HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST MORNING

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Saturday mornings are my favorite. I wake up a little late, mosey on over to the kitchen, make myself some coffee + breakfast (or let's be real, microwaved leftovers from the week), catch up on my tv shows, get through my list of errands, and start my day. All of my morning relaxation and productivity then carries through the rest of the day. It's glorious.

Just writing that paragraph gives me feelings.
If you want to feel along, check this out. It is what morning dreams are made of.

Recently I asked myself, man, how can I have this every day? Well, after much deeper analysis and soul searching (aka common sense) into this particular dilemma, I came to the profound realization. I can have my Saturday morning EVERY MORNING - with the right adjustments to my night and morning routine, of course. And that is what I want to share with you, friends, today.

ARE YOU READY TO START HAVING THE BEST MORNINGS OF YOUR LIIIFE?

To be honest, my friends and family would probably laugh at the fact that I'm writing a post on this topic because if you know me, I am NOT a morning person. In fact, I am the antonym of a morning person. I press the snooze button multiple times, leave my house 10 minutes later than I should, and probably shouldn't have human interaction until there is a coffee in my hand.

However, now knowing how NOT a morning person I am, then you know that if these tricks work for me, they WILL work for the normal, non-lazy human - YOU. Now, let's roll.




DON'T WAKE UP FOR WORK
In the past when I set my alarm, I gave myself the smallest amount of time needed to get ready and get to work/school/an appointment/etc. This meant that my entire morning was solely to get somewhere else, it was an errand. You can imagine I dreaded my mornings. However, I realized that mornings are more than a time to rush and get out the door. It's more than getting ready to go somewhere else. Use your morning to pamper yourself, read a book, exercise, make a good breakfast, and watch how it dramatically changes the rest of your day.

PLAN BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP
This was one lesson my mom repeatedly told me growing up: plan, plan, plan. The less decisions you need to make in the morning, the more time and brain power you can spend on something more meaningful. So, plan out your outfit, your hair, your makeup, your breakfast, your purse/bag, all the way down to the shoes you're going to wear. I know that sounds TEDIOUS, but those little decisions that each take 3-5 minutes do add up and can stress you out when you're in a groggy mindset.

MOVE SLOWLY
One thing I love about my Saturday morning is that I can move as slow as I want and yet I still feel so productive. I make my bed, throw some clothes in the laundry, clear out my dish washer, yet it all feels so peaceful because there's no rush to get somewhere else. I've started implementing this tactic during the week. I turn on music, I drink my coffee slowly, and I try to complete one errand before I go out the door. Knowing that I have one less thing to do when I come home makes me feel so accomplished before the day has even started.

HAVE A QUIET TIME
Meditating and grounding yourself is so important at the start of your day. I like to give myself 15 minutes to pray and read my bible - to remember that this is the day that the Lord has made, I will be glad and rejoice in it. The day then suddenly becomes one big wonderful opportunity that is mine to seize! If you need recommendations on where to start, I enjoy following the reading plan on IF:Equip. Check it out and let me know what you think. 

And there you have it. Having a good morning can really jumpstart the rest of your day and add an extra skip to your step. 

Are you ready to have the best morning of your life? Do you have any morning routines you would recommend? Please share below.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Happy happy happy Independence Day, my friends! Wishing you a safe, fun, and magical day with all of your loved ones! :) May it be filled with... Good company and even better conversation. The opportunity to reconnect and reminiscence. The smell of the lake, sunscreen, and glorious grilled meats. Full bellies and full hearts. An excessive amount of selfies, tan lines, and popsicles. Red, white, and blue. And a spirit of joy and gratitude.



X O X O ,
JENNY

JUNE FAVORITES

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer is here in the midwest and I am soaking it all up -- literally! Every weekend you can find me laying out by the pool, throwing the football around, or enjoying a drink on the rooftop. I can not get enough of the weather these days. Summer, please stay forever.

The one thing about the summer though is that it makes me so lazy to get ready - does anyone else feel that way?! The idea of putting on makeup or styling my hair sounds less than ideal in this humidity. So how does a girl stay chic in the heat? Easy, just own the breezy summer vibe. Reach for anything easy, breezy, covergirl. But really, apply hot pink lipstick (because who wasn't obsessed with Britt's lips on The Bachelor) to add a pop of color. Sunglasses + lipstick totally completes a look without even trying. Find accessories to dress up your outfit that are light-weight and match with anything. Lastly, don't forget to stay cool and protect yourself from the sun. Always wear SPF (even on your lips) and cover your head when you can. 

These are the items I am currently living in to stay chic without breaking a sweat. The best part? They are all so affordable. Check it out!



What are your favorite accessories these days? How do you stay cool + chic in the summer time?

X O X O ,
J E N N Y

SAYING YES TO THE DRESS

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Dress shopping is probably one of the funnest parts about planning a wedding but it can also be a bit overwhelming if you don't do your homework beforehand. And no, I don't mean watching Say Yes to the Dress. After going through the whole process, I'm so thankful it was a relatively stress-free experience and I cannot WAIT to wear it on the big day!!! Unfortunately I can't share any details on my exact wedding dress here quite yet since I'm keeping it a surprise from the groom, but I DID want to share some great advice I learned along the way. 

DO UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE BEFORE YOU WALK INTO THE STORE
Wedding dresses have their own language, and it's important you understand the terms before you talk to a stylist or sales lady. Look on Pinterest and pin some dresses you like! Then ask yourself - what are some patterns you see? What do you like about these dresses? Then figure out what all of those elements are called. Learning the terminology will help you eliminate so much miscommunication in the long run. 

DO BE SPECIFIC
When I first went dress shopping, I had no idea there were so many different options out there. All I knew was that I wanted it to be white, strapless, and pretty. You can imagine the frustration that the stylist had when I expressed my preferences. Even if you don't know exactly what you want, tell them what you don't want. Here is a cheat sheet you can use to get started!


DON'T WATCH SAY YES TO THE DRESS
I know it sounds like it would be great research to see all of the different types of dress on different women, but in actuality it really does not help you. Most of the women on the show do not have realistic budgets or expectations. You don't need to spend $$$ on your wedding dress. You don't need to cry to know that it is the one. You don't need to buy a designer label. You don't need all of your friends and their mom's approval before you buy it. Which brings me to my next point...

DON'T BRING AN ARMY
It sounds super glamorous to bring a whole group of your friends with you to try on dresses. Of course it does! Imagine sitting on a luxury couch, sipping on champagne, and having a total Carrie Bradshaw moment. However, the more is not the merrier in this case. More people mean more room for clashing preferences and chaos. I was advised to only bring a couple of trusted girlfriends, and I am glad I followed that rule. You definitely do need someone to be your sound board and take photos for you, but you don't want so many voices to cloud our judgement. You can also show pictures to friends and family if you need additional opinions later on!

DO BE OPEN MINDED
As all clothing does, dresses look different when hanging on the hanger versus hanging on your body. So don't judge a dress by what is on the hanger! Even if it is not quite the style or look you are going for, don't immediately cross it off. Just try it on (I mean how often does a girl get to try on wedding dresses? Embrace the moment!) If you still don't like it, now you know. Your stylist may offer many dresses that you probably wouldn't pick for yourself, be open-minded and give it a shot. 

DON'T GO ON A WEEKEND
This was one lesson I had to learn the hard way. I went to a chain bridal shop on a Saturday morning and it was the most awful experience. It was super crowded with no stylist to give me individual attention, multiple brides-to-be grabbing after similar dresses, and the dressing room was just a mess. Nothing about that experience felt romantic or bridal at all. So, save yourself the horror of feeling like cattle, and go on a weekday. You will not regret it. The shop will be much more stocked and organized and the stylists will be able to give you the attention you deserve.

DO STICK TO YOUR BUDGET
Make sure one of the first things you communicate with the stylist is your budget and ask them not to show you any dresses beyond a certain price range. While you should trust your stylist and their taste, at the end of their day, their goal is to sell a dress to you - preferably an expensive one. It's easy for them to swoon you over and tell you how worth it is, but you should not feel pressured into spending more than you can afford. It's easy to fall in love with a dress and justify the cost once it is on you, so do yourself a favor and don't even put it on to begin with. You can and will find a dress you love that is within your budget. Do not let any other stylist tell you differently. If they can't offer something to you, then look at a different store. 

DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR A DEAL
I felt very uncomfortable about going into a wedding shop and asking if they could offer any discounts because I feared appearing tacky or cheap. However, after doing some research and asking around, I learned that it doesn't hurt to ask because some stores will honor a deal and there are tactful ways to approach this situation. Here are some easy ways to bring it up:
- Do you offer any specials on dresses off the rack? (These are often at a discounted rate.)
- Do you have any dresses worn in recent trunk shows? (These are often at a discounted rate.)
- Do you offer deals if I pay for the dress in full payment upfront?
- I saw this exact dress at another shop for a lower price, is there any way you can match it? (Of course, this should be an honest statement.)
- This is a bit out of my price range, do you offer any free alterations or accessories? 

DO FOLLOW YOUR GUT
At the end of the day, you want to wear a dress that you feel comfortable, beautiful, and ultimately bridal in. And only you can be the one who decides that. Of course, you should consider your body type and friends, but don't let those things be your deciding factor. Even if a certain wedding style is on trend or on season, you certainly do not need to follow it! Pick a dress that suits your personality and one you can imagine yourself walking down the aisle in. When I picked out my dress, my 'aha' moment was that I couldn't stop looking at myself in the mirror and I didn't want to take it off. (I know, total vanity moment.) That's how I knew it was the one! 

Good luck and I hope you find the dress you are looking for. I hope you have an 'aha' moment and find the dress that you just do not want to take off because you love it so much. One final tip is please do not stress out if you don't have that moment. Because it's okay. You will look beautiful no matter what. 

Did you try any of these tips? Is there another tip you heard I did not include? Let me know in the comments below! I love learning more about the wedding planning process. 

X O X O ,
J E N N Y

#PRAYFORCHARLESTON

Friday, June 19, 2015

Jon Stewart's monologue on the church shooting in Charleston became viral recently, tugging on audiences' heart strings and forcing Americans to re-evaluate the language and behavior construed around crime, tragedy, racism, and terrorism. His monologue was eye-opening and striking — especially his honest admission that as a comedian he couldn't muster up comedy surrounding this particular event frankly because it's happening so frequently. He mentioned that he is appalled that while we (Americans) recognize the frequency and severity of such hate crimes happening in our own backyards, little action is taken.

I usually don't talk about current events here, not because I don't find them important, but because Coffee & Honeycomb isn't the appropriate place to talk about it... But with all of this happening, urgency is stirring in me and silence doesn't seem like it's the answer. I don't have much to say or to offer... but to be open, aware, and prayerful. #prayforcharleston


HOW TO PACK LIGHT FOR A WEEKEND

Friday, June 5, 2015

PACKING LIGHT


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Recently I've become a (self-proclaimed) pro on how to pack for weekend trips. After living abroad for four months out of a carry-on bag, I had to learn a trick or two on how to make packing less of a chore.

If you're doing it right, all you need is a carry-on bag (and a small purse) to fit your things. With these tricks of mine, you should be set and stylish for the entirety of your trip!

STICK TO A SINGLE COLOR SCHEME
Pick pieces that are within the same color scheme so you can easily mix-and-match. Save yourself any future headaches or wardrobe malfunctions by keeping it simple. You don't want to waste time figuring out which top goes with which bottom or if the shoes matches the purse. Bring clothes that have been tested as favorites so you can feel confident, comfortable, and effortless.

LET YOUR ACCESSORIES DO THE TALKING
Since I tend to keep my clothes pretty basic, I like to incorporate bold accessories to create some sort of statement. In the above mix, I tried to offset a lot of the black going on by throwing in a floral kimono for layering, a bright, blue bag for a pop of color, and unique shoes to add playfulness.

PACK DRYER SHEETS
I never pack a bag without at least one sheet for two reasons. The first reason is the obvious one, it makes your clothes smell nice after being stuffed in a bag. The second is more of a secret pro tip, if any of your clothes get wrinkled, you can lightly spray water onto your clothes and rub the fabric softener sheet to loosen out any small wrinkles. Works like a charm!

WEAR YOUR ACCESSORIES ON THE PLANE
Save space in your bag by wearing your heaviest clothing items (bulkier shoes, cardigan, etc.) and wear your accessories. Security now allows jewelry too so you don't have to worry about taking those off. I always try to wear a cardigan or scarf on a plane to save space in my bag. I also tend to fall asleep on planes (with mouth wide open) and like to put sunglasses on to save myself a bit of dignity. 

SAVE YOUR TRAVEL-SIZE TOILETRIES 
Most hotels partner with a beauty brand (C.O. Bigelow is a common one) and offer their own travel-size toiletries. Whether I use it on the trip or not, I like to take them home with me so I can pack it for my next trip! It saves me the fuss of looking for 3.2 oz containers or last-minute shopping. (Pro tip: My friend recently told me she saves her Bath & Body hand sanitizer containers to re-fill shampoo/conditioner for future trips. It's the perfect size with a large enough opening to pour in liquid.)

USE A POUCH - OR TWO
Staying organized is always a battle when all of your belongings is in a bag. Separating your items into pouches or smaller bags will save you so much time later on when you're searching for specific items. Pouches also tend to add more space in your bag because you can stack them. I always include advil, gum, contact case with solution, glasses, makeup, and electronic chargers in case I get uncomfortable on the plane.

Follow my tips above and watch as your packing experience becomes a little bit easier. :) Do you have any other travel tips? Join the conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comments below! XOXO.


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THE BEST WAY TO SEND SAVE THE DATES

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


As much as I appreciate paper and being able to physically hold design in my hands, E and I made the decision to send our wedding save the dates electronically. While a physical save the date would have been so nice, we decided it was a "want" more than  'need" and we put the money toward something else.(Envelope and stamps are not cheap, people.) However, that was not going to deflate my design dream or make me settle on a mediocre save the date. I still wanted the flexibility to design the card and make it a personal or memorable experience for each recipient. It was a big deal to me to officially announce to our guests that E and I were getting married and an honor to share it with people. :) So, when we discovered GreenEnvelope, we were thrilled. Surprisingly there aren't many services available that offer full design customization and electronic capability as I was looking for, but GreenEnvelope did exactly the trick (plus more!)

Side note: if you are planning to send physical save the dates, I would HIGHLY recommend Minted which offers so many great options and designs.

For those also planning to send out e-save the dates, I highly recommend considering GreenEnvelope. Here are three reasons why:

FLEXIBILITY & CUSTOMIZATION
When first creating your save the date, you have the option of either uploading your own design (cha-ching for me), selecting one of their premade templates, or working with one of their online designers to create the work for you. Depending on how much control you want over the aesthetics, GreenEnvelope should have a simple solution for you.

ADDED FEATURES
Not only do you customize the actual save the date card, but GreenEnvelope' replicates the entire experience to one similar of opening a physical save the date. You choose the envelope color, envelope lining, and background; while it virtually opens in front of you like a real card! There are also options to include additional information if interested: a song, photos, wedding website, etc.

DASHBOARD PORTAL
This was my favorite part of using GreenEnvelope. The portal has an advanced guest list dashboard allowing you to store guests by families and/or association, as well as give you visibility over open rate, messaging, etc. Take a look.






What are your thoughts on electronic save the dates? What services do you recommend?
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