Friday, June 28, 2013

Life Lately

Friday, June 28, 2013
I'd like to start off by simply saying, yes. I was so happy with the stream of events on Wednesday about DOMA, so happy for this country to take a step in the right direction. Someone on my Twitter feed said it perfectly, now the prejudice are in the minority. I was never one who was all about Twitter, but in moments like these, I feel like Twitter is having a party and every tweet is more celebratory than the next. 
Recently S stopped by Whole Foods to bring us cheese to eat for dinner with fresh French bread and assorted crackers. With it, he also brought a small bouquet of red peonies. I've never seen red peonies before, only blush and pink ones. These red ones were really interesting because a few days after being placed in a mason jar, it started to slowly lose it's insides.
It sounds really dramatic, but it wasn't really. I'd come home from the museum to find petals spilling off the coffee table to the carpet. Sometimes I would be sitting on the couch with my morning coffee and the petals would fall right before me from their stems. It was slow and deliberate, almost like there was a creature rustling inside of the flowers. Has this happened to anyone else's peonies? It has never happened to my pink peonies and it was quite a show. 
Not too long ago we had a lazy weekends. Like I said previously, our week nights have been packed with social get-togethers and our weekends are time for us to relax and enjoy our time together at home. We got bagels from New York City and decided to treat them right with eggs, butter, and lavender champagne. Champagne before noon on weekends is one of my favorite things. With weeks that fly by, it helps the weekend trickle a little slower. 
And of course, one of my other favorite weekend treats, waffles. Getting a waffle maker for the wedding was one of the best things ever. So was the blender, the juicer, the coffee machine, the cheeseboards, and all our other favorite things. Nothing beats frozen homemade waffles and an endless cup of NYC coffee at home.
I recently purchased a new lens for my camera. Every since I first got my camera, I knew I wanted to upgrade the lens. The first camera I ever learned on was a film Minolta SLR x-700 and I had a 50 mm lens for it. I always admired Bridget's photographs and she uses a 50 mm lens. It was proof that I was lusting after a prime lens. 
All of the photos in this post were taken with my new lens, and most likely all of the posts to come with have this lens too. I'm really loving it's depth of field and how much control I have over the settings. I'll be visiting family and friends at home this weekend and playing with my new camera lens. Happy weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our Fair City: Ivanhoe Village Walk

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Recently, at the suggestion of The Orlandoan, we decided to check out the local area of Ivanhoe Row and it's Friday night event, Virginia Street Live. Ivanhoe Row is known for it's antique shops, small cafes, and even one of my favorite bars that poses as an antique shop by day.  
We strolled around Virginia St, taking turns down roads we've never been on before. Virginia backs up onto a lake and across that lake is where we hold wedding ceremonies at the museum. It's humbling to see it from the other side. 
Among the event there were food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, a wine walk, and a beer garden. The beer garden had a live DJ outdoors spinning music on the lawn. In this area there is this rustic structure that resembles a tree and held lit lanterns. It made the space kind of magical the darker the evening became. 
Even though the evenings are still warm, it was nice walk around with the sun setting, with the rest of the community, with nothing to rush to. We casually walked and I ended up breaking one of my new sandals on the uneven stone sidewalks, but it was nothing that super glue (and a glazed doughnut) couldn't fix. 
I've been working at the museum a lot in the office, as well as last weekend for a really fun wedding. The guests drank a lot, a sign of a fun group of people. It was one of the weddings in which we had tons of cars left over in the garage overnight - people carpooling home safely or grabbing taxis. With summer, tons of my friends are finally finding the time to go out, even on week nights. There was last week where we were home only one night together, the rest of the week I was out with friends or out with S. What else is summer for if not week night outings?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Weekend @ the Farmer's Market

Monday, June 24, 2013
One of the things that I look forward to every weekend is going to the farmers market with S. It's our time to purchase some groceries for the week including fruits and veggies for our juicer and fresh bread for our sandwiches. 
I love knowing our local produce man and the bread lady. The see us every Sunday and are always asking how our week was, all the while wishing us a wonderful week ahead. I swear I saw the produce man check his watch when we walked up, as if expecting us like clockwork. And I'm certain that the bread lady gave us a discount this week for no particular reason.
There are a few treats that we sometimes splurge on like fresh goose eggs or tart and sugary lime-aide. Those are the things we purchase if we have left over cash from buying three or four bags full of fruits and veggies. 
There's other treats that we always see but have yet to try like the popsicle lady and the crepe guy. Perhaps when summer is in full swing or I'm feeling really nostalgic for France I will try them. 
Then there's the kettle corn man, who wears full length clothing and an apron to protect himself from the heat. They pop the kettle corn in large vintage roasters and kettle corn almost always fly out while they stir it around. They ring a bell when a fresh batch is ready to eat. He always asks, "Do you want the bag open or closed?" and I say, "Open, of course," so that I can enjoy the bag of warm popcorn while walking around and even on the way home. It's so delicious, a perfect balance of sweet and salty.
Lately, I've been on a champagne kick. With the heat of summer and warm days coming on quick, it's the perfect fizz that's refreshing and not too sweet. I have also been obsessed with this necklace that I bought at a local tea house and art shop in one. It was made by a local artist and it reminds me of Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, which has been on my mind since the Red Wedding episode. Jaw dropping is all I can say. 
The rest of the weekend consists of work, and a few days of relaxation. I'm looking forward to visiting home soon and to spend quality time with family and old friends. This will be the first time since the wedding that we are visiting home, and it will be nice to sit around to casually discuss how the wedding went in their point of view. We already have lots of dinner dates, barbecue afternoons, movie dates, and brunches planned.

Friday, June 21, 2013

From Our Travels: Beach Weekend Film

Friday, June 21, 2013

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend ahead of them! I actually have a wedding this weekend so I won't be around too much. But, I've got a little film for you that is just simple clips from our beach weekend trip. Notice the little clams that burrow into the sand? I found them fascinating and I could watch them all day.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

From Our Travels: Weekend @ the Beach

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I finally got around to going through all of our beach photos from our little weekend getaway to Daytona Beach. I didn't have my camera on me at all times like I normally do, but I when I did, I just kept snapping away. I couldn't get enough of the never-ending horizon, the puffy clouds, and the glass-like water.
The water trickles up to the shore with over twenty feet of inch-deep water. The wave pans out until it's barely licking your toes and leaves the sand shimmering with salt. I've never been to any salt flats, but all weekend I was telling S, "This is what salt flats must be like." The sand near the tide is dense, flat, and reflective like a mirror. 
In the mornings and evenings we would walk along the shore, up and down the beach. Early in the morning we'd come across tiny clams like the one S is holding in the first photo. With every substantial wave, these clams would become uncovered on the shore line and as the water receded, the clams would dig themselves back into the wet sand. It was mesmerizing.
In the evenings we came upon a couple jellyfish, nothing too big. Growing up in New York, we'd go to Point Pleasant in August sometimes and it was always jellyfish season. The jellyfish we came upon down here was nothing compared to the mass amounts found at the Jersey shore in August. 
We spent most of our time in the water, not coming out unless we were hungry or thirsty. The sun was so intense all weekend that it was hard to stay out of the water for more than a few minutes anyway. 
We swam out to the sandbars and let the waves crash on us like I remember doing as a kid. Even the small waves would pull us from our anchored feet and send our bodies north. We'd have to swim against the current to get back to where we started, where the good waves were. 
We were looking for a place to eat dinner and it was happenstance that we found ourselves under the bridge that links the island to the mainland. There on the water was a dock and a restaurant with a deck. That evening was suddenly grey and chilly, perfect for enjoy some raw oysters and crab legs on the water. It was one of those places with a line out the door and a 45 minute wait so you knew it had to be good. We wanted a place to sit on the water and with the deck overlooking the coast and the docked boats, it was perfect. It was also covered so when it began to rain, it was a scenic kind of rain that we enjoyed with our lemony oysters.

S had never had crab legs before and we had been craving oysters all weekend when we got to the shore. I was apprehensive to get a large order of crab legs because I grew up with a dad who used to take us out on the boat up north with crab traps. We'd bring home the crab that were big enough and eat them outside on our porch in summer time. This crab did my memory justice and they were delicious. The right kind of meal to bring me back to growing up in New York. 
The trip was a great one, a nice little getaway to the beach for a weekend. It's not a town I would visit just to visit the town, but I'd go to that coast again to take advantage of the waves and relaxation. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Recap of "Life Lately"

Monday, June 17, 2013
These are just some photos from around our home. I took them in between each vanilla waffle in our waffle maker. Lately we've been working hard or enjoying our time off together. This past weekend we ate Chipotle at home while watching a movie on Friday night. Saturday morning we made a simple but delicious breakfast with our New York bagels, enjoyed with champagne - because NYC bagels are a thing to celebrate here in Florida. We went out on Saturday night to see a movie (the latest Noah Baumbach movie - Frances Ha) and on Sunday we made waffles just because I wanted to eat Nutella for breakfast. 
Whenever I make waffles I make a dozen or so, enough for the freezer for a few weeks. I change up the extract that I use every so often. My favorite is the almond extract waffles, but they call for a ton of almond extract and I'd rather save that for my biscotti! Vanilla extract is an old favorite, and next time I think I am going to blend my lavender buds into the sugar for lavender-vanilla waffles. I think that just might be genius to pair with Nutella...
Below are some gifts that I have been thoroughly enjoying and that I adore so much. The first is a set of stemless red wine glasses from a dear friend. To me, it was such a thoughtful gift because she knows me so well. I've played around with the idea of getting the longitude and latitude of where S + I met tattooed on me, someplace small, just for us. But I am always undecided on placement (there are two other tattoos that I want that I haven't gotten because I can't decide on placement). Instead, my dear friend had the longitude and latitude engraved on gorgeous wine glasses for us. I swoon every time I see them, I adore them so much because the numbers are kind of a secret 
Another gift that I adore so much that I leave out for us to admire regularly is this butcher block long cutting board. It's engraved with our new last name and my favorite touch, established May 4th, 2013, our wedding date. I told S that I don't want to put any cheese/meat/olives/etc on it because I want this board to last forever. I've deemed it the bread and cracker board - which the length is perfect for. 
Naturally, I write in a personal journal as well as this blog. I've been journaling since I was in middle school and I have all of my journals from high school to this day. I still have the leather cover that I've used all of these years and it's grown soft and worn with all of the late night writing sessions. I love it, but I was gifted this gorgeous Rifle Paper Co journal and I thought it would be perfect to chronicle my first year of marriage in it. I can switch back to the plain cardboard inserts after this gorgeous one is full. 
Other than that, we're keeping ourselves busy with work. There aren't as many events in summer time, but this is the time that we do our marketing, networking, and brainstorming on how to better our department. On Instagram you can see some little snippets (12) of the vendors that we've been visiting lately. I love working with the vendors in this area - they are all so nice and have such customer service. I am constantly learning from each of them about our industry that I am just beginning my career in.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Le Sigh.. The Weekend

Friday, June 14, 2013
The weekend begins tomorrow and I just have to say, yay! After our trip last weekend, I am still in vacation mode. Summer vacation mode to me is wanting a perspiring drink in my hand at all times, sunglasses on, magazines laying around, and eating whatever I want. Like those beignets up there. There's a cajun place not too far from our house and my museum. They serve beignets and Cafe du Monde coffee. This means that I can continue to drink my own CDM coffee that I brought back from New Orleans instead of drinking it sparingly because now I have a place to buy it from!
Anyway, with the weekend ahead, my minds a little lazy. Here are some of my favorite links from the past few weeks that I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
1 // This is my new iPhone case that my friend designed! I ordered it from his Society6 which has prints, shirts, and even tote bags. Have you seen this whale in a jar? Come on. Want. This is my friend who designed our wedding invitations as well as my personal business cards! 
2 // The event planner in me is loving the trend of all-appetizer menus at events. We've had events recently with choices such as chicken and waffles as a butler passed hors d'oeuvres. It's a shame I only learned about that one after our own wedding.
3 // I adore Rebecca's floral photography. My friend just got back from studying abroad in France (amazing, no?) and we've been saying for years that we will take a local flower arranging class together. This post makes me want to take one now!
4 // Hannah posted how to make honeysuckle syrup and it seriously gave me deja vu. Growing up in New York, we had a honeysuckle bush on the side of our house. Coming home from school I would smell it, playing on weekends I would smell it, and in spring and summer when the honeysuckles were in full bloom, I'd  pick them and lick the sweetness right off of the petals. It's remarkable how one scent and taste can bring me back so vividly to a place that normally feels like a different lifetime.
5 // Lastly, one of my favorite bloggers that guest posted for me while I was off getting married, and gifted us this beautiful customized pillow, has worked so hard these last few months to open up her own shop and has a sale on! There's only one more day left of the sale so be sure to check it out before it's too late!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Contemporary Charms

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I recently won a giveaway hosted by Lip Gloss and Crayons! It was the sweetest little charm necklace made by Ofina Jewelry. The giveaway was for a necklace with two charms, and just like Carly suggested, I went with a D (for Danielle/Yelle) and an S. 
The necklace came wrapped up so cute with the sweetest card of congratulations. I love winning prizes like these. Not only did I gain a necklace, but I found a new shop to buy presents from for others. A charm necklace as simple and contemporary as these are perfect for just about every girl. 
I had a hard time deciding between rose gold or yellow gold. I went with yellow gold since I have gold Alex and Ani bracelets. Rose gold is beautiful, but the yellow gold will match more of my other jewelry so that I can wear it more often!
We got back from our mini-moon (mini-honeymoon, see what I did there?) on Monday, just in time to enjoy cuddling up on our couch in the rain. The beach weekend was perfect and would not have been complete without the sunburn on my face and shoulders. I'll share the few photos that we took, considering that I really tried to be good and unplug! 
Yesterday and today have been very busy event-office days. We haven't really been in the office because instead we've been visiting some of our favorite vendors to work with! We still have a few more to reach out to, but so far, I am so enjoying seeing our preferred vendors offices/warehouses/shops. Also, it's nice to take a few minutes to chit chat with these people that we work with all the time. We get to hear about their upcoming events, both personal and professional. If you follow my Instagram, you've seen the cute and squeezable T-Rex that we've been handing out with our rack cards. His eyes pop out! So cute that I had to get one for my desk. Hope that everyone is having a great Wednesday!
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