Moving is so hard. Moving cities, impossible. There’s the hiring of movers, the packing and unpacking of the stuff. The inevitable day where a beloved piece of furniture breaks or your favorite box of clothes… More
We went to this beautiful wedding at Atwood Ranch in Sonoma on Saturday and spent much of the night talking to a newly engaged friend. She was already stressed about planning the wedding, and it had only been a few weeks since the engagement! I flashed back to when googling “wedding planning” spit out millions of to-do lists and timelines, and I freaked – where to start? I ended the night promising to send her a list of everything we did in the first few months to minimize our wedding stress. Promise, delivered! My top tips for you too, here… Continue reading “My Top Tips For Planning A Wedding”
I just got back from my bff’s glorious Minneapolis wedding, and it reminded how stressful it can be to find the right rehearsal dinner dress! For me, it was almost harder than the wedding dress. You have to pick something that makes you feel like yourself, so you can focus on your fiancé and your guests, but also you want to look fabulous for the insta. (Speaking of, I have one: @thechampagnechic, find me!) So, this is my annual wedding cheat sheet on for all you ladies out there. BONUS, if you are not getting married, these are all great options for being a guest too (except the white one, don’t be that girl). Enjoy!ASTR The Label: So pretty, so pretty, so pretty. Might be best for those with a small to medium chest, but the lace and the color make me swoon. Continue reading “11 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses That Aren’t White (+Wedding Guest Options)”
If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for a new book. I go through books pretty quickly because I read constantly – and there’s so many benefits to a page turner on the reg. Did you know only six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%? If you have trouble falling asleep, read for 10 minutes. Trust me, you’ll pass right out. Here’s what on my nightstand right now.
Essentialism, Greg McKeown: Normally I don’t buy into self-help. But this book has actually changed and improved my life. If ever feel sucked into a dinner you don’t want to be at, or tired of doing things that don’t bring you joy, or overwhelmed, well… ever, this is the book for you. A pretty quick read, Essentialism’s premise isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It’s a guide for focusing on what’s necessary in your life and spending your time and energy there. The good part, it doesn’t tell you what should be important in your life (since we all have different priorities!), it let’s you figure it out for yourself, and gives you the tools to focus on those things. A must read for the working girl, or literally any mom.
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng: A fly-by-night mom and daughter move to a small town where residents pride themselves on following the rules. This is a story about families, friendships and what happens when worlds collide. Per the blurb: “Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity.” A real page turner, Celeste’s way of writing is poignantly engaging, but not so flowery you get bored. The characters are interesting, and you can’t help but want the best for all of them – even when they are making terrible decisions. Good for the beach, before bed or on the subway.
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt: A single tragic accident changes the course of a young boys’ life and brings into his possession a captivating painting, as we follow the aftermath into his adulthood. This is a legit piece of literature (it won the Pulitzer) – a long, hard read, but totally worth it. The writing is powerful and vivid. The characters are complicated, frustrating, and simultaneously irresistible. I read it months ago and still find myself dreaming about the characters and what’s happened to them since. Don’t pick it up if you prefer lighter, fluffy books. Read it before it’s turned into a movie in 2019.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen: You probably read this classic in high school and haven’t thought about it since. Give it another look – I’ve read it a dozen times and always realize something new. A powerful love story and a reminder that women should never settle in love or life. And my third favorite movie. (I mean, the part where Mr. Darcy is laying it all on the line for Keira Knightly by the white column building in the rain, ugh, chills!)
Have any good book recos? Send them my way!
1) Summer dresses from Reformation. I could happily buy every dress they make. Mine is sold out in blue, but it does come in four other equally exciting colors. Find me on insta for more style pics: @thechampagnechic Continue reading “Five Things I Can’t Live Without Right Now”
I can hardly believe that we got married two years ago! Time has gone by so fast. As we celebrated our anniversary yesterday, I was feeling wistful for our wedding weekend and in an effort to relive that glorious time, I wanted to share moments from our special day with all of you! Warning: rainforests, champagne and dancing ahead… Continue reading “Our Destination Wedding in Puerto Rico”
New sunglasses are the easiest way to spruce up your style for spring. I love that you can pop on a fresh pair to go from glam to funky in seconds. And you don’t have to spend a fortune either – my white sunnies from River Island got me feeling sooo 70’s, and they are under $25! Retro not your vibe? There’s a whole world of classic and colorful options to choose from… Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Sunnies for Spring”
I have been on the hunt for a plaid blazer for months now. I was longing for a boyfriend style with a bigger check, but not super boxy, so it was still feminine and appropriate for the office. My months of “hard work” finally paid off in the form of this little number from Anine Bing. The fit is perfect, and the fabric is a versatile medium weight with a hint of red. Tt looks great with jeans and a cami, or a simple dress and heels. I might wear this 2-3 times a week now, don’t judge me… Continue reading “Plaid Blazer + My Anine Bing Obsession”