A simple & cute way to ask your bridal party to stand by you on your big day!

Bridal party: CHECK! I had such a fun time gathering ideas to ask my bridesmaids to stand by me on my big day. It was easy, simple & budget friendly PLUS they loved it, so I thought I would share!
When choosing my bridal party, I went with my 3 best friends! Friends whom I’ve grew up with, lived with & experienced life with! I also asked my 2 cousins to stand by my side as well. They’ll never know how much they mean to me!
Some advice…this is your day. Ask who you truly want to be with you; no obligations. No need to go “all out” & blow your wallet by asking them either. They will love anything!

Here is what I did.. everything (or something similar) is linked below!

 

GIFT BOX | PAPER SHRED | MUG | KOOZIE | CONFETTI POPPER | CARD

EASY PEASY! From here, I personalized their gifts by writing their names on the gift boxes with a chalk pen as well as making the inside of the cards special! Those were made with a cricut!

This gift was easy, affordable & a big hit with my girls.
I hope you enjoy!
XO

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Christmas is here!

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Can’t believe Christmas is in 4 days! I thought I would share my Christmas attire with you guys. I found the perfect graphic tee from THE PINK LILY BOUTIQUE! THIS LONG SLEEVE TEE describes me to a tee! I paired it with THESE BLACK & RED PLAID SLEEP PANTS from OLD NAVY! So comfy and very seasonally appropriate.
I hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas!

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Enjoy!

XO

Warm & Cozy..

“Baby, it’s cold outside!” It’s getting cold here in Nashville, especially at night! Wishing for some snow!
I love Winter, however, I get cold super easy. SO, it’s a struggle staying warm. With the help of THE MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE, I’m covered!
As many of you know, I LOVE The Mint Julep Boutique. THIS Fur Frenzy Pullover Jacket is the perfect shade of Burgundy. Not only is it warm & cozy, they can also monogram it! This pullover jacket has my new initials (293 more days until our wedding!) which I’m super excited about! This Pullover Jacket perfect for snuggling up, drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies! It’s also great to throw on with jeans and head out the door.

The Jacket is under $50 PLUS if you sign up for SHOP THE MINT e-mails, you will receive $10 on your first order! Who doesn’t love a good deal like that?

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Enjoy!
XO

Baking & Christmas Movies

TWO WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS, YA’LL!
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2 of my favorite things; baking and watching Christmas movies.
This truly is the most wonderful time of the year! To celebrate accordingly, I came across the perfect graphic tee that I will be wearing the next couple of weeks!
THE PINK LILY BOUTIQUE is one of my favorite places to shop for graphic tees. They have super cute ones and they are extremely comfortable. The Pink Lily is one of the fastest growing online boutiques in the country! The husband & wife duo just recently expanded and have a store front located in Bowling Green, Ky. Their products are high quality and are easy on the wallet! You can get my shirt HERE!

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Some of my favorites are…
1. ELF
2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
3. Santa Clause
4. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
5. Home Alone

Here is a fun Christmas cookie recipe to try this season!
PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIES
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You’ll need..
1 Egg
1/2 cup Peanut butter
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1 1/3 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup butter
24 unwrapped Hershey Kisses

Preheat oven to 350
Mix together peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar
Add egg and vanilla
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl
Mix all together slowly until mixed well
Roll into small balls and place on cookie sheet spread apart
Bake for 12-14 minutes
Place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie and eat up!

ORRRRRR you can buy a roll of peanut butter cookie dough, roll into small balls, bake for 12-14 minutes and place a Hershey Kiss in the middle if you don’t have time to fix homemade 🙂

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Enjoy!
XOXO

MOH Tips

My best friend’s wedding was perfect; EVERYTHING you would imagine. The flowers, the food, and the bride. I had the pleasure of getting to help plan and stand beside her on her big day. Today I wanted to share some MOH tips!
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1. DETERMINE HER WANTS/NEEDS
Depending on the length of the engagement, get some ideas from your BFF/bride-to-be of what she wants. Do not go against the brides wishes because you think she will like your ideas better. This is all about her!
Ask her the following..

  • Does she wants an engagement party? – less than 1 month after engagement
    If so, gather a guest list including addresses. Send invites, determine a location and book a venue/restaurant! Have some snacks, photo props & of course a light celebration toast!
  • Showers? (lingerie, bridal)  – 3-4 months before the wedding
    It’s courtesy to ask the bride-to-be if she would want this, we want her to feel comfortable! The bride may want separate showers- one for family and one for friends. If she does want showers, determine a theme. You can go all out on hosting the perfect shower all while being on a budget. You can see one of my previous posts about throwing a bridal shower for more tips!
  • Bachelorette party – 1-2 months before the wedding
    This is a must. One last fling before the ring! Determine location, theme, activities to do while there and transportation. Add special touches such as having personalized t-shirts made, gift bags ready and the hotel room decorated. I even created a hastag for my BFF’s bach party! It is courtesy that the bride not pay for anything. Divide it up between the bridal party and it won’t be a stress on anyone!
    *THROUGHOUT EVERYTHING, TAKE PICTURES. LOTS OF PICTURES.*

2. BE THERE FOR HER
Wedding planning can be exhausting and expensive, the last thing the bride needs is to feel stressed.

  • Go with her to try on dresses.
    She’ll want your opinion!
    With my BFF, her first stop was Kleinfeld’s in NYC! It’s important to give her your honest opinion (but do not tell her what you don’t like), as well as making sure she loves her dress. Also, determine her thoughts for bridesmaid dresses (but do not tell her what you do not like/cannot do) I actually found our bridesmaid dresses for her wedding HERE!
  • Be the DE-stresser!
    Throughout her engagement, be there for her to calm her down. Shower her with texts of encouragement or little gifts. One thing I did was send her a “100 more days” package. It included a hand-written note, a “Mrs.” Kate Spade Tumbler (GET IT HERE!), and old photos of her and her future groom.
  • Check in/Timeline duty
    Engagements are either long or short, but no matter the length- everything needs to be done. Ask what you can help with, ask if there is anything you can do. It will help the bride more than you know! She selected you as her MOH for a reason, let’s not let her down!

3. DAY OF WEDDING
It’s finally here! SHOWTIME.

  • You are the runner & the getter on her big day. Make sure she gets sleep, make sure she eats and make sure the brides/grooms gifts/rings get received. Make sure the decorations are to her standards, make sure there is no drama and keep tabs of time. Do not give her a reason to micromanage.
  • Make a “You’ve Got This” kit AKA emergency- you WILL need it! The one I made included tissues, q-tips, tic-tacs, Advil/Tylenol, a tide-to-go pen and many other important things.
  • Make sure to hold her dress while she walks and that her dress is fixed while taking pictures.
  • Do not get drunk at the reception and embarrass her.
  • Give your speech. If you’re a writer, write one out. If you’re not- just wing it and speak from the heart. She’ll love you either way 🙂

On the morning of my BFF’s wedding, I gave her a gift that I had been working on for months. A handmade “Letters to the Bride Scrapbook” It’s the perfect gift for your best friend on her big day! This is where all of those pictures you’ve taken come in handy 🙂 She will LOVE it!
My scrapbook included…
First Date/First Kiss
How He Asked
Lingerie Shower/Bridal Shower
Bachelorette Trip
Letters To The Bride- from her MOH & each bridesmaid (you could also include her mom/dad & groom)
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HOW BEAUTIFUL IS SHE?
Dresses: THE PINK LILY BOUTIQUE
Venue: A BARN AFFAIR- KY
Flowers: JACK’S FLORIST
Photographer: SUNLIT MOMENTS

It was a perfect wedding. To you Maid of Honor’s out there, I hope some of my tips may help you!
*I am no expert, this is based on my own experience*
Enjoy!
XO

 

 

November feels

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Can you believe November is here? November is one of my favorite months that brings 2 of my favorite things: food & family gatherings. BRING ON THANKSGIVING! The weather has officially reached cold in Nashville, but I love the layers I can wear. This sweater being one of them! (C/O ROMWE ) Ya’ll know I love a distressed back- this is perfect! THIS OLIVE DROP SHOULDER SWEATER is lightweight and is super detailed with a pocked as well as it’s distressed hems. It’s under $21 and you get free shipping on orders over $49!

How would you style this sweater?

Photos by: RACHEL WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY
XO
Enjoy!

 

Fall Favorites Wish List

Fall Favorites Wish List

Fall is my favorite season! What girl doesn’t love fall? Pumpkin patches, cool weather, pumpkin spice latte’s and of course…. fall fashion. Being on trend can be difficult if you are on a budget. I recommend to shop at SHEIN for trendy & affordable staple pieces that are great quality! Check out my Fall Wish List from SHEIN , you just might fall in love!
P.S – you get free shipping 🙂

| SWEATER WEATHER |

  1. DROP SHOULDER KNOT FRONT MARLED SWEATSHIRT
  2. LACE UP OPEN BACK CABLE KNIT SWEATER
  3. V NECKLINE TWIST FRONT SWEATER

 

| FASHION FORWARD |

  1. FLORAL PRINT DIP HEM TIE BACK BLOUSE
    2. EYELET LACE UP SWEATER
    3. TASSEL TIE EMBROIDERED YOKE EYELET JUMPER

 

| MADE FOR SUEDE |

  1. SELF BELTED SUEDE STAGGERED SKIRT
    2. BIB POCKET FRONT OVERALL DRESS
    3. GROMMET LACE UP POCKET FRONT SKIRT

 

| DRESS TO IMPRESS |

  1. ELASTIC BELL CUFF BOTANICAL PRINT TUNIC DRESS
    2. EMBROIDERED FRINGE TIE POMPOM DETAIL FRINGE DRESS
    3. BOTANICAL PRINT SWING DRESS

 

| PERFECT PAIRINGS |

  1. FLOWER PATTERN DETAIL VELVET ANKLE BOOTS
    2. BLACK GREY PLAID TASSEL CLASSICAL SCARVE
    3. WOOD BLOCK HEEL BOOTS CEMENT
    4. TRIM DETAIL WIDE BRIM FEDORA

ENJOY!
XO

Forever and Almost

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Happy Wednesday! This week is flying by! I am in one of my favorite cities for work this week. Bowling Green, KY holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I went to college, got my first big girl job, and where my fiance and I fell in love! These photos were taken at LOST RIVER CAVE where you can actually take a boat tour of the cave. How cool?

YES. YES. YES.
This edgy look was so fun to put together. Olive green is one of my favorite colors, especially for fall! What is your favorite color to wear this season?
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Have you ever heard of SHOPHOPES? If you haven’t, head to their website and be prepared to fall in love! They are mainly online, however, they do have a store front in GA!
This super soft top has a v-neck and ruffled sleeves. Not to mention it’s a relaxed fit and can easily be dressed up or down! I am 5’4 and wearing a Small! I paired it with a gold/black layered choker necklace.
To top the outfit off, I added my FAVORITE pair of leopard print booties which are on sale right now for $28!
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FOREVER & ALMOST TOP: ROUGE (C/O Shop Hopes)

READY FOR FUN NECKLACE (C/O Shop Hopes)

BOOTIES
You can use code BBrooke10 to receive 10% off at SHOPHOPES! 
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PHOTOS BY RACHEL WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY!
ENJOY!
XO

 

PLUM adorable!

This sweater is plum adorable! See what I did there? 🙂
I believe Fall is finally here in Nashville! With temps in the mornings being a cool, crisp 45-50 degrees.. this is perfect! Sweater weather is my fav!
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One of my favorite places to shop is THE MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE. They have unique pieces for every style. Their Fall line is the best! If you sign up for their e-mails, you can receive $10 off on your first order! Who doesn’t love a good deal like that? This cable knit sweater is comfy, warm and the perfect shade of plum! Get the sweater HERE! (C/O The Mint Julep Boutique) I paired it with distressed dark wash denim (similar HERE) and a beige floppy hat which is the perfect fall accessory! Get a similar hat that is under $20 HERE.
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Another perfect fall accessory is the DANIEL WELLINGTON CLASSIC BRISTOL WATCH! I wear it with almost everything. Use code BENEVOLENTBROOKE15 to get 15% off your order! It will also combine with any other discount code on their website!
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How would you style this sweater?
Enjoy!
XO

Nashville, ya’ll

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Yall:
You all. Everyone. All you people.
Just in case you didn’t know 🙂
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How stinkin cute is this SHOP DRESS UP tank? I had to have it. It is comfy, light-weight and also comes in black. When I visited the Dress Up location in Brentwood, I was greeted with the sweetest welcome. I drooled over the store for a second and started shopping! Dress Up carries very unique/trendy pieces at an affordable cost. Win, win, right?

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I paired it with a light jean jacket, BLACK DISTRESSED DENIM and BOOTIES (similar) to complete this casual look.
The BLEACH WASH DISTRESSED DENIM JACKET (c/o SHEIN) is one of my new FAVORITE pieces  for fall. YOU need it too and it’s on sale right now! This will go great with any fall shift dress or to layer with graphic tees/flannels!

SHEIN -Your Online Sexy Dresses

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HOW PERFECT?

As you saw in my Insta – Stories, I am back from being MIA! I am excited that I will be able to post more now and want to thank you guys for sticking around 🙂
How would you style this jacket?

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Thanks for reading! Enjoy!
XO
All photos by SOUTHWELL PHOTOGRAPHY.