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:
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:
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:
Photo via Amazon
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:
Photo via Every Last Detail
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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