My Bachelorette Weekend Recap

Just coming off of one of the greatest weekends I could’ve asked for with my best friends. People move away, have babies, schedules fill up, and sometimes your closest relationships become long distance friendships. Getting to be surrounded by my girls for an entire weekend was the best 👏🏼 thing 👏🏼 ever 👏🏼.

(Our dresses are Tiare Hawaii, my fave! Comfy, stretchy, lightweight, no bra needed. I’m wearing my fave style, The Brooklyn)

We rented a place in New Buffalo, Michigan ~ a little lake town on Lake Michigan 45 minutes away from my parents’ house. It’s scattered with beaches, wineries, and has a fun little food scene. I’ve taken trips up here my whole life! With my grandparents, in high-school with friends, and more recently with Conner and my parents. A getaway close to home, with good wine, food, and my best friends just felt like the right move for my bachelorette. I have some great memories from bach weekends in Nashville, Vegas, a cruise, etc..but this was perfect for us (and more affordable!).

Plus, summertime in Michigan is just something else..

I need to give a HUGE shoutout to @aesthetiica – one of my best friends and the most talented photographer I know – for capturing this weekend so perfectly. Leash, your talent and passion for your job never ceases to amaze me..I will cherish these pics forever!

I love these girls so much. These are my bridesmaids ~ Rachel, Emily, Lindsey, Harper, Elena, Brooke, (minus my cousin Jessi who couldn’t make it, missed her so much 😢!).

The Playlist

Thanks to my sis, we had the best playlist for the weekend. So many gems in here:

LINK TO PLAYLIST

My Outfits

Linking everything I packed below! If I don’t have a link it’s because it’s old :/

(if you watched my stories, RIP to the feather dress 😂)

Tiare Hawaii Dresses – shop on their website / shop on revolve

The Bachelorette House

We rented the BEST lake cottage for the weekend…

A Southwest Michigan based vacation rental company called Bluefish Vacation Rentals helped me find this house for our weekend. Bluefish helps with everything from property management to trip planning to make sure your time in Michigan is unforgettable 🙂 If you live in the surrounding areas (Chicago ppl!) and are looking for an easy escape from the city, you need to look through their rentals! So many cute spots – from charming beachside cottages to lakefront estates – for family, girls, or couples trips. They even offer a concierge program that offers things like: stocking groceries, locally made charcuterie boards delivered (@grazebyerica!), firewood bundles, sunset sails, and the arrangement of a private chef (we had @savorandsecrets who was awesome).

If you’re looking to book a getaway to Michigan ~ which you totally should ~ you can use my code OLIVIA10 for 10% off your stay of two nights or more now through 6/30/2022 (book on their website HERE). And here is the link to the exact house we stayed at: Gezellige Huis Bachelorette House.

The Planner

@CHICFROMCHICAGO

I have to brag about my friend Elise who helped plan this entire weekend .. she is so incredibly talented!! After being a bridesmaid so many times, I know how much planning (and $$) goes into these weekends, so it was important to me to hire help so none of my girls were too stressed and could just come and enjoy a vacation. A lot of them are new moms and all of them have busy schedules, jobs, etc!

Elise took control and was so helpful and creative with all the details of the weekend. We started with a shared Pinterest board to nail down the theme and colors. We loved pinks, peach, and whites and went with a ‘garden glam’ theme . She also just made the whole process so fun for me, texting little updates along the way of unique touches she was incorporating into the weekend (like the gorgeous vintage plates and the s’mores set up). She found the perfect burlap gift bags for the towels and wine glasses with their names on them – keep scrolling to see the beautiful dinner she helped set up at our rental. Elise is based in Chicago and does all kinds of party and event planning and styling. She knows all the best vendors to use and just has so much experience! You can look through pics of all the awesome events she’s done and get in contact with her here on IG: @chicfromchicago and her website: chicfromchicago.com.

Balloons + Floral Decor

@SHOPPARIS312

Ok, but THE BALLOONS!! I’ve used my friends at Paris312 in Chicago for so many parties and celebrations over the years. They are hands down the best and most creative team when it comes to epic balloon decor. Their team came up with the perfect design and color scheme for the cottage and the end result looked so incredible! I love how they color blocked the balloon colors and added little touches of greenery. The also created the most beautiful eucalyptus swag with roses in it for the dinner table and put together all the beautiful pink arrangements throughout the house.

Paris 312 currently serves Chicago and eligible surrounding suburbs (which can be found on their website here). Everything is delivered right to you for your party. You can use Code OLIVIA15 for 15% off their entire website!

Rental Furniture

@ELLIEROSECHICAGO

The beautiful chairs for the dinner and backyard bonfire lounge furniture were all from Ellie Rose ~ a Chicago and Midwest based event rentals company. They have the prettiest furniture and dinnerware to rent – see more of their work on their IG page.

Paper Goods

@ASHLEYFRYESTUDIO

Ashley Frye Studio is a bespoke stationery company based in Chicago who specialized in everything from wedding invitations to art prints. Ashley did such a beautiful job of creating the custom watercolor invitations for the weekend, the super unique menus for our dinner set up, and even made the cute little leaf tags for each girls bag.

Beach Towels

@WEEZIETOWELS

Website: WEEZIE TOWELS

I searched the internet for light pink stripe beach towels to give my girls as a gift and I finally came across the perfect ones. I’m obsessed with these Weezie towels with my bridesmaids names on them. They’re oversized, plush, and available in 3 other colors. You can add the custom embroidery for $15 per towel. I’m so glad I found this brand, def ordering more from them in the future for my our home!

Pool Floats

@FUNBOY

These were amazing! The loungers fit 2 people and are so comfortable.

Rainbow Lounger

Yellow Tubes

Candles

@CAPRIBLUECANDLES

I used a few candles from one of my favorite companies ~ Capri Blue! The Blue Jean Jumbo Faceted Jar is gorgeous in purple, has two wicks, and smells do delish/sweet/citrusy.

Personal Touches

I have to give a shoutout to my bridesmaid and the first friend I ever had since kindergarten, Emily. She surprised me with so many cute (and funny) touches over the weekend. She brought a custom cake made in the shape of a ring (lemon cake, of course), the giant cardboard Conner cutout that was the greatest thing ever, and these cool light up HEMPEL letters from amazon. I love you Em!!

Thank you so much to my best friends in the world who spent this entire weekend making me feel so loved. You are all such a big part of who I am and have been a rock for me through all the different stages of my life. I can’t wait for you to stand next to me in 2 months when I marry the love of my life!!!

See the full recap of the weekend on my BACHELORETTE story highlight on Instagram

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New Car! The 2022 Hyundai Tucson

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I GOT A CAR!

It’s been 3 and a half years since I owned a car, and I’m officially saying goodbye to my old ways of travel (the subway..mom’s car…Ubers) and hello to the brand new 2022 Hyundai Tucson! I’m in love with this thing and have been so excited to tell you about it. It’s truly the perfect little SUV for my current stage of life. I’m highlighting all my favorite features below & giving you a tour of the car…

EXTERIOR 

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Hyundai questioned every detail to make the 2022 Tucson more stylish, comfortable, safe and intuitive. This thing is a total showstopper and gives you a sense of luxury without the outrageous price-tag.

Exterior features I love:

-The all white look and sleek futuristic design 

-The distinct LED headlights that blend into the grill and can only be seen when illuminated (SO cool in the dark)

-The prominent 3D grill featuring the blacked out Hyundai emblem

-The unique and angular wheel design

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INTERIOR

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This model is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside..

Interior features I love:

-The interior COLOR. I can’t get over the two-toned black and gray (it’s a really light gray). So chic!! Also available in all black.

-Dying over the extra large panoramic sunroof. If you watch my videos on Instagram today, you can see how well-lit and open this makes the car feel. 

-Remote start!

-Automatically lock and unlock the car by touching the handle

-Heated Steering Wheel and Seats 

-10.25 high-definition touchscreen display

-Reverse 360 camera

-Wireless charger and ‘catch-all’ compartment

-Apple CarPlay

-Large trunk that automatically opens when you’re within range with the key. You can also set the open height to four different levels (major for shorties!)

-Heated rear passenger seats that also recline and have plenty of legroom. 

-Remote smart park assist (watch my IG video to see it in action)

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Feeling so grateful for this incredible car that’s going to be such a big part of the next chapter of our lives :,) I seriously couldn’t have picked anything better. If you’re like me and in a transitional stage in your life and looking for the perfect vehicle to navigate it all in.. look no further. This is the perfect car to start your new beginnings with and take with you on all our future adventures. Visit Hyundai.com to view all color options, details, and price info for the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

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What’s On Our Wedding Registry

Over the last 8 years, I’ve lived in 5 different cities and transferred my belongings from boxes to storage units to apartments. I’m so thankful for all of those chapters, but there’s nothing I’m more excited for than the next one where I eventually move into a home with my soon to be husband!!

The Knot has made our registry process so fun and easy. I was able to add anything from the internet to our registry with the ‘add to the knot’ button – which is such a great feature. I loved reading through all of their most recent articles for tips and ideas for what to register for. We were also able to easily add our registry to our our wedding website with The Knot so guests could access it. I put this post together with everything we registered for to help you with yours!

3 Tips Before Your Register…

1. Register Early! We didn’t realize how early guests would start asking / checking our website to see what we had registered for. We found out a lot of people like to plan far in advance for gifts, so we got our registry up as soon as we could! It takes the guesswork out of gift buying for your guests. Don’t worry if you don’t complete it right away, you can always update it along the way.

2. Do It Together. Conner and I set up a night where we had dinner, wine, and made a list of everything we wanted to register for. It was so fun to do together and got us excited for the future 🙂 We found a lot of what we wanted online, but also took a trip to Crate and Barrel and Williams Sonoma to see things in person – which was really helpful.

3. Hit All The Price Points. Under $50, under $75, under $100, and beyond. That way all of your guests can choose what they want to spend. One thing I realized is sometimes people will go in on the higher priced items together!

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What We Registered For:

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