Fall Wedding Advice?

So, in a very fortunate turn of events, the husband and I are actually able to go to a friends' wedding on Sunday at 5:00pm.  The problem is that I have no clue what would be most appropriate and I really need some opinions!  I was thinking of one of these two dresses.  First up, a black sheath with beading.  I love this dress, but do you all think it would be too dressy? The beading at the top really dresses it up, even though it's hard to tell from the picture.
My second option is this navy blue ikat dress with a navy cardigan, but I don't feel quite as comfortable in this dress. 
Any opinions about which one would fit in best? The last time I was in a fall wedding, I was a bridesmaid, so that was easy enough! 

Forever 21: Some More Jewelry Finds

As I've mentioned, the husband really hates Forever 21.  However, I think that for trendy jewelry, it really can't be beat.  I really wanted some navy blue jewelry to wear with a few navy blue dresses that I own, so I picked up a necklace and chandelier earrings.
I have to admit that I've never worn such big earrings in my life, but I thought they were so beautiful that I couldn't resist. I know it's silly, but sometimes really large statement pieces make me feel glamorous. I also think that if I'm going to go out of my comfort zone, it's probably best to do it as economically as possible.

And then I picked up this little necklace for my sister.  I thought the stones were so pretty.
 Any good jewelry finds lately? 

Weekend Recap!

Happy Monday, dear readers!  I hope that you had a lovely weekend.  The husband and I had a pretty relaxing one.  We went to an impromptu date night at District Commons.  They have a pretzel baguette, which is always a good way to start off an evening.  I actually thought that the dinner was pretty reasonable, considering that we were in the city and the pleasant atmosphere.  The next time we have visitors, this is definitely on the list!
We thought that the husband's mom and grandmother were going to visit on Sunday afternoon, so I spent a fair amount of Saturday making sure our apartment was in good shape.  They ended up not coming, but I was still able to enjoy these roses from Trader Joes.
 The pending visit also motivated us to try to fix a few things. Remember that phone outlet in the bathroom?  Well the husband looked at it and it turns out it was connected to nothing!  So we took the recepticle down revealing a gaping hole...
I picked up this little frame at Target and stuck an old greeting card in it that I had lying around.  The husband thought it was good enough to hang up; although, I guess anything is better than what was there before. I'm thinking of getting another two other frames and hanging them all in a row so there isn't just a random print there.
We also spent some time trying to get the husband an Iphone 5 but were unsuccessful, since he didn't pre-order.  Oops! How was your weekend? 


I'm kind of obsessed with this dress I bought from Ann Taylor Loft over the weekend. 
I'd like to keep it, even though it's bright pink and has an odd line at the bottom.  And I'd like to wear it with my trusty knock-off bubble necklace.
What do you think?  Maybe I just want to hold onto summer just a little bit longer, but this seems like a favorite summer outfit for next year. A part of me would also like to wear it to a wedding at the end of September too (hopefully cooler heads will prevail...aka the husband).

Wedding Shoes

When I got married over two years ago, I wore these shoes from J.Crew.  I'd never spent that much on shoes (and probably never will), but they were light pink, had a bow on them, and I loved them.  Still do.
Image from Celeste Ainsworth
Since they are pretty special, I don't wear them very often.  However, when I was shopping at the outlets with my sister, I saw these ballet flats for $10 at the Gap. 

I was hesitant, but they seemed relatively comfy, so I went with them.  When I returned home, even the husband noticed the similarity.  I think he thought it was a shame I couldn't have found the inexpensive version for our wedding, but that's beside the point.

I know it's sentimental, but it's really fun to have a pair of shoes that remind me of my wedding. Any fun details catching your eye lately?

Apartment Living: Covering up Eyesores and Other Updates

I really love our apartment. It's safe, has a dishwasher, washer and dryer, plus a pretty convenient location.  However, it does have some dated features.  Exhibit A, the telephone outlet in our kitchen.  We've been here a year, and this is what we've been looking at. 
 It juts out from the wall, so the idea of covering it up wasn't as easy as it sounds.  Plus, we randomly decided to hang a little kitchen blessing from the in-laws right next to it.  However, when I couldn't find a place to hang the monogram, I turned to the kitchen.  For some odd reason, the husband decided that it was okay, so here is the outlet covered up!
The frame isn't as flush with the wall as I would like, but it sure makes me a lot happier to see the monogram versus the phone outlet everyday.

I also picked up a little tray from The Container Store and put my new printout in it. It's crazy how happy a little paper and plastic makes me.  I'm still trying to find the best place for it.
Any little changes you make to cover up dated features or make your place more homey?  I'd love tips and ideas!  There is still a little telephone outlet uncovered in our bathroom that needs to be dealt with..

Our 2nd Anniversary and Weekend Recap

Since the husband's work has been pretty busy, we had a low key two year anniversary.  However, we did celebrate with some champagne in our wedding glasses.  The husband took a picture, so you can see the cards we exchanged in the background.  I think he was pretty proud that he remembered to get a card.
We also split a cupcake from a local bakery, but in my eagerness to eat my share of the cupcake, I forgot to take a photo.  It was a mint chocolate chip cupcake, and it was delicious.
On Sunday afternoon, the weather was very nice, so we ventured to the monuments.  The husband was very excited that the reflecting pool has been restored and now has water in it.
He was also really excited about the ducks.  He may have taken multiple videos and photos of the ducks. 
This might not look that exciting to you, but to the husband it warrants attention and multiple videos.
Literally, everyone is falling over each other trying to take pictures of the monuments, but the husband's concern was the ducks.  To the untrained eye, it might be hard to tell, but the really great thing about this next picture is the duck.
You can barely see it, but there is the duck, doing his thing.

And thus, after lots of duck viewings, that concluded our little excursion.

How was your weekend?  Any duck sightings?

Our Two Year Anniversary!

Phew, it's been a busy week!  I have a lot of blogs to catch up on, but I wanted to do a short post to recognize that today is the husband's and mine second anniversary.  Every day I'm reminded of just how blessed I am to be with him.

Chickpea Crab Cakes

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About this time last year, a friend gave me the The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook, because I'm a vegetarian and my husband lives off of chicken wings.  I've tried a few recipes and have always been pleased.  For Labor Day I wanted to make something "summery", so I made the Chickpea "Crab Cakes". The recipe was a bit more involved than what I'm used to (it involves soaking the chickpeas for 8 hours and then pulverizing them, which is a pain).  I was pretty dubious if my efforts would amount to anything in the process, but they were really delicious! I truly didn't know that chickpeas could be transformed into something so scrumptious and  I'm looking forward to cooking them up throughout the week. Have you ever made any ingredient combinations before that really pleasantly surprised you?  I'm a cooking novice, so I guess I'm easily amused.

Weekend Recap!

I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend.  The husband ended up going into the office and working from home for a lot of the weekend, but he was gracious enough to hang up our new mirror on Saturday night.
I think the placement might be a little high, but you won't here me complaining anytime soon.  It's hard to tell from a picture, but the mirror really is a pretty piece. 

I also was inspired from A. Liz Adventures recent monogram project, and I made my own. The husband and I got married on Labor Day two years ago and our colors were navy blue and pink, so I thought this little monogram would be fun to hang up (and for some reason the husband was willing to indulge me). If you're interested, here's the link.  There is also a printable for an acrylic tray from the Container Store, which I plan on doing in the near future.
Of course, a fair amount of time was spent just relaxing, and I was excited to see two good friends on Sunday. We also made sure that we spent some time by the pool to soak up the last days of summer.  How did you celebrate?