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Dear Friday,

How classic is black and white!?

It’s a color combination that I personally can’t get enough of. It seems so limiting and yet there are so many different interpretations. I love that even with only the two colors there are endless possibilities.

Black and white can be timeless, glamorous, playful, edgy, minimalistic, and so much more.

What is your favorite way to style black and white? Or do you prefer color at all times?

Have a lovely weekend!

xx Katie

Dear May

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Dear May,

This is going to be a fast and loud month. Oh my word. And there is no time to gear up for it because it’s all here starting tomorrow.

Tomorrow I will be spending the day at a Lovely Letters booth at the Stockmarket!! I will be in downtown Stockton from 11-6, along with other local makers, selling my handmade cards and prints and getting the word out about my love for calligraphy! If anyone is in town or in the area, please drop on by and say hi!

Next up, wedding dresses! It’s happening! My mom is coming to town on her birthday (ideal timing if you ask me) and we will be dress shopping for two days. I can’t wait to share all of the emotions and decision-making tips (if any) from those appointments with you!

Then, we will be having the spiciest engagement party around! It’s a fiesta with mariachi band and sombreros to boot. I mostly can’t wait to walk you through all of the details of prep leading up to the party – the details of making the invites and the decor inspiration and what an incredible mother-in-law I have that she planted cacti with me on Easter Sunday. So many good things to tell!

Anyways, I hope your April was lovely and I would love know what’s in store for you this month!

xx Katie

Dear April

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Dear April,

I missed March! I missed the whole thing!

I didn’t actually miss it, but part of my birthday gift to myself was downtime. As such, any and all downtime that came up was savored. It was a great choice and here’s why.

Sometimes (most times) I get caught up in just about everything. I hold on to details longer than I should. I procrastinate on making decisions that carry a lot of weight. I take in and overanalyze every opinion that’s offered. Basically, all of the things that hinder confident decision-making and cause emotional breakdowns, I do.

Enter wedding planning.

I am so beyond over-the-moon to be engaged. I can’t express to you how much fun it is to tell the proposal story ten times a day, to wear a sparkly ring that means forever, to be all in with the best guy I know, and to essentially start thinking about what a lifetime with him will look like. Wedding planning, however, is a different story.

I will be the first to admit that I am a perfectionist and a control freak. I enjoy doing things with a focus on the details. I like doing things myself when I can. And most of all I enjoy following rules. None of this makes planning a wedding yourself easier. As such, I’ve already gotten stressed and broken down and cried too many times. However, I have finally (after the gift of downtime) come to the realization that it doesn’t need to be a full-time job and that there are no rules.

The ceremony and the party that follows will be a tribute to the next phase of our love story. We will be surrounded by people who love us and want to support us. People will dance and sing and have a blast. All of this will happen regardless of the color of the carpet or the number of flowers on each table or the flavor of the cake. All of the good things will happen simply because we are getting married and couldn’t be more excited to do so.

My goal for April (and the next year) is to keep all of this in mind when I find myself getting wrapped up in things that are trivial. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

What’s on your plate this month?

xx Katie

Dear February

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Dear February,

You have a special place in my heart, which is pretty on point given what month it is.

You are a month filled with love in more ways than one. Not only is Valentine’s Day coming up (I’ll take any excuse to wear pink on pink on red and pink), but this month also holds all of the days that are special for me and my leading man.

  • Super Bowl Sunday – the day we re-met and our first kiss (Sparknote version of this story is we first came into each others lives on Halloween but didn’t see each other again until the Super Bowl)
  • Valentine’s Day – our first real date
  • February 23rd – our official anniversary

All equally fun anniversaries and all perfectly spread throughout the month to really capitalize on all of the love.

Anything particularly lovely on your calendar this month?

xx Katie

Dear January

Dear January | lovely letters

Dear January,

I can’t believe you are already here! I’m shocked that we’re five days into 2015 but am excited and anxious to see what this year has in store!

If 2014 taught me anything, it’s that time flies. Call me a broken record, but I am overwhelmed by how quickly the time is going! Now that I am incredibly aware that this is the case, I’m hoping to take on 2015 a little more informed. In an attempt to hold on to what I’m sure will be countless precious moments, I thought I’d set some foundational resolutions. My overarching theme is to hold on to the things that matter and let go of the things that don’t. Here are my thoughts…

Set high goals but maintain realistic expectations.

Basic, but necessary. I plan to push my self and stay ambitious but to be realistic about how much I can handle.

Strive to maintain balance.

When I’m balanced, I’m happiest so this one was a no-brainer.

Take things as they come.

2014 was a handful in many ways, but I survived. For as much as I prefer to have control in my life, I’m painfully aware that control is not always an option. Instead of stressing over the things that are out of my power, I resolve to take things in stride. Here’s to being graceful when life gets sticky!

Live in the present and relish the moment!

I started out strong with this one. I was lucky enough to have some serious down time in the first few days of the year. Instead of trying to get a jump-start on things, which obviously would have been the most productive choice, I laid low. I slept in and spent time with people I love. Even though I’m a bit behind on some things, it was well worth it.

What about you? Have you started laying the foundation for your 2015?

Happy New Year!

xx Katie