5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

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5 tips for staying hydrated

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This post is a little different from my normal wednesday posts because it applies to everyone not just brides-to-be! This year I have been making a conscious effort to stay hydrated, not only does it help me not snack as much throughout the day but it helps me think straighter!

5 tips to stay hydrated throughout the day:

1. Eat food that has a high water content. Apples, cucumber, celery- most fruits and vegetables fall into this category.

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2. Whenever you’re hungry, drink a glass of water before you eat anything. We often think that we are hungry when our bodies are telling us that we are thirsty.

3. Drink flavored water like Dasani Sparkling water. Drinking flavored sparkling water makes drinking water feel less like a chore, & more like a treat! Before I discovered that Dasani made a flavored sparkling water, I would add fresh lemon or lime juice to my sparkling water. This saves me a lot of time having it all together in one can. The cans are really cute too. The slim design makes it easy to pack in your purse or lunch box. My favorite is the lime flavor but they come in Lime, Berry, Lemon, Tropical Pineapple, & Black Cherry. (I buy mine at Walmart- located in the bottled water aisle). Check out some fun recipes with Dasani Sparkling water here!
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4. Keep water with you at all times (even if it means having two drinks at your desk). Water is free at restaurants so even if you’re craving something else to drink- order a water too! Simple habits like these can increase your water intake dramatically!

5. Make it into a “game” with this free printable that I made for my readers! I LOVE checking items off my to-do list throughout the day. Print out this free weekly chart and stick it in your daily planner. Or frame this daily one & use it like a mini dry erase chart. You can buy a magnetic frame like I did or you can use any frame with a clear plastic or glass front. I like the magnetic one because I can put it on my fridge or my filing cabinet at work! Most doctors recommend drinking 8 8 oz glasses of water a day & the Dasani Sparkling waters are 12 oz each. Thats a check & a half!

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HYDRATION CHART

Do you have any tips to stay hydrated? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wedding Wednesday: How to Plan an Out of State Wedding

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WEDDING PLANNING TIPS

This spring (especially the last few weeks) has been pretty busy.

As some of you know, when I first moved to Chattanooga, I had to wait several months before my apartment was move-in ready. During that limbo, I lived with Jordan’s grandmother. After I posted my last wedding wednesday (like within 10 minutes of pressing “post”), I received an urgent text from Jordan telling me to go over to his grandmother’s house. She passed away that afternoon.

To be honest, I haven’t been in the wedding planning / blogging/ social media mood since then… It’s been very hard to move forward with wedding planning feeling like there will be such a big absence on our special day. Before she passed, she got to see a picture of me in my wedding dress and she got to look at our engagement pictures. Even though she won’t be there physically, I know she will be there with us in spirit. I miss her terribly.

This morning I got back into planning, I officially scheduled my bridals & FINALLY sent off my first batch of save the dates!

In the south, it’s traditional for the bride & groom to get married in the bride’s hometown. As I said above, I live in Chattanooga, TN but we are getting married in Augusta, GA. It is a 4 hour drive to Augusta so it’s just far enough that I can’t make the round trip in a day. (Though, I have done that before… like to vote in the primary election this year.) So I have been planning our wedding out of state.

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Here are some helpful tips that I’ve found helpful for planning a wedding out of state:

  1. Have a point person in the city (wedding planner, relative, friend). My mom is great about this. I can’t stress how helpful my mom has been with the entire wedding planning process. She really treats wedding planning as a “team effort” and has taken care of a lot of the contracts by herself. I also have my dear friend Jackie in Augusta who has offered to run small errands if I need her too. I haven’t taken her up on this yet, but I have a feeling I will be calling her a lot this fall. Jackie, if you’re reading this, thank you! <3
  2. Double up! Schedule multiple appointments for one weekend. Plan your engagement pictures on a weekend that you’ll already be in town. My trips home are way more planned/ scheduled now that I’m in the thick of wedding season.
  3. Keep an active wedding-to-do iPhone note. This is good advice for anyone planning a wedding- different state or not. That way when I am planning a trip home, I can look at my iPhone note and see what I need to do. I keep my note on my phone because it’s close to me almost 24-7 so I can write down my ideas the second that I think of them.
  4. Book vendors far in advance. When you’re out of town, everything takes longer. Allow yourself a lot of cushion time in case an appointment gets canceled.
  5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember WHY you’re getting married. When wedding planning stresses me out and gives me anxiety… like the fact that we haven’t finished asking the bridal party, save the dates aren’t sent out, and I don’t have people to do my hair and make up…. I remember WHY I’m getting married. I’m marrying Jordan because I love him and I don’t want to go through life without him. I had the opportunity to grab breakfast with my sweet friend, Stasia, passing through town last weekend and she gave me some of the best advice, she said, “it’ll be beautiful, the people who want to be there will be there, and at the end of the day, you’ll be married to Jordan.”

Did you get married in a different state? Do you have any long distance wedding planning advice?

Ciao for now!

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WEDDING PLANNING TIPS

Keeneland Spring Meet Stakes

Keeneland Derby Fashion

This weekend Jordan and I took a trip to Lexington and attended horse races at Keeneland. I had only ever been to Steeple Chase in Aiken, so the Dixieana race was new scenery for me. This was also my first trip to Kentucky. Hopefully we will make it to the Derby one day.
Lexington was beautiful, definitely like something out of a southern movie. White picket fences everywhere with drives that looked like this:
Keeneland Derby Fashion
At Steeple Chase in Aiken, your tailgate spot is on the track itself. At Keeneland you tailgate outside and watch the races from stands.
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We sat in general admission and it was absolutely packed, see photo above. The boys had the most fun placing $2 bets. No one in our group won more than $30 but from a few $2 bets, that’s not bad.

Something tells me that this wasn’t our last trip to Keeneland!

Trip Details:

Location: Keeneland Race Track, Lexington, Kentucky

Ticket Price: $5 (general admission)

Dress Code: Church Clothes

  • Ladies: sundress or dressy romper & cute sandals or wedges
  • Gents: button-up & slacks (blazer & tie optional)

Tips:

  • Bring tailgate food & drinks- concessions inside are pricey ($4 water bottles)
  • Prepare a Spotify playlist for tailgating
  • Wear comfortable shoes, lots of standing on concrete & walking
  • Put on sunscreen even if its cloudy (we all got badly burnt)

Ciao for now!

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Life Update!

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These past few months have been a whirlwind: I moved to Tennessee, got engaged, turned 25, and took a road trip across the country.

On July 30th, Jordan asked me to marry him. We've set the wedding date for November 5th, 2016. Mom and I have already started booking vendors, but I plan on doing the majority of planning after the holiday season. ("Plan on planning" sounds so silly but the event coordinator in me has grand aspirations for our big day!)

So remember when I blogged about moving into an apartment? Well, that STILL hasn't happened yet. I actually peeped into the downstairs floor of the apartment building today and the building finally looks finished. I was originally given a move in date for mid-August and they've been pushing it farther and farther ahead each week. Hopefully, I'll be living there before November. *fingers crossed* Thank God for my future-grandma-in-law for giving me a place to live while my apartment has been under construction.

My 25th birthday was spent traveling across country to Las Vegas for a company trade show. We took the scenic route on the way back by going through Utah and Colorado. Jordan and I enjoyed Moab, Utah the most. We rafted the Colorado River and went to an amazing winery there. We also went through Texas and see the Alamo. Since then, I've been craving authentic mexican food-- there's nothing like fresh tortillas.

I'm going to try to be more active on social media again. I've been making an effort to be more "present" with this exciting time in my life, but now that things have calmed down a bit, I will return to my normal posting schedule.

Ciao for now!

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Masters Series: Shoesday Tuesday!

Thank you so much for all the sweet messages and comments about yesterday’s post.

Today, I am going to talk about what type of shoes to wear to the tournament! I decided to separate my “what to wear to the tournament” post from my shoe post because picking the wrong shoe can make or break your experience. These tips can be applied to more than just the Masters Tournament. An attendee of any event that requires a lot of walking outside can benefit from these tips.

My first rule for finding the perfect shoe (besides making sure it matches your outfit) is not wearing brand new shoes. Make sure that your shoes are broken in because you won’t have the opportunity to switch them out during the day.

My go-to shoe for the tournament would be my Jack Rogers sandals (exact– in platinum with gold threading). If you opt for a flat sandal, I would strongly recommend that you wear a pair that does not have a back strap. I made this mistake one year and little rocks and dirt kept getting stuck in my shoe. I constantly had to stop and take my shoe completely off in order to get the debris out. Talk about annoying! This style matches almost any outfit choice.

If you love wearing a shoe to give you height, I would recommend a short wedge (similar– same brand). You’re less likely to get stuff stuck in this style shoe than a flat sandal. Steer clear of a shoe with any type of pointy heel. You will sink into the grass and tear-up the course. If you must wear a heel, then opt for something chunky (like this).

The other type of shoe that I see on the course is an athletic shoe. I currently do not have any functioning athletic shoes (thanks to my roommate’s dog who eats shoe laces) but I’ll post some examples of shoes that would work. Something compact and white would be the most versatile (like this).

Do you have plans to attend the tournament this week? What shoes are you planning to wear?

Ciao for now!
Jaclyn

PS: Tiger just announced that he will be playing in the Par 3 contest tomorrow!

Masters Series: What’s in your bag?

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I accidentally took the month of March off of blogging. I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life and most importantly, a new person! My best friend Rachel had her baby girl last Wednesday. I am extremely lucky to have found such a deep friendship with Rachel. She impresses me daily with her mothering skills (while in full hair and make-up). I am so lucky to know and love both Rachel and Madeline.

Back to blogging.


My sister and I at the tournament in 2001 in true 90s kids style.

Every first week of April, all eyes are on my hometown for the Masters. Patrons from across the world come to our town for a week of golf.

Tournament line up:
Monday & Tuesday are Practice Round days (cameras are allowed and more golfers are playing)
Wednesday is the Par 3 tournament (golfers are way more relaxed, autographs are allowed, and you won’t see Tiger)
Thursday – Sunday are the actual tournament days (first two days’ scores count for a cut and the weekend’s scores determine the winner)

I am lucky enough to have the privilege to attend the tournament. I usually attend on Sunday a.k.a. Green Jacket day!

The Augusta National has strict rules for Masters Patrons. One of these rules is the size bag allowed in the gates. Because of this rule, I use bags purchased at the tournament pro shop that fit the criteria (10″ W x 10″H x 12″D). You can read more about the guidelines on the Masters website under Patron Info. The lilac bag pictured above was purchased a few years ago and has a crossbody strap.

Tournament days can be long and the weather can be unpredictable. Thank you, April showers! I am always sure to bring plenty of chapstick and touch up make up. Sitting in the sun and the Augusta humidity can do a lot of damage to my hairstyle. I always bring a hair tie or clip. Sunscreen is essential for Masters tournament days. Even if it is overcast, I wear sunscreen.

I cannot stress how important sunglasses are at the tournament. The greens can cause quite the glare and you’ll never see a ball if you don’t bring your sunnies! I strongly suggest applying sunscreen under your make up to prevent a sunglasses tan.

Two years ago I was caught in QUITE the storm at the tournament. I will say… not having an umbrella wasn’t the worst thing to happen to me. On our way to the pro shop to buy an umbrella, I ran into Chace Crawford  (Yes, Nate on Gossip Girl). He let me stand with him under his umbrella while we watched a golfer (I have no idea which one) finish putting the hole. Chace’s eyes ARE that blue and he called me “darlin.” I don’t usually get starstruck but…. I definitely felt like Blair Waldorf. We parted ways and I ended up buying a giant umbrella at the pro shop which I had to lug around the rest of the day. Bring an umbrella but leave it in your purse if you run into a celebrity. 🙂

Wristlets are great to bring as well. I prefer crossbody bags because they are easier to wear. Some people bring seats but I prefer to walk around and find seating in the stands. Pack light because you will be stuck with whatever you bring for the day!

Things not to bring:

Cellphones (be sure to write down anyone’s number who you may want to call during the tournament because there are phone available in the gates)

Cameras (allowed all days but tournament days unless you are press)

Weapons

Booze or food (there is plenty available in the gate)

If you’re like me and have allergies, I recommend taking an allergy pill the morning before you attend. The flowers are beautiful but make my sinuses go crazy.

Come back tomorrow to read my post about what shoes to wear to the tournament!

Ciao for now!

Jaclyn

Binging… HOC

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Well it’s that time of year, Netflix came out with the 3rd season of House of Cards. Which means that I need to catch Jordan up on seasons 1 & 2 before I can watch season 3. 

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I do like to rewatch the past seasons so that I can refresh my memory. There’s still lots of snow on the ground and ice on the roads so we are pretty much stuck inside regardless. 
 

 

Are you watching House of Cards season 3? Are you snowbound? 
Stay warm & Ciao for now! 
Jaclyn 

Trend Alert: Cork

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At Market, I discovered a new brand, Uniquely. Their designs caught my eye but the material made me stay. All of their goods are made from Portuguese cork.

I even instagrammed this clutch from their booth: 
I have a fascination with the UK and I love Audrey Hepburn. This clutch has my name written all over it. 
I immediately followed them on Instagram (you should too) @Uniquely_Cork_Accessories. They sweetly sent me a bracelet. I liked the picture online but I love it even more in person. 
I can definitely see myself wearing it all spring and summer. It’s flashy and eco-friendly! What more could a girl ask for? 
Here are some of my other favorite items: 

I’m a sucker for a good handbag but my favorite might be the heels! Since the cork is from Portugal, their products have a European flair.  I asked the brand rep at Market if their handbags crack or tear with use (I’ve had a cork bag that this happened to) and she said no. She showed me her purse and it was definitely full. She said that she use to have back pain from lugging around a leather bag but that her cork purse does not have the same affect on her. The designs are stylish, eco-friendly, and light weight. 
The designer even made a faux snake skin out of the cork. I would love some heels in this material! 
You can find more of their items on their website: uniquelycorkinfashion.com!
I really love this brand because of their quality. I have never seen products made from cork that are at this caliber. These pieces are definitely worth the investment. 
Ciao for now! 
Jaclyn 

Wallpaper Wednesday

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Time for another entry for my wallpaper wednesday! All of these are from pinterest and can be found on my board iPhone Wallpapers @JackieOFromTheMetro. 
In honor of my sister’s recent visit to Italy! 

This would’ve been perfect for Mardi Gras last week. 
This made me think about the baby shower that I helped throw for Rachel a few weeks back. I can’t wait to play Tea with her little girl! 
Easter is soon and I thought this was adorable! 
How cute is this pattern? I have always liked foxes but after my trip to Ireland last summer, I love them. 
Hope you enjoy these patterns. Remember, a new wallpaper can make you feel like you have a brand new phone! 
Ciao for now! 
Jaclyn 

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