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Amazon is my vice. I use it wayyyy too much and love the 2 day shipping A LOT. I get beauty items, clothes, tech, home, kitchen, etc there and re-order constantly! I've shared these a lot on my Instagram but wanted them to all be in one place here too! Hope this helps! These are go to pieces for the fall that you NEED!

You can also see more items that I buy on Amazon by clicking here. It has the items separated into 5 different categories, home, beauty, puppy, wedding, and fashion,

1.

BLACK PUFFER COAT

so cute and so warm! i've been living in mine. I bought the medium but could have done the small.

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2.

OROLAY DOWN JACKET

This is the MOST popular coat on amazon. It is a best seller and such a staple to fall for fall/winter. Such a good price too at $139. They have other colors too like black, blue, gray, red.

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3.

BUFFY DOWN COMFORTER

Perfect to get now for the winter! I've heard such good things about this and we got it for our registry!

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4.

SMARTWOOL GLOVES

I just bought these for Colin and they're so warm. They also have a tech liner for texting so you can keep your gloves on!

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5.

FOOT MASK

I bought this because even though summer is over i still want my feet to be soft and this works so well! Makes your feel feel so baby soft.

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White Boots

Doc Marten knock offs! So cute.

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PANAMA HAT

Awesome to dress up a winter outfit.

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8.

Fleece Pullover

The comfiest thing to lay around in and watch movies.

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Teddy Beat Coat

Sooo comfy - like robe material and surprisingly so warm!

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Round Sunnies

My Rayban knocks off for $10 that I got.

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11.

Vita Liberata Tanning Lotion

The best tanning lotion that looks SO natural.

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12.

Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt

Mitt is NEEDED.

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Hope you liked!

xoxo ela


Updated: Dec 4, 2019


Hi all!!

I figured I'd do a separate post on what I learned from throwing my own tented wedding because I learned a whole lot!

I touched on some of it in my Chicago Wedding blog post but figured I'd deep dive into more details here.

PLANNING

So if you don't know, we had a destination wedding a month before our Chicago tented wedding. What shocked me the most was that this tented wedding was 80% more work than the Punta Cana wedding. All I had to do for the Punta wedding was send photos and hope it looked like them which Thank God that it did. In my head, my 'wedding' was in Punta Cana since that was where we'd first walk down an aisle, and Colin wouldn't see me until the ceremony, but that was really just a fun time compared to the work I had to do in Chicago. I worked on getting all my vendors (scouring thumbtack and google to get the best prices) and then for months I was just kinking out all the small details. I had to find a tent company, caterers, dance floor, tables, chairs, tablecloths, sweets, cake, dj, bar, bartender, alcohol, shot glasses, etc.

BAR

We decided to get our own bartender and alcohol and that was a feat. If that's even how you spell it. We were going to go with our caterers and have them supply all that but their package (for the brands of alcohol) was too expensive and didn't make sense. It was brands like Gordons which I haven't even heard of and to upgrade was an arm and a leg. So instead, I bought all my own alcohol (two compact cars worth) and we drove it to my cousins house (where the reception was going to be.) I did an online wedding alcohol calculator to figure how much of everything I needed. I went overkill but better to have more than not enough.Thank God my cousin had some sort of wagon because it would've been that much tougher than it was to transport for the car, into the house. (and then don't forget we need to then transport it in to the coolers a day before the wedding.. I'll get there) Yeah it was just a lot of work. We got the alcohol from a local liquor store that allowed me to return any non opened bottles and chasers which hallelujah because we returned $1000 worth and only spent $1000 on the alcohol for 140 guests. My mom did make like 20 cytrynowka bottles which is similar to a limoncello but its really homemade lemon honey vodka. We had one at each table and also a plum vodka at each table that she made. Maybe that's why the bar wasn't going empty? But from the house to the place where the bar was going to be was at least maybe 100 feet so we had to carry cases and handles outside back and forth, back and forth. And it was just 3 guys and me. Thanks again for Colins brother helping and my cousin Scotty! Then I thought about needing ice... so I researched apps that I can have ice delivered and ended up using Shipt and had it delivered at like 3PM the day of and the cocktail hour was starting at 5PM. It was good timing but then we ran out of ice. My day of coordinator couldn't come so she sent two of her coworkers. They helped by driving to get more ice and we eventually needed more tonic water. That's what went the most, tonic water and vodka. Taking a mental note on that for future parties. When we arrived to the reception, everyone was eating the hourderves but I didn't realize we didn't have a garbage can by the bar so make sure to have one in that area. I also figured the caterors would just give water to the guests at each seat which they were doing but everyone asked for water at the bar which i did not think about. Taking a mental note on that as well... otherwise it all was better than Gordons and we had whiteclaws, rose, patron, titos, etc- so it was a win! Lot of work- but a win!

DECOR

I was putting all my decor in bins and got them all ready to take to my cousins house on Thursday, 2 days before the wedding. We didn't really lay anything out because we had to wait for the tables and tablecloths to get there Friday. But we did have to hang lights on the trees which was so tough haahah and then these faux flowers on the trees too. I have EVERYTHING listed in my wedding blog post of all the decor I brought (and every I DIY'd here) so go there for that! Friday we had to lay out all the votive candles, table numbers, bar utensils, lay out the glasses on the bar tables, all the alcohol, etc. I could have waited for the coordinators to do that Saturday since they got there at noon but I wanted to make sure we wouldn't run out of time. We spent probably 5 hours on Thursday setting up, 5 hours Friday, and 3 hours Sunday cleaning up.

COORDINATORS

I only booked a day of coordinator because I'm pretty organized other wise and didn't need help planning the event. I wanted a coordinator there to help with the bar, and setting up the last minute decor before we all arrived from the church. They were very helpful with the bar (getting more ice and tonic water) but because of that they forgot to remind me to do the garter and bouquet toss.

HELP

I do wish I asked more people to come help me set up and clean up. I only had my mom, dad, colin and me on Thursday.

Friday was me, colin, colins aunt, brother, my cousin Scotty, and my mom. Sunday was (thankfully I learned by now) Scotty, colins brother, my brother, my cousin beata, colin and I. It would've been easier with more people for sure or even hire some big guys to carry stuff haha.

NEXT DAY

So yes we had to go back the day after the wdding to pick up stuff and make sure it wasn't a disaster there (it was my cousins house after all.) My aunt said she picked some stuff up and cleaned a bit the night of when everyone left but the bar was still packed of alcohol in the coolers and tables had all the candles, table numbers, flowers, glasses, etc when we got there Sunday. We took off all the tablecloths, and emptied the bar, took off the lights, grabbed all the garbage cans and brought them to the front of the house. Lot of man power on this day. A garbage can full of beer bottles is HEAVY. Our caterers also left all the leftover food for us and that was like 1 month of lunches for us haha so we had to put so much back in my car, all of that plus $1000 worth of alcohol, decorations, etc. We had 3 cars full.

FOOD

The food was awesome! I loved that we got to keep all the leftovers because the meatballs were so dang good! haha. The only issue was when we got there for cocktail hour, the chairs were moved around to a previous seating chart I sent and not the new updated one. That was annoying to worry about but they got it fixed.

ALL THE LINKS TO MY VENDORS ARE IN THIS BLOG POST

More posts are coming from the wedding!! Below are some more wedding related posts/videos of mine :)

ENTIRE PHOTO GALLERY AND DETAILS HERE ON BOTH WEDDINGS:

MY PUNTA CANA WEDDING

MY CHICAGO WEDDING


Below are some more wedding related posts/videos of mine :)

ENGAGEMENT Q&A

PROPOSAL VIDEO

TELLING MY PARENTS VIDEO

FAVS FROM MY WEDDING REGISTRY

MY BRIDAL SHOWER (VIDEO HERE)

MY BACHELORETTE IN PUNTA CANA

MY WEDDING WELCOME BOXES

MY WEDDING WEEK OUTFITS

ALL MY WEDDING RELATED YOUTUBE VIDEOS

WHAT I DIY'D FOR MY WEDDING

WHAT I LEARNED FROM PLANNING MY OWN OUTDOOR WEDDING


And don’t forget to watch my insta stories for the behind the scenes of my everyday and I also love sharing my amazon picks- here's my favorites from there.

Make sure you're subscribed to my Youtube Channel to see all my current and future wedding videos. :)

xoox ela

Updated: Dec 4, 2019


Hope you got to view my two big blog posts of all my wedding photos from Punta Cana and then also Chicago! I wanted to do a dedicated post for some of the decor I DIY'd so you can find it in one place. Enjoy!

Table Numbers

I made these acrylic table numbers with my friends cricut machine. I seriously need to get one for myself! I bought the acrylic 4x6's on amazon and then we just used gold vinyl for the cricut to come up with the numbers. I downloaded the font Memories for it- it was perfect. I did write up the numbers in Photoshop prior to just so we wouldn't have to connect each letter in Cricut. My brother then made me the wooden display but they sell those on etsy here.

Name Cards

I only made name cards for my head table but it was such a cute addition to the small details. I bought the acrylic on amazon and then also the gold holders. We had to open up the gold holders a bit so the acrlic would fit. My dad did it was a saw type machine. But I'm sure you can heat it up and try to pry it open a small bit with plyers.

The Seating Chart

The seating chart was one of my favorites that I did! I got two glass pieces from Home Depot in an 18x24 for my bridal shower and a 24x30 for the Chicago wedding. I made the table sheets inside in Photoshop but it can totally be done in word as well. I used the font Memories again for the table number and then a different font for the names. then I just printed them on my regular home printer. The thickness of the paper doesn't matter since it's in between the two pieces of glass.

I then taped the table computer paper to the back piece of glass, and then for the top glass, I wrote "Ela's Bridal Shower" in this chalk marker. (Chalk markers wipe own with water)

It was such a cheap way to elegantly display the seating. I loved it.

The Seating Glasses in Punta

The glass seating chart was something that I couldn't bring to Punta Cana so I had to get my thinking cap on. I decided to do champagne glasses (provided by resort) with a name card on it with their table number. I wrote all these out on my own and got them printed at a local printer. I just made them a 2x2 circle and had the wedding coordinators cut them on site because I had forgot to do that. You just put one slip into it and you're done. This was so quick and painless.

The Mirror

I wanted a cute welcome sing for the Chi wedding so I just used the same chalk marker as the other Seating Chart sign and had my cousin write this on there. So easy and washable! This mirror is back on our mantle now. :)

More posts are coming from the wedding!! Below are some more wedding related posts/videos of mine :)

ENGAGEMENT Q&A

PROPOSAL VIDEO

TELLING MY PARENTS VIDEO

FAVS FROM MY WEDDING REGISTRY

MY BRIDAL SHOWER (VIDEO HERE)

MY BACHELORETTE IN PUNTA CANA (VIDEO HERE)

MY WEDDING DAY VLOG IN PUNTA CANA

MY WEDDING WELCOME BOXES

MY WEDDING WEEK OUTFITS

MY CHICAGO WEDDING VIDEO

ENTIRE PHOTO GALLERY AND DETAILS HERE ON BOTH WEDDINGS:

MY PUNTA CANA WEDDING

MY CHICAGO WEDDING

And don’t forget to watch my insta stories for the behind the scenes of my everyday and I also love sharing my amazon picks- here's my favorites from there.

Make sure you're subscribed to my Youtube Channel to see all my current and future wedding videos. :)

xoox ela


ABOUT

Hi, I'm Ela! I started this blog to share all my knowledge of fashion, home decor, travel and more. I previously worked as a men's model agent (see that post here) and now I work in advertising. Majoring in Fashion Business, I've always had a love towards fashion and love sharing about it. I get so excited getting pieces for a steal (my Polish background does that to me,) I love to travel anywhere and everywhere, and I love interior decor and turning something old into something beautiful and new.

 

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