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:

west elm metallic zipper case

west elm metallic zipper case silver gold

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

west elm gold metallic monogrammed tray 2

This jewelry box, $59:

rustic wood monogrammed jewelry box

This jewelry box, too, $24 – $49:

mirrored monogram jewelry box west elm

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:

Baggu Bag Collection - Navy + Gold

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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“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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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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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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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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Rustic Winter Wedding Inspiration: White Antlers + Ruffled Cake = “Winter Kissed” | A Styled Shoot by Andi Mans

Happy Friday, friendlies.  OMG GREAT shoot for you today.  So pumped.  But naturally, we begin with a .gif parade……

In pet news: I’m pretty sure Bambino and I have already got a version of this down:  {Continue reading…}

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PORTUGAL WEDDING WITH SUCCULENTS | … so it’s awesome. Plus: The Day I Realized Everyone Has Seen Me Naked. | By Brancoprata

Honey let me know something moderately horrifying the other day.

“The most interesting thing happened on my way home from the Cleaners just now” he said, gleefully hopping into the bathroom like a child on Christmas morning.   “I could see you while you were showering.”

“See me? my naked body??”

“Well.. {Continue reading…}

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GIRL TALK: The Single Most Essential Behavior to a Lasting Relationship. Do You Do It? PLUS: A DIY Rustic Vintage Teacup Wedding by Honey Honey, & LOL News Fit to Blog.

OMFGYOUGUYSTHISWEDDING.  <== no seriously this time.

But first, I have a little story for you {Continue reading…}

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Not Gonna Talk About Kate Middleton’s Boobies. PLUS: TKB News, a Pink + Red + White Wedding by Nessa K, The Best Advice I Ever Got… and life these days.

I know I wrote a lot of words today.  I just feel like I have to say it all.

The way that I’m gonna start this off is by first telling you the way that I am not gonna start it off.  Which is: talking about Kate Middleton’s boobies.  You really think I’m gonna throw that kinda thing in your face on a MONDAY AFTERNOON?  Please- I am not that crass.  I do not hurl nakedness at you on just any day of the week.  I hurl sex stuff at you only on Tuesday through Friday and sometimes Saturday.  Which means I’m waiting until tomorrow to talk about Kate Middleton’s chest being photographed/published/seen by the world entirely without her permission.

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The Knotty Bride @ The Cream Tonight | 2 Ways to Recognize Me…

If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to…   {Continue reading…}

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WHIMSICAL RUSTIC WEDDING | “The more your wedding reflects you as a couple, the more meaningful it will be to the people who share it with you.” By AE Pictures Inc.

Right from the moment my Pandora station spit out Gotye and then followed it with Ingrid Michaelson’s “Sort Of,” consecutively, I knew it was going to be a good day.

And then I thought to myself, “wow, this Pandora station is positively nailing my taste in music right now!”

And then I thought to myself, “I wonder what station this is!  Lemme see…”

And that’s when I realized I’d been listening to my iTunes playlist THE. WHOLE. TIME.  *mind blown up from stupidity*

Anyways, even though that really happened, I’m still having a great afternoon/evening, and I hope you are, too.  And if you’re not, I hope this wedding I’ve got here cheers ya right up.  And if you need a little extra cheering up, Bambino’s at the end of it all to push you over that cheer edge.  DOUBLE RAINBOW OF CHEER!!  all the way.  So intense.

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RUCHE BRIDAL COLLECTION PREVIEW | Vintage-Inspired Dresses, Shoes and Accessories.

Oh yes, I realize that it’s Friday evening.  Trust.  But my hope is that this post will bring you a little weekend cheer, to be carried through all the way up until Monday at 10:00 am.  ’Course, there are several things I’d like to discuss at this moment, not just one, but I’m sure you’ve come to expect that of me at this point in the game.  So here we go.

I’ve been smelling diaper cream for the better part of an hour now, and that would be fine except (well not fine, but…) there are approximately zero babies (or centenarians) within shouting distance of me.

I want to get to the BOTTOM of this!  <– diaper joke.

Ok so many of you know, I’ve been hunkered down today as I continue to spit up what will be Part Dos of hopefully only TWO Bachelor Finale recaps, in what is my albeit small but driven contribution to the world’s efforts in making a person like Ben pay for his behavior this year.  I wanna make the phrase go, “no BAD deed goes unpunished,” instead of the other way around – who’s with me?

But the thing is I’ve been raring to go on blogging this preview post of the killer new wedding collection that Ruche shared with me recently, because I think– scratch that, I KNOW it’s going to get your brain tingling and your body seizing when you see the whole shebang.

PAR EXAHHMPLUHHH:   {Continue reading…}

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BLACK VEIL LOVE | Twilight + Rustic Ralph Lauren Lake House + Elegant Gothic Chic = TO DIE FOR Wedding Inspiration. … Also Bambino. Also, I need costume ideas.

Oh, hello!  Happy Wednesday evening!  I, uhh, I didn’t see you there.  What is it, like 8pm here in NY?  You uhh, you sorta caught me off guard.  My pants are actually down.  You caught me with my pants down.  Actually completely off, they’re completely off of my body.  Here, see?  See what you’ve walked in on? {Continue reading…}

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THE HOT DRESS LIST | Bridal Market, The Short & Long of It. | ONLY My Favorite Wedding Dresses. Plus, my Annoying Things List (it’s short but potent) and Bambino.

Happy Wednesday evening, friendsicles!

So, you may have heard, but Bridal Market has been happening and I am COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED AND NOT EVEN DONE EXPERIENCING IT…

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DIY RUSTIC RANCH PINK + GOLD WEDDING | ruffled dresses, Bon Iver, cotton candy and metallic gold and yellow fringe = KILLER WEDDINGNESS, SON.

↑ I’m dying.  I’m dead.

Real quick before I get into it – did that Ashton Kutcher kid really leave Demi of Ghost?  I heard this recently.  I just sort of thought it would never happen.  Have you heard this, too?

Ok SO… Happy Friday afternoon AGAIN!  :)  As promised, here’s blog post numero dos, brought to you by none other than Brooke, one of our fabulous Knotty Bloggistas and it’s gonna KILL YOUR FACE.  But yeah, so today has turned out to be a much more loverly Friday afternoon than earlier.  At least where I’m located.  And I’m digging it.  Bam is at my feet, lettin’ ‘em loose like he just ate Mexican food or something, and still, despite that, I’m pumped to share everything that is THIS POST.  That’s how good it is.  Actually, speaking of Mexican food, I wanna share some words from the photographer responsible for shooting this KILLER A$$ WEDDING SHENANIGAN… one Taylor Lord Photography:

“What do a custom-made linen bride’s dress, homemade blueberry lemonade vodka and mexican chocolate chip cookies, a beat poet, edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, driftwood, madlibs, cotton candy, a wedding march, and the cutest ring bearer entrance ever have in common?”

Seriously, I couldn’t have said it better.  ALL OF THOSE THINGS mean one seriously phenom wedding.

BUT FIRST.  Something that scares me… a mini personal story:

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SEASIDE GLAMOUR + I NEED HER DRESS | fuchsia + mint + white delight | Plus, The Bambeen… and I need a little advice from you guys. Also, holy crap I’ve lost my mind.

Second verse, same as the first.  I have to warn you, yet again, that today’s post got so out of hand I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU.  I’m afraid even to read it over for spelling and punctuation.  I fear my own rampant oddness will get the best of me, like two parallel universes (universi?) colliding.  I’m scared.  Please, hold me.

Yep… happy late afternoon on Friday, friendlies.  Please, BRACE THYSELVES.  {Continue reading…}

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DIY ANTHROPOLOGIE CONFETTI WEDDING | Planning a wedding when you’re addicted to Pinterest. … And a (completely unrelated) whore teacup FOR THE WIN!

Ok, crazy awesome wedding approaching at warp speed, however before we get into it, I must – MUST – relay a little anecdote from Thursday, if you don’t mind…

So, yesterday, while he was perusing the feedback on Rhi’s amazeballs guest post (y’all are so freakin’ supportive of each other!  it’s bonkers!), Honey happened to notice a link nestled inside one of our newer commentor’s (thanks for the awesome comment, Katy!) comments.  He was intrigued.  {Continue reading…}

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WEDDING INSPIRATION LOVE | My Number 2 All Time Favorite Flower In the World for Wedding Bouquets, love bird love, lace wedding cake love… and your Friday Puppy.

SHARK WEEK!  WOOOooooOOOOOoooOOOO!  Nah, just kidding I couldn’t care less.  Hahaahaah.  Yeah.

Ok so here we go… happy Friday afternoon, friendlies!  How goes it?  Is it feelin’ hot hot hot where you are?  Because it’s 101 degrees of caliente here and so IT’S KIND OF A LITTLE INTENSE.  If I had alls-bay, they would probably be completely en fuego.  (Haha, I pig Latin’d balls, even though I unabashedly started out yesterday’s post with the very word in all its glory.  Hmph.  Odd.)  Anyway my focus is elsewhere, because our building sometimes *vibrates* for some unapparent and most likely harmful reason, however I’m sitting here in my vibrating chair and… not minding it so much?  In fact, I’m kind of enjoying it ifyaknowwhatimeanandithinkyoudo.  Sing it with me… I’m pickin’ up goooood viiiiiibraaaaations.  Yeah ok I need some water; maybe that’ll get the crazy out.  I beg you to blame the heat for any further instances of crazy.  Ok?  Please?  I’m gonna go ahead and assume that you’re on board.  Great. {Continue reading…}

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PINK + PEACH + WHITE REAL WEDDING | Simple, inexpensive details are SO KEY. Also, I like it when men cry.

↑ yup.

I accidentally bought unsweetened peanut butter at Whole Foods the other day.  Never again.

Never. again. {Continue reading…}

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WHITE + MINT + LAVENDER | Whimsical Wedding Inspiration, FORM OF: Streamers, ribbons, bunting, treats, bottles & pointelle lace. Also, THINGS JUST GOT REAL.

First off, LOL.  I originally wrote “Steamers” instead of “Streamers” in the title.  GLAD I CAUGHT THAT BEFORE PUBLISHING TODAY.

Anywho, afternoon, lovelies!  What is it, like 3:30 EST?  Yeah, you’ll get why in a sec.  Ok, so I just gotta tell you that we’ve got relatively amazeballs things happening sooner and later this month, such as but not limited to: a fanFREAKINGtastic Sarah Seven giveaway (yes, that’s correct, ANOTHER giveaway from Sarah Seven, no big whoop), a photo shoot giveaway comin’ atcha in like A DAY, and lots and lots of real weddings that all tend to make my heart beat the way it did when I was in college and I had a lifesize poster of Dave Matthews above my bed.  Try to remember that Dave Matthews was appealing several years ago.  Not the today Dave Matthews.  Just, yeah, think back.  Who’s with me?  Don’t hate; appreciate. {Continue reading…}

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SUMMER WEDDING INSPIRATION + BEDROOM WRESTLING | One redonk inspiration shoot meets Alison wanting to, but feeling unsure about, discussing sexy time.

SO.

There’s a shoot that’s about to slap you in the face, amazeballs-inspiration-style, and I’m moderately thrilled to share it with you in a sec.

BUT FIRST… an *issue* I’d like to address, head-on.

As you know, here at TKB I thrive on talking about all things wedding and style, throwing in a pinch of celebrity dish, anywhere from a dash-to-a-horse-trough of fashion, sprinklings of tips from myself and industry mavens and… of course… some juicy, random, ridiculous, reDONKULOUS, totally WEIRD, totally AMAZEBALLS, and sometimes super-duper-private “I probably shouldn’t share this for the sake of my family name but WHATEV, my readers they need to hear this story so they can learn from it/enjoy it/make fun of it/throw up a little bit in their mouths over it/scoff at it/hate on it/thrill over it/whisper to their friends about it/totally identify with it” bits from my personal life.  And, as you’ve likely become aware, the personal life aspect is sort of my fave part.  It’s really too much fun to make fun of yourself and tell stories about those you love on a daily basis.  And, fortunately, everyone in my life rules pretty hard and *gets* that I’m mentally jotting down interactions for zee purposes of zee bliggity.  BUT.

It’s crazy hard to know where to draw the line on one front.  Yeah it’s just one, but it’s sort of a HUGERIFIC one.   Any guesses before I reveal?  The answer, after the jump… {Continue reading…}

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ELEGANT CALIFORNIA WEDDING | Urban Sophistication Meets French Romance… with the rockinest shoe shot I’ve seen. + Bambino & The Bachelorette [or, WTF Ashley?]

RIGHT.  So lemme get this straight.  Notably sane Michelle Money who has suddenly developed concern for others tipped off Ashley that Bentley was a douchebag, Ashley tells Chrisharrison (don’t call him Chris, it’s not his name, Chrisharrison is his name) that someone warned her about Bentley being a douchebag (or as everyone on that show says, “being here for the wrong reasons”) and then Ashley falls for him in whatever amount is less than 0.5 seconds, and then Bentley psychopaths out and says douchey things in his interviews but treats her like so many sophomore boys treated me when I was a freshman in college {Continue reading…}

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