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.


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.