“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? 

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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!

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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!

via Buzzfeed

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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GIRL TALK | The Secret to Desire in a Long-Term Relationship

Ok. If you’ve ever wondered about how marriage and the having of children impact a couple’s sex life — or if you’re there right now and you’re feeling desperate for some real world advice — consider today’s post required reading.

I am not kidding around. {Continue reading…}

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COOLEST EASTER DIYs | Zombie Eggs, Gold Leaf Eggs, Chalkboard Pen Eggs, Geometric Eggs… | Please Enjoy This Series of Easter-Themed DIY Projects That Don’t Suck.

It’s that time of the year again! LET’S MAKE S**T OUT OF EGGS.

First a Bambino update tho..  {Continue reading…}

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“ADULT ONLY” DIY RUSTIC SURF WEDDING (with succulents + surfboards): Randi & Jared Met While Working at a Surf Shop.. | Michelle Sullivan Photography

“So this is how the story goes…

Let’s start with the morning before the wedding. I was totally prepared. The last thing I needed to do was get a mani and pedi with my girls. I went to pick up my fiance’s sister first. She hops in the car and hands me a baby sippy cup, she has one for herself as well. My mind was already mush from all of the wedding planning so I didn’t question it. I start driving to our nail appointment and take a sip from my sippy cup at a red light.

Whataya know!!! It’s a margarita!”

… is how today’s bride, Randi, starts out her wedding story. So yes, I love this girl. Enjoy her wedding because I did to infinity and beyond.

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GIRL TALK | If I Wait Another Second, I Won’t Publish This Post On Rape. *clicks Publish* *runs away*

Guys I need to talk about rape for a minute, sorry.  If you don’t want to hear it I honestly won’t mind, I get that many visit here for one part honest talk, four parts pretties and laughter, and I respect that.  It’s just if I don’t cleveland steamer this thing onto the internet’s chest I am going to start jamming a remote up my ass.  Or worse, this.

I couldn’t figure out how to start this post, so I took a {Continue reading…}

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ALISON LOVES | Martha Stewart Weddings is seeking 2 brides-to-be for a special reason… are you who they’re looking for?

[Opportunity now closed; more in the future, of course.] I just ended a blog title in a preposition so, it’s been that kind of day.  Good thing I have this opportunity to share with you, it really brings a huge toothy smile to my face OMG I SWEAR TO YOU, PUN NOT INTENDED.  God you’ll never believe me though.  Meh.

Last day for casting: Friday 3/15/2013

If getting a great smile for nothin’, blogging for Martha Stewart Weddings online AND appearing in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine all together appeal to your sensibilities, then this one my dear friend, this one’s definitely for you (everyone reads on including me…)

I know I know.  It’s an awkward thing to talk about your mouth.

Really, when it comes down to it, you’re not human if you don’t want to have a really nice smile; one that you’ll feel like people wanna look at (oh god the grammar today, I am so sorry you guys).. it’s just the way it is.  And since not everyone has the time or the money or the 100% lack of abject fear, all of which are necessary, in unison, to engage in the bettering of one’s chomper situation, things like this beauty suddenly come into play and are truly lifesavers.  (Quick story: I literally waited 3 years before my most recent teeth-cleaning couple months ago – don’t do that btw, was not a picnic – and I had approximately a lot of cavities it turned out.  I was SHOCKED.  You need to keep those teeth on the up and up, guys!)

Anyway, I felt visceral excitement when we were presented with this partnership, and I certainly felt great about bringing it to the blog’s big fat pink face.  I hope some people who are searching for this kind of experience get to read this post!  It’s a personal thing for me because I know from experience how life-changing a good straight coupla rows of teeth can be/do to change your world.  It’s beyond words and measure.

Now I realize I’m being a little repetitive but here’s all the info written out, if you’re not into images-with-text-information-in-them…

We’re Looking for Two Brides-to-Be!

Martha Stewart Weddings is looking to cast two brides-to-be who would like to straighten their teeth before their wedding to participate in this exciting initiative.  If chosen, you will:

·         Receive free professional treatment from a well-known company to straighten your teeth.

·         Be a regular guest-blogger on MSW.com and appear in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine to share your experiences getting ready for your wedding.

To be considered for this opportunity, please email the following to marketing@marthastewart.com:

  • Your name
  • Wedding date
  • City of residence
  • 2-3 photos of your yourself (at least one showing your smile)
  • A few sentences about why you’d like to participate.

Last day for casting: Friday 3/15/2013

We look forward to hearing from you!

- The team at Martha Stewart Weddings

I’m just curious.  Have any of you ever had some work done to your teeth, like braces (raises hand) or whatever other work there is for teeth?  The change was phenomenal, right?  Changes your whole disposition.  Aright I’ll shut up now.

xx, and good luck my friendlies..

Alison

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Warm Gooey Cookie Tutorials | Killingest Photo Editing Apps Currently Available On Your Mobile Device | APPS

So if you’re anything like me:

1) To be productive you need {Continue reading…}

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EPIC VINTAGE DIY WEDDING | A Custom Lace Dress, Succulent Plants, Bridesmaids In Shades of Yellow & A Bride After My Heart… | Jonas Seaman Photography

me again.

So you know that thing where you feel like you’re alone in a feeling, and the feeling starts to take over your entire world, and you feel sort of stuck and hopeless?  And then out of nowhere {Continue reading…}

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Hey Girl, I have an extra Alt Summit ticket if you’re feeling down.

*ticket no longer avail; sorry!*

So, I’m in the rare position of having more than one Alt Summit (NYC) ticket to my name, and having to unload one of them.  I bought the second one because I know how hard it can be to get a ticket and I love lending a helping hand lol just kidding.  It’s an extra and I don’t need it.  Pretty much the way this will go is the first person to reach out – assuming payment of the total cost of the ticket is easily arranged once I’ve been able to reach out back to you – gets the ticket.

I promise I will get back to every person who writes me.

I’m truly sorry in advance to everyone who doesn’t get the extra. I wish I had a tree that bloomed Alt Summit tickets you guys :(

Click here for my contact info (write to Alison)*

*Please keep emails to under five sentences.  Sob stories welcome but will likely have no impact.

If you don’t get this one, I hope you find one somewhere else.  I would love to meet all of you at this thing, how cool would that be.

A

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DIY ON A BUDGET: Tiny Pretty Herb Bouquet Centerpieces! | A Tutorial By Renee Hong

I love having fresh greens around.  But, as we all know, having fresh flowers around the house gets pretty pricey pretty fast.  Herbs, however, are only about $1-$2 a sprig (or free if you grow them yourself!) and can make just as much of an impact.  An herb arrangement makes for super practical home decor/centerpieces and are a great quick fix if you’re needing to add a little more green to your display!

What you’ll need:  {Continue reading…}

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TRENDS + REAL TALK | 5 Chic Wedding Trends In One Inspiration Shoot! PLUS: 5 Things About Me That I Like To Keep Secret. | AK Studio & Design

Today’s my b-day.  I have no idea what to say so I decided to be honest about life and just say what came to mind.  Also I got my period yesterday, which usually means things get pretty emotional pretty fast.  So this post is two parts wedding trends and inspiration, one part deep truths from inside my soul.  Enjoy..?

1. Even though I’ve heard my significant other tell me {Continue reading…}

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REAL TALK + REAL BOUDOIR……… Let’s Be Honest. [NSFW] | The Boudoir Divas

Let’s be honest.  We’ve all experienced heartbreak on some level at some point in our lives.  It’s a deep searing pain, one that can take on emotional and physical symptoms.  And for many, it can be unbearable.  It can make you lose faith in love.  It can even close you off to it, if you’re not careful.

Sometimes, all it takes is the right type of puppy to help you learn how to feel again.  That’s why next season, ABC is switching things up… with a *new kind* of Bachelor.  One that promises to deliver.

I’ve already trained him to lead on several ladies at a time, now we’re just working on the egg farts.

Got a stellar shoot from The Boudoir Divas for you to mainline today.  Pumped for that.  But first; I’ve been gathering up tips and tricks and smart words in anticipation of this post.   {Continue reading…}

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WHIMSICAL MOUNTAIN VINEYARD WEDDING | Estefania + Cristian, Mountains of Malaga | Fran Russo

Every time a bride submits her wedding personally, I get a little verklempt.  You understand.

Same deal with today’s wedding; I totally choked up over her email.  And then I took a look at her pictures… {Continue reading…}

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