Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bachelorette Party Style Guide

It is officially "Bachelorette Party" season as the Las Vegas pools have officially opened for summertime!  However, I am not going to Vegas for my bachelorette party. (Mostly because I frequent Vegas 2-3 times a year. For my bachelorette party, we are heading to a 3 day Ensenada cruise!  We leave this weekend, so I have been running around packing and getting final details for my bachelorette weekend!

Here are some styling tips and tricks that you may find helpful when you pack for your next vacation or bachelorette weekend! 
 Bachelorette Style Guide

All vacations vary on what you need to pack, but since we are heading to Mexico, we need to pack for warm, beach weather. 
I have been checking the weather over 60 times a week to make sure we bring all the essentials to have a fun, safe trip.  The weather looks like it's gong to be about 75 degrees.  Not too hot, not to cold, but perfect for relaxing.  Let's hope it stays this way! We do need to keep in mind that it may be breezy in the evening so we will be packing some light sweaters to cover our shoulders when we get chilly. (Before we get some cocktails to warm us up!)

Swim suits are a necessity for any cruise.  No matter what the weather.  So we will also be packing some coverups to go along with our suits!  Sandals are a no-brainer as well! Easy to slip on or off when you are poolside. (and walking around- you never know what has touched that ground.)

When we transition to the evening, we will need to wear cocktail attire for dinner and to the club, shows, and entertainment!  Of course I am packing a white dress so I will stand out amongst my hot girlfriends for my bachelorette.  The girls are coordinating each evening for something fun! 

Of course, every Bachelorette needs her party gear.  We will be sporting some of the following:
-bridal party pins
-penis straws
-blow up man dolls
You get the point?
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The best part?  You can find all of these goodies via Bachelorette.com.  That's right!
It's the BEST bachelorette party store site and won't break the bank! If you use my link by 5/1/14, you will be entered to win a Starbucks gift card (for my readers only).  Not a bad deal if I do say so myself.  
PLUS If you spend over $50, you will get a free gift courtesy of Bachelorette.com.
Pin Bachelorette Sash at Bachelorette.com

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Recap

So sad it is already Monday.  Why does it seem like the weekends go by so fast! 
Well, I hope you all had a good weekend.  I am co-hosting with Bella from Dateless in Dallas for our Weekend Recap (Posted every Monday)!

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I really didn't have an exciting weekend.  My parents and fiance were all out of town.  I was extremely excited to have the house to myself, relax, layout, bbq, spa..  like my own date night with myself.  Of course it didn't go as planned.  
Earlier that day (Friday), I asked my fiance if he could take the steak for the kabobs out of the freezer so they could defrost while I was at work.. he forgot to do that.
Then, I was trying to use my computer to get alot of blogger stuff done, and guess what doesn't work.  The internet.After being extremely irritated, I was craving a Corona.  Went to go grab one out of the fridge, and we didn't have any left.  I was so heartbroken I grabbed a Bud light, grabbed some white rice out of the cupboard and ate outside pouting like a 2 year old. I know I could have easily gone out to grab food, but I was so excited to just be at home. I was so unmotivated after this little mishap I ended up showering and watching TV with my dogs.
I know... exciting right?

Saturday I needed to get out of the house.  I was driving myself insane.  I called up a friend and ran some errands and also went to the mall to get some fun stuff for my bachelorette cruise this upcoming weekend.  Super excited! I need a vaca!  Then I called up another friend to BBQ some kabobs (since I was craving them after not having them Friday!) 

We had steak kabobs, Coronas (yep, I needed them!), watched the Angel game on TV, and listened to music.  It was much needed!  

Sunday I decided I would clean up, do laundry, lay outside and get things done.  My aunt and cousin stopped by to drop something off and we had a nice little visit.  Very lazy yet productive day!

Also doing a linkup with Momfessionals, for "What's on...." today the prompt is "What's On Your DVR."
Gosh, what did we do in our lives without DVR? Especially when shows are on so late at night, there's no way I can stay up to watch them and feel sane at work the next day.

What's on MY DVR:
Pretty Little Liars
Modern Family
Big Bang Theory

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Top 5 Worst Things About Wedding Planning

Ok, I realize everyone is going to have different experiences planning their wedding and that not all weddings are the same.  But let's get real here folks.  It's not all fun and games, you WILL get frustrated at some point. Now, I am not the type of person to get mad and scream at someone, I usually just brush it off my shoulders and move on.  However, there have been times where it has crossed my mind (although I still never did anything about it.)
When I first started planning, I had family and friends ask constantly what they can do to help and honestly there wasn't anything I needed.  Plus being the crafty perfectionist that I am, I didn't trust anyone to take on certain tasks with the fear that they would mess them up.  Not only that, I like things done MY way.
1. How Much They ACTUALLY Cost
Yeah Yeah, you set a budget and think you're going to stick to it?  Chances are you may be close, but expect a ton of extra costs you never even thought of. Trust me, it WILL happen.   You think all of those DIY projects are saving you money?  Yes, some will, but some may even end up costing more than you would have if you just purchased them yourself.  And think about all that time you spent on it too.  Also keep in mind that if you chose a hotel as your venue, the added hotel costs and taxes that come along with it.  Not only that, but your guest list will be the majority of your cost, see #3 below.
2. People want to see photos of your dress
I understand you are just as excited as I am that I said Yes to the dress, but I don't want to show everyone from your cousins sisters boyfriends grandmothers dog my dress.   I want to save the "shock factor" for my wedding day.  You can show your cousins sisters boyfriends grandmothers dog my dress after I say, "I do," thank you very much.

3. Creating a Guest List I thought this would be the easiest part.  You know, inviting everyone you've ever met and their plus ones and so on.  Ok I kid, but you don't realize how many people "assume" they are invited to your wedding and assume they are allowed to bring their booty call from the night before.  I get that you don't want to come to the wedding "alone," but what made you think you were invited in the first place?  The guest list is the most important because you need to invite family and close friends.  People get seriously butt hurt when they are not invited.  You can't disappoint Aunt Sue, yet you also need to keep in mind that this is where the majority of your costs add up.  If you have 100 guests you are inviting, think about the plus ones that go along with that and how much the per plate cost is PLUS each chair and table you need to have, PLUS drinks, PLUS extra space so that everyone can fit and that extra centerpiece you need to either buy or make to add to that extra table, oh and don't forget that extra tablecloth you will need for that extra table. Oh and we cannot forget about those extra invitations you needed to order for all those extra people. (Plus the added postage for each invite plus the postage you need to put on the return RSVP card). Yes, my friends, it adds up.. and it adds up quick.

4. People who act as if I "should" be stressed
First of all, I am not one to usually stress about things.  Yes little things here and there but nothing major.  People are constantly asking me if I am stressed.   Why the hell should I be stressed?  I understand this is a wedding, but did we all forget the true meaning of "marriage?"  Don't worry about me peeps. I am doing better than ever! I get to marry my best friend, someone I can count on, someone I can trust with anything. Yes I understand there are plenty of tasks I need to have accomplished for my coordinator, DJ, officiant, and I understand the timelines, but I don't need to stress as if this is a college final and that my marriage would fail if I don't complete what I needed in time. I realize not everything will go as planned and to be honest, I probably won't even realize it the day of the Wedding.  Anything else that happens that day that was not supposed to I will think of as an added bonus. 
5. Thinking your wedding party will know what to do It's definitely been a roller coaster planning with the wedding party.  I guess I always assumed every single one of them would be just as excited as I am and want to jump on board and help plan.  Not necessarily the case.  Yes you will have a few who don't care as much as you do, but you may have at least one who goes above and beyond what's expected.  As long as you have that one (whether it be a bridesmaid, groomsman, or your mom) that is all you need.  Don't expect your bridesmaids to drop their lives for you.  They won't.  If they aren't doing the work for your bachelorette or bridal shower festivities, you may need to jump on board. (I did)  Just expect to do things yourself.
I completely understand that not everything will go as planned, but in the end I will still be married to my best friend and my family will still love me.  So what if my dress rips or I trip over Uncle Bobs big toe, at least we will all have a story to talk about for years! To everyone out there that looks at me like I should be losing my mind, don't.  In just a few short months this will all be over, the wedding will have come and gone. I will be happily married and laugh about anything that wasn't 100% perfect. In fact, I look forward to the imperfections that I know are bound to happen, at least it will give us enjoyable stories!  For myself, I am focusing on planning my perfect marriage, not a perfect wedding day. (Because we all know "perfect" doesn't exist.)
Linking up for Wedding Wednesday.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Recap

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I sure did. I am linking up with Bella for our weekly Weekend Recap.  If you have been following me via Instagram, then you would be well-aware that it was my Bridal Shower this past weekend.  The weather couldn't have been more beautiful.  It was beautiful, sunny, and shared with my family and friends.
For those of you who asked about my outfit, my dress is from Modcloth and my necklace is from Jane.com.

Friday -
All my Bridesmaids came over to help set up all that we could before the Bridal Shower the next day.  We cut vegetables, fruits, made the dips, and organized what needed to be setup.
After we were done we watched our favorite movie, Bridesmaids!  That movie will NEVER get old!

Saturday -
Saturday was my Bridal Shower. We woke up at 5 am to set everything up and make what we needed to make, picked up cupcakes and ice.  We thought we would have plenty of time, but the time sure flew by! We ended up being rushed!  I rushed to get ready to try to be ready in time before guests arrived!  I ended up being only 15 minutes behind, thankfully!
The day couldn't have been more perfect.
The weather, the decorations, my amazing bridesmaids, and the family and friends that helped with everything!   I couldn't have asked for a better support system.
(I will make a seperate post later on with all things Bridal Shower),
but here are some photos so you get the idea.

The Sugar Foot Scrub Favors


Lovely Ladies

Friends since High School


Dessert Bar

Gift Setup

98 days!

My gorgeous bridesmaid!

We had 5 games total (Don't say the grooms name, Toilet Paper Bride, What's In Your Purse, Guess Who Knows the Bride Best, and Bridal Bingo)  It was the most perfect day!

It also just happened to be my future Mother-in-laws birthday. So after the shower was over, I visited with my favorite cousins and Aunt, and then headed to dinner with my fiance and his family that came down for the shower.  We went to Joe's Crab Shack.  After dinner, we went home and I literally crashed. I was up for over 18 hours so I was done for!

My poor fiance ended up getting sick off the oysters and was up all night in the restroom.  Poor thing!

The laziest I have been in a long time!  I literally spent the day in my PJs and wrote thank you cards, took a nap, and hung out with my fur babies and mom.  We cooked dinner at home, and it was nice not to wear makeup or get ready all day!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Stay tuned for my upcoming Bridal Shower post!
Wedding Countdown: 96 days to go!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

100 Day Countdown

What I've accomplished/booked:
✔ Coordinator
✔ Dress ordered ( I received Nov 9!!)
✔ Venue
✔ Flowers
✔ Registered
✔ Ring bearer pillow / flower basket  (Etsy)
✔ Sand ceremony set
✔ Hair stylist
✔ Officiant
✔ Honeymoon booked  (Need flight + Hotel)
✔ Photographer / engagement photos
✔ Invitations
✔ DJ / lighting
✔ Photobooth
✔ Guestlist finalization (sorda.. this never ends)
✔ Bachelorette booked
✔ Ordered Save the Dates and Sent out (Dec 3rd)
Bridesmaids need to get dresses altered.

✔ Wedding bands
✔ Shoes!
Cake tasting/ and Cake booked!
✔Took dress in for alterations (Pick up in May) 
✔ Groomsman attire + ordered 

To have bridal shower- 2 days!
❑Send invitations (End april/Beginning of May)
❑ Jewelry

Bachelorette Party (April 18-21!)
❑ Flight for Honeymoon + Hotel
Flower girl attire/ring bearer
❑ Garter (Bought Toss Garter)
❑ Menu Tasting
❑ Find Makeup artist (already had bad experience with one- Trial for new is April!)
❑ Need to make gifts for bridesmaids/groomsman
❑ Wedding license (May/June)
❑ Plan Rehearsal/ dinner
Finish card box (almost done!!!)

 Crazy, the list keeps getting shorter and shorter!  I love crossing things off! It really is THE best feeling!  Wedding planning is fun and I know I am going to miss it, but it is stressful at times.  Phew!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend Recap

Hey all! Doing another Weekend Recap with the amazing Bella from Dateless in Dallas
I have been so busy the past two weeks with my upcoming bridal shower (this coming weekend! -- P.S. I chose APRIL because of "April Showers,"  get it?) and my Uncle I was close to just passed away the beginning of last week.  So I've been in a bit of a funk lately along with running around like a chicken with my head cut off!

So Friday evening we had our menu tasting at the venue I will be getting married at.
Let me tell you, It WAS SOOOOO GOOD!  We started off trying two soups.  A tomato soup and a mushroom soup.  My fiance is not a soup eater, nor a fan of mushrooms, and he DEVOURED the soup.  Although we will not be serving soup at the wedding because it will be in the Summer, it was very tasty! It looked like a mini pot pie with the crusted top.
We tried 2 soups, 2 salads, 2 different types of chicken and two different filets, each served with mashed potatoes, risotto, and veggies.

This is the beautiful fountain where our cocktail hour will be  
(not IN the fountain, but next to it)

Examples of napkin folds, and table numbers

Beautiful gazebo on property
Momma/Daughter bathroom #selfie

It was such a wonderful experience and I am so blessed to have shared it with my parents and my fiance. Wonderful evening!  When we got home my fiance had to head to work for another hour to get their stuff ready for the weekend.  I was working on some finalization of wedding planning when the first earthquake hit.  We got up from our chairs and stood in the doorway until it stopped.  My poor pups were freaked out.  We quickly turned on the news and watched where it was located.  Apparently there were several earthquakes in the surrounding areas right after. (and ANOTHER on Saturday! What the heck!)

Saturday was spent running errands and getting a few necessities for my bridal shower with my mom and little second cousin.  I started off my morning with a cup of coffee in my FAVORITE mug since I was little, "It's not PMS, I'm always Bitchy."

 We took my little cousin to lunch at Panera and I snuck a photo since he wouldn't smile. 

After we ran our errands, I was invited to go to a Hockey game to watch the Kings!
It was my first ever KINGS hockey game, I've always watched the Ducks.  Such a fun experience!

LA from the freeway

Sunday was spent working on wedding plans, cleaning, doing laundry, and being lazy with my pups.   This weekend was very nice after a rough week. You'll be seeing more Bridal shower posts coming up, because it's this coming weekend!!  Xo

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wedding Q+A With Morgan @ Believe In The Sparks

Today I am happy to announce to have one of my favorite bloggers, Morgan from Believe in the Sparks, over at my blog to discuss her upcoming Wedding Q+A's that I have asked her.
Take it away Morgan!

When is your upcoming wedding?
April 12, 2014

How did you meet? / or Engagement Story?  ( Whichever one you would like to write about, or both if you wish)
Steven proposed on December 20, 2012 at the Alabama Theatre. Every December the theater plays holiday movies leading up to Christmas, so one night Steven and I, along with my parents and brother, decided to go see my favorite Christmas movie, Elf, play. Little did I know that this was all part of a greater plan. After the movie we walked outside to a crowd of people surrounding the marquee. I turned around to see what all the fuss was about when I saw it: "Morgan, Will You Marry Me?" written in lights on top of the marquee. I didn't think it couldn't possibly be for me, but the minute I looked down I saw Steven on one knee holding the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen. Of course I said "Yes!" and the entire crowd broke out in applause. The night Steven put my name in lights was a night that changed my life forever. I'm so lucky to marry someone who put so much thought and effort into giving me the perfect proposal!

How many bridesmaids did you choose? How did you go about choosing them?
It was actually very easy deciding on bridesmaids. have 5 bridesmaids and I consider them all to be more like sisters than friends.- My maid of honor, Rachael, and I have been friends since middle school. My bridesmaid, Cortney, and I also met in middle school when we both started competitive cheerleading. We became fast friends and have continued our friendship for over ten years now. Two of my bridesmaids, Katie and Bailey, are college sorority sisters. We formed a quick bond and spent four years attached at the hip. Lastly, I couldn't imagine my wedding day without my soon-to-be sister in law, Morgan (same name! Isn't that crazy?!), standing by my side.

What is your color scheme, and what made you choose it?

Our colors are different shades of purple - everything from lavender to plum and anything in between. I saw a picture soon after we got engaged with different shades of purple incorporated into a wedding and I fell in love. I told my wedding coordinator about my inspiration and he took off with the idea! I can't wait to see how everything comes together!
What was the most stressful thing you've came across in the planning process?

I know it sounds crazy, but I haven't really felt stress throughout the process. That mostly has to do with the fact that I have the most amazing mom and wedding coordinator on the planet! Seriously, my mom is loving every minute of the planning, and I am loving having her throughout this process. 
What are you most passionate about leading to the big day?

Finally becoming a wife to the man of my dreams! We have been engaged for 14 long months, so I am itching to get down that aisle and say "I do" to my husband!
If you could start planning all over, what would you do differently?

Don't rely too heavily on Pinterest. Long before Pinterest came along I envisioned having a southern, rustic wedding, however, Pinterest has all but run that idea into the ground. Thankfully (again) I have a wedding coordinator who sees past all the Pinterest fads and has promised to give me exactly what I've always dreamed of having without it looking like it came straight from the internet.
What's your best piece of advice for future brides out there?

Don't rush things! You only get to be a bride one time, so soak in every minute of it. Everything will work out in the end, so don't stress (too much) and don't worry about the things that you can't control. In the end you will walk away with your husband and that is most definitely the most important part of the day!

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