Our Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding Wednesday is back again! I love doing these posts because it lets me relive our wedding! I always tell Patrick that I wish we could relive our wedding weekend every weekend, but without all the planning! Lol. Don’t get me wrong, I actually loved our whole wedding planning process but it is a lot of work that you don’t realize until you’re already in it!

Our rehearsal dinner kicked off our weekend and truly was a party before the wedding! Since we had a large wedding, our rehearsal dinner was also big! We had around 110 people at the rehearsal dinner and I loved getting to visit and see family and friends before the actual wedding because we were able to visit with them before. It was so hard to visit with every single person at our wedding so seeing close friends and family at the rehearsal dinner made it a little more intimate.

We had the rehearsal dinner at The Flour Mill in Mckinney and it was such a beautiful venue. My mother-in-law and my wedding planner did such an amazing job with the theme and decorations. The venue is an actual old mill and has so much character. Most everything in the building is what was originally in it. The wooden floors and ceiling beams were some of my favorite things of the building. They decorated similar to how we decorated at the wedding and kept everything mostly neutrals and pinks. It was perfect and more than I could have ever imagined!

For dinner we had mexican food catered from Blue Mesa and it was delicious! My only request to Patrick’s mom was mexican food because let’s be real, who doesn’t want mexican food? Instead of a cake, we did donuts! Every single person complimented them and told us it was something they had never seen before! Donut walls and donut tables are becoming so popular for weddings and events! We had Krispy Kreme do the regular donuts and had gluten free cake donuts made by Pinch of Salt Pastries! They were amazing! We took the left over donuts to the venue the next day for everyone to eat while they were getting ready and it made the perfect little snack.

We had a video put together of Patrick and I from our childhood and pictures from our time together that we played during dinner, and then after dinner his dad, my dad, and Patrick and I gave speeches. We did our thank you speech the night of the rehearsal to our parents and close friends and family because we knew it would be chaotic at the wedding and we didn’t want to forget it! It made it more special in a more intimate setting and was easier for me because I hate public speaking! lol. After the video, dinner, and speeches, our DJ opened the dance floor and we all just danced and talked and had a great time!

Our rehearsal dinner was a bit more extravagant than usual rehearsal’s, but I loved it because it really kicked off the weekend. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you have any questions!

Vendors:

Venue: The Flour Mill

Catering: Blue Mesa

Alcohol: Specs

Planning: BellaBloom Couture Florals and Posh Event Decor

Florals: BellaBloom Couture Florals and Posh Event Decor

Donuts: Krispy Kreme and Pinch of Salt Pastries 

My Dress: HERE

My Shoes: HERE

 

 

 

Black Restricted Mules for Fall

Cardigan: HERE | Tank: HERE | Mules: HERE | Purse: SIMILAR

Confession..mules are my absolute favorite style of shoe. They look a little dressier than flip-flops but still have the same comfort. With the first day of fall in 3 days, I have been wearing different mules almost every day! They have the fall look, but are still cool enough to wear with it still being 95+ degrees outside! I am so ready for cooler temperatures! Who else is ready?

Right now, I am living in shorts and cardigans. It gives me the fall vibes without sweating my booty off during the day. These Day Trip mules from Restricted are perfect for transferring into fall! They’re so comfortable and look so cute with shorts, jeans, skirts, dresses, etc. I love that the  toe is pointed and longer because it makes your foot look longer and more thin. They fit true to size and will definitely be on repeat through fall. I paired the shoes with this cardigan, this tank, and suede shorts. My shorts are unfortunately old and out of stock.

Restricted has been so kind enough to give me a discount code to share with all of my readers! You can use code “LITTLEBITOFLIVING25” for 25% off all regular priced styles. They  have such cute shoes and seriously every pair is extremely comfortable and are very reasonably priced!

Happy Wednesday! We are halfway through the week! What’s everyones plans this weekend?!

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*Thank you Restricted for sponsoring today’s post!*

Labor Day Sales

Happy Weekend! Labor Day sales are in full affect and I have rounded them all up for you below!

Sales:

Target: Get up to 30% off + an extra 15% off furniture

Urban Outfitters: Get 30% off sale items

ASOS: 20% off everything with code “DAYOFF”

Ulta: Get a 20% coupon with qualifying purchases with code “679729”

Sephora: 10% off for beauty insiders (sign up to be a beauty insider HERE)

See my everyday makeup routine for my most used products on sale HERE

Tarte: Buy One, Get One 50% off with code “BOGO50”

JCPenny: Receive an extra 25% off $100 or more with code “7BIGSALE”

Bloomingdales: 20-55% off on home items

Nordstrom: Save up to 40% on select items

Macy’s: Extra 20% off, Extra 15% off, or 10% off select departments with code “WKND”

Williams Sonoma: 20% off your order + free shipping with code “FALL”

Pottery Barn: Spend $100, receive 15% off. Spend $500, receive 20%. Spend $1,000, Receive 25% off. Spend $3,000, Receive 30% off. Use code “SAVEMORE”

Joss and Main: Up to 80% off

Crate and Barrel: 15% off with code “SAVE15”

Old Navy: 20% off your entire order with code

Victoria’s Secret: 7 for $28.50 panties and $35 bras

Express: 40% off EVERYTHING

Kendra Scott: Spend $100, Save 15%. Spend $150, Save 20%. Spend $200, Save 25%.

Goodnight Macaroon: 40% off the entire website

American Eagle: 25-60% off

Loren Hope: 15% off site-wide with code “SOLONGSUMMER”

World Market: 30% off all regular priced furniture

I am so excited for this three day weekend! Patrick and I are headed to Columbia for the South Carolina football game, and then tomorrow we are headed to the Braves game to see some friends from Texas! What’s everyones plans this weekend?! Let me know below!

Great Gatsby Themed Bachelorette Weekend in Fort Worth

Hi friends! Normally I do wedding posts on Wednesday for #WeddingWednesday, but I got so busy with doing stuff around the house yesterday that it totally slipped my mind! A couple weekends ago, we had my sisters bachelorette weekend in Ft. Worth! Being the maid of honor, I had the pleasure of planning it with the help of my cousin and my mom. We planned such a fun weekend and everyone had a blast! So many people think you have to go far for your bachelorette party and while that is so much fun, you really can have a great weekend somewhere local with all of your favorite people.

My sister lives in Dallas and her fiancés family lives in Arkansas so we didn’t want them to have to drive too far so Hannah decided on Ft. Worth! We found this beautiful house through VRBO and it was perfect! The pool was nice and there was plenty of room for everyone. We decided on a Great Gatsby theme and it was so much fun decorating and dressing the part. Below I listed out the whole weekend of everything we did! I made all of the signs, Hannah’s sash, the bags, and the t-shirts, and my mom made the center pieces and everyones head pieces!

Friday:

On Friday we got to the house and decorated before my sister got there. We decided to cook at the house that night to let everyone get settled. Once everyone got there, we ate dinner and then played Cards Against Humanity and What Do You Meme. If you’ve never played either of these games, you have to order them and play them! They’re hilarious! After games, we did her lingerie shower and then everyone got in the pool for a late night swim! The first night was very chill and relaxing.

Saturday:

On Saturday we got up and had breakfast and then headed to Daireds Salon and Spa for massages and brunch. The restaurant there had amazing food and they were all so nice. Everyone loved their massages and every masseuse was amazing. After massages, we headed back to the house for drinks and a pool day! The pool was so nice and super enjoyable. Around 4, everyone started getting ready for dinner and then to go out. To match the Great Gatsby theme, we all dressed in 20’s attire to go out. While we were out, it was crazy how many people stopped us and asked to take pictures with us. We got so many compliments, and loved how many people loved it! We had dinner at Mi Cocina, which was amazing, and then headed to Pete’s Piano Bar for a night of fun. We had the best time at Pete’s and it was the perfect place to go out for a Bachelorette Party. We went there for the first night of my bach party in Austin and knew we wanted to go back to one!

Sunday:

On Sunday, we packed up the house and all went to brunch at Black Walnut Cafe. I highly recommend this place as well! They have the best gluten free pancakes! After brunch, we said our goodbyes and headed home!

Our weekend in Ft. Worth was such a fun weekend and I am so thankful we were able to shower my sister with so much love! The Great Gatsby theme was so different and so fun to decorate for. Dressing the part was definitely the most fun thing. I have linked everything that I can below by the pictures, but if you have any questions about the weekend feel free to reach out! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you guys are having a great week!

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My two piece set: HERE | Hannah’s Dress: HERE | Hannahs Shoes: HERE

My two piece set: HERE | Hannahs Dress: HERE | Hannahs Shoes: HERE | My Mom’s Dress: HERE

Mugshot Signs: HERE

Hannah’s Dress: HERE | Hannah’s Shoes: HERE

Hannah’s Swimsuit: TOP and BOTTOMS | Ring Float: HERE | Hannah’s Hat: HERE

Swan Float: HERE

Hangover Bags: HERE

Backdrop: HERE | Photo Booth Signs: HERE

 

One Year Blog Anniversary + Things I’ve Learned

Tank: HERE | Shorts: HERE | Wedges: HERE | Watch: HERE | Bracelet: HERE | Earrings: HERE

A year ago today I started Little Bit of Living and wow what a year it has been! This past year I moved to Houston, started my blog, got married to my best friend, went to Canada, Seattle, Atlanta, and Columbia, started a new career path, and picked up and moved to Georgia! There has been many hard times along the way, but having this creative outlet has been so fun for me! When I first started my blog, I truly had no idea what to expect. I set goals for the first year and have been so surprised that I met them all. I have met so many amazing people and created relationships that will last a lifetime. This past year I have learned so many things about the blogging world, so I decided to share some of them with you guys. When I started Little Bit of Living, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but no one knows how much effort goes into it until you do it!

Things I’ve Learned:

  1. Purchase a domain and host: When I started, I was so lucky to have a couple friends who had already started blogging and got some major advice from them. Purchasing a host is so important because it’s the only thing you own. If Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or any other social media site went down and disappeared tomorrow, you would still have all your information on your site! Social media sites are obviously HUGE and a great way to share your content but you definitely want to have a spot on the internet that you own that your followers can resort back to.
  2. Don’t Buy Followers: This is SO important not to do. As the blogging world has grown, so many people want to have as many followers on their social media accounts as they can. Yes, having more followers helps you with getting brand collaborations, but, when you have a plethora of followers and only receive a few likes on your pictures, then it is so obvious to everyone that your followers are not real. It is so easy for someone to go look at your followers and tell if they are real or not. Having fake followers doesn’t help you. Fake followers are not going to purchase stuff from your links, or like and comment on your pictures so why have them? It is so easy to get carried away and want to do this but as always, quality is better than quantity. Having less followers that you are connected with is always better.
  3. Connect With Your Followers: Following the last one, connecting with the followers you have is so important. I love when someone direct messages me or emails me with questions or just wanting to talk! Connecting with you followers and making real friends on social media was one of my main goals and is always something I try to do!
  4. Consistency is Key: When I first started my blog and would ask others what advice they have, I was always told to be consistent. Post at the same time on social media and post new blogs on the same days during the week (still working on this one lol). This helps your readers and followers know when you are posting so they can be on the lookout for your post. With the Instagram algorithm, it has made it extremely hard for you to see who you want to see on Instagram. If you post at the same time, it makes it easy for your followers to know when something is coming.
  5. Have Goals: When I started, my goal was to have 10K followers by the end of the first year. I am happy to say that I exceeded my goal! Your goals can be posting at the same time every day, having a certain number of blog posts up every week, growing your social media by a certain amount each month, or setting revenue goals. Whatever your goals are, it is important to set them so you continue to grow your blog.
  6. Be Transparent: Online is such an easy place to only post and talk about the good things going on in your life. You can share as much or as little as you want to and can portray you life exactly how you want to. One of my biggest goals was to be open and honest about everything on my blog and I feel like so far I have done just that. Life is hard y’all, and everyone can get in a rut every so often. It is important to remember that no one is perfect and being transparent with people helps people understand that!
  7. Find your Niche, whatever it may be, and go with it: When I started this blog, I wanted to share my gluten free life, fashion and beauty, and my pups! Those are the things in my life that I enjoyed talking about and sharing! Since then, I have gotten married and enjoy sharing more about married life, so it’s become more of a lifestyle blog! Share whatever you’re comfortable with and what makes you happy!
  8. Don’t Wait to Start: Truthfully, there is never a perfect time to start your blog. If it is something you have been wanting to do, just take the jump and go for it! There are so many things that you will learn along the way! It is a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it!
  9. Invest in a Photographer or a Good Camera: Having good pictures is so important to make your blog and social media channels aesthetically pleasing. I started out with a photographer and shot with him weekly or bi-weekly to have content. Since moving to Georgia, I have been looking for a new photographer! There are so many good presets out there now that you can purchase, so if you have a good camera, you can take pictures and edit them yourself!
  10. Go Outside Your Comfort Zone and Make Friends: This has been something that I have been trying to get better at! I am such a extroverted introvert. I love talking to people, but am such a chicken when it comes to reaching out first! This is one of my main goals for the next year.
  11. Don’t Compare: Y’all, there are SO many blogs out there and so many different ways to compare yourself. Everyones story is different, so you should focus on your own. The comparison game is honestly something that I’ve struggled with. It’s definitely easier said than done, but instead you should brainstorm how to make your blog and yourself better. Try to make something positive on something that can make you feel so negative.
  12. Don’t Expect Success Overnight: Like I said in number 11, there are SO many blogs out there, and earning success will take time. Set your goals and take each day one at a time! There are blogs out there that will grow fasters than others, but that’s ok! Keep focused on your goals, stay engaged, and you’ll get where you want to be! My blog is definitely still a work in progress, but as long as I am enjoying it, that’s all that matters!

Future Plans:

As far as future plans for Little Bit of Living, I have a few goals in the near future! My plans are to rebrand the blog and redo my website to make it more user friendly. I designed everything in the beginning and have learned so much along the way that I want to incorporate into it!

Thank you!

This year has been nothing short of hectic, but has also caused me to step outside my comfort zone and do things that I never would have before! All of this would not be possible without you guys and for that I am grateful! I love connecting with you guys and love every DM, email, comment and like on social media! It all means so much to me and I can’t thank y’all enough! Please feel free to reach out to me or comment below if you have any more questions! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Our Wedding Day


Happy wedding Wednesday! I am so excited that life has settled down and I can finally finish up my wedding Wednesday series on the blog. Our wedding day was seriously the best day of our lives and there is so much I am excited to share with you guys.

When Patrick and I got married, I already had a vision in my head of what the day would look like. We wanted an outside wedding with an inside reception. After looking at three or four venues, we fell in love The Springs in Anna, TX. It was timeless, and exactly what we wanted. When we were booking our venue we thought Patrick’s company was moving him to Dallas, so that’s where we booked it! About a month later, we found out that his company was moving us to Houston so a wedding planner was a must because we weren’t going to be there 24/7. We used Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events and Mary Frances was a dream to work with. She made my vision a reality and I am so thankful for everything she did for me! The best part was she became a friend of the family!

Our whole weekend was so fun and special to everyone involved. It was full of laughter, happy tears, friend, family, dancing, and so many amazing memories. We started out the weekend with our rehearsal dinner and that was a party itself! I am going to do a separate blog post next week all about our rehearsal dinner. Patrick’s mom worked with our wedding planner to do that all and it was amazing. Saturday was our wedding and we started off the morning with rehearsal. We had to rehearse the morning of the wedding because there was a wedding at our venue Friday night. It worked out well because everyone remembered what to do by the wedding. I rehearsed with Patrick’s best-man and Patrick rehearsed with my MOH, my sister. After rehearsal, we spent the day getting ready. The boys spent the early afternoon at brunch at a restaurant close to our venue and then came back to the venue to get dressed. I had 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, 3 house party girls, and 3 ushers. It took the girls awhile to get dressed because there were quite a few of us! We had 2 girls doing our hair and 1 makeup artist. We used Tousled Studio for hair and Ashlan Glaze for makeup. They were both amazing and did exactly what everyone wanted!

The ceremony was beyond perfect. The pastor that married us was the pastor of our church my family went to when I was growing up. He made the ceremony so personal and so special to us. Patrick and I had many FaceTime talks with him before the wedding so he really got to know Patrick and know about our relationship. My favorite part of the ceremony was having all of my favorite people in one spot hearing the word of Jesus. Although it was all such a blur to us, we had so many amazing compliments from people on our ceremony. I was so nervous about the ceremony because it was SO incredibly windy and SO sunny and I was worried about flowers blowing over or my veil blowing off! Although I could barely see because the sun was in my face the whole time, everything went perfect and it was more than I could ever ask for.

During our cocktail hour while the wedding party was taking pictures, we had mariachis for the guests inside. I didn’t get to see them at all and truly wish we would have had them for another hour so I could’ve enjoyed them! My family loves mariachis and this was one of my favorite things we did. Another one of my favorite things at our reception was the live painter that we had. I found Renata Sharman online and reached out to her but then decided it wasn’t going to fit within our wedding budget. Patrick ended up surprising me with her for a Christmas present and I am SO thankful she was there. We had her paint our wedding ceremony and it is now one of my favorite things hanging in our house.  Once we got inside, Patrick and I had our first dance, my dad and I danced, Patrick and his mom danced and then we ate! Before the wedding, I met with our DJ and had a voice over of me reading a letter to my parents added into my dad and I’s song. I got the idea from our wedding planner, and it was SO special. The whole room was crying and it made for such a special moment for my dad and I. After dinner, the dance floor opened up and the party got started! I might be biased but our reception was the most fun party I have ever been to. I don’t think I stopped dancing one time!

Our wedding weekend was the best weekend ever and I truly with we could relive it over and over again. Although there were a few bumps in the road (I’ll do a blog post with our wedding regrets and bumps in another post), everything went better than I could ever imagine. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and look forward to the ones coming! I have shared pictures above, and our highlight video and full wedding video below! Thanks for stopping by!

Highlight Film

Full Video Password: mclendon

Toasts:

Vendors:

Wedding Planner:Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events 

Venue: The Springs, Anna

Caterer: Cotton Catering

Florist: Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events 

Photographer: Kristen Davis Photography & Legacy Imaging

Videographer: Thompson Pictures

DJ and Photo Booth: Le Force Event Group

Wedding Cake: Tart Bakery

Hair: Tousled Studio

Makeup: Ashlan Glaze

Wedding Dress: Crystal Designs – Blushing Bride Boutique, Frisco

Wedding Shoes: Badley Mischka 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Bride Robe: Flora Nikrooz

Bridesmaids Robes: Etsy

 

Yellow Polka-Dot Ruffle Dress

Dress: HERE | Shoes: HERE | Clutch: HERE | Bracelet: HERE | Watch: HERE

Helllllllo! How is everyone?! I haven’t been on here in a couple weeks because Patrick and I have been moving! We moved into our house on the 11th and are finally settling in. Our parents were up here for a week helping us get unpacked and holy cow we couldn’t have done it without them. Patrick started at his new company last week and is loving it so far which makes me so happy! I am trying to get acclimated to the area and getting all my ducks in a row, lol!

I shot this dress before I left Houston and wanted to show you guys this dress! I love the color and how flattering it is. I always get worried about wrap dresses because some of them cut super low, but this one stays together and keeps you covered! It would be so perfect for a wedding or church! These heels I have on here are 35% off!! Grab them now!

I’m excited to be back and trying to get back in my routine! I’m going to lunch with a girl I met through our neighborhood Facebook page tomorrow! Here’s to meeting new friends! Thanks for stopping by!

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Public Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

YAY! The Nordstrom anniversary sale is finally open to the public! I have gone through the entire sale and listed my favorite items below into categories! If you like an item, make sure you grab it fast! Things sell out in seconds! Happy shopping everyone! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if you are looking for something specific!

Tops and Sweaters:

Cardigans and Jackets:

Bottoms:

Dresses, Rompers, and Jumpsuits:

Workout and Athleisure:

Shoes:

Accessories:

Home:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Eeekk! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started yesterday and I am so excited to share my picks with you guys! I know I am a day late, but we have been SO busy moving! I am going to make a tab at the top of my blog with all the different categories that I will keep updated so y’all can always refer to that! I’m sure you’ve heard from everyone but if you like an item, buy fast! Things sell out SO quickly! Happy shopping!

Tops:

Cardigans/Sweaters/Jackets:

Dresses:

Bottoms:

Workwear:

Athleisure:

Shoes:

Accessories/Beauty:

 

Olive Green Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: HERE || Shoes: HERE || Clutch: HERE || Earrings: HERE || Watch: HERE || Bracelet: HERE

Hi friends! I’m back with another jumpsuit! Surprised? You shouldn’t be! I am obsessed with jumpsuits!! They are so effortless and make you look so put together. The material of this one is so airy and light which makes if perfect for the hot summer months. I love the flower detailing on this one with the color, and the tie on the front adds the perfect touch. This one is a little more expensive than I usually like to spend but is definitely worth it! I’ll link a few more below that I am loving! I paired this one with these wedges, and this clutch. I also found these earrings the other day that are so cute on and only $22!

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! Patrick and I spent the day packing! We are having a little going away party on Saturday with some of our closest friends, and then we leave to Georgia on Monday! I can’t believe how fast it’s going! Please keep us in your prayers for a smooth transition to Georgia, and thank you for stopping by!

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