What To Wear To A Spring Wedding

 Hey gals! I’m currently en route to Palm Beach, Florida for a fun collaboration with the Lilly Pulitzer team – actually writing this from the airplane! I grabbed my mom and we’re ready for a couple days of r&r and hopefully a few margaritas by the pool. I am in desperate need of a relaxing getaway right about now! You can follow the fun over on my Instagram feed (trust me, their spring/summer collections are SO cute!!). Can’t wait to share more as we get settled in and hit the beach!

If you’ve followed me for a while, you may have noticed that I wear a lot of J.O.A. clothing (this brand is sold at Nordstrom and Shopbop, which is where I discovered it!). There’s a reason I keep coming back for more of their beautiful products, and when I saw this adorable ruffled maxi dress, I knew right away I needed to share it with y’all! It would SO perfect worn to a spring (…or summer!) wedding.

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dress – JOA / shoes – STEVE MADDEN / clutch – GIGI NEW YORK / sunglasses – CELINE similar LE SPECS

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Travel Diary: Greece Honeymoon to Santorini & Athens

Aaaand months later (we visited in late September/early October), I am finally sharing the ins and outs of our honeymoon to Athens and Santorini, Greece! Not going to lie, editing these images brought back all the “feels” and I definitely called Blake over to my office area more than once to look at photos and reminisce with me. I still stand by that it was my favorite vacation ever…for one, Santorini was such a relaxing and romantic place – and Athens was so rich with incredible history that I was pretty much in awe for three days straight…and two, given that Blake and I are both workaholics, it was seriously SO incredible to disconnect and just be present and explore with each other for 12 days straight. We make a great team and he’s my very favorite travel partner! (…Our shared love for drinking coffee and beer in new places = a match made in heaven, ha!). From the scenery to the Greek food (omg heaven!), to spending days on end with my darling, it was pure magic and a trip I’ll forever fondly remember.

As folks are planning their spring/summer getaways, I’ve had a ton of emails and messages from LL readers asking to share where we stayed, what activities we did, and any tips and insight regarding this trip, sooo here we go! Sharing a photo diary first, then will spill the details at the end of this post (…the pros and cons!). I hope y’all enjoy!!
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10 Wedding Registry Ideas For Coffee Lovers

Happy Friday, friends! Last week I shared our amazing espresso maker on my Instagram Story and had SO many questions about it! It’s definitely the wedding gift of ours that gets the most use (…and the one we least expected to receive…it was quite the pleasant surprise, one of those “lets just add this and in our dreams maaaaybe someone will splurge on it…” and then it showed up on our doorstep and we both opened the box in awe and did a major happy dance, ha!). Thus, given my love for all things coffee (…and I know a lot of my readers are coffee folks, too), I’m am thrilled to partner with Macy’s and share my top 10 coffee accessories to add to your wedding registry (…or perhaps scoop up for yourself “just because” … 😉 ). From wonderful mugs that keep your drinks hot (a big pet peeve of mine when it comes to mugs), to coffee makers, espresso spoons and more – I’ve got you covered.

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1. Cuisinart 10-Cup Grind & Brew Coffee Maker / 2. Thirstystone Striped Marble Coaster Set of 4 3. Noritake Coffee Mugs / 4. Bodum Walled Espresso Mugs / 5. Breville Barista Express Espresso Maker / 6. Kate Spade Hot Beverage Carafe / 7. Yamazaki Espresso Spoons (set of 6) / 8. Chambord French Press / 9. Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker / 10. Smeg Kettle

A big thank you to Macy’s for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Our Wedding Day!

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-wedding-villa-del-lago-austin-texas-fall-blush-burgundy-classic-romantic-after-ceremonyOhh my heart! Going through photos to create this post really brought out so many emotions! I purposefully didn’t wear makeup as I put this one together knowing I’d be a blubbery mess, ha! Excuse my delay in getting this post up, after a restful January, starting fresh in February just felt like the right time to share our wedding photos! Psst… you can also find our wedding reveal post on Style Me Pretty! It has been such an incredible treat to be a Blogger Bride for SMP and I hope I was able to provide some helpful planning tips and inspiration to current and future bride-to-be’s!

Blake and I have been hitched for four months now and life could not be any sweeter. I truly love him more each day and we have grown closer than ever…it really feels right that we are “husband” and “wife” – I don’t think there are any words more suitable for the bond we have. When people ask us if it feels different to be married, I always say yes, but that it’s tough to describe. It’s a comfort level unlike before, knowing you’ve got a best friend for life and someone who loves you equally, forever.

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A Wedding Planning “Thank You” To My Mom

livvyland-blog-starling-diamond-pendant-necklace-mother-daughter-wedding-gift-idea-6olivia-mom-starling-pendant-diamond-necklaces-wedding-mother-of-the-bride-giftOhh gals, prepare yourself for an emotional post (…and I haven’t even had a glass of wine today, ha!). As we reach the end of wedding planning (just 3 weeks to go, we can do it!! 😉 ), I am starting to catch my breath and take it all in. Our wedding budget did not allow for a wedding planner, so my mom and I took the reigns to plan this monumental shindig on our own. And lemme tell ya, wedding planning is no easy task! We combined forces to check each box in the massive “wedding planning binder” we scooped up at Hobby Lobby and over the past year, I’d say we made a great team and that the wedding will be an absolute dream – and I could not have done it with out the help and support of my beautiful mama!

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necklaces – c.o. STARLING / card – BHLDN / strappy top – TOPSHOP

 


5 Must-Have Dresses For Bridal Events

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-fashion-blogger-bridal-luncheon-engagement-party-white-dress-ideas-what-to-wearHey gals! I am pretty darn excited to share that today I’ll be partnering up with the Style Me Pretty team to co-host a Facebook Live video chatting about 5 gorgeous dresses perfect for bridal festivities leading up to your big day! September is fast approaching (our wedding month!), so it’s time to really nail down those outfits for all of the shindigs and luncheons leading up to THE day.. eek, this is the fun part! The planning is (almost) over and now it’s time to feel beautiful in a little white dress fit for any bridal occasion (..okay, I may have thrown a blush pink dress into the mix, too!) – from bridesmaid luncheons, to bridal showers and the rehearsal dinner, I’ve got you covered – so keep reading to see my favorites and shop these looks for yourself!

Ps. Tune into the Style Me Pretty Facebook page between 1-2pm CST today to catch our video!! See you there!

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My Destination Bachelorette Trip to Costa Rica!

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Hello everyone! AH, I am SO EXCITED to finally share the behind-the-scenes scoop from my bachelorette party getaway to Costa Rica! If you follow me on Snapchat, you likely got a first hand view of all the action…from the most hilarious wigs we all wore as soon as we got to the airport (thanks to my sister for surprising us with those!!), to the insanely stunning house we rented for the week, to watching my best friends belt show-tunes at the top of their lungs after a dozen bottles of wine at dinner…Yep, it was as magical as it sounds! 😉 I seriously could not have asked for a more incredible time and trust me, I am totally tearing up as I go through these photos and write this post because y’all, being surrounded by your very best friends – everyone happy and carefree as can be – all together to celebrate you? Words can’t describe how grateful I am for these precious and unforgettable days together!

My friends live all over the United States, so we decided together that it would be more fun for everyone to meet somewhere new and explore together – and Costa Rica was the perfect place.

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What To Wear Getting Ready On Your Wedding Day

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-fashion-blogger-bridal-what-to-wear-while-getting-ready-wedding-show-me-your-mumu-bell-sleeve-romper-bridesmaid-floral-4Hello there! Hope your weekend is going well, Blake and I had a monster to-do list yesterday and through it all I miraculously made time to exercise (seriously trying my hardest to be diligent about getting in workouts throughout the week…we’re now just a month and a half away from our wedding day, eek!!), so I ventured downtown to run the Hike & Bike trail…in the 100 degree heat…it was half miserable buuut I did it, so I was pretty darn happy and proud of myself! Also felt nice to see the light of day…I’ve been in tunnel mode with wedding to-do’s and general blog prep on my calendar, so it was really nice to step away from my computer and soak in some vitamin D!

Speaking of the wedding… I am super excited to partner with Nordstrom today and share a look from their wedding suite featuring THE cutest floral romper to wear as you get ready on the big day! This romper is by Show Me Your Mumu (which y’all know I am obsessed with this brand!) and it’s the perfect blend of practical (because you can wear it over and over after the wedding and it can double as a swimsuit coverup on your honeymoon!) and fashionable – LOVE this pretty and romantic floral print!

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A big thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


That Time I Asked My Best Guy Friend To Be My “Bridesman”

livvyland-style-me-pretty-for-such-a-time-designs-stamped-spoon-april-heather-art-bridesmaid-coffee-mug-bridal-party-asking-idea-6Hello there! I am super excited about today’s post because I’m sharing a personal essay about a topic I feel very strongly about. Fresh off my bachelorette trip to Costa Rica, the ladies over at Style Me Pretty reached out and asked if I’d write a post on the topic of having a guy in my bridal party (my friend Ben) – and of course I jumped at the opportunity. Today I’m giving you a glimpse at one of my longest and most precious friendships (seriously, we go way back!) and I’m so honored to use this space to provide progressive thinking when it comes to breaking certain traditions, whether wedding related or not!

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Wedding Reception Outfit Ideas

DSC_7985Happy weekend, ladies! Although I’m in Europe for the next week, I’ve prepped quite a few posts to go up while I’m away…and I am SO excited to start off with my latest post for Style Me Pretty featuring wedding day reception outfit ideas! (You can check out that post on SMP here).

Last month I ventured to the gorgeous Contemporary Austin venue to shoot a few fabulous looks with one of my good friends and super talented wedding photographer, Kathryn Frazer Photography – so take a peek at 3 gorgeous looks for all the bride-to-be’s out there!

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