It’s currently 5 am on Tuesday morning, and I’m trying to gulp down my coffee before heading out the door in an hour. I have a dermatologist appointment to get a skin screening, and it’s 30-miles away. That usually isn’t a problem, but Charlotte traffic has been a little rough lately.
I cannot believe Christmas is eight days away. December needs to slow down! I haven’t gone Christmas shopping, baked anything, or sent one Christmas card. There’s been a lot going on, but a lot of good things. Anyways, let’s get this recap started!
The update on the house is pretty much the same.
It’s been super rainy here, so we are all framed, and just waiting for the concrete to go in! Unfortunately, it’s another rainy day today, so they most likely won’t get started until next week. It’s still so much fun to drive by. I get excited and can’t stop daydreaming about living there.
Last week, I lived off of soup for the most part.
I made a delicious chicken, kale, and white bean soup during my vlogmas video. It turned out delicious, and we ate it almost every single night. I had it with a large salad and Udi’s gluten-free bread (because soup and bread are best friends.)
Lately, I’ve been grabbing my cappuccinos at this new coffee shop in my town, Knowledge Perk. It’s the cutest and coziest coffee shop, and their coffee drinks are crafted beautifully. I had my favorite, a cappuccino with almond milk, and an extra shot of espresso.
On Tuesday, I decided to make my very first gingerbread house for vlogmas. It was a very humbling experience 😂
I have another box, so I’m hoping to get a chance to redeem myself.
I ended my week with a cup of hot chocolate and a cozy book with my pups by the fireplace.
Caitlin said she had something planned for the weekend of the 14th. Everyone around me knew about it except me. I thought we were going to an ugly sweater party and maybe doing something holiday activities, but I was so wrong! She and my friends surprised me with a mini-bachelorette weekend in Charlotte. Her place was filled with decor, and it was the cutest surprise! I was shocked and so happy to have friends in my life who would do something like this for me. It warmed my heart and put a permanent smile on my face all weekend.
We started with cocktails at Lincoln Street.
This was a reminder that I need to get out more because there are so many places in Charlotte that I need to try out. The interior here was cozy, and I loved the holiday decor. I ordered the Down in Frisco. I had house-infused date rum with pomegranate syrup. I’ve never been a cocktail person, but this one may have convinced me.
We all headed to Barcelona for dinner after cocktails.
All I can say is, “WOW.” The food was unbelievable. Barcelona is a tapas restaurant with so many unique dishes and flavors. We ordered so much food, but not a single drop was leftover. We started with scallops, shishito peppers, potatoes with garlic aioli, spinach and chickpeas, trout, smoked cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. They brought out a marked up gluten-free and dairy-free menu, so all of these dishes were on that. No matter what kind of eater you are (vegan, pescetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free), this place has so many options for you!
I want to bring my brother here when he visits! & I am going to focus on updating my Charlotte Guide in 2020!
And just when I thought the surprises were over, they weren’t.
Caitlin made homemade gluten-free pancakes and a yogurt bar for a fun brunch with the girls. She hosted a “Panties & Pancake Party.” You can watch that fun during the vlogmas video. It was such a cute idea.
How about those delicious looking pancakes?! I love her Anthropologie plates! 😍
I love these girls! ♥️ After breakfast, we all got ready to look at wedding dresses!
I made an appointment a few weeks in advance to try on dresses at Winnie Couture. I had been looking at their dresses for so long and loved all of the details and styles. I knew there was a good chance I may find my dress.
I chatted on the phone with Madison about what I wanted, and she did an excellent job at pulling exactly what I described. She made it tough to choose.
If you guys want me to write a separate blog about the whole process and everything that went through my mind that day, let me know. It was such a unique and special day. I’m really happy I went with Winnie Couture because that was an experience I’ll never forget.
When I tried on MY dress, it topped everything I had ever tried on. I knew that without a doubt, this one was it. SO I SAID YES TO THE DRESS! If you want a sneak peek of the whole dress day, head over to my vlogmas video. I’ll show you the dress I ALMOST chose. After my wedding, I will share all of the photos from that day. They are so special.
These girls were so amazing during this experience. I can see why everyone was saying go with your girlfriends, and I took your advice! Since they custom-make your dress, it takes about four to five months for it to come back. When it arrives, I’ll do a showing for my mom and Kyle’s mom.
Love my B!!!!!
That night, Caitlin and I were getting ready to go out for an ugly sweater party. We both looked at each other with this look of exhaustion. It was such a fun day but with high emotions and adrenaline. We made the adult-like decision to wash off our makeup, get in our pajamas, make a cup of tea, and watch Christmas movies! It was the best decision ever.
She made one of her Purple Carrot meals for us, and it was phenomenal! This one was the Mexican skillet 🤤
I spent most of Sunday relaxing on the couch watching movies and catching up on work. Later that evening, Kyle and I headed out to the lot to see if they made any progress, but it looked the same. Can you tell we are super anxious in the good kind of way!
In a few months, there will be a house BEHIND me!!!
After checking on the house for the 100th time, we drove out to Trader Joe’s so I could pick up groceries for the week. I found this carrot and coconut juice for the ride home, and it was really good! If your TJ’s have it, definitely try this on out! 😊
Well, I’m off to my doctor’s appointment! Thanks for stopping by to read, and I hope you have the best day! My brother and his girlfriend are coming to town tomorrow night, and I’m SO so so so so excited!
Questions for you!
- Would you like me to write a blog about finding the dress? (debating if I should do this now, or after the wedding!)
- Do you have any wedding planning advice for me?
- Tell me anything about your week!