Friday, March 27, 2015

the denim guide

the denim guide

we have all the best denim for every shape, size and budget! here are 8 different types of denim that everyone should own in their closet. {p.s. we have tried each of these brands and LOVE the way they fit}

clockwise from top left to right:

1. white denim

2. cut off jean shorts

3. the flare

4. distressed boyfriends

5. a classic skinny 

6. black denim

7. ankle jeans

8. high waisted shorts

have a great weekend!

tater & tot

Thursday, March 26, 2015

mixed prints.

i am so not a matchey matchey person so i love mixing prints. stripes are the easiest print to mix with because it's so basic you can wear almost anything with it. i know it can be intimidating for some so here are a few tips...

one : choose one print to dominate and one as an accent - one larger print paired with one smaller 
two : treat stripes as a neutral
three : break up patterns with a belt for a cohesive look
four : pair neutral prints with colorful ones
five : polka dots and stripes always work

if you are still unsure about print mixing try throwing a plaid shirt or printed sweatshirt around your waist. it adds that extra pop of color and texture without being too overwhelming and will ease you into being more adventurous next time!

p.s. i am obsessed with this moto leather jacket and its brownish purple color tone. i bought it at nordstrom but recently saw it at nordstrom rack. if you see it at your local rack store i highly suggest buying it purely for that fact that it was majorly discounted!

{stripe shirt - tildon nordstrom / leather moto jacket - nordstrom rack / jeans / shoes - similar}

{bar necklace / circle necklace}



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

an oldie but goodie.

this past weekend was filled with great friends, food, and of course some bubbles, celebrating the hubby's 31st bday.  my look was classic and basic, and thanks to this new jean jacket i was reminded how much i loved this look. a jean jacket is my favorite throw back piece and something that is always in style. the wash may change, but the structure always remains. throw it on over a classic black jean and grey v-neck shirt and it's effortlessly sexy and chic.

{jean jacket // rebecca minkoff bag // anne taylor loft pants // t shirt}

{bar necklace: bauble bar for nordstrom // diamond circle necklace}

hope you all had a fabulous weekend!


Friday, March 20, 2015

wedding series part 3: happily ever after {from tot}.

well it's true what they say, your wedding day truly is one of the best days of your life. as i mentioned in my previous posts about my wedding, the entire planning process was so much fun and everything pulled together effortlessly. even the rehearsal went off without a hitch!

funny side story-wes and i always wanted to get married in september because we think it's the most beautiful month in seattle. we purposely picked the 1st weekend of september as the wedding date so it would not coincide with a seahawks home game {all the boys in the wedding party were season ticket holders and we didn't want anyone missing out on the festivities}, but low and behold, the seahawks won the super bowl the year before and the winner always plays the first thursday night game of the season. since we were married on a friday, that meant the first home game was the night before our wedding! it was actually kind of perfect because football is a big part of our lives and all the boys were able to attend the game and spend time together before the wedding. this meant we had to do a rehearsal brunch instead of dinner, which i think turned out even better since the weather was so gorgeous that week! we had a private deck to ourselves on the most beautiful day.

{eastlake bar and grill-seattle, wa}

when the wedding day finally came, all i wanted to do was hang out with my best girlfriends, drink mimosas and laugh about all the amazing memories we had together. one of my favorite things about the wedding day was our wedding party. since wes and i had been together 10 years before we got married, every single person in our wedding were a huge part of our lives. not only were they special to us as a couple, but we knew each of them individually, too. we grew up in a small town and almost everyone {besides tater} were our friends from a very young age.

{i got these kimono robes on etsy as part of my bridal party gifts-i love how they photographed!}

like tater, wes and i were not keen on doing anything traditional at our wedding. we wanted to keep things simple and fun so for dinner we went with sliders and fries, pasta and salad bar {comfort food galore}. we also didn't want a cake as most people at weddings never eat the cake any way and we didn't want to spend any extra money on something that wasn't necessary. so we went with cupcakes in two flavors made from a local company in our home town of gig harbor.

{my two sweets cupcakes}
the night ended with wes and i on the dance floor with our closets friends and family {3 hours of dancing to be exact} and we literally danced our way out of the venue at 1am. all in all, it was i could not have asked for a more perfect wedding and a more perfect man to marry. and i can honestly say that i accomplished the wedding of my dreams and for that i am eternally grateful and blessed.

for our honeymoon we decided to wait since we are going to europe for 2 weeks and we didn't want to stress about taking so much time off work. this way we could enjoy the week of the wedding and spending time with family and friends that were in town. this may we are heading to the amalfi coast in italy, followed by spain! we are so excited and can't wait for 16 days abroad just the two of us {i promise to post about it when we get back}!

thanks for letting us share our weddings with you all. hope you have enjoyed it!

if you missed the rest of our wedding posts, you can find them here: the details // the venue //  the accessories // the bridesmaids // the dress


Thursday, March 19, 2015

wedding series part 3: happily ever after {from tater}.

to round out our wedding series i will be sharing with you all the other details including: the rehearsal dinner, wedding food, dessert and of course the honeymoon! {maybe my favorite part!}

the rehearsal dinner was absolutely perfect and my mother in law did an amazing job! {especially because she had to plan it from seattle!} i was super impressed with the details she put into making it a special night for not only me and nate but also all of our guests.

we knew there was going to be a lot of people attending our rehearsal dinner so we wanted something a little more casual and fun. ironically, a couple miles away from our wedding venue there was a park called "biddle park" so when planning the dinner there was basically no other option but to have the dinner there, it was a sign, i mean it was my future last name and there was a park named after it, it was a done deal. the park was beautiful and it went perfect with my rustic theme for the wedding.


first of all i have to say our wedding food was so bomb! to go along with our theme  i didn't want a traditional sit down dinner. so we decided to go with a food truck. yup, i said it, a food truck. and it was fantastic. it was also the only food vendor we tried and we were sold, we even put the deposit down that same day! they did an amazing job and again the food was amazing. i mean we even had seasoned french fries, how can you not be excited to go to a wedding with seasoned fries. {pretty sure that was what sold me!}

{gusto on the go bistro}

{custom menu napkins my uncle and cousin made}

 me and nate aren't huge cake people so we decided to fore go the whole wedding cake taste testing debacle. {although if nate had his way he would have done ice cream cake - but yes, i nixed that idea!} instead we went with mini bundtinis {bite size bundt cakes} from nothing bundt cakes. they are so good i could seriously eat endless amounts of them in one sitting. we both are also huge candy people so decided to have a candy bar as well. and it was the best candy bar at a wedding ever. i mean we're talking sour patch kids, mike and ike's, reeses peanut butter cups, sweedish fish, skittles and more!

{i rented this amazing vintage dessert case to display all the bundtinis}

and now the holy grail. the honeymoon. let me tell you, after all the work that went into our wedding i was beyond excited to spend nine whole days in JAMAICA! one of the best gifts we got was from nates parents and they were gracious enough to pay for our entire honeymoon, and we seriously couldn't be more grateful. the resort was amazing, we had our own swim up pool connected with our room, it was all inclusive with vip service and a private beach. seriously the first two days i was still so exhausted i took naps, woke up when we wanted too, and lounged on the beach. before we went on the honeymoon we didn't plan any of our days, we wanted to play it by ear and not have an agenda. i truly wanted to relax, enjoy being newlyweds and the rest would fall into place. we knew we wanted to do a couple excursions but we planned that as the days came. we went horse back riding, zip lining, tubing, rode atv's and nates favorite, rum tasting. we stayed at the royalton white sands in montego bay, if you are ever in jamaica, check this place out! 

there are so many more pictures from the honeymoon, but here are a few to give you an idea about the amazing time we had!

{our room with private pool}

{how i spent most days}


when i would talk to people about my wedding and the ideas i had, people literally thought i was crazy. i was crazy to do so much on my own, without a planner and have so many details. and at times i thought i was too, but i had everything planned down to the t and was confident that the vision in my head would come to life. it was everything i had ever dreamed about and more. i literally have never worked so hard in my life for something than i did with the planning and execution of this wedding. and although i was exhausted afterwards, i wouldn't change a thing and would do it all over again. it was the most perfect day.

click here to watch the trailer to our wedding video, to see how it all came together.

...and we lived happily ever after.