Happy Hour: Shall We Spritz?

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After our wedding, my husband and I spent nine incredible days honeymooning in Europe. We spent the first four nights in Rome and the second four nights in Santorini. Rome was far more relaxed, walkable, and enchanting than I had imagined, while Santorini was more rugged and ripe for adventure than I had pictured. A perfect ying and yang of a vacation, and exactly what we needed.

Rome was our perfect first stop since we were exhausted coming off of our wedding weekend. We settled into our adorable hotel in Piazza de Fiori and set off on extensive walking tours all day before recharging at the hotel in the late afternoon. Sometimes we napped. Often we snacked and sipped wine on the rooftop garden. But, always we spritzed. We cleaned up for dinner and snagged ourselves a table on the piazza for an apertivo of aperol spritz. By night number two we were even picking up a small bowl of free snacks and claiming ourselves as unidentified Mediterraneans thanks to our new tan and the local trinket salesman chatting us up in Italian.

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Throughout the trip my husband would turn to me and say, “How are we going to keep this vacation feeling at home?” Our first step in retaining a post honeymoon glow upon our return was to spritz on our rooftop patio. Around 6pm, after wrapping class, errands, and whatever else the day entailed we would head to the rooftop with our iPod and spritz ingredients. Charlie would join us to hang around the table for snacks and lick the dirt off the ground (so bizarre). One evening my brother was hanging at the apartment, and as the clock clicked over I turned to my guy, “Shall we spritz?” My brother looked slightly confused and a little uncomfortable, “Umm I can leave…” After a quick clarification, we spritzed as three, and later that night my brother secured his first New York apartment complete with seven roommates and endless Chinese food. So when the question is shall we spritz, the answer is always always yes.

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Aperol Spritz
This is our take on the Italian classic, tweaked for our taste.
2 oz. Aperol
2 oz. Prosecco
1 oz. seltzer
Stir in a tall Collins or highball glass. Top with additional Prosecco (why not?) and an orange slice.

Two-Times Tuesday

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Remember when Dominos ran their two-times Tuesday promotion? It was their blah-day pick-me up idea of two for one pizza (I think…) Well today the Tuesday good vibes carry on with two of my absolute favorite shows starting their new seasons.

The Mindy Project and New Girl both receive so much buzz, and I really think it is all well deserved. The boy and I never miss a week and literally crack up in our living room. When both shows started I definitely preferred New Girl (Mindy came off a tidge whiney to me.) However, last season Mindy took the lead, so this season is up in the air! Plus Mindy has been killing it on her promotional tour for the new season. I rarely catch “Watch What Happens Live,” but happened to see it earlier this week with Mindy Kaling and Meredith Viera. They were both hilarious and I love Mindy’s open obsession with The Real Housewives.

Also, this week happens to be three-times Tuesday because… we’ve been married for exactly one month! We’ve agreed that I’m allowed to celebrate the one month, three month, and sixth month anniversaries during our first year of marriage. (I compromised on letting the nine month milestone slide.)

P.S It always cracks me up that this is by far the most pinned image from my site!

Interior Update

I’ve often heard the saying, “You know you’re an adult when you replace one light fixture with a better one.” Apparently, it’s an example of maturity, or nesting, when you choose to spend money and effort on non-required home updates. The perfect example, had we replaced it, would be the light in our last kitchen, which created the warm ambiance of a dental office. I think a similar statement can be made regarding throw pillows.

I love throw pillows for their color and comfort, but rarely switch them out. I’ve even heard of people doing this seasonally! When I do log into Wayfair, or wander into the decor section to hunt down some new pillows, the desire for new shoes over new throw pillows always wins. However, this week maturity won, and our couch officially got some flashy new summer ready throw pillows. Plus, thanks to a day of DIY determination, the shoes didn’t have to lose.

Our last set of throw pillows for the couch were maroon and approximately three years old. While they were perfectly fine, I was ready for an update and a new dose of color to our living room. I casually mentioned this when I was home a few weeks ago, and my mom just as casually resonded, “You can make them.” She opened up a wardrobe (in my room!) which held a fabric supply store worth of fabric, and sent me home with the potential for a graphic new update.

It really was a very simple project. I have a sewing machine, which made the process much faster (except for the fact that I forgot some sewing basics. This tutorial was incredibly helpful when my machine refused to stay threaded.) First, I spread the length of fabric across the floor and laid the first pillow on top. I cut around the pillow leaving about 2 inches of excess on either side.

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I then placed this square directly on top of the next area of fabric, and cut the second side of the pillow.

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I placed these two pieces together, with the print facing inward. After sewing three edges together I flipped the entire thing inside out, and attached the final edges together. Seeing as I’m switching these out so frequently, I didn’t feel the need to splurge on a zipper.

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The boy described these as being quite Jonathan Adler-esque, and I’m quite happy with the new update.

Finished

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