Happy Thursday! I’m so happy the winter break is almost here, teaching has been exhausting this year. I’m also super excited for this upcoming Saturday, Rob & I are hosting a holiday party, Cookies & Wine at 4089 which of course will feature tons of homemade cookies, even tons more wine, and I’m adding in a taco bar for sustenance.
Here are five things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, and all would make great presents too!
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching & I love being at home on the weeknights cooking dinner and catching up on my favorite shows. Don’t you?!
The weather has been so weird here in D.C., first it was warm and gross, now it’s cold and clammy. I honestly can’t keep up with it, and neither can my sinuses!! The beginning of the week was chilly & rainy, it legit felt like January and gave me the worst sinus headache. So annoying.
I can’t wait to have off from work tomorrow and drive up to NJ for a wedding! My good friend Mike…we’ve been friends since pre-k 4, can you believe that…is getting married!!! It’s going to be such an epic celebration, so make sure you’re following along on both Snapchat (@elizabethmayce) and Instagram stories, @elizabethmayce!
Here are some things I’ve been loving recently, some classic favorites and some new goodies too. Tweet me some favorites of yours @elizabethmayce!
Bath & Body Works Candle in Sweater Weather, $12.50
Right now all B&BW candles are $12.50, which gives you a perfect excuse to go out and buy tons of fall and winter scents. My favorite for this time of year is def Sweater Weather- it always sells out, so make sure to buy some quickly! Sweater Weather is the perfect fall scent with notes of woods, eucalyptus, juniper berry, and sage. The apartment smells incredible within 5 minutes of lighting this, & as I said, it’s everyone’s favorite, so buy it now!! PS: Ebates gives 1% cash back on Bath & Body Works purchases, if you aren’t an Ebates member, join here!
The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Boost, $29
I wrote about this product back 2012…yes, 2012. Shocking.
It just recently reentered my life, and o.m.g. why did I ever stop using this?! This skin boost is an incredible morning serum to use, it instantly brightens up my complexion, which has been much needed with this week’s weather. You can read my original thoughts here, keep in mind, this post was from 2012- but my thoughts on how great the product is, are still the same!
Right now The Body Shop’s having a buy 3, get 3 free promotion. & Ebates gives you 3% cash-back on your purchase!
Essie Kimono Over Polish, $9
My polish this week is this gorgeous deep purple from Essie’s fall collection last year. It goes with everything, is the right degree of vampy, and will coordinate perfectly with my cobalt color dress for a wedding this weekend! This was def one of my favorite colors from last year’s collection, and I’m so happy to be bringing it back into my life this season! Shop through the link above, and save 2% cash-back through Ebates on HSN!
Gap’s High Rise Ankle Jeggings in Rich Wine, $30
YOU. MUST. GET. THESE. Originally $60, these pants are so comfortable and the rich wine color is amazing with any boot you might have. I love the rips, they’re subtle enough where people don’t give you a side eye, but just enough to be edgy. Did that make sense? I bought these about 2 weeks ago (for 40% off, not 50%!!), and I love, love, love, they way they fit and feel. I bought the tall size, so they are full length and also look great with heels and flats. I’m thinking about buying the black moss color as well…for this price, it’s a serious steal. Use code CHEERS to save an additional 20% off, and use Ebates for 2% cash-back on your purchase!
Dog Mother, Wine Lover Muscle Tee, $30
I love the CoffeeInTheShower Instagram page, so when I saw they had a coupon code, I finally purchased this cute, and incredibly truthful, tee in black. I love these graphic tees, and I’ve ordered from this company a few times. It’s decent quality, comfortable fits, and I just love how this tee can perfectly describe me as a human being.
|Photo: Catherine Ker
This outrageously gorgeous cake was created by Pastry Chef Cassie Holcomb from Pearl Dive DC (@pearldivedc)
|Breakfast at home is much better than spending $$ to go out!|
As I’ve mentioned quite a few times in this post, we know shelling out $$ for a Bachelorette weekend, or night, can be a lot. One aspect that can be easily overlooked is getting the bride to be some sort of gift to open up with her friends. A night or weekend like this will, hopefully, never happen again for the BTB, so it’s important her girls pull out all the stops. A big go to gift is always lingerie, but you don’t need to buy lingerie, or even something more than $20. It’s the thought that counts, and even if you’re traveling far to the event, a chic lipstick that the BTB can wear for her man is something nice and thoughtful to open up. & after you open up some gifts, play a game or two, it’s fun, and if you’ve been drinking it’s hilarious and allows for some true girl time.
I was so nervous about having Sabah’s Bachelorette Weekend be absolutely perfect. She’s my first bestie getting married, I’m the Maid of Honor, & there were a lot of factors in play that made me want to make this the best weekend for her ever.
Well, I guess second best, after her soon to be wedding weekend in Bulgaria of course.
Everything went off without a hitch because a lot of planning was put into it, but also because we just chilled out and let it all flow…and it came together perfectly. Worrying about when someone drops out of the weekend or if you’ll have enough money to get one more thing, is pointless. The main point is being with your girls and celebrating a friend who is about to embark on a crazy journey of marriage.
Sabah’s Bachelorette Weekend landed a bunch of us with new piercings and tattoos, that definitely was not on the schedule, and it totally pushed back the nice at home sit down dinner I had planned in the agenda…but who cares…it was so worth it. At the end of the day, it’s all about the ladies you’re with, and for this weekend it was a group of spectacular young women. & the most important part…Sabah was as happy as baby goat the whole time. Which for her, equates to being happy as a clam.
I’ll break up these Behind the Scenes posts into different categories, as you’ll see below! Feel free to Tweet or Snap me your thoughts…@elizabethmayce for both!
I seriously can’t believe it’s about to be the second week of July…where has all the time gone?! This is the first summer as a teacher where I’m not working some additional job. I get paid through the summer so it doesn’t really matter, but it’s always nice to have a little extra moolah for brunch…or, as the adult me should say, credit card bills. Le sigh.
What I’m Doing…
This first picture is a throwback from the last day of school last month where we left as quickly as possible to go to a bar. Any teachers reading this totally understand where I’m coming from, and if you know me, and the year I had, you’re probably surprised I even made it to this day…& so am I. We ended up having a great staff party, organized by yours truly, and brought in the summer exactly how it should be brought in…lots of drinks and great food.
I’ve also been up in Jersey quite a bit, I think more than I have been since in a summer graduating college, which I’ve been loving. I spent some time at my Aunt’s beach house in Bradley Beach, she recently redid her patio and I’m obsessed. It’s the perfect little outdoor oasis where you can enjoy your morning coffee in peace and quite, or grill and have happy hour!
Of course I have to share Leo pictures, he’s my pride and joy and has recently been living the life of a human. In addition to visiting Bradley Beach this summer, Leo also took a spur of the moment trip to Atlantic City over July 4th weekend! Since we booked so last minute, his day care couldn’t take him, so Rob & I looked up pet friendly hotels in A.C. Showboat, which closed in 2014, reopened last year as a non-gaming hotel, pet-friendly, so we stayed there. I loved Showboat when it was a casino, I actually had my 21st birthday party there, and we stayed in the House of Blues suite…all 20 something of us. Showboat has so many memories, and memories I wish I could remember, so seeing so much of it blocked off and unused made me sad. The entire gaming floor is empty and is covered by a huge curtain basically, it was kinda creepy, but all of the rooms are the same and are really nice. I hope A.C. can be reborn again soon!!
PS: I have a huge trip to Europe coming up July 23, I’m looking forward to sharing tons of travel tips and pictures with all of you!
Where I’m Eating…
On the beach…of course. Bradley Beach held it’s annual Lobsterfest so my family and I went. So. Much. Food. It was heaven. There are tons of vendors, great options to shop, and eat local, which is important for our Jersey beach towns! PS: That’s a lobster grilled cheese, and yes, it was to die for.
While walking along the A.C. boardwalk Rob & I decided to treat ourselves to a nice Italian dinner. We chose Capriccio, in the Resorts hotel, and it was incredible. This award winning restaurant did not disappoint, we laughed because we literally felt like back in the day this was probably the ultimate mobster restaurant for fancy dinners…maybe it still is? I ordered the shrimp and crab salad, with a side of broccoli rabe, and it was so good. Rob ordered chicken parm, and since there was nothing left on the plate at the end, I’m assuming it was pretty yummy. We shared blackberry cobbler for dessert, it was delish. If you’re in Atlantic City looking to treat yourself to a great restaurant, I highly, highly, recommend Capriccio.
This week I had a lovely girls dinner at Rose’s Luxury, in D.C. If you know about the D.C. restaurant scene, you know Rose’s doesn’t take reservations, so you need to get there early and wait in line…which we did. This was my second time visiting Rose’s Luxury, but since the menu is constantly changing, it felt like a completely new experience. The attention to detail in the service, and the menu, is why this is has been a top rated restaurant in D.C. since it opened. My suggestion: arrive around 4:30pm to make sure you’re seated as soon as it opens at 5.
What I’m Loving…
Every month I change my desktop calendar, and I’ve been using Designer Blogs calendar template to do so. It’s free, and Designer Blogs emails you the new template each month, so it’s super easy to download and change. They also have the themed template for your tablet and phone, so if you love consistency, here ya have it. & for other bloggers out there, Designer Blogs has quite a few freebies, such as tips and tutorials, and great blog templates if you’re looking for something new! Maybe I’m biased because it’s my birthday month, but so far the July template has been my favorite this year!
Where I’m Shopping…
Macy’s: Their having another One Day Sale, which I feel like they have every day…but whatever the prices are incredible. You can save 50% off a large selection of kitchen items, with code FIFTY, and there are tons of clothing items on sale for 20% off or more…bathing suits are 40% off!
LOFT: 50% off sale styles, and an automatic 40% off certain full price items…not bad at all.
Gap: 40% off with code DEAL, I love Gap for summer dresses & jeans!
Bath & Body Works: Aka, the only place I buy candles from. $1 shipping with orders over $30, code SUNTAN. However, I always prefer to shop in store, today candles are $10 off!
I hope you all have a great weekend! & I promise to start taking way more, and way better, pictures for this series, but hey, I gotta start somewhere!!
|I will always be a pineapple. 😉|