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Ooh, Alphabet Bags now makes coinpurses too! I’m a total sucker for that clean typography, and I love their classic look. My grandma Joan is the queen of coin purses–she always has the cutest ones–but as much as I love hers, I never use one myself because I don’t know what I’d put in them (I never have cash or change).  Do you carry one? If so, I’d love to hear what’s in it. xo

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I have weddings on the brain this week, so I thought I’d share a few photos of Tom and Katierose’s Hamptons wedding. Scott and I had the pleasure of witnessing Tom and K-ro’s adventurous and supportive relationship up close when we were roommates in Federal Hill. Shortly thereafter, the two moved to Berlin, where they have made a great life for themselves that we were lucky to experience for a few days when we visited them on our honeymoon. Their wedding was a great mix of American roots and European flair.

Their ceremony was very intimate and warm—Tom’s sister hand-painted flags to flank the ceremony area, and each of the couple’s seven siblings shared their personal advice on marriage and well wishes for the future. Guests were also invited to share memories of the couple, which I thought was a really sweet touch. Lots of laughter and tears ensued.

One of my favorite things about the wedding is that both K-ro and Tom looked so much like themselves. Their attire stayed true to their wonderfully unique personalities—Tom wearing his gorgeous curly locks and vest, Katierose in a stunning hairpiece that nearly made me jump out of my chair in excitement. She said wearing it was “a must.”

At the reception, they served bbq and had tubs of citrus water in adorable mason jars. After eating, we all danced the night away to the songs of the couple’s DJ friend, who had flown in from Europe. As I was dancing I felt a wave of gratitude for knowing this wonderful couple and being included in this heartwarming celebration.

Two years ago today, and I still have a hard time believing it’s true. I scarcely feel old enough to be married, yet I cannot imagine how I lived for so long without the warm shelter and fulfilling joy of my marriage. In our six years together we’ve lived a lifetime of experiences that leave me amazed and enchanted. We have climbed mountains together, sailed together, surfed together, hiked together, run half marathons together, jumped out of a plane together, held hands through funerals and weddings and held new babies together, traveled to Vegas and San Francisco and Palm Beach and Boston and New York and Canada and Italy and Switzerland and Germany and Czech Republic together, nursed broken noses and elbows together, laughed until our bellies hurt together, earned degrees together, bought a house together, rode bikes and cars and boats and planes and trains together. We’ve grown together and because of each other in so many ways, and I still feel like the luckiest lady ever because he chooses to spend his life with me. I’m so grateful for all of the things we have done, and I can’t wait for the new adventures we’ll create for ourselves in the years to come. xo

Darling readers, it’s Friday! Let’s all clink our imaginary margarita glasses and celebrate the end of another week. What fun things do you have planned for the weekend? Scottie has signed us up for a couples training session bright and early tomorrow morning, so we’ll be spending Saturday doing suicides and side planks in Federal Hill Park (coincidentally the same park where we were married almost two years ago). After that, I’m planning to convince him to take me to brunch at the cafe where we had our very first date, and later I hope to decorate our bedroom with a new project I’m dying to share with you. I hope you have a relaxing weekend, and here are a few fun things from around the web this week:

These ladylike bow scarves remind me of a 70’s sweetheart.

A spot-on fall look, though I’m still not sold on the socks-out trend.

Quite possibly the perfect fall nail polish. (Enter to win it here!)

Loving the cinched-in jackets at Fashion Week.

Ain’t no party like a ban.do party.

Legs for miles.

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Kind bars are my new go-to for a quick snack or breakfast on the run. They’re absolutely delicious and pretty healthymy favorite almond cashew bar has 150 calories, 4 grams of fiber and less than 10 ingredients, all of which I can pronounce. Many of the bars also contain vitamins and Omega-3, and let’s just say I’ll take the extra brain power wherever I can get it. I also like the almond coconut and the nut delight. I may or may not have cleaned out my local grocery store’s supply of them this weekend (sorry shoppers at Superfresh in Towson).

P.S. Founder Daniel Lubetzky was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Responsibility Pioneers” and one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek. Now that’s a brand I can get behind.

Naomi has the cutest bangs. I haven’t sported them since ’96, but she’s making me reconsider. (I wouldn’t mind the puppy either).

Do you like bangs? Would you ever take the plunge?

I am drooling over Alice’s corn. She grills skewered corn halves and then sprinkles them with cojita cheese, lime juice and plenty of hot sauce. She recommends you eat it with lots of napkins. I just recommend that you make some and share them with me. Immediately.

I think I need to make friends with Alyson and Levi, who served burgers and apple pie at their wedding. Levi sported a sweet beard and Alyson wore a pre-owned wedding dress, which probably made her a little less nervous about ketchup stains. The whole wedding looks so fun and relaxed – I wish I was invited!
Via 100 Layer Cake

Sorry, Monopoly: I’m pretty sure Scrabble is America’s favorite game. After all, my cool parents play it (and even bet on it!) several times a week, and my friends Kyle and Sara recently played it with their adorable baby girl on a rainy trip to the beach. Now there’s even a life-sized version that you can make for your backyard! I bet your neighbors would come running.

A photo of me.

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