Thursday, November 26, 2015

Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and food.. and you're ready to do some shopping! I'll be sharing gift guides throughout the season (check out my cozy chic picks here), but this is really one of the best weekends to score some major discounts and deals. I'll be updating this through the weekend so be sure to stop by to see my top picks!
By doing your holiday shopping through my sale links you're helping to support LPF and I can't thank you enough!

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Note that by clicking through and shopping through my sale links, you'll be help supporting LPF! Happy Shopping everyone. This list has been updated to reflect Cyber Monday Deals!

Amazon: 30% off select clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry (with code CYBERMON) & extra 30% off a book (with code HOLIDAY30) through 11/28

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything & free shipping (w/ code EVERYTHING)

Anthropologie: 25% off sale items & free shipping (w/ code XTRAGOOD)

ASOS: 20% off everything (w/ code CYBER)

BHLDN: Extra 20% off sale (w/ code BIGDAY)

GAP: 40% off everything & free shipping w/ all orders over $50 (w/ code BESTCYBER)

J.Crew: 40% off lots & 30% off everything else & extra 40-50% off sale

Kate Spade: 30% off everything (w/ code SHINE)

Kohl's: Extra 20% off w/ code DEALSEEKER

LOFT:  50% off everything & free shipping (w/ code CYBER50)

Macy's: Extra 25% off & free shipping at $25 (w/ code CYBER)

Minted: Up to 20% off Holiday cards & 25% off everything else (w/code CM2015)

Madewell:  25% off entire order (w/ code SHOPATWORK)

Mark and Graham: 20% off entire order, free shipping, free monogramming  (w/ code FRIENDS)

Nordstrom: Huge markdowns on select items 25-55% off

Old Navy: 40% off everything (w/ code BESTCYBER)

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off all orders

Shopbop: 15% off orders of $250+ (w/ code GOBIG15)

Swell Surf Clothing: 30% off sitewide & extra 50% off sale (w/ code CYBER30)

Talbots: 50% off one reg priced item / 40% off purchase & free shipping

Target: 30% off clothing & extra 15% off order (w/ code CYBER15)

Victoria's Secret: BOGO 50% off Bras & free shipping w/ $50 spend

World Market: 20% off & free shipping (INTERWEBZ)

West Elm: 10% off orders of $100 or more & free shipping (w/ code SURPRISE)


Shop Small & Support these Independent Boutiques:

Hibiskiss Clothing: Sitewide Deal

Moon and Lola: 20% off when you spend $75 (w/ code OSTYLE20)

Moorea Seal: Up to 70% off sitewide

Shop Ruche: 30% off full price/ 50% off sale

T&J Designs: Extra 40% off sale (w/ code HAPPY40) & 70+ items at $10

Woodbury Lane: 10% off your order (w/ code LOVE)

Here are  a few of my top picks for Black Friday & Cyber Monday:

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Did you score any great deals? If there's someone you're struggling to find the perfect gift for send me a tweet & I'll do my best to help you find something perfect!

xoxo, lauren

Gift Guide for: Cozy Winter Vibes

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family! I have so much to be grateful for-supportive family, friends, and fiancé and of course- you, my awesome readers, many who have followed my blogging journey since the start!
Later today I'll be sharing the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals which I'll be updating throughout the weekend. I thought this Christmas gift guide for cozy winter vibes was the perfect inspiration for post-Thanksgiving relaxing! As a bonus everything is under $50, so these gift ideas won't break the bank!

Christmas Gift Ideas for: Cozy Winter Vibes
Christmas Gift Ideas for: Cozy Winter Vibes
(including Black Friday Weekend Deals!)

1. J.Crew Factory Metallic Gold Slide Slippers (on sale for $17!) // 2. BLOKE Coffee Scrub // 3. Cable Knit Wine Sleeve (free shipping!) // 4. Buffalo Plaid Sleep Mask (only $6 w/ free shipping!) // 5. Kiehl's Mint Lip Balm  // 6. Bella Bergamot Candle  (on sale for 50% off!) // 7. Make a Wish Matchbox // 8. Pink Diamond Jacquard Throw (on sale for $19!) // 9. Color Me Calm Adult Coloring Book (free shipping w/ Amazon Prime)// 10. Ban.Do Floral Coffee Mug (free shipping!) // 11. Turquoise Fairisle Socks (30% off!) // 12. Shimmer Pink Knit Beanie (50% off!!)

Don't all of these gifts just make you want to curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket and a bag of Angie's White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn (omg.. if you haven't tried this yet y'all)? They're perfect for anyone on your list that likes a little bit of relaxation and pampering during the holidays!

Check back later this evening for a list of Black Friday & Cyber Monday shopping deals! But first.. Thanksgiving!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Travel Guide: Milwaukee | Restaurants, Bars & Coffee Shops

When it comes to traveling there's a few things I like to do most: shop the local boutiques, explore the local sights, and fill my face in true foodie fashion. I typically rely on food review sites like Zomato or the recommendations of others via Instagram or blog posts, but on my recent trip I had the Visit Milwaukee team to take me to their favorite spots.  

I recently shared my guide to shopping in Milwaukee and I'm back now with a guide to foodie faves- the best restaurants, bars & coffee shops in the area. Seriously guys, the food alone makes it worth planning a trip to Milwaukee!

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Coffee Shops:
If you're looking for a great cup of coffee, you're in luck. There are a couple of popular local chains in Milwaukee, each with their own ambience and specialty coffee. My favorites are Colectivo Coffee- you've probably seen their colorful coffee cups in about a billion of my Instagram posts, plus they make a mean latte. Additionally, Stone Creek Coffee, is another Milwaukee staple- they specialize in pour over styles and natural latte flavorings (think vanilla & honey)- their space in the Third Ward is shared with an independent radio station- so cool!

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The pastries in the Milwaukee area are out of this world. Wauwatosa doughnut shop, Cranky Al's, is a must when I visit my relatives. Yes, they are as good as they look, and no, I won't split the maple bacon doughnut with you (I kid, I kid!). Head across the street to Rocket Baby Bakery for artfully-made pastries and macarons.

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Breakfast & Brunch:
Can you guys tell breakfast foods are my favorite? I could seriously eat them any time of day! We stopped at Blue's Egg and the first thing you notice was the line out the door- on a weekday (always a good sign to me)! Their menu was a foodie's dream full of unique takes on breakfast staples. I tried a nutella latte, hashbrowns with cheddar,  monkey bread,  and blueberry pancakes with lemon cream anglaise.

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Café Benelux has a prime location in the Third Ward and is a great option for any time of day. We stopped in for brunch and it did not disappoint. The southern girl in me can't help but order fried chicken and waffles if I see it on a menu- and this was the best I've ever had. I mean seriously, is your mouth not salivating from this picture?

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After a long morning of holiday shopping at Mayfair, there's no better choice than splitting an old school thin pizza at Pizza Man. We did exactly that and had the Hawaiian pizza and the Italian inspired Atomica- oh and don't forget the garlic cheesy bread, I'm still craving that stuff! Their new location in Wauwatosa is beautiful with reclaimed wood walls & wine bottle chandeliers.

The Milwaukee Public Market is a great lunch option if you're downtown. This Historic Third Ward marketplace has everything you could dream of for lunch- from salads to Mexican to Asian inspired cuisine or Fresh Seafood. I had a salad and fresh pressed juice which was the perfect light lunch!

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Before we went to see Wicked at the Marcus Theater we had dinner at Rumpus Room, right across the street. It would be the perfect place for a dinner date or special night out with the girls. We noshed on a charcuterie board and indulged in some hand mixed cocktails and local beers. Then, had an amazing regionally sourced meal. The Bartolotta restaurant family is home to a lot of delicious & renowned restaurants in the Milwaukee area, so be sure to check them all out!

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Another can't miss restaurant for dinner is La Reve, a French restaurant in the village of Wauwatosa. Eating dinner there seriously feels like stepping into a Parisian bistro between the candlelit mood lighting, French music playing, and beautiful (and mouth-watering) Patisserie case. I enjoyed the most amazing Coq au Riesling, a sausage stuffed chicken breast over pappardelle pasta in a wine sauce with a French 75 champagne cocktail. You can't leave without taking home something from their bakery- these pastries are true works of art!

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Bars & Breweries:
One of the coolest places we went to during our foodie stops in Milwaukee was The Ruby Tap, a Wauwatosa neighborhdood bar with a huge selection of wines.. on tap! It was such a cool experience being able to sample different wines. You're able to select a self-service sampler size, small glass, and large glass size for each bottle they have on tap. It also has a warm and inviting ambience, a romantic date spot or place to catch up with the girls.

 Wisconsin is also arguably the birth place of beer in America, so you won't want to leave home without trying a flight and taking a tour of a local craft brewery. I'm pretty sure I've visited them all, but my favorites are Milwaukee Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery, and Milwaukee Ale House. I also enjoy going to the Old German Beer Hall for a pint which represents the spirit of Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus. 

If I haven't already convinced you that you need to take your next weekend getaway in Milwaukee, be sure to check out the Visit Milwaukee site for tons of itinerary ideas. They're also offering exclusive travel and hotel deals for the holidays if you want to make a fun weekend of shopping. Don't forget to enter to win a shopping weekend giveaway so you can win an experience like the one I had!

Thank you again to the Visit Milwaukee team for your amazing Midwest hospitality and showing me around your gem of a city. As they say Milwaukee has a small town feel, with a big heart and it couldn't be more true!

Be sure to check out my guide to Milwaukee Shopping for even more tips!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fairisle Ski Sweater

Something about the snow makes me want to curl up in my coziest sweater. This time of year quite literally gives me the warm, fuzzies. I saw this Lauren Conrad for Kohl's sweater while I was on the hunt for some cold weather pieces and knew I had to it. It's a chic take on the classic fairisle sweater and I scored it on sale for $30! It was the perfect piece to lounge around in drinking coffee and watching the snow fall while Kyle enjoyed the opening day of hunting season (can any of y'all commiserate?).

It started snowing on Friday and we woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland the next morning. There's something so magical about it and it definitely makes it feel like the holidays have arrived. This outfit has a bit of an apres ski look to it, and looks equally as chic out in the snow as it does curled up next to a fireplace with hot cocoa.

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Get the Look: Fairisle Ski Sweater
Fairisle Sweater: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's (on sale for $30 & will be on sale for $25 during their Black Friday promo- starting 11/23)!  | Skinny Jeans: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's | White Cabled Beanie: Aerie (similar) | Pink Nail Polish: Essie | Lip Gloss: Lorac
Boots: Borrowed from Kyle's Mom (similar)

I'm so excited for next week. Food, family & football? I'm all about it! Stay tuned next week as I share all the best deals and roll out my gift guides for everyone in the family. If you're looking for something in particular, be sure to let me know!

What's your favorite cozy outfit to wear on a snow day?

xoxo, lauren

Friday, November 20, 2015

DIY Candied Almonds Hostess Gift

During the holidays I'm constantly in need of hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, and small gestures for coworkers. I like to create things I can make in large batches and keep it affordable but thoughtful. Last year, I made some lavender sugar scrubs which were a big hit and fun to make.

This year, I wanted to make a sweet treat. Inspired by the hot candied nuts at Chicago's German Christkindl Market, I thought I'd whip up a big batch to give out as a hostess gift for Kyle's mom for Thanksgiving (and of course plenty of leftovers for us). They were incredibly easy to make and the packaging really gave it a special touch - you won't believe where I found them!

DIY Candied Almonds Hostess Gift

Get the Cinnamon Sugar Candied Almonds recipe here.
I sadly can't take credit for dreaming up this tasty recipe, but do highly recommend it. So, I'll just direct you straight to the source. The hardest thing about this recipe is trying not to eat them all hot out of the oven directly off the baking sheet!

What really gives this hostess gift a special touch is the packaging. I scored these adorable plaid drawstring bags from the dollar bin at Target! Just put the almonds in a clear treat bag & close to keep fresh, then, place in the cute plaid bag. I also attached one of the woodburned gift tags that Kyle made me (he's so handy!) to the bag. Just put the to & from on the opposite side! You could use the same idea to package up hot cocoa, coffee, or a candle for a small gift.

I've rounded up a few of my favorite ways to package your gifts. Right now, I'm obsessed with the Sugar Paper collection for Target (it's already sold out at a lot of stores) and there's an extra 10% off through this weekend:

Pretty Packaging (on sale this weekend):

I'm going to be spending this weekend getting some blog posts together with the best Black Friday deals & the launch of gift guides. Be sure to let me know what you're looking for and I'll do my best to make it happen!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Inspiration Board

November is already halfway done and I'm just trying to enjoy the season before the craziness of the holidays sets in. It's hard to believe in a month I'll be back in Florida having a white, sandy Christmas. For now, I'm trying to slow down and spend nights trying out new red wines from Trader Joe's with Kyle, pinning wedding stuff like cray, and doing some business planning for 2016!
These images totally speak to what's inspiring me at this moment. Cozy and comfortable homes, moody fall florals, faux fur and felted hats, and taking the time to make the recipes I've had earmarked in cookbooks all year long.
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November Inspiration Board:
But seriously, don't you just wish time would slow down this time of year? I just want to light my Capri Blue candles (obsessed with this pine scent right now), curl up in a blanket, and read a good book. I'm SO looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend to do exactly that.

To see more of what's inspiring me at this very moment be sure to follow me on Pinterest!
What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?
xoxo, lauren

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Travel Guide: Milwaukee Shopping

One of my favorite things about living in the Midwest is that there are so many cool cities within easy weekend roadtrip distance. I love to travel and explore new cities- especially the food and shopping. So, to say I was excited when the Visit Milwaukee team invited me on a press trip tour is an understatement! We spent a few days getting a head start on Christmas shopping and eating & drinking our way through all of the best spots.
I'll kick off my travel guide to Milwaukee by highlighting all of the best shopping in downtown Milwaukee & neighboring Wauwatosa. Whether you're looking for designer goods, locally made gifts, or sweet treats, there's something for everyone. Don't worry the foodie guide will becoming up next- because of course, it's Wisconsin!
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Mayfair Mall | Wauwatosa
Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa has been seriously upping it's fashion game in the last couple of years. It has a great selection of stores, easy parking and a stress free holiday shopping experience. They just opened a Nordstrom store which is absolutely amazing since the nearest one until this month was in Chicago. How cute is their fitting room in the photo above? We stayed at the Crowne Plaza for our trip which is only a couple minute away from these shops!
Get your sweet tooth fix at Get Happy in Milwaukee
 If you're looking to make your home festive for the holidays check out Crate and Barrel, The Container Store, and Pottery Barn stores (hello wedding registries!).They never fail to make me want new dishes and furniture. Mayfair Mall also has a great selection of specialty stores like Aerie, LUSH Cosmetics, Vera Bradley & a Kate Spade store opening soon! One of my favorite shops we stopped in was Get Happy, a colorful & customizable candy store. I brought Kyle home a whole bag of goodies.
Mayfair Collection | Wauwatosa
Drive down the road and you'll find Mayfair Collection. It's the perfect place to head if you're looking for a stylish deal. It's home to Nordstrom Rack, Off 5th, T.J. Maxx, and Ulta. Opening this week is a new J.Crew Mercantile- one of the first in the country.
Shopping in Downtown Wauwatosa
The Village of Wauwatosa
After the mall head to charming downtown Wauwatosa to shop The Village for their local independent boutiques. They have a great selection of unique items and sweet shop owners. Swing by Luci Boutique for affordable fashion finds, Soaps & Scents for stocking stuffers like bath products and candles, and Salamander for the cutest accessories and hard to find brands. I spent a good half hour in Salamander alone eyeing up their jewelry and smelling all the Capri Blue candles.

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Antiquing in Walker's Point | Milwaukee
If you've never been antiquing, it's a total blast- especially since so many retro housewares and clothing are popular once again. I find it's easiest when you go in with a mission otherwise you can feel a bit overwhelmed. On this trip I was looking for mid century modern home décor, dresses from the 1950's & 60's, and vintage Christmas ornaments. We stopped at Antique Center Walker's Point which had an incredible collection of vintage clothing and then to a newly reopened Antiques on Pierce which had a bright & airy feel and enormous selection of whatever you're on the hunt for.
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Third Ward & Milwaukee Public Market
 The Milwaukee Public Market is an incredible, bustling building filled with different vendors. It's a great place to stop if you're looking for a foodie gift like cheese, summer sausage or spices- it is Wisconsin after all! I also completely fell in love with a little shop called FORM Fine Goods & Florals and had to snap a picture of the owner making some bouquet magic happen. They had a great selection of succulents, cacti & great gifts.
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The Historic Third Ward is also known for it's independent boutiques. One of my favorites is Broadway Paper. They have an amazing selection of Kate Spade, Ban.Do, Rifle Paper Co & other independent paper designers. They specialize in paper (cards, gift wrap, planners), but also have great gifts like coffee mugs, entertaining supplies & décor. Other great independent stores include Lizzibeth, filled with gorgeous affordable accessories, Inspired for home décor, and Hot Pop which specializes in eclectic toys, housewares and gifts.
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In addition to independent boutiques the Third Ward is home to many other beautiful stores specifically for home goods. I could spend hours in Anthropologie, Design Within Reach, and the newly opened West Elm location. Seriously, can a girl have too many coffee tables books or yummy smelling candles? Most certainly not.
If you're looking to take a weekend getaway to do some Christmas shopping and some great meals, Visit Milwaukee has some really amazing hotel deals through the holiday season, local offers, and are giving away shopping getaway trip on their site. I seriously had the best time exploring the city with the Visit Milwaukee team and a sweet group of Midwest bloggers!
Questions about Milwaukee? Tweet me! I'll be sharing my restaurant guide next week!
xoxo, lauren

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Modern Thanksgiving Inspiration

There is so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. A new fiancé, good health, the travel and adventures we've been able to take this year & friendship that outlasts the miles that separate us- to name a few. Though I'm not at the point in life where I'm hosting Thanksgiving (Kyle's mom & my mom str WAY too good at that), I do make a mean pecan pie and festive cocktail.

It never hurts to start dreaming up some inspiration for a Thanksgiving tablescape. Right now I am loving the look of a Modern Thanksgiving table. The idea totally caters to the foodie- a chance to try out a new take on your favorite classic turkey day recipes. It's about low maintenance table décor- pulling pieces together from around your home and injecting colorful pops with fall florals.

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To host a Modern Thanksgiving of your own look for gourmet twists on classic Thanksgiving comfort food like sweet potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie. I also love a simple but colorful take on the dining room table, like fall florals and bottles of wine. Don't forget the thoughtful details! I love the idea of a cute kraft paper to-go box for leftovers. Family live far away? Host a Friendsgiving Potluck! Be sure to check out my Pinterest board for even more recipe & DIY décor inspiration!

I've also rounded up a few of my favorite pieces to get the Modern Thanksgiving look in your home!

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Get the Look: Modern Thanksgiving
1. Printable "Thankful" Sign  // 2. White Enamel Cast Iron Casserole Dish // 3. Wood Bark Pedestal Stand // 4. Pumpkin Spice Candle // 5. Succulent Napkin Ring // 6. Rifle Paper Co Recipe Tin // 7. Copper 2-Quart Saucepan  // 8. "Eat More" Pie Wood Box // 9. Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book

These pieces are inspired by the traditional, but are definitely not for your mama's kitchen. Make it Thanksgiving your own with these festive pieces! I sincerely am considering adding all of them to our registry!

Do you host Thanksgiving or head to the parents' houses? Or perhaps spend it with friends?
xoxo, lauren

Saturday, November 7, 2015

3 Ways to Layer for Fall

As a Florida girl turned Wisconsinite, I knew nothing about layering when I moved here. While my first instinct was to stay warm by throwing on a heavy coat- now, I actually relish in the idea of putting on cozy layers and cute cold weather accessories. I've teamed up with Madden Girl at Kohl's to share 3 looks to layer for Fall featuring their new line!

 No matter if you live in an area that will be blanketed in snow a month from now (me! me!) or the most you need is a cozy sweater, there's something for everyone!
Look 1: Faux Fur & Florals | Holiday Layering
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Look 1: Faux Fur & Florals | Holiday Layering
Faux Fur Scarf: Madden Girl at Kohl's | Black Turtleneck: It's Our Time
Green Floral Scuba Skirt: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's | Black Fleece Lined Tights: Forever 21

I love the combo of faux fur and florals. This ponte skirt is super comfortable and easy to dress up and down. The faux fur infinity scarf adds a touch of luxe that would be so perfect for a holiday soiree or added touch of warmth with a wool coat. I've layered up the look with fleece lined tights which are my saving grace to allow me to keep wearing my skirts & dresses into Winter!

 Look 2: Buffalo Plaid & Sequins | Cozy Layers
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 Look 2: Buffalo Plaid & Sequins | Cozy Layers
Sequin Baseball Tee: Tobi (similar) | Black Denim: Paige | Faux Fur Hat: Madden Girl at Kohl's
Leather Moto Jacket: Italy Souvenir (similar) | Cozy Mittens: Madden Girl at Kohl's
Buffalo Plaid Scarf: Purelux Boutique | Lace Up Suede Wedges: Similar (on sale for 40% off)
There's something about layering on all my favorite patterns, textures & fabrics that makes me oh-so-hapy. This outfit does exactly like that. The sequins, leather & buffalo plaid print work perfectly together. The outfit is made extra cozy and warm with knit hat & cozy mitten cold weather accessories.
Look 3: Chic Down Jacket | Cold Weather Style
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Look 3: Chic Down Jacket | Cold Weather Style
Cream Cable Sweater: Aerie (similar) | Green Coat & Faux Fur Hood: Madden Girl at Kohl's
Straight Leg Denim: American Eagle | Tan Fringe Booties: Madden Girl at Kohl's
This layering look is perfect for the cold winter days. This jacket is comfortable, warm and insulated with a cozy fleece in the hood. I love that it isn't so poufy that its not cute too. These fringe booties have a cozy lining and I loved them so much I bought them in two colors!
What's your favorite way to layer for fall? I'm excited for the new season and dare I say- our first snow day!
xoxo, lauren

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kohl's but all opinions are my own!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

La Petite Wedding: Newly Engaged

Since Kyle and I have been dating for over 4 years of course the thought of marriage has crossed my mind, but whenever I started getting ahead of myself I'd make myself stop and just enjoy the here and now. Well, now that we're engaged I'm enjoying that I can finally dream, plan and get excited about our big day (and more importantly what's our future holds for us).
I promise I won't go overboard in talking about wedding planning, but I do want to share a bit about the process since we'll be doing it on a budget. Have a question? Just shoot me a tweet or an email. I'll be honest & transparent about planning for the big day. I'll be sharing the good, the bad, and the pretty!
Advice for newly engaged brides to be!
I will never forget our engagement (if you haven't read our story yet, read it here). Though our relationship hasn't changed, I definitely feel a sense of peace, contentment and excitement for the both of us.
So, you're newly engaged? Here's a couple of things to think about! I'll be sharing in realtime as I'm going through the same things.
Sharing the News: I just happened to be on vacation with my family when he popped the question, but we made sure to call his parents first thing the next day as well as close family and relatives. I just got back from Hawaii when it was time to tell all my best girlfriends. As badly as I wanted to call each of them, I was SO jetlagged but couldn't keep the news in any longer. I individually texted them and we scheduled a Skype call together so I could tell our engagement story.
As a general rule, make sure you've talked to close friends and loved ones before you share the news on social media. You don't want to hurt any feelings!
Big Picture: The perfect way to start your wedding planning adventures is to discuss your vision for the day with eachother. Do you want it to be an intimate destination wedding with family and close friends? A big church & ballroom wedding? I think there can be a lot of outward pressure from friends and family or even just societal norms about how to get married. Kyle & I are big believers in doing what's right for each other and knowing our loved ones will be supportive no matter how we choose to celebrate our wedding. Focusing on what feels right to you and keeping that top of mind throughout the planning process is what we're going to strive to do.
Setting a Date: Almost all wedding plans revolve around your wedding date. Think about what time of year and location are perfect for the both of you. Though we haven't landed the exact day yet, we're anticipating it will be next Fall in Wisconsin.
Start Thinking about Budget: Just as location & date are crucial, so is the budget- especially if you don't want it to become a source of conflict. This was one of the first discussions we had with each other and parents. We're aiming for a $10k budget wedding- saving some money by having the ceremony and reception at his family farm. We'll be sharing the budget with my parents and trying to (in my words) "DIY the heck out of this thing".  While the idea of spending a huge sum for one day is a bit terrifying, we're hoping for a pretty but laidback celebration of love!
Get Inspired: As I mentioned, there's going to be some major DIY-ing happening for our nuptials. I'm very lucky to have a handy fiancé who can build me almost anything and a large supply of reclaimed wood, wildflowers & pine trees. Pinterest is a great way to organize your thoughts and share ideas with friends. A great suggestion I had was to use a public board as a general place for inspiration (see my La Petite Wedding Board here) and then keep a "secret" board that you can write lengthier captions about how you can execute a similar vision for your wedding. I love that, especially because then some things will still be a surprise for the big day.
I hope this was some good food for thought for fellow new brides to be! In my next post I'll be applying some of the same principles of branding that I use for social media and share how you can use those same ideas to create a cohesive vision and inspiration board for your event.
Questions or helpful resources? Tweet me gals!
xoxo, lauren

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