LJO to LJK: New York Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

After my Texas bridal shower, I spent four more days in Houston and Austin for work, and then flew out of Austin first thing in the morning on Thursday. When I got home, I switched out my suitcase, headed back to the airport that night, and flew to Syracuse with Dave! While I entered the past weekend a little tired, I am so happy that we made the trip and got to enjoy some really wonderful quality time with Dave’s family before the wedding. I couldn’t ask for more amazing future in-laws, and Dave’s mom, sister, sisters-in-law, and even nieces made me feel so, so loved planning my bridal shower #2! I can’t wait to share some pictures, and in the meantime, here’s the inspiration board I made, inspired by the teal-painted venue (The Sherwood Inn) and the colors of early spring flowers.

NY bridal shower inspiration board
Clockwise from top left: KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Kelly Kollar via Grey Likes Weddings, Ameris via 100 Layer Cake, Ed Osborn via Style Me Pretty, The Sherwood Innm three studio via Style Me Pretty, Rebecca Hansen via Snippet & Ink

LJO to LJK: My Texas Bridal Shower

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about my beautiful bridal shower since it happened last weekend! I am still so touched by the love my mom and sisters poured into making this day special for me, and it was amazing to have so many of the wonderful women in my life in the same room. We didn’t play games, but my mom did have each person write their marriage/relationship advice on a little card, and then read it out loud when I got to their gift. From my aunts to my college roommates to my best friends from high school and more, hearing the words of wisdom (some serious and some silly!) they had to share is something I’ll always cherish.

A few noteworthy details: there was so much good food! Everyone helped themselves to mini biscuits, pimento cheese, ham, chicken, fruit salad, fresh veggies, and cheesy grits. Once presents were unwrapped, I cut into a white cake with raspberry filling and Swiss buttercream (and decorations inspired by the Minted invitations!), which was served alongside two of my all-time favorite desserts: mini pecan pies and mini chocolate cherry bundt cakes. Yum! My sister Dana made the sparkly Mrs banner and my sister Kristen made the “Cue the Confetti” sign. They and my mom also made the heart food signs, which could not have been cuter! Two more of my favorites were the hot pink taper candles in white candlesticks (you can see them a little on the mantle behind me), which were so fun, and the ranunculus and anemones my mom tracked down. Everything came together so beautifully!

Lisa Olson bridal shower invitation - Something PrettyBridal shower guest book - Something PrettyAnemones and ranunclus -  Something PrettyCodyBridal shower centerpiece -  Something PrettyGold napkins -  Something PrettyFruit salad -  Something PrettyPimento cheese - Something PrettyCheese grit cups - Something PrettyMrs banner - Something PrettyTassel garland -  Something PrettyWrapped gifts -  Something PrettyLisa Olson bridal shower -  Something PrettyLisa, Dana, and Kristen -  Something PrettyLisa and mom -  Something PrettyBridal shower cake table -  Something PrettyLisa Olson bridal shower dress -  Something Pretty

Big hugs to my talented bridesmaid, Aelish Wilmot, for photographing this wonderful day, and once again, to my mom and sisters for making it so special!

LJO to LJK: Texas Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

As I suspected, my first bridal shower really and truly made everything feel real–the fact that I’m a bride, that Dave will be my husband in 40 days, that we’ll get to live together and share a home, and that our wedding will be amazing, simply because of the community we’re a part of. My mom and my sisters did the most amazing job planning the shower at my home sweet home in Texas over the past weekend–it was such a joyful day that I knew they put so much thought into, and I felt so, so loved! I had hardly anything to do with the planning, but they did ask for an inspiration board a few months ago to get ideas for colors and theme. I made them the board below, and as you’ll see on Thursday, they took my initial inspiration and made the shower even more beautiful than I could have imagined!

Lisa Olson bridal showerClockwise from top left: Kate Spade, Tikkido, unknown, Charlie Juliet via 100 Layer Cake, Kimberly Chau via Style Me Pretty, The Why We Love via 100 Layer Cake

I can’t wait to share the pictures my talented bridesmaid, Aelish, captured of the party, but in the meantime, there are a few sneak peeks on Instagram here and here!

Five Looks: St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve never paid too much attention to St. Patrick’s Day, but now that I’m marrying an Irish boy, I suspect it’ll become a bit more important on my calendar in the years to come. The great thing about it though, is that it doesn’t take much to make the day festive (without getting too corny). My St. Patrick’s day recipe? A little bit of Irish music, a glass of Guinness, some Irish-inspired cuisine (I’d love to try this or this!), and of course, an outfit with a pop of green. Here are a few ideas!

jcrewJ. Crew

green sweaterThe Sisters in the City

design darling plaid vestDesign Darling

blue and green tunicSouthern Curls and Pearls

sneakersSource unknown

What are your St. Patrick’s Day plans? I’m going to my first wedding dress fitting tomorrow (eek!), but Dave and I are headed to the Irish pub in our neighborhood to celebrate afterward!

Packing for Lake Como

For the second week of our honeymoon, Dave and I are headed to Lake Como! We’re staying in an adorable AirBNB apartment, and our plan is to pretty much pretend we’re Italian for the week–exploring the towns, shopping the markets, and spending lots of time taking in the gorgeous lake views. I think it’s much easier to pack for a trip to a place you’ve been before, but since neither Dave nor I have been to Northern Italy at all, I’m guessing a little when it comes to my Lake Como packing list. Ultimately, I’ve decided on breezy layers, spring-inspired shades, polished basics, and lots of white–it is my honeymoon, after all! :) Here’s some of my inspiration:

A white sundress is a must for my suitcase–it can be dressed up with a jacket and leather sandals in Rome, or dressed down with a patterned scarf for a day of wandering around Lake Como.

printed scarvesKrystal Schlegel, Gal Meets Glam

I’m on the hunt for a few patterned dresses as well, since they’re so easy to pack. No need to worry about putting an outfit together when you can just throw on a dress and go!

printed dressesWith Love from Kat, Stephanie Sterjovski

For more casual days, I have my eye on crisp shirts and tailored shorts that look relaxed, but still put together.

polished shortsClassy Girls Wear Pearls, InStyle

With that inspiration in mind, here are a few things I’ll be packing/wish I had for my suitcase–you may notice a few items that overlap with my Rome list!

packing for lake comoStriped dress, white button down, embroidered tunic, printed scarf, market totewhite ruffle-sleeve top, cuff bracelet, blue shorts, wayfarer sunglasses, statement earrings, jelly sandals, leather sandals

Putting these packing lists together is getting me extra excited for our trip! I have one more coming up: my essentials for international travel. I’ll be sharing a few tricks I have up my sleeve from my expat days!