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!

March Goals

I started February feeling a little bit overwhelmed, but it turned out to be a really great month. Looking back, I think what made it so good was that it felt very balanced: lots of time with the Lord in prayer (I’ve been reading Blessed Is She every morning before journaling and I absolutely love it!), really sweet time with Dave, great workouts and healthy eating (this and this are my current favorite recipes), travel, and time with friends. No question, the highlight of the month was Valentine’s Day. Dave surprised me by showing up at my door at 4 A.M., told me what to wear, and brought me to the car. Two hours later, we were alone on Wrightsville Beach with a thermos of hot coffee, watching the sun come up over the ocean. It was the perfect surprise date and the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had. We kept joking that if we weren’t already engaged, this would’ve made for a darn good proposal setup!

Valentines Day 2015

Did anyone know I have glasses? I have worn them in public maybe twice ever, but I love this picture, so I’m posting it anyway :)

February Goals

  • Prayer journal at least three times a week
  • Go to Confession and a Holy Hour with Dave
  • Reread Love and Responsibility (Got sidetracked by picking up a different book first–see below!)
  • Complete the Tone It Up Love Your Body series and start their Bridal Edition
  • Run 40 miles (Almost! Finished the month at 35)
  • Clean out my closet and donate/sell items I no longer wear (left over from January) (Made $107 selling to Plato’s Closet!)
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

March Goals

  • Celebrate Dave’s 26th birthday!
  • Continue prayer journaling at least three times a week, and reading Blessed Is She every morning
  • Finish reading Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves (Incredible book so far…highly recommend!)
  • Start rereading Love and Responsibility
  • Stay consistent with the Tone It Up Bridal Edition
  • Run 40 miles