Sunday, October 29, 2017

Reading for the Week!

Hi there! I was in NYC this weekend to celebrate my beautiful friend's 40th birthday and on my walk through the East Village, I spotted this graffiti. How fitting! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Some fun love-related links from around the web...enjoy!

Did you know you can get married at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights (Westchester Co.)? 

Should your spouse be your best friend? Some food for thought.

A vintage wedding dress. It's bra-friendly and costs $62. The Etsy shop Velvet Pin Vintage has an amazing assortment of retro gowns for fantastic prices. 

I've been searching for a great new perfume and was excited to discover Phlur. Conscientious fragrance...I'm going to ask for two sample sets from Mr. HVG for Christmas!

How pretty is this engagement ring? Subtly stylish. And if it couldn't get any better, Bario Neal specializes in ethically made jewelry. Support the businesses that are doing some good in the world!

Happy Planning, 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thrifty Bridesmaid Dresses!

Weddings can be expensive....especially for the bridesmaids. The expenses associated with the bridal shower, bachelorette bash, bridesmaid dresses and accessories, and the wedding gift can easily exceed $1,000. It's a lot to ask of your closest friends and family, so do those lovely ladies a solid and don't make them wear a $300 dress that they will never wear again. 

Mismatched but coordinating bridesmaid dresses are trending now...not only does it allow your bridesmaids to select a dress that is comfortable, fitting their personal style, body type, and budget, but also adds real visual interest to wedding photos. 

Luckily for you, ThredUp, the biggest online thrift store, has just opened their online bridesmaid dress shop, appropriately dubbed "The Mismatched 'Maid". 

The brains behind The Mismatched 'Maid went ahead and categorized the dresses by color, designer, and style so online shopping is a cinch. There's even a "funky tie dye" category. 

The majority of dresses cost less than $50...sometimes much less than $50. There are several dresses currently available for just $7.99!

Consider shopping at ThredUp to go green and save green for your wedding! 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: KT Merry Photography. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Reading for the Weekend!

Hi there! I'm taking a quick, solo trip to Boston this weekend to visit with my oldest friend and my most beautiful cousin. I'm looking forward to being a tourist in Bean Town and hanging out with two very lovely ladies. Hope you have a great weekend, too! 

A few love-related links from around the web...enjoy! 

Love crossing cultural and religious divides. "We found peace in a conflict region."

This vintage wedding dress. So simple and so pretty. 

If you love someone and that someone loves autumn and ethically concocted fine chocolates, you should get them these.

For some moody wedding inspiration, check out this styled bridal shoot. That dress! Those flowers! Swoon. 

And lastly...

The US has taken a pummeling lately...wildlife fires in the west (and most recently, Napa), multiple hurricanes, Vegas. It's been a rough few months but here are some news stories that will warm your heart. Amidst all of the darkness, there is light and lots of it. Let's not lose sight of that.

Happy Planning, 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Congrats... Kim C.! She has won the Jar Worthy giveaway of two free candles and a voucher for a "blend your own candle" session! Kim, I'll be messaging you privately with details. 

Many thanks to all who entered the giveaway and to Dana of Jar Worthy for making this all possible! 

Happy Planning, 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

International Day of the Girl

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as International Day of the Girl, an initiative to help "galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls' lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential". 

As a woman in a male-dominated industry and as a mother of two little girls, I am keenly aware of gender bias and gender stereotyping. In the US, we have made huge strides for gender equality but as always, there is more work to be done. Globally, women and girls truly have a mountain to climb in terms of justice and equality. 

If you are in the throes of wedding planning, consider forgoing traditional wedding favors and instead make a donation in support of an organization focused on gender equality and female empowerment such as Day of the Girl or the International Rescue Committee

Or make a donation to a similar organization in the name of your bridesmaids (rather than giving the smart and strong ladies who support you just another tote bag that has "Bridesmaid" written in rhinestones). Donate just $24 to help a woman have a safe birth experience in Syria or $58 to fund a year of school for a young girl in countries like Afghanistan or Lebanon. When we educate our girls, we change the world. Help give girls a voice...because as Lena Dunham says, making noise is making change. 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green