new years eve.

New Year’s Eve has always held a special place in my heart.

I know it’s a “holiday” hated by many. The bars are too crowded, the drinks are too expensive, the hangovers are too intense, yada yada yada.

New Year’s Eve is a night to throw caution to the wind. Let your hair down. Have some fun. Wear a pretty dress eventhough it’s 30 degrees outside, sip champagne and reminisce about all that’s happened in a year’s time.  Surround yourself with the people you love and kiss a stranger when the ball drops—that stranger might just turn out to be your husband one day. 😉

On New Year’s Eve 26 years ago, my mom was deciding which gown she was going to take to the hospital instead of which party dress she would wear to the celebration.  My dad was packing her up and they were spending the night at Durham Regional Hospital welcoming ME into the world—which now you know, is probably the real reason I love Dec. 31st so much.

On New Year’s Eve 3 years ago, I was spending the night with these wonderful girls during our first few months out of college in our townhome in Charlotte.  I had no idea that a few hours, one party bus ride, and several cocktails after this picture was taken, I would meet the man I’d marry.

On New Year’s Eve 2 years ago, we were all dolled up for a night on the town in Charleston, S.C. Sending 2008 out with a bang!

Last year, I was having a NYE Masquerade Ball/25th Birthday Bash at mine and Nick’s old house. We were alienated by our neighbors after that one but it was totally worth it! 2010 was a great year for all!

In 3 short days, I’ll be ringing in 2011 with those same fabulous women, in equally beautiful cocktail dresses…celebrating another year!

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