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It’s been a while since I have done a life update, so without further adieu…

Last week my friend Mackenzie hosted a pop-up shop at her office.  She has the best hostess gifts and I am obsessed with these matches.

The Royals are headed to the World Series tomorrow and we could not be more excited.  We made a few last minute trips to Kansas City last two weekends to watch the boys in blue play their hearts out.  If you are looking for fun sporting/game day shirts, I love Charlie Hustle Shop.

Speaking of Kansas City, there is a new barbecue restaurant in Dallas called 18th and Vine. It was soo good.

Thankfully, it is finally cooling down in Dallas.  I hate to say it but I am officially over 90 degrees. I have been eyeing all of the sweaters at J.Crew.  They are even having 25% off full price items…YES PLEASE.

Yesterday marked six months since our wedding day.  We have been on the best adventure so far and I know it is just the beginning.  In case you missed it, our wedding was on Style Me Pretty.  Even six months later, this was still the best day of our lives.

Hope you have a great Monday!

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FLOWER CROWNS + ROSÉ

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The week before our wedding I decided it would be fun to get my mind off all the stress and last minute details.  It is SOO important to take some time to laugh and relax with your girl friends before the big day.  I love how the flower crowns turned out! I ended up wearing it the entire day and it hung in our hotel room the rest of the weekend :) See how we made these easy DIY flower crowns or head over to Style Me Pretty for more pictures and directions.  

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MATERIALS An assortment of flowers and greenery, Flower Shears, Twigs or Floral Wire and Flower Glue

Step 1 | Bring out the wine, set the table and add some fun tunes. Mandi from Butterfly Petals brought over a wide selection of beautiful blooms (my personal favorite, the Juliette rose, included). I set the table with a white table cloth from La Tavola Linens and some great modern glasses from Crate and Barrel. Thankfully the clear vases full of flowers were the perfect centerpiece for our little get together.

Step 2 | Mandi showed us how to make the base of the flower crown. Instead of using floral wire,we used twigs. Not only does it give a rustic feel but it is much easier, and takes half the time as using floral wire. Take each end of the twigs and start twisting. Once they are wrapped together, fit to your head and then twist the ends to make a circle. Cut the excess with flower shears and tuck in the ends together.

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Step 3 | Pick your color scheme.

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Step 4 | Take your first flower and apply a generous amount of glue to the twig base. Let it dry for a moment (perfect time to sip your drink) and then apply your first flower onto the twigs. Tip: Make sure to use your flower shears to cut the flower so there is a flush base. The glue will hold better on a flat surface.

Step 5 |  Add a cluster of flowers, or however you want your design to look. Too add greenery, my favorite is circle eucalyptus, take some flower glue and twist the greenery between the flowers and twigs.

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Step 6 | Have fun and be sure to laugh! You can never mess up when it comes to flower crowns.

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See more pictures over on Style Me Pretty!

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Photography by Elyse Hall

GORJANA WEDDING COLLECTION

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Dainty gold jewelry works for just about every occasion.  When Gorjana sent me a few pieces from their new wedding collection for my rehearsal dinner, I knew they were going to be the perfect compliment to my white dress. The week before our wedding I tried on, took pictures and packed all of my outfits, including jewelry so I would not have to stress about getting dressed during the week.  If you know me personally, you would know I struggle with this on a daily basis (I am talking to you mom). Since we were traveling to Scottsdale for the week before the wedding I knew I needed to be extremely organized. The best part about the Gorjana jewlery is I could mix and match it and wear it for multiple events.  It worked with everything I brought (which I did intentionally).  My favorite were the diamond drop earrings and Aida cuff I wore for our rehearsal dinner.  They were simple, but sparkled under the lights.

If you are a bride-to-be, my number one tip is to start looking for white dresses now (no one says you have to wear white, but I sure love a great white dress- find some of my top contenders here!).  I really struggled when it came to finding a dress for the night before our big day. Head over to Style Me Pretty to read about my process and the best tips for finding the perfect rehearsal dinner/welcome party dress.

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* This post was created in collaboration with Gorjana. Check out the entire wedding collection here.  Thank you for supporting the brands I love and make A Dash of Details possible.

WORK IT OUT WITH STUDIO HOP

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The day I hit 25, I realized my body doesn’t bounce back the same as it used to. I have always been pretty active. Growing up dancing and cheerleading, I was constantly moving and on the go.  When I went to college, I learned how to work out at the rec center (cardio and light weights were my go-to) and then post college I started trying different class workouts. I would go through obsessions with Fusion Fitness, hot yoga and then spin. But I never wanted to do the same workout for an entire month. After our move to Ohio, I started back up with running but never felt I was getting a good full body workout and my motivation level was extremely low.  When I got engaged back in December 2014, it was the motivation I needed to get back into a great workout routine.  I started running everyday and eating healthy, and then life happened; we moved to Dallas, we started trying new restaurants every night and didn’t join a gym right away.  After a few months we signed up at a gym (that I love) and got back into living a healthy lifestyle.

But my workout OCD kicked in about 4 months before the wedding and I was in desperate need of a change.  It’s so funny how life introduces you to people just at the right time. So let me introduce you to Natalie, the creator and owner of StudioHop Fitness.  She is an entrepreneur at heart and 8 months ago when we met, I knew we were going to be great friends.  So you are probably wondering, what is Studio Hop? It is a monthly membership to a variety of top-notch fitness studios in Dallas and Austin. You can go to a morning Spin class on Monday, then hot yoga on Tuesday and Pilates mat class on Thursday. The best part, they just released its $100 unlimited membership.  You can go to as many studios as you want each month! Trust me, you will never get bored about working out at the same studio again!

To test out my first month, I decided it would be more fun to workout with friends.  For our first workout, Katie, Stevie, Natalie and I headed to Pilates Methodology to try out a Pilates Mat class.  This darling old renovated house, is really a blogger’s workout dream.  White walls, lots of natural light and chandeliers hanging in the workout rooms.  But don’t let the design deceive you, because those small movements will leave you feeling toned and amazing the next day.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my workouts with StudioHop next week.  Also, be sure to head over to Style Me Pretty to find out how I got in shape for my “big day”.

Thanks to Lululemon on Knox/Henderson in Dallas for the amazing outfits.

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photography by Kristen Dee 

WEDDING READY

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With wedding season in full swing (my own wedding included), keeping my skin and hair healthy are on the top of my to-do list. With weddings come travel, late nights, and maybe a few cocktails– all leaving my skin a little dry, tired and in need of some extra TLC. Thankfully, a few new product samples from the ‘I Definitely Do’ Birchbox created in partnership with Style Me Pretty, have been lifesavers in getting my skin “wedding season” ready.

Whether you are a bride, bridesmaid or attendee, this box has all the essentials for you to be wedding-ready. I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty products, but for my wedding I wanted to make sure my skin had a healthy glow and my hair was glossy. The ‘I Definitely Do’ Birchbox had all of the products I needed to get my skin and hair ready for my big day.

Leading up to the big day, I started using the Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzmatic Face Rejuvenator three times a week. It brightened my skin and gave it that wedding glow. Since I was trying to take care of my skin, I tried to avoid makeup—that is, until I tried the Marcelle BB Golden Glow Cream. It has the perfect coverage and also kept my skin hydrated throughout the day. When I travel, my hair always craves moisture, so when we headed to Arizona for our wedding I made sure to use the Kerastaste Elixir Ultime to give my hair an extra glow and shine.

I have always been a blush girl. I especially love the look of rosy cheeks. Ever since trying the Laura Geller Baked Blush, I am officially hooked. It’s the perfect pink to give your face a natural glow for everyday wear.

Bridesmaids’ gifts can be tough, especially when you have 9 girls standing by your side, like I did. The ‘I Definitely Do’ Birchbox is the perfect gift to go along with a robe to get ‘wedding ready’ together. Now that I tried my first box, I am definitely hooked. Be sure to head to Birchbox to subscribe and your first box will be the ‘I Definitely Do’ Birchbox! You will not regret getting that cute pink box in the mail :)

Head on over to my Instagram to learn how you can win your very own ‘I Definitely Do’ Birchbox, along with the full size products featured in the box AND a set of gorgeous bangles!

Robe by Eberjey

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Compensation for this post was provided by Birchbox via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Birchbox or AOL.

BRIDAL SHOWER

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We drank mimosas, reminisced about old memories, laughed until our belly’s hurt, and took so many fun polaroids under the cutest Rifle Paper Backdrop.  It was definitely a day I will never forget.

Thanks to Elyse for capturing all of my memories, my Aunt Jill for hosting and the most darling Elizabeth and James gifts and everyone who showered me with love.

Style Me Pretty featured my Bridal Shower last week when I was out.  Be sure to head over to see the entire post and the cute candids from the day!

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STYLE ME PRETTY BLOGGER BRIDE: ENGAGEMENT SESSION

View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsI have been counting down the days until I was able to share these pictures with you.  A few months ago, Patrick and I made a quick trip down to Scottsdale for a special, top secret engagement shoot with the fabulous Elyse Hall.  Our wedding planning process has been so special, and it’s people like Elyse, that make me want to keep planning this wedding for a lifetime (but we are officially 30 days out for the big day and I could not be more excited to marry my hubby-to-be). View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsWhen it comes to planning a wedding, one of the most important things for us (minus a meaningful ceremony) was the photography.  Thankfully, I have an amazing wedding planner, who you all met in the last Style Me Pretty post, that she narrowed down my search to five photographers.  I searched high and low on Style Me Pretty , Pinterest and their individual websites to find that “something special.”  Elyse, definitely has that something “special” factor. That may be an understatement.   She finds a way to capture a couples’ love in every shot she takes. Her ability to create a piece of art in every photo may have something to do with her background.  Elyse graduated college with a Fine Arts degree from ASU and has many years of professional photography under her belt.  She shoot in both digital and film, which for me was so important.  When you are on the lookout for a photographer, this is so important.  Let’s just say film is everything.  :)

So now onto the actual shoot and what I wore, because we all know that is SO important.  I get questions all of the time about this topic, and every time I laugh because even I struggled when it came to deciding on what to wear for my engagement pictures.  So for me, I started with my favorite designer, Heidi Merrick.  She makes these amazing California-cool pieces that are extremely wearable. Heidi is not only a sweet as could be, but she helped me pick out a few looks from her new collection.  I ended up with this white dress (in my opinion, every girl should were a casual white dress in their engagement shoot),  my favorite Drake stripe tee, and this black gauzy dress (insert hands in the air emoji). View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsView More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsHead over to SMP to see the rest of the engagement shoot, and to read my chat with Elyse Hall Photography.

Thanks to BeGlammed for my hair and makeup. If you are not familiar, BeGlammed is a website where you can schedule hair and makeup appointments at your own convenience, anywhere you want!

Outfit 1: Ramy Brook Dress Black Nudist Heels  Outfit 2: Joie Dress / Zara Heels (almost identical here) / Dana Rebecca ‘Lauren Joy’ Necklace  Outfit 3: Heidi Merrick Drake Tee (c/o) / Black Skinny Jeans / Black Nudist Heels Outfit 4: Heidi Merrick Canopy Dress (borrowed) /Black Nudist Heels/ Bracelets  Outfit 5: Heidi Merrick Dune Dress (borrowed) / Black Nudist Heels / Celine Sunglasses 

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A huge thanks to Elyse Hall PhotographyHeidi MerrickBeGlammed and Patrick for making these pictures happen :) 

STYLE ME PRETTY- TIPS FROM A WEDDING PLANNER

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Also, I want to send a big thanks to Butterfly Petals, Page and Mason, and Elyse Hall for making this all a reality.

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Outfit 1: Intermix Sweater Dress / J.Crew Bracelets / Catbird Rings / Steven by Steve Madden Heels / Hair and Makeup: BeGlammed

Outfit 2: Heidi Merrick Top (c/o) / Black Jeans / Manolo Blahnik BB Heels / Michele Watch / Hair and Makeup: BeGlammed

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photography by Elyse Hall Photography

MIX AND MINGLE

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This Valentine’s Day was one for the books.  Not in a romantic getaway kind of way like the Mr. has done in the past, but instead yesterday we spent the day exploring all over Arizona shooting for our next SMP feature (a blogger girls dream). There will be lots more to come on that in a few weeks, but in the meantime if you can’t wait there is a sneak peek over on my Instagram.

While my friends in the Northeast are freezing their booties off this weekend (and still today), Patrick and I were enjoying 75 degrees and sunny.  Definitely no complaints here.   I even pulled out my shorts (and scary white legs).  If you are a regular here, you notice I wear a lot of jeans.  When I am not working from my home office in my Lululemon pants and a sweatshirt, my office attire is still casual. Stocking up on good jeans is essential. I am normally a designer jeans kind of girl but the other day I made a stop into the Gap to look at their denim and tried on their new Resolution skinnies.  Guys, they are so comfortable and for any of you petites out there, they don’t need to be hemmed.  That is really any short girls’ dream.

Gap Resolution Skinny Jeans / J.Crew Check Shirt / LOFT Tweed Stripe Sweatshirt / Chloe Crossbody Bag (from my sweet Valentine) / Manolo Blahnik Heels / Celine Sunglasses  / Screw Bracelet (similar) / Safety Pin Ring / Catbird Rings / J.Crew Stack Bracelets / BaubleBar Ice Stud Earrings (c/o)


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photography by Merritt Beck

STYLE ME PRETTY BLOGGER BRIDE

View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsI have been eagerly waiting to share this *big news* with all of you for months and I am so excited to finally announce that I teamed up with Style Me Pretty to be their next Blogger Bride contributor.  (Insert: Squeals here) This is honestly a dream come true, not only because I am completely obsessed with the beautiful weddings on SMP, but also I cannot wait to share with all of you the process of planning my entire wedding.  Throughout the next 6 months, I will be sharing all the inside details with you here and over on Style Me Pretty.   View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects

I hope you head over to SMP to read the entire post and find out how Patrick and I met, our engagement story, and more pictures from the amazingly talented, Elyse Hall (Hint Hint: she is my wedding photographer too!)

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Tilly Sweater / Frame Denim / Steven by Steve Madden Heels via Piperlime / Elizabeth and James Boyfriend Shirt (old/similar) / Michele Watch  / Celine Sunglasses and Bag

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photography by Elyse Hall Photography