Monday, April 27, 2015

Sullivan Louise: 1 Week Old (already?!)

Yesterday Miss Sullivan Louise turned 1 week old!
Does time always fly by this fast? I'm hoping last week just seemed faster because we were in the hospital and our days were filled with check-ins and tests and new beginnings. She already looks so much bigger to me than last week...
Happy one week Sully Lou! I already see new developments and skills and growth, you're truly the most amazing blessing I've ever received. This has been the best time in my life watching over you, my little miracle!

More coming soon on our birth story and details on this postpartum time!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gorgeous Charleston Holiday Wedding

Happy Monday folks! I am SO excited to share this post today with y'all!! This past December I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's weddings in Charleston, SC. It was such an enchanted day with lots of holiday and Christmas inspiration that turned out to just be gorgeous!!
It's rare when you find a couple that you love like they're both your own family, but that's how we feel about Tyler and Mikael. Tyler and Ryan grew up together as best friends and I can't even tell you how excited we were when he found Mikael and they fell in love. I couldn't help but share some of my favorite photos from this special day, all shot by Kate McKinley photography

The day started and ended at the Wickliffe House where we girls got ready and snapped some cute photos. 

I was five months preggo at this time and remember feeling so big at this wedding, but looking back at these photos it looks so comfortable compared to how I feel now at nine months :).
Our shirts were all monogrammed!
How stunning is Mikael's Mom!
This was one of my favorite personal touches Mikael added - her new monogram!
 Mikael and Tyler decided to do a first look and I'm so glad they did, how sweet are these photos?
 Then it was outside for a couple photos and into St. Luke's Chapel for the ceremony to begin!
My husband's a goof ball, nice photo Ry!
After the ceremony it was back across the street to the Wickliffe House where the festivities began!!
Jingle bells were the party favors!
The back of the cake mimicked the back of the Bride's dress!
Go Tigers! You can tell I'm not thrilled to be in a photo with Cocky...
How gorgeous are my MIL and SIL?! 
What an amazing day that went off without a hitch!! It seriously was one of the biggest joys to see these two so happy and jumping right in to life as forever partners in crime! 

What's your favorite part of their big day?

Sources: Hair by Charlotte (+ makeup) // Kate McKinley Photography // Wickliffe House (+ catering and rentals) // Plane Jane Band // St. Luke's Chapel // Bridals by Jodi (wedding and bridesmaid) // Jos. A. Bank Tuxedos // Allure Wedding Dress // Wtoo Bridesmaid Dresses // Bride's Shoes by Kate Spade // Cake and Flowers by friends of the Bride

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ultimate Lilly For Target Guide (+ Budget/Wish List Tool)

Ok, so its no secret among friends and acquaintances that I'm a super Lilly lover. And I'm totally not mad about the Lilly for Target line at all. In fact, I'm super excited to get these fun prints and styles at a much lower cost - see my first round of favs here. The line launches IN THREE DAYS (Sunday, April 19)!
via People
I'm sure you're as eager to snatch up your favorites as I am, so read below for my strategy shared via some great tips. Oh and because I'm even more of a crazy person, I created a tool that you can use to decide your top favs and to tally your budget (excludes Beauty items). Now, buckle down, this post is a little lengthy and don't forget to...

Excuse me while I toot my own horn here. Y'all! This tool ROCKS!! You can see all the items and when you enter the quantity you want it updates your budget so you know what your total is as you're deciding on must have items. It's the next best thing to adding everything to your cart to see your total (does anyone else do this?!). 

Not to mention, you can print this and use it when you're ready to shop online and in-store. See, just look at this sneak peek and download through the link above!
No times have been announced as to when the online store goes live, but I know my local Target stores open at 8am (find your store times here). For in store, I live near a popular Target, so I might take a chair and go 1 hr early at least. 

For online, I've heard rumor that EST launch time is between 1-3AM (woof). I think they're not announcing the online time for fear of the site crashing. My plan is to log on a little before midnight to keep an eye out. Plus I'll stay keyed in on social media, #lillyfortarget. 

Alrighty, now lets talk strategy...

UPDATE (4/16) - Shift dresses will be numerically sized and it's been suggested you should go up a size if you're questioning things. Quality is said to be very good on most items, although some non-cotton items feel less high quality. Shorts have been reported to be a little flimsy. Home items reported to be good quality, pillows aren't as luxurious as one may hope. Also, there will be a cap of 5 on each item order online. (info from the NYC launch)
Oh and yeah, just one tiny little thing, my due date and the day I turn 40 weeks is Sunday April 19 when all this excitement goes down. So I'll be making back-up plans just in case :).

And if you still can't get enough like me, go watch this on repeat (not that I have or anything ;)). 

What are your strategy tips? 
Let me know how the spreadsheet works out for you! 
Share your must haves too!

Richmond bloggers and friends, who wants in on an in-store game plan?!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Little Girl's Sophisticated, Fun Nursery!

Yay for nursery sharing time!!! I've been dying to show y'all a look at our nursery ever since this post on my nursery inspiration (including before pictures) and since I shared a sneak peek in our other maternity photos here! I'm so in L-O-V-E with how it turned out and wish I could spend every waking moment up there.  It's just gotten me so excited for when baby girl gets here!!
I love the above little corner of our nursery the most. It's where I sit and already read to baby girl and where I get to rock and think of all the special (ok, and sleepless) moments to come. 
This room is probably one of my favorites in our house because of the built-in desk and archway, not to mention the light pouring through the windows.
Sources: Crib / Pillows (similar) / Owl (similar) / Crib Sheet / Crib Skirt / Banner made by Allie of Alexandra Bee Blog for my gorgeous shower, see more shower details here! / Blanket was mine from when I was a babe!
A huge thank you to Allison Shumate Photography for these photos! They were part of our maternity shoot which you can see in this post here
Although I strayed some from the original plan in my inspiration board, I'm really, really happy with how everything turned out. What do you guys think?

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