Sunday, December 30, 2018

Our Engagement Photos - Pt1 Central Park

Hi Friends, HAPPY ALMOST NEW YEAR! Ah and finally I have our engagement photos to share with you. Well I've had them for awhile but I wanted to put them together here on a blog post. Griffin did such an amazing job and I cannot believe how special these turned out. Thank you again for such a fun memory. I'm working on a few upcoming posts so you'll start to see them all trickle out hence the Part1 lol  but this is one of my favorite groups. Lol we had a few different looks, but LOVED how these romantic Central Park shots were captured. Gossip Girl inspired - Me? No way ;) xoxo

So although our wedding will be in Texas, I still wanted to add in my city vibes to the planning process. Chayson and I share SO many memories here in New York. It's funny to think that he probably knows the city just as well as I do - We had a lot of back and forth between TX and NY the last couple of years.

In November we planned an extended weekend after a market trip and thank goodness we chose that 11/11 weekend. A week from the day we shot the huge blizzard storm came (bye Fall)! Central Park in the Fall is an absolute dream and I wanted to capture the city at its best. We did our photos early in the morning 7:30 ish on a Friday and Saturday. It helped to break up the days and looks, I wanted to do a couple of casual and dressy styles. We made the trip so I wanted to really take advantage of the time and scenery we had to work with. I know we will have the photos forever and we can use them at the wedding and for save the dates (coming soon). Y'all I will say, it was FREEZING outside - but thankfully no cold sniffles and we had a really fun time together. It was funny at first trying to take pictures and pose around, Griffin was great making it fun and I had a few poses saved on my Pinterest board to help out with all the engagement shot ideas. Also I have to say Chayson did such a great job putting all of his outfits together. BOY HAS STYLE <3

If you are taking pics somewhere away from home, it was nice starting early in the am and then we had the rest of the day to explore. During our weekend stay we did a little Resale retail shopping, caught up with friends, and tried a few new restaurants on our list.
Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs - So cute for a date night and the steak tartar was amazing!
I love that each spot we shot all have fun times tied between us. Chayson and I have done just about every touristy to do in New York. Plenty a many of morning runs, picnics, laying out, and summer market exploring have happened between Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Dumbo. Special spots in one of my favorite cities with my favorite person <3 
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Also I had the most amazing find at Gordmans - I found gorgeous BHLDN dresses at such a great price. You better believe I snagged as many as I could ;) LOVE this pretty grey style - the beading is gorgeous. Similar styles below.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

My Winter Morning Routine

Hi friends – Hope you all had a WONDERFUL Merry Christmas! Happy to report that I was a good little elf this year ;) Success with gift giving and I'm pretty sure everyone loved what SantaVic delivered. Those of you who follow my Instagram stories know how much I love to get my mornings up and at-em. There's nothing like waking up and already feeling accomplished (shoutout to the early birds out there). Why wait for Jan 1st to get it going, lets start now! Excited for a quiet post holiday month of Whole30, planning the this years to dos (wedding prep y'all), and catching up on some R&R. Each season I'll tweak things here and there but recently this has been my winter morning routine. Below are a few things I like to do every day to get life going! I also made an Amazon list of some of my favorite Go To items are HERE that you can access.
  1.   Make the BED - Ok this has been a recent development lol but I found this consistent simple easy first step in the morning makes me SO happy when I come home later. It’s the little things but YAY something has already been accomplished within 10mins of waking up. Plus you come home to a pretty bed to hop into.
  2. DEPUFF – This sounds silly but yall seriously I wake up so puffy. I have poor circulation and I feel like mehh when I wake up. I instantly splash cold water and wash my face with my FreshFacial cleanser. After I’ll rub an ice cube on my cheeks or run my JadeRoller over my face to get the wake up feels going. Oh and brush the teethsss of course 😉
  3. Lemon Water – In the morning I wake up PARCHED. I am so weird when it comes to water and really try to get in my ounces for the day. I’ll keep a bag of lemons in a bowl and add a slice or two to my morning cup of H20. If I don’t finish it I add it to my Swell bottle to take to my morning workout. I aim to finish my 17oz bottle by the time I am done with the workout/getting ready for work. I'll also sometimes add a ginger/apple cider vinegar shot - eh it's kinda rough but I feel like its killin off something on the way down.
  4. Workout – Yall know how I feel about this. I need to do something in the am each morning to get moving. Anything from a 30 min walk, Mile run, Class, or Pilates vid. I have my prev workout RoutinePost here. Lately I’ve been doing Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0, Barre/Pilates, and strength Cardio throughout the week. 
  5. Podcasts/Meditate -When I get ready for work I like to listen to Podcasts or mediate. Headspace has been a nice addition to life. I love all the little packs you can focus on – It’s an easy way to get some thoughts to yourself in.
  6. Coffee – YES. I’m sure you are surprised that this isn’t like #2 or #3 on my list. But I need coffees to get the day going, but I like to wait until I get to work for Cup#1. I add cinnamon, Almond milk, or Nutpods to my cuppaJOE. Oh and Vital Proteins Collagen too. I've been adding that over the past year for hair, nail, skin health.
  7. Vitamins – With operation #GETWEDDINGREADY I’ve been trying to be consistent with my vitamin game. Feeling good starts from the inside out and after researching what would be best for me I am focusing on gut health, skin health, and the essentials for women. I either add these after breakfast or dinner so something is in my stomach before popping.
  8. SMILE - Literally smile and say OUT LOUD - today is going to be a good day lol or I'll text/call Chayson and let him know that the good day vibes are now out in the world ;P 


CRAZY Post BBG Bun lol



Hope this helped anyone needing a little Jan inspiration! What are some of your new goals/ routines you are adding? Happy to continue with Kayla Itsines BBG workouts, Whole30 Round5, and operation #WeddingReady.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Proposal #ToHaveAndToHolt

Hi Friends – ok SO finally I am sharing one of the main LIFE buzzes at the moment! WE DID IT! Those of you who have been around for the last 6 years you saw it coming (teehee).  July 7th2018 my best friend and love of my life asked me to marry him!  Long story short for those new to G&G - We met second semester senior year of college, started dating and survived the whole New York move, learned some of this life thing post college, had many plenty adventures, ups/downs (mostly ups), FINALLY ended up in the same city, and have grown 1000% closer than ever. Finally the post I have been working to put together – I feel like it won’t do the day justice #bestdayever. But one of my favorite parts about my blog is going back and re-reading BIG days and this is a biggie.

#1 Question – HOW DID HE ASK?!

Basically I was tricked into all of these GREAT things happening for a weekend. My cousin (she just had twins) needed a spa day, my sister was in town for an “interview”, and a good friend of mine (she works in advertising) invited me a few weeks before to an “exclusive” wine tasting event. How great does that sound? I mean it was super legit, she EVEN sent over the email invite from her work (pic below). Sarah your design skills are amazing and seriously I want to have this printed and posted somewhere on the big day haha it is just too funny!
So yes, It was a wine and cheese tasting (YUM) Oooh and get this, special guest Jojo from the Bachelorette would be there. She just released her clothing line and is from Texas and you know #PressMoment. I was told that there would be a ton of photos and you know what that means…live your best self care life and get. It. Together. 

Teeth whitened, facemask done, fresh post vacay tan, outfit picked and THANK GOODNESS. I had NO clue any of the #Yes moment was going to happen. Chayson was out of town back home in Corpus, and I had this great weekend planned. Who knew it would get THAT much better. Also little did I know that the invite, nail spa day, sister in town…was well played. Baiting me with wine and cheese? Also well played ;) 
 My friend came over and we talked about how fun the event would be, I asked a few questions about our fun evening ahead and of course Sarah kept her cool. When we pulled up to the wine bar Chayson was standing in front in a suit, rose in hand, and the biggest smile. At first I was super confused and then I was like waittttt a minute. After he explained the “special guest” could not make it, he opened the doors and both of our families and friends were there and then it clicked -I WAS LIKE OMG. THIS IS IT. Haha

He got down on one knee – we both blacked out (I can’t tell you what he said but I know it was super sweet haha) pretty sure I said YES (like I said we blacked out LOL) then we all celebrated.  One of his close friends is a chef (Kelly from Chasingfoodatx) and she catered our favorite foods – yes I did get my cheese and wine and we all were able to party time and catch up with everyone. Thank you SO much the food was amazing I loved it! My closest high school friend Jen even made the drive in town and it was just so great to have all my loved ones involved in Step #1 of our happily ever after. Chayson was so thoughtful and decorated with roses, little lights, candles, our favorite memory pictures, and the space was beautiful. He planned one heck of a party and thank you THANK YOU to everyone who made the drive in and helped Chayson make our engagement/party so so special. 

 SO THE BLING??

I know we had previously talked about “the future” and what that would look like but I did not see this coming. I always new I wanted to just be completely surprised and have out fam and friends share our exciting moment. 
To be honest we had not talked about rings within the last couple of years or so – he of course knew my Pinterest board and that I wanted a simple classic style. David Gardners Jewelers had my ring size and everything from a few years back on a resize and I was COMPLETELY surprised -it’s a perfect fit.  My now sistaaa Caysi works for David Gardner’s and I love that she and Chayson were able to work on it together #family.  It is absolutely perfect and I could not be more excited for what our future has in store. 
A couple of days after the big day I flew out to NYC for work – it was all so exciting to share the news with my city girls and celebrate with everyone on the Eastcoast.

PLANNING PROCESS?

So far I am decently along in the planning process. The Pinterest Board is in full swing, I have MY GIRLSSS enlisted. They received their Bridesmaids Proposals (posting on that soon), we have a date/venue, and we just shot engagement photos last weekend in New York. I CANNOT wait for you all to see them (sneak peek above) My good friend Griffin did an amazing job and is so talented.  We are taking our time through the process and enjoying our engagement – we have still over a year and time to get everything going. Excited to keep you all in the loop and have a space here to share all the exciting upcomings. 

Thanks again to everyone who helped with the big day and have supported us and wished us well. Thank YOU Chayson for a beautiful evening and I could not have asked for a more perfect proposal, it's everything I wanted and even better than I could have imagined. You are the best, and YAY we are getting married! #WifedUP. So excited for the upcoming months ahead. Now it is Operation #getweddingready!
xoxo
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