Friday, October 24, 2014

must haves in the mail

I just love getting mail. And since I work 6a - 6p & the mail room at my apartment complex is only open from 8a - 5p, when I DO finally find time to pick up my mail, it is literally like Christmas morning. A new delivery I have added to my snail mail game? The POPSUGAR Must Have box

This subscription box service is so fun because you don't really know what you are going to get, but you do know that it will always be GOOD!
This month they dished up fun socks from Happy Socks, a new eye pencil from Butter London (love the subtle gray shade!), new acrylic frame from Isaac Jacobs International, super cute chalkboard candle from Mine Design, Dean & DeLuca pumpkin spice malt balls*, halloween nail decals by Nailed Kit, & yummy soap from K. Hall Designs.

*not pictured because we ate them immediately upon opening the box (#badblogger)… & they were delish!
My friend Kate (& blog photog) recently came over & commented that my tchotchke game was on point… I couldn't help but giggle because I DO love a good doo-dad & since we moved they are all living in one centralized place on these wire Target shelves. The plan was to disperse them all throughout the house, but now I am kind of in love with the tchotchke display en masse. And now how great does the chalkboard candle and acrylic frame look added to the mix? I think they will fit right in!
Cozy night of pampering coming right up!
These socks are crazy good, & I can't wait to hear what my students think about my new nail action!
Do you like getting mail?
You are going to love the Must Have Box & right now they are offering you $10 off a 3 month subscription with code OCT10SELECT (take advantage until it expires on 11/2) 
*makes a great anytime or holiday gift too!

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

rack it up

{ What I Wore to work: J.Crew white button down // dress ℅ Of Mercer // scarf (shop all scarves) & clutch (shop all clutches) ℅ Nordstrom Rack // Vince Camuto booties, shop all booties (purchased with a gift card provided by Nordstrom Rack) }

All Photos | Kate Davis Photo
Nashville FINALLY has a Nordstrom Rack & I couldn't be more excited!

I loved attending the store pre-opening party & scooped up these simply chic booties without thinking twice. How effortlessly they pair with everything from dresses to jeans to leggings with oversized sweaters only confirms the fact that sometimes an impulse buy is a GOOD call.
The 5 installment of my teacher capsule wardrobe. Still loving button downs under dresses, but this time around, enjoying mixing it up even more with a easy to wear infinity scarf. Not sure how much longer I can get away going without tights, so trying to warm up with layers that don't include cut-me-in-half tights!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Photography

Thank you for being as excited as I was about our Style Me Pretty feature! Now, back to the Wedding Wednesday programming. Today we are talking all things wedding photography. If you have any wedding photography related questions let me know in the comments!

When looking for a photographer I didn't really have much background information to go on. So I do what most adults do… I took to the internets! A quick Google search for "Nashville Wedding Photographers" brought up local photogs with prices that ranged from $1,500 to $10,000 to "investment". I knew that our wedding budget couldn't handle those who were asking for an "investment", & if I had told Tyler that a photographer could charge $10,000 he would have cried. So I called/emailed the mid-range vendors ($2,000 - $5,000) to get the scoop.
I email interviewed a few & quickly crossed most off the list of potentials - too many exceptions, too much money, already booked on our date, etc.

We ended up sitting down in person with 2 photographers, & just felt a click with Jessica of Jessica Ranae Photography. Her prices were right, she offered all the amenities we were looking for with out any extras we didn't want to pay for, & she was just a joyful human that we knew we would enjoy working with throughout the whole process.

Jessica ended up doing our engagement photos (2 different shoots, over 2 different days in 2 locations, one with both pugs!), & was with us the ENTIRE day of our wedding (9a - 11p). Before the wedding she sent us a lovely package with a personalized hanger (as seen in our photos) & the 5 Love Languages book. After the wedding she sent us a gorgeous package with special prints, thumb drives with all the prints & a copy of our full rights for photos (to take to photo printing places if needed, which has already come in handy). During it all, Jessica was easy to get ahold of, extremely up front/straight forward. 

As I didn't have a wedding planner (just a day of coordinator), Jessica was also indispensable in figuring out much of our wedding schedule leading up to the big day (so much stress eliminated thanks to her calm & reassuring presence!) She was flat out amazing!
Looking for your own wedding photographer? 
Things to consider:
- Cost (Remember to think about the base price + photo prices + day of tips + any extras)
- What your package includes (engagement photos? number of locations? hour limit?)
- What you actually want. Don't want bridal portraits, don't pay for a package that includes them. Looking for 2 shooters, make sure your photographer offers it!

Look for:
- Full rights over pictures (so you can print them how you want, when you want)
- Unlimited time on the day of (some photographers I looked at had a 4 hour limit, can you imagine hitting your time limit & your photographer missing your epic exit? Or having to decide to dish out major bucks just for them to capture your get-away-car moment? No thank you!)
- Someone you enjoy working with. You are going to spend MANY hours together, as magical as you imagine the big day, taking photos gets tiring, you need a positive person who you truly like.)

Jessica is no longer a Nashville photographer, but you lucky brides-to-be in The Twin Cities of Saint Paul, MN & surrounding areas be sure to look her up!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our Wedding on Style Me Pretty!

The best day of my life was our wedding, not even exaggerating an ounce. And I pinching myself that our big day is now featured on Style Me Pretty. I am so happy that all of the tiny details, amazing vendors, & love that was poured upon us by our family is being highlighted by my favorite wedding blog. Unreal! 

A big HUGE thank you to our amazing photographer that perfectly captured our day & for her hard work on getting our celebration picked up by Style Me Pretty.
Also, I had to take a hiatus from posting wedding details while this feature was being prepared, but watch out for our wedding coverage to return on Wednesdays, starting tomorrow! 

If you are currently planning your own wedding, let me know if you have any questions. We did most of our planning/design ourselves and I am always happy to share resources!

Monday, October 20, 2014

share the {bling} love

I don't know if I'm supposed to admit this, but I'm obsessed with my engagement ring & wedding band. Tyler picked it out himself, & it is just perfect. I know that a material object will never properly encapsulate the love that we share, but goshdarnit, whenever this sparkly rock catches my eye my heart goes pitter patter & I think of my cute husband!

Do you have a piece of jewelry that does that for you too? Share your love with the Shane Co. photo contest & be entered to win a $1,000 Shane Co. gift card!

Contest runs 10/13 - 10/27. Find out more information on the Shane Co. Facebook page.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shane Co.. The opinions and text are all mine. I truly love my Shane Co. jewelry and only accept sponsored posts from brands that I actually use and enjoy.