Wedding Week : The Proposal

In honor of celebrating my one year anniversary this Sunday I am going to relive some of my best memories pre-blogging. Starting first with the proposal!

Thanks for reading along as I relive some of my happiest memories!
The morning of the proposal we toured the new Bay Bridge span - my dad is a civil engineer on the bridge so we got to walk on the span before it was open. Clearly I had no idea what was to come I for sure would have dressed a lot cuter! I also think David is already sweating bullets at this point!
David proposed in Carmel, CA during a gorgeous fall weekend. He popped the question on a beach off of Reservation Road - it was a very special moment. I couldn't even say "yes" I just nodded through my tears. It was the most sincere, perfect and private proposal. And of course, the evening before he took my dad out to dinner to ask for my hand in marriage! (My mom was out of town visiting my brand new baby nephew, Logan).
The celebration was just beginning! David booked us a room at the famous Cypress Inn, a hotel created by Doris Day who was a huge animal advocate. If you know me well - you know I LOVE this. The hotel was designed for people and their pets! David, me and Finn enjoyed a nice glass of champagne to begin the festivities at the hotel's "yappy hour", we then went to our favorite restaurant in Carmel, Casanova, and enjoyed a three course meal. We ended the night with a walk on the beach. 
The next day, David's parents drove out to celebrate with us. We enjoyed breakfast on our private veranda overlooking the ocean and then all headed out to the beach. It was record breaking weather that weekend 80 degrees in October.
The last night we stayed at the Lamplighter Inn, another favorite spot of ours in Carmel. I was truly spoiled, it was the most magical weekend. 
All of our special moments have taken place in October, my first plane flight to Missouri, our first "I Love You" and our engagement. It was only proper to have our wedding in October!
Tomorrow I will be back with our engagement photos!

Friday's Fancies: Working Girl

Working Girl

shoes // coat // pants // blouse // scarf // purse (Sold out) // necklace // rings

 I am lucky that I don't have to wear a suit to work. I would most likely find another profession if I did! A typical work out fit for me is skinny ankle pants, I am a huge fan of these,
paired with loose flowy tops as opposed to tighter fitting ones. Although I have never owned an Equipment blouse I see them often in Marshall's for a fraction of the price. A good place to look if you're coveting one!
In San Francisco a coat and scarf are essential as well as comfortable shoes. I wish I was the girl who wore heels all the time...but I have gone so long not wearing them that I prefer to wear flats in the office. Don't worry I still wear heels when I am out on the town!

I also don't wear much jewelry in the office aside from my wedding rings. I have only left them home one time to go to work since we have been married and I felt naked!

I snagged a very similar looking bag to that Foley & Corinna one when I was in New York at the Feast of San Gennaro. In fact the person I bought it from told me he used to have the contract with them and that is why the design is so similar. And the leather is like butttttter! 
This weekend David is going abalone diving with his dad and brother so I have the house all to myself. I am hosting book club this evening and then plan on doing a major closet purge over the weekend. I'll probably go buy David his anniversary present as well!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!
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One Year Gift Guide

1st Anniversary Gift Ideas

Our one year anniversary is on the 6th and I still have not gotten David a present. I am lagging! Here are some ideas I have going.

Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones: Are these that cool? Not so sure what the big deal is about them aside from being wireless. Which okay is pretty cool. Looks like a good man gift. Anyone have them? Bonus: I can "borrow" them!

Armani Exchange Watch: David has been mentioning he would like a gold watch. I think this one is rather dashing but I don't know how he would feel about the black face. Bonus: I can "borrow" this also!

Rechargeable Flashlight: I have said it before but the key to David's heart is flashlights and knives. Pretty sure I would be a very good wife if he was unwrapping this on the 6th.

Tool Cabinet: This would be another "you're an amazing wife gift".

Marmot Hoody: I recently bought David a Marmot hoody and he loves it. Great quality and it keeps him nice and warm. Can't go wrong with this one.

Pendelton Shirt: David also has an affinity for these shirts (why I have no idea). We do have a store near our house however that I could easily pop into if I procrastinate any longer.

Minnetonka Slippers: David has Ugg slippers but hates how they put the label where your heel rests in the shoe. These look cozy and are half the price!

iPad Mini: This would be great for when David travels for work. However I already own an iPad so it seems silly to get this as well. However mine does not have 3G on it so that would be great for the plane.

And since I wanted to stick to tradition of paper I will be getting him a...CARD! :) It's about as brilliant as I want to get. 

Next week I will be having Wedding Week here on the blog. Since I didn't have a blog during the planning stages I thought it would be fun to look back on and share! Hope you will pop over!


Apple Crisp

 On the first day of fall in the bay area we were greeted with a rainstorm. It was so welcome after some really hot days and it made me want to bake something yummy. So I turned to my Nom Nom board on Pinterest and scrolled through my recipes. I also wanted whatever I would be baking to fill the house with a delicious smell. So when I came across this recipe from Beantown Baker I knew it was the one. I made some slight modifications (I skipped the pie crust entirely!) but it was just as delicious as it looked!


for the filling:

 6 cups apple chunks (I used 5 pink lady apples)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lemon juice

For the topping:

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside. Core, peel, and slice apples. Transfer into large bowl with dry ingredients. Top off with vanilla and lemon juice. Toss to coat apples well.

In a medium bowl, combine the dry topping ingredients. Pour cooled melted butter into bowl. Toss and cut until small to medium sized chunks form. Break up large chunks as needed.
 Using your fingers, sprinkle crumb topping over entire pie.
Cover pie loosely with foil. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 and continue baking for an additional 35 minutes. Cool and enjoy.

Warm or cold it's a hit!


Scenes from the Weekend

Goat blocking the road on the way to Santa Cruz!

Hope you had a lovely weekend! 


NYC ILY part 2

It's been twelve years since that awful day in September and going to New York there are reminders everywhere. Flags stand proudly, tribute gardens erected for those lost, stories told of where we were on 9/11. Visiting Ground Zero was a priority on our trip and I am so grateful that I was able to see it. It is a truly beautiful memorial dedicated to those that lost their lives on that day. It is almost near completion - the 9/11 museum will open next year. That will surely be haunting but it is a part of our history that now must be told. It will house the remnants of one of the emergency stairwells, voice recordings, personal mementoes of victims amongst many other items. I can't even imagine. I will let these photos speak for themselves - however it does the memorial no justice.
This man brought me to tears. 
There were a couple of pregnant woman who lost their lives - I am happy they chose to include their unborn children in the memorial
The heart around Harry caught my eye. I imagine he is greatly,greatly missed. 
The plane that found out about the attacks and led an on board attack. I remembered hearing a lot of Jeremy Glick - it was surreal to see his name in person.
This is the "survivor tree". Rescue workers found the tree reduced to a stump of only eight feet tall. The tree was brought back to health in a New York City park and over the last ten years it has grown more than 30 feet tall. It was replanted at ground zero and has temporary ground wires to help it take root. 
My mom and I took a photo here that I briefly posted on Instagram. And although hundreds of people were taking photos I realized that I felt it was not right. My face should not be photographed here with the names of all the people lost. So out of respect I deleted it - just a personal thing. 
Afterwards we also toured the Trinity Church which is the oldest church in Manhattan. Churches are not really my thing but the stained glass was beautiful. 

That evening we went back to my uncles and enjoyed some champagne on the roof. A nice way to end the evening after a somber day of reflection. 
Proclaiming my love for New York!
Final recap coming Monday! 6 days is a lot to cover!