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WEDDING OUTFIT IDEAS

WEDDING OUTFIT IDEAS


With my wedding coming up in two (!!!!) months, as well as a bridal shower this weekend for a cousin, I have been thinking a lot about appropriate attire for wedding activities. I am a part of many Facebook groups for podcasts I listen to, such as The Lady Gang and The Morning Toast and there are frequent questions about what to wear to a wedding. Here are four suggestions I have to make your #OOTD super easy!



  1. Don’t wear white!!!! I don’t care if it’s between Memorial Day & Labor Day (is that rule still a thing?) but this is the bride’s day to wear white! There are hundreds of other color options for you. Even if the outfit you have selected is white with some print in other colors, please find something else. You have 364 other days in the year to wear white. Give the bride her moment!
  2. When in doubt, ask the bride or someone in the bridal party about what to wear. There are dress codes for weddings, but some can be unclear. For example, with my upcoming garden wedding, I had no clue how to word what to wear. However, a friend asked me what I suggested she wear and I had tons of ideas.
  3. Be mindful of your shoe selection. Sure, your new six inch Steve Madden’s will look stunning in pictures, but will you still love them when you’re sinking into the grass or falling over on the dance floor? Look up the wedding venue and decide the appropriate shoe wear!
  4. If you have a lot of wedding events coming up, check out Rent The Runway. This summer I have 4 of my personal wedding events, as well as some wedding events for a family member. I don’t need to buy 4 white dresses I won’t wear again, and I don’t have a lot of formal wear in my closet for the wedding I am going to. With Rent The Runway I am able to pay a monthly fee for an unlimited amount of designer wear. It is nice to see photos of the outfit on others, as well as browse their wedding section for suggestions on what to wear.

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SUMMER READS


This year I set a goal to read 52 books. That’s one book a week. I am trying to complete the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, which I attempt yearly, but never complete. This is a unique type of challenge because it gives you random suggestions for what to read, without suggesting actual books. For example, “Read a book that is becoming a movie this year.” That allows you to read from a wide variety of books, while still completing the tasks listed in the challenge. Recently I have been reading a ton, and here are three books I have loved.

Supermarket by Bobby Hall
This book from rapper Logic is full of twists and turns. A unique take on everyday life, young Flynn is stuck in the hamster wheel of life, feeling depressed, and fresh out of a break up. When he arrives to work one day at the grocery store, he walks into a crime scene. Dark, yet funny, this New York Times Best Seller is creative and unique. I hope this isn’t the first read from Bobby Hall.  

Girl Stop Apologizing: A Shame Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis
I read Girl, Wash Your Face in 2018 and was transformed by the reminder of how frequently I succumb to the lies I tell myself based on society and their own opinions. When I heard Rachel Hollis was coming out with this book, I knew I needed to read it. I am someone who apologizes profusely for anything and everything, and it needs to stop! This book helps the reader chase their goals, excuse free, and unapologetically. It has helped me to be more confident in myself and who I am

A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively, Date Intentionally, Love Faithfully by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff
I chose to read this book recently because I had heard the Roloff’s on several podcasts I listen to promoting this book and felt like it was appropriate for me to read as I head towards marriage in two short months! I am constantly trying to be intentional with my relationship and my actions, and decided to give this book a try. It began with telling the beautiful relationship of Jeremy & Audrey, then carries into how to have a strong, committed, connected relationship.

Leave a comment below if you have read any of these books or if you have a book that you recommend I check out! Happy Reading!
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FAB FIT FUN SPRING REVIEW

FAB FIT FUN SPRING REVIEW


FabFitFun is a lifestyle subscription box that sends full-sized beauty and lifestyle products on a quarterly basis. It's seriously like having Christmas arrive at your doorstep every season! Each box contains at least $200 worth of products, but costs only $49.99 per box, including free shipping!

FabFitFun allows you to customize half of your box, so you are guaranteed to get products you love. This past month I was able to select sunglasses from Quay I haven't stopped wearing, which alone cost $55!, as well as a Show Me Your Mumu Robe that is valued at $84, and an under eye cream, that Sephora sells for $42. Just those 3 products alone cost $181 and that's just half of what I received! My whole box valued at $289 and I only spent $49.99!



On the very rare occasion that there is something in my box I do not want for myself, I have them to keep for gifts for friends or family for birthdays or holidays, or I sell on Poshmark to make some money back on my box!

The first 5 people to send me their email address will get a free starter box from FabFitFun! If you are late to sending me your email, use this link for $10 off your first box.
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BACHELOR SPOTLIGHT: CATCH UP WITH CONNOR OBROCHTA

BACHELOR SPOTLIGHT: CATCH UP WITH CONNOR OBROCHTA


For the first time in ten plus years, my Monday nights are not revolving around The Bachelor franchise. This is the first season I remember where I have zero investment. I am still watching the episodes, but sometimes not until a week after it airs. I am not keeping up with Reality Steve, all his spoilers, and the play by play of what is happening off air. Maybe I am finally growing out of it, or maybe I am just bored with Colton...likely a mixture of the two. However, I still enjoy catching up with past contestants and sharing their whereabouts on my blog.

While making an early name for himself on Becca's season of The Bachelorette when he threw Lincoln's wedding picture off the balcony, he seamlessly faded into the background afterwards, flying under the radar with the rest of the season's drama. Connor Obrochta, not only made it halfway through Becca's season with major Clark Kent vibes on your television screens, but he was also a contestant on Bachelor in Paradise this past summer.


Prior to becoming part of Bachelor Nation, Connor was a baseball player in the Braves organization and a personal trainer in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was focused on growing his business, opening a gym, and potentially getting into TV hosting before he ended up on the show.

However, since returning home from Paradise, Connor has jumped right back into his fitness business, adding on charity work to his resume. He has helped Colton Underwood, this season's Bachelor in case you're living under a rock, with the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation, as the lead instructor for bootcamps. Connor has also been doing hosting and fitness modeling, while using his platform to be a role model to others to have a positive outlook on life.

The show helped Connor learn a lot about himself, grow as an individual, and take on each day with positivity and faith at the forefront. While he loved being on both shows, his favorite experience was Bachelor in Paradise. His only regret with Paradise is not being able the be there long enough, which gives him (and all of us fans at home!) the hope that he will return to our tv screens this summer!







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BRIDESMAID PROPOSALS

BRIDESMAID PROPOSALS


When we got engaged, I wasted no time asking my girls to be my bridesmaids. If I remember correctly, my text to my 3 college besties telling them Jared popped the question was a picture of the ring asking them to be my bridesmaids. I knew I would want to ask them in a more formal, Insta-worthy way, and began scrolling Pinterest a couple weeks later.

 


However, as I began searching for the perfect Bridesmaids proposals, I found out that every way to ask that I loved was SO expensive! Etsy has a ton of adorable handmade boxes that can be shipped to your bridesmaids, which I was going to have to do since 5 of my 6 bridesmaids live out of my area. However, I couldn't justify the couple hundred dollars for ask gifts, when I knew I had a laundry list full of other expenses coming up for the wedding.

What I did first to create the perfect ask boxes was decide what my priorities were. I wanted something sweet for my friends and family to know I loved and appreciated them, and wanted them by my side on my special day. However, I felt like it was more important for me to get nicer, and likely more costly, gifts for them on my actual wedding day, as a way to say thank you for all their love, support, and hard work leading up to our day.

Second, I looked at the trends I saw in the boxes I loved on Pinterest and Etsy. Pink and gold seemed to be in every box, which ironically is similar to our wedding colors. (Hey, at least I am consistent!) Because this was something I kept feeling drawn to, I decide to make this color scheme the theme of my gifts.

Next I began searching the holy grail of quality products on a low budget...Amazon. I immediately was inundated with adorable products to include in my boxes, and realized the high price on Pinterest and Etsy was because someone else is making the proposal box for you! Because there were so many options on what to include, and I had a price point I wanted to stay under, I spent a couple days thinking about what would go in the final product.



I ended up choosing gold bracelets that have a knot, with cards that say "I can't tie the knot without you!" hair ties that say "Bridesmaid" and a card that says "to have and to hold your hair back" and floral scratch off cards asking them to be my bridesmaid. I also ordered white gift boxes and pink crinkle cut filler paper to include in the boxes. I included heart shaped candies and Hershey kisses to keep with the theme of love. I wrote each girl a little note, specific to them, again asking them to be my bridesmaid...yes I asked them a million times, I gave them numerous opportunities to say no, but they still ended up saying yes.

The incredible ladies include: my sister in law, Sara, as my matron of honor. Sara has been my rock the last ten plus years, and I wouldn't be who I am or where I am without her as my sis. My college besties, Jade, Kiersten, and Courtney, and my two other sisters-in-law, Jessica and Leslie. I am so grateful for these women and I can't wait to have them with me when I say I do!
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