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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‘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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THIS or THAT? | My Room Appears to Be Haunted… Woot? PLUS: An App I’m Loving, Our New Fave Show, AND: Are You a “Balanced” Couple? | Cameron Leung Photography

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HEY GIRL: Are We Over Ryan Gosling Yet? Let’s Test It By Pouring Over This Shoot Inspired By “The Notebook”

Just FYI-

If saving the world ends up being about me having to print out a document using my personal at-home printer, without assistance from others or an unlimited supply of printer paper on which to inexplicably mess up,

apologies ahead of time for your death.

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GET THE LOOK: 2 WAYS | One’s with a Dress, the Other’s in the Flesh. Also, my puppy stops by. | Jennifer Bagwell

Second post of the day, puhPOW!  Ok, so you know that inescapable desire lots of us peoplefolk have (myself, included) to look not only our best, but also spectacularly unique, if ohhh I dunnooo… maybe, say, we’re going to be spending 6-10 hours in the vicinity of a photographer whose only mission is to get great images of *the face and body* on one of the biggest, most important days of our lives?  Well, if you ask me, whether it’s on your wedding day, or at your engagement shoot, or wherever – it’s not such a bad thing to want to look amazeballs in every way.  … of course, I’m already getting ahead of myself.  So let’s just get on with it, shall we?  Great.

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GIRL TALK | 19-year-old Miley Cyrus is engaged, while I lost my virginity at 21.

I know, second post in day WHOA.  But I’m keeping this post short and sweet, because I don’t have much relevant experience in the arenas of being 19 years old anymore and getting engaged at an early age.

But what I DO know is she’s getting some crap about it.  But is the “too young for marriage” argument deserved, or misguided?

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The Fall of Pinterest + Cotton Candy Carnival Shoot By Katy O Photo + Bambino has a TWIN + Oh Look, I Killed Another Thing. (And Then You Say: “What’s new?”)

Ok, SO!  It’s late Tuesday, and working on a certain tv show recap all day has resulted in one of those weirdly out of control posts a lot of you may be familiar with.  It’s true; out of control posts have been few and far between here on the blog.  So…. like… here you go..?  You’re welcome..?  Just– just please don’t judge me.

I will start with the thing I fear most when it comes to my online world.   Particularly with regard to Pinterest.   {Continue reading…}

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THE ANTI-TREND SHOOT + GIVEAWAY | Serendipity Studios Brings Us Modern Elegance & “It Must Be Fate” Wedding Photography Giveaway

Happy Thursday evening, lovers!  Welcome to your second post of the day.  Wowza, really doubling it up lately, eh?  Guess there’s just a LOT going on these days.  I’ve gotta say, I’m very pleased to share with you this sort of two-for-one delight we’ve got going on below.  To celebrate the launch of Serendipity Studios‘ lovlingly revamped website, plus the anniversary of their truly lovely Miami studio, Candice Cossel of Serendipity Studios is holding a pretty unbelievable contest all of a sudden and I’d say it’s nothing less than the cat’s pajamas.  Apparently that’s a good thing.  Anyway when she told me about it my face just blew right off of my face.  That’s twice in one week now.  I’m holding off on a doctor’s appointment to test out the durability/elasticity of my connective tissues because I just don’t even wanna KNOW at this point.  The prognosis is undoubtedly bad, so in this instance, ignorance is bliss.  Except my face keeps falling off.  NOT BLISS.

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DEAR TKB: “I’d like to do something different for our engagement session. Any ideas?” + The Apple Orchard E-Shoot of Melissa + Jon | By Megan Dandeles Photography

Happy Friday eeeeeevunink lovelies!  I hope you’re having a pleasant start to your weekend.  I have a one two punch for your peepers and your noodle tonizzle and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.  We’re going to see how tasty treats can be one of the most enjoyable ways to *propify* your shoot, but we’re also going to try to tackle a question from a reader that speaks to the difficulty and in some cases pressure that many new brides can experience when planning “that perfect engagement session.”   So if you have any ideas/suggestions for today’s reader, please do share at the end, as we’d love to hear whatcha gots to say.

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DEAR TKB: “I am at my wit’s end. The situation with my parents has gotten out of control…” | REAL LIFE ISSUES

123four. five. 678nine. ten. ELEVEN. TWELVE. 


Aright, SO!  Happy Wednesday evening to your faces n stuff.  Listen, I will have you know that I am very, very excited for today’s question.  Of course by excited I actually mean totally emotionally distraught and angry that effing people keep effing acting this way towards their own effing children.

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VINTAGE 50s LOVE SHOOT + A PERSONAL POST | I worry that a lot of people marry other people because of some reason other than real love… Plus, Bambino. | Photography by Rabiah Khwaja Gohar

Happy late in the day on Tuesday, lovers.  Thanks for being super troopers (← GREAT movie) and bearing with me as I fight (or lay moaning in submission of) this cold, you guys.  I appreciate the concern everyone’s been showing me, it touches my heart so deeply.  Seriously, so deeply, you have NFI.  It’s actually kind of shocking how sick I am, really.  I’ve been so fortunate not to have had a cold in I think a few years, so this is all new to me.  I’m the kind of sick where you find yourself leaning your head on the bathroom mirror to hold yourself up while you brush your teeth, and sitting down in the tub because you realize that taking a shower is actually pretty hard work.  It’s like, constant movement.  I’m weirdly sicker than I was last week, with new symptoms which leads me to believe that I’ve contracted some sort of cold starfish and it’s just going to keep regenerating arms of cold, and essentially stay with me into eternity.  I’m gonna have a cold in heaven, is what I’m working to accept right now.

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“THE FIRST FOUR WORDS DESCRIBE YOU” + REAL TALK | I have discovered the wedding trend of my ironic, hipster dreams. Also, Kim Kardashian is my hero?

Oh hello there, everyone.  Happiest of afternoons to your faces!  I hope your day is going pleasantly… is this something I can safely assume?  Do you mind if I just go ahead and assume it?  Great.  Ok, here comes me talking…

I’ve got something very serious to talk about today, and it’s about being true to myself, as well as finally putting something to rest.

But FIRST, I saw this on the Today Show this morning and wanted to share it with you.  Look at the smiley face built out of words below.  The first four words you notice are supposed to be descriptive of you and your personality.  Ok, GO:

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DEAR TKB: “DIY and Cheesiness Are Four Letter Words to Us…” | Plus, an exquisitely vintage, romantic session that proves my answer. | Photography by BrancoPrata

AAAAAAAAND we’re BAAAAAAACK!  *said like Jimmy Fallon in that Z105 sketch from SNL in which he uncharacteristically managed not to crack up at himself during the sketch*

Sooo… ‘ja miss me?  I missed you.  … Wait no, not you… YOU… yeah… you, over there… yeah… no wait, no, not youYOU.  Yeah, YOU, right there.  I’m pointing at you.  Right.  I missed you so much!

Anywho, on this beautiful late Monday afternoon, aka our first day back from a week’s vacation, I think I’ll start off excessively strong and super inappropriate.   In other words, promptly return to business as usual.  Ok HERE WE GO, with a…


If you and your beloved’s initials are something like, say, “T + A” or “D + P” consider – just consider{Continue reading…}

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DEAR TKB: “We’re planning our wedding, so I have a lot of pictures of my body in my near future… should I hide it or embrace it?”

Happy Monday afternoon, everybody!  There’s a reader out there who needs a little advice regarding her body.  But I think this question could stand to be heard by all of us.

Question from a reader:

I’m in a little situation for which I have only myself to blame, but I’m hoping you can give me some advice, because at this point I’m completely unsure about what to do and if I’ll regret it or not.   {Continue reading…}

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NERD CHIC AT SECRET HEADQUARTERS | Bacon-Centric Food Trucks, Nintendo & The Pigsingtons | FYI, Tuuhh-daay i-is Friiiiii-daaay, Friiiii-daaay. Also, Bam.

I’ve had this pair of boy short underwear sitting on my desk – my desk, on it – for four days now as a visual reminder to buy more boy short underwear for a vacation we’re going on soon.

Guess if I’ve bought more boy short underwear yet.  Go ahead, guess.

Anyway.  It’s late Friday afternoon, friendsicles!  And I’m excited to leave you with this magical post, as we head into our weekends. {Continue reading…}

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SHOOT DETAILS THAT GET YOU PUBLISHED | Sweet treats, piglets, picnics, quilts, bunting, confetti icing… | Plus, Our Giveaway Winner! Oh and Bambino, obvs.

Ok so things may or may not have gotten a little out of control with this post, so I’m warning you up front.  Crazy ahead.  ……. yyyyyeeeeeeaaaaah.

By the way (did I just start off a blog post with “by the way?”) all day I’ve been blogging to the “tap tap tappity tap” of certain a/c units dripping ad nauseum onto other, lower a/c units jutting out from the apartments beneath them.  So, let it be known… this is how I roll.  But, my rolling aside, HAPPY LATE AFTERNOON ON THURSDAY, friendlies!  How goes it?  Well?  Not well?  I hope well.  That would suck if it was the latter.  Maybe the Bambino will do the trick, that is, if you are one of those at the mercy of the latter.  What in the EFF am I even talking about right now.  Enough.  Let’s start over.

I have sort of a smörgåsbord of “stuff” for you this afternoon, and I’ve been putting it together all day, ’cause you know I likes to takes my times with my bloggins, n such.  It’s weird; every single day all I want out of these blog posts is to make you guys smile… aaaaaand I’m starting to ramble again.  Yeeesh.  Ok I have one little *realization* to address right quick, and then some NEWS many of you have been awaiting, and THEN a shoot that shows you exactly what it involves to *get published* on a blog like this one.  Hint: it’s all in the details, details, details.  Ok…. now, about that realization thingamajig… {Continue reading…}

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PICK YOUR FAVE ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IDEA | Who gets the free shoot? You decide. Also, *my* review of a certain popular movie everyone’s talking about.

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is now closed.


Happy August 1st, everybody!  And more specifically, happy Monday afternoon!  How was your weekend?  Pleasant?  Hot?  Did you see any movies?  We did; we saw that Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis movie.  Friends with Benefits, I think?  Is that what it’s called?  Anyway I think I went into it {Continue reading…}

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2 THINGS I LIKE TO SEE IN ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS | Plus, Prop Love! Form of: Giant Steroidal Balloons. Instead of Your Booty, Make That E-Session POP! Also, Bamica.

↑ the *hovering* is key, folks.

Happy late Thursday afternoon, ladies and germs!  Here listen, I just noticed something weird about myself that I wanted to bounce off of you.  Half the time I write LOL, I have a blank expression on my face.  There is no ‘L’ going on.  No ‘OL’ going on, either.  So yeah I just realized that.

Am I alone in this?  Is that, like, weird, of me?  It’s ok, I can take it.  I have strong emotional muscles (lol that’s a lie.  P.S. – I didn’t laugh out loud when I wrote that ‘lol’ WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME).

Before we get into it today – THREE things: our killer Engagement Shoot Giveaway courtesy of Cameron Leung Photography?  Look out for news on THAT tomorrrow, darlings. ;)  And we’ve got another fantabulous giveaway that’s going to implode your mind coming real soon-like.  I’m already getting excited for you.  That’s so weird.   Someone needs to change these rules because I’m gonna need to be able to enter these contests in the future.  I’m gonna leave that in the Suggestions box.  Third thing is, we’re reviewing your incredible and PLENTIFUL Knotty Bloggista emails, 24/7.  We’ve already accepted one of y’all on board, and we couldn’t be more excited to reach out to gads more.  Soon, pretty people!  It’s honestly the best feeling ever knowing so many crazy good writers and stylistas are going to be slamming their thoughts down right here on TKB.  Utter AMAZEBALLSNESS.

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ANTHROPOLOGIE + FAMILY FARM LOVE | There’s a first time for everything… | Engagement Shoot by Jodi Miller… Plus, Bambino McPuppyPants – Character Actor.

Happy Thursday, friendlies!  It’s a sunny day where I am, and Bambino just wrapped up his 4th semi-barf of the morning.  Don’t worry, vet says he’s fine, so we’re not overly concerned about it.  But I’ve got to say, watching a six and a half month old frenchie dry heave blueberries and kibble has made it’s way to the top of my Saddest Sad Things List, even atop I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant (until I crapped out my baby, usually, is the way those end), 16 & Pregnant and 16 & Pregnant Reunion Specials.  So, hehe, you can uhhhh, you can probably get a good idea of how redonkulously sad it’s been to watch the furbaby hurl.  {Continue reading…}

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE + COLOR | Proof you don’t need props to rock a killer shoot. Plus, *One Fedora Per Crew* rule, The Bachelorette, and OUR GIVEAWAY WINNER!

You’re probably expecting me to wax concussed on the topic of last night’s Bachelorette episode.  And believe me, I want nothing more than to flippantly mock the ins and outs of reality television right now, because anything’s better than thinking about the fact that Bambino is getting his balls chopped off tomorrow.  But friends, I hesitate, because my biggest pet peeve, ahead of women humiliating men by forcing them to wear pink boxing uniforms, and women forcing men to whom they’re moderately attracted to fight for their honor while they talk to cameramen about how much they miss other men who are not present… even ahead of women who orchestrate televised ultimate fighting matches in a public forum between gentleman callers who are made up entirely of equal parts testosterone and competitiveness and say “I hope they don’t take it too seriously“…. yes, even ahead of that… my biggest pet peeve is when a tv network teases the teaser.  And ABC teased it like a college girl at a frat party in a wet t-shirt contest with an iron-on across the back of her bikini bottom that reads “I go both ways.” {Continue reading…}

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RUFFLES, LOVE & FRUSTRATION | Something I like, something I hate, and McPuppyPants does an impression. So in other words, business as usual.

Today, I’ve got to talk about something I feel pretty strongly about.  (And I’m gonna want to know if I’m alone in this feeling.)  Coupled, of course, with fashion, photography, pop culture and general wedding-related thingies.  So, a mixed bag. :)

Ok, SO.  Have you heard?   {Continue reading…}

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CANDY-COATED LOVE SHOOT | Why not match your fashion, decor and surroundings to your “couple personality?” I say DO IT | by Simply Bloom Photography

Real Housewives of New Jersey attacked my eyes again last night.  Please, someone teach me how to resist, without canceling our Bravo feed entirely.

In other news, you guys are gonna get *real quick* why I love this engagement shoot.  It should be rather apparent {Continue reading…}

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