First Birthday Party

One year already?! Every day with this girl is special, but celebrating her first birthday party is a celebration I’ll never forget (& she’ll never remember, lol). We started with a trip to the zoo on her actual birthday, March 9th. Olivia was more interested in other kids than the animals but we also don’t leave the house much, unless it’s a walk in our neighborhood. It was so much fun watching her expressions as she looked around at new scenery.

Over the weekend we had TWO parties – one with DeDe and G Mike and one with Oma and Papa. Unfortunately, we’re still not comfortable merging families until everyone is vaccinated (so soon!). Plus what a lucky kid to have multiple birthday parties! Stressful for the parents who have to clean, cook, bake, and decorate all weekend 🙂

Verdict is…. she likes cake! Look at that smile 🙂
Balloon garland is from amazon, the curtain is borrowed from her nursery windows, the name sign was a gift at my baby shower (from Etsy), high chair Ikea, seat cover/mat Yeah Baby Goods, and 1 banner from Amazon.
The cutest rose gold tableware
Okay, this icing made it SO EASY to decorate cupcakes. It comes with 4 different tips. Thank goodness this exists 🙂
Ta – da! They’re not the most perfect but they sure were easy to decorate!
My parents bought their first grandchild a car, lol! OMG, it’s so realistic.

Such a fun weekend! Both for Livvy and for us. She got nonstop hugs and kisses for 48 hours straight, and we got to spend time with family and feel a sense of normalcy. But, this weekend also opened our eyes to how lucky we had it with a newborn, staying at home, and keeping a strict schedule. A combination of parties, fun, cake (sugar), and spring forward made our bedtime routines later and last a little longer. Parents were exhausted by Sunday night, lol!

This dress from Red Dress Boutique is stunning! I love the pastel color, the floral design, the movement, long sleeves, boho vibe.. but I’m wearing a small and wish it were offered in an XS. I felt a little swallowed by this dress. I did wear some nude block heels (not pictured) to help with length, but the top of the dress was very roomy and felt a little too big. I ended up wearing a cami underneath to feel more secure.

Nautcal Stripes and catamaran Tours

I just took a week vacation with my boyfriend’s family.  We vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard, an island of Massachusetts. I couldn’t wait to dunk myself in the salt water and taste fresh lobster! 

I tend to be ambitious when it comes to packing my suitcase.  We’re talking excel spreadsheets – months in advance!  My boyfriend attempted to burst my bubble, requesting that I consciously pack my outfits, because we were driving a full car to the vineyard.  Mr. V. actually challenged me to one outfit per day (Challenge not accepted, by the way)! I had been busy, planning outfits and scouting Pinterest for outfit inspiration ever since I was invited.  Nautical stripes, beach hats, and maxi’s were on the top of my list!  I picked out 3 fedoras and one floppy hat to wear, then I forgot them entirely on the floor of my apartment.  Operation Find A Fedora was in full effect once on the road – scouring gas stations and gift shops for the first and cheapest fedora I could find.

I had a great time on the family vacation and am extremely thankful for the invitation.  Exploring Martha’s Vineyard was beautiful, and relaxing on the beach was so peaceful.  Speaking of exploring, my boyfriend and I scheduled activities for the two of us – planning shopping outings, ice cream trips, and a catamaran tour – sailing on the Mad Max!

The Mad Max is where all three of my top items came into play!  Sailing from 6:15-8:15pm was going to be chilly and windy. The easiest way to stay warm on a cool summer’s night is to throw on a maxi dress.  I paired it with a distressed denim jacket, a red bauble necklace, and my new fedora

 

 

 
We made friends with the couple next to us – who also happen to be from Ohio and have a few friends in common with us.  It’s small world, after all.

Dress – Marshall’s
Jacket – American Eagle (old)
Fedora – Martha’s Vineyard gift shop in Vineyard Haven
Necklace – P.S. Wight’s (closed)
Sandals – Target
Nail Color – Essie, Mine Candy Apple

"Man Repelling" Outfit for Girls Night!

Amber made me a Hello Kitty bracelet!

 
 
 
 

A group of 4 friends and I met up on Friday night in Cincinnati.  A road trip with friends doesn’t happen too often now that we’re in our mid 20’s.  Not to mention that three of the girls are engaged and one is expecting her first baby.  We all have our own lives, so it’s nice when we make time for a night out with the girls – no boys!!

Since one of my best friends moved to Cinci, I enjoy any time that I get to spend with her.  But, a night away from the boo-thing and a night out with the girls means I over think what to wear.  I wanted something girly, something feminine, something “man repelling” but still had to look fashionable in front of my friends (can’t grab drinks in yoga pants – or can you?!).  One glance at this maxi dress from Target and I knew it was a no brainer!  I loved the way it mixed patterns so I could effortlessly put this outfit together. I felt conservative, although, there was a space in the back that showed a midriff. People thought it was two separates pieces!

Being that it was Friday, the 13th and we were in Newport, we were not disappointed in the entertainment of other bar hoppers.  From the unknown girl booty popping on us to the blonde with cornrows, thanks for coming out!  To the UC student who told us that we “probably wake  up at 5am and eat a ‘senior breakfast'”, I hope you don’t kiss your mother with that mouth!

Our entire night reminded me of Jenna Marbles’ “How to Avoid Talking to People You Don’t Want To Talk to” skit – “Can’t you see? We’re having a girls night!”

Dress – Target
Clutch – DSW
Flip flops – Michael Kors