Three Thrills by Thursday

Happy Thursday! For those of you who may have stumbled upon this post, hi! Most Thursdays I like the share the highlights of my week- three for alliteration’s sake. Think of it as your parent’s asking the highlight of your day at the dinner table. Feel free to comment with your week’s highlights!

one.

Wedding planning! We have officially set a date & booked a venue which means the real fun can begin! We couldn’t be happier to be getting married in our home state & favorite city, Cleveland, in September 2018!

two.

Did you watch the eclipse this week? I watched from work where we could see it… but didn’t see too much of a change. Here are some awesome shots people captured during in totality zones.

three.


// shoes //

fall foot fashion. I know we’re not even into September yet but every fall I always end up splurging on vests, new jeans, cozy sweaters etc and always forget about my feet. I love these mules for a great transition shoe into autumn & they’re available in a myriad of colors for every wardrobe.

Cheers!

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Major Life Updates

June was quite a month for me.

I celebrated my twenty- eighth birthday just a day after my last post with a fun night out starting at one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, When We Were Young. The food, cocktails & company couldn’t be topped. Their signature drink, the While We Were Young, is as beautiful as it delicious.

I wore my favorite summer romper from Express.

A few days after my birthday, I started a new job that allows me to pursue my passions inside & outside the office. That being said, I’m happy to have some time back to keep content flowing across the pages of Bliss & Bellinis. Leaving my old job wasn’t the easiest. I enjoyed my clients, my boss & the people I worked with but job-wise, sometimes you have to look beyond the here & now and set yourself up to work in a space that you’re truly passionate about.

A few weeks after that, Dave & I headed home to Cleveland to celebrate my birthday with my best friends & family. Unbeknownst to me, Dave had bigger plans. While in Cleveland, Dave proposed at my very favorite place in the world and coincidentally where we had our first date, The Cleveland Museum of Art.

After a big glass of champagne, we went to meet up with my parents to celebrate. To my surprise, Dave, and our families, had arranged a surprise engagement party at my parent’s home with our closest friends and family… which all kicked off with what else but a bellini toast. I’m not afraid to admit it but I think my summer peaked early this year. Needless to say, I’m 100% OK with it.

In my downtime, I’ve been trying to spend as much time as I can at the club or on a sailboat, which was a perfect way to welcome the summer solstice.

As well as gallivanting around the city a little bit, too. Smorgasburg is one of my favorite activities. Recently, I FINALLY got to try the infamous Ramen Burger— which totally lived up to it’s reputation. Delicious. 

Trying to soak in as much East Coast sun as I can but I have a lot of upcoming travel to look forward to. On a totally unrelated note, is everyone gearing up for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I am counting down the days!

Cheers!

How To: Be The Perfect Wedding Guest

Happy Friday, friends!

I don’t know about you guys but it seems almost all my loved ones are getting engaged! I have a steady stream of weddings booked out until September 2017! While I was home chatting with a few of my girlfriends about their upcoming nuptials, I couldn’t help but think about wedding etiquette and being in about a bazillion weddings so far, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how to be the perfect wedding guest.

{image via Pinterest}

  1. What to wear. Attire can be tricky. Usually the invitation will indicate if the event is black tie, in which case there is no question. Otherwise, stick with something seasonally appropriate. In under no circumstance, ladies, should you wear white. And honestly, with the bridal gown palette expanding, I’d caution to stay away from ivory, blush, and pale blues as well.
  2. Guests. Never assume you are granted a plus one for a wedding. Unless the envelope specifically states your name plus “and guest” the bride and groom are inviting only you. It’s important to remember that there is extra cost associated with bringing a guest and hypothetically they could be paying for a stranger to attend their wedding. And hey, the singles table can be really fun!
  3. Gifts. Usually a bride and groom will let you know where they are registered and choose items across all different price points. Where it gets dicey is when the registry is completed. Try to consider the couple and what they might need. Have they previously lived together? Where are they going on their honeymoon? There are many gifts that don’t necessarily need to revolve around the wedding. One of my favorites is a big basket of Christmas decor, especially if the couple is moving into a new place. Christmas lights, a personalized ornament, garland, wreath, etc. Plus, if you think ahead, you can get it after the holidays and really save. Oh, and do yourself and the couple a favor, have it sent prior to the wedding so no one is left to lug it around that day.
  4. RSVP. Letting the couple know you’ll be able to attend isn’t really an optional task. If the invitation includes an RSVP, save the couple a headache and fill out the card and return it promptly. This being said, if a situation arises where you need to cancel, let the couple know immediately. Nothing is worse than a no show.
  5. Timing. Weddings are not the time or place to be fashionably late, especially ceremonies. Imagine closing a loud door and creating a fuss in a quiet room, no one wants to be that person. All weddings operate on some form of schedule, so stick to the times listed. If you’re chronically late, tell yourself the wedding starts earlier than indicated, there is always music prior to the ceremony so you won’t feel awkward if you’re early.
  6. Seating. Check to see if there is assigned seating or if the bride and groom leave it up to their guests. This may go without saying but if you’re assigned to a table with other attendees you haven’t met, introduce yourself, chances are you’ll run into them out on the dance floor!
  7. Open Bar. Ah, yes. The bar. Note that it reads “Open Bar” not “All You Can Drink!” There’s absolutely no issue with getting festive and celebrating the newlyweds but don’t overindulge and embarrass yourself or the couple. No one wants to wake up to embarrassing Facebook pictures. Also, if you’re up dancing, leave your cocktail at the table. Don’t risk spilling on someone or shattering your glass.
  8. Chatter. This one can be hard especially if you’re a date and a little less connected to the couple. I overhear, at many weddings, comments such as “well I would do it this way” or “yikes, let’s keep this in mind for our day.” Which are perfectly normal thoughts, everyone has an opinion but during someone’s special day is not the time to share them. Keep your comments to yourself until you get home.
  9. Mingling. I think this is the most fun part of the event! The bride and groom have so many people to see that you won’t be spending the majority of the night with them. Meet their friends. Ask how they know the couple. Congratulate the families, it’s a big day for them too.
  10. Cell phones. Play it safe and keep it on vibrate the entire day. No one wants their iPhone blasting their ringtone of Jesse’s Girl mid ceremony or toast.

Bonus: This may be a personal thing but I loathe bare feet on the dance floor. From germs to safety to etiquette, I just hate it. If you don’t think you can last all night in heels, pack cute flats or sandals in the car (or your purse) to throw on so you can dance the night away.

You’re totally set to be the perfect wedding guest! Did I miss anything? What’re your biggest wedding dos and don’ts?

Cheers!

Tips on Toasting

The past few months have brought many joyous occasions. Whether it be myself or friends, it seems like every other weekend is a celebration– which is certainly okay by me. I love the opportunity to celebrate. When the champagne corks pops (my favorite sound) there’s usually a little lull wondering if anyone will say something.

I’ve encountered some pretty horrible toasts in my day. From a drunk best man who could barely slur out words to a mom very loudly toasting her daughter’s 21st birthday in public with the most vulgar rhyming toast I’ve ever heard (awkward) to a toast that turned into a blank stare of nerves.

Here are a few helpful hints when making a toast, whether it be at a small intimate dinner with friends or at a more grandiose occasion:

1. Keep it short and sweet. There’s no reason to go on and on… and on. Obviously weddings allow for longer speeches but go too long and you’ll put everyone to sleep.

2. Speak from the heart. If nothing else, it’s as easy at that.

3. A little humor never killed anybody. Keep it with the occasion though, humor that may be funny to the “toastee” and college friends, may leave their grandparents completely appalled.

4. Make sure to have something in mind if not written down, toasts aren’t the appropriate occasions to wing it. The larger the event, the more preparation required.

5. Etiquette dictates that the host has until the first course is cleared to make a toast, if he or she chooses not to toast during that time, the floor is open to the other guests. If you’re giving the toast and are not the host, make sure to thank him or her for having everyone.

Cheers!