Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

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A few years ago, if anyone asked me how I felt about Valentine’s Day I would have given them the side eye. Ask me how I feel about it today. Honestly, any day that allows me to get dressed up and celebrate something I am so for it. With that being said, here is my very first look for Valentine’s Day.

I found this shirt in the sale section at Express. Lately, I have been loving their items. I can find some really cute things at such a great price. The dresses fit me almost perfect — I love them. Speaking of dresses, does this dress look familiar? It is my favorite Calvin Klein Dress in black. I posted about this dress a few weeks ago, you can check out that post here.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? I would love to hear all about it.  Leave me a comment letting me know.

Shirt: Express similar here and here ~ Dress: Nordstrom Rack ~ Necklace: Charming Charline similar here ~ Clutch: Aldo similar here ~ Shoes: Banana Republic similar here

Christmas Card Photoshoot

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Hi Friends!!!!

Today I am sharing my favorite photos from our  Christmas Card photoshoot a couple weeks ago. Guys, honestly this is one of my favorite traditions we have started. I actually love the way the card turned out and I can’t wait to show them to you!

Shirt: H&M ~ Skirt: Old Navy (old) similar here ~ Necklace: Aldo ~ Fur: Forever 21 ~ Shoes: Aldo

 

Five Year Dating

Good Morning Love Bugs,

Today is my five year dating anniversary with my husband Frank! It is so crazy when I saw that it was five years today, I was shocked that it has been that long, three years sounds more accurate. I guess time really does fly when you are having fun. I can’t believe this summer we would have been married for two year. Goodness!

In honor of our anniversary, I will give you all a fun fact about us. We actually, met on the very first day of undergrad. At our school on move in day, they have a Freshman Welcome Party… there is where we met.

I hope you all have a great day today 🙂

It’s Wedding Season

Within the last two years, I have attended the most weddings in my life. I went to four last year including my own, and three this year. I have to say, weddings may be my favorite type of party. I really enjoy prepping for events and occasions. To have so many this summers I was in heaven! Now I consider myself to be an expert, so let’s talk about Wedding Etiquette today!

Your Date

Let me put this out there first. You do not have to match each other, but you should go together. Just because you have on pink, does not mean your date must to wear pink. Here is a photo of me and my husband, wearing outfits that goes together but doesn’t necessarily match each other. Ladies, if you are the type who will never wear the same outfit more than once (thank you facebook) there is always the Rent the Runway option. I love Rent the Runway, they have so many designer outfits that work well for so many occasions! Guys don’t you worry, you can rent a suit or tux from The Black Tux and look equally as stylish as your date. I showed my husband the easy to use website and he definitely thought it is the way to go for our next special occasion. Oh and by the way, it is affordable too!

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Etiquette

One thing I am a stickler on, is etiquette, and not only with weddings but throughout life. There are just somethings we should not do. We all know we shouldn’t wear white or anything that can appear to be white at a wedding. Err on the side of caution, if you have to think about it, others will too. Also, make sure you look put together, no wrinkles, or stains. Please wear appropriate attire too, my rule of thumb is “would I wear this to church?” I like to wear more classy items to a wedding otherwise you can date yourself.  When attending any event, dress nice, it shows you have respect for the event and those throwing it. Lastly, be sure to dress correctly for the occasion. 

Typically if there is nothing indicating the formality of the wedding on the invitation, look at the venue and the time of the wedding. Typically, if the wedding is in the morning will be more casual, the evening tends to be more formal. For example if the wedding is being held in a castle, I recommend and evening gown or a really nice cocktail dress and a tux for the guys.

I hope this helps you all get through the rest of wedding season 

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Bachlorette Finale Recap

I am sure most of you heard of the Bachelorette. This past season, I decided to watch it to see what it was all about. I loved it! Last night was the final episode of the season and JoJo picked my (and Frank’s) favorite, Jordan. They seem to be a great fit for each other.  I knew that was who she was going to pick from day one. Jojo always seemed to gravitate to him.

I never thought this would be the type of show I would ever be interested in watching. It really is a guilty pleasure, the show is so dramatic and it sucks you right in. I even got Frank hooked. His favorite contender was Chad. Lol. For those of you who don’t know about Chad, he was crazy. The things he did on the show would just have us cracking up, thinking who in their right mind would ever. Some of the phrases he said, and his responses to things people were asking him. He was clearly in his own world!

If you are like me and never watched the bachelorette, here are some things I liked and disliked about the show:

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  1. It is like watching a fairy tale unfold week to week.
  2. The show is very light, no deep topics.
  3. I enjoy completion or game shows.
  4. The entertainment factor is there 100%.

Dislikes:

  1. It seemed one sided, the Bachelorette was the one calling all the shots. That is not the way life really happens.
  2. The show makes it seem okay for people to date a lot of people at the same time.
  3. In the overnights it was suggested, that the Bachelorette had relations with numerous guys.
  4. How dramatic the entire show was (although I did like it, at times it was a little over the top).

Overall, I did really enjoy the show and I do plan to tune in to the Bachelor. I can’t wait until they announce who it will be… I think I want it to be Luke! Apparently, the network is doing something different and may pick a random person instead of a previous cast member.

If this is a show you all watch let me know what you all think about it. Am I taking it too seriously, or is it really meant to be a light hearted show for sheer entertainment.

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Couples Retreat

As you all know last week I was in Newport News, Va with my church on a couples retreat. The retreat was Thursday through Saturday, just in time for everyone to make it to church on Sunday. It just so happened to be comunion so we were able to sleep in (Communion service is at night). I am currently working on an in depth story on my faith and the journey it took to get to where I am now. It is very interesting/ entertaining.

Frank and I left at about 8am on Thursday morning. I suggested that we get down there as soon as possible, traffic is always unpredictable and it was a 3 hour drive. I actually grew up in that area, and I knew there were some outlets close by. We arrived at the outlets around 1pm and gave us some time to do a little shopping. After shopping we checked into the hotel and the festivities began.

Night One:

We were able to experience the amazing voice of Kelly Price concert, followed by music and dancing in what we called “the love lounge.” Growing up my favorite type of music was R&B, 90s R&B holds a special place in my heart. If you can’t tell getting to see Kelly Price perform was amazing.

Day One:

First thing in the morning, the coordinators included a time for everyone to walk around “love pond” or get in a quick workout. We started the morning in prayer, followed by breakfast. After breakfast which was about 2 hours, we had praise in worship before our first speaker. The first speaker, Bishop Kim Walter Brown was amazing. So much so, Frank and I purchased his book and got it signed. Bishop Brown, spoke about how our up bring plays a major role in the way we operate. It was very eye opening. Later that evening, we had dinner at a Brizillian restaurant that brought around endless meats, Frank loved it.


Day Two:

The morning was the same as day one, Frank and I had an amazing run this morning- I get excited for great workouts. The speaker this day was Mark Gungor, and he was so funny, we couldn’t stop laughing. I really enjoyed how he put the way men and women think into perspective. We purchased these materials as well. After this speaker it was time for lunch then we had to get back on the road to head back to Maryland.

Overall Frank and I loved this retreat. We have never done anything quite like this and we had an amazing time. We even bought our tickets for next year, the church gives a great discount when you register at the retreat. I am so excited for next year!

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A lifetime to Go

Hi Friends,

Yesterday, Frank and I celebrated our One Year Wedding Anniversary. We decided to keep it pretty low-key, and spend the day at the beach. Initially, we were going to go out for a fancy dinner, last-minute we decided… LET’S GO TO THE BEACH. As you know, I didn’t wear this super cute black dress to the beach, but I figured, if anyone has an anniversary or special event coming up, this will give you inspiration for your outfit of choice. When dressing up, I love to keep a classy look, all black is always so chic and you can never go wrong with it.

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Products: Dress: Thrifted similar| Shoes: Banana Republic (sold out) similar

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Photographer: Brian Adrian

 

 

 

WEDDING VIDEO!!!!!!!

Today I am sharing with you all, our wedding video. I went back and fourth for about a week trying to decided if I was going to post it. I thought it was silly not to after a while. We spent countless Wedding Wednesdays together planning my wedding. I shared so many details with you all, so why not the finishing touch?

Here is it, I hope you all enjoy it. 🙂

xx

Jazmin Mac