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Friday Five- Valentine’s Edition

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Happy Friday the 13th/FRI-YAY/Valentine’s Eve/Day 2 of NYFW!!! Big day, huh?! Anyone else had a crazy Friday the 13th like I have? I won’t go into major detail, but my morning involved 13 degrees, giving a cab driver the wrong address, not realizing until he already left and being in the most impossible spot to find a cab (did I mention it was 13 degrees and I was dressed fashionably, not warmly). #firsttimenewyorker anyone?  Fortunately, I didn’t lose any extremities to frostbite and still made it to my show on time! Considering I’m here in New York, I’m not going to be bringing y’all a special Valentine’s outfit post (although, I will be posting next week about all of my NYFW looks). So, instead of my normal Friday Five post, I’m sharing with y’all 5 Valentine’s inspo outfits from bloggers I follow and love!! These looks are absolutely adorable y’all!! Everyone enjoy your Valentine’s Day tomorrow, whether it’s with your spouse or friends and family!! XO

1. Gal Meets Glam– Julia Engel does no wrong and this pretty little shoot with Chloé is no different! Like myself, she’s a major blush pink lover and this beautiful dress is blush pink heaven. I mean, she actually looks like she’s in heaven, right? And that bouquet of peonies *insert heart eyes emoji x 500*

2. Something Navy– Arielle knows exactly what she’s doing when it comes to dressing city chic! This red skirt number is perfect for a night on the town with your man or your girls! Plus, she’s THE best to follow for fitspiration..those legs!!

3. Hello Fashion Blog– This classic Valentine’s look from Christine is absolutely FLAWLESS. The red dress is sexy, but classy at the same time- perfect for a hot date! Bonus: she lists some great gift ideas for your guy and all under $50!

4. TopKnots and PolkaDots– This one just so happens to be from my pretty little bff miss Chloe Fusselman! Not only is she perfect and this shoot the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen, but her outfit is on point for a fun Valentine’s look! Could she not be Julia Engel’s (Gal Meets Glam) sister?!

5. Northern Lights- Southern Belles– Another blogger bestie of mine and the hottest momma I’ve ever seen, Tara Langdale, kills it with a Valentine’s casual look! Can you believe she’s hiding an almost 9 month baby bump in there?! In typical Tara fashion, she does the unexpected and pulls in a baby blue coat and it totally makes the outfit!

Also, feel free to take a little flashback moment and look through last year’s Valentine’s posts here, here and here – my how far this blog has come in just a year!! So fun to take a look back though!!

SWT: Tuscan Wedding at Boone Hall

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What better time to kick off my new Wedding Wednesday series than the week before Valentine’s Day?! I won’t be doing the series on a weekly basis, but when I’m feeling inspired I’ll be sharing everything from tips and tricks to real life weddings to real life fake weddings, like this one! A real life fake wedding, you ask? These images, brought to you from the always amazing Catherine Ann Photography, are from my first official experience working with Scarlet Plan and Design on the Scarlet Wedding Tour. The SWT took 3 buses of couples to 4 of the hottest wedding venues in Charleston- Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, The Historic Rice Mill, Upstairs at Midtown and my personal favorite, Boone Hall Plantation. The talented planners set up a fake wedding in each spot, complete with a bride and groom! In this post, you’ll be seeing the Boone Hall Tuscan themed Wedding, which was created by owner of Scarlet Plan and Design, Sara Skinner.
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Miss Taylor Girl, who you may know as one of my fab blogger friends, Holy City in Heels, was the perfect choice of bride for this venue! Her sweet and innocent appearance went so well with the look we were going for. Since this was an Italian themed wedding, Alden and I immediately knew this dress had to be lace! We wanted her look to have a vintage feel, but still feel fashion forward. In comes the illusion neckline! This has been a big trend in bridal for a few seasons now and I don’t see it going anywhere soon. It’s perfect for the bride who wants to stay classic and conservative, but not have a boring dress either. I’m a back kinda girl, so this dress really just does it for me with the sheer back and buttons- SWOON!

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Since it was January, although our fake wedding was supposed to be fall, this vintage fur stole was the most perfect addition to her look! This stole was my great grandmothers and one of the most dear things to me. Always ask your family members if you need something like this. It makes it that much more special to have a family heirloom involved in your big day. The color that Sara chose for her theme was {my favorite} marsala. I LOVE marsala for a fall wedding, what you can do with the flowers is just beautiful! Wildflower did not disappoint with this absolutely stunning bouquet and a floral headband that went perfectly with the bride’s look! I just love using a floral crown for a wedding and a headband is the perfect way to add a little flowers to the hair, but not let it read tooo boho.

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Disclaimer: Taylor and our groom, Max, are totally not even a couple. In fact, they hadn’t even met until this day. But, they did a great job faking it, right?!

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I can’t let the bride get ALL of the attention!! Our groom, Max, looked quite dapper himself in a classic black tux from Charleston Tuxedo. Before I go into detail about his look, let me tell you a little bit about Max. He was the perfect candidate to play groom, not just because of his glorious man bun, but because he makes and sells his own olive oil! Does it get more Italian than that?! You can find him (and yes, his man bun) at the Charleston Farmer’s Market selling Holy Smoke Olive Oil, or order online for a taste! Again, we instantly knew what type of look we wanted Max to have for his “big day.” Italian, to me, says classic and traditional (trust me, i’m Italian, they don’t like change!) so what better to go with a beautiful lace gown than a classic black tux? Really, I don’t think there’s anything that looks more dapper on a man. Plus, it’s also a flattering look for any shape and size groomsmen in your lineup. Want to change things up a bit?! Throw on a white dinner jacket for the reception, or the whole event!

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Sara and her team did an amazing job of setting up the very southern Boone Hall Plantation to look just like a scene out of Under the Tuscan Sun. The spread on the table of overflowing bouquets, gold votives and yes, vintage globes was absolutely impeccable. Each place setting had vintage china, gold flatware and (DYING) a baguette wrapped with rosemary and Holy Smoke Olive Oil! I mean, does it get any cuter than this?! All you need is a few bottles of red wine and a plate of meat and cheese to get this party started!

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Speaking of cheese!! The cake was one of the most innovative wedding cake ideas i’ve ever seen, a cheese cake. Nook, not a cheesecake, a cheese cake- cake made of cheese. Aka- what I dream about at night! This was not only a beautiful display but also would be a huge highlight of the day for any cheese lover like me!

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If the promise of cheese and free booze wasn’t enough to get your man on board with this wedding, the cigar rolling and bourbon bar will definitely do the trick! Set up in a mini airstream, yes I totally just said mini airstream, this man lounge is like no other I’ve ever seen! The decor remains cohesive with the beauty of the Tuscan theme, but instantly becomes more masculine when you throw in leather, vintage suitcases and stuffed animals. Guests could go inside of the airstream to see live rolling from Cigar Row and sit outside in the lounge to enjoy their cigar. I hate to break it to ya gents, but this lounge is so fab the ladies might have to get involved also!

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So, what did y’all think of my first Wedding Wednesday post?! Obsessed with this fake wedding, right?! Well, I’ve got great news!! I have 2 more fake weddings to share with y’all from the Scarlet Wedding Tour!! Also, stay tuned for dates from the next SWT where you can see all of this live!!

Vendors:

Photos- Catherine Ann Photography

Planners- Sara Skinner assisted by Regis Byrd and Jordan Zarwell of Scarlet Plan & Design

Stylists- Myself (Brittany Lapin) and Alden deHart of Scarlet Styles

Venue- the back patio at Boone Hall Plantation

Linens & Furniture Rentals- Event Haus

Gown- Maddison Row

Hair/Makeup- Charleston Lash & Beauty Bar

Tux- Charleston Tuxedo

Cheese “Cake”- Sablee & Charleston Artisan Cheese House

Florist- Wildflowers Inc.

Airstream- I Roll With It

Favors- Holy Smoke Olive Oil

Table Settings- Polished!

Cigar Roller- Cigar Row

Vintage Car- Lowcountry Valet

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Videography- Before Your Eyes Cinematography

Invitations- By Brydon

Mixology- Flute

Catering- Crave

Music- Ear for Music

 

 

Hopeless Romantic

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! I feel like most people have a love/hate relationship with this holiday, completely dependent upon their current romantic relationship status. But, whether you have a hot date with your man or your girlfriends you should get all dolled up because you should love YOU! And what better way to show yourself some love than looking hot in a red dress and high heels? { bonus: if you are in a relationship, your man probably won’t hate it }This sassy little red number never fails to make me feel fabulous! I wore it with a pretty nude suede sling back peep toe pump. While this is a fairly simple shoe, it exudes femininity and is perfect for a girly Valentine’s look. I also have a pair of fierce leopard print Louboutins that I wear with this when I’m feeling wild and fearless! To top off the sweet Valentine’s look I wore a pink and orange statement necklace. It has a splash of red and really compliments the dress nicely. Considering it is February 14, chances are most Valentine’s will be pretty chilly. This is the perfect opportunity to wear your fur! (real or faux) Mine is a vintage mink stole that was my Great Grandmother’s. This is an even better reason to wear on this day particularly because it truly means so much to me and she is such a wonderful reminder of how to love. This outfit is perfect for a flirty, feminine look whether you have date night or girls night to look forward to. Either way, remember today and every day to LOVE YOURSELF!!

 

Dress- Express / Necklace- Monkee’s of Daniel Island / Shoes- Bob Ellis / Stole- Vintage