Dogs at Weddings

If you have a dog and are debating whether or not you should include him or her in your wedding — the answer is YES! But, please, do not dress them in cheesy tuxedos and frilly dresses. After a quick Pinterest search I found a few cute pups ready to walk down the aisle. Enjoy!

 

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Keep is simple and sophisticated with a thin ribbon and fresh flower.

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If your pooch is well-behaved opt for a full wreath with flowers that compliment your bouquet. Make sure the flowers are dog friendly!

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Match your dogs bow tie with the wedding party for a chic look.

If you are looking for dog friendly attire check out these Etsy shops – LA Dog Shop, Bow Wow Couture and Me and Matilda.

Happy planning! xoxo

Boho Chic

I am currently crushing on the flower crown trend.  I’ve noticed the headgear in a few magazines, and love the whimsical look it adds to a simple dress…especially a wedding dress. You can find a ton of pictures on Pinterest and can score an inexpensive floral headband on Etsy.  If you’re looking to add a tidbit of vintage glam to your big day, check out the ideas below.

 

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If you are thinking of adding a bohemian headpiece to your bridal ensemble, or just want to rock a flower headband for fun, here are a few shops to check out: Whichgoose, Beau xoxo and Peckled

Happy planning! xoxo

Life of the Party

Check out the party I styled for Borrow the Bash — a little side project I am working on. And, check out who is grazing in the background — Louie! The best horse and perfect model.

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Want to learn more about Borrow the Bash? Email me at theundomesticbride (at) gmail.com.

 

 

Weekend Redesign: Master Bathroom

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Last weekend my husband took on an easy project and tiled portions of the master bathroom.  The bathroom is a little outdated, but since we didn’t have the funds to redo the whole thing, we opted for a quick DIY project instead. Luckily, it came out great, and I wanted to share.

For the easy update, we purchased a few sheets of glass tiles and pre-mixed adhesive and grout  from Home Depot and a patterned area rug from Home Goods. All together the project was under $100 to complete.  We didn’t touch the cabinets, just tiled under the toe kick and a small area on each side, and it made a big difference to the space.  Check it out below!

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Enjoy!! xoxo

Getting to know Kalla

During the day my job requires me to scan local newspapers to find mentions of the organization I work for. To some it’s a tedious task, but to me it’s a great way to stay on top of things and even discover a new recipe, restaurant or trendy business.

Earlier this year, I came across a  short mention about Kalla, a floral design company that serves Miami and Chicago. I’m usually not a fan of flowers. I think they are beautiful, but I can do without lame floral arrangements for Valentine’s Day, or a box of flowers I have to arrange myself for my birthday. Typically, they only last a few days, and I can really do without the flowery aftermath of a vase filled with slimy leaves and dingy water…But my hatred quickly disappeared when I started reaching Kalla. I was immediately drawn in by the gorgeous blooms and chic vases, so I snipped the mention and tucked it in my bag for safe keeping….Fully aware that my husband would soon inquire about what I wanted for our anniversary.  I’m proactive…what can I say!

Without fail, my husband asked about gifts as our anniversary approached, and I casually handed him the newspaper clipping. A few weeks later, a beautifully packaged floral arrangement arrived at my doorstep. I was smitten…with the box. It was amazing.

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The flowers also didn’t disappoint. They were fresh and possessed a strong but not overpowering floral scent that lingered in the room — it was heavenly– and theywere arranged in a fancy vase, which tied everything together and matched perfectly with my office.

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Kalla definitely {hand} delivered a quality product. Did I mention the arrangements are delivered using a white glove delivery service? How cool is that?  They also offer same day delivery if the order is placed by 11 a.m.

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Oh, and there’s also a box of chocolate perfectly positioned in the velvet lined box. Really, really delicious chocolate.

I was over the moon with my anniversary gift, and I am now a huge fan of Kalla. They know how to make someone feel special, and their attention to detail is impeccable. They sent a card to my husband a few days later to thank him for his order. A+ for customer service!

Based on my experience of receiving the Kalla Bea & the Lady floral arrangement as a gift, I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an out of the box present for a special someone….or even yourself. I’m debating about ordering the Athena & Artemis just because.

For more information on Kalla, visit Kalla.com or call 1.888.580.2462.

Enjoy!  xoxo

 

 

Day 3, 4 and 5: Going Vegetarian – Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Day three and four were pretty uneventful.  Since we were busy running around and attending events, we ate leftovers on Wednesday and ordered a pizza on Thursday. Nothing too exciting.  However, I did notice a few things during this challenge.

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1. I don’t feel as hungry as I thought.

2. I didn’t lose any weight.

3. Cheese is somehow incorporated in to every meal.

Overall my vegetarian experience has been positive. Next week my husband wants to try the Paleo diet. I tried it once before and liked it, plus I’m up for another food challenge.  This time I won’t cheat two days in.

On Friday (day 5) we had time to make dinner and decided on  stuffed red peppers.  Here’s the run down. Wash two large red peppers, cut off the top and remove the seeds, drizzle with some olive oil and pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 375-400 degrees. While the peppers are cooking, bring two-three cups of chicken broth to a boil, add in one-two cups of quinoa and cook for 10-12 minutes as well. Chop up what ever vegetables you have in the refrigerator – I used zucchini, red onions and green onions.  Once the quinoa is cooked and cooled, throw in the chopped veggies, add you favorite cheese (see cheese is everywhere) mix and stuff in to the red peppers. Layer more cheese on top and pop back in to the oven until warm and toasty.  I use the cheese as my timer – once it’s melted, it’s time to remove.

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For a side, I chopped up some red potatoes, coated them in oil, salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper and put them in the oven, which was set at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Instant french fries!

Tonight we will be making Cauliflower Pizza.  It’s delicious, but a pain to make since you have to use a blender.  I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

Day 2 and 3: Going Vegetarian – Tacos

I confess. I cheated and had a few chicken tenders last night (day two) while out celebrating a friend’s birthday.  I tried really hard to resist the urge, but my day was stressful, and all I wanted to do was indulge in fried food while sipping a strawberry martini. Sad I know.  But don’t worry, I am back on track. For tonight’s dinner we tried Beyond Meat, a gluten-free and soy-free beef substitute, and made one of our favorite meals — tacos!

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I was pleasantly surprise with how good the beef-free crumbles were.  They didn’t taste fake or processed and the consistency was very comparable to ground beef. I especially like the seasoning.  We opted for the “fiery” option and it had a slight kick but it wasn’t overpowering at all.  It tasted just like the seasoning we would have normally used if we bought one of those handy taco seasoning packages at the store.  Oh, and the best part…The beef-free crumbles just need to be reheated to eat so prep time is minimal.

I don’t have a recipe that I can share…Basically, we just used the Beyond Meat Beef-Free crumbles, opened a can of black olives, chopped some lettuce, green and red onions and had some salsa and sour cream on the side.  Instead of hard shells, we used soft flour tortillas. Super simple but satisfying.

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Day three was definitely better than day two, and I promise no more cheating…well unless martinis are involved!

enjoy! xoxo