Spring Cleaning & A Time For Change

After trying to figure out what fires me up and doing a lot of professional & personal reflection, I have decided a little “online” spring cleaning is necessary.

This Friday will mark the TWO year anniversary of The Preppy Chic Blog & the launch of my event planning company Preppy Chic Events. Over the past two years, the blog has evolved into a mix of weddings, wedding inspiration, real events, lifestyle, fashion, travel, etc…  However, as I mentioned in this post, I also run a health & fitness blog called Cupcakes to CrossFit. Recently, it is becoming too difficult and messy to manage two blogs at once causing the Preppy Chic Blog to stray away from its original intent: a place of wedding & event inspiration + wedding planning advice + showcasing my company’s work.

Because both blogs cover elements that now overlap, I have decided that I am going to merge all the lifestyle elements of The Preppy Chic Blog into Cupcakes to Crossfit and keep all things weddings & events here on the blog. From now on all the fashion, travel & eats, business, etc… can be found on Cupcakes to Crossfit. I am not going to delete any of the previous posts, but if you want fresh new content, please make sure to follow along at Cupcakes to Crossfit!

In the meantime, there might be a little bit of shuffling, updating and rearranging, but I think it was the right time for change.

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Wednesday Words: Things That Fire Me Up

I’m so sad that I couldn’t make it to Making Things Happen 2013, which starts today. Last year, this program changed my life, my company and my vision of the future. It really gave me the opportunity to dig deep and reflect upon what I want and how to get there. In one of the exercises, we wrote down a list of things that fire you up because this is the source of passion and motivation in your life & business.

Lara Casey (the EIC of Southern Weddings & the founder of Making Things Happen) wrote: “DO more of what fires you up.  When you are living out your passion actively – not just thinking about it or planning when you’ll do it, but DOING it – life happens.  Real, full, life.  DO more of what fires you up.  When you are actively doing the things that make you come alive, you find an endless well of creativity, giving, love, energy and inspiration.  Life gets richer in the best ways possible. Write a list of all the things that fire your heart up and post it where you can see it all the time!  Then… DO them.”

So I thought I’d share my list of things that fire me up…

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So what FIRES YOU UP??

Download a blank “things that fire me up” sheet by Emily LeyHERE (rainbow), HERE (blue ombre) or HERE (pink ombre), print it and write down all the things that fire YOU up!!! I hang mine in my office right next to my computer as a daily reminder to help keep me going!

{real event} Baseball Themed Bar Mitzvah

One of the best parts about being an event planner is helping my clients come up with fun ideas & designs for their event and then watching the vision come alive! Bar Mitzvahs are so much fun because they’re usually themed, full of personality and have lots of room for creativity with the goal of having fun and celebrating!

This party was definitely a blast. Although the overall theme was baseball, we wanted the event to be modern & classy vs. cheesy & themed so we tried to incorporate baseball elements without going over the top. The final color palette: navy, lime green and white with pops of yellow & red. STEMS floral design did a great job of blending classy and baseball with the wooden box centerpieces & baseball filled vases.

I think the highlight of the day was watching the guest-of-honor and his mom dance because it was such an endearing moment. The kids danced the afternoon away with energetic entertainment from SpotlightLA & devoured the Sweet Lucies Ice Cream & “concessions stand.” Let’s just say 5 minutes into the party the candy centerpieces were completely empty!

IMG_3159Jan 19, 2013_21mm-p-19IMG_3168IMG_3167Jan 19, 2013_2mm-p-325IMG_3162{venue: portofino hotel | event design, coordination & candy station: preppy chic events | photographer: graham & graham photography | florals: STEMS floral design | dj & mc: rocky from spotlight la | lounge rentals: del rey rentals | linens: designer specialty linens | invitations: where’s the party? | ice cream cart: sweet lucie’s}

Spring Forward

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Happy {almost} Spring! The sun is out, the days are longer & the time just sprung an hour forward! I can almost feel summer on the way too I hope you had a wonderful weekend! {via pinterest} Like this:Like Loading…

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Wednesday Words: Creating Momentum


I can’t believe February 2013 is almost over! The year is flying by so quickly! I also can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years (this March) from when I started this blog. What started off as a place to showcase wedding inspiration & real events and other random stuff about me and my company has […]

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Spring Arrivals from J.Crew Factory

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I’m obsessed with the navy, green & bright colors from J.Crew Factory’s new arrivals. Right now they have 30% off all the new arrivals which is a great way to revamp your closet for spring! Here are some of my favorites picks. { 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 } Like this:Like Loading…

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Wednesday Words: Love

all in with love

In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow… today I’m inspired by LOVE. {prints via 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5}   Like this:Like Loading…

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From Cupcakes To CrossFit

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As I mentioned, I have another blog based on Fitness & the Paleo Diet called From Cupcakes to CrossFit. Check it out and LIKE it too! Today I wrote a post on Ellie, the new fitness & activewear ecommerce company that launched last week. For those interested in activewear fashion, check it out! {images from Ellie} Like […]

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Mint + Gold

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I tried to resist, but mint (seafoam) whatever you want to call it, keeps appearing in front of me and I am in love. This weekend I ran across this tote at Lululemon and just had to buy it! It had mint striped lining & grey straps {the instagram photo doesn’t do it justice} along […]

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where to go

The last week in LA has been gorgeous, but now the rain has finally arrived. Sitting inside when it’s cold and rainy makes me want to travel to someplace tropical and warm. In 2013 I decided that I missed traveling and I wanted to do more of it. I used to be a management consultant, […]

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Wednesday Words: Keep Dreamin’

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Maybe I’m a dreamer, but it’s what helps my imagination and creativity… and it’s what keeps me going in life. So keep on dreamin’… {via} Like this:Like Loading…

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Road to Wedding Bliss {infographic}

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I love this infographic created by Wedding Paper Divas on recent engagement statistics. Did you just get engaged? Check out how you compare to other engaged couples. As a recent engaged woman, I am definitely in the 74% majority of couples who at some point said “let’s just elope”. What I thought was extremely interesting […]

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Wednesday Words: Inspiration for a New Year & a New You

2013 a fresh start

I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions. Mainly because I feel like I’m setting myself up for failure. No one wants to fail right? Instead, I make decisions to try harder, do better, take action and strive to be the best me I can be every day. {via etsy} Although I don’t make resolutions, there […]

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2013… Let’s Do This!

2013 let's do this

Happy New Year’s Eve!!! It’s been a crazy, fast & interesting 2012. There were sadly more downs than ups (especially with the passing of my grandpa). I can’t wait for 2012 to be over because I know 2013 is going to be an amazing year (because I’m getting married)!!!  Cheers to 2012 being over (& […]

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