This one is for the Girls-Bridesmaids Gifts

Hello lovelies! I hope the beginning of your week is  smooth sailing thus far. Are you planning your wedding or know a friend planning a wedding? I am sure one of the things on your (or your friends) to-do list is to get your(or their) bridesmaids a gift.

Your bridesmaids are your special gal pals. During the wedding planning process they have been through a lot with you: engagement parities, bridal showers, bachelorette parties etc. Not to mention the DIY projects that you have enlisted them to do. You have shared laughs & sometimes tears. Bottom line is these are your girls, your ride or dies. Yes, this is you & your significant others special day but you asked these females to stand up in front of a crowd with you. It would be nice if you made them feel a little special too!

I gave my girls sterling silver nautical knot bracelets from the etsy store BoxingFashion and bought their shoes for the wedding at DSW. Check the list below for other fabulous bridesmaids gift ideas.

  1. Jewelry- I think this is the most traditional gift! This can be earrings, necklace, or bracelet.
  2. Pay for Pampering- Hair, nails, makeup can be a lot. If you have the money in your budget it maybe nice to pay for your girls to get one of these done.
  3. Robes-I am sure by now you have seen the pictures on pintrest of girls getting ready in matching robes. This could make a nice gift that they will be able to use again. You can even get them monogramed.
  4. Drinking Utensil- I use the word utensil because this could be a wine glass, coffee mug, tumblr, water bottle, or travel mug! These will definitely make a nice personalized gift.
  5. Bag- This bag could be a clutch for the big day, a beach tote, or a cosmetic bag!
  6. Hanger- Get them each a special hanger with their name spelt out in wire.

As you have been on your wedding planning journey I am sure that you have discovered that etsy will become your best friend, a lot of these ideas can be found there.

Well fash dolls till next time!

Stay Sassy + God Bless!

Gigi xo

Sorry Lulu

Sorry (not sorry) Lulu, Lulu Lemon. Not that I am hating on Lulu Lemon I actually really like their product but dang those prices are killing a new homeowners budget! This active look is brought to you by T.J. Maxx!

If you have been following you know that I got married in June & bought a home at the beginning of the month. Needless to say I have been on a budget for sometime. I have staples which I have spent more money on. But when it comes to my activewear I tend to not spend as much. They get sweaty, go thru the wash all the time,and just get beat up. T.J. Maxx & Marshalls carries affordable activewear that fits in in my budget.

To get into shape for the wedding I really got into barre. It was easy on my back (I slipped a disc) & toned me up. I facilitated this with running & playing soccer!

I don't consider myself a health freak but I think it is important to exercise regularly & eat healthy (I try to stick to 80/20). I find that when I stick to this I feel more energized!

Well fash dolls till next time!

Stay Sassy + God Bless.

Gigi xo

Pucker Up-LipSense

Honestly I am not a cosmetics guru. My daily make up routine consists of moisturizer, bare minerals, mascara, & chap stick, eye shadow on a good day. But I found a lip gloss that has been absolutely amazing, LipSense. It doesn't smudge or rub off & it's waterproof! I can literally put it on & within seconds of drying give my husband a kiss. It won't rub off on his lips so we both won't be wearing it.

The color I am sporting is cappuccino but there are plenty of other colors to choose from. To get the best look apply 3 coats of color between each time let the color dry 3-5 seconds. Then apply a coat of gloss! You are then good to go for the day. I accidently slept in mine once. When applying color you may feel tingling the first few times but this will subside.

You can purchase each piece separately or a starter kit bundle. The starter kit includes a color, gloss, and oops lip color remover. Also available separately is the moisturizing lip balm which also works wonders.

I got my kit from K Posh Boutique get one here & receive 15% off by using my coupon code >GIGI15<.

Give this a shot for yourself! If you have beauty suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments. I am also open to trying new things.

Till next time dolls! Stay Sassy + God Bless.

Gigi xo

 

Hello Old Friend(s)

Hello old friends...& new friends! It may seem like I have fallen off the face of the planet seeing how I haven't posted in about 5 months but with good reason. There has been a lot of good happening but there has also been some less than fab things happening that all kind of consumed my time.

On June 24th, 2016 I married my best friend. This day was easily the best day of my life but there was a boat load of planning and appointments along the way! I was never that girl that dreamed of her wedding & not that I didn't enjoy the planning process (because I did) it was just a lot. I was of course looking forward to our special day but I had my mind set on the happily ever after with Ricky.

Not only did I go from Miss to Mrs. we have been trying to buy a house which if you have gone thru the process yourself you know its not easy. If you haven't, you have heard your friends & family probably complain about it. We would see a house online, call our realtor to set up a showing, & by the end of the day there was an offer accepted on the house we wanted to see. We officially put in an offer on the perfect mermaid grotto & are on track to close by the end of the month.

On top of those two wonderful yet crazy things I was diagnosed with colitis in April, a little TMI but I want to be transparent. With everything going on & finding this out I was drained. Unfortunately the blog had to take a back seat. I needed to focus on these life changes & taking care of myself. Life can be crazy, especially being from New England I am accustomed to being on the run. I have learned that sometimes you need to take a step back say no to things & take care of your mind, body, & soul.

Last weekend Ricky & I welcomed a new addition to our little family, Audrey Hepburn Williams. She is about 12 pounds & is the most precious German Shepard puppy. Her paws are too big for her body so she is a little clumsy but she will grow into them. She is already a daddy's girl.

I am still trying to figure out my health situation but as the dust settles with everything else I am back to blogging. I couldn't be happier! I am feeling more inspired than ever. Thank you all for reading today and those of you that have read since the commencement  of this site. I can't even believe that it has been 2 years in September.

Cheers to the future!

Stay Sassy & God Bless,

Gigi XO

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What on Earth is Cost per Wear?

Every purchase something and only wear it once? Now every time you pass it in your closet a sense of buyer's remorse just infects your conscious. Cost per wear is a wonderful tool to prevent this feeling! When making purchases especially apparel purchases you should feel good about them. You just bought this fabulous new piece that flatters your figure, will be an excellent addition to your wardrobe, and you'll wear it over and over again. Well when out shopping this isn't always the case. I myself have been an offender of the impulse buy. Not all impulse buys are created equal but most times they are the purchases we tend to regret.

Let's cut to the chase. Cost per wear is taking the cost of an item divided by the amount of times you plan on wearing it. Take the faux leather skirt for example, I purchased it last year on sale for $20. Now I have worn it both this winter season and last, it has become a staple in my wardrobe. But for the sake of argument say I wore this skirt 5 times (which I have worn this far more than 5 times), it has only cost me $4 each time I have worn it!

Retail/Times Worn= Cost Per Wear

These boots are another great example! If you have been following the blog you probably noticed that I prop these often. It is a really cool and easy to understand concept. To prevent regretful purchases I invite you to exercise the cost per wear strategy. Before shopping I would suggest going in with an idea of what you need opposed to going in blind sided and just purchasing things you "like". Take a look at your closet before you go out shopping to see what you'd like to add. These practices will help decrease the buyers remorse feeling.

Well till next time dolls.

Stay Sassy + God Bless xo

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