11 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses That Aren’t White (+Wedding Guest Options)

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 pink lace dressASTR 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)”

Need A New Book? My Latest Picks.

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!

xo Alaina