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Bachelorette Weekend in Des Moines

September 16, 2016

Bachelorette Party

Growing up, my sisters and I always talked about what our dream weddings would look like – mainly who our bridesmaids would be and what we would wear.  The girls you invite to stand up with you on your wedding day are almost as important as the groom, right?  Since there were three of us sisters, we made a plan that we would each get a turn to be the Maid-of-Honor at each other’s weddings.  When Cait got engaged this past year though, she did what all brides do best – she broke the rule and asked both Sarah and I to be her Maids-of-Honor.  We could not have been more thrilled!

Sarah and I soon started planning Cait’s bachelorette party.  After a very fun and successful celebration last month, I wanted to share a little bit more about what we did on our weekend in Des Moines for #CaitsLastFling!

Welcome To The Bride Squad

We all arrived at the Hyatt in downtown Des Moines on Friday night, and Sarah and I put together a welcome basket for each girl with some fun goodies.  These included:

– Bride + Bride Squad tees from HelloHandpressed

– Confetti poppers

– Mini champagne bottles

– Pink or red lipstick

– Flower crowns

– A water bottle

– Lots of sweets

– And lastly, an itinerary for the weekend

Bride Squad Bachelorette

Bachelorette Welcome Baskets

Single? Taken? Hungry ✓

One of the best parts of the weekend?  The food!  Per recommendations from local friends and family, here are some of the amazing places we tried:


On Friday night we tried out this urban Italian eatery that was a bit fancier than we expected!  Sarah, Cait and I split the Insalata Mista and The New Yorker pizza and were not disappointed!  This place would be really fun for a nice date or a nicer family celebration.

Java Joe’s Coffee House

A girl’s gotta caffeinate!  On Saturday morning we walked around the Des Moines farmer’s market and stopped in at this super cute and hipster coffee bar.  The line was literally out the door, but the coffee was definitely worth it!

+39 Italian

After the farmer’s market and coffee, we walked over to +39 to grab brunch (ie. the best meal of the day).  Cait and I split their Brunch Pizza and HOLY COW!  As a pizza and brunch lover it was the best of both worlds!

Eatery / A

On Saturday night we got dressed up and went to dinner at Eatery / A.  After eating lots of pizza earlier in the day, all of us decided on pasta or meat as our main dish.  I would definitely go back to try their wood-fired pizza since it’s their specialty, but the hanger steak with potatoes was fantastic too.  No complaints about Des Moines food!




Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture

One of my favorite parts of the weekend was taking lots of photos with the Polaroid camera.  It was the first time any of us had used one, and was a lot of fun trying out different lighting to see what works best!

On Saturday we played some games in the afternoon, opened gifts and asked Cait to share a few of her favorite stories about her and Shawn.  After getting dolled up, we popped our confetti, grabbed our Bachelorette bucket lists, and headed to Mickey’s to dance the night away!


Bachelorette List




Bachelorette Confetti



Ladyplanner Turns One

August 4, 2016

One Year Anniversary Flowers

“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.” – Author Unknown

This week my blog, Ladyplanner, turns one year old.  Phew, I can hardly believe it’s been an entire year!  I started blogging with a couple different intentions.  I wanted a creative outlet that was entirely my own, that I could update, change and mold to my liking.  I hoped to encourage others and share ideas and thoughts about how to make each day special, whether that be by enjoying the seemingly mundane or preparing for a very extraordinary event.  And lastly, I think I actually liked the idea of using blogging as my form of journaling.  No matter how hard I try I just haven’t been able to get into the habit of journaling regularly by hand.  Pairing blog posts with pretty pictures made it more exciting.  The fact that I had to keep up with a blogging schedule also held me accountable!

I also started Ladyplanner in the midst of change.  I had just moved out to Colorado and was trying to build a new life here.  Then I left the corporate world to pursue wedding planning, and started a new branch of Chancey Charm in Denver.  Over the past year life has been full of uncertainty, but this blog has been my one constant and a place where I’ve truly felt that I can share my heart.

Thank you (sincerely) for joining me on this journey.  I can hardly wait to see what the next year brings, and hope that you’ll continue to join me for the ride.


Before you go…

For my blogiversary I also wanted to share my 10 favorite posts from the past year.  These are the special ones that I either really enjoyed writing and creating, or that were maybe a little difficult to write but received an overwhelming response.  Thanks again friends!

The Waiting

Dedicated Friendship Reunions (And Why They Rock)

Real Talk: Dealing with Hearing Loss as a Young Adult

Chancey Charm Denver Launch

DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

How To Be a #BOSSBABE Maid-of-Honor

Real Talk: Breaking Free From An Eating Disorder

A Guide to Denver: My Favorite Fare & Refreshments

A Snapshot of Austin




Eat. Sleep. Blog. Repeat.

July 21, 2016


(Photography by Corey Anthony Photography.)

Exclusive Denver Blogger Meetup

If you follow me on social media (which you should! 😉 ), you’ve seen lots of posts over the last week regarding an Exclusive Denver Blogger Meetup that I helped put together with my good friend Danielle from According To D.  Today, I’m sharing a little bit more about the background of the event, and how it turned out!

Earlier this year, Danielle shared the desire to host a get together for bloggers local to the Denver area.  As a relatively new resident of Colorado, I wholeheartedly agreed and the idea for the first blogger meetup was born!

Event Design & Inspiration

We brainstormed options for the event decor and aesthetic, and decided on a palette of gold, white, pink & cream to create a light, airy atmosphere with pops of color.  The queen of celebrations, Lauren Conrad, was our main influence as we scoured Pinterest and put together THIS INSPIRATION BOARD.


We were excited to join forces with the lovely ladies of Denver Style Magazine to host this event at their space in The Studio.  Their team also helped with promotion for the event, which helped make this event a tremendous success!  We also had the pleasure of working with the talented Corey Anthony Photography and the wonderful Emily of Froozer.  Seriously, Froozer’s frozen fruit snacks are seriously delicious AND a perfect healthy treat that feels like an indulgence – think Freeze Pops but way better!  Danielle and I are both so thankful for their participation!


Hosting an event for the first time is always a little scary.  Even though Danielle and I were both nervous we were encouraged by all of the RSVPs we received.  We both made some “blogger bites” for the event – mini cucumber sandwiches, watermelon, basil & feta bites, caprese salad bites, and confetti cake pops.  We also found the cutest mini coupes to serve white wine and rosé for the bloggers to sip on.  Some highlights of our decor include a glittery gold hashtag, a Blogger Love banner and an Eat Sleep Blog Repeat sign.

As the bloggers arrived and started to mingle, we started a game of Blogger Bingo to get the conversations flowing and to help everyone get to know each other a bit more.  At the end of the event, Corey captured some amazing shots of the entire group and individuals up on the rooftop with a perfect view of the Denver skyline.

That’s a Wrap

After all of the cleanup, Danielle and I wrapped up the night with some celebratory sushi from East Moon Asian Bistro (yum!).  Cheers to a successful event, with more to come!
















A Guide to Denver: My Favorite Fare & Refreshments

June 10, 2016

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As much as I love exploring and trying out new restaurants, I have a tendency to find a couple places I really love and stick with them when I’m out and about.  There are no surprises – everything tastes as wonderful as I remember it and it’s a great experience every time.  For today’s post, I’m so excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with my fellow Denver blogger and dear friend, Danielle from According To D, as we each share our top 5 favorite places to eat and drink in the city of Denver (yay!).

A few weeks ago we took over the Highlands area of Denver, dolled up in some of the latest outfits from Pinks – Straight from LA and with fresh hair and makeup and shimmering spray tans from Alchemy Beauty.  Needless to say, we both felt super cute and were ready for our close-up with the fabulous photographer Emily Sacco.  We spent the day exploring the Highlands and of course had to end by indulging in the best ice cream ever from Little Man (see below!).  Check out my top 5 restaurant recommendations for the next time you’re visiting the Mile High City below!

…And when you’re done reading head over to According To D to check out her top favorites too!

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Favorite Breakfast Spot: Sassafrass American Eatery

This cozy and bright breakfast spot offers the best in comfort foods with a mainly Southern influence.  Start off with a spiced chai latte on a cold day, or go big with a Cap’n Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshake!  Indulge in classics like beignets, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomato benedict or shrimp and grits.  You can’t really go wrong with anything on this menu.

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Favorite Coffee Spot: Black Eye Coffee (LoHi)

While there are two great locations for Black Eye Coffee, my go-to is definitely their shop in the LoHi area (right off of I-25).  It’s extremely easy to find parking and walk around to other local shops nearby if you’d like, or you can hunker down over multiple almond milk lattes or cortados for a full day’s work.  On warm days the store front opens up their “garage door” to let in the fresh air and sunshine, and don’t forget to grab one of their homemade pastries or macarons on your way out!  (For more of my favorite coffee shops, click here.)

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Favorite Happy Hour Spot: Avanti F&B

With a sprawling rooftop bar that overlooks the city, and comfy furniture to match, Avanti is my favorite place to hang out for an extended happy hour.  The cocktails are delicious, and Avanti is a collective eatery space with your pick of seven different markets and food trucks (so pretty much an adult food hall).  Enough said!

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Favorite Dinner Spot: Pizzeria Locale

Inspired by Naples, Italy, Pizzeria Locale transports you over to Europe with some of the best italian style pizza you’ll find in the states.  The waiters look dapper dressed up in their suits and ties, and the enormous wood-fired oven in the center of the restaurant cooks your pizza quickly to perfection.  As a Chicagoan with hard-core deep dish roots, Pizzeria Locale brought me over to the thin side.

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Favorite Dessert Spot: Little Man Ice Cream

Little Man is one of those spots that you bring all of your friends and family to when they’re visiting from out of town.  Seriously – go now if you can!!  The ice cream is served out of a 28-foot cream can and there is the cutest patio right next door where you can enjoy your treat, listen to some live music or even watch an outdoor movie on occasion.  Don’t be discouraged by the long lines – it’s worth the wait!  (Try the Salted Oreo per my recommendation 😉 )

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Thank you to the wonderful local collaborators for this shoot.  Click the links below to learn more about each of them – I highly recommend them all!

Photography: Emily Sacco Photography

Clothing & JewelryPinks – Straight from LA

Hair, Makeup & TanningAlchemy Beauty

Alright, enjoy your weekend friends, and don’t forget to check out Danielle’s Denver favorites at According To D!