lately: #chesterlyeverafter

Last weekend, we celebrated the marriage of our dear friends, Seth & Allison. It was an amazing, epic, fabulous, stupendous, and fun weekend – so full of love and laughter, we were sad to see the end of it! From the start of the festivities at the rehearsal dinner, to the final send-off after Sunday brunch, we couldn’t have asked for a better time. I was honored to be a part of the bridal party, and couldn’t think of a better way to show off the weekend than here, for you all! I hope you enjoy the peak in : ) 

Cheers to the beautiful new couple! 

Alicia x0x0

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halloween ideas!

In keeping the upcoming holiday weekend in mind {remember this post from last week?}, I thought it would be fun to share some food and decor ideas for Halloween! It’s such a festive occasion, and with it being on an actual weekend this year, just that much more reason to go slightly above and beyond our usual plans. Here are some inspiring images, articles & the like – and please, do share any of your favorite ideas and ways to celebrate! 

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Decor & Details

 Our 55 Favorite Halloween Decorating Ideas 

11 Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas

Homemade Halloween Decorating Ideas  

40 Easy to Make DIY Halloween Decor Ideas

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Inspiring Imagery 

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Spooky Snacks & Festive Foods 

Fun & Frightful Halloween Recipes

20 Halloween Party Appetizers & Drink Ideas

Adult Halloween Party Ideas

21 Gross Recipes: Halloween Party Food

29 Spooktacular Halloween Recipes for Kids  

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! ! ! ! h A p P y  H a L l O w E e N ! ! ! !

lately: brew-do weekend 2015!

Another beer festival for the books! Although we’ve been a bit behind the curve with festivals this year {we’ve been busy!}, we make sure to never miss one of our favorites. The best part?! – it’s local! While we love travelling far and wide, especially in the name of craft beer, it’s nice to be just a few minutes away from such a celebration. We had glorious weather, delicious food, and of course…SO.MUCH.BEER.

The weekend was extra special this year, too – we had a surprise visitor on Sunday! My youngest sister was in the area, so we met up for a solid 8-mile Sunday hike, followed by {you guessed it!} more beer at one of our favorite local breweries. It was a fabulous weekend, and sister time made it extra special. 

Here’s a look! 

Alicia xo

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thirsty thursday: spooktacular cocktails

You know that there’s a holiday coming up when I plan a post around themed cocktails! In true Alicia fashion, these festive adult beverages are geared towards toasting Halloween weekend {!!}, in the best way possible – with ‘spirits’, of course. Here are a few of my favorite cocktail and drink ideas for celebrating; may you find in-“spooky”-ration in some, or all, of them!

Cheers! 

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The Black Velvet {image & recipe c/o Real Simple}

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Witch’s Brew {recipe & image c/o Food Network}

Witch's Brew

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The Jack o’ Lantern {recipe & image c/o cocktails.about.com}

Hennessy Cognac Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail - Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

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Swamp Sips {image & recipe c/o Martha Stewart}

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The Green Goblin {image & recipe c/o food.com}

Green Goblin

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The Boo Beverage {image & recipe c/o food.com}

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Spider’s Kiss {image & recipe c/o The Cocktail Project}

Midori® Spider's Kiss | The Cocktail Project

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lately: wedding time!

Last weekend, two of our dearest friends tied the knot. It was everything I could have possibly imagined, and even more so! The hubs and the groom go way back – we’re talking grade school, peeps! He was the best man in the wedding, and I was so proud of him – he prepared the most amazing trip for the guys, gave a wonderful toast, and basically rocked the title of “best man”. But I digress. 

It wouldn’t be in true Alicia form to let such a momentous occasion pass by without sharing some of the shots from the weekend with y’all, so here’s a peak in! Cheers to the newlyweds, we love you!

Alicia xoxo

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lately: family visit!

I am beyond blessed to have such awesome parents! My mom and dad were in town to visit recently, and with the gorgeous weekend weather we made the most of our time together! A delicious dinner was on tap for Friday night (one of our favorite local places}. Saturday was spent outside; we all knocked out our early morning exercise and proceeded north to get in some paddle-boating action! Not wanting to miss out, we stopped by two of our local breweries for flights and bites. The evening was spent al fresco on our deck; grilling burgers, enjoying cocktails, and winding down with a fire pit. I was so sad to see them go on Sunday, but with the promise of fun activities in the upcoming months, I have those to look forward to!  Love you, Mom and Dad!

Alicia xoxo

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lately: wedding season, part 1

This a big year for many of our closest friends! To date, we’ve been honored to attending 2 weddings already this “season” – and we still have more to come! I thought it would be fun to post some of the photos, sort of as a glimpse into these relationships we are so lucky to be part of : ) one of the weddings was local {yay, no travelling!} and the other was up north, which was drawn out into a family trip {see here!}. both were equally fun and amazing, and we look forward to celebrating these dear friends for many years to come! 

…and don’t worry, a recap for more of our wedding season celebrations will follow in the later months! x o x o 

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