Our Engagement Photos

Wedding planning has completely taken over my life and I love every second of it.  It’s made me want to start my own wedding/event planning business!

I wanted to share some of our amazing engagement photos from our photographer Christy Nicole.  She took the most beautiful photos this day (which started with rain then turned into humidity- don’t mind my frizzy hair) and I cannot wait for her to shoot our wedding.  These were taken back in November but I’m just now getting around to posting – wedding planning is seriously a second job!

Matt and I love Christmas-time.  We started dating around this time of year so it holds a special place in our hearts.  So, what better theme to go with for our engagement photos than Christmas!  We went to a near-by Christmas tree farm for the shoot.  I came up with this little set-up (I love the use of props!) and purchased that cute date banner from Etsy.   All other rentals are from Eat Sleep Vintage.

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Autumn Inspiration 2014

As I am sitting here sipping my pumpkin coffee (yes, hot coffee and yes, I’m sweating), I’m dreaming about bright orange and red leaves falling to the ground and cool, crisp air just cold enough to see my breath.  I’m also dreaming about that magical time of year where big warm scarves and sweaters accompany jeans and boots of all heights.  September, October and November – well, really fall in general is my favorite season of year.  The fashion, the cooler temps and the beverages all make for the coziest months of the year.  Mind you right now it’s in the 90’s and all of those layers are giving me a bit of anxiety but it’s all about painting the picture, right? Right!  So, I thought I’d share a little fall outfit inspo to get us all ready for when those coat-needing, chilly days arrive.  Enjoy!

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SJP Fall 2014 at Nordstrom

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When Carrie Bradshaw Sarah Jessica Parker introduced her brand new shoe line last season at Nordstrom, it was a Sex & the City/shoe lover’s dream come true.   Ms. ‘I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!’ did not disappoint in the designing department.  However, her SJP Fall 2014 collection has me gasping for air (and searching for some extra cash)!  I have to get my feet in those leather booties and semi-caged knee-high boots!  In addition to footwear, Parker also included brand new handbags.  The bags aren’t my favorite but I’m sure that’s only because the shoes completely steal the show.  See some of my favorites below and find the complete collection at Nordstrom.

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SJP ‘Serge’ Leather Bootie

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SJP ‘Daphne’ Grosgrain Pump

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SJP ‘Blythe’ Leather T-Strap Mary Jane Pump

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SJP ‘Pat’ Knee High Leather Boot

Altuzarra x Target

Let me ask you a question.  What’s better than the release of a new collection by one of your favorite designers?  A release of a new collection by your favorite designer… for less!  AMEN SISTER!

Coming September 14th to a Target near you (and on net-a-porter.com), Altuzarra will be releasing a fab, affordable collection with everything your closet needs this fall.  Office-appropriate separates like sharp blazers, blouses and perfectly tailored trousers make up most of the VERY reasonably priced collection with the most expensive piece coming in at $90.  But my personal favorites are the shoes – a gorgeous ankle strap heel and some to-die-for black leather ankle booties (like literally, these CANNOT be Target).  See my favorite looks below and see the full collection here!

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BCBG Max Azria Fall 2014

Comfort is not even the word.  I literally want to take each piece of the Fall 2014 BCBG Max Azria collection, compile it into a huge bed and snuggle up in it until the end of winter.  Max and Lubov sure has me lusting over each and every piece of one of the first collections to walk down the runway this season.

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With perfect color-blocked lines and luxurious fur in a dark yet neutral color palette, these models looked like they were ready to walk outside into the blistery cold polar-vortex weather of NYC (in every good way possible that is).  Relaxed layers are shaping up to be one of the popular trends even after just the first day of New York Fashion Week.  And although it is only the first fabulous day of this highly anticipated week, BCBG Max Azria is sure to be a favorite.  It may even have us wishing for next fall/winter – wait more cold weather?  Ugh, fine – only if I get to don one of these fab fur pouches.. or scarves.. or skirts..or coats!

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Inspiration Post #2

Maybe it’s the cool, crisp weather we’ve been having but I am CRAVING fall and its fabulous new fashions that come along with the season.  All I want is to break out some amazing coats, cozy knits and great boots.  This inspiration post is all about the warmed up styles for those cooler days that are quickly approaching!   With major borrowings from menswear, this season is all about oversize well, everything!  And I can’t love it more!

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Fashionably Versatile

There is one fashion issue we all run into every now and again, and that’s how to wear coveted pieces from season to season.  One piece that can survive  the cold months of winter right through the sweltering summer days is the denim shirt.  Denim, chambray, jean – call it what you want but also wear it with whatever you want!  The denim trend has caught on like fire in recent years and it continues to hold strong with so many favoring the denim shirt.  Styling it has become a favorite past time of mine and let’s face it, one can never have too many of these shirts.  Pair it with a statement necklace and printed skinnies & heels – you’ll look like you walked out of the latest J.Crew catalog.  Below are some ways you can change it up with chambray!

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Denim shirt underneath a comfy sweater + skinnies + booties = winter

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Denim shirt tucked into a striped skirt + military-inspired vest + flats = spring

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Denim shirt adorned with some statement necklaces + pop of color skirt + nude heels = summer

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Denim shirt underneath knit sweater + skinnies + booties = fall

Tis the Season to Shine

When you look around during this time of year, nothing about the holidays are understated.  Everything is lit up, glittering, sparkling and catching your eyes and attention wherever you set your gaze.  Your fashion choices should be no different!  What better excuse than a holiday party, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, or just because you want to shine along with everything around you, to wear some shimmery, glitzy GOLD!  Adorn yourself with anything gold and you are insta-glam.  The gold trend is the most appropriate look for this time of year (because when else will you look festive and not freakish walking around in your sparkly gold lame dress, black tights and killer heels?  Oh right, never.)  The best part about gold is that you can never over-do it.  Wear that gold mini, stilettos, bangles, oversize necklace- you name it, you can wear it!  Happy Sparkling!

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Get Cozy!

Although we can’t stop the blustery, cold weather from coming, we can bundle up and keep warm this winter with chunky knits.  Soft and cozy is totally in this season – just look at Pinterest during the time of year, if I see that big, white chunky knit blanket one more time I’m going to have to buy it!  Anyway, chunky knits are not just for wearing in the coldest of snowstorms, they are diverse enough that you can dress them up yet still feel that same warm comfort as you do when you’re sitting in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate.  Choose one piece of your wardrobe and replace it with a knit – because wearing a full outfit of knit will just make you look like crocheting is your one and only hobby.

 

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Wal G striped sweater, $48 / Vanessa Bruno Athé chunky knit cardigan / Rachel Comey sleeveless sweater / French Connection / Acne knit top / Isabel Marant long sleeve knit shirt / rag & bone crewneck sweater / Alice hannah, $19 / River Island pink shawl, $32 / Mango beanie hat / Lipsy , $32 / Stella McCartney wool hat
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Collared Dresses

How does my butt look?  Does it hide my problem areas?  Does it show too much cleavage?  Is this the right color for me?

These are usually the questions we ladies ask ourselves when on the hunt for that new perfect dress.  One question that is not usually included in line-up of deciding questions is : How does this collar look?  Collars on dresses?  Absolutely!  The newest day-dress trend is to add a collar to a dress to add a little masculinity and prep to any ordinary dress.  It’s totally a modern day Audrey Hepburn!  To complete the look, add simple pumps, ankle boots or oxfords and don’t forget a great bag – but nothing too flashy, stick with the “less-is-more” idea.

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