Reception Photos! Finally!

29 Nov

Here is the last installment of wedding photos from our amazing Key West wedding from this past summer. These photos can’t even begin to capture the amazing time we had celebrating with our friends and family. Almost eighty of our loved ones travelled over 1000 miles to be with us on our big day and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Now here is the PARTY!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos!! A big thank you to our amazing photographers from JHunter Photography, Hannah and John!!

xo Kay

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More Wedding Photos…

22 Nov

I am back with more amazing wedding photos to share! Today will be our ceremony photos and some of our formal pictures from after the ceremony with M and I. Our ceremony took place at Fort Zachary State Beach in Key West, and our guests arrived in style by Trolley. Here are few of my favorites from our ocean side ceremony!

Walking down the aisle with my father

My bridal party

Saying our vows!
Officially a preppyhouseWIFE!
One of my absolute favorites
Love the photos in the palm trees
Close-up:)

This is all the photos for today! I will try to post some reception photos tomorrow but with Thanksgiving preparations it might be next week! Hope you have enjoyed the preppy wedding photos so far!

 
xo Kay

 

Preppy Wedding Photos!

25 Oct

These are LONG overdue, almost 4 months overdue actually! There are way too many to share at once so today I will post the pictures of us getting ready for the big day! Our wedding took place in amazing Key West Florida at the one and only Ocean Key Resort and Spa, it was the most perfect location!

Our rings and custom wedding map!

Monogrammed Jack Rodgers from my Groom!

PreppyHouseWife all dolled up!Relaxing in the tub before the ceremony!

PreppyHouseWife and the bridal party and flowergirls!

M and his groomsmen!

 It was such an amazing day and it really was perfection. Ceremony picture’s will be posted tomorrow!

xoKay

A-Maine-zing…

12 Sep

Yeah that was a bad title. I am aware. But really I love Maine. We usually take tons of pictures but this year I was pretty lame with the camera, I admit. I did get some amazing shots of the sunsets and lighthouse though.

We stayed at a friend’s lake house on Sebago. The sunsets are amazing! Here is my favorite shot:

M fishing on the Dock

After a few amazing days at the Lake fishing, swimming, sunning, and reading we had to head home. M and I decided to take the long way home and drive home along the coast of Maine. We drove through Portland, had lunch in Old Port, then hit Cape Elizabeth and Kennebunkport. Cape Elizabeth is home to the most photographed lighthouses in the USA (someone told me this and I am taking it as fact) so naturally we stopped to take pictures!

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

PreppyHouseWife at the Lighthouse

It was beautiful in Cape Elizabeth. If it didn’t snow there 8 months out of the year I would consider living there. But the adorable shingle sided beachy homes were exactly what I want in our someday dream home:) It was a great vacation and I can’t wait to go again next year!

xoKay

Berries in the Kitchen!!

3 Sep

I have turned to the fabulous fresh berries that I found at the farmer’s market this week as the inspiration for a few items whipped up in the PreppyKitchen this week! Both of these amazing recipes are from Clean Eating Magazine, one of my most favorite sources for healthy recipes! For dinner we made Chicken with Sautéed Blackberry Sauce, and it was delicious! Here are some pictures and the recipe:

Chicken with Sautéed Blackberry Sauce

Ingredients: 4 6oz boneless chicken breasts, 1/2tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 2tbsp olive oil, 1/3cup chopped shallots, 1tsp fresh rosemary, 1cup blackberries, 1/2cup 100% pomegranate or blueberry pomegranate juice.

-Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large skillet or saute pan heat oil on medium. Add chicken and cook for 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Transfer chicken to serving plates and let rest for 5 minutes.

Chicken cooking in the skillet.

-Meanwhile in the same skillet on medium-high heat add shallots and rosemary and cook until shallots are tender, about 1 minute. Stir in blackberries and pomegranate juice, deglazing pan by scraping up any browned bits from bottom of the skillet with heatsafe spatula. Cook until liquid is reduced to a thin layer, 1-2 minutes.

Cooking Up Blackberries!

-Top Chicken with berry mixture and serve! I served ours with a heap of organic green beans:)

For dessert I found another amazing recipe also from Clean Eating for homemade Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles. I had used our popsicle molds before but these were above and beyond anything I made before!

Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

Ingredients: 2 cups blueberries, 2tbsp evaporated cane juice (I subbed 1tbsp agave nectar for this), 2 cups plain non-fat yogurt, 1tsp vanilla extract, 1/2tsp lemon zest

Ingredients!

 -In a medium saucepan combine blueberries, agave, and 2tsp water and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until blueberries soften. Allow berry mix to simmer for an additional 2 minutes then set aside to cool.

Cooking the Blueberries!

-Meanwhile mix together yogurt, vanilla extract, and lemon zest in a bowl. Slowly fold the slightly cooled blueberry mixture into the bowl and stir.

Blueberry and Yogurt Mixture

-Pour mixture into popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze for 3-4 hours or until frozen solid, then enjoy!

Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles!

I always love cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients so these are definitely two delicious one’s  I will be keeping on my list for summer. Enjoy!!

xoKay

Wellies and Irene

31 Aug

Up in the Northeast we had a little encounter with Hurricane Irene last weekend. She busted in and literally washed out my weekend. There was severe flooding in my area, but we are very thankful that M and I are both safe and our house sustained very little damage. Considering our street looked like this:

Our Street

 We feel very lucky.

So in the spirit of having to canoe in the front yard a friend suggested I do a post on some of the amazing preppy wellies that are available. I did some research and found some amazing options out there! First are the fabulous wellies M bought me for Christmas last year. They are the Kate Spade Randi Rain Boot. M bought mine in black with a hot pink interior, but they were also available in Hot Pink and Beige. I LOVE LOVE the bow accent and the fact that they have a slight two-inch heel. Keeps my feet dry and makes me a little bit taller. This PreppyHouseWife loves to wear her wellies!

Kate Spade Randi Rain Boot

The classic rain boot and a personal favorite is definitely the Hunter “original tall” rain boot. They come in so many colors you can’t go wrong. The ability to add fleece sock liners to make these also a cold weather boot makes them extremely versatile, and once I saw them in High Gloss Fuchsia I was sold!

Hunter "original tall" Rain Boot in High Gloss Fuchsia

Another classic  rain boot is the Burberry Rain Boot. The Check Rain Boot is made with the classic Burberry check pattern and are perfect for working professionals. I coveted these boots in college, but now I prefer the bold statements you can make with other wellies:)

Burberry Check Rain Boot

The wellies I found and LOVED were by Sperry Top-Sider. A personal favorite when I am purchasing boat shoes, they also make some fabulous wellies that are perfect for wet weather! Not to mention when you add a nautical twist with the Signal Flag print it makes me incredibly happy!

Sperry Pelican Tall Boot in Signal Flag

Hopefully the river subsides and wellies will no longer be a daily fashion statement up in Connecticut but simply a once in a while addition to my outfits for rainy days! Check back this weekend for Maine vacation pictures and the recipe for Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles!

xo Kay

Endless Summer Sale: Review and Purchases!

23 Aug

Today was the 2011 Endless Summer Sale on Lilly’s webpage and also at many of the via stores online. It was an early morning for me but was amazingly worth it as I scored some fabulous steals and deals.

First of all I have to say that this year there was amazing improvements on the capabilities of lillypulitzer.com. Last year there were frustrations with the site crashing and with items being ordered and it never going through, there were also issues with via stores, specifically In The Pink. Shipments were delayed and cancelled, although I personally had good luck there were frustrations all around! This year however there was amazing access, the site was quick and easy, and check-outs were a breeze! Great job to the IT people over at Lilly for a great success!

From the fabulous vis store The Pink Pelican I was able to pick up a great deal on the Whitaker Dress in Lagoon Green Summer Nights for only $99! And free shipping, plus with CT tax-free week it was tax-free as well. An amazing deal, and is definitely going to be worn at a September wedding we have coming up. Can’t wait to wear this piece!

Whitaker Dress in Lagoon Green Summer Nights

After scoring a great deal at The Pink Pelican the sale site on Lilly’s webpage finally opened around 8:30am and I got to work! I scooped up three dresses and a wrap for $200. There were amazing steals! The first dress I purchased was the Jillie Dress Chiffon in Daiquiri Pink, originally $328 dollars and marked down to $39. I almost bought one in every color at that amazing price! This is another dress I am setting aside for a November wedding! I can’t wait to see how this fits and the gold detailing up close!

Jillie Dress Chiffon

The next dress I purchased is one that I had tried on before in a different print, and I fell in love with the cut. It is a perfect dress for fall! I love the cinched waist and large loose collar, and the print in Multi Sea Me is 100% adorable. Only $59!

Harlow Dress CDC

The final dress I purchased seems like an adorable addition to my collection. Not as colorful as some of the other pieces in my closet, but I hold a spot in my heart for Navy. The gold button details on this Finn Shift Ponte in True Navy complete the look. When paired with my gold Resort Chic Wedge this will be an adorable twist on a nautical look. Only $64!

Finn Shift Ponte

The last item I purchased this morning was an adorable printed Katia Knit Wrap which I featured in my must haves from the summer 2011 collection earlier this year. I hadn’t purchased this yet so I was happy to find this beauty in the Cherry Limeade Begonias print for only $49. I can not wait to pair this with a pink or white pink with blue jeans this fall! 

Katia Knit Wrap

There were amazing deals to be had, and if money was unlimited I would have done some serious damage. Overall I am extremely pleased with this summers sale, the improvements made were amazing and didn’t go un-noticed by Lilly lovers everywhere. I will be waiting patiently by the door for my packages to arrive later this week! How did everyone else do with the sales today? I can’t wait to hear what everyone’s reactions are!! Hope we all had a successful end of summer sale!

xo Kay