wedding // the DIY bride.

Hi! I’m Samantha from The Brunette One and I’m super excited to be guest posting for Chelsea while she is off getting hitched in the Dominican! She left Iowa just in time, a cold front just came in and I would love to be on the beach soaking up the sunshine!

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Chelsea asked me to share something about my wedding adventures (you can read more about my wedding adventures here – I’m waiting to post all the details of our day – our wedding is going to be published so that put a slight hold on sharing all of our beautiful images captured that day). Where do I even begin?! My husband and I tied the knot this past spring on May 31st. Our wedding was absolutely magically. I chalk it up to celebrating our love in front of all of our friends and family who could make the trip and dancing the night away with all of my favorite people.

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We had a year and a half engagement, and in my book that was more than enough time, maybe too much. I’m a planner by trade and I was my own worst client. I took on every DIY project from center pieces to designing and printing all of our wedding stationary (save the dates, invites, menus, and our wedding programs). I blame Pinterest. :) But the lessons I took away from being a “DIY” bride and want to share with you today is that it’s ok to delegate and ask for help with projects – that’s why you have your parents, aunts, uncles, bridal party, etc. They want to help (most of the time…). It’s ok to nix some projects, and if something doesn’t go right, absolutely NO ONE will ever know, or for that matter, care. Everyone who shows up that day is there to celebrate you and the love of your life, not if you didn’t get to add two more chalk board signs, or if a name is misspelled on the wedding program. Shit happens and makes for a good story later on when you reminiscence about your big day.

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So take a deep breathe and have FUN with all of your wedding projects and events as the big day arrives. Take it all in on your wedding day, it goes by in the blink of an eye (so cliche but oh so true).

event: LOFT grand opening.

a couple of weekends ago, I was asked to attend the grand opening of a LOFT store. It happened to be about 3 hours from me, but was the perfect excuse to go shopping, & even better ..to see my parents [who live less than a hour from the store].

there were hor d’oeuvres, cupcakes, wine, mini makeovers, and a DJ. [oh my!]. which only heighten a girl’s shopping experience.

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

what I wore // jewel embellished sweatshirt / leopard denim similar / green blouse / 3.1 phillip lim x target tote.

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

sam of the brunette one + I.

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

and with our 3.1 phillip lim x target totes.

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

event: loft grand opening // LLinaBC.com

my purchase // sleeveless pleat red dress.

event: LOFT grand opening // LLinaBC.com

thanks for coming momma.

happy tuesday all.

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the week in photos.

we have all [basically] made it through the first week of 2013. and guess what? I’m still optimistic about this being A GREAT STINKIN’ YEAR.

I’m ready get back on the job search horse. [because I said eff you for awhile]. I have bigger & better plans for my blog. I’m excited about growing {TwoCoins Etsy Shop}. and [J] & I moving into our own place, so I can decorate, dammit! [danger: this blog will make a hefty shift toward DIY when that happens. I will send out a forewarning. promise!]

in other words: I better not waste any time ..I have a lot to accomplish. so without further ado ..

it’s friday!

also known around these parts as: the week in photos.

almost midnight

this was as good as it could get. happy 2013.
from colorado to illinois. this was as good as it could get. happy 2013.
couldn't have been more exhausted from sitting in a car the entire day. straight to bed - with champagne!
couldn’t have been more exhausted from sitting in a car the entire day. straight to bed – with champagne!

[the above: how [J] & I spent new years eve. realllly exciting].

jersey mikes.
jersey mikes.

[it’s a sub sandwich place. they slice everything right there, to order. and it’s just amazing].

hello mr giraffelook at me Im like chelsea taco salad[J] got a new phone – & hasn’t been reluctant to give me a taste of my own medicine.

I got the sensatioNAIL no-chip starter kit. I think, for a first timer, it turned out pretty dang good!
I got the sensatioNAIL no-chip starter kit. I think, for a first timer, it turned out pretty dang good!
our NEWEST TwoCoins Etsy shop product - launching today!!
our NEWEST TwoCoins Etsy shop product – launching today!!

and last but not least ..

BookClub

along with some of my favorite bloggers: {the thread affect}, {lacey in the city}, {the brunette one}, {fit fash run}, & {the kissing booth}.

the details are soon to come. but we would love if you would join us. and/or lend us your recommendations. [one of my 2013 goals is to read one book per month. and the amazing megan of {the thread affect} came up with the idea of a blogger book club].

just leave your email in the comments. and any book suggestions. the more the merrier.

happy friday.

have an amazing weekend.

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