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7 Feb


bags are packed


We have packed entirely too many clothes and are on our way to NEW YORK FASHION WEEK!

We are so blessed to have this experience and super excited to see what the next 5 days have in store for us! This will be our last post until Wednesday, so if you’d like to keep up with what we’re doing, eating, and most importantly wearing, please follow us on instagram @aloveletteraway. We promise to return with lots of pictures and posts!

Xo Kim and Kelly


Wednesday Wish List: Paris!

21 Nov

Back in 2009, we loaded up our matching Northface backpacks and headed to Europe. Eleven days, five countries, just the two of us. We have to be honest though, we went looking like pretty serious backpackers, but ended up having to buy a suitcase in Munich because we had bought so much stuff along the way that we couldn’t carry it on our backs.
It was such an amazing trip and ever since we got back we’ve been trying to find a time that worked for both of us to plan the next one. There are so many places that we would love to go to, but Paris has always been on the top of our list. Kelly has been before but we know it would be a different experience if we went there together. We often sit around and daydream about the two of us running around Paris together shopping, sightseeing, and eating too many macarons. It usually goes a little something like this: there we are, strutting down Champs-Elysees with a “Louis on our arms, Louboutin’s on our feet, French bread in our hand, and a beret on our heads.” {that is a direct quote from Mrs. Kimberly Pelser, July 2012}. Today, when we started talking about thing that we want, a trip to Paris immediately came to mind and now that’s all we can think about, which led us to create a Paris inspired wish list this week.


Phone Cover {Kate Spade} : Macaron Case {Urban} : Bracelet {Hermes}

Stationary {Kate Spade} : Necklace {Modcloth} : Shirt {Dorothy Perkins}

Shoes {Christian Louboutin} : Shirt {oasap} : Pillow {Furbish}


Kim and Kelly

Weekend Wrap-up: The Pelsers head to Boston

20 Nov

Le Roux and I just got back a few hours ago from our weekend trip in Boston. Since we got married March of 2011, we decided that each November of every year, we would take a birthday trip to celebrate together and also have fun planning a trip to a place we have never been to. Our birthdays are 18 days apart. Le Roux’s is November 10th and mine is November 28th. Last year, we headed to Charleston which is only a three-hour drive from where we live in Charlotte. This year, we decided to head North to Boston which has been a city on our list that we have wanted to visit.

It was the perfect weekend. Just the two of us, exploring a fun city. We got into Boston early afternoon on Friday and checked into the Omni Parker House Hotel. It is a beautiful hotel with great architecture inside and right in the heart of downtown Boston. I had mentioned that it was our birthday weekend when I made the reservation, and when we got into the room we had champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and Boston creme pies waiting for us {YUM!} the perfect way to start our trip and cheers to a fun weekend. The Boston creme pie was also originated at the Omni Parker House Hotel which made it that much sweeter.

After we enjoyed our treat, we headed to Quincy Market Place and Faneuil Hall which was a short walk from our hotel. Quincy Market has a ton of food vendors and Faneuil Hall has little shops and boutiques and we made sure we made our way to all of them. Every place we ventured to in Boston was decorated for Christmas which I loved! Lights on the trees, garland, red bows, christmas ornaments to purchase in the store, you name it.

We popped into an Irish pub called Kitty O’Sheas for a beer and a Bavarian pretzel and then headed back to the hotel to get ready for our reservations that night at Bricco in the North end which is the Italian neighborhood. Le Roux and I started off with a bottle of red wine, shared an eggplant bake and a caprese salad, he had the pork chop and I had pasta with wild boar and red wine sauce. Everything was amazing and delicious and we finished off the meal with cappuccino and banana bread pudding with banana gelato. { We like to eat!}

Saturday morning we started early because we had a lot we wanted to see and do. We grabbed some quick breakfast bagels at Black Seed Cafe and got on the subway to head to the Samuel Adams Brewery. The brewery was a lot of fun! We took a tour of course and got to try many different samples of the beer, even one that is not bottled or in stores yet.

After we left the brewery, we made our way over to Newbury Street which is most famous for all of the little boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and tons of shopping. We spent the majority of our afternoon walking up and down Newbury street, stopped for lunch, grabbed cupcakes at Sweet, and people watched when we needed to take a break from all the walking.

Since we were close by and had some time before we had to start getting ready for dinner, we decided we had to go to the Cheers Bar. This is the bar that inspired the famous Tv show Cheers. We had a beer and checked out the replica set from the Tv show which was pretty cool. We both had the Red Brick Samuel Adams beer which you can only get in the city of Boston.

We quickly got ready for our dinner at Umbria Prime, which was a steak place. We enjoyed another bottle of red wine and delicious steaks. It was a nice long dinner so we headed back to the hotel after dinner to rest up for another full day in Boston.

Sunday brought another full day for us and we still had plenty more we wanted to see! The first thing we did was a Boston city Duck Tour. It was interesting to hear a lot of the historic facts about Boston and it also took us through the Charles River.

We headed back to Newbury Street to go to the Creperie for Crepes and coffees.

It was beautiful on Sunday and the perfect time to walk through the Boston Public Garden. There were so many runners, dogs, and people just enjoying the sights! We even saw a photographer with a couple who was recently engaged taking their engagement pictures.

More shopping ensued on Charles Street then it was back to the North end to take in the Italian neighborhood some more. It reminded us of New York’s Little Italy but on a smaller scale. After some pizza at a local pizzeria, we walked a few doors down to Mike’s Pastry. I was told by many people that we needed to go there and I’m glad we did! The line was out the door but worth the wait. We left with a lobster tail and a chocolate chip cannoli. Both delicious!

It was starting to get dark but we still wanted to make our way to Fenway Park before dinner. We hopped into a cab and arrived at Fenway. Unfortunately, they had a race going on over the weekend so we were unable to go inside the ball park, but it was still cool to take some photos of the outside and see another famous landmark in Boston.

Sunday night was more low-key since we wanted to catch the Patriots came on Tv at one of the local pubs by our hotel. We ended up at the Black Rose Pub for football, fish and chips, and great live music.

The weekend ended with a horse and carriage ride through the city which was the perfect way to end an amazing birthday trip!

Boston is a great walking city with so much history, lots of great shopping and restaurants, and lots of character! I highly recommend visiting Boston if you are looking for a fun weekend getaway.

Xo Kim

Tough Mudder {and an Africa Flashback}

2 Nov

In August, my friend Kelsey told me that a friend of hers was putting together a Tough Mudder team and asked if I wanted to join. I knew it was going to be extremely difficult, but it’s also a lot about teamwork and camaraderie, so I thought it would be something fun to do. We signed up and I was all enthusiastic and ready to start training. Fast forward 3 months. Today is November 2nd, exactly one month until the event, and I think I could count on two hands how many times I’ve worked out in the last three months. Enter freak out mode. Our team is in it just for fun and not to race, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a 10-12 mile course with 20 something obstacles designed by British Special Forces. {HELP!} So, in an effort to look a little more like this:


And a lot less like this:


I’m going to seriously start training. I know I’ve said that every week since I signed up, but I mean it this time. Really!

photo credit: 1, 2

And while googling those pictures, that cute little elephant brought back memories from the trip Kim and I took to South Africa 2 years ago. So I thought I’d share some of those photos with you in a little African flashback..

20121102-112220.jpg{Elephant kisses!}20121102-112254.jpg





Happy Friday, friends! Have a great weekend {and wish me luck!}

Xo Kelly

24 Hours in NYC

3 Oct

I spent last Monday-Friday in Brooklyn working at a distribution plant and doing an inventory observation. I had a 7am flight Saturday morning and last-minute decided to extend my flight a day to stay with Al in Manhattan. I had 24 hours in one of the greatest cities on earth, and this is how we spent it:

After checking into the hotel early Saturday afternoon, we headed straight to Times Square to the TKTS booth to buy some discounted tickets for a matinée show. Our choices were 1. Spiderman 2. Jersey Boys 3. War Horse, and we were lucky to get our first choice. We had planned on going to Eataly for lunch because neither of us have ever been, but were kind of crunched for time. Luckily Shake Shack was just a couple of blocks away!

We had a little bit of time to kill before the play and conveniently Dave and Buster’s was right across from the theatre. We played some games and had a mini skeeball competition. I don’t mean to brag.. but I did win by 100 points!

{that’s mine on the far right and Al’s next to me}

We took our winnings {mostly nerd ropes and sweettarts} and walked over to the show. I had heard Spiderman wasn’t that good, so I had very low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised! I loved the second half. The costumes, the flying.. it was amazing! Plus, Al got a high five during one of the songs from Spidey himself!

On the way back to the hotel we had to swing by Magnolia Bakery for some cupcakes!

We did a quick outfit change and headed to Saloon {the FSU bar} to meet up with my little, some other of my sorority sisters, and basically every other FSU alum living in New York City. It was so nice catching up with the girls and of course watching the NOLES beat USF!

After the game ended, we headed to TAO for a really late dinner. I love the party atmosphere, the floating buddha, and of course the food. Below is a picture of the 20ft floating Buddha taken from the second floor.

We didn’t have a lot of time in the morning before I had to catch my flight, but the 911 memorial was something I definitely wanted to see. Below is the Freedom Tower, one of the reflecting pools, and the only tree that survived the attacks.

We ended the morning with a quick brunch at BLT Bar and Grill..

{ Brioche French Toast with Cinnamon-Carmelized Apples }

and then Al dropped me off at the airport before he headed back to Queens for another week of work. I sat in the airport and asked myself the same question I always do when I’m in LGA/JFK: why am I leaving?? I have always wanted to move to the city and every time I go, I remember why. I had an amazing 24 hours in NYC. It was short but definitely sweet. I’m counting down the days {23!} until I’m back again.

xo, Kelly

Weekend Wrap Up

25 Sep

This weekend was relaxing yet busy at the same time. We had great weather all weekend which definitely made it that much more enjoyable.

Friday night hubs and I headed over to our favorite spot for dinner for our Friday night date nights- Bad Daddy’s burger bar. After drinks and burgers, we stopped by at home to pick up Baxter and went over to Blakeney music on the green. They have a live band and a fun atmosphere on Fridays and Saturday nights. We grabbed coffee at Starbucks and spent the rest of our night listening to all the great music.

Saturday was spent running errands in the morning and then while hubs went to work out and hang out with friends, I was on my way to work for a Wedding reception. The Wedding went great and it was good to see another Bride and Groom so happy with the outcome of their event.

Sunday we woke up and headed to the Four Mile Creek Greenway trail. There were so many dogs {which made Baxter happy!} runners, and people riding bikes. All that walking gave us an appetite so we made our way over to Icehouse in South End Charlotte. Fried pickles, sliders, and a chicken wrap were all consumed and we were happy. We spent the rest of our Sunday decorating the house for fall and Halloween, and relaxed watching football.

Hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying the start of FALL!

xo, Kim