Friday, September 19, 2014

This week on Marlborough 9.19

Happy Friday! Josh was gone all week traveling for work and exploring the great state that is Kentucky, so I am super excited to have him back today. I think Mac may be even more excited - he's been staring at the door waiting for him all week - it's pretty much the saddest but cutest thing ever.

This week I also got to spend some time at this year's Future M conference which is always fun and inspiring - I love hearing from so many experts in the marketing space. My mom and I also had a great meeting with our planner this week to talk wedding - big things are happening guys! I can't wait to share some details.
And here's fun things from around the web this week!

  • This father/daughter dance is adorable. 
  • I'm so excited for pumpkin spice everythingggg
  • I love this exercise - I might do it with josh!
  • Animals helping animals. 
  • I NEED a pair of these
  • I love everything Emily Henderson touches, and her home is no different! 
  • Banana split popsicles, nom. 
  • I've been following Whitney Leigh Morris on Instagram for a while now and am obsessed with her #tinycanalcottage. Exactly how I would decorate if I had a small living space like that!
  • One reporter read and replied to every single PR email he received for a week. 
  • A bride-to-be makes an awesome Bachelorette music video
  • The crostini station that dreams are made of.

Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DIY Marble Dipped Glasses

I've been dying to experiment with nail polish marbleizing for a while now. I've seen tons of of marbled DIY projects all over Pinterest (i.e. this amazing tray and these pretty votives) and the process seemed so simple that I just had to give it a try. Plus, we all have those old nail polish colors that we never wear any more, so it's the perfect opportunity to put those to good use.

Here's all you need! 
- A couple bottles of nail polish (we used 4 different shades of blue)
- A container of room temperature water
- A toothpick
- Glass containers of your choice (we used some glass Dairy bottles we had lying around but you could also use a vase, votives, wine glasses, drinking glasses, etc.)
And here's how to make them: 
I found this tutorial from Poppytalk (pictured above) the most helpful! To start, fill your bowl or container with room temperature water. The temperature of the water is super important for this because if it's too hot or too cold, the nail polish will sink instead of float. One you have your bowl of water, take your nail polish and start adding drops to the water, keeping your hand as close to the surface as possible so that the drops don't fall too hard and sink to the bottom. This step works best when done quickly, so josh and I held two bottles of nail polish each, pouring about 4-5 drops from each bottle.

You'll notice the drops immediately start to spread on their own. Once your are done pouring, you'll want to take your tooth pick and drag it across the surface of the water to create your desired marbled pattern. And then your bucket of water will start looking something like this.
After the nail polish is in the water for a minute or so, you'll notice it beginning to form a thin film-like layer on the surface of the water. That's when you'll want to dip your first glass. To do this, dip the glass into the water on one side of the bucket and then rotate it to the other, picking up the layer of nail polish along the way. It can be tricky to get the timing just right, but after doing it a couple of times we got the hang of it and it was smooth sailing from there.
You'll notice that in the photo above our marble patterns get better from right to left as we had more practice. So if you are doing this for the first time, make sure you have plenty of glasses to experiment on! It definitely took a couple of tries before we started getting results that we liked. It's also helpful to have a bottle of nail polish remover handy to touch up any imperfections.

Happy marbling!

Friday, September 12, 2014

This week on Marlborough 9.12

^ birthday boating (photo cred: @banderin)

Happy Friday! This week was a fun one because we got to celebrate Josh's birthday out in Boston Harbor and play our last softball game of the season together. We sadly lost our game, but it was a gorgeous night to be beside the Charles River. I'm having a lot of trouble letting go of summer nights like these.

I was also planning some upcoming blog posts this week and want you to know that I am fully aware that I kind of abandoned the "DIY" aspect of this blog over the summer. I think I officially may be a seasonal DIYer! Once we got our patio decorated, planted and ready for summer, I was too busy spending sunny weekends seeking out the nearest beach or pool to stay home and work on projects. But I think now that we will be spending more weekends at home instead of traveling, the weather will be getting cooler, and football season is starting :/, I will have much more time to dedicate to creating. And don't worry, we have some fun ideas brewing! Especially some wedding-related ones. So expect to see a lot more DIY back on this blog very soon.
And here are some fun links from around the web this week!

  • I think Mac definitely needs one of these.
  • The first family robot is here. These might be the next big thing.
  • Someone strapped a GoPro to the happiest dog ever and the result is very happy.
  • I love this girl's voice!
  • I can't wait to see this movie.
  • Has anyone heard of InstaThis? A printed one our Instagram photos on wood for Josh for his birthday and he loved it. Such a great gift idea!
  • Are you an "Orange is the new Black" fan? Then you'll love these wedding photos. 
  • This is the song I've been jamming out to this week (thanks Jca!)
  • This kid is an old man trapped in a little boy's body. Made me laugh so hard!
  • A 13 year old designer & prodigy hits Fashion Week. 
  • Erin's wedding photos are up and they are beautiful.
  • If you live in New England, you could see the Aurora Borealis tonight!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Josh!

I can't believe it's already been a year since josh's last birthday, when we were just moving into our apartment, learning the lay of the land, and navigating living together for the first time. Fast forward to this year and we are engaged and can safely say that we are some pretty solid Boston locals. It's funny how much can happen in a year's time!

Josh grew up fishing on Lake Champlain and absolutely loves it, but has never been fishing in salt water. So this year as a birthday gift, I rented a fishing boat via Boston Harbor Boat rentals that we took out for a couple hours last night on a quest to catch some big guys. We didn't catch anything, but we did get some amazing sunset views of Boston and has a lot of fun cruising around the Harbor. If you having boating experience and are looking to take a boat out in Boston for a few hours (or even the whole day!) I would highly recommend renting from these guys.
So in celebration of josh's birthday this year, I thought I'd share pictures from his birthday over the past 6 years. I feel so lucky to have been with him for so many birthdays, and am so excited to share many more birthdays (and fun experiences like these!) to come. Happy happy 26th, Josh.
 ^ 2014, boating around Boston Harbor
^ 2013, our first party on Marlborough 
^ 2012, a night out in Burlington, VT
 ^ 2011, at an outdoor concert in Vermont
 ^ 2010, at a pig roast in Grand Isle
^ 2009 at my old college apartment. Glad our fashion sense has changed! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

This week on Marlborough 9.05

^ my grandparent's backyard in Westport

Happy Friday! This week has been a scorcher here in the city, but I'm not complaining. I'm so glad summer has decided to stick around past Labor Day and I'm excited for a couple more nice weekends before Fall gets here.

This weekend we are going down to my grandmother's house in Westport, MA (aka "the venue") with my parents and josh's parents (aka "the team") to do some planning as well as some scouting for ceremony & rehearsal dinner locations. It is such a beautiful spot and I can't wait to look at in through the lens of our wedding for the first time - I can't think of anywhere I'd rather get married. I'll will be taking tons of photos and probably posting a few to Instagram if you want to follow along (I'm @lindseybach).
And here's some fun links from around the web this week...

  • I love Anthropologie, but this piece making fun of their furniture is hilarious. 
  • The Ikea catalog is the newest tech gadget. 
  • Love these DIY countertops!
  • If we didn't already have great towel rings in our apartment, I would totally make this
  • Adorable. period. 
  • Cara & Kate join forces. Can you say dream team? 
  • A town covered in blue paint. These photos make me really want to go back to Morocco! 
  • Kelly of Studio DIY finally finished her studio and it's amazing. Can you spot the items from Wayfair? 
  • Planning vacations makes me so happy (josh and I have already been talking about our honeymoon!) 
  • Need a Friday laugh? Go no further

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Boston's Yappier Hour

Josh and I officially have a new favorite happy hour that's so awesome, it deserved it's own post here on the blog! If you live in the Boston area and have a dog, you need to check out "Yappier Hour", every Wednesday night at the Liberty Hotel. It's hosted outside in the Liberty's beautiful enclosed "Yard" area, complete with a bar, snacks, & lounge seating. It's also completely free, and once you are there you can grab a beer, let your dog off their leash, and just enjoy the outdoors while playing with other cute dogs of every size, age and breed. As you've seen on this blog, josh and I are always looking for new and fun things to do around Boston, but oftentimes we can't include mac in those activities. So this happy hour combined with a giant doggy playdate is the perfect mix - we are just sad we didn't learn about it earlier in the season. You'll know where to find us on Wednesday nights for the rest of the summer!
 ^ a pretty girl puggle! Mac got her number
^ Mac & his new posse
Pretty adorable, right? We met so many cute pups, got lots of licks & snuggles, and mac made a bunch of new friends (including a few girls!). Even if you don't have a dog but are a dog lover, I'd highly recommend checking out "yappier hour" sometime very soon.