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#TBT – Long Lost Photos!

I am so excited – for a few reasons! Last year, my parents bought me this wonderful Canon camera, and for a while it worked just perfectly! One day it began giving me strange error messages & stopped shooting. Getting it fixed has been on my eternal to-do list for months &this past weekend I finally decided to ship it out to be repaired. I got all of the equipment together to bring to the post office and to my surprise, while test shootingΒ – it worked! So, for now, my baby is back in action πŸ™‚

With it’s miraculous recovery came another bit of exciting news … on my camera were quite a few photos from the past year! I wanted to share some of them here.

Enjoy XO

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Playing around
turtles
Cayman Islands
Cutest little turtles
Cutest little turtles
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Mom with her coffee
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Is this not the WORST sunburn in the history of sunburns?!
So many pics with the sis :)
So many pics with the sis πŸ™‚
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Mom & Dad πŸ™‚
Beautiful sunset :)
Beautiful sunset πŸ™‚
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My sweet Mama – totally modeling that hammock!
food
Obviously found some food shots. Y-U-M.
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Dinner on the beach
That one snowstorm where we got like 5' of snow...
That one snowstorm where we got like 5′ of snow…
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Helping Mike get ready for a photo shoot
Brand new Naked2 palette!
Makeup looks so pretty in focus. A brand new Urban Decay Naked 2 palette! (Which isn’t so new anymore lol)
At one of Mike's shows
Mike performed at a Lupus fundraiser last Spring
My beautiful little sister before her senior prom
My beautiful little sister before her senior prom

I’m so glad that I was able to get all of my pictures, especially the dozens on dozens from our vacation to the Cayman Islands! I can’t wait to print them.

I also cannot wait to start using my camera for this little blog of mine πŸ™‚

Wrapping up 2013!

The past week has been a busy one! With Christmas, New Years, and everything in between, it’s been a whirlwind. 2013 was an amazing year & I have only the highest expectations for the next three hundred and sixty five days! I’m glad I’ve semi-kept up with my blog! Today is technically it’s 2 year anniversary. I started this little side-project as a 2012 New Years resolution. Since then, it’s become more of a journal/scrap book for myself – and for friends and family to see what I’ve been up to. I prefer posting updates and pictures here as opposed to Facebook – I hope to continue building my little baby in the new year:)

To wrap up 2013, I wanted to share some pictures from the holidays! πŸ™‚

The last day of work before Christmas, my boss surprised my coworker & I with new sets of golf clubs! I'm excited to upgrade :)
The last day of work before Christmas, my boss surprised my coworker & I with new sets of golf clubs! I’m excited to upgrade πŸ™‚
Christmas Eve. My sister and I
My sister and I on Christmas Eve! It started snowing as we were making the rounds to visit family πŸ™‚
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve pics with my sister & cousin, Jordan
Christmas cookies
The most perfect homemade Christmas cookies I’ve ever seen
Christmas morning
Christmas morning!
All of our gifts had random names on them - my mom had a master key to ID which belonged to whom lol
All of our gifts had random names on them – my mom had a master key to ID which gifts belonged to whom lol
My Mom & Dad designed these custom notebooks, pens & stickys for my blog :)
My Mom & Dad designed these custom notebooks, pens & stickys for my blog πŸ™‚
My cute parents. My Dad was annoying her haha
My cute parents. My Dad was annoying her haha
I don't think my little Cam could be anymore perfect now! Best gift EVER!
I don’t think my little Cam could be anymore perfect now! Best gift EVER!
So many wonderful gifts from my family - a few faves :)
So many wonderful gifts from my family – a few faves πŸ™‚
A Michael Minelli "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" viewing party
A little Michael Minelli “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” viewing party
Pre-Kbell Christmas throwback
Pre-Kbell Christmas throwback
Is this a match made in heaven or what?! LOL
Is this a match made in heaven or what?! LOL
Christmas Manis! Red for my sis, a green glitter for me: Sinful Colors 1102 "KISSY"
Christmas Manis! Red for my sis, a green glitter for me: Sinful Colors 1102 “KISSY”
Christmas with the family
Love, love, love – Christmas with the family <3
Cousins hockey game :)
My cousin Paul’s hockey game πŸ™‚
My brother looking freshhh!
My brother looking freshhh!
Shopping post-pedi :)
Shopping with my Mom & sis – post-pedi πŸ™‚
Got lots of knitting in :)
Got lots of knitting done! πŸ˜‰ #OldLadyStat
Prince concert!
Mike and I were invited to the Prince concert at Mohegan Sun! It was an amazing show, and we met some pretty awesome new people πŸ™‚
PRINCE
PRINCE
NYE Mani - Gelish "Iron Princess"
NYE Mani – Gelish “Iron Princess”
Loving my new gloves  :) :) :)
Loving my new gloves πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
Happy New Year XO
Happy New Year XO

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous, exciting, rewarding, challenging & fulfilling new year!

XOXO

A Winter Wonderland Wedding!

One of my friends from college, Brianna, got married last weekend! We met while we were both rushing the same sorority in 2007. She is one of the funniest, kindest, most entertaining girls I know, she’s one of the very few people that can just make me laugh hysterically.

I’m so glad that we’ve kept in touch & I’m so happy she invited us to spend her wedding day with her! I wanted to share some of the photo’s I snapped from her special day!

But first a few throwbacks:

Here we are in 2007 at one of our sorority events!
Here we are in 2007 at one of our sorority events! Brianna is lovely red head in the center πŸ™‚
Here we are at our initiation! Looking all young & awkward lol
Here we are at our initiation – Phi Sigma Sigma, Iota Delta Chapter, the Kappa class! Looking all young & awkward lol
And here we are in 2009? Over-picniked lol. Extra tan skin & super white teeth. (Anyone else go through a crazy Picnik phase? lol)
And here we are at another initiation in 2009. Looking Β over-picniked lol. Extra tan skin & super white teeth. (Anyone else go through a crazy Picnik phase? lol)

I have no photos from her ceremony, because I kind of feel strange using a phone/camera in church. I feel like the bride wants to see smiling faces as she’s walking down the aisle, not cameras (but you should know – the ceremony was gorgeous & very sweet).

So, we begin photos at the cocktail hour:

We walked into cocktail hour & I could not get over this table of prosciutto!
We walked into cocktail hour & I could not get over this table of prosciutto! They had an incredible crudite, fruit, meats & cheese stationary display – as well as some tasty passed apps.
After cocktail hour we entered the ballroom & were blown away by the Winter Wonderland before us! And the monogram - loveee!!
After cocktail hour we entered the ballroom & were blown away by the Winter Wonderland before us! And the monogram – loveee!! (They had small table tents noting the Β hashtag for the event #KottPartyOf2 Β (which I think is such a fun way for guests to share photos on FB, Instagram & Twitter that you can look back on) – so I snagged this picture from AtmosphereProductions Instagram account)
I stole this picture from Carlgti2010's Instagram account as well. This was our table :)
I stole this picture from Carlgti2010’s Instagram account as well. This was our table – everyone got a huge mason jar filled with hot cocoa, marshmallows, peppermints, chocolate candies & more. I actually Β tapped into mine the next day! Do you see the table number? Each table number was a small notebook that asked guests to write notes for the bride & groom to read on their X anniversary. We wrote notes for their third. Such a cute idea πŸ™‚
After cocktail hour we entered the ballroom & were blown away by the Winter Wonderland before us!  I loved her tall, hydrangea & crystal centerpieces!
I loved her tall, hydrangea & crystal centerpieces!
The beautiful couple's first dance :)
The beautiful couple’s first dance πŸ™‚
Snagging a quick selfie ;)
Snagging a quick selfie with the Mister πŸ˜‰
Photo boothing wih my friend, Steph!
Photo booth fun with my friend, Steph!
Got a hold of the bride for a group shot! Steph rushed the sorority with us in 2007 as well :)
Got a hold of the bride for a group shot! She looked so gorgeous & her dress was simply breathtaking! Β (Steph Β – on the left – rushed the sorority with us in 2007 as well πŸ™‚ )
Mike & I!
Mike & I! It’s funny – he grew up in the same hometown as Brie, so he actually knew a bunch of the guests.
Cake time! Her 4 - tiered cake was gorgeous ( and delicious!)
Cake time! Her 4 – tiered cake was gorgeous ( and delicious!)
This is Mike's "I'm ready to get down" dance. We defintely did a bit of dancing that night! I think my feet have finally recovered :)
This is Mike’s “I’m ready to get down” face. We defintely did a bit of dancing that night! I think my feet have finally recovered πŸ™‚ (LOOK AT THAT HAIR!! OMG.)
More photo-boothing :)
More photo-boothing πŸ™‚
Cake, cookies, assorted truffles & chocolate covered strawberries!? So good!
Cake, cookies, assorted truffles & chocolate covered strawberries!? So good!

So, I didn’t catch the bouquet, the girl right in front of me did! …But guess who caught the garter!?

Go figure! I should have known. Mike never loses at anything. One of the girls at our table caught the bouquet so they did their little thing - it was too funny.
Go figure! I should have known. Mike is so competitive, he never loses at anything. The girl who caught the bouquet was from our table so they did their little thing – it was too funny & she and her boyfriend were real sweethearts πŸ™‚
...Obviously we had to have one more photo booth experience for good measure :)
…Obviously we had to have one more photo booth experience for good measure πŸ™‚ Right afterwards, we hit up the candy bar & called it a night. A GREAT night at that.

The wedding was so much fun. I’m really glad that I was able to be there to celebrate with Brianna and all of her friends and family! Everything was just perfect.

Sending a huge congrats to Brie & Colin (who are currently in Hawaii!!!) Wishing them a lifetime of love & happiness!

XOXO

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Michael Minelli Cover

I’ve posted about my superstar of a boyfriend, the talented Michael Minelli a few times before, and today I’m doing so again!

He just covered ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ & filmed a fun little video last Monday! I popped in at the shoot (after RHOBH, obviously) to bring the boys some cookies. I ended up staying the whole time to help them out with some shots, but oh my gosh was it freezing!! It makes me laugh how calm & relaxed they always look in their final videos when all I can think about is how cold/hot/tired/hungry/etc they were at the time.

I wanted to share some pictures I took that night! Unfortunately, I was shivering so much that they ended up being a bit blurry, luckily, they still look handsome as ever πŸ™‚

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And here is a random clip, featuring yours truly, awkwardly shivering a few seconds in lol:

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Now that you’ve seen some fun behind the scenes pics, here is the final product! It’s beautiful, it’s festive, it’s been replaying in my car, phone, at my desk & will continue to do so this holiday season!

If you like it, share it – and be sure to subscribe to Mike’s YouTube channel, follow him onΒ Twitter & “like” his page on Facebook!

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ENJOY!! XOX

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.

Source.
Source.

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

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