Bachelorette Welcome Bags

I can’t believe it is my wedding week and this is the most blogging I have done in the past two years! I think all of the stress and nerves has me cranking out blog posts. Well, this is my last blog post as a single gal, the next time you hear from me on the blog, I will be a married woman!

I wanted to share my bachelorette welcome bags with all of you because they were the absolute CUTEST gifts ever. My maid of honor did such an amazing job putting the bags together and talking to the brands I was collaborating with to share her vision of the bachelorette theme. I love going to other people’s bachelorettes and getting a super cute welcome bag so I wanted to make sure all of the girls would get a fun goodie bag upon arrival in Palm Springs

What was in the welcome bags:

Welcome bags and calligraphy on bags: Letters By Ellen

Customized tank tops: Customized Girl

Flip-Flops: Target

Bride Straw: Bash

Bride Cup: Amazon

Palm Springs Before the Rings Sleeping Mask: Bash

Heart Shaped Sunglasses: Bash

Bride Tattoos: Amazon

Sparkle and Shine Mask: T.J. Maxx

Hangover Kits: Honeybee Gifts

Bride Tribe Hand Sanitizer: Bath and Body Works

Itineraries: Designed and created by my maid of honor

Customized confetti: Etsy

Liquid IV also kindly provided Liquid IV for all of the girls welcome bags- we were given lemon lime and passion fruit flavors

The customized hangover kits were from Honeybee Gifts and they were SO cute!! I absolutely love how they turned out and let me tell you, a hangover kit is a must have item for any bachelorette party, especially when it is multiple days. Each hangover kit contained a makeup remover wipe, Emergen-C, 2 Bandaids, a Purell wipe, an Advil pack, an AlkaSeltzer, 2 ginger candies, and the cutest gold hair tie! All of the goodies came in the cutest little customized bag, which was designed and created by Honeybee Gifts.

I was also gifted the cutest items from Sassy Sash for my bachelorette weekend! They sent me a customized white sash for our tropical night and I absolutely love the flamingo on the sash, it was perfect for the tropical theme. The second sash is absolutely stunning and is a pink sash with rose gold writing. I love how it says Future Mrs. Inch and the font of the writing on the sash, it was so elegant for our fancy night out! To top it all off, the sent me a customized shirt, which I will be wearing this weekend after our wedding. Use the code: SANDYTOES20 at checkout for 20% off of your entire Sassy Sash order.

To see more about my bachelorette weekend and read all of the detail, click here!

Xoxo,

Jonica

My Bachelorette Weekend in Palm Springs

I had the most incredible Bachelorette weekend with all of my best friends and family two weekends ago in Palm Springs, CA! I had originally planned on going to Palm Springs because I thought it would be a low key place to go, but there was nothing low key about the weekend (in a good way)! It was SO fun and wild, I think I might still be recovering, hence why I have a cold right now. I left bright and early on Thursday morning and went to the airport in Phoenix to pick up some of the girls flying in from other parts of the US. Palm Springs does have an international airport, but it tends to be much more expensive so definitely check the prices well in advance. After picking up the girls from the airport, we made a Starbucks pit stop in West Phoenix then hit the road to Palm Springs! It’s about a three and a half to four hour drive from Phoenix to Palm Springs, depending on traffic. The I-10 tends to get crowded during busy months so definitely plan accordingly. We got to Palm Springs around 3 pm and went to In N Out, of course because who goes on a West Coast road trip without an In N Out stop?!

Also, how cute is this cup Starbucks gave me?!
I usually get protein style, but I figured I needed some carbs for the night!

We made really good time getting to Palm Springs and some of the girls got to the house early to decorate so we went straight to Downtown Palm Springs and looked for somewhere with good drinks after the long drive! We found the cutest little restaurant called El Patron and we all got a $4 frozen house margarita! I’m not just saying this, but it was honestly the best frozen margarita I have ever had. I usually don’t order frozen margaritas, but I’m so happy I did because the flavor was amazing and perfect for the 110 degree weather. And who can beat that price?!

After our margarita pit stop, we made our way to the house, which was less than a mile from downtown (so convenient) and met up with the rest of the group! I could not believe how amazing the house was when we walked in. When we first pulled up to the house, we couldn’t tell how extravagant it was because it is completely gated in and tucked back to the mountain, which I loved for safety and privacy. The house was absolutely incredible and perfect for a large group! It had 5 private bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, which made it convenient for a bunch of girls who needed to get ready. It also sleeps 10 people, which is perfect for a family gathering or bachelorette party! The house used to be a bed and breakfast and all of the rooms were very separate from one another, which is always appreciated at a bachelorette party, especially if some people want to sleep and others want to stay up later. I could not believe how amazing of a job they did decorating the house! They made it look so beautiful and I loved the tropical theme for Palm Springs. We also loved the outdoor areas and pool areas. The pool was in the middle of the house, which we loved because we were given more privacy and it was a central location for everyone staying at the house. We of course brought a bunch of floaties and outdoor decorations. The house is called Villa Camelita- The Sonny & Cher House and is managed by Acme House Co. Prices vary by time of year so definitely plan ahead if you are wanting to stay here.

This was the master bedroom where my maid of honor and I slept!
This was the master bathroom, which had a full sized tub and shower

We also gave all of the girls their welcome gifts when we first arrived and it was so fun watching everyone open their gifts. I also opened mine and was so surprised when I saw all of the cute goodies in the bags! A post will be going live this week and I will be sharing all of the goodies inside of the bags in a separate blog post so stay tuned for that.

After opening our welcome bags and getting situated in the house, we all started getting ready for dinner and the night out. The theme was tropical night and everyone looked SO cute in their tropical outfits! It was such a fun themed night and was perfect for Palm Springs.

We went to Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill and it was the perfect dinner spot to host a large group. They had a harpist playing fun songs and we got to sing along and enjoy the atmosphere. I got a jalapeno margarita and it was delicious (but definitely spicier than what I’m used to!) and got a combination platter for dinner with a chicken mini burrito and a chicken enchilada. Both were so yummy! We also got a couple of orders of fresh guacamole for the table to share and the guac was AMAZING!

We then went out for the night and first went to Toucans Tiki Lounge then went to Village Pub, which was my absolute favorite place to go out while we were in Palm Springs. They had such great music and we all loved the atmosphere because there were other bachelorette parties and a younger crowd.

Shop my day one looks here:

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Use code: SANDYTOES20 at checkout for 20% off of your entire order.

Day Two:

We slept in and made breakfast at the house when we all woke up. After breakfast, we got in our swimsuits and spent the morning laying by the pool and swimming, which was so relaxing and fun!

We then got ready and went to our 3 pm reservation for Social Cycle. We all wore matching tank tops that my maid of honor customized from Customized Girl. They were so cute and the tank tops were perfect for cycling in 110 degree weather! Social Cycle was definitely the highlight of the trip, we all had an absolute blast and our tour guide made our experience so much fun. Our first stop on Social Cycle was to Chill Bar in Downtown Palm Springs, then peddled our way to RetroRoom Lounge and the owner made our experience so so fun! After that, we made our way to Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar and we all got a frozen drink, which was so refreshing after peddling in the heat!

After a couple of hours of peddling in the heat, we made our way back to the house and jumped straight in the pool when we got home! After swimming and showering, we started getting ready for another night out. We went to Antigua Kitchen & Bar for dinner and I absolutely loved the atmosphere! We sat outside and the decor was so cute and trendy. I split the Mykonos Greek Salad and Capri Pizza with one of the girls and it was the perfect amount for the two of us. The food was delicious and we still had leftovers between the two of us. I was so sick of alcohol that I ordered a water and not a drink for dinner haha! My sweet friend was unable to make it to my bachelorette weekend so she bought me the cutest bottle of champagne I have ever seen and they brought it to the table for me, such a thoughtful gift!

After dinner, we made our way to Azucar at La Serena Villas for a cocktail before going out for the night. I got a Blood Orange Margarita and it was so delicious and fresh! We also got a couple of orders of chips and guacamole for the table (cause what’s a marg without chips and guac?!). The restaurant was SO cute and had the most amazing atmosphere, I was obsessed with the decor and I am ready to go back. La Serena Villas is also so so cute and I would love to go back to Palm Springs and stay there someday! It’s such a quaint little hotel with the cutest rooms, beautiful pool, and the cutest decor. After dinner, we went back to Village Pub and danced our hearts out for the rest of the night!

Shop my day two looks here:

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Use code: SANDYTOES20 at checkout for 20% off of your entire order.

Day Three:

We woke up after a long night out and started getting ready for brunch. We all wore the cutest matching shirts from Shop Mellow Monkey and they were the perfect brunch shirts! I love the font and color of all of the shirts and thought it would be fun to do something different and get the bride and squad shirts. We went to Trio Restaurant for brunch and it was SO fun! It was the perfect spot for a bachelorette brunch and all of the staff was so friendly. They made our experience the best time ever and had delicious drinks and food. I got the bottomless mimosas and eggs benedict for my brunch food and drink and loved both of my choices, I highly highly recommend going here, especially for a bachelorette party!

After brunch, we went back to the house and spent the afternoon at the house and swam. We all wanted to soak up as much sunshine as possible and had so much fun in the pool with all of the floaties and each other.

We ended our final night with a lingerie shower at the house and ordered pizza & drank wine together. We played fun bachelorette games and got to spend the night hanging out together in our pajamas. It was so relaxing after three days of fun and two long nights out! If you do a three night bachelorette, I’d definitely recommend staying in the third night so you can all spend quality time together and not be hungover for the travel home.

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Day Four:

We woke up bright and early to deflate the floaties, clean the house, and pack our bags. Before leaving, I had to use the outdoor shower before I got ready and it was so cool! I’m always a big fan of outdoor showers and this one was the perfect addition to such an amazing home. We then loaded up the cars, stopped at Starbucks in Palm Springs and headed home!

I had the most incredible bachelorette weekend and highly recommend all of the places we went to while we were in Palm Springs! Palm Springs is such a fun place for a bachelorette party and would love to go back and visit soon. A huge thank you to all of the brands who made my bachelorette weekend so special! Stay tuned for a post tomorrow, which will cover all of the goodies that we all received in our welcome bags. To name a few of the brands I partnered with for bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs: Sassy Sash, Bash, Liquid IV, and more! I will be discussing all of the brands and goodies in detail tomorrow.

Shop my day four looks here:

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Use code: SANDYTOES20 at checkout for 20% off of your entire order.

Xoxo,

Jonica

At Home Veil Try On with Sara Gabriel Veils

Oh my goodness, it’s my WEDDING WEEK! Eeeeek I cannot believe I am actually typing these words right now. The past year and two months have been full of intense wedding planning and I am so excited/nervous for the big day this weekend! In honor of my wedding week, I wanted to share how I chose my beautiful veil (I can’t wait for you all to see the pictures of it after the big day) and how amazing the Sara Gabriel at home veil try-on process is!

We all know how stressful wedding planning can be, especially when you start realizing how many little details there are to plan and prepare for. During my wedding planning experience, I have learned how important it is to search for the most convenient options when completing tasks to ensure you don’t spend too much time on one checklist item. I had honestly been stressed out trying to figure out how I would find the time to drive two hours to Phoenix to go veil shopping, since I live in Northern Arizona where there are not too many shopping options, especially in regards to wedding items. I then found the Sara Gabriel website and was instantly relieved when I found out I could do at home try ons and have veils delivered right to my house! I chose doing at home try ons because I didn’t have to travel to another city to shop for veils, I didn’t have to visit multiple stores to find the perfect veil, I didn’t have to worry about being pressured to buy a veil in the store, and I was able to try on the veils in the comfort of my own home!

*All photos were taken with my iPhone to give you an accurate, real-life picture of the look of the veils* I also recommend trying the veils on with your dress because it will give you more of an accurate representation of what the veils will actually look like with your dress and the veils also look even more stunning with your dress on. I obviously have a robe on in these photos because I can’t share my dress until the big day 😉

Sara Gabriel allows you to try two veils of your choice on in the comfort of your own home. If you are loving two veils, but can’t make a decision between the two, this is the perfect option for you! This is also a great way to go if you are unsure if you should get a short or long veil and want to see how they will look with your dress. I was unsure of the veil type I wanted and doing the at-home try on definitely helped me make my decision. You can try each veil on for $24 each and are also given the option of choosing different lengths, tulle types, and colors on certain veil types, which I love! I also love how Sara Gabriel caters to all budgets and has so many beautiful and affordable veil options. As the wedding expenses add up, you shouldn’t have to choose an affordable veil that isn’t also a quality veil. Sara Gabriel veils are all of the absolute best quality and are all handmade at their warehouse in Denver, CO. Yes, you heard that right, no waiting for international shipping!

For my first at home try-on, I chose to try-on the Lillian veil and absolutely LOVED it! I’m actually shocked that I did not choose this veil because when I put it on, I definitely thought it was the one. This French lace veil is perfect for so many different dress styles and adds the most stunning detail to any dress. This veil contains a barely-there pencil trim, which transitions into a gently scalloped floral pattern that has been meticulously hand-cut and stitched to the edge of this picturesque veil. As you can see, the lace detailing is absolutely stunning (even in my robe) and lays perfectly. This veil is handmade in Denver, CO, is a 90″ classic shape, and approximately 108″at the widest point. The metal comb also comes already attached to the veil and is surprisingly comfortable to wear. For some reason, I always thought that the metal comb on a veil would be uncomfortable, but it’s definitely lightweight and easy to slide into your hair. I’m such a sucker for long veils and this one did not disappoint!

For my second at home try-on, I chose to try-on the Phoebe Veil, which I also loved! It is such a fun veil and adds so much character to any dress style. I think this veil would be perfect with a very simple or elegant dress. I love how it is tiered and falls perfectly. As mentioned, the veil is tiered, or cascade, which means there are two different “levels” or lengths of the veil, which is perfect for brides who want to cover their face with their veil while walking down the aisle, but don’t want to lose the veil effect in the back. The two tiers are 40″ and 90″ so the longer portion is the same length as the previous veil I tried on. I loved the crinoline ribbon along the bottom because it gives the veil a crisp finish and looks stunning with a wedding dress on. This veil is also approximately 108″ at the widest point and also comes with an attached metal comb, which is just as comfy as the one I discussed above! If you are wanting a stunning veil full of character, this veil is definitely for you!

I loved being able to try on the veils with my mom and we had so much fun deciding which one would look best with my dress. I cannot wait to show you all the veil I decided to go with (ps, it’s not pictured here because it is a surprise!) and I will be sharing a full blog post on my wedding day and you will be able to see how stunning the veil I chose is. I also love that you can search how real brides styled all of the veils by searching #lillianveil or #phoebeveil etc.! This was super helpful for me when I was deciding which veil styles would look best with my dress style.

I am so excited for you all to see the amazing veil I chose and I hoped you loved writing this post as much as I loved trying on veils from Sara Gabriel!

Xoxo,

Jonica

My Tropical Bridal Shower

Hi Everyone!

I’m back after a long break from actually writing a blog post. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed how much traveling I’ve been doing lately and all of the wedding prep I have been doing lately as well, which is why I have been MIA. Work and school have also been busy, as usual, which has also made it difficult to find time to blog. I had my bridal shower last month and my future in-laws hosted the event, which was absolutely amazing! I wanted to show you all of the pictures because the shower was absolutely stunning and more than I could have ever asked for!

This is when you you first walked into the house from the front door. They decorated a mirror and put champagne in champagne flutes with cotton candy on top and when you pushed the cotton candy in, the drink turned pink and looked so cute. Such a fun little detail for when we all first walked in!

The dining room was my favorite room from the bridal shower because the dessert table was absolutely stunning! I also loved the backdrop, which was perfect for taking pictures. All of the desserts were delicious and beautifully made. I think everyone went back for seconds on the cake because they were all so yummy!

Next was the kitchen area where they set up the most beautiful balloon arch and charcuterie spread. If you know me, you know I LOVE charcuterie so it was definitely my kind of appetizer table. They also set up the cutest coffee station and added pictures to the stations for personal touches, which I loved.

The amazing balloon arch wrapped all of the way into the den where they had a charm building station, a ring game, and pictures. I also opened gifts in the den and I could not believe how many beautiful gifts I received! It’s funny how now that I’m in my mid twenties, receiving kitchenware and household items are my favorite gifts now!

I walked throughout the house and could not believe how beautifully decorated it all was and then I stepped outside and was blown away! All of the details were beautifully done and I don’t think I could find something better on Pinterest if I tried! The table settings were so cute, the flamingos and mini beach balls in the pool, the tropical wine toppers, the tropical ice, all of the palm leaves, the flower arrangements, flamingo glasses, and everything else! There were a million cute details I could point out that I loved about my bridal shower. They absolutely hit the ball out of the park on this one.

As you can see below, we had the most amazing lunch spread and all of the food was delicious. The salads and the shrimp were my favorite, they were so flavorful and cooked perfectly. I’m always a sucker for Mexican food so I was very excited when I saw we were having tacos! It was so fun eating outdoors, especially since it was perfect weather in LA. Well, perfect weather in my eyes, 95 degrees and sunny!

After lunch we played the cutest games. We played a few trivia games, which were so fun and then we played a toilet paper wedding dress game, which was hilarious to watch! I was the judge and got to see everyone’s cute creations and everyone made the game so fun to watch and play!

Charlie’s family did such a wonderful job hosting such a beautiful event and I cannot thank them enough for hosting my bridal shower. It was a once in a lifetime event that I will always remember and cherish. I can’t wait to show pictures to our future kids! Everyone who attended made the event memorable and fun and I am so thankful to have such a wonderful support system in my life.

To end the weekend, we stayed at the Westin Pasadena during our time in LA for the bridal shower. The Westin Pasadena was so hospitable and made our stay so enjoyable! I wish we were able to stay longer and enjoy the pool and on site restaurant. Thank you to the Westin Pasadena for the incredible gifts when we walked in the room! It made our celebration even more special. We did eat at the California Pizza Kitchen with the most beautiful views of City Hall and I highly recommend going if you are ever in Pasadena. Definitely request a patio view at sunset, it’s worth it!

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Xoxo,

Jonica

PRIME DAY DEALS 2019

Just when you thought you had spent too much money during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, now it’s time to shop the Prime Day Sale! If you have Amazon Prime, you are eligible to shop the sale and there are some amazing deals happening, especially on electronics and home items. The items included in the sale sell out extremely fast and since the sale happens only for two days, if you see something you like, it’s better to go ahead and buy it. If you don’t like it or decide you don’t need it, Amazon has a great return policy. I linked my top favorite items from the sale below.

Happy Shopping, round two!

Xoxo,

Jonica

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