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Sarah Seven

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What a ball I had today. I went to Sarah Seven‘s newest flagship shop here in Chicago to try on some dreamy dresses that I’ve been stalking religiously since Jess & Jill mentioned them the not too long ago.

My lovely friend Raegan came with me for support, picture responsibility and just plain good company. She took most of these gorgeous shots, so thank her below.

If you’re in the market for a dress be sure to connect with the lovely Patrese, she is terribly helpful, kind and the greatest pleasure to work with.

Gorgeous huh? If you’re wondering if I picked one, the answer is…

Yes!

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Wedding Day Prep

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Wedding Day. It’s 554 days away.

Some people say that we’re ahead of the game when it comes to planning. We’ve got a caterer and venue, our wedding party, a honeymoon location, a theme and a serious idea for a gorgeous dress. My soon to be hubby will be creating our site, save the dates and invites. Even our families are super excited and we kind of wish it were sooner.

But there are so many more things to get done.

Like personal things.

Like let’s have a real conversation about how difficult it is to grow out your hair while Beyonce just chopped hers off and looks FABULOUS? It’s my daily mantra now;

‘You MAY NOT cut your hair until AFTER the wedding… **pulls hair up in a bun**”

Sigh

Let’s also talk about triceps and how my triceps NEED to get their acts together and work with me here. I plan on a strapless dress so they better plan to look like Madonna’s arms.

It’s really all about feeling confident and beautiful and the ability to glow on the day that you vow to spend the rest of your life with a man who you are madly in love with. I want to have the longest flowing hair, glowing skin, straight & bright teeth and water proof mascara that doesn’t run or clump.

We’ve been doing a lot to work on these goals, like working out together, eating right, playing sports, asking our married friends for advice and even being legit grown-ups and saving money.

Stick with me ladies, I’ll take you down the road of my wedding planning prep and help you to come up with ideas on how to make it a stress free day!

(AKA – Picking out the perfect champagne for you and your bridesmaids!)

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Blue Door Farm Stand

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“Our philosophy at Blue Door Farm Stand is simple. We believe in the seasons dictating what’s on the table. We are committed to being part of the community and the importance of having personal relationships with all our purveyors. We believe in providing a warm and welcoming space for all our guests to enjoy wholesome delicious food.”

That hits the nail on the head.

I recently stepped foot into this cozy little nook on Armitage the other day. Blue Door Farm Stand opened recently and has quickly established themselves as a place to come by and grab delicious, fresh, good for your insides food. Not over-priced. Amazing coffee and can we talk about the fact that they offer almond milk lattes?!

They do. #win

They also carry Boat Street Pickles. And they ALSO carry the picked figs. When I first saw it, I literally gasped. Fig anything can make me gasp and these babies are no exception. The variety and awesomeness of product is super exciting and you should be stoked to get to try them all. INCLUDING those jams, I plan on trying them all. It will be magical and I can’t wait.

I was waiting for a friend and the place was packed so I grabbed a seat by the bar with an amazing cup of coffee and got to do some work.

The best part about sitting at the bar is listening to the conversations and seeing people interact. I was lucky enough to have a fun chat with corporate chef Justin, who was a total sweetheart (he even gave me a list of places to check out on my nearing trip to New Orleans). His staff is equally as sweet and helpful and talented and can make you a delicious, simple meal with their eyes closed and a smile on their face. Must be a Southern thing.

I have yet to try the food, but I plan on going back with West soon and trying a few things. After seeing the delicious salads being tossed, sandwiches being made and the carrot cake being assembled, there was no question that I needed to return.

This place is definitely much needed in the neighborhood and I am super excited to go back and explore the menu, learn more about the people and buy all the jams EVER.

Swing by, say hi and enjoy an almond milk latte. Then be sure to tell me what you think below and what are some of your favorite menu items to date!

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Around the House

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Being home is one of my favorite things. I love enjoying the comforting smells of a baking cake, the simmer of dinner, the candles, the smell of freshly folded clothing.

Everything about it wraps me in the warmest hugs. I took some photos of home the other day to share some of my favorite nooks.

What are some of your favorite nooks in your home?

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A Day in the Life: Teaching

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Teaching classes has been one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve yet to come across. I get to give people a great one hour workout that’s fun, entertaining and informative. I think all of those components make for a great class and experience and I love being able to provide students with that.

I am going to be attending WSSC in May and I can’t wait to meet new friends, learn new things and work with some amazing people to spread the good word of happy health, safe workouts and amazing body image!

If you’ll be attending WSSC let’s hook up!

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Let’s Get Married – [Flower Love]

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The beauty of flowers never fail to amaze me. But the price does.

Flowers are an expensive addition to any wedding, but if you’re lucky enough, have a good support system and can be a little creative and crafty, you’ll really be able to let them shine. I love dahlias. No surprise I guess, they’re wild, beautiful, colorful and sexy. A-durr. Must haves.

West likes snap-dragons, so trying to have the both of these would be so awesome. I’m excited to learn more about the flower shops local to our venue to see what they have and what they can help with.

I love love love all of the combos above. Do you have a favorite? What about a flower? What’s your favorite fall flower?

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Coming Soon: Why I love

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Sharing what you love means caring enough about it to tell the people you love, thus, sharing happiness.

Yay!

I’ll be posting the things, people and food I love here weekly. Today it’s ginger. Ginger brings crisp, spicy freshness to anything. Anything like carrots and oranges. How can you go wrong?

Click above for a yummy recipe from Whole Living and get ready to brighten up your day!

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True Words

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Today’s words to live by come from a very hopeful outlook. Painfully hopeful.

Happy Tuesday.

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The thing is…

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Real Ryders have a lot of potential, however, the instructors who have taught the classes I’ve gone to have me doing an insane amount of push ups on the bike in a 1-2 count format, they have me turning my back all the way to the right, while on a heavy gear, while dropping my right arm to the ground.

None of this you do on a real bike. I get you’re trying to be different and have fun. But Christ people. We might as well all become this guy. Johnny G would have a stroke.

If people don’t have good form, they’re just gonna hurt. So cut it out.

I can’t say no to frosting. The thing is… there are some things I just want to have. I want the frosting off at least 5 cupcakes. That means for my 1 hour and a half work out, that I am going to kick my ass. It’s just so worth it. So take that.

I’ve been feeling more and more sunshine from the window at work and IT HAS BEEN BRILLIANT. The thing is… I, like so many other people across the country, am bogged down. I can’t deal with another cold breeze, snow storm or the words ‘polar’ OR ‘votex’ – So done.

No matter what my day is like. This always makes me feel good. The thing is… I don’t work out like crazy because I am some health nut (nothing wrong with it) or as many half naked photos on my Instagram feed as I have, I am not vain. It just makes me feel good. It’s what I do to change my mood. Yesterday I was below the dumps. After class I felt un-stoppable.

Happy Friday everyone.

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Scenes of cold February

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell

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