Friday, July 29, 2011

UPrinting Giveaway Winner Is....

Natasha xoxo from twenty something who said she was going to use it for the charities and social groups she belongs to.

Congratulations Natasha! I'll forward email you the information!

Thank you everyone for entering and special thanks to UPrinting for sponsoring this giveaway!

I used to find a winner. This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive night club flyers for hosting. For more information about flyers, please visit

Hot Man Parade: The Ryans

I figured I would give you ladies two men that have had tons and tons of comments and love:
Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling
Your welcome, happy Friday!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Wedding is Over, Here's my Advice

1. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
When you're getting married so many people volunteer themselves to help, so let them! It's easier on you and you can get a lot done! I had a craft day a few months before the wedding and we were able to put all the invitations together and address them, roll silverware, put together smaller decorations for the reception, and the bridesmaids put together some details for the bridal shower. It was so much fun to get together and it gives people a chance who aren't in the bridal party to be involved.

2. Try everything out before hand- and PHOTOGRAPH it!
This applies to your hair, make-up, dress, jewelry, centerpieces etc. Anything that you can attempt to do before hand- do it! AND photograph it! For example, a cute side pony can be perfect for your dress, but it only looks good photographed from one side. A necklace you bought might be too simple to show up in pictures or may overwhelm your overall look. Try a nail/hair/make-up salon BEFORE your big day appointments. I went to a brand new nail salon thinking how difficult can it be for nails? Boy was I wrong! I ended up having my nails done and re-done a total of 3 times. It's such a small thing, and I easily could have done it myself if worse came to worse, but was such a headache. These things, might cost money, but it's well worth it so there's no surprises or meltdowns the day-of.

3. No matter the cost, get two photographers.
I love, LOVE, love our pictures, but I consider myself a "picture" person and would have loved to have 1000s of pictures instead of 100s. There were a few pictures we missed out on because we didn't have two photographers, but our one photographer got some amazing shots. We didn't have two because we just couldn't afford it, but looking back now I would have picked up some extra shifts or started serving again to make the extra cash.

4. Have a first look
Unless you're BIG on not seeing each other before the wedding or surprising him down the aisle, I recommend a first look 100%. It was the only time Matt and I had to ourselves, a few moments to talk and share our love. We didn't even notice our photographer, he gave us our private time for each other. It was wonderful, like our little secret. Also, you can get some great pictures and aren't in as big of a rush before the wedding as you are between the ceremony and reception.

5. Make sure to go over your day-of itinerary with your coordinator.
You need to both be on the same page, and not just think that you are. Also make an itinerary for all of your bridal party, family members, and parents of your ring bearers/children. This makes it easier on you if everyone has all of the times, addresses, phone numbers etc. and know where to be and when and how to get a hold of you or the groom if they need to.

6. On the day of your wedding, be calm.
Everyone couldn't believe how calm I was on the big day. I wasn't freaking out, anything that went awry I had let it go. That week, we had a death in the family and the funeral was the day of our rehearsal dinner. It was a horrible time for everyone, but there was nothing we could do. I wasn't able to be there for any set up or explanation to others on what needed to be done. Which wouldn't have been a problem had I used a venue for the event, but we were having it in a backyard of my family's home. I had to have a lot of faith in my family and friends that things would get done without me. Trust me, there was a few things that didn't go as planned, but they were so minimal to the whole picture. There's nothing you can do about it anyways. Think about it, if you show up at your venue and the flowers or linens are wrong- what are you going to do? Absolutely nothing. So don't sweat it.

I think those are my biggest pieces of advice that I learned from my own wedding. If possible, ask all your friends who are married what they wish they would have done or what they would have done differently. Even better, ask your venue or wedding coordinator for references, ask the brides who have used them before what advice they have for working with them.

So married ladies, what's your piece of advice for future brides out there?

**Don't forget to enter my giveaway for 250 flyers that can be used as announcements, invites and more enter here**

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Celeb Inspiration: Chloe Moretz

I just want to start off with a small disclaimer: I know Chloe Moretz is only 14 freaking years old, but that doesn't mean I would want her closet. Miss Moretz is always elegantly dressed and just exudes style. I'm so impressed by her style, I think I should take some notes! I think she's going to be is the new junior style icon.

LBD: Never overly styled, Chloe is the so chic in these ensembles.

Daytime Attire: I love shorts, they're perfect for summer but it can be hard wearing them and still be fashionable. Chloe does it with ease.

Young and Fabulous: Life is no fun if you don't take advantage of dressing young when you can. These two dresses are perfect for her and I love her hair in them.

Pretty in Pink: She may be young, but Chloe knows how to dress in style.

Seriously, I'd wear all of it! She doesn't even use a stylist! Can you believe that? She looks fantastic 24/7. She dresses so stylishly and it's perfect for her age, but also young women in general. Do you know who she is? You might recognize her from the movie Kick Ass (I didn't know what to expect since it's a Nicholas Cage movie and everything, but it was pretty entertaining and I loved her character) or (500) Days of Summer, but played her characters so well and I hope we see more and more of her. 

What do you think? Do you love her? Do you want to see more of her too?

**Don't forget to enter my giveaway for 250 flyers that can be used as announcements, invites and more enter here**

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Nordstrom Cardi (it's a soft pink with shimmery silver in it)
White Tank with Nude undershirt
F21 Shorts 
H and M Necklaces
DV Bow Sandals

Zoya Emme and Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me

I Tried It: The Plus-One Pedicure

New nails trends were featured in Glamour's July 2011 issue (with Blake Lively as the covergirl- love her!) and I couldn't wait to try out this trend on my toes. I even tweeted the look I liked it so much. I've been rocking the trend on my fingers for almost a year now (first blogged about it here when Vanessa Hudgens first rocked it) and thought it would look bomb on my toes too.



I'm not even going to show you a pic of my toes, because it's embarrassing. It just didn't look right and I felt like a child who painted each finger a different color. My H even thought I did it by mistake...along with everyone else. So this is definitely a no-go in my book. The trend looked great on glossy pics, not so much in person. Maybe it will catch on and grow on me though?

Also, I wanted to let you all know that I've upped my one-nail trend to two nails and like the look even better. It's perfect for giving the peace sign too because you get one nail of each color ha ha.

(see my OPI Shatter review here).

So ladies, would you rock the look on your toes? Do you do it to your mani? Do you think this Plus-One Pedi will catch on?

**Don't forget to enter my giveaway for 250 flyers that can be used as announcements, invites and more enter here**

Monday, July 25, 2011

Best Birthday Party Ever!

My Grand Big Sis (sorority talk) celebrated her birthday over the weekend with an old school slumber party. It was seriously one of the best birthday celebrations ever!
There was an ice cream sundae bar, with all the yummy toppings

We sang Happy Birthday to the special lady

Opened presents
"You guys didn't have to do this. All I wanted was an ice cream party"

Then we decorated drink coozies for her bachelorette party in a few weeks. BEST.IDEA.EVER

Now I don't want to show all of them, because we made some for the girls who couldn't make it and we want to surprise them, but here's a few:


All of the girls together

It was a great time! Thanks so much for such a memorable evening! Happy birthday Grand!

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My Dad: The Fashion Expert

I love you Dad! 
...and your collection of camouflage, animal shirts, fannypacks and tie-dye.

**Don't forget to enter my giveaway for 250 flyers that can be used as announcements, invites and more enter here**

Friday, July 22, 2011

Uprinting: Sponsered Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I have an awesome giveaway for you guys! A set of 250 nightclub flyers from UPrinting!!

They come in thick, 14 pt. glossy card stock (front only printing), 3 business days turnaround and best of all free shipping!

When I came across this giveaway, I couldn't pass it up! I know many of you are planning weddings and I thought this would be perfect for you to help with the planning. One of my besties is using them for her wedding needs and highly recommended them.

For those of you who aren't getting married, it's also perfect for birth announcements, birthday parties, new address cards or really anything you can think of.  Don't let the word "nightclub" throw you off. You can even have them choose between 2 sizes: 4.25" x 5.5" and 4" x 6".

This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive night club flyers for hosting. For more information about flyers, please visit

To enter, please leave a comment below with your email address and what you would use the flyers for. The contest ends and a winner will be chosen July 29 at 12:00 pm PT.

**Restrictions: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only. Also, if you have won same print giveaway from UPrinting in the past six months a new winner will be chosen so please do not enter.

Good luck!

Hot Man Parade