Wedding Shoe Shopping!

Wedding Shoes Jay Kaplan Shoes Wedding PlanningMy top picks: Jay Kaplan – Riley (left) and Jay Kaplan – Avery (right)

Now that my engagement photos are done, the dress is picked out and the florist is booked, the next step in my wedding planning process is to find a pair of iconic wedding shoes. I’m getting my dress altered in the beginning of August and it’s important that I bring the shoes I’m going to wear on the big day to the appointment so they can hem the dress correctly. A lot of my friends who are already married said they were surprised by how much their shoes showed up in the photos. So I want to make sure I find the perfect pair and I think I have.

Shoe designer Jay Kaplan has found a way to give shoe lovers everywhere the best of both worlds. His gorgeous shoes are Italian leather quality at made in China prices. I can tell you from experience that his shoes really do live up to that promise. Not only are the designs breathtaking, they also feel divine on your feet. I never thought it would be possible to wear a shoe like this on my wedding day or any day without dropping $800 at Neiman Marcus. But, now I can. While some shoes may give you the look of a high end shoe, Jay Kaplan’s collection gives you both the look and the quality for $100 or less.

After spending a fortune on invites, a venue, a dress, decorations and everything else you need for a wedding, it’s so refreshing to find a couture quality wedding shoe that’s just as stunning as it is affordable. I think I’m going to give my bridesmaids a break too by having them buy the Jay Kaplan – Madeline in Gold. Not only are they beautiful, but I know for sure that they’ll be able to wear them again. As for me, it was a tough choice, but I think I’m going to go with the Jay Kaplan – Riley for my wedding. You can check out more of the Riley’s lacy details in the photos below.

Even if you’re not in the market for a wedding shoe, Jay Kaplan has a ton of beautiful heels, flats and handbags all on Amazon Prime. At these prices, I plan on shopping more. Check out his full collection here and you’ll never have to drop an entire paycheck on a pair of shoes again.

JAY KAPLAN 700 Dollar Gorgeous All Leather Dress Pump Made in Spain with Gorgeous Elegant Brooch, Avery

JAY KAPLAN 400 Dollar Beautiful Womens All Leather Very Elegant High Heel Pump, Made in Spain, Riley

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Boho Engagement Photos

Boho Engagement Photos

Years ago a psychic on the Upper East Side told me that I was going to meet a guy who lives in New York. But, I wouldn’t meet him in NYC, we would both be away, come back and immediately start dating. “This will be serious and lead to marriage,” she said.  Well, it looks like she was right.

Now that her prediction has come true, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of a bride I want to be. I fully plan on being a boho bride and I’m so happy with how Emily Prada captured our hippie sides in these beautiful photos.  I’ve always been a free spirit and throughout our relationship I’ve certainly made Ian more adventurous while he’s made me more grounded. So here we are a happy and free gypset couple that’s still grounded in the real world. I couldn’t be more thankful to have such beautiful photos that captured this side of us.

My maxi dress is Yumi Kim. This Yumi Kim – Dream Maxi (Candle Light Romance) Women’s Dress is similar and so is this one.

For more of our engagement photos in Lake Runnymede Conservation Area, check out part one of our first engagement shoot.

Photos by: Emily Prada

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Sweet Moment in Chinatown

I’m always looking for cute places to visit and Sweet Moment NYC is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to get a fab Instagram of some serious latte art. So I went down to Mott Street to see what it was all about.

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I went in and immediately asked for their famous latte art. I ordered this fab cold thai latte and went toward the window to take a photo. If you’re going to get a good Instagram at Sweet Moment be sure to sit by the window. The windowsill is the best place to get one.

A half an hour later I finally took a sip of my latte. It tasted a lot like ice cream. It’s thick, sweet and cold. It’s a lot more like a dessert than a coffee. Speaking of dessert, Sweet Moment NYC also has some baller desserts.

All in all, this was a successful trip! Sweet Moment is adorable and so was my latte. I highly recommend stopping by next time you’re in NYC. If you’re looking for another place to get your latte on, check out my post on Cha Cha Matcha.

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Our Magical Engagement Photos in Lake Runnymede Conservation Area Part One

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I’ve been a bride-to-be for a year and a half now and we finally got our engagement photos done. I must say that it was totally worth the wait. These came out amazing, but the shoot almost didn’t turn out like this. I’d originally planned to do my engagement shoot in another park in Florida. But, I found out two days before the shoot that the park would be overrun by kids as Florida’s schools would be out that week and they probably wouldn’t be letting anyone in after 10 a.m. Needless to say, this park was a no go for my engagement photos.

At this point I was freaking out. So I went to my fiance Ian for help and he sent me a link to the Top 15 Engagement Shoot Locations in Orlando. “I already know which one you’re going to pick,” he said. And his prediction was right. I chose Lake Runnymede Conservation Area and it was one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited. It’s the real life version of an enchanted forest. I also couldn’t have asked for a more talented photographer to shoot our photos. Emily Prada was with me all the way as I changed the location a million times and every photo was seriously the best photo. I had a tough time deciding which to use in my wedding invites and bridal shower invites. I’m thrilled that she’ll be shooting my wedding too!

Photos by: Emily Prada 

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What I Learned at a Women’s Golf Event with Lexus and the Metropolitan Golf Association

Earlier this month I got invited to a women’s golf event with Lexus and the Metropolitan Golf Association. I didn’t even have to leave Manhattan to go to it. It all took place on high definition golf simulators at the Golf and Body NYC.

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Lexus partnered with the Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) to host an Introduction for Women’s Golf event for young professional women. The goal of the event was to help level the playing field in business networking, as many important business decisions still occur on the golf course. I personally always loved the cultural aspects of golf. I love the clothes, the social scene, parties at the clubhouse and of course driving around in the golf cart. But, when it comes to actually playing golf, I’m clueless.

So when people at the event asked if I played golf, I said that I loved the cultural aspect, but the act of actually playing golf is a little foreign to me. I’m really more of a yoga person. But, I guess there a are ton of people who love the cultural aspects of yoga too and wear Lululemon yoga pants everywhere, but never actually go to a class. So I decided to take this opportunity to dive in and see what playing golf is all about. It’s a lot harder than it looks. It really takes a lot of patience and skill. Sometimes I even missed the ball completely. But, I kept at it and already saw some improvements in my swing. It turned out to be a great way of getting some aggression out. As for putting, that’s a delicate art that I have yet to perfect.

LPGA Tour Player, Tara Fleming, made a super inspiring speech at the event on how golf is similar to your corporate career. She said once you’ve gotten somewhere it’s because you’ve earned it. So always own your successes. She also said that the golf course is a great place for business because after you’ve played 18 holes with someone you know if you want to do business with them or not.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll take up golf. I wouldn’t mind driving a Lexus either.

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