Venus Trapped in Mars

10 February 2017

The Wedding Plan Everyone Thinks I'm Joking About


Apparently when you get engaged everyone thinks you've already planned your entire wedding within moments of accepting a proposal. I hardly screamed "Holy Shit" and "Hell Yes" at CB before someone asked if we had set a date. 

To answer everyone's question, no we still haven't. It has been a week and a half since we got engaged, and we still haven't set a date. In modern day society, not having set a date 13 days in basically means that we'll never get married and we aren't serious about our future. 

CB and I don't fight that much, but I brought up the cost of a photographer and lawwwd help us we were in a full blown argument. The kind of argument that you can feel you're wrong in, but you've come way too far and you've fallen way too deep and you can't dig yourself back out. I wanted to end the argument, I really did, but I wasn't physically able to do so. 

We were laying in bed and my body said, go over there, snuggle with him, just end this ridiculous disagreement about how much we should be spending on a photographer. My mind though? Well, my mind wouldn't program my body to move. My mind said BE MAD. BE VERY MAD. DO NOT GIVE UP, DO NOT GIVE IN. Let this fester as long as possible. 

Anywhoozle. 

As it turned out, the photographer argument turned out to be a good thing because I think we both voiced our opinions and came to the conclusion that this needed to be a FUN process, not a stressful one. The second we don't have fun planning this thing, we will make a conscious effort to step back and remember it isn't about the cost of the photographer -- it's about me and Drew--- or CB --- or whoever I marry that day. LOLS! 

Staying within our budget is our number one priority. I have had this vision for our wedding that I am very VERY serious about, but every time I tell someone they think I'm joking. 

Like, they literally laugh and say, "OMG you're hilarious." They then bring their giggles to a halt and look at me again, waiting for me to tell them the real plan. 

No no, that's my plan. Why is it so funny? 

This brings me to my next point. I BELIEVE THAT THE BRIDE AND GROOM SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHATEVER THE HELL THEY WANT TO DO AT THE WEDDING. 

If a couple want to release doves into the air as they finally kiss, release doves. If a bride wants to wear a black dress, wear a black dress. If you want a puppy petting farm, get a puppy petting farm -- (wait, that's a great idea, writing that down). 

My point, there's no weird thing to do. It's yall's day, do yo thing. 

So--- with that said----

I'm not sure why everyone is laughing at me like I just told THE GREATEST JOKE OF ALL TIME when I say I'd really like to have Pizza Hut and a self-serve keg of beer. 

Why is that funny???????????? 



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08 February 2017

Fifty Shades of Donuts

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures.

I know I already spilled the beans that I had a Fifty Shades of Darker themed post coming your way in my engagement announcement post. 

Was bringing that up just an excuse to link back to the engagement post? Perhaps.........

Last weekend I had the gals (and - seeing as it turned out to be a bit of an engagement party - the guys too) over for a Fifty Shades of Darker masquerade party. I've "read" all the books and am SO pumped for the release of the film on Feb. 10th. Now, when I say "read" I've listened on audible. Boy, let me tell y'all, THAT is a book that is wayyyyy more fun on Audible while sitting in rush hour. I remember at one point during the book I just sat in the driveway, I couldn't get out of the car I was so hooked!


I knew I wanted to throw a donut + cocktail party in honor of the film’s February 10th release. I don't know about you, but nothing is sexier than donuts and cocktails. Just my honest opinion. 







CB helped me build the donut holder shown above. It is just a wood plank with some dowels place down the board. It only took 5 minutes to make, which was about how long it took for everyone to scarf down the donuts at the party! 

I also had an official hashtag for the party: #50ShadesofDonuts (LOLS!) 















Ok, why am I writing this post on an empty stomach????? 





In addition to a Red Satin Fifty Shades of Grey red wine for us to split, I also had a silver photo backdrop, black and silver balloons and the CUUUUTEST goodie bags to give the girls! Inside the goodie bags was a copy of Fifty Shades Darker book so they could read it again before we all go to the theaters next weekend and watch together, a great lounge shirt, a masquerade mask to wear at the party in case anyone forgot to bring one, and a makeup bag!










I also made French Kiss Cocktails


3/4 Oz Raspberry Liqueur  
3/4 Oz Peach Schnapps
3/4 Oz Vodka
Splash of OJ + Cranberry + Pineapple Juice

Shake Shake Shake over Ice and Serve!! 












I think it is safe to say that everyone had a FANTASTIC time and is pumped for the movie release! Make sure you watch the trailer below and check out Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters Feb. 10th! Get your tickets NOW via Fandango




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07 February 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas || His and Hers Watches + $100 GC Giveaway

The Best His and Hers Watches












Valentine's Day is next week and if you still haven't figured out what to get your S.O. then I've got you covered. 


Quick V-Day throwback story real quick. Last year, CB came to visit me in Miami. Every year, during Valentine's Day, I work the Miami International Boat Show. The trip always falls over V-Day, and this past year CB came down and spent the weekend at the show. He brought a V-Day card with him from Texas. I brought my card with me from Texas. I bought mine in Irving (suburb of Dallas) and he bought his in Denton (really far suburb of Dallas). 

Well - WE BROUGHT EACH OTHER THE SAME DANG CARD. I'm sorry, but can you believe that??? If you've already heard that story a million times, I'm sorry I just can't help myself. It makes me smile every time I think about it! 

In addition to picking out the perfect card, you need to give the perfect gift! Enter JORD Wood Watches. I love the uniqueness of these watches. These timepieces are modern, unique and sleek all rolled in to one beautiful accessory. I picked out this one for CB and this one for me












A few things to note, because I know y'all and you'll note them:  Yes- we took these before getting engaged. Apologies for those here for ring pics. Also - if anyone has any suggestions on taking ring photos, I'm all ears. I hate my hands (weird thing to hate, I'm aware) and every picture I take of the ring all I can see is HAAAANDS! 

Second thing to note is CB's modeling debut. I mean, he is a natural!
Not pictured: him wanting to kill me.

JK JK JK JKJK JKJKKJKKKKKKK he was totes patient AF 🤦🏻‍♀️.










Ok, so are you ready for the best PRO TIP to date?? 

PRO TIP: Pick a watch for your man that could easily be unisex. 

See what I mean in 3...2...1....










****EDITOR'S NOTE: Veenie dog hair sold separately.








Icing on the cake? I even have a $100 gift card giveaway to JORD for you today! Plus, just for entering, you'll get a $25 coupon good toward any watch purchase!

The giveaway is now open and will run through 2/12/17 at 11:59pm. Anyone who enters through the giveaway link above, will get a $25 JORD e-gift code, and 1 winner will get a $100 JORD e-gift code! Both codes will expire on 4/30/17. 









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