According to Jennifer

Just turned 30. lovely Lawyer. Manhattanite relocated to the suburbs, but still a New Yorker. Shopping enthusiast. Always laughing. Puppy mother. Lover of life and good food. And for rhyming sake, also a new wife!

Labor Day Weekend Recap

We had the kind of holiday weekend that you dream about having, but usually doesn’t work out.

Friday night was low key. We ate dinner outside at a local Italian restaurant, watched The Birdcage when we got home.

We were up bright and early Saturday. Our first line of business was cleaning. We had plans for a few friends to come over, to lay out by the pool and then go for a hike. More friends ended up coming over and Saturday turned into a full day of fun. We still went to the pool, and we still went on the hike. We also grilled twice, and my friend Nadia came over and brought an insane spread of food. I wish I took pictures…but you know, I was too busy living in the moment. I’ll suffice it to say she brought 2.5 lbs of pastries, and 5 cheeses including a sharp cheddar with truffles. We made mojitos, sat outside on the only non-humid day of the weekend, and ate so. much. food.

Sunday was for relaxation. It wasn’t that nice outside, so we didn’t feel guilty about staying in and watching movies. I managed to frame some wedding photos, we tried out a new (to us) Japanese restaurant, and went to listen to live music at a local bar.

Yesterday we assembled a new crate apartment for Hunter. She didn’t grow to the 80lbs we were told she would (actually she’s only around 40 lbs), but she’s tall ( just like her human parents!). She looks a little hesitant, but I’m confident she’ll like her new place.

We did some more cleaning and cooked the first healthy meal of the weekend. And finally, finished thank you notes.

I always feel this way…but I am SO incredibly sad to see this weekend go.

I am loving being able to wear jeans all week. It makes getting dressed in the morning SO much easier. Jeans, tee, blazer, flats or heels, done. For me, fashion has become much less about staying ‘on trend’ and more about finding a look that is flattering to my shape, classic and comfortable.  This outfit pretty much sums that up - it’s just so easy, yet looks put together.
I can almost see you, weekend.

More than halfway there…

This past weekend was a really good one. We spent Friday night with my parents in New Jersey, had a delicious brunch and checked out a very cute town on the Jersey Shore. I had, amazingly enough, never been to the shore before, but I anticipate we will be back.

It was a little blustery.. I don’t know if you guys do this, or if it’s a specific to me quirk, but whenever I go somewhere new, I try to imagine myself living there. Needless to say, there are many places I can imagine myself living.

We finished the afternoon off with ice cream cones. Win/win. 

This week has been flying. Work is strangely busy for August. Though I welcome being busy, as I really need to makeup my billables for my honeymoon/wedding time. I’m also organizing a 5k for a co-worker’s sick child and working on another fundraising drive, so my days have been a little more hectic than usual.

I’m currently really looking forward to the long weekend. We decided to stay local. We are planning on a hike in the Hudson Valley, pool time, a sail or two, dinners with friends, and hopefully some relaxation time.

And here’s a gratuitous picture of Hunter because she’s just the cutest

 

My sweet little Hunter at 7 months and 10 days.
Hunter has changed so much in the past month. There have been physical changes, she no longer gulps down her whole bowl of water in 30 seconds. She now weights around 40 lbs. Her hair is growing like a weed, just as I was told it would. She has her full set of adult teeth.
And personality changes. When we first got her, she was content to sit on the floor, across the room from us. She liked to play, and loved to nibble (bite!), but she wasn’t exactly an affectionate animal. Now, she’s always underfoot. Wherever I go, she’s right next to me. She cuddles on the couch. She loves hugs and kisses. She loves being pet. In the weirdest places too - she rolls right over for a paw massage. Her favorite game is catch, and she has become an expert. She plays nicely with other animals. And can spend an afternoon splashing around in a swimming pool.
And some things have stayed the same. She still raids our hamper. Loves watermelon and carrots. Her favorite place to hangout is the basement. And she loves the vet’s office. Having her in my life has brought me so much happiness.

Favorite Moments of the Wedding:

The ceremony was very important to us. We met with our rabbi on numerous occasions throughout the wedding planning process. I started working on my vows in January. There were many revisions, additions, deletions and so on. But by June 6th, I was able to articulate exactly what I wanted to say to Ryan, and the promises I wanted to make. Ryan’s vows blew me away. He never ceases to amaze me. I could post some of the more emotional pictures, but those seem too personal to share here. But the you may now kiss the bride moment? Pure joy!

Our first dance. We picked a sort of unconventional song, which I guess is sort of ‘our song.’ It’s Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of Fire. There’s a story behind it. We took dance lessons and tried to choreograph a dance, but that whole experience ended in disaster…another story for another day. After that, we put our dance on the backburner and didn’t deal with it until 2 days before the wedding. At that point, we decided to choreograph our own little dance. I won’t say it was phenomenal because it wasn’t…BUT, we had a ton of fun and totally owned our dance on the dance floor.

The speeches. My Maid of Honor had me laughing in tears throughout her whole speech. Our wedding coordinator told us to tell the speakers to limit their speeches to 2 minutes. That might have been the worst advice I was given throughout the wedding planning process, and I did not pass that time limit onto anyone. And then there was Ryan’s speech. This was my favorite moment of the night. Ryan lit up the room. He was hilariously funny, charismatic, worked the room, and said some of the sweetest, most touching words about our relationship. It was a light I hadn’t really seen Ryan in before, and he took my breath away. It also doesn’t hurt to have family and friends still mentioning the speech to end all speeches. A family friend summed it up when she said to my mom, “how can you not marry someone with a speech like that?” It’s true.

Recent purchases:

This Ann Taylor jacket. I can already tell it’s going to be a fall staple. It’s very flattering and easy to wear.

Tumblr influenced me and I finally bought an Everlane tee. It’s a really good shirt, especially considering the price. Flattering and soft. I highly recommend. 

I’ve been thinking about my wedding quite a bit lately. I was so stressed out leading up to it, that I almost (I hate to say this…), couldn’t wait for it to be over. But now that it IS over, I miss it. I miss having our wedding to look forward to. I miss being in a room with all of our favorite people. And dancing and celebrating our love. It really was one of the best days of my life.  

This post is dedicated to my bridesmaids. They were comprised of friends and family, and are an amazing group of women. I am so grateful to have had each one of them with me on my wedding day, and to have them as part of every other day as well.

*I finally got the digital files of our wedding… so there might be a few more posts… just maybe.

On another note, Hunter hates if you speak to her in an English accent.

I’m not sure if she’s just pissed about my awful imitation, or she has some deep rooted fear of Brits, but she goes nuts! The tormenting dog owner that I am chases her around saying “hello Hunter, would you like a sandwich?” I’m not really sure how this phrase developed…but I’m doing a good job pissing both my dog and husband off!

My two cents on the ALS ice bucket challenge

I keep hearing people raging at how annoying it is to see people participate in the ice bucket challenge.

1) If something bothers you so much, stay off facebook, or better yet, DELETE your facebook account because its just a matter of time until something else annoys you. Don’t go online. Do what you need to avoid it.  

2) I think most people should be aware at this point that the ice bucket challenge has helped raise an incredible amount of money for a truly horrific disease. Why does that bother you?!  Even if you’re annoyed with the videos, how do you find it appropriate to rail on the ice bucket challenge when you know how much good its doing?!

3) Although I recognize that I’m doing the same thing right now, why do people constantly feel the need to vocalize every opinion or feeling that they have? No one cares.

4) A lot of people have taken the opportunity to complain about people wasting water or not donating to other causes. First of all, you never have spoken on social media about water before, why now? Just to be contrarian? Two, NOTHING about the ice bucket challenge should stop you from supporting your other causes, it’s totally unrelated.

Ok, that’s my rant.

“Compliment yourself when you look in the mirror, massage yourself, eat food that makes your body happy, talk nothing but positive about yourself, treat yourself as if you’re the most important thing in your life. Because you are.”

—   (via junipersighs)

Words to live by.

(Source: travel-as-a-happy-hippie, via my-quarterlifecrisis)

shuckl:

your dog is melting and you just stand taking pictures absolutely disgusting




This is Hunter.

shuckl:

your dog is melting and you just stand taking pictures absolutely disgusting

This is Hunter.

(via marianniepants)

Last night, some friends and I went out to dinner…and our meal was slightly on the indulgent side.

The meal consisted of:

Appetizers:

Eggplant parm and a caprese salad

Entrees:

Margherita pizza, butternut squash and truffle pizza, truffle pasta (this was heaven on earth), and rigatoni with fresh mozzarella, meatballs in a tomato basil sauce.

Dessert:

A cannoli, tartufo, a berry custard type thing, and a nutella calzone.

I am still full, yet starting to fantasize about that truffle pasta.