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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top 10 ways to save on the big day...

...as told by my twitter followers. 

I asked my twitter followers to tell me their #1 way to save money on their big day. They had TONS of amazing answers and here are some of the best that I'm sure J and I can use one day next year. (A full proposal story and post is on its way, don't you worry.) 

#10. Host everything for the big day at one place, such as a plantation. Rehearsal, get ready, lunch and everything. Saves money on a hotel and everyone gets to be together. 

#9. When you go dress shopping, don't look at price tags look at the dress. This can go either way but in the end it CAN end up in your favor. If you choose a dress based on loving it rather than it being your favorite designer you can save thousands of dollars. 

#8. Make sure to choose flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding. This seems logical but once you see that Pinterest post with peonies in julep cups that you MUST have then realize they aren't in season for your big day. It will cost an arm and a leg to get them in...that's if you can even GET them. 

#7. Host the reception at a nice restaurant. Amazing food, great service and all the linens, crystal, china, tables and flatware are included. 

#6. Don't fall in love with the first venue you visit and sign on the dotted line. It's easy to get excited while touring possible places to celebrate the big day, make sure you see multiple places. You may find one you like better and end up saving thousands, just by being patient and smart.  

#5. Think about having your wedding on an off day. If you MUST have your wedding in the peek of wedding season, think about having it on a Friday evening or Sunday brunch. Seems odd, but they are becoming more and more popular. People are becoming more used to attending weddings on these other days and it can save you TONS of money. 

#4. Flowers are gorgeous, but candlelight and lanterns can be just as romantic. Think outside of the box when it comes to decorations and always think ahead when buying. Use sales a craft stores to stock up on items you know would be useful for your big day. 

#3. Cut your guest list. Trust me, this is going to be hard but worth it. I had a friend say to me last night they are following this rule "we like this person, but enough to pay for them to eat and drink?" Haha, I laughed but it's true. We are having family and close friends, VERY limited guest list. We are currently debating having children at the wedding mainly because of the venue and the fact that I work with children on a daily basis. But children can be a huge cost if your per person total is $85-$100 whether the person is 1 or 100 and that child doesn't eat a thing. Definitely something to think about. 

#2. Buy the beer and wine yourself! This is a GREAT idea. The only hold up is if you have a venue that doesn't allow you to bring in your own alcohol. If they do this not only saves you money but allows you to choose your favorite wine and beer selections! 

#1. Do the invitations yourself! Although I'm a sucker for a gorgeous professionally done invitation and I LOVE getting invitations in the mail. In the end...85% end up in the trash. If you are crafty and have an eye for perfection (and a willing mother) do them yourself! This can save hundreds if not thousands! 

Those are the top 10 for now, I will re-do the top 10 things after our wedding to let y'all know which ones actually worked out for us. Cannot wait to share our proposal pictures. 2014 will be a very exciting year. 

Cheers and Happy New Year! 
    -lb 


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fall Favorites

I cannot believe 3 months has past since I last posted. Here are some of my iPhone favorites from fall...












Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Target Does It Again...


I know "preppy" as heck, 
but I LOVE some of these recent edgy trends. 
Just so happens that I found them at Target! 
Great prices and sassy threads, I love it!







xoxo,
lb



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fall Favorites...

Let's be real Fall is my favorite time of the year. 
The smell. 
The cool air. 
The football and of course...
the fashion! 

Here are some of my favorites for fall...

Comfy Striped Sweater

Preppy Plaid Blazer

Easy Shirt Dress


Slim Boyfriend Cut Jean

Colored Ankle Pants


COACH Leather Candace Bag

Leopard Loafer

Colored Booties
Mint Trimmed Avaiators
(Target)

Mochachino by Essie

What are your favorite fall trends?

xoxo,
lb

Monday, July 29, 2013

Lexington Eats: Shakespeare & Co.

Let's face it, I LOVE food. I grew up around food with an Italian grandmother, a Southern grandmother and two parents in the food industry it was hard to stay away from. As a child I ate foods that most adults haven't tried, which has caused me to be a picky eater as an adult. I know what I like and I definitely know what I don't like. I also love trying new things! Lexington isn't on the map as one of the best cities for fine dining, but there are many hidden gems that most people don't know about or have heard bad reviews. I've decided to review some of the restaurants I have tried that are AWESOME and one I just visited yesterday.


Shakespeare and Co. Cafe-Restaurant
Address: 367 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507
Phone:(859) 367-0413


I went in last night after a library sesh and just wanted to relax, eat a good meal and enjoy some alone time. I was thinking brunch all day, although it was now 5pm, so I was thrilled to see they serve their ENTIRE menu all day long. Sweet! Breakfast was still available. I started with a mimosa, duh! Came in this cute glass with fresh blueberries. 

Next it was onto food, HUGE menu but I knew I wanted breakfast of some kind. Eggs or crepes? Omelet or scrambled? Hard choices. But the first page of the menu offered full breakfasts including a juice and coffee/tea. I went with a "healthy option" and had the choice to substitute gluten-free bread! Ummm ya, GF options! 



I'm a presentation person like WOAH, but it has to taste as good as it looks. This restaurant knocked it out of the park for both! Amazing flavor for the omelet, beautiful presentation and the gluten-free bread...ridiculous! The dill seasoning in the omelet was paired perfectly with the roasted red potatoes. The greek "natural" yogurt was obviously more savory than sweet so I mixed in the pure honey which was super yummy. 



So many cups and glasses! Haha. 



 Obviously brought my books with me. No time to waste (Exam 1 of 2 if tomorrow! Eeeek!)

I MUST show you the ambiance of the restaurant because it is adorable. The theme is obviously Shakespeare and the decor is precious. Below is the bathroom, look at those black and white tiles! Absolutely adorable! 


This is the outdoor seating in the back, where I sat today. It reminded me of when I was in Italy and dined out doors with a coffee in hand. Not to mention there was an Italian family next to me speaking the language, which was helpful. :) 

Inside of the dining room. All different sized tables, cute chairs and a collection of patrons who were confused by me taking a picture of them. Haha. I can't wait to bring J back here for dinner. 

Overall grade: A
Food: A
Service: A+
Ambiance: A+
Cost: A
   Breakdown: Drink $7
                        Meal (including coffee) $12
                        Total with tip: $24


xoxo,
lb


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A True Southern Wedding...

My best friend's older sister got married a few weeks ago and J and I had the pleasure of attending. If I was to picture a wedding as inspiration for my own one day...this would be it! Summer wedding in South Georgia with just under 200 guests. The ceremony was perfect with the bridesmaids in ruffled navy dressed carrying baby's breath. The bride wore a stunning a-line dress with a crumb catcher top and embellished middle section. The groomsmen wore seersucker suites with bow ties, of course! The overall feel was perfectly preppy and sweetly Southern.

J and I matched the Southern feel of the wedding. 
On Me: ShopDandy dress, Versona jewelry and Guess nude pumps
On him: IZOD Pants, Kohls Button down, Some designer coat and Ellis G Bowtie. 


The reception was amazing! Cotton stems, baby's breath, natural woods and bench swings. It was perfect! The food was amazing and the band was awesome. It was the perfect outdoor reception. We drank, ate and danced the night away. Complete with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for the farewell gift. I love that the decorations were completely beautiful and elegantly simple. Enjoy more photos of the beautiful reception...

Amazing chandelier! 

First dance for the beautiful couple!

Outdoor venue!

In love with the tables. 

Handsome J, sitting on the bench swing. They were all along the perimeter. 

Buffet, post eating. 

Adorable welcome section, complete with pictures!

Precious swing!

Bestie and I! :) 

Picture perfect.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Underwood! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day! 

xoxo,
lb

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What I wore...

As fall/winter/rain/spring comes to a close I have realized first hand how crazy Kentucky weather can be. Within the last week I've laid out, bundled up and got soaked. So weird! As we quickly approach what should be an amazing spring and summer, I have been quickly trying to add color to my wardrobe. It is getting better and better by the day. I wanted to share with y'all some of my outfits from the last 6 months or so. Some you may have seen and some may be new, i'll break each one down best I can. Don't be shocked to see Walmart or Target on there, love them both! 

Patriotic and Preppy
top: thrifted chambray
pants: walmart red skinnies
belt: jcrew gold

Churchill dressed
dress: Nordstrom
pearls: white house black market

work wear:
black on black on black 
top: gap
pants: gap
bow belt: target
watch: online purchase


the picture below was purchasing this beauty from Banana Republic
the picture above is how I styled it for a Republicans luncheon
lime green scarf: gift
navy longchamp: gift
elephant pendant: gift 


easter threads
pink dress: jcrew
zebra cardigan: gift
white sandals: target

Live Love and Honor Lilly P
scarf: gift
ruffled white top: Lilly Pulitzer
jeans: Saks Off 5th 
monogrammed crossbody: Ellis G. Designs gift
pearled bobby pins: dollar store

keeneland fun
dress: Lilly Pulitzer
sandals: target
longchamp: gift

nautical summer
red lips: wet and wild (I was shocked too)
striped top: jcrew
yellow summer scarf: world market 
handsome man: no longer available 
aviators: F21

simple things in life
bright blue pants: new york and company
strapless top: old
mustard sweater: gift
gold chain necklace: local boutique

farm wear
white top: ann taylor
mustard pants: gift
pink scarf: gift
rain boots: walmart 

florida fun
chambray top: thrifted
neon yellow shorts: old navy 
watch: online store
pearls: white house black market

city girl
blue pants: new york and company
sequen top: target
blue jeweled bracelet: target
black pumps: DSW

valentines day love
found this dress at...Marshalls! I was shocked too. 
Necklace: old from F21

the best fashion statement in the south...
BIG HAIR!
Getting better at it. 
Any hairspray suggestions?

Can't wait to style some fun new things for Spring and Summer!

xoxo,
lb