Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day in elementary school was just the best! I loved picking out my box of Valentine cards, carefully tearing down the perforated lines of the card stock, selecting which card I would give to my closest friends and secret crush, and taping a piece of chocolate on each one. I loved decorating my shoe box that would become my Valentine mailbox and making crafts out of pink and red construction paper and doilies. I loved looking through all of my cards during my afternoon ride home on the school bus. Seriously, it was one of the best days of the year! Then middle school happened, and Valentine's Day became one of my least favorite days. It became a stressful holiday where I had to think about romance or worse - the lack of romance in my life, depending on the year. Although I've been fortunate enough to have the BEST Valentine the past few years, it still stresses me out. Candlelight dining and the pressure to make the evening feel special is just too much for me.

Around this time every year, Jay and I hesitantly look at each other and agree to not exchange gifts. Inevitably, he'll surprise me with flowers, and I'll make him a sweet treat. We'll decide to do something together because that is way more fun than receiving heart-shaped jewelry. A couple of years ago, I happened to be in San Antonio for a work event that ended on Friday, so Jay flew up and joined me for the rest of the Valentine's weekend. We rode bikes to missions along the river, ate well, and enjoyed the 75 degree weather. It was the best!

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This year, we have less time to get away and are planning a longer trip for later in the year, so we're heading to one of my favorite places in Central Kentucky - Shaker Village! We are spending the night, going to brunch, and if the weather cooperates, hiking and exploring the village in the afternoon. It should be just long enough to feel like a mini-getaway.

If you haven't been to Shaker Village recently, it has seriously gotten cool. There are so many events I want to go to in the next few months, from beer and bourbon tastings to concerts to yoga and paddle boarding. We're heading to the Bee My Honey Brunch, which couldn't be more perfect for us with brunch fare, honey, and bourbon.

One thing that I do like to do on Valentine's Day is have a festive outfit. Since it falls in the middle of winter, little red dresses and pink skirts are out of the question in Kentucky. Because we're having a casual Valentine's Day, I'm all about being comfortable and wearing practical clothing. Here's what I'll be packing for our weekend...

Sweater    Blouse    Jeans    Nail Polish    Bracelet    Flats

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Valentine's Day! Some people love the romance and others prefer to pass on celebrating. What will you be up to?

Cheers!

Laura

Christmas Recap

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Sarah and I had a fantastic time in Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Somerset, Louisville, and Lexington with our family and friends. This year, I felt like Christmas lasted about a week and a half. It started with a family celebration last Sunday afternoon and the party really just ended the yesterday with a Christmas lunch with a close friend. This was my second married Christmas, and I think the holidays are one of the hardest transitions at the beginning of a marriage (other than you know moving in with a boy and starting a life together). While it’s typically really fun to spend time with more family and discover new traditions (i.e. hot browns on Christmas day is pretty amazing), deciding where to go and who to spend time with is a compromise. Jay and I did a better job this year of planning the week and even managed to start some new traditions of our own. Here are a few snapshots from the past few days.

Last night, I began taking down the Christmas decorations, which typically signifies that it’s time to get back to the day-to-day normalcy. As sad as I am to see the Christmas holiday go, I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine and plan to hold onto the hopeful feeling the season brings for as long as I can. In the meantime, I’ll be getting ready for our NYE party. Every year I try to simplify it as much as possible, but things still get a little hectic the day before.

Cheers!

Laura

 

Rent the Runway

Whenever I was in college, I had an entire corner of my closet dedicated to cocktail dresses. Between Greek dances, Homecoming, and other formal events, I always felt justified buying a cute outfit whenever I found a good deal. Since graduating, I have found that my “fancy” events are now few and far between. Suddenly that corner of my closet has become empty, with a few remaining stragglers that I keep thinking maybe I’ll find a reason to wear again one day. With that being said, anytime one of those rare events comes up, I’m faced with the classic question, “But what will I wear? This is where Rent the Runway comes in. I’ve known about Rent the Runway for a little over a year, but I never had a reason to try it. A few weeks ago, my sorority chapter celebrated their 50th anniversary on WKU’s campus. Knowing that this would be the perfect opportunity to reunite with a few friends I haven’t seen in a while, I decided to go. Attire on the invitation was listed as cocktail or better. Cue Rent the Runway.

If you aren’t familiar with Rent the Runway, it is a company where you have your pick from literally thousands of designer clothes, shoes, and accessories. Rather than purchasing, you are able to rent them for 4-8 days for a fraction of the cost. Since their store locations are extremely limited, Rent the Runway does an awesome job helping you make the right choice through their online store. Each piece comes with a detailed sizing guide, stylist recommendations, and customer reviews complete with body descriptions and pictures. Once you decide to rent, you get to choose your delivery date, get a free backup size, and return everything for no charge in a cute garment bag that doubles as a shoulder bag for easy transport.

Knowing that attire was “cocktail or better,” I looked through both the floor and cocktail length dresses over the span of a few days. I finally decided on an ML Monique Lhuillier frock that was a classic take on the trendy high-low style dresses. Perfect—cocktail in the front and formal in the back.

Rent the Runway

Dress

My experience could not have been better. Not only did my dress arrive exactly on the date expected and in great quality, but I also received probably more compliments on this dress than any other piece of clothing I’ve worn. I paired it with fun pearl necklace and some great Sam Edelman nude sling backs with a touch of bling on the toes that I snagged from the Dillards semi-annual sale. Best yet, my dress, which would have been $615 off the rack, only cost me $95 + a 20% off promo code for a 4 day rental.

With the holidays quickly coming up, this is the perfect time to try Rent the Runway for one of the many parties and family get-togethers that will inevitably be filling your calendar. They have put together an awesome Holiday Party Guide, but check below for a couple of my holiday picks. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up rocking one of these for New Years Eve.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

This Kate Spade dress just feels wintery to me. The navy is classic, but it's the jeweled neckline that really sets it off. Put on your best nude heels, and this dress is perfect for a formal Christmas party or a special Christmas Eve dinner. Plus, it's a major steal at only $35.

Holiday Work Party

Holiday Work Party

The pretty but also modest cut of this A-line dress makes it your perfect pick for an office holiday party. Throw in the tiny bow detail at the neck and swoon. Swipe on a Christmas red lip, and you'll be looking much more expensive than the $65 price tag.

New Years Eve

NYE

A girl can only own so many fully sequined dresses. This makes renting the perfect option for New Years Eve. While my own NYE plans are still TBD, this dress has made the short list for potential outfits I might wear. I'm thinking black tights and booties and maybe even a leather jacket for extra warmth, and this dress has a total New Years party vibe.

What’s in your closet for the holidays?

Cheers!

Sarah