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We love a good gift guide around here. Trying to come up with unique, thoughtful, and useful gifts is always something we look forward to, but we always find ourselves needing a little guidance.

Bespoken’s 2018 Gift Guide

Tips + Tricks

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Fall is here, and it’s starting to feel a little like it outside. There’s something about the cooler weather that makes me want to crawl up on the porch and inhale a good book for an entire day. Iced coffees are swapped for steaming hot ciders.

Fall in Love with These Autumn Dinner Party Ideas

Tips + Tricks

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About this time every year, I start looking for holiday cards to send out. And every year I would get so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options (and the expensive costs) out there that I would throw in the towel and give up. And thus, never sent out cards. Until last year. Last year I used Minted to send out holiday cards from Bespoken. And to say I was thoroughly impressed is an understatement.

The Best Holiday Cards

Tips + Tricks

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Call me crazy, but I love mornings. I haven’t always been this way. But the busier my life gets, the more I crave routine, and that always starts with my mornings. I love routines. I love list making, and I love creating systems that make life easier. And in the hustle and bustle of life, or — ahem, wedding planning — a little routine can make a world of difference.

Create a Morning Routine to Set Yourself Up for Success

Tips + Tricks

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Some of my favorite memories as a child involve books. My dad used to read books to us, and my favorite memories revolve around him using those special voices to serve as certain characters. I had every single copy of The Babysitter’s Club and almost every single copy of Nancy Drew as a child.

Shannon’s Book Club 2018

Personal

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I’m a little late to the game here on recapping and reviewing 2017, but there’s nothing special about January 1, right?

Shannon’s 2017 in Review

Personal

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I posted a quote this morning on Instagram and Facebook, and it’s receiving some attention. Since I’m getting a lot of “Thank you so much” messages from this one, I wanted to go ahead and post it here. “Admit it: your life hasn’t worked out according to your plan. Last month didn’t work out according […]

You’re Not the Author

Lifestyle

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A year ago today, I opened the “doors” of Bespoken. What a year it has been! The past 365 days have been full of so much joy and laughter, as well as challenges and frustrations. If you had told me a year and a half ago that this little company would be in existence, I […]

Bespoken Turns One!

Lifestyle

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Bespoken turns ONE this week! I am so thrilled and feel so loved by all of the encouragement throughout the past (almost) 365 days that I’ve decided to do a giveaway of some of my favorite items. I’m doing the giveaway over on Instagram, so hop on over to our account to see how to […]

It’s Our Birthday Week!

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We are so close to entering my favorite season…summer. Beach days. Pool days. Barbecues. Lots and lots of sunshine. I can’t ever get enough of it. But May was a good month. A busy month, but a good one. And here are some of the things I’ve loved for the past 31 days (or more)… […]

May Monthly Round-Up

Weddings

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How is April over already? This month was full of so much goodness. And as promised, here is a monthly round-up of all the things I’ve loved during April. Favorite wedding: This urban garden wedding in Arizona. Because sometimes simple and minimalism with a combo of a boho vibe is the most beautiful. Favorite Instagram account: […]

April Monthly Round-Up

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I hope everyone’s week has been swell. After my best friend left, I had a lot of catching up to do, so the week ended up being super crazy. Yet good. So as April comes to a close this weekend (WHAT?!), enjoy a few of the things that inspired me this week…and happy weekending!

Weekly Favorites

Weddings

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So this is an AMAZING weekend for me. Not only do I have it off, but my best friend is in town for the long weekend. This is the friend who knows me best of anyone. The one who is utterly and completely selfless. And sadly – the one whom I haven’t seen in almost […]

Weekly Favorites

Weddings

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How is the month of getting healthy together going? Have you two worked out together? Or at least gone on those after-dinner walks? If not – there’s still time!  Another aspect to getting healthy together is learning to cook clean meals. I started eating clean a few years ago, and it. changed. my. life. Sure, […]

A Month of Getting Healthy Together: Cooking Clean Meals

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Happy Friday! I hope you’re getting ready to wind down for the evening. Or if you’re getting married this weekend, I hope you are excited about all that is to come for one of the most memorable times of your life! And for now…here are a few things that have been inspiring me lately:

Weekly Favorites

Lifestyle

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So it’s National Peach Cobbler Day (who knew that was a thing?), and instead of sharing a traditional Peach Cobbler recipe with you today in honor of this glorious fruit, I found a delicious recipe with a twist. With some blackberries and a hint of bourbon thrown in, this is not your average Peach Cobbler […]

A Delightful Twist on Peach Cobbler

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It’s been a fantastic week. A busy one. But a good one. From a stunning, unique wedding cake to a wedding gown with just a hint of blush to a neutral wedding reception…here are a few of my favorite things…enjoy! Have a great weekend!

Weekly Favorites

Lifestyle

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How is March is already over??? I had a month of goodness. From spending my birthday with friends and loved ones to being showered with such thoughtful gifts and time together to a weeklong beach vacation to relax and recharge…I’m feeling very grateful and ready for the wedding season. April is a good month for […]

Monthly Round-Up

Wedding Planning

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Since Spring is in full bloom, you may be looking for some date ideas to enjoy the beautiful weather together. I’ve rounded up some ideas for you and yours to try. Go to the ballgame. Whether it’s a professional game, college game, or high school game, there are so many different opportunities for you to […]

5 Spring Date Ideas

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As this week wraps up and a fun weekend lies ahead, I hope you enjoy these things I’ve been loving this week. Cheers!

Weekly Favorites

Lifestyle