Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Almost immediately after I got engaged, I knew I wanted to do something just as special for my bridesmaids as Bill had done for me with our picture perfect proposal. I began by searching high and low for ideas of what kind of goodies to include in bridesmaid proposal boxes and let me tell you there are LOTS of ideas out there of how to compile the perfect bridesmaid box. But none seemed perfect for my gals… I mean mini champagne bottles are super cute, but are you really going to sip on that by yourself?

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

I decided full size bottles of sparkling wine were the way to go! That way they could choose to save it for a special occasion and break it out for themselves when the timing was just right. Next, I knew I wanted to add something unique and fun. Originally, I thought of including flower crowns, but once I started researching, nothing seemed high enough quality for what I was willing to spend. That’s when I stumbled upon Compartes Chocolatier and OMG, I am glad that I did. All their chocolate bar flavors are super interesting and everything I tried was beyond this world, yum! Some of my picks were Apple Pie, Cereal Bowl, and Donuts & Coffee!

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

To finish the whole package off, I went over to my local Whole Foods to use their floral geniuses to create individual mini bouquets for each of my fabulous ladies. For less than $50 in flowers, they created six gorgeous arrangements that really took my box proposals from cute to FAB! If you’ve never gone to Whole Foods to buy flowers before, you’re doing it all wrong. They are my dirty little secret for any and all floral gifts. Not only are the flowers super fresh, but they will always rewrap your picks in kraft paper and tie it all up with twine for that picture perfect Instagram.

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Once the boxes were complete I hand delivered them to my six besties, complete with adorable Super Paper LA cards and lucky for me they all accepted my proposal.

Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Obsessed Much: Red O Happy Hour

Red O Happy Hour

Red O
1541 Ocean Ave., Suite 120
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-1600

I’ve been to the original Red O location a few times for both brunch and dinner and have always been blown away by the service and quality of the food. When I heard they had opened a new location in SM, I knew I had to check it out – especially for their amazing HH (4-6:30PM everyday)! Since I was promoted to Accounting Manager, we decided to stop by happy hour for a celebratory dinner and not feel bad racking up a big tab ($90 for the two of us, 2 drinks each and we both left stuffed) since it was a special occasion after all. :]

The restaurant itself is on Ocean Ave and is very bright and airy. When we arrived around 5:30pm on a Friday, there were plenty of high tops available in the bar and we were seated right away. Our waitress was extremely attentive in asking if we needed anything when she walked by, taking drink orders before HH ended and making sure our old plates got cleared as new ones were added to the table.

Red O Happy Hour

Classic Guacamole – $5 HH – Great price for a healthy helping of guac to pair with your free chips and salsa

Red O Happy Hour

Mary’s Duck Taquitos – $7 HH – If you are a taquitos fan, you will not be disappointed, these are served warm and crispy without feeling heavy and greasy

Red O Happy Hour

Ahi Tuna Tostadita – $8 HH – Sushi grade ahi tuna is all you need to know – these are delicious and probably my favorite thing on the HH menu!

Red O Happy Hour

Classic Albacore Ceviche – $8 HH – Jam packed with flavor, plantain chips are interesting and definitely balance all the different components in the ceviche

Red O Happy Hour

Soft Tacos – Carnitas, Shrimp & Short Rib – $6 for two tacos HH – skip the shrimp, if you’re only ordering one set, opt for the short rib, the crispy thin potatoes bring these tacos to the next level!

House Margaritas – $7 HH – Well balanced flavor, they can make it spicy for no extra charge.

Let me know if you ending giving Red O’s Happy Hour a try!

BB&B Rating 5//5

Obsessed Much: Rèpublique

Rèpublique

Rèpublique
624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115

I have been wanting to try out this Miracle Mile staple for a couple months now but couldn’t decide if we should commit to the reservation-less brunch option or go for dinner. After a couple of back and forths with friend group, we opted to try their brunch – deciding to meet just before 10am to avoid the true brunch crowd. Trust me, it’s like an alarm goes off at 10am and everyone and their mom is lined up outside Rèpublique, go early to avoid the line (although the line does move fairly quickly, who likes waiting in line?).

Rèpublique

As you wind your way inside to order, you are greeted by a glass encasement filled with the most delicious pastries, everything from salty and savory to sweet and crème filled. Try not to order one of everything. I settled on ordering a crème brulee bombolini, which was absolutely amazing. The pastry was crispy and flaky and the crème filling was delicious and not too overwhelmingly sweet.

Rèpublique

After ordering your choice of pastries, the cashier will take your order for brunch and beverages, to be delivered to your table. Luckily we had a group of 6, so we got to try a nibble of just about everything, but my review will focus on the two items we ordered – the French toast and the kimchi fried rice.

Rèpublique

The French toast was a huge block of fluffy deliciousness, topped with fresh fruit and paired with warm not too sweet syrup. French Toast is not normally my first choice for brunch fare, but this was a good sized serving and was filling, especially when coupled with some parties to start.

Rèpublique

Our second item was the kimchi fried rice, which I truly wanted to love but could not fully get to that point. The poached eggs were soft and delicious especially paired with the rice and the short rib was tender and flavorful, but after more than a few bites, the dish became meh. The rice quickly became spicy, but not in the multidimensional kimchi way, it kind of became a chore to finish the dish without another flavor to balance the rice. Don’t get me wrong, I like spicy, this just didn’t have another dimension to balance or compliment that spice, especially for a breakfast dish.

Rèpublique

Another friend ordered the Croque Madames- these are AMAZING! I could not recommend them more. Seriously, order them, you won’t regret it. Overall, I thought Rèpublique was a great brunch spot- you’re definitely paying for the ambiance and location, but if you opt for their classic brunch options, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

BB&B Rating 4 // 5

Obsessed Much: Book Club Edition

Book Club Review

As part of my 101 in 1,001 list, I wanted to read one book a week for an entire month. I’ve always been an avid reader, but in recent years, reading has kind of lost its spark with me. Of course, while I’m on vacation it’s super easy to finish that page turner I’ve had on my reading list for months, but it’s a little harder to commit to daily reading during the busy week or setting aside an entire day to a good read instead of going shopping, grabbing lunch with your bff and finally stopping by the grocery store because you forgot it was your turn to cook dinner tonight. Yes, I know I’m making reading out to seem like a chore, which is how I felt before I challenged myself to read 4 books in 4 weeks. It was only after finishing the first book on my list that I remembered how fun it is to insert yourself in a new setting with new characters and try to figure out where the heck this story is going to go!
To make my goal a little easier on the wallet, I joined my local library and got to work putting books on hold, sifting through ebooks that were available for download and of course asking my sorority little sister for a list of all her favorites. By the end of four weeks, I ended up reading “Before I Go to Sleep” by S. J. Watson, “Where They Found Her” by Kimberley McCreight, “Read Bottom Up” by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham and “Second Life” by S. J. Watson.
Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep
Can you imagine waking up each morning not remembering the last 20 years of your life? I finished this 400+ page novel in less than 6 hours of dedicated reading – yes, I was hooked. It’s seriously such a great page turner—I knew there had to be a twist (there always is) but I didn’t know exactly what the twist was until the very end. It’s the perfect book to pick up before a weekend trip. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out the truth…

Where They Found Her
Where They Found Her
I’m giving you fair warning on this one- be prepared to meet almost every character in the first hour and be prepared to be confused on their relationships or even lack of relationships until almost the very end. Long story short, the body of a newly born infant is found in the woods near a prestigious university in NJ. Follow along through three different points of view to discover exactly what happened to said baby and uncover many other secrets from this small college town. There were just enough twists to keep me interested, but not too many that I was completely lost. “Where They Found Her” is an easy read, even easier audiobook listen, I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes these type of creepy mystery novels.

Read Bottom Up

Read Bottom Up
Literally the perfect easy beach read for the summer. It took me less than 2 hours to finish this novel without a dull moment in sight. The story details the trials and tribulations of dating in the modern world, from awkward texts and emails with your potential beau to the side conversations with your besties you know are happening but prefer to ignore in real life dating. I found myself agreeing with almost every line that came out of Madeline’s head and understanding how men, like Elliot, might think women are a little nuts. Definitely worth the read, if you’re looking for something entertaining and light hearted.

Second Life
Second Life
I’m a wee bit torn on how I feel about this novel. There were parts I loved and could not go to sleep without finishing the chapter, but other parts were slow and confusing, and then the last page left me a bit shocked, to say the least. I’d say it’s worth a read if you like thriller mystery novels, but it definitely didn’t leave me wanting more like Watson’s first novel “Before I Go to Sleep.” On to the novel deets: after finding out that her sister has been murdered, the main character, Julia vows to find her killer. Her story chronicles just how far she will go to find said killer without realizing just how much she will have to give up to do so…

Obsessed Much: Perfect Make-up Organization Solution

Perfect Make-up Organization Solution

If you’re anything like me, you like everything to look clean and organized and have its place. Some people may call this OCD, but I prefer to think of it as being perfectly decluttered. I have been searching high and low the for the absolute perfect make-up organizer {I even put it on my 101 in 1,001 list to motivate myself to find a solution}. Ever since I moved {mind you, it’s been over a year now} and lost the bathroom counter space that used to house my makeup and makeup brush collection, I’ve been toying with different make-up storage options.

Perfect Make-up Organization Solution

I tried the minimalist approach – putting everything I use daily in a small make-up pouch and leaving the rest in “long term” storage. The worst part about this option was that my makeup containers were getting gross from the residual powder from the brushes in the same bag. And all the makeup I forgot I had is now dunzo. So option #1 led to a lot of wasted make-up that had to be sent to the circular filing cabinet aka the trash can. And I learned a valuable lesson, if I can’t see it, I won’t remember I have it and therefore, I won’t use it or I’ll end up buying something I already have. So I knew my perfect organizational solution had to have a lot of visibility into all the nooks and crannies.

Perfect Make-up Organization Solution

I happened to find this particular organizer at my local Marshall’s for $19.99, but there are always a ton of these on Flash Sale websites nearly weekly. I love that it has simple drawers so I can stack all my eye make-up together and open squares on top for brush organization and easy access to my favorite lipsticks and perfume before I step out the door.

What are your must haves when it comes to organization?