GIVEAWAY and DIY FRIDAY: IKEA Mirror Turned Chalkboard Welcome Sign! 

 
Good morning bloggers! I hope you are all starting off your Friday in a great positive way! I have some fun news to share! Since we have been talking about engagements this month, I wanted to find a fun giveaway for all my followers to go with our theme! I did some research and I reached out to Etsy owner Bernadette from EVENTEES who has agreed to allow Okskinny Followers a chance to win this adorable “Future MRS 💖 or Wifey 💖 T-Shirt” of your choice. Bernadette is so sweet for doing this. Please go and check out her other adorable items like these group bachelorette party tanks! 

 

So are you excited to win? The rules are pretty simple:

Leave us a comment with your wedding date or possible date/year and make sure you either subscribe here to the blog page or like our Facebook page (link to the right of this page). I will announce the winner next Friday, June 26 , so please check back so that I can contact you and get your mailing information for our friends at Eventees so they can ship your t-shirt as soon as possible! 😀 Deadline- Thursday, June 25, 2015-11:59pm (ET). 

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In addition to our Giveaway today, check out our first DIY Friday: From Vintage Ikea Mirror to Chalkboard Welcome Sign!  About a year ago, my close friends and I threw one of our friend’s a Vintage/Lingerie Themed Bridal Shower. We had been on Pinterest for a long time getting some awesome ideas and I found a chalkboard welcome sign that I saw. I thought it would be perfect. So I did some research and I realized to actually buy one, was going to cost SO much money and I thought maybe I can just make one?

 I went on Youtube and I found a video and fell in love with this Ikea Mirror. I put a little spin on it just so it would be different and go with the theme we were looking for. The overall cost of the sign was under $50. The mirror itself was $25, the chalkboard spray paint was $10 at Walmart. The roses and the pearls were samples that we received from Etsy stores and Craft stores I believe; so they were either free or under $10 total and the chalk I found also at Walmart for about $5.

 At the time of my friend’s shower I lived in an apartment building so I wasn’t able to do this outside and then leave it there, so what I did was ➡️ I put some newspapers on the floor and placed the box that the mirror came in on top. ➡️ I removed the mirror from the plastic vintage covering and I prayed the mirror part with the chalkboard spray paint one full coat. ➡️I let it dry overnight and the next day I did a second coat just to be sure it was thick enough to write on.➡️ The cleanup was fast and easy with no mess and paint did not seep through whatsoever onto my hardwood floors. ➡️ I then waited for the second coat to dry and a few days later, found my awesome friend who has amazing hand writing to write our welcome sign message.  The end result was absolutely beautiful and inexpensive! Everyone loved it including the bride and groom to be. This chalkboard is great for any type of party and can be reused over and over!

Have any of you done any DIY Wedding Projects? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to enter the TShirt GIVEAWAY! Deadline- Thursday, June 25, 2015-11:59pm (ET). 

xoxo

Pinterest Tuesday: My Secret Board

Whether you are newly engaged and/or ready to start the wedding planning, the process can become overwhelming. Thank god for PINTEREST. I seriously don’t know how anyone got married without it! Haha- just kidding! Those brides were truly original; however, I also feel that Pinterest is such a great tool to not just “copy” someone else’s idea but to enhance your own. It can be stepping stone to help you put your own creative ideas to the test! 

Does anyone else have “secret” boards on their Pinterest page? LOL. I have a secret wedding board and even though I made it private it’s only because I’m not engaged yet, therefore, I don’t want people thinking I’m a crazy wedding person who is dying to get married. Maybe a little part of me has some truth to that, nonetheless, it’s no secret I LOVE WEDDINGS.  For today’s post and my first Pinterest Tuesday, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite pins on my secret wedding board. Check them out and let me know what you think!

I am oddly obsessed with Macaroons. I could probably eat them all day every. single. day. of. my. life.This is a great idea for favors for the actual wedding or bridal shower if you are looking for an inexpensive way. Macaroons are kind of hard to get the texture perfectly, so I suggested shopping around at different bakeries and go with the place that suits your budget. Source: http://www.modwedding.com

 Photo booths are the newest trend at weddings now…BUT…have you ever seen a caricaturist at a wedding? O.M.G. Seriously? When I saw this pin I almost fell out my chair only because I thought it was the most creative activity at a wedding and I’ve never seen it before. Guests love taking pictures right, so why wouldn’t your guests love getting themselves drawn? The Source: http://www.thebridaldetective.com  

 Pineapples Décor? YES PLEASE! They are everywhere lately. In the past month I’ve seen about 4 different stores carrying Pineapple shirts, tshirts and sweaters. Who knew they make such elegant and “sweet” centerpieces (no pun intended). SUMMER WEDDING=PERFECTION! Source: http://www.brides.com ;

I pinned this gold, white and pink cake because I absolutely love these colors together. Throw in some red and you’d have my ultimate wedding pallet.  The source: http://www.ruffled.com {Wuthering Heights Inspo Cake}  As Mean Girls said it “On Wednesdays, we wear PINK!” Book my wedding on a Wednesday, because I’m so in love with the non-traditional colorful wedding gowns, including this gorgeous pink tulle! Source: http://www.weddingsparrow.co.uk ;Go back to the cake photo where I said my ultimate wedding pallet was gold, white, pink and red…guess this is why this bouquet is everything to me! Source: http://www.calierose.com ; My last pin is my absolute favorite. If you know me, you know I am a dog lover. I spoil rotten my two little pups and I would give anything to have them in my wedding if I could. This sign being one of the first purchases on my Etsy list! Source: Etsy store: MichelesCottage  There you have it friends. Do you guys have any secrets boards on Pinterest? Also, let me know what you all are looking for more of on Pinterest Tuesdays…I’d love to hear. Happy Wedding Planning!

xoxo

Weddings 101: THE ENGAGEMENT!

Happy Tuesday! Today, we are officially starting off our summer series of Wedding Planning 101: including the Engagement, Bridal Shower and Bachelortte Party Planning! We are going to be your one stop shop with tips and cool pictures, links to great websites/articles and fun gifts for followers! So let’s get started….

   

Congratulations! You are probably saying “OMG I’m totally on cloud 9 right now!” Isn’t that a great feeling? It’s now time to celebrate and embrace the love you have between you and your partner. I always see a lot of individuals who get engaged and then have no idea what comes next. So here is just a little guide to help you figure out what steps you should take toward the wedding day and what can wait so you can enjoy that “cloud 9” period-

❤️ In a time where social media is our first priority- I suggest waiting before putting that gorgeous ring on Facebook/Instagram and taking the time to actually appreciate the fact that there is a person in this world who loves you so much, that they want to marry YOU! J Indulge in the moment and just be present with that special someone.

❤️ Tell your closest family and friends (if it happened alone) and let them bask in complete “Awwwness!”

❤️ If you are a fan of social media- GO CRAZY and BRAG ABOUT THAT RING GIRLFRIEND!!!! You deserve it!

❤️ Engagement parties are designed to celebrate with your closest friends and family members. It’s totally optional and can be done elegantly and tasteful. If this is something that you think you would like to do, organize a small dinner in a restaurant or a get together at your home. If you are trying to do a one year engagement- I would opt for a celebration within 2 to 3 months of being engaged. That will give you time afterwards to focus on more wedding planning.

❤️ If you are like me and practically know what type of wedding you want (event the date LOL), I wouldn’t waste time looking at venues and locking in your date. If you are more laid back: you can wait a few months (3-4) until you officially start looking at places. Enjoy your time engaged, bask in your glow! 

❤️ First, talk to your partner about dates and do a rough draft of a guest list so that you will be prepared when speaking with Venues. They will always ask you two questions first: your potential date and how many people you plan on inviting. Some venues could be booked the day you want, so make sure you have alternate dates. Also, some venues only hold a certain amount of people so that rough draft will come in handy. Most venues suggest that you book one year in advance, but you could always be that lucky person who’s date is available! :) 

Once all these items are check off on your list… now go and enjoy being engaged, before the crazy wedding planning process begins.

Do any of you previous brides have some tips to share for our newly engaged ladies? If so, please share in the comments below. 

Check back soon for our Weddings 101: THE WEDDING PROCESS- 9 MONTHS TO GO… subscribed by email or follow us on Facebook to be first to know! 

Xoxo

 Photo credit: Google 

Summer Blog Updates 

Hi bloggers. My vacation off from blogging has come to an end as I was focusing on the Etsy store, which has been doing amazing. Thank you to all that have been wonderfully supportive. I’m now back to my number one love: Writing and Weddings. ❤️ …

 
Summer is right around the corner with all  new adventures coming. To my surprise, Okskinny, had not ONE wedding this year to share with you all. Shocking! Nonetheless, next year we are already on the calendar with a few in the works, even a Destination Wedding, which is a first for me. I’ve been making a list of all new posts to share this summer with some interesting changes. For one, I’d love to make the Okskinny blog a little more personal than I have in the past. More bridal beauty posts and summer parties. I intend to keep up with the monthly cupcake recipes and are introducing Pinterest Tuesdays and bi-weekly DIY Fridays. Pinterest is such a great way to keep track of your favorite items and sometimes if you’re brave enough, attempt to recreate them. I would really like to become a one stop shop for Wedding planning in helping brides and even bridesmaids with wedding planning. In addition to all the blog changes, I’ve recently made some personal changes including eating healthier and exercising and will be sharing those with you all as well. 

 The new summer blog will start next Tuesday so subscribe with your email or follow on Facebook to be notified of the posts and Thanks in advance for reading with me.

 Xoxo

Photo credits: Google images 

Shakira’s Baby Shower Trend!

Congratulations to Shakira on the birth of her new little boy Sasha. First, can I just say how amazingly adorable I think his name is. I once knew a Sasha growing up even though she was a girl, I had never thought of it as a unisex name until now. I’m really digging it!
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Recently, I saw a lot of different articles on Shakira’s Baby Shower and decided to do some research on it to share here with our blog friends as the newest trend is becoming such a huge hit. UNICEF Baby Shower delivers gifts to children around the world who are in need. You can either buy a gift or you can host your own shower. On Shakira’s Facebook page she urges mothers to host their own with these encouraging words “Every woman who’s expecting has the power to use the blessing of her child’s imminent birth to save the lives of other, less fortunate children around the world. If every expectant mother having a baby shower decided to include among her gift registry some of these ‘inspired gifts’ that UNICEF offers, we could collectively save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children all over the globe.”

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During Shakira’s first pregnancy in 2013 for Baby Milan, UNICEF announced that
“3.8 tons of therapeutic food that saved children from severe acute malnutrition. Around 80,000 polio vaccines. 200,000 oral rehydration salt sachets. Over 1,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets that protected children from contracting malaria. Over 150 portable scales to weigh babies and toddlers that helped with the early detection of malnutrition and illness.”-Worldbabyshower.org. HOW AMAZING!!!

Now we all know that we attend or host baby showers in order to help the parents to be financially with their own future little ones. Here is how you can incorporate the shower trend into your own baby shower:
“Wishing well” ideas were created for little gifts that don’t need to be wrapped. In place of YOUR wishing well u can ask your guests to bring a small non-wrapped gift that will be donated to UNICEF. Right now Shakira’s registry gift ideas include blankets, baby scales, soccer balls and storybooks. These are such useful ideas but you cal always add your own personality into the mix.

I think this Baby Shower Trend is an awesome idea and I love it not only makes a difference in these children’s lives but it also shows the compassion and the integrity in individuals. Blessing others by giving them something that could save their lives is beyond love!

Congrats again to Shakira and her beautiful family! We wish you many more blessings your way!
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Photo credits: http://www.worldbabyshower.org

What are your thoughts on this Baby Shower Trend? Is it something you think you would do?

Until next time,
Xoxo

Real Wedding Feature- Joanna and Mike!

Today’s real wedding feature is of my friend Joanna and her amazing husband Mike. I have such beautiful friends inside and out who have impeccable elegant taste and I just love showcasing them off to everybody. :) Joanna and Mike said “I-do” this past summer in August at the Palisadium in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. It was such a fun wedding to be apart of! I am still trying to find somewhere to wear my bridesmaid dress again because it was so pretty! Since they already received their wedding album, I of course, talk them into sharing that beautiful day with my blog friends. Lol. Joanna gave me a little personal snip-it of their trip down wedding lane. I hope you enjoy! :)

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“Mike and I met through a mutual friend at work, he used to work on her team a few floors below from mine. We got engaged on August 12, 2013 while vacationing in Jamaica. Mike planned a private dinner on the pier the second night we were there. I was so surprised! Right before dessert came out I remember talking and all of a sudden he got up from his chair and got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I felt my face go blank, I couldn’t believe the moment I had been waiting for was really happening. The night was perfect and I could not have asked for anything better.”

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“My favorite part of the planning process was scouting for venues- I loved driving around going to see different places. I loved planning my wedding and did not mind all the tasks that needed to be done, but one of the most stressful parts I would say is the guest list. Trying to plan an intimate wedding with just your closest family and friends is ideal but you also want to please your family when they ask if that co-worker of theirs you’ve never met or that cousin you have not seen or spoken to in the last ten years is going to be invited. Chances are they won’t come because you guys have not been in contact, but rather than have an argument over it (which becomes even more stressful), you send an invitation and call it a day. They may even just mail you a gift!”

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Joanna has always been one of my crafty friends so it was no surprise she opting as a DIY for certain things! “I did a few things myself to keep cost down, I ordered my invitations via Etsy but I did all the gluing and assembling. I also put the menus for the reception, and wedding programs together. I bought a digital file via Etsy for about $10 each and printed, cut and glued them myself.”

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“Our wedding theme I would say was modern vintage, we knew we wanted to have our ceremony outdoors so that kind of was the first thing I looked for when we were scouting venues. We picked The Palisadium in Cliffside Park, NJ because it was on The Hudson River overlooking the New York City Skyline. I wore a lace wedding dress by Maggie Sottero and my Bridesmaids a Mint colored one shoulder chiffon dress by Sorella Vita.”

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“I think my wedding differed from other weddings I’ve been to because we didn’t do too many traditional things, Mike wore a custom made suit from Brooks Brothers and the guys all wore Grey suits instead of renting tuxedos. We also had an After Party in the old restaurant side of the venue with open bar and finger foods. Our DJ was also playing during that time!”

“My advice to all future Brides is to not fight about stupid things with your fiancé, believe me you will fight! Also, remember to do what makes you happy! This is the most important day of your life , the day is not about anyone else only the two of you! There is no re-do of this day (hopefully not..lol) do what makes YOU happy!!”

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Thank you so much to Joanna and Mike for sharing their beautiful wedding photos [ South Street Photography, Freehold New Jersey] with our blog.

xoxo