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Boston Strong

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today is a sad day and I send my thoughts and prayers to all of the victims, families of those whose lives were taken from us and the many others who were impacted by this terrible tragedy.  

Life These Days

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hello friends! It's been a while and I have some exciting updates to share. March was a crazy and exciting month and in addition to our wedding, we put in an offer to buy a place and much to my surprise our offer was accepted and I'm counting down the days to home ownership. This means you may start to see some design inspiration and decorating posts here and there. I've been pinning like crazy and creating inspiration boards to help us out with the overall decor of our new place. I'm thankful we have plenty of time to figure things out before any decisions need to be made. In the meantime, you can follow me on Pinterest and check out my style inspiration for our new place and all things I'm currently loving for the home.

It's also that time of the year when I start to take inventory of my closet, which is in need of some serious attention. I'm working on a major closet revamp because I need to purge before our move at the end of the summer. This little cheat sheet is perfect to help determine whether to keep certain pieces or purge. I honestly have such a hard time deciding, so this list will come in handy and help guide me. And, want to clean out your closet and earn a gift card to Nordstrom while also helping out a local or national charity of your choice? Check out the Fashion Project and read all about how to donate and earn yourself gift card {details here}.

Wedding Planning, My Advice

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

1. Take your time. Nobody says once you get engaged you need to rush down the aisle. Figure out what is important to both you and your future spouse in terms of location, time of year and establish a budget and work from there. We got engaged in April and didn’t look at our first venue until July. We then took a couple months off to enjoy our summer and resumed the search after the Labor Day holiday. We found our dream venue, booked it and planned our entire wedding in less than 5 months. If you plan to get married during the summer or popular months you may need to plan out a year or two, but if you and your significant other are flexible, consider getting married in the off-season and let that work to your advantage. We secured every vendor we wanted and didn’t need to comprise due to them being booked and it was great getting married in the off-season as more of our guests were able to attend. 

2. Expect the unexpected. As much as you want for things to be perfect, there will always be a curve ball thrown your way. Embrace it, in some cases laugh about it, and simply recognize that not every detail or “plan” will be executed perfectly. Stay focused on what is most important and remind of yourself of what really matters and what the significance of this milestone really means. 

3. After you have picked a dress, finalized your flowers, d├ęcor and overall theme, take a hiatus from Pinterest and wedding blogs. While I’ve loved pinning and seeking out inspiration and previewing beautiful wedding through various blogs , you reach a point where you need make a decision, feel confident about what you’ve picked and move on to the next item on your to-do-list.

4. Establish a budget and stick to it. The details and potential spend for a wedding are endless and it’s important to have the conversation around money with  your future spouse, parents any of the other parties involved in contributing to the finances of the big day. It can be stressful and awkward in the beginning, but it’s important to establish a budget and to expect to exceed it {little things add up, like day of tips, etc.}. 

5. Enjoy every moment of your engagement. It’s a once in lifetime stage in your relationship and a very exciting time. During the planning process, don't let the wedding consume your relationship. Schedule date nights where wedding talk and conversations about florist, music and the guest list are off limits. While there are many details and important conversations around logistics that need to happen, try not to make them the topic of every conversation.  

Instragram Recap, Life These Days

Monday, March 17, 2014

Leading up to our wedding I was pretty busy and blogging took a backseat. But, over the last couple weeks there have been many exciting mini and big moments worth capturing and here are a few of my favorite photos documenting the moments leading up to our wedding and our time in Turks. It truly has been a whirlwind and I love that I have these photos. 

Row 1: Getting ready for the all the excitement{the WEDDING}. The flowers are from our rehearsal dinner the night prior. And my something blue from my mother-in-law. Relaxing in bed with a latte and my favorite pajamas from Marigot. Sneak preview of the bridesmaids bouquets by the lovely Kim from Greenlion Weddings

Row 2: Relaxing on the beach as we watch our first sunset as a married couple in Turks. Lunch at our favorite spot, Somewhere CafeSunset cocktail where I felt like we were the only people on the beach. 

Row 3: Part 2 of our honeymoon brought us to the Mondrian in South Beach - quite the departure from the laid back island life on Turks. Our suite was beautiful and I loved the little details like the back splash in our kitchen. Lunch at the famous Mr. Grouper's back in Turks. It was fun dining with the locals. This weekend we celebrated a birthday with a good friend. This called for champagne and oysters. Is it summer yet?! 

You can follow me on Instagram at @amodlife

Off We Go, Mr. and Mrs.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Today we are jetting off to enjoy some downtime in the sun. I can't wait to recap our wedding and to start enjoying life as a Mrs. I'll leave you with a few posts here and there and when I return I'll be sure to share some pictures from the wedding. It's been a whirlwind and I'm so grateful for our amazing friends and family who traveled near and far to celebrate with us. We are truly blessed and my heart is full. 

*Image via Lucy Laucht

Insta - Love

Monday, February 3, 2014

Instagram is one of my favorite social media services. I so easily become distracted scrolling photos of those that I follow that I rarely remember to post myself {I am working on posting more}. But, knowing there are so many great options for printing and displaying some of my favorite images, I'm going to start snapping more. Artifact Uprising integrates with your Instagram account making printing and gifting some of your favorite prints so easy. Calendars, print boxes filled with your favorite images or simply one or two prints with a wood block for display. The options are endless. If your looking for a great gift or a way to easily print some of your favorite photos or create photo books check out Artifact Uprising

And, if your looking to follow a few of my favorites right now, here is the short list of some gramers worth following: 

Photography: @alice_gao, @albertberry

Fashion: @aliciamlund, @LovebyLynn, @crystalinmarie, @9to5chic, 
@couldihavethat, @kattanita, @chrisellelim

Lifestyle: @taylorsterling, @domestikateblog, @jl_designs, @omydarlingsblog, @doctorscloset, 

Pretty things: @lhcalligrahy, @stylewithinreach, @lovelydetails, @mstarrevdesign, @meganrunionmcr

If you have any favorites to add to my ever growing list, please them share in the comments section. And, if you don't already, you can follow me @amodlife

*Images via Artifact Uprising