Friday, December 2, 2016

December Goals & Friday Sale Finds

Happy DECEMBER! Once again, the year is flying by and I'm trying my best to savor each new season. Like I mentioned in the beginning of November, I'm here sharing my goals for the month with you to help motivate me and keep me on track. Here's a look back at November's goals:

November Goals:

- Make a yummy new soup/stew in the crockpot.  I made this stew this week and it was great!
- Go to Chicago together to shop and see some new sights. 
- Wake up early (I struggle with this!) to have tea + breakfast with McCann before he leaves for work. Oops! Still need to do this ;)
- Order prints from our wedding for our family.
- Order wedding prints & get frames for our gallery wall. We've been so busy this month, I haven't had time to get to this. Moving this task to January, after the holiday shuffle!
- Make at least one DIY decoration for our apartment for Thanksgiving.
- Spend a Saturday morning at a coffee shop together, like we did often while dating. We sort of did this, just on a Sunday, not Saturday!
- Have a wine & Skype night with my parents.
- Start finalizing dates & cities for The Bloom Workshop's 2017 schedule.

- Finish my new website up and get ready to launch it! Almost done!
- Take some progress photos of a few client's homes to share on the blog. Also need to schedule photographing a finished home!
- Bake something delicious to share for Thanksgiving. I made the mashed potatoes and green bean caserole! 
- Get our Christmas cards chosen & ordered!

Now for the new month ahead!

December Goals:

 - Get our tree up and decorate our little home. I can't wait to show you a peek!
- Take our trip to California to spend time with my parent's for Christmas! I can't wait to see my family and do a few fun things with them. We'll probably take my husband to "Christmas in the Park" in San Jose one day, since he's never been there. Always a fun memory!
- See the new Will Smith movie "Collateral Beauty"
- Get through all of my design consultations before Christmas + check in on my client's progress.
- Bake my grandma's sugar cookie recipe and use my Christmas cookie cutters.
- Order our stockings. I'm thinking of these that are on sale!
- Get all the final details together for The Bloom Workshop's 2017 schedule launch. We're almost there!!
- Make the egg caserole on Christmas morning that my mom always made for us. It's delicious! I'll try to share the recipe here.
- Get a wedding album made.
- Attend the Christmas Eve service at church.
- Continue through the She Reads Truth advent bible study.
- Really try to take a pause and remember what Christmas is truly about. Giving thanks for our Savior's birth.

What are YOUR December goals? Let's keep each other accountable :)

A few noteworthy sales for your weekend and gift shopping!

1. J.Crew: 30% off your purchase + FREE shipping with code SHOPGIFTS

Check out their gift guide here-- it's full of the best things!

2. J.Crew Factory: 50-60% off everything! No code needed. This scarf is SO cute!

3. Nordstrom Sale: Lots of great finds for winter. Be sure to check out their stocking stuffer gift guide-- so many fun little goodies! (Stockings are my favorite!)



4. LOFT: all these sweaters are on sale for $30 or under!

Happy weekend!!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Our Wedding: Reception, Dancing & Sunset Portraits

I can't believe that this is my last post full of wedding pictures! I have one wedding post left, and it'll be our wedding video #cuethetears. I also might share the best things we registered for, if you're interested in that.

This final grouping of wedding pictures is of our reception, after the dinner portion of the night. If you missed that one, find it here! Right after dinner, we walked across the way onto the lawn with market lights, vintage furniture from Forage Vintage Rentals, our beautiful cake and then the carriage house where we danced the night away. And boy, did we! Find those pictures towards the bottom.

Our first dances were SO special. Both McCann and I love to dance, and luckily so do our parents!

First Dance song: Never Stop by Safety Suit

Father Daughter Dance: My Little Girl by Tim McGraw

Mother Son Dance: Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart

I loved this little table! We put our engagement picture in the middle, surrounded by both our parents' wedding pictures. This was extra important for us to do in remembrance of my husband's father who passed away last January. We set this table up on a beautiful champagne sequin linen from Mrs. Freund & Co

We also had a our vows calligraphed by Jenny of Graceline and framed for the table. Often at weddings, I feel like I can't hear or don't remember the couple's vows, so I thought it'd be fun to have them out for people to see. Finally, we had the COOLEST guest book (I thought!) A blank book from Print Smitten on Etsy with our names on the cover + a polaroid camera + washi tape was a whole lot of fun. I love looking at the pictures and notes in the book!

Gold washi tape from here on etsy.

Being a designer, I was really adament about creating a beautiful seating area outside the carriage house barn where dancing took place. I wanted to do this for those who didn't want to dance, or grandparent's who needed a comfortable spot to sit all night. I even made some "reserved for grandparents" signs to put on the two upholstered sofas. We got our beautiful rentals from Forage Vintage and then I found the adorable pillows, blankets (that weren't needed, because...90 degree day!!) and the white pouf from Lulu & Georgia.

Our BEAUTIFUL cake topper is from one of the most adorable shops on Etsy called Lietofiore.

And now for the dancing! We had the BEST DJ, Jon of Belmont Entertainment totally killed it. There was never not music playing, meaning he mixed the songs together and had people dancing the entire night. The dance floor was always packed! This is my brother and his friend jamming ;)

My husband is a dancing fool ;) He just loves it. And he's really good, too! I've got to keep up!

Me, my mom, dad and McCann + my brother in law dipping my neice in the back. LOVE.

Finally, here are our sunset photos. Some of my absolute favorites!

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography  | Coordination: engaged & inspired | Floral Design: Michelle Lywood | Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes   | Hair + Makeup: Lindsay Dabalos| Calligraphy: Graceline Art | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Holman Ranch | Blankets + Pillows: Lulu & Georgia | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Cake Topper: Lietofiore | Furniture + Rentals: Forage Vintage Rental Co | Guest Book Table Sequin Linen: Mrs. Freund & Co. | Illustration: Graceline Art  | Cake Table Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ribbon: Adorn Company

Advice for brides: Once the day has arrived, just rest. Know that you’ve done everything you can to plan your beautiful celebration of marriage. Relax and let the professionals (and your bridal party!) take it from there. The only thing that truly matters is the fact that you are getting married! So celebrate that, take time during the day to take deep breaths and take it all in. I did lots of “this is my wedding day!”while just looking around the reception taking in the joy and beauty.

My BESY practical advice for your wedding: hire a planner or coordinator. Just do it! It makes your life SO much easier. Our wedding flowed so well because of Allison & Audrey of Engaged & Inspired. Also, find an amazing photographer and videographer. These are the only tangible memories of your day, so be sure you love the work & personality (this is huge-- you're with them all day!) of whomever you choose.

That's it! Thanks for following along with our wedding journey for the past year :)

Past Wedding Posts:
Dinner Reception & Details
Ceremony & Bride and Groom Portraits
Our First Look
Getting Ready & Bridal Party Portraits

If you want more wedding inspiration while wedding planning, check out my "our wedding" thread here.

Happy December 1st!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gift Guide: Bundle Up!

DETAILSmaroon coat / black down coat w/ gold zip / plum cardi wrap / gray coat w/ gold buttons / vest / ivory quilted jacket / check scarf (under $25!) / buffalo plaid scarf (under $25!) / tech gloves (40% off $34!!!) /

If you live in California, you may just need something like this for winter. Seattle? Probably a rain coat like this. If you're on the East Coast like us, well then you're going to need a million layers + a really nice down jacket like this or this. Wherever you live, the holidays is a great time to get those nice classic pieces for your loved ones. This year I'm asking for a down jacket with fur trim. We'll see what husband comes up with! ;)

Here are some other fun accessories for the snow bunnies:

Scarves, mittens and socks all make perfect stocking stuffers. My stocking is always filled with at least one pair of socks and I'll never tire of it. Especially tall socks to be worn with knee boots!

Past Gift Guides:
For the Hostess
Monogram Gifts

Do you have any warm clothing on your list?!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Sales

I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and weekend with friends and family!! We enjoyed delicious food, got our Christmas tree, decorated for Christmas and went to church then out to brunch with some friends this weekend. Now it's time to get into Cyber Monday sales going on TODAY only. This is a great time to get your Christmas shopping checked off. We did a whole lot of that this weekend, too. We're nearly finished!

Anthropologie: 20% off full-price items & 30% off sale with code STACKS. Free shipping over $150!

Bauble Bar: 35% off 2 or more items with code SAVE35

Macy's: 20% off with code CYBER

Nordstrom: extra 20% off select styles. Don't forget about home decor, mens apparel and kids!

Plum Pretty Sugar: Spend $100 get 15% off, $200 get 20% off, $300 get 25% off with code CYBERMONDAY16DEAL

LOFT: 50% off everything with code CYBERMONDAY
I love this sweater!! In my virtual cart as we speak ;)

Kendra Scott: 20% off EVERYTHING with code SALE20

Pretty much all jewelry I own is now Kendra Scott. It's simple yet makes a statement and is no fuss. Easy to throw on, cute, and pretty affordable...made even more affordable with this awesome sale! My FAVORITE necklace (Rayne) that I wear weekly (at least!) is even on sale!! It comes in many different stone colors, but I love the gray that I have because it goes with everything. Check out all the ways I've worn it:

This necklace is another one I have and wear often! It also comes in an array of chain & gem colors.

World Market: Up to 30% off! Use code CYBERSAVE

Grace & Lace: 40% off + FREE shipping! Great place to shop for lace extenders (like I always wear under sweaters with leggings), boot socks, blanket scarves and more!

Minted: 20% off everything! Code CM2016

Beach Bum Towel Co.: 25% off with code CYBER25

My mom and I both have one of their adorable beach towels! Here's the mint:

Danielle Oakey: 15% off + FREE domestic shipping with code Thanks
Some of the cutest pillows I ever did see and a go-to for client shopping!

Old Navy, GAP, Banana Republic: 50% off EVERYTHING with code CYBMON

We got my husband these maroon chino's from Banana and the fit is awesome. They're a Christmas present, so he can't wear them until then! For only $30, it was a no-brainer :)

Athleta: 20% off with code RECHARGE

J.Crew Factory: 60% off! No code needed.

J.Crew: 40% off + FREE shipping! Use code Monday

Here are my favorites from each store I listed above. Hover over the images to find out what store it's from:

FINALLY, we just launched the first Bloom Workshop of 2017-- we're heading to Northern California and will be hosting at Holman Ranch, my wedding venue! We can't wait to have our two day Bloom Bash event at this gorgeous location, teaching all about social media, blogging, photography, design and more. Get all the details HERE. For a limited time we're offering you 15% off early bird tickets with code CYBERMONDAY! Register here.

Have a great Monday!

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