ShopBop Sale Favorites

ShopBop Sale Favorites

Happy Thursday! This warm weather we’re finally having in New York has me ready to refresh my summer wardrobe. ShopBop is having a surprise sale with up to 40% that ends tonight. Here are a few of my favorites that are currently hanging out in my shopping cart waiting for me to pull the trigger. Everything is either included in the sale or it’s already a great price.

 

 

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Our Wedding Day in Charleston

Our Wedding Day in Charleston

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This post has been a long time coming! I can’t believe that Patrick and I have been married for 7 months now. So without further ado…

Our wedding day truly feels like it was a dream that I had (the most wonderful kind). Having everyone that we love in one place to celebrate with us as we begin this new chapter of our lives as husband and wife could not have been a more special, once-in-a lifetime feeling. We will treasure the memories from our weekend in Charleston for the rest of our lives. I know it will not be THE best day of our lives, but it was without a doubt the best day so far.

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Friday morning, Patrick and I started our wedding day with an early morning jog around Charleston together- one of our favorite ways to start most mornings. We were just missing our pup Denny who usually comes along. We jogged by the fountain and waterfront park, and then down through rainbow row to the battery. On our way back we grabbed smoothies for breakfast.

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The girls got ready at our reception venue, Legare Waring House. Legare is a beautiful old estate house and grounds within the historic Charles Towne Landing park.  The house has several bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, which made it the perfect getting-ready location for us with plenty of space for hair and makeup. My Dad picked up Publix sub platters for us to snack on for lunch. One of the hardest parts of planning a destination wedding was that I felt like I was was choosing all of these little details, and it was so hard to envision how everything would come together. It was really special to be there to watch everything get set up and unfold throughout the day.

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Patrick and his groomsmen got ready at the DoubleTree where we were staying along with our wedding party. The picture above is him opening his wedding gift from me, a monogrammed leather passport cover to take on our honeymoon. His gift to me was a sketch of my wedding dress that he had an artist design for me (with the help of my sister’s coordination, since he had not seen my dress until that day).

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Our ceremony took place at Saint Luke’s Chapel in downtown Charleston. We kept the tradition of seeing each other for the first time at the church. I walked down the aisle with my dad to the instrumental version of “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Patrick and I wrote our own vows and recited them to one another, which was one of the most nerve-wracking but special moments of the whole day. We had a getaway car planned to take us from the church over to the reception, but it broke down on the side of the highway and the bus transporting our guests had to swing back around to pick us up. But hey, that’s good luck right? We didn’t get any rain that day, so I’ll take it!

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We had a big wedding party! Our siblings were our maid of honor and best man, and in addition we had 14 total bridesmaids and groomsmen.

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Our cocktail hour was on Legare’s side lawn overlooking the lagoon. We had Florida and Cornell beanbag toss to represent our Alma maters. My other favorite details from cocktail hour were our personalized drink koozies and the delicious biscuit bar, an ode to Charleston’s southern roots. At the end of cocktail hour, Patrick’s parents offered us bread followed by a shot of vodka in a Polish tradition that represents both the joy and challenges that marriage brings.

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Our reception was on the back patio at Legare underneath a tent lit with string lights and chandeliers. Dinner was served family style for a more laid-back dinner party vibe. Everyone shared salmon, short rib, and the best part of the meal– grits!

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After dinner came the dancing and toasts. Patrick and I danced to “Yours” by Russel Dickerson (a country tune). Our first dance was so much fun and one of my favorite parts of our wedding day. Our maid of honor and best man gave speeches that had us mildly embarrassed and in stitches.

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In addition to a vanilla and red velvet wedding cake, we had pecan pies and peach cobbler for some southern flare. Our baker also made us Polish Waffle, a nod to Patrick’s Polish heritage.

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We really wanted the feel of our wedding day to be a big dance party, and it was definitely that! And a sweaty one too. It was an unusually warm day for late September, but everyone made the best of it and danced their hearts out with us. At the very end of the night we had Deep River chips as a snack. Not pictured here– the after party at Bay Street Biergarten that continued until 2 am!

It’s completely true when everyone tells you that your wedding day will go by in one big blur of excitement and emotion. We did our best to soak in every moment, and overall couldn’t have asked for a better celebration with our family and friends.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

There’s nothing I love more than Sundays at home in the fall with crisp air coming in the open windows, football on the TV (in the background because I’m obviously not paying too close of attention), and a good excuse to crack open a pumpkin ale. This past Sunday I decided to do a little early Thanksgiving prep. Most of the time when I bake, I’ll try to search for a healthier recipe with substitutes like oatmeal flour, coconut oil, and Greek yogurt, but Thanksgiving calls for a good, old-fashioned pecan pie. Let me just warn you there’s really nothing healthy about this recipe. This is my third time making it and it has been a crowd pleaser, so read on and enjoy indulging this time.

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup melted margarine

1 pre-made pie crust

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbps semi-sweet chocolate chips (I always add extra)

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup pecans

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together eggs and sugar. Mix in corn syrup, salt, vanilla, and melted margarine until combined.

2. Place pecans and chocolate chips in the pie shell.

3. Add mixture to pie shell (pecans will rise to the top when baking).

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

5. Enjoy. 🙂

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Denny was a great sous-chef

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I made four pies and froze two to enjoy at Thanksgiving. I’d love to hear from you if you try this recipe or if you have any other favorite desserts for Thanksgiving.

Rehearsal and Pre-wedding festivities

Rehearsal and Pre-wedding festivities

Hello from the new Mrs. Robak! We’re back from our wedding weekend and honeymoon, and I have so much to share. Just as everyone told us it would be, our wedding day, and the entire weekend really, were a completely magical whirlwind that I wish I could relive over and over. We cannot wait to get back the photos and the video to replay every detail and moment.

Patrick and I arrived to Charleston that Wednesday in the late afternoon. We kicked off the celebrations at JFK. IMG_6575

Thankfully our flight was smooth and we headed straight to check in at the Doubletree downtown Historic District. We were greeted with the Doubletree’s amazing chocolate chip cookies along with our wedding welcome boxes. It didn’t take long for the two of us to head over to Hank’s for a quick oyster shooter.

That evening, we got our families along with a few friends that were in town early together for dinner at 5Church, which turned out to be a delicious meal with lots of wine and champagne inside a restaurant that was an old church. It was so much fun to kick off the celebrations with that small group and our families.

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Thursday was rehearsal day. We started off the morning with a quick workout and breakfast at the hotel, and then I went off to get my nails done with my sister Rachel, new sister-in-law Magda, and soon to be sister-in-law Kat, who is marrying Patrick’s brother (not pictured here). Shortly after this photo taken we had a bit of a fiasco when the champagne bottle bounced off Magda’s arm rest and splashed all over the floor and our nail technicians. Oops!

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That afternoon we had a quick lunch at Eli’s Table with friends before heading back to the hotel to get ready for our rehearsal. I had the most amazing salad with grilled shrimp on it. I’d love to come back here some time and order there shrimp and grits because I just know it’d be to-die for!

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Patrick arranged for this adorable trolley to pick us up for the rehearsal at Saint Luke’s Chapel and then it transported our crew over to 39 Rue de Jean, where Patrick’s parents hosted the most wonderful dinner for us.

Here are most of my bridesmaids and our flower girls waiting for the trolley.

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You can find my rehearsal dress here. I love shopping at Revolve because of their free two day shipping and how easy they make returns (I am the queen of returns).

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39 Rue De Jean has an open, private space above the restaurant with beautiful exposed beam ceilings and a rustic feel that went perfectly with our Charleston wedding. The food was amazing and the wine was flowing. We ate she-crab soup, salad, pecan encrusted chicken, and of course the Charleston quintessential- shrimp and grits.

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Patrick’s parents welcomed everyone and gave the sweetest speech before dinner.

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My sister put together a slide show of photos of Patrick and I growing up and then getting together, which had a lot of the room teary-eyed. Then Patrick got up to thank our parents and the tears really got going.

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After dinner, we headed back to the Doubletree for our welcome gathering.

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I was so overwhelmed to see how many of our family and friends were there waiting for us! This was the first moment when it really hit me that all these people from all aspects of our lives and all over the country were here for Patrick and I. I am still so overwhelmed and thankful to all of the people that traveled to be with us that weekend.

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