My Surprise Bridal Shower

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Sorry about the quality of the pictures, I didn’t get many on my own phone!

Though my Bridal Shower was back in August, and it’s now October, life has been a bit chaotic and this is the first chance I’m getting to share it with you!

If you haven’t already seen the post about my bachelorette party, you can check that out here. Being from the East Coast, and my whole family and bridal party (minus one) being back over there, I flew home to celebrate with everyone there. I did my bachelorette party and my bridal shower in the same weekend, and both were a complete surprise to me!

My sister and Matron of Honor, Julie, planned everything with the other girls and they made sure everything was a surprise. The day of the shower, we got up and got ready, but I had no idea what we were doing. My mom and sister had left the night before to get ready for everything. Two of my bridesmaids, Carolina and Toby, were put in charge of getting me to where we were going.

We went to have breakfast (aka get donuts because I LOVE THEM), and then headed to what they told me was a wine tasting adventure until we were ready to go to the shower.

I was a bit suspicious of this because I don’t really drink, so I thought, “why would they take me wine tasting?”. When we got to the vineyard, my mouth fell open at the view. It was absolutely GORGEOUS!! We were at Breaux Vineyards in Northern Virginia.

When we got there, I saw my moms car which just confirmed my suspicions haha. But what I didn’t expect was everyone that was there! I got to see a ton of my family that I haven’t seen in a long time, and some old friends I also haven’t seen in probably years. It was so, so good to catch up with them.

My mom and sister did an amazing job keeping everything a surprise, and the venue, decor, all of it was just perfect.

It’s so fun to recap now that we’re at the week of my wedding! I can’t believe it’s finally here! EEEK!!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!



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  • Simple is always better. I tried so hard to figure out what I was going to wear for Easter. I spent a good hour trying things on the week before. I sent my sister tons of pictures asking her thoughts. In the end, I wasn’t really satisfied with any of them for some reason so I decided to just go with an outfit I know I love and feel good in. For some reason wearing white just makes me feel super put together. And I managed to not spill anything on myself or get chocolate on my pants which is a major win y’all. .

We don’t need to overthink things so much. It just causes unnecessary stress. I do like to plan ahead because it saves me time, but I also should have realized sooner that the dress I was trying to make work just wasn’t working. Even though I love that dress, it doesn’t flatter me how I want it to and it might be time to let it go. Don’t be afraid to let go of things that don’t give you exactly what you need. You don’t have to settle, something else will always come along. Or you probably already have something else in your closet (or life, this isn’t limited to clothes!) that’s even better than what you’re trying to make work!
  • Happy Easter 🐰❤️
  • Casual Good Friday ❤️ this was yesterday’s work outfit but I jazzed myself up before we went to church with Jakes mom and stepdad last night. I cried like a baby. Good Friday always both kicks my ass and reminds me how blessed we all are. 
The beautiful KC weather this weekend is so exciting!! I’m so happy when it’s Spring weather 😍 Have a beautiful Saturday!!
  • “There is beauty in simplicity”
My simple wardrobe makes me so happy and I love the seemingly endless possibilities I have with it. Having a love of neutrals really works well for me with this! 
Happy Good Friday ❤️
  • The only things in my life these days are the things I really want there. This isn’t limited to the stuff in my house and the clothes in my closet. This includes my job, relationships, hobbies, everything. I’ve even started eating better as a by-product of simplifying my life and I just feel better over all. .

By removing the things and people that don’t make me happy, I have more time and energy for the things that do that I used to put off and not prioritize like I should have. We spend so much of our lives being “busy”. But what are we busy with? Most of it is actually unimportant when you break it down. .

I say no to things much more now and that allows me to spend more of my time relaxing and enjoying life. I used to constantly feel rushed or like I should be doing something. If I wasn’t moving, I felt like I was wasting my time. But the truth is, resting and just being home with Jake and the boys is my happy place. It brings me so much joy, so that’s what my priority is. .

Having more time to just BE has been amazing. Being more picky in my relationships has helped me really value the ones I hold most dear and has brought me to an amazing new job because I wasn’t willing to settle for anything less. Respect yourself and your time and prioritize the things that matter most to you. Life’s too short to live any other way.
  • “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” So many wonderful things have happened since I simplified my life. Changing my outlook on life wasn’t really intentional, but I’m so thankful it happened when it did. I was kind of at a breaking point. Fed up with where I was and how things were going with my old job. Struggling with depression and comparison. I knew something had to change but I had no idea what. Simplicity was that thing. .
Now, I spend way less time on social media. I deleted Facebook off my phone and haven’t  looked at it in weeks. I’m much happier without it. I read a lot more. I’m getting much better at ignoring the impulse to pick up my phone and when I am on it, to compare my life to the perfect pictures people post. I even cut a few inches off my hair! 💇🏻‍♀️ I want things as easy as they can be right now. It takes a lot of stress out of my life. Try to go a whole weekend without social media and see how awesome it feels!

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