Friday, October 24, 2014

This week on Marlborough 10.24

Happy Friday! After a pretty dreary week and some of the craziest walks to and from work I've had in a while (picture umbrella inside out, hair everywhere, me swearing), I'm excited for the sun to finally come back out so that we can actually enjoy the fall weather this weekend. We have very few plans besides getting some pumpkins, making our Halloween costumes, and hopefully seeing this movie, but sometimes those are the best kind of weekends. An apple crisp may or may not be in my near future.
 Here are some fun links from around the web this week....

  • A pretty DIY pumpkin idea. 
  • Boston makes the list of top cities to trick-or-treat. 
  • I want one of these animal suits for Halloween and also just life in general. 
  • This little girl has got skills! 
  • And these little girls drive a great point home. 
  • I love this innovative Amsterdam office - where you physically can't work late!
  • Brad pit gets stuck between two ferns.
  • L.L. Bean opens a store in Burlington, VT!
  • A super cool DIY light fixture.
  • 11 sleeping pets that will warm your tired heart. 
  • Some spooky DIY bookends I want to make 
  • Pumpkin soup in pumpkin bowls! 

As you can probably tell from these links, I'm in full fall mode. Have a wonderful fall weekend! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

20 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

(photo via Funkytime)

Can you believe that Halloween is almost a week away? It crept up on me this year! Our costumes over the last few years have definitely been all over the map, and it seems to always come down to the wire in terms of what we will dress up as on that particular year. It takes a little research, a little DIY, and a lot of creativity to come up with a great costume. We think we have finally nailed down what we are going to be this year but in case you are still struggling, here are a few easy and last minute DIY costume ideas I've seen lately!

1. PiƱata and birthday girl! Make a pinata by fringing paper streamers and hot gluing them onto a T shirt and pants. Then just buy a blindfold and bat for the birthday girl! (via Brit + Co.)
2. Bandits. The best part about this costume is that you probably already have everything in your closet! (via Say Yes)
3. Bonnie & Clyde. Another easy and simple one if you want to use items you already have. (via Wedding Chicks
4. Pineapple. Have a yellow dress? Then you already have half of this costume! (via Studio DIY
5. Crazy Cat Lady. Get a bunch of kitty stuffed animals, wear your PJs and some crazy eye shadow, and you've become a crazy cat lady. (via Her Campus)
6. Cereal Killer. This is so clever and SO easy. Just empty some mini cereal boxes, glue them to your shirt with some fake blood, and grab a creepy knife. (via Buzzfeed)
7. Taxidermy Deer Head. All you need for this one is some cardboard and a pair of antlers. And if you are great at makeup (like this girl), this costume could be super cool. (via MakeZine)
8. Grapes! Blow up some purple balloons, attach them all over yourself, and your instantly a bunch of grapes. Careful not to get too close to anything sharp! (via ehow)
9. Jelly Bellys. Another easy balloon option! (via Don't Waste The Crumbs
10. Loofah. Buy a few yards of nylon matte netting in whatever color you like and then follow this awesome tutorial to become an instant Loofah. (via Crafts by Amanda)
11. Medusa. Pick up some rubber snakes and your local craft store and then braid them into your hair. Pair with a flowy, Greek goddess dress, gold gladiator sandals, and fun makeup. (via The Joy of Fashion
12. Party Animals. Wear your fanciest outfits and grab an animal mask to become a literal "party animal." (via Brit + Co.
13. Rag Doll. Pick up some red yarn and follow this tutorial to make the cutest rag doll wig. (via A Beautiful Mess
14. Doug Funny & Patti Mayonnaise Costume. For couples of the 90s! (via She Knows)  
15. Pizza & Delivery Boy. The perfect pair, pizza and delivery. The pizza costume looks super easy to make out of just cardboard, craft paper, and streamers! (via Studio DIY
16. Rabbit & Magician. Such a cute and easy couples costume. (via Say Yes)
17. Frankenstein Bride. Ok so you'd have to be really good at makeup and do some hardcore hair-spraying for this one, but if you could pull it off, it would be pretty amazing. (via Brit + Co.)
18. Sushi. Strap some orange, red or green pillows to your back with black fabric, wear all white, and put some chopsticks in your hair to dress as a piece of sushi! (via Mayuk
19. Tooth Fairy. I love Lauren Conrad's DIY take on a tooth fairy costume, made entirely from tulle. Have your beau dress up as a dentist to make this a couples costume! (via Lauren Conrad
20. Lyft and Uber. For couples with a friendly rivalry! :) (via Brit + Co.
Have a super creative costume idea for this year? Feel free to post them in the comments section below! You can find all of the ideas above and more here

Have a happy, happy Halloween.

Friday, October 17, 2014

This week on Marlborough 10.17

 TGIF. It's been a crazy week! Josh and I finally got to meet our photographer and had our engagement shoot on Wednesday, had a bunch of his family come down to stay with us yesterday, and have our first engagement party tonight! We are so excited to get all dressed up and celebrate with everyone. It's starting to feel really real, guys.

Oh and we made a trip to Russel Orchards for cider donuts and pumpkins. That place is a zoo but also such a fall staple/tradition that I'd wait in line forever if I had to. The donuts are that good and the pumpkins are THAT big. 

And speaking of traditions, this is the first year that josh and I have really started to think about the holidays together, after 5 years of going our separate ways and spending it with our own families. When do you start thinking about holidays in terms of a family instead of a couple? How do you decide which holidays to spend with which family? Given that josh gets to see his family a lot less than I do, we've decided this year to spend Thanksgiving with mine and then head up to Vermont the day after for the weekend, and then Christmas with his. Who knows if that tradition will stick, and it may change within the next few years as we start making new traditions of our own, but it's definitely a weird transition to make. Josh is the youngest in his family but I am the oldest, so while he graduated from the whole "stockings and Santa" thing a long time ago, my family isn't quite there yet (I'm pretty sure my sister still believes in Santa). It will definitely be a little sad not sitting at the top of the stairs, waiting for my dad to (jokingly) check if Santa came, but at the same time it will be so nice to be with Josh on Christmas day for the first time ever. Lots of life changes happening, but all good ones. 
And here's some fun links from around the web this week!
  • Loving Stone Fox Bride x Honor's new bridal collection.
  • Every.single.episode of Friends is coming to Netflix!
  • What would you do if the floor started to disappear? Climb the walls obviously! 
  • The cutest cleaning supply I've seen in a while. 
  • Blake Lively is just too perfect, even when pregnant. 
  • A really delicious looking salad
  • And some really delicious looking pies made from everyone's favorite soup. 
  • Emily Henderson's new studio is an absolute dream. 
  • Spider cat! And also an adorably surprised cat and the angriest cat in the world. 
  • 8 first-world startups that actually exist. 
  • A trapped American tourist tweets his way to freedom. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Favorite Fall Pizza

Upon moving to Back Bay last year, josh and I quickly realized that there was a shortage of really great options when it came to ordering pizza. Sure, we have our favorites (I love you Figs!), but for the most part, we always felt pretty unsatisfied with most of the delivery options. So, we've been doing a lot of experimenting over the past year in a quest to create the perfect pizza ourselves. We invested in a pizza stone, tried countless types of dough across the city, and have added just about every topping imaginable. Fast forward to today, and pizza has become one of our favorite meals to make together.

What I love most about making pizza is the endless possibilities. You can keep it simple with just some red sauce & cheese, or create a more elaborate mixture of several toppings & ingredients. You can also divide it in half to create two completely different meals, which works well for us because let's face it, sometimes josh doesn't feel like having a whole onion on every pizza, and I don't feel like having BBQ sauce on mine. It's a great way to make one dinner while making everyone happy.  Separate but together. Ying & yang. 

And I think the fall recipe we just landed on takes the cake. It has a light pesto base with both mozzarella & goat cheese, fall flavors like roasted butternut squash & white onion, chopped walnuts for an added crunch, and is topped with fresh arugula and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. It is the perfect blend of sweet & savory and I think it's safe to say it's my new favorite fall pizza. This one hits the spot! 
- pizza dough of your choice (we really like the homemade dough at Shaws but used Boboli pre-made crust for this post)
- pesto 
- shredded mozzarella
- goat cheese
- walnuts
- 1/2 white onion
- 1 cup butternut squash 
- arugula 
- balsamic glaze 

To make:
Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Dice up about half of a white onion and a cup of butternut squash and roast for about 15 minutes with a little olive oil and pepper. While those are roasting, lay out your dough & then spread a very thin layer of pesto as a base. Add desired amount of mozzarella and goat cheese and then sprinkle with some chopped walnuts for crunch. Remove onion/squash from the oven and spread evenly over the top of the pizza. Put the pizza back into the oven (directly on rack) for about 15 minutes or until the crust is brown. Then, remove and top with a layer of arugula and balsamic glaze. 

And obviously as new self-proclaimed pizza chefs we have been eyeing a lot of pizza tools & cooking essentials lately - here are some of my favorites. Some if these will definitely be going on our registry!

Happy pizza making!

Friday, October 3, 2014

This week on Marlborough 10.3

^ Shots from the NY stock exchange floor yesterday. Photo credit

Happy Friday! Apologies for the radio silence on the blog this week - I meant to post but the work week totally got away from me and then THIS happened and everything else kind of went completely out the window. Wayfair officially went public yesterday, which is such a huge milestone for the company and was so exciting to be a part of. It's something that not a lot of people get to experience and I know will probably only happen once in my lifetime. Watching everything unfold on the news yesterday was awesome, and then celebrating at the office and out in Boston last night with our co-founders and the entire company was even better. We even had our own IPO IPA! I'm confident that there are only bigger and better things in store for the future.
Here are some fun things from around the web this week...

  • I'm so happy that the Voice (my favorite show ever) is back and am loving Gwen & Pharrell as new additions to the celeb judges. So far, I think Reagan & John are going to be ones to watch. 
  • I'm OK with welcoming Fall as long as pies like these are involved. 
  • Cuteness
  • Double cuteness
  • Triple cuteness
  • Jessica Simpson has the most beautiful, open-air home (and it's for sale)!
  • I'm pretty jealous of Nylon Magazine's office space.
  • D.C.'s first shipping container apartments look surprisingly nice!  
  •  Fall flavors are my favorite. I'm talking about recipes like this and this and this.

Have a wonderful weekend! xx

Friday, September 26, 2014

This week on Marlborough 9.26

(^ Elephant Rock Beach//Westport, MA)

Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I'm very ready for some much needed weekend relaxation. And even though I started unpacking boots and comforters and getting myself into Fall mode this week, it's looking to be more of a summer weekend weather-wise, and I am not complaining. Josh and I are heading to his brother's housewarming party this weekend where I plan to soak up as much sun as I can get! I'm excited for apples and sweaters and foliage and all that Fall jazz, but I can't deny that I'm loving this Indian summer we are having.
Here's some fun links from around the web this week...
  • Two sisters see for the first time. So moving!
  • The perfect DIY decoration for a party.
  • The cutest handmade blueberry pies.
  • This home looks so open & inviting to me. 
  • This photographer taught 1,500 puppies how to swim and the results are adorable. 
  • A time capsule is found inside Boston's old state house statue! 
  • Lauren Conrad's wedding album...finally!
  • Lena Dunham gives great advice.
  • I want to be staying in this guest house for the weekend. 
  • I've seen so many mixed reviews of Emma Watson's UN speech. What did you think?

Have a great weekend!
P.S. thanks for all your kind words about our wedding update this week, this first month has been a little crazy but so much fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wedding Planning Update: 1 month in!

It's been one whole month since josh and I got engaged and we've got a lot accomplished in that month! Here's a little update on where we are in the wedding process.

1. We picked a date & location (almost)
The cocktail hour and reception will be held next August in my grandmother's backyard in Westport, MA. Westport is a small coastal town about an hour south of Boston and is so beautiful in the summer. The Point (where my grandmother's house is) is a historic district that I have come to know and love for the gray shingle houses, white shell driveways, and amazing old stone walls.
For the ceremony, we knew we wanted the location to be outside, on the water, and close to the house, so we have been scouting and found some great options! Nothing is set in stone, but here's a sneak peek of the property we are thinking of going with (eeek!). It's even prettier in person guys.
2. We booked a band!
The music at the wedding was super important to us so we are so pumped about this part. We booked a Boston band called Eye 2 Eye, who we have heard rave reviews about. With these guys on board combined with what I know about our friends & family, I don't think we'll have any trouble getting the party started.

3. We booked a photographer! 
We are so excited to be working with Jacob of Brumley and Wells for our wedding photos. This was another big one for me, so I'll talk about the process that I went through in researching, narrowing down, and ultimately choosing a photographer in another post! We are doing an engagement shoot here in Boston with Jacob in a few weeks, so naturally I've been pinning engagement inspiration photos like crazy.
(^ All photos via Brumley & Wells)
4. And a videographer! 
We'll be working with the Nick + Colin of Blue Kite Cinema. These two are super talented! What we are really excited about is that they'll be filming all day Friday and Saturday vs. just the day of the wedding, so the resulting video will encompass our whole wedding weekend. After seeing these guys' work (and hearing a glowing review from and old friend Annie), I have no doubt that whatever they create will be nothing short of incredible.

5. We hired a wedding planner
We went back and forth a little bit about this one at the beginning. Do we need a wedding planner? Can't we just do it all ourselves? But since we are not booking a typical "venue" (which generally come equipped with experienced coordinators), we quickly found that we needed to enlist some help. My mom, sister and I will still want to and will be doing a lot of the work ourselves when it comes to planning, but we are lucky enough to be working with the lovely Emily of MStarr Design who will be facilitating that process and keeping us all on track. She has done lots of gorgeous local weddings, so I am so grateful for all the the guidance and experience she is going to lend over the next year.
^ (All photos via mStarr design)

What we've learned

- There's SO much that goes into a wedding. I mean we all know this and I was somewhat prepared for it I don't think there's any way to really be prepared for it until it's actually happening. So many details! But all so exciting nonetheless.
- You don't have to plan everything. There are some elements of the wedding where I have a very clear idea of what I want (like the flowers) and then some elements where I have absolutely no clue (like my wedding dress). And I am totally OK with going into some decisions that we will be making with a completely open mind, vs. having a predetermined idea of what I want (thanks, Pinterest).
Stay grounded (or try your hardest).  The wedding planning process can make you completely lose sight of the real reason you are getting married. I've been told that before and I definitely admit
to getting swept up in "the wedding" vs. "the marriage" multiple times over the last month. But as excited as I am to plan, decorate, and dance, I am that much more excited to marry my best friend. And I think the key is just to have every conversation and make every decision with that in mind.
- Designate time for wedding talk. This is a big one and was also something I read on LC's blog (thanks Emily!). With a full time job, keeping this little blog updated, and planning a wedding, making sure the wedding doesn't take over your life is key.  I've designated specific times in the day to talk "wedding" with my mom (my walk to and from work) and with josh (while we eat dinner) so that in the day I can return to normal life. Our nights this month have gone a little something like this:
I make dinner while asking josh a million random wedding-related questions that have popped into my head throughout the day. Josh weighs in on which ones he likes and which ones are completely crazy. We eat dinner and talk about any recent wedding updates from our family members and also things we need to do. We finish dinner and the rest of the night is reserved to talk about normal things like work, weekend plans, or what we want to be for Halloween. We get in bed and more wedding thoughts pop into my head that I ask josh about (I swear I get all my best ideas right before I fall asleep). Josh agrees with everything because he wants me to fall asleep. I keep talking anyway. Josh falls asleep. I email myself my ideas so that I don't forget them the next day. 
Ok so the "designated time for wedding talk" could use a little work, but we'll get there! It's only the first month and I think everyone is still in the OMG stage.

Phew! Now that we have the big ones "BOOKED" and out of the way I'm looking forward to some of the fun stuff, like daydreaming about honeymoon locations, a couple of upcoming engagement parties, and trying on dresses! I'll be sure to post an update every few months to let you know how the process is going and what we are learning along the way. And in the meantime, feel free to follow along via our #joshandlusayido hashtag on Instagram.