I Found my Wedding Dress in Two Hours!

The Bridal Garden Wedding Gowns Wedding Dress Shopping

Yes, you heard me right. I found my dream wedding dress in two hours and I got an incredible deal too! I’m pretty sure this is either a world record and/or the universe telling me that it’s absolutely my time to get married. So far wedding planning has been surprisingly easy. Not only did I find the dress in two hours, we also fell in love with the first venue we saw in the Pocono Mountains!

So here’s how the stars aligned. My mom, sister and cousin came into the city to look at dresses with me one weekend. My friend Tracy joined too. Our first stop was The Bridal Garden, a non-profit dress shop in Manhattan where designers donate their sample dresses when they’re done with them. All of the proceeds go toward supporting education programs for disadvantaged youth. We spent the morning going through bags and bags of dresses and selected a bunch to try on. I knew I wanted a trumpet style wedding dress as that’s what I feel looks best on me, but I was pretty much open to anything. I also wondered if I could pull off the look Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy had on her wedding day. She’s such a fashion icon for me and when you mention that look at a bridal shop, they totally know what you’re talking about.

After trying on a bunch of dresses, I found two trumpet style wedding gowns that I absolutely loved. But, at the end of the day, the Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy inspired dress stole the show. It was a bridal size zero which I never thought would fit me, but it actually did. It’s most likely the one the model wore down the runway. I was hesitant about getting my dress at the first place I looked, but something about it told me it was meant to be. Plus, they don’t hold anything and I’d never see another Anna Maier wedding dress at that price again for as long as I live. So I said yes to the dress, we all clapped, toasted and then went to my Kleinfeld appointment because they charge you if you don’t show up. Even though I already had my dress literally in hand, it was nice to visit the iconic home of Say Yes to the Dress and get the experience. When I heard bells ringing and people cheering every time someone else said yes to their dress, I knew I’d made the right decision. I canceled my other two appointments and had a long brunch the next morning with my family. It was glorious.

I couldn’t be happier with my dress and I can’t wait to share it with all of you on the big day! I still can’t believe that I found the one in under two hours. But, I did and it was magical. Even if you don’t live in New York, The Bridal Garden is totally worth going to for your wedding dress. The deals are insane and they are super nice and knowledgeable. Another similar bridal shop you should go to in NYC is Our Story Bridal. I know a few other brides who also found designer gowns at The Bridal Garden too that they absolutely loved. I guess now I’m one of them.

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Steal vs. Splurge: Camo Skinny Jeans

After almost a decade, skinny jeans are still in style. Since wide leg pants are also coming back, why not put a new spin on the now classic skinny jeans? Camo skinny jeans paired with a good set of heels will immediately make you feel stylish and edgy. Like all basics, skinny camo jeans come at all price points. Here are a couple that I’ve been eyeing.

True Religion Camo Skinny Jeans

Splurge: True Religion Casey Camo-Print Skinny Jeans ($178) from Macy’s

Levi´s 535 Camo Super Skinny Jeans

Steal: Levi’s 535 Camo Super Skinny Jeans ($39.99) from Dillard’s

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Halloween in Salem!

Halloween in Salem Rent the Runway Salem Witches

Happy Halloween Witches! This past Halloweekend I was lucky enough to visit Salem, Massachusetts with two of my BFFs from college. I’ve loved witches, horror movies and scary things ever since I can remember. So a Halloween visit to Salem is one of the best things to ever happen to me. It was a cloudy and windy day which normally isn’t ideal, but in Salem it really set the mood.

Salem is super small so if you’re anywhere near the Northeast, it’s a great place to go for a day trip. There’s a ton of history, cute shops and of course witch culture going on all year. While October is the most popular time to visit Salem, you can really go anytime of the year and still get a scary cool experience. I recommend visiting HausWitch Home + Healing for candles, spells and home decor. I spent more than I would like to admit there on candles and tarot cards. You should also go to Brew Box for a coffee. If you’re there during Halloween, I recommend getting a psychic reading at the psychic fair. It’s basically a room full of psychics and you book one for a half hour to 15 minutes. I had a great reading that really centered me. After my reading, we walked around the graveyard.

Believe it or not, there’s a lot to do in Salem in the non-witch category too. It’s a cute New England town with some of the sweetest boutiques. My favorite so far is Curtsy. Speaking of fashion, I’m wearing a super witchy Jill Stuart Black Lace Retro Sleeve Sheath Dress from Rent the Runway. I paired it with Tahari Corbin Over-The-Knee Boots and Star Power by Spanx High Waist Shaping Tights because those always work magic.

I’m so glad that we’re making this a yearly tradition because that’s what Halloween is all about – friends and witches (who can become your friends too)!

Halloween in Salem

Jill Jill Stuart Black Lace Retro Sleeve Sheath

Salem Witch Halloween

Salem Witch Trial Memorial

Salem Witch Trial

Salem Halloween Girls' Weekend

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Apple Picking at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard UNIQLO Women's Flannel Checked Long-sleeve Shirt

I recently experienced the perfect fall day at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in upstate New York. I even broke out my new UNIQLO Women’s Flannel Checked Long-Sleeve Shirt and Hunter Boots for the occasion. My fiance and I had a blast picking apples in the orchard and exploring Beak & Skiff’s winery and cider house. We picked fresh Jonagold apples and have been enjoying them ever since.

I can’t wait to go back next fall. There’s still so much of this farm that we have yet to explore.

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard

Apple Picking Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard

Fall Apples

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Introducing Choupette’s Diary Catnap Kit from The Goodnight Co.

Choupette’s Diary Catnap Kit The Goodnight Co

Is it bedtime yet? I love my beauty sleep and my catnaps just as much as any feline. So I’m super excited to introduce Choupette’s Diary Catnap Kit from The Goodnight Co! The silk pillowcase, silk sleep mask, silk travel case, travel sleep mist and ear plugs will keep you relaxed and rested wherever your luxurious life takes you. It’s perfect for a relaxing staycation too. I love that everything is made of silk. It’s such a testament to Choupette’s personality and passion for luxury (yes, I know her personally).

Beauty sleep helps promote everything from weight loss to anti-aging. So if you’re looking to stay skinny and young, the catnap kit is a must along with a healthy diet and exercise of course. Nap time is truly one of the rarest luxuries out there and Choupette’s Diary Catnap Kit makes it even better. But, you better move fast. Only 500 kits are available. So get yours soon so you can post your epic #ChoupetteXGoodnightCo Instagram before drifting off to sleep.

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