Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bridal Dresses

I am pretty sure I am not alone when I say this, but Royal watching is my guilty pleasure. Queen Elizabeth is the definition of and the original #GirlBoss. Princess Charlotte is basically the Queens mini-me; is it wrong that I want to be best friends with a 92 year old and a 3 year old… Kate Middleton and Prince William’s story is what Disney movies are mad of. Prince Harry {aka the wild child} was only to be tamed by an American. Then there is Princess Diana, who is bound to go down in history, along side Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy as a timeless fashion icon.
I am obviously quit enamored with the Royal Family. With a Queen who is as accomplished as theirs, the air of real life enchantment that seems to follow them around, and the slightly scandalous events that take place every now and then, who can resist logging onto a computer to find out the latest gossip about the ever so illusive royals?

With Princess Eugenie’s wedding this past weekend I couldn’t help but work a little Royal wedding bliss into my post schedule this week, along whit a look back at some of the more memorable haute couture wedding dresses.

I know Grace Kelly is not a member of the English Royals, but she will forever be not only my favorite royal, but actress as well. Grace Kelly’s wedding dress is unarguably one of the most stunning and classic wedding dresses that have ever been made. I completely love the fact that Kate Middleton drew inspiration for her own dress from Grace Kelly’s and modernized the design. She really did look like a burnet Cinderella on her wedding day.

Since Meghan and Prince Harry just had their wedding I feel a little obligated to include her dress in this post. I know some of you will be offended by this statement, but I was honestly underwhelmed by Meghan’s dress. The lines and the style hung beautifully on her, but the dress was a bit too plain for me. I know that her dress couldn’t top Kate’s, but it could have at least been on par with Pippa’s.

Princess Eugenie and her sister had their questionable fashion moments back in the day, but their style has evolved and her wedding dress was absoutly stunning. I kind of love the fact that she went against tradition and forewent the veil. After all, the back of her dress was too beautiful to cover up, and her tiara choice more than made up for the absence of a veil.

Of course, I had to save the most loved royal for last, Queen Elizabeth. You really have to hand it to the Queen, she still going strong at 92 – horse back ridding everyday, making time for her family, dinner parties, and ruling a country; she is a pretty incredible woman. Her and Prince Phillip made such a dashing couple for their day and the train and dress she wore was a show stopper.

Who’s Been Your Favorite Royal To Get Married?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Recipes

I always make a promise to myself that once the weather cools down I will start cooking more/learn how to cook some new thing {I'm a big fan of take out...}. As of right now my cooking skills are limited to scrambled eggs, nachos, grilled cheese, pasta, and a few basic chicken recipes; we all have to start somewhere, right? I have always felt like the fall and winter seasons are the prime cooking seasons; it's cold outside, there are not as many social gatherings that take place, and truthfully, all I really want to do when it's cold outside is curl up by the fire, with a movie on, and a hot plate of comfort food in hand. 

Lately, the majority of my Pintrest feed has been fall themed recipes and there are some on there that look simply fantastic and extremely tempting. The pumpkin flavored ones especially have caught my eye; such a predictable comment, I know, but when fall is here, is there ever such a thing as too much pumpkin anything? I like to think not. 

I thought it would be fun to round up a few of the Pinterest recipes that I am planning on trying to share with you all!
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon//Mac and Cheese is just one of those foods that you never outgrow. Taking a bite of warm mac and cheese is like being wrapped in the ultimate metaphoric blanket of good memories and the sense that everything is going to be alright. However, every now and then it is nice to elevate mac and cheese to the next level to match a more adult pallet. This pumpkin mac and cheese is bound to knock it out of the park and I can’t wait to try it!

Homemade Pumpkin Butter// Every year I buy up an embarrassing amount of pumpkin butter from Williamson-Sonoma. You can literally put it on anything and it just adds to the taste. This is going to giveaway my limited cooking abilities, but I had no clue that there was a way to make pumpkin butter at home and it looks super easy!

Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup// Soup has always screamed cold nights to me, especially chicken soup; it really is good for the soul, especially when tortellini is added in to the mix.

Pumpkin French Toast with Whipped Pumpkin Butter// Sometimes fall and winter weekends just don’t feel complete without a heap of carbs pilled up high on a plate complete with a ridiculous amount of syrup. These waffles look like haven and just the thought of whipped pumpkin butter makes my mouth water.

Pumpkin Alfredo// I figured it was only appropriate to end with pasta since we started with pasta. Plenty of carbs is obviously a necessity for those cold days. But I think you burn more calories in the winter trying to keep warm, so a little extra carbs can most definitely be rationalized! 

Monday, October 15, 2018

What You Need To Know Before Becoming Maid of Honor

I love how in the past few years brides have started proposing to their friends to be their bridesmaid and maid of honor. In full disclosure I have never been a maid of honor before. My sister is getting married this spring, so…maid of honor in the works over here. I actually think I am getting off easy for my first time, it is always easier to be in a family members wedding, because you know their personality very well and most, if not all the guest at the wedding. However, there are those who are their friend’s maid of honor the very first time being one. For someone reason, even though it should probably be the other way around it always feel like more pressure when a friend is involved versus a family member. Suzanne’s time could not have been any more perfect. Today Suzanne Elly has outlined a few thing all women need to know before becoming a Maid of Honor!
You best friend’s boyfriend just popped the question and they’re engaged. Well, then it’s not going to be long before she pops the question to you and asks you to be her maid of honour. You both may have been dreaming of the day of each other’s wedding and being maid of honours for each other. Well, your day is here. You’re going to be the point of contact for the bride, you’ll be walking down the aisle before her, holding her bouquet and shedding tears of sheer happiness when she says, ‘i do.’

But that’s not all that being a maid of honour means. There’s a lot more than just holding the bouquet and the ring, which you’ll be expected to do. So before you say yes to your best friend, know what you’re up against and what all you’ll have to do.

Here’s a broad outline of the role you’ll be playing as the maid of honour to your bride friend.

1.Leader of Team Bride
You will be responsible for getting all the bridesmaids introduced to each other so that you all can get together for the wedding preparations. The bridesmaids may not know each other, so have some icebreaker activities and introductions so that all of them are familiar with each other.

2. Hen Night
Not just any hen night, you’ll be responsible for throwing the most epic hen night of the decade because it’s your bride friend’s last night as a bachelorette before she gets herself a hubby. So you’ll have to get all the bridesmaids and other friends of the bride to brainstorm on some amazing hen party ideas. You will have to make arrangements for all hen activities and accommodation, in case you’re planning to travel for your hen night. You will also have to plan your budget for the hen do. If you want, you can split the hen do expenditure with the rest of the hen gang, so that it’s not a burden on you alone.

3. Dress Fittings
You will have to accompany your bride friend to all the dress and wardrobe fittings she will need to go for. You will also have to give your honest feedback, because she will expect this. Apart from the wedding dress, you will also have to help pick out the bridesmaid dresses and give your opinion on them.

4. Emotional Support
Being her best friend, it will be up to you to be there and lend a ear to the bride whenever she wants to share something or wants to be heard. Wedding is a very emotional time for the bride and her family. The bride will be overwhelmed with so many emotions and will need someone to be there for her to hear her out from time to time. This is where you step in and ensure that you lend an ear to your friend and also share some words of love and support.

5. Rehearsal Dinner
The day before the wedding will be the rehearsal dinner, which is another very important pre-wedding event. Make sure you are there helping the bride with all the arrangements and final touches.

6. Hostess
You will also play the role of hostess on the day of the wedding. You will be the point of contact between the bride and the wedding guests. So you will have to welcome the guests inside the venue and guide them to their seats for the wedding ceremony.

7. Wedding Ceremony Duties
During the wedding ceremony you will be walking down the aisle before the bride does. You will also hold the bride’s bouquet during the ongoing ceremony. You will also be responsible to hand over the wedding ring when required during the ceremony.
Apart from the traditional wedding ceremony duties, you may also be called upon to sign the marriage license as a witness to the communion.

In all the hustle bustle and preparations of the wedding, don’t forget to have fun and cherish the last few moments of your friend being single before she becomes a wife. Dance away, relish the food, enjoy the dress you helped pick out and if you’re lucky, catch the bouquet before it flies away!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

My Favorite Halloween Movies

When it comes to anything involving fall, I am pretty much the most ‘basic white girl’ out there, or at the very least in the top ten. When the first official day of fall hits I have a Starbucks drink in hand, will eat anything that is pumpkin flavored, and I am always slightly disappointed if it is not could enough to wear a sweater the first day of fall, because, well…it is also the official start of sweater weather season.

Along with all things Fall I enjoy the occasional scary movie.  Make fun of me all you want, but when it comes to scary movies, I usually gravitate towards ones where there is 0.01% chance of it actually happening in real life and movies that usually have a happy ending. Sorry, not sorry, but Halloween and Texas Chain Saw Masssacre are just not for me. Plus, I scare easily; this past weekend I watched Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, {a classic Olsen twin movie from the 90s} and not gonna lie, there were parts of that movie that scared me.

Even though I am not a big thrill seeker when it comes to being scared from the comfort of my own home, I still enjoy a good Halloween movie. With Fall floating around and Halloween just around the corner I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite scary movies.
Hocus Pocus// I absolutely love the fact that this has become the iconic movie of the Halloween. I mean, if you don’t watch Hocus Pocus is it actually fall?

On Halloween night Allison, Max Dennison, and his sister, Dani, breaks into an old historical house that is rumored to have house three sisters that just happened to be witches. Max not believing the story of the story of the three witches lights the black flame candle, and accidently brings the three evil witches back to life. With the help of a cat, Max, Dani, and Alison have to prevent them from becoming immortal.

Rear Window// Warned you I was not a big scary movie person, but who can resist a classic mystery/murder movie, especially when it’s done by Hitchcock.

A photographer with a broken leg spends his time recuperating by spying on his neighbors, who are actually more interesting than he originally thought. One night he sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides to solve the crime himself after speaking with the police. With the help of his girlfriend and nurse, he attempts to catch the murderer without anyone else being killed.

The Conjuring// This movie is about as scary as I will do. The only reasons I’m able to watch is 1) I pretend it’s not based on a real story 2) the special effects are not that convincing 3) it has a good ending and everyone lives.

A family of 7 unknowingly moves into a house haunted by spirits {side note: I’m scaring myself just writing about this movie…}. The family eventually comes to the realization that their houses is indeed haunted, and calls in paranormal experts.

Jaws// I know, I know, shark attacks actually do happen in weird life, but sharks are animals and not sinister people so I can deal with this one.  By the way, the first Jaws is the best, in my humble opinion.

The small, almost storybook type town, located is Amity Island, New England, becomes a finding ground for the shark, formally know as Jaws. When the first attack takes place police chief, Martin Brody, wants to close the beaches, but the Mayor won’t allow such a thing, which turns out to be a mistake, setting a whirlwind of drama and tragedy in to motion.

What Are Some of Your Favorite Movies?