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.  We bought six and finished the last two last night.  So sad.  But I think you can have them shipped!

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Overall it was a fun weekend.  We did a lot but I didn’t feel rushed and got to cross a few things off of my list.  Can’t wait for our next weekend getaway (not sure where yet!).

Happy Tuesday!

xo, ash

Mondays

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Even though we only went away for one night, a lot was packed in and I’m exhausted!  Full recap of our weekend + hotel tomorrow on the blog!

Wanted to share some recent Instagram outfits with you today for those that don’t follow.

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pants//top//flats//necklace (old)

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sweater (JCrew old, similar)//shirt (JCrew sold out, similar)//watch//jeans//shoes (Toms sold out, similar)

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jeans//tee (Target in store)//blazer//flats (Zara old, similar)//bracelet//necklace (Forever 21, old)

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sweater (Bar III, old)//jeans (Express old, similar)//boots (DSW old, similar)//necklace (old)//watch

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pants//top (Gap old, similar)//flats (Aldo, here in blue)//necklace (old, similar)

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blazer (Forever 21 old, similar)//dress (Express old, similar)//necklace (old, similar)

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tee//necklace//watch//bracelet

Did my best to link sources but some items are from earlier in winter so they sold out.

Happy Monday!

xo, ash

Friday

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Happy Friday loves!!  Here’s this week’s Friday 5.

1. in loove with this gorgeous Gatsby inspired wedding.

2. thinking this print will be perfect for my new office!

3.  I think we chose our new door hardware to go with our black doors.  These and these!  So excited!

4. Hoping to try these three recipes soon!  1. 2. 3.

5. This watch and this watch have been added to my never ending wish list.

Have a great weekend!  We are leaving tomorrow for a surprise getaway I planned for hubs birthday but just for one night!

I’m really excited about where we are staying so I will share all about it next week!

xo, ash

Wedding Wednesday

I was doing soo good staying on track and doing Wedding Wednesday actually on Wednesday but alas, I missed it again.  So Wedding Thursday it is!

We are getting close to the end (next week will be my last post).  Next week’s post may just be my favorite though.  It will include all the “details” aka the things that drove me crazy and our exit of the night.

This week though is the reception & cake cutting.

Don’t judge, but I decided to have fun with our bridal party entrance.  They wanted to kill me but in the end I think they enjoyed it!  Girls came in cheering and shaking pom-poms, formed two lines, 2 girls on each side and guys ran through.  All the guys play or have played some sport so when they were introduced it went something like…”John Smith starting quarterback”.  My brother played golf so he came in with his pants tucked into his socks revealing argyle socks and another groomsman came in with a football and pretended to have it signed.  Cheesy, I know but it was a lot of fun.

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We came in normally and went right into our first dance.  Our first dance song is called Never Stop (wedding version) by Safetysuit.  I’m so in love with our song!!

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Then onto cake cutting & father/daughter dance.

I had to do collage for the cake cutting.  He decided to be funny and smash the cake in my face and I think the series of photos is pretty cute.  But I got him back 😉

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Lastly, candids from the night.  I love all of our friends and family.  If they weren’t in the photo-booth, they were on the dance floor with me.  I don’t think I got off the dance floor for more than 10 minutes.  So much fun!!  I wish I could re-live it all over again.  Luckily, that’s what I have these pictures for.  And yes I had two pregnant bridesmaids, but they were great!

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Hope you guys are enjoying my wedding posts.  See you next week (on Wednesday!)

xo, ash

How to: Mini Ombre Cake

Hope you ladies had a lovely, LOVE filled weekend.  After cooking me dinner and gifting beautiful flowers, hubs surprised me and paid for my facial Saturday!  Best husband award goes to him!

I mentioned that I was making Valentine’s dessert on Friday and hoping to share my how to today.  Well here it is!!  They aren’t the greatest pictures (all iPhone) but it was easy & delicious!  p.s. don’t be jealous of my orange counters.  I mentioned we are in the midst of re-doing things, right?!

I found the recipe via Pinterest but it’s from the blog, I Wash, You Dry.  Mine isn’t nearly as pretty as hers though!

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This is a really easy recipe and comes out looking like it took a lot more work that it does.  As you can see, I always drink when I bake 😉  Maybe that’s why my cake isn’t as pretty…hmm?!  A few tips, have more 8″ round cake pans, I only had one so cooking the 4 separate cakes took a while.  For photo purposes, having bowls all the same look and size would have been better but I worked with what I had.  I believe the recipe calls for 12 drops of red food coloring in the darkest pink however I didn’t think it was contrasting enough so I added more.

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My frosting didn’t come out like it was supposed to, I think.  It wasn’t as thick as I think it should have been but taste is all that matters, right?!  You live, you learn.  Hence why my cake looks a little lopsided, slippery frosting.  Also, what you can’t see is the back of the cake wasn’t so pretty.  I was impatient and didn’t wait for the cakes to cool before cutting with the cookie cutter so it may or may not have missing pieces.

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I love that this cake is easy like I said, but also can be adapted to a larger cake and in any color you want.  This was the first time I had done something like this (other than mini apple pies) and overall I think it was a success!  It was fun, tasted great and the hubs loved it!!  Isn’t she cute! 

Happy Monday!

xo, ash