Five on Friday

Happy Friday! I'm excited for this weekend as we have lots of fun things planned, including a friend's engagement/Halloween party, a volunteer shift at the library (we are doing some fun fall crafts with the kids!) and I'm sure we will squeeze in 18-holes at the course.
A few of my favorite things from this past week:

 These coach booties will be perfect for the cool crisp fall days ahead.
Coach Hewes Bootie

CWF lives in his Gold Cup Sperry's. He says they are much more comfortable than the regular ones. And 25% off this weekend for Sperry's Friends & Family sale (code: FFS2514)
Gold Cup 2-eye boat shoe

We've been spending a lot of time at the club lately.  It's been great to stop by after work and spend some time at the gym or driving range. And of course, we've loved meeting so many wonderful people!
Patio sitting is my favorite and it is so peaceful here! A quiet little refuge in a busy city.

A few playlist additions: This Arctic Monkey "Do I Wanna Know" Churches cover has been on heavy repeat lately. I just can't get enough. I've also been loving Kavinsky 'Nightcall' it's a little 80's but I love it.

As I mentioned before, Mr. Kitty recently had 6 teeth pulled (!!!) and we are so happy that he is 100% back to his normal kitty self now.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Wedding Wednesday- My Maui Beach Bachelorette

I'm pretty sure that my friends threw me the best bachelorette party in history! We spent a long weekend at one of my in-laws condos in Maui. Seriously, it was totally epic and I am so so grateful!!
The weekend started off with a limo arriving super early in the morning to pick us up for our flight. Mimosas at 5am are always a good idea!! On our flight, the flight attendants were so sweet to craft me a veil (out of TP! ha!) and made an announcement to the whole plane that there was a bride on board! They had me walk down the aisle of the plane with my 'veil' & 'train' and the passengers wrote their well wishes on napkins for us! It was a memory I will always cherish.
After arriving in Maui and getting settled in the condo we went out for happy hour. A quick stop at the chapel by the sea at the Grand was in order.


At happy hour there was a ukulele player singing Hawaiian songs. He even dedicated a few songs to me!

 The next day we spent a few hours tanning on the lawn outside the condo.

Our one big 'outing' of the weekend was a reggae sunset dinner booze cruise! 
 I love that all the girls wore black dresses and I wore white- it really made the whole bride thing real! Words of advice though- don't wear wedges or flowly dresses on a boat with waves and wind! Haha
After some dinner and a few drinks the reggae dance party was going strong! We had an absolute blast!!
Every Lilly girl needs a Lilly Bachelorette sash!!

More beach time! I loved making tropical drinks to bring with us to the beach. As there favor for coming, each of the girls got a monogrammed beach hat and a tumbler cup to drink out of!

One cloudy morning we drove to the other side of the island and hiked in the bamboo forest.

It's an easy hike and the best part is there's a waterfall at the end!

A coconut drink! We had to wade through that water to get over to the waterfall, but it was totally refreshing since it was so humid out.

I loved spending time with the girls at the condo too! It was so relaxing watching the turtles from the balcony.
 And of course we had to make sure to get a trip to Mama's Fish House in.. it's CWF's and I favorite place and where we celebrated our engagement.
The view there is incredable!

On our last night we wanted to check out the Andaz hotel becasue it is new and super swanky.

 This hibiscuss flower Lilly dress was totally perfect for a Maui bachelorette!


Another group shot!
I think I brought every maiden name monogrammed item I owned just to get one last good wear!
I asked my MOH and friends to plan me a trip that incorporated all our favorite things about Maui and I got just that! I am so greatful that I have such a wonderful group of friends and they were able to share this special time with me.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

While scrolling through Instagram on Saturday morning I spotted the most yummy looking chocolate chip walnut banana bread by Williams Sonoma. Since I had all the ingredients on hand, old bananas included, I decided to make it for CWF for brunch.
I used their recipe but instead of using my stand mixer, I used my vitamix (because its amazing and I use it daily) and also so the texture of the bananas would be completely smooth. Here's the recipe with my notes:
Walnut–Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

3 very ripe bananas, peeled
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1⁄4 tsp. fine sea salt
6 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
3⁄4 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1⁄2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan (I love my ruffle Emile Henry loaf pan!). Line the bottom and long sides of the pan with parchment paper. Butter the top of the parchment. Dust the pan with flour, tapping out the excess. I didn't do this.

Using a fork, mash the bananas in a bowl; you should have about 1 cup. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a third bowl, using a handheld mixer (I used my vitamix) on high speed, beat together the butter and sugar until light in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Gradually beat in the eggs and then the mashed bananas. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with the sour cream in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed, beating until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips and half of the walnuts. Since I didn't want the vitamix to chop the chocolate chips or walnuts, I just mixed them into the container without turning it on. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts on top.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto the rack and remove the paper. Invert again, and let cool completely. I just left it in the pan. Cut into slices and serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 1 loaf.

Also, congratulations Lauren for winning the giveaway! Look out for an email from me :)

Guest Room Reveal

A while back I posted about redecorating our guest room from what was formally my closet/craft room and I wanted to give you all an update of where I am at with it now.

I have to admit it's not really like the the inspiration collage- I had originally wanted the room to have a more neutral color scheme, but then I realized that I would have to store the things I already have and buy some new things and I'm not ready for that. The only thing I ended up buying for this room were the curtains and I spent less than $20 on that DIY project. One day down the road I hope I can make the room a bit more neutral, but for now here it is:

My grandmother's sewing machine is under the sequin tablecloth. In the old days you could buy them attached to a sewing table.

My favorite green bedside table! It was on super clearance at target a while back.

I kept the bookshelf with all my purses in it because I can't figure out a better way to store them. Hopefully I'll get around to painting it soon (maybe a light gray?!).

The pillows are Matouk and the bedspread is from Horchow. Love the look of the pillows, but I don't love having to iron them after washing.

I was having a really hard time getting a good picture of the curtains I DIY'ed. I wanted something with a Greek key pattern but wasn't having any luck so I just made them myself. I'll share a tutorial soon.

I love that I can recover this chair super quickly depending on what the room decor is.

And here is the room through the wall to wall mirrors (aka closet doors) that are on the opposite side of the bed:

I've had a lot of fun putting this room together. When my grandparents came for the weekend they stayed in here and seemed to like it. There are a bunch of large trees right outside the window so it's a peaceful space.
Since this room is 'done for now' I've been working hard on our Master Bedroom, which is proving to be much more of a challenge. I'll be honest, this room has always been my area to decorate as I wish. The master bedroom however is a space which CWF needs to love as well so it's more of a compromise. Wish me luck!!!

Around These Parts + A Giveaway

Lots of big things happening in our little corner of the world lately!

I started a new job! At first I was so nervous about the change because it's a total different direction that I ever thought I would go. I'm still working in administrative Public Health, but now I'm doing statistical data analysis (umm whoa! never thought this former sorority girl would say that!). Long term, I can see that health care (and every industry really) is moving in the direction of big data and I'm excited to learn and be a part of it.

CWF turned 30 last week! It's a big one for sure. His gift was a round of golf at Pebble Beach and we can't wait to go! He also received a custom needlepoint belt (it was so fun designing it!). I also made him the above cake per his request and it turned out sooo yummy! I made my own frosting from powered sugar, using this recipe.

Mr. Kitty had to have 6 teeth removed recently. He is slowly getting better now but he was in a lot of pain for a while. It's been so difficult for us to see him suffer and be able to do little for him. And becasue he lost his back molars he won't be able to eat dry food anymore, but we are grateful that he will be feeling 100% soon!
Image via Jessica Burke Photography
My bridal session was featured on Wedding Sparrow last week!
Don't worry, I've also been keeping myself extremely busy with brunches, happy hours, golf then happy hours and lots of Junior League activities in between. I'm not sure if I mentioned but I am the Publications & Correspondence Chair this year and it has kept me very busy. If you are interested, we put out a quarterly publication that you can check out here.
And since you read through all of that, I wanted to do a quick giveaway. contacted me about giving away a subscription to their digital access. My family used to buy the entertainment books through our church as a fundraiser, and now they've made it even easier by offering the coupons online or on your phone. We've already used a coupon for a buy one get one free at our favorite local ice cream place. They have tons of local places as well as online stores, and since we are trying to save money wherever we can it's been really helpful. If you are interested in winning your own free digital access (and why wouldn't you be?! Hello, saving money!) please just leave your email in the comments below. I'll announce the winner next Monday, October 13.