Let’s Talk Weddings

02 / 11 / 16

Being pregnant isn’t easy, but on top of that, I am planning my wedding, too! To say I have a lot on my plate is a complete understatement, which is why Corey and I have decided to go with our original plan and get married after the baby is born. We are doing it backwards, I know! But, God’s timing is everything, and I am confident that this is the way things are supposed to be (Plus, I have a feeling our wedding photos will be extra adorable with our little baby in our arms instead of in my tummy!).

For all of you who have planned a wedding before, you know how stressful it is! And for those of you who haven’t, I am here to tell you how crazy it is. I’ve dreamt about this day for my entire life, but I had no idea where to start when it actually came time to start planning. So, I’ve broken it down into steps and wanted to share some pointers I’ve learned along the way! We are far from being done, but I promise to keep you all updated as we go.

1. The proposal!

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2. Spend hours on Pinterest. I’ve created a Pinterest board with different ideas, themes, and dresses!

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3. Find a location. Corey and I made a list of our top 3 locations for the big day. Hint: We are leaning towards a destination wedding!

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4. Insure your ring!
5. Select your team. AKA bridesmaids and groomsmen.

6. Make a guest list. You guys have no idea how difficult this was! We want our wedding to be small and intimate, so we made a list of family and close friends, then eliminated people we haven’t spoken to in the past year, then the past 6 months, and so on until we had our finalized guest list.

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7. Take engagement photos! We are currently in the process of doing this step. My advice is to choose a few locations and outfits and be sure to shoot somewhere that totally defines who you are as a couple. And don’t be afraid to go all out! Being flirty, cute, romantic, and silly will produce the best results (I’m ALL about candid moments).
8. Find THE DRESS. I’m super picky and know exactly what I want, so I’m not surprised that I’ve already tried on about 20 dresses and have yet to find the perfect dress. So, the hunt continues!

Well, this is where we are at. Once we lock in a date and location, we will send out save the dates and let the fun begin! In the meantime, does anyone have any guesses as to where we will tie the knot? Happy guessing:)

XOXO,

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Meet Molly Schoneveld of This Yuppie Life

02 / 03 / 16

I don’t normally obsess about my friends, but I just can’t help it! I want to introduce you all to my good friend Molly Schoneveld! Not only is she a big-time entertainment industry publicist, but she is also my go-to person for restaurant, spa, and hotel recommendations, so when I found out she was starting a blog, it’s easy to say that my excitement went through the roof.

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You guys… I’m not kidding when I tell you that her blog, This Yuppie Life, is worth adding to your reading list. Every time she posts new content, I KNOW it’s going to be good. You will find everything from yummy foods, to travel adventures, and even to (my favorite) must-know recommendations. In fact, she’s actually the one that got me into blogging! Get a sneak peek below on some of the most delicious and adorable places Molly features, you’re definitely going to come back for more! 

Salts-Cure-4Salt’s Cure is the new hot spot, which just reopened in a much larger space on Highland. As you can see, it’s the hot new brunch place…with a line out the door when they open at 10:00a.m.!”

Salts-Cure-2“The food is amazing! It’s Southern Comfort at its best, so I am totally in my element. The big secret is the All Star breakfast that isn’t even on the menu (don’t you love insider secrets?!), that gives you a little taste of everything. Two sunny-side-up eggs, a biscuit, a small stack of pancakes covered in cinnamon butter, house-made sausage, AND bacon.”

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Anyone else starving? Be sure to head over to This Yuppie Life and let me know what you think! You can also find her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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Pack Like a Pro: 13 Packing Tips!

01 / 27 / 16

If you couldn’t already tell, I travel A LOT! When you travel as much as I do, packing becomes a no-brainer routine that can be done in record time. I know exactly what I’m going to need, wear, and leave behind, so I like to consider myself an expert when it comes to the art of packing.

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I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m guilty of over packing at times, but who isn’t!? As a female, it’s only natural that I pack more than enough clothes, beauty essentials, and accessories to last the entire trip. But, I’ve learned that the key to packing is to find the gray area between too much and too little, which is why I wanted to put together 13 tips for packing just right! Happy travels:)

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1. Make a list. This will help you mentally organize what you need and don’t need. 
2. Make room. I like to clear off my bed and lay out one (or two, depending on where I’m going) suitcase.
3. Separate items. I like to pack in categories by grouping my lingerie, hair products, makeup, and body & face essentials into different baggies.
4. Roll, don’t fold! Rolling your clothes will save you tons of room. Also, if I can’t fit something, I’ll lay it on top at the end.
5. Choose clothes strategically. I try to pack solid colors and pieces that can be layered. I’ll sometimes throw in one or two printed tops or dresses, but I limit those items so I don’t end up bringing my entire closet:)
6. Bring a swim suit. Or work out clothes, if you’re feeling ambitious.
7. Carry on important items. In case your luggage gets stolen or lost, remember to carry on jewelry, electronics, a spare outfit, vitamins, and any other daily essentials.
8. Pair of flip flops or slippers. So I don’t have to walk around barefoot in hotel rooms. Germs, gross!
9. Accessories. Bringing solid colors means you can accessorize with scarves, jewelry, hats, and more!
10. Choose your bras wisely (For girls, obviously). Bring one sexy, one comfy, and one sporty.
11. Give yourself time. You never know what can happen, so be sure to give yourself an extra 30 minutes at the airport.
12. Hydrate. Once I get through security, I always buy a big water bottle so I can drink it on the flight.
13. Don’t forget the classics. I can’t go anywhere without a LBD and red lipstick!

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Girls Night In

01 / 25 / 16

Let me tell you — With cold and flu season at its peak, I have seriously been struggling. When I’m sick, I like to turn my couch into a fortress of pillows and blankets and stay there until I get better. So, when it comes time to make plans, a movie night with my closest girl friends is always the perfect occasion to get me through the week.

You may have heard of a Girl’s Night Out, but there is nothing I love more than a Girl’s Night In (GNI)… Sorry Corey! Whether we are lounging in our pajamas, catching up on the latest gossip, or binge watching Netflix for hours on end, nights in my with girls are absolutely necessary. Staging the perfect GNI requires minor planning, but I’ve got you covered anyways. Here is a list of my favorite movies, TV shows, and essential items that will make for a perfect GNI! Give it a try this weekend, you have ample planning time! 

GNI Essentials
Comfy Clothes

Food & Drink

Movies
The Holiday
Entrapment
Pompeii
Straight Outta Compton
Steve Jobs
Teen Witch
Dirty Dancing
Rambo
Origins
Mad Max
Sicario
The Martian
The Big Short

TV Series (Careful, they’re addicting)
Legit
Master of None
Bloodline
Amy (Amy Winehouse documentary)

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My Travel Essentials

01 / 20 / 16

Have you ever gone on a trip and realized your forgot something VERY important? We’ve all been there, and the reaction is always the same: “How could I be so stupid!”

There’s no need to kick yourself in the butt — we all make mistakes! But, as someone who travels as much as I do, I’ve nailed down a list of travel and carry on essentials that are guaranteed to make any trip a breeze! Start prepping now for your next voyage and check out these must-have travel items:

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Travel Essentials
Tumi Luggage
Black Leather Backpack
Cozy Socks
Boots or Sandals you can easily slip on/off
Leggings
Hat
Scarf
Lipstick
Bronzer
Evian Face Mist
Sunglasses

Carry On Essentials
Sleeping Mask
Ear Buds
Laptop
Chargers
Book
Makeup Bag (Face wipes, rose oil, and moisturizer)
Mints and/or Gum
Quest and Kind Bars
Eye Drops
Hand Sanitizer
Hand Lotion
Aspirin
Doterra — On Guard, Peppermint, Serenity, Deep Blue

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