Take it Easy

After the whirlwind and the dizzy frenzy of your wedding, it’s now time to take it easy.  I know you must be saying “that’s what the honeymoon is for” and I agree.  However, waiting until the post wedding dust settles before you venture out on a long honeymoon can help you unwind and prepare before you really let loose.

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This is a debate that is ultimately left up to the new couple. Be that as it may, there are numerous reasons for waiting at least a day or two, or even longer, after the wedding to go on your honeymoon. Such as, unwrapping your wedding gifts, making sure your vendors are all paid in full, finish any last minute honeymoon packing or preparing, and maybe even have your dress dry cleaned and stored away. If you still have a lot of out of town guests in town for your wedding,it seems like a bummer to waste the opportunity of seeing them by dashing off immediately after the wedding.  You probably didn’t have a chance to really sit down and chat with your family and friends at the wedding.  Think about sticking around an extra couple of days in order to do some catching up with them. This is also a great time to spend some time in the new home together. Here are some great ideas in post wedding, pre honeymoon excitement that can help you enjoy your honeymoon to the fullest! Take a load off!

1. Get a pre honeymoon massage.  

Why not?

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2. Catch up on sleep.

During the planning of your wedding, I have no doubt that getting sleep was a foreign concept.  ”What’s sleep????”  Sleep: noun: A condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. – Webster Dictionary. You probably need to catch up on this…

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3. Take your time packing.

Everyone hates feeling rushed.  You miss things.  Things you really needed like a razor and a toothbrush.  Do let this happen…

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This is way better. Everything is in it’s spot and ready to go!

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4. Give it a few days before you jet set off

Have a cup of coffee.  Cool max and relax.

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5. Soak in the tub.

Look at it this way, you’re just practicing before you head to the spa at your honeymoon destination.

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6. Catch up on Magazines

Those last two or three issues of The New Yorker aren’t going to read itself!

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7. Read a book.

And then pick up some more for those lazy beach days while sipping on margaritas.

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8. Drink lots of water before you take off.

In general this is just a good rule of thumb.

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And there you have it. Relax and take time getting things in order before jet-setting off to your destination. You won’t have to worry about those annoying little details when you get back.  You can relax and fully enjoy your honeymoon and return home with no major issues or deadlines.  Ease into your new life as a married couple.

xoxo

Autumn

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NYFW Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Wedding Translation

As we wrap up New York Fashion week today, which also happens to be the memorial of 9/11 (We will never forget, bless), I would like to take a minute and talk about what inspired us.  What we loved.  AND what could translate into a wedding gown.  Whatever your style, New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear has you covered.  From bold color blocking to chic lines, beautiful drapery and structured designs, here are  my favorite picks for this season that translates easily to the gown of your dreams.

Alexander Wang

Alex Wang is the master of chic simplicity. I love the way this dress hangs and drapes.  The shoulder details adds a bit of surprise to this classic silhouette.

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Alice + Olivia

The trendy, yet chic Alice + Olivia Designs are superb. I love this lavender hue for the non traditional bride.

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Badgley Mischka

Need I say more?  Masters of their craft.

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 Carolina Herrera

The classic designer with the beautiful lines.

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J. Mendel

Color blocking always stays in style, this adds a hit of color to your wedding.

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Monique Lhuillier

A bold, yet beautiful silhouette.

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Oscar de la Renta

This man can do no wrong.  It is hard to pick just one as a favorite.  He just “gets” women and how to make us feel beautiful.

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Pedro del Hierro Madrid

For the hipster bride who likes to break away from the normal.

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Rodarte

Beautiful!

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Thakoon

This is a classic black and white gown with gorgeous draping.

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The new, the trendy, the fabulous. Happy end of Fashion Week!

xoxo

Autumn

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Follow the Fall Foliage

We are so fortunate to live in one of the most, if not the most, beautiful state in the U.S. (In my humble opinion of course). Colorful Colorado!  And now is the time to see it’s color at it’s peak, to whitness the aspens change color in all of it’s glory.  But where do you go and how do you know when to see them?  I’m here to help!  Please keep in mind, that this is an estimate as exact dates greatly depend on the weather. However, use this as a general guide to your road trip to color!

Front Range|September 22-October 7

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Peak-to-Peak Scenic and Historic Byway-Black Hawk to Estes Park.  Take Colorado 119 from Black Hawk north to Nederland then follow Colorado 72 to Raymond, then proceed on Colorado 7 past Longs Peak to Estes Park.

Guanella Pass South from Georgetown. At Grant, turn right on US 285 to the top of Kenosha Pass.

Poudre Canyon. Colorado 14 through Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins to the top of Cameron Pass.

Northwest Colorado|September 15-September 30

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Maroon Bells. Access to the Bells is limited to shuttle buses that leave Aspen on a regular basis.  However, if you camp along Maroon Creek Road, you can drive all the way to the scenic Maroon Lake.

Grand Junction to Grand Mesa.  East on I-70 from Grand Junction through Palisade. At Colorado 65, head east, then south, to the top of Grand Mesa.

Colorado 125 over Willow Creek Pass between Granby and Walden.

US 40 South from Steamboat Springs to Colorado 131 to Yampa. Then County Road 7 southwest to Stillwater Reservoir.

South Central Colorado|October 1-October 16

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Cottonwood Pass Road west of Buena Vista.

Colorado 17 from Antonito to the New Mexico Boarder.

Gold Camp Road from Colorado Springs to Victor and then Colorado 67 through Cripple Creek north to Divide.

US 285 from Conifer to Fairplay over Kenosha Pass.

Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway.  US 24 from Minturn through Leadville to Twin Lakes via Colorado 82, and back to Colorado 91 over Fremont Pass to Copper Mountain.

Southwest Colorado|October 1-October 16

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Colorado 62 from Ridgeway over Dallas Divide, at Placerville head southeast on Colorado 145 to Lizard Head Pass.

Kelber Pass west from Crested Butte over Count Road 12, at Colorado 133, head north to McClure Pass.

US 160 between Pagosa Springs to Cortez.

Colorado 135 between Crested Butte and Gunnison.

Southeast Colorado|October 1-October 16

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Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway; West from Pueblo on Colorado 96. The route climbs into the Wet Mountains and descends into the Wet Mountain Valley.

Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway, wrapping around the West and East Spanish Peak.

For obvious reasons, Fall (Autumn) is my absolute favorite time of year.  The first crisp kiss on your cheek during evening walks with a warm coffee in hand is divine. Keep the changing of the seasons in mind for a beautiful destination wedding too.  It’s a short window, but totally worth it!

xoxo,

Autumn (Fall)

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Not Mad at Chevron

As history tells it, A chevron print is a V-shaped pattern usually used in reference to a kind of fret in architecture or to a badge or insignia or in the designs of flags. However, Goyard,  the French luggage maker known as La Maison Goyard, uses a pattern of three juxtaposed chevrons on its signature painted canvas designs. Thus bringing the print into fashion.

Chevron print is everywhere, from NASA’s logo to Manchester Uniteds Futbol logo.  It seems to sneak up on you when you least expect it, but bam!  There it is, and it’s awesome!  It’s such a simple design that can translate to class and sophistication easily.  So heres how to incorporate Chevron print into a wedding.

Starting with invites, simplistic and classy.  Not too much and not too little.

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Chevron is also great in decor from lounges to table settings.

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And photo booth back drops!  Genius.

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I love these chevron succulent table numbers. So chic.

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And then your girls, what will they wear that doesn’t look to much like a gas station logo?  Heres a great chevron print bridesmaid dress.

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These cakes…. swoooooonnnnn!

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So there are chevron print dresses for the bride, I personally find this one to be the most!

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 Chevron print can be a fun hit of design to your wedding keeping it tied together with out too much pizazz!

xoxo

Autumn

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Fresh & Flavorful Flower Head Pieces

If you have been on the search for that extra piece that adds that “WOW” factor to your dress you will find that flourishing flower head pieces are taking over! This is an excellent way to incorporate your floral decor into your wedding day white. Starting with simplistic examples and finishing with elaborate head pieces, you can find that perfect style to incorporate into your special day. These are perfect examples for a spring, summer, or fall wedding but the best part about this is that you can make it into anything you want. Be you… or just live vicariously though these brides below!

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If you just need a little a little flare to your dress try a combo of these simple flowers!

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Add some jewels to dress up your look!

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Fresh and light tones of flowers can add that bohemian or classic look to any wedding style.

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Absolutely stunning! The thing I like most about these are that they are focused on the side not so much in the middle.

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Be your own wall flower. If you are simplistic make this your head piece look!

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Total bohemian look is going on here, love!

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Again, these can be extra flowers that were not used in your bouquets. A fun thing we do is add only one or two particular flowers that only you and your groom are wearing the entire night.

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If you are truly going for a naturalistic look these are perfect!

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MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE! I would wear something like this below to incorporate anemone and wax flower. A girl can dream…

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 A room, decor, and outfit can completely change when you add fresh flowers. If you notice, all of these brides have simple makeup, jewelry, and dresses. What really makes them pop is their flower selection in their head pieces! Colorado an excellent setting for this look, with the wildflowers and miles upon miles of mountainous landscape this is the perfect way to set the tone of your wedding. If you think this isn’t your style try this on when you go in for your first hair trail! You just might be surprised:)

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