Does cranberry sauce not go with EVERYTHING THOUGH?
Like cranberry sauce x stuffing…YES?
Cranberry sauce x turkey…YES?
Cranberry sauce x pasta…SO MUCH YES?
Cranberry sauce x sweet potatoes…YES YES YES?
I mean it even goes with corn bread?
We’re getting off track but really it does go with everything.
During this time of year, I just really love my cranberry sauce. I also love my knee-high boots.
Reason being: knee high heel boots are slimming after the major cranberry, cornbread, sweet potato moments.
Much needed !!
In other news: how was your Thanksgiving? Anything fun? We ended up going to my parent’s house AND of course Michael’s parent’s house. We did a lot of mingling, eating, & a little drinking.
SO on that note, I figured I’d show you guys what I wore in the days leading up to Thanksgiving: knee highs.
I know it’s cliché but I’m kind of obsessed.
There are a couple reasons why: 1.) you can roll them DOWN. 2.) they really flatter the leg and 3.) they’re hot AF. Every girl needs a pair. I mean I just really like how they lengthen the leg. Ideal after too much cranberry sauce.
I paired these boots from Nordstrom with Michael’s shirt. Nordstrom has a ton of amazing boots right now— our poor, poor bank accounts. And there’s nothing I love more than experimenting with the guy’s clothes. There’s something very sexy about men’s clothes, right? Lastly I added a severe middle part with super slick, straight hair & I was good to go.
I feel like this is one of those outfits that doesn’t even need makeup. CHIC, SLEEK, TO THE POINT.
Oh, & of course IT’S SHOPPING TIME !!! If you’re looking for some great gifts these are my top 7 picks. I will for SURE being treating myself to number 2 and 4 ( I NEED SMOKING SLIPPERS or I’ll die ):
GUYS. SLIGHTLY ( just slightly ) overwhelmed over here so forgive me as I get back into the swing of things.
A lot has been going on…! CAN YOU TELL?
No fear though I have a ton of feisty blog posts planned for you so bear with me.
I feel like we need to back up though & start with the bridal shower. I mean before we get to the wedding, let’s talk bridal shower details right?
As you can see my stepmom, Julie & my dad, Brad really killed it on the details…per usual. Julie clearly has an eye & I didn’t even have to micro-manage her. This is a huge fucking surprise for those of you who know me. She really got the vibe of what I wanted for my shower.
I’m just really not one to play games. Like no ‘PIN THE DICK ON THE GROOM’ you know? I’m more about hummus, good music, kombucha mimosas, & keeping it light.
Wanted to share every little detail with you so let me break it down more for you?
The party was at Herb & Wood. If you haven’t been to Herb & Wood in San Diego…RUN. NO REALLY RUN to this restaurant. It’s the most charming, delicious restaurant San Diego has to offer. AND there’s a little eatery in the front with fresh herbs, wines, & cheeses. Very on-brand, no?
Herb & Wood’s aesthetic was ideal, especially with their white marble tabletops ( HELLO INSTAGRAM ), unique beers on tap, & gold detailed bar. Really I couldn’t have asked for a better place to have the shower.
PLUS THEY SERVE PINK HUMMUS. IT’S BEET HUMMUS. And I’m in love.
Ok so if you’re wondering why lavender everywhere…BECAUSE. My wedding was DARK & EDGY ( which we will get to ) so I wanted a light feel to begin the story— soft/pretty to start, drama to end. Lavender is soft. Ultimately the theme was lavender & lemon. Julie made sure to have lavender/lemon mimosas, lemon macaroons ( I caved on the fucking macaroons here what I can say? How basic ), AND espresso shots to end the day with a sprig of lavender of course. It’s all about the details for me.
The flowers were from The Bouqs Company & Isari Flower Studio. They really set the tone as flowers typically do. I feel like you need INSANE flowers for a party always !
Candles were by my favorite Craft + Foster. Scents included Balsam Citrus & Lavender Sage. The two mixed together were orgasmic really.
Julie, my stepmom, made sure every detail was perfect. Down to little pearls on the tips of the toothpicks in the grapes. We used these as garnishes in the boy’s gin & lavender cocktails.
Before we went to the venue some of my friends & I chilled at my house to get our hair & makeup done. If you’re looking for a festive party ponytail you have to check this EASY tutorial.
Makeup was kept light & dewy, as always, although we did do a FULL, FLIRTY lash. If you’re interested in the full makeup breakdown, check out my latest Instagram.
Also, my baby pink bridal shower robe is by Love Ophelia AND the whole bridal shower outfit post can be found here.
Alright let’s talk specifics.
My Party Tips:
1.) Think about the guest. Instead of thinking about what you want, think about what the guest wants. I’m a big believer in the fact that people get bored when someone opens presents in front of them. That may sound harsh but YAWN.
2.) If you’re having a male/female party- cater to your audience. The guys at my party didn’t want rosé. They wanted hard alcohol. Hence the gin/lavender cocktails.
3.) Keep the bites light. Not a fan of going heavy on food at parties. We did fresh salads with avocado, salmon, & a bunch of light bites. For dessert we went with tiny Rice Krispy treats from Bliss and Baker.
4.) Always give a little gift. I think it’s really important to acknowledge the fact that guests took time out of their day to celebrate you. A sweet, SMALL token is always appreciated.
5.) MUSIC. So important. Of course you probably already know this but we played Bossanova. I’ve really, really been missing my grandma lately so playing Bossanova allows me to have a little piece of her at each event. Pick the music according to your taste. Brand the event so it showcases your essence. One of my favorite playlists can be found here.
…& ALWAYS HAVE FUN. Because if it’s not fun it’s a waste!
When the guests left they were handed little goodie bags & a pink Better Booch kombucha. Also each girl left wearing a hot hand piece. I designed these pretty, dainty hand pieces with CAM JEWELRY & gifted each girl with one. It was so cute because even Michael’s grandma was rocking her hand piece. LIKE HOW FUN.
Anyway, some of us ( the tipsier ones of the bunch ) ended the night at a local bar…let’s just say I was incredibly hungover the next day & didn’t drink for 2 weeks-ish. LOL. I can’t drink like I did when I was 21.
If you guys have any questions about the venue, decor, etc. let me know! Julie is amazing too if you’re looking for a party planner. She crushes it, like she HANDMADE the purple fireplace garnish above with different colors of purple paper & baby’s breath ( had to bring the wedding theme full circle ).
Alright, currently eating alone in a restaurant. Having the veggie roll with brown rice, sliced jalapeño, avocado, & cucumber with a hot green tea. I am weird and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE eating alone. There’s something therapeutic about it, you know? Bear with me through all the wedding stuff, I want to make sure I cover every detail. Nothing I love more than bringing you guys along!
To come: my fake wedding, bridal shower: part 2, some wedding posts, & MORE. Would love to know what you guys want to see specifically.
Anyway, it worked out perfectly because now it’s time for the most AMAZING meal of the year: THANKSGIVING!! There’s no better way to celebrate being married than with a HUGE meal with my entire family.
Bring on the cranberry sauce & mashed potatoes please!
Since I didn’t have a single second to plan for Thanksgiving, I feel like it’s time to get on it. So here are a couple of pieces I’m loving:
Who doesn’t love a good off the shoulder sweater? It’s perfect because you can show off your shoulders, but it’s loose enough that you’ll feel comfortable while you’re eating all day. You can pair this sweater with a casual pair of jeans & boots, or even dress it up like the picture with a flirty skirt. I like this option because…I can possibly unbutton my pants. LOL.
These jeans would be perfect to pair with white tee above. You can also throw on the pointed pumps & the sweater below. Honestly, this is probably what I’ll be wearing on Thanksgiving. We’ll see, I’m still debating.
We haven’t really had any one on one time lately, have we?
Let’s— shall we?
Ok I’ll go first: Thanksgiving was Thursday, obviously. To be honest the standout of the day was the jalapeño corn bread & my stepmom’s purple kale ( yes KALE ) and baby’s breath table— she is so crazy talented!! Look:
LIKE it was die cute. Maybe I should have her guest post a tutorial on the blog?!
Michael’s mom, Lisa, also did a beautiful job too as you can see. Every year she does a different theme & her flowers NEVER disappoint.
Just so you know: the photos are of Jordan ( Michael’s sister ), Nico ( her BF ), Gar Bear ( Michael’s dad aka Susan Senior ), & Michael.
Strapping boys, right?
Susan Senior is a real LOL. But you guys know that if you follow me on Snapchat.
We celebrated at my parent’s house later in the day where my dad served his special Southwestern turkey ( yummm ). Here’s an iPhone snip of me & my dad, love him:
After Thanksgiving we woke up super early with the dogs to shoot our Save The Dates. I’ll share them with you guys when they’re all ready…in 2089.
I kid, I kid.
You should know there’s really nothing like waking up at the butt crack of dawn, fully bloated, after stuffing your face with carbs, to shoot ‘candid’, laughing casually-ish photos in a see-through dress ( LONG STORY ).
Let me tell you, BARRELS of fucking fun. BARRELS.
After the shoot I did a girl’s spa day which is exactly what the doctor ordered because BLOOD ORANGE MIMOSAS, BLOWOUTS, & DEEP TISSUE MASSAGES?
Yes please, thanks.
The weekend was mellow. Our friend, Westin, came into town & we took him to our all-time favorite San Diego restaurant: Cowboy Star.
If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend the charming, old school restaurant. They have the best grass-fed steaks & use only the top of the line ingredients for cocktails. It’s DELICIOUS.
Sunday was spent reading & cleaning & working— rinse & repeat. I swear I have laundry coming out of my ass every Sunday. Is anyone else like this? & by the way, I promise I’m going to do a full on book club post because I’ve been reading so much lately. I can’t stop. Stay tuned because it’s a long, fun list!
Bottom line: this last week has been madness but regardless I’m really ready to buckle down & do some holiday shopping. I’ll be posting my favorite gift ideas all month.
In other news, I’m sharing two TSC Snapchat Series a week where I’ll be sharing mini tutorials of smoothies, fridge hauls, & cute/quick ideas, so be sure to follow ‘laurynevarts’ if you want to see!
Ok, your turn: tell me about your holiday weekend? What’d you cook? Who’d you see? What’d you wear?
From my bed, under 183737 covers because I’m freezing my ass off in 55 degree weather like a pussy willow. & drinking sparkling water of course, lauryn x