Lovely & Luxe

a lifestyle beauty blog by Aubrie & Meg

Top 5 tips for planning your wedding

Aubrie BlacktonComment

With a year and a half long engagement, and my wedding in the books, here are some tips for all of the soon to be brides. For anyone in the Orlando area, I will link all of the amazing vendors I worked with that I would recommend!

From the second I got engaged I was asked when the wedding would be and such specific details it made my head spin (i’m sure some of you can relate!) It really launched me into pre-planning my wedding even though it was a year and a half away. With that being said, if your timeline allows for it...take a few months to soak all of it in and enjoy the engaged life! 

Here is what i’ve learned from going through the planning process to dealing with all things wedding related.

1) If it’s in your budget, hire a wedding planner. When you sit back and look at what you have to do it may not seem all that bad. But keeping up with vendors, designs, payments, and just the overall questions can be exhausting. I am so glad I had a wedding planner to turn to. And the big payoff is when they handle the whole wedding day. My mom and maids of honor were able to somewhat relax because everything had already been handled in advanced by the planner. 

2)Take your time. Although not all couples are into the lengthy engagement, i’m so glad we chose to go this route. Yes, the excitement creeps up on you but being engaged for a year and a half was the best decision. This gave us a good 5 months before I even had to start thinking and planning out the details of the wedding. You really get to enjoy the moment.

3) Let your wedding reflect your style. There are so many options out there as to what decor, flowers, table setups, dresses etc. Choose something that will make you and your fiancé happy and something that you will always remember. The best wedding pictures i’ve seen reflected the style of the bride and groom.

4) Dedicate a folder for all financial documents. When I look back and think of people telling me wedding panning would be hard, no one said the financial aspect was the hardest part to keep up with. Yes, there are a lot of decisions that go into planning but keeping up with payments is exhausting! Keep a folder of 3 things: all your deposits, due dates, and receipts. This will make planning SO much easier.

5) Keep a vendor list. Most every vendor you meet with during your planning process will ask who your other vendors are. Keep a list of your vendors names along with their phone numbers. This will help you as well as them. 

Shoutout to all of my amazing vendors! 

 

Planner: Kristi from Tickled Pink Brides

Venue: Knowles Memorial Chapel, The Alfond Inn

Photographers: By the Robinsons 

Videographer: Brandon Kari

Flowers: Velvet and Twine 

Cake: Sugar Suite

Linen Rental: Over the Top

Chair & Tabletop Rental: A Chair Affair 

Furniture Rental: RW Events

Sign Decor: The Chalk Shop

Invitations & paper goods: Maureen Hall Invitations

Pianist: Chris Chan with The Entertainment Company

What to Get Your Guy for Christmas

Megan CrevierComment

Getting your guy something meaningful for Christmas can definitely be a difficult task. But don’t worry! We’ve got some ideas to help you tackle the holiday.

Sometimes, experiences are better

My go-to gift for my boyfriend, Wesley, is concert tickets. We always have a blast and memories to look back on. Also, check out Groupon or Living Social for unique experiences and great deals!  Sometimes, material items just can’t beat experiences.

 Always utilize his hobby

If your S.O is an avid golfer like mine, get him a round of golf at the course of his choice or some new golf gear. If he’s into tech, go that route (maybe an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick). Sports fanatic - get tickets to a game or gear for his favorite team. Think about something that he needs or would love based on his interests, and you really can't go wrong.

Fun Little Things

Does he love wine or beer? Find a unique bottle or 6 pack to throw in. Does he have a man cave or a home bar? Find a little something to add to his space (check this out). Almost out of his favorite cologne (or your favorite cologne on him)? Grab him a new bottle. It’s always nice to throw in something unique you know he could use or would really enjoy - it shows you really put some thought into it.

When All Else Fails - Sometimes a Gift Card is OK.

If you know he could use new tools or a new golf club but have no idea where to start or what kind he would like, getting a gift card is ok! Going shopping with him when he uses it makes for a great day-date :)

Still not sure what to get? Try some of these: 
Nice boxers
Wallet
Watch
 Shaving accessories
Bluetooth Speakers
The newest video game he's been dying for
Fitbit

Sunglasses


Ultimately, the easiest way to crack the gift giving code is to really just ask yourself: What does he need and what would he enjoy? Happy Shopping!

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

Megan CrevierComment

We're so thankful to have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award by Sophie at Up-In-Clouds - thanks so much Sophie! She has a great lifestyle blog with a little bit of everything including beauty and crafts! Check her out if you haven't already. 

Rules of the award are as follows:
1. Thank and link the blogger that nominated you
2. Answer the 10 questions the nominator has provided
3. Nominate 10 bloggers of your choice
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination

Questions from Sophie: 

1. What are your favorite hobbies?

M: Painting, watching movies, reading, traveling, hanging out with my dog, Marley, and makeup of course ;)
A: Yoga, watching YouTube videos, creating things, adventuring, spending time with my family & friends

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

M: Anywhere in North-West Europe.
A: South Africa!

3. Have you ever met any other bloggers?

M: I don’t think I have, actually!
A: Yes! Last year I went to the Florida Blog Con and met all different types of bloggers.

4. Who is your favorite blogger?

M: One of my favorite blogs right now is Bowed Arrows run by Jenna and Chantelly. Their blog is all about building confident women, and they talk about a little bit of everything! If you aren’t already following them you should check them out!
A: I recently discovered Julie Blanner’s blog which is a lifestyle and entertaining blog. Her photos are beautiful and she has some amazing tips and recipes that I can’t wait to try out!

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

M: I’m not exactly sure! But likely, more advanced in my marketing/digital content career - and of course still blogging.
A: That’s a tough question...hopefully on the way to starting a family and having a career that I love!

6. Describe yourself in 3 words.

M: Adventurous, determined, loving.
A: Laid back, quirky, forgiving.

7. What is one thing you really want to do? (It can be anything e.g Drive, Travel etc)

M: I really want to travel, anywhere and everywhere - (not a very exciting answer, I know.)
A: Same as Meg haha I want to travel the world! Different cultures excite me. I would also love to learn how to play an instrument and learn calligraphy. 

8. Do you have any pets? If so, what do you have?

M: Yes! I have a wiener dog named Marley, and I have two chihuahuas, Lucy and Sammy, but they have lived with my parents ever since I went away to college.
A: I have 2 cats! One is named Honeybun and I just adopted a kitten named Zoey.

9. Do you have any phobias?

M: Frogs
A: I hate fish!

10. What is your favorite season and why?

M: Fall! The best weather, the air feels magical because Christmas is right around the corner, and for obvious reasons - pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING!
A: Meg is making Fall sound pretty good because pumpkin anything is my favorite...duh.

Our nominees are:

Charlotte with Charlotte's Road
Holly with Rock on Holly
Kayla with Love Lucy Girl
Catherine and Rebecca with The Crystal Press
 Jenna and Chantelly with Bowed Arrows 
Jess with Jess Will
Alexa with The Darling Standard 
Hayley with The Glasgow Girl 
Abi with Abi Street 
Becky with Etched in Me 

 Questions for Our Nominees

 

  1. Where is your favorite travel destination?

  2. What inspired you to start blogging?

  3. What is your biggest fear?

  4. What is your favorite holiday and why?

  5. Who is your favorite blogger?

  6. If you could only use one beauty brand for the rest of you life, which would it be?

  7. What is your favorite article of clothing?

  8. Do you have any pets - if so, what?

  9. What is your favorite subject to blog about?

  10. Describe yourself in 3 words.

 We look forward to reading all of our nominee's answers!
Have a wonderful day - xox, Aubrie & Meg

 

Tips on Landing your First Post-Grad Job

Megan CrevierComment

I recently graduated college and went on a few month long hunt for a job. I perfected my resume and sent it out several times, but it took a lot of time and patience to finally land my first job. Here are some of the tips I’ve learned and what helped me get hired. 

1. Simplify Your Resume

It is important to make your resume short, but really really sweet. You want to make yourself sound as skilled as possible using a minimal amount of words. Avoid filler words like “that” and “such as.” Make every word count. Employers don’t have the time or the desire to read every word on your resume, so you have to make sure to grab their attention quickly and easily.

2. Create an Online Portfolio

Create an online portfolio as a place for potential employers to see what kind of work you produce. Include an about me highlighting your skills as well as your resume. Also include samples of your work, even if all you have is class work or internship work. Ask some professors, managers, or internship supervisors to write recommendations for you that you can also include. This makes you look prepared and confident in your work, two characteristics employers look for. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive - try squarespace.com or wordpress.com!

3. Be Confident but Honest

Do make yourself sound like you know what you’re doing, but don’t lie. Let your confidence shine through in your cover letter, resume, and portfolio. We’ve all heard the phrase “fake it til you make it,” which is good to an extent, but again, there’s a difference between confidence in your competency and lying. If you tell an employer you have more experience than you actually do, it could lead to bigger issues if you do get hired.

4. Take Initiative

If you’re ever in an interview and the employer asks you if you are experienced in something you’re not, always bring it back around to how you’re experienced in other ways and are always ready to learn new things. If you ensure your employer that you are a quick learner and up for the challenge, they will remember that, and it will lessen the blow that you didn’t have any experience in something they asked about. And again, always bring the conversation back to what you can do and what your strengths are.

5. Do Your Research

Going into any job interview, feeling confident will be your best asset. The more prepared you feel, the better your interview will go. Do tons of research about the company - this really impresses employers when they think you’ve done your homework. Try and think of all the standard interview questions they may ask you, including the absolute hardest ones, and prepare answers for them. Prepare for “what’s your greatest weakness?” and “describe your least favorite boss.” Finally, come up with impressive questions to ask them, in order to show your initiative and possibly lead the conversation if it starts going awry. When you feel prepared and in control, you will have a clear head and your confidence will lead the way.


Do you notice a theme here? Above all, confidence is key! Have confidence in yourself and your abilities and the right job for you will surely come along.