Taking the First Step – Break The Arrow!

Marlo was so excited when asked to attend this great team building/motivational exercise by Stroller Strides Chief Founding Mother, Lisa Druxman. The exercise teaches you to overcome fear and focus on what you have to accomplish, and in doing so, you find that you can accomplish your goals much more easily than you ever thought.  All these women were literally breaking arrows with their throats! Sometimes we focus so much on the hardships and obstacles in life (aka the arrow between you and the wall) and we’ve quit before we’ve even started, when really, we’re only one step away from getting where we want to go. Check out the full post by Lisa on Stroller Strides: What Would You Break An Arrow For?


Find Your Dream Dress

Hi Loveys,

With wedding season speeding along right about now, it seems like the perfect time to talk about dresses! I LOVE looking through our weddings and seeing each of our bride’s in such gorgeous dresses that seem as if they were made just for them! They don’t get there easily. I’m sure seeing how amazing they look in their wedding photos makes the wedding dress search seem oh so worth it! Here are my top tips for finding your dream wedding gown…

Finding the one. That’s a bride’s mission throughout the entire wedding planning process. Of course you’ve found the man of your dreams, now you need to find the dress of your dreams. But how do you do that with so many options out there? Each bride has a different vision for her day and the dress is a huge part of that!

It seems like they keep coming up with new styles to add to the mix, making the already overwhelming search that much more difficult. And how hard is it to decide if the dress you think you love is actually THE dress with thousands and thousands more out there you have yet to lay your eyes upon? The answer? Keep it simple!

There are six basic silhouette styles of dress, Empire-Waist, Mermaid, A-Line (Princess), Ball Gown, Basque-Waist and Sheath. Each bride should try on a basic dress in each style and decide which you like your body in. Of course, certain styles are recommended for certain body types, for example, if you’re pear shaped, and Empire-Waisted dress might look best on you.

Some women are set on getting a certain dress…until they try it on and see that it just doesn’t look quite right on them. And some women would never event think to wear a certain style dress, until they’ve seen themselves in one. This is beyond common! Having a good idea of styles or silhouettes you like is a great way to help narrow down the search, but having too much of a closed mind will possibly cost you your dream dress.

Kristyn’s Find-Your-Dream-Dress Tips:

Have an idea of what you like: simple, loud, color, bling, veil, no veil…

Try different styles & silhouettes until you know what you want

Bring examples of what you like to your appointment, but don’t expect to get the exact dress from the picture

Never try a dress on that is out of your budget – you will fall in love with that dress and be extremely disappointed or break the bank.

Be Open – you might not know what you look best in or what you might like once its off the hanger and on you!

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Trending {Save The Dates!!!}

Trends seem to explode with more umph than ever before. With the speed at which information now travels via social sites like Facebook and Pinterest, the arrival of a trend can happen overnight – literally! People constantly pinning and re-pinning and then facebook-ing a cute idea they saw from someone across the country can turn into a trend frenzy!

One of the hottest wedding trends out there right now is funky fun save the dates. The announcement of your engagement and your finally decided upon wedding date is big deal and people go to great lengths to make sure their announcement is unlike any other.

Save the dates have taken a turn in the last decade; instead of a bland 3-liner card with names, dates and a location, we now have brightly colored, differently textured announcements with a twist! Couples can choose anything from vintage-inspired elegance to multi-fonted infographics listing their entire timeline from the moment they met up to the proposal (another hot trend running now).

With international companies like Minted and Wedding Paper Divas, anyone can find a save the date to fit any style or photo with an easy ordering process. And with great locals like LOL Letterpress and Rock Paper Scissors, you can get a wonderful hands-on experience with personalization & elegant touches.

The greatest thing about the newly renovated save the date wedding invite industry is the customization now available to the consumer. Sure, before you could go into a shop, look at a HUGE binder of cards with filigree type-face, linen papers, creamy envelopes with metallic inks and choose what you wanted…but in todays market, you can choose from a multitude of styles, designs and colors. People have come to show a sense of humor through their save the dates, and really show off their couple personality, and isn’t that what its all about? Announcing to your friends and family the two of you coming together as one? Why not do it with a little personality?

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