City Museum fun times

So this isn’t going to be a traditional outfit post this week for me. Instead I’m also going to share some of my favorite photos from our day at the City Museum in Saint Louis. If you live in the area, you probably know all about this place, but basically it’s an old shoe factory that an artist by the name of Bob Cassilly bought and turned into this zany, crazy fun place.

My mom is such a great photographer, so I have to give her credit for all of these fun photos. Thanks for letting me share!

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So much fun! I actually do love my outfit here, too. Except that running around with Charlie made me all sweaty and I was wishing my sweater was a t-shirt instead!

Outfit details: Sweater :: Old Navy (kids section.. that’s why the sleeves are too short, haha) | shorts :: Urban Outfitters | basketweave tights :: Gift from aunt Lori, Kohl’s | Oxfords :: Aldo | Armadillo necklace :: gift from Joe, Modcloth

Charlie’s outfit details: striped henley and cargo pants :: Target | Air Jordans :: gift from his uncle Dustin, Foot Locker

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Favorites: Valentine’s Day!

We admit it: we love Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re married to your husband or to your cat, it’s time to celebrate looooooove. We’ve picked out some fun items to wear, to eat, and to give this week. xoxo

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1. Two hearts are better than one.
Heart Charms Necklace :: Forever 21

2. This is adorable on so many levels!
MinkPink Marie Sweater :: NastyGal

3. Chocolates are so passé! Send your love some macarons from your local bakery or make these! You won’t be sorry.
Heart-Shaped Red Velvet Macarons :: Sweet Treats Baking Blog

4. Guarantee yourself flowers on the big day with this cute cut-out dress.
Floral Tulip Back Dress :: Forever 21

5. Hearts come in all colors.
Look Into Your Heart Bag :: Modcloth

6. Share some tea with your lover, your BFF or even have a tea party with your imaginary friend!
Sweetly Sipping Tea Set :: Modcloth

7. The most subtle way to celebrate V-Day? Heart nails!
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Nail Polish :: Encore Nail Polish via Etsy

8. You’re never too old to give valentines to your friends! It’s always fun to scour vintage stores for old-timey valentines or visit Etsy for super cute and original valentines from the heart. (p.s. these are printable for procrastinators!)
Printable Valentine’s Day Card Beatles Quote :: AllTheBestQuotes via Etsy

9. Don these fire engine red booties and spark some love.
BC Footwear Cinnamon Schnapps Booties :: Modcloth

Happy Valentine’s Day! We ❤ you.

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Ladies Weekend

Hey there pretty kitties, want to know something I’ve discovered about getting married??? For one, you get to be with the one you love for the rest of your life and throw a huge party (duh!) But two, it’s an excellent reason to get to spend lots of quality time with all the other totally awesome people in your life, celebrating not only the relationship you have with your betrothed, but the great relationships you have with your best friends and family. Sorry to sound cheesy and sentimental! But I have some of the greatest friends on the planet who threw me pretty much the best bachelorette party and bridal shower weekend a girl could ever hope for. It was incredible (and we have the blurry pictures to prove it)!!!

I don’t think anyone would ever say I’m a traditional girl, and my bridesmaids took that to heart. I was not forced to wear a sash or veil, there was no penis paraphernalia and no embarrassing scavenger hunt. Those things are all good and fine for some, but just not my cup of tea. There was, however, a limo (an absolute MUST, I say!) a hotel room, Cards Against Humanity, great dinner, great friends, great speeches, and many, many, many drinks!

Highlights of the night included (but are not limited to):
– a rapid-fire questionnaire, stolen from our favorite podcast Totally Laime (shout out!) and personalized by my lovely maid of honor, Miss Marlena
– riding in the limo, drinking champagne and cranberry cocktails and singing along to some awesome jams
– answering many questions wrong on the Newlywed Game questionnaire filled out by my honey
– bar hopping around to some of my favorite bars, and running into my husby-to-be at the end of the night
– getting to hang out and love on all the awesome ladies in my life, both local and from far away (minus one beautiful bridesmaid, who couldn’t make it. We missed her dearly!)
– and lastly, passing out in the hotel from too much fun at the end of the night while everyone else partied on….

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The limo arrived and it was a beast! But it had to be to fit all those girls. This picture is post-hotel drinks, pre-dinner. And, I have to say, there’s not one, not two, but three Jesse/Jessi’s here. Outstanding!
There’s also a Mindy, Marlena and Shannon there, and I love them all the same, even though we don’t share a name 🙂

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Me with some of my oldest and dearest friends, also 3 of my four bridesmaids. What beauties!

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I took the liberty of appropriately labeling my own cup. | Once the gift bags came out we didn’t put the party favors away all night!

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Near the end of the night we thought it appropriate to take selfies in the bathroom. Makes sense, right? | This limo was intense, as evidenced by the lightning screen in the background.

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Shannon making it rain with her mountains of cash! | I told you we didn’t put the party favors away all night. They made perfect unicorn horns!

I really have the best bridesmaids, am I right???

Stay tuned for details on the bridal shower that blew my mind, coming up later this week.

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DIY: Cat Straws and Toothpicks!

So for Jessi’s bachelorette party, I decided to whip up these fun cat straws for a fun addition to our champagne limo ride.

These were fairly easy once I worked out the kinks. Let’s get to it!

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MATERIALS

Paper straws (I bought these cute striped straws from Target. They are cute on their own! And they were $2)
A few pieces of card stock
A pencil
Scissors
Metallic sharpie or some other marker you like
Circle punch
Hot glue or strong glue

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. With your pencil, start by drawing a cat head shape on the backside of the card stock. You may want to try it out on a regular piece of paper first.

2. Once I drew my perfect shape, I cut out the cat head and used it as a template for the rest of them. Cut those cuties out!

3. Make little kitty faces using the sharpie.

3. Using the circle punch, cut out as many circles as you did cat heads.

4. Now glue just half of that tiny circle to the back of the cat head.

5. Put the straw under the circle. Now dot the other side of the circle and glue it down. I didn’t do it very tightly so I could adjust where the kitty was on the straw.

You’re all done! I will say that since they were adjustable, some girls at the party mentioned they were going to take the kitty with them and use them on different straws. The paper straws were cute, but they weren’t exactly long-lasting!

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Me, Jess, Jessi, and Mindy…. all ready with our straws… but where are our drinks?!

While you’re at it . . . make some smaller and glue them onto toothpicks! I also found some glittery hearts at Micheal’s that I added.

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There’s just something about toothpicks with things on top that make everything more festive! Here are our dessert blueberry muffins decked out at Jessi’s bridal shower:

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Check back soon for more details on the amazing weekend we had!

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Life through the eyes of our iPhones: Chicago edition

It’s Chicago trip week here on the blog! A few weeks ago we headed to Chicago for my birthday weekend and John’s birthday weekend (that’s Jessi’s fiance). We had a blast and decided to kick the week off with some favorite pics we took.

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Elevator fun! | We brought our own straws to the bar!

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Vegan lemon-raspberry cupcake at Chicago Diner | Crazy cat wall at Kokorokoko

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We heart brunch! | AMAZING red velvet French toast

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Driving boredom | More driving boredom!

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Joey loved snuggling on my duffle | Jessi got a fox tail for her phone!

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Kim, me, and Jessi at the She & Him concert | I also snapped a pic at Kokorokoko: love this cat senior pic

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