Life Lately

Hi friends, it’s been awhile! I fully intended to get back to the ol’ blog on Monday, but I was stricken with a cold towards the end of my sister’s visit, so I made the tough decision to spend the last couple of days convalescing on the couch with Thai takeout, a giant box of Kleenex, and a DVR full of Fear the Walking Dead. But I’m on the mend now and ready to regale you with some highlights from my week off.

Our first order of business once my sister arrived? Wedding dress shopping! My friend Sarah joined us for the day and our little entourage visited several bridal salons around Seattle. It was SO much fun – and it was Kate’s first time trying on dresses, so there was a lot for her to absorb. (More to come later on the whole wedding dress shopping experience!)

Wedding dress shopping

Excited to start trying on dresses at Nordstrom!

 

Wedding dress shopping at BHLDN Seattle

Anthropologie, killing it as usual in the styling department

 

Wedding dress shopping

Isn’t she lovely? This dress wasn’t the one, but it twirled like whoa

 

Next up was our epic Mother’s Day surprise. First, some background: Kate lives in Taiwan and she hadn’t been home in about a year and a half. We had been planning this surprise for months and were a little worried my mom might suspect something, but she had NO idea, and the surprise went off without a hitch. There was a lot of crying and screaming (the happy kind!) which was extremely satisfying. I actually took a video of the whole thing, which turned out pretty great, but it’s in an “unsupported file format” so I can’t share it here. Trust me, it was awesome!

Mother's Day surprise

Here we are waiting for our mom to show up for Mother’s Day brunch so we can surprise her…of course she was half an hour late

 

Mother's Day surprise

Celebratory mimosas after the big reveal

 

We all had so much fun together over the next week – soaking up sunshine at the beach and the park, round two of wedding dress shopping, an afternoon baseball game, loads of wedding planning – but of course time passed way too quickly. By some miracle the weather was absolutely gorgeous the entire time, which made it even better! Now it’s back to the grind, but I’m wistfully looking through all the pictures on my phone in a fruitless attempt to drag my vacation out a little bit longer.

Life Lately // Lake Union

Strolling along Lake Union

 

Life Lately // Beach time

Sister time at the beach

 

Life Lately // Little Water Cantina

Victory margs and tacos after finding Kate’s dream wedding dress!

 

Life Lately // Little Water Cantina

As it happens, the menu at Little Water Cantina perfectly captures the essence of our blog

 

Life Lately // Mariners game

Taking in an afternoon baseball game

 

Life Lately // Mariners game

Bleacher seats are the best seats

 

Life Lately // Sister selfie

Takin’ selfies in the backyard

 

Life Lately // Newcastle Golf Club

Come back soon, Kate!

 

So that’s what’s been going on with me! What have you been up to lately? Any fun adventures to report? A cool vacation coming up? Has work/school/life been driving you crazy? Let’s hear all the juicy details!

♥ Mil

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Sister Staycation!

Sister time!

I’m taking the week off from the blog for the greatest possible reason…my sister is in town! She lives abroad and we don’t get to see each other very often, so when she comes to visit, it’s a very Big Deal. The purpose of her trip home is threefold: surprise our mom for Mother’s Day, celebrate my 30th birthday, and do some wedding dress shopping. Having successfully accomplished #1 (a surprise we’d been planning for months), we’ll be focusing our efforts on #2 and 3 the rest of the week…both of which will likely include a LOT of champagne. Yay!

If you want to keep up with our shenanigans, you can follow along on Instagram. See you next week!

♥ Mil

 

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Friday Favorites & Turning 30

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope the week has treated you well! What are you up to this weekend? My 30th birthday is on Sunday, and with that in mind I thought I’d mix things up a bit with this week’s roundup and share some of my favorite experiences from the last decade. (By the way, how crazy is it that I’m at the point where I’m measuring my life in decades? When everybody turned 30 on Friends, they seemed SO much older!) But I digress. Stroll down memory lane with me and relive a few of the highlights from my twenties!

Highlights from my twenties

1. My senior year of college, I had the opportunity to spend a semester in Rome as part of my Classics major. As insane as it sounds in retrospect, I wasn’t initially sure that I wanted to do it. I didn’t speak Italian, it was my last year of school and didn’t want to spend half of it away from my friends (yeah, I kind of want to go back in time and slap myself). But I was equally afraid I’d end up regretting it if I didn’t go. So I took the plunge, and guess what? It was amazing. Duh. Not only was living in Rome was one of the most exciting and enriching experiences I’ve ever had, but it really got me out of my comfort zone – something I need more of in my life. Plus, gelato! Need I say more?

2. My 21st birthday party will forever live in infamy as my favorite birthday party of all time. My roommate planned an incredibly elaborate spy-themed soirée: all the guests were assigned a mysterious alias and backstory. There were games (Mil-themed bingo!), prizes (booze, obviously), and of course, plenty of cocktails. To top it all off, my sister flew in to join the festivities. Best birthday party ever!

3. The year after graduating college, I spent months planning a trip to Mexico with a friend. But right before we were about to book it, I was laid off from my job (which happened to be my first job out of college, and my dream job to boot). I was depressed, totally broke, and in absolutely no position to spend big money on a vacation. You see where this is going, right? I went to Mexico anyway. Was it the financially responsible thing to do? Hell no. Would I do the same thing now? No way. But at the time, it was exactly what I needed. We spent ten days drinking margaritas on the beach, exploring Mayan ruins, and soaking up the sun. (And thankfully, by the time we went on the trip, I had found another job. Bullet dodged…)

4. Signing the lease on my first apartment is when I finally felt like an actual adult. No roommate, no family, just me, a legit grown-up. Nothing else before or since has given me the same sense of accomplishment and independence, probably because it was such a long time coming (I had moved back home after graduating college, and it was a few years before I was making enough money to live on my own). Leaving my childhood home behind, I found an apartment downtown, and I was so excited to be steps away from all the restaurants, cute shops, and countless happy hours. But perhaps best of all, I could finally decorate however I wanted. Sweet freedom!

5. I’m a pretty emotional person, but it takes a lot for me to cry in public. That went right out the window the day Jules got married. I can’t remember ever crying so many happy tears! My face literally hurt from smiling so much that day. I love the picture above because you can see how ridiculously happy I am to be standing up there with her. Love you, Jules!

Obviously I’m leaving a lot out, both good and bad, but I hope you enjoyed this brief (well, sort of) glimpse into my twenties. Here’s to the next decade!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

♥ Mil

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? Work has been pretty hectic for both Jules and me lately, and we’re looking forward to some belated birthday celebrations this weekend. Champagne and wigs will be involved, so you know it’s gonna be good. What’s on your weekend agenda? Any fun plans? Enjoy some of my favorite links from the week as you ponder the possibilities!

Friday Favorites // November 13, 2015

1. Mulled wine is one of my favorite drinks at this time of year, and this recipe looks delicious. It would be so easy to do a large batch for a party! (Gimme Some Oven)

2. These photos of beautiful bookstores around the world have me wanting to curl up somewhere cozy with a good read…and maybe a thermos of mulled wine. (Chronicle Books Blog)

3. Get the most out of your nutrient-rich skincare products with this guide to applying face oil and serums. (The Chalkboard)

4. Budget-conscious brides, brace yourselves for awesomeness: ASOS is launching a super affordable line of wedding dresses this spring! (Who What Wear)

5. These 10 pieces of life advice are total gems. Mindy Kaling’s might be my favorite. (A Cup of Jo)

Have a fabulous weekend, everybody!

♥ Mil

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