Creating my rehearsal dinner dress out of my mom's wedding dress

One of the best experiences from planning our wedding last year (wow, feels SO weird to say that!) was the creation of my rehearsal dinner dress.

Last winter, my mom and I opened her preserved wedding dress from when she married my dad. My parents are divorced, but it was really special to see her "dress". I put it in quotations because it really is a wedding suit with a long, high-waisted skirt, blouse, & peplum jacket. We also found their wedding invitation looking through photos (in an album of course), which was so fun! Here are some photos of my mom wearing the dress!

The dress was in great shape despite being in a box for ~30 years! The skirt had a lot of fabric and had a high/low shape that is on trend today, so we decided to work with the skirt to create a dress.

I had a few ideas in mind and found this photo/dress which served as the main inspiration.

We knew just the woman to help us create the dress. Nancy of Maggie Flood is a well-known dressmaker in the Greater Boston area and has been in business for many, many years creating wedding dresses.

We first visited her in May 2016 and she got our vision immediately. She also suggested reworking the peplum jacket to fit me. Nancy said the condition of the fabrics, and the fabric itself, would be great to manipulate. I went to 8 fittings(!!) and her meticulous work & attention to detail made the dress just what my mom & I envisioned. Looking back I wish I had taken more photos of the process but at the time scraps of material didn't interest me enough, I guess. Here are a couple shots of the dress & jacket at one of the last fittings.
I picked the dress up the week leading up to the wedding and the weather the night of our rehearsal dinner was perfect for wearing the jacket too.

I styled the dress with new & old details: rose gold sparkly shoes, my paternal grandma's pearls layered with Kate Spade necklace, and simple hair blow out.

We also had a small display of photos printed for guests at the wedding to see the creation.

I plan to wear it again on our 1 year anniversary - if not before!

Photos by Hello Love Photography and me.


2016 in review

We are off to Florida this morning to ring in the New Year, go to the Patriots vs. Dolphins game, and celebrate some birthdays! I always like to reflect on this last day of the year with a year in review post. 2016 was pretty fantastic... the craziness joy of planning our wedding, all the celebrations leading up to it, and of course our wedding itself... it's going to be hard to top! Here was my 2016:

January kicked off with sharing our vacation in Cancun.

In February, I got invited to the new Ocean Prime in Boston and shared my beauty loves of the month.

In March, I shared my experience at Dining by Design in NYC and guest-posted at my friend's new blog, Nomadic Fork. I also posted my second wedding update.

April brought a fun wedding in Miami, an interview with Brunches of Boston's founder (and my friend), and I posted about the best soup dumplings in Boston!

In May, I turned 31(!), shared my essential apps for wedding planning, and went to Austin, TX for my bachelorette!

In June I was inspired by pompoms and had a delicious meal at Eventide in Portland, ME (and yay, they are opening in Boston next year!).

July kicked off with sharing some nutrition tips for brides-to-be then my bridal shower, what I wore, and I had so much to share on my bubbly themed bridal shower that it went into August! In August, I also shared a third wedding update, as we were at the 1 month countdown.

September, I started a new job, we got married(!!!!) and headed off to our honeymoon in Hawaii(!!!!), that I started posting on in October (and have so much more to post). What an amazing fall it was.

In November I shared more beauty loves, Friendsgiving decorations, and a night at Boston magazine's Taste.

Finally, in December I posted on a delicious brunch at Mamaleh's, Christmas dinner table decorations, and Christmas morning loungewear.

Happy New Year!

Photo is my #2016topnine.


Christmas Morning Loungewear

We are in the final Christmas countdown! The last couple years, we have kept Christmas day low-key at my family's house. I grew up going to my grandparents for years, then swapping year to year where my aunt or my mom hosted a big family gathering & dinner. While I love a more formal family get-together with a sit down meal, this year we are continuing a newer tradition: staying in our pjs all day and ordering Chinese food. DC grew up in a Jewish family (classic Chinese + movies on Christmas) so he loves this, and gotta say, it takes the pressure off a big meal and lets everyone in the family enjoy one another and relax - with good grub & minimal clean-up! I will be wearing some sort of festive cozies this year and here's a cute Christmas morning loungewear look for inspiration.

Christmas Morning Loungewear
Merry merry! 💚❤️

PS: Watching Elf is a MUST. #santaIknowhim
PPS: There might be wine in that mug ;)


Friday Faves | 12.16.17

This will probably be the last Friday Faves of 2016 - wow this year has gone by fast! The blog has been a bit neglected the past couple months, as life is so busy this time of year. I have so much more to share from our honeymoon and the wedding; the cold days awaiting us in January & February will be the perfect time to edit photos & such. I have a couple more posts this year, including my annual year in review the last week in December. Follow along on Instagram and enjoy these favorite links!

I was so happy to be part of this giving back series last week from Boston blogger Prim and Propah:
via Prim and Propah

This holiday DIY gone wrong is hysterical!

Speaking of Hawaii honeymoon, this drone photo over Diamond Head on Oahu is AMAZING.

This is such a beautiful decoration!

And basically living off using this fun notepad for "making my list and checking it twice" to get holiday errands and everything else done!
Photo by me.


Brunch at Mamaleh's

Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli
Mamaleh is a Yiddish term of endearment for a young child. Mamaleh's is a new modern Jewish deli in Cambridge. Last weekend, friends and I headed across the Charles for Jewish favorites and it did not disappoint.  We ordered an array a food, which we called "Jewish tapas" (insert laughing emoji here), that satisfied sweet and savory cravings.
Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli
From my Snapchat
We started out with meat knishes, blintzes (crepes stuffed with cheese and topped with a yummy & bright raspberry sauce) and classic potato latkes. My favorites were the knishes and blintzes - we loved the blintzes so much we ordered them for dessert too!
Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli meat knish
Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli blintzes
Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli potato latkes

For my meal, like I needed it after our apps, was the sable bagel sandwich. I usually get nova lox but decided to change it up with something new to me. This smoked fish was so creamy & light and went perfectly with the dill cream cheese, pickled cucumbers, arugula, and watermelon radishes (added a great fresh crunch). My friends had the nova bagel plate, eggs over a potato hash, breakfast sandwich (challah bread!), and noodle kugel.
Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli smoked fish bagel sandwich

For desserts, we had the already mentioned second order of blintzes and a slice of chocolate babka, which reminded me of a chocolate croissant - a delicious finish.
Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli chocolate babka

The restaurant atmosphere is fun & upbeat. I loved the overall branding too. After eating, we explored a corner of the restaurant with a variety of Jewish novelty items for sale. These cards are so fun!
Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli funny cards

Can't wait to go back for lunch and try Mamaleh's reuben sandwich (and get more blintzes)! They have a take-out deli counter too!
Mamaleh's Cambridge Jewish deli

All photos by me. This post is not sponsored or affiliated with Mamaleh's any any way- just loved the food!