Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Happenings {Winter Edition}

In case you missed Monday's post, the biggest happening of late is that I'm enjoying some extra sun and  taking in some warmer temperatures than those of home.  {You can follow along here until I'm back} I like to do one of these "Happenings" posts every once in a while because they are fun to look back on afterwards - especially this time for me with a little vacation twist to it.

From the archives: The last time we were in Palm Beach

What we've been up to:
I have to say - I enjoyed January and usually don't.  I liked being lazy at night, not having a super booked winter and the blizzard was actually a great time being stuck at home with just Derek and Stella.  Since the holidays, we got a chance to see many of our closest friends during weekend visits, Derek's parents visited to celebrate Christmas and we've had a bunch of family dinners and date nights - per usual.

Date night after happy hour in the city

What we're eating {& drinking}:
Well right now I'm definitely indulging in vacation food.  Hopefully some chips and guac on the beach and we planned most of our dinners ahead so some steak/seafood/italian for dinners.  At home, however, we've been taking advantage of the cold and staying in, trying out some new recipes {last week we did clams & linguini, salmon, pork tenderloin} and eating light - other than some date nights, gatherings with friends & family and such on the weekends.

Enjoying our favorite margaritas on a night out with friends.

What I'm wearing: 
It's to the point in the winter that I'm starting to get tired of my wardrobe and looking ahead to the next season.  Any new purchases and online browsing are fully focused on spring, brights and florals for me now {some recent favorite purchases: a couple tops - this and this. Some shoes - these and these.  Some sale items {well last week they were} this bright top as well as this kate spade necklace.

ready for spring - this top here

What I'm watching & reading:
Watching: Obessesed like all in obsessed with The People vs OJ Simpson, Loving this season of the Bachelor especially the final episodes because the girls are all great {and pretty!} and we've found a new obsession in Fixer Upper in addition to our other HGTV favorite, Flip or Flop.

Reading: Usually - it's slim - I just never make it a priority at home.  BUT, since we're on vacation I brought a stack with me including The Royal We {I started on our vacation to California this summer and never finished, ugh!}, Teresa Guidice's new book {I'm dying to read!}, and stack of others that I was picking from when we left.

I'm not a huge reader but I love enjoying books and such by the pool/beach

What I'm reminiscing about:
The last time that we were in Palm Beach! It was one of our earlier vacations as a couple and we were in a long distance relationship the last time so being together every day and just enjoying that trip was so special for us! I cried when we left, ha!

Another from the archives; We're hoping to repeat this cruise this week

What I'm excited about: 
I'm actually heading back to Florida next week! My parents are heading down to visit their friends and I crashed invited myself along and promised not to tag along too much, ha! Definitely some me time.  {Derek's going on a golf trip the next week so I felt like I deserved this!}

A pool day to myself? Yes, please! 

What I'm doing this weekend: 
N o t h i n g.  We travel home before the weekend so we'll have a nice little long weekend at home to get over the post vacation blues - maybe enjoy a date night, lots of home time and catch up with some family and friends.  We haven't had a completely "nothing" weekend since the blizzard so it'll be nice!

Time spent around the house will be the best

What I'm looking forward to next month:
Derek and I each have our separate trips so that will be a treat! We always celebrate St. Patrick's Day in some form because that's the day we met! I'm not super happy about Easter being early to dress for {it's always hard to find a great Easter Sunday dress for the cold weather} but I love celebrating the reason of the holiday and I think we're aiming to host a small Easter Eve dinner again this year in addition to the regular Easter Sunday celebrations.  Other than that not much is planned so it'll be nice to just be free to do whatever we want at home.

Oh, and daylight savings - I don't even mind loosing the hour - it'll be great to have that extra sunlight back!

Half of the dessert table last Easter Eve

Past Happenings Posts:
October Edition
July Edition 
February Edition

Linking up with  MelShay & Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday


  1. Have fun on your upcoming trip.. Jealous you're heading back to Florida. I'm also looking forward to day light savings.. Then I can run after work!!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  2. Two trips in a row?! That's so fun! Enjoy all the sunny weather. I can't wait to read Teresa's book, too.

  3. Love that you're going back to Florida with your parents this time! I hope you've had a great time in PB and I can't wait to read your recap and see your pictures!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  4. I can't wait for it to be brighter in the evening, bring on DST!

  5. I'm so ready for fun spring and summer clothing too! Love the shirt you shared. It's adorable. Hope you are having a blast and it's so fun you are going back with your parents. :)

  6. Looking forward to DST too!! Thanks for the reminder!!! Can't wait to see what you find for Easter... A few years ago I found the best Lilly dress with matching coat. It would be perfect for you!! ;)

  7. Your easter table from last year is making me hungry-haha. So pretty and great pictures!

  8. You've had a fun winter, and love that you'll be heading back down to the sunshine state again next week. Best way to beat those post-vacation blues <3
    Green Fashionista

  9. so much fun! i love seeing your snaps down here. where in florida are you going next week? how cute is that easter table too? love!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  10. Ahhh I want to get up on the people v OJ so badly. Everyone says its amazing.

    Sara Kate Styling

  11. That is the cutest top, makes me want Spring and Summer so badly!! I am LOVING the Bachelor this season, team Lauren B all the way. Hope you guys are enjoying your trip, so so so jealous of all your snaps! Xo

  12. girl you are LIVING the life! eeks im watching people vs pj too and its sooo nuts! were voting on our new book club book on my blog and i'd love for you to come vote and read with us next month! so glad i found you through the linkup! hope you'll stop by mine!

  13. You're so close to me right now! I hope you guys are having a blast! And yay for coming to FL twice :)

  14. Looks like you have been having a blast! Enjoy your visit back to FL!

  15. Hope you all are having the best week away! I hope you finish & love The Royal We, I really enjoyed it! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Teresa's book (I'm debating whether I want to read it). I'm on to spring shopping too and I'm loving all the bright colors! Enjoy your relaxing weekend at home :)

  16. That's awesome that you're heading back to Florida next week, you lucky girl! I'm wanting a vacation so bad I can't stand it!

  17. Love the spring tops you've picked! The Bachelor is getting so good! I'm team Lauren!!

  18. I've loved following along on your trip, and it looks like y'all are having such a blast! I'm with you on wanting to start wearing all of the fun and bright colors of spring and summer, and hooray for finally getting some extra daylight back in our lives!

  19. Loving all the beach & vacation pics....makes me want to go to the beach this weekend!
    Thanks for linking up with us for What's Up Wednesday! :)

  20. Yeah for another Florida trip!!! Also, we are obsessed with the OJ show as well. It is so well done!

  21. I agree with you on this season of the Bachelor! I'm really curious to see what happens!! And I love both Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop! And I'm so with you on being ready for daylight savings time. I want the sunlight! :)

  22. Hope you're having a blast in Palm Beach and lucky that you get to go back again!! What part of FL will you be going to next?

  23. So jealous of your fun, relaxing trip!!! It's looking like SO much fun!

  24. I'm glad that you guys are having a fun time in Palm Beach! We have all of this super cute spring stuff at work which brightens things up but it also makes me wish that it was actually spring haha. I haven't watched Flip or Flop in a long time, but it's a good one too. I'll let you get back to some more fun in the sun now! :-)

  25. Im loving all your ig pictures of Palm Springs! I would never want to leave. And I totally want to read that book!

  26. Obsessed with The People vs OJ! I love Fixer Upper! I am loving all of your IG pictures of Palm Springs!