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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

TMI Tuesday: Natural Deoderant

 Hey what is up hello! Happy TMI Tuesday today's topic Deodorant! Not just any deodorant, aluminum free deodorant!

You can do your own research on why you don't want aluminum in your deodorant... like seriously go google it right now!

And aluminum free deodorant was one of my top post ever (check it out), so here is a new option I am LOVING! 

Green Goo Helps deodorant is not an antiperspirant BUT it really acts like one. Plus it smells like whole food beauty department. I have tried EVERY non aluminum deodorant and this one is by far my favorite! (also blow are some of my other favorite options)



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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wedding Wednesday NO. 4// Wedding Guest Apparel

Hey what is up hello! Happy Wedding Wednesday! So today's wedding Wednesday is not my wedding, but for any wedding you might be attending. Fun fact I was invited to  EIGHT weddings this year. Yes, you read that right. Most of my friends are about 5ish years out of college, and I guess we are all taking the plunge;) I am actually so excited for all of this because I get to go all over the country (no west coast peeps though) and celebrate my friends and family! 
My tip for what to wear to a wedding has a ton to do with 2 things. 1. What is the venue like. 2. What time of day is it? A 6 o'clock reception is traditionally going to be black tie, where a day wedding is going to be more casual. 

Then for the venue, a ball room is going to be more formal (think cocktail dress), where a barn or beach will be a little more casual. The couple might also say on the save the date, the wedding website, or the invitation. 

Whatever the dress code is remember, this is the couple's day. This is not your day. You are celebrating the couple, the dress code is just that. A dress code. You are not going to remember what you wore, you will remember the great times you had that day!

Also, if you are a plus one, steer clear of going over the top on what you wear. (think solid colors) As a guest stay away from anything overly muted, you don't want to look like you are wearing white. On the other side of that, if you are good friends with the couple you can always ask what to wear or if it is a good option. I mean I would totally have everyone wear millennial pink sparkles, pastel blue, and navy if I had the choice. BUT I am not a Taylor Swift music video so that is not an option haha! 

Here are some of my favorite picks for this season:


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TMI Tuesday: Leave-In Conditioner

Hey what is up hello! Let me tell you soul sister I have dry hair. Yes, as dry as that desert in the background. It is so dang dry that is knots up into 4 dreadlocks about once a month.


I tried literally everything on my hair, and it would still stay super dry and tangled. My hair laughes at conditioner, and will actively drink any oils or creams that I put on my hair.

Until I found this leave in conditioner. This is also the only conditioner i have ever seen have a before and after photo when you go to buy it.

This is an intense Ouai that you spray after you shower. It leaves your hair so smooth and silky. I'm not a big scent person, but i smells amazing. I will make you smell like you charge you crystals when there is a full moon, and you regularly do hot yoga so that you can center yourself. (Neither of which I do). Also the scent doesn't linger, which I also LOVE!

Anyways for the dry hair out there, this is your match made in heaven!


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Friday, May 17, 2019

Small Business Spotlight: Red Dress Boutique

Hey what is up hello! I love a good boutique. Also I am trying to get more into buying smaller. I feel like the way social media is going with the algorithm, social media is making it harder and harder for a small business to thrive without paying for Instagram ads. (some business can afford this, and some can not). 

Also with the blogger affiliate links, bloggers do not make a commission from brands, and small businesses are barely on affiliate links. (I believe this is because, again you have to pay a commission to be on the apps). 

That being said, I love small businesses and boutiques. I mostly shop online. I love when boutiques post their new products on their Instagram stories. I can just flip through what is new, and it is honestly the fastest way to see new products.

Red Dress Boutique does a GREAT job of this. I have been following them for years (They are a Georgia brand, and I grew up in Georgia). Also before the bachelorette, Hannah G. was/is one of their boutique models! I don't have favorites, but they are for sure my favorite. 

Also to just add a little history, Red Dress Boutique was on Shark Tank . The owner, Diana Harbour is a total boss. you really need to check out her Instagram and look at the "Ugh Amazon" stories. She dives into how much faux fashion not only effects luxury brand, but also small businesses. 

Not to mention all their clothes are extremely cute! Every time I wear a dress or romper from them, I always get compliments! They have great statement pieces for every occasion. Here are some of my favorites for this season. (I am loving tow piece sets fyi)

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring Transition Wardrobe

Hey what is up hello! If you are in the south spring is right around the corner. If you are from Michigan, you want spring, but you probably are not going to get it for 2 more months. That is where a spring transition wardrobe come into play!
Here is what I am loving for spring:



My favorite trends for spring: I am loving pink. It has not been my favorite color in the past, but this season I am loving it. Tweed! Seriously is so classic, and I am loving it. Flared jeans are perfect for staying warm, but giving an updated spring look! Also, this is a pro tip. throw a blazer over a dress to keep you warm. I feel like it is the updated school girl cardigan. You look like a put together women. 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WEDDING WEDNESDAY NO. 3// WHERE IS THE WEDDING?

Hey what is up hello! For the venue... I am in the Middle East. I can not travel to 20 venues, make an excel spreadsheet, and look at the pros and cons, the prices, and area. (Lets be real I know the area... BECAUSE!)

We are getting married in Michigan! Both Alex and I are "from" Michigan. I was born there, moved to the south, then moved back for college, and moved away afterward. I am "from" no where, BUT my whole family lives in Michigan. 

So talking about the why we narrowed down to a Michigan venue. What were our other options?


Destination wedding: This was my top pick. Not necessarily due to wanting to get married at a beach. It is sooooo much cheaper for a couple to get married at an all inclusive resort. Yes, your guest end up eating the cost. They have to pay to get out there, but most resorts do free weddings or a small fee for flowers to get married there. I have a huge family and this would also create a smaller wedding, which I wanted. 

Cons: Not everyone can make it. Immediate family can which I wanted. HOWEVER Alex wanted everyone to be there (He has a much smaller family) Also my mom wanted a big wedding. Which since we have been engaged I have heard of so many catholic families allowing a destination wedding, and their family forcing  throwing a big after party. So my mom nixed that and went straight for the after party. Which a wedding is about family, so it just made sense. 

Waiting Until We Find Out Where We Are Going: We are going somewhere in July. That is that. I ALSO wanted this. This would also be a "Destination Wedding" for my family. And half of A's family would be near. It would be fun for everyone to get together in a new place. Again, we do not know where we are going, so we could not plan it right away. 

Michigan: This was the winner! Again we are both from Michigan. Our families live there. Most of our friends from out of town are from Michigan. I also knew a handful of Venues, I knew what they looked like. We are having it on the East Side of the State, so that people who have to fly in, the airport is right by there!

As for the Venue, again for safety reason I will not share it on the blog until after. BUT we are doing it at a stunning ballroom. There is also a golf course and hotel on site so everyone can walk to the venue and there is plenty to do for out of town guest. Below is a little tiny sneak peak (Photographer can be found here)

I will say this, when we were in a frenzy to get a venue, a lot of places were like we start at this price (About 15k over our total budget) and we do not have off season pricing. This is when the search was on over drive. Low and behold the venues wanted to negotiate with us, they emailed us a week later and they were about 2/3 the cost. Which I get it, but I just thought that was so icky.

The venue we went with was super upfront about pricing. Plus it is all inclusive including rentals. linens, and clean up. Not only that, but because they are all inclusive they help us plan big time. Alex keeps saying I am way on top of things, and I am like no I am not the venue is. My favorite part, the place is so stunning we are so happy to have the big day there!

Overall, the wedding venue is amazing, close to home, a major air port, and we can not wait to say "I Do" here!
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

WEDDING WEDNESDAY NO. 2// WEDDING VENUE BUDGET TIPS

Hey what is up hello! I know it is not Wednesday so I am a liar. Wedding Thursday just does not sound as good. I was going to do a post on MY VENUE, but I have learned so much about picking a venue I am going to tell you some tips I have picked up along the way. This is focused on budget saving tips that if you want to have a budget wedding these tips will save your life.  Here are some budget saving tips where you can have the nice wedding, have a cute venue, and you would never know that the budget was an issue because it will look so nice.

I will get into why I know all this information later (shocking), but here are some great tips to have the wedding of your dreams without the price tag. 

Destination wedding// You can have a fancy wedding, at almost no more cost than a week long vacation. Most all inclusive resorts will have a small fee for a wedding (thinking hundreds not even thousands.) or no fee at all. The fee will typically be the flower cost. The con to this: your guest are eating the cost. They have to pay to get out there. You are not getting a registry (not that it matters). However you get a vacation and it is so economic. Also not everyone can make it, so your families might not agree. 

Location, Location, Location// This is for cities where there are big suburbs. Not getting married in the city and getting married in the suburbs will cut cost almost in half in most cases. Yes it is fun to be down town, but I mean if you have an evening wedding you can stay at the venue and not have to worry about an after party. Just make sure you can still get a room block in walking distance or uber is available.


Non-Traditional// The second you put wedding in front of anything it hikes up the price. A wedding venue right next to a jazz club can have the exact same vibe, but totally different prices. Look into venues that hold events, but do not have the word wedding splattered all over them. (Pro tip: google corporate event venues in your area)

Off Season// Talk to your venue about "Off Season". If you just love a venue, and it does not matter what time of year you get married. Off season can vary by place. The mid-west it is November-April (we still have snow on the ground during ALL of those months). This could save you 10 dollars off a "plate" or could save you 10,000 dollars off the whole event.

All of these tips, are something a wedding planner can really help you save money on. A couple of thousand dollars up front to a wedding planner who has a book of vendors, can end up saving you so much money in vendors who are just giving you their starting rate. Some food for though! Good luck with the wedding venue hunt! 

Also here is my Pinterest Inspo Board, and here is my Pinterest Wedding Planning Tips

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