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Thursday Thoughts #5

Hello team! Happy almost Friday!

As always, here are some of my musings for the week!

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Brian had his 30th birthday this past weekend! We went out to dinner on Friday night, had brunch on Saturday, and then went to a housewarming/birthday party that some friends were hosting. He said he had a great day, and truly he deserves it. He is the best!

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I am excited for this weekend because I get to see a lot of my college friends at my friend Tori’s wedding! It’s sure to be beautiful and the dress code is “black tie welcome” so I’m going to get glammed up which is always fun. Congratulations Tori and Steve!

THREE

Brian and I got a new apartment which was the craziest turn of events that I never could have guessed. We knew our lease was up soon, of course, and had been checking the internet for possibilities. Unfortunately NYC life is such that you can’t reach out to apartments until you’re really ready to move so we had not connected with any realtors or landlords. Fast forward to early last week and I come home from work to see a sign on the door of the apartment next door to ours advertising a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in exactly the price range we were searching. We texted the woman and saw the apartment this past Saturday. It’s ready with almost no overlap to our current lease, has no fee, and I can’t stress this enough: it’s LITERALLY five steps away from our current apartment, making the move a breeze. We are so excited and, of course, I’ve already started cleaning and purging my stuff for the move.

And that’s all folks! It’s been super busy already this month with the start of the new school year and all of our festivities and a big move approaching, but I’m looking at it as a positive. I have many great family and friends who want me and Brian to be a part of their celebrations. I GET to be busy, and I’m a lucky girl!

Have a great weekend everyone!

❤ LB

 

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Thursday Thoughts #2

Happy Thursday, friends!

The weekend is so close, I can almost taste it! Just like every Thursday, I’m here with my random mess of thoughts. This weekend we don’t have too much going on so I’m looking forward to just relaxing in my city or maybe going out to Brian’s parents house in Eastern Long Island (aka wine country)!

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I’m still reminiscing about our amazing time at my brother’s beautiful wedding. It was beachside and we had a wonderful day! I’m so excited that now I have TWO sisters-in-law. Since I grew up with only a brother, it makes me so happy that these two amazing girls are part of my sister squad. Joslyn looked beautiful and John-Paul looked so happy. I love them BOTH so much!

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Selfies at the rehearsal dinner.
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Ahh – they just looked so happy all day!

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I bought an anklet on my honeymoon (a 20$ one at a booth at the Maui aquarium haha) and I’ve been wearing it with EVERYTHING. I hadn’t thought about anklets since the early 2000’s but I’m super into them for my summer look! Things on my wrists tend to bother me, so I’m not usually wearing bracelets or watches, but I like the idea of wearing an anklet as an additional accessory. Not sure if anklets are “in” right now but I don’t really care. Mine has a tiny silver turtle and I think it’s adorable. 

THREE

I have been thinking a lot recently about getting a new tattoo. I have three already and i absolutely love them all. I have some vague ideas about what I want and there happens to be a highly rated tattoo parlor very close to our apartment, so the next step is meeting with an artist. I’m thinking I want just blacks and grays for this one , but stay tuned for exactly what it turns out to be!

FOUR

Need to know – who else is watching Alone Together on Freeform? I laugh out loud at least twice an episode. I don’t think it’s a realistic depiction of 20-something life, but it’s really amusing, has short episodes, and is fun to just throw on an episode or two before bed.

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Forgot to mention this before, but I set up an Instagram page that you can follow for updates, too! @lifewith_laurenb

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, friends! Drop me a line at lifewithlaurenb@gmail.com or shoot me a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!

❤ LB

 

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Our Wedding: A Timeline – Part 1

Hey everyone! Happy Monday!

I’m excited to share this post with all of you. I’m totally in a wedding moment after this weekend (More to come on my brother’s beautiful wedding in a future post!) so I’m really excited to share with you a look back on my own wedding about three months ago.

Our wedding was a much awaited (hello, girl who had been planning her wedding since she was 13!), spectacular day full of fun, SO many laughs, and a ton of love from our friends and family. I want to write about it now, since it was so recent and I can still capture the feelings of the day. We got married on May 19th, 2018 after a 19 month engagement at the stunning Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. I can’t say enough good things about our vendors (who I’ll link at the bottom of my last wedding post) – they did an incredible job bringing our vision to life. All photos by my bridesmaids and the amazing Keith and Alexis of Anchor & Lace Photography!

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Rehearsed and ready!

6:00am – Good morning! I’m an early riser and woke up on my own at 6:00am despite knowing that it was going to be a LONG day. I started streaming the Royal Wedding immediately (obv). I had been sleeping in a room with two of my besties, Kim, who I dubbed my “best gal,” and Bree, who did an amazing reading at the ceremony. I took a quick shower, we relaxed, checked our social media pages and gathered up our stuff to head to Brian’s family’s house. It was finally our wedding day!

9:00am – COFFEE (and presents!). My bestie, and maid of honor, Nikko bought me an adorable picture frame to celebrate my wedding day, and my oldest friend Allyson gifted me an Armenian evil eye to pin on my dress to ward off bad spirits. Her card was beautiful and ended with an old, Armenian saying, “May you grow old on one pillow.” Cue the first tears of the day!

10:00 – 2:00 – Getting beautiful and even more excited! My cousin (who flew in from LA) came to my wedding as more than just a guest. She came as Makeup Artist Extraordinaire! Seriously, she is insanely talented and after having danced for 14 years with tons of stage makeup, she is the ONLY person to ever put fake eyelashes on me that I could. not. feel. A miracle! Our hairstylists had everyone looking so beautiful, too. I wanted my girls to look like gardeny princesses and they all truly did. We popped a couple bottles of champagne, danced to Jay Sean’s “Down” and Will Smith’s “Miami” (where I had my EPIC bachelorette party – but that’s a subject for another post), and had the absolute best time being together.

I kept thinking to myself that I needed to commit this whole day to memory, but luckily my girls were documenting everything to our shared photo album and I got to just soak in the time together with my best friends and family.

During this time, the guys were enjoying themselves, getting ready, and chatting over a few beers.

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2:00-3:30 – We took some pictures of the girls together in our getting ready outfits, complete with flower crowns and I showed everyone my dress live and in person for the first time. 

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When it came time to put on my shoes (I had decided last minute to go with my original “reception shoes” for the whole day because the weather was biblical rain the whole day), I discovered that the bottom of my feet were BLACK from walking around the house barefoot all day. AND I was already in my dress. Enter a frenzy of my best friends scrubbing the bottom of my gross feet with makeup wipes in floor length dresses and full hair and makeup while I try not to kick them accidentally. Once the shoes were on, and I was recovered from my hysterical laughter at the ticklish-ness of my feet, we were out the door and into the trolley to the venue!

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Check back for part two of the wedding day! It’s almost time to say, “I do!”

❤ LB