Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wedding Updates

On this Wedding Wednesday I wanted to share some wedding updates.  Time is flying by, and I can't believe we are in the home stretch!  This post is also a perfect excuse for me to list all the things we have done and what is left to do! I also wanted to share a few tips and insight after the whole process and share what I was decisive about and indecisive about (somethings I never expected!).

Starting back to the beginning, finding the church and venue were VERY easy for us.  In fact, both were the first we visited right after we got engaged and we were sold on both.  We knew we wanted to get married downtown Detroit and The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament was perfect and The Colony Club was exactly what I imagined for our big day.
Choosing our florist and DJ were also very easy because we used the same ones we did for my sister's wedding. All of these things were decided so long ago, I barely remember them.

The next thing I had to look for was my dress.  This, I knew, was not going to be easy.  The first day we went, I went with the thought that I was just going to look and not feel pressured to find the one. We scheduled 4 appointments for the day, and unexpectedly, I found my dress at our 3rd stop (Antonio's Bridal in Birmingham).  They were able to customize it a little and change a few things to make it exactly the way I wanted, which was so helpful!  Not wanting to second guess it, we cancelled our last appointment and celebrated.  Knowing myself, I decided to keep no pictures of it and to just remember it based on how I felt when I first put it on.  I knew if I kept looking at it I would second guess it, or worse, get sick of it before the big day.  When it finally came in, I was SO nervous to go try it on.  Luckily I loved it just as much as I remembered and now we just need to put the finishing touches on it to make it fit me perfectly. I would highly recommend not keeping pictures of your dress once you find it. I found it so nice to not have to obsess over it after we bought it and just remember how I felt in it!

Something that I was very indecisive about (which I did not expect) was finding my wedding shoes.  I actually bought one pair and changed my mind and ended up returning them for another pair.  I wanted to make sure I found a pair that was comfortable, while also being pretty and girly.  The first pair I got, which were these Kate Spade heels, I loved right away.  I loved the bow detail on the back and the fact that the heel was a very manageable height.  I wasn't unsure about them at all when I purchased them.  There was only one pair left in my size and I felt like it was a sign that I needed to get them!  I kept thinking about them and I realized I probably would never wear them again after my wedding.  They are satin and couldn't imagine another outfit I would want to wear them with.  Still, I decided to keep them.  After a few months, I found THE pair and I knew I had to return my Kate Spade sandals.  These Christian Louboutin heels are just beautiful.  The color is perfect and the D'orsay style is SO comfortable. I knew I would wear them all the time after the wedding, so I went for them.  I already wore them once (to my shower) and I absolutely adore them.  I'm so glad I changed my mind and I can't wait to wear them again!

More recently, I was shocked how difficult it was to pick out invitations.  I planned on spending my spring break getting that checked off the list, and it was MUCH harder than I imagined.  There are simply way too many choices.  Once you flip through about 15 massive books of invitations, you pretty much are ready to do an E-vite.  The first place we went kept telling us we could customize anything we wanted. After flipping through the books for over an hour, I suggested a few different things, all of which they said couldn't be done.  I was so frustrated!
The next place we went to was much more accommodating and they were so understanding about how frustrating it can be to find the perfect invitation.  We discussed what we were looking for and everything seemed perfect until...we got the estimate on how much it would cost.  I somehow thought $7,000 on invitations was a little out of our budget (THIS IS JUST PAPER, RIGHT?!). 
At this point I was ready to print my own invitations.  We decided to go one more place, Write Impressions in Royal Oak, and luckily we found exactly what we were looking for at a more reasonable cost.  They were so kind and patient as we picked out exactly what we wanted.  We picked and chose different elements from different companies to make everything custom to what we wanted and they turned out even better than I could have imagined. They were also so helpful in finding a way to get gold foil for each piece at the best price they could.  I would suggest starting to look at invitations very early.  You never know how long it might take to pick out the perfect ones, and they can take a while to come in once you order them.  We got our addresses together very early in our engagement which was very helpful when it came to sending out Save the Dates and Invites.  Make sure you keep an updated list of people that move between sending out the Save the Dates and Invites! That was something we did and we were so surprised how many addresses changed.

(More wedding stationary)

The other thing about invitations that I was shocked about were the number of people that do not return their RSVP cards! I'm not talking about those late arrivals, I'm talking about people not sending them in at all! It wasn't ideal to have to contact so many people, but we made it work.   Luckily, the seating chart was a breeze for us.  I have to admit, I was getting nervous about it after so many people told us it was the worst part of the planning process, but we got it done no problem.  Now all our spreadsheets and final counts are in and all we have left to do are our final meetings with our vendors (phew!).We picked out our wedding bands and we've got our honeymoon to Maui all booked.  I think we are just about ready!  Of course there are little things left to do, putting together welcome bags, ceremony programs, and putting the favors together, but for the most part we are all set.  I really have enjoyed the whole planning process, but I am SO ready for August 6th to get here!

17 more days until the big day!
Thanks for reading!


Monday, July 18, 2016

#Nsale Home Decor

Today I'm sharing all my favorite Home Decor pieces from the #Nsale! 

If you haven't had a chance to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet, early access ends Thursday! If you are a card holder make sure you shop early access, if not get ready to shop Thursday! On the bottom of this post I've broken down my top favorites into categories to help you shop more easily.
Shopping tip: If something you love is out of stock in your size, keep checking it's availability because people will continue to return things throughout the sale! That is how I snagged my favorite pair of boots last year!
Happy shopping (it's always happy shopping when you're saving money)!




Home Decor:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Here!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale aka the best sale of the year, had begun (early access for cardholders)! I got up extra early to morning to shop online & pick my favorites from the sale this year! Here are a few of my top favorites:

Some of the really popular items go really fast like the boots and booties so snatch yours up before they are gone!
Happy shopping!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wedding Hair + Makeup Preview

Today, on this Wedding Wednesday, I'm excited to share a preview of my wedding hair + makeup! I'm not sharing all the pictures yet, just a peek from trial a few months ago.

I also wanted to share with you all about The Makeup Loft and their new makeup line, Cosmakery.  I have gotten my hair and makeup done with Janelle and her team several times, and I always love the way everything turns out. They make you look like the most beautiful version of yourself, but it is never overdone.  I normally do not wear very much makeup, but I still feel like myself after Janelle works her magic (there is nothing worse than when a makeup artist overdoes it).  It was obviously an easy choice for me when it came to deciding who to use for my wedding hair and makeup.  Janelle and her team come to YOU on your big day, which is so convenient, and makes the getting ready process even more fun! The best part is you can buy all the wonderful products Janelle uses.
All of the products can be purchased online here, and there are a few pieces you NEED to try now - my 3 must haves!
First is this translucent blotting powder.  I use mine ALL the time and I haven't needed to replace mine yet (it has been over 2 years since I bought it). It is perfect to keep in your purse, to apply whenever you need, to keep the shine away and make your makeup look fresh. 
I also love their lipgloss. I'm wearing 'Sweet 16', which can be found here.  I'm wearing it over lip color, but it looks great on its own as well.  I got some to use on my wedding day (for touching up) and I've been using it so much, I just had to buy another!
Last, but certainly not least, is their buffing foundation.  This is the best foundation I have ever used, period.  It is lightweight, but provides great coverage.  I highly suggest you buy the foundation with the brush which can be purchased here. I don't think I will ever use another foundation again. I always loved the way it looked when Janelle used it on me, and once I tried it for myself at home, I was hooked. 
Another great thing about The Makeup Loft, if that you can host your own Cosmakery party with Janelle! She will do your makeup in front of all your friends and you can learn her techniques and buy the products right at the party.  
Learn more about hosting your own Cosmakery party here.  If you are unsure you will like the products, I highly recommend you setting up an appointment with The Makeup Loft to get your makeup done to try it out. You can contact them here.

All of these pictures were taken by the very talented, Studio 4 photographer, Julie Mallinson. If you are in the area and looking for a photographer, check her out! See more of her work here

Stay tuned for more wedding fun coming up so soon! 24 days to go until our big day!
Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Workout Wear

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces to workout in! Lately I've been doing a ton of Pure Barre trying to get in shape for the wedding [which is coming up so quickly!].  When it comes to my workout routine, I pretty much only do barre and yoga. I am definitely not a runner, I much prefer a structured class. It is so much more motivating to workout in a group and have others pushing you to do better. When it comes to workout wear, I pretty much stick to leggings and tanks.  I've been switching it up more lately and not buying as much lululemon and I used to. Don't get me wrong, I love my lululemon pieces, but I've found I love some of my other items just as much [and some are a fraction of the price].  I really love Zella pieces I've gotten at Nordstrom and I also have found a few great pieces at Target! Here are my current favorite:

1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NSale Details

The biggest sale of the year is almost here! In 10 days, early access begins for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

First of all, if you've never shopped this AMAZING sale, I'll briefly explain why it truly is the best. The NSale is the best sale of the year because it happens in July and features all NEW fall merchandise at a discounted price. That's right, all products are all NEW.  No picked over, last season items at this sale!  You can stock up for fall early, and be ready for the next season (at a fraction of the price).  You can score majorly on designer items at this sale, and best of all, you won''t need to shop in the fall!  You can get everything you need including boots, bags, jeans, jackets, and more. Also, the sale includes women's items, men's items, children, and home decor! There is something for everyone. 

The one thing that can make this sale tricky is how fast the items sell out, that is why it is important to make a plan instead of blindly spending money on everything you like.  Early access begins on July 14th, and because things sell out so quickly I highly recommend you become a credit or debit card holder (or find someone to shop for you that is)! Before I had my Nordstrom card, I would longingly look at everyone else going behind the curtains at the store and wonder what truly was back there (so mysterious-lol!). If you become a cardholder there are other great perks like free alterations and earning Nordstrom Notes (basically free shopping money). You really can't go wrong! You can sign up for your Nordstrom debit or credit card here is you want to shop early access!

Before the sale begins I wanted to share a few sale tips because it can be easy to overbuy if you don't plan ahead.  I usually do my NSale shopping online because it is a lot less overwhelming. 

The first thing I try to do before a big sale, especially this one, is to take a good look at my closet and clean out my closet.  This helps you to see what you have.  It also is a great time to try on your clothes and see what still fits and what you might need to get rid of.  Knowing this will help you with the next step.

Next, make a list of things you need.  This helps you have focus when you shop.  Some items on your list might include jeans, over the knee boots, a fall jacket, booties, a chunky sweater, and a new fall handbag.  Shop those items first and take a look at your cart and see what other items you could add once you see how much money you have left in your budget.

Speaking of budgets, it is important to set a budget and stick to it.  The great thing about Nordstrom is so how easy it is to search items in different ways. I usually sort things by designer and by price. I start with designers I really like and see if I can find an item or two that I love that I can get at a great price. Then I sort by price. This helps me to only look at items in my price range and not keep adding too many expensive items to my cart.  I usually put more in my cart than I will buy, then I narrow it down once I see everything together in my cart and see the final price.

Something to avoid is to shop the sale multiple times. I did this my first year I had my Nordstrom card, and I got a little out of hand.   I wasn't able to have a clear idea of what I was spending because I shopped it SO many times (I'm talking at least 5 times).  I also ended up with pieces I didn't love.

Here are the dates to remember:

Early Access Begins: July 14th

Public Access Begins: July 22nd

Last Day of Sale: August 7th

Stay tuned to see my picks from the sale AND to score a Nordstrom gift card to use as you shop the sale!