So, I finallyyy have a free day - the first one since I've been home from school, and while I do miss hanging out with J, I must admit that having the morning free to lounge around, get some yoga and a run in, and now just hang out and lounge by the pool feels prettyyy good. Also, yay, the forecast for today was absolutely terrible, but it's absolutely gorgeous out right now, which is fantastic.
Last night J and I headed to where we had our first date (my favorite restaurant), P.F. Chang's. Seriously, if you haven't been there and you love Asian food, I highly recommend it. Since neither of us have had much money lately to really do anything big, it was really nice to just kind of get out and go out for a nice dinner. It was actually my second dinner of the night, as I had my grandfather's birthday dinner out with my family beforehand (where I only ate a salad to save room for yummy lettuce wraps and seafood!).
And, it gave me a chance to wear the fabulous new pair of Current/Elliot jeans that I won from the fabulous Bella of Vintage Lollipops. If you all haven't checked out her blog, I swear you will fall in love with her fantastic sense of style and her charming words. She definitely has one of my favorite blogs around :) And, if you don't own a pair of Current/Elliot jeans, I would definitelyyy advise you getting a pair! I also own the boyfriend jean in addition to my new skinny jeans, courtesy of Chickdowntown.com and they are wonderful.
Pat and I before our grandpa's bday dinner:
Jeans: Current/Elliot. Top: Anthropologie. Sweater: Fossil. Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. Shoes: Target.
J and I at PF Chang's:
Anyway, J and I have been spending every second with each other lately - Monday and Tuesday we kind of lazed around, watching movies and sitting in my backyard (before the rain caused us to come inside). Wednesday night I cooked him dinner for the first time (which was actually a huge success, and he lovedd it).
I also got to meet one side of his family at a wedding for his cousin on Saturday. We had been looking forward to the wedding since a week after we first started dating, and he invited me to come. Of course, finding the perfect dress was unbelievably difficult, and finding a suit for J proved to be quite the production as well, since we are both tres, tres picky and know what we're looking for and won't settle. We ran around the mall for days straight, picking through the casual summer dresses on display, and the ties that just weren't skinny enough, or were too patterned for J's liking.
During one extra long mall trip (seriously, 4+ hours, where we walked into every single store in search of perfection in the form of a dress and skinny black tie), we were pretty worn out and discouraged, when we happened to walk by H&M. I'm an H&M fan, but was skeptical that I would find anything - when I came across this gorgeous, gorgeous yellow dress. There was only one size 2 left, which I took as a sign and immediately snatched it off the rack to try it on. Let me tell you, that it fit me absolutely perfectlyyy. So I immediately snatched it up (because for $34.50, really!? How could I not?) and voila, no more panicking that I would make a fool out of myself and look ridiculous in front of J's family.
He ended up finding a suit and tie the DAY OF the wedding, which looked wonderful on him, so it was very worth the wait :) I was afraid it would be awkward for me, since sometimes that doessss seem to happen when you meet someone's family, but J completely made me feel included in all conversations at all times, which was amazing.
I hadn't eaten ALL DAY because I knew the food would just fabulous and didn't want to overeat beforehand, which J, his brother and his brother's girlfriend also apparently thought of, because none of them ate either. When the ceremony was over and we got to the cocktail hour, all four of us absolutely indulged on everything - crabcakes, champagne, coconut shrimp, an entire spread of cheeses and breads, chicken - seriously, I can't even remember everything else that I ate. This was not the wisest decision, because as soon as we were allowed into the ballroom and the bridal party and bride and groom made their entrances, we were served an appetizer of fried ravioli. I ate one, J ate one and a half, his brother had half and his brother's girlfriend had one. We were all absolutely stuffed. Bad decision, especially because the food was just so delicious.
We danced the night away - there was a fantastic DJ who played such a wide variety of styles and generations of songs. I am no dancer (and thankfully, neither is J), but we had the time of our lives making complete idiots out of ourselves on the dance floor.
It really was a perfect night, especially when J presented me with a bouquet of calla lillies (my favorite), which are sitting in my view as I type this.
Well, at least he looks good in this one:
Dress: H&M. Jewelry: Mikimoto pearl necklace and earrings.
Anyway, that's my little update :) I hope all is well with you all! As for me, I'm off to lounge my by pool with a glass of red wine in hand and catch up on some reading.
P.S. Does anyone have an ideas of free or veryyy cheap things that J and I can do?
P.S.S. J leaves for his summer job in July - any cute ideas of anything I can make/do for him while he's away? I want to be pretty creative with it, and I do have some time :) Let me know!
Currently playing: Lil Wayne ft. Kevin Rudolf - In Ya Face
xo, love you all.
P.S. Thank you to the wonderful Fhen and Michele3 for the "lovely blog award!" I would like to pass it on to ALL of my readers - you're all seriously so, so lovely. J'adore.
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