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romping around Jersey City

Tiffany Geiger

Cory and I have lived in Jersey City for 2 years now and we love it. It's a nice escape from NYC while still being 1 quick subway stop away. Jersey City is such a cute city with so many fun things to do. We love going on walks after work in the summer and frequently run into live music events with one of our favorites being Groove on Grove on Wednesday nights at the Grove Street Path station. When we went out to take these pictures, we ran into some live music in a park near our apartment. 

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I'm obsessed with this romper. It runs a little big so you could size down but I like the oversized fit of it at my true size. Especially when paired with a jean jacket. I've worn it on the plane, to work and running around on the weekends. It's cute enough for any and all occasions & super lightweight for those especially hot days. Plus this fabric doesn't need to be steamed, it's supposed to be light and a little wrinkled. 

making the most of summer

Tiffany Geiger

If you've been following me for any amount of time, you know how much I love summer. Can you believe it's already the middle of July and we're halfway through this sunny time of year!? Here's how I'm making the most of summer. 

one - outdoor concerts

Living in the NYC area, there's lots of live music throughout the summer. Jersey City has bands perform every Wednesday night outside on the Grove Street path station. Cory, Oliver and I have made it a recent habit to head down on Wednesdays to sit outside with a glass of wine and listen to whoever is playing this week. It's become one of my favorite nights of the week. 

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two - happy hour. outside.

Being outside is my favorite thing about the summer. Cocktails outside, on a roof or near the river is another one of my favorite ways to spend summer evenings with friends. Sunday nights Cory and I like to walk to a nearby bar in Jersey City called Lutze. TBH their drinks aren't the greatest but the venue is so cool - it's all outside and on the Hudson River. Another great spot we recently went for my sister's birthday is the roof at the Public Hotel in the LES. It's expensive but worth going for the view, get 1 drink, check it out and head somewhere more reasonable. 

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three - BBQ with friends

We're lucky to live in a building in Jersey City that has a large roof area with room to entertain and lots of space to grill. Have your friends over to hang outside, throw something on the grill & don't forget the s'mores! 

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four - summer reading

I love sitting at the pool or beach and flying through a good book. In the summer, I probably read nearly 1 book per week. I'll be doing a post soon on some of my favorites so far. 

five - relax in the sun

Beach day. Pool day. Grab your book, some rosé and don't forget the sunscreen and relax in the sun. 

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six - summer vacations. 

Summer is the perfect time for weekend road trips to the beach or week-long trips to a bucket list destination. We always go to Cory's family's Lake House outside of Knoxville, TN every year. It's one of our favorite trips because the whole family goes - aunts, uncles, cousins, there's usually 15 of us - floating in the lake by day and cooking, sitting by the fire at night. 

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How are you spending the rest of your summer? Let me know in the comments!

5 tips for wedding planning with a budget

Tiffany Geiger

I've been thinking about writing this post for a while now but was like no one wants to talk about money when it comes to your wedding they just want to see the fun stuff. And though that's true I recently had an adorable girl reach out to me on Instagram saying she'd fallen in love with my wedding through the feature on Inspired by This and her and her fiancé are planning and paying for their their own wedding so she'd love if I could share some details on my planning process (hey Brittany!). So that was the final push I needed to write this blog post. Below are my tips for planning your wedding on a budget. 

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For those that don't know, Cory and I planned and paid for our own wedding. We currently live in the NYC area but are both originally from South Florida and knew without a question that that was where we'd marry. We wanted our day to be authentically us through and through. More about our wedding day here. So below are my tips for getting what you want and staying within budget so you can have that WE DID IT moment like we did above. 

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one - decide on a budget

Cory and I reverse-engineered this a little. We looked at the average national wedding cost, looked at what The Knot said was average to spend on things like flowers, DJ/band etc. and pulled some estimates to figure out what we would need to plan to spend. And then we decided if that was a number we were comfortable with and could afford and then worked it down to a number we could. Not sure if this is actually the right way to do it but that's how we did it and it worked for us. 

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two - what's a priority to you?

There are going to be areas you have to make sacrifices (I would've loved a lounge area or a live band but that wasn't in the budget) so decide up front what items are most important to you so you can plan to spend a little more there. For example, photos were BEYOND important to me - that is how your day lives on. So I spent a little more than I may have initially intended and then balanced it by giving up calligraphy and DIY-ing a lot of items (and all our calligraphy). So decide what's most important to you - is it flowers? the band? the decor? - so you can prioritize where you spend your money. 

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three - estimate and negotiate

I had 3 event rental vendors day of. That is not exactly normal but I had no issues and they all worked together well (as far as I know anyway). I rented a dance floor, the structure that was above our head table (scroll down to see pics), lights, chargers and the bars and estimated doing this so many ways - with 1 vendor, then parsed it all out among vendors then asked vendors to meet another vendors prices etc etc and ultimately I just ended up going with chargers from 1 vendor, dance floor from another and the structure, lights and bars from a third. So it might not always work out this way but I tell you this to encourage you to get multiple estimates and not be afraid to ask them to negotiate - they may not but they also may. 

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four - the dress

There are so many options for wedding dresses these days! You do not have to fly to NYC and drop $10,000 at Kleinfeld's. Real talk - my dress was $1,500. Still expensive as far as a dress is concerned but not when it comes to a wedding dress! I wanted something that wasn't overly bridal and fit the relaxed beach vibe of our day which may have helped cut the costs a little. But there are so many options when it comes to wedding dresses so be sure to check out them all! Think beyond the traditional bridal shops like Etsy, Net-a-porter.com and there are lots of sites out there now that will make you a custom dress like Anomalie (some will even do one super close to that designer dress you're in love with that costs $15,000) though the materials are expensive, when you're not paying for the branding girl you're guaranteed to save.  So explore your options! I mean, you're only going to wear this dress once. 

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five - DIY

I'm not going to tell you to DIY everything because I certainly wouldn't recommend arranging flowers the morning of, doing my own makeup (that'd just stress me out too much), baking a wedding cake until 4am or anything else that can't be done and finished at least 1 week in advance of your wedding. But, I DIY-ed a lot of items & if I can do it from NYC for a Florida wedding, you can too! I DIY-ed my invitations (I designed them, had them printed with a printer - who I loved shout out to Mighty Simple Design Co. then hand painted them and addressed the envelopes), all the calligraphy (envelopes, place cards, escort cards and some miscellaneous decor), bought all the centerpieces (i.e.: lanterns, vases, picture frames, the pendant lights in the head structure). It was a lot but it was a lot of fun and all things that I could get done well in advance so I could just enjoy and be bridal for wedding week. Plus some DIY touches just make it that much more personal. 

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Those are my 5 top tips for planning a wedding on a budget. Is there anything I missed or you want to hear more about? Do you want to hear more about the planning process and keeping it all organized? Or about my budget regrets? Let me know in the comments. 

packing for a summer weekend getaway

Tiffany Geiger

Cory and I are lucky to have been traveling every weekend for the last month and a half! It's crazy. We've been to Philadelphia, Mexico, home to Florida and most recently to the Cape. So I've become quite the pro at packing for a weekend getaway. Only what you can fit in a carry on bag. Below are my essentials and tips for packing for a weekend at the beach. 

one - romper/jumpsuit

A romper or jumpsuit has become my recent go to outfit of choice for travel days because it's comfortable enough for the car or plane and also cute enough to head straight from the airport to lunch/the beach wherever I'm going! 

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two - bikini

I just assume every weekend getaway in the summer is to the beach - or at least it should be. So a bikini or multiple is a no-brainer. Below I've included the two I'm wearing above as well as some of my favorites.

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three - cover up

For a weekend getaway, I prefer a cover up I can wear over my bikini as well as an outfit on it's own. This romper above is my absolute favorite and always a piece I'll have with me on every beach vacation. It also works as an outfit during the day with a crop top or bralette underneath instead of a bikini. Jean shorts are a given for me as they're a summer staple. Easy over a bikini to the beach or on their own around town. 

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four - beach bag

A beach bag for your sunscreen, your book, your beach towel and whatever else you take with you to the beach. I recommend one you can also use as your personal item on the plane - 1 less thing to fit in your suitcase.

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five - jean shorts

Jean shorts are such a staple for summer. One solid pair and you're set for the weekend, wear them with any shirt, over your bikini to the beach, they're all you really need for daytime plans. 

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six - a flowy dress for dinner/evening plans

A dress for dinner out and evening plans. Bonus points if you can wear it day to night. The two above are my favorites right now for summer. 

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seven - jean jacket

A jean jacket is the perfect versatile piece for chilly summer nights in the Northeast. Wear it on the plane with you so you don't have to pack it and take up valuable space in that carry on. 

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eight - the right pair of sandals

Shoes are where it's easy to be tempted to pack 5 pairs just resist. Pack 1 great pair of sandals that go with everything and you can wear day to night. These Sam Edelman's are my go to, they're the perfect nude/brown that I can wear with jean shorts, a cute set, a dress to dinner, everything. 

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I also always pack my sunglasses, a big hat to block my face from the sun and a good book to read on the beach. I'd love to know what some of your essentials are to pack for a beach weekend?

saying no more often

Tiffany Geiger

People-pleasing is exhausting and it's something we all could probably stand to work on. Stop doing what everyone else wants you to do and do you. Here are three reasons to start saying no more often and start doing you. 

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reason #1 - you can do anything but you can't do it all

I hear this in blogging a lot, you can talk to anyone but you can't talk to anyone because if you're talking to everyone you're really talking to no one. The same goes for your life. You can be anything you want to be but you can't do it all because if you're doing it all you're really doing nothing. We can't do it all. Be selective with how you spend your time, money and energy and focus it where you want to grow - your business, your friendships, your relationship, whatever it may be. 

reason #2 - when you say no to something, you're saying yes to something else

When you turn down one thing, you're making room for something else in your life and accepting that. If it's plans with friends you turn down, you're making room in your finances to take that trip you've been meaning to or to spend time with your husband or to sneak in that nap, whatever it may be. If saying no is hard for you at first, remember you're saying yes to that other thing you really want. 

reason #3 - live for you.

Though we shouldn't walk around self-absorbed and we need connections with others, saying no to things makes more room in your life for what you really want and need for yourself. Ultimately it is your goals and your plans that matter most. If you're always saying yes to others then you can't say yes to yourself and you're likely not living for you! Girl, just do you and don't feel bad about it. You're who you need to be happy with at the end of the day. 

Make intentional choices to free up room in your life for what you really want. That is what you're accomplishing by saying no.

my personal experience

When Cory and I got married, I got into some credit card debt (oops!). I was investing all my disposable income into our wedding - dresses for every event, the events themselves, gifts for my bridesmaids, etc. But I still wanted to spend time with my friends and I did. I said yes, a lot. To things I knew I shouldn't have because I didn't have the money to pay for them but I went and I swiped my credit card and the debt accumulated. Since then I realized saying no to things I didn't really want or need meant I was saying yes to other things (the wedding of my dreams, a debt-free life, a new shirt, whatever it was). I practiced saying no to basically everything I was asked for a few months in a row and it got so easy to say no and my debt went away so quickly because I was really saying yes to paying off my credit card debt. It may not always be about money and you don't have to be one extreme or the other but you have to remember when you turn down one thing you open yourself up to accept another (often better) thing. 

 

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