Thursday, March 28, 2013


so the goal tonight was to work from home. except to do that i must bring my phone home. and turns out. i didn't. major humph!

this weekend is going to be great however! tomorrow is Good Friday! praise the Lord!

then saturday, i am going to my first dress fitting! super excited! then after my mamma and i are going to see the space, so we can get some good decorating ideas.

my theme is white decorations. and im blessed to have amazing coworkers! one has 12 bushes of white hydrangeas which she said i can have! so excited!! keeping it all simple and elegant, a good blend of southern and chic!

then saturday evening, EM and i are going to the Easter vigil mass! our first Easter together! so excited and blessed to be able to spend such an amazing day with the man of my dreams!
God is so good!
and sunday we are having brunch with my family and then ever loved Easter dinner. welcome to an italian Easter EM!

Xo  Martina

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

not so private

so my dear friend M told me about this website, maybe you have heard of i had never heard anything about it.
maybe i'm behind the times. but it turns out that you can search for anyone and find them pretty quickly. type in a name, state, city, and boom! you see their address (with areal view), all known family members, and you can pay to get phone numbers, email...the works.

now i am all about social media, but this is beyond invasive! i understand that (and spokeo even states) that they are not the original source of said information (maybe even more worrisome) but that you can easily delete your information.

now i realized they not only had my current information but all my previous addresses. so i am currently on a deleting mission.

simply scroll to the bottom of the page and hit privacy...scroll again and hit opt out. follow the super easy steps...and poof it's gone.

Xo  Martina

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

cheese(cake) and wine kind of day

i don't know what has been going on with me this week, but i have been so completely out of it. i feel like i haven't given my all at the office and i'm disappointed in myself. thought maybe i was just in a cold weather funk (we southerners get those), even tried going to the gym...but nothing really seemed to work.

worse part is while trying to stick to the whole healthy pre-wedding, bride-to-be diet...i cheated. but you know, sometimes a girl just needs some red wine! and maybe a slice of cheesecake!

i don't know if it's my inner Golden Girl or what, but no sweet is more comforting to me that a good piece of new york cheesecake! another thing to add is this; i normally am not a big red wine drinker, i seem to be very picky with my reds, but i have got to say that this merlot is quite good! not as dry as a lot of merlots tend to be.

current goal: expand my love and appreciation for red wines
(sort of) current goal: to realize that even wine is a reflective surface when taking pictures

solid goal don't you think? i don't really see any negatives to achieving this goal!

conserve water drink virginia wine

back on the healthy note however...i'm going to be starting a new workout plan (in addition to the gym) with my mamma. go check out my feel the burn page and take a gander! it's pretty great! 30 days of pre-wedding boot-camp!

Xo  Martina

Sunday, March 24, 2013

what a weekend

this weekend has been full of great memories! one of my little brothers just turned 21!

it's crazy to think that he is already that old, as i feel i was just there myself! EM and i hosted him and three of his friends at EM's apartment for some birthday festivities prior to hitting the bars. it was a lot of fun!

now the weekend is over and the work week is staring at me in the face. it snowed quite a lot today, which is disappointing for the sole fact that i am ready for spring!
i must admit though that this town truly is beautiful when it snows.

in fact word is the city schools already closed for tomorrow. how i miss being in high school (for that reason...and that reason only). a snow day would be real nice.

i on the other hand am taking a break from working while EM naps next to me. how i love working while he just sleeps (in a non creepy twilight way).

as fun as this weekend has been, i have been horrible at sticking to my diet! i really have to hit the gym hard this week. i've done so well and have lost 6 lbs already, i don't want to allow a weekend like this to just make me gain them all back.

that would be disappointing.

just have to keep calm and work out!

Xo  Martina

Thursday, March 21, 2013

hopping into spring

so yesterday was the first day of spring, and i don't know about you all but it has been very cold! i personally am ready for some jack rogers and sun hats!

in homage to the coming warmth and all the many amazing events that are soon to take place, i wanted to pay a little tribute to spring! 

orange nail polish. 

ok, it isn't a sonnet or some great shakespearean masterpiece, however in its own little right, a girl changing her nail polish sets quite a mood. 

i'm saying...spring i am ready for you! come find me!

this spring is going to be the best spring yet! and foxfield will mark the beginning of a great season! soon to be followed by my bridal shower and bachelorette party in may! (yay!) then the morning after my bachelorette party, my love...EM...graduates from UVA! it is amazing how proud i am of him, for all the hard work he does to achieve his goals! i am truly blessed to be called his fiancee!

orange, it's obvious essie! (ring needs a little cleaning...oops)
banana republic carina pointed-toe flat
the only thing lacking for this graduation, is an appropriate dress. i think i have the right shoes though!
what do you think?
navy striped carina flats, and hey, maybe even some orange nail polish!

white dress?...i'm thinking yes! seems to be a white dress kind of year!

Xo  Martina

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


today has been quite the day!

my dear friend was in a car accident. fortunately she is fine! like she said 'her guardian angels were working on overhaul!'

it's situations like this that really make you realize how many blessings we have and take for granted. the ability to simply smile at a good friend each day is something that i am sure most of us don't even think about...but what if we couldn't do that anymore?

not trying to preach or make anyone feel bad about themselves, quite the contrary. i know when we are super busy with our own lives we often forget how blessed we are; we simply focus on the negative things. not to mention how easy it is to get so caught up in our daily routine and daily worries that we allow ourselves to forget to notice the small things. i for one, know i am incredibly guilty of that! but what if all those blessings were gone?

if you are grateful for someone in your life, let them know! sometimes we assume that they know how much they mean to us by our actions but i've come to  realize that sometimes that isn't enough. i know i am very thankful for my friend and will make sure she knows how grateful i am to have her in my life. God truly does put people into our lives for a reason, whether we know what that reason may be or not.

at the third day concert!

and on a lighter note: OUR WEDDING STATIONARY AND INVITATIONS HAVE BEEN ORDERED!!! Thank you Rock Paper Scissors

Xo  Martina

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

new beginnings

who doesn't love new beginnings? i am so excited to start this new blog!
life is CRAZY right now! working all the time, and trying to keep it together all while planning a wedding!
not to mention...only 90 more days until i marry my best friend!

life has changed so much this past year that i can't wait to see what else life brings.
so incredibly blessed!

 Xo  Martina
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