One Month Downย 

Cheers to the weekend guys, we made it! ๐Ÿป 

Wow, I blinked and I’ve been married for a month! It has been a wonderful month so far being married to Derick, and I’m really starting to feel like I’m home when I get to the house and not like I’m at Derick’s house. I’ve just honestly been enjoying the little things that come with being married and owning your own home, like grocery shopping, cooking together, cleaning, clearing out the garden bed and landscaping for spring! I’m sure that as time goes on and we get busier these things will become tedious and not as enjoyable, so I’m soaking up the excitement now for all it’s worth โ˜บ. To celebrate, we went to the movies and saw the new Beauty and the Beast movie, which was so good!! Belle has always been my favorite Disney princess, and I got chills like 20 times throughout the movie hearing familiar songs and lines but also enjoying some of the new plot points and songs! I would definitely recommend anyone to go see it! 

Please ignore the hair tie I forgot to take off my wrist at first ๐Ÿ˜‚

My beautiful wedding gift from my hubby.

Top: T.J. Maxx (similar HERE), Skirt: Forever 21 (from this fall and no longer available, similar HERE), OTK Boots: Lulu’s (sold out right now, you can get on their waitlist for them but HERE is another cute pair from them!) Necklace and ring: from my wonderful hubby โค

So, anyone who lives in Georgia reading this knows that right now, the weather is basically insane down here. One day we have a crazy storm downing trees and hail and cutting off the power, the next day it’s sunny and 80, the next day it’s cloudy and 50, it just can’t make up it’s mind! So yesterday was a bit of a cooler spring day and I used it to my advantage and pulled on some of my favorite OTK boots and a corduroy skirt before I have to say goodbye to them and pack them away for the warmer weather! Also, this top is one of my favorites that I own just because of the neckline, I absolutely love a boatneck, I feel like it’s so flattering and very Audrey Hepburn. Is anyone else struggling with the idea of letting go of all the cute cold weather clothes? Or are you ready for shorts and sundresses? 

Happy weekend friends!

Konnor with a K 

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No Longer Two

Hey there friends! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ 
It’s been a minute since I’ve blogged and I’ve missed it! But I’m cutting myself some slack because I was pretty busy, ya know with the whole getting married thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s been a crazy few weeks of getting married, honeymooning (while super sick if you saw my instagram post,) traveling back, and settling back into work schedules as I continued to move the rest of my stuff over to the house. But excuses excuses, I’m finally ready to do a little recap of the day and share some of our favorite photos, courtesy of the incredibly talented Michael Rizza Photography! Be forewarned, this is a long post since there were so many photos we loved! 

It was such a beautiful day, for starters! Very windy as you can see from some of the pictures (note the dress hanging from my veil upon my entrance ๐Ÿ˜‚), but not a cloud in the sky and the perfect temperature! I had a really relaxing morning getting my pedicure at the resort spa and making sure I coordinated with Katelyn (my sister and matron of honor) and Rick (Katelyn’s husband, Derick’s brother and best man #twobridesfortwobrothers) whenever I needed to leave the room for food so as not to run into Derick! I gave my bridesmaids and my mom and mother in law their getting ready robes and we got ready in two of our groups rooms next to each other before pictures. Everything was pretty calm for me and I really wasn’t having any crazy emotions or anything until Derick and I exchanged the letters around the balcony door, that’s when I was like “Oh no, here come the tears!”  His letter was so sweet and it really made the reality of us getting married set in. I definitely didn’t expect to cry, crying just because you were happy was kind of a foreign concept to me, but boy did I experience it that day! We were both so emotional throughout the whole ceremony, and it was just so beautiful to get married in front of God and both of our families while looking out at the ocean, it was everything we could’ve dreamed of. Our priest that we brought with us was our retired pastor from our church, and it was such an honor to have him there and have one of his famous “singing homilies” for the wedding Mass. The best way I could describe getting married to Derick was how I felt when I shared my first kiss with him (he was my first kiss ever way back in the day ๐Ÿ˜‰), when we told each other we loved each other for the first time, and when I said yes to his proposal. It was like time slowed and my head went foggy, but at the same time fireworks were going off in my heart and I was focused only on Derick. I know those two feelings seem to contradict each other, but every important moment I’ve ever had with him I’ve always had that sensation that told me the moment was a special one. 

Me and my siblings โค

I had been dreaming of the moment where we’d share our first dance on the beach since we got engaged, and it did not disappoint. Dancing to “Mean to Me” by Billy Currington with the ocean breeze coming in is a moment that I will not soon forget. The reception was so much fun and the resort really outdid itself with the set up, and even did some complimentary fireworks and fun props for us to dance with! We had some really beautiful speeches from our best man, matron of honor, and other family members that night, but my favorite part was probably Derick’s little brother Joey (who is very shy when it comes to public speaking) getting up in front of everyone and giving a little speech ending with him saying “…everybody raise a glass for the bride…and the broom!” ๐Ÿ˜‚โค

My former gymnast hubby breaking it down ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, congratulations if you made it this far! What’s crazy is that this is just scratching the surface of all of the photos we got, I was really torn up trying to choose “just a few” for this post! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰ Our wedding album is gonna be a large one that’s for sure! All in all our wedding day was everything we could’ve dreamed of and more, we are still pinching ourselves that that was our wedding! I’ll possibly do a little recap of the few things we got to do on our honeymoon soon and I’ll definitely be sharing a post with some tips for planning a destination wedding soon, so let me know if that would be something that y’all would be interested in and stay tuned. โ˜บ 

Hope you all have a great start to your week,

Konnor with a K 

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Project House to Home: Distressed Dresser Refinish + Redecorated Bedroom Corner

Happy Friday everyone!

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The reality of getting married so soon started to settle in and I realized I needed to do everything. I had so many pieces of furniture just sitting around waiting to be finished and so I picked the dresser since we are in major need of some storage, and I love how it turned out, especially compared to how it looked before! 

I love it so much I think I’m going to do the whole bedroom suit the same way, stained drawers with a painted body! This project had many firsts for me since it was more than just painting, so I’ll leave a step-by-step below!
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Total project cost: roughly $85

Supplies needed:

  • Paint ( I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in semi-gloss in the color “Dark Ash”) 
  • Stain (I used Miniwax Wood Finish in “Classic Gray”)
  • Paint Stripper (if your piece is painted)
  • Putty knife 
  • Orbital sander (I use this one) with both coarse and fine grit papers
  • Tack cloth
  • Heat gun 
  • Wipe-on poly (I used this one)
  • Paint brush and small foam roller
  • Staining cloth (old t-shirt works for this!)
  • Gloves 

Steps for painting: So, I painted the body of the dresser, and I paid a little more for a better paint than I used with the coffee table I did last and it was sooo worth it. No priming beforehand and done in two coats, even though the piece was black! Aside from priming though, you can refer back to either of  my last two projects on a step by step for how to prep and paint a piece (here and here!) 

Steps for stripping and staining: 

Since my piece was painted and I wanted stained drawers, I knew I’d have to strip them which would be a first for me. Take off all hardware and remove drawers from your piece. I used this video on how to strip paint as my guide, and I tried both methods the man in the video suggested (heat gun with putty knife as well as sanding!) Honestly, I don’t know if it was the stripper I used or what, but the paint did NOT come off like it did in the video for me haha (rarely goes that way right?) it was a process where I had to chip away at it even with the help of the heat gun and I finally gave up and tried my sander, which worked! But unfortunately I only had fine grit paper with me so it was still very time-consuming to get the drawers down to bare wood! Anywho, once all of the drawers were down to bare wood, I got all of the sanding dust off using tack cloth, then dipped my old t-shirt strip into the stain and began applying in the same direction as the grain of the wood, horizontally. You let the stain sit for just a few minutes and then wipe off the excess with a clean rag and keep repeating the process until the stain is to your liking, and in my case it took about 4-5 coats for the drawers before I was satisfied! After that, simply wait till they are dry and then do a coat of wipe on poly and then reattach your fixtures after being allowed to dry! 

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The knobs were actually the most expensive part of this project ๐Ÿ˜‚ I did mix and match bronze knobs from Hobby Lobby using these ones, these ones and these ones!

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20170202-184337.jpgNow that it is decorated and has a piece to fill the space, this is definitely a new favorite corner of the house โ˜บ 

Any tips or tricks from more seasoned refurbishing veterans for me? 

Love,

Konnor with a K 

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Wedding Diary: 22 Days Away

So, better late than never right?


I cannot believe I haven’t done this throughout my engagement! I always wanted to, but put it off and told myself I hadn’t really been doing much and wouldn’t have much to write about. And now here I am, less than a month away from my wedding and I haven’t written a word about the planning process or my engagement and it makes me a little sad honestly! It has flown by in the blink of an eye (which we knew it would, but still didn’t heed the many warnings we got haha!) We got so caught up in life, work, balancing of time between ourselves and our families, holidays, new additions being welcomed to our family (our adorable nephew ๐Ÿ˜,) readying the house for me to be there, with wedding planning thrown in between all of it. So, I wanted to share a bit about what the process has been like so far, what’s left on my to-do list, how I am feeling, etc! I want to document this for Derick and I to look back on more than anything, but I want our families to be able to see this too, and maybe some other brides who can relate! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Days till the wedding: 22 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Location: Cancun, Mexico.

Feelings: Mainly pure excitement and happiness at the fact that I am so close to marrying Derick, we are so ready for that part and there are no nerves there at all! But there’s definitely some nervousness and anxiety about getting everything done in time and wrapping up last minute details, which I know is totally normal but can’t be helped much unfortunately!

Biggest fears: Forgetting something important at home since we’re going out of the country, and missing our flight are the two big ones haha!

Big things I’ve gotten done so far (in no particular order): 

  • Booked and paid the resort
  • Booked and paid the flight
  • Booked and paid the wedding chapel/cocktail party/reception
  • Booked the rehearsal dinner
  • Bought my wedding dress and got it fitted!
  • Got all of my wedding day accessories
  • Got all of the bridesmaid dresses
  • Got all of the groomsmen wear (minus my brothers since he is not in men’s sizes yet!)
  • Picked out the ring-bearer suits
  • Finalized all the details of the ceremony/reception (music, flowers, menu, etc.)
  • Finalized our photographer
  • Gotten done a majority of the paperwork and requirements done for our wedding Mass (if you’re Catholic, you feel me here! Pre-Cana and affidavits and letters of permission, all that jazz. And going to Mexico where Church and State are separate, it makes the process all the more complex and confusing, and it took us up until a few months ago to figure out what we had to do! We will be doing a civil ceremony here just so that we are legally married and then will be having our marriage in the spiritual sense in Cancun with our wedding Mass!)
  • Found a priest (our former pastor whom we love) to come down with us and celebrate our wedding Mass
  • Got luggage for the trip
  • Made a packing list (to ease my anxiety haha)
  • Finalized the guest list
  • Ordered a portable steamer
  • Bought my rehearsal dinner dress and had it fitted

To-do List: 

  • Get Derick’s wedding suit
  • Get Derick’s ring (procrastination at its finest ladies and gents)
  • Get Joe’s groomsmen suit
  • Get letter of permission from diocese and send it to the resort
  • Pick up wedding dress once pressed
  • Pick up rehearsal dinner dress
  • Schedule civil marriage ceremony
  • Send affidavits back to our parish
  • Pay for the rehearsal dinner
  • Send scan of my baptism certificate to resort
  • Pick readings for wedding Mass
  • Send DJ final music list
  • Order bride and bridesmaids robes
  • Shop for last things on packing list
  • Get a nice tan before I go
  • Buy last couple makeup and hair products for wedding hair/makeup!
  • Pack and make it to the airport on time!

Most excited for: Of course, first and foremost, to be Derick’s wife and to have him as my husband! I am so ready and excited for that! But after that, the honeymoon definitely! Just to be done with all the planning and the stress and it just be the two of us, married and on the beach with nowhere to go and a drink in hand! But even still, the thing we probably talk about most in terms of excitement is just the day to day life together. We cannot wait to be under the same roof and create a home and life together!

Well, that was a little long-winded, but basically covers all the bases of where we are at right now! Luckily, all of the stuff left feels small and doable, so my stress level has gone down a lot (whoever says destination weddings are stress free is a dirty liar.) But, all of it is so worth it to have a wedding that we love and are excited about, I love thinking about getting married looking out at the ocean and having our first dance on the beach. โค If you haven’t seen where we are getting married yet, click here (or google “Our Lady of Guadalupe Wedding Chapel Cancun.”) 

Love,

Konnor with a K

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How I’m Getting Through a Weird Winter

I don’t know about y’all, but we are suffering from some serious winter blues around here! 

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The weather in Georgia has been crazy lately. One week it is in the 70’s and sunny, and the next it is freezing cold and has a winter weather advisory ๐Ÿ™„. Which would explain why everyone is getting horribly sick, so many family and friends of mine (including myself) have gotten terrible cold viruses or the flu (or both!) within the past few weeks, and I can’t help but feel like the crazy fluctuation in weather is at least partly to blame. The weather doesn’t listen to me though, so I had to dress a little warmer for date night, and this shearling vest was a perfect option for the cold! I’ve linked similars below! 

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Anywho, enough negativity, because what’s getting me through it is the fact that we are only 24 days away from leaving for Mexico to get married! It has snuck up on me so fast, and now I’m running like a chicken with my head cut off trying to wrap up last minute details! I cannot wait to marry Derick, that part is the only thing that is not making me nervous and calms me down to think about when I’m stressing about details and unfinished things! โค Also, we just booked a beach house in Destin for a week in July with Derick and I’s families, which is luckily and coincidentally where I will be celebrating my 21st birthday! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿน Perfect couple of plans to help get me through this weird winter! 

What are your ways of getting through the winter weeks? 

Love,

Konnor with a K 

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Altar’d State Semi-Annual Sale Haul + Tips for How to Shop it

 So, it’s no secret that I LOVE Altar’d State. All you have to do is look at almost any of my previous style posts to see that my outfit includes something or multiple things from that store. It is my kryptonite…walking in with the soft Christian music playing, a beautiful fragrance in the air, the shabby chic decorating, and racks and racks of adorable and unique clothes. Not to mention the fact that they give a percentage of their proceeds on Monday’s to local charities AND they have a prayer intentions book back in the fitting rooms area. Sold. 

 The only issue I take as a savvy shopper with this store is the fact that it can be a tad pricey for my budget, so I often leave that cute, full-priced dress on the rack. Until…they have the holy grail of sales. The semi annual sale. I have shopped it for several years now, got all of my honeymoon clothes at their last one, and am going to share my haul from this one as well as some tips on how to best shop it for my fellow Altar’d Lovers! 

Retail value of my total combined purchases (yes, I went back a couple times, judge me): $520 excluding taxes. 

Total purchased cost: about $150 ($50 of which was a gift card from Christmas.)

What I got: 3 pair of leather sandals, two nice shirts, a kimono/cover up, a dress, two chokers, two blanket scarves, and two pairs of booties. 

What you need to know about the sale: The semi-annual sale happens twice a year (duh ๐Ÿ˜‰), once right after Christmas and once after spring/summer lines. If you follow their social media or subscribe to their emails, they will let you know when it’s coming! They run these sales at key slow times to generate traffic in their stores and make room for next seasons inventory, hence the irresistible deals that will make the clothes fly off the racks! The sale runs for several weeks, with the majority of it running at an additional 50% off all sale items, and then jumping to an additional 60% off sale, and lastly jumping for the shortest period of time to an additional 70% off of sale. So that means that whatever has a sale tag in there (which the sale section takes up usually the entire front half of the store for this event,) an addition percentage is taken off that price! I know that confuses people a bit, I had many people who thought I was working there ask me if it was really 70% off the price on the tag! Yes, it is that good of a sale! Also, the sale covers a wide variety of things: clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, sleepwear, home decor and even Christmas decor (some of which I own and I love!) 

This begs the question “Shouldn’t you just wait till everything is 70% off to shop the sale?” Well, that depends on who you are! The thing about waiting is that you risk potentially having a picked over selection, losing an item you really wanted to someone else, or missing out on great deals that don’t even need more money taken off because they are already a great deal. For example, I went when the sale had just started and was at 50% off, I got this kimono to use as a cover up, two chokers that were the last of their kind for about $5 each, and then three pairs of leather sandals for $1.44 a piece (the three in the middle pictured below, far left is from last years semi-annual sale and far right are my wedding sandals!) The sandals were already getting picked over and the next time I went were completely gone, so in instances like that where it’s just too good a deal, don’t pass it up! Here’s how I would advise you to pick and choose what you should wait on for a better deal: firstly, if there’s a lot on the rack of the same thing, chances are it will still be there when you come back. Also, get a feel for how unique the piece is, would a lot of people be drawn to it? Is it trendy or flattering on a variety of figures? Questioning if it is trendy or not is not a matter of it being a beautiful piece or not, but is only in reference to whether or not that style is currently in high demand or not. If you think that it’s not or there’s a high quantity of it in your size at the store, I would roll the dice on it and try to get an extra 20% off! Regrettably, I bought a couple of things at 60% off the day before it would jump to 70% off ๐Ÿ˜‘. I got the camo tee from my previous post for $12, a blanket scarf for $12, and the adorable brown booties for $24! And on the last day I went, snagged the black booties for $21, another blanket scarf for $8, the white dress for $13, and the cowl neck top for $12. 

Well what if I don’t want to spend so much all at once on clothes?  This is a very relatable question, because for many of us it’s hard to set aside a lump sum for clothing like that. But I guarauntee you, shopping off season and buying a lot of what you need during sales like this versus impulse buying things that add up quickly year round is a much more financially rewarding option in the long run! So, if you’re not accustomed to doing that, maybe cut down on regular personal spending, plan for when you know the sales will be and budget yourself accordingly! 


How long does the sale run til? The sale ends on the 19th, so you have just four more days to run in and go crazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Have any of y’all ever shopped the semi-annual sale? Any tips, tricks or experiences to share?

Love,

Konnor with a K 

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Classy Camouflage

Happy weekend friends!

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Remaining neutral (see what I did there? ๐Ÿ˜‰) today during the big Falcons Seahawks playoff game today since they’re both family teams…justttt kiddinggg FALCONS ALL THE WAY BABY RISE UP! โค๏ธ Gotta stay loyal to the ATL! Just wanted to share a quick and casual weekend outfit made up of some great steals that I’ll share more about in another post! 

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20170114-161603.jpgCamo shirt: Altar’d State (sold out, short sleeved version HERE.) Jeans: Altar’d State. OKT Boots: Nordstrom (sold out, similars HERE & HERE.) 

Unfortunately, some of these items are sold out, so I had to link similars, but I got this camo tee for only $12 at the Altar’d state semi annual sale and this denim is also on sale and still in stock online! I love these boots, they were a big investment piece for me. I always talk about getting crazy sales and saving money, but I think it’s important to differentiate between an investment and something that’s a good deal but probably won’t last long. There are tons of really cheap over the knee boots out there that are poor quality and won’t last long, but I definitely wanted a pair that would last and was nice quality! So, while it was a splurge ($112 on sale), they have been such a good investment piece for me and I have no doubt I’ll be able to use these boots for years! 

What do y’all think about investing a little more than usual for good quality clothes? 

 Have a great weekend loves!

Konnor with a K 

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