Love.

Recently, I’ve become infatuated with weddings. My sister got engaged a little over a year ago and a ton of her friends are getting engaged and married, so I see wedding pictures all the time. Also, a couple of my friends work for my friend’s mom’s flower shop and they bring flowers to weddings all the time and have beautiful pictures from the weddings.

Since I will be my sister’s Maid of Honor, I have been looking up wedding details ever since she got engaged. This leads me to how I discovered wedding blogs. And they are wonderful. I love seeing all different kinds of weddings and all the different details. There are so many options when it comes to weddings. You can do anything and everything. There are so many things that make weddings wonderful.

I follow two wedding blogs: Wedding Chicks and Style Me Pretty. Both do a great job at capturing all of those wonderful wedding details that make weddings so beautiful. Both blogs have great photography and include information directly from the bride, which is a nice touch. Something extra special that I like about Wedding Chicks is that they provide a little more information than Style Me Pretty. Wedding Chicks has more information about the details the bride chose, which is nice for those women looking at wedding blogs for inspiration for their own weddings.

Here are some pictures from Wedding Chicks, which focuses more on details:

vintage wedding ideas by PAPERTALK PRESS               white wedding bouquet

rustic wedding ideas               dessert table ideas

Here are some pictures from Style Me Pretty, which focuses more on the bride & groom:

     

Style Me Pretty also includes videos! Who doesn’t love an adorable wedding video?!

Nom nom nom

On to one of my most passionate passions: FOOD! Cue inappropriate fat jokes. Honestly, I don’t understand people who DON’T love food. My love for food has definitely grown over the years. It most likely stems from when I discovered the Food Network and couldn’t – and still can’t – stop watching. I watch Giada at HomeBarefoot ContessaPaula’s Best Dishes30 Minute MealsAce of Cakes,Chopped, and my favorite, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Side note: I do NOT watch these shows daily. Then the show Top Chef started, and I fell in love (it really is a good show. Check it out!).
But then, of course, I discovered food blogs (duh)! Food blogs are awesome. These blogs introduce readers to easy access to recipes, new foods and recipes they haven’t seen before, ways to transform everyday eats into something new and different, easy ways to make meals and so much more. The plus? All of this is at your fingertips. I would suggest to anyone looking to do something different with their daily eating routine to take a few quick glances at some food blogs. There are endless meal ideas. Food blogs can easily help anyone looking for a change in food pace.
One of my favorite food blogs is Dinner: A Love Story. It’s a very popular food blog and one of my other favorite blogs has mentioned this one a few times. The reason I love this blog is because the author, Jenny, is constantly posting new recipes with pictures and a story behind it. But I love this blog for more than her recipes because her blog is so much more than recipes. DALS is very family oriented, so Jenny has done posts on “How to Talk to Kids About Healthy Eating” and how to control overeating dessert. Recently, she did a post on the “100 Rules of Dinner” that I loved. Since I love all blogs so much, the fact that this is not soley recipe-centered food blog, made me a follower. I think one of the reasons I love blogs so much is that you get to learn about other people’s lives and what they’re doing with them. I find it so interesting. Anyway, here are some pictures and posts from DALS.
Burrito bowl:
                       stations
Jenny gives a weeknight and weekend version (the weeknight being an easier recipe). She gives directions for making the chicken, beans, rice, salsa, and guacamole! Awesome.
Some rules I liked are:
1. “Acid” is usually the answer when you taste a dish and wonder ‘What’s missing?’
9. There are very few problems in a kid’s life that aren’t momentarily solved by a stack of chocolate chip pancakes on Saturday morning.
11. No need to sift. Whisking is just as effective.
37. When someone says they drink “one to two” glasses of wine a night, you can pretty much assume its two.
I could keep going. These rules are great.
While I do love a food blog that gets off topic, I wanted one that just gave me its best recipes (well, with just a tad of outside life). And that’s exactly what smitten kitchen does! Deb, the author, posts (almost) weekly recipes of the things she makes from her tiny New York City kitchen. The main reason I love this food blog is because she posts great photos for each step of the recipe, which are helpful for those who actually attempt to make them. And who doesn’t love looking at beautiful pictures of food?! Here are some of Deb’s recipes.
One of Jen’s recipes that looks delectable: salted caramel brownies
 pour onto a parchment-lined plate            chop up the firm salted caramel
 ready to bake, caramel gems on top            runny salted caramel brownies

Laughter: “It cures a multitude of ills.”

I agree with Audrey Hepburn. Laughing is one of my favorite things to do. That’s why I love looking at and reading funny blogs (and re-watch episodes of Friends and The Office). There are a ton of them out there. I can’t believe how creative and clever people can be to come up with this stuff. This is another reason I love blogs. You can see the amazing talents of all these people around the world. And, yes, I do consider being funny to be a talent. Hello, Ellen DeGeneres.

My favorite funny blog, which I have been following for years, is called #whatshouldwecallme. The author takes short clips from TV shows and movies and has those explain his/her life and the things he/she experiences. It. Is. Hilarious. The blog is also very relatable for college students because the author is clearly a college student since many of the author’s posts are about law school.

Here are some posts from the blog that made me LOL:

STUDYING

Freshman year:

Now:

WHEN OTHER PEOPLE TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY LOVE THEIR BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND

I’m just like,

WHEN I RUN INTO MY EX UNEXPECTEDLY

I hope you enjoy some good laughs!

DIY

I am definitely not the most creative person. Read: I am not creative at all. Whenever I see things my friends or bloggers make, I am completely shocked. Since I knew I needed a little help in the creative area, I started following do-it-yourself blogs, design blogs, decorating blogs, and basically any blog that would give me inspiration.

One of my favorite design blogs is called Little Green Notebook. The author, Jenny, is a decorator in New York City (this could be one of the reasons this design blog is my favorite). Jenny has done a ton of DIY projects and provides step-by-step demonstrations on her blog so her readers can do the projects themselves. Below are a few of my favorite DIYs that she has done. To see all of her DIY projects, click here.

closet1                    step 2                 closet3

I think the trim and the black paint make the room look way more sophisticated and nicer.

How to upholster an antique side chair:

     chairbefore             glueingtrim              chairafter

Now the chair looks sleek, shiny, and new. I think it looks great!

Another part of Jenny’s blog that I love are her before and afters. I love seeing the photos before she decorates houses and then the photos after so I can see everything she did and transformed. Recently, Jenny decorated Joanna Goddard’s apartment (the author of A CUP OF JO, a blog I formerly blogged about). The before and after shots are lovely.

before                              after beforebroom after1 after2

I think Jenny is so creative and comes up with such neat ideas for houses and tiny apartments. I also love that she incorporates her family into her blog, so that viewers can see that she can do all of these things while maintaining a family life.