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A Surprise 60th!

My family is incredible. Honestly, like beyond amazing. Anytime I get to spend with them is so special. They’re funny, warm, inviting, and the most generous, loving people you’d ever meet. Each one of them!

Everyone at Thanksgiving last year :)
Everyone at Thanksgiving last year πŸ™‚

We get together more than most, and love to celebrate everything. Recently, my Aunt Noel turned 60, and all of my Aunts & Mom threw her a surprise luncheon with all of the ladies in her life! It was such a perfect afternoon & she was so, so happy to see all of the friends and family that came out just for her.

We all met at Harbor Lights in Norwalk. It was a really cute restaurant, right on the water.

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The sun was shining – even two beautiful swans showed up for the occasion!

They floated right outside our window all afternoon :)
They floated right outside our window all afternoon πŸ™‚

My Aunts put a lot of effort into making everything just right, I snapped some of the table details:

Custom M&M's with her face on them! I had never seen them with images before.
Custom M&M’s with her face on them! I had never seen them with images before.
My Mom made the centerpieces! She was calling/face-timing/texting/e-mailing me all week with her ideas & finds. I think they came out perfect!
My Mom made the centerpieces! She was calling/face-timing/texting/e-mailing me all week with her ideas & finds. I think they came out perfect!

We were all mingling & catching up when we got word that she had arrived! We grabbed our cameras and stood there as she walked in with her family. She was SO surprised, it was the cutest thing ever. Obviously, tears were involved πŸ™‚

Ahhh! So sweet :)
Ahhh! So sweet πŸ™‚

So surprised! Hugs for everyone πŸ™‚

Stole these pictures from my cousin, Kelley :)
Stole these pictures from my cousin, Kelley πŸ™‚

After some teary hellos, we all settled in and enjoyed some tasty apps!

Crab cakes
Crab cakes. I don’t really care for seafood in general, but these were really delicious!
Fancy oysters
Fancy Oyster Rockefeller. I ate everything but the actual oyster lol!

It was so sunny, I had to snap a pic of my celebrity Mama, wearing her Tom Ford’s at the table.

I think she's the cutest
I think she’s the cutest

Forgot to snap a pic of actual lunch! Whoops!

Toasts for the birthday girl!
Toasts for the birthday girl! (The people tuning in in the back were actually celebrating a surprise birthday as well!)
Miss KBell hosting a little trivia game that we may or may not have totally botched.
Miss KBell hosting a little trivia game that we may or may not have totally botched.
Best chocolate mousse dessert EVER!
Best chocolate mousse dessert EVER!

Always have to squeeze in time for group photos…

All of the sisters :)
All of the sisters πŸ™‚
All the girls with my Aunt
All the girls with my Aunt
Aunts & girls :)
Aunts & girls πŸ™‚
KBell & Mom
KBell & Mom
Can always count on Kath to ham it up!
Can always count on Kath to ham it up!

It was such a special afternoon & I’m so glad I was able to make it! In the words of Teresa Giudice, I love, love, love this family πŸ™‚

Happy 60th Aunt Noel! XOXO

Halloween 2013 Recap!

As promised in my previous post, I mentioned that I would share my Halloween costumes! This year I made two πŸ™‚ I celebrated at a fun, low-key, house party last Friday night then went out on Saturday with some friends for a late bar night. I’ve gathered a few of the dozens of pictures I had taken over Halloween weekend to share here. Take a peek below & enjoy!

NIGHT 1: Saved By the Bell – Kelly Kapowski

Disclaimer: there was NO way that I was ever going to figure out how to do that bang LOL
Disclaimer: there was NO way that I was ever going to figure out how to do that bang LOL
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Failed attempt #1 at printing iron ons. I didn’t realize I had the wrong kind of printer. Whoops!
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Ironing time!
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My, I mean, Kelly’s shirt!
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Obviously my boyfriend was forced to participate.
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LOVE IT!
Quick break in costuming to grab some dinner. Bloomin onion FTW.
Quick break in costuming to grab some dinner. Bloomin onion FTW.
Time to get ready! Extensions for DAYS!
Time to get ready! Extensions for DAYS!
Crazy kids are ready to go :)
Crazy kids are ready to go :). Tried to create a mullet out of that fro for AC, but it didn’t want to happen lol
Fun decorations
Fun decorations!
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My college roommate hosted the party at her new house! I love getting to see her πŸ™‚
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Festive bar!
Cheers!
Cheers!
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My Slater! <3
Couldn't get over how sexy my shoes were.
Couldn’t get over how sexy my shoes were.
Mike is terrible. Took plenty of candy for his ride home.
Mike is terrible. Took plenty of candy for his ride home.
Time to go home & ask my boyfriend to riptake out my fake hair lol
I got home aaaaand that was that lol.

NIGHT 2: Rihanna. This costume was a tricky one! I really wanted to make it last year, but ran out of time. I still had some of the material so I decided to go for it this year! This is SOOOO not me, which is why it was so much fun πŸ™‚

I always thought this outfit was so fun!
I always thought this outfit was amaze! Recreating it however…a little tricky.
I got two denim button downs from Walmart & ended up only using 1 to make the entire thing!
I got two denim button downs from Walmart & ended up only using 1 to make the entire thing!
Trip to Target to nab some costume sneaks - $7!!
Picked up a pair of sneakers for under $7!
HA! I NEVEEEERRRR wear sneakers!! I honestly don't even own sneakers. Well, now I do :)
HA! I NEVEEEERRRR wear sneakers!! I honestly don’t even own sneakers. Well, now I do πŸ™‚
Had to fill up before going out.
Had to fill up before going out.
The girls ready to go!
The girls ready to go!
We all took turns playing with the creepy doll lol
We all took turns playing with the creepy doll lol
Like my tats? I bet my Dad doesn't!
Costume was complete with tats!
Got to wear sneakers both nights! Definitely a treat vs. the usual heels
Love that I got to wear sneakers both nights! Definitely a treat vs. the usual heels
My little inmate. Not to be confused with Breezy.
My little inmate. Not to be confused with Breezy.
Roomie!
Roomie!

It was a really fun Halloween weekend! I got to be creative, dress up, spend time with my boyfriend and some of my favorite people, have a few drinks & dance :).

Wondering how I was feeling on Sunday?

That's how.
That’s how.

I’m getting to old for this. Until next year, Halloween! For now, it’s back to my comfort zone of being a little homebody, baking, watching movies & laying low πŸ™‚

What were you for Halloween? I want to know! πŸ™‚

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!!!

One of my favorite holidays πŸ™‚

You can be sure that I will be wearing my black and orange today AND indulging in all things Halloween. I wish I could say I’d be passing out candy tonight, but 3 years ago, my roommate & I learned the hard way when we bought 12 lbs of candy in anticipation of the dozens of children that would be ringing the doorbell at our condo complex…needless to say, we had a whopping Z-E-R-O come by. We ended up feasting on a wide variety of Mars & Hershey products for weeks. Evidence:

Circa 2010: There's the culprit!! See that big orange bowl in the back? We had enough candy to fill it 3x. Noms.
Circa 2010: There’s the culprit!! We had enough candy to fill that bowl 3x. Noms.

So tonight I plan to bake some treats, watch a couple Halloween classics, and work on my costumes. Eeee!

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE making my costume every year?! I really got into when I was in college. After perusing some of those photos, I’ve opted not to post any pictures because…. well, I’m a working woman. Not that they were anything offensive, or crazy inappropriate, but you know how college goes.Β Regardless, I still loved them – I was really able to tap into my creative side & in turn, now adore this holiday even more!

With that said, I have two costumes this year! I will write a post about them sometime next week since I won’t be wearing either until the weekend. I’m really excited about them for many reasons, one being that I’ve never personally seen anyone wear either πŸ™‚

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Here’s to hoping they come out okay!!

So, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

Be sure to paint your nails, bake some cookies, dress up, eat lots of caramel apples, carve a pumpkin and watch lots of scary movies today!!

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Be safe! XO

End-Of Summer Shopping

So I found this post from August in my drafts and realized that I never published it! Whoops!

Better late than never. Enjoy Β πŸ™‚ —->

 

 

I’d say that this is the saddest, yet most exciting time of the year for most ladies. Summer is coming to an end (which is down right depressing), but Fall & it’s phenomenal fashion is just around the corner!

I took a mini shopping trip over the weekend to some of my favorite go-to bargain spots. I wasn’t in the mood to go spending money for the heck of it, so I told myself that I would only pick up things that I absolutely loved, that were suitable for work, and that would be good assets to my wardrobe!

I rarely go to the mall, but I had to make a trip to the Apple store. While I was there, I figured I would stop by Forever21 and H&M. I tried on a few things that I really liked, but didn’t meet my criteria for purchase – so I decided to sit on them and return another time if they stayed on my mind. Glad I did, because I kind of forgot about them already lol.

However, I did need a new tote for my laptop, and lucked out at H&M!

I love this bag! I actually had my laptop with me since I needed it for my Apple visit, so I was able to put it in the tote & try it out. I love the simple look, the extra pockets & the long/short strap options - huge bonus! (H&M, $24.00)
I love this bag! I actually had my laptop with me since I needed it for my Apple visit, so I was able to put it in the tote & try it out. I love the simple look, the extra pockets & the long/short strap options – huge bonus! (H&M, $24.00)

I’ve been on the hunt for fitted slacks – I always buy pairs that are too long & need to be hemmed (which I never do) so straight legged, ankle pants are my new go-to! I stopped by TJ’s to peruse their selection and found this great pair of navy blue Cynthia Rowley slacks. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again – Cynthia Rowley designs are amazing! The quality, the fabrics, the fit! I swear. Everything I try on feels as though it was tailored just for me.

Paired with a cute top, belt  & pair of pumps - these are the perfect slacks for work!
Paired with a cute top, belt & pair of pumps or flats – these are the perfect slacks for work! (TJ Maxx $24.00)

Next to TJ’s is one of my high school faves, Mandees! I’m starting to feel a little too old for this store, but the cute & affordable finds keep driving me in!

Love a good peplum
I’m still digging the peplum trend. They are always good for a clean, classy & forgiving look. (Mandees, $16.99 – but I snagged it for 50% off!)
LOVED this jumpsuit in the dressing room!
I LOVED this jumpsuit in the dressing room…
...So I brought it home :)
…So I brought it home πŸ™‚ This KIND of met my criteria, but I’ve been searching for the perfect jumpsuit for so long. It can be worn for a night out, casually during the day or to work with a small sweater & chunky necklace. Either way, I’m SO in love with it, two people in the store actually stopped me to say they had purchased it as well! Definitely my favorite find of the day ! (Mandee’s, $40)
Super cozy Fuchsia sweater
I was drawn to this super cozy Fuchsia sweater (front) immediately. They had it in a few other colors, but I thought that this one was perfect! I’m always trying to brighten up my wardrobe and avoid the tempting lure of black, white, and grey.
With the most adorable key hole/black bow on the back!
It has the most adorable key hole/black bow on the back! So feminine, yet still comfortable & warm. Best part? No need for a fancy bra – this just makes the cut πŸ™‚ (Mandee’s $16.99)
So looking forward to breaking in these strappy pumps!
I always laugh because believe it or not, Mandee’s really does have a great shoe selection! I tried on so many pairs and finally settled on these pumps. This older woman came over and was gawking at the shoes, she ended up getting a similar pair! I can’t wait to break them in. (Mandee’s $24.00)

I’m really excited about my finds & the upcoming Fall season! I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open & picking up some more pieces here & there!

Have you started Fall shopping?

Where did you score some good finds?

Cape May 2013

So, for gosh, like 15 years, my family has been vacationing in Cape May, NJ for a week each Summer. It is one of my all time favorite places to visit, it is so charming & relaxing, I truly look forward to the trip each year. I wanted to chronicle our vaca this year, so here are some photos that I snapped while away last week!

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First up - my vaca mani! Gelish "Carnival Hangover" with the yellow accent "Don't Be Such a Sourpuss"
First up – my vaca mani! Gelish “Carnival Hangover” with the yellow accent “Don’t Be Such a Sourpuss”
Up not-so-bright and early & on our way :)
Up not-so-bright and early & on our way πŸ™‚
I spy exit 0!
I spy exit 0!
First stop: breakfast at Uncle Bills :)
First stop: breakfast at Uncle Bills πŸ™‚
This little rag tag band of elderly people plays in the gazebo on the weekend - they're so cute!
This little rag tag band of elderly people plays in the gazebo on the weekend – they’re so cute!
Here marks the beginning of a week of delicious, but crummy eating.
Here marks the beginning of a week of delicious, but crummy eating.
First beach day :)
First beach day with the PG’s πŸ™‚
Annual funnel cake :)
Annual funnel cake πŸ™‚
Out to dinner for my Uncles 60th! Mom & my Aunts :)
Out to dinner for my Uncles 60th! Mom & my Aunts πŸ™‚
As if we don't take enough photos - it was National Sister Day!
As if we don’t take enough photos – it was National Sister Day!
A mac & cheese, carbonara-ish dinner!
A mac & cheese, carbonara-ish for dinner!
Kath and Peyton being weird at dinner. lol
Kath and Peyton being weird at dinner. lol
Walking to the beach, eating cold pizza for breakfast. Don't hate it.
Walking to the beach, eating cold pizza for breakfast. Don’t hate it.
AJ (Aunt Julie) parasailing!
AJ (Aunt Julie) parasailing!
If you didn't know, I was the Bravoholic last week ;)
If you didn’t know, I was the Bravoholic last week – stay tuned for another post to come about that experience! πŸ˜‰
And I spent a few nights drinking & tweeting, a la Brandi Glanville.
And I spent a few nights drinking & tweeting, a la Brandi Glanville.
We had a little RHOC finale twitter party !
We had a little RHOC finale twitter party !
A not-so-nice beach day :(
A not-so-nice beach day πŸ™
We were freezing..
We were freezing..
Like, really cold.
Like, really cold.
Lunch at Stewarts. Chicken/bacon cheesesteaks? Ok.
Lunch at Stewarts. Chicken/bacon cheesesteaks + cheese fries? Ok.
Mini-golf!
Mini-golf!
The boys..
The boys..
The girls :)
The girls πŸ™‚
...and Katherine caught with her pants down.
…and Katherine caught with her pants down.
...twice.
…twice.
Salted caramel, chocolate covered pretzel cone. Dead.
Salted caramel, chocolate covered pretzel cone. Amazing.
This shirt kills me every time I wear it lol
This shirt kills me every time I wear it lol
Dinner at the Ugly Mug. Idk how these mugs don't ever fall on people!!
Dinner at the Ugly Mug. Idk how these mugs never fall on people!!
Ladies tea for AJ's birthday!
Ladies tea for AJ’s birthday!
My pot! I ordered a mango green tea. Really yummy!
My pot! I ordered a mango green tea. Really yummy!
Faaancy.
Faaancy.
Boas all around lol.
Peyton & I with our boas!
Girlies <3
Girlies <3
...and their Mama's
…and our Mama’s
Tea treats!
Tea treats!
Arm candy :)
Arm candy πŸ™‚
Making dessert for everyone...
Making dessert for everyone…
...the finished product! A frozen ice cream sandwich, cool whip, chocolate & caramel sauce cake.
…the finished product! A frozen ice cream sandwich, cool whip, chocolate & caramel sauce cake.
Katherine likes to snap pictures at every and any opportunity.
Katherine likes to snap pictures at every and any opportunity.
...all...the....time...
…all…the….time…
How cute is my little fishy? <3
How cute is my little fishy? <3
Hitting up Hot Dog Tommys!
Hitting up Hot Dog Tommys!
Chili cheese leaner wiener for the sis lol
Chili cheese leaner wiener for the sis lol
Scooby dog leaner wiener for me :)
Scooby dog leaner wiener for me πŸ™‚
...& a loaded mashed potato bowl to share.
…& a loaded mashed potato bowl to share.
Movie on the beach!
Movie on the beach!
Out to dinner & these clowns popped up in the window & scared the beejeezies out of us!
Out to dinner & these clowns popped up in the window & scared the beejeezies out of us!

There was a cover band at dinner who was a ton of fun! I got a clip of the girls being silly …

Tour of the Haunted Southern Mansion! Tour of the Haunted Southern Mansion![/caption]
Spy any ghosts?
Spy any ghosts?
...anyone?
…anyone?
...anyone?
…anyone??? …..Do you recognize this guy from Ghost Hunters?! I didn’t either, but he’s on the show!
We sat in a bark basement and tried to get in touch with the spirits. No such luck that night.
We sat in a dark basement and tried to get in touch with “Ester” and all the other spirits. No such luck that night.
I get a DQ brownie earthquake once a year!
However, we did luck out and made it to DQ to get our once a year brownie earthquake before they closed.
Yummy breakfast before we left!
Yummy breakfast before we left!
Mmm - snacking in the car :)
Mmm – snacking in the car πŸ™‚
We had to pick up our little Lily when we got home -  she's so excited when we pick her up after vaca :)
We had to pick up our little Lily when we got home – she’s so excited when we pick her up after vaca πŸ™‚

Just some random snapshots from my cell! Overall, a great week away with my family. I wish it hadn’t gone by so quickly πŸ™

Do you vacation at the same place each summer? Let me know where!

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