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I have been a total slacker with the pictures recently and I promise to make an effort to get better!!  In the meantime, here are a couple of shots from the weekend.  It was one of my favorite weekends in awhile - most of my closest friends were in town for a baby shower we put together for our mama-to-be!  

It was great spending so much QT with such a great group and showering one of our own!  Below are some highlights :)

[Snapshot of some of the food we served at our brunch themed shower.  Below are sticky buns on skewers…]

[Supposed to look like this…..]

[A little shower game]

[And a perfect place for the guests to put their gifts as they walked in!]

[The bar inside]

[And another spot for guests to place their gifts….]

[Luckily the weather held out and we could decorate outside too!]

[Hostesses with the mama-to-be]

[Sarah with her mother-in law and sister-in-law!]

[And the mama with her sisters and mom]

It was a wonderful weekend with wonderful friends!

xox

Hillary

first nursery purchase

While I haven’t completely decided on my color scheme, I get the feeling from friends and family that I need to get serious about ordering our baby furniture because it can take awhile to get here.  

Jordan and I are planning on heading out to Pottery Barn to check some things out next weekend but in the meantime, I made my first purchase.  I can’t say it is a permanent purchase for the nursery - I just really liked it and wanted to see how it looks in person.

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I have been pinning quite a lot of stuff over the last few weeks but recently released my board to public.  Make sure you follow me as I figure out what the heck I am doing with this nursery!

xo,

Hillary

weekly wears

Hi, Everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend.  Jordan& I were so excited to take our first trip to Michigan together for a wedding.  One of his college roommates and great friend got married at Crystal Mountain Resort and it was beautiful!  Here are some highlights…..

This dog dead asleep on my lap the night before we left….

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Thinking he was coming with us……

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Out to dinner in Frankfort at Stormcloud Brewery…..

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And then we went to Arcadia Bluffs for cocktails and sunset (and bonus:  a bagpiper on the golf course!)

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Saturday (before the wedding) we went to Sleeping Bear Dunes.  We could complete the entire hike but it was nice getting outside and check out some beautiful views.  

We then went to one of my favorite places on the planet (besides Arcadia Bluffs)  Cherry Republic.  This place has THE MOST amazing cherry salsa, cherry candies, cherry BBQ, and an adorable little cafe where we enjoyed lunch:  Cherry chicken salad and cherry ginger ale.  You would think we were “cherried out” but even last night we used some of the BBQ sauce we brought home and it was even more delish.

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One of the great things about Crystal Mountain is the amazing chairlift!  We took it to the top of the mountain during the day and then, again, to get to the ceremony!

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The girls and the groom….

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And with the beautiful bride!

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It was a lovely weekend and now - back to reality!  I am spending my nights this week preparing for a baby shower at my house for one of my oldest and closest friends!  I can’t wait to share details next week!

xoxo

Hillary

best baby gift

Okay, so I have to spill a favorite gift of mine (to give).  Last year I discovered this adorable line of chewable statement necklaces called Chewbeads.  It is THE MOST genius idea to gift to moms-to-be.  

These statement necklaces are not only fashionable and on trend but they are functional as well (something my current group of statement necklaces certainly is not).  They have been featured in all sorts of magazines and TV spots and worn by celebs like Jessica  Alba.

There are all different kinds that you can purchase but here are a few of my faves.  If you live in Cincy - The Nest in Hyde Park Square carries them.  For a full list of retailers in your area, click here.

You can only imagine my excitement when I was gifted my first chewable statement necklace.  My sister in law and brother in law sent me the most adorable package and when I opened it, I screamed so loud I thought I burst Jordan’s ear drums.  I know I have plenty of time before I will have an excuse to sport mine but I gave it a priority spot in my accessories tower.  Every time it catches my eyes, I get even more excited for January!

xo,

Hillary

plantation shutters

Today is like Christmas in July.  We are getting plantation shutters put on all of our windows on the 1st floor of our house & I am beyond excited about getting home today to see the full transformation!

When we moved in, only a few windows on our second floor had blinds on them.  We kept stalling on figuring out what we were going to do with all of the windows and finally, after a few nights home alone and wanting some privacy freaking myself out that someone could easily look into our family room and see me sitting there alone - we decided to make a move.

We aren’t big, heavy drape people and wanted something clean that would compliment the charm of the house.  Plantation shutters downstairs and regular blinds upstairs were just the perfect fit. 

Here are some pictures that inspired the decision……

I will make sure to post some before and after pictures so you all can see the full transformation!  AH!  Can’t wait to head home tonight!

xoxo,

Hillary