No. 3

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Hey guys, while you weren’t looking I turned 27. It’s rare that a birthday makes me feel like I’ve entered a new stage of life, but this one did. Looking back on old Affichomanie posts, it’s interesting to see just how much my priorities and interests have changed. Although many of my goals haven’t changed, my 20’s Bucket List almost feels as if someone else wrote it.

By the way, it was a great birthday. Bryce and I had breakfast at Story Hill BKC then went school supply shopping for a fundraiser. That night we had dinner at Tre Rivali and they gave us a slice of olive oil cake with sea salt ice cream that was to die for.

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It was most definitely a summer full of weddings. In June, my friend Michelle was married in Kenosha and she brought all of our high school friends together again. It was so much fun to catch up and celebrate Michelle & Tyler.

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In July, my life long friend, Kyley, got married! I was honored to be a bridesmaid. Bryce, my mom, Beatrix, and I had a grand ol’ road trip to Ohio for the occasion. It’s always a blast to see Kyley and her family as they are practically family to us.

Kyley’s twin sister, Chelsea, and I came to the conclusion that our relationship most closely resembles that of cousins. We aren’t sister close and we don’t get to see or talk to each other constantly like best friends do, but we always check in on each other and when we are together it’s like a family reunion and it feels as if we’ve never been apart.

I was designated back-up hair stylist and there are far too many pictures of me making weird faces because I was afraid of screwing up fellow bridesmaids’ hair. It worked out. (These pics are the less weird ones.)

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Anyway, the weekend and wedding was beautiful. Biggest of congratulations to Kyley and Christian!

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In August, Noir got to be part of a fantastic wedding for an incredible couple. We worked for about a million hours straight, but it was so worth it. What a blast! (Details will be on the Noir blog so that’s all you get for now. Sorry.)

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Did you do anything besides attend weddings this summer, you ask. Why yes, yes I did.

I kissed my dog a lot. Look, we have matching hair.

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I hung out with my honey on a roof.

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I visited my dad’s old neighborhood and he gave me an excellent tour full of outrageous anecdotes. The stories, omg, the stories. Here’s his childhood home.

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I drank wine on a yacht in Chicago for work. My life is really hard, I know.

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I celebrated our third wedding anniversary in Chicago with Bryce. We ate at Antique Taco, shopped around (I bought clothes, he bought records), and we enjoyed Negroni slushies on a patio in the blazing heat. Worth it.

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We took a little anniversary staycation together and visited the Milwaukee Art Museum where we snacked outside at the lake. We visited the Boerner Botanical Gardens and Bryce rubbed every herb he could get his hands on. It was like a really delightful & endearing smell my finger joke all afternoon.

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I visited the Renaissance Faire with my family. My sunglasses broke approximately 60 seconds into the day so my dad picked and purchased my hat. It’s awesome, right?! We had a really fun day together eating cheese fritters and watching my dad excel at every game there is to play.

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And the biggest news of all, at least for me, I got glasses. I’ve never needed glasses and then I went to the DMV and discovered that my right eye stopped working. (I’m exaggerating…a little.) The nice man at the DMV told me not to worry. He said, and I quote, “As we get older our bodies go through changes” and “Don’t go home and cry about this now! You just might want to get your eyes tested.” I guess maybe it was a little obvious that I was FREAKING OUT. (I mean, I still passed the test so it’s not that big of a problem.) So essentially the deal is, my left eye is fine and dandy. I have astigmatism in my right eye and I really only need my glasses for driving at night. I also wear them when I’m working because they protect from blue light. It’s an adjustment, but I like them. Oh, and Bryce got glasses too! He looks like Clark Kent (insert heart eyes emoji here).

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Ta ta for now, folks!

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