#PuntaCanIGetADrink

I felt pretty hashtag blessed when Joel and I got to travel to the Dominican Republic last weekend. We flew to Punta Cana for Joel’s BFF’s wedding and it was a freaking blast! Originally the couple getting married, Cyntia and Dave, looked into hosting their wedding in Cyntia’s hometown of Sao Paola, Brazil, but knowing it would have been a pain in the butt for their American friends to get visas (not to mention it would have been ungodly expensive), they decided to have a destination wedding halfway between their places of birth. Make it a vacation for everyone!

We spent 5 days at an all inclusive resort right on the Caribbean. It was heavenly… I’m still rocking the remnants of a splotchy, uneven sunburn. We packed the “good” camera with the intention of using it everyday to take blog photos, but actually used it zero times. Sorry not sorry! We were on island time… Here is our trip in iPhone pics:

 

I still can’t get over how turquoise the water is! So freaking beautiful!

On the beaches by the resorts in the Dominican, you can expect a lot of people trying to sell stuff to dumb tourists. Hats, flip flops, boating excursions; you name it, they’re selling it. The only thing we spent money on was taking pictures with a monkey named Mickey. I mean, how could we not?! Best $20 Joel ever spent…

 

Our trip was extremely chill. Joel and I didn’t go on the boating/swimming with sharks excursion that the rest of our group went on because we didn’t land in the Dominican until Friday (we were going through immigration and customs while everyone else was having fun), we spent our time at the beach and the pools drinking Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, and Dominican Beer. Joel did have a small altercation with a sassy Frenchman who wrongly accused us of stealing his beach bed and spent the rest of the trip in his Team America tank top.

 

One of my favorite parts of our trip was getting to spend time in paradise with my cousin/BFF/matron on honor! She is a riot! When she vacations, she goes hard… the locals called her “blanca chica loca”, or “crazy white girl”. While I was busy falling asleep at 8:30 p.m. she was out dancing the night away. Christina will be in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to help with all of our last minute wedding stuff and I can’t wait!

 

Lots and lots of beach time. RIP my Quay Australia glasses that the Caribbean now owns.

Oh, pro tip…. everything in the mini bar at an all inclusive resort is all included… FREE TEQUILA AND OREOS!

 

 

 

We went on a Mangrove tour. Mangroves are trees. Cool.

 

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I have to say, this is the first vacation I went on where I packed expertly. For 5 days I brought 5 bikinis, 3 dresses, 2 t shirts, 1 pair of shorts, a maxi skirt/crop top, and I wore everything. We did pack two full bottles of bug spray (with DEET), but I still managed to get eaten alive by mosquitos… those assholes love me.

We stayed at Paradisus resort, which was great for a big group of people. All inclusive resorts are like a Cruise mixed with a Summer Camp, interpret that however you want. This relaxing beach trip was just what the doctor ordered, it literally cleared up my sinus infection. Now there are just 15 days until we embark on our European honeymoon adventure!

My Top 5 Etsy Shops for Wedding Stuff

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We have quite a few DIY projects we are working on for our wedding in 17 days (HOLY SHIT 17 DAYS?!). Having a DIY wedding is especially fun when someone else can take care of the DIY part. That’s why I love Etsy for the wedding goods we probably could have done ourselves but they wouldn’t have looked as good! I’m pretty sure a blog post like this exists on Buzzfeed and/or Brit & Co, but these are Etsy shops that I have personally used for my upcoming wedding, and therefore highly recommend/endorse.

  1. For a personalized wedding banner with a funny movie quote, I shopped here.
  2. What even is a wedding these days without some tassel garland?! Theirs is TOP quality and they have tons of options!
  3. As a person who loves to give advice (usually unsolicited), I wanted to do a wedding “tip” jar with cards for our guests to fill out giving us marital advice! Instead of printing them myself with the printer I don’t actually have, I ordered the advice cards from this shop.
  4. For my sweet little ring bearers’ bow tie/suspender sets, I shopped here.
  5. Okay, I haven’t ordered them yet, but I’m thinking these would make great bridesmaids gifts…

I love that everything I have ordered so far for our wedding has been shipped promptly AND has come with a sweet, handwritten note of congratulations from the seller. You can just tell that every item has been made with so much love! And it always feels good to support small businesses. Team Etsy Fo’ Life.

Just The Travel Tips

My number one ambition in life is to travel. The world is my oyster and I want to gobble that shit up.

So far, I’ve visited more than half of the United States and have been to The Netherlands (Yes, I’ve been to Europe). Today I will be getting another stamp on my passport from The Dominican Republic, where Joel and I are headed for a friend’s wedding. I’m obviously not as much of a seasoned traveler as my favorite travel/fashion blogger, Jessica Stein, but I’ll get there one day. For now, I’ll just leave these awesomely original/personally tried and tested travel tips righttttttt here…

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  1. If you’re flying Southwest Airlines, early check-in is a must if you want to get a good boarding group. If you’re traveling alone, once you board the plane find an empty row, put your stuff away, sit in the window seat and start coughing like you’ve got emphysema and might hack up a lung. If you’re lucky no one will want to sit with you and you’ll have the whole row to yourself!
  2. If you’re traveling with a significant other, leave the middle seat empty and pretend to be either having an intense argument or be whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears. People would rather sit by a crying baby than a fighting couple or couple in love.
  3. Buy an adult sized neck pillow. I know that one at Target in the kids section that’s shaped like a cat is cute and all, but you’ll just end up giving it to the next 3 year old you see because it hurts your neck more than it helps it. Trust me.
  4. Get a massage the day before you travel. When Joel bought my engagement ring, the jewelry store gave us a “bridal package” with all of these amazing coupons for free shit, one of which is for me to get a free massage once a month for a year, NBD. If you don’t have the budget for a massage and no coupons of your own, try Craigslist?
  5. Bring outfit options, but don’t overpack. Find a happy medium. Just do it.
  6. If you’re only bringing a carry on, wear your 5 inch wedges so they don’t weigh down your duffel bag. This has always worked for me because I’m really good at running in wedges which will inevitably happen when you gotta get to that connecting flight across the airport. The only time this didn’t work in my favor was when I was on a small plane and the flight attendants refused to use the inflatable emergency exit slide to let me off the plane. I had to take the steep ass stairs which was annoying.
  7. Wear your clip in hair extensions so they don’t get tangled and matted in your bag. When you go through security the metal clips will set off the scanner and you’ll get a free head massage from a woman named Bertha.
  8. Wear headphones when you’re reading a book because we all know some dickhead is gonna come up to you and be like “hey girl, what’re you reading?” You can be like “WHAT? I CAN’T HEAR YOU! SORRY. BYE.”
  9. Did you know that Sephora employees will make you a perfect travel size sample of any perfume in the store FO FREE?! If you do have a big bottle of your favorite scent, Sephora also sells travel size refillable spritzers OR you could just spray the crap out of everything in your suitcase. I did all three of these.

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Wedding Guest Book DIY

Wedding guest book? Who cares, amIrite?! It’s one of those dumb little wedding things that all weddings have…

I almost nixed the idea of a wedding guest book altogether, until I had a thought… 15-20 years down the line I’m going to be tired on a Friday night, so I’m going to want to relax and reminisce about our perfect day. After tucking our hypothetical children into bed, me and Mr. Blumer open a couple beers and I put on  my wedding dress that miraculously still fits me after popping out 2 kids.  We play our playlist and look at pictures and read… our guest book…. Yep, why else do people even have guest books?!

Now, planning a wedding in the day and age of Pinterest is a great thing. However, sometimes there are too many ideas (have your guests sign a leaf on this painting of a tree? sorry, tree paintings don’t really fit the colorful mid cent mod thing we have going on in our home)… As much as I love to add creativity to our wedding, a traditional guest book seemed like right choice for us, and there are so many options (thanks to places like Etsy). Luckily, going a traditional route means there is still so much potential for it to be a really easy, fun DIY project! I decided to DIY our guest book to give it a somewhat ridiculous, but personal touch…

I started with this guest book.

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The possibilities with personalizing this book seem endless, don’t they? You could use watercolors, calligraphy pens, marble with shaving cream, the sky’s the limit! Since I have the body of a 26 year old woman with the mind of a 12 year old girl, I used stickers!

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When I showed Joel my finished project he laughed out loud! It looks like something Kimmy Schmidt would make and I’m loving it! What a whimsical twist on something that is otherwise so boring!

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Going The Distance

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If you read this post, you probably figured out that Joel and I started out in a long distance relationship. It wasn’t easy, distance is always a bitch, but when I hear people say “long distance relationships never work” I roll my eyes and think “uhhhh, really?” we are living proof they totally can work.

I will say, I think it was slightly easier for us in the beginning because we had no other choice. We met when Joel was in San Antonio for 5 days and after that we had to make an effort at dating while living halfway across the country. I had a flexible, well paying job at the time so flying to Pittsburgh every 2 months wasn’t too big of a deal. We talked every single day, but only getting to see the person you love most in the world just a few times a year totally sucks. We were both so happy after 2.5 years to be in the same city!

When my current bosses asked me to move with them to Toledo, OH I felt exactly how I assume Katniss Everdeen felt when she was called up for the second round of The Hunger Games. I had a very “OH NO NOT THIS AGAIN” moment when the subject was first brought up. Joel and I had worked so hard to finally be together and we were engaged and actively planning a wedding, how could we possibly go the distance again? Well, the offer was, how they say, one I simply could not refuse. “Toledo is only 3 and a half hours away from Pittsburgh and it’s temporary” has been my holy mantra for the last 9 months. Plus I love my job and I’m not a pussy.

I will say, having a long distance relationship after you’ve had a sweet glimpse at the good life of being together 24/7 is FREAKING HARD. From July until December, I probably lost so much water weight from all the crying I did. After December, when the end was in sight, being apart got slightly easier. And tomorrow marks the end of Joel and I being long distance ever again.

If I were to shell out some unsolicited advice to anyone else in a LDR (acronym for Long Distance Relationship not Lana Del Rey) it would be to communicate all. the. time. Luckily, we live in the day of the Smart Phone so talking all day everyday is easily done. Be up each other’s iMessage butts.

 

Don’t Wake The Bridezilla

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Lurking under the surface of even the most calm and collected bride to be, is the dreaded and feared Bridezilla. Sometimes she’ll show her scary red face early on, during the planning, like when the event coordinator at her venue tells her “balloons are strictly forbidden”, she’ll probably scream and cry and possibly use the c-word. It is not necessarily inevitable, but like a certain Robert Louis Stevenson novel, I might not be able to control it. I call it The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Bride.

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So far, I can totally envision myself losing my cool over these things:

  • not getting as many RSVPs in the mail even though the deadline is fast approaching. What? You think stamps are free, people? FINE DON’T EVEN COME TO OUR WEDDING… Oh wait… you actually can’t come or are you just saying that now because you think we won’t feed you? Just select “Yes” or “No”, then “Chicken” or “Fish” and send that card on it’s merry little way. KTHANKSBYEEEE.
  • not having an Army of Skanks to help me pee. Seriously, these Spanx aren’t going to pull themselves down…
  • if someone accidentally steps on my dress
  • if I accidentally trip on my dress
  • people not using my wedding hashtag that I’ve been carefully curating over the last year (#TheBlumers on Instagram). Please use it. I have to wait to look at the wedding pictures we’re paying to have taken, so lemme see the free ones, K?

 

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To be perfectly honest, I don’t see myself turning into that much of a Bridezilla. Sure, I’m going to want to boss people around on my Big Day, but I’m usually pretty bossy anyway. Just tell me I look pretty and everyone will be safe. Promise! XOXO

What To Wear: Spring Wedding

Wedding season is upon us! I think it is anyway, I always hear people say that in the Springtime. I guess Spring is the time to get married! All of the cool kids get married in the Spring.

Wedding guest attire is not quite as important as wedding party attire, but it still matters. What you choose to wear to a wedding as a guest is a way of presenting your best self to honor the Happy Couple who, by the way, is buying you and 100+ other guests a nice dinner. The least you can do is put on a nice dress. I’ve been lucky enough in my life to have been invited to quite a few weddings, and I’ve noticed that no matter what season, there seems to be the same type of repeat offenders… Jeans do not belong at a wedding. THIS IS A CLASSY PLACE, LEAVE YOUR JEANS AT HOME.

My girl Sarah and I had the pleasure of teaming up with Fascino Boutique to pick some dresses that we would wear to a Spring wedding. I immediately loved this bright fuchsia dress, which I paired with a kimono and chunky heels. I think that because I was raised by conservative Catholic parents, I’ll always feel weird about not covering up spaghetti straps at an event. Sarah got her dress with my wedding in mind. She thought that maybe it had too much white, but I quickly convinced her that it was perfect and gave it my official bridal stamp of approval. How gorgeous does she look?!

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Here are some more examples of what NOT to wear to a wedding, Springtime or otherwise:

  • jeans, unless you’re at a country wedding and it said jeans were okay on the invitation.
  • shorts of any kind
  • WHITE
  • anything too flashy or revealing, it’s not your damn day so don’t take attention away from me the bride.

 

 

 

 

I have this reoccurring wedding nightmare where my mom shows up wearing a jean maxi skirt and crocs… that’s not exactly the Mother of the Bride look I want her to shoot for. Fingers crossed she reads this post and goes shopping.

 

Both mine and Other Sarah’s dresses/ c/o Fachino Boutique

 

 

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