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March 27, 2019
Another good reading month over here! I am still loving Kindle Unlimited and discovering new authors all the time. I am trying to alternate between one light read and one that's more thriller / suspense based, but somehow I keep gravitating towards light and fun! Here are a few books that you should definitely add to your TBR (to be read) lists! 
White Lies ||  I had a really hard time figuring out who was telling the truth in this story. Was it Alex, the doctor who up until recently had a spotless record, a loving husband and kids. Or is it Jonathan, the high school senior who seems to have fallen in love with his doctor? It's the ultimate he said / she said and honestly when I finished the book I still didn't know what to think, but loved the unseen twist. It was a page turner and one that took hold of you from the first chapter. I read fast because I needed to know who was lying! 
Huge Deal  (Kindle Unlimited) || I love Lauren Layne's writing. It's smart, witty and easy to read. This is the 3rd book in the 21 Wall Street Series and each love story has their own intricacies, but I think I enjoyed Kennedy & Kate's the most! He's her boss who has said from day one the assistant is off limits; She's the assistant that has locked her feelings for Kennedy away! Of course it's predictable, but these are the books that are meant to be light and freeing to read. All three books in the series are "Kindle Unlimited" so if you're a member, you can read them all for free! 
The Honeymooner (Kindle Unlimited) || Libby is doing her best to be completely different from her unpredictable mother who left her to be raised by her grandparents when she was little. She's planned out her life with her fiance and on the day of their wedding, he decides, predictable isn't what he's after. She decided to go on their honeymoon, alone, and make good use out of her time there because it's also a work trip. She meets Harrison who is the owner of the resort her company is trying to buy. A lighthearted romance that will have you smiling once you've finished it! 
Dating Games  (Kindle Unlimited) || Take every single romantic movie you've ever seen (Pretty Woman, Breakfast at Tiffany's, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 50 Shades of Grey) and you have yourself, Dating Games. What I really appreciated was that the author knew she was pulling in story lines from all these books, sometimes right down to what the characters in the movie would say and would actually call the movie out in the book - so she knew she was "borrowing" but I like those movies and books, so I didn't mind that they were all rolled up into one book! I enjoyed reading how the relationship between Julian and Evie progressed. I would have loved an epilogue, but it was still a fun, lighthearted read even without it.
The Other Side of Someday (Kindle Unlimited) || This is my favorite read from the last month! I loved how the story between Baylee and Sebby unfolded. The cast of characters was really likeable and felt like a real group of friends. The underlying story of Baylee connecting with her mother through her journal was really thoughtful and nice to read - of course I may have shed a tear reading through some of the journal entries. When you read something that's just a feel good book, it makes you smile and this book did just that!

I'm currently reading this book and really can't wait to dive into this one

What have you been reading and loving?

Weekending | Spring Edition

March 25, 2019
Happy Monday friends! I am coming off such a great spring weekend here in Boston - from anniversary things, to bridal luncheons & a girls catch up - it was such a wonderful time! Here's a little photo diary from the weekend!
In anticipation for our upcoming trip we had to get Sophia's passport photo and I know I'm biased, but you guys - this is probably one of my favorite photos of her ever! We didn't end up using this one, but I just can't get over her blue steel face!

I was invited by Town & Country Magazine and the Bermuda Tourism Board to attend a bridal luncheon at the Four Season Hotel. It was such a lovely time with some really top notch wedding vendors around. I had another excuse to wear my favorite pants from Loft and it made me feel like spring was just around the corner. 
That night Gary and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary at Del Frisco's in the Seaport and dinner was amazing! When I made the reservation I mentioned that it was our anniversary and it was really cute that they rose petals on the table for us. 
Thankfully we split the steak and scallops or else I would have had to have been wheeled out of there - there was also lobster mac and of course I had that!
I got a lot of questions about my top and it was a birthday gift, but I found it online here in red
Sunday I tried out the weekend brunch at Citrus & Salt with my friends. I had been once before for dinner and really enjoyed brunch more!

I had the avocado eggs Benedict and opted for the soft serve sorbet of the day, which was pink lemonade in a pretzel cone - delicious! 
Capped off the weekend with a little stroll with my main girl & listening to a really great episode of How I Built This with the founders of Soul Cycle! Heading into this week feeling really energized & excited for a girls trip at the end of the week! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead friends!


Six Year Anniversary

March 20, 2019
This weekend, Gary and I will be celebrating our six year wedding anniversary. While we were in Florida a couple weekends ago, we went back to our wedding venue and had a little walk down memory lane - literally since we went inside the room where we said our vows, walked around where we took our photos and even recreated one of them! We're in a completely different place than we were a year ago - we've added to our family, taken on new commitments and with that comes another set of challenges and excitements for our marriage. We've been together for almost 9 years, which means I was 23 when we started dating - absolutely mind boggling to me! 
I convinced Gary to participate in a little Q&A and here's how our answers compare - short & sweet!
What's one quality of mine you discovered during marriage that you grew to love?
Gary:Your amazing planning abilities. You are great at planning out vacations or just a day around Boston for us.

Biana: I never realized how handy you were and how much you love fixing things. You've done so much in our home and really made everything so efficient, especially the kitchen!  
What do I do to make you feel better after a bad day?
Gary: You always suggest a walk around the neighborhood and chat about life. 

Biana: You always manage to make me laugh - whether it's doing "flying baby with Sophia" or telling me one of your jokes, you try really hard to get me out of my funk and talk me through it. 
What's your favorite memory from being married the last 6 years?
Gary: The week we took off to move into our condo, unpack, and build everything in only a few days. We were literally building our life together. 

Biana: There are a ton to choose from, but our road trip through Ireland is one of my favorite memories. Driving in the car singing, me dancing, & picking out Sophia's name - all things I'll always smile about! The moment I drove (for 1minute) on the other side of the road and you getting it on video and asking me if I saw the car that was parked...for the record, I did! 
Who would you pick to play me in a movie?
Gary: Rose Byrne or Kristin Davis
Biana: Funny enough, I think Gary kind of looks like Tom Cruise from certain angles, but he'd actually play himself. Maybe one day I'll share his reality show days...
Six years flew by in a flash and I imagine that's just the way it will be from here on out. Typically, our gifts to one another are a big trip that we take - this year things are a little different and our trip is coming in May with someone in tow and I don't think either one of us would have it any other way! 

To my partner in life & adventure - love you mucho & forever 😘

Spring Nail Polishes to Try

March 18, 2019
Happy Monday friends! It's been a couple years since I rounded up some of my favorite nail polishes and as someone that always has her nails painted I have amassed quite the collection of my own polishes. While I do tend to have gel on my nails the majority of the time, it's during the spring that I really start to crave a weekly polish, so I opt to do them on my own more frequently. I wanted to share a few of my favorites right now! 
  • Essie Gel Couture "Wearing Hue" || This is my newest and currently most favorite color! It's light pink and iridescent. When it's applied it actually looks more white on the nails. I've been itching to transition away from the darker hues and this is the perfect one! 
  • Essie Gel Couture "Pinned to Perfection" || If you like Mod About You from OPI, then you'll like "Pinned to Perfection from the Essie Gel Couture line. It's a pastel pink that screams spring! 
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Sand Stone" || If I don't have gel on my nails then I've probably done my nails on my own, which means I have about 10 minutes to get it done. This nail polish line stays on the best for me (apparently my nail beds are a bit oily). This is a really nice color that I feel professional wearing and isn't too bold for work. A few sparkles which catch the sun nicely!
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Petal Pusher" || The perfect pink that isn't too milky when applied. Again, I really love how fast it dries and doesn't streak at all! Also, the bristles on the brush are really great at getting a full on your nail in just two swipes!
  • OPI "Stop It I'm Blushing" || I tend to get this color year round and mostly in gel, but it does come in regular polish, the infinite shine (lasts up to 7 days) and also dip powder! This is the ultimate pastel peach and screams spring to me! It's what I have on my nails right now!
  • Butter London "Living Coral" || This is the pantone color of the year and if you're headed to a spring break vacation or looking to bring your tan out, this is definitely the color to try!
  • Smith & Cult "Exit the Void" || I haven't tried this brand before, but so many of my friends rave about it. The periwinkle color is exactly what's missing from my current stash! 

What colors do you like for Spring?

Spring Wishlist for Charleston

March 13, 2019
I'm headed on a girls trip with my mom and sister at the end of the month to one of my favorite cities, Charleston! The weather will no doubt be a bit warmer than it is here in Boston, but I already got a taste of that with Florida's weather - so my mind is on Spring clothing! Here are some of the items on my wishlist and what I'm hoping to take on our trip with us! 
  • I'll definitely be taking my ruffle shorts and chambray shirt with me! You already saw it paired in my post earlier this week. The shorts run TTS (true to size) and the ruffle really adds a little flair to them! They also come in blue which I'm very tempted to buy! A really great chambray shirt is so versatile! I like to pair it with my white jeans or maxi skirts. My beloved white jeans from loft are showing their wear, so I'm in the market for a new pair. I will more than likely get the same pair from loft because they don't show through any of the imperfections and they are really 
  • This Zac Posen 3D printed purse is absolutely stunning! I am in love with all the colors and it would match everything! I've never seen anything like it and that makes it all that much more appealing to me! 
  • I must be having a moment with colorful things, because I have been wanting a rainbow colored ring for quite some time. The one from BaubleBar is continuously sold out (of course it's available right now), but I found this one on Amazon $10 less and looks exactly the same! 
  • I have one pair of Sojos sunglasses that I absolutely love - really trendy pink mirrored ones. So when the YSL heart sunglasses took off, I looked for a more affordable option. These heart sunnies come in 24 different shades, but I'm leaning towards the tortoise frame. They are only $10.99 and there is a 10% coupon you can apply! 
  • Espadrilles are my absolute favorite shoe to wear in Spring and Summer - I pretty much lived in them during the end of my pregnancy. I find them to be so comfortable and perfect if you do a ton of walking like I do! I love these from Sam Edelman
  • The body con ruched dress is one of my favorites! I have it in grey and actually wore it while I was pregnant and then again a few times after pregnancy! It looks really great with a denim jacket and I think the pink lemonade color will be the next one added to my closet!
  • I love two tone earrings and these BP ones are light enough that they wont pull on my ears - which after this post you know I need!

Speaking of Charleston - it's been about three years since the last time I went, so if there are any must try restaurants or things to do - please share them in the comments! What's on your Spring wishlist?

Weekending in Florida | Photo Diary

March 11, 2019
Happy Monday friends! Coming off of a seriously incredible long weekend in Florida! I'm going to let the photos do the majority of the talking, but the main reason for this trip was so that Sophia could meet her great grandmothers! A wish I had when I was pregnant and I'm so grateful that it came true! Here's a photo diary of our weekend!
Flew in bright and early on Thursday and Sophia's first flight was a success! She was an angel baby and slept for about an hour and then played the rest of the time! 

Sophia met her cousin Vienna for the first time and I think they'll be fast friends! 
Friday was our first full day and we certainly made the most of it! Our first stop was to see my grandmother's and oh was it just the best first meeting ever! While they may not have completely comprehended it, I will say that the smiles on their faces was everything I dreamt of and more! These photos will hold the memories that I wanted for Sophia!
 There are four generations in this photo!
Sophia's first time on the beach was a success - although I'm not sure if she was a fan of the sand, much like her mama!

I could just eat her up and she's not having any of it!

Friday night Gary and I went out to dinner at One Ocean Resort where we were married 6 years ago this month. It was really surreal to be back and we recreated on of our favorite wedding photos. The restaurant, Azurea was incredible and the staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a memorable evening! 
 These are shorts are going to be worn all Spring and Summer - love the ruffle!

Saturday we spent the first half of the day in St. Augustine. It's funny because anytime I'm back in Jacksonville, I very rarely have time to do anything, but this trip we really packed it all in! The last time Gary and I went to St. Augustine was when we were searching for wedding venues 7 years ago. We walked up and down King Street & through all the shops. There was actually an early St. Patrick's Day parade which made it that much more exciting. It was another beautiful day and Sophia was loving the sunshine so we decided to have lunch outside at A1A Ale Works - right on the corner King Street before the Lions Bridge!

Sunday was my birthday! From a play date in the morning to dinner with friends in the evening - it was an all around perfect day! There are two things that I just haven't had in the longest time since Boston doesn't have these restaurants and that's bang bang shrimp from Bonefish & cheddar bay biscuits from Red Lobster. Both were consumed on my birthday because why not!?  Starting out my 32nd year incredibly grateful for all of life's blessings! 

Wishing you a wonderful start to the week!
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