#swankyfreshlypicked giveaway winner


hip, hip, hooray!


is the winner of the james vincent design co. GIVEAWAY!

congratulations! send me an email {swankyanddapper@gmail.com} as soon as possible so i can get all your info to freshly picked so you can get those moccs!



#swankyquinn giveaway winner


hip, hip, hooray!


is the winner of the quinn popcorn GIVEAWAY!

congratulations! send me an email {swankyanddapper@gmail.com} as soon as possible so i can get all your info and all the popcorn yumminess to ya.


go shorty, it’s your birthday

oh boy. this has been such a splendiferous weekend. it was everything that i wanted a thirtieth birthday to be. the perfect mix of celebration and family gatherings and relaxation and pampering and alone time with my man. sigh.

we packed a whole lot into a few days. and i am still coming down from the sugar high. i felt so gosh darn spoiled and overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of the people in my life. here’s a smattering of moments from my big 30 including baseball and family meals and my birthday haul. my people know me so well. everything was PERFECT.

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3-0 you are a-ok.

thanks for celebrating with me, family and friends!

birthday date night


hello from the bonafide thirty year old! i gotta tell ya, this whole thirties business has been pretty fab so far. i am digging it. in addition to family fun and suuuuper wild partying {haha, wink} i really wanted to enjoy a date night with my man. an evening to relax and savor yummy food and reflect and talk about hopes and plans and goals for this fresh decade. oh, and you gotta have some killer dessert.

and for all that and more, the only spot for us is citizen public house. it is kind of our thing. and so, we dropped miss elinor and hit the town, good and early. it is way better to stake your claim on the primo booth seat and settle into the evening before the crowds arrive. we like a clutter-free restaurant so we feel like we’ve got the joint all to ourselves… and then, we can go a little nuts with the social hour prices before diving into main courses and dessert. it makes the evening feel so much longer.

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it was such a perfect evening. i mean, the fries and ketchup alone were magic. oh, and that dessert. wowza. i love date nights. and the first date night of my thirties was utter perfection. off to a great start.

trois. zéro.


excusez moi while i get my party on. today is the big day! thirty. 30. three. zero. and now, i am off to enjoy some breakfast and open presents. how fun are presents? already feeling so spoiled. gosh.

get ready for rachel 3.0

so excited for this new decade of life.

thanks so much for being a part of my everyday and my celebrations. la vie est belle.

toodle-oo for now. i will be back tomorrow with more #madameswankyturns30 giveaway winners AND pics from my bday weekend.