Take A Tour of Prince's Life + His $10 Million Paisley Park Estate!

PRINCE

Where to begin, Prince, as many of us know, was an icon! He has an astonishing amount of accomplishments, so many in fact, you’d be reading a novel instead of a single, sweet, short and simple blog post (which even at that is a bit long). So with that being said I will give you the cliff note version of Prince’s life, his most memorable moments throughout his career (some inside his mansion) and what’s to come in the future! I also have images of Prince's Mansion and some interesting facts you won't beleive!

This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a referral commission for your purchase, this will not affect your pricing or your purchase.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2016/04/25/inside-paisley-park-where-princes-purple-reign-sadly-ended/#b9f8d0a50a45

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2016/04/25/inside-paisley-park-where-princes-purple-reign-sadly-ended/#b9f8d0a50a45

THE BEGINNING

Prince, singer, musician, songwriter, producer (1958 – 2016)Prince was named Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7th, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Family:  Father-John Nelson, also a musician and Mother-Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer who performed with John Nelson’s band. Prince also had a sister Tyka Nelson. In later years he acquired 5 half-siblings.

Music: Even though his parents separated at the age of only 10, Prince was so interested by music he taught himself how to play the guitar, drums and the piano.

The First Band: In high school Prince put together his first band and named it Grand Central, only to later change the name to Champagne. Prince’s first band member was Andre Anderson who later changed his name to Morris Day.

The First Deal: By 1978 Warner Bros. Records signed Prince

The Launch of Prince’s Career: First Album Debut was in 1978 called For YouBonus: Can you believe Prince played all of the instruments you hear on this album?

Prince continued to develop his career and released multiple tracks that reached top 20 sometimes even top 3 on the music charts. He was gaining more attention from expressing his spirituality and sexuality through his music.

International success by 1982: After releasing his 1982 Album, one song hit the top 20 title track and a few others were on the top 10 hits.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2016/04/25/inside-paisley-park-where-princes-purple-reign-sadly-ended/#723f3a7e50a4 

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2016/04/25/inside-paisley-park-where-princes-purple-reign-sadly-ended/#723f3a7e50a4 

The 80’s: (My favorite) Purple Rain came out in 1984 (also the year I was born). It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Then came When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy, and both hit number 1.

Becoming The Icon: He was memorable, his music was different, he left a visual impression, trademark curls, ruffles and embellishments you’ll never forget!

Big Time: Prince was consolidating a few of his shelved projects and was able to produce a double album with multiple tracks reaching within the top 5 on the pop charts and R&B charts.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udVFCpg5OnU

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udVFCpg5OnU

“By the time he released his 11th studio album, the soundtrack to Batman, in 1989, Prince had become one of America’s most commercially successful pop artists, continually making waves on the charts”
— https://www.biography.com/people/prince-9447278

The 90’s: This era marked a new generation and a new sound. Prince’s band was able to blend the sounds of contemporary r&b with jazz, soul and a little hip-hop. This lead to his successful album Diamonds and Pearls in 1991 which hit number 3 on the Billboard’s 200 album chart.

Bonus: (WARNING NOT FOR CHILDREN): Did you ever see/or hear about Prince’s performance in 1991 for the MTV Music Video Awards? He turns around at the end of the stage to reveal……check it out for yourself! (YouTube: Prince’s 1991 MTV Music Video Awards)

Making History

“In the fall of 1992 Prince had signed a record $100 million dollar deal with Warner Bros., which was considered “the largest recording and music publishing contract in history” at the time and allowed him the freedom to pursue television, film, book and merchandising deals separately.”
— https://www.biography.com/people/prince-9447278

 

Let’s just compare, Michael Jackson and Madonna were only making $60 million dollar contracts that were also all inclusive!

Collaborations: Chaka Khan, Sinead O’Connor (The Cranberries), Tom Jones, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Patti Labelle and Janelle Monae.

Changes

In 1993 Prince changed his name to a symbol O(+> which was the fusion of female and male astrological symbols. Let’s just say most fans didn’t take to that too well. This wasn’t the best of times for Prince, he felt enslaved by his label, Warner Bros.. He would go on stage and perform with the word SLAVE drawn on the side of his face. Eventually he was released from all obligations and he continued to make magic happen with his music.

The 2000’s: By 2004 Prince was performing with celebrities like Beyoncé Knowles and was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He continued to release tracks, tour, wine Grammy’s and even Golden Globe awards.

2007: Prince performed for the Super Bowl XLI halftime show (even though if you remember that year it was heavily pouring…maybe he should’ve sang Purple Rain instead?)

2010: His career continued to climb: Billboard.com named Prince the greatest Super Bowl performer. TIME Magazine featured Prince as 1 of the 100 most influential people in the world and did I mention he also won a BET award for Lifetime Achievements? Just when you thought he won every award possible he is also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame! He may have been what we call a work-a-holic, what do you think?

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2016/04/25/inside-paisley-park-where-princes-purple-reign-sadly-ended/#723f3a7e50a4

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2016/04/25/inside-paisley-park-where-princes-purple-reign-sadly-ended/#723f3a7e50a4

Prince Takes a Political Stand

Prince was against the trend of having songs shared at will on the web
— https://www.biography.com/people/prince-9447278

He also held a tribute performance at his Paisley Estate in memory of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who died while in police custody in Baltimore. Gray’s death inspired Prince for the song “Baltimore.”

Keeping It Private: Prince was extremely private about his personal life. He preferred to spend time at his home than out and about in the spotlight.

Love Life

Dated: Susannah Melvoin (sister of one of Prince’s previous drummers) & Sheila E. (drummer extraordinaire, worked on her album together)

Married: (Valentine’s Day 1996 to be exact) to Mayte Garcia

“On Valentine’s Day 1996, Prince married backup singer and dancer Mayte Garcia”
— https://www.biography.com/people/prince-9447278

Children: Son-Born October 16, 1996 but unfortunately passed away 1 week later from Pfeiffer Syndrome.

Divorce: Their marriage was annulled in ’91 and divorced by 2000

 

Marriage #2: Prince married Manuela Testolini in 2001, (she was employed by one of Prince’s charitable organizations).

Divorce #2: Took place 2006

How It All Ended

On April 21, 2016 Prince passed away at his Paisley Park Estate in Minnesota. Earlier that week he spent time in the hospital with what was diagnosed as a severe case of the Flu.

Autopsy’s were performed by the Carver County sheriff’s department and Midwest Medical Examiner’s office. I wasn’t able to locate the exact cause of death at this time. Prince’s remains were cremated and a small private funeral was held for his family and friends on April 23rd, 2016.

What's Next

October 2016: Prince’s Paisley Park Estate Opens to the public as a museum.

…his first posthumous song, “Moonbeam Levels,” was released. A documentary about the singer’s early years, entitled Prince: R U Listening? is scheduled to be released in 2017
— https://www.biography.com/people/prince-9447278

It was reported that Prince's estate has an underground vault that houses more than a centuries worth of unreleased tracks. As of this year one of his unpublished tracks, Moonbeam Levels, has been released (2017).


INSIDE THE PAISLEY PARK ESTATE

Here’s what we do know about Paisley Park. The property was conceived in 1983 during the filming of the Purple Rain movie (for which Prince won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score)—just as his superstardom detonated. Paisley Park was completed in 1988, designed to Prince’s specifications by BOTO Design Inc. and then 23-year-old neophyte architect Bret Thoeny
— https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2016/04/25/inside-paisley-park-where-princes-purple-reign-sadly-ended/#723f3a7e50a4

Images 1-4:  Exterior images of the Paisley Park Estate

Image 5: Glass pyramids that are said to light up purple when the musician is home

Image 6: The extravagant lobby area with Prince's love symbol on the floor and portions of the balconies painted like clouds in the sky

Image 7: This mannequin is an exact replica with Prince's exact measurements. This allows his wardrobe to be tailored and custom-made on-site.

Image 8: One of Prince's many custom-made outfits

Image 9: This is an image Inside the "Foo Foo room" which kept all of his awards

Image 10: The vault door into the "Foo Foo room"

Image 11: A custom-made vending machine which looks to house gum and other items

Image 12: One of Prince's many recording rooms within the Paisley Estate

Image 13: One of Prince's more creative rooms that housed multiple projectors and screens on the walls

Image 14: Another room inside the mansion. This purple room offered star gazing on the walls.

Image 15: A small sneak of Prince's Paisley Estate Menu

Image 16: A luxurious recording studio and large room which housed all of Prince's instruments

Image 17: Album cover for the album Around The World In A Day, that Prince designed himself

Image 18: Prince's rehearsal stage was also built inside of Paisley Park Estates

Images 19-23: More photos of the inside of the Paisley Musueam

Image 24: Panton's new color "Love Symbol #2" in honor of Prince and his love of purple

I hope everyone enjoyed the timeline of Prince's life and his amazing accomplishments. I also hope I was able to share enough images of the Paisley Estate to give you a glimpse into Prince's world. My research and sources are listed below feel free to check out the links for more information!

Take away

Prince was a brilliant human being. Pure genius in his musical abilities and business deals. He was and always will be an amazing American icon.

If you have any interesting facts or memories of Prince I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for taking this tour of Prince’s life and his mansion with me!

Stay tuned for my Style Quiz next week, finally you’ll be able to see what your design style is. Are you traditional, mid-century mod or maybe even a bit Victorian!

Xoxo,

JC

 

SOURCES:

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/celebrity-homes/news/a8588/prince-paisley-park-estate-photos/  

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/celebrity-homes/news/a8588/prince-paisley-park-estate-photos/ 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3553554/A-purple-relaxation-room-huge-recording-studio-dance-rehearsal-space-Inside-10million-Paisley-Park-estate-Prince-spent-years-producing-hit-songs.html

https://www.biography.com/people/prince-9447278

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/prince-estate-sister-five-half-siblings-named-heirs-w483355

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2016/04/25/inside-paisley-park-where-princes-purple-reign-sadly-ended/#723f3a7e50a4

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3558565/How-12-year-old-Prince-tossed-father-caught-bed-girl-moved-friend-s-basement-enjoyed-hedonistic-wonderland.html

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/entertainment/people/prince-the-life-story-of-a-legend-6637

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Wedding Day, Photo Ready Make-up

I'm not sure how many woman worry themselves with their make up when their worry list of things that could potentially go wrong or things they need to plan for is probably pretty long as it is regarding their Wedding Planning!

You don't have to take my advice or even agree with my opinion but speaking from experience, please trust me when I say your make-up and skin care routine (the day before your Wedding especially), is incredibly important if you have high expectations for your Wedding Photos! Any other time I fully support no make-up days.

I've put together a regimen and some of the best products on (and off) the market that I can attest have been a life saver for me personally. The best part is that these products are so amazing that I still use them all to this day! (ok, except the lip injection, only on certain occasions).

This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a referral commission for your purchase, this will not affect your pricing or your purchase.

The products mentioned below in my post can be purchased immediately by clicking on the image or the black button below the image. I hope I'm able to provide a little insight to your make-up regimen and share ideas and experiences so that your Wedding Day is perfect and flawless, just like your make-up will be after trying out these Photo Ready Products!

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“Give them a reason to stare...”

1. Primer: I recommend using Arbonne’s primer. I’ve been using it for over 10 years and I love how light it is and how soft it makes my skin feel! It helps reduce the appearance of imperfections and fine lines while helping your makeup last longer! All of Arbonne’s products are plant based and all natural.

2. Foundation: Arbonne’s Perfection Liquid Foundation. I have the most sensitive skin and not to help matters, my skin tone is pretty light. I have the hardest time finding a foundation that doesn’t make me look orangey! Once I tried Arbonne I never turned back! It has the best tones to match your skin color and the foundation offers skin firming properties which lifts the appearance of any lines while giving you an overall even skin tone! Did I mention this Perfecting foundation also has SPF offering protection for the sun! That's a pretty important factor for me personally, consider I have multiple family matters who have had cancerous skin cells removed. It doesn't feel thick or go on white like most sunscreens and most models don't leave the house without putting on sunscreen!

3. Magic Highlighting Primer: A unique liquid light formula that blends seamlessly into the skin to boost its liveliness and luminosity. The texture is smooth and toned for a natural-looking complexion. It goes on white at first but once you rub it in it is completely clear. This highlighting primer also has a slight firming affect once you rub it in, I rub it under my eyes, under my eyebrows and on my eyelids. I always wake up with puffy eye lids and it's a pain to put eyeliner on so this primer really helps reduce the puffiness!

4. Naked Contouring Kit: Do you have bags under your eyes or red blemishes around your nose and chin area? I definitely do. But not to worry, this contouring kit offers the perfect palette to make you look flawless! With a three-in-one complexion palette, this kit provides everything you need to contour, color-correct and highlight.

I don't know what I did before I discovered this contouring kit, seriously, I have a round face and I get asked if I'm 18 all the time, it's not very flattering considering I'm a bit over 30 now. I know everyone says I should be grateful that everyone thinks I'm younger, maybe one day lol. So anyway, with this contouring kit I can add a bit of highlight to my cheekbones, forehead, and nose, then I use my brush with a darker powder for a shadow effect on my cheeks below the highlighted area and around my hairline on my forehead. Check out this really easy contouring tutorial from the professionals at Urban Decay on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KBGCRpD5SDI  

BONUS: If you watched the tutorial on how to contour above then you're probably wondering where the makeup artist got that double ended Kabuki (Vegan and cruelty-free, synthetic hair) make up brush? I've got you covered on that too! Click on the image below to purchase your brush. And an ADDED BONUS...this brush is usually $29.99 but it's on sale right now for $10.99 with free shipping for any orders over $25. Even Ulta and Sephora can't beat that! So after you put the Contouring Kit and the Make-up brush in your cart you'll be set and you'll have free shipping!

5.  Waterproof Eyeliner is a must at any Wedding! Even if you aren't a crier, I know my eyes tear up through out the day and there goes my eyeliner AND my mascara. Don't add your eye makeup to your worry list. Grab this waterproof eyeliner just in case your eyes tear up on your BIG DAY! It has been tested and is Bride approved!

6. Eye shadow: Another crucial component in your make up bag on your Wedding Day, or any day for that matter. Eye shadow selections can be overwhelming and I'm sure you can relate when you invest in a new eye shadow and you get it home, and try it out, only to find by the end of the day it has chemically reacted to your skin and changed colors, or is creasing on your eye lid, or just wasn't what you were hoping for on your skin tone! Incredibly frustrating. After trying globs of different eye shadows, I have to tell you my favorite product that is true to color and doesn't crease is Bobbi Brown's Eye Shadow. (This girl really knows her stuff). Although she reportedly is leaving her namesake beauty brand behind (the company is owned by Estee Lauder), she is going to continue working in the cosmetics industry and "What's more, though, is that she's staying true to the belief upon which her cosmetics line was founded: that makeup isn't something to be embarrassed by or secretive about, rather that makeup is meant to celebrate authenticity and enhance beauty." Read more about Bobbi Brown here: (Source: World Wide Web: https://www.allure.com/story/bobbi-brown-beauty-industry-return) 

Source: https://www.allure.com/story/bobbi-brown-beauty-industry-return

Source: https://www.allure.com/story/bobbi-brown-beauty-industry-return

7. Waterproof Mascara: Just like your eyeliner, be sure to grab waterproof mascara on your big day or just for any day at all! Heaven forbid the wind blows something into your eye and you start to cry on your big day because you are definitely not a crier right? It's okay, don't ever feel embarassed to show your feelings especially on your big day!

8. Lip primer: Let's be honest with each other, how many of you actually use lip primer or even feel like it's necessary? I use to think that way too, but just like primer for your face and  for your eye shadow, lip primer for your lips, can work wonders for your lipstick. It adds a little plump with a no budge no smudge, last all day guarantee! I'd recommend putting on your liner first, then this primer, then your lipstick last. 

9. Lipstick/gloss: This to me is the cherry on top of the gorgeous cupcake! Never leave the house without your lipstick/gloss, it's what adds the finished look to any outfit. Whether you're into pinks or reds I have the perfect shade for you, check out all of your options, buy 2 or a few! O, I almost forgot to tell you, not only do you have a great selection of colors, this is Covergirl's Outlast Longwear Lipstick!  So it's perfect for your Wedding Day (it should stay on your lips (not his) through all of the kissing you'll be doing that day), and even on those long days at the office!

10. Makeup setting spray: Also an important part of your finishing touches! This product is unlike anything else I've tried or seen on the market. The spray offers a microfine mist that goes on so light, you’ll barely feel it and once you’ve applied it, you'll hardly know it's there. No more having to touch up your make up through out the day. If you have tried various other setting sprays you'll be amazed at how different this one is, no sticky or tight feeling, just a fresh glow and a perfect face!

“A Girl Should Be Two Things, Classy & Fabulous”
— Coco Chanel

I hope I was able to provide a bit of insight to your skin care and beauty routine. These products are truly some of the best on the market ( and off the market) that I personally can attest for. I'd love to hear from everyone else on what your favorite skin care and make up products are and why?

As the month of July is coming to an end I still have some juicy make up tips from the professionals themselves to share with you all. Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook to get the exclusives! I'm also excited to share with everyone that next month will be all things Interior Design related as the Las Vegas Market starts this Sunday and I will definitely be there. I can't wait to share with everyone the latest trends, design ideas and products! Sorry this post is going out so late but better late than never I always say! 

Xoxo,

    JC

Wedding Day Beauty Hacks & Must-Haves

So I promised to give you all of the juicy tips and beauty hacks for your Wedding Day. So I've put together a 3-post series with all the juicy details and must-have products you won't want to miss! And since my last post was a bit long I promise to keep each of these post short, sweet and to the point!

This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a referral commission for your purchase, this will not affect your pricing or your purchase.

The perfect and practical little wedding survival kit to ensure your Wedding day goes smoothly!  Includes manicure set with nail Clippers, Tweezers, and scissors, nail file, 4 hair ties, 8 bobby pins, paper clothing tape, 12 oil absorbing Wipes, and sewing kit. Measures 10.2W x 6.7H x 2.1D

2. Heel Protectors: The 2nd best thing to your true Soulmate are SoleMates!

SoleMates protect your heels. When walking outdoors, through grass, cobblestone, concrete or any other rough terrain, SoleMates will protect your heels! The best part is that they are clear so they won’t show in your photos! Great for everyday wear and special heel care!

3. Stylist Tape: Keep it classy (prevent any wardrobe malfunctions before they happen)! You all know what I'm talking about here!

This little cute little beauty hack comes with 36 double sided pieces & keeps "high" style in place. Super easy to use:  just start with a clean, dry surface. Press one side of tape firmly onto skin or fabric. Remove backing on the other side and press fabric firmly into the desired position! And Viola, the girls are in place and you can dance the night away without any worries!

4. Women’s Bra Inserts, Silicone Breast Enhancers: When you're looking for a instant "lift" these are perfect for you, wedding day or everyday! Great for summer dresses too!

So for those of us Women who don’t have a lot of “umph” in our upper chest area, these Silicone Bra Inserts will work wonders for you! I actually bought this exact pair and wore them inside a strapless bra under my strapless Wedding Dress. They stay put and keep you “up”!

Victoria Secret's women's silicone bra inserts that enhance your breast!  These bra inserts add a full cup size to your cleavage and provide a natural looking lift. These push-up silicone cups insert into your bra and add instant curves in bikinis, swimsuits, backless dresses and strapless dresses or shirts. Seriously a must have! I like to be very honest about the products I recommend so I'm sharing that these are one size fits all and may not be for everyone. They are also 100% Polyurethane outside, 100% Silicone Inside, and made in U.S.A. 

5. Self-Tanning Bronzing Mousse: This is my personal little secret! Skin cancer runs on both sides of my family and since I live in AZ, let's just say laying out in the sun or hanging out at the beach or 2 things I DON'T DO OFTEN! This self tanning foam is seriously the best sun-kissed glow I've ever been able to achieve. It's even better than going to a tanning salon and getting a spray tan. Trust me, I've done this one too many times! If you haven't tried it yet, I encourage you to at least try the sample kit, once you do, you'll be hooked! I know every girl feels a little sexier with a tan. Best yet, it is simple to use, it's streak-free, offers a natural-looking bronze glow for all skin tones. No tell-tale self-tan smell. Use the Applicator Mitt for streak-free results and wait 60 seconds before getting dressed.

HACK ALERT: I'll let you in on a little trick I learned. This DOES LEAVE STREAKS, if you don't spread it evenly with the mitt! Once it dries, after about 5 minutes, if you notice streaks just wet your hand and rub your hand onto the streaks, this will help blend the tanning mousse around to completely remove any streaks! And one other thing, this will stain your clothes. I put on my  towel wrap before completely drying and it definitely stained my towel wrap. One other trick is to speed up your dry time, use a blow dryer just as the tanning salon offers a fan that goes up and down after your spray tan!

O I almost forget to tell you! This isn't just any self-tanning foam, it has endless awards, to name a few...ELLE Beauty Awards, In Style Best Beauty Buys Winner & Best-selling formula.

6. Face Spritz Spray: Hydrate your skin, add a subtle glow and don't stress about messing up your make up.

This is my favorite facial spray, because it's natural, makes my face look amazing and it smells great too! 

Mario Bandescu's facial spray is a refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. It has a simple formula made up of fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Ideal for dry environments (such as Arizona) and safe for all skin types (including sensitive types like mine). It is super gentle and non-irritating. It's easy to use just mist it onto your face, neck and hair as needed. The best part is that it won't mess up your makeup at all!

7. Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper: Want Angelina Jolie's perfectly pouty lips for your Wedding Day then you've got to try lip gloss!

So I also wanted Angelina Jolie's lips on my Wedding Day, and every other day for that matter. So I tried this Lip Injection and it works like magic! At first there is a slight tingling feeling and after a few seconds your lips look a bit larger and the gloss brings out your natural color. This lip gloss is actually clear so if you wanted to add a tint of color I'd recommend putting on lip stain or lipstick prior to applying the Lip Injection. I think for the small investment this lip gloss is worth it and a Must-Have in my book! If you try it out I'd love to hear your feedback!

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absouletly boring
— Marilyn Monroe

I hope that these little beauty hacks and must-haves help you to have a memorable and stress free Wedding Day. Just remember beauty isn't always about what's on the outside. Thank you for reading my post today, please stop back by soon as my next post will be some of the best Wedding Day Photo Ready Make-up Products and you won't want to miss them!

 

These are some of favorite quotes.

I just wanted to share them with you all.

hopefully they make you smile!

 

Xo,

     JC

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Package (With Checklists + Free Worksheets)

Congratulations! So, you are engaged, now what? You'll need to set a date, send out an announcement, start calling venues and vendors, putting together Wedding Ideas for decor, your dress the shoes, don't forget about the cake too! Geesh, Wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming, from what venue and what day to how much is everything going to cost, to who to hire and when? Don't forget this is only one day to the rest of your lives together. I'm here to help walk you through each step of the way!

Every little girl dreams of her perfect wedding day (ok, almost every little girl), from the style of her dress, the color of her flowers to what her wedding ring will look like! When you get find yourself getting wrapped up in the excitement of the research and the fun Wedding Magazines and websites, just don't forget to take a moment and remember the meaning behind this big day, your're marrying your Best Friend. The wedding day is important, but the not as important as all of the many memories to come!

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I think that every little girl deserves her dream wedding but on a more realistic level. So with that being said, I've put a few items together for you, and I'm calling it The Ultimate Wedding Planning Package! The goal is to pre-plan what you can ahead of time and the rest should fall into place.

The best part of this Wedding Planning Package is that it will walk you through step-by-step, and reduce, if not remove, the stress of planning. All monumental moments require a bit of planning & coordination right? Your sweet 16th, your Mother's 50th, your grandparents' 50th Wedding Anniversary, your son's 1st Birthday....you get the picture. So think of your wedding as the first big party you get to throw. And who else better to throw the bigget party of the year with? Yep, you guessed it, your best friend! Again, no stress, this is just one important day of the many to come. So first I want to share The Ultimate Wedding Checklist with you for FREE! I've only been married once but let's just say I've got a few pointers on things I wish I would've known before hand and I've had a few friends with similar feedback. After you review your checklist keep reading because I've put together some great Wedding Day Beauty Hacks, Budget Friendly Wedding Favors & Wedding Decor On A Budget! I swear I must have been a Wedding Planner in one of my previous lives, I love this stuff! Ok, last but not least, I'm also including 2 FREE Wedding Planning Worksheets.

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You are more than welcome to print a copy of my Wedding Checklist to re-read a few more times, it is a lot to take in but this is a big day so there's a lot to do but with this Checklist you just go through step-by-step and mark off each item as you complete it! It feels great to mark things off a list, it's proven to actually be very therapeutic.

Okay, so now for some great RESOURCES:

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“With my whole heart, for my whole life...”

THE RING:

I don't care what anyone says (or what my checklist says), shopping for the Wedding Rings is my favorite part! I've spent a lot of time (years) looking at thousands of different styles of wedding rings and these are my favorite 3 Wedding Rings for this Wedding Season for HIM & HER

HER ATTIRE:

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MAKE IT MEMORABLE!!!

Don't forget that each step of planning your Wedding can be just as memorable as your big day, make a few additional memories by asking your girlfriends to be your Bridesmaids with these adorable Bottle Stickers (Wine Labels) literally asking "Will You Be My Bridesmaid"

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS:

What's better than a bottle of wine, (a 2nd bottle of wine?) lol just kidding, your own personal tumbler to sip your wine out of ! Sip-in-style!

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Plan out your Bridesmaid gifts ahead of time, so you'll need a few bottles (water, wine, whatever liquid of your choosing, champagne bottles would be super cute too), your bottle labels, your personalized tumblers and the only thing you are missing is a cute bag to finalize the package! I love these pink + gold tote bags, they are useful during the Wedding and after too!

You are my today and all of my tomorrows
— Leo Christopher

Congratulations you have officially survived the run down on Wedding Planning! I hope that between the Checklist, the Worksheets and a few additional ideas you feel excited and less overwhelmed. Follow my FB and Instagram because the month of July is Wedding Themed here at Colorful Comments. Through out the rest of the month I will be sharing tips like Wedding Decor On A Budget, Wedding Day Beauty Hacks, Budget Friendly Wedding Favors and more! And.......there's more.......as promised I've got 2 Free Wedding Planning Worksheets for you to get your Wedding Planning Started! Simply click the button below, fill out the form and download your Worksheets instantly, again feel free to print them out. If it were me I'd buy a pretty binder and dividers and start saving my Wedding Checklist & Wedding Planning Worksheets in my binder. But that's just me! 

Easy Last Minute Party Planning Ideas for this 4th of July!

So you've been selected to host this year's 4th of July get together. Maybe you were volunteered in the group or you volunteered yourself and it completely slipped your mind. Don't panic. Take a deep breath. I have you covered. I've put together some great, easy, last minute party planning ideas for you. Everything from what goes on the table, your decor and most important of all, what to wear! At the end of the post I've included a few of my favorite recipes too!

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Ok so I have a slight confession before I start with all the party planning ideas, I'm usually a planner, down to the last detail, but sometimes you just have to let go and relax a bit. So with that being said, I've put together some Cozy & Casual outfits for the hostess with the mostess! The goal is to look calm, cool and collected. 

Dress to Impress, Don't Stress...

Apparently, today is confession day, it is Sunday after all. I don't know about you but when it's hot and miserable outside I'd choose a dress over shorts or pants any day. I love casual dresses like this one that I can get away with wearing to the grocery store or a baseball game and not get strange stares as if I were dressed to go to the office! This dress is incredibly comfortable and comes in two colors, sort of. You can get it in black with white stripes or white with black stripes lol.  

Next I've selected for you, a Dark Blue Chiffon Blouse. A light shirt for a warm summer day and the best part is it comes in multiple colors. I love shirts like this because you can dress them up with a skirt or work pants or you can dress them down with a pair of Capri pants or jean shorts!

I love a great pair of shorts for the summer. Some are way too short (now that I'm over 30 so are just no longer an option), some are way too tight and some are just right. And a bonus, finding the perfect pair of shorts and they come in multiple colors! Red will never go out of style and is a great summer staple! Check out these cute shorts, super stretchy and ultra comfortable!

Think Cozy & Casual

Ok, so maybe red shorts aren't your thing, not a problem, I told you, I got you covered! These are some of the most comfortable denim jean shorts I've ever owned! 

Casual v-neck shirts are a great option for the summer they are light and go with everything even those cute jean shorts pictured above!

Keeping It Classy

And if shorts aren't your thing at all, and the thought of wearing shorts in front of people makes you cringe and want to cancel the party all together, don't stress, and check out this dress! There's no way you won't look cool, calm, collected and super classy!

 

Table Decor & A Little More...

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So you have about 48 hours until the guests arrive, you've got an idea as to where you plan to pick-up most of the pre-made food, but what about the table settings and the patriotic decor? Don't worry remember I'm a planner, I've included everything from the table cloth and napkins to the kiddie pool to keep the drinks cool!

You can't have a 4th of July get together without the table cover! I've selected 2 different ones for you below, both with great prices and a great style! Personally I'm loving the blue and white Hamptons tablecover!

If red is more your thing, add a little red and white striped tablecloth for a simple look!

Red, White, & Blue Hanging Paper Fans. Easy and festive 4th of July decor double as party favors! These are great last minute decor options that make your party look like you've been pre-planning for weeks. These paper fans come pre-folded and ready to hang, just unfold and hang up! I'm loving those plastic canisters too! (Check them out here)

RED, WHITE & BLUE!!!

FUN FAVORS!!!

Who doesn't love a gift? Check out these fun favors, Patriotic temporary tattoos, fun for the kiddos and adults too! Did I mention some of them are glitter tattoos? Love these!

One more, bigger picture, pre-planned option, if you don't have a full 48 hours to prepare, or if you're feeling overwhelmed by the thought of having to select the plates, the plastic-ware, the cups, the napkins the decor and so on....I've included a pre-packaged party pack! This is the "small" Patriotic Party Pack, see the "large" set below this! This set contains 104 pieces and serves 14 guests and includes a bit of decor!

This is the "large" Patriotic Party Pack below! It consists of 120 pieces and serves up to 24 guests. Unfortunately no party decor in this one, but check out the Party Pack button below to check out more options for decor!

Every summer party needs extra lighting! These are my favorite outdoor/indoor lights. They provide a nice ambiance and put off a great amount of sufficient lighting!  Install them outdoor on the patio, around the umbrella or even indoors! The best part is they're great for all year round! They may be the perfect excuse to host more parties!

 

Last but definitely not least, some of my Favorite Fourth of July Recipes from different resources

Thanks for reading this post I hope I was able to help some of you feel a little less stressed! If you need any additional party planning tips feel free to reach out I am an overly organized neat freak, yep another confession! Ok those are all the confessions I have for today! If you are in need of more wardrobe ideas check out my other posts "Top 10 Summer Trends that Are Hot" there are a handful of great summer outfits that you can purchase through my posts!