Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

Our First Anniversary

One year ago today, on the day I’m posting this, we were still on cloud 9 from our amazing wedding day & were on our way to Italy for our honeymoon. I can’t believe it’s already been a year! This year has been full of change, growth, adventure, dream chasing, & endless laughter. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us.

We celebrated our anniversary this past weekend. One evening was particularly special so I made sure to document it so I would never forget.


Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

Our At Home Date Night

Setting The Mood

While Ben went out to get supplies, I proceeded to cover our table with wedding & Italy memorabilia. All the lemon things, the tiles that spell our last name we got on our honeymoon, the bowls & utensils that remind us of Italy, the candle we lit in Italy to bring back & flood our senses with memories upon lighting, a bottle of wine from our wedding, a bottle of limoncello, & our wedding album, guestbook, & my present to Ben, were all placed on the table. I then changed into the outfit I wore on our first evening in Italy & put on some Italian music in the background. Finally, I sprayed a bit of my wedding fragrance that I love so much & it took me right back.

Our Paper Anniversary

Over the past month, while Ben has been at work in the evenings, I’ve been sneakily working on a scrapbook full of memories from our first year. I’m so happy with how it turned out & he was so surprised! I included a few special bits from our wedding like love letters & the tag from my dress, etc., tickets, tiles, & sweet photos from our honeymoon, plus so many amazing memories we’ve made here in our home this past year. I know we will love looking back on this for years to come.

The Food

While we were in Italy, we took an amazing cooking class. What better way to celebrate our first anniversary than by making a great Italian dinner from scratch together. We found the recipe we used in Italy & decided to make homemade gnocchi with red sauce. This process was so fun & definitely a fun one to do together. Grating the potatoes, making the dough, cutting the individual pieces then pressing them with a fork, this is definitely not a quick meal to make. We had so much fun singing along to the Italian music, drinking wine from our wedding, & eating Italian bread with red sauce & mozzarella that we didn’t even care how long it took.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for all of your warm wishes on our anniversary. You all are just the sweetest & I love being able to share bits of our life with you.


Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook
Anniversary Pasta Making + Scrapbook

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My Honeymoon Packing Guide

My Honeymoon Packing Guide

My Honeymoon Packing Guide
My Honeymoon Packing Guide

Best Days Of Your Life

Going on a trip with the man you now call your husband just days after your whirlwind of a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you’re traveling near or far, these newlywed days spent alone in a new place are moments you’ll treasure forever. Last summer, my husband & I got married in Maine (see more here) & then had a straight up magical honeymoon in Italy (see more here). I look at our honeymoon pictures almost as much as I look at our wedding photos! Because of this fact, I thought I’d share with you my honeymoon packing guide to make the most of your memories & capture photos you’ll love looking back on for years to come.


My Honeymoon Packing Guide
My Honeymoon Packing Guide

Outfit Details

Pastel Stripe Maxi Dress from Chicwish // Affordable White Espadrilles // Beach Bag // Flower Earrings // Scarf // Floppy Hat


My Honeymoon Packing Guide


My Honeymoon Packing Guide
My Honeymoon Packing Guide

Honeymoon Must-Haves

Looking back on my trip, a few items stand out as must-haves in the category of memory making. First, I highly recommend you bring travel sized candles, or at least one. We brought two, one for each city we stayed in & burned them in the evenings before bed. We brought them home to savor as sweet memories because the scents take us right back to our Italian honeymoon. Another great thing we brought was a polaroid camera! We made a point to take 2-3 photos a day & somehow, these photos are the most special to us. They are not to post, they are only ours.

As far as clothing goes, midi & maxi dresses are key. You’re looking good & have a newlywed glow, so bring pieces you will feel good & look good in. This is your honeymoon. Don’t be afraid to show a little more skin than usual. Also, if you’re going somewhere tropical, a white swimsuit is a must! I found the perfect white one piece that doesn’t look see-through when wet for only $12! This was the same one I wore on my honeymoon & I absolutely adore it. I brought my white espadrilles, but because of all the stairs & walking we had to do, I basically wore these leather sandals with every outfit. Lastly, bring a large bag. Our beach bag was a lifesaver! I love being prepared for anything, so it was nice to have my swimsuit, towels, sunscreen, extra clothes, etc. very accessible at all times.

Trust Me…

You want these photos to be ones you happily look back on for years to come. One thing that really can make a photo is having the right accessories. Don’t dismiss the power of a great pair of earrings, a simple scarf, or a fun pair of sunglasses just because you’re on vacation! Trust me, take the time to plan & pack a few pairs of fun earrings as well as 2-3 pairs of sunglasses to mix things up. On our day trip to Capri, I wore my blue square scarf 3 different ways throughout the day! First, it was tied around my beach bag for a more personalized look. Then, I used it to tie my hair back in a ponytail when I got so hot from climbing stairs. Last, I tie my hair in a bun & wrapped the scarf around my head. See them all in action here.

My One Regret

My one regret was not something I didn’t pack on my way there, but on my way home. I had the idea while we were in Positano to buy a unisex onesie for our future baby to wear one day. Sadly, I chickened out in the end, but I really wish I had gotten one! How special would that be to dress our baby in a onesie we bought on our honeymoon?! So cute. Since I didn’t do it, I hope one of you will do this! If you do, please tell me!


My Honeymoon Packing Guide
My Honeymoon Packing Guide

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Bridal Makeup Tips

Bridal Makeup Tips

Bridal Makeup Tips
Bridal Makeup Tips

The Most Photographed Day Of Your Life

On my wedding day, I knew the look I was going for. I wanted to look like me, but the very best version of myself. Since I have makeup, I know my face, & I’ve watched enough YouTube to have at least a minor degree in makeup application, I decided to do my own makeup on the big day. But this wasn’t my first go at bridal makeup – or my last! Over the past couple of years I’ve had the pleasure of doing bridal makeup & bridesmaid makeup for a handful of weddings. I am by no means an expert, by I have learned so much & I have been wanting to share this with you for some time now. With wedding season upon us, let’s talk bridal makeup tips.


Bridal Makeup Tips
Bridal Makeup Tips

Top Tips

When I envision bridal makeup, I see glowing skin, flattering lipstick, bright eyes, & a sculpted face. Make sure you use a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your foundation & don’t only use it under the eyes. Take it down the center of the face from the center of the forehead to the chin. Doing this helps uniform the look as well as brightens up the center of the face.

Use a good contour. I’m totally smitten by the Charlotte Tilbury Contour & Highlight Wands & I recommend them to every bride. They just work, it’s as simple as that! I use this brush to blend in the contour & my beautyblender to blend out the highlight.

I’m not sure if this is a tip necessarily, but I do not recommend using false lashes on your wedding day unless you use them on a daily basis already. Not because I’m not comfortable putting them on, because I wear them for shows all the time, but because they don’t look natural on me. On the most photographed day of my life, I want to truly look like myself. If you don’t think your lashes curled with mascara will be enough, I would recommend getting a lift or extensions for the wedding over applying false lashes.

*Photos below taken on an iPhone in natural light*

My Must-Have Products I Use On Every Bride

For foundation, every bride’s skin will require something unique to them. I always mix in a drop of my Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in the shade, Moonlight, to whatever foundation the bride chooses. My go-to concealer for brides in actually the concealer I use every day – the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Concealer. To highlight the center of the face, I sweep a nice layer of shades from my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Those powders are pure magic on the face.

I’ve played around with looks from so many different eye shadow palettes, but I’ve found my bridal holy grail. The Urban Decay Naked2 Palette will forever be my go-to for brides. My favorite colors are Tease in the crease, Snakebite to darken up the outer v, Bootycall all over the lid, & Chopper on the outer half of the lid for a bit of warmth & shine.

For bridal lipstick, I would have to recommend using either YSL or Charlotte Tilbury products. On my wedding day, I layer two YSL lip products on my lips (shade 11 & shade 70) & I absolutely loved how fresh & feminine it looked. Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks have mad staying powers & always seem to wear off so well! Even the non-matte K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks last for so long & look amazing. You can’t go wrong with either of these brands.


Bridal Makeup Tips
Bridal Makeup Tips

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Feminine Spring White Pieces To Fall In Love With

Feminine Spring White Pieces To Fall In Love With

Feminine Spring White Pieces To Fall In Love With

Bride Or Feminine Fashion

I was so inspired by the gorgeous white dogwood blooms outside my house to create this whimsical feminine white look. My wardrobe was filled with white pieces last year while I was embracing my bride-to-be status. Whether you’re a bride-to-be or not, white in spring is always in.


Feminine Spring White Pieces To Fall In Love With
Feminine Spring White Pieces To Fall In Love With

Outfit Details

White Lace Dress (old, similar here & here) // Daisy Crossbody // Lace Ballet Flats // White Floral Earrings // Parasol


Feminine Spring White Pieces To Fall In Love With
Feminine Spring White Pieces To Fall In Love With


Feminine Spring White Pieces To Fall In Love With

Ultra Feminine Look

This look totally embodies my motto of fearless, feminine, fashion. I love an outfit that has a theme, with this one being all things white & floral. This feminine lace dress in the sweetest floral pattern creates the most classic silhouette. A shape like this is a great thing to look out for when shopping for classic pieces you’ll wear year after year. The high neck, cute short sleeves, & dress length just below the knee, is a look that will never go out of style.

As far as accessories go, I think these white flower earrings might be my favorite earrings of all time. They go with everything & perfectly complete every look. My shoes for this look are these gorgeous white lace ballet flats I purchased on my girl’s trip to Charleston at H&M. These are super affordable & the perfect spring flat shoes to throw on with any outfit. The white daisy crossbody I’m wearing is definitely a crowd pleaser. It looks quite expensive, like it could be a designer bag, but I purchased it for less than $20! Lastly, I added this vintage looking parasol to add a bit of whimsy to this shoot.


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Affordable Formal Dresses – What To Look For & Where To Find Them

Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them

Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them

Dress Up Time!

Whether it’s prom, a gala, a wedding, or a black tie event, finding the perfect glam look is my jam! And who wants to spend a lot of money on a dress you’ll only wear once or maybe a handful of times if you’re lucky? Don’t get me wrong, you want to look good, & I mean really good. In no way do you want your dress to look cheap or not well made. But how do you know if the dress is going to be good or not when shopping online? I’m here to teach you my tricks. I’m a strong willed, dreamer who is determined to find great quality & affordable prices to create the perfect glam look.


Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them
Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them


Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them

Watch Out For…

Time to become a bit of a detective when it comes to finding the perfect affordable formal dress online. This time of year, most online stores have either a prom section or a bridesmaids section & that is the best way to start. At this point, I can browse all dresses, or I can filter by color, price, or dress length. That way I am only seeing viable options. I do not recommend filtering by size, & you’ll see why in a moment. Once I’ve clicked on a potential dress, here is my checklist to see if it could work for me:

  1. Check sizing – First, I check the size chart & look for areas I know need to fit well. For me, I always check the waist size. Then I chose the appropriate size with the correct waist size & see if it’s in stock. If it is, then I check…
  2. Model info – Most websites now have information about the model wearing the dress in the photo that is so helpful when wondering if the dress will fit you well. Usually the information listed contains some of her dimensions & what size she is wearing in the photo. If she happens to be wearing the same size as I’m hoping to buy, I look at how it fits on her & try to envision what it would look like on me. For instance, I have smaller boobs & broader shoulders, so I look to see if those things specific to my body would work in this dress. It’s also important to look at the height of the model to determine if this would be a good length for me, or if I would have to get it hemmed.
  3. Is it see through? – The majority of the time, if I look close enough to the photos, I can determine whether they are see through or not, but if I have the option to watch a video of the dress (like I know you can on ASOS), I always take advantage of it.
  4. The wow factor – I believe that if you’re looking for a formal dress, it needs some sort of wow factor. The dress must either be flowing, figure flattering, embellished, or have an interesting silhouette. Then I zoom in & inspect the details.

Where To Begin

My favorite place to shop for affordable formal dresses is ASOS. They do great sales, have amazing customer service, & provide the easiest free returns I’ve ever seen. They also provide video for all of their clothes so that you are able to see how they move, which can be make or break for me. I have no fear when ordering from them, because I know returning something is a piece of cake. Other great places I’ve found for good quality, affordable formal dresses are Forever 21, Chicwish, & Akira. As long as I go through my checklist, I always find the perfect glam dress. (Scroll down to see some of my favorite affordable dresses & hover over the photo to see the price.)


Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them
Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them

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You’re Invited To Our Wedding!

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You're Invited To Our Wedding! Photo by Emily Delamater
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The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For…

Our wedding film is finally here! It’s like you’re all invited to our wedding! Re-live our wedding day through this magical recap of each moment. Huge shoutout to OTD Collective for killing it on this film! You guys are amazing! We could not have asked for a better way to keep our memories of this monumental day alive.

So you may not have actually been at our wedding, but watching this film will definitely make you feel like you were. Hope you guys enjoy it! 



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