Archive | May, 2016

What I Would Wear-Wedding Edition

Wedding season is upon us and today is all about what I would wear, wedding edition!  Here are four great dress options and a couple fun alternatives if dresses aren’t your thing.  Wedding season can be kind of crazy with all of the expenses that are involved even for the guests.  After gifts, flights, hotels, etc. the last thing you want to worry about is what to wear to the event.  Most of the options below are under $150 and can work for so many events (think bridal showers, graduations, garden parties, etc.) that the price per wear goes way down.

 

I love the floral pattern on this pleated halter dress.  I also like how the pattern is more concentrated at the top and gets broader at the bottom.  Be sure that whatever dress you choose, it isn’t white, or mostly white.  You definitely don’t want to upstage the bride.

This is a similar option to the first dress but leaves you a lot of room for wedding cake!  The best part is that it’s only $46!  That’s right, 46 DOLLARS!  Talk about getting your money’s worth.

Something about this dress instantly drew my attention.  I think the palm print is perfect for a tropical wedding, a south Florida wedding, or a southern California wedding.  The kelly green color would look great on all of you brunettes.

This lace overlay lavender ombre dress reminds me of my lace obsession during the holidays, but it’s refreshed for spring.  It’s such a tailored cut, but the coloring of the dress makes it young and fun.  Be sure to check what color the bridesmaids are wearing before wearing a dress like this.  You don’t want to upstage the bridesmaids or be mistaken for a bridesmaid if you aren’t one.

And now a couple alternatives to dresses if you want to really shake things up, or if the wedding you’re attending is a chic city affair.

I love the look of this tailored jumpsuit.  You have to click the link to see the details at the shoulders.  I would definitely warn you to try this on before committing in case the length or fit is off.  The great news is that Nordstrom always has free returns and free shipping, so it’s a win-win.

If you love the idea of a jumpsuit but want something a little more forgiving, this is a great option.  Lots of room, but still totally polished looking.

Which option is your favorite?  How many weddings do you have coming up this wedding season?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Bridal Shower Roundup

This week is all about weddings!  I will be traveling to be the maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding next week, so I’ve got weddings on the brain.  Today’s post is a quick round up of some awesome bridal shower themes.  If you’re looking for something a little different, look no further than these five great ideas from fellow bloggers.

There are some classic bridal shower themes like a bridal shower brunch, that never really go out of style.  Then there are some very on trend ideas that are all the rage right now, I’m talking about you Kate Spade themed bridal shower.  But sometimes, doing something a little different is refreshing and might be a better fit for the bride’s personality and interests.  Here are five great options!

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A Stock The Kitchen Bridal Shower

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I love the bright and happy vibe that this stock the kitchen themed bridal shower has.  The colors are great and used throughout the entire party.  Placing flower arrangements in kitchen appliances is pure genius!  I also loved having the guests provide the bride with a recipe to start her collection.  This is a great theme for the bride that loves to cook or even maybe just needs some help in the kitchen.

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Mermaid Themed Bridal Shower

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This theme is definitely for the more whimsical bride.  Who doesn’t love the idea of some seaside inspiration and mythical sea creatures to celebrate your nuptials?  I love the color scheme, dessert table, and the way that the host worked in the mermaid theme without being too over the top.  Using ocean themed vases, platters, and cookies is a great way to bring the sea and it’s mermaids inside.

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Parisian Bridal Shower

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This bridal shower is just so pretty.  Complete with a tower of macaroons, champagne, and candelabras it screams french.  This is a great option if your bride loves all things french or if the couple plan to honeymoon in Paris.  I especially love the balloon photo backdrop.  What a great, inexpensive way to make a big impact and have a place to take awesome pictures!

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A Fashion and Accessories Swap Bridal Shower

fashion-swap-party-1What a great idea for the bride that loves fashion and shopping.  Set up your own little boutique bridal shower.  Ask guests to bring clothing and accessories they no longer have a need for and then provide bags so everyone can shop and swap!  How fun?!  Be sure to display all the items so the guests can easily pick up and try things on.  You’ll also want to set up several mirrors and maybe a changing station.

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Donuts and Diamonds Bridal Shower

I think this could be such a fun early morning bridal shower idea.  I couldn’t find any real parties that used this theme, but there are a ton of ways to make it happen.  Obviously, you’ll need a lot of donuts, and I love the idea of using these cupcake toppers in the donuts to tie into the theme.  So many donut shops are now doing really off the wall flavor combinations which would be fun to incorporate into the donut menu.  You could also provide other types of donuts like churros, malasadas, and cronuts.  To round out the menu, you don’t just want to eat donuts, or maybe you do, try having some lighter options as well like fruit, a yogurt parfait station, and quiche.  Mimosas make the perfect beverage for this bridal shower.

To get your guests involved with the theme purchase large fake diamond rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to have the guests adorn themselves with when they arrive.  Carry the theme throughout the party with glittery gold and silver decor with pops of bight colors, like donut sprinkles.  It could be such a fun idea, and now I want to throw this party!  Or do I just want donuts?

There are so many fun ways to really tailor a bridal shower to the brides tastes and even more fun ways to incorporate the theme.  Which of these five bridal showers is your favorite?  Do you want to eat a lot of donuts now?  I do!  Stay tuned this week for more wedding related posts!

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ORC-Week 6: The Final Reveal

Well, the time has finally already come for the big One Room Challenge reveal!  Six weeks to transform one room, what an experience!  I participated in the One Room Challenge to complete the office and playroom that my daughter and I share.  It’s a space for her to play, imagine, create, and grow, but I wanted to get a little work done while she’s doing that so I made part of the room my office.  The One Room Challenge has definitely helped me to make some decisions but more importantly given me the motivation to get a room done in a relatively short amount of time.  There is nothing like a deadline and a promise to blog readers that gets your butt in gear.

I won’t bore you with too many details, and just show you all of the pictures.  If you want to see where the room started and how it’s progressed over the course of six weeks click here for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5.  Now onto the reveal and what you’ve all been waiting for!

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomI made the “PLAY” letters out of cardboard then covered them with fabric that was left over from other places in the room.  It was pretty quick and it definitely adds some fun.  The tassel garland was used for my daughter’s first birthday and love that I can use it again in the room where she is going to learn and grow so much.

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One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomMy desk area is a great place to work because I get to watch my daughter playing, everything I need is right within reach thanks to those floating shelves, and I have an area to hide papers and write down goals.

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One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomHere is a close up of the pillow that everyone seems to love.  The computer doesn’t do it’s colors justice.  It’s so pretty and fluffy!

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomThe armoire is amazing, it hides all of my craft supplies, wrapping paper, work files, camera equipment, and so much more!  I’m absolutely in love with the turquoise cart from IKEA.  It’s the perfect size and fits my sewing machine exactly.  It’s a great little rolling cart I can move around when I want to work on my sewing skills.  I guess since my sewing machine is finally out of the box, I better learn how to use it!

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomI had to put some of my Navy plagues in here, I can’t forget about that part of my life, and this was a great place to incorporate it.

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One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomMy DIY fabric covered bulletin board has come in handy to pin up reminders, invitations, and cards.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomI’ve chosen a word of the year as a reminder of what I want to accomplish this year.  Kind of like a resolution but one word that will sum up the whole year.  I chose the word grow because there are numerous aspects of my life that I want to grow in, personal, professional, and spiritual.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomI also added a piece of art to the top of the armoire that I’ve had for a long time just waiting to be used.  This office is the perfect place for it, along with several wedding and party planning books.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomThe TV wall is all about my daughter.  She has all of her toys and books right within reach.  Plus, there is a great place to display any art she makes.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’m super proud of myself for hanging the wire display all by myself.  No husband supervising, and I used wire cutters and power tools.  I pretty much felt like I could build a house after hanging that, not really, but kind of.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomAll of her art supplies are out for easy access although they might be moving so I don’t end up with a toddler trying to repaint the walls.  If she’d stop growing she wouldn’t be able to reach them, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

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One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

ORC-craft suppliesI also purchased this small table from IKEA for art and craft projects.  It’s the perfect height for my daughter and it’s lightweight so I can just move it out whenever we need it and put it back out of the way when we’re done.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomThis room has been fun to work on because it’s a place I get to share with my daughter, get my #bosslady on, and make totally mine.  It’s also been challenging with furniture placement and the time frame to get it done.  I’m glad that I participated in the One Room Challenge and so grateful to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting an awesome challenge.

Well that’s the final reveal, what do you think?  Would you want to play and work here?  Thanks for your support and encouragement to keep going to get this done.  Now on to the other 4,397 rooms in our new house to finish!

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FREE Printable Party Pack

It’s GIVEAWAY day!  Time to get your FREE printable party pack because you all worked so hard to get my Facebook page to 200 likes!  Thanks so much for helping me.  You even surpassed my goal and we now have 209 likes!  Now let’s see how fast we can get to 300!!

Pinterest Graphic-Printable Party PackI’ve made three fun things for you to celebrate with, a printable banner, food labels, and drink labels.  All you have to do is click the link below to download whatever printables you need, then print them onto cardstock or your paper of choice, cut them out, and they are ready to go.  I’ll show you how I put them to use below, but they would make great additions for a baby shower, graduation party, or housewarming party too.  The options are endless, because they are so interchangeable.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR PRINTABLE PARTY PACK
Black, White, and Pink Free Party PrintablesI set up my bar as a little dessert display and used the printables to say “Bravo” for a job well done with my Facebook challenge.  I printed out the banner, drink and food labels, then used a scrap piece of wrapping paper and tissue paper poms to set up this little black, white, and pink celebration.  It only took me a few minutes to get it all set up, which just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a ton of time to make your party festive.

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Black, White, and Pink Free Party PrintablesI used the food labels in some cute vanilla cupcakes, but they would also work for so many other things.  You could use them as skewers for meatballs, or add the labels to the end of a kabob with grilled veggies or a caprese salad.

Black, White, and Pink Free Party PrintablesTo make the food labels just add the labels to some wooden skewers with a little washi tape.  To keep with the color scheme I used some striped pink washi tape.

Black, White, and Pink Free Party PrintablesHow cute are these “Sip, Sip, Hooray!” drink labels?  Here I used them on the bottom of champagne flutes, but you could also use them as labels on straws, or add your guests’ names to the back of the labels.

Black, White, and Pink Free Party PrintablesI printed these labels out on regular computer paper so it was easier to wrap the paper around the glass stem.  To attach them, again I just used a little bit of washi tape to hold the paper in place after wrapping it around the stem.

Black, White, and Pink Free Party PrintablesFor the banner, you can download whatever combinations of letters you need, print, cut, then punch a couple holes in the top to string them up.  I love using thin twine for stringing banners, it just works so well and typically blends right in so you don’t even notice it.  To temporarily attach the banner to my wall, I used some poster putty. Just be sure to use enough putty for the weight of your banner so it doesn’t fall down in the middle of your party.

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Black, White, and Pink Free Party PrintablesI had to get a close up of this cake because it is just too pretty not to share!  I guess depending on how you look at it, being a party blogger is kind of rough because I almost always have cake and champagne in my house, and I’m not going to let it go to waste!  Luckily, this weekend I’m celebrating a friend’s milestone birthday, so we will put this cake to use!

Black, White, and Pink Free Party PrintablesThere are so many uses for this versatile party pack, use it for a birthday party, welcome home sign, or even for a Mother’s Day brunch.  Guys, if you’re reading, your wife, mom, lady in your life will be so impressed that you took the extra few minutes to make Mother’s Day (it’s this Sunday!) even more special by stringing up an “I love you Mom” banner, or plopping an “Enjoy” food label into her pancakes.  You’ll totally score some extra brownie points.

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Also, don’t forget to go to my Rodan and Fields website to complete the solution tool to figure out what your skin needs and be entered into a drawing for a mini facial!  Today is the last day to do so.  Be sure to enter your email address in so the results will be sent directly to your email.  It only takes a few minutes, promise!

Have a great weekend, enjoy Mother’s Day, the Kentucky Derby, and anything else you plan to celebrate!  Be sure to come back next week for the final reveal of my shared office and playroom in the One Room Challenge, I’ll be working to finish it up this weekend!

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ORC-Week 5: Shelf Styling

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It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge which means we are in the final stretches and probably have a lot to get done before the big reveal next week.  Here’s hoping I can push through to the finish.  If you’ve missed any of the previous weeks, see Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 by clicking on the links.  This week I wanted to show you the progress we’ve made at my desk area.  My husband had no fun at all getting the shelves hung up but then I had all kinds of fun doing the shelf styling!

Shelf StylingI love that they really define my office space because most days there are just toys strewn about everywhere.  The shelves also give me a great spot to store and display a lot of things.  Don’t you love that little peak of the pillow you’re getting?

Shelf StylingThe shelves are from Ikea and screw right into the wall using the brackets on the end of each shelf.  We had to use drywall anchors in order to ensure they were sturdy and would allow for a little bit of weight.

Shelf StylingI love using books as decor and all of my party planning, recipe, drink, and wedding inspiration books are perfect in my office.  It doesn’t hurt that they also match the color scheme!  I’ve received several gifts in these cute little boxes and they make for perfect camouflaged storage.

Shelf StylingI love having all of my most used notebooks, journals, and calendars right within reach.  I use to have them all over the place and remembering where they were when I need to jot something down was super frustrating.  I also used two cute little bowls to hold my small collection of washi tape because I use those pretty frequently also, and they are cute to display.  I love washi tape because of it’s ability to be transferred so easily.  I’ve used the same two pieces to hold up my menu in the kitchen for weeks.  They just peal off one paper and stick right onto another.  Don’t be afraid to use things from other parts of your house for shelf styling.  Those bowls were in my kitchen, but their gold trimmed edges were screaming to be a part of my shared office and playroom.  Shelf StylingI also like to add a little life when shelf styling with plants or flowers.  A metal tin of (fake) succulents adds that desperately needed greenery to the shelves and my office.  That tin has moved around our house so many times, it’s just perfect everywhere.  I think I’ll eventually add a real plant because the shelves get great sunlight most of the day. Adding a candle is also a great idea in the work space, I’d recommend picking a smell that energizes you and helps you be productive in your work space.

Shelf StylingWell, that rounds out Week 5 of the One Room Challenge, and yet there is still so much to be done.  I keep adding things to my list but I’m steadily making progress and know that even if I don’t completely finish the room by next week, it’s come a long way in a short period.  Plus at the end of the day, the room is here to serve us and allow my daughter and I to work and play in the same space, that’s all that really matters.  Be sure to check out all of the featured designers here, and all of the guest participants at Calling It Home on Thursday.

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Celebrating everyday!