Monday’s Musings

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend- I know I did!

This week’s Monday’s Musings is a little different. I was contacted by Carolyn from lover.ly to weigh in on an age-old debate: is it ever okay to wear white to a wedding?

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This is my sister and I at her wedding in February. I was Maid of Honor, and I obviously didn’t wear white, but it was discussed! Both my sister and I love Kate Middleton, and tossed around the idea of me wearing a white dress like Pippa did. However, I feel like white for the bridal party only works with high-profile weddings where everyone is so focused on what the bride will be wearing- Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian, etc. But if a bride chooses white for her wedding party, then go for it- I think it’s gorgeous!

For guests, I would suggest sticking to another color. While I don’t think a guest in a white dress would actually steal the spotlight from the bride, I think it’s still poor taste. There are so many other colors you could wear, and at the end of the day, while you should want to look your best, it’s not your day. Save the white dress for another occasion, and focus on celebrating your friend!

What do you think- is it rude to wear white to a wedding? Let me know in the comments!

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Party Planning With Paperless Post

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You may not know this about me, but one of my goals in life is to be the modern “Hostess With the Mostest”. I love entertaining and planning events, whether it’s a small dinner with my friends or a brunch for 150. I’m very particular about even the most minor details, most likely because I believe the quality of the details affect the quality of the big picture. For example, I had my cousins over for dinner this semester, and I set out sombreros and used our most fiesta-like dishes because I was serving enchiladas- let’s be real, they’re 18 year old boys living off of dining hall food- they probably wouldn’t have noticed if I had used styrofoam plates and plastic sporks. But I believe that when you take the time to make an effort and make things a little fancier than usual, it shows your guests that they are important to you and that you’re glad they came.

When my sister asked me to be her MOH, one thing I was super excited about was planning the bachelorette party. Not because it was going to be wild, but because I knew it would take some actual planning and creativity- remember, this is one reason I used to justify buying the big Lilly agenda. Well, when the time came to send invitations, I was faced with a big decision- paper or online? I wanted to send them via snail mail, but time constraints prevented that (my bad). I was hesitant to send invites via email, because I’ve received some that were a little…unimpressive. And after all, doesn’t the first impression you have of an event come from the invitation? However, my sister had raved about Paperless Post, so when I was home for Thanksgiving we logged on and all of my preconceived notions about e-vites were shattered.

I was very impressed by the selection and variety of invitations Paperless Post had to offer. There are so many options for every occasion, including designer options such as kate spade new york, Jonathan Adler, and Oscar de la Renta. There are a plethora of free options for party planners on a tight budget, but if you find a design that isn’t free, it actually isn’t that expensive! You can buy and earn coins, each worth about 20 cents, and most cards range from 2-5 coins, and extras such as fancy envelopes, liners, and stamps are 1-3 extra coins each.

We settled on this fun, glamorous card from kate spade new york:

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Next, we typed in the details and chose the envelope, liner, and stamp, which could not have been easier! Then we entered in the email addresses of all the guests, and they were off! The site also makes it easy to keep up with who has RSVP’d and received the invitations, which was quite helpful!

Paperless Post is a wonderful service for the modern-day “Hostess with the Mostest”. It’s simple and inexpensive, but also quite impressive! I will definitely be using it the next time I throw together a soiree.

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Why I Deleted My Wedding Board on Pinterest

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I would like to begin with a disclaimer- In posting this, I am not saying that this is what everyone should do. I am just sharing my story, and how I feel it is beneficial to me and my faith.

Everyone loves a wedding, at least I do. My cousin got married just a couple of weeks ago, and I had the honor of being a bridesmaid.(I’ve decided that I could totally be a professional bridesmaid. I mean, you get a new dress that’s fancier than what you’d normally wear, you get to fix your hair and makeup like you’re actually going to be around people, and help others with their hair and makeup, you get cute monogrammed gifts, you get to eat cake at least three times, and you support your friend/family member on one of the most important days of her life-right up my alley.) From my cousin’s engagement to her wedding, I’ve seen how much actually goes in to planning a wedding, and I’m really seeing it with my sister, who is getting married in February. So I can understand why people use something like Pinterest to gather ideas and keep them all in one place. However, in the past few months, I have been wondering why I, a very single, twenty-one year old girl, feel it is necessary to gather ideas for a wedding that I’m not even guaranteed to have. (I realize that I terrify some girls my age with that statement, myself included, but sometimes you have to be real, and this is one of those times.) After much prayer, consideration, and heated debate with myself, I made the decision to do away with my wedding board (dramatically titled “Someday…”) on Pinterest.

I have a few different reasons for doing this:

1. A far-off wedding should not be my main focus right now.  First of all, it’s not like I would just sit for hours pinning wedding ideas. But when I came across something “I might want to keep in mind”, I would save it. But sometimes I would get on kicks where I would pin a mass amount of wedding ideas in one sitting. However, as I have recently been learning, singleness is a special time in the life of a Christian. It is a time to grow in your faith and focus on what God has for you specifically. It’s not a time to be planning a wedding to a boy you haven’t even met yet. I  began to realize this as I read “When God Writes Your Love Story” by Eric & Leslie Ludy (which if you haven’t read, YOU NEED TO.). Right now, I’m single because God wants me to work on myself and draw me to Him, and if I’m busy picking out the groom’s cake before I even have a groom, then I can’t fully be molded into who God wants me to be. 

2. It’s not about the wedding-it’s about the marriage. This is something that I think is a big problem with girls today. They want to have their perfect day, and they get so caught up in looking and being treated like a princess that they forget about the real purpose of a wedding- to make a lifetime commitment with another person to serve each other and God for the rest of your lives. If you just want to throw a big party, become a committee head in your sorority and plan a brunch for 150 people-it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I’m not saying it’s bad to want a nice wedding- I do!- but I’m saying that I think the focus should be more on the meaning of a wedding, rather than the presentation.

3. I don’t know what I’ll want my wedding to be like by the time I actually get married. Right now, everyone is into the Mason jars and burlap, but who knows what’s going to be ‘in’ by the time you actually get engaged? More importantly, I know that who I marry will have an effect on how I want my wedding to be. Planning now is just a waste of time!

4. Sometimes it makes you sad. I’m not the type of girl to sit around and mope because I’m single (and have been forever). I’ve given that area of my life over to God, and am trusting Him with that as I live in this time of singleness (which took a very long time). But that doesn’t mean that I never wish I wasn’t single- it happens sometimes. Often, when I was particularly upset, I would get on Pinterest and end up pinning wedding stuff, which made things worse. In getting rid of my wedding board, I also got rid of the opportunity to dwell on my singleness, and to tell God that I was upset with/didn’t trust His timing.

So there you have it. If you think that this might be a good idea for you, I would definitely encourage you to pray about it and ask God if this is hindering your relationship with Him, or your ability to trust Him and His plans for you.

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The BEST M&M Cookies Ever

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Before we get to the cookies, let me tell you about my weekend! My cousin got married, and I was a bridesmaid. I’ve never been in a wedding before, and it’s actually been a while since I’ve even been to one, so it was exciting! My cousin Laurel and I have been best friends since we were little, and I loved being able to be included in her special day! I also got this fabulous purple monogrammed robe out of the deal, and one of my new favorite pastimes is sitting around in it being dramatic.

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I also got to meet some of the sweetest girls who were also her bridesmaids. We got along so well, and THE Bridal Party was definitely a force to be reckoned with!

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We have a HUGE extended family, and it was fun to see everyone! My second cousins were the flower girls, which was truly adorable.

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It was so much fun, but also so exhausting! I slept all day on Sunday, and made these cookies!

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I made these for the first time with my friends Joy and Kinsey last Tuesday before watching PLL, and they were absolutely delicious! The vanilla pudding mix makes them really fluffy and extra special. Unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo of the finished product, and now they are all gone! I used this recipe from Picky Palate blog, and I definitely encourage you to try them yourself! I love using both mini chocolate chips and M&M’s, you get so much more chocolate than you do with the regular sized ones!

Let me know how yours turn out!

That’s all for meow!