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November 27

How to be Grateful for Thanksgiving

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Charlie Brown once asked, “What if today, we were just grateful for everything?”  But why stop at just saying your grateful, but why not BE grateful for everything? Saying and being are two completely different things. I love Thanksgiving for that. My sister always cooks an entire Thanksgiving meal for us, but I always try to sneak in the kitchen to help her. Without saying a word, helping her is my way to say “Thank you for all that you’re doing. I appreciate you.” I know it might be hard, especially when life gets so busy.  So, I’m so happy that Thanksgiving is that one holiday that celebrates gratitude. My hopes and prayers for you is that you don’t let your gratitude end at just a thought, but expressed in action. I know I’m at fault of that. Especially when I’m so busy trying to run a business, create a magazine, run errands, cook dinner, do laundry, etc… But I make it a priority to try to do one act of gratitude everyday, by paying it forward. Lending a helping hand without being asked, anonymously putting sweets on someone’s desk, writing a thank you note, paying a surprise visit. It’s doesn’t have to be grand, but something small everyday.  It’s something I believe that everyone should do. Because let me tell you right now, from experience, when gratitude becomes a part of your being, you will be more at peace and joy and you will experience more love. Everything that you do, create, or make - comes from that one small act of gratitude, and spreads like wildflowers. Everyone that you’ve touch will start doing small acts of gratitude too. Can you imagine everyone around you being more thankful?

So, I’m challenging you today… tell me, how and what are you going to do differently today, to start?

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Flowers have their own language and it speaks from the heart. Lotta of Mint Design and photographer Mariel Hannah, had  the right idea to put their gifts and talents to use, to express how grateful they are. If you can’t cook, why not create something beautiful as a Thanksgiving arrangement for the ones you love.  Here’s how they did it, and hopefully it will inspire you too -

“Keep a simple theme for your Thanksgiving arrangement by finding one type of greenery as your base. Here we used Magnolia Leaves to be the focal point of the arrangement. If you do not have Magnolia Leaves, fall leaves from your garden are a great way to start a statement arrangement. Keep the arrangement smaller in the center and larger on the sides to add width. Combining non traditional flowers and branches pair wonderfully with the feel of the thankful holiday. Don’t be afraid to find from your garden or forage the morning of thanksgiving in your neighborhood. Keeping with the festive fall tones with a pop of red will keep everyone’s spirit bright!”

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INGREDIENTS

Juliette Garden Roses
Magnolia Leaves
Foxtail
Peach Roses
Yellow Dahlias
Italian Ruscus
Chinese Lanterns
Red Rosehips
Burgundy Roses
White Ranuculus
Cream and Orange Pumpkins

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CREDITS: Photography by Mariel Hannah |  Florals by Mint Design CA |  Floral Recipe by Lotta Alexandersson

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November 18

GIVEAWAY :: MILK Photo Books

Happy Tuesday! Today, I’m so excited to share with you our next giveaway. Ever since our magazine has gone print, we’ve been a huge advocate for anything print. When you see things in print, it feels more real, emotional and tangible. And it instantly becomes this heirloom that you hope to pass down to future generations. And today, we’ve teamed up with MILK Books to give one lucky couple an opportunity to have their wedding images printed and made into a book. We’re so excited. Keep on reading and find out why MILK is so great and read how you can enter TO WIN a book of your very own. Good Luck!

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Instagram credits of brides who created a MILK book
Top left to right @clairewolfe17 @mdcevents @denizenmagazine
Middle @rhlw @verawhisky
Bottom @jennamorris44  @mdcevents @alexandra_jimmy

ABOUT MILK PHOTO BOOKS

Created by a team of award-winning publishers, MILK Photo Books and Albums are beautifully designed and produced to stand the test of time, to give you a book to treasure and hand down through the generations.

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WHY MILK PHOTO BOOKS ARE THE BEST - “Our standard features are everyone else’s luxury features.” Every MILK Photo Book always includes:
• The highest quality white matte art paper of the same quality you find in the best coffee table books.
• Hardcover elegantly bound in your choice of fine linen fabric to suit any taste or occasion.
• Inset cover images and labels, open-flat binding, quality textured endpapers, and a woven ribbon tie closure or marker.
• Beautiful presentation in special wrapping paper to make the perfect gift or keepsake. Bespoke Photo Books come in a linen slipcase and Photo Albums in a linen presentation box.

THE BEST TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES. “Our aim has been to bring the worlds of print and digital technology together to give you the best photo book making experience possible.” Here are few things that we love about MILK:
• Easy to make – you can upload your photos and use our easy autofill tool, or unleash your creativity and design your own pages quickly and easily.
• Simplify storytelling – a great selection of pre-prepared templates, intelligent text prompts, and built-in quotation library inspire ideas and provide easy-to-follow editorial structures.
• Unlimited video and digital versions – incorporate video of your special event for digital editions to view online or on a computer-compatible disc, and download PDF versions for your computer, tablet, and smart phone.
• Collaborate and share – make your book with family and friends with our unique invite function so you and up to nine other people can work on a book at the same time, and share work in progress and digital versions on Facebook, Twitter, and email.

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WEDDING PRODUCTS
Their exquisite MILK Albums are the ultimate keepsake of your special day. Printed on the finest quality acid-free white matt art paper, hand bound in linen fabric and presented in a linen presentation box, MILK Photo Albums are beautifully designed and produced to give you a book to treasure and hand down through the generations.

Their CREAM Albums are printed on paper or card with a refined satin finish. Lay flat pages, premium textured endpapers and two woven ribbon markers. Elegantly quarter bound in quality leather and your choice of ivory or black satin taffeta. AND it’s beautifully crafted in a presentation box with signature button pocket.

GIVEAWAY - HOW TO WIN

Celebrate your love with a photo books collection crafted by their award-winning design team. There is only one happiness in life – to love and be loved. They believe in recording special moments in the most meaningful and beautiful way, and we do too!  So we are so happy to have partnered up with them to help one lucky couple record their wedding day by giving them the an ultimate photo book collection worth US $1000. LOVE!

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THE PRIZE:

A custom made CREAM Photo Album - An exquisitely crafted CREAM Photo Album, designed with the photos from your wedding day by their award-winning design team – an incredible offer money can’t buy!

A MILK Gallery Frame - A custom made MILK Gallery Frame of your favorite wedding-day photo, worth US $125

And a MILK Gift Voucher - for US$300.

HOW TO ENTER:

To win this amazing prize, simply sign-up with MILK Books here, and for an extra entry upload a photo of you and your fiancé and tell us your story.

PLUS when you enter the competition you also receive a 20% off discount code to use at Moleskine+MILK.

DEADLINE TO ENTER: December 14th.

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WHAT OTHER BRIDES ARE SAYING ABOUT MILK PHOTO BOOKS
“Wow! What can I say. I have just received my MILK Photo Book wedding album and it is absolutely stunning. Excellent service from start to finish. Quick dispatch, great value delivery and a stunning keepsake.” - Karen Scott Liverpool, United Kingdom

“Thank you for helping us create a stunning wedding album! Simply beautiful!” - Marie Grace San Francisco, California

“My wedding album arrived today and I LOVE it! Thank you so much for the great service, speedy delivery and perfect memory of our special day! I would recommend MILK Books to anyone.” - Mary Lou Adelaide, Australia

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ADVICE TO COUPLES
“Yes, you can store your images ‘in the cloud’ or have five backups of every photo you’ve ever taken, but what about preservation after you’re gone? Do you hand your laptops down to your grandchildren to store away in a memory box and power up when they’re feeling nostalgic? That is, of course, if you remember to include all your passwords in your last will and testament! What’s missing is that tangible experience. That heirloom or special keepsake that will bring back memories or tell your story. Eventually technology will surpass us and our files will disappear into the ether, leaving no trace of us ever really living, ever getting married, having children, turning 80 or passing away.As photographers we want to capture and preserve our clients’ memories. A wedding book or album isn’t an investment in an item, it’s an investment in your existence, your memory, your story, future children, grandchildren and every generation that follows after that. “ By Tania Eastlake from Sadie and Co

I definitely agree with this. Legacy and history is one the biggest reasons why Utterly Engaged decided to do a print magazine. I highly encourage every bride to preserve life’s special moments in a beautiful and unique way. I would hate to have it buried in a sea of files and folders on the computer and/or your phone and have it be forgotten. So don’t let this happen to you too. This is such a good giveaway so I really hope you enter, to get a chance to win! It’s one giveaway that we know you’ll cherish forever!

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November 10

Sarah Janks Fall 2015 Bridal Gown Collection

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After being a week away from home, It’s feels good to be back! In case you were curious, last week I was away for a creative retreat in Sonoma to speak, to style a dinner, as well as be an attendee for a little bit of “me” time to prepare for the upcoming year. Now that I’m back and pumped to get started on some of my ideas that have been brewing in my mind, I thought this week should be a YOU week. Why don’t we get YOU inspired too? Starting with a recap of Bridal Market that happened in New York, last October.

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I’m always so fascinated with designers and their creative process. So we’re going to go behind the scenes with a few designers to hear their stories. Starting with Sarah Jank’s Fall 2015 Collection. Dive in and discover what inspired Sarah to create her latest collection of effortless, fashion-influenced bridal gowns. Thank you, Sarah, for opening up your heart and being so honest and transparent.  Your latest collection is a testament of your love and strength.

In this past year, I have had so many important people leave my life, most notably my mother who passed away suddenly and was such a great woman and a best friend. The end of a marriage, friends who came and left, all that remain of that life is memories, mostly wonderful, some dark or bittersweet. All brushes painting the portrait of what life is today. There is a great sense of loss but also of growth and appreciation therein, followed by a rebirth and new possibilities filling the void.

I hope this collection our brides enjoy wearing as a small part of the story of their big day, the end of a chapter, the beginning of a new one, of love and loss and rebirth and a celebration of beauty and happiness in a moment.

This collection is a celebration of those possibilities, with lots of sparkle and light, textural, pretty floral accents and a more mature, sensual and bolder edge than the label has voiced before.

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