My 2016 Review

It’s officially the last day of 2016, and I have no idea how we are here already! A lot of big changes took place this past year and I felt there was no better way to ring in the new year than to reflect on on my favorite parts from the past 12 months!

Obviously, the biggest impact that occurred this year was the love of my life asking me to marry him! WHAT! I’ve pretty much dreamed about this day since the very first time we exchanged “I love you’s” and it still felt surreal! The effort he put into making sure my family was there just really blew me away!

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The next change was moving out of my very first apartment! And while it may not seem like that big of a deal, I was actually pretty emotional as I got closer and closer to moving day. That apartment was the very first place I ever had to myself & will always have a soft spot for it! But I’m excited for the adventure my new place will bring me & more importantly the 10 minute commute to work that gives me extra time to sleep in!


Two big/important moments of 2016 were the arrival of my 2 new nephews Jackson & Shane! The love that comes over me when new family members join the team can not be matched! Their sweet personalities are shining through already and it makes me excited for more years to come!



One of my New Years resolutions for 2016 was to go on more adventures/travel more. While I didn’t get to travel as much as I planned, Joey & I definitely put a lot more effort into how we spent our free time! From backseat picnics by the lake, spending the day in sunflower fields, and last minute trips back to Longwood University to retrace our steps to where we first met, we have built some pretty great memories with each other in the last year!


2017 has a lot to live up to, but it’s the year I hopefully get to marry my best friend, welcome a new little cousin, and another chance to live my life the best way I can! Get excited for the new year y’all!

KA

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Life Update!

It’s pretty much been a lifetime (or at least feels like it) since I’ve posted on here, so I thought it would be a perfect chance to do a quick, little life update! Here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of months!

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First off, I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary of being a resident of Charlottesville, Va! How did this happen? And with that, I’m also moving out of my very first apartment which is beyond exciting (I can’t stand my neighbors) and crazy depressing (it’s my FIRST apartment)! I can’t wait to have a little more space, a shorter drive to work, and be closer to all my favorite shops and restaurants! But I will definitely miss this studio apartment of mine for sure.

On to some other life events, Joey & I each celebrated another birthday! This year had to be my favorite, as I was able to spend the weekend back home with a bunch of family at a Zac Brown Band concert! So good! It was just a much needed, relaxing trip where I got to see some of my favorite people! I then got to follow it up with a lovely day of sunflower picking, which was probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!

Now for probably my favorite thing to happen in the last couple of months, I’m an Auntie to yet another adorable nephew! He is just the sweetest thing and it’s so hard not getting to see him everyday!

And for the more uneventful updates, Fall is back, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been taking advantage of it ever since October hit. From apple picking and pie making, to PSL’s and oversized sweaters, I’m a happy camper! And it’s all being documented on Instagram of course!

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A Lucky Treat!

Here we go, another St. Patty’s Day Post. But are you really surprised, we all know I’m obsessed with anything holiday related! I found a photo on pinterest for inspiration and fell completely in love! These tasty little treats look so official I had to make them! It doesn’t hurt that it’s super simple as well!

I used my usual sugar cookie recipe as always! Once you’ve finished baking your cookies, let them cool completely!  Next step is to melt your choice of chocolate. I went with dark chocolate because it is my favorite and I love the bitter-sweet combo! Dip the left corner into the chocolate and place on wax paper. Now it’s time to embellish! Before the chocolate hardens, grab your sprinkle of choice and cover as desired! Place in freezer until chocolate hardens back up and you are all done!!

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A Big Golden Day!

With the colder days approaching, there is nothing like warming up your big day than with the color gold.  It is glamourous, chic, and dazzling! Whether you choose to go with yellow gold or a more rose gold route (my favorite) it is sure to make a statement that your guests won’t be able to forget! What I love about this trend….. gold, sequined table linens! The texture is amazing and the sparkle will just pick up beautifully in your  photos! LOVE!

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A Morning Affair!

Let’s be honest, a morning wedding isn’t exactly a new thing, but it’s definitely not common either. But I get it! I mean you’ve only waited your whole life so far to do so, why prolong it any more than your have to!

A morning wedding is a relaxed, non-traditional way to celebrate tying the knot! And anything that involves a coffee bar, count me in as the #1 fan! I’d also take a donut tower over a tradition wedding cake anyway! (The more I talk about this, the more I think I might end up doing a morning wedding when the time comes….)

With the crisp morning light to brighten up your event, I suggest bringing in some fun colored paper lanterns to really make your space stand out!  They are a great way to make a big space, such as a barn or back yard feel more comfortable!

For this kind of wedding, I’m a big fan of using neutrals combined with one bright color for a pop of extra fun!  I love the idea of black and white stripes with a bright pink (pictured below)!

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A Lilly Wedding!

LOVE EVERYTHING LILLY PULITZER!  There’s really nothing better than having 2 of my favorite things, weddings + Lilly Pulitzer, come together! A Lilly themed event would be filled with tons of, color, prints, fun and people who know how to have a great time! Don’t miss out!

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Cinco De Mayo!

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Happy May 5th everyone! While it’s a HUGE bummer that this ultra fun holiday ended up on a Monday of all days, let’s make the most of it!  I mean there’s no better way to kick the Monday Blues than with a margarita, am I right!? So throw on a sombrero….or four….. and go have some delicious drinks with your besties!

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