Belquist Travels to Ecuador

I’m back from Belquist’s fall buying trip to Ecuador and it was fabulous!  Ecuador is one of my favorite countries to visit and I am beyond excited to share all of the wonderful products I brought back for Belquist.  I am working hard on getting product photos taken as well as some fun photo shoots to showcase everything I brought back.  My goal is to have the fall collection available online the beginning of October.

For now, here are a few snapshots from the trip :)

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Shopping the market

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Our cute hotel

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Textiles for days!

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Traditional hand embroidered clothing

Make sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook for updates!

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Our Wedding Flowers + Some Tips

Nothing brightens up a home or a party like pretty fresh flowers.  I knew that for our wedding I definitely wanted pretty blooms, but I didn’t want to spend a crazy amount of money on them.  After all, they would only be used for one day and our venue was so lovely that it didn’t need too much to decor.

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For our bouquets, I called several florists in the area whose work I liked and asked for quotes after we chatted about what I was looking for.  I knew that the word ‘wedding’ made everything expensive but I was a little taken back when I was sent quotes.  There was no way I was about to pay $200 for a bridal bouquet and $125-$150 for bridesmaids (especially since I had 8) so it was time to get resourceful.  Thats when I turned to Whole Foods and I am so glad that I did!  I called a few Whole Foods in my location (they all gave different prices which is so weird) and the 4th one I called had prices I almost couldn’t believe.  We ended up paying $35 for bridesmaids bouquets, $50 for mine, and $5 per boutonniere! #winning

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We put the bouquets in vases after the ceremony and I love that they did double duty.  For the rest of the decor, we purchased flowers from a local wholesaler and then one of my mom’s best friends made all of the arrangements the day before the wedding.  We saved a ton of money by buying wholesale and arranging ourselves, so if you (or a friend) has a wholesale license I highly recommend going this way :)

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Labor Day DIY Blog Hop

I can’t believe that this upcoming weekend is Labor Day!  Seriously, where did summer go?  It was a crazy one (in the best possible way) but I am actually looking forward to fall.  If we could just skip to April after New Years I would be much more happy about embracing the changing seasons ;)  Anyways, since fall is in the air (whether we like it or not) a few blogger friends and I decided to share some Labor Day/fall inspired DIYs!

Sarah from 702 Park Project, Mary from Lemon Grove Avenue, Amy from Eat, Sleep, Decorate and I are all sharing out projects next Monday the 1st :)  But in the meantime, I suggest you go check out their blogs for some awesome inspiration!

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In honor of my new last name, I whipped up a fun little something to adorn our front door.  It took less than 45 minutes and cost less than $10 so it was a total win in my book :)  Make sure to check out these other ladies’ blogs and DIYs next Monday!

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Belquist Is On The Go!

I am super excited because in just a few weeks I will be on my way to Ecuador for Belquist’s fall buying trip!  I’ve been to Ecuador three times before and it is such a captivating country.  My past visits were to do volunteer work but at the end of each two week trip we would have the chance to do some shopping.  Ecuador is known for their amazing textiles & crafts so I was in heaven at the local markets!  The colors of the textiles are beyond amazing and the quality is top tier since everything is made by local artists.  I can’t wait to scoop up lots of goodies for Belquist :)

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Our Week in Maine

One of my husband’s (so weird typing that!) favorite places in the world in Goose Rocks Beach, Maine.  Its a cute little beach town in Kennebunkport and his family has spent time there every summer since he was a little one.  Last year was my first visit and I loved it so much that I was equally excited as him to return this summer.

We ate lots of lobster, took long walks on the beach, and just relaxed a whole lot which was awesome :)

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It is a truly magical place and I look forward to making lots of memories up there in the summers to come :)

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I’m Back…& Married!

I’m officially back from my un-intentional month hiatus!  In case you didn’t realize, I was busy getting hitched to a pretty awesome guy ;)  We spent the last week of July in Maine and then we spent the week before our wedding putting together all of the final details before kicking off wedding festivities with our friends & families at our lake house the Thursday before the big day.  After the wedding we snuck away to Vermont for a few days just the two of us and now it is back to the real world!

I have so much to share next week and will get back to regular posts since there is lots happening in the next few months :)

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Have a fabulous weekend!! (ps more wedding pictures to come soon too)

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Style for Maine

We are off to Maine on Saturday and I am so excited to spend the week relaxing on the beach and soaking in the sun (but not too much!)  It is crazy to think that our wedding is a little over two weeks away so it will be nice to have this little getaway before the big wedding week :)  I’m all about easy and simple style for beach vacations but I’m also going to pack one or two date night outfits so Eric and I can have our last date as an unmarried couple.   I’m also pretty sure that I need to pop into the new Warby Parker store on Newbury Street before I leave so I can pick up a new pair of shades.  I never leave the house without sunglasses and a Main vacation might be the perfect excuse for a new pair :)

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I am so excited to hit the road Saturday morning and I will definitely check in next week and share photos of our trip :)

 

 

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A Room at the Inn (or B&B)

I’ve never thought about doing commercial interior design, but I think that it would be so fun to design a small inn or B&B one day.  I would design each room differently but have some sort of overarching style to make it cohesive.  I love designing bedrooms so it would be such a treat to work up several designs that would all get to live under the same roof :)  My first room would be just like this one with plenty of metallic but also lots of layers and natural elements.  I’m all about bold colors but for a bedrooms I like to stick to just one or two big colors and in this room it would be the pretty sky blue and black.

 

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I love when small Inns have lots of charm and character because I think it enhances your stay and makes you really feel like you are on a special vacation :)

 

                                                                                    
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Favorite Finds: Flash Tattoos

While I don’t think I will ever get a real tattoo, I recently came across Flash Tattoos and I am pretty much obsessed.  These silver and gold temporary tattoos come in unique and classy jewelry designs, and they are such a fun way to accessorize!  I think I need to order some asap so I can wear a few in Maine next week :)

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How great would these be for a bachelorette weekend or to just to have and throw on before heading out for a fun night on the town!

 

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Wedding Wednesday – Skin & Hair Care

I can’t believe that our wedding is 24 days away!  It has seriously creeped up upon us and I am so excited but it al seems really surreal.  I want to look and feel my best on the big day and I have been experimenting with some new beauty products while also sticking with my tried and true.

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I’m all about giving my skin a little extra TLC and this m-61 JetGlow Serum from Blue Mercury is supposed to help improve the skin’s clarity, tone and radiance.   No complaints there!

I’ve spent a lot of money of expensive BB creams before but I love this one one from Covergirl as well as their invisible concealer for under my eyes.

I love going to The Drybar but since I only go on special occasions, I love using their products at home.  This Gold Mine leave in conditioner is awesome because it nourishes your hair and has sparkles that add just a bit of shimmer to your locks!

I always cleanse my face in the morning and at night but usually one of those times is with these amazing Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes.  They get off makeup and are really refreshing.  I always have them on hand and they are especially great for traveling.

My favorite Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen because it goes on smooth and smells like coconut!

I’ve been testing some sunless tanners since I want a little color on my big day but don’t want to look too orange from a spray tan.  This Banana Boat Sunless Tanner has actually worked really well and I am working on perfecting applications before August 9th :)

Gold Mine leave in conditioner (c/o) ::  Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes  ::  M-61 Jet Glow Serum (c/o)  ::  Covergirl Invisible Concealer  ::  Covergirl BB Cream  ::  Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen  ::  Banana Boat Sunless Tanner

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