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Insta-lately

Happy Saturday, friends!:) Here’s what’s been going down outside the blogosphere lately…

End of summer Pirates game in killer seats!

End of summer Pirates game in killer seats!

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Nutella salty caramel milkshake.. aka the best thing ever.

Nutella salty caramel milkshake.. aka the best thing ever.

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Top: TJ Maxx, Shorts: American Eagle, Wedges, Shoedazzle, Ring: H&M, Pave Bracelet: Target

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Tank & Maxi: Gabes, Belt: Old Navy, Necklace & Bangle: F21, Sandals: Sam & Libby for Target

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This is how my dog insisted on riding the entire way home from WV.

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Hump Day.

Hope you have a killer weekend! xx -A

Weekend in Photos: Family Visit to Pitt

Both sets of parents came to Pitt for the weekend and I went wedding dress shopping and to a wedding expo (hello overwhelming!):

Top: F21, Jeans: American Eagle, Heels: Target, Belt: Vintage

Top: F21, Jeans: American Eagle, Heels: Target, Belt: Vintage

Headed to Church Brew on Saturday night for a family dinner:

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S and I at dinner:)

S and I at dinner:)

"And on the eighth day, God created beer!"

“And on the eighth day, God created beer”

What I wore to the wedding expo: Dress: F21 (old), Shoes: Payless

What I wore to the wedding expo: Dress: F21 (old), Shoes: Payless, Bracelet: Target

Brunch at the Grand Concourse!

Brunch at the Grand Concourse!

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Mi familia!

Mi familia! (Minus the man behind the camera – Dad!)

S and I :)

S and I ๐Ÿ™‚

Showing the families Station Square post-brunch

Showing the families Station Square post-brunch

Overall, the weekend was definitely awesome! It was so nice to have S back from his week in FL, and to have both our families here. The best part? I said YES TO THE DRESS!! I so wish I could share photos because it’s beautiful and perfect and everything I wanted. I WILL however share photos of the selection process in my upcoming ‘Wedding Wednesday’ post!

We attended the Cavanaugh Bridal Show at the Sheraton at Station Square on Sunday. It was all in all overwhelming, as you can imagine. It probably would have been more helpful if I was getting married in Pittsburgh, as that’s where most of the vendors are located (yes, they’ll travel but that means more $$$!) but I definitely got some great ideas!

Hope you had a great weekend! xoxo -A

Weekend in Photos

This weekend was a whirlwind. Did lots of stuff, saw lots of people – which makes more an exhausting Monday morning:

Mt. Washington Friday night.

Mt. Washington Friday night.

Super moon + cool street art.

Super moon + cool street art.

Epic surf + turf dinner with my love.

Epic surf + turf dinner with my love.

Saturday night: Top & Shorts: Charlotte Russe, Shorts: Old Navy

Saturday night: Top & Shorts: Charlotte Russe, Shorts: Old Navy, Ring: H&M

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Under the stars in Shadyside.

Under the stars in Shadyside.

Lazy Sunday with this little man.

Lazy Sunday with this little man.

Insta-lately

What’s happening over on my Instagram lately…

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Night out on a rooftop bar in downtown Pittsburgh.

Top & Necklace: Gabes, Skirt: Marshall's, Shoes: Target

Top & Necklace: Gabes, Skirt: Marshall’s, Shoes: Target

Big-kid jellies. Chinese Laundry found at DSW.

Big-kid jellies. Chinese Laundry found at DSW

Top: Target, Shorts: H&M, Shoes: Payless

Top: Target, Shorts: H&M, Shoes: Payless

My sweet pup loungin'

My sweet pup loungin’

Weekend in Photos: Celebrating ‘Murica

Had a great timeย celebrating our great country this weekend:

Dress: Old Navy, Sandals: Target, Bracelet: Vintage

Dress: Old Navy, Sandals: Target, Bracelet: Vintage Face: Awkwardddd

At the parade in Brentwood!

At the parade in Brentwood!

Sparklers are always necessary.

Sparklers are always necessary.

Puppy cuddles:)

Puppy cuddles:)

Watching the Pittsburgh Symphony in South Park.

Watching the Pittsburgh Symphony in South Park.

Wine in a solo cup + mac & cheese from a food truck.

Wine in a solo cup + mac & cheese from a food truck.

 

Weekend in Photos

My birthday weekend was officially a success. Friday-Saturday, my awesome parents came up to visit. My mom and I went wedding dress shopping for the first time Saturday morning (I think I found THE dress) then we headed to the Strip. We also took them to Mt. Washington:

My proverbial birthday suit. Dress: Forever 21, ShoesL Target

My proverbial birthday suit.
Dress: Forever 21, Shoes: Target

Juicy Couture Sweatshirt: Marshall's, J. Crew Factory shorts, Steve Madden sandals

Juicy Couture Sweatshirt: Marshall’s, J. Crew Factory shorts, Steve Madden sandals

Bloody Mary's + Lobster Rolls at Rolands!

Bloody Mary’s + Lobster Rolls at Rolands!

At the cigar bar in the Strip

At the cigar bar in the Strip

How cute is this guy?

How cute is this guy?

Loved taking my parents to the spot we got engaged!

Loved taking my parents to the spot we got engaged!

So much to look at at Bean & Lead

So much to look at at Bean & Leaf

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Toille dress at the fabric shot - this one's for you, Nicole!

Toille dress at the fabric shot – this one’s for you, Nicole!

Sunday we headed to the bottomless mimosa/buffet brunch at the casino, followed by the Pirates game + after game shenanigans at our house:

Dress: Old Navy, Necklace: F21, Sandals: Sam&Libby for Target, Bag: vintage Dooney&Bourke

Dress: Old Navy, Necklace: F21, Sandals: Sam&Libby for Target, Bag: vintage Dooney&Bourke

My new favorite shoes. Meeeooow. (JustFab)

My new favorite shoes. Meeeooow. (JustFab)

Puppy snuggles:) He's the sweetest

Puppy snuggles:) He’s the sweetest

S&S is… ENGAGED!!

I am so thrilled to share the news of our engagement with everyone! Many of you have been asking for the whole story, so here we go:

Friday evening I left work early, and went to Target. I kept asking Seth if we needed anything and what I could buy, he kept telling me ‘just head home’ and worry about it later. I assumed it was because I shop too much BUT I came home to this lovely note on our bed and a dress laid out:

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Needless to say, he knows me well and I didn’t wear the dress he picked out, but ironically opted for a white dress (I had been saying I needed somewhere to wear it because I couldn’t wear it to a wedding, obviously):

Dress: Marshall's (old!) Shoes: JustFab Bracelet: Vintage

Dress: Marshall’s (old!) Shoes: JustFab Bracelet: Vintage Ring: F21 Mav: not impressed

We left around 5:30, and Seth wouldn’t tell me where we were going. As we turned to drive up Mt. Washington, I figured it out – we were heading to Monterey Bay, where we had our first ‘official’ date.

As we got closer and closer to the restaurant,ย it started to sprinkle rain. Seth was clearly stressed about it, but still insisted we go take a selfie at the overlook across the street from the restaurant. I kept saying, “Hell no I’m wearing a white dress AND I curled my hair – and you want me to do WHAT in the rain!?” (What a biach!)

Finally he convinced me to get the picture. Saying ‘we’ll take one with your phone, then one with mine’:

My last selfie as a non-engaged woman!

My last selfie as a non-engaged woman!

Instead of reaching to pull his phone out of his pocket, he pulled out a ring box and got down on one knee:

AND he had our amazing friends hiding in the bushes to capture it all!

AND he had our amazing friends hiding in the bushes to capture it all!

I, of course, said YES:

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My favorite picture ever. Seriously how cute is this!?

My favorite picture ever. Seriously how cute is this!?

Have to get the shoes in there...

Have to get the shoes in there…

The restaurant was so sweet to give us champagne to celebrate - and the funniest part of the night - one of the valet's showed us that we made it into his Snapchat story.

The restaurant was so sweet to give us champagne to celebrate – and the funniest part of the night – one of the valet’s showed us that we made it into his Snapchat story.

This was our amazing view at dinner.

This was our amazing view at dinner.

Oreo cheesecake post-delicious dinner! It wouldn't be Seth & I if cheesecake weren't in some way involved.

Oreo cheesecake post-delicious dinner! It wouldn’t be Seth & I if cheesecake weren’t in some way involved.

Seth planned the most perfect proposal I could have ever imagined, and I’m so happy to be able to share this exciting news!

MAJOR shoutout to our friends Marcus & Erin for taking pictures during the ordeal and for sharing such a special day with us – ya’ll are the BEST!

I can’t wait to share the journey of engagement and wedding planning with you all!

 

Relaxing Weekend in Photos

As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t do much this weekend aside from obtain a WICKED sunburn on my back. I hate to admit, this happens nearly every year to me on my first day in the sun (I was unfortunately born with fair skin) and then I’m able to get bronze the rest of the season. No excuse, I know – but I was wearing 70 SPF sunscreen, damnit.

Hadn't taken advantage of our amazing yard yet this year, laying out there was really nice!

Hadn’t taken advantage of our amazing yard yet this year, laying out there was really nice!

Obviously had to take a selfie. Because, duh.

Obviously had to take a selfie. Because, duh. (Target bathing suit, Cynthia Rowley towel from Marshall’s)

Went to Mineral Beach in Finleyville, PA (aka one of the biggest public pools I've seen!)

Went to Mineral Beach in Finleyville, PA (aka one of the biggest public pools I’ve seen!)

An amazing confetti cake blizzard in a waffle cone - which later made me deathly ill for a brief time. Damn you, ice cream.

An amazing confetti cake blizzard in a waffle cone – which later made me deathly ill for a brief time. Damn you, ice cream.

Ended the weekend by reading outside on the deck. SO NICE.

Ended the weekend by reading outside on the deck. SO NICE.

Get high at the C.I. Always.

Get high at the C.I. Always.

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope your weekend was relaxing as mine!

 

Memorial Day Weekend in Photos

Well, this weekend was a whirlwind to say the least. Spent Friday in Pittsburgh, then headed to Athens for Saturday/Sunday afternoon, and ended the weekend getting stuff done around the house and riding bikes.

Friday, I was inspired to break out the white shoes:

Top: H&M, Scarf: unknown (maybe Francesca's), Skinnies: Charlotte Russe, Loafers: Target

Top: H&M, Scarf: unknown (maybe Francesca’s), Skinnies: Charlotte Russe, Loafers: Target

Saturday, we headed to the Motherland aka Athens. It was SO GREAT to have my feet back on the bricks:

Having a beer in the summer on Jackie O's patio is heaven.

Having a beer in the summer on Jackie O’s patio is heaven.

Cheese curds and deep fried pickles followed by...

Cheese curds and deep fried pickles followed by…

My favorite pizza ever = Jackie O's Mediterranean

My favorite pizza ever = Jackie O’s Mediterranean

Team SMC shenanigans at the CI

Team SMC shenanigans at the CI

Had to stop by and rub the nose of the Scripps Statue (and see the new JSchool!!)

Had to stop by and rub the nose of the Scripps Statue (and see the new JSchool!!)

Washed and waxed my car on Monday!

Washed and waxed my car on Monday!

Then went Jeepin'

Then went Jeepin’!

Weekend in Photos: Ohiopyle + Stars on Ice

Friday night my Momma made the trip to Pittsburgh so that we could go to Stars on Ice. Let me tell you – IT WAS AMAZING. Meryl Davis & Charlie White are amazing on TV – and even more perfect live. To cap it off, we had GREAT seats:

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Meryl & Charlie at the end of their Scherezade program. A-mazing.

Sunday Seth and I ventured to one of our favorite places in the greater Pittsburgh area – Ohiopyle State Park. If you follow me on social media, you know we go there as much as we can when the weather is nice, it’s really become ‘our’ place. It’s kind of a haul – ย a little over an hour, so we generally make a day of it when we go. Here are a few photos from this weekend’s hike:

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One of our first stops of the day. Also where I fell in the water whilst attempting to be adventurous. Thankfully Seth didn’t see it (which meant he couldn’t document it).

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For my Ohio U friends – this area reminds me of Old Man’s Cave!

Out first stop was Cucumber Falls. One of our favorite spots.

One of our favorite spots.

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We hikes down this. Pretty awesome. Something I love about Ohiopyle is the Rhododendron everywhere. (Or as Seth would say, ‘RhododEEEEEdron’)

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Finishing the day here? Yes please. Please note how green/blue the water is.

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This reminded me of a spot a mermaid would hang out – so we nicknamed it Tiger Lilly Falls:)

Part of out approx. 7mi. hike included Beech Trail - which clearly was not a trail that gets maintained often - half the fun for us!

Part of out approx. 7mi. hike included Beech Trail – which clearly was not a trail that gets maintained often – half the fun for us!

THIS amazing ice cream from  BBQ place at Ohiopyle. I think it was 'Cow prints' flavor - chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter cups. Yes, it was as amazing as it sounds.

THIS amazing ice cream from BBQ place at Ohiopyle. I think it was ‘Cow prints’ flavor – chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter cups. Yes, it was as amazing as it sounds.