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Chronicles of a simple girl in a sparkling world

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MAID OF HOTNESS: Bridal Extravaganza Edition.

Welp, wedding planning is in FULL swing, y’all! EEEEK!

Let me give y’all a little background on my life. I have been around weddings since I was about 4 years old and still work them when I’m needed. My Aunt Steph owns Bouquets of Austin. I’ve been putting out pew markers and bows, counting votive candles, and all the likes since then. Cheap labor and education?! Couldn’t beat it in my family! It’s true, I have my ENTIRE wedding planned – down to the weekend. πŸ™‚ Second weekend in June, even numbered year. Maybe a little freaky, I know. BUT in my defense, Texas legislative session happens every odd numbered year for 140 days starting the 2nd Tuesday in January and ending Memorial Day and considering that’s a large part of my dream career, it’s likely that I’ll be participating. And, I’m not kidding when I say that we don’t sleep. We’ve got 140 days to complete ALL of the states’ needs for 2 years! (yes, everyone who participates knows we’re certifiably crazy.) I refuse to look like an overweight zombie at my wedding. Should the day ever come. And, I have to have the second weekend in June for peak peony season. πŸ™‚

Ok, that was a long rant. Back on track now.

Being that my aunt is a wedding florist, I’ve been to a LOT of bridal extravaganzas and even worked one 2 years ago. I kind of knew what to expect but being that Austin and Houston are different markets, I was interested to see what would actually happen. Again, I LOVE weddings. LOVE THEM.

My mom, sister, and I all went to the Houston show and, I will say, we went with a mission. Photographer and linens were probably the main things we were looking for and following behind were invitations and a DJ. And then, just tasting every cake possible, duh. We ended up partaking in every Photo Booth too :). The ones I posted aren’t even all of them. So, when we walk in we see a line. Of course, you have to register with the extravaganza. Then, you can purchase labels so that you don’t have to write all of your information at each place you’re interested in. Luckily, my mom and I (separately) had done some pre-extravaganza work and printed our own labels, so we skipped that line. I highly suggest doing this. I also bought a “bride-to-be” canvas bag from Etsy and, my favorite, a wedding planning notebook from May Designs. You can also buy a bag from the bridal extravaganza. I love May Designs. They are hand crafted notebooks that you customize, from the design, to the inserts (meaning the wedding diary which I selected or the regular calendar. I think they have about 20 options), to the writing and font on the front. They are awesome. They have a place for the all important budget, 12 blank calendar months so you can fill them in as you need, and then at the back blank pages for notes on different parts of the wedding.

Excuse the flash spot on the pictures. I took them with my phone. πŸ™‚

Maid of Hotness Fail #1. The May Designs notebook failed to make the road trip from Β Austin the weekend of the extravaganza and arrived in Waller a week after. woops. πŸ™‚

Not a full picture of the May Designs book. I think they are 8.5 x 5″ maybe? The details are on the website. I chose the “doodle gray” option with ice as the color behind the text.

Anyways, we start walking through and the second place we went to had mimosas, so logically we got one, followed by many more. 9837402938749 brides on the loose requires alcohol. And, we looked for Β like 4 hours. Whew, we got our exercise. πŸ˜‰

Mimosas – Round 1 of ???

Triple Fisting – because you do what the bride says. Even if it makes you look like an alcoholic πŸ˜‰

We had good luck and found good leads on things we needed and some things we didn’t. Definitely go with a plan. You’ll be much more successful.

Oh, and NOTE TO THE RUDE INVITATION PLACE. You’re there to sell. Speak to us. Say hello. When we’re loudly saying “I wonder how much this costs” or “I really like this”. Speak. to. us.

Wedding Planning Kick-Off Pack
1. Labels – include your name, wedding date, town/city, email, and phone number. (I included address on some, but really the information I listed are the essentials. It helps vendors know when to contact you.)
2. “Bride-to-be” Bag. Can be purchased here. There are many other options, but this is the one I chose.
3. Wedding Diary May Design Notebook.
4. A little champagne never hurt anyone πŸ™‚
My weekend ended with helping breaking down the Bouquets booth at the Austin Bridal Extravaganza. Look what happens when you go have cocktails before breaking down. Not a bad idea. πŸ™‚ Oh, and go check out the NEW Bouquets of Austin website!Β 
BOA – the only booth left standing πŸ™‚ Cocktails > breaking down immediately.

You get to pull in next to your booth and not have to haul everything out! WHOOP!
The stunning BOA booth. Gorgeous even after 2 days!
Delicious Simon Lee Cake that was gifted to BOA.
I hope that y’all have happy wedding planning. Or happy whatever you’re doing in life. πŸ™‚
jenn – aka maid of hotness

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I have been waiting to write this post for weeeeeeks! And, now, I finally get to do it!!! EEEEKKKK!

My sister got engaged at the beginning of December which is like SUPER EXCITING!!! (And, no, it’s not on Facebook for all you nosy people that are wondering why y’all didn’t know πŸ™‚ ) Being as we are both out of college now, we have talked about maid of honors and weddings and all the fun stuff. So, I had a feeling that I’d be her MOH but she hadn’t asked me. Well, one night my Uncle Looch and I were doing our nightly ab routine (which we have since given up on), and it was after Brittney and Blake got engaged, my abs were burning and “I can’t be the maid of hotness if I’m not hot” or something along those lines came out of my mouth.

And so begins MAID OF HOTNESS.Β 

Well, up until TODAY, I hadn’t officially been asked to be the MOH. I have been given some duties/ideas to come up with, though (I will post about later). Today, I got the card pictured below and the PINK, SPARKLY Coach iPad case. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Two of my favorite things in life? PINK and SPARKLY. LOVEEE all of this. The card was made by Cash Originals. (Please forgive my pictures as most of them are taken with my iPhone.)

So, my inspiration to lose weight (darn you, session 15) is to be the maid of hotness. I say it all the time while I run, workout, or want to eat something I shouldn’t. All of my MOH posts will include workouts I do, half marathon training tools, food ideas, decorations I make for showers, planning tools, and whatever wedding shenanigans happen along the way! (P.S. I do plan to give shout outs to anybody/blog I get ideas from!) And, I won’t lie. I’m a few posts behind, so bear with me while I catch up πŸ™‚

I hope you are half as excited about this as I am! Maybe one day it’ll become a brand! Β I LOOOOVEEEEE weddings! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I’m so excited to see Brittney and Blake start this next journey of their lives and to be a part of it! I hope it is everything they have dreamed of! ❀

jenn aka the maid of hotness πŸ™‚

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And it’s 2014 now…

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! You know, since I missed both of those things…

I can’t believe the holidays have already come and gone and now we’re almost halfway through January! I hope you all had a wonderful bit of downtime with family and whatever makes ya happy!

I thoroughly enjoyed 2013 and all of it’s happenings and have SO much to look forward to in 2014! I am not big on New Years resolutions but this year I will be running my first half marathon! πŸ™‚ I’ll fill you in with things that happen along the way! I hope to blog more frequently and with more interesting things πŸ™‚

As with the beginning of the new year, we must say goodbye to college football for the time being. Y’all, I do not like not having football in my life. And, now that the Super Bowl is almost here, it’s really going to be a bore. Luckily, the draft should be fairly interesting this year and the Olympics will cover a couple of weeks before that.

OHHHHH! Everyone, meet Marilyn. I made my first large purchase as an “adult” on December 30, 2013. I love her very much but miss my truck! It was just so good to me!! Levi (my dog) has already adapted to me driving a new vehicle and recognizes me when I drive up already! Waiting for financing might have been the most stressful thing I’ve EVERRRRR done.

Hope you all have a wonderful 2014!