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September 2012

The Big Day: Checklist Update

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Ohmygosh.

It’s Friday.

I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

I’m heading to Indianapolis this weekend to spend time with Alicia and Andrea, my two besties.

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Alicia, Andrea and Me

I’ve been feeling semi-unproductive on wedding planning stuff this week, so I figured it will help ease my mind if I wrote down what I’ve accomplished so far and what I still need to do these last few days in September and the month of October.

To break up all the text, I’m adding photos I’ve pinned recently on my Wedding board.

Accomplished So Far:

Colors/”Theme” – Decided. (More on that here – it has changed just slightly, but overall, this is dead on)

Portrait/Invitation Element – Ordered (I share that here.)

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Venue and Church – Booked. (I wrote about those here.)

Hotel Block – Booked. (But I still need to check in and add more rooms since they’ll only let you do 25 at a time and I think I will need 35+.)

Priest – Booked. (Aaron and I have started to go to a church within walking distance from my house. The priest there will reside over our ceremony.)

Catering – Booked. (We hired a company called FreshTable and I am super excited. We go for our tasting on October 10.)

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I will admit… this is pretty.

DJ – Booked.

Ceremony Musician – Booked.

Wedding Dress – Booked. (More on that here and here.)

Photographer – Booked. (I wrote a post on that here.)

Make-up for Bridesmaids/Mothers – Booked.

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Bridesmaid Dresses – Ordered. (That happened just two days ago! It’s a bit of a risk because they are from online and no one has tried them on, but I’ll bring them with me this weekend to see if we like them. If not, it should be an easy return. Knock on wood.)

Wedding Website – Started but still needs a lot of work. You can preview it here: emilylovesaaron.com

Table Decor – I’ve started to collect/buy all the materials needed to create the centerpieces for each table.

Guest List – This is finalized but I have a few addresses I still need to collect.

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Dessert/Cake – We are meeting with our lovely vendor (who just happen to be our friends) for drinks and tastings on November 3. I want to make the actual cake myself, a small one for Aaron and I, but I will need help creating cake/cupcakes for the guests.

Groomsmen Attire – We went to Men’s Wearhouse to ask some questions. They were super helpful but told us to come back in March when they get Spring apparel back in the store. Aaron wants grey suits for himself and groomsmen but if they are too pricey then he will do the Black by Vera Wang (the affordable stuff) tuxes in gray with the gray vest.

Registry – We put a good dent on our registries. We have lists at Amazon, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s and Design Public. I’m iffy on Design Public. I might do a local option instead. For 250 people, they told us to have 450+ items total and we are probably 40% there. Registering is a weird thing…

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To Complete in September/October:

Save the Dates – We (Aaron) are designing and printing these ourselves. They will probably just be postcards. We plan to get them in homes the first week of November, right before the holiday storm.

Bridesmaid Dresses – If the ordered dresses don’t work, we need to find ones that do.

Priest/Catholic Stuff – Send priest information to the church

Flowers – Meet with florist to talk flowers (I tried to call earlier and she told me to wait until I had my bridesmaid dresses)

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Shuttle – Book shuttle service and finalize pick-up/drop-off details

Rentals – I need to order chairs, tablecloths and the outdoor veranda tent (my venue is providing tables, thank god)

Hair – Book wedding day hair appointment for bridesmaids and mothers while I am there getting my hair colored

Rehearsal Dinner – Begin to plan with Aaron’s parents

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Website – Finalize all information before sending out the Save the Dates

Diet & Exercise – This begins full force. I have been working on my arms since the night I was engaged but I need to step it up on cardio and eating more clean. I will say – there is extreme pressure to be “wedding ready.”

Phew. That’s a lot of words and not a lot of photos.

What are y’all doing this weekend???

Any advice for me on wedding planning? What am I missing 6-7 months out??

xo, emily

 

All photo sources can be found via my Pinterest wedding board.

 

 

 

 

Topshop at Nordstrom

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This is probably old news to a lot of you, but Topshop is now at Nordstrom! Topshop has always been the store people visit while in NYC or traveling for work, but now Topshop clothes will be at Nordstrom nationwide.

I’ve been trying to do a better job at “dressing up” and by dressing up I mean not choosing the most comfiest outfit in my closet day after day. I often pick the comfy, worn-in stuff versus the more “stylish” stuff I own. I have been slowly adding nice pieces in and forcing myself to think twice about what I’m wearing. It’s definitely a work in progress.

Here are some of the clothes I’ve been drooling over from the line.

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Lionel Studden Denim Shirt

Bib Front Shirt

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Dip Dye Cutout Plaid Shirt

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Faux Leather Shorts

Skull Sweater

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Embellished Collar Peplum Top

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Kristin High Waist Skinny Jean

I have to admit. I giggle thinking about these “rocker” clothes set up at Nordstrom, with the piano music and marble tiles.

Is there a line that’s captured your attention?

Is anyone suddenly obsessed with peter pan collars? Really? ME too!

I’m a sucker for trends. :)

xo, emily

Sponsored Post: Kmart’s Big Layaway Giveaway

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This post brought to you by Kmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

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The holiday season is right around the corner, folks. Isn’t that crazy? It seems like just yesterday I was brushing off the sand from the beach and now I’m searching for sweaters and boots.

I try to plan ahead for holiday gift spending as much as I can. I figure that by spacing out my purchases or saving a little bit of money each paycheck especially for gifts will make the week or two before Christmas that much less stressful. It’s not always doable, but it does work when I’m able to stick with it.

Everyone knows Kmart has a great and free layaway program so that you can start planning your holiday gifts early, but I don’t think it’s utilized as much as it could be. Kmart carries nearly the same stuff as everyone else (think Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us), plus they’ve got a great layaway program to help you keep your spending low and spaced out across weeks.

I’m serious though… no one else does layaway like Kmart:

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To help raise awareness of their layaway program, Kmart just launched the Kmart’s Big Layaway Giveaway. What does that mean? Welp, they are prepping for the holidays just like us. There is one layaway giveaway per store per week every week (that is a ton of giveaways) now through 11/17/12. All you do is place the things you’ve been stalking/checking out/eyeing on layaway to enter for a chance to win great prizes.

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Here are a couple of things I’ve had my eye on at Kmart.

(Above) This metal bed would look so good in my guest bedroom against my white walls.

(Above) Bloggers should not live without printers and I’ve been living without one for years. It’s frustrating. A printer is definitely on my layaway list!

(Above) With a wedding come up in the spring, I’d love a treadmill to avoid hitting the gym. Layaway would make this purchase that much less painful.

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Scenes from the weekend.

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This weekend was a productive one. We know we have a couple of busy weekends coming up in October, so this weekend was our time to knock off a couple things on our to-do list.

The first thing we did Saturday morning wasn’t exactly a chore.

We went shopping. :)

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Aaron’s been on the hunt for a new pair of shoes and  jeans and I was just along for the ride. He bought two pairs of jeans and I managed to snag this plaid shirt from Eddie Bauer for $15. You know how you know you’re getting old? You start shopping at Eddie Bauer. I also was drooling over this sweater. I also want these shoes so bad (although I wish the Toms logo on the back wasn’t so big).

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Biggie got some special treatment this weekend – a trip to Petsmart. He likes to meet all the doggies (he seems to want to play with the biggest dog in the joint) and he got a “pawdicure” while he was there, which is really just a nail trim and his ears cleaned. I was taking this picture because Aaron looked funny holding that little dog.

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Saturday ended with some Just Dance with friends. I love that game. I am thankful I don’t have a Wii because I would not show up for work, appointments, etc. I would just play Just Dance 24/7. It’s a good workout, too. There’s a video as well but it’s Monday and a little early for Internet embarrassment.

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Sunday was a work day. Aaron got a call from a realtor at Noon, asking to show the house around 4. There’s nothing more motivating than a showing so we changed into our work clothes (my go-to winter work outfit is above) and ran over to Aaron’s house and started our projects. My job was staining the front deck while Aaron mowed the grass. Oh and all the cleaning. I finished a little bit early on the deck (I’ll show pictures later this week) so I ran to Lowe’s and grabbed some mums and fall decorations for Aaron’s house.

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This is the unfinished deck that still needs to be stained. We brought the planter over from the front porch (where the stain was still drying) and planted a mum, plopped in some pumpkins and gourds, before high-tailing it out of there before the realtor showed up. I don’t think I’ve shown you this view yet, but a few weeks back, I painted that door grey. Love that color.

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We still had some work to do on the house, so we grabbed an early dinner and ate at the park while we were waiting for the showing to be over. This is Highland Hills Park in Ft. Thomas and it is so lovely.

At this point, it was about 6 pm on Sunday night and we still had my house to clean.

We are tired and sore. :)

What did y’all do this weekend? Anyone else look at the calendar, see all the busy weekends coming up, and try to cram too much into a rare, open weekend?

xo,

emily

 

The Big Day: Dress Update

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Hello, friends!

The last time we talked wedding it was the eve of the big dress shopping day.

I didn’t find a dress that day.

The first place (Fabulous Bridals in Covington) didn’t “get” my style.

It’s probably because everytime they asked, “What don’t you like about it?”…

…my response looked something like this:

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And then, I finally found my voice and was all:

No satin!

Nothing shiny!

No organza!

No swirls!

No pick-ups!

No all-over lace!

The bridal consultant’s face twisted into something like this:

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And so we left.

Nothing dramatic. But they just didn’t have what I was looking for.

(To their credit, I’m not sure I knew what I was looking for)

Next, we went to Bridal & Formal which is the big daddy of bridal stores here in Ohio. It’s about 20 minutes from my house.

For those of you that have been to Bridal & Formal, can I just say the decor of that place is appalling? They ticket themselves as the “largest bridal salon in the country” but yet, their interior resembles a 1980’s nail salon with greasy carpets and stained drapes. I was surprised at that. The people, however, are super nice and the service was great.

But anyways, I tried on a bunch of dresses. There is a collection of dresses called “Forever” which really are cheap knock-offs of designer dresses. I am a huge Monique Lhuillier fan and the $7,000 price tag is way out of my price range so I was eyeballing the Forevers. I found a good Monique look-a-like and tried it on.

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The real Monique Lhuillier version of the Forever dress I tried on.

The reaction?

A vomit-y, sweaty, get-this-off-of-me feeling.

I should have known.

It just didn’t feel right to wear a copy of a dress I really loved.

So, I tried to try on all sorts of different types of styles:

Ball gown – guaranteed to make me look like a tank!

Sheath – guaranteed to turn my curvy body into a large brick!

A-line – guaranteed to make me look 50 years old!

Mermaid – holy crap. this might work!

Trumpet – oooo! this looks good too!

By the time I figured out I liked the fitted style more, it was time to leave.

So we left empty-handed.

Boo.

Fast forward to Wednesday (two days ago!). We headed back to Bridal & Formal, upped my budget by $500 and found the dress of my dreams. The bridal consultant, Corey, was absolutely phenomenal. We are changing a few things on the dress and the style is both a surprising and expected choice for me. The dress is by a new-ish bridal designer named Kelly Faetanini (she used to design for Priscilla of Boston and Adrianna Papell) who is my age and a Midwest girl. The Spring 2013 line is just her second collection as her own company. That felt special to me for some reason.

I also loved this from one of her press releases about customization:

The Kelly Faetanini aesthetic is romantic and classic with a youthful, modern twist.
The Kelly Faetanini brand will have a strong focus on customization selections. Each bride will be able to work with their bridal salon to create her dream gown. Skirt lengths can be shifted, beading can be added or removed and other unique treatments will be offered. Illusion necklines and one-shoulder sashes can be detached after the ceremony for a strapless gown while waistband and floral appliqués can be supplemented or modified.
“My goal is to give the bride exactly what she is dreaming of for her wedding day. I want her to truly make the gown her own,” stated designer Kelly Faetanini. “Brides deserve the luxury experience to customize their own gown and this is what I am striving to do with my new collection,” she continued.

Now I have to wait until March to see the dress again.
Things I learned:

  • Shopping with big groups is OK, but get everyone on board with your style and budget beforehand. I had a binder of the dresses I liked and had everyone take a look before we left for the day.
  • Wear underwear with good coverage. You’ll be in your underwear and bra more than in a dress!
  • Fight for what you want.
  • Wait for “the feeling.”
  • Be at peace with your budget.
  • Articulate your thoughts and feedback on each dress with conviction.
  • Find a bridal consultant that helps you versus sells you.
  • Shop during the week, early in the day.
HAPPY FRIDAY.

xo,

emily

 

 

 

 

DIY Modern Brick Wall Treatment

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I’m ashamed to say that Aaron and I have been working on this brick wall project since November 2009. Seriously. And not because it was hard, but life sort of got in the way. A determined DIYer could get it done in a week and most of that is drying time.

 

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With us now super-motivated to sell Aaron’s house, we knew we had to pick up where we left off (ohhh… 2-3 years ago) and get ‘er done.

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November 2009

(Above) This is Aaron’s living room. We had the grand idea to remove the plaster to expose the brick fireplace. We knew the fireplace was back there so the idea of exposing an original element of the house was exciting to us. Except when we tore down the plaster, we saw a not-so-great brick wall with a cemented-in fireplace.

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(Above) Some of the brick was cracked and crumbling. There were big smoke stains on one side (I’m guessing where they used to hang pots) too.

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(Above) I will say the color of the brick is absolutely gorgeous and looks so good next to the gray walls.

So… we set out looking for a different solution. We had two options: 1.) Dry wall over it and cut our losses or 2.) Cover it a different way. We knew painting was out. Trying to paint crumbling dirty brick would have been a nightmare.

I found this post on Apartment Therapy about the walls in a design store in New York (BDDW’s). I was interested. We loved that it still looked like a brick wall, but with softer lines and modern style. And then I came across this post on The Nesting Game, where they also used the same approach.

Plus, it seemed so simple. You need three things: drywall compound, a big ‘ole spackle knife and medium grit sandpaper.

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(Above) We started with a skim coat of drywall compound, filling in the bigger holes and cracks. In baking, I would call this a “crumb coat.” Once the wall was skim-coated, we went back over the entire wall (without waiting for it to dry) with a much thicker coat, smoothing and swirling as we went.

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(Above) Did I mention this project is super messy?

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(Above) After a couple of hours, we had a nice, thick coat of drywall compound covering the wall.

It took about a week for the compound to totally dry, so we let it sit. We wanted to be safe so we waited, oh… two years. :)

The last step was sanding and finishing the top edge and corners. For sanding, we only wanted a few peeks of the brick to show through, with an overall smooth look. More sanding would have resulted in a more rustic, distressed look while sanding less would have resulted in a much more solid, contemporary look.

It feels good to be finally finished with this project!

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I want to add a sunburst mirror to the wall but besides that, this project is finally done. Woo! Feels good. :)

What do you think? Anyone else dealing with crumbly brick walls?

Love it? Hate it?

xo,

emily

 

Nate Berkus for Target

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This is totally not a sponsored post!

It was around this time last year the Missoni craziness was going on at Target. I have a feeling this Nate Berkus line coming to Target on October 21 will be the same level of craziness, if not more.

Missoni was all about having access to an iconic pattern and brand at a price point the common world could afford. Nate Berkus is not nearly on that level, but I’ve seen the preview photos and it is super gorgeous stuff. I will be in line to get my share.

Who is Nate Berkus? I first heard his name on the Oprah Winfrey show, where he frequently appeared as a designer and advice-giver. He also had his own show, The Nate Berkus show, for two seasons but it was cancelled just last May. Bloggers love him (he often would invite them on their show) and it helps he’s lovely to look at. I’ve been a long time lover of his HSN line, that’s been quietly selling a ton of furniture for HSN for two years or so now.

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source: Minneapolis St. Paul Mag

Here’s a couple of things I’m loving from the line.

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Oh, that lacquered tortoise shell!

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What do you think? Are you the type to line up to get the goods or happy to admire from afar? Or, maybe not even a fan at all?

I’m marking October 21 on my calendar.

xo, emily

p/s: The blog, Target  Addict is so awesome. Sale alerts, new line alerts (especially the ones that are still awesome but launched without a lot of fanfare) and much more.

 

 

The Big Day: Dress Shopping Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow is a big day in this whole wedding planning saga. It’s wedding dress shopping day! I have a gaggle of very important people coming with me. My mom, dad and my aunt/godmother Geralyn are coming from Indiana. My sister is coming from Illinois. My two best friends are coming in from Indy. My FMIL is coming from Louisville.

Guess what the #1 rule of dress shopping is? Not bringing a large group of people.  Whoops! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am excited for the day and totally expect to get overwhelmed (the opinions!), panicked (the money!) and indecisive (the options!).

Here’s the e-vite I sent out to the group a few weeks ago.

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It will be a full day with two appointments, plus a little drop-in shopping in between if we can fit it in. I fully expect to spend 2 hours at each place minimum. I also would love to show everyone the place we’re getting married and the reception site, since no one has seen it by Aaron, myself and my parents.

I will be bringing Spanx with me and a strapless bra. I actually need to go get black Spanx (I’ve only ever bought nude) because I’m hoping they’re a little bit more modest than my nude, see-through pair. Normally I wouldn’t care but the second place is a mass dressing room and I don’t want the entire world to see my kooka. :)

I’m going into each appointment with the following guidelines, but I do want to keep an open mind. I’ve heard so many times that what people thought they hated in pictures or hanging, they loved after they tried it on. Here are my initial guidelines though:

  • Must make a statement and have some volume
  • Nothing shiny
  • Flow-y fabrics like tulle and chiffon
  • Mermaid, trumpet (fit and flair?) will probably look best on me
  • Empire waists and sheaths will look the worst on me
  • I’m not anti-ballgown at all
  • I’m not anti-lace at all (maybe just not all over?)
  • No pick-ups
  • Some sort of illusion detail or neckline
  • If strapless, I like the sweetheart neckline
  • Not too much cleavage
  • White
  • Modern lines and patterns (avoid swirls)

Here are some of my dream dresses.

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Collette Dinnigan

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Vineyard Collections “Morgan”

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Monique Lhuillier

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Rosa Clara

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Hayley Paige

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Collette Dinnigan

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Monique Lhuillier

Lazaro

You know what’s funny? All of these dresses are way out of my price range. I’ll be using these for “Look for Less” inspiration tomorrow. I have a feeling I’ll be eyeballing the fancier ones while I try on bargain bin dresses. What are the chances of a big flash sale the day that I’m there? :)

Any advice for me on my big day?

I really hope I don’t cry like a baby.

HAPPY FRIDAY.

xo, emily

p/s: Monique Lhuillier is really hard to spell.

 

A fresh take on fall colors.

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I’ve been itching to decorate my house for fall, and I want to do something a little different in terms of decor and color. I started brainstorming – what colors can look fall without being the orange/red/brown we are used to?

Here’s what I came up with:

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The foundation is certainly fall (the browns and oranges) but I’ve added grey and a robin egg’s blue to spice things up a bit. Here are the details of what I’ve selected above:

1.) I have retro rockers (not the chair shown) in this exact shade, so I love that I’ll be able to use them in the fall on my porch. Oh and those industrial farm chairs (the ones shown above… some call them Tabouret chairs) are all over the interwebz and design magazines and I absolutely love them!

2.) Mercury, mercury and more mercury! These little guys are from Pottery Barn but now that they sell mercury glass spray paint, the DIY possibilities are endless.

3.) I love these curly willow branches. I’ve been stalking them for my wedding and I certainly can see how they apply for fall. I love the curls and these black branches look fantastic against a light colored wall (in my opinion).

4.) Sunburst wall accent-turned-fall-wreath!! Instead of hanging it on my wall, I would hang it on my front door (one without a mirror) with a striped black and white ribbon to act as my fall wreath! I cannot wait to do this!!!

5.) Spray all the pumpkins grey! Ok, maybe leave some orange. We don’t want to go too crazy. 😉

6.) I love the pumpkin look of these ceramic vases. They say fall without screaming it. Me likey. These are from Crate and Barrel.

7.) This pillow has nothing to do with fall (oops), but I sure do love me some Boston Terrier decor. Suge would agree.

8.) Leaves! I would leave as-is or spray paint a shimmery color. I’d love to find some on stems to stick in a white, geometric vase.

9.) Stripes, stripes, stripes! I plan on using black and white ticking stripes all over my casa this fall. I’m getting in some practice because the stripey accent will be all over my wedding next year. This fabric is the Premier Prints Desoto in Black and White.

What do you think? Are you more of a traditional gal when it comes to holiday decorating or do you like to spice it up??

HAPPY HUMP DAY!

xo, emily

 

 

Random Thoughts

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a random thoughts post. My head is swirling so it seems like good timing to crank out another. Also, all my home projects this past weekend were uneventful (read: organization projects) and I can’t bring myself to write an entire post on that. So… random thoughts it is.

1.) This week is going to crawl by. I can feel it. I go dress shopping with my bridal party on Saturday and I am beyond excited. I even went to Dillard’s to try on dresses to feed my dress-shopping addiction before the big day. I’m insane.

2.) Speaking of Dillard’s, the sales are so good. I can’t leave without spending $50.

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3.) I was cleaning up the yard last night and 30 minutes of work resulted in 16 angry mosquito bites. I’m convinced I contracted West Nile. It was nice knowing you all.

4.) I’m so sick of the lime green rolled sofa I want to throw it out the window.

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My living room.

5.) I have several face painting gigs coming up and I’ve been brainstorming new, on-trend things to paint on kids’ faces – I’m going with Transformers, My Little Pony, Angry Birds and Fijit Friends. What else am I missing?

6.) They are releasing new editions of Furbys. I’ll have to dust mine off and get it back in action. That thing was beyond creepy (and annoying).

7.) I’ve climbed on board to the dry skin brushing trend. Twice a day I run a bristle brush on my dry skin. It hurt at first but now it feels fantastic. I think it’s working (it’s supposed to improve skin health, flush the lymphatic system and reduce cellulite).

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source: Pimple People

8.) I really need to give up Diet Coke. Like many others, it’s like crack. I’m a pain in the ass without D. Coke in my system.

9.) I cleaned up my massive jewelry box this weekend. I found three necklaces I totally forgot I owned. It felt like I went shopping.

10.) I have been stalking eBay for a par of UGG Channing riding boots in Chestnut. They will be mine someday! They are the only pair of riding boots I love but the price makes me want to scream.

11.) This NEST thermostat has also been on my dream list for awhile.

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12.) I’ve got to figure out a way to incorporate the “Would you rather” questions into the wedding. They are my favorite. I try to stump Aaron with them every night.

13.) I bought 13 garden gnomes this weekend, for $3 a piece. More on that later…

14.) A few weeks ago, I installed a tension rod under my kitchen sink to hold all my cleaning spray bottles. It has changed my life. I recommend it. This is not my kitchen (below) but you get the idea.

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15.) I always feel the urge to start an etsy shop but then the reality of all the hard work and time required smacks the idea out of my head.

16.) I do love fall but I mourn the near end of spray painting season.

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17.) After a year-long hiatus from IKEA, I think it’s time to go back. I miss it. I need to stock up on a few things and search for a desk solution for the second bedroom.

18.) Speaking of the second bedroom, it’s in a sad, sad state. I’ve mentioned my plans for it, but it’s time to get moving.

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19.) Aaron’s house is still not sold but we continue to show it, which I guess is a good sign. I may bury a saint upside down in the front yard to hurry things along.

20.) I want to be Honey Boo Boo for Halloween. I would need to find myself a Glitzy.

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source: TLC.com

How’s that for randomness!

xo, emily