Rent the Runway Review


I've already shared my full review of Rent the Runway, but I wanted to share the second of the two dresses I borrowed! I loved this Trina Turk option when I saw it online, and was even more obsessed with it in person! I think it would be the perfect dress for a wedding, or bachelorette party (which is what I had in mind when I rented it!), or really any special occasion.  I'll definitely be using Rent the Runway for special occasions in the future, and I already have a few dresses on my "hearts" list! 

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Purple Black and White Bridal Shower with Minted


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Over the weekend, I had the honor of throwing a bridal shower for my best friend at my parents' home in Scottsdale! I really wanted the day to be an extra-beautiful celebration of my friend. My mom and I decided to go with a black, white, purple, and gold-themed bridal shower, because they're the wedding colors, and they just so happen to be the color of my parents' decor! (Nice when things like that work out, right?) 

I always love Minted's bunting banners, and this one was extra-special once the photos of the happy couple were added! The table confetti gave a fun punch to simple white tablecloths and purple napkins added just enough color to keep the look bridal, but not boring. For favors, we sent guests home with decorated sugar cookies, sealed up with stickers that matched the rest of the party decor! 

At the bar, we served up mimosas, iced tea, and the shower's signature cocktail, my lavender champagne cocktail recipe. We used wine glass stem tags to keep guests' drinks straight, and left a note that explained how to make the cocktails in case anyone had questions! I also loved using this Studio Mucci garland over the bar for an additional festive touch! 

I've never been a fan of shower games, so as an alternative, I had cards printed up and made a sign asking guests to write a prayer or favorite Bible verse for the soon-to-be-newlyweds, and I put them all into a book for a keepsake for the bride and groom. 

For food, we served sandwiches, gluten-free pasta salad, fruit salad, caprese salad, and a green salad, and we labeled each item with a table tent identification card, which was super-helpful for people with food allergies. The real highlight of the food, though, was dessert! I knew I wanted to serve something unique, and since the shower was mid-morning, we created a donut tower, and accented it with flowers, which was a big hit! 

I think the shower was a smashing success, and I couldn't have pulled it off without help from my mom, sister, and the wonderful people over at Minted

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Rent the Runway Review

(I was realllly excited about my dress. And I'm just generally a little weird.)

Brett and I are attending three weddings within six weeks of each other this fall: Brett's a groomsman in two of them, and I'm the maid of honor in the third! It's going to be a crazy, yet fun, fall. 

When I started thinking through my wardrobe options, I realized something: I needed dresses for three rehearsal dinners, two weddings (the third I'll be wearing a bridesmaid dress, of course!) plus a dress for my BFF's shower (more photos from that tomorrow!) plus her bachelorette party! That brings the grand total of photo-worthy dresses needed up to SEVEN! While I'm all about an outfit repeat, I wanted to mix it up a bit with a couple new dresses without breaking the bank. 

Enter my friends at Rent the Runway. They offered to help me out and let me try out their rental services with two dresses to review (I'll be sharing the other soon!) for this past weekend, and I have to say, I was excited to try it out. 

My review of Rent the Runway: Basically, the premise of Rent the Runway is this: you get to "rent" a designer dress for 4 days at a fraction of the original cost, basically allowing you to have a special new dress for an occasion without breaking the bank. You just go to their site, select a dress (you can even create a wish list!) and set the day for it to arrive. My event was Saturday, I requested the dress to come Thursday, and I returned it first thing Monday morning in the included pre-paid UPS envelope. I picked out this gorgeous Nanette Lepore dress (that perfectly matched the bridal shower I threw!) and it fit like a glove! The dress rents for $50, but retails for $370, and it made me feel like a million bucks. RTR even has dresses for as low as $30, so it really works for any budget. 

All in all, I must say, I was impressed. I'll definitely be using Rent the Runway again in the future for special events, and the only hard part about the experience was sending the gorgeous dress back! If you click this link, you'll get $20 off your first rental! Have fun!

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Minted Bridal Shower Invitations


Over the weekend, I threw a bridal shower for my best friend at my parents' home in Scottsdale! I'm so excited to share more pictures from the day later this week, but first, I wanted to share the invitations I sent out from Minted! I picked the "Glitter Everywhere" invites, and while they were originally designed as birthday party invites (the "Mrs." was designed to be a number), the fab designers at Minted helped me customize the invite, and I loved the way it turned out. (Just a note: the part that's covered up reads: "Let's shower her with love and wishes!") 

I had never used Minted invites for a party before, and I have to say, I was completely impressed with the quality, the design services, and the level of customization that was available. I loved that you could add the striped backing, and the Skinnywrap address labels really completed the package!

Additionally, and I didn't have the chance to use this service because I ordered the invitations before I had the shower guest list, Minted will address your invitations for FREE. I think it's an awesome way to speed up the process of putting together the invites, and they really do look so nice (and fancy!) custom-printed! 

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