October is one of my favorite months of the year, especially in NYC. The weather is always beautiful as the fall season starts to kick in. At the same time, October is pretty much insane for me every year, thanks to the annual Bridal Fashion Week. As much as I love October, I was so happy to see it end, along with all the busyness that came with it. November should be a much less hectic month for me, as I have ZERO travel on the calendar. I really do hope to share more regular posts here other than just monthly recaps, but for the time being I'm just happy I'm doing this much!! 😂 Anyhow, here's my semi-delayed recap of what I was up to in October!
Where I was:
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood / Miami
What I did:
Attended Bridal Fashion Week. Another year, another Bridal Market down. I didn't get to attend as many shows as I would have liked, because of my trip to Omaha smack dab in the middle of market. But it was honestly a nice reprieve. Bridal Market is always fun, but usually pretty exhausting.
photo by Alexis June Weddings
The Aisle Society Experience. The ladies of Aisle Society threw our 2nd annual Bridal Market Party and it was a great success! There were several different “vignettes” that featured various styles that can be seen on the Aisle Society website. From rustic to beach, to classic and glam, the party highlighted wedding style in a unique and interactive way. Plus it was just a super fun party!!
Went to the Oriental Trading Company HQ. I was lucky to attend a workshop hosted by Oriental Trading Company for some of their contributors! It was a great few days of creativity and behind-the-scenes fun at the OTC HQ. It was so great to get a little inside scoop on where this awesome company is headed! Big things to come, so keep your eye on OTC 😉
Had a visit from my parents + sister. My dad made his first trip to NY since Eric and I moved up here in January 2013. I was actually surprised at how much he seemed to enjoy himself! 🙂 It was nice showing my parents and Ally around the city and enjoying some time together, but we definitely missed my sister Kim!
Went to the 9/11 Museum. I've been to the One World Observatory several times now, and we did that again on this visit with my parents, but it was the first time Eric or I had visited the 9/11 museum. We spent a couple of hours there and barely scratched the surface. It was pretty overwhelming and emotional, but I highly recommend it.
Went through Wealth Coaching with Invibed. I've worked with the Invibed team to swap some content with The Budget Savvy Bride, so I was interested in checking out their new signature program, Wealth Coaching. You can access a portal to securely connect all your accounts from checking, savings, investments, loans, mortgages, etc. Then your wealth coach reviews your monthly spending and budget and gives you suggestions for how to pay down debt, build wealth and live richly! Plus they send you short, digestible daily videos with all sorts of awesome financial insights and valuable info about everything from budgeting to investments. I'm about halfway through the program at this point, and I'm excited to see the progress I make by the end of the program. I love that I have access to a real financial expert who can give me insight and advice based on my personal situation, all for a VERY reasonable price when compared to a traditional financial advisor. You can learn more about Invibed's Wealth Coaching program and sign up here!
Hired another BSB team member! I recently brought on another very part-time helper to oversee some social media tasks for me. I love checking in on my social channels myself, but as I add more projects and partnerships to my plate, something had to give. What I've found is that using part-time helpers allows me to focus more of my energy on revenue-building opportunities and projects I'm really passionate about! I can't believe I waited so long to hire help — it's really paid off in spades!
Hired a lawyer. This has been the biggest expense I've had in my business thus far, but I truly believe it will be worth it. I've had a few copyright infringement issues and copycat websites popping up on the interwebs and I needed to do something to protect my business and all that I've built. It's definitely not a fun thing to have to go through, but I've been learning so much in the process from my awesome attorney, Christina Scalera. She's been so amazing to work with thus far, and answers all of my countless questions and concerns. It's so awesome to work with someone who gets what I do and how invested I am in my business. I feel like I'm in good hands, and that Christina will help me to establish an even more solid foundation for The Budget Savvy Bride and any future endeavors. She also has an amazing blog with all sorts of legal insight (including the gem above!) as well as a super rad business podcast called Creative Empire. I definitely recommend checking out both if you're a biz owner, or even an aspiring biz owner!
Spoke at David Tutera's Your Wedding Experience! Partnering with David Tutera for the Your Wedding Experience show was a treat, yet again! I am thrilled to be working with his great team and getting to associate my brand with a top name in the industry! I gave a presentation on budgeting, ways to save, and creative projects to include in your big day. I also partnered with a company called Fire Mountain Gems to put together a super fun DIY station where we made Swarovski earrings! Such a fun day — I loved meeting all the brides and grooms who came to the show! Read more about the show and the FMG products on The Budget Savvy Bride.
Took a week (mostly) off. After the YWE show, Eric and I extended our stay in South Florida to have a vacation. We are lucky to have a great free place to stay when we're in South Florida. My aunt (and godmother) Jackie owns a house that used to belong to my great aunt and uncle. She was kind enough to let us stay there for a little budget savvy R&R. It has been over 2 years since I took a week truly off of work. I still snuck in a few emails as needed (guilty, as charged) but ultimately enjoyed being forced to have some down time. It was way overdue! Unfortunately, the weather was kinda crummy. We really only had a day and a half of sun, so we spent quite a bit of time chilling out. I even read a WHOLE BOOK. That's a big deal for me, since I typically will start a book and then not finish it for months.
Read The Girl On the Train. After *finally* finishing Kill Girl (which I loved!) I decided I needed something else with a dark and suspenseful vibe. I really enjoyed the storytelling format of The Girl on the Train, with each chapter coming from one of three different characters' points of view. It was an intriguing read and I am hoping to see the new movie soon, even though it has gotten less than stellar reviews.
Started my Gilmore Girls Rewatch. As I mentioned, the weather was pretty crummy in Florida last week. What better time for a Netflix binge? After watching the trailer for the new Netflix miniseries of Gilmore Girls that releases later this month (which made me absolutely giddy and teary at the same time) I decided that I HAD to rewatch the show before I watch the new eps. Luckily, Eric was game. We plowed through about half a season… not bad! Not so sure I'll be able to watch 90 more episodes before November 25th, but I like a good challenge 😉
Dressed Up for Halloween. (Kinda.) I wanted to support the fabulous Kelly of StudioDIY with the launch of her awesome new costume shop! I decided I had to have her orange dress, because as a UT Alum, a gal can never have enough cute orange clothes. It's pretty much the only color I wear besides turquoise these days 😉 I didn't technically go out on Halloween, but I did wear the costume while watching the Vols play on Saturday night. Too bad my costume didn't serve as a good luck charm. This season has really been a heartbreaker!
What I ate:
Serendipity 3 Humble Pie. People love to rave about the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3, but my fave is their humble pie. I just had to have a slice when my fam visited! The best!
Trail Mix. I made this Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix to shoot and share for the Oriental Trading Company blog! It's always such a hit when I make it in the fall. Everyone absolutely loves it! Although admittedly, there is zero pumpkin in the recipe, the spices and mapley glaze give off a pumpkin pie spice vibe! 😉 I had a TON of this stuff left over and I ate way too much of it, but it's just soooo addictive.
Oysters. While in South Florida on vacation, Eric and I ate a ton of delicious seafood, including lots of oysters! I love all seafood, but oysters are something that I absolutely LOVE. It helps that one of our favorite places to go, Tarks, is crazy cheap and has amazing deals. We each had 20 oysters each one night at dinner, thanks to an awesome deal they had for Oyster Night. This place is a dive, to be sure, but their food is great and very affordable, so it's become a must every time we are in the area.
Well, that about sums it up. I am already loving the slower pace of November. In fact, I've been feeling a little lazy lately. I think I needed the downtime even more than I knew! I am hoping that in these final months of the year I can achieve a better sense of balance between life and biz. I had a major burnout in October and I need to do better for myself. Here's hoping I can learn from my mistakes and move forward with less craziness and more calm.
Till next time,