Oh, Chambray!

I’ve been a little obsessed with Chambray lately.  There’s something appealing about the effortlessly chic fabric that can turn pretty much any outfit into a preppy piece of art. Now, don’t get this trend confused with denim, because Chambray is on a whole other level, and it can make a fabulous fashion statement whether you are dressing up or dressing down. Not convinced? See for yourself…

Exhibit A: Chambray and tulle…

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Exhibit B:
Chambray and polka dots…

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Exhibit C: Chambray and stripes…

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Exhibit D: Chambray and brights…

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I recently purchased a great light blue Chambray button down from the Gap (currently on sale!).  It is the perfect shirt to layer or wear alone with a great pair of jeans….or a fluffy tulle skirt — my other new obsession.

Looking for more Chambray options?  Try J.Crew, Forever 21 or Anthropology.

Enjoy! xoxo

Guest Welcome Kits

If your planning a party and think you can get away with forgoing favors, think again. A simple gift to thank your guests is always appreciated and if you put a little thought into it, it can make a big impression.  It took me awhile to put together the perfect I put together a welcome box for guests of our wedding and they were a huge hit.  You can read about them here.

If your looking for something out of the box…Check out these creative suggestions.

Watered Down:

Water Favor
Etsy is a life saver! Especially when planning a wedding.  ClementineWeddings has an array of muslin bags that can be easily tied to a bottle of water for a simple gift.

S’More to Love:

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TheFavorBox is your one stop shop for party favors. The ready to fill boxes and gift bags take the stress out of gift giving. There’s lot to choose from and a theme for everyone. All you have to do is add the goodies.


Simple and Chic:

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A cute personalized bag filled with just the necessities is a perfect way to show your appreciation. It doesn’t have to be filled to the rim, just add a few well thought out items and tie it with a bow.

Happy planning! xoxo

Wedding at the Sundy House – Delray Beach

Last weekend, my husband and I attended a friends wedding at the Sundy House in Delray Beach.  I never had the opportunity to visit the location and it wasn’t on my radar when I was looking at wedding venues.  If you are not familiar with the property, here is the rundown according to their website:

Located in the heart of historic downtown Delray Beach, the Sundy House is a boutique hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Experience the award-winning Sundy House Restaurant, the elegant Roux Bamboux Lounge, and our natural swimming pond. Just 20 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport and one hour north of Miami, our superb location is ideal among other South Florida hotels whether traveling for business or pleasure. This Delray Beach hotel is mere steps from shopping, dining and cultural events, and just a mile from the beach.

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So, back to the wedding. I was immediately impressed with the location the second we pulled up. Especially because they have an awesome ivy lined wall on the side of the building, which is an amazing back drop for photos.  But, all photo opportunities aside, the venue was clean and everyone working there was super friendly and nice.  One thing that caught my attention was the wedding coordinator on duty.  Not only did he make sure everyone was in the right place at the right time, he brought the bride and groom a plate of hors d’oeuvres while they were having their photos taken…It seems insignificant, but it’s the little details that make a world of difference.

Dear Brides,

During your last walk through meeting with your venue and wedding coordinator make sure you tell  someone to bring you a plate of food during cocktail hour. You will not have time to eat, you’ll wish you tasted at least one appetizer (that you paid for) and you’ll be starving after the ceremony. Trust me…I didn’t have a handy plate of food during cocktail hour, and I am still living with regret.

With Love, The Undomestic Bride xoxo

By the way, the hors d’oeuves at the wedding were delicious…And dinner was served buffet style. Although, I was not a fan of the dinner options, the food was good and there was a lot of it- It just wasn’t my ideal meal. On the other hand, I think my husband helped himself to three plates. So it was obviously good.

As far as price point, I am not sure how much the venue costs. I definitely recommend checking out the Sundy House if you are looking for a vintage location with an old Hollywood feel.  It actually reminded me of the Bonnet House, just a little smaller, with an on-site restaurant and a hotel. It’s a win-win if that’s what you’re looking for. Here’s a few photos from the event. Enjoy!

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The Sundy House has a bunch of hanging lantern, gazebos and pretty ponds. They have tons of places for pictures and there are so many things to look at.

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The ceremony was held outside on the lawn. You can dress up the space or keep it simple, like the bride decided at this particular wedding.  I would have added a few hanging chandeliers, a really awesome runner, a few flowers and a harpist. But hey, to each his own.

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The reception had a mix of indoor and outdoor seating. The room was completely open, so it worked.

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Like I said before, the space can be dressed up or dressed down.  If you’re on a budget you can opt for a simple set up and the venue would still look amazing.  It’s a really pretty space, and there are tons of decor options.

  

Want more information? Call the Sundy House at 561-272-5678 to schedule an appointment.  Oh, and, let me know how it goes.  I might not be planning a wedding anymore, but I’m always ready to plan a great party.

Happy planning! xoxo

Waldorf Turkey Burger

There is a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale called Tap42 that serves the best Waldorf Turkey Burger.  I tried to make my own version of the recipe and although it’s not exactly the same, it is definitely worth trying.

 

Turkey Burger

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped granny smith apples
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped apples
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Dijon mustard to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

Combine all burger  ingredients in a large bowl. Mix just until combined. Form into 12 patties. Grill about 5-6 minutes on each side for medium patties.

In medium bowl, combine topping ingredients.Stir until combined.
Place finished burgers on buns. Top with apple topping and garnish with romaine lettuce.

We’re Kinda Famous, again!

I normally hate Monday’s. But this morning, I received an email from Floridian Weddings, a fabulous wedding blog that highlights real weddings in Florida, that our wedding was published on their blog! What a great way to start the week! It’s super exciting to see your event showcased and thanks to our amazing photographers, we have graced a few blogs!  You can check out our wedding here, and our engagement session here!


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I am still in love with every detail of our wedding and I can’t  believe it has been exactly nine months since we got married. I also can’t get over the fact that we pulled off an amazing wedding while I was actively searching for a job – I had an interview the day before my wedding and received a job offer the same day from a different company, started grad school – 20-page research papers are nothing compared to picking out the perfect pair of shoes to walk down the aisle in, and without a wedding planner – crazy but totally doable!  I am not sure how we managed but we did and it was amazing. It’s proof that anything is possible!

So how did we do it? Check out three of my recent posts to help you manage stress, stay on budget, and walk down the aisle in style! enjoy! Ooh! and don’t forget to check out our wedding on Floridian Wedding!

The “B” Word- Sticking to a budget is definitely not the most exciting part of planning a wedding and the idea of cutting corners on your special day can be disappointing.  But with a little organization and self-control, sticking to a plan doesn’t have to be constricting.

WED – Without Wedding Designer I’m not against hiring a planner by any means but as a bride on a budget it was too hard to part with valuable wedding money when there were so many other details to worry about and pay for.  If you are considering coordinating your own event without the help of a planner here are a few tips to make sure your day is worry free.

With These Shoes I Thee Wed-I’m not sure what was going through my head when I walked into Nordstrom and walked out with a pair of shoes that I will be paying off for the next ten years.  It just felt natural. I tried on other shoes but these…just made me feel magical…and really tall! With the extra height I added to my petite frame (thanks to the five-inch heels) I felt like I could conquer the world….then again – The aisle is my runway!

Happy planning! xoxo

Date Night at Dapar

Thanks to Groupon, my husband and I were introduced to a great new restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.

Dapar is an Asian and Thai eatery that serves small plates in a trendy yet inviting atmosphere.  With a deal we just couldn’t pass up – three small plates and two drinks for $30, we headed to dinner with an open mind and empty stomachs.

DaparWe started our night with Strawberry Basil Lemonade (a must try) and proceeded with Chicken Satay, Kobe Beef Sliders, and Vegetarian Spring Rolls.  Out of the three, my favorite was the Kobe Beef Sliders.  The two sliders were served on a sticky rice bun and perfectly seasoned. At $14 without a coupon they are a must if you want to splurge.

The portions were great for sharing and enough food for two, but why stop with small plates when big plates are offered too.  We ordered an entrée, just because and we were glad we did.  With so many delicious things to choose from we opted for Mandarin Chicken, a savory dish of orange glazed chicken served with vegetables and rice.  Priced at $16, the main dish was really good and a great option if you are looking for something that is not too spicy and full of flavor.

Surprisingly, after all that food, we still had room for dessert. My husband is on a rice pudding craze so of course, he ordered the Jakarta Rice Pudding. An amazing concoction of Jasmine rice and creamy pudding topped with sliced bananas and sprinkled with cinnamon. Amazing!

Why you should go: Good food, great music, and delicious drinks!
What you should know: Complimentary valet parking, pricey without a coupon, and sharing is caring

Dapar
1620 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
(954) 306-2663

Pink Inspiration

Happy Friday! Here is a little pink inspiration to celebrate the weekend!

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“I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Audrey Hepburn

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Bridal Shower Inspiration: Bride-To-Bee

Shower the bride-to-be with an event filled with honey.  Here is a little inspiration for a “bee” inspired event.  Enjoy!

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Happy Planning! xoxo

 

 

Words of Wisdom


“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins

Preppy Monogram

I have a new fascination with monogram.  From pretty necklaces to shabby chic decor, I am smitten! I wasn’t always interested in initials but after seeing the monogram necklaces everywhere the trend started to grow on me. Here are a few of my favorite things.

1. Monogram Wood Wall Mount from girlytwirly.com

 

2. Monogram Necklace from Etsy.com

 

3. Monogram Pillows inspired by pinterest.com

4. Monogram Wreath inspired by pinterest.com

 

5. Monogram Party Decor inspired by pinterest.com