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How To Write a Maid of Honor Speech

My sister Kameryn got married this time last year, and I was lucky enough to be her Maid of Honor. I wanted to share a few tips when it comes to writing the perfect Maid of Honor speech. These tips can also be applied to rehearsal dinner speeches! How To Write a Maid of Honor SpeechSit and reflectTrust me, I know what it feels like to have writers block. The best thing you can do when it comes to writing a speech, is pull up photos of you and the Maid of Honor. Have a piece of paper, or a Word doc open on your computer, and just start jotting down silly and special memories that you two share. Write down sweet things that the bride has said about her husband. Jot down a few sentences about how you know each other. This part can be messy and it will make sense later when you edit it all together. OutlineA little “outline” I’ve used for my MOH speeches is to start with the bride’s name. I think it’s really personal and intimate to look at the bride and start off with her name to sort of address her first before anyone else. Then I started my speech with, “Kameryn, it is such an honor and joy to be here on your wedding day.” Then, I took a long pause and looked around the room. I shared a few sentences about our childhood which introduced me to guests without having to formally introduce myself in an obvious way. I then talked about what Kameryn said to me when she first met Rob. The setting they were in, her reaction, and just a few sweet details about their early days of dating. Lastly, I circled back to Kameryn and talked about how Rob brought out the best in her and how excited I am for this next chapter. Throughout the speech I looked at the bride and groom, and glanced around the room 2-3 times. At the very end, I grabbed my champagne glass and made a closing toast congratulating the newlyweds. Then I hugged both Kameryn and Rob (and cried tears of joy and relief too haha!) Edit and CondenseIt usually takes me about 4-5 different versions to finally land on the one I am going to use. Speak the versions out loud to make sure that sentences and words flow as you make your edits. Keep it short and sweetI’ve given 2 Maid of Honor speeches now, and witnessed a handful, and the key is to keep it short and sweet. People get lost and tune out after 2 minutes, so aim for 2 minutes max. A nice 1 minute 45 second speech is ideal! Practice Practice PracticeOnce you’ve written your speech down and fine tuned it, practice saying it slowly in front of the mirror at least 3-4 times. When you actually give your speech, nerves will make you speak faster than you mean to, so be sure to keep reminding yourself to slow down! Speech paperI highly recommend printing or writing your speech out on a beautiful piece of thick stationary so that you can give it to the bride as a memento after the wedding. Don’t make the same mistake I did years ago, and read the speech off the notes section on my phone! I thought it would be lower profile than a piece of paper, but the blue light from the phone looked bad in photos and just took away from the traditional moment – lesson learned! Also, I don’t recommend memorizing the speech, because you never know what nerves can do to you in the moment. NervesI have a huge fear of public speaking. Always have, and probably always will! The best advice I can give for a MOH speech is to have a few sips of a cocktail (not too much LOL) to ease your nerves, and just really make this a moment between you and the bride. Angle your body slightly toward the bride so it feels more safe and intimate, and you can focus on what the speech is truly about. Speak from your heart and you will do great! You got this!
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Lightweight Fall Jackets

The air is getting crisp and cool here in Connecticut so I’ve been slowly swapping out my summer wardrobe for my fall one. I’m pulling out all of my lightweight coats, trenches, leather jackets, blazers and bomber jackets to layer over dresses and tops. Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons to dress for! I wanted to share the lightweight fall jackets I’ve worn over the years, as well as a few new ones I have my eye on. Lightweight Fall JacketsTrench CoatsWhen it comes to lightweight jackets in the fall, the first kind that comes to mind is a trench coat. I’ve had the classic Burberry Kensington trench for years. While I do love it, it’s extremely pricey and stiff which has made me wear it less and less over the years. I’ve been reaching for this draped Theory trench season after season, and can’t recommend it enough. FYI it runs big, so size down. It’s available in tan, black and cream. This is an almost identical option with more sizes in stock! A few other draped trenches I’m coveting are this olive green one, this white one and this chic black one. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); BlazersYou know I love a good blazer. I recently started investing in Veronica Beard blazers and all I can say is WOW. Probably my favorite blazer brand ever. The quality is excellent, the material is beautiful and you can tell they take a lot of time when it comes to creating the silhouette. Two other brands I love for quality blazers are L’Agence and ALC. In terms of affordable, more casual blazers – you can’t go wrong with Mango or Topshop. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Bomber/Military JacketsThis Banana Republic green jacket from last year is my most worn lightweight jacket. It’s soooooo cute on. I wear it with jeans, a bodysuit and sneakers or booties throughout the year. Banana no longer makes it, but I found this one which is similar and looks really cozy. Other casual green jackets I love; this one, this one, this one and this one. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Leather JacketsMy most worn leather jacket is 6 years old from Banana Republic. They make a similar version which is still available here. I also really love this leather jacket which looks closer to the one I have. This is a great option for under $100 which I’ve seen in stores. If you’re willing to splurge, Iro makes the softest, most buttery leather jackets. I love it in this mustard color. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Lightweight CoatsThe best lightweight coats tends to sell out fast, so I’m sharing a few that I’ve seen fully stocked here… You can never go wrong with a Theory coat. They last for years and look so amazing on. Keep in mind that you’ll need to size down for all of their coats though. This rich camel cashmere coat is going to go FAST, I just ordered mine! I always get so many compliments on this Mackage coat – it runs big as well. I haven’t tried this camel coat on, but love the look. Same goes for this camel one, and this camel one! !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Casual JacketsLast, but not least, some cute + casual jackets for running around town or throwing on for any occasion… In terms of fleece zip ups, how cute is this one? And this one is under $15. OBSESSED with this leather + cream sherpa jacket. This Isabel Marant printed sweater is really fun. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Shop more of my favorite lightweight jackets for fall below!
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My Favorite Jewelry

TGIF! This short week flew by and I can’t believe it’s already the weekend. Thomas and I don’t have a ton of plans besides prepping for our trip to Scottsdale next week! I’m really excited to see my dad after months of not seeing him, plus it will be nice to get a change of scenery. We haven’t left the east coast in 7 months! This blog post was a long time coming and I’m going superrrrr into detail on all of my favorite jewelry pieces and brands. If you can’t already tell, I’m a huge fan of gold jewelry, and never wear silver. I love the way gold jewelry looks on and think it’s the perfect mix of timeless and trendy. Here are some of my go-to pieces! My Favorite Jewelry Cartier Love Bracelet I’ll start with my investment jewelry pieces first. My absolute favorite piece of jewelry is my Cartier Love bracelet. I bought it for myself 6 years ago in Paris after going through a difficult breakup. I think of it as a symbol of “self love” and it’s often the only piece of jewelry I wear. It’s a splurge, but something you’ll have forever. I also love the ring version that comes with a tiny diamond (you can also get it without) – so pretty. A lot of people like to layer their Love bracelet with a Juste un Clou bracelet, but it’s not my favorite. It’s just a bit too harsh/trendy. Vintage Rolex Day-Date Watch I rarely wear watches anymore, but if I do, it’s this vintage Rolex. I wore a very similar Michael Kors version for over a decade before upgrading. This is another super similar style. A Rolex is beyond classic and will never go out of style. The one I have is actually a men’s watch with a 36mm face. In my opinion, it looks much cooler than a small faced women’s watch. Lee Brevard charm earrings I always get asked about the earrings I wear because I rarely (as in maybe 5 times a year) take them off! I’ve been wearing these Lee Brevard charm earrings since high school – they’re the best! You can mix and match the charms and metals. My ears are double pierced so I have 2 different sets of charms. I have the 18K gold hoops with these charms and these charms. What’s great about them is they never rust, don’t irritate your ear, and look really elegant on. They make the perfect gift too! Julie Vos hoop earrings On the rare occasion I do change my earrings, they are for a fun pair of gold hoops. I own a ton of Julie Vos pieces (she’s based in NYC) and makes super high quality, affordable fashion jewelry. The exact pair of hoops I have are from years ago, and she no longer carries them, but she’s got a ton of other options here on her site. Missoma gold coin necklaces I wear several different gold necklaces, but many of them come from Missoma. Their collection is gorgeous and I own about 10 of their pieces. The Lucy Williams coin collection is the one that I can’t get enough of. I typically layer this necklace, this one, and/or this one together. Awe Inspired Goddess necklace This goddess gold charm necklace is one of go-to pieces as well. I always get compliments on it. The brand has a ton of other pretty necklaces as well! Brinker and Eliza chunky gold necklaces This CT based mother daughter duo designs such unique pieces. They’re all insanely affordable, yet look way more expensive than they are! I have this gold chain necklace, and this one from their collection. Fleuri dainty pearl necklace Fleuri jewelry is so dainty and elegant. I literally want one of everything from their site. I wear this pearl necklace a ton! Vintage Chanel chain I got this one-of-a-kind vintage Chanel chain years ago from What Goes Around Comes Around and love to wear it on vacation. WGACA has the best vintage jewels – have fun stalking their selection! Heather Gardner Lariat This lariat is soooo sexy and subtle on. Heather is based in Malibu, and all of her lariats are to die for. She really has an eye for crafting bohemian chic pieces. Jill Golden collar necklace This simple, chic gold collar necklace is beautiful worn alone or layered with a lariat or dainty gold necklace. I love wearing it on date nights, for special occasions, or even just with a silk cami and blazer if I want a more modern look. Jennifer Zeuner gold link ring I’ve had this gold link ring for years. She slightly updated the links over the years, but it still looks almost identical to mine. I recently had it re-plated in 14K gold at a local jeweler, because I wash my hands with it on. I used to take my rings off when I washed my hands, but would always leave them behind, so now I keep them on! Omi Woods signet ring This Black owned business has the most stunning gold jewelry! I just bought this signet ring from them a few weeks ago and am so happy with it. Gold bubble ring I picked up a thick gold bubble style ring at a small boutique in Venice years ago, but I can’t remember what brand it was! This one from Baublebar looks identical and is a fraction of the price. I love the way they layered the two rings in the photo. I’m tempted to order them to have as a backup when I travel! Aurelie Bidermann etched ring The ring in this photo is from Aurelie Bidermann years ago and is sadly sold out, but I highly recommend checking out her line. Everything is stunning and well made. Jewelry Wish List There you have it! My most worn, favorite jewelry pieces. TBH I’m not a huge fan of diamonds (I know shocking right haha!) except for an engagement ring of course!!! I just don’t see myself ever rocking a diamond tennis bracelet or diamond studs. I don’t know – it’s just never been my style! And I really love simple, well made gold jewelry pieces. In terms of wish list jewelry items, the only other piece of everyday jewelry that I’m coveting is a Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra mother of pearl necklace, ring or bracelet. I think I’d wear the necklace way more than the bracelet, but hey, if someone wanted to get me both I’d be fine with that ;) What are some of your favorite jewelry brands or designers? Would love to know what’s in your collection! Urban Outfitters jewelry stand (also comes in silver)
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Best Fall Boots

When I asked you on Stories what blog post topics you wanted me to cover next, the majority of you said all things FALL (outfits, decor, recipes!) Today I am going to start with fall outfits with a specific focus on fall footwear. Best Fall Boots Fall footwear is the best, isn’t it?! Suede booties, over the knee boots, moto boots – yes please! My favorite fall shoes are; these Joie booties (so comfortable, I own them in 2 colors), these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots (legit best boots ever – the brown is on MAJ sale here), PS this is the heeled version of the over the knee boots, a pair of white leather booties, and these Rag & Bone Newbury booties (which have held up for 10 years after I resoled them!!!) Fall Boot Wish List A few boots I have my eye on for this fall are these J.Crew suede over the knee boots in black and brown, these brown leather heeled boots, these super affordable tan moto boots, and these waterproof moto rain boots (love that they don’t look like a clunky rain boot.) I do own the classic Hunter rain boots, but TBH I’ve only worn them 3 times in the last decade. They’re just wayyyy too clunky and heavy for me. I even have the fleece insert for winter, but they’re still not warm enough, so I always just wear my Sperry insulated duck shoes. Least Worn Pair of Fall Boots My least worn pair of fall shoes are surprisingly these Isabel Marant booties. They’re gorgeous and look great on all of the models, but for some reason, I just haven’t reached for them in years. They run VERY narrow (and I have wide feet) so I haven’t had a chance to break them in, but I am hoping to really commit and try this season. I feel like they would look great with a cropped skinny jean. Originally, I had wanted to style them with a flowy floral Zimmermann type of dress, but they just hit at the wrong part of my ankle so they really don’t elongate/flatter unless you’re over 5’8″. Anyways, TBD if I end up finally wearing them – will keep you posted! Most Worn Pair of Fall Boots If I had to pick one pair of shoes to invest in for the fall, they would be these brown suede Joie booties. They do have a heel, but they’re extremely comfortable and SO flattering on. They’re a great date night shoe because they can be dressed up. They look just as good with dresses as they do with jeans. 100% a must in my book! FYI for all outfit details, please check my fall outfit section here where you will find all brands linked!
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