A Celebration

November 11, 2014

So, it has been over a month since the big engagement news, and I’ve been busy trying to get the big-ticket wedding stuff squared away. I’m happy to report that my own personal timeline (screw you Martha Stewart and The Knot and all you other silly wedding websites) is right on schedule. We've set the venue. I have the dress. All the rest is just icing on the cake.  

And can I just say how amazed I am at the laser-like decisiveness I’ve shown in making decisions. Anyone who has known me long enough can attest to the fact that I can be rather indecisive when it comes to big decisions (and small ones too, I suppose). But for some reason, all of my decisions have been easy to make and have felt just right – with little to no hesitations and with a clam resolve that I don’t often display.  I chalk it up to the fact that, in the end, the place, the location, the decorations and the food really don't matter to me as much as just having a simple and honest celebration of our love and commitment with our family and friends.

And with that, here’s a collection of some of my favorite wedding ideas and inspiration so far. More to come – I promise!

Flowers: DIY storybook paper roses; baby's breath aisle decoration; paper flower centerpieces. Programs: program & confetti; print fans; fan program. Favors: cd favor; favor seed packets; button favors. Fun Stuff: photobooth; beer bar; i spy game.

I'm Back! With More Fall Finds

October 21, 2014

A lot, I mean, A LOT has happened since my last post. Like a BIG, HUGE, life changing moment. So, yeah, that's why I've been MIA. I've got too much going on inside this fiery little brain of mine, and not enough time to do everything I want. But, with some time to spare -- or rather, some set-aside-time I've carved out for this post -- I thought I'd share some fall finds I found during my hiatus.

[...oh, wait...did you want to know what the big news is...oh, I didn't think...well, OK...]

I got engaged! O-M-G. Yes, ladies (and gents, if the case may be), my wonderful, amazing, awesome, sweet, kind, generous, oh-so-handsome and romantic now-fiance surprised me with a week-early visit and proposal. My sister was in on it, and although I had some suspicion (that's me, though), it still was a total surprise and one that I will cherish forever. And of course, wedding planning is now underway, and while I may have a few posts about it here and there, I promise to keep the blog as is, with minimal references to wedding stuff.

So, without further ado. Here are some fun finds for fall. (Ah, don't you love a good alliterative sentence?)

Cozy Sweaters (l to r): Textured Cropped Turtleneck, Banana Republic, $89.50; Zip Sweatshirt Jacket, The Loft, $98; Check Wool-Blend Sweatshirt, Mango, $39.99. Fancy Pants (l to r): Waxed Jeans, Banana Republic, no longer available; Faux Leather Trousers, Mango, $109.99; Straight Trousers, Zara, no longer available. Bold Dresses (l to r): Houndstooth Dress, The Limited, $89.95; Aleteo Dress, Anthropologie, $79.95; Dress with Belt, Zara, $79.90.

Fall Fashion: Part Three

September 18, 2014

Fall is my favorite season. Mostly because it means cooler temperatures and a prelude to all my beloved holidays. It's also a time for nesting, for being domestic, and enjoying the changing milieu of colors, of scents, and of visual cues that the Earth's yearly journey is reaching its conclusion. And it is in those sensory experiences that we tend to also shift our fashion perspective. And while the weather certainly plays a part in that transition, it's the hues that many of us are drawn to in the fall months that make everything feel richer and more inviting.

I love wearing the shades of autumn: orange, burgundy, forest green, gold, cobalt blue. They make everything look more sophisticated and luxurious. Really, you can't go wrong in the fall. Pick a piece with a pop of color, and you're instantly transformed into a bonafide fall fashionista. And to give you a little inspiration, here are just a few ideas for some coats and dresses that partake of the palette for fall.

1.Double-cloth car coat, J.Crew, $350. 2.Twill vegan leather coat, Tinley Road, $129. 3.Galan dress, Anthropologie, $138. 4.Quilted Tema dress, Anthropologie, $158.


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