From becoming an aunt in June, to marrying my husband in September (and becoming an aunt all over again to his two lovely, poised, and kind nieces!), this has been a momentous year for me. I felt so surrounded by love all year long as we prepared for our marriage and celebrated with our families and close friends.
We just returned from spending Thanksgiving in Ohio with my family. It was extra sweet to all celebrate together with the two newest additions to the family: Doug (his first holiday as an official part of the clan) and my five-month-old nephew, who is the first of the next generation on my side and just the cutest thing ever (in my humble opinion). I'm looking forward to spending Christmas in Florida with Doug's family, and in the meantime to reveling in the holiday season with friends here in NYC.
At the end of a year that has been wonderfully full in my life, I'm giving myself this last month off to relax and reflect. I'll be back, as ever, in the New Year and I have a lot of exciting things planned for Skyline Blossoms. Keep an eye out for a full wedding reveal and a recap of our dreamy honeymoon, plus new recipes and more posts featuring entertaining and our home. With all that in mind, if there are certain topics that you're dying to see more of (or those that you could take or leave), I'm all ears. Please don't be shy - I'd really love to hear from you!
With that, I wish you a joyful holiday season and a truly happy New Year.
The outfit above? Yup, it's still my uniform.
Hamming it up on my bachelorette weekend in Los Angeles (above). I am so grateful for the strong, funny, and talented women that I call my friends. I'm honored and humbled that so many of them were able to take time away from their regularly-scheduled lives (and their families) to spend a weekend with me - and that those who couldn't make the trip were very much there in spirit.
Below: Walking around Venice on the last day of our girls' getaway.
In the midst of wedding planning stress (it happens), Doug and I escaped to eastern Long Island for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday. It was exactly what I needed, at just the right time.
I found my favorite wedding guest dress this summer (above). We also were totally charmed by Hudson, New York when we were in town for our friends' wedding. Hudson delivered all the fall fun we could ask for, and it felt delightfully indulgent to take a long weekend away so soon after returning from our honeymoon. The picture below (taken in Hudson, overlooking the Hudson River) turned out to be prescient.
A few weeks later we jumped at the chance to make a once-in-a-lifetime trip to cheer on Cleveland in Game 7 of the World Series. It was totally unexpected (seriously, that morning we had no clue we'd be going), and a wonderful adventure (suffice it to say that planes, trains, automobiles and very little sleep were required to make it happen). My team didn't win, but we got to witness a truly epic, one-for-the-ages championship game and I will always cherish the memories of the spontaneous trip with Doug.
They day after Thanksgiving, my whole family went to get a Christmas tree for my parents' house. With eight adults, one very goodnatured baby, and two spunky Golden Retrievers, it was a blast and only mildly chaotic. Getting a tree is a very different experience in New York City, and while I do find the urban version endearing and festive it was such a treat to go to an actual tree farm in Ohio, especially with our raucous crew. I'm sure that in the outtake below Doug and I are happily distracted by our nephew and/or the dogs, and I love it!
Cheers to the end of another year, friends!