As you know, I was recently given a bridal shower in San Antonio. I was also given one in Houston this past weekend. In total, there were 12 hostesses between the celebrations. Giving your hostesses a small gift after the event is a nice way to show your appreciation. They put a lot of hard work and effort into making your shower beautiful and it shows them that you recognize that.
Purchasing a gift for 12 people can also become pricey. I found the cutest acrylic note holders (similar, similar), and decided to customize them using my Cricut Explore Air 2 (similar). I saw these and thought it would be something that I would love to receive as a gift, so I went with it.
I think they turned out super cute and were well received by everyone! The best part is that they did not blow my budget. What are some affordable hostess gifts you have seen before? Let me know in the comments below!
I know I’ve been a little M.I.A. on my blog lately so let’s play catch up, shall we? It seems like I have been going a mile a minute this year, and for good reason. Our wedding is quickly approaching and between work, wedding planning, my blog-ternship, and social life, I have been non-stop. My typical week has had every minute scheduled, and if I don’t accomplish something, something else definitely suffers the next week (like laundry). I seriously wouldn’t doubt if I’ve put over 5,000 miles on my car in about a month. Although I have been busy, it has all been fun and I would not change a thing! I have missed blogging though. After taking a much-needed break I am back at it.
My friend, and fellow blogger, Silvia from Lovely Silvia recently hosted a Galentine’s Day Brunch. It was so cute and I had a blast! I got to know Silvia better and had the chance to meet another amazing blogger named Ressa. Ressa blogs at Ressamazing! It was fun to have a girly brunch and celebrate each other as bloggers.
One of my goals for the new year was to make the best out of every situation. I have been trying to do a good job at this, and a prime example would be these photos for my Fashion Friday post. Last Saturday, I met my blog mentor Dawn P. Darnell for brunch. Earlier in the week I had spent time looking for the perfect spot to meet.
When I was growing up, my cousin, Carley, and I would joke that one of us needed to pretend we were getting married so that we could go sample a bunch of cake. This, of course, did not happen until each of us were engaged and we were planning our actual weddings, not the pretend kind.
When it came to mine and Nick’s wedding cake I knew that I wanted to have a traditional tiered (bridal) cake and a groom’s cake. The groom’s cake is a southern tradition that is always fun. We set up tastings with two different bakers on back-to-back days.
The first day, we went to a well known place in San Antonio, and had a nice meeting with the owner. She had three cupcakes for us to try, one was chocolate with chocolate icing, one was vanilla with vanilla icing, and the last was red velvet with cream cheese icing. I’m sure that there were cute creative names for each flavor, but I do not remember them. We sat down in front of the cupcakes and took a bite of each one. The vanilla cake was fluffy and the icing was creamy, the chocolate was absolutely heavenly-and I really do mean heavenly, and the red velvet, well…it was good, but the cream cheese icing really made it. Overall, the cakes were delicious. If she would have set 3 more cupcakes in front of us, I would have eaten them. Heck, if she would have put 6 more cupcakes in front of us, I would have eaten them. We discussed my vision and I showed her a picture I had found on pinterest of the cake I had in mind. We also flipped through her portfolio to get an idea for a groom’s cake. She gave us a price and we went on our merry way. It was a good meeting, but we were looking forward to our second tasting so compare flavors and prices.
The next day, we drove to New Braunfels to meet with the baker who made one of my other cousin’s wedding cakes a few years ago. I couldn’t tell you much about my cousin’s cake at this point, other than it was delicious. Her wedding was at least four years ago, and I still remember how good it was. That is pretty important when it comes to a wedding cake, right? So, we headed to New Braunfels, and met with Cammy from Seredipity Cakes in a cute little coffee shop. She brought the sweetest little mini cake that was made out of three wedges of different flavors. A vanilla cake with vanilla icing, a chocolate cake with chocolate icing, and a pink champagne cake with cream cheese icing. Each flavor was so delicious and the cream cheese icing was to die for. Yes, I went there. It was that good! We moved on to what the cakes were going to look like. I showed her the picture that was my inspiration and she said,
“This looks like one of my cakes, I think I made this cake. Where did you get this picture from, because I’m pretty positive that is one of my cakes.”
Yup, it was serendipity, y’all! She made the cake that was my inspiration. We investigated! I am so excited and I think it is going to be beautiful. Nick picked out a design for the groom’s cake and it is going to be really cool.
While we enjoyed both tastings, not only was the second tasting the same baker as my inspiration cake, she was hundreds of dollars cheaper which made the deal even sweeter.
You know what really put everything over the top…I asked if she had a recommendation for a florist. She gave me a name and number. When I met up with the potential florist and showed her how I wanted flowers positioned on my cake she said,
“This looks like my flowers on that cake, I decorated that cake with flowers. Where did you get this picture from?”
It was so perfect. I cannot believe I have the bakery and the florist that made and decorated my inspiration cake! It’s going to be beautiful and delicious!
As a working woman there are some things I keep in my office at all times. None of these things seem like they would offer much significance, but when you’re in a bind they come in handy. Trust me. Keep reading to see what my must-haves are.
1. A smooth writing, good-looking pen (similar) – The one shown above is perfect for work because it is reliable and professional looking
2. Cute sticky pads (similar) – These will instantly brighten your desk. I love writing notes on vibrant paper for a few reasons. One being, that I can always find the notes I have left for myself. Another being that it simply makes me happier to have these around then boring old yellow notes.
3. Fun binder clips (similar) – This is a simple way to show your personality and tailor your document storage to your liking.
4. A paperweight – I love my Texas A&M paperweight. It is the crest that is on my Aggie Ring and even has my class year on it. I always saw these for sale at the Memorial Student Center with the current graduating class’ year on it. When it was my turn to graduate I made sure to buy one while I could. I love it and it is very special to me.
5. A phone charger (similar) is a non-negotiable (duh).
6. Headphones (similar) – sometimes you just have to drown out the background noise and focus on the task at hand.
7. Hair tie – I never leave home without one.
8. Hand sanitizer (similar) – You don’t want to know how often I use this…
9. Lip Balm – Essential. Leave one in your desk, do not rely on the one in your purse. That is too much back and forth and you are going to misplace it. Believe me on this one.
10. Lint Roller (similar) – Some days you just need a little umph before walking into a meeting, this gets the job done.
11. Stain Remover Wipes (similar) – Sometimes eating a hamburger can take a turn for the worse. I have broken one of these puppies out more times than I want to admit. You know what, they work. I prefer them over the pen type because these do not dry out.
12. Planner (similar) – I do not use my planner to keep track of every single thing I do at work (that’s what the notepads are for). I do use it for all of my personal commitments.
13. Pencil bag – I absolutely love my customized Jon Hart bag. It can be used as a makeup bag or anything you want. I use it for my colorful pens and I never have trouble finding it.
Some other items you can keep on hand that are not pictured above include hairbrush, hairspray, bobby pins, toothbrush & toothpaste, socks, hand lotion, and a sweater. I am sure there are many other things that would be useful. Do you have any must-haves in your office? Tell me what they are in the comments below!