Bridesmaid Gifts

We are kicking off a big wedding weekend today! BFF + GGE (greatest guy ever) = Fun with a capital F. As I started packing my bags (ok, not really but I thought about doing it) last night for the all-day bride & bridesmaid glam-a-thon on Saturday to get ready for the wedding, I was wishing that my bags looked a little more “wedding”y. I love me some L.L. Bean totes, but mine don’t match my makeup bags which is a TOTAL buzzkill, and they are definitely not the wedding colors. Plus, am I just going to carry my bridesmaid dress up to the Presidential Suite in the plastic bag it came in?! Like some sort of bridesmaid VAGABOND?! I’m having anxiety just thinking about it. Friends and clients always ask me for bridesmaid gift ideas, and I feel like my answers have been on repeat for the last few years, but fear not, inspiration has struck! Here are some ideas for bridesmaid gifts that your maids can use to pack for primping the day of, and will use as a cute, casual travel set for many weekends to come!

3 1 4 21. Cute Tote (Apparently I really can’t break away from the Boat n’ Tote aesthetic- thanks, Mom…)

2. Monogrammed Garment Bag: This is actually where I got my idea for this post. How cute would this be?! Functional and unique!

3. Monogrammed Clutch to match your bridesmaids’ dresses. Because 1) everyone’s always worried about whether or not to bring a purse and 2) how flippin’ cute would a picture of all these clutches, abandoned on the table after dinner for dancing be?! Someone PLEASE do that (even if it’s staged) and send the picture to me.

4. Monogrammed Makeup Bag. I obviously did all of these items in a kelly green and navy palette, and am SO happy I did, because my search brought me to this DARLING patterned bag!

Just picture your besties gliding in to get ready, tote on one arm, matching garment bag on the other. They casually pull out make-up cases that perfectly complement their other bags and then slip their lipsticks into a clutch that matches everything to a T. And this is all in your wedding colors. BE STILL MY HEART!

I might have a problem.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

I love getting creative with all aspects of a wedding, so when one of my clients asked me to make up some fun gifts for her to ask her bridesmaids to be in her wedding, I jumped at the chance to put together these little goodies! We ordered the pink POP and created the cards to match her wedding colors (on the more “pink” end of things, since this project is 100% for the ladies), and added little pearl bracelets from the local Kansas City company, Pearly Girls (check them out!). We packaged them up in cellophane with big puffy pink gauze bows, and voila! IMG_0890 IMG_0887 IMG_0882 IMG_0886 IMG_0885

Jot This Down

Happy weekend! I am SO excited– on Monday I have a kickass (literally, she will kick your ass) personal trainer and nutritionist doing a guest post for all of the beautiful brides out there. It is a workout I still do occasionally, and let me tell you, it is HARD. And you don’t have to be a bride to reap the benefits! If you can bend your knees, this one’s for you. So get excited (and a little scared) for Monday. I am going to write the workout down in one of these adorable May Designs notebooks. I spotted these at the National Stationery Show a few years ago, and what can I say? They make my heart beat happier. How fun are they!? I use my phone, iPad, computer like no one’s business, but I still love me some paper (which should be obvious but there you go, I said it.) I need to write down to-do’s. No paper = no task accomplishment. The designs are so great and they are so reasonably priced- you can grab one for your workouts, one for work, one for wedding to-do’s (buy this one in your wedding colors, obvi), and get insanely happy whenever you look at the fun covers! They even make it easy for you to use these notebooks because they give you the option to select your inside pages (Monthly Agenda, Meal Planner *yes, please*, Wedding Diary, Exercise Journal, Bump Diary, Lines, Blank, etc!).

Here are some I’m currently craving.

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You can buy them here. See you Monday for some fitness fun.

-Xs