With my engagement party coming up next month (!!!) I thought I’d share some of my inspiration for the event. I have only been engaged for 2 weeks and so far I have done everything in the most unconventional way possible and that is why I have decided to go with a completely different motif for this party than my actual wedding. With all the events that we will be hosting in our honor I think each one can have its own style and we will start with an uber glamorous, Gatzby-style engagement party in the Hollywood Hills. Stay tuned for THAT!
I haven’t worn my “signature” color in quite some time and found it refreshingly fun to throw on this youthful dress. This summer was really all about shorts and maxi dresses for me and this light fabric was just what early August called for. On a side note, please excuse my mess of a mane, as I am trying to go au natural to help stimulate the growth of my hair for my upcoming nuptials and festivities.
Did anyone watch the finale of The Bachelorette?! As I sit here watching on the edge of my seat I can’t imagine this ends well after announcing to America that she only loves the guy that left! Am (was) I alone in these thoughts? Regardless, Paul and I popped champagne and rooted for her (at least I did…Paul was over all the crying) in honor of our tradition together.
but I still need my girls! Coming up with a way to assemble my bridal party in an original fashion was challenging beyond belief. I was faced with several dilemmas, as my little sister was headed back to Indiana and I wanted to ask her to officially be one of my Minions of Honor, and was working on a serious time crunch. I knew it had to be fun and memorable so I went with this approach.
Blindfolding my two younger sisters all the way to Downtown LA helped keep the suspense going and they were certainly thrown off as we wandered up Grand Avenue nearly falling into all the pedestrians (and several homeless people). I made them wait outside Bottega Louie as I quickly ordered them boxes of macarons with custom notes I had printed inside. At this point people had been staring and wondering why it appeared I had kidnapped & blindfolded two little girls but once the surprise was unveiled it was all tears of joy all around. They said yes, by the way!
After much deliberation I finally took the plunge and bought myself a little gift. This little gift was almost glutenous after I was gifted with my beautiful blingring, but ultimately the bag was necessary. Why red? Well, why not? Black is too predictable, I’m not a fan of brown, and red is my favorite color lipstick. Makes total sense, right? While heading out for dinner with my girlfriends after a long work day, my look went from mess to red hot mess in under 3o seconds and I love it! DO expect me to parade around town flaunting all my new goodies and showing no sign of shame.
Coming back to reality after the best 3 days of my life has been harder than I’d like to admit. Los Olivos, and specifically the Fess Parker Spa & Inn, was my ultimate dream. Outstanding food, a relaxing atmosphere, and plenty of wine made for my ideal life. While I have had to dive back into work and force myself to focus, I did spend a good portion of this past weekend rummaging through my wedding magazines to gather even more inspiration for all the wedding festivities. With that said, it was only appropriate for me start a Wedding section on my blog. Since this will be a two-year engagement, we will have lots to cover in that time span, and by the end I will have lovely documentation of my most coveted time yet. Hope you enjoy my wedding prep as much as I will!
I couldn’t even wait until tomorrow to post this, as the shocking events of tonight’s episode of The Bachelorette came to an end. There was literal silence and stillness in the house as Paul and I glued our eyes to the television screen, trying not to miss a single word uttered during the most painful breakup I’ve ever watched. I can honestly say that was the first real moment I’ve ever seen on this show to date. Now, the big questions is: Will Brooks be back? How can the show go on after this? Who will she pick (if any)? What happens now? So many questions…share your guesses with this obsessed Bachelorette-fanatic couple!
I have never been so excited about something yet had so little to say about it. On Sunday Paul asked me to marry him! I am still pretty speechless and shocked. Considering we are going to Paris in 5 months I thought maybe, just maybe, it would happen then. But this?! Did not see it coming.
This whole thing started as a surprise trip up to Los Olivos (wine country in Southern California), which is pretty much the most ideal vacation for us. Being serious winos and foodies, there is nothing we love more than vineyard hopping and eating well. Upon arriving, Paul had planned a Bachelorette-style picnic for us, complete with the roses and “challenges.” Yes, I know we are extremely sappy, but having something to look forward to each Monday is very much worth it. At the end of our “date,” I was presented with a rose that he decided not to give me; instead, I received my stunning bling ring.
I have never loved a material item more in my entire life. I am so distracted by this rock on my finger I find myself starting at my hand every 10 seconds. And not to be forgotten is the elation I feel about marrying my best friend. Paul truly is someone I could NEVER get tired of and am so happy to be able to vocalize my crazy future plans for us! So get ready fellow readers, a SIVANAYLA wedding is underway!
My most lived-in pair of shorts this summer so far has definitely been these Lovers + Friends floral shorts. They are snug around the waist but loose on the leg, leaving me more comfortable than I need to be on a regular basis. How have I been too comfortable, you ask? Well, I pretty much didn’t take them off (except to shower) last weekend (oops!). If you would like a pair I am selling them for $50 and have all sizes available. Email me if you are interested: email@example.com! I also have the matching blazer if interested.
What happens when my best friend opens a store in the Valley? We have a party, duh! If you follow me on Instagram (@sivanayla) you already know how adorable her soireé was, but in case you missed it, here are some snaps from the event. Be sure to stop by her store and pick up some goodies. Prices are unbelievable (we are talking everything under $60!) and her styling is impeccable! #proudbestfriend