Bourbon and Bowties

Favorites: April 2015

This month I definitely found several things I wanted to share here that have become staples in my everyday life.

Over the past few months I had seen bracelets like those from Bourbon and Bowties all over Instagram (follow me @gvgp1989). I was SO excited to find them in my local boutique. I go all the time to check out the new ones, and have been thrilled to hear that the company – which is empowering females in the process – has really taken off. The jewelry is gorgeous and very versatile. I just wish my boutique had more options!

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I had been searching for a way to journal that wasn’t really “journaling” because I’m not very good at maintaining that. But I wanted some way to do a little bit of a brain dump at the end of the day to decompress. So I cam across this journal called “One Line a Day – A Five Year Memory Book.” I recently started and I’m impressed that I’ve been so into it. The concept intrigues me, and I can’t wait to see where I am a year from now!

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Francesca’s Collections is my all-time favorite store. While there the other day I found this little gem, and couldn’t help but pick it up:

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A few weeks back my boyfriend and I wandered around New Hope, PA. While there I found a darling little boutique with a gorgeous blue (think tiffany blue) bag. SO glad I picked it up – its a great catch-all and is so fun for spring! (The light washed it out when I tried to photograph it)

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And last, but not least, I found a new anthem. It is Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” I think it is one of the best female anthems out today, and is so incredibly inspiring and empowering.

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Always a Bridesmaid…

Over the weekend I was excited to be a bridesmaid a bridesmaid for the third time. I thought this was a perfect time to show some of the bridesmaid’s dresses that I’ve worn, and talk a little bit about where I found things for the most recent wedding.

In 2012 I was a bridesmaid in my friend Katie’s wedding. She had a gorgeous ceremony at a local church here in NJ and then the reception at a nearby hotel ballroom. My dress was from David’s Bridal, and was floor length. Unfortunately I have no full length photos!

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In October 2013 I was a bridesmaid in my friend Alyssa’s wedding. It had the most incredible country vibe – and I love that she wore boots to the reception (and that all of us could wear boots as well!) Her wedding was on a golf course up near Vernon, NJ. The dress was super comfortable, and was originally long. We had them cut to better fit the feel of her wedding – and it was perfect for the weather.

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This past weekend I was a bridesmaid in my cousin Michael’s wedding. They had a ceremony in an adorable local church, and the reception at a really enchanting mansion in Bensalem, PA.  I forget to get a picture of the back of my hair, but my girl at Blo Out in Hamilton, NJ did such a great job – I loved it! Our dresses were from Bill Levkoff and we picked them up at the Bridal Suite in Hamilton, NJ. [Note – beware of ordering from there!]

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I love seeing these photos in progression! I also want to share my accessories for the most recent wedding. The necklace I wore was our bridesmaid’s gift which she picked up from Etsy. It is super cute and I’ve already worn it again! My earrings were simple pearls from Charming Charlie, and I wore bracelets from Bourbon and Bowties that I picked up at a local boutique. (I’m a HUGE Bourbon and Bowties fan!) I found a matching wrap at Nordstrom Rack ($12!) and it was perfect since the day was freezing. I did my own makeup for the day and even got a spray tan. My purse (below) was PERFECT! I picked it up from a seller on bitdazzle, but click here for her etsy store. Her work is fantastic and the purse was reasonable at $38. So many compliments on it – even the photographer loved it! It fit my iPhone 6+ without a problem. I’ve posted some pics below – the purse I purchased had a light pink ribbon. My shoes were Bandolino from Macys – just a dusty rose heel. Nothing fancy.

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Where are some go-to places to pick up items for bridesmaids? I was running all around like crazy trying to find things to match.

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