Friday, June 30, 2017

Wedding Etsy Finds


A two year engagement, naturally, gave way to two years of scouring Etsy for the most perfect handmades to complement our wedding! From my papercut ketubah, to my fingerprint tree guestbook, to my just married hat I'll be wearing on our honeymoon, these are some of my favorite finds on Etsy I've chosen to be a part of my big day!

I hope you find some inspiration here for your own wedding or special event! What treasures have you found on Etsy lately?

With love, Katie 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Antiquing Adventures - Crafting a Handpicked Wedding

One of the absolute most fun and memorable parts of wedding planning, for me, has been the many trips I’ve taken antiquing with my family to find treasures for my modern vintage wedding. What I’ve mostly been on the hunt for is milk glass, a vintage creamy white glass I have been collecting to use in my centerpieces.

I’m not sure how the idea came about exactly, but one day I decided I wanted to collect milk glass to use as floral vessels for the wedding. Before you knew I it had a Pinterest board dedicated to the topic and had scoured StyleMePretty for every inspiration pic of milk glass I could find. I was hooked!
Milk glass is vintage yet modern in aesthetic with it’s clean and uniform white appearance. Once I started collecting my taste quickly evolved so that no mere bud vase or florist-grade vessel would do. Fenton became my favorite milk glass maker, and silver crest became my favorite Fenton pattern (followed closely by hobnail, a swiss-dot like texture that covers the glass).

Saturday, June 10, 2017

How To Pick A Signature Scent For Your Wedding

I kind of surprised myself when I got engaged, I didn’t read nearly as many bridal magazines as I always thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, I indulged. But I think I had a clearer vision, even from the start, of what I was thinking for my wedding aesthetic. As a result, I found Pinterest to be more useful since I could curate what type of inspiration I was seeking.

I did glean some useful information from bridal magazines, though, and one tip in particular stuck out to me. The tip was to find a new perfume to wear for the first time at your wedding, something that reminds you of your love, romance, and the overall feeling you want to capture in your day. By finding a new perfume for you wedding, the idea is that you will create a scent memory so you will forever be reminded of your wedding when you spritz on that particular scent.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays - My Bridal Shower!

Hello Again Lovelies! I'm checking in today with something so exciting, pictures from my bridal shower! With everything going on in my life right now I asked my bridesmaids for it to be a surprise (to take a little stress off my plate), and boy did they deliver! It was SO unbelievably GORGEOUS!

I think the best part of my bridal shower was getting to see all the thought and time and little touches that went in to pulling it together. The theme was french country mixed with Lilly Pulitzer, which is PERFECT for me right now as I've turned into a total Francophile (in preparation for my honeymoon) and Lilly lover of late! It might sound like an unexpected pairing, but it worked beautifully.

I'm such a sentimental person and I'm going to treasure all my gifts and the DIY pieces from this for a very long time! My bridesmaids pulled together Lilly inspired table runners, recipe cards from each guest in a hand decorated box, a jenga guest-book (I love Jenga BTW, challenge me and expect to LOSE ;), Lilly themed paper goods (the signage was on point!), and a Future Mrs. Hass banner that I died for. So cute!! They also picked fresh peonies which were arranged everywhere, and peonies are my absolute FAVORITE. The favors were handmade lavender body scrub, which is sooo perfect for the french country theme and also ties into my wedding where I am hoping to have some fresh lavender touches!

The bridal shower games were also totally on point with a multimedia newlywed game between me and Cam (no guys allowed, so his responses were pre-recorded on a tablet!). The questions were hard, but so fun! Cam of course took the opportunity to get sappy on the last question and made everyone's eyes go a little misty. Too. Cute.

Without further ado, here are the photos! I hope they inspire you as much as they do me!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Hey there lovelies! This weekend I pressed fast forward to spring (even if it was just for a few hours) at the Philadelphia Flower Show! Spending a few hours celebrating all things bold, bright and beautiful was an excellent excuse to pull out my Lilly!

The theme at the flower show this year was Holland, which called for lots of tulips and lots of orange! Orange was the last name of the royal family of Holland. We actually have the Dutch to thank for orange carrots, they bred carrots to be orange to honor their royals!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wedding Weekends - Our Minted Save the Dates

Hello there lovelies!

This weekend I'm bringing you a very exciting wedding update, all of our save the dates are in the mail!! This wedding is officially happening people!

I always knew I wanted magnets for my Save the Dates. Somehow making them a magnet makes them feel so much more fun, functional and luxe. After hours upon hours of pouring over stationary sites, I landed on Let Love Shine magnets from Kelly Ventura on Minted.

I was happy with the promptness and design of the changes I made when working with a Minted designer to modify the Save the Date a bit from the stock design (I added a line for our wedding website. So necessary!). Also they came super quick and packaged beautifully. The paper on the magnet is matte and feels nice and thick. I'm totally in love with how they came out!

The next big decision is the invitations themselves! I'm not sure what I'll pick yet, but I know it will echo the vintage inspiration behind my wedding! Stay tuned!

With Love, Katie.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

My New Favorite Fitness Accessory - Motivate Wraps

  Hi Lovelies!

I've been focusing a bit on fitness on this blog recently, sharing my workout routine as I head towards my wedding. While the wedding is pretty much all the motivation I've needed recently to stay on track (it's coming up so fast!), every little bit helps!

Scrolling through Instagram recently I came across one of Momentum Jewelry's Motivate Wraps, and I impulse purchased one immediately. I received it, wore it, loved it, and have bought two more since. I'm obsessed!

 The concept is that the bracelet wrap itself is made of stretchy, comfortable, workout-friendly jersey material that includes a metal plate with a motivating saying on it. You can choose from lots of options of motivating sayings to keep you going through your day or through your workout, and the wrap itself comes in tons of different colors! If you don't like any of the pre-made sayings, you can make one yourself!

One of the reasons I loved this immediately is because of how perfectly it complements (and elevates) my fitbit (which I wear every single day). I've always had a struggle accessorizing my fitbit, but these wraps work PERFECTLY. Plus, you can wear them while you work out so your fitbit wrist stack can stay stylish pretty much all the time.

Own Today was the first saying I bought, in a go-with-anything black wrap. I've worn it a million times since I've gotten it and I especially love it as a reminder that every day counts when I'm tempted to skip or lag a little during a workout.

You can put find the bracelets on Momentum Jewelry's website for $19.

I hope you've enjoyed this review! What tricks do you have to keep you motivation strong when working toward a fitness goal? I'd love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

With Love, Katie