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Well here we are again! It’s that time of the month where I catch you up on what’s been going on in my life lately. April was a bit of a snooze but there were some great moments. My absolute favorite part of the month was the engagement party that was thrown for Sutton and me. It was definitely a milestone that I won’t forget.

May has already been an extremely hectic month. Working, blogging and trying to have a social life can be a bit overwhelming at times. But, I’ve started doing some actual wedding planning which is extremely exciting. Once I nail down some details, I will be sharing more! We’ve also put some summer trips on the schedule. Although my life can be a bit crazy, I’m doing my best to try to see the best in every day.

How’s your life lately?

XOXO,

Jill

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Engagement Party Tips for the Bride

Engagement Party Tips for the Bride

A few weeks ago, my sisters and friends threw Sutton and me an engagement party. We had so much fun celebrating our engagement with friends and family. You probably know if you’ve kept up with my blog that I love to throw parties, so it was hard for me to take a step back from the planning. As much as I tried to butt in, my sisters and friends tried to keep everything a surprise and I am so glad they did. Your engagement party should be something you get to enjoy and not stress out about. So, I’ve compiled some engagement party tips for the bride’s.

Engagement Party Tips for the Bride

Who Hosts?

If you are recently engaged, just know an engagement party is not necessary. My sisters and friends wanted to throw us a party so I happily obliged. Traditionally the brides parents will host and it is typically a meeting of the families. However, this really isn’t the case anymore. Often times friends will host this party or you and your fiancé could even host!

Engagement Party Tips for the Bride

Decor & Guest List

Since this party is being thrown by someone other than yourself, you most likely will not have much say in the planning. However, it is appropriate to give your opinion on the formality of the affair. If you don’t want an elegant, over the top party or a backyard bbq, speak now or forever hold your peace. Also, be sure you have a say in the guest list. You do not want anyone invited to the party that will not be on the wedding guest list (#awkward).

Engagement Party Tips for the Bride

To Gift or Not to Gift?

Gifts are not necessary at an engagement party. There will be plenty of other times for gifting so if you plan to opt out of this let your host know. They should inform your guests by printing “Please, no gifts” on the invitation. Or if you would like your guests to bring something other than gifts let your host know as well. Maybe you could have them bring a photo of their favorite memory of you and your fiancé or perhaps a donation for your favorite charity.

Engagement Party Tips for the Bride

What to Wear?

Don’t feel obligated to wear white. I planned on not wearing white to our party until the very last minute. As long as you match the theme, are dressed appropriately and feel comfortable, that is all that matters. Also, as my mom kindly reminded me, dress however you would dress around your grandmother because she will most likely be invited.

Remember this is a party for you and your fiancé. Celebrate and don’t worry about the details. Your friends and family will take care of everything. This is your time to relax and just enjoy the moment.

On a side note, I’m just now getting into the wedding planning swing. So, for all of you event planners and brides out there please leave your best advice below in the comments or send me an email!

XOXO,

Jill

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I can’t believe it is that time again to catch you up on what has been going on in my life lately. I’m pretty positive every month I talk about how fast the previous month went and yet again March flew by. I need to start writing down what I do everyday because I am so busy the days just start to run together. Does anyone ever feel that way?

During the month of March I partnered with PinkBlush for an exciting giveaway! Also, I shared discount codes with you from Elizabeth Ross (SFIS30) and Rocksbox (SETFORTHINSTYLEXOXO), both of which are still available to use! Other than my hectic work and blogging schedule, Sutton and I took some time to visit some friends in Houston for a crawfish boil and family for a short but sweet Easter. As of right now we don’t have any trips planned until after summer, but I’m hoping to get one on the books for the upcoming month’s. Suggestions are welcome!

So, far April has been an exciting whirlwind. I can’t wait to share more with you in the next edition of Life Lately!

How’s your life lately?

XOXO,

Jill

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My Favorite Blogs for Every Subject

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Happy International Women’s Day, y’all! As if everyday isn’t a great day to acknowledge women doing wonderful things! Today I wanted to give a little shout out to a few of my favorite bloggers. Trust me, I read way more blogs than this but my post would be a million miles long if I decided to list every blog I love and why. So…here we go!

Fashion

Favorite Blogs

Southern Curls & Pearls

Caitlin at Southern Curls & Pearls is seriously adorable. I love how she mixes designer clothing with fast fashion pieces. She totally embraces color, has the best curls and gorgeous long lashes. What’s not to love here?!

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Gal Meets Glam

If you love dresses and don’t read Gal Meets Glam, do you really love dresses? Julia is the QUEEN of dresses. Not only does she wear the most girly frocks around, she also travels everywhere with her adorable husband. Be sure to check her out if you love fashion and travel.

Beauty

Favorite Blogs

The Beauty Department

This blog is literally the mecca for all things beauty. From hair to skin to nails and makeup, these girls write about it all. If you’ve ever wondered how to create a smoky eye, the perfect curl or the most on point eyebrows, do yourself a favor and visit this blog.

Favorite Blogs

Confessions of a Hairstylist

I pretty much wear my hair straight everyday because 1. I’m lazy and 2. Hair is hard, y’all. Jenny makes it look so easy, but she is hairstylist. You can also catch her on Youtube! Her tutorials are super easy to follow and a great visual for helpless people like myself.

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Hi Sugarplum!

Cassie is a sweet Texas mom who does it all! She is fashionable, creative and a wonderful homemaker. I love to read her blog for home decor tips, DIY’s and her fun dressing room diary series.

favorite blogs

Katie Kime

I was recently introduced to Katie Kime. She is mostly known for her whimsical store in Austin, Texas but she also has a fabulous blog. On Katie’s blog she talks about everything from career advice to travel tips. There is truly something for everyone here!

Entertainment

favorite blogs

Kara’s Party Ideas

I discovered Kara on Instagram and I am sure glad I did. I love reading all of her fun and innovative party ideas. She blows all of the wannabe party planners like myself out of the water. There is no shortage of creativity here, you must check her out!

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100 Layer Cake

Well now that I am planning a wedding, I will be loving on this blog a little more. If you are looking for some wedding inspiration you will find it here. The three women who run this blog know how to throw a party!

Home Decor

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The Decorista

Ashlina is a beyond fabulous interior designer. Every time I visit her blog I immediately want to redecorate. I love all of her do it yourself posts, inspiration interiors and tutorials.

favorite blogs

Magnolia Market

If you are completely obsessed with HGTV you know about Magnolia Market. If not, please turn on your TV immediately and look for the show Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines are my life. Joanna’s blog is the most darling home blog around. Don’t wait and read it now!

Food

favorite blogs

Lively Table

I may be biased here because I know Kaleigh but I’m obsessed with her recipes. She makes healthy food fun, which can be very difficult. She also makes delicious cookies which she shared here on my blog!

Now that I’ve introduced you to a few of my favorite blogs, it’s your turn! Which blogs do you love to read?

XOXO,

Jill

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Dripping Springs, Texas

This past weekend Sutton and I ventured down to Dripping Springs, Texas to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. If you saw my post on Monday, you know that we ended up getting engaged on this trip! But, I wanted to expand on everything else we did, saw and ate while we were in Dripping Springs for the weekend.

Dripping Springs, a suburb of Austin, is about a four hour drive from Dallas. When we plan a road trip we try not to pick anywhere that is more than four hours away. Any more than four hours and it is just too much time in the car. We visited Dripping Springs last year for a friend’s wedding and we wanted to go back to explore more. There are lots of wineries and breweries, great food and beautiful scenery.

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We stayed at a sweet little bed and breakfast, the Mt Gainor Inn in the Veranda room. This B&B is tucked away in the country and it is so charming. Our room was spacious and had a modern country feel.

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On Friday evening, we went to Salt Lick for the ultimate barbecue experience. If you are a bbq connoisseur you have to try this critically acclaimed restaurant. I had the pulled pork sandwich and Sutton had the Thurman’s Choice. I definitely out ordered him…even though he won’t admit it.

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image via Salt Lick Cellars

Following an enormous dinner, we walked next door to the Salt Lick Cellars. We ordered a bottle of wine and enjoyed it on the porch next to a warm fire.

Pro Tip: Go to Salt Lick Cellars prior to going to Salt Lick for dinner. The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol but is byob. So, you can either bring your own or get drinks next door at the cellars.

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On Saturday, we took a wine tour with Slowpokes Winery Tours. We went to two different wineries and a distillery. This was my absolute favorite part of the trip. It was so fun to try the different wines and mingle with the other couples on the tour.

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The first winery we visited was Wimberley Valley Winery. This winery is known for their sweet wines, but offers dryer imported options for those who don’t particularly care for sweet wines. My favorite was the sangria but the most interesting was the blueberry champagne! Also, I got to feed a mini pony and donkey!

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The second stop on our journey was Treaty Oak Distillery. Here they distill vodka, rum, gin and bourbon. I didn’t partake in this tasting because I don’t drink liquor but everyone else on our tour enjoyed them. This stop was the most fun because of the atmosphere. The distillery is on a 27 acre ranch, they have games set up all over the property along with delicious food and mixed drinks.

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image via Bell Springs Winery

The last stop on our tour was the Bell Springs Sidecar Tasting Room. This winery was a great place to end on. After a high energy day, it was the perfect spot to sit down and unwind. This winery had a set tasting menu so you were able to try their signature whites and reds.
Dripping Springs

Dripping Springs

After a quick nap, Sutton and I headed off to dinner at Jobell Cafe & Bistro. This was the most darling restaurant. The outside of the restaurant was decorated with stringed lights and the inside was adorned with beautiful art. While we were dining, there was a pianist playing all of the classics. We started with the spinach and artichoke dip, which was delicious. Then for our main course, I had the seafood pasta and Sutton had the pappardelle. He definitely out ordered me this time! Since we were celebrating our engagement, we decided to be glutinous and have dessert. Creme brûlée and espresso cheesecake capped off a wonderful evening. If you are looking for fine dining in the Hill Country look no further. This was such quaint, intimate spot that I cannot recommend more.

 This was such a special trip that I won’t ever forget. Now it’s time to start planning for our next romantic getaway or maybe the wedding! What is your most memorable vacation?

XOXO,

Jill

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