Saturday, December 20, 2014

DresseStylist and an engagement story

DresseStylist is back with Dear Family, for another week and this is the perfect time to look at more wedding dresses because I have some exciting news! My sister just accepted a marriage proposal from her long-distance boyfriend from New Zealand. My sister flew to New Zealand a few weeks ago and he proposed a few days after she got there. 

It looks like my husband, baby and I will be taking a trip pretty soon! I am excited because I love traveling and New Zealand looks like an incredible place. Have you been to New Zealand before? Are you from there? I would love some travel tips!

Now to the exciting part - first I will give you a few details about the proposal and then we are going to look at some Wedding Dresses UK

My sister and her (now) fiancé started the morning at a cupcake place in Tauranga and ordered cupcakes and lattes. Rhys bought my sister flowers then drove her to the grocery store to purchase picnic supplies and they then drove to a really pretty waterfall park. They had a nice little picnic and then Rhys stood up to go "feel the temperature of the water" and asked my sister to come with him and when she turned around she saw a friend of Rhy's taking pictures and she said "ah who's this?" Then Rhys handed her a little note that said "will you marry me?" And he got down on one knee and she said yes!

How romantic?!

Now, of course, let's look at some gorgeous dresses! Maybe one of these will be the dress my sister chooses! 

They are considering an outdoor wedding and I think this dress would be stunning for a garden wedding. I love the sheer sleeves, scooping neckline and the short tulle skirt. 

This dress is strikingly beautiful and so different from any other wedding dress I have seen before. The asymmetrical neckline with the flowers and the ribbon are whimsical and romantic.

This dress is also one of my favorites! I love the simple classic lines with the sheer back. This dress is so classic and makes me want to get married again (to the same guy)!

I think planning a wedding is such a fun and special time. I know many people feel stressed about the deadlines and the amount of work that is put into making the bride and groom's day special but I can't help but enjoy the process. What do you think? Do/did you enjoy planning your wedding?

*This post is sponsored by DresseStylist but the opinions and comments are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support my family.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


DressesStylist is back with Dear Family, for another week and we are going to look at some holiday dresses that would be perfect for company parties, or any fancy events coming up in this most, wonderful time of the year.

I just attended a Christmas party with my husband last week, hosted by the company that he just started working for. Pushpay is an online mobile app payment platform and my husband works with their echurchgiving division which facilitates donations to churches and not-for profit organizations. The company is based out of New Zealand and has just recently opened their American offices. 

The party was a lot of fun and I ate a lot of (read: too much) delicious food. There was a hot chocolate bar with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, marshmallows and peppermint candy, a pie and christmas cookie bar and a holiday feast featuring cranberry, walnut stuffed chicken breast, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, rolls and stuffing. Like I said, I ate way too much. 

The party included a live band, many speeches and ended with the start-up company's employees singing christmas carols together. It was a fabulous and cozy evening. 

This was my first time meeting my husband's co-workers so I wanted to look nice but the invitation suggested the party was causal. I am not one that understands causal dress at parties so even though many people wore jeans and cardigans. The question looming in my mind for weeks was "what do I wear?" I opted for a long black dress shift dress and open-toed boots. 

I wish the party has been a touch fancier as I would have chosen one of these gorgeous dresses from DresseStylist. It may not have been obvious to you from my last post but along with all of the beautiful Wedding Dresses, DressesStylist also offers fantastic bridesmaid and formal dresses for many occasions.

This emerald beauty is a beautiful shape, and gorgeous for holiday parties. I imagine wearing this with sparkly jewelry and black heels.

This dress is gorgeous because of the shape and the drape of the chiffon. I adore chiffon and think it makes any dress look so romantic and beautiful. I love this color for the holidays because it is slightly unexpected but absolutely stunning.

This dress just looks so classic. Who wouldn't want to stand out in a red, satin dress during a Christmas celebration? I would probably wear a bold red lipstick and my hair in an up-do to add even more drama. 

What do you think? What are you wearing to all the holiday events you have planned?

*This post is sponsored by DresseStylist but the opinions and comments are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support my family.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Introducing: DresseStylist

Today I have the exciting opportunity to introduce to you the wonderful company that is sponsoring Dear Family, for the month of December. You will get to see a few different posts from me about their website and I hope you get the chance to check out all the awesome Wedding Dresses that are available in their online store. 

I have chosen a few dresses to feature today that I think would be beautiful for a wedding during the holidays (of course they would be beautiful at any time). I have been to a few weddings during the holiday season and I think a winter wedding can be so stunning. I am picturing twinkly lights, fresh green garland and bright white flowers. I remember one wedding that I attended that had large windows and the snow began to fall at the reception. It was so gorgeous. 

Here are a few of my favorite dresses from the store. There are so many options though that you should probably check them out for yourself! 

This thin-strapped vintage lace gown would look beautiful with a fur shawl or collar. I love the romantic shape and the lovely way it lays.

 How cute is this dress? You can select from a few different colors and I think the sheer sleeves are perfect a for winter wedding.

I love this strapless dress with the appliqué at the bottom. It’s so classy and beautiful with the belt detail.

For my wedding, (4 years ago!) my dress was one of the first design elements I considered as I created the decorations and planned the rest of the details. One of my first priorities was to design and hire a seamstress to create my dress. I wanted a unique dress that fit nicely and made me feel beautiful. I think it is important for brides to feel beautiful and comfortable in their dresses. 

If you are planning on getting married soon, it is getting easier and easier to find beautiful, unique Wedding Dresses online. And if you are anything like me, online shopping is bliss. Most of my Christmas shopping is accomplished from my comfortable couch, under a cozy blanket with a cup of cocoa in hand. I also have had the Christmas tree decorated for a few weeks now and the glow of those lights makes online shopping heavenly. Do you shop online? What are some of your favorite websites?

Next week, I will be back with DresseStylist to look at some holiday dresses that would be perfect for company parties, or any fancy events coming up in this most, wonderful time of the year. 

*This post is sponsored by DresseStylist but the opinions and comments are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support my family.

Friday, August 30, 2013

This week I've been...

munching: thai slaw, kale-kefir-berry smoothies, homemade toffee, kimchi rice, roasted cabbage and rice cakes with almond cocoa butter-banana-almonds.

creating: pallet furniture, a bed frame (finger's crossed), knitted socks and a floral sweater.

reading: Homeward Bound, any thoughts?

dreaming: of city-life and also farming, which is probably accredited to that book. And to go back to camp.

trying: to learn to sew. I haven't actually touched the machine but I am mentally gearing up for it, that's the first step right? Isn't this one so cute!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hana Air Hair Dryer Review

The lovely people at Misikko contacted me and sent me this wonderful hair dryer! Because my last hair dryer was on the fritz, you know how they start smelling like burnt hair? eck! Anyway, I happily accepted and they sent it right out. They have a great selection of hair dryersflat irons, and curling irons.

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I was so surprised when I opened the box as they sent a long a darling little packages with much more than just a hair dryer. What a sweet idea, chocolate, a teddy, hair brush, eyelash curler, hand sanitizer, soap roses, nail files and a cool heat proof bag that you can stick a warm curling iron in without burning anything.

I started using it a couple of weeks ago, I don't blow dry my hair every day so I wanted to use it a few times before writing this post. My first impression was that it was really sturdy and it had a very long cord, which is ALWAYS nice. It has two fan settings and 3 heat settings with a cold burst as well. It took only about 15 minutes to completely dry my hair which was taking me about 45 minutes. So worth it! I am overall quite impressed and would highly suggest this hair dryer to anyone looks for one. Check them out at can also find them on facebook if you want to follow along.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Knitted: Beatnik

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Sweater: hand made, Belt: Forever21, Dress: sugar lips apparel, Tights: Aerie, Shoes: Francesca's, Bracelet: Thrifted

I made my first pullover for myself! I loved every second of it. The cables were a blast and as you can see the color is beautiful! I used this pattern, it's free! My sister knit one for herself at the same time, it was so fun to create together!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Giveaway: SweetSpot Bags

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Sweet Spot Bags is a darling little shop on etsy. They sell little pouches that are printed by the sun to display the longitude and latitude of specific spots in the world. They have spots such as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Woodstock, Paris and many more. And also print custom bags for people who have a specific location in the world and want to remember it throughout their day. 

She made this sweet little bag for me that marks my one of my favorite spots - Johannesburg! I want to go back right now... but now I have this cute pouch to remind me of that beautiful place and beautiful people. 

Sweet Spot Bags is giving one lucky winner a bag of their spot and color of their choice!

To Enter:

-You must be a GFC or bloglovin follower of my blog
- Like Sweet Spot Bags on facebook
Extra Entries:
- Comment with your favorite spot in the world
-Tweet about the giveaway

Good Luck!

Update: congratulations Mackenzie! Email me!