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6.29.2018

What I Wore | June 2018


Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using the links, I may receive a commission. This does not cost you anything additional, and helps me to keep the rest of my content free, so thank you!

Here is a monthly round-up of the outfits I wore and shared on Instagram for June 2018.  If you follow @fabeverydayblog on Instagram, these looks are probably familiar to you, but I have included some new photos of them in today's post so you can see the outfits from different angles, and links to shop some of the outfit components.


Look 1: LuLaRoe's new ruffled Cici dress can be worn off-the-shoulder or on (but of course I wear it off!).  I got this one from LuLaRoe boss Alexa Freiler.  She has great inventory!  Check her out here. I am wearing it with wedges from JustFab.  If you're not a member of JustFab yet, click here to join so you can get VIP pricing.

6.26.2018

Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Wine Spritzer recipe with Stevia In The Raw®


 
The product, information, and gift card have been provided by the makers of In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Stevia In The Raw®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of the makers of In The Raw® sweeteners.

I've got the perfect way to cool down as the summer months heat up... and it's also a great drink idea for the 4th of July.  It's a light and refreshing cocktail that takes just minutes to make - it's a low sugar Red, White, and Blue Wine Spritzer recipe with Stevia In The Raw®


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.


6.15.2018

Wedding Planning in the Digital Age – You Don’t Have to Take on Life’s Mysteries Alone


I have been compensated for this post by Oros. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

In less than one week my husband and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. When I look back, on one hand I'm amazed by how fast the time has flown by. But on the other hand, it seems like it was a lifetime ago. So much was different: we didn't have our kids, we had a lot fewer lines around our eyes and on our foreheads, and life was slower and a bit less connected. Being less connected, I didn't yet have an iPhone with access to internet in my hands, and Pinterest didn't yet exist. Take that in for a second - I planned my wedding without Pinterest or iPhone apps!

I was thinking about this a few weeks ago... how different it would have been if I was planning my wedding this year instead of 10 years ago. I started thinking about how I use the new Oros app (which you can get for free for iOS or Android here: http://bit.ly/fab-everyday) for quick, trusted recommendations for local restaurants (whether here in Austin or in other cities when I'm traveling), or for things to do with my kids in Austin. I realized that Oros is perfect for all kinds of local referrals and recommendations wherever you are. You can also connect with other users nationwide for advice and ideas (read my full review of the Oros app here).

6.12.2018

Travel Tuesday: One Day in Finland - What to Do with Kids during a Quick Trip to Helsinki


The #FabFam went to Scandinavia (Sweden and Finland) for spring break this year.  You can see more in my posts about our two days in Stockholm and about our time with in Sweden's Arctic Circle at the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi.  Today I am sharing about our quick jaunt to Helsinki, Finland. 

We got the idea to add Helsinki to our itinerary from a friend, who told me that there are overnight cruise boats between the Swedish and Finnish capitals.  When I looked into this, I discovered it to be really cost- and time-effective, as you travel overnight (while you sleep), and the cost offsets a night in a hotel room (which is not cheap in Scandinavia).  In our itinerary, we had just enough time to spend one day in Helsinki.  While we'd definitely need more time there to do it justice, it was a great way to introduce ourselves to this very family-friendly city. 
 
When we were doing research on what to do with the kids during a quick trip there, we came across this is a great post with lots of things to do with kids in Helsinki.  Some of the top recommendations included Suomenlinna Fortress (Sveaborg), Vessiko submarine, Seurassari Open-Air Museum, the Natural History Museum, they Heureka Interactive Center, Horseshoe Finnish Toy Museum, Linnanmaki Amusement Park, Korkeasaari Zoo, and the Botanical Garden (Kasvitieteellinen puutarha).  Keep reading to see what we did, and more about how to get to Helsinki from Stockholm. 

The boys had a lot of fun on the Viking cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki (but were really cold when we stepped outside for this photo)

6.08.2018

Flashback Friday: Our Old Hollywood-Themed Engagement Photo Session


My husband and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this month.  TENTH.  Where in the heck did the time go?  Even more crazy is that it will be 15 years total together for us in October.  It's been about 15 years since this dashingly handsome man walked into mine, out of all the gin joints in all the world.  One day, I'll write our love story, but today, I'll open a chapter of it for you.  

10 years ago, I didn't have Fab Everyday.   But I did have my planning bio and a blog on TheKnot.com while I was planning my wedding.  In fact, all that sort of led to the creation of Fab Everyday (but more on that later this year when I celebrate Fab Everyday's 10th anniversary).  I documented all of the details for planning my wedding on The Knot so that it might save another person time and effort when planning theirs.  Knot bios included inspiration collages, reviews, and so much more.  See, young whipper-snapper, this was before Pinterest existed when we had to make our own planning and inspiration boards (after walking uphill in the snow with our Blackberries).  

6.06.2018

Canning 101 and a Mixed Berry Jam recipe from Ball® Home Canning



I partnered with Ball® Home Canning for this post.  The opinions are my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.  

It's canning season, and Ball® Home Canning is highlighting why canning and fresh preserving is "time well spent."  They are sharing tips and monthly recipes on the Time Well Spent site here.  With all the delicious berries in season right now, I decided to try this Mixed Berry Jam recipe, which our whole family loved cooking and eating!

6.04.2018

What to Do In Austin: Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room


I was hosted for a tasting and distillery tour by Deep Eddy Vodka.  The opinions are my own based on my experience.  

I was invited on a media trip to visit the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room and take a tour of the distillery.  It was so cool learning about the history of Deep Eddy and their process for distilling and bottling their vodkas.  Let me tell you - I already can't wait to experience the Tasting Room again for a girl's weekend in Austin.  A visit to Deep Eddy's Tasting Room would be a perfect activity for a bachelorette party or birthday celebration, or for anyone looking for something fun to do to "keep it local" when visiting Austin.


6.01.2018

What I Wore | May 2018


Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using the links, I may receive a commission. This does not cost you anything additional, and helps me to keep the rest of my content free, so thank you!

Here is a monthly round-up of the outfits I wore and shared on Instagram for May 2018. If you follow @fabeverydayblog on Instagram, these looks are probably familiar to you, but I have included some new photos of them in today's post so you can see the outfits from different angles. I have links to shop the outfit components throughout the post, but remember that on my Instagram Shop page you can easily shop the looks I am sharing on Instagram at any time throughout the month.

As a reminder, you can shop my looks directly using the Liketoknow.it links below, or by signing up to Liketoknow.it here. You only need to sign up once!


Look 1: I found this amazing striped, asymmetrical, one-shoulder blouse at a Gina Tricot boutique during our trip to StockholmClick here for their online store.