Monday, February 19, 2018

Distressed Denim in NYC










Wow, what - a - week! I don't know about you guys, but this week was especially emotional for me for some reason! One of my clients at work told me it has to do with an eclipse that's going on. I know nothing about those sorts of things, but I'm taking her word for it because it was a roller coaster week in terms of ups and downs! Work has been taxing, we found out Shane's dad had a heart attack at the beginning of the week, and we randomly came home to find part of our fence torn down - which apparently happened during a police chase while we were out of town!? Like I said, the emotions were at an all time high. 

Outside of the craziness, Shane and I took a quick trip to New York for the weekend as a late Valentines celebration. He has been traveling a ton for work lately, so our time together has been minimal since our honeymoon in January. A lot of you know we got engaged in New York City (you can read that story here), so it holds a special place in our heart. It's also so easy and inexpensive to get too from Charlotte, so we thought why not!? We really wanted to maximize our time there this go around, so we went into it with somewhat of a plan in terms of where we wanted to eat and what we wanted to see! We had never been to Top of The Rock so we decided to head up there Saturday afternoon. The view from the top is absolutely stunning! Although it was extremely cold and windy - so be prepared if you're headed there during the winter. 

I had lots of questions on my jeans while we were there from stories! They're only $88 and I've had them for about a year and a half now. Outside of a dark wash pair, these are probably the most worn jeans in my closet and they've held up great! Lucky for you all, they're still in stock in all sizes here, and they run true to size.

This week we are trading in our coats and sweaters, for shorts and swimsuits! Stay tuned to see where we are headed next!

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our Lowndes Grove Wedding: Getting Ready





















Looking at these photos brings tears to my eyes! Our wedding was nothing short of perfect and I wish I could do it all over again. As promised, I will be taking you through the different phases of our wedding day - so today, we are talking about getting ready! 

This went by the quickest for me! My girls and I arrived at the venue at 9:00 AM coffee in hand and ready to be dolled up from head to toe! We had Mimosas, parfaits, pastries, and even a Nespresso machine to keep the energy alive. If you know me, you know this was an absolute necessity! Coffee before talkie, all the way. Ash & Co Bridal arrived to start hair and makeup, and before I knew it - it was time to put on the dress! I wasn't lying when I said the morning flew by. I felt perfectly fine all morning long, and in all honesty I was probably too calm. As soon as my hair was done, I felt the nerves and anxiety settle in. I knew it was due time! Knowing you are about to execute on the day you've been dreaming of since you were a little girl, is such a surreal feeling and one that's difficult to put into words. 

It was time to put on the dress! At my last fitting, the alterations lady told me I needed to maintain my current weight for the dress to fit perfectly. But little did I know, I would be getting the flu that following week! I woke up in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and had the flu until December 26th. Yikes! As you can imagine, I didn't eat anything over those two days so maintaining that weight didn't happen! Once we got to Charleston, it was time to carb load to gain some weight back! I'm pretty sure I had the opposite problem of every bride in America! Who carb loads days before their wedding, lol!? Lucky for me, I stepped on the scale the morning of - and I weighed exactly what I weighed the day of my last fitting. Pop the champagne, all is good again! 

This small window of time with just my mom and my sister was so special. I don't think I've ever seen my mom look at me the way she did once my dress was on. Again, another emotion that's hard to put into words. And can we just talk about how pretty she looked!? Maybe I am biased, but both my mom and sister looked drop dead gorgeous. 

My next post will be on our first look! Get your tissues ready, Shane may or may not be shedding a tear or two in it! 

VENDORS:
Stationary: Minted
Planning: Candice Lorraine // OOH Events
Photography: Jessi Nichols Photography 
Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co Bridal Hair
Dress: Pronovias
My Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Rentals: OOH Events 
Location: Lowndes Grove // Patrick Properties Group
Videography: Knotted Arrow 

Leave a comment with any questions! As always, thanks for stopping by!

XOXO, Mrs. Dyer

*Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Floral Swing Shorts in Hawaii











These shorts never get old! Every year they come out in multiple prints ranging from florals to paisleys, and all things bright. If you're not a fan of skirts because you like to twist, twirl, kick and flip - these are the next best thing. They fit just like a skirt, but they're shorts - can we say genius? They're also a great excuse to wear your collection of crop tops, or throw them over your bathing suit as a coverup like I did on this trip. I'm all about versatility and these give you options (they even look cute with a sweater). Click here to see how I styled them in previous summers!

I just got home from a girls weekend in Virginia and am watching the Superbowl with Shane this evening! I had so much fun catching up with some of my favorite girls, and will be doing a round up of our trip in the near future! Despite all the fun festivities, I'm so happy to be home this evening. I always leave those trips inspired and thankful for the friendships and opportunities presented, but also longing for a weekend from my weekend - this girl is exhausted! 

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

2018 Maui Travel Guide


A full round up of all our must do's and see's on the island.

WHERE WE STAYED:

This was our first time traveling to Hawaii, so we based a lot of our trip on other people's recommendations. Maui seemed to have the highest approval rating amongst the islands and our friends who've been lucky enough to experience this magical place. So, we split our time between two different cities in Maui to explore a little more of the island. Our first stop was The Four Seasons in Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui // This place is incredible! Shane and I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the Caribbean together, and this is by far the best resort we have ever stayed at. The grounds are beautifully decorated with sky scraping palms, Purple Plumeria, and of course - Hibiscus. Everything is lushes and green, and very well kept. Upon arrival we were greeted with Lei's, a refreshing mint lemonade, and the sweetest front desk staff (ask to work with Almira if you're headed there - she's amazing). Although we have never stayed at a Four Seasons prior to this (so we don't have any type of status with them), we were upgraded to a garden room executive suite. Our accommodations were top notch. Our bedroom was separate from our living/dining area, the room came equipped with a Nespresso machine, and the bathroom was decked out in marble. What really makes this place though, is the service and staff. We spent most of our time at the Serenity Pool (adult pool), which is located at the back of the hotel and oversees the ocean (pictured below). The staff at the Serenity Pool dress your chair with towels, provide sunscreen, beverages, food, and walk around about every half hour to hour with complimentary bites to eat, cucumbers for your eyes, fresh coconuts etc. I highly recommend the Mahi Tacos at the pool! 

Ritz Carlton Kapalua // We spent the second week of our trip in Kapalua at the Ritz. We are loyal Marriott members, and have experienced the Ritz Carlton brand all over the world. However, this wasn't our favorite property. To be honest, and this is going to sound like a luxury problem because it is, this hotel just didn't feel like the typical Ritz brand. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this hotel at all, it just didn't feel like what we were used to out of a Ritz Carlton. It felt more like a Marriott. This hotel is located much more north of Wailea, so it's a little windier and it tends to rain more often in this location as the mountain isn't there to shield the property from the weather. The hotel itself is surrounded by pine trees which I found ironic as we were expecting a more beachy vibe. We were not greeted with Lei's upon arrival, however the staff was happy to help with our bags and were delightful to deal with. Despite our status with Marriott, we did not get upgraded at this hotel so our room felt much smaller. Each room does come equipped with a Nespresso machine, however they supply the machines with pods from an outside vendor rather than Nespresso. This hotel has an "adult" pool, however all three pools are connected. So even though the "adult" pool is labeled no kids, you can still see/hear them. While we love kids, we were on our honeymoon - so we were seeking a quiet more mature setting. This hotel also does not have it's own private beach. It does have beach access, however it's a long walk and chairs are not supplied as it is open to the public. 



WHAT WE ATE

You can't have a bad meal in Hawaii. The food is unparalleled, and if you like seafood - you'll be in heaven! We tried a wide variety of restaurants on/off the property. Here's where we ate with number one being our favorite in each location!

Wailea
1. Ka'ana Kitchen 
2. Humble 
3. Spago
4. Morimoto 
5. Ferraro's
6. Duo
7. Sarento's On the Beach

Kapalua
1. Merrimans 
2. Cane & Canoe 
3. The Gazebo
4. The Terrace
5. Lahaina Luao 
6. Banyan Tree

All of these are great options, the only one we recommend foregoing is Banyan Tree. Some are also known for their breakfast/brunch over just dinner, so don't be weary of trying both!



ADVENTURES WE TOOK

Because this was our honeymoon, we really didn't take as many excursions as we normally would on vacation. Shane is the type of person that literally cannot sit still at the pool or beach, and always needs to be doing something. So a typical vacation for us is always filled with excursions and activities. However, both of us were exhausted after all the stress of the holidays combined with the last month of wedding planning, and then the wedding itself (as fun as it was), so we really needed some down time. With that being said, we did do the following and highly recommend all three:

Blue Hawaiin Helicopter Tour // We took a helicopter tour over Hana and Haleakala. This was on my "must do" list as so many people had recommended it to us! It's so cool to see Hawaii from above, and truly an experience to remember. I'd love to do it again, but I think we would opt for a tour that actually lands in front of the waterfalls. This is much more expensive, but if you can swing it - so worth it! Ours just flew above them, which was insanely pretty - but I so would have loved to stop and get out and really take it all in up close!

Snorkeling + Snuba Tour // We snorkel in every Caribbean place we go too, so this was a given! We took a catamaran from Kaanapali Beach, which is about a 15 minute drive from Kapalua, over to a reef to snorkel. The underwater life in Hawaii is unbelievable! We swam right in between massive sea turtles, and they aren't afraid of people what so ever! Lots of them will come face to face with you and just stare, haha. Highly recommend doing this!

Whale Watching // Peak Whale Watching season in Hawaii is January to March! While you can see them pop up from any hotel on the water, we also took a boat out to see them up close and it did not disappoint! They are everywhere, and the happiest mammals! Lots of them were springing out of the water and flipping their tales for us, such a cool experience!


THINGS WE RECOMMEND DOING

Splurge on Kona Coffee - The breakfast buffet at the hotel included regular coffee, but Hawaii is home to 100% Kona coffee so you will see the option to purchase Kona coffee out of a french press. Do this! If you are a coffee lover, it's absolutely delicious and worth the extra cash. 

Make Dinner Reservations Early - Shane and I are typically 7/7:30 PM dinner eaters - however, the sun sets in Hawaii during the winter around 5:30 PM, and almost every restaurant we ate at was on the water. The sunsets are beautiful! Trust me when I say you want to watch them. Depending on where you are flying from, eating earlier also helps with not falling asleep before dinner time even comes around. So with that being said, we made all of our reservations between 5:00-6:00 PM.


Eat Local Foods - Hawaii is also known for their endless array of fresh caught seafood! Neither one of us are big seafood eaters, but ya'll - I had the best Mahi Mahi I've ever tasted in my life! If you're staying at the Four Seasons, I highly recommend the Mahi Tacos at the pool as well. Step out of your comfort zone, and try some local favorites like a Loco Moco too! In addition, the Maui Gold Pineapple there is to die for! I had a plate of Pineapple with every breakfast.


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