Photos taken by the amazing Katie Salerno Photography and edited by me.
Photos taken by the amazing Katie Salerno Photography and edited by me.
Let’s chat wedding stationery! This has been something I have looked forward to during the entire wedding planning process! Our wedding planner, Cristen, from Cristen & Co. helped us find Valerie from The Paper Perfectionist and the second I saw her work I knew we had to have her help us! Wedding stationery is so important to me for so many reasons, one of which is that it is the last time my full name will be written out on paper with my maiden name since I am taking Jimmie’s last name. I am a thank you note girl (and just a note gal in general) so it makes sense that I love all things paper and stationery! I recently had our design meeting for our invitations and I could not be more excited. Valerie is the most amazing designer and brings her invitations to life for her clients. The coolest thing about our design meeting is that we got to look through all of her past work (all of the photos in this post are pictures of her incredible past clients’ invitations)!
A question I keep asking myself through every wedding related decision Jimmie and I make is: What are the overall words that we want our guests to use to describe our wedding? The words classic, traditional, romantic, and timeless are all the words that we have come up with that keep coming to mind. When it came to designing our wedding invitations and Save the Dates with Valerie, we wanted those words to continue to hold true!
Do you have colors? Do you want these colors to carry through to your invitation? I think that if a wedding has dominant colors or a theme that it should somehow come through in the invitation. It gives guests a little sneak peek but remember that there is a way to do this in a non IN YOUR FACE way. Valerie had some really awesome ways to incorporate our neutral colors but also preppy feel into the invitations (you’ll have to wait and see what we chose to do). Some ideas of bringing your colors or themes into the invitation are through a wax seal, the colors of the font, envelope liners, and the color of the insert paper. Valerie’s office is filled with so much fun beautiful paper and things to look at I was booming with ideas, but the amazing thing about having someone help you design your stationery is that they keep you on track!
I once heard that you really should only use two (sometimes three) fonts in a design/brand/project and I really have found this to be true. You don’t want to overwhelm the page. Also, make sure you can read all the fonts! My parents have been kind enough to offer the perspective of someone without 20/20 vision (hehe love you guys). I am so glad that they pointed out that although some certain cursive fonts look gorgeous to me, they might not be the easiest to read and your invitation is first and foremost a piece of paper to deliver information to your guests and it is important that the font is easily read so that they know the time and place of your wedding!
Pocket folders, vellum, ribbons OH MY! There are so many different things you can do to embellish your special invitations. My advice–don’t over do it! We had a very simple Save the Date with a fun vellum envelope.
I can’t wait to share what we came up with after the wedding! Eek! We’re so close! Starting to feel so real!
Staycations/vacations are one of my absolute favorite things ever (who doesn’t love them) and sometimes you just want a homey feel and your own kitchen to cook meals in. You can now have both! In my opinion, this makes an experience in a city feel as if you were from there and you are able to have the most authentic visit. I have partnered with Booking.com to share with you how they have now made it easier than ever to rent a home in your city or in another. The coolest part is you can even list your own home if you want to share your house with others through Booking.com site! Want to try out a new city or thinking of moving to a new place? I highly recommend using Booking.com’s new way of listing your own home or renting from someone else to really feel like you are a local! I explored my own city and discovered you could rent bikes for $3 an hour! What a fun way to explore while staying comfortable. Don’t forget to also make use of my $30 off discount on Booking.com when booking your next trip by clicking here!
Thanks to Booking.com for sponsoring this post.
Photos: Catherine Threlkeld Photography
Hey Everyone! Hope you all are having a fabulous Monday!
Today I am partnering with August Morgan by Kate Hersch to share their gorgeous summer line with you all! This dress is my absolute favorite dress from the line and I have already worn it 5 times in a week…oops! But how fun are these sleeves? This would be the cutest 4th of July or Memorial Day Weekend dress–just add some fun earrings and heels for date night! I love a shirt dress and picked this one to share since shirt dresses are so versatile. They can be dressed up or dressed down. Here, I went for a bit of a mix with my hair up instead of down and some fun earrings. I also chose to wear flats since I was having a date night on the boat with Jimmie and heels and docks…just don’t go, unless you are more coordinated than I am 🙂 This is the Rum Punch dress and I am wearing an XS for reference! She also carries the CUTEST bar cart essentials and comfiest pajamas!
Thank you to August Morgan for sponsoring this post.
Hey Y’all! This is a post I have been meaning to put up for a while now. I wanted to put it together to answer a lot of common questions about products I use. I will be updating this every little while with new items I love. Please feel free to email, comment, or DM me on Instagram (@prepofboston) if you have any questions about any of these products! I know many questions you all have are on hair so I will be posting a separate post on more details on what I use around that and only put up a couple around that topic here!
Lotion: Alba Botanica Hawaiian After-Sun Lotion I swear by this stuff. I use it all year round because 1. I LOVE the scent, it smells like summer to me: coffee, coconut, yumminess. It also is meant to be extremely hydrating since it is made for using after a day in the sun where you skin just gets drained of all of its moisture. I use this when my skin is still warm after I shower. It is so gentle that I have even used it on my face.
Moisturizer: Fresh Overnight mask I have loved the brand Fresh for a while now and have even worked with them which was a dream come true. Their overnight mask is a heavier moisturizer that I sleep with. I was scared at first since it is definitely a thicker mask but I have never broken out from it. My skin always feels amazing when I wake up. I also use their cleanser and it is super gentle.
Dry Shampoo: Living Proof , I LOVE this dry shampoo. It actually cleans your hair so it doesn’t feel like a normal dry shampoo. I have no joke tried every single dry shampoo option out there and this is one I swear by. I usually will take my blow dryer to my roots where I sprayed it for a few seconds after and massage with my hands just to work it into my hair better.
Mascara: Well People Expressionist Mascara in black and jane iredale PureLash. I use the conditioner first, always starting at the root of my lashes and working my way up to make my lashes appear fuller. You will immediately see how this formula is LIFE CHANGING and lengthens your natural lashes. I let this dry for a few seconds and then do the same motion with the mascara and apply two coats. I love this mascara since I never have fall out.
Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer or Nars in Laguna. Both of these bronzers have red undertones so you will never look orange or like an oompa loompa! A little goes a long way with both of these I always tap my brush a couple of time before applying. Nars has a slight shimmer and the Benefit one is completely matte.
Lip gloss: Nars Turkish Delight and Smith & Cult Life In Photographs both of these are a beautiful light pink that are super subtle. They add a little brightness to your face which I love. Most days I only wear mascara, bronzer, and one of these.
Curling wand: T3 Micro Trio I tried this out c/o and I will never use another wand again. This baby holds a curl like no other and I love that it is one iron instead of 5 or 6 but can do so many different looks. I typically use the largest iron for touch ups and the smallest on first day clean hair since it is a tighter curl that then relaxes over the next few days.
Self tanner: St. Tropez Self Tan Express I recommend buying the mitt as well since it gives an even tan. I leave the tan on for the longest amount of time: 3 hours. I love how natural the tan comes out and yes, I do use it on my face. I apply it to my entire body and use what is left on the mitt to spread over my face. Tip: I put lotion on my hands, feet, and lightly on my elbows and knees to since those are the driest parts of our bodies so they tend to collect a lot of the product! ALSO, if you are a local Bostonian, I also go to blush tans in West Peabody (20 minutes north of Boston) and see Kate. She gives the most natural tans and they fade incredibly. If you don’t want your whole body sprayed, she can also just do your face or your upper body which is great for the winter.
Nail polish: Essie Ballet Slippers If you know me, you know my nails are always painted. I love how a simple nude or a plain white (although spray tans make white a little hard) can make you look clean and put together in one second. I am also weirdly good at painting my own nails but ever since gel nail polish came into the picture I go and get my nails done frequently; however, I got a couple infections from nail salons so I usually just get a gel polish change where they just paint my nails and I do my own cuticles at home!
Hair Scrunchies: Velvet hair scrunchies are my GO TO for holding my hair in pony tails or top knots. They don’t leave any creases in my hair which means I can go longer with out washing or styling my hair but if you know me you know I wear my hair down a lot but when I am working or running around the house, I always have my hair up and these save me time having to re do my hair.
Detergent (wow I must be an adult): Tyler Diva. I always tell people to buy this in the smaller size since it is less expensive and it is good to see if you like it first. It has a strong scent (in the best way possible) so I mix half with half of unscented laundry detergent. It is absolutely AMAZING and my perfume has been neglected lately since I don’t need it. I use it on Jimmie’s clothes, too, and he LOVES the compliments he gets at work and from complete strangers (not kidding) haha!
Photo by: Katie Salerno Photography
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