Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gift Guide: Bundle Up!



DETAILSmaroon coat / black down coat w/ gold zip / plum cardi wrap / gray coat w/ gold buttons / vest / ivory quilted jacket / check scarf (under $25!) / buffalo plaid scarf (under $25!) / tech gloves (40% off $34!!!) /

If you live in California, you may just need something like this for winter. Seattle? Probably a rain coat like this. If you're on the East Coast like us, well then you're going to need a million layers + a really nice down jacket like this or this. Wherever you live, the holidays is a great time to get those nice classic pieces for your loved ones. This year I'm asking for a down jacket with fur trim. We'll see what husband comes up with! ;)

Here are some other fun accessories for the snow bunnies:




Scarves, mittens and socks all make perfect stocking stuffers. My stocking is always filled with at least one pair of socks and I'll never tire of it. Especially tall socks to be worn with knee boots!

Past Gift Guides:
For the Hostess
Monogram Gifts

Do you have any warm clothing on your list?!
xoxo

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Sales

I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and weekend with friends and family!! We enjoyed delicious food, got our Christmas tree, decorated for Christmas and went to church then out to brunch with some friends this weekend. Now it's time to get into Cyber Monday sales going on TODAY only. This is a great time to get your Christmas shopping checked off. We did a whole lot of that this weekend, too. We're nearly finished!


Anthropologie: 20% off full-price items & 30% off sale with code STACKS. Free shipping over $150!

Bauble Bar: 35% off 2 or more items with code SAVE35

Macy's: 20% off with code CYBER

Nordstrom: extra 20% off select styles. Don't forget about home decor, mens apparel and kids!

Plum Pretty Sugar: Spend $100 get 15% off, $200 get 20% off, $300 get 25% off with code CYBERMONDAY16DEAL

LOFT: 50% off everything with code CYBERMONDAY
I love this sweater!! In my virtual cart as we speak ;)

Kendra Scott: 20% off EVERYTHING with code SALE20

Pretty much all jewelry I own is now Kendra Scott. It's simple yet makes a statement and is no fuss. Easy to throw on, cute, and pretty affordable...made even more affordable with this awesome sale! My FAVORITE necklace (Rayne) that I wear weekly (at least!) is even on sale!! It comes in many different stone colors, but I love the gray that I have because it goes with everything. Check out all the ways I've worn it:




This necklace is another one I have and wear often! It also comes in an array of chain & gem colors.


World Market: Up to 30% off! Use code CYBERSAVE

Grace & Lace: 40% off + FREE shipping! Great place to shop for lace extenders (like I always wear under sweaters with leggings), boot socks, blanket scarves and more!


Minted: 20% off everything! Code CM2016

Beach Bum Towel Co.: 25% off with code CYBER25

My mom and I both have one of their adorable beach towels! Here's the mint:

Danielle Oakey: 15% off + FREE domestic shipping with code Thanks
Some of the cutest pillows I ever did see and a go-to for client shopping!

Old Navy, GAP, Banana Republic: 50% off EVERYTHING with code CYBMON

We got my husband these maroon chino's from Banana and the fit is awesome. They're a Christmas present, so he can't wear them until then! For only $30, it was a no-brainer :)

Athleta: 20% off with code RECHARGE

J.Crew Factory: 60% off! No code needed.

J.Crew: 40% off + FREE shipping! Use code Monday


Here are my favorites from each store I listed above. Hover over the images to find out what store it's from:





FINALLY, we just launched the first Bloom Workshop of 2017-- we're heading to Northern California and will be hosting at Holman Ranch, my wedding venue! We can't wait to have our two day Bloom Bash event at this gorgeous location, teaching all about social media, blogging, photography, design and more. Get all the details HERE. For a limited time we're offering you 15% off early bird tickets with code CYBERMONDAY! Register here.

Have a great Monday!
xoxo


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Friday, November 25, 2016

The Best Black Friday Sales

Alright, it's here. The most insane day of the year! Well, that is if you brave the malls. Instead, you might want to shop online as a lot of shops are even offering FREE shipping! Below are all the best Black Friday sales with promo codes and my favorite picks from most of the stores. 

You can find us getting our tree, decorating and online shopping today! Maybe with a quick trip to one of my favorite stores (anthro!) because I can't stay away and it's so close to our house!


stripe socks / brown knee high boot / pom pom hat / bow sweater / earrings / but first coffee / art print / buffalo check throw / candle /

Anthropologie: 30% off EVERYTHING with code LETSGO!
I've never known a sale like this at Anthro, so get on it! My vest and burnt orange lace shirt I'm wearing in this picture are now on sale!

Favorite dresses:



Favorite sweaters & tops:



Favorite jewelry & gifts:



I always love giving candles and something like lotion or soap to friends for gifts!


Ann Taylor: 50% off everything! 
Code: CELEBRATE



LOFT: 50% off everything.
Code: FRIYAY



Francescas: 30% off everything. No code needed!

AG Jeans: 30% off
CODE: BF16
These are the only jeans I own now! So comfy +


ASOS: 20% off
CODE: GOGOGO

Banana Republic: 50% off 5 regular-priced items
DATE: 11/24-11/26 (online) 11/24-11/28 (in store)

BaubleBar // 30% off purchases
CODE: THANKS30


Grace & Lace: up to 40% off. The lace extender I wear often is only $21 now ($14 off!)

J.Crew: 40% off with code HOLIDAY
Need help finding a gift for the guys in your life? Check out their gift guide!



J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything. No code needed!




Lulu & Georgia:
15% off orders of $250+ with code BLACKFRIYAY15
20% off $500+ with BLACKFRIYAY20
25% off $1000+ with BLACKFRIYAY25

Lots of adorable stocking stuffers and other home decor. I love this 2017 planner (it's on my xmas wishlist!)



Macy's: Shop all Doorbusters here. Free shipping over $50. All my faves here:



Minted: 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday
CODE: BF2016



Nordstrom: Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

Womens:




Mens:



Shopbop: Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off
CODE: 11/22-11/28

Show Me Your Mumu: 40% off dresses and rompers



TOPSHOP: Up to 50% off select items

Target: so many great deals!!
- Buy one toy get one 50% off.
- Kitchen deals (like $70 off Kitchen Aids + $20 giftcard!)
- Up to 30% off home items!

West Elm: 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1000+, 30% off $3000+
 FREE shipping with code MOREISMORE tonight only.




HAPPY SHOPPING!
xoxo
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!



Ashley Slater Photography / Amy Osaba Design florals

"Praise the Lord. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" 
- Psalm 106:1

May this always be our hearts! The truth is, our world is crazy and often we focus on the ugly, the scary, or the negative. But God calls us to give Him praise in ALL things. In the suffering, in the trials, in the weird and hard days AND in the joys of life. I am wrecked over this most days, because our nature is to complain or just passively walk through our days, without even acknowleding the great blessings. It's only by God's grace that we have breath, life, and every good thing. I want to remember to give thanks daily.


Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope you enjoy the day with family and friends, eating a whole lot of turkey and mashed potatoes :) Come back tomorrow for some Black Friday shopping favorites.

xoxo


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Our Wedding: Dinner Reception & Details


Happy Wednesday! It's almost Thanksgiving, which means put on your stretchy pants and get ready for some turkey :)

Today I'm sharing our dinner reception details of our wedding with you! In past weeks you've seen our first look, getting ready & bridal party portraits, and our ceremony & bride and groom pictures. I hope you're enjoying seeing our big day, and if you're planning a wedding, hopefully our pictures serve as some inspiration for you.

Our reception vision was dreamt up in my mind over a long period of time. Since Holman Ranch, our venue, has such a stunning stone courtyard, I wanted to keep things very garden-like. To make the space feel more intamate, I wanted to push the tables together to create the look of many long tables. We're all family now, right?! My vision was to have the flowers coming down the middle of the tables, almost creating a table runner effect. My florist, Michelle Lywood, made my vision come to life. I almost cried when I saw the courtyard-- it was STUNNING. Flowers were dripping down those tables. She used a mix of medium mercury glass centerpieces (2 per 8' table) and then filled in with mix-matched budvases and mercury glass votives.

Scroll through to see some of the pretty details from the day...

We don't have a picture, but I got custom bean bags with our monogram on them from a cute etsy shop, Lollipop Stitches.


Right before the gates to the courtyard where dinner was served, I had some beautiful rentals from Forage Vintage Rentals, local to Carmel. We got these beautiful antique white shutter doors, an eclectic dresser and decorated it with candle sticks, flowers and the menu for dinner. On the shutters we hung pink ribbon with the table seating clipped on.



I love blush pink as much as the next girl, but I really wanted to have something a little different. So I decided to go a little bolder with a navy blue napkin and mix in lavender flowers. The pictures make me swoon all over again. I'm so thankful we had such a great photographer (thanks, Danielle!) to capture all the details.



In order to fill the space on the table a bit, we used silver chargers (borrowed from my aunt who got them from Hobby Lobby! Steal!) underneath our dinner plate. Our favor was set out on the guests' plates, along with a clipping of rosemary from my grandma's garden. This was a special touch to me, because I've always had a sweet connection with my grandma. One of my favorite memories of wedding prep was tying all 120 ribbons around the jars with my mama. So many laughs!

My sweet friend and calligraphy, Jenny of Graceline, did these beautiful table number illustrations and lettering.

Our bridal party entrance was so fun. Here's our maid of honor and best man... they made me cry I was laughing so hard. Just wait until you see this in video form ;)

The new Mr. & Mrs.!


Our catering team was absolutely phenomenal!! I cannot say enough great things about Paradise Catering. If you're getting married in Carmel/Monterey, hire them. Enough said :) Friends and family are still talking about our wedding food. We did a live grill buffet, so everything was cooked to order and hot off the press!

All three speeches (from my dad, maid of honor and best man) were amazingly well done. Each was hilarious, thoughtful and sweet. In this moment, my dad is telling guests that when I was in 2nd grade, he took me on a daddy-daughter date at the mall. We hopped in an old school photobooth and took some cheesy pictures, then chose the kitty-cat border to go around it. I thought we printed a few, but turns out my dad printed about 10 sheets of these pictures, in sticker form.

I would find these stickers in the most random spots, all throughout my life. He always looked forward to back-to-school-night, because he'd put a few in journals, folders, or even on the top of my desk. Before leaving me in my dorm in college, he stuck one on my laptop for me to find once my parents left. It has been one of the most fun, embarrassing, and special things for me. (PS. I'm not even posting a picture of the picture, because it is too much to handle. My haircut was no beuno!)

Well, towards the end of my dad telling this story, he said "my favorite place I've ever put a sticker is on the bottom of your wine glass at your wedding." To which I teared up, and everyone let out a big "awwww" all together. SO SWEET! I'm so glad we have this on video, thanks to United Media Co.

My beautiful mama enjoying the speeches.






Photography: Danielle Poff Photography / Venue: Holman Ranch / Florals: Michelle Lywood / Calligraphy & Watercolor Illustration: Graceline /  Wood Sign Lettering: Tipsy Calligrapher  / Vintage Rentals: Forage Vintage Rentals / Hair & Make Up: Lindsay Dabalos  / Jam Favors: Kitchen Kettle Village 

I sure do wish those flowers stayed alove forever and ever! Thanks for making it through another wedding post :) You can click here to see all our wedding plans and past recaps of our wedding.

Enjoy the next few days off!
xoxo

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