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}

Weekend Snaps

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{Lunch at Yeah! Burger}

I’m always sad come Monday morning knowing that my weekend is over, but this past weekend in particular , I was especially sad to see go. It was one of those weekends where we had nothing planned, yet it turned out to be such a fun weekend. An old friend from college was strolling through town, so we headed down to the Westside Provisions District for some lunch and then to Atlantic Station to do a little shopping and show him the sights. Coincidentally, the Olympic Committee was there promoting the Road to Sochi tour. We got to partake in several interactive exhibits which included getting our photo snapped skiing in Sochi and filming a commercial segment  for AT&T that could appear during the Winter Olympics. I’ll keep you posted if they decide to air it! Sunday was spent relaxing watching trashy reality TV (my favorite) followed by an Italian style family dinner and the Grammys. It’s not often that perfect weekends come around, but they are even better when you least expect it.

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{Giant giraffe bust at Sid Mashburn}

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{Skiing in Sochi c/o Bear Naked}

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

Christmas in the City

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Christmas in Atlanta is always such a magical time of the year. The streets are filled with holiday decor, holiday shopping is in full swing, and despite the frigid temperatures, everyone seems to be in such great spirits. This past weekend, my boyfriend and I headed down to Atlantic Station to finish up some Christmas shopping, but while we were there, we got to take in the full splendor of Christmas complete with temps below 40 degrees, a visit with the giant (but beautifully decorated) tree, and an afternoon ice skating. As a former figure skater I was a little disappointed with my performance on the ice, but that didn’t hinder my spirits as it truly was a perfect winter day surrounded by great company.

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Winter Bucket List

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It’s that time of year again-another bucket list is here! We are technically still a few weeks away from the official first day of winter, but since we have already had our first snow (ish) day, it’s officially winter in my mind. These next few weeks will be extremely busy, filled with the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holiday season, so I’m making it a point to make time for all of my favorite winter activities. Aside from all the fun that surrounds Christmas, I’m particularly looking forward to enjoying some of the little things this season, like hibernating next to a warm fire with some hot coco, ice skating on a chilly day, and spending time with my family (who will be coming all the way from South Florida at the end of the month). So without further ado, my Winter Bucket List:

1.  Visit a Christmas Tree Farm, buy this year’s tree, then decorate it!

2. Go ice skating on the outside rink at Centennial Olympic Park.

3. See the holiday lights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

4. Host a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party complete with a hot chocolate bar.

5. Bake Christmas cookies and attempt to decorate them with royal icing.

6. Spend a Saturday in my pajamas watching a marathon of all my favorite holiday movies.

7. Go to the Backstreet Boys concert/Jingle Jam 2013.

8. Ring in 2014 wearing this sequined dress by BB Dakota.

9. Watch Florida State play in (and hopefully win) the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena.

10. SNOW DAY! Hoping we get another snow day this year, one that lasts longer than 4 hours 🙂

Holiday Movie Roundup

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Last night, my boyfriend and I went out for our usual date night to to see Richard Curtis‘ newest film, About Time, and it got me excited for the holidays. Curtis is responsible for writing and directing some of my favorite movies, including the popular holiday flick, Love Actually. That movies always puts me in a cheery mood. After the movie, I started thinking about some of my other favorite holiday movies that really get me in the holiday spirit. I’ve rounded up my top picks, from classics to newer features, that celebrate this wonderful season. My all-time favorite will always be A Christmas Story, although Christmas Vacation is a close second. What’s your favorite holiday film? 

These are in no particular order:

A Christmas Story

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

It’s a Wonderful Life

Elf

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Christmas Vacation

Home Alone

The Holiday

The Family Stone

Love Actually

Miracle on 34th Street

Minestrone Soup

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I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately thanks to the constant changes in temperature here. First it’s freezing, then it’s warm, then back to freezing. In an effort to fight off any signs of sickness, I decided to make one of my favorite soups over the weekend, Minestrone. I followed Ina Garten’s recipe from her newest cookbook, Foolproof, and I’ve got to be honest, this recipe really is “foolproof.” Ina uses pancetta to give the broth added flavor which makes all the difference, not to mention this soup is packed with nutrients from all my favorite winter vegetables. It even contains extra antioxidants from the fresh spinach leaves. I served it with some garlic bruschetta to dip in my soup. Being sick is never ideal, but a hot cup of soup certainly makes you feel better.

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Weekender

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Happy Friday/November 1st!  I’ll admit I was a little sad this morning turning my calendar over, but it is nice knowing today officially starts the holiday season! Bring on the festivities!  Starbucks has already released their holiday cups and new holiday flavors. I helped myself to a Gingerbread Latte earlier which made me excited for all the holiday baking ahead. We’ve also been having amazing weather here. The trees have their full Autumn glow- bright red, yellow, and orange trees are everywhere and I can’t get enough! It is so pretty driving around with fall foliage in full bloom. Many leaves have started falling in preparation for Winter, so I’m going to enjoy them while I still can. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xXx

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