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Dark grey wrap maxi dress. A beautiful, classy dress that would be appropriate for work or fun! Runs true to size.
64% modal 36% poly.
I love this dress! You can dress it up very easily with some wedged sandals or high heal sandals or dress it down with flip flops or sandals. This dress is simple which means you can play with jewelry. Adding a long necklace or a chunky necklace and a bunch of bracelets will work...Even adding a pop of color with a fun clutch!
Wear this on a dinner date, as a guest to a wedding or a lunch with the girls!
I wear a size small. I'm 5"3 and am usually a small.
It had long been a dream of mine to get married in Cabo. I’m excited to share how all of that came to fruition in my next blog. But, that’s not what this one is about, it’s about our elopement six months prior! We have been asked numerous times why we eloped in Japan before our wedding in Cabo. Some people came up with some pretty creative ideas!! I've decided to explain our story before I post the details about our amazing wedding in Cabo. So, here it goes..
While planning our wedding in Cabo, our wedding planner told us the requirements to get married in Mexico. Everything was pretty standard except the blood test to prove you aren't related. She explained to us that we would have to take a blood test a few days before our wedding down in Mexico. She said there have been many close calls with these tests not getting done in time and advised us to go to a court house in America and get married in advance. Apparently, it’s quite common.
Anthony and I decided to make getting married in advance something to remember and not just going to the Nashville court house. We thought about doing it in Vegas! We found a chapel and decided we would do it there. However, with baseball being the longest season (February to October), we felt coming home from Japan on Halloween and rushing to Vegas in-between holidays while having jet lag and still planning our wedding would be too much on our plate. And then, it hit us..why not Japan?! It was the first place we lived together, it was the biggest adventure we had ever experienced and it was the place our relationship truly grew and made us closer than ever. (Japan also didn't require a blood test ha). We did our research and discovered all we needed were a few forms filled out, our birth certificates, passports and witnesses. The only extra step we had to do to make it legal in The United States was go to the American Consulate office and get our marriage certificate notarized. We started getting so excited. We looked at the Baseball schedule and the only day we would be able to go in the next two months was August 1st.
So on August 1st 2016 we went into the court house, along with our witnesses, turned in our paper work and that was it!
We were married!
After we were married we went and grabbed a cheese burger and fries before catching a flight to the next city for his game.
A few weeks later we received our beautiful marriage certificate all in Japanese writing and outlined in gold. It hangs on the wall in our Nashville home. We can't wait to share our story with our children one day!
Thanks for all the love and support. I hope this clears things up. Can’t wait to share our story about our fairy tale wedding!
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 6 & 8 inch cake pans with non-stick baking spray.
2. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda & 1/2 teaspoon salt (you can even use a fork and mix it all together), once mixed set aside.
3. In another bowl, add sugar, butter & sweetened cream of coconut. Using an electric mixer beat (until fluffy, a few minutes). Beat in egg yolks, one at a time. Then add vanilla & coconut extracts, with your mixer set on low, beat in dry ingredients (Pour a little of your dry ingredients in, then pour a little more until all is in bowl. Don't DUMP it all in at once) then buttermilk, each just until blended.
4. In another bowl, using clean beaters, beat egg whites and a pinch of salt until they are stiff. Gently fold egg whites into cake batter.
5. Pour batter between prepared cake pans. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in pans for 10-15 minutes then turn cakes out onto racks to cool completely! Be patient. I know it took forever to bake this cake but wait for it to COOL before you frost & decorate.
Ingredients for Coconut Frosting
1. Using a mixer cream cheese and butter together until they are combined. Next add cream of coconut, vanilla & coconut extracts; beat until combined. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and beat until all ingredients are combined & smooth. Add more powdered sugar as needed (if you need the frosting to thicken add more powdered sugar).
2. Frost cake, sprinkle coconut all over and decorate!!!!
I found my tree's and elf at Target. The Elf on the Shelf was actually an ornament and I unscrewed the hook to use it as a cake topper. The tree's were also in the Christmas section for decor in the home but they were perfect for my cake. When searching for the perfect decoration to decorate your cake search further than the baking section!
Buy a plate (less than ten dollars) that you can put your cake on and leave at the house you bring the cake to. Even write on the bottom of the plate what the plate held, sign your name, date it and tell them to do the same next time they bring this plate filled with goodies to someones home.
Now, enjoy your cake!
If you did it right, this cake will be so moist and one of the best cakes you've ever had.