Hey there. It’s me, the Groom! My lovely bride asked me to weight in with some advice to all the grooms (and groomsmen) out there looking for some quick tips to make your wedding as fantastic as possible.
Our wedding was an incredible day, and many things went into making it as wonderful as it was. I’m certainly not a wedding planner, but I do have some insight I can share with future grooms, and groomsmen out there.
TIP #1: TRY TO GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE. Me personally? I didn’t sleep a wink the night before my wedding. Of course it didn’t help that my hotel room was on the 5th floor, and the nightclub was on the 6th. So besides the never ending loop of “Murder She Wrote” echoing throughout my skull until 4am, I was also a complete nervous wreck.
My heart was beating like a jackhammer on crystal meth. And then I was anxious about being anxious (insert LOL + eyeroll here).
Next thing I knew the sun was coming up and off to the races we go.
So to all the grooms out there, do your absolute best to try to get a full nights rest the night before.
Some tips to accomplish this task? First, get to your hotel room early. That way you have plenty of time to unpack, lay out your necessary items, and maybe even order up a little room service before you hit the sack. I, unfortunately, made the mistake of waiting until the last minute, and ended up checking into my hotel at 12am.
If you’re not able to get a full night’s rest, try these under eye patches which work wonders to reduce the swelling under your eyes (Luckily, my darling wife packed a few extra that I could use).
Speaking of darling wife…
SUIT OR TUX?
Both are excellent choices, but I personally decided to go with a suit because to me, a suit is more practical. And I wanted something me (and my groomsmen) would eventually wear again in the future. And when you’re spending this kind of money, I think having the option to wear your suit again is definitely a plus. And if you really think about it, the chances of you wearing a tux after your wedding are pretty slim. (But that’s not to say there aren’t some beautiful tux’s out there.)
But remember, this is your day too. So if you wanna wear a tux, go for it. Or if you’re like me and prefer a suit, then wear a suit. Wear whatever feels right for you.
Since this was a summer wedding, we wanted to stay with light colors that would compliment the setting as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses. The wedding was both indoor and outdoor at The Foundry, so there was lush greenery everywhere. The light grey of the suits kept us cool in the heat, the white dress shirt gave everything a nice canvas, and the pink ties blended well with the rest of the colors of the wedding party.
GIVE YOURSELF AT LEAST 2 MONTHS TO GET YOUR SUIT/TUX SUIT HANDLED.
Since I was going the suit route I went to SUIT SUPPLY (which I highly recommend). They had a fantastic selection which comes in handy for a guy like me who’s build like a cigarette machine from 1984.
They had a large selection of different color options to choose from, and I picked out this nice light grey material, that they custom built from scratch for me and my groomsmen. I especially liked it because it had a real pomp and circumstance to it. The color had a true depth and dimension. Plus the staff at Suit Supply, were so incredibly helpful, and worked hard to make sure each of our suits fit perfectly.
My advice? Don’t wait until the last minute to get your suit situation handled. You want to have everything timed perfectly. That way you have plenty of time to have the suit made, as well as plenty of time for alternations. I needed 3 alternations before my wedding because my weight kept dropping (thanks to intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet,I actually lost over 60 lbs in less than 6 months).
Even a month after our wedding I’m still dropping and I feel better than ever. I swear I’m not trying to sell anything but I have to honest when I say it truly has changed my life! And if you’re out there reading this and you’re struggling with your weight: It’s not too late. You’re not too old. You’re not too fat. If I can do this, you can do this.
Again, no bullshit sales pitch. No agenda. Just honest advice on what’s worked for me in the hopes that it works for you too. If you want more info go here: KETOFERRETTI. And also check out my Instagram which has all my free KETO recipes and tips HERE!
I must’ve tried on dozens of ties before I found the one I chose for my wedding day. The thing that’s annoying about weddings is that everyone has an opinion.
“Oh you should wear this.”
“You should definitely wear that.”
Listen to me when I tell you:
THIS IS YOUR WEDDING
Don’t let well meaning friends or family push you into picking a tie (or anything else for that matter) that you absolutely don’t love.
I chose the tie I chose because there was something really unique about it. I loved the color and how it seemed to blend while at the same time also contrast with everything, and no matter how many other ties I looked at, I always seemed to go back to it.
But case in point, I had a dear friend who tried to push me towards another tie. A skinny tie that looked great on him, but for a big guy like me, looked like I was wearing a number 2 fucking pencil around my throat.
And anytime I said “No, I don’t think it works, it’s too skinny.”
He would fire back “No it’s not! It’s fine! You’re crazy! It’s all in your head!”
But I looked in the mirror and I knew in my heart of hearts that it was, indeed, too skinny.
So I went back to my tried and true pink tie. And when I put it on, I really did feel…this is the one.
So the moral in all of this is that it’s fine to ask for help and hear what other people have to say. But at the same time, it’s also completely okay to let your well intended friends and family know “I’ve made my decision and this is the tie / suit / tux etc that we will be wearing.”
I got my wedding band at H.L. GROSS AND BROS in Garden City, NY which has a terrific selection of men’s wedding bands. But I did try on a bunch of other styles that I also thought were cool. I think the best thing to do is to just keep trying on different rings until something feels right to you.
I went with a white gold/tungsten combo that I thought looked classy and casual at the same time. I also picked a wider width because thinner bands didn’t look good on me #SausageFingers #I❤️MyGenetics.
I also really liked THIS ONE on Etsy. (I was actually really surprised at how affordable some of them are). THIS ONE is nice too. And if you’re a groom looking for a little extra bling, THIS ONE is right up your alley.
AS FOR WHAT JEWLERY TO WEAR ON THE DAY OF.
Since you’ll obviously have your wedding band on, my advice would be to go easy on any other rings you might normally wear on your other fingers. That way, nothing detracts from your wedding band which should be the focal point on you and your bride’s special day.
For a watch, I went with my tried and true INVICTA PRO DIVER WATCH. I love everything about this watch. Super stylish and super affordable. I like the gold and blue color combo but if you prefer silver, this is a NICE ONE too.
I also wore a 18K gold pendant of Saint Anthony that belonged to Julie’s late mother, who gave it to Julie, who in turn gave it to me. So obviously it has a particular reverence with me, and I cherish it because I love Julie and I loved Julie’s mom. So the pendant is a reminder that she’s with us everyday. So if you have a piece of jewelry from someone, especially from a departed loved one, what better way to honor and acknowledge their presence on your special day than wearing a piece of jewelry that belonged to them.
For my late mother, I still have a Coca-Cola pin on her prayer card because truth be told: she lived off the stuff.
She used to keep a can in her purse at all times. I remember one time when I was a kid, I turned to my mother and said “Hey Mom do you have anything to drink” and she pulled out a warm Coke from her purse and said “Here drink this but save some for me, I still have to take my pills later.”
LOL. I never said my family was normal. 😆
But all kidding aside, I do think your wedding day is the perfect day to include a trinket or a special piece of jewelry from a loved one, (especially if they’re on the other side).
GIFTS FOR YOUR GROOMSMEN.
When it came to gifts for my groomsmen, I knew I wanted to get them watches because let’s face it, watches are simple and a good watch can dress up *any* outfit. There’s so many to chose from, so I picked styles that fit each person. For Dennis and Ernie, I went with watches by Jack Mason. I loved the combo of the leather band, rose gold hardware, and chronograph face. They have a lot of other cool styles HERE!!
For my best man Ferd, I went with this amazing watch by Jord. Jord watches are crafted out of wood which makes them super unique, and they have a very organic feel to them, so it was perfect for my best man.
I have a Jord watch myself and I even bought THIS ONE for my wife.
GET SOME COOL SUNGLASSES FOR YOUR BIG DAY.
Since we were having an ourdoor wedding I was sure to bring my Versace sunglasses. I got them online at Bloomingdales a few years ago. I loved their shape. There’s also a cool one with a similar shape I saw HERE. I personally like this style because they don’t block other people from seeing your eyes. Eye contact is very big with me so I have all the benefits of shades without sacrificing someone being able to look you in the eyes (and vice versa). But no matter what your style, get yourself some bomb-ass sunglasses for your special day. They will come in handy for pictures and plus let’s be real, they look cool as hell. I saw some other cool shades HERE!
SHOES.You’re gonna be doing a lot of running around and dancing on your big day so you’re going to want shoes that don’t just look good, but are also super comfortable. I went with my GORDON RUSH LOAFERS from Bloomingdales. I did see some other styles HERE but I have wide feet so these loafers were the most comfortable. I shined them myself with THIS AWESOME SHINE KIT, and put some WOODEN SHOE HOLDERS inside to help keep their shape.
MANICURE THOSE NAILS.
Everyone is going to want to see your ring so believe it not, there’s actually going to be a lot of focus on your hands. So be especially sure to take care of your nails during weeks leading up to the big day. Here are a lot of great HOME GENTLEMAN’S MANICURE KITS.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
Have fun! Seriously. Your wedding will be a day that’s filled with joy, laughter, and an indescribable cosmic feeling that will envelop you throughout the entire day.
It will be a busy day yet it will seemingly fly by in the blink of an eye.
Do your best to find a moment here and there to take it all in. And if there are any hiccups along the way, just remember that it’s you and your bride’s special day and no one else’s.
My best advice in this entire article is to just decide ahead of time that no matter what happens on your wedding day, you’re not gonna let anything brother you or your bride. And once you’ve made that decision no matter what hiccups may come your way, trust me, nothing will bother you.
And above all else. Have fun. Have fun with your friends. Have fun with your family. Have fun with your lovely bride and bask in the love and adoration of everyone in your tribe. That’s what it’s all about. In this life, that’s what really counts.
There’s a quote about friendship that I love: “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”- Eleanor Roosevelt. 🌹 I count myself very lucky to have such incredible, supportive, positive, and beautiful friends in my life. One of them is my cherished friend, Yokairy Tavarez. Yokairy and I have been friends since high school, and I won’t say here exactly how long that is, but trust me, it’s LONG! 😆 Yokairy is a talented writer, (check out her website HERE, and you can also buy her books HERE), incredible mother, loving wife, and amazing friend. She’s the type of friend that you wish for, and that you’re lucky to find in this lifetime. She’s always been so supportive, encouraging, and selfless when it comes to being there for her friends, and I couldn’t have been more grateful that she agreed to be in my bridal party, and to stand by me on this important day.
I asked her to write a guest post for my blog, talking about the wedding from her perspective. She was more than happy to oblige, and sent me her draft within one day. I am so happy to share that with you now, and I am honored and grateful for the chance to showcase such a talented writer, and beautiful soul. 🌟
You know that saying: always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Well, I’ve never been a bridesmaid. Ever. None of my close friends have had big weddings, and the ones that have, I was not asked to be a bridesmaid. When my friend Julie asked me, I was genuinely floored. Millions of questions ran through my head: What do I do? Do I have to order strippers for a bachelorette party? Do you have to keep the bride and groom apart the night before? What does all this mean?
Luckily, not only were my questions unfounded and ridiculous, they were unnecessary. Julie knew what she wanted to do, and set out to make it happen. It definitely helped that her maid-of-honor, Debbie, could run the universe if given the chance.
Julie allowed myself and the other bridesmaids to give our input on every step, from the dress choice, to our hairstyles. We planned and had an amazing bachelorette trip to Disney World, had a beautiful and intimate shower, and even stayed at a hotel the night before in preparation of the wedding.
The morning of was quite the experience. A full itinerary- that an obsessive compulsive scheduling addicted Virgo like myself loves- kicked off the day, with hair and makeup in our hotel room. Primped and prepped, we made our grand entrance ahead of the beautiful blushing bride and danced the night away under a sea of green at The Foundry in Long Island City.
As a reserved and quiet person, who only really comes out of my mean-looking shell with my close friends, I was afraid at first, if I’m being honest, of meeting new girls and being thrust into dress shopping and lunches and travel and sleepovers. It was a bit overwhelming.
But I realized something as I got to know these amazing women and became actual friends with them. It’s easy to forget sometimes that the things that make you care for and remain friends with another person are also the traits they see in others as well. So wouldn’t it then make sense that their friends can also become your friends?
My first experience as a bridesmaid was eye-opening in more ways than one. I learned what bustling means, and that one must absolutely try a makeup plan before the wedding. I tasted dinges for the first time so that alone was pretty awesome.
And unbelievably enough, I made some new friends along the way.
So excited to finally meet Nicola in person!!!
I was lucky enough to meet and work with the fabulous, and well known Irish blogger Nicola from The Sequin Cinderella! This was Nicola’s first trip to NYC, and she loved it! For our shoot, we chose Times Square, the heart of NYC as our location. We chose to wear skirts and dresses mixed with boots which give off a tough/feminine look- which is perfect for this city. We hit Sephora, walked around Times Square, and had fun with some police officers! Of course, we also talked shopping, finding deals in the city, and ways to protect yourself from the harsh NYC winter temps while still showcasing your style! Read on for details on on what we were wearing and our tips for chic winter style! xoxoxo
(Nicola’s boyfriend Alan and my boyfriend Chris enjoying dinner with us at The Brooklyn Diner)
It was a very cold night, which called for a lot of layering! I am a huge fan of fur vests because you can layer them under, or above a coat or jacket! (That night I did both) I wore my blue feather vest from Topshop. I love the texture of it, and it’s super warm! There are tons of adorable fur vests out there, both real and faux. I also love THIS ONE, THIS ONE, and THIS ONE. Nicola wore a gorgeous lace dress from Zara with studded boots by Chiara Ferragni. I love the look of a feminine lace dress mixed with tough biker style boots. Similar dresses HERE, and HERE. Also, I love these studded boots by ASH. I went with a cobalt blue theme, wearing my blue Celine (similar bag HERE) , blue J Crew top, and my blue bubble necklace. Oh….and my cobalt blue YSL ARTY RING. (They were recently discontinued, so if you are lusting after one, get one now!!)
I was wearing:
Top: J Crew, Skirt: Forever 21, Feather vest: Topshop, (similar HERE and HERE), Necklace: J Crew bubble necklace, Ring: YSL Arty ring (Get one before they sell out! Also buy HERE), Boots: Rag & Bone Newbury, Bag: Celine (Similar HERE), Bracelets: Hermes CDC and House of Harlow bangle, Fur Headband: Adrienne Landau, (Similar HERE and HERE), Coat: DKNY
SHOP THESE LOOKS BELOW!!!!
Here is my gift guide for the holidays for the fashionista in your life! Not sure what to get your fashionable best friend? What about guys who are not sure what to get for the chic, fashion loving girl in their life? I have put together a collection of awesome gift ideas. All items are under $100!! No need to spend a fortune in order to give a thoughtful,and useful gift! Which are your favorite?? All links to items and descriptions are below! Happy Holiday shopping! 😉
1) Marc by Marc Jacobs bunny iPad case ( I don’t need to state how adorable this is! Plus it will be easy to find your iPad in your bag or suitcase)
2) Books with Style (Ultimate coffee table book for the fashionista)
3) UGG Australia Dakota Driving Moccasins (comes in a ton of colors, of course pink is my fave!)
4) Mason jar wine glass (I love the combination of hillbilly chic!)
5) Sparkle and Fade sweater (Reminds me of the Givenchy shark sweater at a fraction of the price!!)
7) Love Quotes scarf (classic and warm…I have a ton of colors!)
8) Tory Burch Robinson Transit Pass Holder (chic and compact!)
9) Rebecca Minkoff Made Up Makeup Case (Love the color!)
10) Juliet & Company Roses Rouges Earrings (Ultimate holiday earrings)
11) Marc by Marc Jacobs small Katie turnlock bracelet (I love this! Layer it with everything!)
12) Cheap Monday Geometry Stacking Ring Set (OMG amazing price for a super cute ring set!)
13) Avant Garde Paris Kate Ring (Gorgeous statement ring)
14) Minnetonka 3 Layer Fringe Boots (super comfortable and stylish!)
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the exclusive Maison Martin Margiela for H&M preview. (Thank you Karen for the invite!) What a night! The line is outlandish, artistic, edgy, and tailored for those who want to make a statement. From performance art, confetti from the mile high ceiling, celebs attending, and the incredible space, last night was an experience! Check out the photos below for an exclusive preview of the collection, and to see what I purchased last night! 😉
Love these basic black flat boots. You can wear these season after season.
Awesome deconstructed leather jacket. Pieced together leather panels and strips that form part leather jacket, part art piece. Love the look. It looked great on my friend Karen who modeled it for me. 😉 At $249, it’s a great price for such a cool piece!
Dancers performing on sand that was thrown on the ground.
Awesome statement necklace.
Photo of me trying on the sweater in the dressing room. I could not believe how thick and comfortable it was! $99 retail, in stores this November! (I was wearing a skirt from ZARA, and a YSL ARTY RING)
So, what are your favorite items in the collection? The Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collection hits stores November 15th!
I don’t know about you, but lately, I am always feeling tired. Work, stress and everyday responsibilities make it very difficult to get a good night’s sleep. In today’s hectic society, more and more people are getting less and less sleep. Today’s stressful society is taking a serious toll on not only our health, but overall appearance. I have some great tips on how to improve your sense of calm and well being, but since this is a fashion/beauty blog, I am going to list ways to “fake” that sense of calm as well. 😉 Everyone knows it’s important to get adequate rest every night, to eat healthy, and to practice methods of relaxation. But, that is certainly easier said then done! So, here are my tips and tricks to faking that “awake” look, and making yourself look like you have had 8 hours sleep, when you really have only had 3! Read on for details! xo
I know, I know…..you want that trendy, hot, chic salon look on your nails, but can’t afford to dish out $25 a pop, just to have your nails chip in a few days right? I feel your pain!!! If you are like me, you love trying out new colors, designs, and styles on your nails, but having to constantly pay money at a salon just got way too expensive. Well I wanted to share with you today an awesome trick I learned for doing your own two tone manicure at home…….and, the best part is, the materials cost me around $16, and I will be able to do this look over and over again at home!
For my two tone manicure, I decided to pick gold and hot pink as my colors. The great thing about this look is that the possibilites are endless, and you can chose any two colors that you like. My only guidelines are that you chose a color for the tips that will cover the base color. (for example, doing gold over black might not work because the gold color may not fully cover the dark black polish. Experiment and use your own judgement. )
Start by painting your nails gold…………I used Orly Nail Lacquer in Luxe. (purchased in CVS for around $7.00)
After this base coat, (which I only applied ONE COAT btw), you have to wait for it to dry completely. After it has dried, you are going to carefully place circular reinforcement labels over each nail. I bought Avery Reinforcement Labels from CVS for $2.77. You get 560 of them, so this package will last a long time!!!!
Now, here is the fun part, Depending on the look you want, you can place the label at a different spot on each nail. For a French Manicure look, place the label lower on the nail. For a Reverse French Manicure look, place the label high, near the top of the nail. And for the look I wanted, aim for somewhere in the middle of your nail so the two colors sort of break up the nail. The choice is yours!
After the labels are firmly in place, (and make sure you press them down hard), paint the tips of your nails with the second color of your choice. In my case, I chose Orly Nail Lacquer in Purple Crush.(also purchased in CVS for around $7.00) It’s ok if you get polish on the white labels, that is what they are there for. 😉 Just polish beneath the circles and cover the entire bottom of the nail. Now, here is a very important tip……DO NOT wait for the second color to dry to remove the labels! Remove them while your nails are still wet! Finish with a top coat of your choice, and you are done! Million dollar nails for less! Please tell me if you plan on trying this awesome look! #twotonemanicure
xoxo ~ Julie
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