Monday, July 16, 2018

Weekend Recap // Kristina's Bachelorette Party

Last weekend, I traveled to Portland to celebrate one of my best friend's bachelorette parties. I met Kristina in our global studies class our freshmen year of high school. I remember my birthday sophomore year - Kristina wrote me a card and called me her best friend. I was so relieved she said it first. ;) Since high school, we continued to stay close and build our friendship. She went to university in Oregon, where she met her now fiancé. I remember her telling me about him over Christmas break and the incredible date they had. Right then, I knew he was a keeper.

FRIDAY NIGHT
I flew into Portland a day early, which meant I got an extra day with my best friend. I camped out at a Starbucks for the day to answer emails and do some work. Once both of us were finished for the day, we met back up at her apartment. Kristina's sister also flew in a day early, so the three of us spent the evening together. We went to Hillsdale Food Park for dinner, DIY shopping at Michaels, and then went dancing. We started at Scooter's, a fun bar downtown, then to the Crystal Ballroom where they were having a 70s vs. 80s music theme night, ending our night at White Owl, an outdoor dance club. We stayed out past 2AM - I was wiped, but had a blast!

BACHELORETTE PARTY

SATURDAY
Kristina wanted to spend her bachelorette on the coast of Portland, so off to Manzanita we went! Before heading to the house, we stopped at Nehalem Bay Winery for some wine tasting. Once we got to the house, we had a picnic on the balcony - it was perfect weather! We also decorated for Kristina with fun signs, penis straws, and gold and white balloons. The weather was too amazing not to then head to the beach. Manzanita's beach was so different than anything I'd seen. It was stark and flat, but beautiful. For a quick pick-me-up afterwards, we went downtown for some coffee and exploration. Before dinner, we played some fun games, like Bridal Pictionary and a new one, Mixed Salad. After our pizza dinner, we went back down to the beach for a bonfire. We were welcomed by a gorgeous sunset! I always feel so close to God when I see sunsets like that. It was truly breathtaking. Once the sun fully set, we enjoyed our bonfire with s'mores and star gazing.

SUNDAY
We had another beautiful day on Sunday. We ate pancakes and fruit on the deck for breakfast, with views of the ocean in the distance. On our way back to Portland, we stopped at Tillamook Creamery, where we went on a self-guided tour of the cheese factory and had some tasty ice cream.

The rest of my Sunday was spent relaxing, watching Queer Eye, and having a tasty Mexican dinner with Kristina, her sister, and her fiancé.

I had such a wonderful weekend exploring the Oregon coast and celebrating my beautiful best friend and her upcoming wedding.

Three weeks and counting until the big day!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Currently // June to July

JUNE RECAP

I think I was busy every weekend throughout the month of June. I started out the month in Cancun with childhood friends and ended it with a three-day country festival in Chicago. In between there I went to the lake, celebrated my one-year work anniversary, and spent time with my dad for Father's Day. It was hectic, but oh so wonderful!

CATCHING UP ON LAVENDER ELIZABETH'S JUNE
  1. What I Loved Last Month // May A review of everything I loved in May
  2. Currently // May to June A recap of last month and a look at the one to come
  3. Weekend Recap // Memorial Day A rundown of our eight year tradition
  4. Trip Recap // Cancun Palm trees, sunshine, and a killer sunburn
  5. Fun Activities to do with Dad this Father's Day Activities to do with dad
  6. Our Weekend at the Lake All the fun we had at our weekend away on the lake
  7. Weekend Recap // Country LakeShake Three days of country concert fun
  8. What I'm Loving this Month // June A review of everything I loved in June
COMING UP THIS MONTH


June 30-July 1: move out of my Urbana apartment
July 4: celebrate the Fourth with friends
July 5-9: celebrate Kristina's Bachelorette Party in Portland
July 9-11: head to headquarters for Diageo's Induction
July 14: go to Chicago to tour my new home
July 21: move a friend into his new apartment
July 28: celebrate a friend's birthday in the city

Along with the above, I have a couple of items on my to-do list:
  1. Get back in the routine of reading a devotional before going to sleep.
  2. Start packing up my things to move to Chicago.
Have a wonderful July!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summer Fashion // Bathing Suit Favorites

Bathing suits have stepped their game up this season! Different necklines have emerged, like the off-the-shoulder look - a personal favorite. It gives a little more coverage, while still having that bikini-vibe. The other style that's rocking my world is the one-piece comeback. There's something sexy and underrated about a one-piece. In honor of National Bikini Day, I'm sharing all of my favorite necklines and patterns this season. 


COLD SHOULDER NECKLINE

OFF-THE-SHOULDER NECKLINE

HIGH NECKLINE

BLACK WITH COLORED DETAILS

RUFFLE DETAILS

FLORAL PRINT

TROPICAL PRINT

STRIPED PRINT

GINGHAM PRINT

 FRUIT PRINT

What styles are you loving this season?
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Recipe // Red, White, and Berry Sangria

Last year for the Fourth of July, I made berry sangria popsicles. Let me tell you - they were delicious! This year, I'm making the real deal - a very tasty red, white, and berry sangria. Some friends are coming over for a BBQ and I can't wait to serve this for a refreshing pre-fireworks drink.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
1 bottle of rosé wine
1 cup peach vodka
3 cups Sprite
1 cup blueberries
1 cup quartered strawberries
1 cup raspberries

HOW TO MAKE IT:
1. Combine wine and vodka in pitcher.
2. Add in half of each of the berries.
3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
4. Add in sprite and rest of berries.
5. Serve over ice.

 

Have a wonderful (and safe) Fourth of July!