Our Wedding Video

Some of you may know (and some may not know) that Kelly and I got married this past New Year’s Eve. It was everything I could have wanted and more! Through the hustle and bustle of planning the wedding, we decided at the last minute that we wanted to hire a videographer to film our wedding day. We really just wanted something documented and we received an amazing highlight video that captures all the joy and love that was exchanged that day.

I have shared it with you all and I hope that you enjoy!

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Navy Embroidered Top

I am so ready for warm weather I can taste it. Not that this Winter has been particularly rough, but I am a southern native and if it were up to me I would have it warm and sunny year-round. It’s about that time of year for the weather to get either really warm or really chilly and I’m living for the days that are really warm.


embroidered top: sold out (similar) | jeans: lucky brand | heels: steve madden | earrings: kendra scott | bracelett: david yurman | sunglasses: ray ban

Give me a bit of sun and I don’t miss an opportunity to lose the sleeves and soak it up! That is why this top was particularly perfect for weekend errands and a bit of fun color. I spotted this really cool color wall in the Montrose area of Houston and I thought it was the perfect pop for this outfit!

This outfit is great because it was just right for a warmer Winter afternoon and will transition into Spring excellently. Now, I’m just hoping we have more warm days than cold days because I’m at my best in the warmer months. Here’s to hoping!

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Links I’m Loving

HAPPY FRIDAY!

My goodness I am so ready for the weekend. Although, this weekend’s approach is bittersweet because we will be packing up our apartment all weekend. Kelly and I moved to Houston on a whim last year to follow an opportunity with his job and found a teeny-tiny apartment close to work for me and moved from San Antonio to Houston within 24 hours. It was the worst 24 hours ever, but the best decision we could have made and haven’t looked back. Fast forward about 1 year and our teeny-tiny apartment is bursting at the seams with our stuff. It was already a small space for us to begin with, but add all of our wedding gifts and additional furniture we’ve collected and it is one big mess.

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We knew after about 6-months in the little apartment that we wanted to make the transition into a house and found a cute house that is just what we need. It has the right amount of space and a huge backyard for Howdy. We move in next weekend and I’m excited to fill the house with our stuff but dreading the unpacking already. I wish all of our stuff could magically float to the new house and that be that. One can dream, right? Let me know if you want to see a post in regards to the move!

Anyway, to kick start the weekend, I’ve put together a few links that have caught my eye this week and I hope y’all enjoy!

1. I’m already eyeing this ADORABLE beach bag for this Summer! I loved personalized items.

2. This checklist of things to do immediately after you move is so smart! Definitely using this next week.

3. Calling all basic babes! Lilly Pulitzer & Starbucks are partnering with S’well this Spring!

4. These low carb buffalo chicken meatballs sound like a perfect option to curb a craving and keep it healthy.

5. Did anyone else see the guy that proposed in front of Celine Dion? Even she was surpised! Her face is hysterical.

6. This ‘Where To Brunch In Houston’ guide is what my dreams are made of! I’ve heard amazing things about The Dunlavy.

7. Has anyone else watched the Nexflix original series The OA? Man, I was sucked in on episode one. We finished it in one week. So good!

8. J. Crew’s sale is on sale. Run don’t walk. 50% OFF EVERYTHING!

9. This customer surprised a Starbucks employee with roses because she has no Valentine. So precious!

10. I would love to be able to make a DIY project look as beautiful and this Spring time wreath. My front door would love this!

I hope y’all enjoyed that round up and have a fab weekend! Kelly and I are giving a swing at Bingo Night tonight. Wish us luck!

xx

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

How was everyone’s Valentines Day??

Ours was super low key. We celebrated in style this past weekend with a fancy dinner and fancy cocktails so last night was nice to hang out and catch up on Vanderpump Rules. I made a home cooked meal and we each enjoyed a glass of champagne (or two). Kelly surprised me with a dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries when I got home which is always a pleasant way to come home 🙂

Anyway, we finished up the evening with a small bowl of some homemade strawberry ice cream and it was too good not to share with y’all. The homemade aspect makes things fun, but it’s also got such a rich and fresh taste to it that store bought ice cream can’t beat.

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I will warn you, though. This recipe is not very easy on the hips, ladies. It’s extremely rich, but well worth the splurge in calories. Trust me on this one. Here is how to make it:

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups of whole milk

3/4 cup granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons of Mexican vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

8-10 ripe strawberries

Instructions:

Heat heavy cream and milk over medium heat on the stove top and continually stir. Stirring will help avoid the milk from curdling. Once the mixture becomes warm, add your sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk together over the heat until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer cream mixture into a bowl and cool it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. You want it just cool enough so the mixture won’t melt the cylinder that’s frozen in the ice cream maker.

While your cream mixture is cooling, smash up about 8-10 strawberries in a bowl until it has the consistency of a thick jam. I like to leave a few large bits of strawberry to enjoy small bites of strawberry in the ice cream.

After your cream mixture is cooled, transfer the mixture into an ice cream maker, slowly add the smashed strawberries, and churn the mixture for approximately 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes is up, your mixture will be very thick. Transfer your ice cream into a freezer safe bowl and freeze for about 2-3 hours or until it reaches the consistency you desire.

Next, spoon a few scoops into a bowl and enjoy! This was a delicious way to end our evening and the color matched the theme of V-Day quite perfectly. Kelly loved it as much as I did.

How did y’all spend your Valentine’s evening??

xx

Going Gingham

Well, well, well. Hello again!

It has been a hot freaking minute since I’ve been on SML and it FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK! How in the heck have y’all been???

I’ve been great (because I know you care). Update is that Kelly and I got married. No big deal. LOL!

No worries though, I will give a full recap post on the wedding and all of it’s excitement soon. But, in the meantime I want to share with y’all an outfit that I am LOVING at the moment.

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I wore this outfit for date night this weekend, but you could totally dress it down and wear it casually, too. I am obsessing over anything gingham and this top jumped in the cart with one pass. And it’s less than $25! Definitely a winner. I felt that it paired perfectly with my favorite black skinnies and these ADORABLE black fringe booties.

Bonus was that the skinny jeans have a bit of stretch so that this girl could enjoy her dinner and cocktails in peace.

All outfit deets are linked below:

gingham top | black skinnies | fringe booties (sold out but similar here)