5 Things Planning our Wedding Taught me

Hello, beautiful! I hope your week is going fabulous thus far. Monday I was able to play model for the day for Next on Scene Magazine's spring issue. I can't wait to see how the images come out. I was able to work with a group of fabulous boss babes. Anyway let's get to the bridal, shall we?

There is no secret that planning a wedding is not easy. It is truly bananas how much time goes into one event that goes by within a blink of an eye. Looking back on the planning of Ricky & I's wedding, we learned 5 valuable lessons.

1. Who our real friends are- Throughout planning & even after our wedding we found out who are true friends are. This isn't always the easiest lesson to learn & it is just a fact of life that friends will come & go but it was definitely eye opening. We are both extremely understanding people & always give others the benefit of the doubt but, any kind of relationship works two ways. 

2. You can't please everyone- You know that phrase, "You can be the juiciest peach but, not everyone likes peaches". It's true! I don't like peaches. But, really R & I tried hard to please everyone but, it got to the point where we stopped worrying about everyone else & planned our wedding for us. Yes, you want your guests to enjoy themselves but, at the end of the day we paid for our own wedding so it was going to be our way.

3. How well we work together under pressure- While planning our wedding as the big day approached we decided it would be a great idea to buy a house as well. (Hello stress) During this time we really learned how well (or not so well) we would work together. In our case we made a really great team. We kept open minds & communication. This just solidified our relationship even more than it already was.

4. Time management- Like I said R & I were crazy people by planning a wedding & buying a house simultaneously. We had to prioritize. I put blogging on the back seat for a couple of months to focus on our personal lives. We also tried to accomplish more tasks earlier rather than later so when we were looking at homes we had more time to put towards that. I made countless to do lists & was constantly re-prioritizing. This was so unlike me (when it comes to my personal life). I consider myself a "hot mess" (an organized hot mess) & save everything till last minute. This time in my life I couldn't do that.

5. Budgeting- As I mentioned prior R & I paid for our wedding by choice. We didn't want to complicate things for our family & if anyone wanted to contribute, we wanted them to contribute how they were willing & able. Having a $25,000 plus wedding & buying a house you can imagine that we had to get our finances in check. We stopped going out as much, every once of our disposable income went to our wedding fund. This was super beneficial in the long run as we have carried over these habits & we are comfortably able to pay our mortgage.

Well fash dolls these are a few valuable life lessons R & I learned while planning our wedding. It isn't an easy task but remember to breathe. Put it in perspective, this is just one day. It maybe one of the most important days in your life but your lifetime with your significant other means so much more than this day. Enjoy it as it only happens once. If you ever have questions please feel free to contact me thru social media or by email (check out the contact page). Till next time babes.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

Sleigh Girl

Hello beautiful! Happy Holiday season to you & yours. I am not going to lie to you I have been a bit more of a hot mess lately than usual lately. If you have been reading a long you know that I am an assistant buyer for Metrostyle catalog & let me tell you this time of year is cray. Between prepping for our summer '17 photo shoot & setting up fall/winter 2017 I have just been tired. I don't think the fact that it gets darker out early helps my cause but I am also notorious for always being on the go then crashing. Anyway this isn't a sob story or a rant, I just miss you all! So I am getting my positive pants on & am ready to conquer the rest of this year with you.

My next few post are going to be brought to you by the holiday season & hope that they give you some outfit inspo. I bought this tulle skirt for Ricky & I's engagement photos & other bridal events but I am not the type of shopper to buy an item for just one use. I have paired this Carrie Bradshaw inspired skirt with a flannel, tights, & my fav cheetah pumps. I'm going to wear this outfit Christmas day to my mum's for brunch then to my in law's for dinner.

I know this season can get kind of stressful but try your best to enjoy it. Take a deep breathe & try not to over commit to events. I know we can all experience FOMO (fear of missing out) but sometimes you need to take a minute for yourself & truly enjoy the magic of this time of year.

Anyway fash dolls till next time! Stay sassy + God Bless :)

Gigi xo

Gobble Gobble

Happy week of Thanks fash dolls! I am thankful for you, my readers. Without you there would be no Fashology or fash doll community. I appreciate you following along & really hope you glean helpful advice & inspiration from my posts.

Let's get to the fashion! This year my hubby, Ricky & I are hosting our very first Thanksgiving in our first home. It is all super exciting & a lot of work. I want to cook & host in style, this colorblock dress does just the trick. I love this camel/black combo for this time of year it is neutral & warm. I kicked it up with a pair of animal pumps. With a bottle of wine in hand what's not to love?!

Dressing for the holidays is totally based on your personal style. I love to dress up so I accomplish this with a dress & pumps. Maybe a pair of jeans, cozy sweater, & boots is more your style. Whatever it is do your thing! I hope you all have a fabulous holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gigi xo

 

A Complete List of our Wedding Vendors

June 24th, 2016 was the best day of life thus far, I married my best friend. The day went off without a hitch. This couldn't have been accomplished with out our amazing vendors! If you are in MA here is a complete list of vendors we used which I highly recommend.

The center pieces & decorations were found at Michael's & Christmas Tree Shop. I also got a few things from Hobby Lobby. Each one of our vendors was fabulous. I had been in sales for 6 years and nothing drives me more insane than an over bearing sales person. Each vendor was easy going & a pleasure to work with, a lot of them even texted which was extremely convenient.

If you are a bride to be pay one of these vendors a visit or phone call, you won't regret it. Know someone getting married feel free to share this list!

Till next time dolls.

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

Real Wedding Ceremony Tunes

June 24th, 2016 was easily the best day of my life. I said "I do" & married my best friend. Over the past year & a half we put in a countless amount of time planning this special day. It went by in a flash. I thought I had my i's dotted & t's crossed when it dawned on me 2 weeks before the wedding I had no clue what I was going to be walking down the aisle to, oops.

In a panic I had begun to research ceremony songs. I emailed my DJ asking a million & 5 questions. I had an idea of what I wanted but 2 weeks away from the big day I had to figure it out! Generally you need 3 songs for a ceremony: one the bridal party & family walks down to, the bride's entrance, & the recessional for when the bride & groom accompanied by the bridal party & family exits the ceremony.

See below our song selection for our ceremony.

  1.  Bridal Party- Only in Time (Instrumental)-Enya
  2. Bride- Canon D-Pachelbel
  3. Recessional- Wedding March- Fleix Mendelssohn

These aren't the only options you have to chose from! If you are a bride-to-be use this for inspiration. We wanted something more classical for the ceremony but maybe you & your spouse are more modern or contemporary. This is a special time & your day should reflect your relationship. We had our DJ play at our ceremony maybe you want a string quartet. The beautiful thing about planning your wedding is that it is about what you want! Don't be afraid to ask questions either, your vendors are there to help you.

Well dolls till next time! Stay sassy & God bless.

Gigi xo

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

FullSizeRender Yes, I am the weirdo on the far left that had found the perfect dress for my fiancé and I's upcoming June 2016 wedding. I am accompanied by some of my lovely bridesmaids! Based on my wedding dress shopping experience here are my tips. Whether you have been dreaming of your ideal wedding since you were a little girl or are single I hope that you find these tips helpful for yourself or a friend.

Research!

When it comes to anything wedding related or making any major life purchase it is key to always do some research. I would first start by defining a budget. There is nothing worse than falling in love with something you can't afford. Next I would look to Pinterest for inspiration! Have an idea of what looks good on you and what style you are interested in. Look for particular designers you are fond of within your budget and the bridal shops that sell them.

Who Should you Bring?

Who and how many people you want to bring is entirely up to you! If you can handle a lot of different opinions open it up to your bridal party, sisters, mum, mother-in-law, and whoever else you want to bring. Maybe you would like a smaller entourage, your mum and sister(s) I feel like are always a must! It is what YOU are comfortable with, this should be a fun time.

Where Should I Go?

You remember that research you did? Use it! Set up appointments with bridal boutiques you found that carry the designers you are interested in. Maybe you want to go to "Say Yes to the Dress" NYC's salon Kleinfeld or maybe you want to stay local. It is your experience! I would suggest making at least 3 appointments with different salons. Avoid overwhelming yourself by only trying 8/10 max dresses for each appointment.

Keep an Open Mind!

Try to keep an open mind when you are shopping. I thought that I definitely needed buttons on my dress but, the gown I fell in love with didn't have buttons. Maybe you thought you had your heart set on a certain shape but, you might try another style that looks even better. You will know when you have found the dress.

Decide and Celebrate!

Say yes to the dress already! I literally found my dress at the first store that I had gone to. I went to another bridal salon after to try more and I still couldn't get my dress out of my head. Go with your gut and choose what makes you feel gorgeous! And of course don't forget to celebrate. Pop a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the fact you checked another big to do off of your list :)

I hope this helps! Till next time dolls. 

Stay Sassy + God Bless xo

 

Just a little note

IMG_4569 Hello friends! Long time, no post. There are certain times that one finds life getting in the way. Since my last post, some amazing things have happened. First of which was  beginning my new employment opportunity in the fashion industry. I have been learning a lot and it has been a wonderful experience which I hope to share with you along the way. A week after starting my new venture I got engaged! It was such a pleasant surprise. As you could imagine, starting a new career, on top of planning a wedding, could drive anyone mad. Now that I have settled into my job and the wedding planning has calmed down, I am ready to produce more helpful fashion advice! I am here to help you establish a wardrobe fit for your body and personality. I am not here by any means to tell you what to wear. I am here to inspire you to be the best you can be!

Now this wouldn't be Fashology without talking fashion! Here is a little peak of my engagement pictures with Ricky. I wanted to wear something that represented my personality; feminine yet playful. The tank top is from Marshalls and the tulle skirt is from Tobi, completing the ensemble with Converse Chuck Taylors.

Stay tuned for lots of fun to come! In the meantime keep up with us on social media!

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Stay Sassy xo