Jul 15

Wedding Dress Shopping

Shopping for a wedding dress can be very overwhelming! When you head the bridal salons to pick out your wedding dress, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Wedding Dress Ideas

1. Have Some Ideas Before You Go Shopping

If you have a general idea of the style or designer you like the most, things will go much smoother. Whether you’re poking through dress racks on your own or enlisting a salesperson to help you, it always helps to have a place to start. Any opinions you can offer will be helpful, even if it’s as simple as “I don’t like wedding dress lace designs” or “I want my dress to have sleeves.”

2. Stick To Your Budget

Know what you can truly spend on a dress, and stick to it. Above all, don’t try on dresses outside of your price range. If you find something you love and try it on, but can’t afford it, it’ll just cause heartache. Trust that you can find something within any price range that makes you look gorgeous.

3. Focus On Flattering, Not Trendy

It’s tempting to go for the latest designs worn in celebrity weddings, but there is a dress style to flatter any body type. When you find a dress that fits your body perfectly, you’ll look as beautiful as a celebrity bride even if you’re wearing a different style of dress.

4. Give Yourself Plenty of Time

You’ve got to give yourself time for alterations, so make sure you don’t get stuck with a last-minute purchase. Most people recommend that you start looking for a dress about eight months out, but if you’re planning on ordering a custom dress, give yourself even more time.

5. Don’t Bring Too Many People Along

Your best bet is to choose just one or two people, ideally people whose taste matches yours. The more people you have tossing in their opinions, the harder it can be to decide what you really want. In the end, the dress should be all about you, not the people around you.

When you find the right dress, you’ll know it as soon as you put it on. With these tips, you can avoid the stress and confusion of dress shopping and can make the whole experience a wonderful memory.

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Jul 15

Weddings in Africa

Wedding Ideas

Are you an African citizen hoping to reclaim your roots for the most important day of your life? Or maybe you’re looking for a fun, unique theme for your ceremony or reception. Here are just five tips for an African wedding that will transport you and your spouse straight to sunny days in the savannah. 

1: Pick Your Spirit Animal. You don’t want leopard prints mingling with tiger pelts at the same ceremony. Try to pick just two or three animal designs to decorate your wedding, especially if they’re compatible in some way. For example, in certain tribes in Congo, both monkeys and crocodiles are seen as wise and valuable species.

2: Serve The Right FoodFrom the acarajé of Nigeria to the kelewele of Ghana, Africa has no shortage of colorful and exotic dishes that will look breathtaking on your plate. You should also do your research into traditional wedding dishes of the region, including sweet banga soup or spicy jollof rice.

3: Embrace A Floral DesignAfrican flowers can make the entire wedding smell like home. Look for pink impalas to brighten every table or yellow irises to soak up the rays of the sun. Don’t forget the African flowers, either; they live up to their name by providing bold, energetic colors that are sure to pop against your white dresses and table clothes.

4: Go WoodsyWhile technology has touched many places on the African continent, its heart still belongs to nature. You can tap into this spirit by using wooden elements in your wedding theme. You might use straw or wooden chairs, for example, or line your building with wooden masks representative of your tribe’s beliefs. You can also hold the entire ceremony outdoors to better connect with the earth.

5: Hire Cultural ExpertsIf it’s been awhile since you’ve been back home, you may need a few reminders about how things are done. The good news is that there are companies like Bloomsbury Films who have shot dozens of African weddings and know exactly how they should look. Sign up for Bloomsbury African wedding filming for a ceremony that’s both beautiful and true to your culture!

If you’re dreaming of an African theme for your big day, these are just five ways to turn your wedding into a celebration of your homeland’s cultures and traditions. The ceremony of your dreams is just a Kwere relic away!

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Jun 29

Light Up Your Wedding: 5 Wedding Lighting Ideas

Looking to add a little light to your big day? There are many ways to add colorful or classy displays of light for your wedding without spending too much extra cash. Consider one of these lighting options when researching your venue. Make sure to ask what they allow (for example, my venue absolutely said no candles) and then get to work!

Wedding Lighting

paper lanterns decoration

1. Chinese Paper Lanterns. These are easy and inexpensive. They also come in a variety of colors to match your theme and overall decor.

Wedding Candles

2. Luminaries. You can make these a variety of ways including paper bags and LED candles. These are also inexpensive and offer tons of options. These can be a DIY or purchased.

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Jun 28

Instagram and Interior Design with Lori Andrews

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As you know, I’m a big Blurb fan. And I love to hear the stories behind the amazing people that make their books with Blurb. Recently I came across this video profile of interior designer and Instagram star Lori Andrews. She draws her inspiration from colors, patterns, and Wonder Woman (yes, the comic book hero!). In fact (spoiler alert) she even has a Wonder Woman costume of her own.

Check out her video below and if you’re as inspired as I am, you can make your own Instagram Photo Book book with your Instagram photos on Blurb.

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Jun 25

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Fourth of July party ideas

Yikes! I can’t believe the Fourth of July holiday is next week already!! Where did June go exactly?

Today I thought I would share some Fourth of July party ideas to get everyone into the patriotic spirit. It’s the best day for barbecuing, fruity cocktails and plenty of red, white and blue decor.

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Pinwheel Picks

Hanging Pinwheels



Beverage Tub

Firecracker Bundle

Mason Jar Tumblers

I picked my patriotic party decor from the Americana collection at Pier One.  There’s everything you need to host your bash, including some very cute paper fireworks. The red, white and blue votives are a particular favorite. I would definitely scatter these around the party area or maybe group a bunch together for a cute centerpiece. And since sipping cocktails, or any drink for that matter, is always more fun out of mason jars, these non-breakable tumblers are party perfection.

Hope these Fourth of July party ideas give you some good old patriotic inspiration!

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Jun 24

PreciousMauiWeddings.com Provides the Perfect Romantic Location for an Unforgettable Destination Wedding

PreciousMauiWeddings.com Provides the Perfect Romantic Location for an Unforgettable Destination Wedding

Wedding canopy, chairs and carpet in HAwaii

Getting married is one of the most important days in a person’s life, and the wedding should take place in a beautiful location that is perfect for romance. PreciousMauiWeddings.com has been creating wonderful memories for brides and grooms for more than 20 years. Through the website, happy couples are able to plan a wonderful event to take place in a stunning spot that will create memories lasting a lifetime.

Maui is comparable to a little bit of heaven on earth. It presents a gorgeous and romantic backdrop for a ceremony that may be a small, intimate gathering or an event containing a large number of excited guests. An assortment of wedding packages are available that provide a variety of options, ensuring that all of the details will be handled competently for the bride and groom.

Additional services can also be obtained through the site, such as acquiring a limousine, ice sculpture, doves and butterflies, or a special cake.

The soon-to-be-wed couple may also decide to customize their own personal wedding package so that the happy event will feature exactly what they desire. A wedding and reception are the memorable celebrations that will join two people together, and they should be a dream come true for both the bride and groom.

PreciousMauiWeddings.com can plan an event for such locations as a beach, tropical garden, church, restaurant, private estate or hotel. Maui destination weddings are a wonderful way to start off life together, and the memories created will never fade away.

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Jun 24

adidas Summer Sale!

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adidas Summer Sale: Now Up to 50% Off
adidas has just brought their A-game to their Summer Sale! Now, you can get thousands of items—FIFA World Cup soccer gear, running shoes, basketball gear, swimwear… even iconic Originals and NEO lifestyle pieces and more—up to 50% off! Styles for men, women and kids; everything an active family needs for a summer of sports. This sale only happens twice a year, so it is time to go all in or nothing.

Adidas Flats

Did you see these adidas flats last week? So charming!

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Jun 20

Modcloth 15% Off Novelty Print Sale

Starting Friday, 6/20, you can take 15% off everything in Modcloth’s novelty print fashion collection! What does this entail? Think quirky patterns featuring anything from critters, to bikes, to sweet treats, and to galaxies. If you have been hesitant to try out statement-making pieces, now is the time while they’re at a discount. The coupon code is SWEET and will only be available for a short time! 

Too Much Fun Dress in Popsicles
On a Barrel Roll Dress in Navy
Pull Up a Cherry Dress in White
You’ve Got Skillshare Dress in Canyon

What’s your favorite print? 

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Jun 18

Patio Décor for Pennies: Nautical Votive Holder

You can get your patio or deck looking great for less when you give this nautical votive holder a try. Made from just a few household materials, this nautical votive holder can add some charm and ambiance to your evenings for next to nothing. Take a look below at how we created our own in just a few easy steps. It is so easy!

Nautical Home Decor

Nautical Votive Holder

Here is what you will need to complete this project yourself:

  • Baby food jar, small glass jar, or glass votive holder
  • Blue/blue striped washi tape
  • Twine
  • Assorted seashells
  • Votive
  • Scissors

We found everything we needed at our local dollar store. There was a nice assortment of votive holders, washi tape, and they even carry the twine in their gardening section. Check around the house before you purchase though because chances are you already own a great deal of these supplies.


Nautical Centerpiece DIY

  1. Begin by wrapping the washi tape around the jar.  Cut it to fit and smooth it out. You can add a second line if you wish, but we left ours simple with one.
  2. Tie a length of twine around the jar, covering the washi tape. Essentially you are creating a layer. Tie the twine into a bow.
  3. Fill the jar with small seashells of your choice. Drop the votive in and add additional seashells around it as space allows.

Place your nautical votive on a burlap or navy runner for an extra pop. If you wish, you can also use battery operated votives if you don’t want to use a flame.

Give this easy and inexpensive nautical votive holder a try and in no time you can get your space ready for the season in a way that is easy and inexpensive.

 Nautical Centerpiece

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Jun 17

DIY Wedding Welcome Gift

DIY wedding welcome gift

It’s almost standard now to have a little welcome gift waiting for your out of town wedding guests upon their arrival. A small token of your appreciation to them for traveling to celebrate the big day. You really don’t need to spend a small fortune on these gifts. If you are working with a strict budget for your wedding, a DIY wedding welcome gift is the perfect solution.  It’s not necessary to go overboard with this small aspect of the wedding. Your guests are there to celebrate you, they aren’t expecting an awards ceremony style swag bag. Keep it simple and thoughtful and it’s sure to be a guest pleaser.

Here’s a breakdown of what we used to create this DIY wedding welcome gift.

  • large white take-out box style carton that can be found at craft stores
  • rafia ribbon
  • coffee filter flowers (a DIY on that to follow!)
  • glue dots to secure ribbon and flower
  • a welcome card made using a free design and photo editing program (PicMonkey)
  • treats: mini bottles of sparkling water, Starbucks Via drink packets, cookies, granola and small chocolates

DIY wedding welcome gift

This is the perfect opportunity to add a little welcome note to your guests. Don’t forget to include a wedding hashtag if you are using one for picture sharing on social media!

wedding welcome note

Some other tips for assembling a wedding welcome gift:

  • if you don’t plan on enclosing a note, consider making your own labels. Check out chalkboard style labels for an even more rustic effect.
  • if you have a few pre-wedding events planned at different locations, add in an itinerary and maybe some maps.
  • when picking treats, consider enlisting friends to help you make your own. Cookies can be made in large batches and most freeze well.
  • plan on buying all of the goodies? Look for great deals on bulk candy online or big box retailers.
  • remember, less is more! Don’t stress putting these gifts together, your guests are there for you not the swag.

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