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You’ve decided on your wedding venue, picked out your dress, and now it’s time for shoes! Having a summer wedding means your free to have all the open-toe options and you also have the option to even go barefoot!

Before picking shoes, it’s important to know your venue and the surfaces you’ll be walking on. As we all know, heels and grass do not mix well. That also applies with heels in sand. Don’t fret – this does not mean you can’t wear those heels you’ve been eyeing! If you’re getting married on the beach and want to wear heels, opt for a boardwalk aisle so you won’t be sinking in the sand. If you’re getting married in a backyard or on a lawn, you can also make an aisle runner on which you won’t sink in the ground; however, if you want the natural look, ditch the heels and wear chunky wedges, beautiful flats, sandals, or even the new trending barefoot sandals!

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Now that you’ve been invited to a wedding, it’s time to decide what to wear! Attending a wedding in the summer means you have a wide range of outfit options! From summery florals to bright pops of color, you’ll be the next best looking person in the room (next to the bride, of course)!
 

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Have some fun with your dress and go for floral patterns! With a patterned dress like florals, you don’t need to have statement jewelry, for your dress is a statement itself! Chances are, you can also re-wear this dress as a sundress throughout the summer!

The bride’s not the only one who gets to rock lace on her big day! There are so many cute summer dresses with lace textures, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to wear! Pair with some cute earrings and a clutch!

Brighten up this summer day even more with some bold pops of color! With colors such as hot pink and vibrant orange, it’s going to be hard not to take the attention off of the bride!

 

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The warm summer sun, the sound of laughter from friends and family, and most importantly…the smell of fresh BBQ food! That’s right – it’s the summer kick-off BBQ! Nothing says “summer” like a fun BBQ cookout! Decorate your backyard with tables and stringed lights, make some fun cocktails, and dig in. Here are our favorite BBQ recipes for you to try this summer. Fire up the grill and enjoy!

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Ingredients:
6 whole jalapeño peppers
6 oz. cream cheese
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 ½ oz. shredded cheddar cheese
12 slices bacon

Directions:
Cut off the jalapeño stems and cut in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds and membranes.
Combine cream cheese, garlic powder, and cheddar cheese in a bowl. Stuff mixture into the jalapeño halves.
Wrap each jalapeño completely with bacon and secure with toothpicks.
Grill jalapeños cut side down until bacon is crisp (6 mins). Flip peppers over and cook an additional 10-12 mins. Serve and enjoy!

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Ingredients:
4 (6 oz.) boneless chicken breasts
½ cup balsamic vinaigrette
8 oz. fresh mozzarella ball, sliced
1 ripe tomato, sliced
¼ cup basil, sliced
¼ cup balsamic reduction

Directions:
Marinate the chicken in the balsamic vinaigrette overnight
Grill the chicken until cooked and slightly charred, 2-4 mins per side before topping with mozzarella and tomato (keep on grill until cheese starts to melt a little)
Serve topped with the basil and balsamic reduction

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Finally, our favorite season is upon us! It’s time to throw on some flip flops and head to the beach! Since going to the beach is an all-day event, it’s important to know exactly what to pack in that cute beach bag of yours. Aside from the obvious, such as beach towels and sunglasses, we put together a list of our top beach bag essentials for summer 2017.

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Even though we all want that sun kissed tan, it’s SO important to wear sunscreen! Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day, and it doesn’t hurt to pack a little SPF lip balm to avoid burnt lips! In addition, grab some protection for your hair. With products such as Sun Bum leave in conditioner, you’ll leave the beach with soft and hydrated hair.

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Nothing is more relaxing than catching up on some reading with the ocean waves in the background. Whether on your kindle or a classic hard cover, be sure to buy some reading material to enjoy on your beach day!

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Whether you bring headphones, speakers, or even your own guitar, having music at the beach surrounded by your friends is a great way to spend your beach day! Go the extra mile and get a waterproof speaker (and of course, be sure to be mindful of your beach neighbors with your music).

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Be sure to drink enough water throughout the day, as the sun dehydrates you! In addition to bringing water, it’s also smart to carry along a cooler to keep your drinks nice and cool (and to store some beach snacks, too). Get one of our favorite S’well water bottles here!

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With the cold weather behind us, it’s time for a little summer wedding inspiration! Go for the classic, whimsical beach theme with colors such as slate gray and powder blue, or stick with a light and airy feel with colors such as green and peach. With bright pops of color trending in fashion, why not tie bold pinks and yellows into your wedding day? Whatever it may be, your summer wedding is sure to be fun, bright and warm!

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With Father’s Day approaching, it’s sometimes difficult to find a gift perfect for your hardworking dad. Do you buy him another watch, wallet, or more clothes? We’ve sought out to create a list of gifts that are perfect for every dad out there!

For the dad who loves…

What better way to start the summer season than to set your dad up with the perfect grilling gifts? In addition to buying him new grilling utensils, bring out your creative side and try making this DIY grill set holder,

 
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or make fun sauces with labels for all the delicious BBQ foods he makes!

For the dads who have a passion for fishing, reel in some awesome gifts that he will love! From cute keychains with the kids’ names, or another DIY project to hang fishing photos from, your dad will think these gifts are the best catch he can get!

 

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or bake him up some tasty hammer and tools cookies!

Does your dad love to design and build? If so, making him a custom toolbox filled with his favorite goodies is a great gift! Try making him this DIY toolbox filled with his favorite candies and drinks

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image courtesy of: sweetopia

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Image Credit: The Every Girl 

It’s time for another U.S. honeymoon hotspot! This week, we have all the details for you to plan your perfect honeymoon in Austin, Texas. From legendary live music to the surrounding unique culture, Austin is a great place to celebrate your new marriage life!

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Image Credit: Lennar.com

There are so many options for hotels in Austin to celebrate a romantic getaway! Experience a life of luxury at Travaasa Austin with their spa, walk-in-showers, and plush robes. On the other hand, you can stay at the Hotel Saint Cecilia that takes you back in time to the 1960s. Each room is inspired by a famous musician or band, how fun! 

Austin is home to numerous beautiful parks and a diverse choice of activities. Attend a show at the historic ZACH Theatre, or visit the famous botanical garden at Zilker Metropolitan Park. Get some fresh air and exercise and enjoy the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird that takes you around the lake. 

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Image Credit: CN Traveler

From food trucks to elegant dining options, Austin is the place to go to try a variety of foods! If you’re feeling Mexican, try Licha’s Cantina. Enjoy your Mexican cuisine with your favorite margarita! Another favorite is Swift’s Attic which offers an electric blend of dishes full of fresh ingredients, and also offers an extensive list of delicious craft beers! 

When thinking about this concept, we were inspired to mix the old with the new. The gardens and architecture of this late 1800s historical home nestled in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts, created a simple but elegant backdrop to allow our deep beautiful jewel tones to take center stage.

Our vision for this beautiful shoot was to showcase a deep modern jewel tone palette and embrace a balance of the classic surroundings and the rich modern romance. We created a bold design with hues of pinks, purples, greens and blues, a palette that we accented with the mixture of vintage details and modern touches.

From the modern invitation suite with its geometric shapes and bold colors to the ombre guest seating we were inspired by this beautiful balance of classic and modern.

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June 7th is one of the most important holidays this year that combines two of our favorite things: chocolate and ice cream. That’s right, it’s National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! What more perfect way to spend this summer day than to sit back in the sun and enjoy an icy treat in a cone or in a cup topped with an endless amount of your favorite toppings? To celebrate, here’s a tasty recipe you can easily make at home!

Ingredients:
2 frozen bananas
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup milk (can substitute for almond milk)
½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
Pour contents into a freezer-safe container until solid
Scoop into bowls or cones, and top with your favorite toppings! Yum!

Time to stop and smell the roses! Nothing brightens up your wedding day like fresh-cut bouquets, and we’ve found our favorite flowers for each season!

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Warm up your winter wedding day with deep shades of red along with crisp white blossoms. With the romantic atmosphere surrounding a winter wedding, red roses are the perfect flower for your bouquet; however, it is also common to see white orchids and carnations among the mix as well.

The perfect season for freshly bloomed flowers! Think lilacs, pale pinks, and soft whites as you head into picking out your bouquet for your springtime wedding. Peonies are one of our favorite spring blooms as well as tulips, hydrangeas, and lilacs!

 

It’s time to get that pop of color into your sunny summer day! For summer weddings, it’s great to have bright and fun flowers surrounding your day! From multicolored poppies to bright sunflowers, your options on colors are endless.

To compliment fall’s natural foliage, there’s a variety of flowers to choose from for your autumn wedding day. From oranges to deep purples, the possibilities are endless! Try different autumn-inspired shades of lilies as well as some fun bi-colored roses!

Happy graduation season! Whether you’re graduating high school or college, be sure to walk the stage in style! Here are some of our favorite styles for this season’s hottest graduation trends.

Nothing says classic graduation like a crisp white dress! Go for the elegant, simple dress, or opt for a more fun and flirt option with some gorgeous back detail or lace.

Give your fellow classmates that “wow” factor as you walk by in a bold color! Whether it’s hot pink, bright yellow, or turquoise, you’ll be sure to be the center of attention as you get your diploma.

Nothing says spring and summer more than a patterned dress! Wearing a gorgeous floral or patterned dress to your graduation will brighten your day as well as everyone else’s.

When creating this Winter Gathering concept, Parsimony Inspired's vision was to embrace the color palette of winter but balance the look with soft feminine accents. We created a design with hues of creams, greys and greens, a palette that we softened with flowing fabrics, gold accents and mixed textures.

Tucked in the mountains of the Berkshires, Bloom Meadows was the perfect backdrop for this romantic winter shoot. A space with beautiful lines, natural elements and neutral colors, our designs felt rooted in the space and allowed our soft color palette to pop against the beautiful white walls. We loved the venue's design so much we had our invitation designer Kim Small of With Wild and Grace draw the venue and add it to the elegant invitation suite's design. One of our favorite ways to add a custom detail. 

Our bride was styled in a stunning chiffon A-line Lilian West gown. The illusion V-neck and the detail of the lace appliqués also brought a feminine touch to the bridal look, while the long sleeves and chapel length train were the perfect look for a winter wedding. The hair style framed our bride's face with greenery touches while soft makeup with a smokey eye gave a bit of drama to the final look. To add a little sparkle to our bride's style, she wore a stunning engagement ring and wedding band set designed by Megan Thorne and stunning hand crafted moonstone earrings designed by Pamela Froman.

When it came to working with floral designer Stacey Radcliffe of The Tangled Grapevine, we knew that we wanted the flowers to be filled with different types of greenery, our favorite trend for 2017. We incorporated greenery in every aspect of the design from the aerial floral installation above our reception table to greenery in our bride's hair. Stacey created a lush presentation bouquet filled with white Anemone, silver Brunia, white Lisianthus, peach Spray Roses, white Tulips, seeded Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Asparagus Fern and Gooseneck Loosestrifes.

From the serene Berkshire winter setting, the soft and romantic invitation suite with it's perfect vellum wax seal to the amazing marbled cakedesigned by the talented Pete of Pete's Sweets, we balanced winter's neutral palette and elements of nature with soft fabrics, feminine touches and meaningful details that would make you want to spend a winter's eve snuggled up with the one you love.

Photography: Brooke Ellen Photography & Alison Marie Photography | Planning & Design: Parsimony Inspired | Flowers: The Tangled Grapevine | Invitations & Stationery: With Wild and Grace | Cake: Pete’s Sweets | Dress: Lillian West from In White | Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp | Jewellery: Don Muller Gallery | Videography: Embark Films | Venue: Bloom Meadows

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Just like taking care of your skin, it’s also very important to take care of your hair! Whether you have short hair or long hair, there’s plenty of deep conditioners and hair masks to bring your hair back to life. To save a little money, here are some of our favorite DIY hair masks!
For all masks, you can double the ingredients for longer hair.

 

1 Egg Yolk
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Honey
Combine ingredients in a blender or whisk ingredients together. Apply the mask evenly throughout damp hair, making sure to cover damaged ends. If you have long hair, tie it up. Then, cover hair with a shower cap or towel and let the mask sit for 30 minutes. Wash out the mask with shampoo and conditioner. For best results, apply the mask once weekly.

1 Sliced Banana
2 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt
1 Tbsp. Honey
Combine ingredients in a blender or mash the banana and whisk ingredients together until well-blended. Apply the mask evenly throughout damp hair. If you have long hair, tie it up. Then, cover hair with a shower cap or towel and let the mask sit for 30 minutes. Wash out the mask with shampoo and conditioner. For best results, apply the mask once weekly.

1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Juiced Lemon
1 Tbsp. Honey
Double recipe for long hair. Combine ingredients in a blender or whisk together until well-blended. Apply the mask evenly throughout damp hair. If you have long hair, tie it up. Then, cover hair with a shower cap or towel and let the mask sit for 30 minutes. Wash out the mask with shampoo & conditioner. For best results, apply the mask once weekly.

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With a new season comes new wedding dress trends! This summer, ditch the sleeves and embrace fun textures as you prepare to walk down the aisle. Think warm weather, slight breeze blowing your dress in the wind, and a glowing sun as you pick out your dream summer wedding dress!

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Finding a wedding dress with flirty hints of lace is perfect for summer! Whether you go sleeveless or strapless, the lace accents will be thin and airy for the warm summer heat.

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Beat the heat during your big day with a wedding dress that isn’t full of puffy layers and extra weight. Wearing a dress with lighter material, such a chiffon or silk, will be beneficial in the warm weather.

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Having a little extra skin showing is another great way to stay cool at your summer wedding. Pair that with a light material dress and you’ll be dancing the night away all while staying fresh and cool!