Wednesday, March 11, 2015

February was full of adventures and brunch dates, connecting with old friends and making new, wedding planning after wedding planning, treats and surprises, harsh winter winds and cozy knit scarves, and enjoying life to the fullest. So long February! To winter we say — #byefelicia. 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spring is in the air, people, and I'll be one of the firsts to swap out boots for sandals and striped sweaters for...well, striped tanks/dresses. :) I know I love my basics so much but I do add pops of color some of the times. (Evidence: green purse + pink shoes below.) 

As we transition out our wardrobe these next couple of weeks, I'm excited to share with you my current crushes and purchases. Today's feature: Old Navy. (: Old Navy is one of my favorite places to find inexpensive basics and trendy shoes both for myself and the fiance. I am such a sucker for their sales — today I found a beautiful navy toggle peacoat for only $15! #bargainshopper. 

Here are some of my current crushes from Old Navy (they're all under $25!):

spring crushes: old navy

How cute is the emerald green crossbody bag and the camel pointed flats? I am obsessed. I didn't buy all of these pieces, but I did walk out with cute pixi pants (these + these) and tees for Euge (these). Can't wait to bring 'em out! (Note: some of these may be out of stock online, but check out an Old Navy near you. They might carry your item in your size!)

Do you shop at Old Navy? What else are you eyeing for the spring season? 



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

buy a wedding dress | !!!!!! So. Real. So. Excited. They say it takes about six months for a dress to be ordered, delivered, fitted, and altered; and we are exactly at our six month point so I hope I find "the one" soon! :) Side note: I can't believe I'm going to be a wife in six months! More wedding updates + freebies coming your way!

find a daily rhythm — and stick to it | I've been doing 9-to-5 for six months now but I still haven't found a consistent routine for doing my quiet times. In college my schedule was always spread out with little nuggets of time in between that it was easy to sneak away and journal/read my bible during the day. Now I find myself pushing it until the end of the day when I'm exhausted and not in the right mindset and sometimes decide not to do it at all. My goal for the month is to sleep a little earlier and wake up a bit earlier each day to start the morning in the Word. 

try a new recipe | They (who is they honestly and why do they have so much to say) also say brides should start their "beauty" routine of dieting/exercising six months prior to wedding date for real impact. I'm not into dieting but I've started to cook healthier meals! This past week I bought a ton of fruits, veggies, and proteins from Trader Joes and went through easy meals to make. Thank the lawd for pinterest. So far I've made open faced toasts for breakfast and stuffed peppers for lunch! Noms — on the hunt for more recipes! :)

orange theory | I accidentally signed up for membership at at an interval training class near my apartment. This is one goal I am not looking forward to; I've only gone once and I hated it. It was super intense and I wanted to throw up so I hid in the bathroom and dreamed about a Chipotle burrito. And then I bought a Chipotle burrito as soon as it ended... But in more positive fitness related news, I've been going to yoga weekly and I LOVE THAT. I've been going with a friend for over a month now and I definitely feel myself getting stronger, more relaxed, and ready to challenge myself the next session. #namaste

scary close | I bought Donald Miller's book on kindle awhile ago and have been reading it before I sleep. It's interesting and I hope to finish it by the end of the month.

blog four times a month | I've definitely let Coffee & Honeycomb collect dust these past months but hopefully setting a number will help me be more consistent. 

+ FREE PRINTABLE! wahoooo.
For each monthly goal post I share, moving forward I will also include a free printable. :) 
A little 'thank you' gift for bearing with me.

March's freebie is an inspiration card you can print/post in your cubicle at work, desk at home, or inside a planner. I hope it gives you encouragement throughout the day and reminds you in the midst of your hustle to be still. 

Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”


Monday, February 23, 2015

This past weekend E and I visited Naperville to tour potential wedding venues (we decided to host our wedding in IL since family + friends still live there) as well as formally propose to our bridal party.

I knew I had really special girlfriends to ask so I wanted to do so in a special way! I spent a couple of weeks researching online and viewing Etsy for festive jewelry like this one) or tank tops (like this one) but in the end I decided it would be more thoughtful to make something myself. So, inspired by Saffron Avenue, I DIY'ed my own proposal box. The goal was to make it personal to the wedding/friendship as well as useful to serve as a memory box for future photos/paper goods.

I purchased wooden craft boxes from JoAnn Fabrics, painted the top with black chalkboard paint, and then painted each bridesmaid's name with white paint over it. I also made my own stationary which included three pieces: the inspiration (colors + styles), the little note (a personal letter), and the question (a fun, cute poem). I designed the pieces in such a way that after cutting, they laid on top of each other nicely as you can see in the photo! I also included trinkets to give an overall feel of the wedding (fake greenery + pine needles) and little gifts to add themed colors (nail polish + chapstick). TA DAAA! 

Follow along my wedding inspiration here!

PS! The "will you be my bridesmaid" stationary shown here is now available in my shop as a printable — including all three pieces in set! If you or a friend is a bride-to-be, send them this way!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Our proposal story is currently featured on How He Asked
Click here to see ALL of the details; including how I was feeling, behind the scenes, and photos following the entire proposal. So many thanks to my friend Josh for so beautifully capturing the moment. 

It's been a little over a month since Eugene proposed but looking at the photos and reading the story let me re-live it all over again. :) So happy to share it with all of you! Enjoy!
So maaach LURV. xoxo.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Now that I am engaged (!!! Still not used to that word yet), you know I will most definitely be documenting every step of this process! If I'm a keeper of all memories, this is one I won't want to miss. From the proposal to DIY decorations to the big day and everything in between, I will share it all here. (As much as I can anyway.) So if you're not subscribed/following yet, hop along for all things wedding. I think this will be a fun one. 

First things first. A mood board. I'm a very visual person so before we start talking budgets and guest lists, I need to wrap my head around the vision for the night. Big picture before logistics. This is also how we started every advertising project in college so I've become wired that way. Luckily E is the exact opposite (I mean seriously night and day, you guys) so he'll make sure we get things done. Til then I'm going to play in this fun space of color and ambiance and feel. :) 

I started out really overwhelmed with so many options because let's be real, all things on Pinterest look perfect and lovely — and yes I'll order two of everything please. But I gave it a shot. I began curating a (secret) board of different images, ideas, and colors that stood out to me. At the end, I was surprised to see how consistent and obvious my style was. Lots of neutrals, rustic and delicate elements, twinkling lights. The feel — fresh, elegant, whimsical, fun, with fall accents. Must not be — gimmicky, cookie-cutter, or stuffy. 

Here it is! :) What do you think? I had so much fun making this I'll probably keep building onto it, but I want to hold onto this "feel" as we make further decisions along the road. Cheers to wedding planning! 



Saturday, January 24, 2015

I've gotten really into podcasts lately (welcome to the 21st century, Jenny). They totally feed my type-A personality and make me feel productive no matter what I'm doing. I usually have one on all the time now; while I'm driving, sitting on a plane,  cleaning the house, getting ready, or even checking emails at work. It makes it really easy to multitask if you're doing something repetitive or handsfree. I found a couple of really good ones so I wanted to share them with you. :) They've all inspired, motivated, taught me something in one way or another, so I hope they can add something to your day as well. 

Below are the links if you're reading this from your desktop, but you can easily access from mobile too! (Which is usually what I'm on.) I included my favorite stations as well as a couple of episodes to get you started.

THE LIVELY SHOW: http://goo.gl/kc2Oub
Jess invites many (relatable but TOTALLY INCREDIBLE) business owners, entrepreneurs, and designers to chat about intentional living. If you're looking for somewhere to start...
           Lara Casey, CEO of Southern Weddings, Making Things Happen, PowerSheets
           Joy Cho, Blogger and designer of Oh Joy

CATALYST PODCAST: http://goo.gl/WIuZT8
Catalyst interviews different Christian leaders, speakers, and authors to discuss practical leadership and and cultural insights. If you're looking for somewhere to start...
           Carl Lentz, Hillsong NYC
           Ann Voskcamp, Blogger and seminar speaker

CROSS POINT CHURCH: http://goo.gl/fXZQ86
Pete Wilson is an incredible pastor and speaker, and all of his sermons are rich with nuggets of spiritual wisdom and truth and love while being digestible the whole time. 

SERIAL: http://serialpodcast.org/ 
Surprise, surprise this is here. If you haven't listened to this yet, I'm sure you've heard articles, spoofs, etc. regarding this. Serial is a true life story about a murder mystery that took place in Baltimore in 1999. This will keep you on the edge of your seat and super frustrated the whole time, it's worth a listen. It's in chronological order so I would discourage hopping around. (Which is what I did because I was getting impatient.)

Let me know how you like them! If you have any other favorites, I'd love to check them out so please share them below. I'm always on the hunt for new stations. :)

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