Will you be my bridesmaid?

Now that summer is winding down, I’m returning from the unplanned ‘vacation’ that I took from blogging. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been willingly sucked into a wedding planning frenzy. Although our wedding isn’t until July, every wedding “to do” list I’ve consulted has quite a lengthy list of tasks for 10-12 months out. A side note – I’ve learned that the initial gathering of ideas is slightly (and by slightly I mean significantly) more fun that actually learning what those ideas cost…

One of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make so far is selecting the wedding party. Admittedly, my number of bridesmaids is pretty high at nine (yes, nine) but I wasn’t willing to compromise. Kyle and I finally agreed that even if we ended up with more bridesmaids than groomsmen, I could keep my nine. (And come on, what groomsman isn’t going to prefer walking down the aisle with two girls instead of one?)

I loved the idea of sending out cards to the girls I wanted on my side and found a cute paper chain idea on OnceWed a few months ago. I shared it with one of our designers at work, Jill, who does some freelance on the side, and she agreed to create something similar for me. I was absolutely blown away by the final product. (Although I’m pretty sure I nearly gave her an early onset of arthritis with all of the cutting that was required). I was thrilled to mail them out to the girls last week. Pictures below!

Also, be sure to check out Jill’s Etsy shop here. Her stuff is adorable!

bridesmaid card

Image: Jill Brewer


Image: Jill Brewer


Lovely Little Things: The Confetti Edition

During weeks like this – in the dead of winter when we’re daylight-deprived, bundled up from head to toe, and spring break seems a million years away – I always find it helps to add some element of celebration to keep me going. And I’m not talking about a holiday, a birthday, or a cocktail party invite but rather celebrating the little things, those things that we too often overlook or consider mundane. Applauding the end of a long day with a glass of pinot noir and an episode of Modern Family on the DVR.  Celebrating a friend by sending a sweet card, just because. Commemorating the coldest day of the year with bright red Hunter’s (if only i had them!) and lipstick to match. So if, like me, you’re finding yourself with a case of the winter blues, here’s a few lovely little things that will surely make you feel like celebrating –

lovely little things

1. Minimalist Claire White modern art print, Etsy.com  |  2. Twirl by Kate Spade New York Eau De Parfum, Nordstrom  |  3. Collective Concepts Dot Print Ladylike Dress, piperlime.com (sold out but similar here)  |  4. OPI Limited Edition Skyfall 007 Collection Nail Lacquer, The Living Daylights, drugstore.com  |  5. Webster Cheers, Note Card Set, Jess LC   |  6. Kate Spade Market Street Pink Collection, katespade.com