Friday, September 18, 2015

Five on Friday {September 18, 2015}

This Friday is capping off an exciting week of celebrations and favorite new finds! The week started with Little M's 2nd birthday party and hasn't slowed down since; speaking of birthdays...

T's birthday

Yesterday was T's birthday, and the celebration is continuing tonight with a special birthday date night that I've planned for my guy. I think T is looking so fab at 33 that even Tim Riggins is jealous of how well T is pulling off that number, haha (yes, we are major Friday Night Lights fans!).  

Housewarming party

Tomorrow is our long-awaited housewarming party! While there are still some missing pieces (just a few furniture items and some wall decor), I'm so happy with how everything has been coming together. Our bar, wall decals, and washi switch plates are just a few of the things I love about our new place, and I can't wait to share them with all of our friends this weekend. Full party details (including the party's location-based theme) and an apartment tour will be coming to the blog soon!

Mad Men

In addition to all of the birthdays and celebrations, I've discovered some new favorites this week...though can something really be considered a "new" favorite when the series has already finished airing? Right from the Season 1 premiere, so many people told me to start watching Mad Men because they thought it was right up my alley but somehow, I never got around to it and then I felt like it was too late to get started. Well, I finally took the plunge and now I'm wondering why I waited so long because I'm already obsessed! I'm still early in Season 1 (no spoilers, please) but excited to see how it all unravels.

Favorite fall cider

Apple cider (both hard and non-alcoholic) is one of my fall staples. It's great on its own as well as the base for an apple cider sangria or a yummy apple cider martini. While recently exploring my new neighborhood, my friend and I stumbled into a craft beer bar where I found McKenzie's Black Cherry hard cider and fell head over heels for this tasty beverage. It's a rich, refreshing cider with a pop of delicious cherry...definitely a great, non-apple alternative that will be a staple in my house this autumn! 

Favorite new shop

I was beyond thrilled to discover a little gem of a shop in my neighborhood that carries the most adorable home goods, local wares, gorgeous cards and other paper goods, lovely party supplies, and more! Lockwood is a beautifully curated boutique with so many unique pieces - I seriously wanted to buy EVERYTHING! I wound up nabbing some comfy gear to display my Astoria pride (including the above shirt), cute glassware and magnets, witty cards, and a light-up bar sign that will be on full display at the housewarming this weekend. Best of all, you don't need to be in the NYC area to get your own taste of Lockwood...check out their online offerings!

I'd like to give a shout-out to yet another awesome guy who is celebrating his birthday this Dad! We already had an early celebration when I was in New Jersey, but I hope his big day tomorrow is extra special. Have a beautiful weekend!

Cheers to April, AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Heather, Annie, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!


  1. I can't wait to hear about the housewarming party - I just know it'll be a smashing success!!! Side note my friend lives in asotria so I feel like I need to get her that sweatshirt! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. OMG McKenzie's Hard Cider is my absolute favorite hard cider! SO good! And can't wait to hear about your housewarming party! I'm sure it's going to be amazing! Happy Friday girl!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. girl that cider is MY FAV. all their flavors are good - just a forewarning! and can't wait to see photos from the housewarming - i'm sure it'll be awesome!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. I'm sure the housewarming is going to be wonderful! Love the sneak peeks of the new place...looking good! I looove cherry, so I need to try that cider asap!! Happy Birthday to T and Dad :)

  5. Oh fun, I love housewarming parties!! Can't wait to see all the details! Happy Birthday to T and your dad!!

  6. Have an amazing weekend full of birthday celebrations and your fun housewarming party! Can't wait to see pics as I know you'll be the hostess with the mostess! And YES to Mad Men! I'm officially hooked as well, and just need to watch the final season - amazing show!

    Happy Friday <3

    Green Fashionista

  7. Hope you have a great house warming party. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Hope T and your Dad have wonderful birthdays.

  8. Happy birthday to T!! Love the Tim Riggins cameo hahah!

  9. I hope your housewarming party is a success!! :)

  10. I love your little lace romper. That shop sounds awesome and enjoy your party! xo

  11. That shop sounds really cute, and your romper in that photo is so cute! I hope that you have a fabulous weekend celebrating birthdays and your new home!! :-)

  12. I haven't tried the black cherry cider before, but McKenzie's is so good! We started Mad Men earlier this summer and are still in season 1, too. We're loving it so far! Have so much fun at your housewarming this weekend.

  13. love your bar and wall décor! how cute! and I love all things cider too!
    Trish - tales from trish

  14. Happy birthday T! Lawd, Tim Riggins is still a fave ;) Enjoy your housewarming party; I cannot wait to see the details!

  15. Sounds like its gonna be a fun weekend! Enjoy both of your celebrations!

  16. I love hard cider in the Fall, I'll have to check that one out!

  17. A new local restaurant has McKenzie's cherry cider, and I tried it last time we went. I drank mine a little too fast, and was ready for a nap before I finished my meal x). I'm such a lightweight, but I didn't expect cider to carry such a hit. It was delicious, though.

  18. Sounds like you had a fun weekend planned! Hope the celebrations of the birthday and housewarming went well!

  19. happy (belated) birthday to T! hope the weekend went well. KC and I binge watched the first couple of seasons of mad men a couple years ago but we burned out, so I want to rewatch them again (and finish the series lol)

  20. Happy birthday wishes all around! You all always have the best parties, so I can't wait to see the housewarming party recap!!! And I'm on the fence about Mad Men. . .I've thought it'd be interested but don't know if I'd like it enough for the time investment.



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