Down by the Bay #strongerthanthestorm

A few weeks ago D and I went down to Tom's River, NJ for his annual Cousins Party -- which all of his family get together at a relatives house right on the water for good food, family times and some laughs. You can see last years pictures here. This was a particularly special party because the family who hosts this party (D's second cousins) were affected by Hurricane Sandy and lost the first level of their home, and their dock. We're standing on the newly built dock in the pic seen below. I'm so happy they were able to rebuild in less than a year and continue on with this special tradition. Even though they lost many of their possessions, photos, memories and family heirlooms, family is the most important thing, and they were blessed that no one was hurt.  
So a big cheers to that! : )
Gray Maxi from Target (similar) // Necklace: J.Crew in Sea Mist
Sunglasses: Loft (similar) // Wedge Sandals: Payless (nice option)
 always happiest near the water.
kisses // knuckle rings found here // Essie nail polish
these lovely ladies are like my second family : )
never a dull moment with this group!!
life is better at the bay : )
this is how Italians do parties. food, food, and more good food!
And you can't forget the desserts. A whole table of desserts to be specific.
and I kinda have a thing, obsession perhaps with these leaf cookies.

 sometimes outtake photos make the best pics! that and with a little help from cool photo editing apps.
 And ending the night with a little boardwalk action before driving home. It's so nice to see the Jersey shore slowly rebuilding itself after hurricane sandy. There are some tough and resilient people here -- proud to be #JerseyStrong!!

xo Steph

also linking up with Because Shanna Said So and The Pleated Poppy


  1. Looks like lots of fun and good food.

  2. so sad how everyone lost so much, but its amazing how quickly everyone has rebuilt! glad to see you were able to continue your tradition!! the last pic of you two is gorgeous <3
    xoxo, jillian

  3. Love that outtake photo of you two!

  4. Hot couple!!!!!

  5. That maxi is so pretty on you! I'm glad they were able to rebuild! My mother-in-law lives in Toms River too, but she's not close to the water.

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  6. I really feel like my favorite song this summer, "Stronger than the storm," should be playing with this post. Beautiful pictures!

  7. You guys are all so brave and resilient! I can't even begin to understand what D's family went through, but like you said family is the most important thing at the end of the day...and glad no one was hurt! I'm happy to hear that they rebuilt their house and you guys got to carry on with this tradition! Beautiful pics girl!

  8. pretty little thingsSeptember 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    it was! thanks for the comments Lee!

  9. pretty little thingsSeptember 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    aww thanks for the sweet comments Jillian! We are just blessed that only material possessions were lost. nothing that can't be replaced! : )

  10. pretty little thingsSeptember 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    thanks Jenn! outtake pics are sometimes my favorite pics!

  11. pretty little thingsSeptember 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Thanks Sharon! I feel like NJ is made up of some pretty tough people. We're all rebuilding and in this together. I'm glad your mother-in-law was safe : )

  12. pretty little thingsSeptember 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    hahaha I hear you girl! that song is always in my head! I don't know if everyone else in the country hears it all the time, but it's definitely a staple here in Jersey!!

  13. pretty little thingsSeptember 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    thanks for such a sweet comment Rita! We are very blessed that no one was hurt, everything else, including houses can be replaced. Family traditions are one thing that you just can't put a price on!! : )

  14. Looks like you all had a great time! It's so nice to see that family are strong and rebuilt together and continue on!


  15. I love that necklace!


  16. looks like a fun time!

    xx Alecia with www.likesof.us

  17. I think the necklace is in sale now too! Thanks for the comments Sarah!

  18. Great photos. Looks like fun.

  19. We had a great time! Thanks Alecia!

  20. Thanks for the comments! :-)

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  22. So happy to hear they were able to rebuild...so sad how many people still have not

  23. pretty little thingsSeptember 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    I know, thanks Tara! it was sad to see how some of their neighbors still have a lot of damage. We have been very fortunate : )

  24. That dress is to die for! I cant believe its from target! Im running out there to pick it up now <3 you and your hubby look so dang cute together. I love that outtake photo!

    Best Wishes,


  25. you look happy and gorgeous on the water Steph! Lots of good food, and the sentiment really leaps off the page! Thanks for sharing!

    XX, elle


  26. Lovely pics but the food looks especially yummy! I've heard from my hubby about Italian get togethers and how they get down



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  27. It looks like it was a fantastic party and I'm glad they could rebuild their dock.

  28. All photos are spanking . Thank you very much guy .


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