You guys! How crazy is it that my Bachelorette Party has already come and gone? I'm freaking out that we now have less than 70 days until our wedding! I had so much fun this past weekend at my Nashville Bachelorette Party Weekend! I seriously have the best bridesmaids in the entire world because they all went above and beyond to make sure I had a good time. We had so much fun visiting Nashville so I hope you're ready for a ton of great Nashville themed content!
Today's Nashville themed post is going to be the pros and cons of having a Bachelorette Party in Nashville. I figured that some of what we experienced would be more helpful in this format for the rest of my #BrideSquad out there who may be planning their own Nashville bachelorette party trip. I'll be bringing full posts on my Nashville outfits as well as everything we did while in Nashville so stay tuned for those posts which will be coming soon! Read More
If there's one thing you can mentally prepare for ahead of time when you're becoming a military spouse or reaching a big transitional moment in your life is the potential of moving. Moving away from your friends and family, from your college town or the street you've lived on your entire life can be scary, especially when you don't know whether or not your friendships and relationships will last.
When I first left home it was after college because I went to a university right up the street from where I lived. I was terrified of leaving my parents let alone trying to figure out how to maintain long-distance friendships with my friends. I love sitting down and just free writing, because it's not something I get to do on the blog very often, but this post started as a post with advice about long-distance friendships and has evolved into something more.
Long-distance relationships and friendships teach you a lot and I'm convinced that my experience with long-distance friendships since I graduated college and moved to New York have prepared me for military life. Read More
Confession time: I have never bought something from Lilly Pulitzer that was full price. In fact, the only Lilly Pulitzer item that I've ever even gotten that was full price was the dress I wore for our first engagement pictures. (PS: you can read all of my advice on engagement pictures here and here). Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Lilly Pulitzer but there is no way between wedding planning and paying rent that I could buy Lilly Pulitzer at full price.
So if you're new to Lilly Pulitzer and you're thinking, "well, does Lilly Pulitzer go on sale?" I'm here to burst your bubble a little. While Lilly Pulitzer does go on sale, it only goes on sale typical twice a year! I don't know any other retailer that can pull something like that off, do you? So, how do you buy Lilly Pulitzer on a budget without regular sales?
That's what you clicked on this post to find out and I am so excited to share with you how I buy Lilly Pulitzer on a budget. Not only am I going to be sharing with you the best places to buy Lilly Pulitzer cheap, but I'm also going to share with you a Lilly Pulitzer resale glossary and a few pro-tips here and there. Get your wallets ready because you'll be buying Lilly Pulitzer on a budget in no time! Read More
Y'all I'm going to be completely honest, I am struggling this week. I don't know if it's just the fact that winter has been hitting us hard without any end in sight or I'm just in a place of burn out but writing anything for the blog this week has been a challenge. I apologize in advance that the content this week has been less than stellar, but I have a bunch of posts in the works that I'm really excited about so hopefully things will be better soon. I feel like I've let y'all down and that's the last thing I would want to do!
Today's post I actually got the inspiration for from a question that someone asked in last Friday's edition of #AskDar. I went back and realized that I had so much more advice to offer about what to wear for engagement photos that I just knew this was the perfect opportunity of elaborate on one of the questions Y'all asked! I am by no means an expert in photography but these are kind of my takeaways from two engagement photo shoots!
Honestly, taking engagement photos is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning and I always get super bummed out when people say they're not doing an engagement shoot. But trying to figure out what to wear for engagement photos can be super stressful. I've already written a blog post about tips for engagement photos as well as a YouTube video about what we wore for our engagement photos so definitely make sure to check those out as well. Read More
Y'all I 'm going to be real honest here and admit that I couldn't get my act together in time to write today's blog post. I've actually been working on the post in question for weeks but I don't feel it's quite ready yet. So anyway, since I did the Harry Potter Tag on YouTube Sunday, I figured this would be a great way to share the questions with you and hopefully inspire a few people to do the harry potter tag themselves!
You guys have been loving the Harry Potter content so far and I've honestly been having so much fun making it. If you can't tell from the beginning of the video, I was super pumped to make it. So have fun watching my go at the Harry Potter tag and I'll leave the questions below for you to answer your own ultimate Harry Potter tag!
If you want to see more YouTube videos, I post a new one every Sunday at 10 am EST! Subscribe and make sure you have post notifications turned on so you never miss a video! Read More
Welcome back to another edition of Saturday Morning Coffee! I can't believe this is #16. Do I say this every post? I feel like I do. Writing intro's for these is weird if we're being honest. Actually, if we're really being honest I'm terrible at intros pretty much all the time...
Anyways, this week saw a lot of me binge-watching Netflix thanks to Winter Strom Quinn. Quinn managed to dump at least two feet of snow where I live. I like short work weeks like this because work can be seriously so boring sometimes but it also makes me even more acutely aware of how fast these last three months are going.
Next weekend I'll be in Nashville for my freaking Bachelorette party. Um, what? I feel like just yesterday we started tossing around ideas for it and now it's finally here! I can't wait to share all of my Nashville content with you guys but until then, we've got tons of blogs and YouTube videos to get to, a little bit about trying HelloFresh, and much, much more! Let's dive in! Read More
Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog (or hi if you're new!). It's a new month and that means another round of #AskDar! I try to do one of these every month so if you've got a question you're just dying to know the answer to, make sure to leave it by filling out this form!
Have I told you lately how good you are at asking questions? The questions I get are never easy for me to answer! These are seriously some of my favorite posts on the blog (and they're actually yours too)! I was so sad that I wasn't able to get one up in February but maybe, if I get enough questions this month, I can do a second one!
I can't believe how quickly March is already flying by. I'm so excited to also announce that those who participated in my 2017 Reader Survey will also be getting a special little email today! Remember when I mentioned that rebrand? *wink, wink* Alright, alright, I'll stop teasing. Without any more delay, let's get right on into this month's blogger Q & A! Read More
The way Justin tells it, buying an engagement ring is one of the most stressful moments of his life. That's why I'm so happy to say that he's worked with me on today's post which is all about buying an engagement ring! More specifically, today we're going to be talking all about the lessons we learned when we had to replace my engagement ring after only a year!
Buying an engagement ring is one of those things where when it goes wrong, it seems to go really wrong and that's pretty much what happened to us. Having to replace my engagement ring left me heartbroken and while I ended up getting an "upgrade" it still doesn't take away from the fact that the ring Justin actually proposed with is now basically gone.
If you're planning on buying an engagement ring, definitely don't let the same mistakes we made happen to you! Here's a little advice from both of us on buying and replacing and engagement ring! Read More
You guys! I've got a super fun post today. I'm going real OG here on the blog with an old school "what's in my handbag" post! The twist? I'm showing you what's in my R. Riveter Patton, my little "do everything, go everywhere" bag. If you've seen me out and about, chances are you've seen me with either of my two R. Riveter Patton handbags. Becuase the Patton is so small, I figured I would show you all why it truly is my favorite little bag around.
The Patton alone provides 7 military spouses with mobile, flexible income. How cool is that? Just like the woman it's named after, the Patton is my go-to bag for pulling double, triple, even quadruple duty. You can find more information about the R. Riveter Patton here and don't forget to use the code RRDARRIAND at checkout for 15% off.
Now, let's get right into what's in my handbag: R. Riveter Patton edition! Read More
Wow, y'all. Hello March! Can you believe two months of 2018 are already gone?! I know I definitely can't. I mention how fast time is moving in both this post about things we should stop doing this year and our 3 month wedding update.
I want to also quickly apologize for not having a Saturday Morning Coffee post last weekend. Saturday became interesting REAL QUICK when Justin and I went out to get groceries and breakfast and ended up having to get a flat tire fixed which took forever! I sat down later in the evening to write the post and it just wasn't working out so I scrapped it. I know I say this all the time but I really love these posts, probably the most. The casual vibe is just good for the soul. Read More
I have no idea how, but here we are, three months into 2018. I don't know about you but March is about the time when I realize I'm struggling with those New Year's resolutions. I figured chatting about 8 of the things we need to stop doing in 2018 would be a good way to hit the refresh button on our resolutions.
I say "we" but I'm mostly writing this post for myself if we're being honest. Let me preface this post by saying that I am guilty of ALL of these things. We are all guilty of at least some of these things because no one is perfect. I don't want someone to ever come across this blog or my Instagram or any of my social media and think "She's perfect, she's got it all together." Because the truth is that I don't!
In 2018, I'm striving to make myself a better person and the world a better place. And that starts right here with this list of 8 things I want to stop doing in 2018. I actually got the idea for this post on Tumblr, something I've been loving a lot lately. I used to practically live on their in the wee late hours of my college days.
Anyways, I have always wanted my brand to be authentic and real and relatable so I hope this post helps get that message across and gives you some food for thought! Read More
When I started doing these wedding updates for our wedding there were 10 months left to go. Here we are, 7 months later, with under 91 days left to go. I know, right? February was probably one of the most fun months of wedding planning we've had so far and also a little stressful.
I feel like that's just the theme of wedding planning. Other than a few snags here and there we really haven't had that stressful of a time. It's weird because I feel like I should be complaining more? Let me know if that makes sense. Maybe that's a topic to dig deeper into in a full blog post or video! Read More
I think we can all agree that when I find a clothing item I love, I wear it over and over and over again. Can we all take a moment to appreciate my love for this amazing Target sweater and that troll on Instagram who called me out for wearing it "too much to be a fashion blogger." Sorry, I'm not sorry, but I've already worn this vintage Tina Turner sweatshirt at least 3 times in the last week. What can I say, it's THE PERFECT vintage sweater.
All of my life I remember my parents having this cedar chest in their bedroom that held a random assortment of things, mostly my baby clothes. Somehow after their divorce, all of that stuff ended up shoved into the dresser in my room at my dad's house. That's where I found this gem. I've actually had it hanging in my closet for close to a year now but didn't think to wear it until recently when we went running around NYC.
My mom and her twin sister, so the story goes, purchased this sweater at a concert for $50 by splitting the cost. Needless to say, I think they both really liked the fact that I decided to pull it out and become obsessed with it. Read More
Another week has come and gone and February is closing soon. Is anyone else just standing here looking at the calendar and thinking, "What?" because seriously, WHAT. Times like these make you realize how much you need to cherish every moment of your life because one day you'll be looking back on it and wishing you had focused more on creating memories. That was basically what I had in mind when I decided to write this post. If you didn't catch Monday's post or follow my Instagram then you may not know that we celebrated a huge milestone last weekend: 100 days until Justin's graduation from West Point and 100 Days until our wedding. We usually take class weekends as a chance to relax and spend quality time together (Fun Fact: quality time is my love language) but this year we decided to do something a little different and actually spend a day in New York City.
Now, I've been to New York City a dozen times and every time is a different experience. Whether it's to attend HerConference last summer or brunch in the spring or a concert in my college days, New York City is one of those places that always makes me feel truly alive. Growing up, I had even dreamed of living in New York City and being a writer for a magazine (because what girl doesn't have this dream at some point in her life?). While I've come to realize that living in the city just simply isn't for me, I love that you can spend 24 hours in New York City and have an amazing trip.
I like taking New York City day trips because it allows you to have all the fun of the city without actually spending a fortune or without running out of energy. So I figured I would recap our 24 Hours in New York City, give you a little idea of how to spend a day in New York City, and do a little Insta Story Round-Up from our trip! Read More
Y'all this week has been a weird one for me. I have had ideas planned for posts this week that both have gone out the window thus far, leaving me scrambling and writing at the last minute. I promise it's all for good reasons, however. Today's spur of the moment post is actually one that I wish I had read when I first got engaged. You can read more about what I think you should do when you first get engaged here but if you're already past that point than put the wedding planning tools down.
Why? Because I'm bringing you the 5 best wedding planning tools that will ABSOLUTELY and without a doubt make your life easier.
When you first get engaged, there is this feeling of complete overwhelm because you are pretty much bombarded with wedding planning tools. I can't tell you the number of things I purchased or signed up for when we first got engaged because I had no idea of what actually would work. Everyone is different so what works for me may not work for you but here are 5 of the wedding planning tools that have become my tried and true over our long engagement.
Now, here are the actual wedding planning tools that will help you plan a stressfree wedding! Read More
I don't know about Y'all but I'm definitely the type of girl that loves any excuse to get dressed up. But I get particularly excited to dress up for one of Justin's West Point class events. Saturday night, we got dressed up to celebrate the USMA Class of 2018's 100th Night banquet! 100th Night celebrates 100 (or less) days until graduation and is a pretty huge moment.
The 100th Night banquet is a little different because it's typically semiformal and the cadets get to wear suits! Justin looked so handsome in his suit and tie. When I was choosing my dress for the evening I struggled to find something I felt would flatter me, not be too cold, and would be something I could ultimately wear again.
Enter, the perfect LBD from Eliza J. Read More
I did a poll on my Instastories the other day to see if y'all wanted me to keep the format of these posts the same way or to make them just a chatty little post where I just type what's on my mind for the week. Since the poll was tied 50/50 when I checked the results this morning, I figured I would go ahead and try out the chatty version.... which I found to be a lot more difficult to write! If you voted for a chatty version in that poll, I'll try to come up with a way to incorporate that into future blog posts for ya. (Let me know if you have any ideas by leaving them in the comments or DM me on Instagram!).
If you caught any of my posts this week, then you already know that this past week was a rough one for me. My anxiety has been worse this week than it has been in a very long time and I struggled to cope with the "setback" after feeling so good for so long. On Thursday alone I had two anxiety attacks, the most I remember having in one day since college. Writing has been a struggle for me but this past week has made me realize that I really do need to stick to my blog workflow for a reason. Hopefully, the content that will be coming at you in the next few weeks will make up for this past week!
That being said, I really took some time to slow down this week and let all of the big changes happening in my life sink in. Sometimes you just have to press pause on life and really take a minute to sit back and absorb everything, especially when new changes seem to be hitting you around every corner. Now that I've talked your ear off about how I was feeling last week... Read More
I want to preface this post by saying that I am not a medical professional or a licensed therapist but I have been coping with anxiety my entire life. So I know a thing or two about how to deal with anxiety. The past few weeks for me have been incredibly anxiety-inducing. There are so many changes happening and time seems to be going by so fast. Anyone of these life changes would give a normal person anxiety but to someone with generalized anxiety, that looks like a lot of tears and a lot of sleepless nights.
I don't know if you've noticed but this week I've been STRUGGLING to write blog posts. That's what I get for not sticking to my blog workflow but what can ya do? Anyways I figured one thing that I absolutely could write about this week was how I actually deal with my anxiety. Dealing with anxiety is different for everyone. There is no one right way to deal with anxiety. Each person is different and each of their chemical makeups is different. What works for my anxiety may not work for yours and vice versa. That's totally okay! The point of this post is for me to share some of the ways that I deal with my anxiety so that you can use them and see if any of them actually work for yours! Read More
I don't know about you but for me, wedding planning can easily become overwhelming. There are tons of resources and tools and books out there that it can be easy to get lost in all of the mess! Not to mention, spend a ton of money on these wedding planning tools that might not even work for you. When I think back to how much money I spent that could have gone to the actual wedding than to wedding planning tools, I cringe a little. Not even going to lie to Y'all.
The thing is, I kept realizing that the wedding planning binders you can buy are seriously overwhelming. I don't know about you, but most of my inspiration was kept somewhere digitally so I didn't need six different pages asking about my inspiration, two whole worksheets about wedding dresses, etc. This DIY wedding planning binder that I'm sharing with y'all today is something I recently made up for myself after I got tired of searching through email after email trying to find something. But I wish it was the wedding planning binder I had been using from the beginning! Read More
I don't know about you all but I had so much going on the last week that I completely forgot that Valentine's Day is THIS WEDNESDAY. Talk about pressure. Justin and I currently have ZERO plans. Which is a shame because I absolutely adore Valentine's Day. So in an effort to help myself out, I figured there was at least one other person out there who needed last minute date ideas for Valentine's Day so this list was born!
Valentine's Day not really your thing? Don't click off just yet! These 25 super romantic date ideas aren't just for Valentine's Day! Justin and I didn't have a lot of money when we first started dating to go out on dates all of the time so a lot of these dates are super cheap and easy to do with things you already have! I love changing up date night with unique date ideas so I hope you'll find this list helpful for planning your own date nights in the future! Read More