Bridesmaid Gift Ideas & DIY Wrapping!

October 9, 2015


My wedding is only a 8 days away!

I can hardly believe how fast the time has passed. For awhile, it felt like October would never come but the last few months have sped by faster than any other period of time in my entire life. I’m so excited for the big day, and also a little nervous (walking down the aisle in heels suddenly seems like a crazy daring challenge!).

Today I am teaming up with David’s Bridal to help my fellow brides out! I’ve learned a lot on my journey to the altar and I hope this post helps relieve some of your wedding stress.

First off, as you probably have come to realize, it takes a lot of wonderful people to make a wedding happen. Family, friends, talented vendors, and of course, your bridal party. Your lovely bridesmaids will shoulder a lot of responsibility as you prepare to become a Mrs. They will take part in everything from planning your bachelorette party and bridal shower to helping you find your dream wedding dress.

A  lot of brides, like myself, decide to pick out a special gift for their bridesmaids as a token of their gratitude and appreciation. I knew, without a doubt, that I wanted to get my girls a gift to thank them but finding the right item was really tough. My budget isn’t huge and I wanted it to be something everyone would like and enjoy even after the wedding.

Thankfully, I was able to find the perfect gift at David’s Bridal and I’m confident that you will too! You can view their amazing selection HERE but I also wanted to help you save some time so I picked out my top 5 favorites for you!


1) Best Bridesmaid Ever Tote $12.95 – This tote is so adorable! It reminds your girls of how amazing they are while also helping them carry everything they’ll need for the wedding day.

2) Sparkling Sequin Hanger $16.95 – This dazzling hanger adds to the excitement of the day. All of your beautiful bridesmaid dresses will look phenomenal hanging from these festive hangers.

3) Personalized Silver Twin Compact $21.00 – Through all the hugs, kisses, and tears, everyone is likely to need a moment to touch-up their makeup. This compact makes it easy with both a standard and magnified mirror. You can also engrave each one with a name or date.

4) Scripted Bridesmaid Headband $9.95 – I love the playfulness of this headband! And if you buy it early, everyone can wear it to all of the wedding events (i.e. bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner).

5) Embroidered Satin Robe $49.95 –  These robes are perfect for those gorgeous “getting ready” photos on your big day. Plus you can add custom embroidery for no extra charge! I love how girly and elegant these silk robes look. In fact, I loved them so much I got one for each of my bridesmaids!

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Once you’ve picked the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, you’re going to want them beautifully packaged.  I came up with an easy to follow kraft wrapping DIY! You also won’t need a ton of supplies!

Here’s a list of everything you’ll need:

  • Kraft Paper
  • Roll of Burlap
  • Twine
  • Craft Glue
  • Tape
  • Silk Flowers

Easy DIY Directions:

1. Gather all of your supplies and prepare a work space for yourself.

2. Place your item on the kraft paper. Measure and cut-out enough paper to cover your gift.

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3. You’ll need to press firmly to create creases in the paper. This will shape your package so take your time to ensure you form a straight line.

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4. Fold in your edges. Get as close to the gift as possible to prevent it from moving around too much on the inside.

5. After folding both of your edges in make sure the back of your package is completely secure. Add more tape where needed.

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6. Measure and cut a strip of burlap that it long enough to wrap around the center of the package once.


7. Next your going to add craft glue to the front middle portion of your package. Use the glue nozzle to spread it a little bit.


8. Place your burlap strip on the glue a gently press down. The glue will dry clear and become invisible so don’t worry about the little white specs you see poking through the burlap. Once this side dries (2-3 minutes) flip the package over and glue down the burlap on the back side.


9. Twine time. Cut a long piece (48in.) of twine and tie it as you would a regular ribbon. Make sure to leave extra twine in the front so that you can use it to secure your flowers.

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10. Grab your silk flowers, I chose hydrangeas because they’re my favorite. I also picked up some baby’s breath to add to it. Twist a piece of twine around all of the flowers you are using, even if it’s only one. This will add a cute details to the stems while also holding the flowers together.

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11. Attach your flowers to your package using the extra twine you left out.

12. Hang a name tag from the twine in the front.

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13. All done! You are now ready to surprise your bridesmaids with a beautiful gift.

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I hope these bridesmaid gift ideas and easy DIY help relieve some of your pre-wedding stress! I know what an exciting and emotional this is but if there’s one thing I’ve come to learn through this process, it’s that no matter how challenging this journey might be at times, you will always have your loved ones there to help and support you!

If you would like to order or browse the lovely bridal party gifts available at David’s Bridal, grab some coffee and Click Here! I also suggest checking out their wedding dress sale section, it’s full of beautiful gowns and really great prices.

Before you go, I thought you might like to see a few quick snapshots of my bridal shower! It was hosted by my sweet mom with the help of my amazing grandma and beautiful bridesmaids.
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This post was sponsored by David’s Bridal. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Smell Like Summer All Year Long!

October 1, 2015


Yes, summer is unfortunately over. Unless you live here in Southern Cali where we only have two seasons, summer and “still-kinda-summer-but-not technically summer”.

The biggest change you’ll notice around this time will be the flavor of drinks. You can’t go more than a day without hearing about or spotting a pumpkin spice latte in someone’s hand!

As much as I love an iced PSL, and I do love them, I still like to keep my showertime routine very summery. I’m all about sweet and tropical fruit scents. They’re always light and fresh. I can even remember being obsessed with a coconut body spray in college! Continue Reading


Budget Babe: American Express Serve Card

September 28, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for American Express Serve. I applied for the Serve Cash Back card to facilitate my review and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


As we gear up for our new life as a married couple, Will and I often chat about finances. Since we will be moving out soon, we have tons of expenses in addition to the wedding. There’s furniture to buy, an apartment to find and then pay for, and we’d also like to have food in our fridge!

Currently we shoot wedding photography on the weekends to help bring in an extra income. And while that’s really helpful, it also eats up a lot of our free time so we aren’t able to do much else to give our finances a boost. Continue Reading

Food + Drink

Grilled Tuna Sliders

September 21, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KingOfFlavor #CollectiveBias


 It’s football season again! My fiance is a total sports guy and loves to watch games. I’m not into sports but I love the fun gatherings and food that typically accompanies a sporting event. I’m the girl who goes to baseball games for the cotton candy, ice cream, and nachos.

It’s also a lot of fun to invite friends and family over to watch a sporting event or game on TV. Most people serve up  your typical chips and dip, hot dogs, hamburgers and all the other things you’ve come to expect from a game viewing gathering but I wanted to offer you something new and exciting. Continue Reading

Casita Life

Glade® Fall Scents

September 18, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeForFall #CollectiveBias

Apple-Orchard-heroThe season of change has arrived! Autumn gives us lovely colored leaves, ripened pumpkins, and it signals the beginning of the upcoming busy holiday season. Basically, it’s the calm before the turkey cooking, Christmas shopping storm!

Family-trip(this family photo is from our last trip to the apple orchards!) Continue Reading


Simple Post Gym Hairstyle!

September 8, 2015



Today I thought I’d try a fun photo tutorial! This is a super quick and easy way to go from being  a sweat monster to a cute little dinner date. Let me know what you guys think! I’d loved to share more tutorials. I’ll definitely be adding to my youtube channel in 2016!

Here are the featured products:

Scunci Headbands | Scunci Comfy Bow Ponytailers | Conair Mini Detangling Brush | Smashbox Infrared Lipstick

**I was provided with these products for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


My Favorite VMA 2015 Looks!

September 2, 2015

Let’s talk about the VMAs!

I didn’t watch them.

I’ve never been big on award shows. Attending one might be a lot of fun but watching it from home? Pass! Hence. my delayed VMA blog post. I wasn’t in a rush to be the first one to talk about it, heck, I’m not even going to talk about the show. I just want to talk about some of my fav outfits!… that I googled a day after the show had aired, Lol.

fifth-harmonyAll of the Fifth Harmony girls looked really cute. Their dresses were fun, sexy, and VMA appropriate. I would have loved to wear the cream colored ruffle dress on the right. I also like those nude pumps she has on, I really need a pair of nude heels. Continue Reading


Coffee on the go

August 30, 2015

Gevalia-Iced-coffee-drink“I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Do you guys remember when we chatted about Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk awhile back? I was sharing with you how much I liked all the flavors (mocha, vanilla, and caramel). We’ll I’m still loving its sweet and creamy taste but I also appreciate it for a whole new reason now.

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Casita Life

Honest Thoughts on Pinterest Living Rooms

August 25, 2015


What I Love: The brightness and heaps of white in this living room give me a comforting sense of organization. I also like that everything appears to smell like fresh laundry. I’m not sure how something can look like a smell, but it does. Just look at this space and breathe in, aaaaahhh…. fresh linen with a hint of spring flowers.

What I Don’t Love: I’m probably going to have to quit my job just to keep up with the dusting of that shelf. Also, where is all the stuff you can actually touch? This room seems to be full of display items and not things you can interact with like books, magazines, etc. Someone lives here right? Continue Reading

Food + Drink

Take Your Turkey Sandwich to the Next Level!

August 17, 2015

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”


I’m back today with my last post in the P.A.N. Cornmeal series! Such a bummer, there are so many amazing recipes left to try! But don’t worry food explorers, you can always find a new cornmeal recipe to tackle by visiting P.A.N.’s page HERE.

On our first cornmeal adventure we cooked up a gourmet Lobster Pizza with Cornmeal Crust and then we sweetened things up a bit with delightful Berry Brunch Bites. And today, we are going to be elevating a a simple sandwich into a mouthwatering Arepa. Continue Reading