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Twenty Three, Ya’ll!

 

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(Wow was my birthday day a whirlwind. As I was about to post for today, I realized this little post was stuck in the drafts and had never been published. So, I thought I’d share it anyway.)

I am 23. Twenty-Three! Wow, it’s kind of hard to believe. The past year has flown by and here is a list of the highlights and lowlights.

– I’ve met some pretty incredible people that will be lifelong friends.

– My sweet Pop passed away, but I was able to spend an amazing week with him I’ll never forget.

– We moved to a beautiful little loft in downtown Denver. It’s always been a dream of mine to live downtown in a bigger city. We’re city dwellers now!

– I saw Wicked on Broadway with my amazing Aunt. It was by far my favorite Broadway show.

– I officially started planning and saving for a design study abroad program to Denmark and Sweden. Through the process of saving, I’ve truly learned that Less is More.

– The husband and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary.

– I was honored to be apart of my lovely friend, Kylie’s wedding and help plan her bridal shower!

– We gained a Nephew Pup, Rookie.

– Matt started at a new firm that comes with its challenges, but we’re ready for them!

– We took an incredible road trip up the East Coast.

– We took a weekend trip with Matt’s parents to Seattle.

– I was asked to be my fabulous friend, Nikki’s bridesmaid for her wedding in August.

– I attended a local blogging party – Eat, Drink, Create as well as Anne’s Blogging 101 class.

– I fell in love with Darling Magazine and it has inspired so many things in my life.

– The Love Yourself Link Up was an amazing link up to be apart of. It gave me the opportunity to open up to my readers and face my daily challenges.

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For an even more detailed review of the year through pictures, check out my Instagram @aubreyrachael. These are just a few of the memories that come to mind for the past year. It was an incredible year and I am so thankful I was able to fill it with so many special moments. I am beyond blessed and thank God everyday for each minute I am allowed to celebrate this thing called life.

Happy Thursday, Friends (now Monday)!

 

 

 

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Celebrate Good Times, Day at a Time

Birthdays and Challenges

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Birthdays and Challenges | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

If you know me, you know I love, love birthdays! I love the celebration, the memories and getting dressed up of course. Well, tomorrow is my big day and I can’t wait to get the party started. Saturday is the Mr.’s and that’s the day of our Blues Party! I could just die of excitement! Amazon has been delivering little goodies daily for the party and I couldn’t be happier! The next few days will be a whirlwind of paper straws, Washi tape and hair style pins on Pinterest! I can’t wait to share the photos of our birthday celebration!

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Birthdays and Challenges | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

On challenges, the last few days were filled with time spent together, the husband and I. I’m so proud of my guy. He is starting with a new company today. It’s going to be a challenge for the both of us with lots of traveling at first. But truly, I’m excited for this new opportunity and adventure that’s starting. He is going to do an amazing job and I couldn’t be more proud of my love. He started yesterday with an early birthday present, a gorgeous little puppy letter holder from Anthropologie. It will hold a letter for every day he is traveling. So every morning I get to open a little love note. How special is that? I tell ya, he’s one sweet romantic. Man, I love that guy.

So on birthdays and challenges – all for the better and lots of reasons to celebrate!

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Little Blue Birthday Dress

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have been annoyed by my blast of blue dresses. So sorry for that, but I assure you it was for a fantastic purpose. It’s official, this year’s birthday party theme is a Blues Party. It’s a “Blue Out”! Blue dresses, ties, decor, cake and music. We’re going all out, ya’ll! If you know me, you know I have this crazy love for event planning. My poor husband still doesn’t understand why I can’t just do dinner for our birthdays, which are two days apart. You see, I love to celebrate, every. little. thing. But my favorite thing by far to celebrate is my birthday. It’s not about celebrating me or the fact that I’m a year older, it’s about making a big to-do, getting all of our closest friends together, dressing up and making memories. I love spoiling my friends and this is a way to do just that! In my mind, that’s a full fledged party complete with invitations matching the theme, a special dress for the event and of course a custom cake. So, this is the first, but probably not last, little post you’ll be seeing between now and mid-November. Today I finalized the space and  now I’m set to pick out the dress! So, on to the LBBD (Little Blue Birthday Dress). This indecisive gal, has about fifty or more dresses on her list, but I’ve somehow managed to narrow them down to four. Now, I’d love opinions! Some background – it’s an afternoon, cocktail styled party at the Museum of Contemporary Art on their little rooftop. So, it could get a little chilly up there. My hair will probably be down and curled. So.. tell me what you think! I’d love to hear your thoughts – Classic, Lacey, Curvy or Flowy? What’s your fave?

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Fall Details | Flowers & Pumpkins


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Fall Details | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com #fall #falldecor #chictochic

Fall Details | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com #fall #falldecor #chictochic

Fall Details | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com #fall #falldecor #chictochic

Fall is in the air and it feels so good! This weekend I brought out my favorite Fall details and added a few more, just in time for a little dinner party with our friends. Fall has a natural feeling of warmth, coziness and provides the best opportunity to welcome guests with smells of pumpkin and cinnamon, warm soups and a beautiful little details. The little details can be a little touch to make it feel like fall indoors for your guests.

My favorite Fall Detail was a last-minute flower arrangement. I already had a large glass vase ready to go. I grabbed a bag of mini pumpkins at the grocery store and stacked them in the vase, then filled it with water. The flowers are from Whole Foods. Whole Foods is my dirty little secret for the best flower arrangements. They usually have a deal going on for “filler flowers”. I picked out three beautiful bouquets with the help of the florist and she made the arrangement of golden spider mums, little orange daisies and eucalyptus, at no extra cost I might add! The entire bouquet cost $12, add a few dollars for the pumpkins and we had the perfect centerpiece for the dining table. It created the perfect Fall feel I was looking for. I put the white and mixed white and orange mini pumpkins around the living room as well as a few glass pumpkins. After the guests left, I’ve kept the bouquet on the coffee table for us to enjoy all day. It’s still looking bright into the week. Our home has a feeling of Fall Ya’ll!

What are your favorite Fall Details? Do you like to fill your house with Fall decorations or open the windows and let Fall come to you?

 

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

 

 

 

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City Dwellers | A Weekend Dinner Party

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Darling Magazine | Illustration by Natalia Swarz | Layout by Aubrey Hubbell

Being a wonderful hostess is something I hope to achieve in my near future. It means so much to me to be able to have friends and family to our home, make them feel comfortable and relaxed and fill them with delicious food and good company. This little snippet from Darling Magazine embodies everything I’d like my home to be and how I feel as our guests arrive. This weekend we had a lovely couple over for dinner. They’re great friends with the best stories and always leave us with feelings of a good time. Anita is an incredible cook. So I encouraged her to share a recipe and I’d buy all the ingredients before her arrival. We then prepared the main course together, a stuffed chicken with a side of green beans, rosemary bread and a fruit and walnut salad with a yummy lemon honey dressing. It was a feast and so much fun to prepare together. The boys chatted and ate the spinach and artichoke dip I had ready for their arrival, while we bustled around in the kitchen. In the end, we sat and enjoyed a wonderful meal with the best company. Saturday morning was filled with cleaning in preparation of our guests and I even found the time to create a fall-like atmosphere. A last-minute fall arrangement and mini centerpiece sat in the center of the table. Little pumpkins were sprinkled all around the main area and it was a fabulous memory made. Being the perfectionist I am, I can stress a bit too much beforehand, but at the end of the night, I was happy as could be. Knowing that we were able to share our home with good friends and make a night of it, makes me feel that I’m that much closer to being a wonderful hostess. There’s nothing like lovely friends, delicious food and priceless memories.

I can’t wait to share the recipes and little details that helped make this dinner party unforgettable. Be on the lookout!

Happy Monday, Friends!

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The Fourth Picture Overload.

The days leading up to the Fourth of July and the weekend following were filled with family time and exploring our two favorite mountain towns. We spent a day in Vail and half a week in Breckenridge. These two little towns are my favorite. They are covered in character, unique shops and delicious places to eat. Our favorite places to grab a bite are in Vail – Up the Creek and in Breckenridge the family favorite is Downstairs at Eric’s. We always have so much fun every year celebrating the fourth in the mountains. I can’t wait to continue the tradition with our future babes. I sprinkled a few other pictures from before and after the mountains. Enjoy the picture overload!

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Happy Monday, Friends!

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Forty Something Fourths

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Today is my Mom’s birthday. She shares it with our great country, America. Or as she likes to think, the whole country is celebrating her! For the longest time, when I was little, I really did think everyone had fireworks for MY mom’s birthday. I mean how cool is that!

My Mom, she’s spunky, sweet, giving, loving, goofy, the life of the party, ornery and really, the best mom I could’ve asked for. Growing up, I learned so much from her. She taught me life lessons through her life and showed me how to be a good wife.

I’m so thankful for such a godly, hilarious and incredible mother. Happy birthday to you! We’ll be celebrating your birthday with fireworks in the mountains. Love you, Mom.

Happy Fourth of July, Friends!

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