Inspiration

Comparison is the Thief of Joy.

It’s so easy to get down on yourself sometimes. Life can get you down but I want you to remember that you are something special. I know we all have those days where we beat ourselves up. Yesterday was mine. As my husband says, sometimes you just have to pull up your pants on one leg at a time and just get going. Do something to make yourself feel better.

One thing I can be really bad about is comparing myself to others. This is a huge flaw and I hate it.  I know a lot of people have this problem but I have to tell you something that i’ve realized and that is…. Comparison is the thief of joy. It’s true. Someone is always going to be doing more than you. Someone is always going to be skinnier than you. Someone is always going to be smarter than you. Someone is always going to have more than you. Remember, this does not mean that they are better than you in any way.

When you start to have a pity party on how everyone is soooo much better than you, think about how far you’ve come. Think about how lucky YOU are.  Think about everything you’ve accomplished in your life. When that doesn’t work, think about how your best days are in front of you and not behind you. Put away those tissues and put on a smile, dear, because you are one of a kind.

Just a reminder on this Monday, everyone is fighting their own battle. Be thankful that you are alive because tomorrow is not a guarantee.

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Happy Monday!!

XOXO

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Where I’ve Been…

Why hello there! I’m sure you’ve been wondering where the heck has she been?!You know those types of friends where you haven’t seen them in a while but things just seem to fall right back into place when you see each other? Well think of that as me! Yes I have been gone for a little while. What can I say…Life gets so crazy!

I have so much to tell you, sooooo, this may take a few post to catch you up to speed. There have been some exciting changes in my life and I can’t wait to tell you everything!!!

Where I’ve been starts right where I left off two months ago…planning a wedding. During all this wedding planning, my fiancé, Brian (Now husband, ahhhhh) and I decided we thought it was a great idea to move to a new house.  Probably not the smartest move on our part, but we did it anyways. Next time, I will be doing one life change at a time. No regrets though. Our new house is more like a little cottage, which I love. It is certainly not perfect nor ideal for forever, but a house is just a house.  A home is what’s in it and that’s what Brian is, my home.

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If you looked at our little cottage right now, I would be embarrassed. Everything is so unorganized. That’s what weekends are for, right? Wrong, at least when you are planning a wedding. We just got married last weekend and it was literally the very best day of my life. I am still on such a high from it. This past weekend was a lot of getting organized but it was great!

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I hope you have a great week and had a wonderful weekend!!

xoxo!!!

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Guest Post: 2014 Wedding Trends

So as you know, I’m getting married in 2 months, 0 weeks, 0 days…not like I’m counting down or anything. Anyways, I started wondering what are the top wedding trends of 2014?? What the heck are other girls planning for their big day?!

I knew I had the perfect person to ask!!! No one else but my friend Leah who writes for a local wedding magazine and has an adorable blog herself called The Organized Chicken.

Thanks Leah and take it away!

Hey y’all! I’m Leah, a 24-year-old newlywed living in Chapel Hill, NC. I write for a local wedding magazine, so when Lauren asked me to do a guest post about weddings, I was thrilled. I absolutely adore everything about weddings, they’re just one of my favorite things!

Here are the five top wedding trends for 2014 that I’ve seen popping up on runways and in bridal collections lately.

Colored Gowns

Blush gowns have been gaining popularity over the last several years, and while they’re still cropping up on bridal salons, many designers are starting to embrace bolder, more vibrant colors – think bright pinks, glamorous golds, and even color-blocking in dramatically different hues, like black and white gowns from Vera Wang Spring 2014 Collection.

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Metallic Details

For brides who aren’t quite ready to commit to a colored gown, dresses with metallic details are an absolutely gorgeous alternative. Now that 1920s style is back (thanks to the remake of The Great Gatsby), gold is reaching a level of popularity it hasn’t seen in years. I love how gold detailing, like elaborate beading, can evoke vintage glamour and add wonderful texture. You’ll definitely steal the show under the lights at the reception!

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Illusion Necklines

Illusion necklines are here to stay! These can be as simple or as detailed as you like, but all can elevate a run-of-the-mill gown to something soft, romantic and demure.

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Lace Sleeves

Thanks to Princess Kate, sleeves are back in full force. Not only are cap sleeves gaining popularity, but full lace sleeves have been popping up in many designers’ new collections as well. Sleeves add unparalleled class to a dress, and can be an incredibly romantic detail – not to mention they’ll keep you warmer in the fall and winter months!

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Eye Catching Backs

This is one of the biggest (and in my opinion, the best) trends of the year. Designers are going with simple, clean lines on the front of the dress, only to reveal plunging backs, lace overlays, cut outs, and beaded details in the back. This is a fantastic way to make a statement with your wedding gown while still being classic and elegant.

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Don’t forget to stop and smell the freaking roses.

We all are well aware that life gets so busy. My life gets crazy and sometimes it feels like it is just passing by way too quickly. It’s insane how fast it goes if you really think about it.

Work gets busy, planning a wedding, trying to be active, it all makes everything just fly by almost in the blink of an eye. I can’t imagine how it’s going to be when I become a mom someday. I mean you not only have your life to worry about, but someone else’s too! Hats off to the moms and dads out there, for real, I don’t know how ya do it. I think life is crazy now, BUT I know some day in the future, I’m going to be thinking this is nothing! Don’t get me wrong…I can’t wait for that day. I truly believe that you aren’t given anything you can’t handle.

Sometimes when life gets hectic, it’s easy to forget to stop and smell the freaking roses. There are things we all want to accomplish but they get put on the back burner and just put them off till tomorrow. It’s so dang easy to say “I really need to do more of …..” and then never do it. These are some things I’m determined to do more of:

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Happy hump day!

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