I’M OBSESSED… | This Sale On All The Things I Didn’t Know I Wanted For The Holidays

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Found this little sale going on at West Elm on everything from monogramming to gold flatware this week and I fell in love.  I usually don’t fall in love with sales.

But when free monogramming is involved and it’s not cheesy, I-look-like-a-self-absorbed-little-fuck type monogramming, but instead pretty simple lettering that adds some attractive umph to the item, I’m all for it.  Which essentially means this is the first time I’ve ever been for it.  Makes a great gift for your bridesmaids in my opinion – or for yourself because we all deserve a little reward now and then, yes?  The answer is yes STOP PUNISHING YOURSELF.

Btw- I feel shameful about this but I am still hopelessly into little arrows and a touch of golden trim and shit like that.  I try to limit my purchasing of these things because I’m trying to avoid looking like someone on Princesses Long Island.  You have to admit though all the stuff below is just too cute to ignore.

For example…

This metal-wrapped wood tray, $59:

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This metallic case, $9:

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This little leather case, $34:

west elm leather zipped case monogrammed arrows

(except the mustache one – ENOUGH with the mustaches)

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Comes in small, medium and large, $24 – $49

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This tray, $29 – $34:

west elm gold metallic monogrammed tray

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This jewelry box, $59:

rustic wood monogrammed jewelry box

This jewelry box, too, $24 – $49:

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The snowflake stocking, $24:

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west elm monogrammed felt snowflake stocking

This ipad case, $34:

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And the rest of the Baggu Bag Collection – Navy + Gold, $34 – $99:

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p.s. – I also love some things that are regrettably not monogrammable but I just had to include in this post:

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this wireless bamboo keyboard, $69 // these color blocked utensils, $8 – $12 / this gold flatware, $23 – $84

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gold serving set, $23 // gold cheese knives, $23

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So guys, am I just smitten because they happened to burn my actual name into a lot of these things, or are these actually really fun and happifying-to-look-at additions to a lady’s wardrobe and daily life?

I have a personal post coming up, it’s taken me only a thousand years to finish it so I’m sure that’s not weird.  That’s not weird, right?

I missed you guys.

-Alison

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GIRL TALK + SORTA NSFW | I need to talk about our vaginas for a minute…

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I found out about a tumblr site recently; the site is *VERY GRAPHICALLY* devoted to your itty bitty kitty.  Specifically– loving the one you’re with.   {Continue reading…}

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FASHION + GIRL TALK | 15 Ways Models Are Just Like Us…

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Every night before I drift off to sleep, I either voluntarily or involuntarily participate in what I call my pre-slumber worryfest.  It’s very simple; instead of sleeping, I worry about shit.   {Continue reading…}

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DIY + GIRL TALK | Easy Gold Leafing DIY, and the Only 3 Bridal Shower Activities You Need For a Great Party!

Me again.  Happy Friday evening, peeps..

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One fun thing I like to do from time to time is not drink enough water all day and then see how my work suffers.  This game I don’t recommend trying at home.

However I do have some games for you today that I think you should definitely try at home…
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IN-LAW ISSUES, YAY! | Dealing With A “No Boundaries” In-Law, In Today’s Letter From A Reader.

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In today’s exciting installment of In-Law Issues Revealed, one lady is trying to plan the wedding of her dreams to another lady’s beloved son, and that second lady is so totally not having ANY of it.  LOL!  High kick, woot!

No but seriously this poor girl.   {Continue reading…}

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OMG, THIS GORGEOUS DIY BOHEMIAN DESERT WEDDING. | Elena + Tony | The Bird & The Bear

Honey and I ate a strawberry today that was so good, like it was so sugary and scrumptious, that we couldn’t even enjoy it for a second before jumping to conclusions about the strawberry being artificially flavored or genetically engineered to taste like that.  ”Probably added sugar to it. Bastards,” said Honey.  ”NO way is this naturally how a strawb (he calls them ‘strawbs’) would taste.”  Look at how jaded we’re getting, you guys.

I shared this anecdote with you not as a cry for help, but as a message to couples everywhere: this is how hard it’s become to genuinely impress us with a thing.

Enter, this wedding. 

Thanks to The Bird & The Bear (aka, Caryn and Bryan) {Continue reading…}

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Markel Wedding Insurance | Because Sh*t Happens… And Your Wedding Day Is No Exception.

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When you think about your wedding day, what do you focus on?  Do you think about your dress?  The decorations?  Your walk down the aisle, and whether or not your sweetie’s gonna cry when he first catches a glimpse?  Maybe you think about your first dance as husband and wife, and what it will feel like.  Maybe you think about your family, and how everyone’s going to be together in one room, just to celebrate the love you two share.  Whatever it is, I bet you tend to focus on the good stuff, right?  I certainly do.

But if you’re smart, you’re probably also aware of the things that can go wrong…. the many, many things that can go wrong…. on your big day.  Or maybe you’re not at all aware of them.  Or maybe you’ve been told not to worry, so you put it out of your mind.

Because why stress over such things?  Wedding planning is stressful enough.

Here’s why: because sh*t happens.  And your wedding day is no exception!  So that’s where Markel Wedding Insurance comes in.

No one really talks about it, but wedding insurance is kind of a necessity in my eyes.  It’s also one of those things you don’t think about until you suddenly and desperately need it… and by that time it’s too late.  For example:

“As a little girl, Catherine’s mother shared stories of her wedding day while they looked through her mother’s scrapbook.  The pictures of her mother in her beautiful dress and her father gleaming as her mother walked down the aisle were what brought her parent’s love story to life for Catherine.  When Catherine thought about her wedding day, she knew she wanted all of those special moments to be preserved in the same way as her parents – awe-inspiring photos.  When she chose a wedding photographer, she made sure that no stone was left unturned – not only would she have gorgeous pictures and a scrapbook to share with her future children, she also would have a DVD album and a slideshow of the day. Catherine checked “Wedding Photographer” off of her “Wedding To-Do List” and went on with her planning…

A week after she booked her photographer, the photographer called and said he could no longer photograph her wedding for her.  The photographer (an independent photographer contracted through Catherine’s venue) refused to work with Catherine’s venue, as they still owed him money from a few previous weddings. Suddenly, Catherine was back at square one.  She had to find a new photographer that would work with her venue and provide all of the services her original photographer was going to offer.  Catherine would also have to pay for it herself, as the venue had already taken her payment for her current photographer.  Then she remembered that she had purchased cancellation insurance from Markel Wedding Insurance.  Catherine was able to recoup the deposit she had paid for her first chosen photographer, plus: Markel paid for another photographer to complete the keepsake DVD album and slideshow for her, as those were included in the original contract but the second photographer was unable to perform those services.”

Markel’s Wedding Cancellation insurance reimburses you for any non-refundable deposits you may have if you have to cancel or postpone your wedding due to unforeseen circumstances, such as:
• Extreme weather
• Accident
• Illness
• Military deployment
• Vendor bankruptcy

Just because your event does take place, doesn’t mean you are free from the need for wedding cancellation insurance.  You also have coverage in case of the following:
• Lost wedding rings
• Damage to special wedding attire
• Vendor no-shows
• Lost / damaged photography / cinematography
• Lost / damaged wedding gifts

One more thing!  Markel also offers Wedding Liability Insurance coverage (which many venues now require), which would help protect you and your groom from financial loss if an accident occurred at your wedding.  That’s pretty neat you guys.  Like if someone accidentally fell on the dance floor and got hurt, or if a friend had a few drinks too many and got into a car accident on the way home.  See? This is the sh*t you don’t expect.  But it happens.  More often than we’d like it to.  So why not be prepared?

Visit Markel’s Reviews & FAQs page to learn more, if I haven’t succeeded at convincing you here.  You guys know I don’t write these posts if I don’t believe in them.  I strongly urge you to consider this option.

xo!  Alison

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OPEN LETTER TO DES HARTSOCK | 10 Tips As You Embark On Life With A Man For Whom You Seem To Be Settling..

“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.”

― Judith McNaught

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I finally found an exception to that rule.

The Bachelorette Finale – Part II: All You Don’t Need Is Love?

It’s such a shame to me when a girl {Continue reading…}

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TROJAN VIBRATOR GIVEAWAY | Yes, We Are Literally Giving Away Vibrators. [Filed under: Buzz-Worthy]

We’re giving away vibrators today.  Ain’t no other more dignified way of sayin it.

You want one?  Cool we’re giving away 3 separate packs to 3 separate winners.

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HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us you’d like to win.  <– Each individual may leave up to 5 comments of this type, on this blog post to increase your chances of winning this random drawing!

2. If you’re on Pinterest, extra entry if you pin any one of the images contained in this blog post (must leave an additional comment on this post indicating that you pinned.)

3. If you’re on Twitter, receive an extra entry by tweeting the below (tell us you’ve tweeted, by leaving an extra blog comment):

Just entered a #GIVEAWAY on @theknottybride! http://theknottybride.com/39116

4. Extra entry if you “Like” The Knotty Bride on Facebook (again, let us know you’ve done so with an extra comment in the comment section of this post)

5. Extra entry if you blog about this giveaway on your blog, either as a stand-alone post, or within a post.  Must link to the contest, obvs.

6. Posting about this giveaway on Facebook (like with the others, tell us in a separate comment on this blog post).

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The prizes: 3 separate winners will receive a Bridal Expo Pleasure Pack from Trojan; each pack features two Expo tickets (optional) and five Trojan vibrators (5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111).

FYI: Giveaway will close Sunday morning.  ANYONE CAN ENTER.  And if you’re shy, you’re welcomed to put a fake name – just make sure the email address you fill out is one we can reach you at, a’ight?  We’ll be contacting the winners via email.

Happy entering, peeps.

By the way:  This is separate from the giveaway, but if you’re going to be in or around Secaucus, New Jersey this Sunday, and you think you might want to grab some free vibrations, Trojan‘s giving away vibrators at a Bridal Expo they’ll be at this weekend (while supplies last – and they’re vibrators so early bird probably gets the worm here).  Anyway here are the details on that, if you wanna go:

Date: Sunday, August 4th
Time: 11:00-6:00PM
Location: Bridal Expo New York
Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094

 

Ok, good luck everyone!

xo, Alison

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Today’s sneak peek image comes from an upcoming wedding we’ll be sharing by The Bird & The Bear Photography, an extraordinary photography studio and member of Vendor Love.  Do not miss it!  (Sorry that I yelled.)

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DEAR TKB: “I Think I Need More Sex Than My Partner… What Do I Do?” PLUS: Royal Baby News (UPDATED) & Would You Wear This Sheer Wedding Dress? | NSFW

Clearly I have a lot to talk about.

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Today’s letter for our Dear TKB advice column is the first I’ve received of its kind, but the issue the reader is facing is turning out to be a lot more common than I think we as a culture realize.  Friends of ours have gone through it.  I’ve been through it myself in the past.  Lots of taboo around it but there shouldn’t be!

Obvs. the goal with these posts is to have some real conversation about stuff that’s otherwise difficult to talk about, for some.  I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts and advice, if you have any you’re willing to offer!

Ok now,  {Continue reading…}

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Things I Can’t Live Without This Summer! PLUS: How To Make a Cool Rustic Leather-Laced Boutonnière | DIY

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This summer, I can’t go without a few things.  Whether I like it or not.

Let’s just jump right into this…

This summer, I can’t go without: 

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10 GREAT IDEAS FOR JULY FOURTH | Patriotic Snow Cones, Patriotically Menstruate, Cool-Ass Nail Art, Alcoholic Drinks In the name of Freedom, Kid Crafts…

So July 4th, let’s do this.

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Actually first a couple of cool gifs I thought you might like:

- watch hot glass being formed into a horse. via reddit

- watch this :)

Independence Day is one of ma faves, y’all.  I may not know how to file a tax return on my own but that doesn’t mean I don’t love celebrating the fact that I can, should I choose to educate myself one day, because FREE COUNTRY.  And who doesn’t love a day of drinking fully condoned by Big Brother, {Continue reading…}

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“Dear TKB: Help! My sister is about to marry a man she’s never kissed!” | Plus: OMFG, THESE DRESSES.

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So the concerned half-sister of a virgin bride wrote in recently for advice, and I’ve made her question the focus of today’s post.  It prompts the broader question for today:  Do you think it’s important to have sex with your partner before marrying that partner? 

As usual, {Continue reading…}

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LEARNS AND LAUGHS: Wknd Links! | Showering Makes Me Creative… Nutella and Ice Cream? (and Other Great Life Hacks)… and Alt Summit!

Can’t wait to tell you guys about Alt Summit, OHMYGOD.  If you’re not familiar; {Continue reading…}

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CRAFTING + DIY ON A BUDGET | Ombre Flora Heart Box by Kindred

Sup guys?  Alison here, hey :)  I’m crazy in love with the ombre (cannot bring myself to spell it ombré, sorry) project Kindred has for us today.  Many reasons, too many to list here.  But I’ll try: {Continue reading…}

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SPOTLIGHT ON GEMESIS | 5 Things That Will Make You Feel Great After You Do Them.

 

*This is a partnered post, written from the heart.

Hey friendlies… jump into any one of the following 5 Things and you’re bound to start feeling pretty good about yourself.  Why not start today?  OK… TO THE LIST!

1.  If you’re like me you spend a lot of your time in a seat staring at a screen.  And have you heard what they say about sitting so long {Continue reading…}

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GIVEAWAY + BACHELORETTE RECAP | Enter To Win Gold Foil Notecards + Desiree & Her Bachelors [NSFW-ish]

Here we go.  {Continue reading…}

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TGIF GOODIES | Pick Your Giveaway! + Polka Dots + Yummy Pretty Styling Props That Cost Next to Nothing!

 

So it’s late Friday afternoon and I’m about to hold a giveaway [the giveaway's up! ENTER HERE] but I need your help choosing what to giveaway — fret not, all will be revealed… {Continue reading…}

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PARTY + GLITTER = FUN | DIY Party Favor + Place Card + Necklace… In One! Plus: A Note About ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette,’ Which Premiered Last Night. Plus Bambino.

At the risk of sounding famous (because I’m not) I once hung out in an airport with Dave Matthews.  He approached me.

Let me set the stage: I’m de-boarding a plane.  The face I see when I’m having sex with my college boyfriend is walking towards me.  Initially the beauty of this moment is lost on me – I start searching for the pretty girl he’s looking at just over my shoulder.  I notice only my friends are behind me, no offense.  He stops a foot in front of me.. reaches out his hand, and opens his mouth.  It speaks.  The syllables are vaguely familiar…

“Alison?”

My mom had noticed him seated at my gate — she’d remembered his likeness from the area of ceiling over my bed.  He must be someone special.

Summoning the superhuman motherstrength that comes out in situations where your child could possibly be elated for a few seconds because of something you did, she very casually strikes up a conversation with Dave Matthews, nbd.  “Your biggest fan is getting off that plane in a minute – she even has a poster of you over her bed..”  ..is how I imagine it went.  She says it didn’t go that way but I know what she’s like.

He ends up talking to me for 20 minutes.  And from the moment he says “Alison?” to the end where he says “nice meeting you Alison, goodbye” I literally did not speak one word and he was asking me questions.  Too in awe (or I was involuntarily c**ming and had to really really focus (ladies you know how it is!)  Anywho.  What I did offer him was a few breathy grunts, and a highly alert look of shock on my face for the duration (like what happens when you see a too large penis in front of you and you start freaking out because, uh oh, that’s not going to fit in my vagina.  But then you “feel bad” and have sex with him anyway and it’s amazing, and you get engaged).  I went that mute.

I was more speechless than that you guys, after last night’s Bachelorette premiere.

The recap of which is coming up after this lovely DIY project Kindred made for you guys.  High kicks, woot!

By the {Continue reading…}

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WANT TO WRITE FOR TKB? + 13 Songs You NEED to Start *Doing It* To! + “Dear TKB: Our Relationship Is Falling Apart As We Plan Our Wedding… Help!” {NSFW}

>> Quick update on this: we’ve been sitting here in we’re-not-worthy mode ever since your emails started streaming in last week, and we first want to say a huge thanks.  ¡Thanks!   It’s been so thrilling to see how many interesting people out there – who can also write and/or make cool things – want to write and/or make those things right here on our blog!  *cries*  We’re so happy in fact with your responses so far that we’re putting an end date on this thing, sorry :(  So just a heads up, we won’t be accepting any emails after Monday May 20th at 11:59pm EST.  No presh!   

(drinks entire cup of coffee in one gulp)

LET’S DO THIS!!!!!!!!!111111

First up, happy afternoon everybody.  Missed you.  So here’s the little announcement  {Continue reading…}

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The Knotty Bride Is On BuzzFeed!

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The Knotty Bride is on Buzzfeed you guys.  Is this real life?

We’ve been keeping this a secret for what feels like the length of a full term pregnancy at this point (not to downplay IRL pregnancy where you have an IRL baby in you; trust me on that).  So it’s so rad finally to be able to tell you guys about it!

A huge thanks to Buzzfeed for the bitchin feature, and an even bigger thank you to a key member of The Knotty Bride team Kindred, led by Renee Hong – without whom none of this amazingly creative s**t would even be possible.  It is such an honor to work with you!

A quick note, ladies and gents: while you’re waiting to see all our eye candy from the runway shows of this past Bridal Fashion Week (OMG WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THESE PHOTOS WE TOOK I AM NOT SHITTING YOU)…

… you might want to check on what our resident DIY’ers are up to over at Kindred, or maybe take a peek at the Kindred shop if you’ve got a hankering for some lovely golden bangles… they’d make the perfect bridesmaid gifts, if you ask me. :)

Anyways, if you’re open to it I hope you’ll take a visit over to Buzzfeed and tell us what you think.  Totes your call, obvs.  I know we’re supposed to act all strong and like we don’t care that there are negative comments showing up, but daaaaaaamn!  Peeps be goin negative quick in the comments sections!  >>For example: what did we ever do to you, kylamarien and Zwantea? :\

Have a great morning you guys, much love and hugs.

I’ll be back shortly with your new favorite dresses <==that’s a guarantee.

xx, Alison

Images for Buzzfeed shot by: Jenna Rae Photography and Kindred / Runway image by: maself 

Dessert symbols font: “MTF Sweet Dings” if you’re curious!

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NEON + PASTEL DIY COUNTRY BEACH WEDDING | Good luck ever loving your own dog again, after you see the face of the French Bulldog in this Wedding. | Pure 7 Studios

Attention Photographers! If you’re a photographer who’ll be in the NYC area Friday and are interested in joining us as our photographer for backstage access fun at a particularly incred runway show… let me know ASAP. Thank you! Update: All set now, thanks all!

In other news…

Here is what newlyweds Alyson and Zac said they were going for, with their wedding:

-a laid back feel with minimal décor.

-romantic without feeling stuffy.

-We wanted people to leave with the feeling that they had just been to an awesome concert with the album and poster to remember it by.

Here is what I heard:

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