LOVE AND STREETWEAR
When it comes to special occasions, I have self-proclaimed myself as the GOAT gift-giver. I'm -that- wife that has a notepad in my phone of random things Jake said he wanted over the last four-ish years. I use it as secret weapon to surprise my husband with killer gifts he inevitably forgets about year after year. Now in my opinion, my husband is easy to shop for... get him a pair of sneakers and he'll be running circles around the house in excitement, but I have people ask me all the time for gift ideas. So if your boyfriend is anything like Jake when it comes to style I have 15 gift ideas (under $100) that will have your bae oozing with appreciation this Valentine's Day.
After celebrating our first wedding anniversary, one of the most common things people asked me (after saying congratulations) was... "do you give up your youth when you settle down?" It's a valid concern I guess, but I can honestly say I have done more adventurous things in the last four years with Jake than I have in my entire life. Sure you may not catch me out at the bar every Friday and Saturday night, but that's only because my priorities have changed. I'm not looking for someone anymore and it's expensive AF to keep up with the constant weekend nightlife, especially when you're now paying for two. Preferably, I'd rather save the money to spend on experiences and moments, like traveling to Greece with 20 of our friends! Now don't get me wrong, if it's a special occasion, like a birthday or something, I'll come out no problem, but I can't meet you at Dive Bar at 1am every Saturday just for shits and gigs ...and quite frankly I don't want to. Catch me on my couch, cuddling and watching Netflix... no shame. It doesn't mean I don't care about my friends anymore or that I've become "boring", it's honestly just the ease of being able to be "taken home" without spending money getting hammered first and hoping for the slightest compatibility ...cause at the end of the day isn't that what we're all out there looking for anyways? Can't blame me for the convenience...
Another perfectly planned photoshoot, but hey that's the name after all. Perfectly Planned is a wedding planning company in Cleveland and I can tell you first-hand, Val's work is beyond compare. I've had the pleasure of working with her on two different occasions, in doing styled shoots she was heading, and they both had me leaving with butterflies. Talk about a girl with vision, her ability to combine different elements into wedding magic is unlike anything I've ever seen, but I'll let her work speak for itself...
For my wedding present to Jake, I paid and planned for our honeymoon in full, saving half of my paychecks and researching for a year and a half and boy, was it worth it. Maybe (in part) that's why I haven't stopped talking about it... I'm kinda proud it turned out? But then again it was the most beautiful and amazing place I've ever seen and I just married the man of my dreams so I think I was going to be giddy either way. Neither one of us had been out of the country before so I tried to squeeze as much as I could into our two week vacation.
Ultimately deciding on: Santorini, Milos, Mykonos, Samos and Athens
For my visual learners out there, scroll down to the bottom to watch my GoPro Vlog of the trip!
Before all my male followers hop on here looking for a peep show, I'm still a wifey so sorry to disappoint, but you ain't getting any free looks here. I kept the intimates private, only for my husbands eyes like they were intended for. However, as controversial as a post like this may be, I do think this post has an important message for all my ladies out there.
Dua Lipa has done it. She has come out with THE female empowerment anthem, if I’ve ever seen one. We’ve all had that one person we kept going back to, and even those of you who didn’t have had that friend in a crappy relationship that they can’t—or won’t—let go of, right? And you just want to tell them to get their head out of their a** and stop giving in. Here it is people, this girl literally laid it the eff out.
This is what blogs were made for... amazing, colorful, perfectly planned sessions like this. I was approached by our photographer after taking our engagement pictures and she was looking for models to do a styled shoot. Now I had modeled when I was younger, so the opportunity to do it again was an absolute dream because up until this point I thought I had left that hobby in my past. So Jake and I jumped at the occasion and headed down to an Akron facility, Studio 526. When we walked in we met Val from Perfectly Planned who, together with our photographer, had created this picturesque jewel toned dream. Every last detail was taken care of, from the cake to the chair covers, it was as if they were setting up for our own personal wedding—talk about romantic.
I know everyone says their wedding was the “best ever”, but I truly believe that our day definitely would have won that TLC show: Four Weddings …for every airing …for eternity. I don’t even know where to begin to describe the chain of events, bear with me this is also my first blog post, but I suppose getting ready in the morning would be a good start. For me, the day started at my mom’s house; I invited all of my—ten—amazing bridesmaids over to get ready with me in the morning. We slipped into our robes, hung our dresses, and then our makeup artists & hair stylists came and started getting to work! …and boy were we ready for this pampering. As a gift to the bridesmaids, I had laid out monogrammed stemless glasses for the girls and they went to town on the Mimosa Bar. My Maid Of Honor made an amazing playlist and we were dancing the morning away along with those pre-wed butterflies! Now when I say butterflies, I don’t mean “OMG what am I doing getting married before 25? To this guy?” second-guessing butterflies. I knew very well that Jake was the person I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with, but after being engaged for a year and a half you definitely have that holy sh**, top of the rollercoaster moment when you realize everything you’ve been talking about and planning for is all coming together and happening today.
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