Travel Guide | Must Have Items

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My husband and I recently returned from our honeymoon in beautiful Saint Lucia. If you’re planning your honeymoon or just a winter get away from these frigid temperatures, I highly recommend the island as a vacation destination. We started our trip on the north end of the island, near the city of Castries and stayed at the beautiful Cap Maison Resort. At the very end of our trip, we spent two evenings at Ladera Resort which was one of the most unique and amazing experiences of our lives.

Lindsey Grace Interiors Travel Must Have Items

When packing for vacation I always want to prepared, organized, and of course stylish. It’s no mistake that these CALPAK packing cubes are number one on the list. I purchased a set for not only myself, but also my husband. We both found them so helpful while packing before we left home, but also keeping our belongings organized and compact when traveling from one resort to another.

When navigating the airport and traveling abroad you always have to have your passport handy. This passport holder is my favorite. Another go to for navigating the airport and travel itself, is always having my ear buds and phone handy. I love this tech organizer because it keeps me from digging around my purse to find those essential items.

Whether it’s sleeping on the plane, or in our experience the middle of the rain forest (Ladera Resort only has 3 walls so you are fully exposed to an amazing view, but also the elements!) this eye mask from SLIP is amazing.

Lindsey Grace Interiors Travel Must Haves

I’m all about investing in good luggage if you’re going to travel. This spinner suitcase is not only super stylish, but holds so much. We can’t forget about the make-up and beauty products. I love the mirror on this make up bag (hello airplane touch-up’s!) as well as the compartments it offers. Last but not least, this item has been my travel go-to for years. I love my Longchamp tote. It holds so much, and is extremely durable. If I’m not bringing it as my handbag for the plane, I pack it away (it folds up so small!) and it use it as my beach bag. Also, how fun are the colors it comes in?

You can shop our travel must haves by clicking on the links! What are some of your go-to’s and top travel destinations? Share in the comments, as always, we love hearing from you.

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Wedding Details & Tips from a Newlywed!

As you may have noticed in the past few weeks, I've taken a break from blogging. Honestly, we've been so busy! I can't wait to catch you up on everything we've been working on. Decorating projects being installed, new construction homes finally coming to fruition, and full-on basement finish remodels have been in the works.

Personally? I'm married! On June 16th, 2018 I married the man of my dreams & am officially Mrs. Christie. It was an awesome day. We were surrounded by all of our family & friends, gorgeous flowers, delicious food, and endless amounts of champagne. Jared and I headed off to our "mini-moon" for 3 nights on the north shore of Lake Superior. We had the most perfect weather, and I quickly realized it was the first time I had truly unplugged for any length of time since starting this endeavor 9 months before. It was exactly what the doctor had ordered. 

I’m so excited to finally be sharing the details of our special day with you all. We had the most amazing photographer, Uppercase L Photography, capture every detail. I had never realized how large of a role a GOOD photographer plays in the role of your wedding day. Who drives you to first look? That gal did. Amanda had never even been to North Dakota before, but we pulled off the perfect ‘sex & the city’ drive by- sans bouquet throw at Mr. Big- and made it to our first look without my soon-to-be husband even catching a glance.

My second but most important tip? Ask for help, and use it! There are so many small details you just can’t plan up until the last minute. Honestly? I forgot all about the ceremony programs. I quickly created them in photoshop, sent them to the printer, and only had one spelling error- but they did the job! This advice is especially important for the day of. I highly suggest ‘clocking out’ after your ceremony rehearsal, and quite literally putting the rest in gods hands. You’ve done the planning, at the end of the day- if you’re married to the love of your life- what more could you ask for? Cliché but true.

Have fun with your ceremony! We had the best music ever, thanks to the ever talented Abby Grimaldi. Our amazing pastor had also given us the advice to use those beautiful music breaks to stop and let it all soak in. It was truly one of my favorite parts of our day, to be just us- surrounded by all of our friends & family. We also wrote our own vows. I will truly cherish those words for the rest of our lives.

Lastly, don’t finalize the timeline with any vendors until the week or two before hand. I had booked certain vendors 6 months prior to the wedding date. Right before our invitations were printed, we had moved the ceremony up a half hour. It’s easy to forget to notify one or two vendors of the change, so when you book them- don’t give out an exact start time. Instead, ask them to call and confirm 2 weeks prior. Most vendors will call to confirm anyways, but if they don’t have any time written down- they will for sure check in!