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Friday, April 28, 2017

Wedding Registry: Tips and Tricks

**full disclosure: we love everything that our family and friends bought for us for our wedding, so thank you ALL! I am in no way bashing any gifts we received or having regret over what we registered for. These are just thoughts I had after the fact that I found might be helpful for a newly engaged couple registering for their own wedding.

Creating a wedding registry is just as fun as it sounds. Picking your favorite stores, frolicking through aisles with scanning guns, and building a wishlist of items for your wedding guests to buy you. It's like you're a kid in a candy store, except way better because you're actually an engaged adult in Target. Or Bed Bath and Beyond. Maybe Crate & Barrel. All three stores are honestly better than any candy store I've ever been to.

When Ben and I began the adventure that was registering for our wedding, I think we really underestimated it. The process is all too easy. "Oh I love this" *scan*, "We NEED this" *scan*, "We already have one of these, but now we definitely need two more bc getting married" *scan, scan, scan*.

I'll be real with you all. It's not like Ben and I NEEDED a bluetooth scale, but it was just so pretty. It promised us a healthier lifestyle because it synced with everything. And we were getting married after all, so didn't we need the best scale there was on aisle D64 of Target to accompany us on our road to happy, healthy, married living? Engaged Benla said OBVIOUSLY yes. We couldn't scan fast enough. Married Benla says that $60 could have been a cash or check at the wedding to use towards life things - like groceries.

I'm here today with a quick list of tips that you should keep in mind while creating your wedding registry. Hindsight is truly 20/20. While Ben and I love everything that we received from our wedding guests, these are just a few things I wish I had kept in mind when we got a little "scan-happy":

Know what you want/need beforehand. It's helpful to know what you actually want and/or need BEFORE you see everything that you think you want/need. What's something you'll actually use? Nice glasses? Pots and pans? Those are items you'll use everyday. Register for those. Make yourself a list and try your best to stick to it. Just be careful and...

Know what you've already registered for. By the time that Ben and I made it to Crate & Barrel, we already had a pretty full registry list at Target. We ended up registering for a lot of plateware at both locations. We're so excited to have a thriving bowl collection, but I wish we were a little more careful with our cabinet real estate. Our kitchen is not that big y'all - and we're only currently a family of two. Eight bowls (while fantastic!) isn't all that necessary for us just yet. On the bright side, we don't have to do the dishes as often.

Don't be scared to put a big ticket item on your registry, but try not to make all of your items big ticket items. You'd be surprised at how validated a big ticket item becomes in your guest's eyes because "it's your wedding day". Usually friends and family will collaborate to split the cost on a pricey item for you. It's a win/win because you're getting an expensive item that you want, and they're paying the same amount they would have spent on a lower priced item anyway. Also keep in mind that if your big ticket item isn't purchased off of your registry, you can use your wedding money to buy it yourself and *BONUS* at a discounted price. A lot of stores are known to give you a percentage off of items left on your wedding registry after your big day of love passes.

Setup a HoneyFund too. A HoneyFund is an awesome alternative to your guests physically handing you cash or a check at your wedding. The HoneyFund page is super easy to setup! Remember to include the link to it on your wedding website, and your invites so guests know where to access it. They'll be able to visit the url and from there they can send you money. A lot of engaged couples use HoneyFund for their honeymoon travel, excursions, etc. We setup ours so that people could put money towards a downpayment on our first home. *Be aware that when using this website there is a small fee charged to your guest and it's taken out of what they gift you.

Think big picture when it comes to the items you want. While it's fun to get wildly colored kitchen appliances, bathroom necessities, etc. you have to ask yourself this question: will this item grow with us? A good example of this is when I wanted to buy a turquoise blue KitchenAid Mixer for our kitchen. My aunt Jeannette taught me how important it is to invest in appliances that will grow with an ever-changing kitchen scheme. As tempting as the pretty pastel ones were, I'm so glad we went with a white KitchenAid Mixer. It'll continue to match every kitchen that we have in our future homes for years to come.

I hope these tips are helpful in that they keep you efficient when registering for your big day. Wedding planning and registering for the event are fun times that shouldn't be compromised, so enjoy it! Even if you end up with tons of plateware and you have a tiny kitchen, just store some of it under your bed like we did. One day some day it'll get used - trust me.

*Click item pictures below to view and purchase some of my top registry picks + items that I so would have scanned if I saw:


Monday, April 24, 2017

KUWK Roundup: Spring Rompers

Happy Monday! Today, Megan came home from the hospital from her last round of in-patient chemo. Wahooooo! She has the second part of the round at the end of this week and then she is DONEZO. This chapter of life can be closed. It's crazy to think that she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in January and now here we are in April with a light at the end of this long tunnel. To say our family is excitedly relieved is an understatement.

If you know me at all, then you know that my favorite roundup to do on ze blog is that of rompers. Spring and the upcoming summer season have me craving the adult onesies more than ever. I feel like my closet has been in quite a rut lately. Everything feels stale to me, and I'm ready for a quick fashion freshen up. To start I went ahead and bought this romper on my list, but the heart eyes are still strong for this one (the back is AMAZING).

Do you ever just feel over your current closet situation? I always read that you should find new ways to style old favorites. What are some ways that you bring your favorite pieces back to life?


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Life Tidbits: Talk About Timing

Today I had my first ever ultrasound. No, not for a baby (sorry fam!). This one was actually done on my neck. Since New Year's Eve I've had an enlarged and tender area on the left side of my neck underneath my jawline. It was my least favorite thing that I unintentionally packed for NOLA. After one too many Google searches, I had narrowed my diagnosis down to either: cancer OR stones in my salivary glands. Cancer was a hot button given my sister Megan had just been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma around that time.

Let me just say that Googling symptoms is a really dangerous game guys - one I don't enjoy playing.

For months it was painful to eat, uncomfortable after I ate, and it only seemed to get worse as the months went on - most increasingly in this past week.

Long story short, this morning I actually ended up "producing" a small stone from underneath my tongue just hours before my ultrasound appointment. I use the word "produce" because I literally have no idea how else it even happened. For a few days, I had a hard white spot underneath my tongue. It was incredibly uncomfortable and I didn't know what it was. Miraculously it seemed to have just popped it's way out from it's spot while I was enjoying my coffee this AM and I'm going to just leave it at that. Almost as soon as the stone made its abrupt appearance, the pain in my neck and throat subsided. The swelling that was underneath my jawline? It's gone down. To top it all off, the ultrasound didn't show anything alarming. It actually didn't show anything at all. Sweet relief.

Also, SO SORRY IF THIS IS TMI. But, really...

Talk about timing. I've been suffering with this since New Year's Eve, and this whacky condition decides to cure itself just hours before my scheduled ultrasound.

Sometimes I just have to chuckle at the timing of life's events. Does this kind of stuff happen to anyone else in the world?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Blush Cold Shoulder Romper + Lace Up Sandals

Hi friends! Another Monday has come and miraculously gone. Did you all have a nice Easter weekend? I spent mine booking a bachelorette cruise (hi Kayla!), and shooting with local companies in downtown Dunedin. I enjoyed brunch with my family on Sunday morning, and closed the weekend out while watching fireworks on Clearwater beach. It was pretty fabulous - also fabulously packed. I go back and forth all the time on if I'd rather have jam packed weekends consistently, or a Saturday and Sunday of no plans. The only problem with the latter is that if I'm not doing anything, I feel like I should be.

Maybe I should refer back to my resolution of making this year all about self care and learning how to slow down. That's an entirely different topic though. Moving on to the real reason you all are here... 

How adorable is this blush romper? As soon as I spotted it at fab'rik in Tampa, I knew I had to have it. I'm all heart eyes over the cold shoulder detail and the tiny ruffles. They make this romper so fun and feminine! The plan is to rock this blush number to as many country concerts as possible later this spring and summer. I loved pairing it with these lace-up sandals, but I know it'll match perfectly with these embroidered boots as well.

Do you have any concerts coming up soon? What will you be wearing to them?

Shop liveFASHIONABLE jewelry (I'm wearing their stackable rings): click here
Shop BohoBetty (use code KAHLA20 for 20% off!) - Pacific Ocean Tassel Bracelet shown in pictures: click here

*click item pictures below to be brought to their page for purchase


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

KUWK Roundup: Shopbop "Event of the Season" Sale

Fanny Pack // Earrings // Striped Shorts // Romper // Shoes [true black] // Shoes [otter]

Happy hump day friends! It's Wednesday which means we've almost conquered another week. It's been a busy one for me already. On Monday night we had my dad over for dinner (chicken and quinoa - yum!). Last night we went out to the first dollar night of the season at Spectrum Field. Beer, hot dogs, game day tickets. It's (almost) all just $1. Baseball games and brews - there's nothing quite better on an April evening.

I'm looking forward to a night of gymming + relaxing, and choosing what to purchase from the Shopbop "Event of the Season" sale. I skimmed through earlier today and I'm sharing my top picks with you! The sale runs from 4/12 - 4/14, so that's plenty of time to pickup some new spring staples. A lot of these items will sell out quickly, so make sure you move fast if you want to purchase something. Here's what you need to know (make sure to use code EVENT17):

Here's everything you need to buy. Kidding. But these picks are SO cute, no?

What have your purchased from the Shopbop "Event of the Season" sale? What do you have your eye on?

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