Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Our Engagement/Save the Date Pictures





































I am so excited to be sharing our engagement session/Save the Date pictures with y’all! Once all my guests have received their Save the Dates, I’ll share the exact one we picked! I am extremely happy with the way they turned out! I tried to pick my favorites pictures for y'all which was so hard because I love them all. I also wanted to share a little bit about our outfit choices to help any of my engaged girls out there that have engagement shoots coming up.

I would suggest doing a more formal look and a casual look! We did both and I am so happy we did because you get two different styles of pictures. For the more formal outfit, I personally love the look of a long flowy dress! I think it adds that romantic look you are looking for in an engagement session.  I picked this light pink LuLu dress. I was going back and forth between nudes and pink but fell in love with this dress. I think the color was perfect for our background. As for colors choices, I’ve seen a little bit of everything from bright red, navy blue to neutral tones. I would suggest going with whatever color looks best on you! For Patrick’s outfit or your man’s outfit – a suit looks so classy especially beside a long dress. I would say try to stay in the neutral colors for him, so it compliments your outfit well. 

Casual outfits are easier because its typically something you already have in your closet. Since our pictures were taken in the fall, I picked a white sweater (again going with the neutral tones) and Patrick wore a dressier t-shirt. He picked garnet because it paired well with my outfit and the season! Then we both just wore jeans and boots. Super simple and they turned out great! My exact boots are linked here and are on sale for only $22. Funny story about Patrick's shirt. he bought it the day before our pictures and didn't realize it had a HOLE right on the shoulder. If you look closely, you can see it, haha! All we could was laugh about it because that was the only shirt he brought. 




If you have an engagement session coming up, I hope the tips below will help you pick you are your boo thangs outfit!

  • Choose your outfits ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling to find pieces the day of.
  • Make sure your outfits work for the season and location of photos.
  • Don’t go crazy on accessories or wear very bright color outfits– you want you and your fiancé to be the main focal point. Because that’s really what these pictures are all about!
  • Be mindful of the color schemes between you and him
  • Let your location help you pick your outfit
  • Bring props that are meaningful to you. Or even your pet.
  • If you can splurge – get your hair and makeup done. I decided just to get my hair done at Dry Bar for $40 and did my makeup myself!
  • Don’t wear clothing with logos.
  • Have fun and enjoy the moment because you will have these photos to cherish forever.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush Review & Giveaway!






I’m excited to share my review on this cariPRO electric toothbrush from Smile Brilliant with y'all! Once you use this, I promise you will never go back to a regular toothbrush every again! I’ve done a collaboration with Smile Brilliant in the past, using their whitening trays and they worked so well that when they reached out about this toothbrush, I had to have it. The 5 different brush modes on the toothbrush intrigued me the most. I was using a Sonicare electric toothbrush which also worked well but having the 5 different modes really make a huge difference and what sets this toothbrush apart from other ones. It took me awhile to write this post because I wanted to really make sure I saw a difference between this electric toothbrush and the Sonicare I was using. My teeth feel like I just left the dentist every time I brush, and I love that fresh clean feeling.

The five different modes are:

  1. CLEAN – standard mode for superior daily cleaning
  2. WHITE – most powerful cleaning mode for removing surface stains, polishing and vigorous deep cleaning
  3. MASSAGE – gentle gum pulsation mode for gum stimulation.
  4. GUM CARE – timed pulse gum & gumline health
  5. SENSITIVE – ideal for those with sensitive teeth

Each mode has a 2-minute timer which pauses every 30 seconds to remind you to move to a different area of the mouth. I really like the timer because now I know I’m brushing for the correct amount of time instead of just winging it.

If you’re in the market to upgrade your dental hygiene without having to spend a ton of money, I highly recommend the cariPRO which is why I’ve teamed up with Smile Brilliant to give one away to a lucky reader!

Use the link below to enter the giveaway! It’s super easy!


Or you can use code "sweetandsavvy20" for 20% off your purchase!

If your interested in checking out their website, you can click HERE. They have some more additional information and a FAQ page to help you see if the cariPRO is a good match for you!  

Thanks so much for reading! Leave a comment with any questions you may have!

electric toothbrush reviews

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Black Friday Sales


Happy Thanksgiving! Feeling extremely grateful this year for everything in my life. Nothing can beat being home with your family for the holidays! It's seriously the best feeling ❤️ I'm especially thankful this Thanksgiving that I get to call Patrick my fiancé and that I get to marry my best friend! And I'm an aunt this year to the sweetest little boy! 

Now on to what your all here for..... BLACK FRIDAY SALES! My mom, sister and I have made it every year tradition to go fight the crowds to try and get the best deals on some awesome stuff. We are actually thinking about going to the outlets later tonight to get a head start. Are we crazy for that?! Oh well, I love it and have so much fun! 

 In today's post I'll be breaking down everything you need to know about the Black Friday sales. The sales are HUGE and such a great opportunity to stock up on clothes, accessories or pretty much anything you've been eyeing or to get great gifts and get your Christmas shopping done a little early!


All the websites are linked in yellow below for easy access so just click the ones you want to shop! 

I've teamed up with DIFF to show off their stunning Nova frames. The shape is so unique and different, I love it!

DIFF Eyewear: 
Up to 70% off entire site

Get 50% off your entire purchase 

50% off everything, no exclusions
Online code: BLKFRIDAY, In-stores: discount taken at register
Online bonus: extra 10% off with code TREAT

Gap Factory:
60% off everything

J Crew: 
40% off your purchase in-store & online
Use code: TOGETHER

20% off all style sunglasses 
Up to 50% off select styles

H&M
20% off in-store & online plus free shipping

Coach Outlet: 
70% off everything 

Coach (regular stores): 
50% off everything 

Banana Republic Factory:
60% off entire store in-store & online
Plus extra 15% off with code BLKFRI

50% off everything in-store & online plus free shipping

Francesca's:
BOGO 70% off everything 

Take 20% of entire site and free shipping

American Eagle
40% off & free shipping - online and in-stores 

Shein: 
60% off everything

Nasty Gal:
60% off everything 

Friday, October 26, 2018

How I Asked My Bridesmaids















Today I am excited to share with y’all how I decided to “propose” to my bridesmaids. Asking my girls to be in our wedding has been one of the most fun parts of wedding planning so far! I loved seeing the reactions from my closest friends & family when they opened the boxes asking them to be my bridesmaid! I am so blessed to get to share our big day with the most amazing group of ladies!

When thinking about how to ask them, I knew I wanted something cute and fun, but also affordable because I have 8 girls. I started Pinteresting and looking on Etsy, and came across such a cute Etsy page called ModParty which took me to her wedding store, Wedding Favorites! She makes the cutest things for weddings from personalized robes, hats, bags, bridesmaids gifts and "proposal" boxes! The tops of the boxes were also personalized with each girl’s name, and with the question "Will you be my bridesmaid/MOH?". There are 9 different colors you can choose from, and I chose to go with blush & gold! I decided to go with gift boxes because they came with 5 different items in each box, and I wanted to give all the girls a little gift since they are giving us the gift of being in our wedding! In each box there was a champagne flute that said “cheers”, which I think we can all use on wedding the day while we are getting ready with our mimosa. This will make for really cute pictures! There was also a candle, matches, chapstick and a small makeup mirror with their name on it.  Each girl loved their gift and I can’t wait to have them stand by my side on my wedding day!

I wanted to personalize the boxes and "proposal" a little more, so I included a special note to each one of them in their box! As I was searching through Pinterest, I found free printables that were super cute, and each said something funny! Always check Pinterest first before going out and buying cards, because they have tons of free printable ones. All I had to do was download them and print them out on card stock – super easy & completely free! Click here for the printable cards!

Each box cost around $30, which I thought was pretty reasonable. If I would have had to buy the boxes and individual items separately, I feel it would have been a lot more expensive and I wouldn't have been able to personalize them as well.


If any of you girls are trying to decide on how to ask your bridesmaids, I highly recommend visiting Wedding Favorites! They were super nice and easy to work with. I only had to mail one box but if you have to mail more, they are super lightweight which helps save money on shipping! I’m so happy with how everything turned out, and I hope this is helpful for any future brides looking for an affordable way to ask your bridal party. Stay tuned for more wedding fun!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Our Engagement Story




















September 2nd will always be a special day... the day that I said YES to spending the rest of my life with the love of my life.  



HOW WE MET

Patrick and I met in high school. He's a year younger than me... yes, I guess that makes me a cougar, hahaha! Anyways, we always knew of each other because I cheered and became friends with his older sister, but we never really spoke or hung out. That was until my 11th grade year, his 10th grade year, we had a class together where we sat about 10 feet away from each other. We started getting to know each other, but at this point I had an on/off boyfriend. Long story short, it took about 6 months and a breakup for me to give Patrick the time of day! Then another 6 months for me to claim him as my boyfriend. Fast forward, we went to college together at USC, moved back home to North Myrtle Beach for a year, and then moved to Charlotte together where we still live now. That puts us at 8 and a half years together and I guess you could call us high school sweethearts! 

Since we have been together for so long, of course at this point we knew we wanted to spend forever together, so we have been talking about marriage for awhile. We both wanted to make sure that we were stable in our jobs and financial situation before we started planning a wedding and hopefully a family. We've both been ready for awhile, but hey good things come to those who wait. I can't tell you how many times over the past several years that we got asked "when are y'all getting engaged". Honestly, I had no clue when he was going to do it, but I knew it was on his mind. I thought that it was maybe going to be sometime next year.....I was wrong and I'm so glad I was! 

THE PROPOSAL

I have always told Patrick that whenever we got engaged I wanted both of our families to be there, I wanted it photographed so we could capture such a special moment and I wanted him to make sure my nails were done. Well he checked every box! 

Patrick and I babysat my nephew Knox the weekend prior. Once my sister and brother in law got back they mentioned that they wanted to take us out to dinner at Dressler's the next weekend to thank us for keeping him. This is nothing out of the ordinary, because us four always do things together, and Dressler's is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlotte. So I didn't think anything of it. Fast forward a week, on Friday we left Charlotte to go to the USC game in Columbia. On Saturday, we tailgated with some friends and went to the game. Everything normal as can be. Sunday morning we drove back to Charlotte and went to our apartment pool that afternoon until we had to start getting ready to meet what I thought was just my sister and brother in law for dinner. My sister called me earlier that day to see what I was going to wear to dinner and said that she never gets to dress up anymore so she was going to wear a cute dress. I didn't think anything of that comment either because she's a new mom and hadn't had a chance to wear her nice clothes in awhile, so I decided to wear a cute dress along with her (so glad I did)! She also is the one who helped Patrick with getting my nails done. So moving on until right before dinner, my sister called around 5:45 and said they were getting in the uber and to call her once we got there. So Patrick and I got in our uber and headed to the restaurant.  Once we got there, he immediately started walking through the restaurant towards the back saying he was seeing if they were there. I started to follow him but then turned around because I figured I would call my sister to see where they were instead of wondering around the restaurant. This is when Patrick starting acting weird, but I still didn't really think anything of it. When I called my sister he said he was going to check with the hostess to see if they were there yet. My sister didn't answer but she texted me and said "we are in the back". At this point I was confused because Patrick had just walked back there and said he didn't see them. But the hostess told us that they had to check and make sure there were menus on the table and starting walking us towards the back until we got to the point where all the normal tables stopped and came to a huge closed door. They opened the doors and both of our familes were standing there in the room that they had decorated super cute with balloons, flowers and all kind of engagement details. Once I saw everyone and saw Patrick's dad hand him the ring, I immediately burst into tears because I knew what was about to happen. He said the sweetest things for about 3 minutes and then there he was down on one knee and asked me the question I have always wanted to hear from him. It couldn't have been any sweeter! Those 3 minutes were so surreal and honestly better than I could have ever imagined. Thankfully we got it on video so we can always go back and reminisce. I had waited for this day for so long and it couldn't have been more perfect. Literally, as you can tell from the pictures I was so shocked and so emotional...but a good emotional.  

My whole family kept this secret from me for about 6 weeks! I know it was especially hard for my mom, sister, his sister and his mom because we all talk pretty much everyday! They did so well and I am so thankful for all their hard work in helping Patrick make it the perfect day! I cannot wait to share my wedding planning journey with y'all along with all the tips I find along the way! Keep scrolling for more of the decoration pictures from that night! They were adorable!

Huge thanks to Deeana for capturing the best moments! 










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