west virginia weekend adventure

Hi babes,

Anyone else wondering where this summer went so quickly?! It’s almost August and I feel like it was just Memorial Day. Life truly is short.

Christian and I have been fortunate enough to spend quite a bit of our summer traveling, and we kicked off our adventures with a trip to West Virginia. We rented a little stone cottage on a farm in Reedsville complete with a sleeping loft, soaking tub, and fire pit. Baxter absolutely loved running around the farm and we loved the open night sky and the seclusion.

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After relaxing in our new digs on Friday evening, we woke up early on Saturday and drove to Thomas, WV. The drive itself was absolutely beautiful, but Thomas was where I left my heart. An artsy, hippie community along the Monogahela River, it was quite simply what dreams are made of. We spent our morning there sipping coffee, perusing art galleries, and antiquing.

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We then drove to Blackwater Falls near the neighboring town of Davis. There we hiked for a few hours, taking in the gorgeous West Virginia landscape and carving our own hiking trails to avoid tourists (Christian and Baxter’s favorite activity). The views and the privacy are always worth the off-roading.

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We rounded out our day by heading back to Thomas to enjoy some drinks, food, and fantastic live music at the Purple Fiddle, a local music venue complete with a dog friendly outdoor porch.

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On Sunday we wanted to take it easy, so we spent the day enjoying the farm. I got to meet and feed the horses, and Baxter and Christian loved playing frisbee on the grounds. Added perk: the owner of the farm is a chef and cooked us an insanely good farm to table brunch. Just about the best Sunday I could ask for.

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All in all, it was the perfect way to celebrate the start of summer and the last year of my twenties, surrounded by nature, good vibes, my hubby and my pup.

Hope you lovelies have been enjoying your summer adventures as well!

✌️&❤️,
COURTNEY

happy holidays

FRIENDS.

This is by far my favorite time of year and I just can’t contain my excitement. We’re hosting our first grown-up holiday party this weekend, and after stalking Pinterest for ideas, our holiday decor is shaping up pretty nicely, if I do say so myself.

Those folks coming this weekend will get to see it IRL, but here’s a sneak peek of our (almost completely) decorated abode.

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I tend to be a fan of more natural decor, so garland and boxwood wreaths played a big role in my overall vision. I also love warm lights and candles (so, so many candles), so those were bound to make an appearance, too.

Sidenote: This was the first year we cut down a real Christmas tree, and I have to take a minute to thank my Dad for sawing down those huge trees we wanted every year. Jeez, I tried to help Christian for all of 10 seconds before my arms gave out. Also, I was COVERED in sap. So Dad, thanks. I know you did many other wonderful things for me as a kid, but right now, this one really hits home.

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Happy Holidays, babes!

✌️&❤️,
COURTNEY

 

creativity lost & found

Hi loves,

A quick post today, after what seems like forever of not blogging. I’ve admittedly been in a bit of a creative rut lately, triggered by work and life and excuses. But it seems that every creative rut I find myself in is always accompanied by longing and quite honestly, a lot of inner sadness. That ends today.

This past weekend, while traveling to the Adirondacks, Christian and I took a brief detour to Sugar Loaf, NY. We stopped in a candle shop that was featured in one of my first blog posts, just over a year ago. This time, we had the privilege of meeting the candlemaker, Peter, and observing him practice his craft. A fairly brief encounter, no longer than an hour or two spent watching and learning from him, but it left me buzzing on a creative high. Witnessing the beauty, pride, and personal joy this man had in working with his hands was invigorating. He revitalized me, and something clicked. It reminded me that no matter what else is going on in life, taking the time to invest in learning, creating, and experiencing is essential to our happiness. So embrace it, explore it, and share it, friends. It’s undeniably the most earnest thing we have.

Photos of the Sugar Loaf Candle Shop and our new friend, Peter, were all taken by my talented husband, Christian.

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P.S. Check out Peter’s shop. All of his candles are handmade with love, and he ships them all over the world. Or better yet, go visit him. He has so much life to give.

And that, friends, is all I’ve got for you today.

✌️&❤️,
COURTNEY

i’m baaackkk!

Friends,

I know I have had a significant blogging lull over the past few weeks. Turns out that planning a wedding, getting married, and honeymooning are haaaard work. 😉

Needless to say, I am back in Pittsburgh and am so excited to share my adventures with you all… and to get my feet back into my blog, my business, and my community. Stay tuned for posts about my wedding (and my amazing vendors), my honeymoon (Belize is #unBELIZEable), and some additional exciting projects I’ve been working on.

And for fun, here’s a photo of us RIGHT after we officially became Mr. and Mrs. Lichty!

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More soon, babes!

✌️&❤️,
COURTNEY

weekend in review

Hi babes!

I realize I’ve been on a serious blogging hiatus, and I can thank wedding planning for that. But Christian and I had such a fun weekend hanging out in the Steel City that I had to take a pause from vendor emails and thank-you cards for a quick post.

With the chaos of the wedding and the events leading up to it, it is insanely rare that we have a weekend at home, so we wanted to take advantage of it. Besides a TON of cleaning (my shower gifts and Baxter’s shedding fur had taken over our place), we took a bike ride over to the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland to sight see in the city we now call home. Christian was totally geeking out cause the entire place looked like Hogwarts, and I was simply geeking out cause the architecture was SO gorgeous.

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On the third floor there are “themed” rooms, which can only be described as totally awesome. I think I forced Christian to take a photo of me getting into character in each and every room (which I’ll spare the world from sharing), but here’s one shot of me in my favorite room:

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Like I said, really getting into character. But in all seriousness, the detailing in that room was unreal, and getting my meditation on is always, always, a welcome activity!

And that’s it for today! Check back later this week for a peek at our wedding invitation. And on Thursday I’m off to my bachelorette! I am so excited I can barely contain myself.

✌️&❤️,
COURTNEY

bridal shower bliss

Happy Monday, lovelies.

I start this week off still smiling after the most gorgeous and love-filled weekend. Christian and I headed home to the Poconos — he for his bachelor party, and me for my bridal shower. An exciting time to kick off our journey down the aisle!

My shower was absolutely perfect. I’ve always dreamed of having it at my parents’ house in the Poconos. What could be more special? But to top it off, my mom, sister-in-laws, and bridesmaids went ABOVE and BEYOND to make my boho bridal dreams come true. Not to mention, all of the friends and family that came and showered me with love. I couldn’t feel more blessed.

Here are some shots of the gorgeous boho details:

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And some shots of my company for the day:

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What unfortunately didn’t make it into the photos: the mimosa and rosé bar (yes, duh) and the bonfire burning outside since the weather was a bit chilly. Literally the best combo of two of my favorite things.

Such a heartwarming day to celebrate my upcoming adventure as a Lichty.

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My heart is so full.

Hope you all had an awesome weekend, too!

✌️&❤️,
COURTNEY

weekend in review

A short & sweet post today!

This weekend, we traveled home to the Poconos for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and Mother’s Day. It was family-packed, and because of that, I spent much more time interacting with loved ones than taking pictures. But I did want to share a few shots from the shower.

My sister-in-law, Andi, loved the idea of a tea party shower,  which framed the decor we used for the day:

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My heart ❤

Doesn’t Andi look absolutely GORGEOUS?! Serious pregnancy goals.

And that’s all for today! Hope you all had a weekend filled with love!

✌️&❤️,
COURTNEY