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.

 

 

Going Vegetarian: Day One – Stir Fry

It’s day one of our vegetarian challenge, and I’m {somewhat} confident that we go seven days without meat. Tonight we made vegetarian Stir Fry, which was basically a smorgasbord of vegetables thrown in a frying pan and drizzled with a store bought Szechuan sauce.

The original recipe was discovered on Pinterest. We added in a few additional colorful veggies to add some pizzazz and served tonight’s meal with quinoa to add a little substance.  The results…Delicious, but I just finished eating, and I’m already hungry again….

 

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Cabbage and Mushroom Stir Fry {…with a few extra veggies for a pop of color}
adapted from divinehealthyfood.com

2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
1 scallion
2 cloves garlic
A pinch of red pepper flakes
½ medium cabbage (about 4-5 cups chopped)
5 mushrooms (about 1 cup)
1 red pepper
baby bok choy
1 cup shredded carrots
¼ teaspoon Himalayan/sea salt
2-3 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce (optional)
favorite Szechuan or stir fry sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
A sprinkle of ground pepper
Instructions
1. Wash and chop the cabbage into small pieces.
2. Slice your mushrooms into 4-5 thin slices, peel and chop the garlic into small pieces, chop the scallions lengthwise in small pieces and chopped the red pepper and bok choy.
3. In a frying pan, add the olive oil, scallions, garlic and red pepper flakes.
4. Turn the heat on medium high and let it warm up for a couple of minutes. Add the cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, bok choy, red peppers  and salt and let it saute for about 5 minutes, be sure to stir!
5. Add two teaspoons of low sodium soy sauce and taste, if it needs more, add another teaspoon. Otherwise, add the Szechuan sauce to taste, garlic powder, paprika and pepper. Saute for another 5 minutes and turn the heat off and serve.

 

We were invited to go out to dinner tomorrow night to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’m a little nervous about dining out. So many meaty temptations. Wish me luck! And if you have any restaurant vegetarian suggestions, please let me know.  xoxo

Fashion Friday: Garden Party

It’s wedding season, and I’ve been searching for an outfit that I can wear to an outdoor affair in October for the past few weeks. Since I’ll be  out of my element — The event is in North Carolina — I decided a long dress is probably my best bet to keep me from freezing in the 60 degree weather.  I’m from Florida — Anything below 85 calls for a sweater. After a quick search on Keep.com, I put together a garden inspired outfit that can go from an outdoor ceremony to twirling (Gone with the Wind style) in the reception.

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NOH8 Campaign – Posing for Equality

I’ve been following the NOH8 campaign for a while and have been anxiously waiting for the organization to take their cause to South Florida. Luckily, a few weeks ago my husband and I had the opportunity to finally show our support and strike a pose.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photo participants are featured with a painted “NOH8″ symbol  on their cheek and duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world.

The event was held at the Westin in Fort Lauderdale and to participate the rules were pretty simple — come camera ready, wear white and pose and make a statement. A challenge my husband and I were ready to take.

To prepare for the shoot I headed over to Blow and Go in Parkland and had an amazing team of glam fairies help me get ready for my close up. After my hair was curled and make-up was perfected, we headed over to the hotel, filled out our paperwork and patiently waited our turn — taking #selfies to help pass the time.

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The atmosphere was incredible and the room was full of positive energy and love.  Everyone was there for a reason and it was an amazing feeling. When our number was finally called, we donned the infamous duct tape and were greeted by Adam Bouska, the photographer.  He was extremely friendly, welcoming and easy to work with. In fact, he hugged and thanked every single person he photographed. He positioned us in a few poses and snapped away.  He even gave us a sneak peek of the photos, and from what I saw, they looked awesome! We were told the photos take about 8-10 weeks to receive, and I believe you receive one or two from the bunch. I can’t wait to see them.

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On our way out, we decided to take one last photo, thankfully a few volunteers offered to help. Overall, the experience was amazing, and I highly recommend participating, if equality is your thing… To see if the campaign is coming to a city near you, check out the event page on the NOH8 website. Take a stand and join the fight, because if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

enjoy! xoxo

 

 

Fashion Friday: California Chrome

Today’s post is dedicated to California Chrome, the product of a $10,000 breeding investment, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner and latest contender for the Triple Crown. I don’t usually follow horse racing too closely, but California Chrome has a great story, and he has been really exciting to watch. Plus, I have a soft spot for horses.

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Since California Chrome’s colors are purple and green, today I am posting my favorite purple and green combos to commemorate the American Thoroughbred on his way to make history. Good luck!!

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Cheer on California Chrome on Saturday as he races in the Belmont Stakes.

Simple Watermelon Margaritas

If you are a fan of watermelon you are going to love this simple margarita recipe. My husband and I whipped up a pitcher last night and the drinks were a huge hit. In fact we had to quickly make another batch because they were so good. And, they were really easy to make, which I loved, and they paired perfectly with the chicken tacos we served for dinner.

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Now,  I am not a fan of tequila and rarely order margaritas when I go out. But, this watermelon margarita recipe had a subtle hint of tequila thanks to the lemonade, fresh watermelon juice and triple sec. However, don’t let all of the juice  fool you, these drinks had a kick!

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Simple Watermelon Margaritas
Makes one pitcher

Ingredients:
5 oz of your favorite white tequila (add more or less to taste)
2 oz of Triple Sec or orange liquor (add more to taste)
2 or 2 1/2 cups of lemonade – I used a store-bought brand called Simply Lemonade
1 – 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 1/2 cups of fresh watermelon juice (cut in cubes and toss in the blender)
1 1/2 cup of frozen watermelon cubes (use as a garnish in the pitcher and each cup)
2 cups of ice, or as needed
2 limes

Directions:
In a blender, puree the watermelon and sugar until smooth. Pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer (I did this for the first pitcher but not the second…and you couldn’t tell the difference). Transfer the liquid to a pitcher and add the lime juice, tequila and 2 ounces of the Triple Sec. Stir to combine and top with frozen watermelon.

This recipe is perfect for summer, Saturdays or signature wedding drink. Enjoy! xoxo

 

 

My Vegas Style – Lounging, Lunch and Prada

I’m in full vacation mode so when I was approached to put together a few outfits ideas for the #MyVegasStyle blog challenge,  I graciously accepted. The challenge asked a select number of blogger to put together their take on a day at the Aria Resort and Casino, one of Las Vegas’ premier hotel properties. Since I have never been to Las Vegas, I did a little research before starting the challenge and quickly realized that fashion in Vegas has an anything goes attitude. Perfect, I’m ready to pack my bags!

I decided to keep each outfit very simple. Because honestly who wants to deal with an abundance of clothes when there are drinks to be had and fabulous food to munch. So here it goes…My three looks take me from the pool to lunch with friends and then a romantic dinner with my husband.  Enjoy! xoxo

Lounging Pool Side: Obviously my first stop after a long flight from Fort Lauderdale is straight to the pool and the closest bar for a refreshing drink. My pool side outfit includes a colorful bathing suit, a light cover up, jeweled sandals and a great pair of Ray-Bans. This outfit is easy to throw on or take off, and can transition easily, allowing me to dine, sip, swim or enjoy a spa treatment effortlessly.

 

WhiteCabana                          Bathing Suit: ANTHROPOLOGIE | Cover up: SHOPBOP | Sandals: RIVERISLAND.COM| Sunglasses: RAY BAN


Lunch at Javier’s:
You had me at hand-shaken margaritas…Javier’s gives off a cool vibe and after spending the afternoon at the pool, I feel like a boho romper would be the perfect choice to sip tequila, nibble on Baja specialties and show off my tan. My romper pick, by Blu Moon, features a tie dye pattern, crossover deep V-neck, long sleeves, covered elastic defined waistline and flounce shorts. Combined with a great statement necklace, easy to carry clutch  and nude booties, this outfit is ready to take on the lunch crowd and a little shopping cardio.

LunchatJaviers                 Boho Romper: PLANET BLUE | Clutch: GOLDENPONIES.NET | Necklace: STELLADOT.COM | Sandals: SHOPBOP

Dinner at Jean Georges: When I think of Jean Georges I think of New York. I’m not sure why, because, I’ve never been to Jean Georges in New York or Jean Georges period. But for some reason when I hear the name I think of a style that is classic and sophisticated — with a pop of fabulous. So my dinner look is a little Audrey Hepburn intermingled with the modern-day glamour of Anne Hathaway, circa The Devil Wears Prada. I styled this outfit so every piece has a simple element that demands attention. From the pleating on the dress and cut that hugs your waist to the infamous logo of the Prada bag and the bold patterns on the shoes, which incorporates just the right amount of color for a night out on the town….or the hotel restaurant.  I love simple, but I also love a surprise piece that makes people take a second look. And, please…This dress just screams “twirl me on the dance floor after an amazing Wagyu filet dinner..”

DinnerMyVegasStyleDress: NEOPRENE | Shoes: SOPHIA WEBSTER | Clutch: PRADA

For more information on Aria Resort and Casino, visit aria.com.

Dinner Under the Moon — Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The back story:

Last year when my husband and I met some friends in Key Largo for a weekend getaway, we stopped at a restaurant called Morado Bay in Islamorada for a group dinner. It was during this dinner that I was introduced to an event called the”Full Moon Party,” which is hosted by the restaurant for every full moon. They have dinner, dancing, live music and circus acts, all under the stars and right on the sand. I heard  it is a really great experience– especially if you’re with a group of friends. Unfortunately, I couldn’t convenience my friends to head out to the Keys again for another weekend trip…But, after countless hours searching for a similar experience closer to home, I came across the Pelican Grand Beach Resort.

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For my birthday this year I really wanted to do something different and luckily, the Pelican Grand offered “An Evening Under the Moon,” which is similar to the “Full Moon Party” without the 2 hour drive to the Keys and fire-breathing circus acts. Now…I have a love/hate relationship with this resort. When I was looking for a wedding venue, the Pelican Grand was at the top of my list, and I tried endlessly to make it work despite some major roadblocks — also known as the catering manager. She was evil and because of her I went on my merry way never looking back again…until recently, when we headed back to the resort to have dinner under the moon (sans evil catering manager — I heard she no longer works there).

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Here are a few highlights of the evening. The dining experience included:

  • Culinary selections from a pre-fix menu created by Executive Chef, Todd Lough. (Everything was delicious!)
  • Premier oceanfront verandah seating. (The views were beautiful! )
  • Over sized telescopes positioned for viewing of the moon. (I don’t know how to use a telescope…and didn’t try to figure it out.)
  • Table visits from Bea Kobran, astrologer, spiritual healer and intuitive readings. (Amazing! She told me some really great things.)

I started the evening with a cocktail — Cherry Blossom Fizz, a concoction of Effen Black Cherry, raspberries and Laurent-Perrier.  It was refreshing, bubbly and not overpowering.

 

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Our first course included a bacon wrapped date. The crispy bacon hugged a smoked date stuffed with a creamy morsel of cheese. (I’m not sure what kind of cheese –possible blue cheese, but don’t quote me)

 

Date

For the small plate course guests have three options to choose from. I opted for the miso chicken salad. It was really good and all of the ingredients tasted fresh and blended well together. I especially liked the dressing, which was light and packed with flavor.

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Intermezzo consisted of coconut sorbet.  It was basically a party in your mouth, and I wanted a huge bowl of the coco-nutty goodness to take home.

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Like the small plates, the main course included three delicious options to choose from. Since I do not eat seafood, the fire grilled churrasco steak was an obvious choice. And, amazing! The chive mashed potatoes (originally with butter poached lobster, but I had them nix the seafood) were creamy and delicious, and the steak was cooked to perfection with baby bok choy, crispy malanga and cilantro demi glaze. So good!

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Last, but certainly not least was dessert. Each guest gets to pick one dessert item from the menu. My pick, the s’mores “La Playa, ” included molten dark chocolate, toasted marshmallows, fresh raspberries and warm graham crackers. And, my husband had the steamed banana bread pudding, which included vanilla creme anglaise, toasted coconut and shaved bitter sweet chocolate. Both were really good, but I think I liked the banana pudding a little better.

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Overall, I really enjoyed my dinner at the Pelican Grand and highly recommend the “Evening Under the Stars” experience, especially if you are looking for a romantic and unique night out. The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 and the menu is posted online.   At $75 per person, I think it is worth the splurge. The food was on point, the staff was friendly and you don’t feel rushed. You can stay and linger or eat and dash…whatever you choose. If you check it out, let me know what you think.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort — Ocean2000
2000 North Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
954-556-7667
Price: $75 per person

Enjoy! xoxo