Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Easy Getaway Idea


Putnam County, less than 60 miles north of Manhattan, might be an unlikely getaway destination but if you are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of NYC, here's a fun idea for a mini-vacation (or bachelorette weekend!) in Carmel, New York!

(c) Real Estate Hudson Valley NY

Friday: Rent this "tree house" AirBnB with a few of your closest friends. Grab an early dinner at Thai Golden (get the roti appetizer!), then head over to Jar Worthy where you can blend your own signature scent and then pour your own candle. While your candle sets, walk over to The Art of Healing for some relaxing yet rejuvenating yoga. Then pick up your custom candle and head back to the tree house for late night snacks and some serious girl talk on the deck. 

Saturday: After grabbing coffee at The Pantry, stroll through Cold Spring and enjoy some amazing antiquing and equally amazing views of the Hudson River or go for a hike at Fahnestock State Park or on the treehouse's property. For dinner, pick up some locally raised meats at Marbled to create your own culinary masterpiece at the treehouse or just grab some Indian take-out from the Curry House (try the gobi!). 

Sunday: Sleep late, enjoy some fresh air, then head back to NYC. 

Jar Worthy and the Art of Healing have paired up for a fun candle making/yoga event on this Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30. Tickets are $30 per person. Sign up here!

Hope to see you in Putnam County soon!

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie 




Friday, August 3, 2018

Have a Fantastic Weekend...


Hoping you have a fantastic weekend. Here are a few love-related links from around the web...enjoy!

Need a wedding venue suggestion? I highly recommend The Garrison in Putnam County. Just about an hour north of NYC. Take a virtual tour of the venue here.

Great little bit about NYC City Hall weddings from my favorite radio station, WNYC.

The best national parks, as rated by one couple who has been to them all. Go to a national park on your honeymoon or your next trip. National parks are truly the best thing about the United States!

Peaches are in season in the Hudson Valley! Go pick your own at Fishkill Farms and maybe even pop the question under a peach tree. Then head to Beacon's Roundhouse to celebrate.

Loved this article about a transgender couple, from the NYT. Great story about finding love under challenging circumstances but their wedding!!! Complete with a bouncy house for the kids and smoked brisket. #weddinggoals

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green.....Flowers at Fishkill Farms 


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bridesmaids...




"You do want your friends to be there for your marriage, not just your wedding."
~ Aminatou Sow

One of my new favorite podcasts, Call Your Girlfriend (CYG), recently interviewed Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss about trials and tribulations of being a bridesmaid. Michelle and Caroline's new book, aptly titled Hey Ladies!, documents the planning of various wedding events through the fictitious emails of eight women. 

The underlying theme of the book is the cringe-worthy requests that brides and bridesmaids make of each other. As a bride, planning a wedding is exciting but rife with stress as various expectations are either met or dismissed. Being a bridesmaid is an honor but can be a major burden on time and finances. Understanding both perspectives would likely save many friendships. 

In the CYG episode also titled Hey Ladies!, Michelle, Caroline, and CYG creators Animatou Sow and Ann Friedman discuss some of the absurdity of the bridesmaid role. Listen to the podcast here and prepare to laugh, cringe, and get useful tips on how to navigate the tricky road of wedding planning and friendships. 

 And if you are planning a wedding, do your ladies a favor and buy Hey Ladies! for all of your bridesmaids instead of the monogrammed "bridesmaid" tank top. 

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie 

Photo Credit: Call Your Girlfriend


Friday, May 25, 2018

Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend


Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Hoping you all enjoy the long weekend and (hopefully) sunny weather. Here are a few fun links from around the web...enjoy!

The 50 most beautiful wedding venues in the Hudson Valley.

Having a party at home and want to be as eco-friendly as possible but not spend hours afterward washing dishing? Check our Brandless' eco-friendly, compost-able, disposable tableware.

Best two-player board games for a date night in.

The best bridal shower gifts at multiple price points from Penzeys Spice Company...truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Other royal weddings.

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie

Photo Credit: Lizzie B, Hudson Valley Green...at Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia, NY. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Have a Wonderful Weekend...


Hello there! This weekend's roundup focuses on saving money on wedding events, either as a host or a guest. Enjoy!    

50 frugal tips for planning a wedding (or any event).

Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess created these cute (and easy!) glass planters using recycled yogurt containers. The planters would make great bridal shower or wedding favors.

Skip the airfare and honeymoon in the great state of New York!

Rather than an expensive floral bouquet, how about a veggie bouquet instead? 

And lastly...

According to EveryDollar, the average wedding guest spends over $1,000. Here is some advice for saving money as a guest!


Have a Wonderful Weekend and Happy Planning, 
Lizzie 

Photo Credit: Stephanie Gardner for SayYes.com