Welcome Post

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Hi Friends!

I am so happy you stumbled upon my blog! My name is Rebekah but most of my friends call me Beks. Lovelybeks is a name I came up with in high school and has stuck with me ever since. I hope you come to find my blog ~lovely~ 

I decided to start this blog at a time when everything in my life Is changing. I recently graduated college (5/11), will be starting my first ICU nursing job (7/15), getting married (12/15/18) and buying a house (TBD). Phew!That’s a lot. But, it will also give me such a plethora of topics to blog about. I hope you’re as excited about this new adventure as I am!!

I pray you will find my content unique and fulfilling! I will be blogging about everything happening in my life and anything that could benefit YOU, the reader! From wedding planning tips, fashion, lifestyle, travel, fitness, health and a little bit of faith in between!  Because let’s be honest, who can get through this crazy life without a little help from the good Lord above!? I am open to all suggestions of topics you would like me to blog about – just reach out and let me know! 

I’ll leave you on this rainy evening with one of my favorite quotes:

"Money can't buy happiness, that's what shopping is for"

XOXO

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CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: SMILE BRILLIANT

By now, y’all probably all know how much I love Smile Brilliant, the company I use to whiten my teeth! They have the best customer service & their whitening actually works! See my blog post spilling all the details on their process here!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

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My holiday 3-piece PJ’s are currently $5 off, making them only $20!!! Shop them here!

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If you want to purchase your own set of teeth whitening, you can do so HERE. Use code lovelybeks15 for 15% off your purchase!! Give the gift of whiter teeth to your loved one for Christmas.

Customizable Shampoo + Conditioner Giveaway

I have always struggled with my hair… it’s too thin, it has split ends, it gets oily, the list goes on and on. I’m sure you have a list of your hair’s problems, too! But, I’m also sure your list looks a little different than mine. Every girl’s hair is UNIQUE and different, so why should our hair care products all be the same? Formulate is a hair care line that allows you to create your OWN hair care products, specific to the needs of your hair. When I stumbled upon this company I was so amazed that you could literally customize your own shampoo and conditioner. I took a short quiz that described my hair, what my hair needs were, and what scent I preferred. Formulate then sent me my shampoo and conditioner based on the results.

Click here to see what I specified for my hair needs + to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

This company is always sulfate, paraben and cruelty free. I have been using it for a few weeks and can already notice positive changes to my hair. I hope everyone has a great week + good luck on the giveaway!!!

Free People Sale Alert

A tiger win✔️ + good sales = the best weekend!! My free people tunic + jeans are on sale for less than $100 for both!! (use code FRIENDS at checkout) Happy Sunday friendss – have the best weeeek💜💜 You can instantly shop my looks by following me on the @liketoknow.it app! I’ve also linked tons of cute booties all under $40!

This tunic just screams fall! It is perfect for game days, date night, or worn casually with leggings. Shop my whole look here:

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Both items are true to size; I’m wearing a size small in the top and a 27 in the jeans.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

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Recap of the boujiest Bachelorette Party in Nashville

This past weekend, me and eight of my best friends took to Nashville to celebrate my last bash before the big day (59 days away!!!)

It was such an incredible time getting to relax, let loose, and enjoy each other’s company. Nashville is also the coolest place to do so!

I had never been to Nashville, so I was excited to see what all the hype was about. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. It is such a gorgeous, lively, entertaining city! I will for sure be going back sometime soon!

We arrived in Nashville around noon on Friday. We went to lunch at Monell’s, a family style, southern food galore restaurant! They have multiple locations around Nashville. This was such a fun experience, getting to try food out of our comfort zone and being seated with random people! (Side note- one thing I will have to say is everyone we met in Nash was so nice!! From Uber drivers to random people on the street, we definitely met the best!) Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of my food because the restaurant is strict about no phones (phone DOES NOT eat first here!!)

The weather was slightly chilly and we took full advantage by breaking out our fall sweaters.

After that, we went to a little bar called “GOAT” that was within walking distance. Here, we toasted a few drinks while a few of the girls went back to the house to decorate and set up! We stayed in Germantown which was also a highlight of the trip! We had a view of the Nashville skyline and were only a $7 Uber away from Broadway (aka where all the bars are!)

Now here comes the fun! We get to the house and are blown away by the beauty and glitz of it. If you know me, you know I am definitely boujee to the max! The house did not disappoint. Here are a few pictures I snapped:

My maid of honor/sister, Kirsten, went above and beyond with the decorations and personalization. We each had a cute bendy straw with our name on it, as well as personalized tattoos and koozies for the weekend.

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After drinks, snacks, and games on the rooftop of our house we began getting ready for our night out. My friend Allie did my hair and I absolutely loved it!

The weather was up in the air all week on whether it would be hot or cold. So, when buying my outfit, I decided that a long-sleeved romper was the way to go. You can buy it here. The white booties I actually bought from Target clearance for $9 the day before!! Shop them here. I am glad they were such a steal because they are pretty much destroyed from our night out on Broadway 🙂

We had to rely on self-timer for group pictures… Here are all of my girlies looking gorgeous:

That night we went to dinner at a super fun and lively Mexican restaurant, Saint Anejo for dinner. The margaritas were amazing and STRONG!

After dinner, we hit Broadway, and unfortunately, that is where the pictures for Friday night end😂. Needless to say, it was an amazing time.

Saturday morning we woke up to an amazing brunch spread that Kirsten prepared. She got bagels and homemade cream cheese from Proper Bagel (AMAZING- highly recommend!!!) We relaxed and rejuvenated in the hot tub, in matching hats, with our mimosas and bloody Mary’s. My bikini top is from Target, on sale for only $16! Shop it here.

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Next, we got ready, had a lingerie party, and hit Broadway for day two!

My purple flare pants were definitely the biggest hit of the weekend. I’ve linked a similar pair here. 

This was probably my favorite afternoon, dancing along to live music, eating good food, and drinking too much at Nudies Honky Tonk, which is evidently the longest bar in Nashville! Another place we really wanted to go to but was closed for the day is Acme- good food, drinks, rooftop bar.

At 6:30 we headed to our pedal bike tour location. If you’ve never done a pedal bike tour you MUST put it on your bucket list. It is the most fun, singing, drinking, and pedaling your way through any city. Ours stopped at different bars along the route, and even a candy shop!

After the pedal bike tour we ended up at Hattie B’s, famous for her hot chicken. The pimento mac & cheese was also to die for!!!

This concludes Beks Nash Bash! I have to give a shoutout to my sister, Kirsten, for planning such a spectacular weekend and for all my friends for making me feel the most loved and celebrated! If you get the chance, go to Nashville!

As always, comment or DM me with any questions!

Favorite Sneaker Wedges

Today is Thursday, which means tomorrow is Friday & we’re almost to the weekend🖤🙌🏼 I am so excited to spend the weekend relaxing, watching football + putting together all of our new furniture. Wait- I totally sound like I am a guy!!! But really😂 What are y’alls weekend plans?

Shop my look here!

These sneaker wedges are turning into my ALL TIME fav shoe + they’re under $100🖤🖤 This flannel is from Old Navy & it’s currently 30% off! My jeans are not sold anymore 🙁 but I linked another pair of boyfriend distressed jeans which are also on sale today🙌🏼

I am working today, but have a three day weekend after today. We can do this!

2018 Fall Shoe Trends

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! While I know the temperatures don’t necessarily indicate that it’s fall, the first day of fall is less than a week away (September 22nd)!! I am sharing a few of the must-have fall shoe trends for 2018, all of them under $100 (with the exception of one pair. See if you can spot them!!!!:)

Shop my complete look here: 

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Over-the-knee boots are still in, PRAISE THE LORD! I love how flattering + fun they are to wear. Here’s some of my fav’s under $100:

 

Animal prints are trending… Like, if you don’t have leopard in your closet this fall, you may be the only one! Heres a few of my fav animal print styles:

Ankle boots are still a thing, especially if they’re white with a chunky heel. The more “out-there” the color, the better. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites for the “everyday girl.”

Sock booties. Are they a sock? Are they a boot? The world may never know. What we do know, though, is that they are super comfortable + I am going to need more of these in my life.

Sneakers. While I am usually very preppy with my style, I also love a good sneaker. Sneaker wedges are also one of my all-time favorites! I am so happy I finally discovered them + gave them a try this season. You should, too!!

 

As always, comment or dm me with any questions. I love to help <3

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Game Day Outfit Inspo

Today is the start of college football and I am SOOOO pumped!! If you know me, you know I am an avid college football fan. There is nothing I love more than a cute game day outfit. The two most requested schools were USC & Clemson. I’ve got you covered for all your outfit inspo needs. I will start with summer-fall transition pieces and then gradually move into more fall/winter items. I know the first few games are always blazing hot and I want nothing more than to be wearing a light dress! Also, most of these items are on sale for Labor Day so make sure to shop them quickly before they’re gone!

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Gamecock

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Let me know what other school colors you want to see & I’ll add more🖤

XOXO

Coziest Fall Sweater

Hi Lovelies!

Last week we got a little taste of fall with cooler temperatures and that got me so excited for all things fall: sweaters, booties, hot chocolate & most importantly the cold! I recently got this cream color cardigan from Roots and Sparrows online boutique, and let me tell ya’ll, it is amazing. So fuzzy, cozy, and the perfect fit! I wanted it a little oversized, so I am wearing a size medium.

Shop it here for only $35:

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Shop the rest of my look here:

-my free people jeans are $35 in select sizes

-dupe for my shoes are $17

I know I have been pretty absent on Instagram and lovelybeks.com recently… and I am so so sorry about that!! I just wanted to give a quick update on what I have been up to!

First, I began my job in the ICU and I have loved it so far. It is the most challenging obstacle I have taken on, but I have learned so much. And only in 3 weeks!! I am so excited for the rest of my nursing career.

Next, Holden and I went apartment shopping and after touring manyyy places, we finally settled on the perfect place. I get the city feel I wanted and he gets the location he wanted! It is in the cutest shopping center with a barre studio, Chuy’s, Whole Food, Panera, and a Haagen Daas. Sooo, yes I will be needing to frequent that barre studio😉

I plan to post a whole blog post on the process of decorating the apartment and the finished product 🙂

I will be moving in towards the end of September, and then Holden will move in after our wedding 🙂 Speaking of our wedding, we ran into a few hiccups in the planning process and are still trying to work through them… I would so appreciate a prayer that everything works out!

Sometimes it is so hard to trust in God’s plan. A friend recently shared that we should not worry about things that are out of our control. And this resonated so much with me. I tend to overthink situations and stress myself out. But really, God wants us to trust in Him. So I am making this my personal goal for the week.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Other fun things happening in my life:

I am going to be an AUNT!! I am so excited!! I am one of twelve kids, but surprisingly, this will be my first niece/nephew! Of course, she will be spoiled by everyone in my family. I am already beginning to shop for allll the pink and frilly dresses!

I am hoping that when I move into my own place I can begin to prioritize blogging again, take more pictures, find more sales, and give y’all the content you want. Thanks for sticking with me and supporting me. It means the world.

XOXO

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Bridal Shower Video

I am so excited to share that the video recap of my bridal shower is up! If you missed all the details, you can catch up on them here.

My sweet friend, Key, offered to film my shower and I was so excited! I am so fortunate to get to have these sweet memories captured forever.

If you are in need of a videographer for a wedding, event, makeup tutorial, party (really anything) check out Key’s website.

And now for the video you’ve all been waiting for🤗

XOXO

Wedding Countdown: Our Story + 4-month-out update

Now that we are only 4 months away from the wedding, and things will be progressing very quickly from here on out, I will be writing a blog post on the 15th of every month giving updates on how the planning is going! But first, here’s the story of

HOW WE MET:

It was a hot August night of my freshman year of college, and my older sister Kirsten and I were going to a famous Clemson restaurant, Smoking Pig, for dinner. While there, I ran into one of my newly made friends, Sam Cadden, and a couple of Sam’s best friends (Holden + another girl friend). While Sam was so talkative and outgoing, Holden was the shy one in the back… But, that didn’t stop me from noticing him!

Flash forward a couple months to October, when a few of my girl friends and I went over to an older sorority sister’s apartment. While there, I noticed that same cute shy guy from a few months ago, sitting on a bar stool alone. I boldly sat down beside him and we started chatting. Little did I know we lived only 15 minutes from each other back home and shared many mutual friends! Holden kept me laughing that whole evening, and I was sad to leave. That night, I remember sitting in my dorm room searching for him on Facebook and Instagram… But, to this day we can’t remember who added whom first (he still claims it was me, I say it was him:).

The next day, I got a text from an unknown number, and low in behold, it’s Holden! He had somehow convinced Sam to get my number from an older ZTA sister (S/O Nicole). Holden and I “texted” for the next couple of months until he finally got the courage to ask me on our first date: ice-skating!  Little did I know, that chilly December night was the start of something so special!

Our very first picture!

I remember over Christmas break my mom asked me who I was texting and I said I was “talking” to Holden (cue the millions of questions that were fired my away about him!!) We officially started dating on January 31st, 2015, and have been inseparable ever since!

Since Christmas is when things began for us, and we both love the holiday season, we thought it would be perfect to have our wedding on December 15th – exactly a year to the day after we got engaged!

WEDDING PLANNING UPDATES:

Planning a wedding is no small job, which is why I am so glad I have had a year to plan + book all the essentials! Here is a mini update on everything that’s done and everything that still need to be done!

Completed list:

  • Venue booked
  • Wedding dress purchased
  • Photographer booked
  • Videographer booked
  • Florals/decor booked
  • Hair & makeup artist booked
  • Save – The – Dates sent
  • Registries made
  • Wedding website complete
  • Hotel blocks reserved
  • DJ booked
  • Church booked
  • Ceremony music booked
  • Cake vendor
  • Hair inspiration selected
  • Bridesmaid dresses selected

To Do List:

  • Car service
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding dress fittings
  • First dance songs
  • Food tasting
  • Purchase/mail out invitations
  • Seating chart
  • Decor details
  • Rehearsal dinner dress
  • Hair + makeup trial run
  • Welcome baskets
  • Pick out his + her rings
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • Song selection for ceremony

Whew, that looks like a lot – and it is!! But, I am hoping to work at it a little every month to slowly chip away. The most pressing matter on the To-Do list is buying/sending the invitations! I am hoping to do that within the next couple of weeks.

Our most recent picture🖤

Stay tuned to see what I have completed on next months wedding countdown + read our proposal story! I am so excited for December 15th to see the whole celebration come together & marry my best friend!

If you have any questions on vendors I am using or wedding planning at all, feel free to shoot me a DM or comment below!

XOXO,