I’m a natural go-getter. When I decide I want to do something or I have an idea for a crazy dream I want to make happen, I start taking steps to make it into a reality. But that never ever means it’s smooth sailing. When the going gets tough, I start to doubt myself in a really big way. I wonder why I started in the first place; I start thinking that whatever I’m trying to accomplish won’t ever happen; I’ll even be filled with thoughts that I’m not good enough or talented enough. Side note: I loathe that word enough. To anyone who thinks I’m perfect, think again. I’m fairly confident…until I’m not. But I try to hide it to the very best of my ability.

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When I’m feeling confident and when I’m fighting being enough, the importance of my tribe comes into play. In my head, I call them my girl gang. :) These ladies (…and my dad) are all business owners or best friends or family. Their affirmations that I should, in fact, keep going even when I’m in the trenches of frustration are usually what get me back on track to believing in myself. They’re all kind, savvy, talented in their own ways, and have the great ability to make me laugh. Oh, and they listen to all of my crazy. That last part might be the most important.

But there’s more. Because there’s always more.

The wedding industry is highly competitive. I’m sure that’s true of just about any industry. If you’re not feeling as though you’re competing against someone else, you likely feel as though you’re competing against yourself to be better, more fulfilled, enough. Aside from all of the aforementioned qualities of my greatest industry friends (and actual friends), there’s one more that should be absolutely noted: competition is tossed aside.

It’s freeing to know I have a group of people I can contact at a moment’s notice who will answer all of my questions without hesitation because they want me to understand the “how” and “why” behind the task at hand. They all want me to succeed, and I feel the exact same way about them. Tossing aside the feeling that you can’t help someone else for fear that they might actually be better than you is freeing because you realize you have company as you’re walking your road whatever road that may be. Company is more important. But you have to push yourself to ask questions and offer to answer them.

So how do you find a tribe?

  • Be the one who listens and offers advice…freely and without hesitation. Look for those opportunities because the person on the other end will be forever grateful to know there’s someone who wants to help. In the past week, I’ve been the one asking questions of others and the one being asked. Both sides are just as important.
  • Search for industry groups on Facebook and find likeminded people on Instagram. Even though you may be chatting online and not face-to-face, you’ll quickly realize they’re there and you’re all experiencing the same problems and achievements.
  • Attend an industry conference and network around the room. It’s always awkward to talk to people you don’t know, but it’s so worth it when you find common ground and realize you’re very much alike.
  • Surround yourself with the right people from your existing group. There are friends who are fun and then there are the ones who really get you. Have the ones who really get you on speed dial. And contact them often.
  • Contact people you admire. If you admire someone’s career, send them an email telling them exactly that. They’ll likely be flattered, and one conversation after another may lead to an awesome friendship (and a mentor).

Once you do find people you can contact at a moment’s notice, appreciate them always. Truly giving people are rare – hold onto the ones who believe in you. And always believe in them, too.

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This year, I’m trying to anchor myself much more to being content. But this week, I forgot about that goal. HA! It’s just about the middle of the January. Logic might tell you that I just might be in trouble if I’ve forgotten about my word(s) already. ;)

I haven’t been content with where I live for a long time. I love my family and friends who live in the area. I really do love my hometown. But, I started saying I wanted to move away when I was a sophomore in college. I had dreams of living in a town I’ve always loved and being surrounded by a different group of people. I liked the idea of a new community and a new challenge. But I’ve had opportunities to make that dream happen, and I’ve turned them down. The opportunity hasn’t been what I wanted it to be; I haven’t felt ready; my financial goals were different than what I would be able to accomplish by moving; and if I’m being really honest with you (and myself!), it’s truly never felt quite right. I’ve learned dreaming and doing are different.

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I’ve slowly but surely become hyper aware that I’m chasing two dreams….in two separate places. It’s hard enough to accomplish one goal, but it’s even harder when you’re not entirely focused on accomplishing it in one place. One conversation lead to a handful of others this week, and then I sat down and completed part 1 of Lara Casey’s goal setting series. There are few things that will make you feel better than writing down all of the good things that happened to you in a year. My list has over 50 grateful things on it because I wanted to keep going when I realized I was starting to feel better. Seriously, bad day? Write down what you’re grateful for or as many good things you can think of. #gamechanger

In doing this, I realized a lot of the things I’m grateful for from 2014 center around people, places, and opportunities that only exist because of where I live. I realized that I don’t need to move away in order to make things happen. In fact, it might even be far better to stay where I am. That, right there, made me feel as though a weight had been lifted. Is moving something I’ll never do? I have no idea. Honestly, I don’t think that far ahead! But I couldn’t quite place the feeling I had until I realized I was feeling content and happy and hopeful. One of my words, and half of its definition, for 2015. So, for now, I’m content with my path and even more so with where I live. I’ll take it because it’s progress.

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Through listening to The Lively Show and seeing posts pop up on Instagram, I’ve heard (and seen!) a lot of people talking about choosing one word to define their year. At first I thought it was strange. Then I decided I thought it was strange because it’s truly difficult to choose one word to anchor a year. And then I decided it was something I really wanted to do. Plus, two words came to mind almost instantly. So, I’m going with it.

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I want to anchor 2015 to purposeful and content. Yes, I have two words. Go big or go home? The truth is I couldn’t decide, and they both have separate meanings to me.

I could feel the difference between 2013 and 2014 last year. But I couldn’t pinpoint the actual reason why I felt the year was different. My conclusion: 2013 was more purposeful. Don’t get me wrong, last year was filled with tremendous professional growth and the opportunity to see a number of new places. But I felt like I wasn’t choosing my own direction. I felt as though I was delaying making independent decisions in an effort to see how other people’s choices would impact my own. The result: that’s not a very good idea.

This year, I’m reverting back to how I acted in 2013. I had major goals that year that were not entirely centered on professional growth. That’s exactly why I loved that year. I flew by myself again, I ran a half marathon, I attended an awesome conference, and more. I made those choices because I didn’t want to be so focused on my career and where I was or was not headed. I want to remember my motto that I “work to live” not the other way around.

So, purposeful and content:

Purposeful – having or showing determination or resolve; having a useful purpose; intentional

Content – in a state of peaceful happiness

I love that intentional is part of the definition of purposeful. I definitely want to be intentional with my choices and my time. Much more so than I have been in recent history (I’m looking at you, social media). And content – that has possibly the best definition ever. Being content with my life and it’s direction is very difficult for me. I want to know if things are going to work because I’m working hard to make them happen. And I get frustrated when I don’t feel or see the growth that I think should be occurring as a result. I’ve already been reminding myself of both words for just over a week, and so far so good.

I’ll share more on how they relate to my goals for the year once I finalize what those look like. I will share one though that I know will stay in place for sure: stay off of social media in the evenings unless there is a defined purpose in visiting Facebook or Instagram (i.e.: I’m posting something relevant to an event, asking a pertinent question, or responding to someone.)

Are any of you taking part in the One Word Challenge? I would love to hear what word(s) ;) are defining your year and why. Let me know in the comments!

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I haven’t blogged for a while, and just logging in for the first time in a few weeks made me happy. I miss this site because writing is cathartic and creative to me, so a quick post about 2015. :)

This past year has been the biggest one for me professionally. I made a ton of contacts, I worked a number of weddings, I was able to design floral arrangements for weddings with a local florist (a serious highlight!), and I realized why I truly enjoy marketing and events. I said “yes” countless times, and I’m forever grateful for all of the opportunities 2014 brought my way. In fact, many of those opportunities are continuing into the New Year. I’m forever grateful. Really and truly.

But if you read this post from last year, you’ll remember that I love New Year’s Eve. It’s hopeful and fun and in my case usually really relaxed. My favorite years are when I’m able to ring in the New Year by watching fireworks over my favorite beach. What I don’t love about the New Year is my fear of turning the page…to a completely blank one. January 1 overwhelms me because I have an intense desire to set goals and have new dreams in place for the year. I feel as though I need to start striving and doing instead of just letting myself be. In reality, there’s nothing special about January 1.

So, I’m going to let myself be. However, the other overwhelming thought I’ve had as I approach 2015 is I don’t want to lose sight of what’s important to me at my core.

There was once a time when I had to be busy all of the time because I couldn’t risk having the ability to think. Now, I crave space and free time. I value it because space and free time allow me to rest, recharge, and come back stronger. But space and time don’t happen if I’m not intentional about them.

Lara Casey’s new book just launched yesterday, and I cannot wait to read it. But my biggest takeaway before I’ve even purchased my copy or read the first page is I need to revert back to living my life on purpose.

Writing and reading and running and traveling and walking on the beach and spending time with friends and family (all of the things that mean the most to me at my core) do not happen by chance. But at times in 2014, I feel as though they did happened “by chance”. That’s what I want to change in 2015. I want to live on purpose again.

I want to say no to saying yes to all of the things. I want to be intentional with my time, so I can say yes to more space and time doing those things that allow me to feel like the best version of myself. I want to carve those things into my schedule first and work around them (not the other way around). I want 2015 to feel just as fulfilling professionally, but I want it to feel equally as fulfilling personally. I don’t want to simply check things off of a list. I want to make sure that list has direction.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten in terms of goals for 2015. To all of you who read my blog, comment, and cheer me on, I love. Always. Creating space and living on purpose will allow me to write more. Because this my blog is something I love. It’s also something that’s going to be getting a small makeover very soon (that picture at the top is your sneak peek ;).

Happy 2015. I hope you ring in the New Year doing something wonderful. As my best friend told me, your new year starts when you want it to. If that’s on January 1, go get ‘em. If not, sit tight. I’m right there with you…on purpose.

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Happy Monday! I have so many things I want to blog about (my thoughts about not shopping in November, a gift guide, the list honestly goes on), but I decided the very best thing to post today is an update. Read on for a few thoughts and a few links. :)

1. The Styled Bride:

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Photo via The Styled Bride

In lieu of a gift guide from me this week, this post from The Styled Bride is so awesome if you’re searching for a holiday gift for a bride-to-be…or if you’re searching for a few things to add to your wish list. Also, I’m always curious about how creative professionals spend their days, so I loved this post about bridal designer Callie Tein. She’s the designer for Modern Trousseau, and meeting her was a highlight of Bridal Market for me.

2. Linea Mae:

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Photo via Linea Mae

I’ve learned so much about the act of following one path only for it to lead you in a slightly different (far better!) direction. This year has been the first year where I’ve combined my love for social media and my love for writing to help creative businesses as a marketing consultant. There’s so much more to share about this (i.e.: I’m revamping my website…slowly); however, one of the highlights of my year happened on Friday.

Liz from Linea Mae launched her new website, and I was able to work with her as a copywriter to create all of her copy on each of her site’s pages. Working with Liz was a joy, and I’m so honored to have my writing featured in a way that tells her story and why she has a huge heart for wedding invitations and branding. Telling other people’s stories is my favorite. Liz’s new site is beautiful, so make sure to check it out!

3. The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg:

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I bought three things for myself on Black Friday, and this book is by far the best purchase. I’ve always thought Diane von Furstenberg was really interesting (she built a fashion empire…girl power!), but I’ve never known very much about her. I really like reading biographies about creative people, so I picked up her new book. I was also very swayed by the fact that it’s signed – coffee table book forever! I wasn’t sure what I would think, but it’s quickly become one of the best books I’ve ever read. Do yourself a favor, and read it.

4. Every Last Detail:

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This year, I’ve also written a few posts for Every Last Detail. I love that Lauren’s message isn’t just to provide inspiration. Instead, she wants to provide brides with a resource to use while they plan their weddings. And, ELD is a serious resource. I’ve written a few blogs for Lauren this year, and I’m really proud of my post about planning a bridal shower (my styled shoot is featured) as well as last week’s post about planning an engagement party. We’re officially in engagement season, so a how-to guide for planning an engagement party is so fitting right now!

5. A dose of reality:

I’m going to Disney World on Wednesday. Exciting! But, keep reading. Basically, I’ve wanted to go to Disney World at Christmas for almost my entire life. I’m not joking…at all. What this dream come true moment means is while I’m so excited to have the opportunity to visit with my parents (the two people I’ve always wanted to go with), I’m really struggling with perfection.

From what to wear (dumb…because I’m the only one who cares) to how I spend my time, this is one of those trips where I feel like I won’t get a do-over. I have just a few days to see all of the things I’ve always wanted to see and do all of the things I’ve always wanted to do. It’s 26 years of ALL OF THE THINGS! It’s just a little bit of pressure. So, I keep reminding myself to calm down (ha!) and experience this trip as it happens (aka: let go…fitting). I’m so excited and so grateful, but sometimes perfection threatens to become blinding.

My blog may be a little quiet this week, but please follow along on Instagram! I hope you have a wonderful week. xo

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In September, I happened to walk into a bridal boutique in Charleston where I met Taylor. My mom and I were welcomed with open arms because we loved a gown in the window, encouraged to walk through the store even though I’m not engaged, and then Taylor promptly asked that I stay in touch with her. Taylor and I have exchanged emails ever since, and I’m thrilled to introduce Hayden Olivia Shop to you!

Hayden Olivia Shop is the online boutique for Hayden Olivia Bridal. The brick and mortar boutique is based in Charlotte, and I always think of them as the bridal shop where Bachelorette Emily Maynard purchased her gown (side note: Emily’s wedding was beautiful!). They carry a host of gorgeous designer gowns at a range of prices, and they saw a void in the market for brides (and bridesmaids!) who would prefer to shop online while still receiving wonderful customer service for luxury items. YES! So, they launched Hayden Olivia Shop, where Taylor is the Director of Operations, earlier this fall!

All of the products they carry are handmade in the US (high-fives all around!) and are handpicked by the Hayden Olivia team. I love that the pieces mix girly and preppy together with a dash of glam and vintage. The shop has a curated selection of dresses, veils, jewelry, bags (!), gifts, and more. Their branding is so on point, and I decided I just had to choose a few of my favorites:

Hayden-Olivia-Shop-Bride-FavoritesClockwise from right: Brinley Gown, Eleanor Statement Post, Wooden ‘The Newlyweds’ Stamp, Gold Beaded Hair Bow, Bailey in Navy Dress 

Obviously, I love any and everything with a bow on it, so the Brinley gown and Gold Beaded Hair Bow caught my eye right away. The Hair Bow would be so sweet to wear for your reception if you’re planning to wear a veil during your ceremony. The Bailey Dress is by Camilyn Beth, and it would be so perfect for your bridesmaids! PS: The back is sequined, which makes it a great option if you’re considering metallic dresses. Let’s not forget the Eleanor Statement Posts, which you can totally wear to another glam event (or on a Sunday just because :), and the stamp is perfect to gift to The Newlyweds.

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Both of these bags are my all time favorite pieces from Hayden Olivia Shop! The Mrs. Bag is perfect to carry to meetings with vendors, tote to get ready on your wedding day, and use for all of your essentials for your honeymoon carryon. The bridesmaid bag is a great gift idea! Your ‘maids will be carrying just as much on your wedding day, and they’ll love having a chic spot to stash it all.

Make sure to take a peek at all of Hayden Olivia Shop’s pieces, especially right now as they’re running a sale all week! Each of the items I included are on sale for up to 50% off (hello, Mrs. & Ms. bags!). You can also follow along with Hayden Olivia Shop on Instagram and Facebook!

This post is not sponsored by Hayden Olivia Shop. All opinions are my own. I simply adore the brand.

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I had a completely different post in mind for today. But then I read Kat’s post yesterday, and I realized I had to echo so many of her thoughts from my perspective. The biggest thing I want you to take away is this: create change; build and be part of a community.

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One of the most striking things I learned in college and continue to experience is there are far more people who aren’t interested in creating change for the better and being part of a community. Instead, they strongly believe in doing the exact same thing that those before them have done whether it’s right or wrong. I believe in continuing trends when what is happening works in a great way, but if there’s something better – a way that’s more helpful – you should do that instead. Even if it’s just you following that new path, change course and see who follows. Those who matter will believe in the same thing too and may have already changed their course. Go find them. They’re out there.

Kat mentions in her post that she contacted planners in her area to introduce herself as someone new to the field. Some responded, some said rude things, and some said she had to “pay her dues” just like everyone else. From my first internship in college until now, I’ve experience so many of the same experiences as Kat. My biggest takeaway, just like Kat, is this: I don’t believe in simply paying your dues. And the greatest people I’ve met in this industry don’t either.

There are a host of things I’ve experienced that have been terrible. They’re things I never want anyone else to experience even though they may represent time at the bottom of the totem pole. Did I learn things through those experiences? Yes, I learned exactly what I don’t want, which is definitely valuable. But instead of saying that someone else needs to experience the same “bottom of the totem pole” things as me, I say something instead. I want to stop the cycle because, while some people don’t believe there’s another way, I do. Always. Do you need experience? YES. But should that come at the expense of doing something that won’t provide as much potential to learn, grow, and see yourself as someone who has both value and worth? NO. You may feel that another opportunity won’t present itself, but it will. When one door closes, another one opens. But only if you’re hustling to make that other door open.

The greatest way to find another open door is to find a community. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it 5,000 times more, but attending Making Things Happen was the greatest introduction into the importance of community. Since then, I’ve met even more creative people who I love calling my friends. I’m part of a group of amazing ladies (and a few gents!) who are all trying to better their businesses and their lives by sharing what they’re doing and experiencing. Sharing is so much better than staying silent and working away with your head down.

The biggest thing I want to fade away, and that I see fading away in some areas, is the idea of competition. Like Kat mentioned in her post, be genuine and be you. Do YOUR thing in YOUR way. Don’t copy what someone else is already doing because they’re already doing it. At the same time, don’t be afraid to share what you’re doing out of fear that someone else may copy you. Share when you love a vendor, share when you find something that works really well, share when something goes terribly wrong. Basically, learn to love talking and emailing about what works and what doesn’t. When you see someone is frustrated because something isn’t working and you’ve experienced that it doesn’t work either, SAY SOMETHING. There’s something to be said about the importance of trial and error and learning from your mistakes, but there’s also something to be said for skipping a potential error and starting your next trial much earlier.

Kat mentions it, and I believe in the same thing wholeheartedly: we’re all playing for the same team. We all want to succeed whether we’re working in the wedding industry or another (equally awesome) industry. But success is much sweeter when you help someone else along the way, and when you have a community of people cheering you on. Don’t follow the same path that everyone else is following. Change your course, find your community, and bring new people on your journey with you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! :)

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Growing up, I tried just about every sport. The only one that stuck with me is tennis. I’ve played since I was six, and I think I love it more now than I ever did before. I realize the benefits of the workout I’m getting when I play, and I also always have fun on the court. Having fun is definitely the most important part!

Aside from tennis, there aren’t too many workouts that have made it past the first few weeks. I tried yoga and Pilates, but realized that I didn’t like or look forward to either. I had a gym membership, which I technically still have but it’s frozen because I would rather run and walk outside. And I run. That one I really do like and have continued to do. Winner! :)

My best friend raved about Barre, but I was so nervous to try it. So I avoided it. Because avoidance allows you to workout and build strength. Just kidding. I was nervous to go to my first class because I’m really not very coordinated. The word “barre” brought me back to my ballet days, and I was so nervous we would dance across the floor. But I was completely wrong. There’s no dancing. Bless the hearts of the inventors of Barre.

I went to one class, and just like my best friend said, I was hooked. Here’s why Barre is different:

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1. I make the class convenient: If it’s hard for me to attend, I don’t always want to take the steps to go. So I schedule my class on Mondays because it’s one of two days during the week when I’m in the area where my studio is located. I look forward to the class while I’m teaching tennis, and I don’t want to face the regret of not attending when I literally drive past on my way home.

2. The studio is beautiful: As someone who loves interior design (and design in general!), one of the best ways to make me want to visit is to design an inspiring space. I would move into this studio, or at least take a chandelier with me, if the option ever presented itself.

3. The exercises are simple: When I used to go to Pilates, I always found myself getting confused and frustrated at some point. We spent so much time on our backs that I ended up annoyed and in pain wondering if I was doing the stretches correctly in the first place. Barre is totally different. Part of the class is spent in the center of the floor, part is spent at the barre, part is spent on a mat, and we stretch at the end. I’m never confused (yay!), plus the classes are small and the instructor offer tips if she sees you’re doing something completely wrong. I know I’m working out the entire time.

4. Strength > burning calories: Barre is the bomb for this reason. The classes aren’t about how many reps you can do, how many calories you’re burning, or when you will transform your body. The entire class is centered around building strength at your speed. There’s always a mention of honoring yourself, noting that you’re enough, and encouraging you to keep going. My instructor also openly mentions that her legs or arms are done too toward the end of the class. Misery likes company! I leave knowing that I’ve done enough, but I want to go back each week to work better (not harder).

5. I’m forced to forget and focus: Somewhere between doing pushups at the barre and focusing on balancing on a mat at the end of the class, I’ve forgotten about everything else that happened that day or that will happen that week. I’m too focused on making sure I’m doing each stretch correctly, remembering to breathe, and keeping my posture in check. I can’t think about anything else than the present, and I don’t want to.

I’ve been going to Barre classes for the past month, and I can already tell it’s a workout that will stay with me. Oh, and I offset the cost by only going once per week. I’m hoping as Barre becomes more and more popular, the cost to go will lessen to the point that I can go more each week without ruining my finances. Until then, Mondays are my favorite.

Do you go to Barre? Why do you love it? Sound off in the comments!

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Happy Friday! It’s always a little difficult to kickstart a new week right after such a fun weekend. I celebrated my birthday (and my parents’ anniversary!) with an entire day in NYC, and I finally was able to meet a work friend who I talk to constantly on the phone and through email. I love meeting people in person! This week was filled with copywriting consultations (so excited!), marketing, and playing tennis for the first time in months.

I’m a little too excited about this week’s collection of links. I’m sharing a few snaps from last weekend, an episode of The Lively Show I loved, a video I can’t stop watching, and more! Take a peek…

Staten Island Ferry // New York City:

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A few snaps from my trip to NYC last weekend. My parents and I had originally planned to bike in Central Park, but it was far too cold for that. The next best thing: the Staten Island Ferry. A roundtrip on the ferry takes about an hour, you’ll see some of the city’s best landmarks (One World Trade, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Libery), and it’s free. It’s one of the best hidden gems, but be careful if you plan to take the ferry on a weekday because it’s very popular for commuters. Obviously, heart sunglasses from TomKat Studio are a birthday must. ;)

67 Collection Judit Booties // Anthropologie:

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I am staying very true to my vow to not shop for the month of November except for these booties. I’ve been searching for a pair, and I spotted these at Antropologie on my birthday. Ground rule #1: shopping on my birthday was allowed if I loved the item. LOVE these! I love the detailing on the sides of the boots, there’s a gold zipper in the back, and the heel height is perfect (read: essentially nonexistent). A quick tip: Browse Anthropologie online and then visit your local store. Their shipping is so high ($13+), but if you order in the store you don’t have to pay it. Game on, shipping. Game on. 

The Art of Relaxation & Creativity with Jen Gotch // The Lively Show:

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I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again: The Lively Show is my favorite thing about Thursdays. I haven’t listened to this week’s episode, but I was so excited to hear Jen Gotch was the guest last week. She talked all about her career path; creativity; selling her business, ban.do; as well as how and why she values relaxation. Ban.do’s branding is so on point – I always know it’s something they created when I see a post on Instagram – so it was awesome to listen to Jen’s story.

Lily Dress Fuchsia // Camilyn Beth:

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I have several events to attend next year, and I’m already thinking about what to wear. I would much rather invest in a piece I can turn to again and again than purchase something that’s less expensive. Quality over quantity is something I’m valuing much, much more as I think about my goal to continue to shop less. I’m coveting Camilyn Beth’s dresses. I love that they’re feminine, preppy, and in this case…PINK. Aside from the Lily dress, I also love the Madeline dress because it has bow details on the back. All of the dresses, please!

the waiting game // Kate Spade:

This video is everything. I’ve watched it five times since yesterday. Let’s get real. Anna Kendrick is perfect, and the clothes are beautiful. Plus, Christmas. Need I say more?

I’ll be setting up my final wedding of the season tomorrow, and as much as I adore weddings and events, I’m so grateful to have a bit of a break. I hope you have a wonderful Saturday and Sunday!

PS: Monday, we’re talking about Barre thanks to my best friend! Stay tuned.

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Fact: I have three email addresses. One address is strictly for personal use. A few friends and family use it, and it’s the address I always use for shopping. My second address is still personal, but it’s one I look to for all of my business emails. My third address is reserved for my blog. It sounds crazy to have to keep track of three different addresses, but I love my setup. I’m able to keep each area completely separate, plus I’m able to easily search and find emails that I need to reread down the line. It’s one of my favorite ways to stay organized!

Just like I have different emails for different purposes, one of the simplest (and most powerful!) tips I can offer when planning your wedding is to create a dedicated email address.  It can be a variation of your personal email or one that ties both of your names together with a nod to the fact that you’re getting married (i.e.: JenandJoeGetMarried{at}gmail.com). Here are my three tips for managing your wedding email address:

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1. Create your email early: Just before you contact your first vendor, create your email address. All of your communication will be in one place from the very beginning, so you won’t have to search at all down the line. Feeling uncertain about where an email is filed is one of the worst feelings ever.

2. Use your wedding email for all communication: Whether you’re attending a bridal show, chatting back and forth with one of your vendors, or answering questions from guests, plan to always use your wedding email. Like I mentioned above, you will keep everything in one place, which is particularly important once you start receiving initial and finalized contracts. You can also easily add your address to your wedding website as a way for guests to contact you. Lastly, because your communication is in one place, you will be able to disconnect from planning when you need to.

3. Keep your personal email personal: Having a separate email will help to keep you organized, plus it’s an easy way to create a joint account you and your fiancé can both easily access. However, the core reason to create a wedding address is to keep your personal email personal. Because you will want to receive everything in writing, you will receive more emails than you may realize when you start. Knowing you have too many emails waiting for you to read is the quickest way to avoid it altogether, and it’s also such an overwhelming feeling if you’re simply looking for a work reminder or a note from your best friend. So, don’t give out your personal address…ever (unless you have a surprise planned you don’t want your fiancé to see)!

PS: Don’t create an email address and forget to check it! That would be the opposite of the organized goal. :)

Have you created a wedding email? Do you have any simple tips for staying organized while planning? Leave a comment below!

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