MY NEW FAVE DRESSES + MOMMY TALK | The truth about having a baby. Plus, Lhuillier’s Bliss Collection means affordable Lhuillier!

This post is about Monique Lhuillier’s Bliss collection but I have to talk about life as a new mom first.  Also, baby pics :)


So.  I’ve been raising this infant I made for a total of eight weeks now, and it’s been interesting.  Well not interesting.  My days consist of feeding, burping, holding and putting to bed a ten pound lump of flesh formed by bringing my bowels to a halt for ten months.  (I was so constipated I could barely walk.)  And because of the sleep deprivation I feel weirdly high at all times but not in a good ‘I’m floating’ way, in a ‘I shouldn’t be driving right now’ way.  But I love her, I do.  So much.  So much it hurts.  It HURTS. how much I love her.  (And this coming from someone who never really planned on having children.)  If you’re a parent or were like really instrumental in raising your younger sibling cause your parents weren’t around much (it happens) then you know what I mean.  There’s really nothing like those little moments with your tiny.  Like her first ‘social smile’.  Or those first coos.  Or when she finally falls asleep in your arms so you can put her the fuck down and get some work done.  Really it’s amazing.

A couple of pics of my cheeky little Miss O to start things off…  {Continue reading…}

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I’M PREGNANT… + PRETTY SHEER, LACE DRESSES | Claire Pettibone’s Romantique Collection + No, Seriously, I’m Pushing a Baby Out My Vag Soon. (Even Though My Doctor Wants Me To Have a C-Section.)


Hey everyone!

So Wednesday I went to Claire Pettibone‘s runway show for her new Romantique collection.  I bout died.



But before I get into it– remember this?  Well I want to expand on that news I sort of nonchalantly dropped in the title.  I am like a zillion months pregnant.  Just thought I’d tell you?  Sorry that I’m just now getting up the balls to announce it.  I’m {Continue reading…}

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Affordable Wedding Invitations You’ll Actually Like | Ann’s Bridal Bargains | BONUS: Discount Code Inside!

Everybody knows it.  But nobody’s talking about it.  Wedding invitations have gotten pretty crazy expensive these days.

I’m sure you’ve noticed; it is RIDICULOUS what you can end up spending on something as simple as PAPER.  It’s like, ungodly.  So – what do you do when you’re sensible, meaning you don’t want to blow your budget on invitation paper, BUT- you’d like to be able to send something out to your guests that doesn’t scream that you a) have terrible taste and/or b) are incredibly cheap?  Today’s answer is Ann’s Bridal Bargains.

Ann’s Bridal Bargains specializes in discount wedding invitations and accessories that aim to fit a couple’s style and vision for their wedding day.  They understand how quickly and easily wedding expenses can add up, and they get that today’s couples are focused on making their wedding day an expression of who they are.  They want you to know that it really is possible to stay on budget AND plan a wedding that’s uniquely you.

Now.  We may be calling these “cheap wedding invitations” but there’s really nothing cheap about them.  Even the most impressive wedding invitation design becomes dull and disappointing if it’s not printed and presented on the right kind of paper – Ann’s Bridal Bargains actually gets this.  So you get to select from a bunch of different paper options, and they offer free samples so you can see the things before you purchase them!  WINNING!  (I’m bringing back winning.)

Here are some selections from their rustic section I thought I’d show you:

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Weathered Wood rustic invitation abb

rustic wedding invitation AW35059NFC abb

love never fails invitation abb

You can see more of their rustic invitation selection here (this’ll take you to their site, where you can peep the whole rustic enchilada; for the wider selection view all invites, and other cool stuff).

Invitations are a personal thing.  You start out innocently enough wanting to get the perfect invite to fit your party, but then realize that if you’re not making it yourself, you’re likely going to have to spend some crazy amounts of dough to get the things made.  Like today I went out to get some invitations for a party for just 20 people and customization was going to bring it to around $100.  Think about that.  And there are better places to spend crazy dough, you guys.  Like on food.  Like on photography.  Like on cinematography.  Like on your dress.  If you ask me, it simply doesn’t make sense to spend exorbitant amounts of moola (unless you hit the lottery recently, or come from money, or elaborate costly invitations give you LIFE, or you want to live fast and die young <– the only exceptions) on a piece of paper that people will put on their fridge for a few days before marking your wedding date in their calendars and throwing the piece of paper away (right after they’ve used it to scoop up a dead spider they just swatted – I have done this, I’m sorry).

Invitations serve a specific purpose: informing the recipient of the date of your wedding.  Let them be just that.

A special offer for our readers – Get an extra 15% off your wedding invitation order with code KNOTTY15. That’s a deal on top of a bargain! Offer valid through 6/30/2014.

Little note: I have some BIG news coming up, that I’m finally going to announce.  It’s the kind of news you’re probably not going to believe, especially coming from me.  So stay tuned if you’re into life-changing news and stuff.  Or don’t.  Your call.  P.S. I miss and love you.



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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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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT | Whimsical Prints: Affordable + Fast Invitations & Stationery

Happy Friday, loves!  This here’s your first post out of two for the day (crazy, I know)… and it regards something that I think might be very useful to a whole lot of brides and grooms out there.  [SPOILER ALERT/FYI: In post #2 today, I'll be featuring two of my new favorite things in a brand new column... so stay tuned, y'know, if you like becoming obsessed with amazing things that are cool, or whatevs.]

Here’s the deal… if you’re anything like me, when you think of wedding stationery – you know: the invitations, save the date cards, rsvp cards, thank you notes, table numbers, magnets, programs, etc. – you probably think {Continue reading…}

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