November 30, 2011

Polka hot!

Recently, I came across the most fabulous polka dot candlesticks. They are my favorite item of the moment! I must make them mine for the upcoming dinner parties I'm dreaming about with my fine china, crystal and flatware that I'm crossing my fingers to receive. A girl can dream!



You can find these at etaldesigns.com

I'm still swooning over them.

November 29, 2011

Live it up

Just a few of my favorite words courtesy of Kate Spade . . .


And the funny thing is, they all apply to this wedding planning journey I'm on ;)

Happy days!

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving! I'm counting my blessings today and have much to be thankful for. Enjoy a day full of family, friends and fun!

November 22, 2011

Apple cider

{Better Homes and Garden}
Easy entertaining: Serve your favorite apple cider in a scooped out apple for a special treat. Even better? Add a dollop of caramel. Yum!

November 21, 2011

Notes of gratitude

{pinterest.com}

I came across this sweet idea on pinterest and wanted to pass it along. To share tokens of gratitude, have guests write what they're thankful for on small slips of paper and place them onto the dough. Roll up, bake, and after guests break into the roll, go around the table and share what everyone's thankful for.

Simple but sweet!

November 18, 2011

Kickin' off the weekend




Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! Let's kick it off right with this fab video clip of my very favorite dancers in the whole world — The Radio City Rockettes!

I would give anything to be one ;)

November 16, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: THE shoes



When it came to selecting my wedding shoes, I knew that I wanted something elegant and beautiful. I either wanted to go with white/ivory or blush pink so as not to take away from my dress. I had spied a pair of gorgeous white Badgley Mischka Randalls about a year ago that I fell in love with, but turns out they were much too tall. Instead, I found the beautiful Badgley Mischka Lacie, which will look absolutely stunning with my wedding dress. The blush pink color pairs perfectly with my pink/peach wedding, as well as the bridesmaid dresses, and of course a bit of sparkle is always welcome in my book.

I can't wait to dance the night away in my perfectly pink heels!

"Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life."     

November 15, 2011

Fall finds

Fall may be in the air, but it is still quite hot in Orlando! I've had to get creative with my wardrobe since it's not chilly enough to break out the tights and sweaters, but I still want to feel like it's fall.

Here are two pieces I'm loving in my closet this fall:

Lilly's Cissy Skirt in Break a Leg

Since I can still go tights- and leggings-less, I've been able to get a lot of wear out of this skirt when paired with a cardigan or more fall-like top.


Lilly's Main Line Straight Leg Jeans (Pink Tomato)

The orangey-red color is perfect for fall and I can wear a short-sleeve top to keep from getting too hot. The fit is great on these and true to size!


Anyone else experiencing a rather hot fall? I must admit though, that I am enjoying the warmer temps this week :)

November 14, 2011

It's November?


Hi all! Long time no see  :)

This bride-to-be has been busy, busy! I've been making my lists and checking them twice.

In the past month I've moved to my new home. The sweet fiance is letting me live at his house and he is staying at his parent's house up until the wedding. I'm happy to say I'm all settled in now.

I also was able to visit my parents for a week and wow was it nice to work with my mom on plans in person instead of over the phone. I even got to meet my sweet baby nephew for the first time! My sister and her husband had their first baby in September.

I got my engagement pictures back this past week and will be sure to share a few favorites. Next up - our tasting, cake tasting and meetings with our florist and wedding coordinator next week. Very exciting!

It's fun to see how everything is coming together. I have many fun details to share with you soon!

Thanks as always for bearing with me :)   

October 11, 2011

Halloween treat


{Pinterest}

I love this time of year! So many yummy goodies. This Halloween treat would be perfect packaged in a cute cellophane bag tied with ribbon to hand out to coworkers, friends or neighbors.


Ingredients: (Recipe from Pinterest)
Mini pretzels (square or round)
Hershey's Hugs
Candy corn

Directions:
Heat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and line up pretzels, without touching. Place a Hug on each. Bake for 3-5 minutes. After taking baking sheet out of the oven, press a candy corn on each.

Enjoy!  

October 5, 2011

Wedding Wednesday


Ever since we got engaged at the end of July, we've been planning away. Since the Mr. and I have been dating for four years, we knew we wouldn't want a long engagement. And let's be honest, I had done quite a lot of research leading up to our engagement ;)  I was more than ready!

In fact, we took a tour of our venue only two days after we'd been engaged. This was the only venue I had in mind and it was perfect. It was the only place we looked. We decided to go with it!

After talking with the venue about possible dates, one month was totally booked and another too close to my birthday, so we settled on a date in which all the stars were aligning.

Ever since, the planning has been underway and I feel like the luckiest girl getting to marry the man of my dreams in a beautiful location.

Being a Georgia peach, I knew I wanted to get married in Georgia. However, I was not set on Atlanta and wanted a location that was close by for my Orlando friends as well.

Coastal Georgia is the gorgeous spot and towards the end of February is the big day. It is a beautiful time of year for the area and couldn't be more perfect for a romantic, elegant wedding.

I am so thankful for the support of my parents who have been there for me every step of the way and are working so hard to help me create a wonderful day for all involved. I am also so thankful for my amazing fiance!  


Wedding day checklist: (we were very lucky to get our top choice for all vendors!)
Chapel: check!
Reception venue: check!
Wedding coordinator: check!
Florist: check!
Photographer: check!
Videographer: still deciding.
Ceremony trio: check!
Band: check!
My dress: check!
Bridesmaid dresses: check!
Flower girl dresses: decision has been made.
Wedding shoes: arriving tomorrow!
Rehearsal dinner outfit: check!
Registering: in the process.

I'll be sure to share details in future posts.


We are headed to the venue in November to meet with our florist and do our tasting and cake tasting. Can't wait! And, it's now time to start focusing on the little details and design/decor.


Happy planning to my fellow brides-to-be!

October 4, 2011

Celebrate

Mr. Fiance turned 30 back in August and thought I'd share the surprise celebration I planned. (Better late to share than never, right!?) 

He wanted to get away for a few days so we headed down to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle, which is in between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. It was fabulous! A great golf course, relaxing spa, awesome pool with lazy river, delicious restaurants — we didn't even need to leave the hotel. We had gotten engaged the week prior so we had lots to celebrate and enjoyed being able to just relax at the pool.

I got a bit crafty and here's how it turned out:


I jazzed up the napkins by using a stamp and sprinkled on a little glitter just after stamping to add a little pizazz.



I made a few printables — a sign I put in a frame and a quiz on the year he was born. And yes, that is the Lilly dark 'n stormy pattern you see! Don't tell the Mr. ;)



I also made a banner and a few other fun party items.



I made chocolate-covered oreo pops and stuck them into a styrofoam block that was edged by scrapbook cardstock I cut out and glued on. I also had a bucket of TGV's favorite gummy candy.



On the other side, I had a box of cookies in the shape of 30. I also created a signature drink called the "Dirty 30." Click on the picture to see the recipe. It is really called a "Man Cosmo" and uses Red Stag, but — it was not good at all. Whoops!


Here is the banner I made! I used different scrapbook papers and cardstock and cut them all out and strung them together. 

Fun times! Cheers to great celebrations.


September 27, 2011

Hair gold


Over the summer, a new hair stylist recommended a product to tame my tresses and let me tell you — it is fabulous! My formerly always tangled hair is now smooth and shiny. It's Kerastase Elixir Ultime and is a bit pricey for a styling product at $50, but it's worth every penny and lasts a very long time.

After towel drying my hair, I use one pump and finger comb it through the ends of my hair and work my way about 3/4 up (I avoid my roots). It has a nice warm vanilla aroma and adds shine. It keeps my fine hair defrizzed and even cuts down a bit on the drying time. It is said to restore strength while protecting and providing intense conditioning as well. I would definitely recommend it for those who have tangles or are looking for shine.

Hooray for happy hair!        

September 26, 2011

Will you?

Hi friends! I have been a busy bee planning away. I thought I'd share how I asked my bridesmaids to be in my wedding. They all live out of state so I wanted to send them something special in the mail. 

I am having a mini destination wedding and everyone will have to travel so I thought it would be cute to do a travel theme and send them each a luggage tag. So, I found cute luggage tags and then I found some equally adorable Lilly Pulitzer letterpressed cards that say "a little birdie told me." I wrote each a sweet note asking if they would travel on this journey with me. To make the envelope extra cute I used a stamp of a bride and groom. Voila! 




They all said yes! So thrilled to have everyone take part in this journey with me :)

September 1, 2011

Hello, sweet September


So long summer, fall is on its way.

Wishing you a month full of fall-filled fun!

August 31, 2011

Happy home

I thought I'd share a snapshot of my living room today. I live in a happy little home in a cute little town. My mom helped me fix up the place so that it was perfectly me. She sewed all the pillows below and we picked out the fabric together. (Click to enlarge.)

What makes a happy home?

For me it's cheery colors, meaningful pieces that make me smile and loads of love.




Now about that man cave my fiance lives in—I will look forward to adding my feminine touch ;)

Cheers to happy homes!

August 24, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

It's never too early for honeymoon shopping, right!?

Here's what I picked up at the Lilly sale . . .

Amy top

Jillie dress

Franco dress

And unfortunately a cute tunic and Flor dress were snatched out of my shopping bag. I wasn't quick enough ;)

Hooray for cute honeymoon clothes!

August 22, 2011

Sweet treat

Thank you all again for the congratulations! It's been a whirlwind of excitement and we jumped right in to wedding planning. Such fun!

I have an easy-to-make treat recipe for you today. Whenever I am limited on time, I remember this yummy recipe and can bake it in no time to bring with me to an event.

Chocolate peanut butter cups

{google images}
Ingredients:
Peanut butter cookie dough (can make your own or buy it from the store)
Reese's miniature peanut butter cups

Directions:
Heat oven to 350. Spray a mini muffin tin and line dough to form the shape of the cup only going up the sides about half-way. Insert a Reese's into the center of each. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

That's it! So easy and yummy. 

August 10, 2011

The proposal

Hi everyone and welcome to the first edition of Wedding Wednesday. So excited to join the club :)

My apologies for the delay in posting, it's been a bit crazy around here. Wedding planning is already rockin' and rolling! 

Now, on to to the proposal story. We dated for just short of four years, so you can imagine my excitement that it was finally happening!! 

TGV and I were scheduled to have dinner with his family at their club on the night it happened. On our way there they called to say they would be running late, but for us to go on. We decided to walk around a bit and headed down to the dock . . . (they were hiding to take pictures)



After enjoying the beautiful scenery we started to walk back up and that's when TGV got down and one knee and very sweetly proposed. I, of course, said yes!


We then walked up over by the golf course to see his family and they had a red rose for me and champagne and T.'s sport coat. Right about now I was feeling underdressed (side ponytail?!?) and wishing I had a party dress on. But, at least I was wearing Lilly :)


We sipped champagne and took a few pictures while I was floating on cloud nine. Meanwhile a helicopter had landed on the golf course and I didn't think anything of it. I remember saying, 'oh look a Tour player must be coming in.'


Well, that helicopter was for us! It was my first helicopter ride and I was very excited. With my red rose and all, I felt like I was on the Bachelor.


Here I am still giddy with excitement and flying over the city!


And here's that handsome fiance of mine!


My next surprise was when we landed at the Waldorf for dinner. They sure treated us well and we enjoyed a very yummy dinner, champagne and special desserts. And now we're looking forward to happily ever after!


The next day we left for vacation with my parents and I was so excited I got to celebrate with them. More champagne, hooray!


A few pictures out on the dock while on vacation.



And here's my beautiful ring that I still can't stop staring at.


Thank you all for the congratulations and sharing in my excitement! Your sweet comments meant so much to me. I look forward to updating you on all the fun planning details.

For now, cheers to love, laughter and happily ever after!

August 2, 2011

I said yes!



I am so excited to share the news that I'm engaged!! I've been over the moon with happiness and excitement and floating on cloud nine.

It happened this past Thursday night and it was one of the best nights of my life! I can't wait to share the details, it deserves its own post.

So excited to marry this amazing, handsome, fiance of mine!

Proposal story to come . . . 

July 26, 2011

DIY glam

I love a good craft project and this one is extremely simple, yet glamorous at the same time. It's an easy way to add a little extra sparkle to any party or soiree.

I have these cocktail napkins in mind for the bf's upcoming birthday celebration. Paired with a bottle of champagne tied with a shiny silver ribbon and tag, it also makes a cute hostess gift.

I found this idea and the following pictures on The Demoiselle and it was designed by Courtney of Pizzazzerie.

{Credit: pizzazzerie}
Supplies:
Cocktail napkins
Rubber stamp
Ink pad
Glitter

Directions:
Stamp your cocktail napkin. While it's still wet, sprinkle glitter on the ink.  

Voila!

I'll be sure to share how mine turn out  :) 

July 22, 2011

Words for the weekend

{credit: pinterest}


Have a GREAT one!

July 21, 2011

Shake it up

I came across some cute salt and pepper shakers that would dress up any table. I have the Arthur Court set, but love the vintage pink and gold and the personalized Dabney Lee shakers. Which would you choose?

Sur La Table
Vintage - source unknown


Modcloth
Pottery Barn


Arthur Court
Dabney Lee at Home


 
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