Thursday, September 18, 2014

New House, New House, New House!

Hello? Is anyone even out there? Considering it’s been weeks since I last popped in, I wouldn't blame you if you all jumped ship.

I personally hate reading blogs where the author just talks about how busy she is all of the time, but… that’s where I am right now. Between the wedding and the house, my to-do list is approximately one million items long (and color-coded, if you must know how crazy I really am), and unfortunately the ole’ blog is suffering because of it. But I do promise that when we are finally moved in – which should happen, oh, about TWO WEEKS before the wedding – I will give you all a FULL, DETAILED, GRAND PLAY BY PLAY on everything. I have grand plans for posts on every single solitary detail of the wedding, don’t you worry :)

In the meantime we can talk about the house for a little bit!

I CAN’T WAIT to blog about all the “before’s and after’s” about all the construction we are doing in our new house. It is SO exciting to see all the new things we’ve picked out finally going in! This whole process is an excellent lesson in patience for someone like me, who likes for things to be done IMMEDIATELY ASAP AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE. For the first month of renovations, I couldn’t see any differences from day to day and it was driving me crazy. I kept calling it “the boring stuff” and I think my contractor (who is EXCELLENT by the way, if you live in Los Angeles PLEASE email me and I will refer him!) was going to kill me. He explained over and over that what I called “the boring stuff” was actually the most important – laying the right foundation, sanding and priming each surface carefully, installing recessed lighting before painting, doing it all the right way the first time, etc etc. Obviously I knew that, but it didn’t mean I didn’t have the occasional whine fest :)

Now, a month and a half in, the exciting stuff is finally starting to happen! Our kitchen cabinets and countertops are in - that was crazy. Can't wait to show off pics. I picked white and glass cabinets with chrome hardware, a gorgeous white flecked Caesarstone for the counters and the island, and the most beautiful kitchen backsplash EVER which has yet to be installed or I would be showing pics right now :( Here's a little sneak peek!

We picked appliances! That was a fun three hour excursion to Lowe's, my new favorite place and one that I frequent at least twice a week now #homeownerproblems. We will have a French-door refrigerator, which I am particularly excited about - Ramz is not on board with it quite yet ("Why is the freezer on the bottom?!") but I know he'll come around once it's stocked with hummus and beer :) 

I hate beige. I think it is the most boring non-color of all time. I don't want anything in our new house to be beige. I painted the entire house a nice, creamy white - Dunn Edwards "Droplets" - and the whole house looks completely different already! The outside of the house was beige and is currently being painted a pale grey, which looks great with our door, which is a beautiful bright red! I ordered new house numbers (these to be exact) and new outdoor lanterns (these to be exact) and can't wait for them to be installed :) Now to find a fabulous snazzy doormat... any suggestions?


One of the most exciting things we've done lately? We bought a couch!!!!! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for a new couch for AGES. When I moved into my first apartment after graduating college, my parents bought me a couch that I loved at the time. Seven years later (and one ENTHUSIASTIC RUNNING LEAP TO SEE THE MAD MEN PREMIERE by my darling fiance that broke the springs on the entire left side), that couch had seen its LAST DAYS. We took it apart and left it by the dumpster when we moved and I couldn't have been happier to see it go. In the new house we will have a beautiful new sectional from Crate & Barrel! I picked out a beautiful tweedy grey fabric and in 10-12 weeks we will be sitting pretty on that baby watching TV and keeping all food and drinks far, far away from it :)


WHEW! This post was kind of like word-vomit. I think I had to get it all out. I am SO excited and so overwhelmed I think I'm going crazy. THIRTY SEVEN DAYS TIL OUR WEDDING and our contractor promises we'll be in the house in less than two weeks. SEND PRAYERS FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Twenty Nine, Damn Fine

So I turned 29 last week. Unlike in past years, where I made The World's Biggest Deal about my birthday and celebrated for weeks on end, this one was fairly low key. In fact, I think it's safe to say this was my quietest birthday EVER.

Maybe it's the fact that in between doing things for the house and the wedding I still barely have time to breathe, let alone plan anything crazy. Orrrrr maybe it's the fact that (speaking of the wedding), in less than two months I will be having a GINORMOUS bash with literally everyone I've ever said hello to in my life. Or maybe I'm just growing up?!

Nah :) I may be getting older (just realized this was my last birthday with a "2" in front of my age - AHHHH) but I'm not a grownup yet. And I did still manage to have some fun birthday celebrations!

Over the long weekend (my birthday ALWAYS falls on Labor Day Weekend), my sis and her fiance came into town. Friday night we took them to the comedy show where we got engaged, since they had never seen it, and then we had dinner at Republique, which was delicious and the first of MANY birthday dinners to come :) #silvermansisters #goodhairdays


The next night, my mom, Bay, and JM all had a rehearsal dinner to go to (more on that in a sec), so my darling husband-to-be took me out to my favorite restaurant, Animal, for dinner. Just the two of us and some pork belly sandwiches - what more could a girl want for her last night of being 28!?


When we came home that night, we all hung out on the couch waiting for the clock to turn midnight... and when it did, Bailey brought out a fabulous surprise... this amazing funfetti sprinkle cake from my AMAZING WEDDING PLANNERS!!!! It was delivered earlier that day but saved for midnight. When I opened the box I almost died. What a fantastic surprise!!!!


The next morning, I woke up to a Starbucks in bed, courtesy of Ram :) and then headed out to Drybar for a little hair pampering with my mama....


... Since later that day, it was time for our dear friend's wedding! Funny story: this was the wedding of the son of one of Rami's best family friends... who married the daughter of one of our best family friends, at the same hotel we are going to get married at next month!!! So basically every single person we've ever met was there, and both our siblings were in the wedding party... my sister walked down the aisle with Rami's brother as bridesmaid and groomsmen!

I was bored with everything in my closet so I rented a dress from Rent The Runway - it was my first time trying it out and I was a little nervous but ended up loving the dress! It was a black Badgley Mischka one-shouldered gown and so comfortable. My only issue was it was a bit big on top so when I started dancing, you could see my bra. Oops. Oh well. I wish I had a full length pic so you could see but this one will have to do!


I love this collage ... on top, me and some of my oldest friends of more than 25 years... on bottom, my siblings - both sides!!!


More pics I love: my amazing family - how glam does my mama look!?


Things got a little crazy in the photobooth....


The wedding was absolutely beautiful and it was so fun dancing the night away with all our family and friends. It made me SO excited for our own wedding - which is seven weeks away BUT WHO'S COUNTING HAHA OH GOD.

A few days ago, I walked into SoulCycle and was greeted with this fun little surprise - my SC friend's birthday was the day after mine and we celebrated during class and afterwards with a fun group dinner! Have I mentioned lately how much I love Soul? Cuz I do.


And just yesterday birthday celebrations officially concluded with a special dinner date at the new Mastro's Ocean Club that just opened in Malibu - Rami went there with his parents when I was in Israel and KNEW he had to take me. It was delicious and quite the scene... but the absolute best part, besides being taken out on the town by my man, was this ridiculous dessert. Butter cake anyone?!?!


So that's how I rang in 29! So far it feels damn fine :) Thank you to everyone who called and texted and emailed and Facebook. It totally made my day! Here's to an amazing year ahead!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emmy Review: Loving Red, White, & Blue!

Last night we had some pals come over for pizza and salad and Emmy-watching on my couch on my mother's couch (since she is my roomie and landlord these days while we wait for our remodeling to be done). The show was blah, sort of predictable, but the clothes were pretty good so I'm happy!

Before we chat about the fashion let me just say I HATED that the Emmy's were on a Monday. Like, the red carpet started while I still had an hour of work left. I rushed home in traffic and didn't even get to do my usual elaborate award show preparations, AKA, make a sick cheese plate. #bringbacktheSundaynightEmmy's 

Anyway, I did my usual perusal of InStyle mag's red carpet coverage to determine my Best Dressed of the evening and you know what? This year, there was a THEME! Every dress I loved was either red, white, or blue-ish... what a delightful patriotic coincidence! #godblessAmerica

Enough hashtags and enough blabbering. Let me show you what I loved!

RED:




Claire Danes, Kaley Cuoco, and Sarah Hyland are pretty in pinkish red! Of these, I like Sarah's look the best - it's SO young and fun, it's making me re-think my dislike of crop tops. I also like Claire's side cut peekaboos, in a similar vein. Kaley's dress is a little wacky but you know I love me a poufy ruffle with a hot pink detail. Cute ladies!

WHITE:




Maybe it's cuz I'm in permanent bridal mode but I was really drawn to white on the red carpet this year! Padma Lakshmi is always dressed impeccably and this gown is stunning - minimalist and chic and sleek. I love me a huge-ass bow so I am all about Julianne Hough and I bet Ryan Seacrest is feeling sad he kicked her to the curb right about now. And finally, Allison Williams, who I actually HATE, is wearing maybe one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen - I LOVE that full white skirt and the  yellow band around her waist with the black velvet tie. 

BLUE:




Navy is REALLY having a moment now, isn't it? It looks fabulous on redheads, as Debra Messing is demonstrating for us - I love the asymmetrical cut-outs on her gown. I also am loving Natasha Lyonne's short mermaid/peplum-esque lace dress - the length is perfect! Just wish she had worn cooler shoes. And finally, my beloved Julia went and surprised us all in a very edgy, funky beaded number - I'm also loving the length on this one. Another all-time fave!

Okay I cannot lie... I have one more, and it DIDN'T fit in with my theme... Samira Wiley in BRIGHT NEON YELLOW!


Girlfriend is killing ittttttt. She's my favorite OITNB character and my favorite of the whole red carpet! That florescent yellow is seriously perfect with her gorgeous dark skin.

That's a wrap, folks! See ya'll back on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, which, on that subject, MINDY KALING BETTER BE NOMINATED FOR AT LEAST ONE. That's all, I'm done.

PS. Two posts in two days! Aren't you proud?! Cross your fingers this momentum keeps going.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Uncommon (But Amazing!) Goods

Hi friends - Happy Monday! I had some free time this weekend - a VERY rare occuence around these parts lately - in between picking out bathroom tile and doing our wedding tasting and sat down to do some blogging... YAY!

Anyway - a couple of weeks ago in the middle of all this craziness, I got an email from the kind folks at Uncommon Goods, who wanted to partner up so I could share some of their lovely wares with all of you. 

How could I say no!? Their site is AWESOME. It's such a good resource to buy different, funky, out-of-the-box things - stuff you don't see everyday. With the wedding coming up, Ram and I have been getting amazing gifts from our generous friends and family to help make our new home really ours, but part of me still wants to buy every single thing from Uncommon Goods. They're also a great resource that I've got to keep on my brain for the future - tons of options for anniversary gifts! Here are some of my favorites:


ONE: Um.. a Mobile Foodie Survival Kit with tiny packets of sea salt, garlic, ginger, dill, and more TO TAKE ON THE ROAD!? This is freaking amazing. I can only imagine how delighted Ram would be if I whipped this out at a restaurant :)

TWO: I love the look of agate and have purchased agate coasters and serving platters before, but I've never seen an agate nightlight before! This is freaking gorgeous. I want one for every room in my house!

THREE: Did I ever mention that I collect salts? (That's a story for a different time, I guess.) In the meanwhile, I'm VERY intrigued by this kit - the Flavors of America Salt Collection!


FOUR: Obviously, I've got weddings on the brain... This custom "last name street sign" print is so clever and would be a great engagement or shower gift for a new couple. I love the pop-art feel!

FIVE: Look at this personalized cutting board - I definitely have "housewarming" on the brain but how cute would this be to give to a friend as a gift to use in their new home?! Actually, all their personalized pieces are great.

SIX: My mom has one of these cool long bud vases that she keeps on her vanity filled with little flowers - I've always wanted one for myself, and now I know where to get it :)

The other thing I really like about UG? The company itself prides itself on giving back to people in need and being just an all-around good role model to the community in general :) They treat their employees with dignity and respect, offering them health insurance (even some part-time employees!) and providing a living wage;  they are committed to selling products that are "socially and environmentally responsible"; and best of all, they have the "Better to Give" Program, which allows customers, at checkout, to select a non-profit organization that receives a $1 donation from every single purchase on their website. Very cool!

Please note: This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods, a website I truly like and peruse frequently! Thanks for supporting them... and this blog :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Sister Is Engaged!!!!

There is so much to fill you all in on, I don't even know where to start. This is going to be out of order but oh well! Gotta start somewhere.

So as I mentioned a few weeks ago... my sister is engaged!!!! Her boyfriend of five years, JM, proposed to her on August 1st and we all showed up in NYC to surprise her :)


Before I share the story and pictures, let's have some real talk. As a lifelong lover of the spotlight and being the center of attention, it took me a GREAT DEAL OF TIME to warm up to the idea of my sister and me being engaged at the same time. Was not my favorite idea, I cannot tell a lie. But JM was insistent that this was when he wanted to do it and I knew how happy she would be, so I got on board. What, you didn't think I was going to MISS MY LITTLE SISTER'S ENGAGEMENT, did you?! 

(Sidebar: we were at a friend's wedding together last weekend and everyone kept coming up to congratulate Bailey. One lady said to me, "Are you SO excited?" Bailey and I started laughing - my response, somewhat hysterically, was "YES!!!! IT'S EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED, TO BE ENGAGED AT THE SAME TIME AS MY LITTLE SISTER!!!! ISNT IT AMAZING?!")

Haha. I kid, I kid.

So here's how he did it. Unlike us, JM and Bailey are private people... no proposing onstage at a comedy club for them! He popped the question just the two of them, alone in their apartment, in the middle of the afternoon with flowers and champagne. So sweet. Of course, as soon as it happened Bailey started calling our family to tell them - she first called my mom, who told her that I was on my plane home from Israel and she would have to wait to tell me... Little did Bailey know this was all a ruse and our entire family had flown to NYC to surprise her! We were all hiding in a hotel waiting for the big reveal - I had landed at 4am that morning from Israel and went directly to the hotel.

So JM told Bailey that they were going to be celebrating that night at her favorite restaurant, ABC Kitchen. She had NO IDEA that months beforehand, he had arranged for his entire side of the family and my entire side of the family to be there, in the private back room, for an AMAZING dinner celebrating them. 

Almost 25 members of our family and his family stood there and shouted "SURPRISE!" as she walked in! She of course burst into tears immediately... Rami got it all on video but I don't know where it is - so here's a picture of us hugging :)


He had arranged for an amazing family-style set menu and even got them to print up these adorable little menus with their names and date on them.


Everything was PHENOMENAL. My favorite was their famous dungeness crab toast!


Some cute family pics...



The newly engaged couple! So cute. She swore she didn't know we were all going to be there - as she puts it, "I wouldn't have worn a crop top if I knew we were going to be seeing Grandma." Haha.



The next day we had more family time - breakfast at their apartment and a little afternoon snack at Shake Shack with our cousins in the park:



Me and MY fiance put on a little photoshoot and it was pretty cute if I do say so myself :)


So how does it stand now? R and I are getting married in just over two months and until our wedding is over, Bailey is on a moratorium from even MENTIONING hers :) My mother says "I can only focus on one wedding at a time" but after November, I'm sure I'll be filling you in on all Bay's wedding details. All I can say is, it's gonna be the polar opposite of mine :)

MAZEL TOV B AND JM! I love you guys so much!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amazing Israel

More than a week has passed since I've arrived home from Israel so I figure I better share details about my trip while it's still fresh in my mind!

I spent the better part of two weeks in Israel staffing my 5th Birthright trip. For those of you who don't know, Birthright brings young Jewish adults to Israel for a COMPLETELY FREE ten-day trip, where we travel around seeing the country, visiting important historical sites, meeting Israelis, and learning about why the land of Israel is so important to the Jewish people. The hope is that Birthright will connect or reintroduce Judaism into the lives of these young adults so that they can return home to play active roles in the Jewish community, or simply just care more about their own Jewish adult lives,

In addition to having a deep, intense love for the land of Israel, I also wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Birthright, which is why I chose NOT to cancel my trip when the war over there broke out, despite many, many people telling me I was crazy to be visiting a war zone in the Middle East. I believe it is ESSENTIAL to educate people, particularly young people, about Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, and quite honestly, I thought this would also be a valuable learning experience for me - though I have been to Israel nine times before, I have never visited in such a difficult time.

I spent these ten days learning as much as I could about the conflict, talking to Israelis young and old about the war, about their feelings about Palestinians, and about their hopes and dreams for peace. And let me tell you - no matter what you're reading on the news in American media or hearing about back home - ISRAEL WANTS PEACE. This is my blog and while I typically shy away from political posts, I cannot and will not stay silent on this. Israel is in this war to defend herself, her land and her people from TERRORISTS who want nothing more than to wipe the entire country off the face of the planet. In 2014, a mere half century after six million Jews were murdered simply because of their religion, it is my duty and the duty of every single person who believes in freedom of religion and the right to protect yourself from those who wish you harm to raise our voices FOR ISRAEL. I pray that one day, the people who live in Gaza are able to live independent lives without interference from Hamas - that is the only way the two sides will ever be able to coexist next to one another in peace. 

Well. This got a little darker than I anticipated. Just goes to show you how strongly I feel about all of this. Now... shall we move on to the fun stuff? Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip :)

Like my last one, this was a CULINARY Birthright trip, meaning that in addition to all the normal fun activities and sightseeing, we also got to do a LOT of fun food-related things. Here's my adorable group - since it was a culinary trip, instead of having bus t-shirts made, we opted for APRONS! How cute is that!?


One of our first stops was to a winery... I don't drink, so I was minding my own business until the owner noticed my empty glass and offered me the opportunity to do a CHOCOLATE tasting instead!!! #itdidntsuck



This was the 4th time I have gotten to work with the same tour guide, my friend Shachar. I love that man so much. We could not be more different - his hobbies include running, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and basically living like a caveman off the land. Despite this, I still love him to pieces and treasure every trip I get to lead with him. Here I am with his adorable daughters - the oldest one is 8, when I met her she was 3! 


Whenever the bus stopped at a gas station so we could use the bathroom and get snacks, you better believe I ran for the Bisili and Bamba :)


This made me laugh so hard... I was trying to take this really artsy picture of a religious person walking in front of a beautifully lit window, and at the exact moment I clicked the shutter, a random tourist in an Old Navy t-shirt walked into my shot. Of course. 


We spent one afternoon in a Druze village having a cooking lesson! Here is some of the group learning how to make fresh stuffed grape leaves. They were delicious!


Best sandwich of my life. Grilled chicken, preserved lemon spread, toasted almonds, fried eggplant, and Israeli pickles on the best, softest bread ever. UNREAL.


My FAVORITE thing to drink in Israel is their ice caffe - basically a frozen ice blended coffee drink that is unlike anything we have here in the states. I HATE coffee and never ever drink it at home but I cannot get enough of ice caffe... and Aroma Cafe has the best ever! 


Alarmingly, I think this stray cat also agrees with my assessment of Aroma's stellar drinks... he would NOT let it go!


Did a little shopping of course... picked up this gorgeous iron welded heart bowl, and this beautiful diamond/stone bracelet...



This was about as close as I was getting to the camels this trip. I've ridden them many a time before and let me just say the phrase "camel toe" exists for a reason. No thanks.



Some beautiful Israeli street art!


Spent the afternoon at Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem's famous outdoor street market. Let me tell y'all, the amount of food there is INSANE. Some of my favorites, clockwise from top left: fresh fruit (the figs are out of this world), a gorgeous hot pink dragonfruit, the world's BEST chocolate rugalah from Marzipan, and an absolute shit-ton of bin candy :)


Ironically, I don't have pictures from two of my favorite activities... diving into the waterfall at Ein Gedi National Park after a long, hot hike and spending the afternoon swimming in the beautiful ocean at Netanya Beach (right outside Tel Aviv). It was so, so unbelievably hot in Israel the entire time that as soon as I had the opportunity to jump into any body of water, I took it!!! How beautiful and clear is the water?


Last but not least, here's my favorite picture from the trip - a shot of Jerusalem's sparkling lights on the hilltop on Shabbat right before sunset. It was incredibly beautiful and really made me feel so grateful for being there, in Israel, even during the conflict, because it reminded me why I love that country so much and how I will always consider it my home.


Israel... I miss you already. I'm praying for your safety and for peace always!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I'm Back! And I'm Busy! And Overwhelmed! But It's Okay!

I’m back! I’m back! I’m back!

Did I forget to mention that I would be spending the past two weeks in ISRAEL? Yep, just casually jetted off to the other side of the world (#nbd) and spent ten days cavorting around the best country in the world (okay, tied with the USA)! Sorry I forgot to mention that. Hope ya’ll didn’t miss me too much.

But wait… that’s not even the most interesting thing going on in my life right now! To say that I am busy and overwhelmed is literally the understatement in the century. Here, I’ll prove it!

Since I last blogged…
1.    RAMI AND I BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2.    We packed up our entire apartment.
3.    We started renovations on the new house.
4.    We moved into my mom’s house (what up, rent-free livin’ while we pour all our money into the new house!?)
5.    I went to Israel for 10 days to lead my 5th Birthright trip in the middle of a war. Oh, I also went to New York. Why? Because…
6.    MY SISTER GOT ENGAGED!!!!
7.    I realized my wedding is in 81 days. SO MUCH LEFT TO DO OMFG.
I am not exaggerating when I say I have not sat down on a couch since June. Lol. I spend my days packing and moving and making decisions about floors and new kitchen appliances and ordering kippot for my wedding and discussing the calligraphy for my invitations and I’M JUST A CRAZY PERSON RIGHT NOW.

In-depth updates on every single one of those items coming soon! But probably not this week, since it’s my bridal shower on Saturday and I have a ton of friends and family coming into town. BUSY BUSY WHAT DID I TELL YOU!?!?

Send deep breaths and positive energy my way! I am a crazy girl and I need it. Love you all!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#Bacheloraff, Part Trois!

Okay friends we're goin' home this is the last post I'm writing about all the #bacheloraff!

We woke up on Saturday morning and all got dressed for the day in our shirts. To say I am obsessed with this shirt is an understatement. I want to wear it every single day for the rest of my life! 



Special bridal Starbucks :)


Once everyone had gathered wearing their shirts, we smooshed into the cars and headed… where else? Beyond Bread. I couldn't stop cracking up at the sight of all of us in our matching shirts in one line.


Of course I had to hop behind the counter to cuddle with the cashier :)


After lunch, I insisted on a group shot outside BB… I am planning on framing this and/or making it into a MASSIVE canvas to hang in my house. Ram will be so pleased :)


Next we headed to U of A so the Wildcats among us could show off our beautiful campus… and take what is possibly one of the cutest photo composites of all time? I CANNOT EVEN FREAKING HANDLE THE CUTENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


After some more stops in the bookstore, on University Avenue, and in a candy shop (of course), we headed back to the hotel. When it was time to get ready for night #2, I got some more surprises First, every single one of my friends got ready for the night all decked in LEOPARD PRINT!!! No wonder they told me to wear my pink dress - pink and leopard, it couldn't have been more perfect! And then Gerrick whipped out leopard print HEADBANDS, pink and leopard print custom KOOZIES, and oh yeah an amazing hilarious #bacheloraff BANNER. I was floored. I was speechless. Look at my face!





Gorgeous leopard-print-decked pals after a delicious dinner of take-out Oreganos:



Finally, we headed out for a night on the town… and were greeted with this amazing sight: our ride for the evening, the PARTY BUS!!! My amazing mom arranged for this to be our transportation for the evening and it was PERFECT - coolers full of drinks, amazing sound system, ice cold air conditioning, and not one but TWO stripper poles for dancing and such :) here we are posing in front of our snazzy new ride!


So off we went! First stop was a true Tucson institution - The Meet Rack, of which I will just say the following - my friends in the group who did NOT go to the University of Arizona are now permanently frightened of Tucson. Next we went to my all-time favorite place, Dirtbags, where I spent many a night in college dancing to the jukebox and drinking vodka crans.




Surprise surprise - in July, Dirtbags is not crowded. In fact, it was EMPTY. Never you mind this, I was expecting it, and happily sat at our favorite table and drank vodka crans and danced to the jukebox anyway :)



The party bus though… it got a little crazy :)








The night ended the way nights should always end - first, a trip to In & Out, then home to snuggle in bed and recap all our fun!



The next day, friends started leaving :( I was so, so sad it was over but still managed to have fun the rest of the day, wearing matching shirts with Gerrick, shopping in the bookstore, and yes, paying ANOTHER visit to Beyond Bread!



So there you have it! The full recap of all the #bacheloraff shenanigans. I’m amazed by how quickly it all flew by – I remember getting ridiculously excited months and months ago just booking my flight! – and I know that I’m going to feel the same way when it’s my wedding weekend… it’s going to FLY BY!

I am the luckiest person in the entire world to have such loving, generous, amazing, hilarious friends who all took the time and spent the money to fly out to celebrate me for an entire weekend. Words cannot express how much that meant to me and how much fun I had. A special shout-out needs to go to my amazing, incredible sister, who went above and beyond planning a weekend that she knew I would love from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. Every single thing was perfect and so detailed and so ME. I will never, ever forget it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#BACHELORAFF, Part Deux!

Friends! It’s time for more pics and stories from the #bacheloraff. ARE YOU EXCITED?! I sure am.

Okay, so I last left off waking up on Friday morning, ready for the whole crew to arrive. Julie, Gerrick, and I drove to our new hotel - the ridiculously gorgeous JW Marriott - to check in for all 5 (!) rooms and prepare some fun surprises :)


You see, when I first decided I wanted to go to Tucson for my bachelorette weekend and July was chosen, I knew it was going to be HOT, and I knew we'd likely be spending some quality time by the pool. So when I thought about a cute gift I could get all my friends to thank them for shlepping out to the Tuc, I had a brilliant idea, if I do say so myself chaise lounge towels!


My amazing wedding planners Bash Please helped me order them and customize them, and voila! One by one, as each of my pals arrived, they came down to the pool to find their very own monogrammed terrycloth chaise lounge cover :) I was pretttttyyyy proud of myself :)



Friday passed in a happy, sunny blur - we swam, we tanned, we chatted and splashed and hugged and jumped all over each other like best friends who haven't seen each other in ages do. We even went in the lazy river and on the waterslide! (Are we nearly thirty, or three years old old?)




After nearly EIGHT HOURS by the pool Gerrick had developed a truly nasty sunburn and we were all getting tired - up to the rooms we went! And to my surprise, it was not an ordinary room I found… but a gorgeous, giant suite that was absolutely DECKED in bachelorette gear!

Bailey had gone all out with balloons and streamers and signs and pink penis straws (WHAT! It was a bachelorette!!!!) and a veil, feather boa, sparkly tiara and bow headband for me to wear. I was dying. It was everything I ever wanted and more. Greene also gave me the MOST perfect card, and Floff surprised me with a leopard print garter, sparkly hair clips, and an amazing rhinestone BRIDE pin. My friends are the cutest.



Ha! This was hilarious - my adorable sister thought this would be enough food for nineteen hungry #bacheloraffians - one tub of licorice, one bag of chips, one box of Cheetos and a thing of Wheat-Thins. #naive #wearehungrierthanthat #sillybailey


After we cleaned off and rested and got all settled, the group gathered in the suite to hang out for a bit and have some pre-dinner drinks - I couldn't help taking a million pics!










HOW CUTE IS THIS GROUP SHOT?!!??!


After those billion photos, we all packed into the rental cars and drove to my favorite fancy restaurant in Tucson, Wildflower! I laughed out loud when Bailey said "Hi, we're the ones with the reservation for 19 people." We had a delicious dinner - I ate my favorite salmon/potato appetizer, then made a toast and almost started crying in the middle of the restaurant.


At one point Bailey had some wine and decided to try on all the married/engaged ladies' rings! #BLINGBLING



The night wasn't over yet… when we got back to the hotel, Bailey had some more tricks up her sleeve…. I was sent out of the room for a minute and when I came back in, everyone was wearing CUSTOM MATCHING SHIRTS THAT SAID "THE QUEEN HAS FOUND HER KING!!!!!!" Excuse me, I almost cried then too. More on the shirts later, I am freaking obsessed with them in an unnatural and unhealthy way :)

After I had calmed down from the shirt surprise, I was treated to another surprise - they played the cutest game where I was asked to answer questions from Rami's perspective, and then they played videos of Rami answering the same questions! Kind of like the Newlywed Game… it was adorable. Let me just say my future husband LOVES him some camera time :) what a ham.

My amazing friends weren't even done yet…  they gave me a tiny package containing a little Shutterfly book - everyone had sent in pictures and letters about their earliest memories of me! Once I opened the book, I was just done. Totally cried. Had to basically be put to bed like a small child.



Wow… this many pictures and I haven't even gotten to talk about day 2? It'll have to wait :) check back tomorrow for more #bacheloraff shenanigans!!!