5 Tips for Throwing an Epic Bachelorette

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

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My best friend Marisa is getting married in September, and as her maid of honor, I was tasked with planning the bachelorette for a dozen of her closest friends! I’m a true “planner” at heart, so I was probably a bit too enthusiastic about this job. We ended up having an unforgettable weekend, so I wanted to share a few tips with you.  


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Find an incredible house

A house is imperative because the common areas allow for a bachelorette debauchery/bonding that you just don’t get in a hotel. We also wanted an outdoor space that we could hangout in. Check out VRBO or Airbnb for house rentals – this is the house we ended up going with in Nashville, Tennessee.

Two  
Nail down the itinerary

Another important one, and also motivated me to book restaurant reservations well in advance! It’s good to have a rough itinerary so the girls know which days will be low key vs. party. I created our itinerary in Canva. They looked so cute to go with everyone's welcome goodie bag!  


Three
Figure out the finances

This is a tricky one because I personally hate asking people for money, but we had everyone pay upfront for their portion of the Airbnb. I paid the deposit on the pedal tavern, however, everyone else paid their share once we were in Nashville! In terms of eating out and grabbing groceries and booze for the house, everyone split everything equally and it was drama free. As long as the main chunk (in most cases the accommodation) is split before the event, I think the rest of the bills can easily be taken care of and divided during the weekend.


Four
Make the bride feel special

This can be done with a theme or decorations etc. I wanted to make sure Marisa felt like the bride on the holiday, but I also wanted to incorporate the Nashville country theme so the girls and I organized to all wear plaid shirts, jean cut-offs and black tanks, and we told the bride to bring the same but in white.  


Five
Thoughtful extras

Since I work at Etsy, I am very in tune with all the #Nashlorette décor one can find on the site. From personalized hangover kits, Nashlorette balloons, and a Let’s Get Nashty banner – you can really find it all. My friend Amanda also made the beautiful personalized sleeping masks for us, and an Etsy seller made custom coasters with sassy pictures of the groom on them!



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A Perfect Day in Chicago

Friday, 7 June 2019

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I just got back from Chicago, and it was so much fun! This was my second trip to the city and I wanted to put together a day's itinerary for you, if you ever end up there too. Your first stop has to be a photo op at 'The Bean' - the design was actually inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture's surface reflects the city's skyline.


Next stop is breakfast! We had an amazing breakfast at The Little Goat Diner in West Loop. Everything we ordered off the menu was delicious and I could not recommend this place more. It's also in a lovely neighborhood that offers lots of cute boutiques and shopping areas post food coma.


For lunch (or if you just need a nice space to chill for a bit), the Soho House is also in West Loop. We had some snacks here at The Allis, which is open to non-members. The decor its beautiful and the food was great too!


From there you can head to Navy Pier and take the water taxi ($8 per person) over to the aquarium. Chicago has one of the most beautiful aquariums I have ever seen and I would highly recommend it!

View from the water taxi

For dinner, grab a bite at City Winery on the Riverwalk and watch the world go by! For a post dinner drink and dreamy views, just cross the street and head over to the Renaissance Hotel's (where we stayed) third floor rooftop!



I hope you enjoyed the recap of my trip and speak to you again soon! x

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Réalisation Par Dupe

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

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The Réalisation Par 'Naomi' skirt has been all over the gram', but at $180 it's just a taaaad over budget for me. But fear not, as I have found a spot on copycat that goes for around $18 from Zaful! It can be dressed up or down and looks chic with black pumps and trainers - it's the perfect day to night piece.


The sizing on Zaful can be hit or miss, but for reference I am around a size US 4-6 and ordered this in an M and it fits perfectly. My crop top is by Wilfred from Arizia - and it looks like they just released a short sleeve version for summer. My nail polish is Wicked by Essie. Happy shopping!





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