Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tropical-Themed Rehearsal Dinner Invites


*This post is sponsored by Wedding Paper Divas. All words, opinions, and photos are my own. 

Happy wedding Wednesday! You might remember this post from about a month ago when I was trying to decide between several designs for our rehearsal dinner invitations from Wedding Paper Divas. Well, after looking through the sample kit options with josh's mom and taking into account some of your votes, we finally came to a decision and our printed invites arrived last week! I'm so in love with them. We ended up choosing the "touch of paradise" design in the pink/green colorway. We liked that the invitations were square shaped, which is a bit different, and also that they were fun, colorful, and fit the laid-back beach vibe that we are going for at our rehearsal dinner perfectly.
^front
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What I love most about these invitations (and what you can't really tell from photos) is the quality of paper. We opted to upgrade to the "Premium DoubleThick Matte" paperweight option and man, it makes all the difference. We also added envelope liners from the collection, which are printed in the same palm leaf pattern and easily slide right into the envelope. Where have envelope liners been all my life?! They are so cute that it's going to be tough to ever look at a plain envelope the same again.
And once we had decided on the color, shape, thickness, liner, and envelope style, we simply edited the invitation text and then our design was off to one of Wedding Paper Divas' designers to develop a proof before we "approved" the final order. Being the perfectionist that I am, having the ability to see the proof and make sure everything was perfect before the invites went to print was in my opinion, one of the best features of the process.
And in case you were wondering...the design has also officially been "Bandit-approved". He's a tough critic, so that means a lot. 
Thanks to Wedding Paper Divas for making this part of the planning process so easy! I seriously don't know what people did before this site. In terms of the rest of our rehearsal dinner decor plans, we are going for a look similar to the photos below! I've been really digging tropical color palettes lately - deep palm leaf greens, bold pinks, bright pineapple yellows, etc. - and that's very different from the plan for the next day at our wedding, so we thought why not have fun with this theme at the rehearsal dinner. With the help of our families, some of my creative bridesmaids, and a little DIYing, I'm excited to bring a bit of the tropics to coastal New England. Think Palm Beach meets the Caribbean meets Westport, MA. And luckily, Wedding Paper Divas had no shortage of invite options within that theme to choose from. If you are planning a wedding-related event in the near future (or even just a summer party), don't miss this site!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Best Fries in Boston


As we move closer to the big day this summer, I am giving up a few of the "junk" foods in my life including on of my biggest weaknesses, french fries. I can honestly say that I could probably live off french fries in different forms. Truffle, sweet potato, rosemary dusted, parmesan, I love them all (and yes, there will be fries at our wedding!). But as an ode and a "goodbye" to fries for a little while, I'm sharing my ultimate list of french fry destinations in Boston here today. If you haven't tried the fries at any of these spots, go! Please, for me. I promise you won't be disappointed.

#1 The Met Back Bay - Met Parmesan truffle fries
These are by far the best fries I've ever had in my life. I could easily eat them every day and my stomach would be completely content. As a fairly pricey side option on the menu, they are totally worth every penny and can definitely be shared. They are fried to perfection in truffle oil, sprinkled with a generous amount of fresh parm and sage, and served in a mini frialator basket with a side of garlic truffle aioli. If you haven't tried these yet, you really must. ($9)

#2 The Beehive - Brunch Poutine
The Beehive is one of our favorite places to eat in the South End as it is. And I'm not usually a huge poutine person, but their brunch poutine is a game changer. This is a meal on the "mains" portion of the menu, and the fries are served in a large cast iron pot and topped with melted cheese, poached eggs, short rib, and a little bit of gravy. Enjoy these along with a Beehive mimosa and their live jazz music and you've got yourself a pretty awesome brunch! ($16.50)

#3 Roxy's Grilled Cheese - Rosemary truffle fries
Everyone knows Boston's Roxy's food truck for their amazing grilled cheeses, but their fries are also out of this world. The potatoes are hand-cut and then seasoned with sea salt, rosemary, and truffle oil. So delicious and so cheap! There's rarely a time I see Roxy's parked in Back Bay and can resist grabbing a bag. ($4)

#4 Saus - Pommes Frites
Saus in Faneuil Hall is any fry-lovers paradise. Their focus is all on the fries, and the result is exceptional. You start with their basic pommes frites in small, medium or large and then can doctor them up as much or as little as you'd like. Choose from 13 different "dipping saus", including curry ketchup or the super spicy "Green Monster" with garlic and jalepenos, or go even further and add truffled mushrooms, bacon bits, or pork belly. The options are really endless. But even without any of the add-ons, the fries are really freaking good on their own. ($4.25 - $7)

#5 The Publick House - Monk's Frites 
This list wouldn't be complete without the Publick House in Brookline, who deliver pretty delicious french fries. Their appetizer-sized "Monk's Frites" are hand cut yukon golds dusted with sea salt and served in a paper cone with your choice of two dipping sauces, which include garlic asiago mayo, fresh herb mayo. chipotle mayo, creamy beer mustard, truffle, ketchup, bacon horseradish aioli, and apricot mango bbq. If you're all about the sauce (like me), these are a must try. ($9)

That completes my top 5 list! Did any of your favorites make the list? Are there any top spots I missed? Happy snacking!

Friday, April 3, 2015

This Week on Marlborough 4.3

Happy Friday! Those smiling faces in the photos above are from a sunny ski day a couple of weekends ago on Attitash mountain. We got lucky and got some pretty awesome spring skiing weather - some of the jackets even came off in the afternoon! This NH winter weekend is always one of our favorites and I love that no matter how busy all of us are, we always seem to come together for it.

Josh and I are going to try and sneak one more ski day in this weekend (it's 65 degrees in Vermont today but 100% snow predicted tomorrow??) but other than that, I'm hoping that my snowy photos will soon come to an end. I am SO ready to stow my sweaters and boots away and welcome warm weather! I'm praying for a beautiful, sunny spring. Boston certainly deserves it.
Here are so fun links from around the web this week...

  • My new favorite spring heel (that I was finally able to break out today!) 
  • Since we still don't have a car, we finally tried Instacart and mighttt get a little lazy about grocery shopping from now on. 
  • Why didn't we think of this before! 
  • 27 borderline genius ways to eat Oreos. 
  • I wish I was invited to this wedding.
  • The cutest eggs for Easter!
  • Food truck season is here
  • You're never too old for an Easter basket
  • Such a stunning botanical wedding!
  • Nanette Lepore has the coolest swimsuits this season. I'm loving this one in both the bikini and one piece versions. 


Have a wonderful Easter weekend! xx

Friday, March 27, 2015

15 Faves from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection

Since the partnership was first announced at the beginning of this year, there has been a lot of hype around the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection launch. Some worried that the association with Target would cheapen the upscale lifestyle brand and that Lilly herself would literally be rolling her eyes in heaven. But most, like me, were just really freaking excited at the prospect of shopping Lilly's chic resortwear and vibrant prints & patterns at affordable Target prices. And when I browsed through the much anticipated lookbook that was released this week, I really did think that Target stayed true to Lilly's core brand. According to USA Today, the Target team worked hand in hand with the Pulitzer artists to create 15 exclusive prints, and to "not only create an aesthetic, but also a value level that we are proud of."

And I, for one, am IN LOVE with every.single.item. As expected, the collection is a total explosion of florals and bright colors and is full of that feminine, Palm Beach spirit that the brand is known and loved for. I am literally counting down the days until April 19th, when the collection launches in stores and I can throw all of these items into my big red basket before they inevitably sell out. Who's with me?!

1. The shirt just screams vintage Lilly. I could see young girls and little old ladies alike looking equally chic in this.
2. Pineapple sandals! Pretty much everything I've ever wanted.
3. Colorful, comfy pants that I'd like to pull on almost every day of the summer over a bikini.
4. The patterned weaving on this storage basket is amazing.
5. A pineapple tray makes for the PERFECT chip and salsa server.
6. Pretty outdoor floor pillows I'd love for our patio.
7. Loving the tassels on this fun, patterned cover up!
8. I think I could pretty much live in this hammock with a good book and a cocktail.
9. The bikinis in this collection are so cute. This is one of my favorites.
10. You'd be the most stylish (and comfortable) person on the beach with this folding chair.
11. Summery napkins with tassels! Want.them.all.
12. What could be better than a travel kit with flamingos on it?
13. If anything were ever to define my ideal summer look, it would be this romper.
14. I'd start drinking more wine if I had these gold wine stoppers.
15. Why have just one style plate when you can have one in EVERY pattern!

You can see the lookbook here and the launch release here. Which pieces from the collection are your favorites??

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mac & Marlborough on Style Me Pretty

Happy Wednesday! I'm so excited to share that our engagement photos are featured on Style Me Pretty today! After reading SMP religiously almost every day since we've been engaged, it's so cool to see our faces there. A huge thanks goes to our photographer Jacob of Brumley & Wells for capturing josh and I in such an effortless, natural way. Head over to SMP today to see the full post! xx

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wedding Planning Update: 5 Months Out!

^ Behind the scenes shot via Emily

So I do realize that this blog has become somewhat of a wedding blog over the last few months. But this space is truly a reflection and natural documentation of our lives and to be honest, that's all we've had time for! Between work, travel, wedding planning and trying to make the most of our Sugarbush season passes on the weekends, there's just no time to squeeze in much of anything else. We do have a few DIY & decorating projects in the works (and yes, some are for the wedding!) so stay tuned. And in the meantime, a lot has happened since my last planning update back in September, so I'm sharing the strides we've made here today.

1. I found "the" dress! 
After a few appointments at Ceremony, Madelyn's Daughter, Sak's and finally L'elite, I found my wedding dress and I couldn't love it more. Luckily I had my mom, dad, sister, and a couple of my bridesmaids there to help calm my indecision and confirm that it was as beautiful as I thought it was. That's all I am going to say about that one!

2. We decided on wedding party attire
The boy's will be in blue suits & ties from Asos and the girls will be in various nude-colored dresses from Amsale. They will also be wearing flower crowns. :)
3. We booked our honeymoon
We are going to the Greek islands! You can read more about how we decided on a destination here.
4. We built a wedding website and started a registry
We used Squarespace to set up a wedding website and registered for gifts using Hatch My House and MyRegistry.com. I'm planning on writing a separate post about some great places we've found to register for unique gifts.
5. Save the dates are sent!
We took engagement photos with Jacob and then used one of those shots for our save the date. We worked with the amazing Lauren of A Fabulous Fete for the calligraphy, and she will also be doing our invitations and some other elements for the wedding. Her style is so unique and I'm pretty much obsessed with anything she does.
6. We booked a florist
I have lots of ideas when it comes to the florals at both the ceremony & the reception, so I am so excited to be working with talented girls at Petal Floral, who I know will bring my vision to life.
^ florals by Petal

7. We booked a baker
We will be serving dessert at our wedding so won't be going crazy with a wedding cake, but we will have a small cake for cutting together & celebrating that moment. We are going to be working with Jocelyn of Mayflour Confections to whip up something lovely.
8. We booked a photobooth
Get excited, this pretty girl will be gracing our wedding to capture funny moments all night long!
9. We decided on a tent company
We will be using a sailcloth Sperry tent for the reception in my Grandma's backyard. The layout is still a bit TBD based on a site visit, but we are hoping for for an outdoor dance floor under nothing but the stars & string lights. :)
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10. We booked a caterer
We will be working with our good family friend Tim Hopkins on all the delicious food for the big day. The exact menu is also still a bit up in the air, but we do know that there will be an epic cheese station and lots of seafood. I loved seeing Tim in this article I read recently about wedding menu trends!

11. We finalized lodging and transportation.
Given that Westport Point is a fairly quiet area, finding nearby housing for our families and wedding party was definitely a challenge. I give huge credit to my amazing MOB (mother of the bride) for taking on the logistical nightmare and not only finding lodging for all the bridesmaids, groomsmen & guests, but booking trolley transportation from all the different points of the day. It sounded like a massive tangled web but thankfully it's under control now!

So those are some of the major things we've tackled in the last few months. We're also looking forward to some fun plans in the near future, including cake and food tasting, flower consultations, design meetings, dance classes, site visits etc. And how am I feeling about it all? Honestly, pretty overwhelmed. I was experiencing a tiny bit of the planning stress back in the first month we were engaged, but I'm feeling that 10-fold now. I go back and read that post and literally think "girrrrl, you ain't seen nothin' yet!". I think I was on a bit of a recently-engaged happy cloud when I wrote that update but trust me, I'm back down to earth now. :) I obsess over details and there are more details involved in a wedding than I ever could have imagined! Plus, there are so many emotions mixed in so that adds a whole other layer of complexity to every decision and conversation. But at the same time, this is the type of stress I am OK with. Most of the decisions we need to make are incredibly fun and excited ones and I know that every little thing we accomplish will lead up to a day where we can sit back, relax, feel all the love that's around us, and know with out a doubt that every one of those details will be taken care of. But man right now, those details never sleep! I'm just trying to think of it as the first of many crazy & memorable adventures that josh and I will experience together. Thanks for following along!

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week on Marlborough 3.13

^ light at night on Marlborough!

Happy Friday! This week we sprung forward, and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it being light out later. It actually makes you feel like you have part of the day left even after a long day at work. All the snow on Marlborough St. has also melted down to below my shoulder height, which gives me hope that this city will once again return to a pre-buried state sometime soon. Spring can't get here soon enough!

What's everyone up to this weekend? We have a meeting with our wedding planners to discuss the timeline for the big day which I'm pretty excited and a little nervous about. There are so many tiny details that go into that one day. I've been seeing so many cute Easter decorating ideas this year that I might also do some Easter crafting. Here are 12 fun crafts to try that I posted last year if you are considering doing the same.
And as always, here are some fun Friday links...

  • I really want a pet lion
  • A breakfast recipe I'm excited to try this weekend. 
  • 8 signs your significant other is also your best friend
  • The foxiest place on earth. 
  • DIY Easter eggs that will wow. Who is making some this year??
  • A pretty rad rock & roll wedding.
  • Cat hugs and a cat that refuses to dog. 
  • A twizzler cake!
  • Do you believe the viral woodpecker/weasel photo is real?
  • Homepolish, Airbnb, an H&M home team up for SXSW. 

Have a wonderful weekend. TGIF! xx