What To Wear: Spring Travel

[Striped Shirt] [White Jeans] [Trench] [Watch] [Tote] [Loafers] [Mini Bag]

First, let's talk outfit... This is one of my favorites for traveling because it is so versatile and also manages to still look polished even after hours of flying and sleeping on planes.

Three steps to a polished travel look.
1.  I start with a crisp button-down shirt, preferably striped or colored since white ones tend to show the airport dirt and grime rather quickly.  This one is my all-time favorite - it's flattering and it withstands lots of washes.
2.  I pair it with either dark wash or white jeans in a sleek, slim cut.
3.  Then I always add an easy loafer - these from Tod's are my favorite and have lasted me years and years.

For this particular trip I threw on a vest from Lilly Pulitzer, but most times I'll either top this look off with an easy cotton v-neck sweater or a classic trench coat.

For accessories, I like to add a classic watch... A preppy look like this doesn't need much jewelry.  I like to pack my laptop and iPad in an easily-washed nylon tote, tucking in a little metallic bag that can double as a wallet during travel and as a cross-body bag when going out or sightseeing once I reach my destination.

I traveled to Palm Beach on this trip so I could experiment with a more vibrant color palette.  If you're traveling somewhere tropical (and as the months move into summer) it's easy to bring in a little more color to any of these pieces.  If you want to keep with the preppy theme, think navy or evergreen with tan and dark jeans in the fall and winter and bright colors like coral and turquoise with white jeans in the spring and summer.

Best of all, once you get to your destination (and my fingers are crossed for you that it's tropical) you can easily translate this outfit to night.  I switched out my shirt for a silky top and added a scarf around my shoulders to beat the ocean breeze.  Take out the little bag you packed in your tote and switch out the loafers for heels.

Last I talked to you all, I was just getting back from picking up my wedding dress in NYC.  I feel as if I spent most of January traveling across country for dress fittings and appointments and I was more than stressed at that point.  With only a few days before our departure to Palm Beach, I had a few sleepless nights and finished last-minute errands, laundry, and packing.

A lot of my stress lifted the day we departed.  J was a trooper packing up all our wedding gear, picking up our wedding planner, and driving us all to the airport.  All my things ended up filling the entire cargo hold of the plane, but I was so excited to see my parents nobody's grumbling could get me down.  It was nice to have both the space to store all our wedding items and the space to get some last-minute meetings done with the wedding planner.

My uncle snapped this gorgeous photo of the waves.

One of the perks of having a wedding at The Breakers is all the pampering they do each time you visit the resort for the wedding... I'm a sucker for goodies and surprises.  The attention paid to every detail is impressive... They even had one of my dad's favorite wines and a photo of John and I in a gorgeous frame for my mom waiting in their room.

We had dinner Tuesday night with my parents in The Breakers' Seafood Bar.  There might have been key lime pie... #NoWeddingDiet.  I wore the evening-approved version of the travel outfit I described above... When you arrive somewhere after traveling it's so nice to make a couple changes to what you're already wearing and head out the door ten minutes later.

I'll be posting more Palm Beach outfits next week... Just in time for you to get your vacation/spring/summer wardrobe ready.

Bon Weekend!!


Wedding Invitations

I started searching for our dream wedding invitations on every bride's best friend, Pinterest.  After numerous searches for "blush and gold invitations" and "luxe wedding invites" I had some basic ideas, but the real inspiration was still in my head.. Which, if you've ever planned a wedding, is the worst place for them to be since communicating how vague ideas fit into your overall fairytale can be difficult.

I was introduced to Ceci New York by my wedding planner and we had a conference call to go over the themes of my wedding, our current decor plans, and those vague ideas of mine.  I mentioned timeless scrolls and a beautiful crest, gold foil accents, and touches of blush pink.  I wanted the design to look romantic and luxe.

Once the design process begins, Ceci brides can be as involved or as uninvolved as they would like.  I chose to be part of the process... I wanted to see each round of inspiration, all the options, and even had the Pantone color chips sent to my house for me to check out.  I love visual styling, so getting to see these gorgeous invites each step of the way was like a dream for me.

After rounds and rounds of design styling, font and wording edits, mockups, and add-on's with one of Ceci's talented designers we decided on this luxe look set on the creamiest, thickest paper.  The invite is 9.25" x 6.5" soft white and gold foil on the front with an intricate blush and gold back.  We added a soft gold belly band around the invite to list our wedding website, as well as to add a little interest when guests opened their invitation.

The invitations came in a large envelope with digital calligraphy and two custom stamps.  Also in the envelope was a card giving guests information on accommodations, and an RSVP card and return envelope addressed to my wedding planner with another custom stamp.

I'm so happy with the way Ceci turned my vision into reality... I couldn't put into words exactly what I wanted, but when I received the finished invitations to send out I began to cry because Ceci had created my dream invitations and it felt as if the little fantasies I had swirling around in my head had materialized in my hands.

I'm waiting on our professional photos to come in so I can do my wedding blog posts.  When I do, you'll notice that we also used Ceci for our welcome bag tags, place cards, table numbers, and church programs.  We've also ordered our thank you's from them.  I'm all for a creative company run by a woman that provides one-stop shopping!!

Happy #WeddingWednesday!!


Life Lately... DEN, CHI, NYC, Repeat.

A cloudy Chicago sunset from Oak Street.

Beautiful confections at Chicago designer Mira Couture's showroom.

A delish little haven in the city... Fig & Olive.

I ordered the Fig & Olive Salad.

F&O makes a mean cappuccino.

I've been missing writing and editing my outfit posts so much it's ridiculous.  Here's what I've been up to lately... 

In mid-January my mom and I flew to Chicago for dress fittings.  Her rehearsal and wedding dresses are from there, as is my rehearsal dress.  Although wedding emails and callings were coming through at a breakneck pace, we found a little time to spend lunch with J's mom at Fig & Olive and were able to decompress in the evenings.  We ordered room service and watched a wonderful movie called The Good Lie.  If you haven't had the chance, please watch it - it's a beautiful story.

From dreary, blustery Chicago my mom went home and J met me in the airport to journey on to New York for more dress fittings.  (I really am quite tired of being half naked in front of other people by now.)  While he doesn't want to see the dresses until our wedding day, he was happy to go along and help me with our seating chart and other wedding planning tasks in between fittings.  

At night we saw the musical Aladdin; a colorful, imaginative feast for the eyes and a must-see for any Disney fan.  Granted, J had to drink his Ketel One out of a souvenir plastic cup... But I don't think he minded too much.  We met a good family friend for dinner at Smith & Wollensky.  And we had nightcaps at The Rose Club in The Plaza.  

I've been wearing this outfit combo over and over again lately.  This thick fisherman's sweater is cozy and incredibly warm (not to mention now on sale!)  I wear it with leggings and these Frye boots that seem to bridge the gap between casual and dressy perfectly.  I add a little scarf for color sometimes, and if I'm cold I'll throw on this fur vest from Vince (similar one here).  It's the perfect winter outfit and lends itself to traveling because everything is so comfortable.

I had a week at home, during which I worked on wedding planning nearly nonstop and managed to get a cold!!  So with an aching face, I boarded my flight last Monday to NYC.  Of course, there was a giant snowstorm forecasted which caused my flight to be diverted to Newark, NJ.  In whiteout conditions, the emergency flight I booked back to Denver was cancelled and all transportation by car into the city was taking an average of 2-3 hours.  Faced with waiting out the storm in the NJ airport or trying out the train system into the city, I chose the latter.  

Thank goodness for my sweet friends... They guided me into the city (dragging along my giant leopard suitcase the entire time) and I stayed at my girlfriend's place to indulge in some takeout, wine, and Nicholas Sparks movies.  We filled the bathtub just in case of power and water outages and went to bed expecting to wake up to a NYC snow globe.  Except... We didn't.  The 2 feet of snow ended up being 4-6 inches and streets were relatively clear by noon that day.  

My dress fittings cancelled, we spent Tuesday grabbing lunch with another NYC friend, working out at SoulCycle, hitting up a pharmacy to soothe my sinus problems, and seeing the movie Into the Woods (awful - don't waste your time!)

My dress fittings were rescheduled Wednesday and I was thrilled to see both dresses again in person.  After multiple fittings, they were snug around me and the perfect length; I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out.  It was the last time I would have them on my body before the wedding and it was an emotional day.  

Thursday I picked up my wedding gown and hauled it home with me.  I was so happy to get home and begin packing and finalizing details for our wedding!!  I cannot believe it's so close.  I have a lot to finish up and I won't likely be posting much... But you can keep up with me and any posts in the meantime through my social media: 

See you soon!!


Giveaway 6

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Total Value Per Gift - $110

I apologize for being so late on this giveaway!!  I've been so busy and haven't been able to blog and film as much as I used to... It makes me a little sad.  I miss you guys!!

I promise after the wedding and honeymoon are over I will be back to answering my blog/YouTube emails, posting blogs, and making videos all the time.  I've cherished this wedding process, but I can't wait to get my old life back!! 

In the meantime, I'll be updating my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page regularly so you can keep up with me on those!!  And... Whenever I can I'll be posting here and on my YouTube channel.

Good luck on this giveaway!!  You guys have no idea how excited I get to draw the winners each time... It makes me so happy to be able to give back to you in some way.  I'll draw the winners for this Giveaway 6 next Thursday January 15th!!  Can't wait.  


Christmas Cozy

After arriving home from our Chicago/New York trip I had a short week before we left for Christmas in the Midwest.  It was pure chaos, I'm telling you.  I was unpacking our suitcases and repacking them at the same time, finishing our Christmas shopping, wrapping our gifts, and packing them up in boxes to travel... All while trying to tie up wedding details and emails.  I'm surprised I remembered to get in the car!!  Twelve hours later we were home and ready to relax.

Even though this is late, I wanted to share some iPhone snaps and some outfits with you.  I definitely found some favorites and I think they're perfect for these chilly Winter months ahead.  

[Sweater]  [Earrings]  [Bracelet]  [Jeans]  [Boots]

On Christmas Eve we had a casual dinner and a gift exchange with my family, including my two cousins who are like brothers to me.  I hadn't seen them in an entire year and I swear they had grown a foot each!!  It was fantastic to spend time with my family.  The best part was staying up late playing the board game Aggravation... Have you played it before??  I always remember playing it with my grandparents.

I kept things casual and simple for my Christmas Eve outfit.  I wore a cozy cashmere sweater from the Neiman's Cashmere Sale and a pair of jeans that has quickly become my favorite.  I've been loving pairing this skinny bootcut with heeled booties... It makes my legs look extra long and balances out the heavy sweaters, coats, and vests I wear in the winter.  When spring comes, I'll be wearing them with wedges and summery heels.

[Pajamas]  [Necklace]  [Slippers]

On Christmas Eve, Mom gave us monogrammed pajamas to wear on Christmas morning.  We spent Christmas morning having a fireside brunch and opening gifts.  I threw on this multi-layered pearl necklace to give a preppy, polished vibe to my pajamas... Nothing wrong with dressing up a bit, right?!

I will be honest... I didn't get out of my jammies all day long and it was wonderful.  I relaxed a bit but took some time to get caught up on wedding emails in the evening.  I can't tell you how excited I am for those to be over and my inbox silent for the honeymoon!!

[Cardigan]  [Tee]  [Leggings]  [Slippers]

On Boxing Day I threw on this comfy loungewear to help prep for our Boxing Day Dinner.  These sweater leggings are adorable and super cozy... This specific version is sold out, but you can get a similar version.  I'm addicted to loungewear, especially in the winter.  There's nothing better than coming home and putting on some cozies for the rest of the evening.  These hybrid sweater-leggings can even be paired with cute boots and worn out to run errands.

[Dress]  [Sweater]  [Boots]  [Earrings]

Boxing Day evening our home was full of people, some I hadn't seen in two years.  Filling their plates, talking, laughing.  After a cozy dinner everyone nibbled on the buffet of desserts, chatted, and played games together.

I wore this fitted turtleneck dress, which I found to be flattering and super comfortable.  It's a great piece to dress up with  hose and heels or dress down with tights, a sweater, and boots like I did.  This outfit was a Christmas gift from Mom and Dad and the boots are my absolute favorite - plus they come in a wide width for those of you with ginormous calves like me.

[Sweater]  [Jeans]  [Necklace]  [Ring]  [Lipstick]

A morning visit, coffee, and cinnamon rolls with my second family.  Taking my cousins to dinner and movie date.  Activities in chilly weather require coziness and a little sparkle!!

This sweater was also a Christmas gift and I was thrilled to find it has the tiniest bits of shimmer woven throughout.  It also looks bomb with those skinny bootcut jeans I told you about.  I added a long necklace and delicate jewelry to bring out the shimmer in the sweater.  You can't beat MAC's "Creme Cup" for a soft, winter nude.

I never want to leave my family and I tried to soak up each moment with them before we took off back to Colorado with a car full of dogs and goodies.  It was bittersweet; I wanted to stay and relax but I knew how much was on my to-do list waiting for me!!

Hope you all had wonderful holidays with your family and friends!!  I will try to post as often as possible this month but things are getting a little crazy over here, so please bear with me!! 


NYE Bridesmaid

[Dress]  [Earrings]  [Bag]  [Polish]  [Lipstick]  [Heels]

Weddington Way asked me to style a New Year's Eve bridesmaid look with one of their new rental bridesmaid dresses and I was thrilled.  Our wedding plans are in full swing and my creativity is running wild at the moment!! 

When I imagined a NYE wedding to ring in 2015 I pictured cool, icy colors everywhere to echo the winter weather... Sparkling crystal chandeliers, platinum gray linens with the tiniest crystal accents, and extravagant floral arrangements in shades of scarlet, crimson, and red with shimmering "icy" silver branches shooting out. 

This NYE wedding would be classic with little nods to the 50's and 60's.  Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are playing, waiters in tuxes bring chilled champagne by the rounds.  The bride wears a vintage lace dress, her hair waved and held up with her grandmother's crystal hairpiece.

The bridesmaids are wearing this classic Grace dress, rented for $75 or purchased for $129.  For the glam bride, this dress could be accented with a crystal belt that echoes the beautiful vintage-inspired crystal toe of these Badgley Mischka heels.  This quilted Michael Kors chain bag brings in a little shine while still maintaining a ladylike look.  And the teardrop crystal earrings are perfect for such a festive occasion.

For hair and makeup, I would keep everything very simple and chic.  A polished chignon for hair to show off the earrings.  A dramatic cat eye with black liquid liner.  An ethereal highlighter on cheekbones.  And a bright pop of color with red lips and nails.  

What are you doing for NYE??


NYC By Day


[Vest]  [Sweater]  [Bag]  [Lipstick]  [Hat]  [Booties]  [Jeans]

As I type this, I'm now far from the city... But I still feel a bit tingly from all the festivities there.

If you've never been to NYC during the holidays, I urge you to make every effort and go.  There's truly nothing else like it.  NYC is a city that makes me feel alive and energetic each time I go, so you can imagine that intensity is turned up during the holiday season.

The magnificent architecture soaring above your head is adorned with twinkling, sparkling holiday decorations.  Christmas music plays from nearly every angle, surrounding you with this festive environment that for a second might make you think you've entered a movie set.  As you walk along the street, people are hustling and bustling excitedly with their bags of holiday shopping.  It's not unusual to see Santa or his elves.  It's like a musical production come to life.  Welcome to New York.

Mom and I had absorbed the NYC Christmas spirit and were in jolly moods as we left Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular.  The snow was falling in large, wet snowflakes and Madison Avenue looked like a giant snow globe.  

We walked to Rockefeller Center, where music played as ice skaters skated underneath the big tree.  Salvation Army volunteers dressed in crisp billed hats and double breasted dress coats swayed and danced as they sang along to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off.  A couple ran across the street hand in hand, the man wearing a very long Santa hat.  

There's something wonderful about New York and New Yorkers... I'm not trying to glamorize it.  Sure, you might see a homeless man peeing into a garbage can if you're out at night.  You might see a rat or two race down an alley.  It's a huge city and bad things sometimes happen.  But New York has an invincibility to it; a spirit that makes its inhabitants feel like they could do anything, be anyone, go anywhere.  It's contagious and it's wonderful.  It makes you want to skip down the sidewalks and sing a song; it makes you want to stay there forever.  I've been to many places, but this particular feeling... You can only get it in New York.

I love you, New York... Merry Christmas!! 

Radio City Music Hall

Saks Fifth Avenue

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