the home office

Working from home can be very tricky for some people. It is so easy to get distracted or stay in your pjs all day. Unfortunately, that probably won’t lead to a very productive day.. so here are a few tips for those enjoying the perks and struggles of their home office!

1.  Don’t stay in your pyjamas. Remember, you are at work.  Take a shower, get dressed and work in your office space. Not your dining room table or your couch, your office- this will help you stay focused.

2. Start your day with a to-do list ( and a coffee :) ) having priorities and tasks you need completed will get you started.

3. Have a separate phone line for business- you don’t want to end up on personal calls, your personal facebook, social media, or texting friends.  This will not only keep you focused during the day but it will also help you disconnect at night – when it is personal time.

4. Make that space your own and make it comfortable. Buy a nice chair and desk, frame pictures, quotes, and stay organized. Make that space inspiring, energizing, an office you want to work in.

5. If you find yourself doing laundry, vacuuming or distracted by other house chores, try a coffee shop! Sometimes a little break outside of the house can do you some good.

As for your office decor- here’s some inspiration

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Get creative- remember the DIY Home Organization post? Use some of these ideas in your office. It will create a personalized, pleasant atmosphere and may inspire all kinds of new ideas.

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You are going to be spending a lot of time in this room so make sure you like it. And stay organized!

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Happy Monday!

products I love- the summer edition

It finally feels like Spring! Which means summer is just around the corner and I could not be more excited.

To me, summer means wedding season and amazing moments with  my clients, fun road trips with my guy and beach days with the girls!

As I get into the routine of healthier cooking, more regular exercise and feeling better overall, I am also restocking my favourite summer products.

I am often asked about which products I use so today’s post is all about sharing these great finds!

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Key West Aloe is my absolute favourite moisturizer! I love the light, fresh feeling and the subtle scent that brings me back to the Florida Keys! It’s the perfect everyday moisturizer and their collection is filled with great after sun products. Check out their website for shipping details.

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OPI Too Pink to Hold Em- the perfect bright summer polish for fingers and toes!

flipflop

This flip flop is my go-to for the every day running around. Comfortable, simple & cute (I have them in atleast 3 colors). You can find these at Spring or something similar at Aldo etc.

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I just love this color block maxi dress; It’s casual enough for running errands, but nice enough to be dressed up with a few accessories for a casual work day or dinner out with the girls. Best part? It’s affordable from Target!

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Maybelline’s Full N Soft is my favourite mascara for every day use. It’s waterproof, sweat-proof, does wonders for my lashes and lasts all day!

save the date

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a chance to unwind and enjoy the weekend.

As you may know, I have been in South Miami celebrating a very special birthday (my step dads). It has been so great to have some family time and we threw an amazing Cuban style party for friends and family – photos coming soon!

I was brainstorming save-the-date ideas with a friend and it inspired this post. There are some really fun ways to set the tone for your event or wedding; save-the-dates as well as invitations are that first impression for your guests, have fun with them!

Here’s a few loveable ,sharable, save-the-date ideas for all the newly engaged couples out there :)

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simple, colorful & fun!

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This is a really cute idea, I love the use of the calendar.

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Amazing. This travel theme is classy and so exciting!

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iLUXE Travel: Vendor Spotlight Part 2

A few weeks ago I published a post all about my chat with Shannon from iLUXE travel. I asked some of the top honeymoon related questions I get from brides and Shannon had the best answers! She truly is an expert in all things luxury travel and honeymoon planning.

Our conversation was filled with so much great advice that I actually had to write a second post, so today, in Part 2 of this vendor spotlight, I am sharing a few more of Shannon’s tips.

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“Planning your honeymoon should be an exciting and stress free occasion. Here are some things to consider when planning your perfect honeymoon.”

1.      When should I start planning my honeymoon? The sooner the better. Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways wants to make your honeymoon perfect so we will work as long this takes to achieve that. Planning ahead allows you time to budget accordingly and get necessary documents needed should you be traveling to destination where you need and do not already have.

2.      Have an idea of your Geography. Yes, Seychelles, Maldives and Fiji are amazing honeymoon destinations, but not if you have only one week for your honeymoon. Picking an exotic location is ideal if you have enough travel time and don’t mind long flights. Some locations require over a day traveling time and you will need to adjust to a time difference.

3.      Know your budget. Airline fares play a significant role when planning your budget. If you are a frequent traveler, save your mileage and try to use your accumulated mile points. Many credit cards also offer airline mileage awards that may assist you as well.

4.      When do you want to leave? If you are getting married on a Saturday, you may want to rethink traveling the next day, especially when traveling to the Caribbean as most flights leave in the morning.

5.      What type of honeymoon are you looking for? Discuss with your fiancé exactly what is most important for you to experience while on your honeymoon: adventure, relaxation, touring, a little of everything? Communication is the key, we will be able to provide options with you of where to go and stay.

6.      What kind of resort are you looking for? All inclusive? Adult only? Many resorts offer all inclusive options, allowing you to know ahead of time exactly how much you are going to spend. If one chooses a non-all-inclusive hotel and has a steadfast budget in mind, many resorts have menus on their website so you can get a general idea of what you will be spending for meals.

7.      Do I need a Visa, do I need vaccinations? Some destinations do require Visas; your travel professional will be able to advise you of that requirement and assist in obtaining them should you need. Also important is what type of passport you are traveling under and many countries are now requiring passports valid 6 months after entering country. Always best to confirm with your doctor if they suggest vaccinations to where you are traveling it to an exotic destination.

8.      I don’t need insurance, this is my honeymoon and I will never cancel. There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling. Travel Insurance provides protection for your travel investment in case an unfortunate situation arises, such as sickness, bad weather, or civil unrest at your planned destination; just to name a few

Executive Travel Manger

1075 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2B1

 D. 416 312 5488 | 1 800 463 1512

www.iluxetravel.com

ceremony backdrops

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the weather this weekend. Finally some spring-like temperatures and sunshine made for a beautiful Sunday.

Today’s post is all about ceremony decor.. I love a great backdrop and today i’m sharing my top 5 for this season.

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This fabric ribbon backdrop is so fun- it would look great behind the head table at the reception too!

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The outdoors, the lanterns, the fabric & the greens.. I just love this romantic look!

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They say less is more.. in this case the oak tree makes a huge statement without needing any otherdecor.

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These floating florals are so unique!

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love, love love.

2014 brides..what trends are you incorporating into your day? Please share, we would love to hear from you!

Happy Planning!

glitter

When it comes to decorating for a celebration , I’ve always liked a little glitter.

There’s something about sparkles that add that extra special look! I love that couples and decorators are thinking outside the box and incorporating  a little sparkle to any theme or style.

I’ve put together a few of my favourite photos to share this trend. Enjoy!

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Edible glitter. Genius. I just love the simplicity of this cake in combination with that little bit of glitter!

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It doesn’t have to be New Year’s Eve to dress up in sequins. These bridesmaids dresses are gorgeous!

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Add a little sparkle to your day!

Happy Planning!

the tassel trend

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately you have probably noticed the tassel trend.

I absolutely love the fun look of this DIY project and I think it’s great for all occasions. Birthdays, weddings, parties, home decor, anything!

I’ve put together a little collection of favourites to inspire you.

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This champagne color palette gives an elegance to the fun piece.

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Mini tassels on a cake, so cute!

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I love the way this tied the whole color scheme of the dessert table together. Simple, yet fun and chic.

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Awesome backdrop.

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Feeling crafty? HGTV shares how to do-it yourself here.

Not sure you want to make it? There are tons of options on Etsy, at Target, at your local party store and my favourite.. Studio Mucci- they have tons of color options!

vendor spotlight: iluxe travel

Dreaming of a warm, sunny getaway lately?

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I know I am!

For this week’s vendor spotlight I am featuring Shannon from i LUXE travel. Shannon plans luxury honeymoons and has been in the industry for over 10 years! She is super personable, sweet and extremely knowledgeable about travel destinations.

A few weeks ago I met with Shannon and asked her a few of the top questions brides have about planning a honeymoon. Here are Shannon’s answers.

1. How far in advance should couples plan their honeymoon?

I recommend booking your honeymoon at least nine months in advance, to allow myself to confirm the places and hotels you would like to include in your itinerary, especially if you will be traveling during peak season. If you are considering a location such as Africa, I would give yourself at least one year

2. How many days is the average honeymoon?

 10 days up to 18 days.

3. What is the biggest advantage to working with a travel agent/planner?

 With over 14 years of experience and TICO licensed, I have been able to build strong working relationships and partners throughout the World which allows me to offer the following Benefits to my clients

·       Passing along personal insider knowledge

·       Exclusive Resort and Cruise lines Preferred rates

·       Resort Credits

·       Select Amenities & Room Upgrades

 7. We’re an adventurous couple- where should we go?
Close to Home, without much travel time – Belize. I have been sending many couples to this location in the last few years. I would compare this to Costa Rica 10 years ago, very rustic and perfect for those who love water sports especially Scuba diving, Zip Lining in the Rain Forest, National Parks and beautiful white sand beaches. Resort to consider: Turtle Inn, owned by Francis Ford Coppola, one of my favorites.. 
8. My fiancé and I are so busy, all we want to do is relax and sunbathe, where should we go?
Tahiti: With 118 islands offering coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand palm-fringed beaches, and over water bungalows, it is where some will say “Where Heaven and Earth Meet”Bora Bora, and Moorea the most popular islands to visit but if you have the time Taha’a, Island should not be missed.
9. What are some upcoming trends for honeymoons?
Mini-Moons Mini-moons are quickly becoming a popular hot item for couples. With limited vacation time and budgets after the Wedding, couples are looking at having a mini-moon after the Wedding and at a later date going on the Dream Honeymoon. Great place to check out : Langdon Hall, Ontario 
10. Top 3 locations for 2014?
HAWAII, INDONESIA/ BALI and MALDIVES
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Interested in discussing your honeymoon plans with Shannon? You can reach her here:
Executive Travel Manager
1075 Bay St, Toronto,Ontario  M5S 2B1
 P. 416 928 3113|  D. 416 312 5488 | 1 800 463 1512
Shannon and I had such a great time chatting- Part 2 of this post is coming soon and is filled with honeymoon planning tips!

the sweetheart table

Good morning brides!

As you work on your floor plan and your seating chart, an important aspect to consider is what type of head table you would like. Who’s is going to be at the head table? What layout would you like? etc.etc.

There are so many options and we are now seeing a lot of this new one! The sweetheart table is trending again this year and we’re showing you what it’s all about.

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Some couples may want to sit with their wedding party or right in with their guests.

For those looking for an intimate setting, these gorgeous set-ups are amazing inspiration!

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The sweetheart table can be very simple or very elaborate- I love how it is another way to customize the reception.

What do you think? Would you consider the sweetheart table for your reception?

Happy Planning!

cake toppers

Hi everyone!

Remember these traditional cake toppers?

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These are long gone and couples are looking for more creative ways to top their cakes.

Today’s post is all about sharing a trend that I am loving right now.

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How cute are these custom banner cake toppers? Such a great detail!

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Although many couples are choosing cake alternatives such as pie bars, candy bars, cupcakes, macaroon towers etc. Cakes are still popular and these unique toppers make them so much fun.

Whether it be theme related, monogrammed or florals, these modern, personal touches to the traditional dessert make them that much yummier!

thanks for stopping by, wishing you all a wonderful day!