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.


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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!

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.”

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

Until next time,

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! :)

“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.”

“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!”

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.”

“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.”

“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 do what makes YOU happy!!”

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


Valentine’s Giveaway


Such cute Valentine’s Day ideas! Enter the giveaway for a chance to win these!

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Jimmy Choo’s Wedding Collection for 2015


Stairway To Fashion highlights Jimmy Choo’s gorgeous wedding collection which showcases elegance and timeless pieces you’ll have for years to come. My favorite part of this collection is that you are capable of adding your own special touch to your shoes by engraving the bottom! Absolutely stunning!

Originally posted on A Stairway To Fashion: Jimmy Choo’s Wedding Collection for 2015

Jimmy Choo, the master of femininity and quality craftsmanship presents the house’s new collection for the brides-to-be – a line of white heels, crocodile skin gold clutches, lace ballerina flats, Swarovski crystal-adorned stilettos – an exquisite choice to complete your wedding look. Jimmy Choo’s Wedding Collection for 2015 Jimmy Choo’s Wedding Collection for 2015 Jimmy Choo’s Wedding Collection for 2015 Jimmy Choo’s Wedding Collection for 2015 Jimmy Choo’s Wedding Collection for 2015 Agnes from the Jimmy Choo wedding 2015 collection Lang sandal from the Jimmy Choo wedding 2015 collection Abel heel from the Jimmy Choo wedding 2015 collection Tite sandal from the Jimmy Choo wedding 2015 collection Lottie sandal from the Jimmy Choo wedding 2015 collection Black and white metal Enamel minaudière from the Jimmy Choo wedding 2015 collection Anouk heel from the Jimmy Choo wedding 2015 collection Goa ballertina flats from the…

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LIVE on Etsy!

Hi bloggers, Happy New Year! We are starting 2015 off right by expanding our love of weddings, parties and crafting! OkskinnyCrafts is officially LIVE and open for business. We currently are showcasing banners, cards, cake toppers and gift bags. We look forward to adding more items to our inventory. Custom orders are our primary concern! If you do not see what you’re looking for, shoot us a message and we’ll return with your answer promptly!

We are looking forward to creating really fun decorations for all occasions! Here’s our direct link:

Check out some of our inventory below which are perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!





Thanks bloggers for all your support!