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6.21.2018

Planning My Hollywood Glam Wedding


10 years ago today, I married my best friend, my life partner, and my lifelong epic true love.  After all this time, I had never gotten around to documenting my wedding planning here on the blog.  I decided that at the 10-year mark, it was about time (after finally posting my Old Hollywood-themed engagement photos the other week).  I am always so inspired by others' creativity online, and want to pay it forward in case it helps to inspire others.  So today, I am sharing my wedding planning details.

The theme was driven both by our style, and also by the venue itself.  We wanted a classic, Hollywood glam feel, but were also drawn to the rustic vibes of Calamigos Ranch in the mountains above Malibu.  We ended up thinking of our wedding as "Katherine Hepburn goes on a picnic in the country."  The colors were romantic and glamorous (black, white, red, and silver in satin tones), but the flowers evoked more of a textural, country feel.

Back when I was planning this wedding 11-ish years ago, we didn't have Pinterest.  What we did have was The Knot, and most of the ideas and vendor recommendations that inspired my planning were from local message boards and the "planning bios" of other brides.  Some of the girls I met through those boards are still in my life today, and are some of my best friends.  A lot of the info I have in today's post is adapted from my old planning bio on The Knot.

First, I have a few highlights from the day itself.  Then, keep scrolling for lots of detail photos, all my vendor reviews, and resource links.  I hope you enjoy reliving this planning process with me, and I hope I can inspire some of you for your own special day!

6.19.2018

A cooler, more comfortable night's sleep with SensorGel® Advanced iCOOL pillows


I received samples of these pillows for review purposes.  The opinions are my own based on my experience using the product.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

It is HOT in Texas this time of year.  The hardest part is that it never seems to cool down, not even at night.  I don't know about you, but I am much more restless at night when I am hot.

Despite the fact that the summer weather is in full swing, I have had some of the best sleep these last few weeks since receiving a pair of Advanced iCOOL Gel Memory Foam Gusset Pillows that provide a cooler and more comfortable night's sleep (learn more about how it work in this YouTube video).  Click here to purchase yours at Macy's (they come in standard or king sizes): https://bit.ly/2IWEx9K.

6.18.2018

Idea for a Date Night in Austin: New Downtown Bar Academia has Launched a New Menu


If you're looking for date night ideas in Austin, TX, check out new bar Academia (208 W. 4th Street)!  Opened in March by former Bar Rescue co-star Russell Davis, Academia just released a new food menu last month.  Created by their new chef, Victor Sandoval (formerly of Parkside), the food menu at Academia was designed to complement their signature craft cocktails.  I had the opportunity to sample many of Academia's drinks and snacks at their new menu media preview event.  I can heartily recommend Academia as the perfect place to go before a show, after an evening out in downtown, or even an after-work happy hour (Happy Hour at Academia is every day 5-8pm, with $6 classic cocktails and $5 highballs).  See more below!
 

6.17.2018

Want a Taste of New Orleans? Hilton is Offering Exclusive Discounts for Must-Visit Restaurants and Tours in NOLA this Summer


I was hosted by Hilton and some of their restaurant partners for this experience.  The opinions are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: New Orleans is the best food city in the US.  Any trip to the Crescent City should be experienced through it's fabulous food and drink.  On every trip we take to NOLA, we add to our list of best restaurants and must-visit spots (you can see some of our other favorite stops in and around New Orleans in this post about our road trip to New Orleans, and this Travel Tuesday post on more must-eat spots in NOLA).  This latest trip delivered several more amazing experiences to add to our list thanks to Hilton's Taste of New Orleans.


Taste of New Orleans is a summer campaign by Hilton that offers guests discounted parking, a welcome cocktail on check-in, and exclusive discounts to the hottest restaurants and tours in town for those staying with participating Hilton hotels in New Orleans between now and September 10.  Just visit Travel.Hilton.com/New-Orleans and select a hotel to book your Taste of New Orleans reservation.  I had the chance to experience this with the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue just last weekend.  Keep reading to see my reviews of each tour and restaurant we had the chance to visit for Taste of New Orleans as we soaked up the culture and cuisine of this fabulous city.