Category: Guest Blogger

Guest BloggerFall Spirits: Pumpkin Spice Hot Toddy

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Today we have Kealah from Little Chief Honey Bee back again to share a new twist on a fall favorite: The Pumpkin Spice Hot Toddy!  We love asking Kaelah for her favorite drink recipes because she always comes up with a-mahhh-zing ideas! We wanted something that was yummy and very autumn-inspired, and she delivered. Warm pumpkin flavors with a kick; what more could you want? (This drink is great virgin too- just omit the whiskey!) Let us know what other kind of drinks you would like to see. You never know, yours could be next!

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Hi everyone! Kaelah here! To be quite honest, I’ve never really been excited by the thought of pumpkin anything. September 1st doesn’t mean much to me, and the thought of eating a pumpkin pie sort of repulses me. But my husband? That’s a different story. We just celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and much like our actual wedding day, the weather was a bit gloomy and chilly. I thought it’d be fun to whip up a pumpkin and whiskey cocktail to tickle his fancy and spice up the evening. We’re huge whiskey fans and our collection is ever growing, so I decided to do a pumpkin/whiskey cocktail. You can use any type of whiskey you want (Scotch! Cinnamon! Bourbon!), or you can even substitute in some spiced rum if that sounds good. If you’re into pumpkin spice lattes and whiskey, you’ll totally love this Pumpkin Spice Hot Toddy (you can make a mocktail version of it, too)! It’s perfect for the cooler autumn days that are officially upon us. We’re planning on hosting a friendly get-together soon and these are an absolute must for any party. Enjoy!

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Guest BloggerMani Monday: Five Color Ombre Nail Tutorial

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While ombre nails are a super simple way to add that little something extra to your manicure, chances are you don’t own 5 polishes that will work well to create the effect. But don’t worry – you can easily create this look with just 2 polishes and a paint brush!

In nail art, an ombre nail is one that transitions from shade to shade with each nail one full color. The key to creating this look is finding the right ratio of regular polish to white polish. I like to start out with a dark color and slowly add more and more white to produce a smooth color change over each nail.

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As a general rule, start out with your base color on either your pinky or your thumb. For the next closest nail color, mix one drop of white to a sizable drop of your dark base polish. I like to mix these on a paper plate for easy cleanup later on. Use a paintbrush to apply the polish to your nail. For each consecutive nail, slowly change the ratio of dark and white polish so that your final nail has the most white mixed into the base polish.

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The color combinations are endless!

xoxo, Lindsey @ Wondrously Polished

FashionFall Wedding Style with Andrea of Blonde Bedhead: Upscale Modern Venue

Happy Friday! Are you getting dressy this weekend and heading out to an Autumn wedding? If you are wondering what to wear, you are in the right place! Andrea from Blonde Bedhead is back for the final post in our Fall Wedding series! Being a seasoned wedding photographer, Andrea is full of information to make sure that you put together the right outfit for the particular venue and style of the wedding. See below for her latest post and make sure to visit her blog for more daily outfit inspo!

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Hi guys! Andrea from Blonde Bedhead here! I am back again with our last post on how to dress for Fall Weddings. Contemporary art museums make for a great wedding location with their open space, architectural beauty and natural light. With all the windows, guests can enjoy the beauty of fall from indoors while sipping champagne and admiring the formal wear of the black tie affair.

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FashionFall Wedding Style with Andrea of Blonde Bedhead: Rustic Outdoor Venue

Fall is the new wedding season and if you were wondering what to wear to an upcoming October Wedding, look no further! Andrea from Blonde Bedhead has taken three popular Fall wedding venues and dished the best advice on what to wear and how to wear it! See below for more details!

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 Hello! I’m Andrea, the hair behind Blonde Bedhead and I’m back to take over the LuLu*s blog to share what to wear for three different wedding styles. With pretty fall colors and cooler weather, it’s no surprise October has become one of my busiest months to shoot weddings (and attend as a guest!) Today is part two of three this week to show what to wear to various fall weddings.

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There’s nothing like a fall outdoor wedding at a farm or restored barn where rustic details meet fall color changes. This is by far my favorite style of wedding during my favorite time of year. I just want to prance through the fields and farms and kick my heels in the air.

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FashionFall Wedding Style with Andrea of Blonde Bedhead: Romantic Venue

With October being an increasingly popular time of year to get married, this has left us wondering, “what to wear?” Our friend Andrea over at Blonde Bedhead counts wedding photography as one of her many talents so she is constantly heading to various venues and different style weddings. Sometimes it can be challenging to find the right piece for each occasion and to anticipate what to wear based on the information given. For this series, Andrea will show us 3 different style wedding venues with advice on what to wear so you are both dressed to code and stylishly appropriate! Read below for more details!

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Hi everyone! I’m Andrea and I blog over at Blonde Bedhead! I am so excited to share my styling advice for Fall weddings! For intimate weddings at venues like the English Inn, the attire calls for color to match the natural beauty of the estate. Gardens, historic architecture and a quiet countryside make it a perfect location for a fall wedding. And fun to dress up for!

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 With fall weddings at similar locations, you’ll spend time both indoors and outdoors for the ceremony and reception. For this intimate, romantic location, I chose an easy maxi dress with a kimono and heels. A bold maxi dress with a floral kimono fits the dress code, but it’s also comfortable and practical. You can layer the kimono for the outside ceremony and shed it once you’re ready to hit the dance floor!

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Tip: Pack flats to change into during the cocktail hour! This is your opportunity to roam the gardens and it’s just easier in flats. I’ve stumbled and have had my heels sink in grass too many times to not finally learn my lesson!

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See you Wednesday for more ideas and inspo for another beautiful wedding location!

Wedding location: the English Inn (http://www.englishinn.com/index.shtml)

Moved to Tiers Maxi Dress and Just Fleur Fun Kimono Top c/o LuLu*s, bag by Marc Jacobs, sandals (shop similar)

 Photos by Liz Vartoogian