Monday, October 31, 2011

Misc. Monday - Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween all!
Today we are having a Halloween party at school. The students are participating in a parade of costumes and then returning back to their classrooms to have parties. I am so excited to see my kiddos in their costumes. I'm dressing up as a black cat - completely unoriginal but my Halloween costume was not school appropriate.

I bought the cutest costume of a German beer girl this year. It really is precious and so cute on. Lots of bars in Manhattan and in Hoboken were hosting Halloween parties on Saturday. I have to admit - the costume stayed home. As cute as it was - there was no way in the world I was wearing any type of mini dress in the SNOW! Especially since there was over an hour's wait for all the cab companies so I knew we'd have to walk to go out. I guess I'll be a German beer girl next Halloween? Or maybe I'll do my bar hopping tonight? :)
Absolutely not work appropriate! 

Speaking of the snow - I survived my first New Jersey snowstorm. I must say - I am not a fan. I have already threatened to move out and go home and leave Corey alone in our apartment until late March or early April. Of course, I am joking but still - I do not like the snow!
Here's the snow during the first hour of the snowstorm! We ended up with about four or five inches.

Riley survived his steak and aluminum eating adventure. He had a little bit of a belly ache on Friday night and Saturday morning so I substituted rice and a boiled chicken breast for his next couple meals and he was back to normal by Saturday at lunch time. Lesson learned? Absolutely not. He attempted to eat the styrofoam packaging from a gift we received on Saturday.

That aforementioned gift was a precious Risenthel market tote from our wedding photographers. Seriously they are the sweetest. So perfect for living in an area where I walk so much - especially to run errands. The best part? It has my new monogram and this is the first time I've seen it! So exciting!

Someone hit my car in a parking lot on Friday. And they hit it pretty dang hard. Did they leave a note? Insurance information? Nope. Nada. I was pretty ticked off about this. As is my car, who I affectionately refer to as Jenny the Jetta. In South Carolina, I feel like this is almost unheard of. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Birthday Festivities for my Honey

I have been so busy celebrating the birthday of this great guy that I've forgotten to blog!

I secretly snuck into Manhattan without Corey knowing (hard to do with my crazy work schedule!) and bought the Tag Heuer watch he's been talking about forever. Its birthday + Christmas but I gave it to him for his birthday. I love a nice watch on a man! This one looks great with the full suits Corey has to wear to work every day but also with his casual clothes too. 

I also made a yummy cake. It is a butterfinger cake. Yellow cake drizzled with caramel, iced, and sprinkled with crumbled up butterfingers. So easy and so delicious. Corey was so excited and he thought it was the best cake he'd ever had. I originally found a recipe on Pinterest I wanted to use but had to come up with my own because the Pinterest recipe called for sweetened condensed milk and whip cream topping which need refrigeration. I wanted to be able to put the cake in my cake box container and then hide it from Corey so it could be a birthday surprise on Wednesday even though I was making it the night before. I really liked my variation and am so pleased with how it turned out!

On Wednesday we went to Sparks Steak House in midtown Manhattan. It was seriously some of the best steak I've ever had. I wore this cute outfit with my new jumper.
Riley wanted to be in the picture too!

We started with some yummy appetizers - prosciutto and melon and caprese salad, ate delicious steak (this place is famous for how great their steak is), lobster (fantastic!), and enjoyed some great sides. Such a delicious dinner! While this restaurant is famous for its delicious steak, its also famous for a high profile mafia shooting that took place right out front in the 80's! 

There was an unfortunate incident following dinner. We had some leftover steak. Corey opened his presents from his parents on the way home (it was really late) and dropped the bag of leftovers inside the giftbag for us to carry inside. Well...we completely forgot about it! Not only was a delicious and super expensive steak wasted but Riley found it while we were at work yesterday. He ate all of the steak leftovers - including the aluminum container. Of course I immediately fell into full fledged panic upon returning home yesterday, knowing that aluminum cannot possibly be good for my sweet little dog. He's fine, though and appears to feel alright. I'm determined to keep a close eye on him over the next several days but he is acting normal as can be - and seemed quite content to have stolen the steak (he normally doesn't get any people food!).

I posted a new post in Lipstick, Lattes, and Lesson Plans for all of my teacher friends and those interested in the um, highlights of my new job. Eventually, I hope to share some lessons and ideas along with funny and memorable stories but I'm not quite up to uploading resources and whatnot. I've been exhausted from work. Extended day school programs are no joke!

I'm looking forward to a fun Halloween weekend! The forecast for Hoboken and NYC says snow might be headed our way this weekend. I told Corey that if it snows before the end of October, I'm packing up and headed home to South Carolina. I kid, I kid. But seriously, I am not ready for this cold weather!

Happy Friday ladies!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bridal Talk Tuesday - Eye Candy (or cake!)

If anyone was trying to link up this morning and couldn't find the post, oopsies! I thought I scheduled it but apparently it didn't post! 
Life with Elizabeth

Happy Tuesday lovelies! I love wedding cakes. There's something about them that just fascinates me. They're always so pretty and detailed. I could spend hours watching Cake Boss. Lately, I've been perusing photos of gorgeous cakes to get inspiration for when the time comes for us to choose a design. Here's a little eye candy (or cake!) to share with you all.

All images via Pinterest unless otherwise noted.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Misc. Monday and Weekend Recap

with Carissa at lowercase letters

Corey and I finally made it to Gravy, the new Southern cuisine restaurant in midtown. We started with southern rolls and honey butter then had fried green tomatoes and those were delicious! Corey had cornflake crusted chicken with barbeque pinto beans and I had the scallops and honey grits. The grits were great. I haven't had any since we moved here and they were creamy and perfect. Yum!

We shared crispy macaroni and cheese. I've seen pictures of fried mac and cheese floating around Pinterest so I thought this stuff would be out of this world. It was definitely good but I think traditional casserole macaroni is still the best.

The southern food really hit the spot. I'm all settled in here in Hoboken and am starting to feel more "at home" but sometimes I also feel homesick. The grits and macaroni and southern rolls made my night. The restaurant was a little too fancy to really feel southern but overall I was impressed!

Saturday we had a long morning workout at the gym. Then we came home and I cleaned our apartment while Corey watched the Clemson game. Clemson is doing so well this year! We are really excited. Riley also watched the game with Corey.

Speaking of Riley, I have no idea what he should be for Halloween. I'm debating between a squirrel and a lobster but I guess he'll end up being whatever is left when we go to PetSmart on Tuesday evening. He might even end up being a pumpkin again like last year. I've been a slacker on pet costume shopping this year.
Riley was obviously not happy about the pumpkin hat.

Corey and I went to our absolute favorite pizzeria Saturday night. This place uses fresh mozzarella and fresh basil and the sauce is incredible. Afterwards we met up with another couple for drinks which was lots of fun.

We went into Manhattan and did a little shopping Sunday. It was mostly window shopping, making birthday and Christmas wish lists. We did finally pick out our Halloween costumes. Hoboken takes Halloween very seriously. Photos to come - Corey's is hilarious! I tried the legging, tunic, boot combo yesterday. It is very popular here and I wasn't quite sure about it until I found a tunic I loved at a local boutique. This was such a comfortable outfit! Please excuse my hair - I hadn't finished it yet! Yikes.
p.s. Those are the Michael Kors boots I've been mentioning forever on my WILW. They were an early birthday present from my wonderful parents - they wanted to make sure my feet didn't get cold!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Lipstick, Lattes, and Lesson Plans, my new teaching blog. I'll be documenting all the fun and crazy happenings in my Kindergarten classroom without posting long posts on here that might be boring to those of you not interested in education. Please head over and check it out!

I did my own blog design, by the way, using MyMemories scrapbooking software which I won in Preppy Wife Preppy Life's giveaway! I'm super proud of it. I'm loving MyMemories and am making so many fun things. I think its time to update my Life with Elizabeth blog design too!

Happy Sunday lovelies! Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday Loves!

with Jamie at This Kind of Love

Today I'm loving this cute VS tunic

This precious sweater, available in light pink

Mary Kay Satin Hands - such a life saver during colder weather. I wash my hands at least a dozen times at work every day (not to mention all the hand sanitizer I use!) This keeps them smooth and soft!

I'm loving Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray. Its by far my favorite volumizing product that I have ever used. Pretty weightless for girls with fine hair like mine but actually works!

As always, I'm loving this sweet dog

And this amazing man!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bridal Talk Tuesday - Engagement Pics 2

Life with Elizabeth

Happy Tuesday girls! Today for Bridal Talk Tuesday, I'd like to share five more of our engagement pictures. We have been sorting through them trying to decide on a Save the Date photo and it has been so tough because we love them all!
Apple picking!

 LOVE this one!

Love how real this one looks!

I love everything about this. I bought a canvas printing deal on Living Social and I think I'm going to use it for this picture since we have the photo release. Love!

Bling, bling!

All images are subject to copyright by Kristin Byrum Photography and were reproduced by me with the studio's permission. 

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Kate Spade Loves

I would say that Kate Spade is hands down my favorite luxury label. This makes perfect sense as Kate Brosnahan was a Kappa Kappa Gamma(like myself) and therefore must have impeccable taste.

While perusing the Kate Spade website, I fell in love with all of these beauties.
I LOVE this bag. I seriously let out an audible gasp when I saw it. I have a birthday coming up. If anyone wants to ship this to me, my address is 811 Jac...kidding kidding. This is the internet! 

Love a quilted bag in a neutral color. So pretty and classic!
This bag is so timeless and sophisticated. Absolutely stunning!
 Loving these pretty elegant earrings!
 And these cute everyday florals!
Such a fun belt. Love the feminine gold bow!

All images {via}

Oh still my heart every season. Sigh. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The past couple days!

Hi ladies!

I'd like to thank you all for your kind words on my previous post. It means a lot to know my family is in your thoughts and prayers and I know my cousins are especially thankful. Your comments and the sweet emails I've received have helped brighten my week.

This week has flown by and I am very grateful for that. How can it really be Thursday already? I think if I had a four day week every week I would get so much more accomplished and be much more rested.

Tuesday I left work at exactly the time teachers can leave - not one minute later. I came straight home, loved on this sweet dog, and poured myself a glass of wine.
Corey made spaghetti meat sauce for dinner and I ate a quarter of an Italian baguette. No judgement, please. I had time to talk with my mom and check in with my grandmother and they are both handling things as best as can be expected. Then, I forced Corey to watch last week's Private Practice online with me and we went to bed early.

Yesterday, Corey had a work dinner so I headed home with the intention of going to the gym and picking up on my routine. Instead, I ate leftovers from the yummy rosemary roasted chicken I made on Monday and sulked on the couch. (And ate another quarter of the baguette.) I searched for plane tickets to fly home for the funeral this weekend then sulked some more when I found that even with the credit offered for bereavement, the lowest far was $800. Instead of going to the gym, I played on Pinterest and found these motivational quotes:
I'll be returning to the gym tomorrow. Obviously. 

Amidst my sulking the buzzer rang and a few minutes later I opened the door to find these:
 With this sweet note:
In case you cannot read it, it says, "10 more months. I love you, Corey." This reminded me that while this is a sad time for my family, I will be married in ten months! This brightened my spirits and gave me some energy to clean our apartment, put a load of laundry in, and paint my nails. I decided to use:
My current favorite for fall is Lady Like, but I also love the bright purplish-pink of Big Spender by Essie. I did my toes too and I'm really loving this color. It feels so perfect for fall!

I'm looking forward to girls' night tonight with my friends. A great pick me up at the end of a stressful week.

Happy Thursday girls!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One of the strongest women I've ever known.

My Aunt Jackie 
(with my cousin, Kristen, who is basically my identical twin)
Oct. 25, 1952 - Oct. 10, 2011

Late Monday evening my sweet Aunt Jackie passed away. She was the youngest of my mom's five sisters and the mother to two wonderful children. She was one of the strongest women I've ever known and one of the most inspirational. A little sassy like my mom with deep southern roots just like my grandmother and all of her daughters. An incredible mother and a hard worker with a passion for hosting family Thanksgiving get togethers and having long late night phone dates with her sisters and friends.

My cousin, Kristen, is two years younger than me and my cousin, Brian, is two years older. Since I was sandwiched in the middle I spent so much time with my cousins and aunt as a child. Some of my favorite memories are building forts out of blankets in their living room and sitting down for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with a house full of my family members (even though she usually burned the bread and set the smoke detector off!). 

I remember the word cancer first entering conversation regarding my aunt around the time I was a sophomore in college. Its hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened because a battle with cancer and all that entails sometimes makes time seem to stop and so many things can change and happen in such a short amount of time. My aunt was a fighter. She was strong willed and stubborn, a character trait of the women on my mother's side of the family. She endured many surgeries and treatments and stayed strong for a very long time. Basically, she was a rockstar.

It wasn't until the last year that her condition became much worse. I visited her in the hospital with my mom last Fall and know she had been in much pain since then. Prior to this she was able to celebrate my grandmother's 90th birthday and help plan the surprise party that hosted over one hundred guests. What a spectacular milestone for my grandmother but it was also a time where all five daughters and their mother could be together. This is something that doesn't happen often as my mom's sisters are very spread out. About once every eight to ten years all five will be in the same place at the same time for a big event and I am so grateful they had this opportunity last year. I'm also grateful that I was able to spend some quality time visiting with my aunt shortly before I moved here to New Jersey.

Our only comfort in the loss of someone who was such a wonderful and meaningful part of our lives is knowing that she is no longer in pain. There is a peace with knowing that she will never hurt again and knowing that she is in God's care. We are trying our best to celebrate her life and understand that this was the time God had chosen for her to return to him. My mother and grandmother at home have a wonderful network of support and Corey and his family and my friends have been wonderful to me here. However, my heart is breaking for my cousins and I ask that if you are religious, please say a prayer for them. 

I know there are a lot of emotions associated with any loss however I feel like a battle with cancer can be especially hard. My heart breaks knowing that my aunt won't see my cousin, Kristen, graduate college or help her pick out her wedding dress. And knowing she won't be able to dance with Brian on the day that he gets married. Or see her grandchildren somewhere down the road. After watching her battle cancer and stay strong for so many years, there is a feeling of frustration and defeat associated with knowing she won't be physically present for those things. And that knowing that the fight is over and cancer won. It would be selfish to wish she could be with us any longer because she was in a huge amount of pain and not her vibrant, sassy self so at the same time there is peace with knowing that she doesn't have to fight anymore. 

This is my Aunt Jackie. Strong. Determined. Inspirational. Dedicated. Loving. Daughter. Wife. Friend. Aunt. Sister. Mother to two wonderful children - who she raised to be phenomenal adults. She will leave a void in the lives of all who knew her. We'll be missing her funny stories, great sense of humor, and the late night phone dates. Aunt Jackie - you were one incredible woman and we love and miss you with all our hearts.