Happy Friday + AUGUST

Happy Friday and Happy August, peeps!

Can you believe it’s August! It means 2014 is on its way out!

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^^picture from last year, when I was preparing for our engagement party and painting away! :)

In fact, we had so much rain and cooler temperatures in Denver this week that it really bummed me out. It felt like our summer was super short and this was Fall already! Hopefully, we get a little bit more of the heat before our wedding.

Our wedding is on the last day on Summer. It sounds like a great day to celebrate! :)

What do you have planned for the weekend? My only desire is to lay down and watch movies and TV series and not do much more. I’m trying to get my head off of thoughts about the wedding and give myself a break! I mean, I constantly have horrible dreams that we are having dinner during the reception and a Bear comes over and eats everyone. I also had nightmares I invited my mom to go buy flowers with me and she would say no and that would break my heart! I guess the nightmares’ phase of the wedding planning has arrived for me!

Bret and I went through planning of the Couple’s Shower over and over again and I think we are all set. With very few exceptions, we have very little to do before that party! We are so excited to see the people we love. Many of them we saw only last year on Labor Day! B. is also working on a little of wedding planning this weekend, he had meetings with the caterer (his friend Stan!) and he will take our Coordinator on a tour of the property in Estes Park while I’m away.

I’m trying to take a moment for myself, trying to relax, enjoy, not stress because this will be over in a second! Overall, I have enjoyed wedding planning very much, although it’s been one of the loneliest moments of my entire life, which constantly bums me out!

I’ve not been in the greatest of moods lately, which is why I’ll refrain from posting with a certain frequency. So, this weekend I just hope to relax and watch a few movies! What do you have planned?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Summer Sandals

Let’s talk trendy summer shoes:

Last summer was marked by EVRYONE, literraly, every single person in the planet sporting these Sweedish Hasbeens clogs.

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I find them cute, but very funny looking. Even a little childish, they look like baby sandals I wore growing up in Brazil. But, they look comfortable an low key, which is why I like them!

But when you see one of these guys today, you think: “So last summer!”? That’s ok, I blame it on the Pons Avarca trend!

This summer is, most definitely, is the summer of the Pons Avarcas, I’ve never seen so many of them everywhere and in every color. People have chosen to sport them in many beautiful, bright colors and I’m loving it! They are odd looking shoes as well, but also should be very comfortable!

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This is their description:

 “The versatile design of the Menorcan women’s avarca has become the must-have fashion accessory and the everyday-all occasion footwear. Their casual design fit in wherever your lifestyle takes you. Handmade in Spain with top quality materials, such as natural leather on the upper and lightweight rubber molds on the sole, making the avarca a trendy and functional sandal.”

I have just purchased my first avarcas shoes and I can’t wait to report back!

What do you guys think?

Happy Friday + True Love

Happy friday, peeps!

I actually did not know it was Friday until a little while ago! We have had a hectic week around here, I’m dealing with a lot of wedding stuff and Bret is so filled with work it’s not even funny! To celebrate the weekend (and a date we have tonight!) I decided to start a new series! I want to document a few of the things B. says to me, or we say to each other, that are priceless. And it’s born: True Love!

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This week, I was reading Oh Joy’s Dressing the Bump series over on her blog! It’s a particularly good series about how to dress yourself throughout pregnancy and still look like yourself! It gives the ladies many ideas and she shares tips and products she’s been using while pregnant. I love her videos very much! And I was especially excited to see swimwear for pregnant women (somehow that has never crossed my mind, much less a too piece option!) and I shared that with B. who quickly replied: “This is only for a certain kind of women”! [insert shocked face here]

Let’s analyze it for a second!

True Love # 1:

“This is only for a certain kind of women” – B. 

True meaning:

You are rather large and I don’t think this would look good on you. It looks great on Joy because she is rather petite.

I love him! I truly do. I love how he does not hide his opinions from me and always finds a cute way to put things so it doesn’t hurt me!

However, I don’t agree with him, I think you can really find things to fit your body type and do not need, necessarily, to copy anyone but adapt an idea for something that will look good on you! When I’m pregnant, I’ll def. sport some cute swimwear! Still, points! Speaking your mind should always earn you points and trying to be cute and not hurt me: extra points!

What do you guys have planned for the weekend?

B. and I are going on a bike date tonight, grab some dinner, bike to the Rapids game, watch some soccer and bike home! [It's lad's night out tonight!]. Tomorrow there is a urban camping party happening in Denver I want to attend and loads of wedding stuff and work to get out of the way before I fly to NYC!

Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. Next week I might complete 20lbs of weight loss if I’m good during the weekend! I’m very excited!

Image: A shot of an Italian well in Venice, Italy. It was found near the famous st Marc’s place and there was a sort of graffiti with the symbol of peace and love. Via Dreamstime

 

MAEL/SHUGRUE WEDLOVEFEST: 2 MONTHS COUNTDOWN

Holy shit! 2 Months?

This gives me anxiety in a way I’ve never experienced before. You don’t even want to know about the panic attacks that I’ve had in the past few months! 

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TWO MONTHS!
[insert major freakout here!]
We are only two months away from our wedding day. At this point I feel a mix of panic and calm. It’s hard to explain my state of mind. I’m calm because I feel like we have done our best, we have thought hard about every single detail and have worked hard on adding things that reflect who we are as a couple. And I panic because. Just because.
This past month we have done so much, it’s even hard to list it here or remember! But, here we go:
1. Both our wedding rings are here but they need to get resized. I take a peak on them all the time. I mean, ALL THE TIME!
2. Shoes are in. I struggled to find shoes. I had a few pre-requisites: they needed to be comfortable, either flats or wedges because of the terrain, something I would wear after the wedding is over and beautiful! I think I did a good job!
3. Guestbook: all aspects of the guestbook are ready! I just framed a few signs and I’m loving it!
4. Tattoo bar: done and done. All tattoos have arrived from Tattly and our custom tattoos as well. Tattly sent and sponge and water bottle for the station and the signs are also ready and framed!
5. The cake plate and knife arrived and both follow the botanical theme!
6. We started making a few final decisions about our honeymoon, a few changes and booked flights so far! We can’t wait to share our final itinerary/plans. Here is our original honeymoon post!
7. Invitations were printed and are on their way to everyone’s homes. Invitations was something that I really struggled with. I love paper so much and I wanted something special, that would reflect the theme, location of the wedding, but also who we are and I think we have finally chosen something I’m proud of and can’t wait to share here as soon as everyone has received theirs!
8. We took care of wedding portraits with Amy. We sent her our ideas, outfits, props, shoes, everything we plan on using on the big day and she put together the cutest wedding portrait for us. I framed the originals and printed the RSVP cards with the portraits for everyone!
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9. Groom’s Attire. I ordered a lot of the pieces B. will be wearing, such as shoes, belt, boutonnieres, shorts, pants, socks, pocket square, and I’m only missing the jacket now! All chosen from the Ludlow Suite from J.Crew.
10. Videographer. We have hired a videographer! He also is bringing a drone to get air shots! ow awesome is that?
There is probably a lot more that happened, but things are going so fast at this point! I’m a bit lost!
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I’m focusing on decor now. Since it’s an absolute DIY wedding, I’m starting to work on back drops, props, etc… Did you see the red vintage luggage we scored at the flea market?
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We are also finalizing details for the Couple’s Shower. I’m heading home in about two weeks to spend time with family/friends and for the shower! I can’t wait! I think this will be the first event that will feel like really, we are getting married!
Some of the recipe cards we sent to our family and friends are arriving in the mail. We are so excited about it! It’s so wonderful to share recipes with the people we love and also cook their favorite meals so we are together even tough we are so far away!
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Wedding events:
Friday, September 19th: Hike and BBQ
We are preparing a few surprises for our friends who will be in town on Friday. At 3pm we will all go for a hike around Estes Park and when we return, we will celebrate with a BBQ dinner. We chose a more laid back day instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner and since we don’t have a classic bridal party, we will not be rehearsing anything (although Bret does not agree with this at all, he wants to rehearse! Go figure…)
In preparation…
In preparation for this wedding, I started a diet and exercising as soon as we decided to get married back in February. I’ve been hitting the gym constantly (although, I could probably do better!) and have started to eat extra healthy, mostly veggies, fruit and lean meats. It’s not easy, though.
It’s finally hitting me I’ll probably not be on my desired weight at all. So far, I’ve lost only 18 lbs and by now I’m so tired of dieting, it’s so tiring to constantly plan your meals, run to the market for fresh food plenty of times a week, saying no to all the deliciousness that Bret suggests and, eventually, brings home against my advice.
I understand this is a battle for a lifetime for me. But, dude, how I wish I didn’t have to go through this… It’s a struggle every single day!
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today.

My mother booked her ticket to come to Colorado for our wedding today. It was, possibly, the most unexpected moment of my life, of our relationship mother-daughter. I mean, I’m pretty sure neither of us have ever thought that moment possible. EVER.

This thing seems to be happening. Apparently, I’m getting married to a man I love, respect, admire and am thankful every single day for. I never dreamed of this. I never wanted this, I never thought it would happen to me. Getting married was something that happened to OTHER people, not me.

And my mother is here and my mother is coming. And everything is fine and beautiful and I constantly feel so guilty about how lucky or happy I am.

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image via Pinterest

I just want to remember this day.

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday, friends.

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As I mentioned here, my Brazilian heart is still broken. And, this weekend will bring some more! Brazil plays Holland for the third place in the World Cup and I can’t decide if I want to see it or not! On one hand, a great game with a Brazil victory would lift my spirits. On the other hand another Brazil loss would kill me. We will see…

We have lunch plans with friends, which I’m looking forward to since we canceled our trip to the Western slope and have loads of work to do!

I’m reading the book and can’t wait to to see the movie!

The Economist wrote about our pain and what need to change in Brazil!

The most adorable kitchen ever!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jessica Simpson got married

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image via People Magazine

Like I mentioned before, this seems to be THE year for all the cool fashion ladies to get married, hun?

Poppy Delevigne and Olivia Palermo got married earlier in the year and this past weekend it was (finally!) time for Jessica Simpson to say yes! How gorgeous does she look?

I can’t wait to see more images! I might pick up this issue of People just so I can look at her dress better! :)

A short mountain vacation: Breckenridge, Colorado

We have returned from our vacation and I’m struggling to adapt to reality again. There is a world of things to do for the wedding and the Couple’s Shower in New Jersey, but I seem to have forgotten my mind in the mountains!

Our holiday vacation was lovely, maybe one of the best we have ever had! We were in love, happy, being our adventurous selves and enjoying nature! Here are a few snapshots from our days in Breckenridge!

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^^ Here is where we started our trip: early in the morning we drove to Breck to avoid traffic and the crowds. This was out view! Amazing, right? We took the trail from Breckenridge to Frisco on our bikes and were surprised with how easy and gorgeous our ride was! 

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It was def. the most beautiful, nature-filled bike ride of my life. When we arrived in Frisco, we had lunch and biked all around the cutest town in the West!

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^^ We saw colorful wildflowers everywhere. Due to the amount of rain and snow we had in the past few months, flowers popped up in Colorado! It’s amazing!IMG_8412

^^ Frisco was super cute. Next time we might stay there are explore a little more!

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The next day we enjoyed amazing breakfast in town and walked around to see the 4th of July parade! I wasn’t feeling great that day, so we just took a ride in the gondola to the top of the mountain and enjoyed a quiet day in!

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On our last day, we slept in (!!!) and went on the most beautiful hike of our lives. We followed the path to the McCullough Gulch and hiked up to the waterfalls. What a great reward after hiking 3 miles uphill!

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