Warm & Cozy..

“Baby, it’s cold outside!” It’s getting cold here in Nashville, especially at night! Wishing for some snow!
I love Winter, however, I get cold super easy. SO, it’s a struggle staying warm. With the help of THE MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE, I’m covered!
As many of you know, I LOVE The Mint Julep Boutique. THIS Fur Frenzy Pullover Jacket is the perfect shade of Burgundy. Not only is it warm & cozy, they can also monogram it! This pullover jacket has my new initials (293 more days until our wedding!) which I’m super excited about! This Pullover Jacket perfect for snuggling up, drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies! It’s also great to throw on with jeans and head out the door.

The Jacket is under $50 PLUS if you sign up for SHOP THE MINT e-mails, you will receive $10 on your first order! Who doesn’t love a good deal like that?

PULLOVER JACKET (c/o) |

Enjoy! XO

Enjoy!
XO

Brooke Flatt
MOH Tips

My best friend’s wedding was perfect; EVERYTHING you would imagine. The flowers, the food, and the bride. I had the pleasure of getting to help plan and stand beside her on her big day. Today I wanted to share some MOH tips!

1. DETERMINE HER WANTS/NEEDS
Depending on the length of the engagement, get some ideas from your BFF/bride-to-be of what she wants. Do not go against the brides wishes because you think she will like your ideas better. This is all about her!
Ask her the following..

  • Does she wants an engagement party? – less than 1 month after engagement
    If so, gather a guest list including addresses. Send invites, determine a location and book a venue/restaurant! Have some snacks, photo props & of course a light celebration toast!
  • Showers? (lingerie, bridal)  – 3-4 months before the wedding
    It’s courtesy to ask the bride-to-be if she would want this, we want her to feel comfortable! The bride may want separate showers- one for family and one for friends. If she does want showers, determine a theme. You can go all out on hosting the perfect shower all while being on a budget. You can see one of my previous posts about throwing a bridal shower for more tips!
  • Bachelorette party – 1-2 months before the wedding
    This is a must. One last fling before the ring! Determine location, theme, activities to do while there and transportation. Add special touches such as having personalized t-shirts made, gift bags ready and the hotel room decorated. I even created a hastag for my BFF’s bach party! It is courtesy that the bride not pay for anything. Divide it up between the bridal party and it won’t be a stress on anyone!
    *THROUGHOUT EVERYTHING, TAKE PICTURES. LOTS OF PICTURES.*

2. BE THERE FOR HER
Wedding planning can be exhausting and expensive, the last thing the bride needs is to feel stressed.

  • Go with her to try on dresses.
    She’ll want your opinion!
    With my BFF, her first stop was Kleinfeld’s in NYC! It’s important to give her your honest opinion (but do not tell her what you don’t like), as well as making sure she loves her dress. Also, determine her thoughts for bridesmaid dresses (but do not tell her what you do not like/cannot do) I actually found our bridesmaid dresses for her wedding HERE!
  • Be the DE-stresser!
    Throughout her engagement, be there for her to calm her down. Shower her with texts of encouragement or little gifts. One thing I did was send her a “100 more days” package. It included a hand-written note, a “Mrs.” Kate Spade Tumbler (GET IT HERE!), and old photos of her and her future groom.
  • Check in/Timeline duty
    Engagements are either long or short, but no matter the length- everything needs to be done. Ask what you can help with, ask if there is anything you can do. It will help the bride more than you know! She selected you as her MOH for a reason, let’s not let her down!

3. DAY OF WEDDING
It’s finally here! SHOWTIME.

  • You are the runner & the getter on her big day. Make sure she gets sleep, make sure she eats and make sure the brides/grooms gifts/rings get received. Make sure the decorations are to her standards, make sure there is no drama and keep tabs of time. Do not give her a reason to micromanage.
  • Make a “You’ve Got This” kit AKA emergency- you WILL need it! The one I made included tissues, q-tips, tic-tacs, Advil/Tylenol, a tide-to-go pen and many other important things.
  • Make sure to hold her dress while she walks and that her dress is fixed while taking pictures.
  • Do not get drunk at the reception and embarrass her.
  • Give your speech. If you’re a writer, write one out. If you’re not- just wing it and speak from the heart. She’ll love you either way 🙂

On the morning of my BFF’s wedding, I gave her a gift that I had been working on for months. A handmade “Letters to the Bride Scrapbook” It’s the perfect gift for your best friend on her big day! This is where all of those pictures you’ve taken come in handy 🙂 She will LOVE it!
My scrapbook included…
First Date/First Kiss
How He Asked
Lingerie Shower/Bridal Shower
Bachelorette Trip
Letters To The Bride- from her MOH & each bridesmaid (you could also include her mom/dad & groom)

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HOW BEAUTIFUL IS SHE?
Dresses: THE PINK LILY BOUTIQUE
Venue: A BARN AFFAIR- KY
Flowers: JACK’S FLORIST
Photographer: SUNLIT MOMENTS

It was a perfect wedding. To you Maid of Honor’s out there, I hope some of my tips may help you!
*I am no expert, this is based on my own experience*
Enjoy!
XO

Brooke Flatt
Nashville, Ya'll
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NASHVILLE, YA'LL!
Yall: You all. Everyone. All you people. Just in case you didn't know :)
How stinkin cute is this SHOP DRESS UP tank? I had to have it. It is comfy, light-weight and also comes in black. When I visited the Dress Up location in Brentwood, I was greeted with the sweetest welcome. I drooled over the store for a second and started shopping! Dress Up carries very unique/trendy pieces at an affordable cost. Win, win, right?
I paired it with a light jean jacket, BLACK DISTRESSED DENIM and BOOTIES (similar) to complete this casual look.
The BLEACH WASH DISTRESSED DENIM JACKET (c/o SHEIN) is one of my new FAVORITE pieces  for fall. YOU need it too and it's on sale right now! This will go great with any fall shift dress or to layer with graphic tees/flannels!

 

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How would you style this jacket?   Thanks for reading! Enjoy! XO All photos by  SOUTHWELL PHOTOGRAPHY.

How would you style this jacket?
Thanks for reading! Enjoy!
XO
All photos by SOUTHWELL PHOTOGRAPHY.

Brooke Flatt
Plum Adorable
This sweater is  plum adorable!  See what I did there? :) I believe Fall is  finally  here in Nashville! With temps in the mornings being a cool, crisp 45-50 degrees.. this is perfect! Sweater weather is my fav! One of my  favorite  places to shop is  THE MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE.  They have unique pieces for every style. Their Fall line is the best! If you sign up for their e-mails, you can receive $10 off on your first order! Who doesn't love a good deal like that? This cable knit sweater is comfy, warm and the perfect shade of plum! Get the sweater  HERE!  (C/O  The Mint Julep Boutique ) I paired it with distressed dark wash denim (similar  HERE ) and a beige floppy hat which is the perfect fall accessory! Get a similar hat that is under $20  HERE.  Another perfect fall accessory is the  DANIEL WELLINGTON CLASSIC BRISTOL WATCH!  I wear it with almost everything. Use code BENEVOLENTBROOKE15 to get 15% off your order! It will also combine with any other discount code on their website!

This sweater is plum adorable! See what I did there? :)
I believe Fall is finally here in Nashville! With temps in the mornings being a cool, crisp 45-50 degrees.. this is perfect! Sweater weather is my fav!
One of my favorite places to shop is THE MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE. They have unique pieces for every style. Their Fall line is the best! If you sign up for their e-mails, you can receive $10 off on your first order! Who doesn't love a good deal like that? This cable knit sweater is comfy, warm and the perfect shade of plum! Get the sweater HERE! (C/O The Mint Julep Boutique) I paired it with distressed dark wash denim (similar HERE) and a beige floppy hat which is the perfect fall accessory! Get a similar hat that is under $20 HERE.
Another perfect fall accessory is the DANIEL WELLINGTON CLASSIC BRISTOL WATCH! I wear it with almost everything. Use code BENEVOLENTBROOKE15 to get 15% off your order! It will also combine with any other discount code on their website!

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How would you style this sweater? All photos by SOUTHWELL PHOTOGRAPHY. Enjoy! XO

How would you style this sweater?
All photos by SOUTHWELL PHOTOGRAPHY.
Enjoy!
XO

Brooke Flatt