Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Sew Engaged: Chic Wedding Shoes

Cinderella had a glass slipper, so what am I going to have for my wedding? I know everyone says don't worry about the shoes. You aren't going to see them, it's a waste of money, etc. BUT I mean we need to complete the entire dream bridal look. Which includes a kick a** pair of shoes. I see so many gorgeous flat lay photos feature bridal shoes. That I need to have some sort of gorgeous shoe on my wedding day. 

So, today I wanted to round up some gorgeous shoe options for the bride. Whether you are a silhouette girl, chunky heel, or maybe you prefer a ballet flat there are so many elegant options available. 

One shoe brand that intrigues me is Bella Belle Shoes. They claim to be super comfortable but are legit stunning. Oddly enough they are releasing a new collection today! I've linked a few of my favorite styles from them below. No matter what style shoe you are looking for they have something! Plus I think some of them you could totally re-use for future events. Or I have the idea to display my wedding shoes in my closet or possibly in a shadowbox. 

What is your dream wedding shoe? What styles are you looking for? Let me know below! Shop my other favorite wedding shoes at the bottom of this post. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Sew Engaged: My Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Hello friends! I'm back with another Wedding Wednesday post. This one is very exciting because I have finally put together my bridesmaid proposal boxes for my bridesmaids! This was one thing I was super excited to create. I love a DIY project + giving gifts. So putting together my own bridesmaid boxes was a no brainer. I've seen a lot of pre-made boxes available on Etsy. But, I think it is more fun and personalized to create your own boxes. Today I'll share all of the details of all of the items I included in my proposal boxes. 

I am a huge stationery fan. So I wanted to find cute cards to write each girl a personalized note. When I found these pop culture inspired cards I knew I had to get them. I got each girl a different card to represent her personality or a show I know she likes! This Etsy shop also lets you customize who the card is for. You can change it to say bridesmaid, made of honor, flower girl, and more. If you're guy is looking for cards you can also create groomsmen or best man cards! On the envelops I wrote each girls name in calligraphy. I am a novice when it comes to calligraphy. But, I think they ended up turning out cute! 

I lucked out with these adorable heart shape boxes. It pays off to be putting these together during Valentine's Day! I honestly had a difficult time finding cute boxes. PRO TIP: Look during Christmas or seasonal times for cute boxes to stash for later. There was a Christmas gift box that was white and gold that I wanted to use, but they were sold out. Luckily these heart ones worked perfectly! Hobby Lobby was the next best place that I found box options. The letters I used for the lids my mom cut out with her Cricut machine. If you don't have access to a Cricut machine opt for letter stickers instead! I think this added another personalized touch to the boxes. 

I scored these sheet masks on sale from Target after Christmas! But I love adding a little self care component to the boxes. These are also a great option if you are on a budget because you can find sheet masks for $2-$3 each. Or potentially find a pack to save even more. I think a self care or spa theme box could also be super cute! 

Who doesn't love candy? I found these rose flavor jelly beans in the seasonal section at Target. But, I think boozy theme candy is perfect when you have to ship your boxes. 4/6 of my bridesmaids are out of town. So I couldn't give them cute little champagne or wine bottles. If you have more of your bridal party in town I think that is a great alternative! Candy just worked best for me due to me having to ship out boxes. Sugarfina cubes are also a great option for candy for your box! I included one in my maid of honor's box as an extra treat. 

If you belong to the Disney community you know that straw charms are the new hot thing. Basically it is a 3D printed shape that slips onto a straw. It makes for the perfect cute touch to your cup or tumbler straw! I worked with JJ Creations to make a custom bridal straw charm. She created this amazing bridal inspired Minnie Mouse ear charm and I am in love! Of course I got one for myself that includes a veil. We are planning a Disney bachelorette trip so I love that they can use these on the trip as well! 

Who doesn't love a little sparkle? I couldn't resist these diamond pens! There are a ton of options on Etsy for pens like these. But, I specifically wanted a white and gold combination. Although if you aren't as picky I saw rose gold, gold, silver, pink, and lots of other color options across Etsy! 

This little hair tie I thought was just too cute! It came with these little diamond cards to attach the hair tie. The little tie the knot saying was perfect to include. These hair ties are another great budget friendly option and can be bought in sets. So, you can always gift them on your bachelorette party too. 

For an additional customized touch I opted for these cute initial tumblers. There are tons of customizable cups on Etsy so you can create whatever look you are going for. Whether you want a full monogram, names, or initials the possibilities are endless. These clear and gold tumblers spoke to me the most though! So cute, and aren't wedding specific so they can use them whenever. 

Where it's from: 
Tumbler: ModParty
Hair Tie: ModParty
Box: Target
Cards: Tagooey
Candy: Target
Facemask: Target

Tips for putting together your bridesmaid proposal boxes: 

1. Think of items that they can use everyday! Although wedding specific favors are fun, try and think of things they can use in their daily lives. Maybe it is a tumbler cup, a candle, hair accessory, stationery, etc.! Wedding things are super exciting as a newly engaged lady, but may not be super exciting to your bridal party. 

2.  Don't over spend! You don't need to spend $100 on each girl for an elaborate proposal. If you have the budget for that, that's great. But, it's the thought that counts. Your bridesmaids will be happy just for the gesture! 

3. It's you're wedding at the end of the day. Don't want to do a proposal box? It's not necessary! A thoughtful handwritten note does the trick as well. I'm just extra and wanted to do boxes. But, for sure isn't necessary especially if you are working on a tight budget. 

4. Check out small shops! Use sites like Etsy or search on Instagram for small business owners that you can utilize. Pretty much everything I purchased I got from a small business. Minus the candy and sheet mask. I love supporting small shops and it was super easy to find what I wanted from Etsy sellers. 

If you're engaged hopefully this gave you some ideas on how you can ask your bridal party! Let me know if you're engaged in the comments! 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sale Alert: Presidents Day Sales

Shop these Presidents Day Sales this weekend! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

OOTD: Shellie May

All of the cozy vibes! Channeling my inner Shellie May for this Valentine's Day themed outfit. Nothing beats feeling like a teddy bear during Valentine's Day. Dressing like a teddy vs. getting a teddy is for sure the move. 

Showing off some of my Shop Sew Cute Style bracelets. I made this stack for Valentine's Day and I am low key obsessed. All of the crystals and sparkles layered with my Miranda Frye bracelets makes for the perfect combination. My Shellie May bag charm completes the look. I usually find them on second hand sites and I found my exact key chain on Ebay! Check it out here. 

My Lele Sadoughi headband is sold out but I linked some similar ones at the bottom of this post. This is the headband I got engaged in so I feel like it will always be special to me! 

Where it's from: 
Jacket: Amazon 
Jeans: Nordstrom Rack 
Headband: Lele Sadoughi (similar)
Keychain: Tokyo Disney
Location: Downtown Naperville 

Who is your favorite Duffy and Friends character? Let me know in the comments below! 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Sale Alert: Red Dress Boutique Wharehouse Sale


Shop Red Dress Boutique is having a MAJOR sale! Get Loveshackfancy pieces for $100, Buddy Love on sale, and pieces starting at $5. I got 8 pieces for $105!! Such amazing deals. Shop now sizes are limited! 

OOTD: Winter Snow

Snow storm in Chicago? Well might as well go downtown to take some pictures! Pretty much us this weekend. We headed downtown to get some couple shots with a photographer this weekend. We booked prior to knowing the weather. But, we got amazing pictures in the snow with the city backdrop. It was crazy cool! Naturally I had to stop and take some solo pictures as well. 

This coat is an oldie but a goodie. It is the classic J. Crew cocoon wool coat. I've had it since college and I was obsessed with the purple color. Purple is my favorite so at the time it was a need. It is such a unique shade and is kind of a lilac periwinkle color. I'm loving all of the subtle Valentine's Day vibes with this look. Perfect pastels for January and February. 

My adorable earmuffs are from Lele Saodughi. These are the perfect compromise between warmth and style. It combines their classic pearl headband with earmuffs. Honestly so genius and so warm! I love wearing these to keep warm in the winter, but have a little bit more style then other alternatives. 


These Aquatalia boots are amazing. I'm strictly a riding boot kind of girl. I don't love booties or over the knee boots. So when I found these Aquatalia boots on sale I knew I had to snag them. Best part is they are waterproof! So if you live in a snowy area like me they are perfect. You don't have to sacrifice practicality with style. I've linked similar styles that are also on sale below. 

Where it's from: 
Jeans: Joe's 
Earmuffs: Lele Sadoughi 
Location: River North Chicago, IL 

Does it snow where you live? Let me know your current weather in the comments!