The Bahamas

The Bahamas

We’re back from our tropical getaway to the Bahamas and I’m already having withdrawals. We had such an amazing time- relaxing on the beach, sipping piña colodas, exploring local Nassau-it was absolutely perfect! We stayed at the Melià Beach Resort, which is located on Cable Beach, just minutes from downtown Nassau. Every day we woke up early, grabbed Starbucks, and headed to the beach to settle into one of the cabanas for the day. It was so nice to lounge on the beach and enjoy the picturesque views.

My favorite part of our trip was the snorkeling excursion that we saved for the very last day. Stuart Cove’s navigated the trip, which took us to three different locations in the Atlantic Ocean- the Little Elvis (named after the King himself), Hollywood Cove, and the shark observatory. The Little Elvis was a more shallow reef, where got to see different types of corals and fish. Hollywood Cove is actually a famous reef  for snorkeling as it has served as a prime filming location for many movies including Jaws, Thunderball, & Into the Blue. Our last stop was the most terrifying. Not only did we get to “observe” sharks from the boat, but we also got to swim with them. That’s right, physically get in the water with them! Our boat released a bucket of chum in the water to draw the sharks near us, while everyone that wanted to participate held onto a rope in the water. The sharks could then swim around us. The sharks we swam with are considered reef sharks, so they don’t prey on humans, but there is always a chance they could! It was such a surreal experience and definitely great way to end our trip.

I’m was so mad at myself for not having an underwater camera to document our snorkeling excursion, but I did manage to snap a few pics once I got back onto the boat. Here’s a glimpse at our vacation:

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{View from our balcony}

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{Beach Palms + first day on the beach}

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{Enjoying the crystal clear water}

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{Stop at Señor Frogs}

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{Colorful houses + beautiful beach}

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{Wedding ceremony location + my wedding date}

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{Taking in the amazing view}

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{Island style happy hour + beach day}

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{Snorkeling excursion with Stuart Cove}

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{Hollywood Cove snorkel spot}

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{Starfish + Swimming with Reef Sharks}

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{Final sunset walk on the beach}

 

St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m still super bummed we couldn’t make it to Savannah this year, but living walking distance from an Irish pub made it that much easier for us to celebrate here.  Despite the rainy weather, we threw on some green and headed to Meehan’s for green beer, jello shots, and some traditional Irish dancing.  Yes, you read that correctly. There was a full on Riverdance in the pub. It was a far cry from the kind of shenanigans we would have encountered in Savannah, nonetheless it was certainly another fun St. Paddy’s Day!

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Checking In

Work Sign{A daily reminder by my office}

I’m back! I certainly did not intend to go on a month long blogging hiatus, but life has been crazy lately. Between moving offices, a trip to Savannah, a busy work schedule, and no internet or cable for almost two weeks, I just haven’t had time to blog. I’m happy to say I finally have internet again and things have settled down, so I’ll be returning to regular posts shortly. I can’t wait to share pictures from my trip to Savannah. In the meantime, here’s a recap of the past month:

Forsyth Fountain{Fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah}

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SouthCityKitchen{New favorite spot for comfort food}

4thBday{George celebrating his 4th birthday}

Frozen

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It’s another snowy (rather icy) day in Atlanta. We’ve been hit with another winter storm, only this time I can actually enjoy it. After the first Snowpacolypse, the city advised that everyone stay indoors for the time being, but cabin fever has already started to kick in, so I ventured out to see the frozen city. Everything is so beautiful, covered in a white blanket of snow, and although I really can’t go anywhere, I am quite cozy working from home. Why can’t this happen more often?

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Olympic Cupcakes

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The Winter Olympics begin tonight, so I whipped up some festive cupcakes to celebrate. I’ve always loved the Olympics, but as a former competitive figure skater, I appreciate the Winter Olympics even more. To show some USA team spirit, I used this recipe for the cake since it incorporates the red, white, and blue sprinkles. I even had some flag cupcake liners leftover from the 4th of July which were perfect. I topped the cupcakes with a homemade buttercream and some M&M’s to represent the Olympic rings. I’m looking forward to watching all the events, especially figure skating, and these cupcakes will be nice to snack on.

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Snow Day

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Atlanta had a snow day yesterday. Actually, it was more like a “Snowpacolypse” and to say we were not prepared would be an understatement. This city shutdown! The roads were extremely icy, traffic was horrible, and people (including my boyfriend) were having to find shelters anywhere they could. Between getting stuck in gridlock traffic for nine hours, having to abandon my car, then walk a mile to a friends house, the events that took place are still a complete shock to me. I’ve been wanting it to snow all winter, but this type of snow day is not what I had in mind. I’m happy to report I retrieved my car earlier today, reunited with my boyfriend, and we both made it safely home. Although at this point I’ll be happy if I never see snow again, we did manage to enjoy some of it before it melts tomorrow.

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Snow 5{Snowy city skyline}

Snow 3{Reunited at last}

Snow 6{We survived Snowpacolypse 2014}

One Year

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One year ago today I started Ashes & Wine and I’m so glad I did. It’s been such a great way to document my adventures, share style tips and recipes, but most importantly, I’ve become part of a whole new community. I’d like to give a sincere thank you to all my supporters, readers and friends who have followed along this past year. My blog has grown so much since I wrote my first post and I could not be more pleased with the direction it’s headed. I’m looking forward to my second year of blogging and hope that you’ll continue to show your support!

P.S. It’s still a work in progress, but I hope you like the new look!

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Life Lately

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Sorry for the radio silence everyone! 2014 has already been super busy and we are only two weeks in. I’ve been on the grind since January 1st, but used this weekend to play catch up. So in a nutshell, here’s what I’ve been up to as of late:

1. Before heading out for NYE

2. Dinner at Marietta Diner

3. Another variation of my Garnet & Gold mani

4. Pre-gaming at Tin Lizzy’s with the Atlanta Seminole Club for the BCS Championship

5. Proud Seminole Alumni (#1)

6. Brunch at Another Broken Egg

7. Clementine season

8. Leisurely Saturday reading

9. New favorite bracelet that is perfect for cheering on my Noles