Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#WeddingBelle: My 2nd Month's Checklist!

I'm excited to share with you all of the things I've checked off of my wedding planning list! I'm feeling so organized and ahead of the game. Plus, I'm lucky to have some awesome supporters and helpers in all of this! Here's what I've checked off by Month 2 of planning:

Month 1:

  • Host an engagement party
  • Pick a date & time
  • Set a budget
  • Book the church and officiant
  • Book the reception venue
  • Create a guest list
  • Block out hotel rooms

Month 2:
  • Take engagement photos (Shoutout to Jimmy's incredibly talented 15 year old cousin for this!)
  • Choose & ask the bridal party (This includes bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bearers!)
  • Pick my color palette
  • Buy my wedding dress!!!! (Check out my 10 pieces of advice for wedding dress shopping.)
  • Book the photographer
  • Book the cake maker (My amazing family friend!)
  • Book the DJ (More awesomely talented family friends!)
  • Book the honeymoon (We're headed to Orlando, babyyy!!!!)
  • Book hair and makeup
  • Order and mail Save the Dates (The earlier, the better on this one.)
  • Create our wedding website (I made a custom site using The Knot's free website templates. It was easy and allows me to share all important information with my guests.)

I feel awesome about the place I'm in right now! Thanks again to all of my friends and family who have helped out and who will be a part of our special day. 

Stay tuned for next month's list!

Monday, February 23, 2015

5 Ways to Add Some Spring to Your Style + A Giveaway!

If you're like me, then you're over Winter and ready for some warm Spring weather! While I can't make that wish come true, I can give you some tips of bringing Spring to your own style. Check out these 5 ways you can make Spring come early:

1. Colorful Accessories:
Add some Spring to your style with colorful purses, scarves and jewelry!

2. Open Toe Shoes + Tights:
Dig those warm-weather heels out of your closet and pair them with your winter tights. It's a look that's fresh and fashionable!

3. Fun Patterns:
What's more fun than some cool patterns?! 

4. Radiant Makeup:
Brighten up your look with colorful makeup, vibrant nail polish and floral scents!

5. Voodoo Flash Tattoos:
These metallic, temporary tattoos add some glitz and glamour to your body. They're unique, eye-catching and long-lasting. You can even use them in place of jewelry, which is so cool! Buy your own, or, you can enter below to win some Flash Tattoos for yourself! GOOD LUCK!! 

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How do you add some Spring in your style step?!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#WeddingBelle: 10 Pieces of Advice for Dress Shopping

So, the moment that you've waited for is finally here- you get to try on beautiful, glamorous wedding dresses! Here are 10 pieces of advice that I learned from my own shopping experience:

1. Walk in with zero expectations.
Don't making the mistake of thinking "I'm going to buy a dress today" or "my dress will look exactly like this" because chances are, you'll leave disappointed. In my case, I went into the store just to try on some styles and see what I liked; so imagine my huge excitement when I found my dream dress and purchased it that day! It was totally unexpected and made the experience so much more enjoyable.
Paperwork was all filled out and I was so excited to try on dresses!!

2. Set a budget...
even before you enter the store. This way, you won't waste your time on the wrong dresses, and you'll avoid the heartbreak that comes with falling in love with a dress that's out of your price range.

3. Leave your insecurities at the door...
because they won't do anything to help you! Instead, focus on the best parts about you and make sure the dress highlights those features. If you're concerned about weight, just know that dress shops have ALL different shapes and sizes so your selection is definitely NOT limited.

4. Be open to anything and everything.
Don't you dare disregard a dress style without first putting it on. I'm not saying that you have to try on every single dress in the store, but I tried on a ballgown and while it looked horrendous on me, I was glad that I'll NEVER have to think "what if." If anything, my mom and I got a huge laugh out of how ridiculous I looked under all the poof!
Just to confirm, this is NOT the dress I bought (that one will remain a surprise.) But this gown was so large at the bottom, my mom and I couldn't stop laughing. I mean, it's beautiful but... how would I sit in that?!

5. Decide beforehand whether or not you want outside opinions.
Is this a decision you want to make on your own without any outside influences? Or do you want to hear what others think of the style, fit, embellishments, etc? Just remember, someone's opinion can really ruin a dress for you, or vice-versa. So be prepared for feedback that differs from your own opinion.

5.2. That being said, choose your company wisely.
It's important to think carefully about who you want to come with you. They may have a huge influence on which dress you purchase and on your overall shopping experience.

6. Don't second guess yourself.
If your first reaction is that the dress is uncomfortable or looks weird, don't over-analyze. Just say, NEXT! And, on the other hand, if you get that sudden feeling of "this may be the dress," don't talk yourself out of it either. From my experience, I was concerned that choosing the 2nd dress I tried on wasn't enough. I mean, there are so many dresses out there and I had only been to one store. But I'm so happy I didn't over-think it too much but I'm pretty sure I would have been back for that same dress anyways. 

7. Complete the package with accessories.
You'll never know what the dress will truly look like until you also try on some heels, a veil, jewelry, etc. My true a-ha moment was when I tried on a veil and tiara with my dress. Everything just seemed to come together and I knew it was the dress for me!

8. Don't get overwhelmed...
by the THOUSANDS of dresses out there. Instead, sort through them quickly by deciding what you like and dislike about the first few dresses you try. You'll narrow your search instantly just by deciding on a certain feature, material, or shape. 

8.2 Or discouraged.
Again, there are thousands of dresses in the world so don't feel frustrated if you don't find "the one" on your shopping trip. It's worth the wait, so just remember what you learned about your likes and dislikes and move on to the next location with that knowledge!

9. Work with the consultant...
and take full advantage of their help and expertise. They're there to show you options, help you get dressed, and give you advice from their various experiences. You basically have a wedding dress expert right in your corner!

10. Have fun!
This is the most important piece of advice. This may be a once in a lifetime experience so don't stress out! Try on the crazy styles, give a fashion show, laugh at what doesn't work and allow yourself to become emotional when you find that right dress. 

After saying yes to the dress, my Mom and I celebrated with some champagne! Just kidding, but seriously, check out these HUGE champagne flutes we found at Michael's!! CHEERS!

Thanks to David's Bridal in Harrisburg for the fabulous experience and to my wonderful mother for joining me!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

#Cube: Take Social Media to a New Level + An Exclusive Discount Code

Social media is a huge part of life for most people these days. It allows us to stay connected to the world, communicate with our friends and be inspired by amazing ideas. That's why the #Cube is so cool; it takes social media to a whole new (and awesome) level.
First off, let's start with the physical appearance of the product. It has an 8" square LCD screen and comes in both black and white. It's also very lightweight and easy to carry or hold. 

Upon turning on the #Cube, you'll be prompted to connect to WiFi and to log in to your Instagram account. Yep, you read that right! The #Cube hooks up to your Instagram and live-streams your feed!

You can use the buttons and the touch screen to browse popular photos, or search by hashtags or user. Then you can set the photos to display on an automatic slideshow, or minimize them into easy-to-view tiles. To view the photo's caption or the user who posted it, simply swipe left on the picture. Want to "like" a photo? No problem! There's big heart button right on top of the #Cube and all it needs is a simple click. 

In addition to the interaction you can have using the #Cube, it also makes an awesome display piece in your house. It can act as a digital picture frame and makes a really cool icebreaker. Plus, since you can search certain users and hashtags, you can use it to enhance the ambiance of a theme party too! And to recharge the battery, all you need is a USB port. 

AND HERE'S THE BEST PART! I've partnered with Konnect Labs, the creator of the #Cube, to offer all On The Fly readers a discount!
Go to and use promo code CUBE104 to recieve $15 off your #Cube! This discount lasts through March 31, 2015 so don't wait! 

What do you think of the #Cube? Have you ever seen anything like this?!
Photo is courtesy of Konnect Labs. I am not affiliated with Konnect Labs and received this product for review purposes only. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

20 Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a special occasion for you and significant other to spend a little extra time together and to really appreciate each other's company. Planning a date that the two of you can enjoy is a great way to do just that! So here are my 20 date ideas for this Valentine's Day:

Fun Dining Experience:
  • Make your own fun with fondue
  • Get entertained at hibachi
  • Share small plates of tapas
  • Take a cooking class
Crazy Adventure:
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Hit the mountain slopes
  • Take a local Segway tour
  • Visit an indoor trampoline park
DIY Dating:
  • Create your own bar tour
  • Act like tourists for some local sightseeing
  • Build a cozy campfire
  • Enjoy a movie night at home
Wonderfully Romantic:
  • Plan an outdoor or indoor picnic
  • Take a ballroom dance class
  • Cook a homemade meal
  • Create a dessert/chocolate spread
Simply Classic:
  • Go to dinner and a movie
  • Enjoy an entertaining game night
  • Play a game or two of bowling
  • Recreate a past date or memorable moment
What special plans do you have for February 14th?!
Need some gift ideas for your man? Head over to my post on Memorable & Practical Gifts for the Man In Your Life
Also, check out what my boyfriend surprised me with on last year's Valentine's Day in my post Entertainment Cruises: Experience Your City Like Never Before