Halloween Home Tour 2016

As promised my Halloween tour is here! You guys I am obsessed with decorating for Halloween. Last year was the first time I did anything other than Fall decor so when the time came I of course went out and got some more objects and I can promise you, it’s only going to get bigger and better from here. Halloween has become my new Christmas!  

Let’s start with the outside and then in. I kept it very simple this year outside mainly because I went a little nuts on the Fall decor.
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And now the inside…

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I don’t think I’m going to want to take any of this down! On top of making the house ghoulish I’ve also started having some fun with myself! If you follow my accounts on Instagram then you’ve seen some of the fun work I’ve been up to like my face lift gone wrong..Halloween Home TourAnd then the cleaner version of a face lift…
Halloween Home TourSo fun right!? Anyone else enjoying the Halloween season as much as me?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

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Our Wedding 5.1.16

Hi everyone! I’m officially back to blogging after what has seemed like forever! Wedding planning can literally eat up every ounce of time you have! It almost makes me wonder about all the women out there that become obsessed with their wedding, what must happen to them once it’s over? Postpartum anyone? HA! In the beginning, I was not really into it at all. I was lucky enough to have a pretty good idea on all the vendors I was going to use. Not having to shop around too much helped and once all the bookings were done things started to get a bit more relaxed. We definitely started to get into the whole process and really did enjoy it especially when I decided to work on some DIY projects! We also didn’t have a bridal party (just MOH, Best Man and Flower Girl) which I think makes a huge difference when planning!  The month before the wedding of course things started to get a bit more intense and stressful but all events can do that to you!

Our day was amazing! I remember checking the forecast the week of the wedding and seeing that it was going to rain and not being so happy about it. I will say this one thing to any future bride…it doesn’t matter. The morning of our wedding I woke up and it was gloomy looking outside, it was about 55 degrees, and drizzling and I could care less. I also didn’t freak about much over the wedding because at the end of the day there is nothing you can do about things that are out of your control. All that mattered to me was that I was marrying the man of my dreams. This was our day and there was nothing that could take that away from me. 

After sharing photos of our engagement and my bridal shower it only seemed fitting to come on here and share our wedding photos! Our photographer was Photography by Alfonso. He is someone I’ve known for a long time which made our experience so amazing. He’s ridiculously talented and while he had brought an entire crew with him (5 guys), during our reception I never even noticed them in the room. It’s so important that you click with your photographer and feel comfortable with them. It will make the biggest difference when your day comes! Ok enough babble for today, here are some of my favorite shots! 

Getting ready pictures are always my favorite! This first one is a favorite because I remember texting with Frank and I love that they captured that moment! If you click on this first picture you can view them larger. 

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Here are a few from the reception! 1746_resize1758_resize1752_resize1764_resize1797_resize1128_resize1134_resize1834_resize1839_resize1842_resizeI love looking through all of these over and over again! Now I have to narrow our 1200 photos to 100 for our album! That should be fun.
Stay tuned as we are doing some fun house projects and will have a bunch of updates coming up!
Thanks for being so awesome!
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My Beautiful Bridal Shower

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post but it turns out planning a wedding takes a lot of work! I will admit the entire process has been quite daunting and a ton of work. Being the DIYer that I am I wanted to take on at least one task so I decided to make my own invitations. I’ve made tons of invitations before so I knew what to expect but being that these were our wedding invitations it quickly became a much bigger deal! I’m happy to say they turned out just as I wanted and the response cards are slowly rolling in! The wedding is less than 2 months away and the excitement is really starting to build now! 

This past weekend my amazing mother and MOH, my best friend, threw me the most beautiful shower a girl could ask for! I didn’t know anything about it other than the date and the location.  It was held at the same restaurant that Frank and I had brunch the morning he proposed to me, The Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, NY. My best friend took on the task of decorating the space and there was no way I couldn’t come on here and share it because she blew me away!! I seriously think she needs to start a party planning business! The theme she went with was blush and gold…I mean could she know me any better?? 

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This dessert table was everything!! My incredibly talented cousin (who is a baker) created this gorgeous and equally delicious cake for me! I was obsessed with it! DSC08305 2

Look at the detail work she put into this! Can you imagine? She placed each of those edible pearls on all by hand! Labor of love for sure!Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerThe setting was as amazing as the day was!

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Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerHere are a few pictures from when I first walked in. This picture clearly shows my reaction when I saw everything!Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal Shower

Me and the soon to be Mr. Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerAnd my beautiful best friend who created all this gorgeousness that you just witnessed! I don’t know what I would do without her! 
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For those who have been asking, the skirt I wore that day was made for me by Welcome to Royalty I was so in love with it! I literally felt like Cinderella in it! I went to Joann’s and purchased a gold sequin ribbon to create a belt to give it a little touch of sparkle and the lace top was one I already owned!  

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We are officially 50 days away from the wedding and I cannot wait!! 

Thanksgiving Ideas

Happy Monday all! It’s a short work week and I’m ready for the mini break! I wanted to stop in today to share some Thanksgiving crafts from years past if anyone is looking for some inspiration for their tablescapes! Enjoy and I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving! 

thanksgiving3 Try using burlap as runners for your table. In the photo below I grabbed some branches in the yard and spray painted them gold.

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Add a few gold polka dots on small white pumpkins..instant decor! thanksgiving1Add some candle holders and artificial flowers to a wine box.
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Happy Thanksgiving!!

White Peach Sangria

Thank you all so much for the comments, emails and texts on our engagement! We have yet to make any official wedding plans as we are still enjoying the engagement for as long as we can! I’m currently working on a few projects around the house that I wanted to complete before the end of summer and now that we are nearing the end of July I know the time will fly! I must say though, it has been a fantastic summer so far! A few weeks ago on the 4th of July we went up to our friends house by the lake and enjoyed a great day of food, friends and fireworks.  Something else I did that day was have the most amazing sangria! When we talked about throwing a BBQ at the house last week I knew I had to recreate it so we reached out and got the recipe and I thought I would share it with you guys.  I mean you really can’t go wrong with a chilled glass of white wine and fruit! I should warn you though, this drink is dangerous.  It goes down real smooth and is beyond delicious! I made mine the day before so the fruit would have time to really release its juices into the liquor. Here’s what you’ll need:

4 bottles of Moscato wine
4 cans (48 ounces) of lemon-lime soda
1 cup Brandy
1 cup Peach Schnapps
2 fresh peaches (pitted and sliced)
2 mangos (peeled, seeded, and sliced)
1/2 pineapple (cut into chunks)
1 container of strawberries
1 container of raspberries

To make life easier you could always buy the pre-cut mangos and pineapples to save you some time.

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In a one gallon beverage dispenser add all your fruit and then pour in your liquor. 

White Peach SangriaGive it a little mix, store it in the fridge, and when your ready, enjoy! It’s great for BBQ’s, any outdoor party or even a fun ladies night! 
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The Proposal

So today I am going to get a little personal on the blog. About 3 weeks ago something amazing happened, I got engaged! I won’t be sharing anything crafty or yummy in this post I just thought for all the people who want to know how it happened and even for myself I want to have a place where I can come back and read about the proposal. I also love the idea that I can refer people here when they ask, “How’d he do it?”  Not that I don’t love telling the story over and over!

To begin, let’s back track on our love story. You might want to grab a drink, this is going to be a long post!

I met Frank about 10 years ago when I worked at Starbucks. He came in as a customer. He worked at the bank 2 stores down so he was a frequent shopper.  I remember the first time I saw him my best friend Angelica was all, “Hey, check that guy out.” My first reaction to him was, “What’s with the pork chop side burns?” We quickly became very friendly, I would go over to the bank whenever I had a break and hang out with all the people that worked there. I remember immediately feeling a connection with him. It wasn’t anything I could really describe I just felt incredibly comfortable around him and could talk to him about anything. He was pretty much to me the perfect guy. One problem though, he was in a relationship. And not a “Oh we’ve been dating for a little while,” but a long term, “We’re buying a house together,” kinda relationship. I mean really? Just my luck right? I would be the one to find the right guy at the most wrong time! I remember wanting to ask him countless times if he was sure he was making the right decision but it was not my place.  We had talked about the movie Serendipity once, a movie about 2 people who meet and are in relationships and 10 years later find each other once again (how ironic!) and in a Serendipitous move, on my last day at Starbucks, as a gesture I handed him a cashmere glove. (If you’ve never seen the movie you can watch the scene here) I told him that I would have the other glove if things were to ever change. I remember like it was yesterday feeling completely defeated that day. Like how can this guy who is so right be so wrong.  It wasn’t fair. But I also had this sense that somehow in some form he would remain in my life because there was just something about him that I was drawn to.  The best way to describe it was that to me he felt like family. 

We would exchange emails every now and then after I left but then life went on although he was always in the back of my mind. 

Fast forward 10 years. I ran into him in Target and just like those friends where you can pick up right where you left off that’s what it was like. We started yapping away and he told me that things with his then girlfriend weren’t really working out.  I left knowing that I was not going to let this man get away from me! Some time had passed and then I reached out to him. Sure enough, his relationship was ending. We began spending a lot of time together and then made it official and it was right. I felt like I was finally home. 

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As a couple who want to share their lives together you talk about one day getting married. We certainly had that conversation. We even discussed engagement rings and certain styles that were appealing. To say that being proposed to was a complete shock is a lie. I knew it would happen I just didn’t know when. Back in March we had looked at some pictures of rings and he began to ask me a lot of questions about bands and cuts.  I was under the impression that a ring was being purchased. He had told me that he wanted to design the ring himself, he wanted it to be one of a kind. Months passed. Nothing.
I had totally convinced myself that it would happen before the end of the school year but that time had come and gone. For awhile I was ok with it. It’ll happen when it happens. Then on Thursday June 25th I reached my breaking point. I called Ang (Angelica) and was all…you have to call him! You have to find out whats going on, why is this taking so long? What is he waiting for!? I was an emotional wreck. I don’t know why I just felt like something needed to happen already and the last thing I would ever do was say something to him in case there was some plan. I didn’t want to wreck it.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
I was suppose to go to Saratoga that weekend but I ended up staying behind because we had a graduation party to go to on Sunday.  Since I was no longer going to Saratoga I realized that I could attend a birthday party for my friends daughter. So I sent Frank a text…

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What?! Brunch. We’ve never done brunch. I was skeptical. He then called me and proceeded to tell me that he made reservations for 10:30am on Sunday because one of the guys he works with said they have a great brunch menu. A million questions ran through my head. Brunch? He made reservations? He’s never just made reservations without talking to me first. It’s happening!! Then he said, “I can cancel the reservations if you want to go to the party?” Hmph…who would just offer to cancel reservations especially if they had let’s say a proposal planned? My excitement dwindled down. Then, to make matters worse, he came home and said, “So I’m totally rethinking this whole brunch thing. Apparently it’s a really nice place and you have to get dressed up and I don’t want to have to get dressed up to go to brunch.” At this point, I knew he didn’t have anything planned. Here’s the text I had sent to Ang after telling her about the whole brunch story.

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Friday June 26, 2015
It was a pretty relaxing day. We did a few things around the house, ran some errands and had plans to go to the mall since I had a few things I needed to return. The trip to the mall seemed to slowly slip by since we were being super lazy and before we knew it it was dinner time and we were starving. We went back and fourth on where to go to eat but decided to stay local and went to Peppinos in town. During dinner he had reminded me that the next day would be one year since our first date (We had been together for months before we actually had an official first date.) I mean c’mon, it’s just screaming to be the perfect weekend to get engaged! After dinner he wanted to go for a walk through town.  I’m not going to lie, I got some butterflies at this point. We started walking and he said let’s go sit on those benches.  We sat down aaaannnd nothing. We just sat there. I grabbed my phone and text Ang. (Please excuse the explicit content, I was clearly not having it lol)

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So while I’m going back and fourth with Ang he’s sitting next to me posting this photo:

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Ang comments on the photo and little do I know but he then decides at this moment to send her a text.

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Looking back at it I don’t ever remember him being on the phone yet he carried on this whole conversation.  We finally walked to the car and drove to the next town. He decided he wanted to get a cup of coffee and since I was driving, told me to stop at Starbucks…you know the Starbucks were I worked years ago. Yup, the same Starbucks where we first met. I text Ang…
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When we got in the car he apparently sent this text to her:

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At this point we ended up at a bowling alley and having a fun night.  I gave up on the whole ring thing. I was pretty miserable and decided to just let it go and enjoy myself. We ended up having a really great time and then called it a night.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
I had a busy day on Saturday.  I was doing hair and makeup from 10am to about 4pm so I was gone all day.  Frank on the other hand was a busy bee.  He was running around town picking up trays of food which he kept in the fridge in our garage, which we just got so no shot of me looking in there. He also went to Party City and picked up balloons and did a dry run of his planned proposal.  When I got home he informed me that he made reservations at the restaurant where we had our first date for 7:30. Perfect, enough time to take a nap.  I remember hearing him come home and he looked in the living room where I was laying and he was on the phone with his mom.  I kept my eyes close to see if he would drop any hint, thinking I’m sleeping but it was a normal conversation.  I was so exhausted, I got up, got dressed,  and off to dinner we went.  I didn’t have any type of engagement idea on my mind.  To me it was just dinner, some drinks
and a few episodes of Ray Donovan at home and I was content with that.

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Sunday June 28, 2015
Our brunch reservation was for 10:30 so we got up pretty early to get ready.  It was drizzling outside a little when we left but nothing too bad. As we made our way to the restaurant we were driving through the town of Bedford. We drove past my favorite tree as well. I said hello to the tree like I always do because I’m a weirdo. I have a slight love for this tree. It’s called the Bedford Oak and it’s over 500 years old. It’s massive and so incredibly beautiful and I always talk about how much I love it and that when I get married I want to take pictures under that tree. Anyway, we got to the restaurant, sat,  and had some mimosas and ate a delicious meal. I didn’t think anything of the day.  For a second I let the idea pass my mind that maybe it would happen but he was as cool as a cucumber and I thought if it were happening he would seem so nervous but that wasn’t the case at all! I knew that at some point I was going to my friend’s daughters party and then later that day we had a graduation party.  Since we were so close to my friends house I figured we would just go straight there after brunch.  Frank had different plans, “We need to go home first, I have to change. I also really have to go to the bathroom.” Great.
What I didn’t know at this point was he had the ring on him. He had all intentions of leaving it in the car but when we pulled up it was valet and there was no way he would have left it so he put it in his pocket of his pretty slender fitting sear suckers and sat the whole time with it, in the box. Poor guy. I had no clue.

When we got up to leave he walked behind me and managed to keep a good distance. The restaurant is surrounded by a beautiful garden but the valet pulled up with our car. All hopes I had of an engagement in the garden went out the window. We were just heading home. I was on my phone posting a picture of our mimosas and sharing about what a fat weekend we had. Regardless that what I thought would happen didn’t, it was a great weekend and we ate really well.

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As we were driving by the Bedford golf course he said, “Wouldn’t it be cool to take a picture in front of the 18th hole?” I commented saying that first we’d have to jump the fence and sneak onto the property and then we”d have to find the 18th hole. A conversation of where the 18th hole could be found then began. Then he said, “We should take a picture in front of the oak tree.” UMMM YES PLEASE!! I was so excited when he said that. I have always wanted to take a picture in front of that tree! Do you think for a second I thought anything was up? Nope.  I love to take pictures and he knows this.  It’s not unusual for him to see something and say hey let’s take a picture with that. We once stopped when we saw a John Doe tractor in a huge field unattended to take a picture on it so this was not at all unexpected to me. I was so excited to take a picture in front of this glorious thing that I didn’t stop for even a second to think that something could be up. Just to give you an idea and so you don’t think I’m crazy here is what the tree looks like.  I mean c’mon, it’s stunning! (Not my photo)

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He pulled the car over and we got out. Now the trunk of this tree is like 30 feet wide so I suggested we go around the back of it so people from the street couldn’t see us.  He agreed. When we turned the corner of the tree I looked down and there, on the ground, was a box, about 5×7, leaning against the tree with my name on it and “Please Open Me.”

I will forever remember the feeling that rushed through me when I saw that box.  We weren’t there to take a picture. That box had my name on it. It was for me and he had put it there. I didn’t know what was in it or what exactly was going to happen but the feeling I had brought streams of tears to my eyes. He told me to open it so I grabbed it and proceeded to unwrap the brown paper with pink hearts. He took the paper and I held onto a white box with a lid, I lifted the lid and undid the tissue paper inside. What I found inside brought a flood of emotions. There, inside the box, there it was, the black cashmere glove I had given to him 10 years ago.  He told me how he had held onto the glove all these years because he always knew that he would give it back to me one day. He got down on his knee and asked me to marry him, to spend the rest of my life with him. I was in such shock of it all, tears falling. I still hadn’t answered him. Poor guy on his knee just waiting for me to say it, “YES! Of course I will marry you!” It was beyond perfect.

He told me he had another surprise. He turned towards the road and I figured someone was coming but I had no idea who it could be. And then my little brother pulled up in his car. I totally lost it. He asked him to be there. It was perfect. We took photos by the tree and then headed home. When we got back there were balloons hanging from the mailbox (the ones he picked up on Saturday and clearly hid from me) and as he pulled down the driveway I saw cars and started crying all over again. Both our families were inside awaiting our arrival. We found our moms at the door weeping with joy. There was so much love and happiness in that house at that moment. After toasting the occasion we brought out the food that Frank had hidden so well. Since we were so full from brunch, while everyone else ate, we sat and told the story of how it all happened. 

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect proposal.

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DIY Wedding Crafts

It’s June and wedding season is in full swing! This is always a busy time of year for me since I do bridal hair and makeup.  I love being a part of so many beautiful women’s special day. There is so much work that goes into planning a wedding and while it can be a great time it can also be extremely stressful! I myself have always said that I don’t want to have a wedding but that doesn’t mean I’m not full of ideas when it comes to them! 

One of my closest friends is getting married this July and my other friend and I had this idea to make her a Family Established Sign as a gift.  While putting this post together I thought I would do a round up of all things wedding!

First things first, the established sign! I am obsessed with how this turned out!
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Here’s the low down on how to make your own.  My friend Emily got some wood from Home Depot (pine) and used brackets with sheet metal screws to hold the 3 pieces together. Each piece of wood was cut 5 1/2″ tall and about 19″ wide and then when placed together the whole piece measured 16 1/2″ x 19″ 

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The next day at work I used my projector in my classroom to project the image that I wanted on the board (thank goodness for recess!) I created the image on Print Shop. If you don’t have a projector you can use this technique here. I simply followed the edges and traced it with a pencil.
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Here is a round up of other wedding related posts I’ve done before! Click the title under the photo to read the post! 
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Wine Themed Bridal Shower
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