Today we are wedding cake testing in Asheville, which is conveniently close to our wedding venue in Lake Lure, North Carolina. I promised L that the cake could be his domain, so he picked out a potential baker and we’re headed to talk and taste along with PJ, his best man. We strolled in with zero ideas or perimeters, excited to eat our way into a sugar coma. Waynette of Sweet Promises Bakery was absolutely amazing. We started off looking through a HUGE book with all of her previous cakes and settled on a three-tier cake – the rest of the cake deets, I’ll reveal after the wedding. I love surprises, which is ironic because I hate keep secrets. So we’ll see how this goes!
Ironically, this is the dress that L proposed to me in, so it seems fitting that I wear it to our wedding cake tasting! It’s still a little chilly up here in the mountains, so I paired it with this floral cardigan. As an added bonus, I got to wear a regular bra because of the cardigan. Yes, I’m lazy and yes, I hate strapless bras.
Sound off: What’s the best wedding cake you’ve ever had?
Dress: ThredUp (Calvin Klein) purchased fourteen months ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: J. Crew purchased second-hand for $30 (similar, similar)
Boots: Franco Sarto gift for Christmas (similar, similar)
The next morning was tough after last night. A group of people headed off to ski, but I kept L company since he was a little worried about skiing on his knee. Another couple headed into the town of Asheville with us instead. For lunch we ate at Blue Dream Curry House and it was so good. I absolutely love spicy food – but I’m still trying to train L! We also wondered around to shop. This challenge sucked, but I did pick up some wine. We headed back to the cabin in the mid-afternoon for an amazing night full of champagne, spaghetti, and beer. We counted down to the New Year based on someone’s hand-watch because of the whole no connection to the outside world. To be honest, it was magical.Sunday we wanted to kick off healthy 2017 with a hike. We piled into a couple cars and found a national park to go explore. We followed a pretty mellow trail for about 3 miles so we earned our lunch! From there we headed back to our cabin to pack-up and head out to one last dinner all together. The Early Girl Eatery was the only restaurant in Asheville that could take our huge group, so we ended up there. The food was super healthy and pretty good. The prices, especially the price of beer, was AWESOME! L, PJ, and I spent the night since we’re cake testing the our wedding tomorrow. After this weekend, we passed out bright and early at the hotel!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Congrats on making it through 2016 and cheers to 2017!
Outfit Details #1
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased ten months ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Jacket: The North Face purchased four years for $70 (exact, similar)
Jeans: LOFT purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Sneakers: Nike Frees purchased five years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Outfit Details #2
Top: Purchased from a college track meeting five years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Bottoms: Krass & Co purchased one year ago for $40 (exact, similar)
For New Year’s Eve, we headed up to Asheville, North Carolina with a group of L’s college friends. There was eleven people and two dogs in total, jammed into an awesome cabin in the woods. The best part was we had NO cell reception, NO internet, and NO cable television. You might be scratching your head at that statement, but it was so amazing to disconnect from technology and truly be engrossed in the conversations around.
I spend the morning at an early-morning barre class and then headed to get my hair done at the salon. Since L graciously offered to drive, I took the opportunity to enjoy some red wine while I finished up packing. In the mid-afternoon, L, his best friend PJ, and I headed on the three-hour journey to Asheville. When we got there, we made some questionable pizza and waited for the whole crew to arrive. The last couple trickled in around 1AM, but our party was just getting started!
I wanted to be comfortable for our travel, but my hair brought my whole outfit up a notch. Thanks Alex at Salon Red!! I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years Eve!
Top: J. Crew Factory gifted for Christmas (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased nine months ago for $55 (similar, similar)
Boots: Marshall’s purchased recently for $40 (similar, similar)
What a whirlwind day! Today was my only day in the office this week, so I had a full inbox and meeting scheduled all day. Once I made it through the workday, there was so much laundry and packing for our next big adventure: a weekend in Asheville, North Carolina with a group of friends for New Years! Although it was a long day, the idea of being off for a long weekend pulled me through!
Today I wanted to wear something comfortable; plus I knew I could get away with a pretty casual outfit since no one was in the office! I love playing with grey with different and bright colors – I think it may be overtaking black as my favorite neutral right now. These brick pants were a total impulse buy a few years ago at the J. Crew Factory near my parents’ house and I love pulling them out when I need a pop of color.
Sound off: where are you headed for New Year’s Eve?
Top: Popbasic purchased 1 year ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: LOFT purchased second-hand two years ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Jeans: J. Crew Factory purchased ten months ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Heels: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $40 (similar, similar)