I Guess I Do

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Signature Drinks

When it comes to cocktail hour, lots of venues give you the option to do a 'signature' drink at your wedding. We chose to have a Mojito Bar at ours, but beware...the drinks that taste the best are often the most deadly. Just ask my friends who were hungover until the next Tuesday...

Ahh, who cares...Drink up!

Monday, July 28, 2014


A birthday gets better when you have your best friends from college to share it with. I love these two and truly mean it. I believe you can love your husband, but can have that same type of undying love for your friends. We've seen each other through the darkest of times, and it's nice to be coming out the other end. 

You can say what you want about me, maybe you think I'm a bitch, or maybe you find my humor funny, but the one thing you can't call me is fake. If I like you, I really like you. And if I don't, I don't act like I do. But if I call you a friend (a word I use sparingly) I would cut a bitch for you, or take a bullet for you (okay, so I may hesitate at the bullet, but a large blunt object--I can safely say I wouldn't flinch).

I am thankful for the constant laughter these two bring into my life, even if we only get to do it face-to-face once a year. For us, that's all we need.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I've never been a big fan of birthdays. As much as you'd think I like putting myself on display on here, I'm not a fan of all the attention. Maybe it can be traced back to when I failed my drivers test at sixteen (trivial), or when my Nonna's funeral was on my twenty-first (devastating). Ever since, my birthday would bring about memories of the past, memories that weren't worthy of celebrating. 

But as I've gotten older, I've realized that maybe it's not about celebrating the day you were born, but celebrating that you are lucky enough to have another year ahead. I feel fortunate enough to have another year to cram in everything I possibly can in this thing we call life. 

And cram it in I will...

Monday, July 21, 2014


I was fortunate enough not to have a Fashion Police taping this week, and was able to head back to my hometown of Sandusky, Ohio to reunite with some college friends. Our old college adviser was nice enough to treat us all to a stay at Cedar Point for the weekend. 

It's easy to lose touch as the years go by, but I've realized not to let the good ones slip away. They are worth the effort. It was great to catch up, bust each others balls, and do what we do best -- drink. 

We also caught up with family and celebrated my brother's birthday with a cookout, some cornhole, and our annual water balloon toss. 

While I am grateful for my life in LA, there are plenty of things I miss about Ohio - the smell of freshly cut grass, listening to thunderstorms, the lake, my dog George, shredded chicken sandwiches, and the people - especially the people. 

I've been to lots of places, but can still confidently say - Midwest is the Best...

Have a great week UnBrides and try to share it with some good peeps!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stomach Solutions

As you may have been able to tell from Monday's post, I have a very weak stomach. But in talking with all of my girlfriends, most of us do (apparently unlike blessed men like Kyle who have complete control over their digestive systems). 

Now for some advice you surely won't find anywhere else, but you need to know. Here are my tips on how to avoid shit-tastic situations on your wedding day. Now try and say that three times fast. 

It's the week of your wedding, and you've most likely been on a diet and staying away from the carbs. But the night of your rehearsal dinner is sure to bring about some baskets of bread. And anyone who did the Atkins Diet in college knows what its like to have a carb for the first time in a month--leaving you with enough gas to fuel a trip up the California coast. 

Don't spend the night before your wedding in misery. Plus, the week of the wedding is when the family starts to trickle in and things start to get stressful, so eat those feelings girl--you've worked hard up to this point so it won't make a difference. A hungry bride equals a hoodrat bride, so eat up!

Now if you said, "Raquel, take your advice and shove it," and did not listen to rule number one then you may have found yourself in predicament. After months of living on lettuce, you dove into that fettuccine face first at your rehearsal, feel like you have to shit a brick, or have a brick in your stomach you can't shit. I'm not sure which is worse.

But no matter what you do, do not take a laxative the night before your wedding. You still may be feeling those affects the next day, especially with all of those excess nerves. Trust me, a friend did, and she was making pit stops to the porcelain throne throughout pictures and up until the walk to the altar. When in doubt, just try to let nature takes its course, because any outside help may not be so helpful the next day. 

When the morning of the big day comes, our priorities lie with making sure the reception hall is set up and heading off to those hair appointments. The last things on our minds is eating. But make sure at some point, you've arranged for brunch to be dropped off. I suggest having it brought to the room you are getting ready in so you are sure to have some. We ordered Subway to the suite and everyone snacked on it throughout the day.  

Also, be sure to have dinner at your wedding, I barely did because I was a sweaty hot mess and was too busy getting my hair up and out of my face. I had about three bites of chicken, but what from everyone says, the food was amazing. I just wish I would have known that myself. In the end, my goal was to get college wasted, and on an empty stomach, indeed I did. I definitely did myself proud.

That being said, do you think I should submit this to Martha Stewart Weddings? Seems right up their alley...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Party's Here

Whether you're hosting a low-key outdoor wedding, or hosting a party this summer, here are some of my all-time favorite must have's for your occasion. 

1. Skinny Girl: Strawberry/Lime/Coconut Vodka Drinks  2. Hanging Outdoor Lights  3. Water Balloon Toss  4. Fried Deviled Eggs (Nick's Laguna Beach are my jam)  5. Mini Fruit Pizzas  6. Parmesan Garlic Corn on the Cob

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July UnBrides! 

Mine will be spent writing on a project I hope to share with you all in the near future, but until then enjoy some bbq and light some sparklers for me!