Little Snippets

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little snippets of my long weekend!

Significant Other Color by OPI

I treated myself to a birthday manicure! "Significant Other Color" by O.P.I. ^^^

Smythson box

My 28th started off with the sweetest of cards and a special blue box.  ^^^

VLH Smythson planner

Patrick got me a nice planner ^^^ I've been eyeing for a while.

I use mine every single day (keeps me sane) so it's such the perfect gift!

I love that he got it stamped with my initials, too.

He was so cute and told me, "Next birthday you'll be my wife!" It's wild to think, really.

Dance illustration

^^^ This artwork from elementary school fell off the wall months ago and shattered. I was too sad and frustrated to do anything about it so I threw it in the garbage. Unbeknownst to me, P took it out and had it cleaned and re-framed...

so, so sweet.dark 'n' stormy & mint gelato oreo sundae

^^^ a dark 'n' stormy & a mint gelato Oreo sundae (yes) were my birthday treats.

28th birthday pic with Mom & John

with my Mom & stepdad after an incredible dinner here. (would highly recommend!)

funny story about this picture, though...

We left the restaurant and my stepdad asked a man walking up the sidewalk if he would mind taking our picture. He was British and very friendly, making sure we angled correctly with the light and everything. He even shouted, "Happy Birthday!" when he found out why were celebrating. He handed my phone back, and I told him he looked familiar...he smiled...lo and behold, it was Ralph Fiennes! That's right. We burdened a celeb to take our pic. Where we saw him has become my lucky celeb-spotting corner.  I've seen Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Liv Tyler, Cameron Diaz, the Olsen twins, Philip Seymore Hoffman, Robin Williams, and now Voldemort! All within a few feet.

28th birthday pic with Patrick

^^^ Patrick took me out for a birthday drink later that night when he got home from work. We discovered the cutest little bar in our neighborhood that might be our new favorite spot. We sat there for a couple hours and had one of those great talks you don't get a chance to have often in the hustle & bustle of life. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day.

with Patrick in Central Park 11.23.13

Patrick & me ^^^ waiting on my mom in Central Park early Saturday morning. It was a bit chilly, but such a pretty day!

view from Central Park Boathouse

^^^ our view from brunch at the Central Park Boathouse.

I don't know WHY it's taken me over 6 years to go's a gem!

Mom in Central Park Boathouse 11.23.13

isn't she the cutest? ^^^

Also, that waffle. !!!

with Patrick in Central Park Boathouse 11.23.13

with Patrick in Central Park Boathouse (2)

we look sleepy! ^^^ what do you think of P's holiday beard?

Ralph Lauren holiday windowif you're in NYC, make sure and check out the Ralph Lauren window displays on the Upper East Side . ^^^

They were designed & installed by one of my dear friends!

bridal salons 11.23.13

Ok so bridal salons are like a fantasy! ^^^

We went to Monique Lhuillier first and were helped by a fabulous man named Frank...who was a mixture of Franc from Father of the Bride and Anthony Marentino from Sex and the City :) I tried on 4 or 5 dresses and then we made our way to our second appointment at Kleinfeld...and my dress was the second one I tried on! It was such a special moment, outing, and day and I'm so thankful I got to go with my mom. I know it's something I'll never forget.

Mom and John 11.23.13 snow in NYC

It snowed on their last night here! ^^^ I just love this picture.

view from Markus' apartment NYC

We wrapped up the weekend with a lovely Sunday supper with friends in Brooklyn. Check out their view! ^^^

Little Lady bar stool Christmas lights

^^^ and in other news, I'm officially in elf mode.

Pardon any absence as I work on my own Christmas projects plus commissioned ones as well.

I will be taking on new work starting in February!

Also, I will be adding a couple little things to the shop for the holidays in case you're interested :)