“Marry Me”

Chris and I just celebrated our 3 year anniversary and we’ve been engaged for 3 months – time flies when you are in love! I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to sit down and share all of the proposal details with you, but I promise it was worth the wait!

On Saturday June 25th, 2016 – It was a totally normal saturday morning. I woke up, went to exercise with my trainer, came home and jumped in the pool. I was laying in the sun when my sister asked if I wanted to grab lunch, so I showered and we went! My sister’s fiancé, Kraig, joined us for lunch and it was just like any other Saturday. Towards the end of lunch my sister was getting a little antsy. If you know my sister – you know this is normal too. We paid the check and headed home.

As we approached my front door step there was a small table outside with a dozen roses. Vicky and I could see it from the car. Vicky asked if it was my anniversary and I said no. We got up to the front door and my name was on the card on top of the roses and it still didn’t hit me. I opened the card and as I started reading I realized exactly what was about to happen. My hands were shaking and at the bottom of the card was my first clue.

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After reading the first card, I went inside hysterical crying, filled with excitement and nerves and I somehow (don’t ask me how) got ready. The entire day just unfolded perfectly. I had ordered a dress about a week before and it arrived that morning, so I had this new dress on my bed ready to be worn. I put it on and my sister and I got into her car and went to my first clue.

Clue #1: Go to the place where I first told you I love you.

This was at the Emporium in Patchogue on my 23rd birthday. We pulled up and I saw Chris’s two best friends, Ian & Tyler, standing outside both holding flowers. I cried even more. Ian and Tyler are like family to me, so I was so happy they were apart of the proposal. After a few minutes of talking and Ian cracking jokes – Ian handed me my next clue. My hands began to shake again and the tears were nonstop.

Clue #2: Go to the place where we spent all of our summers as kids.

Many of you know this, but some may not: Chris and I grew up together. His parents house is down the block from mine, so we’ve known each other since we were very young. (And he’s ALWAYS liked me even though he says he hasn’t)! Vicky and I jumped back into her car and headed back to our house. When we got home – I could see my family on my back deck. I went outside and there was my mom, dad, brother, grandma and Kraig. Each one of them stood up and handed me more flowers and I cried. Please let me remind you this is hour #2 into the proposal and I probably stopped crying for 10 minutes total during that whole time. Chris set up a table with pictures of us and more flowers. It was amazing. We sat down and we talked, laughed, I cried. And then my dad gave me clue #3.

Clue #3: Go to the place where we spend all of our anniversaries.

Vicky and I got back into her car and headed to Verace in Islip (this is an italian restaurant that Chris and I always go to). When we got to the restaurant I was nervous. I kept saying to Vicky “Just tell me who’s inside, so I know who to look for” and she was silent – pushing me to go inside. As i walked in, straight in front of me, in the middle of the dining room was Chris’s parent’s! Vicky and I sat down with them and they had me laughing. They told me about when they met and their wedding. It was great! I also got a glass of wine (that i chugged in 30 seconds) and it definitely took the edge off. Then Chris’s mom gave me clue #4.

Clue #4: Go to the place where I first asked you to be my girlfriend.

This was at Robert Moses Beach. Vicky and I headed to the beach. The card read “Robert Moses Field 3 go towards the sunset”. I knew this was where Chris would be.

I just want to say that I was so lucky to have my sister right by my side during this entire adventure. She kept me calm and even when I asked questions trying to figure out what was next she never let me know. She photographed the entire day from start to finish, so Chris and I will have those memories forever. She really is the world’s BEST sister and there are not enough words to say how truly thankful we are. We love you SO much, Vic!

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Vicky and I got out of the car and started making our way towards the beach. We could see Chris in the far distance and we knew we had a pretty lengthy walk in front of us, but all I could see was Chris. The sun was setting behind him and as I got closer I realize he had set up a blanket with candles and rose pedals. When I tell you I felt like I was in a dream I am not kidding.

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I finally got to Chris and he handed me more flowers. At this point I have about 10 dozen red roses. And he opened up my last clue and read it to me. I was already in tears, but i remember him reading “I’ve made you wait long enough” and he handed me the card. He got down on one knee and proposed.

It was magical. A fairytale. Everything I could have ever wished for. I of course said yes. And after my sister took some amazing photos of us as the sun set.

How lucky am I? I get to marry the man of my dreams. I still, to this day, cannot believe that Chris was able to put all of that together seamlessly and that I was lucky enough to be the girl he asked to marry. I have the biggest smile on my face right now.

After taking photos – Vicky and Chris said there was one more surprise. At this point, I didn’t have any more tears left to cry, so no matter what it was I was ready for it. We got closer to the parking lot and there was my family and his standing with a huge banner that said “Marissa Renee Kmeciak”. We were surrounded by so much love. Happiness was pouring out of everyone. It was the perfect end to the perfect day.

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I love you, Chris.

 

All In The Details

I keep saying “I am done shopping for Aruba”, but then I saw this pom-pom cover up and beaded sandals on sale and I knew I wasn’t done just yet!

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I totally love the pom-pom trend, but most of the pieces I’ve seen are super expensive. When i saw this Anmol Crotchet Kimono with Multi Colored Pom Pom Trim on ASOS – I figured it was a couple hundred dollars, but to my surprise it was on sale for $46!

Since the pom-pom details are “on trend” right now I don’t want to invest much money into different pieces because I probably won’t wear it next summer, so $46 and I was sold! I would definitely scoop it up before it sells out and summer ends!

These Steve Madden Jewells Beaded Suede Sandals are very comfortable and perfect for vacation! Another great sale item i found at Lord & Taylor! Guess how much…

$27.60! And they still have a bunch of sizes left. Go get them before they are gone!

xx M

Estēe Lauder

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There are a few key products by Estēe Lauder that I always use and wanted to share with you!

Softening Lotion – I use it after I wash my face and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed!

Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser – I leave it on for 3 minutes while I shower and helps to keep my skin clear.

Double Wear Light Foundation – I love this foundation because it’s lightweight, always looks natural and stays on all day! (I use Intensity 4.0)

Brush-On Glow Highlighter – To hide dark circles and brighten up your eyes! (I use 5/6 N Deep Neutral)

Automatic Brow Pencil Duo – This eyebrow filler allows you to easily trace your brow and fill it in. (I use 07-soft blonde)

These Estēe Lauder products are just a few of my favorites. My skin is normally very dry, so beauty products that hydrate my skin, but don’t leave it looking cake-y is very important to me. Luckily, the products above do just that.

xx Marissa

Summer Drinks

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RTW X LPD

Colorful drinks paired with LPD  (splatter print) coasters is the perfect start to planning your next summer get-together!

Shopping List:

Flavored Liquor (your favorite!)

Kool-Aid (your favorite!)

Rock Candy (the prettiest!)

Seltzer

Mix your seltzer, kool-aid and liquor. Add rock candy. It’s as easy as that!

The seltzer gives it fizz. The Kool-Aid gives it flavor. The liquor gives it a kick. And the rock candy gives it color and makes it fun.

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Go check out all of LPD’s newest summer coasters!

And tag us @runthew0rld #runtheworld #rtw with your pretty summer drinks!

Cheers! xx

Low Key Date Night

Chris and I love to go to the beach and watch the sunset as often as we can. We normally just go for an hour or so. It’s so peaceful and the perfect way to end the weekend.

This Sunday night, Chris suggested that we get some yummy desserts and go watch the sunset. I was totally on board because those are three of my favorite things in life: dessert, sunsets and my boyfriend. Can’t beat that! We picked up Talenti Carmel Cookie Crunch Gelato, Cheese Cake, Red Bulls, Pellegrino, and Strawberries.We went over to Robert Moses Field 2 around 6:30pm. The sky was a little cloudy, but the sunset was still amazing.

Sometimes I prefer to be at the beach with Chris and enjoying each others company rather than at a crowded restaurant where we can barely hear one another. Our low-key date night cost us $20. There is free parking during the evening at Robert Moses, so all we paid for was our desserts.

Tranquil scenery and good company is all you need. These cool summer nights are just a small reminder that Fall is right around the corner. I will miss these days.

 

  
  



  

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Boyfriend Jeans

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I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans for months now. I wanted to find a pair that I would be able to wear to work, on the weekends, or out to dinner.

No matter how expensive or inexpensive – I could not find the right pair. They were either too baggy or too tight. Over the weekend, I saw a pair in American Eagle that fit perfectly. I love the wash on them (not too dark). They were $49.95 and if you buy a second pair of their jeans you get them for 50% off… Definitely a steal. These jeans can be dressed up or worn casually and that’s exactly what I was looking for.

Below, I’ve styled my boyfriend jeans with other pieces of my clothing for three different looks. Click links below to shop the pieces:

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Blazer: Forever 21 / Tank: Nordstrom Rack / Bracelets: Julie Vos / Bag: Chanel / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Tom’s

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Blouse: BCBG Generation / Jeans: American Eagle / Wedges: Bettye Muller / Jewelry: Leslie Francesca / Clutch: Michael Kors

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T-shirt: H&M / Jeans: American Eagle / Jewelry: Julie Vos / Bag: Chanel / Sandals: Nine West

Barefoot Prints

So many of you have asked me who was the photographer that captured Vicky & Kraig’s engagement party and I am so excited to share Barefoot Prints; Outdoor Portraits by Tara Fitzpatrick, with you.

Tara did such an amazing job at our party. We couldnt be happier with her work. She captured memories that will last a life time.

Go check out her work at Barefoot Prints

Contact Tara:

Tfitz1214@gmail.com

(631) 901-2471

Below are some of the pictures Tara captured from our party: