Friday, July 28, 2017

The Most Magical Day

Happy Friday, friends! 

We're dedicating this Friday Favorites to one very special day. A day that deserves to the the one and only Friday Favorite this week. 

As some of you know, Ryan and I decided to forgo the "traditional" wedding, and fly away to Italy and tie the knot there. Well, I can't even describe how perfect it was. Words would never be able to accurately describe what that day was for both of us. Instead of telling you all about it, I'm going to leave it to the pictures to explain. 

There are some of the preview pictures that we were given, and have many more coming in the next few months.

Here was our beautiful wedding ceremony in Positano, Italy!
















L + R = <3
July 1, 2017

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone! 

XO,
Leslie
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Playing Catch Up

Happy Wednesday, friends! 

I have to apologize to you all because I've been slacking quite a bit on my blog posts!

I promise I'll make it up to you with some crazy/amazing information!

Other than my May book review, the last time I updated you all, I had just gotten engaged! I couldn't have imagined how amazing of a feeling it is to know I get to spend the rest of my life with Ryan. 

My heart is so full.

In beginning the wedding planning process, we both knew that we didn't want a "traditional" wedding. We played around with the idea of a destination wedding, and had the CRAZY idea of tying the knot while we're in Italy (a vacation we already had booked for next week). 

You guys, the planning just took off and after 2 short months of being engaged, we're getting married in Italy this Saturday! Can you believe that?! 


This Saturday, we will be on that terrace saying "I do."

We begin our trip in Naples for a few days, get married along the Amalfi Coast, then head north for some more fun stops. I'll keep those spots a secret for now, until I can recap our vacation for you all here. 

So that's why my posts have been so far a few between-planning an international wedding can be tough! 

I promise you'll get a full recap when we return, wedding photos and all! If you want to follow along on our trip, be sure to catch me over on Instagram, where I'll be posting pictures and Instastories!

Talk to you all soon! 

Ciao!

Leslie


 

 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Book Review {2017}

Sorry, friends! I've been kind of MIA for a bit. I promise to catch everyone up on all things Leslie this week! There are some VERY exciting things happening over here! I can't wait to catch everyone up!


I couldn't miss a month of book reviews, so here I am. I have some great books to report this month and I hope that you can add them to your lists too. 

If you missed my other books review of 2017, you can find them here:





The first book of the month was a home run.


Cancel the wedding is already at the top of my list for best books that I've read this year. Holy cow, you guys.  Not only does Cancel the Wedding take place in the good ol' state of Georgia, but the romance in this book is heart warming. I couldn't put this one down! 

Cancel the Wedding is about Olivia, who is responsible to spread her mom's ashes in Huntley, Georgia. She and her sister know nothing about their mother's past, and go on a mission to find out all the secrets to her life. Along the way she meets Elliot, who makes life far more complicated than it had been before.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars! 



Dark Matter was one. interesting. book. While I don't usually enjoy super sci-fi books, this one I thoroughly enjoyed! It takes a little bit to get used to the science terminology and concepts, but once you do...it's really good!

I give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars!



Sharp Objects was recommended by a friend who knows that I like mystery books. It's written by the same author as Gone Girl, and in my opinion, just as good. Just when you think you have this book all figured out, it surprises you once more.

Sharp Objects is about Camille Preaker, a reporter sent to her hometown to discover the secrets about why young teenage girls are getting murdered. Between her neurotic mother and her crazy young sister, she finds it very difficult to balance her personal life with her career. She finds answers in places that she probably doesn't want to find.

I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.



The Couple Next Door was one that I've had my eye on for a while! A friend read it before me and said that I needed to pick it up ASAP.

This book was a super easy read, as I got through it in about 2 days. It kept me engaged the entire time and I never wanted to put it down. The mystery keeps you guessing until the very last sentence. Literally.

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all. They have a beautiful family and home. One night, their invited over to a dinner party next door with some friends. While over at the dinner party, a terrible crime is committed leaving the Conti's feeling very guilty. The even bigger problem is that the rest of the town sees them as guilty as well. Will the detectives find out who committed the crime?


I have LOTS to catch all of you up on! There have been wedding plans set and I cannot wait to share them all with you soon! 

XO,
Leslie


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

HUGE News

Happy Tuesday!

I meant to write this post yesterday, but I was sliiiightly distracted, because...

on Sunday, we got ENGAGED!


Y'all. I did not see this coming AT ALL. I always thought that after being together for so long,  that I would see it coming a mile away. Nope. Ryan planned it in a way that wasn't on my radar at all.

On Sunday he requested that we hike the mountain that's near our home. We do this every now and then, so it wasn't a strange request. We grabbed sandwiches and headed to the mountain for a hike on a BEAUTIFUL day. 

Once we got to the top of our hike, we chatted a bit and played around with the dog. After a while, he  asked if we should head back and I agreed. On the way down, there was a bench off to the side over looking our entire town. We sat for a rest and then Ryan asked if I could take a picture of him with Romeo (our dog) with the view in the background. Of course I wanted to because I had been snapping pictures of the dog all day.


After acting slightly awkward for a few minutes (I guess there were people passing by), Ryan got down on one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him. With tears pouring down my face, I said yes!

It was such an emotional, beautiful and perfect moment that I'll cherish forever. 



A passerby asked if he could take a picture for us. 


My beautiful ring


I'm on cloud 9 this week. I'm just floating through life in the best way possible.

I feel like I can't even have a complete thought at this point because I'm just so happy. 

Just a little happiness for your Tuesday! 

XO,
Leslie




Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday Favorites {5.5.17}

It's Fri-yay, everyone! I could do some kinda happy dance this morning!

Just like every Friday, I'm linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea to share our favorites from the week!


Let's jump right in!



I've recently become obsessed with Poshmark. Poshmark is a site that allows users to sell name brand items for lower prices. You can really find some hidden gems within the website once you get looking! I just bought a pre-owned (excellent condition) Tory Burch wallet for only $60! What a steal! 




You know how I mentioned being in love with rompers lately? Well, I've ventured out and tried a jumpsuit. I am in love with this super comfy one piece. Not only is it cozy, but it can be made to look more dressy by pairing it with cute wedges and jewelry. I bought it in olive green.

Find it here




I started working on my home office/craft room this past weekend. I made this super handy jewelry holder to store all of our inventory. There's another one going up next to it, and smaller ones on the other side. More on how to make these next week! 

Want to shop our jewelry? Find it here




I am freaking out you guys! The Erin Condren 2017-2018 Life Planner is here!! If you don't know what I'm talking about, visit this website and you'll immediately fall in love! I have been a die hard EC fan for about three years now. I wouldn't be able to live without this baby.

Find them here




I recently found this top and had to buy it! I can't wait until it gets here! Doesn't it look so comfy and cute?

Find it here

I hope everyone has the best weekend! Be sure to subscribe to my blog for regular updates, or to follow me over at my Insta

XO,
Leslie

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Favorites {4.27.17}

I truly never thought that we would make it to the weekend! I'm literally crawling to the finish line of this week between work, grad school and other obligations.

Today I'm screaming TGIF. Anyone with me?



As always, I'm linking up with some amazing bloggers to share some of my favorite things from the week.






This week was my April book review! I read three great books and one that I wouldn't really recommend. If you missed it, you can find it here!




I haven't yet found a romper that I don't like. Please tell me that rompers won't go out of style because I'm so obsessed with them! 

This one is perfectly casual and so, so comfortable! I did not want to take it off! 

Find it here





Speaking of rompers, here's another one that I just had to have. This one can definitely be more dressy if you pair it with a cute pair of wedges!

Find it here

Apparently another obsession that I have is the color purple/mauve this season. It's just such a pretty and light color.




I recently tried out Gap Fit clothing and fell in love! These shorts are so much more comfortable than the Nike ones I have, and so breathable! Same goes for this tank top. It's very soft and light for sweaty workouts! I got it in several colors!






  My FAVORITE favorite this week is the fact that we booked out summer vacation to Italy! I'll keep the locations a surprise for now, but it's going to be an amazing experience and I cannot wait to share it with you all! 

As always, follow my Instagram for fun updates!

I hope everyone has the best weekend! See you all on Monday!

XO,
Leslie









Thursday, April 27, 2017

April Book Review {2017}

It's book review day today, friends!!


Back in January, I made a resolution to do more reading this year. This might be the only New Year's Resolution that I've ever kept...so far.

If you missed my previous book recommendations, you can find them here. Trust me, there were some GREAT, GREAT ones!




I'm finishing the month of April having read 4 books! I thought that having spring break this month would have allowed for lots of extra reading, but actually was the exact opposite! I didn't read my normal 5 books, but we'll make it through.

Out of the four books that I read this month, only one was not one that I would recommend.

Let's get started!


I Let You Go is about a woman with a tragic past, who flees her home and heads to the Welsh Coast. She's escaping to forget the horrifying accident that resulted with the loss of a child and the only life that she's known. This novel switches from her point of view to the detectives dedicating their time to finding justice for the boy. Just when you think you've figured this book out, you have no idea.

I loved this book! It's broken into two parts, the first being a little slow. Once the second part comes around, the book grasps you and doesn't let go. I've been loving mysteries lately and this one did not disappoint. For those of you who try it, just get to the second part before making any judgements!

I give this book a 4 out of 5


Good as Gone is about a 13-year-old girl who is kidnapped out of her bedroom in the middle of the night. The only person who knows anything is her little sister Jane, who saw the whole thing from the back of the closet. Eight years later, and the Whitaker's get a knock on their door and find their missing daughter standing before them. Is the woman who she says she is?

Good as Gone is the one book this month that I wasn't into. At first the book seemed like it had a great story line and kept me engaged. By the time I got to the end, I felt like it was all over the place. I had to re-read a few chapters because certain things came out of left field. I just wasn't a big fan.

I give this book a 2 out of 5





Thirty-six year old Paul Kalanithi has spent his entire life dedicated to education and his future. He spends nearly a decade getting himself to his current place as a neurosurgeon. After having some issues with his health, he finds out that he has stage IV lung cancer. This book is about his life before his sickness and how the doctor suddenly become the patient. Paul wrote this book until his death in 2015.

Oh my goodness. When Breath Becomes Air was such a genuine and heartfelt book. You fall in love with Dr. Kalanithi and want so much for him to recover from his cancer. The fact that he wrote this book until his death makes it so real and unbelievably sad. Just wait until you get to his wife's writing in the epilogue. Spoiler alert: You'll need a box of tissues.

I give this book a 5 out of 5



Auburn is feeling like the world is weighing on her. While walking home one day, she finds an art studio with a help wanted sign hanging in the window. On a whim, she decides to check it out and finds Owen Gentry as the artist. The attraction between them is immediate. Both Auburn and Owen have secrets that they won't share. When they realize that Owen's past can destroy Auburn's future, the only solution is to part ways. The only thing that can save their relationship is Owen's confession that could hurt someone very close to him.

I was super nervous to read this book because of my love for Colleen Hoover's newer book, It Ends with Us. I reviewed that book earlier this year and deemed it my favorite so far. Needless to say, this book had a lot to live up to. Guess what? It DID! I was so obsessed with finishing this book that I literally read at red lights. I had to know the secrets, and couldn't get to them fast enough! I cannot wait to read another one of her books, because of the great experiences with the two so far!

I give this book a 5 out of 5!

Any good books that any of you are reading lately? I need to make a list for May!

XO, 
Leslie