Rejuvenation Retreat at the Oxford Hotel

Friday, June 21, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019 you all will have the opportunity to get away, reconnect and enjoy the best weekend! Recently a group of influencers and our friends/partners were invited to try out the new programming to give our feedback, but most importantly escape and enjoy! Jon and I had the best time and wish it was a day longer so we are so jealous of everyone booking for this June! You can find all the information on the upcoming retreat here, but you can read about our 24 incredible hours below!

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When we arrived we were greeted in our room with bee products grown by the chef at urban farmer and a book of our schedule for the next 24 hours! I added a little rundown for you all here:

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First up was our life coach session! Sylvaine Hughson was so warm and created a wonderful environment. It was a great time for self reflection and I am so glad I had the chance to sit down and think through where I am at and where I want to go. After her session it was the perfect time for a massage & Jon to experience his first one! The Oxford club and spa is STUNNING! It was such a hidden gem to me.

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Dinner was so fresh and yummy - Urban Farmer never disappoints! The chef was wonderful and each course was done to perfection. Seriously by the time it was over I was in the biggest food coma! I was so ready for yoga in the AM back at the Oxford Club and another delicious breakfast!

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It was so hard to leave in the morning! Thank you to The Oxford Hotel, Sylvaine Hughson, The Urban Farmer and The Oxford Club and Spa for completely spoiling Jon and I!



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How to Include Your Fiancé in the Wedding Planning

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Especially when he/she *may* not have of dreamed of this day forever. While you may think that your partner wants nothing to do with the wedding planning, this is an exciting process that you’ll want to do together! You don’t want to get overwhelmed and burnt out just because you tried to do everything yourself, so enlist the help you can get. There are certain things you won’t need (or want) his help on, like finding a wedding dress, but ask for his help in other aspects. For some ideas on how to get your fiancé involved in the planning, try these tips!

 Talk budget

Easily one of the most important wedding aspects you should get your partner’s input on the budget. Your future is starting together as a couple, and you don’t want to go spending money before having a discussion. Before any planning, sit down with your husband-to-be and talk budget. Come up with an amount that you’re both comfortable with, and consider what funds you’ll be getting from your family members as well. Set aside a specific dollar amount for each aspect of the wedding so you can stay on track and not overspend. You might think it’s worth it to spend $5,000 on flowers, but your partner might think that’s unreasonable, so it’s important to be on the same page before booking anything.

 Ask for his/her opinion

Even if you think they may go with what you want still take the time to talk to your partner about what he/she wants out of this wedding. If your partner really wants an open bar or is set on a chocolate cake, always be sure to see what he wants when making decisions. This is their wedding too, after all! Even better: ask what kind of venue he or she is looking for before setting up tours. That way, you’re sure you won’t have him walk into the venue on the day of the nuptials and be completely shocked by all of the work you did.

 Pick out your gifts

It may seem easier to just go to the store or go online and register all on your own for the things you know you need. Make registering into a date night so it’s time you can spend together. If you decide to register online, get into your cozy clothes and sit on the couch with some wine while picking out linens and fine china (or in our case ALL the cool coffee makers). Or if you’d rather go see the items in person, head to whichever store you want to register at and revel in the feeling of scanning everything you want! Afterward, go out for dinner or some drinks to really maximize the time you’re spending together.

 Let your partner plan something on their own

There are plenty of tasks that you’ll need to get done, and might be working on yourself throughout the wedding planning. Give your partner something you can get done on his own. Giving him a sense of responsibility with help him feel a part of things, and will also help you check another to-do off your list! You could ask your fiancé to plan the honeymoon and research options that the two of you will both enjoy like us – after all Jon is much better at vacation planning than I am. You can give him some guidelines to stick to, like a vacation that will allow you to unwind, but also have fun and enjoy all of the amenities you’re looking for, like an all-inclusive cruise. The best part is, when the wedding day is all said and done, you get to head off on your honeymoon knowing it was thoughtfully planned by your new spouse!

 Get crafty together

Use your wedding planning as a way to find new hobbies you can enjoy that allow you to spend time together. If you’re doing any DIYing for your decorations, enlist the help of your fiancé. Make it a DIY day and lay out all of the materials you need to accomplish your projects. Make your own centerpieces for your reception if you can’t find what you’re looking for elsewhere, or DIY signs that will give your decor that extra something you’re looking for. You’ll have fun while doing it, and you’ll accomplish another thing on your list--together!

 Plan the seating chart

You won’t only need your guy’s help at the beginning of the planning with all of the major decisions. Include him in on the decisions that need to be made in the months leading up to the wedding, like the seating chart. This job is easier done with two people, as you can get a second opinion on where best to place everyone. He’ll be able to give insight on what table and location are best for his members of the family, and might be able to help figure out how to organize both sets of friends so that everyone will get along. Keep in mind that tasks you think you can accomplish on your own can be made easier with a little help from your fiancé!

 

 Happy planning, and don’t forget to continue to follow along with my wedding planning process!



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#GetPumpedforHeartHealth with Gordmans all April!

THIS POST WAS SPONSORED BY SPECIALTY RETAILERS, INC.

All treasure. No hunt. That is my kind of shopping! I have teamed up with Gordmans to show you all how I am taking care of myself. You guys know that is always a big priority for me whether it be mental or physical health I believe we should all take time each day for ourselves! Throughout the month of April Gordmans will be hosting activations and give back initiatives to raise money for American Heart Association. And right now you can donate with each purchase to the association and #GetPumpedForHeartHealth!

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On my current self care routine:

1. Better skincare

2. Time alone with less screen time

3. Relaxing to lower my stress

4. A good nights sleep

All of these things truly make me not only a happier person but lead to better mental health. I know it sounds like a stretch but truly the little things can add up. Whether you grab a cup of tea and take some time to yourself and even step away from a situation to take a few deep breaths - all of these can lead to less stress and therefore better heart health! What do you guys do to take care of yourself?

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The tray, headband, face mask, candle, nail buffer, bath salts, nail polish and makeup remover wipes were all purchase at Gordmans for a total of less than $50! You can find your closest location here.



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Finding My Wedding Dress (The Pictures!)

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Well not of the dress… I am going to have to wait 6 more months for that one and you all and Jon have at least a year and a half ahead of you… SORRY GUYS! I did want to take a minute and to go into more depth about the process of shopping for a wedding dress than I was able to fit into my vlog - see here if you have yet!

All images were captured by Katie Corinne Photography!

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I have to thank The Bridal Collection and Justin Alexander for setting all of this up. I know I was beyond spoiled in my appointment and I would’ve been happy without all the extra champagne, food and photographers but it will now forever be in my top few days. Ok now into the real business…

First of all - I did NOT know what to expect. I had purchased a debutante dress so I had been in wedding dresses before but never for my own wedding. I still can’t even wrap my head around the fact that I am getting married FOR REAL. So going into this experience it still all didn’t feel real.

Second - I am a super duper emotional person so I expected to be a wreck. Honestly when there weren’t massive tears flowing I started to get worried - am I doing something wrong?? did I not actually find THE one?? Ultimately I think I was so laser focused on designing my dress (yes that’s right my bad boy is custom designed - pinch me now) that I didn’t even have time to break down. Also I felt SO comfortable that I didn’t even think I had time to feel out of my body - I was just soaking it all in.

Thank you so much Justin & Team!

Thank you so much Justin & Team!

There is no right or wrong way to find your wedding dress - especially if you are like me and don’t even have a date or venue!

If I had to do it again I would 100% be at the Bridal Collection and trying on those beautiful Justin Alexander gowns. Learning the history about the line and how Justin is part of the family business was awesome. It was so cool to have the design team there telling me what they were thinking when designing the dress and being able to find a piece of the story that was special to me.

I can’t wait to wear this dress and marry you Jon Kelley, but we’ve got a longgg road ahead of us. This is all for wedding/engagement posts for now but don’t worry once we are settled I will have LOTS to tell you all about. I graduate in two months and we move four days later - AH! I can’t believe this is my life I am so happy.

Justin Alexander gowns can be found here // The Bridal Collection here



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