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.

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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:

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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!

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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..?

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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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‘ALISON LOVES’ SPOTLIGHT | Traveler’s Joy + $5000 Giveaway!

Sometimes I’m like “LET’S DO THIS, WE SHOULD DO THIS” about a thing or idea.  I’ll shout it out in the middle of dinner, or while one of us is in mid-pee, or after we’ve been laying in bed for 10 minutes.  It’s startling- it’s a startling thing.  But sometimes things hit my brain and I’m like, “WE MUST,” without thinking it through.

Like when I started this blog, that was a spontaneous decision.  Or when Honey took me to see some frenchies and I made the spontaneous decision to ignore my allergy to dogs and come home with our frenchie Bambino with our fingers crossed (so far not one sneeze).  There was also the time I enjoyed having wings during the Superbowl and I was like, “we should order wings again” and we did, we ordered wings again, this was last night.  (They can’t always be winners.)

Really the only thing all of these spur of the moment decisions have in common, is that they’re driven by an instinct that whatever the thing or idea is, IT’S A GREAT ONE OF THEM.  And guess what?  Eating the wings WAS a great idea; they were delicious and I have never been happier.  This morning in the bathroom was a different story but no need to go into any of that.

Well.  When Honey and I started thinking about actually starting to plan our wedding, one of the quickest decisions we’ve made so far is to honeymoon registry the shit out of our friends and family.  The shit out of them.  Undoubtedly going to be the bestest quickest decision we’ve ever made, as a couple (besides marrying and finally buying a place with two bathrooms).

This is where Traveler’s Joy comes in.  Have you heard of it?  It’s a honeymoon registry, and I have a feeling signing up for it will turn out to be one of the many smartest and most f**king joyful decisions you’ve ever made, too…  {Continue reading…}

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MAKE IT | Letter-Stamped Charms! For Valentine’s Day, or Your Wedding! | A DIY by Renee Hong

There are certain things in life we do not question and instead accept as fact.  It’s your basic “if p, then q.”  An unwritten guarantee of an outcome.  For example:

If you are getting your partner anything other than sex for Valentine’s Day, then the love is gone.

See how cut and dry that is?  Things that make sense comfort me.

The thing is, it’s not always as simple as that.   {Continue reading…}

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GLITTERY + SUCCULENT STYLED ELOPEMENT | Rustic Plaid Wedding Inspiration by Studio 516 Photography… Plus: How I Feel About That “Vine” App.

^^ what in the F.  this is F-ing gorgeous.  i have ascended into heaven >> {Continue reading…}

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WEDDING DECOR TURNED HOME DECOR | An Ombre Cake + Macarons + Cupcakes + My New Favorite Wedding Trend! ALSO: Bambino. | Lovato Images

 

Have you guys seen that electronic cigarette commercial?  Where the guy is super cool and handsome looking, except for he is smoking an electronic cigarette?  Here’s the thing about smoking an electronic cigarette: no.

I’m pretty sure today’s inspiration shoot is having whatever Lance Armstrong’s having because the inspiration just keeps going and going for miles, without ever stopping.  I’m so sorry.

Please ignore that dumb joke; I promise you you’re in for a treat today.  You see there’s this trend that I’ve been sweating super hard.  It’s the idea of making something for your wedding day that actually {Continue reading…}

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KNOTTY BACHELOR RECAPS | When Will It Be Ryan Gosling’s Season. | “So Many Beautiful Women, Who Also Seem to Be Intelligent, Funny, and Witty…”

hey it’s me.

I realize the show’s about to start in about an hour.  But I committed myself to this and DAMNIT, WHAT I PROMISE I DELIVER.

Sometimes I’m like, do I like this.

Or does the pinot like this.   {Continue reading…}

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[MAKE THIS] DIY Pretty Gold Striped Disposable Camera | By Renee Hong, DIY Master

Our resident DIY Master of ‘making everything so pretty that I leave for a Michaels Craft Store immediately after putting up each of her posts’ is back.  If you’re new here, her name is Renee Hong… and you’re in for a treat.  She brought with her the raddest disposable camera idea I’ve ever seen.

I think you are going to LOVE this.  Gone are the mundane, company branded cameras of yesteryear uglifying your reception tables and making guests throw up their dinners in disgust.  Here to stay?  ==> Golden stripes on EVERYTHING!!!!!!!  I truly can’t get enough.

Hit it, Renee…  {Continue reading…}

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Vendor Love News | Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography | Grand Opening of 2nd Boudoir Exclusive Studio!

One of our newest members of Vendor Love, Jenny of Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography, has shared with us some pretty exciting news, and I thought I’d share it with you lovely ladies today, you know, in case any of you are looking to have an incredible 2013 via an exhilarating personal shoot that accentuates your best features (and hides your worst, DUH).

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‘ALISON LOVES’ | SPOTLIGHT ON: Jewelers Mutual | Have You Ever Lost A Sentimental Piece of Jewelry?

Question for you guys: Have you ever worried about losing your ring, or some other highly sentimental piece of jewelry?

Or, worse, have you ever actually LOST the thing?

I don’t know about you guys, but I like to take my engagement ring off quite a bit.  For example, usually when I wash my hands, it comes off.  I like to take it off when I go to bed, as I don’t like the imprint of an engagement ring on my cheek in the morning (not sexy).  And I especially like to take it off whenever applying lotion – which is usually when I’m riding the subway.

Terrible idea {Continue reading…}

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DIY RUSTIC WOODLAND WEDDING | Apple Cake or Peach Pie, Anyone? | Sara Adams Photography

Sometimes I’ll wanna complain about something, and then I’ll remember that I write about weddings and sometimes reality tv on a blog whose mascot is my frenchie and I’ll immediately shut up.

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[NSFW] COUPLES BOUDOIR + RYAN GOSLING’S NEW HAIR >:O | Boudoir Styling Like You’ve Never Seen Before. AND: “31 Things I’m Thinking While On An Airplane.”

Debating whether to start recapping The Bachelor again.  For old time’s sake.  Lemme know if you want it.

RECAP UPDATE: On a scale of 1 to 10 it’s killing me.  But I’m almost done!  As always I thank you for your patience while I poop the thing out.  

BUT FIRST-

I have to talk about Ryan Gosling’s hair for a minute.

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