My Fall Decor Home Tour

Happy first day of October! I live for this season for a million reasons but largely because I get to decorate and break out a few light weigh sweaters (I live in Dallas remember!) I thought I’d do a quick tour of my fall home decor for you guys!

Basically all of this stuff I either got from Michaels, Home Goods, or Target! My go-to’s for home decorating on a budget! When those 50% off full price purchase coupons roll into my inbox from Michaels, I get my happy butt over there as fast as I can. I love their home decor stuff especially for fall! The outdoor rug I just got for Halloween was a great find for $10 the other day!

Since our home is just a rental, I didn’t go all out decorating like I’d love to but you better believe when David and I buy our first home in a few years I’ll be buying every pumpkin in Dallas!

It’s funny how I dream about our future home- it’s super specific what I’d love and there has to be big, beautiful front steps that can have pumpkins sitting on them when you walk up. Goals!

Happy fall y’all!

Wedding Planning: Casual Invitations or Black Tie?

 


Hello loves! I’ve been such a busy bee wedding planning lately and I’m so excited to share the progress I’ve made! I had no idea how much went into planning a wedding and I’m happy to say that David and I have finished a lot! Most recently, we’ve chosen our wedding invitations! I worked with Basic Invite to create gorgeous wedding invite samples for us to choose from and I’m so excited to share the process with you and a few perks of using Basic Invite!

Choosing the Look and Theme

We wanted something that would match the kind of wedding we were having. Basic Invite has more casual invitations as well as elegant black tie invitations. For our wedding, we knew we wanted something understated and elegant, so their black tie options were perfect!

However, several of the invites in their casual collection could be dressed up or down just with foil and font changes! They have over 900 wedding invitation sets to choose from that include save the dates, menus, programs etc. so you have a cohesive look! The invites I’m considering in the photo above can be totally customized to fit how casual your wedding is. Your invitations really need to give attendees a little peek into your wedding. It sets the scene so to speak!

Match Wedding Colors

Basic Invite has loads of colors to choose from for your invites. Our colors are simple- gold, navy, cream, and champagne. Naturally, I loved the gold foil you can add to the invites! You can even match envelopes to your colors which is really tempting. Whatever your chosen colors are, double check that your invites match up with them. Take advantage of being able to order custom samples of invites before putting in your final order!

Free Wedding Website to Match Invites

I haven’t started on our wedding website yet but Basic Invite offers totally customizable wedding websites that match your invitations. You can choose from 180 custom colors and upload all your wedding details along with photos and a map with directions for your guests. This weekend I’m going to get started on designing ours but I still need to firmly decide on the invitations we’re sending! I can’t decide they’re all so pretty!

Free Address Collection Service

I thought this was the coolest thing ever! You get a customized link to send to people that directs them to fill out their address and Basic Invite stores all of that info for you. When it comes time to send invites, they’ll print all the addresses on the envelopes for free! Boom! How easy is that?

They also offer Seal and Send casual invitations that include a tear off RSVP card attached to the wedding invite. All you have to do is choose your design, collect addresses, upload them onto your design, and then Basic Invite prints them and sends them to you to add postage.

Whatever invitations you decide you love for your wedding, I definitely recommend Basic Invite! I’m really excited to place my order and get this ball rolling. It’s starting to feel really real! Special thanks to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post!

-Liz

How to Choose a Wedding Venue

Hey loves! It’s been quite a few months since I wrote about wedding planning and figured I’d share a few details! I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for awhile but held off until David and I could make things official… but we chose our venue! We will be getting married next October at the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas! I snapped a few photos of the ballroom, linens, and table set up to share with you guys! I’m completely in love!

Choosing the venue was the biggest relief for me and allowed everything else to fall into place. We saw so many venues and while we liked quite a few, the Warwick Melrose just stood out to us because of their customer service and how elegant it was. It suited our taste perfectly.

But right now, I wanted to share a few tips for choosing a venue with you!

Figure Out Your Theme

Someone asked me what my theme was for our wedding. I kind of laughed and said “the theme is wedding.” I knew right away that I wanted a traditional, formal wedding and needed to find a space that reflected that. The Warwick Melrose has a beautiful, elegant lobby that immediately sold me on the rest of the space. First impressions are everything! The theme of your wedding whether its going to be rustic, modern, minimalist, glamorous, or black tie will dictate the venue you end up choosing.

Make Sure You Have a Budget

This doesn’t even need to be said, but I’ll say it for the people in the back- have a budget!! We saw quite a few places that were over our budget and lots that were under as well. We ended up being the most interested in places that offered on-site catering and provided things like tables, chairs, linens, china etc. Those “little” things add up fast so when they’re included in the venue you choose, its great!

Calculate Taxes and Fees

Most of the time venues give you a total estimate that includes things like taxes, service fees, and gratuity. However, always double check to make sure its included so there aren’t any surprises later. We only encountered that happening once or twice but the few extra thousand dollars had us heading for the hills!

Watch for Red Flags (even small ones)

Not everything about a venue will be perfect but little warning signs should be considered. For example, David and I went to one venue and the event coordinator was 10 minutes late and seemed a bit, how do I put this delicately- high. I knew very quickly that she might not be reliable on our wedding day so we decided to move on.

Luckily, Abby at the Warwick Melrose was super helpful and easy to work with. She answered all my questions and was very reliable. She totally sold us on having our wedding there!

I hope this helps you when you go to choose your venue! Now that we’ve chosen ours we’ve been all about wedding colors (more to come on that!), invitations, and finally- dress shopping!

Fall Style Wish List for 2018

fall style wish list

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve been counting down to the weekend for a million reasons but largely because my paycheck hits my bank account and I can do a little retail therapy! Wahoo! The temperatures have been dropping a little recently and I’ve been breaking out a sweater here and there but my closet would definitely appreciate a few more hanging inside. That and some new boots!

I’ve always had a hard time figuring out what my style is when it comes to fall fashion. I love classic cable knit sweaters and duck boots but I’m also a big fan of the slouchy, off the shoulder sweaters and over the knee boots everyone wears. A bit of preppy, a bit of on trend! I think that’s the best part of personal style, you can do it all or none of it if you want to!

Shop the Post: Pumpkin Spice Mug | Pumpkin Spice Hat | Orange Dooney & Bourke Bag | Pumpkin Spice Tee | Tartan Skirt | Sperry Duck Boots | Levi’s Skinny Jeans | Yellow Knit Sweater | Blue Sweater | Green Sweater | Orange Sweater | Leather Boots | Over the Knee Boots | Blanket Scarf

Favorite Spots in San Antonio (and one’s personal)

san antonio paramor bar

Hey everyone! I’ve been loving this rainy, breezy weather here lately. I spent all of last weekend in a sweater decorating our house for fall! Over Labor Day Weekend though, we went to San Antonio to see friends and family. Since we’re there so often and always have a great time when we go, I thought I’d put together a little blog on my favorite places in SA! Its funny how life takes you full circle- my dad spent quite a few years as a kid in San Antonio since his dad was stationed there. And now years later, I’m marrying a guy from there! Life has a way of surprising you with little nods to your past!

Ok back to my favorite spots!

jokesters 22 bar

Jokesters 22- Southtown Bar and Comedy Club

So I may be biased but if you’re looking for a place to watch a Spurs game or see a comedy show- Jokesters 22 is the perfect spot! David’s sister poured her heart and soul into this bar and it paid off! Its quickly becoming a popular spot to hang out on the weekends and week nights if you like the downtown San Antonio night life scene.

David and I visited a few weekends ago and oh my goodness I have a new love- corn in a cup! Apparently its a Mexican carnival food staple, but this Maryland girl had never had it before and I instantly fell in love with it. Is it healthy? Heck no. But who cares because its so good! Jokesters’ food is actually prepared in a food truck on site and its quite tasty! Definitely visit if you’re in town!

paramour bar

Paramour Bar and Coffee

I’m always looking for a great place to take an Instagram photo and Erica (one of my bridesmaids!) and I found Paramour Bar! They serve handcrafted cocktails and coffee in a super eclectic location. It’s at the top of an apartment building and has a fun outdoor patio and indoor seating with the chic-est couches you’ll ever see! We spent more time taking pictures than we did sipping our cocktails! (BTW- they can be a little pricy so budget ahead!)

paramour san antonio

Like I said, we spent a lot of time taking photos! It reminded me a little of a more upscale version of Central Perk in Friends! If I could have made off with one of their couches or rugs without them noticing I might have considered it! If you’re ever in San Antonio, check out these two spots for a good time! I have a million other places I could recommend but I don’t have cute pictures to go with them so you’re out of luck!

-Liz