Party Palette: Vintage Bike Blue

This party palette is all about the fabulous vintage bicycle for me. I so wish we lived in an area that made cruising around on a cute bike possible. Here, navy blue plays nicely with happy shades of peony pink and deep orange for a combination that is both preppy and sophisticated.

{top. Elizabeth Messina for Mindy Weiss / Rue. left. Virgil Bunao via Style Me Pretty. right. The Late Afternoon.}

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Summer Snippets

I don’t know about you, but my summer is shaping up to be quite eventful! There have been so many life changes in the last couple of months, tons of travel and as many stolen moments for lounging lakeside and sipping on a frosty beverage or two as I’ve been able to manage. Along the way I keep my iPhone at the ready where one of my favorite apps is definitely Instagram. As I’m getting back in the groove over here and catching up on a backlog of work from being away the last couple of weeks, I thought I’d share a glimpse of my summer Instagram style. What have you been up to this summer?

In mid June, my family held a hugely successful golf tournament in honor of my cousin Ryan. We raised over $10,000 for the New York Organ Donor Network!

Summer essentials: good beer and good snacks.

Also necessary, frozen drinks on the fourth of July.

A photo shoot I teamed up on with an amazing team of Syracuse wedding vendors. More coming soon!

Culinary adventures are always the name of the game. This summer we’re loving grilled pizzas with homemade crust. Delicious!

The newest addition to the family! Gabriella Jeanne.

Along the way, my nieces came to visit!

New projects abound!

Keeping summer tasty, Izze sent me some yumtastic flavors to try!

Highlights from one of my recent weddings, it was all about a rockin’ nautical/pirate theme!

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

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Celebrating Grandparents

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Posting is going to be light today as my family will be paying our final respects to my grandfather later this morning. That said, I couldn’t get resist taking a moment to recognize the special and inspiring role grandparents play in our lives. Due to my parents remarrying, I’m incredibly lucky to have had six wonderful people fill this part of my life. Sadly, over the past few years I’ve had to say good bye to a few of them and it touches me every time that grandparents are so completely irreplaceable in our lives. Maybe that’s why I love seeing how Chelsea of Frolic and her family celebrate her grandmother’s birthday every year – she just turned 102! Check out how they celebrated 98, 99, 100, and 101, too. And make sure to give your grandparents a big hug.

Many thanks for all of your well wishes and condolences here and on Twitter. See you back here tomorrow when we’ll get back to partying like rockstars! xoxo

{Photo by Chelsea Fuss for Frolic.}

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Summer Cottage Love + Happy Weekend

After a brave fight and two very long weeks of sitting vigil, we said goodbye to my grandfather last night. Much of the next several days will be spent with my family as we pay our respects, so it may be a little quiet around here for a short bit. Thinking about this wonderful man that so many people loved so very much, I can’t help but think about his love for the family cottage where he preferred to be more than any other place on earth even well into his 80s. It’s the place where everyone gathers to celebrate, to savor and to just be. Fishing and swimming off the dock, reading books, playing lawn games, going kayaking. His spirit will be there with us forever. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Hug someone you love, soak up every moment. xoxo

{Photos by Riki Tiki Tembo | Need Supply Co. via Kinfolk | Ginny Branch via You Are My Fave.}

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An Ice Cream Break

I’ve been home with family much of the last two weeks, sitting vigil at the hospital where my nearly 87 year old grandfather is putting up one good last fight. It has been so nice to be able to spend this time together as a family, but we’re all starting to grow weary. I think an ice cream break may be in order this evening. Doesn’t this homemade dark chocolate ice cream look just perfectly delicious?

{Photo by Pick Yin.}

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