Wedding Fun at the Filter Building

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We had a fantastic time at J and P’s wedding on Friday night! But I’m getting a little ahead of myself…

A friend and I started at Nordstrom at Northpark. I went to Bobbi Brown and she went to Kevyn Aucoin. With makeup done (a dewy, natural look for me), I raced over to the drybar for my blowout. Speaking of the drybar…LOVED the experience! Great blowout and their products smell divine (hello Mai Tai Spritzer!) I would totally go back! Here’s the during…

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And the after!

ImageI ordered the Cosmopolitan…I’ve never had so much curl in my life!!

Running a few minutes behind, we took a few back roads to the venue. The bride and groom selected the Filter Building at White Rock Lake for their ceremony and reception. Though it was humid, the weather held up well…not too hot and no rain!

The Filter Building is a really cool, older building that’s got great bones and a phenomenal lakeside perch on White Rock Lake.

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After the “I do’s” we hung out for a cocktail party and a few pictures on the lawn before heading inside.

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Outfit details

{J.Crew Factory dress in Dark Cove, Nine West heels (similar), Banana Republic clutch (similarsimilarsimilar), chandelier earrings (similar), TAG Heuer watch (similarsimilar)}

The old, red brick exterior is met with an industrial interior…I love a good mix of styles! I can only describe their wedding as Texas Chic…think wildflowers and burlap with a little sparkle and lots of elegance. The happy couple thought of everything… a word search on the back of the programs (which doubled as fans), “dancing shoes” for the girls, milk glass vases for fresh, eclectic arrangements and the dinner was catered by the always tasty Celebration Restaurant. On the southern-inspired menu was a nice green salad, Chicken Madeira, oven roasted new potatoes and steamed asparagus. It was so yummy I forgot to take a picture! 😦

We worked off the supper and dessert calories with some good ol’ fashioned, photo booth fun. M, the girls and I were terribly uncoordinated!!

Image We let the bride and groom have a turn at the photo booth while we played goofballs in the foreground.

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Not settled with our night, we took our talents to the dance floor and, on cue, they dimmed the lights to let our necklaces and glasses glowwwww!!

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All in all, a clever, chic and eclectic wedding…with the Filter Building serving as a super fine backdrop! Tell me, what’s the coolest event/wedding venue you’ve been to?

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A Cloudy Day

Classic Trench

 (image courtesy of Polyvore)

The sun is in hiding today – which is fine with me. I’m not sure what it is, but when the clouds are out, I grab my trench – even without the threat of rain. Anyone else? Just me, huh. Maybe it’s appropriate that the sun isn’t shining today – Memorial Day – as America honors its fallen soldiers. Doesn’t seem right to enjoy the sunshine on a rather somber day.
In life, a cloudy day makes you appreciate the sunny ones (physically and metaphorically.)
PS – I’m having  a total love fest with navy this spring!

 

Out for a Walk

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The weather has been gorgeous lately, so what better way to spend the early evening (while there’s still great light) than to take one (or both) of the boys on a walk!

I grabbed my favorite Wednesday tee and headed out with our rescue, Oscar. (photobomb courtesy of Charlie Parker)

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{outfit details: tee (it was a gift!), Champion sports braOld Navy compression pants, ASICS GEL-Neo 33 (on sale!)}

We’re lucky that our little corner of Texas has nice hike and bike paths …and while we’re near the end of the season, the wildflowers are still marvelous!

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Elderberry

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Indian Blanket

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Silver-Leaf Nightshade

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Could be Engelmann Daisies or Huisache Daisies (I’m not an expert!)

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Thistle

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I love how big and open the sky is here. I’ll leave you with one last picture of my partner-in-crime.

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“Less snappin’. More walkin’,” he said.

Mom’s Meal of the Month Club (May)

My Mom, J, has been baking since she was nine years old and took up cooking not too long after that age. For Christmas, she and my Dad, L, gave us a gorgeous, cashmere throw from Restoration Hardware. It’s yummy and warm without being too hot. It’s just the right weight to cuddle up and doze off on a chilly, early spring night.

But then she handed me a bag that contained a rolled up, laminated calendar that was tied with a simple red ribbon. I untied the bow and unrolled the calendar that was titled “Mom’s Meal of the Month Club” ………

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I quickly started reading the calendar, looked up and asked, “Is this real?” We get a homemade meal once a month? Made by Mom and delivered by Dad?” And not just any meal. Nope. It’s the “greatest hits” from my childhood… which have now become some of M’s most loved dishes Mom makes.

Mom’s family is from Hungary (my grandparents were first-gen Americans); among other things, I grew up eating chicken paprikash. While the days of my grandfather making handmade dumplings are gone, Mom still makes the dish (and by dish, I mean that crazy good sauce) just as he did! 

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The roasted red bell peppers swim in the sauce. And the flat dumplings plump up in 20 minutes flat.

I like it served with a green salad (bright vinaigrette dressing) and cinnamon apples (sweet to balance savory.)

I would share the recipe, but Mom hasn’t even shared it with me!

 

 Our family believes that “food is love” – is it also true for your family? What are the “greatest hits” from your childhood?  

Empanadas for Everyone

I’ve learned during my business travels that, at the airport, it’s best to eat where the pilots, flight attendants, and ground crews eat. Watch where they go and then get in line.

There are several places within Miami International Airport (MIA) to find lightly golden, delicious pillows of goodness known as empanadas. But there’s really only one place you should get them from: La Carreta. It’s a cafe that serves empanadas, pastelitos, sandwiches and other snacks…along with coffee (American and Cuban), tea and other beverages. La Carreta is inside the D Terminal (Gate 37) and there’s one outside of security in the E Terminal (along with several other locations throughout Miami.)

Empanadas make the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And only when I’ve had an empanada (or two!) do I consider my trip to Miami a complete success.

I go for the chicken variety…

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and the spinach and cheese variety.

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And if you’re looking for something less savory and more fruity, the guava pastelito does not disappoint!

Here’s the link. Vamonos a La Carreta! 

 

Easter Egg

I absolutely adore these shoes from J.Crew, but seriously feel like I’m channeling an Easter egg when I wear them. I’m a big fan of layers when I travel. I wore the cardigan at the office and took it off for a quick walk to the hotel (there’s a reason the basketball team is called the Miami Heat!)

 

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Outfit Details

Gap cardigan

Gap white tee

 Banana Republic pants (similar)

J.Crew loafers

Banana Republic belt (similar)

J.Crew Factory necklace (similar)

 

 

MIA on the 12th of May

I traveled to Chicago on Friday to celebrate Mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, L1’s dance recital, L2’s First Communion, and L3’s love of “Frozen” (the nieces’ and nephew’s names all start with L!)  I’m spending M-W in Miami for meetings and a business dinner. This is as close as I’ll get to downtown or SoBe. Ahh, isn’t business travel so glamorous!

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(picture of downtown Miami skyline taken by yours truly on 12 May 2014)