Fab Find: Plum Pretty Sugar

If you’ve been up on your real weddings featured in some of the hottest wedding publications and blogs, then you may have seen today’s fab find! The silk, floral robes from Plum Pretty Sugar are absolutely perfect for making your “getting ready” photos even more swanky. Even if you or your best gal isn’t tying the knot soon, don’t let that stop you from purchasing your favorite printed robe from Plum Pretty Sugar! Here are a few of my favorites from the collection, but to see all of there fabulous designs please browse here.

Happy Shopping! XO

Six Staples for Surviving a Summer Wedding

With June on our heels, wedding season kicking off and hot Southern weather rolling in there is a lot happening in the South. What isn’t to love about a summer wedding below the Mason-Dixon line? Well, there is one thing I believe we’d all agree on and that’s the thick, humid, scorching heat that takes over the outdoors come late spring. Since your weekends will be filled with wedding festivities I thought I’d share some tips and tricks to staying cool and comfortable during summer those hot summer nuptials. From spritzers to sunscreen, here are a few of my go-to suggestions for surviving a summer wedding!

Wear Sunscreen. But, seriously…wear sunscreen! Any part of your skin that will be exposed the blaring sun should be slathered in a coat of at least 15 SPF sunscreen. Whether you’re just outside for the cocktail hour or spending the entire afternoon celebrating outside, pack a small bottle in your clutch and reapply between cocktails.

Up-do Your Hair. While an up-do may not be your best look, trust me, you’ll thank me for this suggestion later. The last thing you want is to see the next day are  pictures of your hair looking a hot mess. Make a spa day of it and plan to have your hair done professionally before the big “I do’s.”

Hydrate. Without a doubt, water should be your best friend on the big day! There’s nothing wrong with indulging in the bride and groom’s signature cocktails, but to avoid dehydration and becoming “that girl” at your friend’s wedding be sure to toss back plenty of H2O.

Pack Your Shades. Making sure to wear your sunglasses should be a given, but I can’t even count the number of times I’ve left them at home! Save your beautiful eyes (and eye makeup) and please, please remember to bring your stylish shades. I always keep a backup pair in my car just in case too!

Spritzers. No, I am not referring to white wine spritzers! I’m talking about those precious petite Evian Facial Sprays. These gems are a true lifesavers and are one of my favorite go-tos for warm weather, from beach to wedding days.

Dress Appropriately. Normally I would say that beauty is pain, but when it comes to the humid air I raise the white flag! Keep it cool with a seersuckers sundress or your favorite lightweight Lilly dress; because there is nothing worse then wearing a tight dress or anything silk to a summer wedding!!

DIY Darling: Grow Your Own Succulents

It’s no secret that succulents are one of the hottest flora on the scene this season. Whether you’re a June bride and planning to host immense succulents in your bouquet or just want to jump on this trendy bandwagon, growing your own is fun and easy to do! Similar to the Christmas cactus your boyfriend’s Mom gave you over the holidays, this green plant is semi-drought friendly. Feel free to take a week long vacay and not worry about returning home to a shriveled up plant.

Planting Process.

Step One. Purchase a large, sturdy clay pot. Fill it to the brim with potting mix and top off with gravel. With a touch of water blend the potting mix and gravel together!

Step Two. Remove the succulents from their home and cluster them together in the pot according to their sizes and shapes.

Step Three. Sprinkle colored aquarium gravel around each plant until the soil mixture is covered.

Watering.

This is the part that I have the most trouble with when it comes to any plants! Succulents and Sunshine breaks this step down perfectly and I strongly suggest heading over their website to read up on How to Water Succulent Plants.

Happy Planting!

You Won’t Be Able to Stop Watching This Epic Mother-Son Wedding Dance

This is one super fun Mom! I just love every bit about this video!

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This video will make your Wednesday complete, we promise. A mother and son shook up the world of mother-son wedding dances as we know them, since they performed a drop-the-mic-worthy choreographed dance — after learning their parts separately and dancing them for the first time together at the reception!

Their dance medley included clips from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, The Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache (Jump On It)”, Soulja Boy’s “Crank That” and ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” — bonus points for doing the appropriate “Bye Bye Bye” hand waves.

We also love that even the bride didn’t know about the dance, making the whole thing even cuter. Rock stars all around.

Watch the video here:

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10 Guests You’ll See at Every Wedding (in GIFs!)

Couldn’t help but share The Knot’s 10 Guests You’ll See At Every Wedding! This is unbelievably true!

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We know you’ve spent a lot of time editing your guest list again and again and you’ve perfected your seating chart to minimize drama. And even though your wedding is going to be perfect, there’s still a few guests who are going to be, well, pretty annoying. But don’t worry. It’s not just your wedding. These people are actually at every wedding ever.

1. The person who has one (or five) too many

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Some people think the words “open bar” mean “let’s all black out.” This person will be at your wedding, and if you don’t see them, try checking outside. They are probably throwing up in a bush somewhere.

2. That one single guy

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There’s probably a few single men at your wedding, but there’s only one who looks like Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum had a perfect baby. He’s the guy all of your bridesmaids just can’t…

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Fab Find: Lauren James Co.

Seersucker and Southern sayings, today’s Fab Find is one for the books! Like many good Southern startup companies, I found this hidden gem through Instagram. Lauren James Co. features all of the lovely boat totes, tanks, and oversized t-shirts us Southern gals adore! Here are a few samples of my Lauren James must-haves, but be sure to take a tour to their website by browsing here.

Happy Shopping!

Pop! Fizz! Clink! It’s Graduation Day!

Pop! Fizz! Clink! Graduation day has finally arrived! Like many of my fellow graduates, I too cannot believe that this day has finally arrived. If I have learned one thing about my life, it is that it will always be one big roller coaster ride. The ups and downs, trials and tribulations only add to the excitement of it all, and make the ride worthwhile. Graduating with my Masters Degree is by far one of the biggest “ups” I will have experienced and I cannot wait to walk across that stage today!!

Sure there were plenty of moments when I didn’t think I would ever survive graduate school and make it to this fateful day…but some how I did! While I will not miss the sleepless nights, kissing my weekend social life goodbye, and the insanity of graduate school as a whole; I will miss my graduate cohort. This amazing group of people were there from day one of class until the every end. While we all thought there was no way we would ever mesh, somehow it worked and we have become such close friends. Without a doubt, my graduate experience would not have been the same without them.

To my amazing parents, sister, and boyfriend: you have been my biggest support through every hurdle of my life, and that certainly didn’t change during grad school. Your encouragement, everlasting love, and yes, even unwarranted advice,  has always been the source motivation. There is absolutely no way I would be the person I am today without those four people.

So – Cheers to new beginnings, endless opportunities and a new chapter! I cannot wait to see what next adventure life has in store for me!

 

Skin Cancer: Dear 16-Year-Old Me

As humans, we are flawed in respect of our thoughts of invincibility. Disasters, infliction and even cancer, are something that we believe will never happen to us…until it does. May is Melanoma Awareness Month and just this week,the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund released this PSA on skin cancer, Dear 16-Year-Old Me. With a strong family history of this horrible disease, I visit my dermatologist annually to get checked. Even if you don’t go to the tanning bed, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t still at risk.

Watch this extended version of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund production, and make your appointment to get checked; because skin cancer doesn’t discriminate.

To learn more about the effects of skin caner and how to prevent it, browse here.

A New Chapter

Life. It’s a crazy emotion filled roller-coaster where leaps of faith are encourage, but rarely taken. Where following your heart is all that you want to do, but you let your mind take the reigns. When all hope seems lost, but you find comfort in God, a friend, or a silly song.  Where beginning a new chapter, means change and no one likes change.

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This time next week I be franticly getting ready, placing my cap perfectly on my curled hair, and toasting mimosas with some of the best people I have ever had the chance to know. It is so hard to believe that graduation is finally upon us and while I am so excited to close this chapter the idea of starting a new one seems like a shot in the dark.   It’s true what ole’ Forrest Gump’s Momma had to say, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

I am thrilled to start a new adventure, take a leap o

f faith, follow my heart, never lose hope, and embrace change. I plan to dwell in the possibility with everything life has to offer and start a new chapter.

Cheers finishing my Masters degree and overcoming all odds! Xo