June 2013 | Olive and Tate

5 on Friday

Happy Friday ya'll! 
It's time for another 5 On Friday link up with April and Co.!

It's been a crazy roller coaster of craziness kinda week so for my 5 I thought I would discuss:
 The 5 Things I Learned This Week
(in no particular order)

1. It is not mandatory to clean your house for months before you sell it to new owners (apparently). 
We closed on our house in Maine on Wednesday and headed straight over there to meet electricians, painters and to get our hands on that baby..........and we were shocked. It appears that the sellers have done absolutely zero upkeep since we started the offer process. I'm super into organization and everything being in its place but let's be honest, I haven't given anything in my house a good bleaching in a while...but come on! I literally did not want to walk around barefoot...and I set us up in the guest bathroom because we didn't pack shower shoes....which would be required to shower in our master bath. Gross.

P.S. I swear it did not look like this when we put on offer on it....

Are you there Molly Maids? It's me, Stephanie!

2.  We aren't moving just quite yet....
We got word from the relocation company that our "Household Goods" move has been pushed from this coming week to the week of July 15th. That may not seem like long to some people, but seeing as the only thing in the Maine house is an air mattress and a shower curtain, we kinda would like to get our stuff. I also am in love with the term "Household Goods"...it makes me giggle....I wish they would just call a spade and spade and call it the "all the crap in your house, including your dog" move.

3. Super weird/surprisingly entertaining things happen in our new hometown
Last night Justin and I went to dinner in Downtown Bangor and we saw this:
Justin said I needed a pair of those gold leggings.
Uh, good luck with that. 

We think it was some sort of practice/training ground for performers (because what else does one do on a curb on a nice Thursday evening?) and who could not stop and watch that?
 I used precious Wine Time to stare/Instagram....that's saying something! 

4. Bride Body vanishes quickly
Yaaaaaaa'll...I miss my Bride Body! I know it's completely my fault that it's gone, but can I just have a girl moment?? In order to get into that dress (and sans Spanx might I add!), I spent many a month at Pure Barre in Greenville and I.Loved.It. I would highly recommend it...but after the 2 week Honeymoon and then all this not having a home business (and maybe all the wine and bread), things have quickly gone South. And not the good kind of South...we're not talking monograms and sun hats South....let's just say I would prefer to rock a one piece with a muumuu these days that one of my Honeymoon bikinis. 

5. My husband reads the blog!
Ok, get this! My Husband, who I am pretty sure doesn't listed to 99.9% of the things I say (I arrived at this very scientific calculation by remembering the number of times I have told him something veeeeery important and then 20 mins later he asked me about said topic as if we were discussing it for the first time. MEN!) let it slip yesterday that he reads Newlyweds:North. 
The convo went a little something like this:

 S: (blabbering on about something veeeeery important)
j: (super serious face) "I know Stephanie, I read your blog."
S: (mouth falls open)

That kid surprises me at every turn!

P.S. I think he reads the blog to make sure my shit talking about him is kept to a minimum, but I choose to chalk it up to being a Supportive Husband. 
Yay, Marriage!



Back Bay, Virginia

Hey ya'll!
Today we are venturing to my dad's most favorite place- Wallace's Marina in Fox Hill, Virginia on the Back Bay. My dad, Captain Ken, is a charter captain and we have spent many, many hours fishing the Chesapeake Bay and off shore as a family. While I was home in Virginia we were only able to head out on a quick trip into the Chesapeake Bay - the seas were a bit rough - and there is no fighting Mother Nature! Secretly, I was relieved, I love to ride in the boat (any boat really) and fishing can involve a ton of sitting in the boat while it is still and rocking back and forth. 

Captain Ken

Ok, so I have to tell ya'll a story...the day these photos were taken was Justin's birthday...and as a tribute to the birthday boy my dad wore the following:

Justin bought this shirt for my Dad. Oh yeah, that happened. Justin was at a Bachelor weekend in Key West and stumbled upon this shirt...and the obvious immediate reaction for anyone would be, "holy crap, I've got to get this for my future father in law!". Justin didn't see Dad in person again until our Wedding Weekend...so that's when he gave Dad this little treasure. Nothing says "I can't wait to marry your baby girl" like a thong tee shirt. Classy!



DIY Summer Shellac

DIY Shellac

Happy Wednesday ya'll!

Today we're going to talk a little Bridal and a lot of Beauty!

In case you missed it, our wedding photographer , Laura Gordon Photography, blogged our wedding on her website yesterday. Check it out! It was fun for me to see those pics because most are detail shots, and lets be honest, as the Bride, I saw absolutely none of those details on the day of! Laura also re-launched her website and branding and if you head to her main page you might just see a few familiar faces and a ton of familiar details! 
I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the pics! Laura shoots in film and digital so we'll have a gazillion old school prints to go through very, very soon....and stay tuned because obviously we'll have to celebrate here on the blog with wedding photo posts! 

Now onto the Beauty....

With the move, my mani's are taking a daily beating! I cannot stand chipped nails and always go for a shellac manicure when given the choice....however, I have yet to find a nail spot in Bangor, so for now, I'm going to have to suck it up and DIY.

This is my variation on a method that I found on Pinterest.

Here's what you'll need:
Nutra Nail Gel Perfect Kit
Essie 3 Way Glaze
and a color of your choice

I'm starting to love the statement nail concept (it had to grow on me!) but now I think it's really fun for summer.
My current favorite summer pinks are Essie Watermelon and Essie Madison Avenue.

Open up your Nutra Nail Kit and pull out the 5 Minute Gel Polish Activator (on the left)

Slap on a thin coat of that bad boy.

Next you'll need a coat of the Essie 3 Way Glaze

I like to let the 3 Way Glaze sit for a minute so that it's not super wet when the color is applied.

Apply 2 coats of your color - if you're doing a statement nail, leave one nail on each hand free of color. I usually make my pointer or my ring finger the statement color,

Apply 2 coats fo the statement color (the second color that you have used yet) to the colorless fingers.

Let the color dry for a minute before proceeding our you'll end up with tons of tiny bubbles in the paint (fun for champagne, not for nails)

Apply another coat of 3 Way 

Warning: you will need Acetone to remove

If you aren't into the heavy stuff, I have had success in making a home made mani last tons longer by applying 2 coats of 3 Way as base and then 2 coats of 3 Way on top of the color. If you do this, you muuuust wait inbetween steps to avoind bubbling.



Carter's Creek, Irvington, Virginia

My grandparents have owned a River House in Irvington, Virginia longer than I have been alive. The area seems to be a bit sacred for my family - my parents met as teenagers just a few minutes away and spent many years tearing up and down the surrounding rivers on their power boats. Rumor has is that my mom water skiied those same waters when she was almost 9 months pregnant with me. I think a wild streak runs in the family!

Here's the funny thing: when we were little we thought The River was boring (We say "The River" to mean the house) - there wasn't any cable, other kids to hang out with or really anything to do but spend time with our Mimi and Pop Pop....now my grandparents are almost 90 years old and any time that I'm home we make a trip to The River. This past weekend my mom and I piled into her convertable and headed toward water - nothing makes me happier than heading toward water.

The weather was perfect, my grandparents were feeling up to a visit and Mom and I get to spend the day together downing Diet Cokes and listening to bad music - couldn't ask for much more!

Meet my grandfather - he is almost 90 and still quite a handful....


I look like a giant in this picture (ya'll, I'm pretty tall) but I've said something to make my Mimi laugh out loud, so it was worth publishing

I am so grateful to have had this time in Virginia - all of these little pieces of Home make me feel whole.


Closing Week!

Brace yourselves ya'll, this is going to be one heck of a blog post!
This is a huge week for us - if all goes according to plan we will close on the Maine house, move Justin out of the Ramada Inn and get the interior of the house painted....and then hop on separate planes and head back South! Crazy right? So, as promised, now is the time for me to 'fess up about the status of my To Do List 
Lunch/Drinks/Coffee with Greenville girls before I leave town
I was lucky enough to catch up with some of my Greenville faves before I blew out of SC on a mostly permanent basis
Lunch with Brandi
 (ok, no pic, it was terrible of both of us. I love Brandi and she loves the blog, and she will not be mad in the least that I didn't post that terrible pic....BUT, I do have a picture of our favorite part of lunch from our fave place, Trio in Downtown Greenville)

Dinner and Drinks with Sara

 Lunch Downtown with Jane of In the Pink and Green

Get a really fun new haircut and maybe some color since I'm no longer a bride!
New hair is here! I was so sick of my Bride Hair (long, my natural color - yes, my hair really is that dark naturally, hardly any layers)



 Macie likes it!
 (P.S. my mom got a new camera and it is baller....I am insanely jealous!)

I got long bangs (that can be swept to the side), lost about 3 inches, got tons of layers around my face to help blend in the bangs and went for a subtle ombre. I love the color! It's the perfect blend of lighter brown shades to soften my naturally dark brown tone. I'm still all natural at the crown of my head down to my ears so if I'm ever sick of the color I can literally just cut it off. I'm in love!

 If you are in the Williamsburg area, I highly recommend Ashley at Bubbles Salon. She did my hair, my mom's hair and every one of my Bridesmaid's hair on my Wedding Day and she is really talented.

Watch everything crucial on our DVR before it gets deleted in the move

Figure out a way to lose the Honeymoon weight

Figure out a game plan for our furniture in our new house
I won't cross this off of the list, but my mind is definitely whirring with possibilities and I think I have most of the major stuff nailed down. I can't wait to show ya'll all of the fun changes we'll make at the new house!

Pick paint colors for the new house
We are definitely painting our living room, dining room, entry way, staircase, stairwell, upstairs hall, master bedroom and a ton of wood trim. I am so looking forward to brightening up the place! I like a very clean and bright palate - all whites, not creams, beige or tans and I tend to use calming grays and blues for wall colors. Take a look at our old house and you'll get the picture!
I will probably do a room reveal for the new house so for now, I'll show you  my inspiration for paint colors.
Do ya'll follow me on Pinterest?? You should! I'm pinning like crazy to get keep my design mind inspired...go ahead, do it!

Order thank you notes and, uh, write them all
Oh yeah, definitely not even in progress yet. I might lose my Southern Girl Card over this one.

Figure out what to get my husband for his birthday, especially since I won't get to see him that weekend
He is a terrible human being who likes to take the fun out of everything and ordered himself a pair of sunglasses with custom lenses that he had.to.have. I don't want to talk about it.
(I'm clearly being dramatic, but seriously, what a buzzkill.)

Work on the link pages of the blog...with the old house, new house, wedding and honeymoon there are endless stories to tell!
I updated all of the link pages - check them out!

And finally, but most importantly, consult the smartest woman I know, my mom, about my potential career change once we land permanently in Maine
She's smart but we still haven't figured out the right game plan yet. Kinda stressful....

And there you have it!
Whew, I need a glass of wine after all that!