Peace out 2017 // Recap on our 2017 goals // Champagne + Linen // Western Montana Wedding Designers and Planners
Can you believe 2017 ends in a few short days? We can’t. This year went so fast. Time flies when you’re having fun, huh? We launched Champagne + Linen New Years Day 2017 and man, things have changed. We’ve learned so much about ourselves, our dreams, and becoming business women.
We have some big plans for 2018, but we wanted to take a step back to think about what we have accomplished this year. Let’s recap on our goals from last year.
Coordinate one styled shoot per season // CHECK.
Assist with three weddings // CHECK.
Plan five events // Well, we almost got here!
We also held our first annual Vendor Appreciation event at Tiffany Photography's studio on Main Street in Stevensville, MT back in October. That means 4/5, not bad!
Improve our brand // CHECK. We’re finding our niche. We are staying true to our foul mouthed selves. We show our couples who we really are. We have business meetings in dive bars. We text our couples. We tell them how it is. That’s who we are and who we want C+L to be. Live that authentic life - even if that means us getting down at a local DJ's holiday party to "Wasn't Me" by Shaggy and deciding that is "our song."
1,000 insta followers // We didn’t quite get there, but you know what. That’s just fine. Social media is hard and that number doesn’t define who we are and our success. We would rather focus on relationships in person than on social media for now.
Now you know how we did this year, did you accomplish your goals?!
Stay tuned for our post about our 2018 goals. Until then...here's a little sneak peak!
Happy Friday friends! Can you believe we only have three days until Christmas?! We got all you last minute holiday shoppers covered. Last but not least, here are Mariah's favorite things!
Nissan Juke // So I leveled up in the adulthood game (#hi25) this Thanksgiving, and bought a car on my own for the first time. I went from a 2002 Kia Sorento that was handed down to me by my dear mother, to a 2011 Nissan Juke. It gets good gas mileage, is sporty and cute (Like me! Well the cute part. Not the sporty part..), and is reliable. So get your loved one a Nissan Juke for Christmas! Perfect stocking stuffer and/or Secret Santa gift.
Lush’s Helping Hands Hand Cream // Okay friends, real talk, my hands get dry af during the winter. I’m sure your precious hands do too. They crack and get ashy and gross like you have some kind of skin condition. And it hurts! Like it really burns! Nobody should have to live like this. Anyways, when I went to Vegas last summer I was drunk in one of their shopping malls and stumbled into a Lush for the very first time in my life. I discovered a miracle that day: Helping Hands Hand Cream by Lush is what God puts on his hands I swear. It makes my hands so soft for days. So say goodbye to gross ashy sickly hands and say hello to super soft Godly hands. *Sidebar*: If you use Lush’s shower sugar scrub before the Helping Hands Hand Cream you will feel like a new born baby with fresh new baby hands. I promise you you won’t regret it. Oh, and the best part is Lush is cruelty free and does not test on animals so take that one to the bank.
Bath and Body Works Fireside candle // They call it Baby It’s Cold Outside now which I think is stupid, but whatever, I’m not the CEO of Bath and Body Works. Anyways, I’m personally not fond of sweet smelling candles. I like more musky masculine (...?) candles. So this is the perfect holiday candle for me that doesn’t smell like sugar cookies and give me a headache. I always get compliments on how well my apartment smells and it is because of this candle. Catch BBW when they have their $10 candle sale. Grab a Fireside (I refuse to call it Baby It’s Cold Outside) candle for yourself and for a loved one. Or get two for yourself. Treat yo self.
Gold flatware from Target // So this is more like C+L’s favorite thing. We use it a lot in our shoots (go ahead and look through our photos and see for yourself). I finally just bought a set for myself/C+L. I do love it, and it will make any table setting boujee af (hence why we use it all the time). Plus, gold flatware is very on trend right now. However, I do also have my eyes on Target’s matte black flatware.
Google Assistant // I bought a Google Assistant on Black Friday for half price. I have a Samsung phone so I’m able to connect her to my cellular device which is neat and makes me feel high tech. She helps me stay organized, and I can listen to my podcasts/music through her. Plus she’s really cute and fits right in with my home decor. Also, she tells funny jokes which is the main reason you should by a Google Assistant really.
Eucalyptus // I live across the street from this health food store that always has fresh Eucalyptus on stock. I love buying a bundle and hanging it in my shower. It adds a nice spa like touch when I take hot showers, and it smells so good. Plus, there is nothing wrong with having a vase of eucalyptus for a simple and modern centerpiece. There are also some awesome DIY Eucalyptus wreaths if you are really feeling crafty for the holidays.
Matte Black Kitchen Aid Artisan Mini // This was my big Black Friday purchase last year and I love it. It is also on Alicia and Ariel’s list. The only difference is I have the smaller one. A lot of people ask me if I feel like it is big enough and to answer that question: Yes! The smaller size has never let me down. I use it at least once a week (I spent $200 on it so everything is getting blent idgaf.) I make homemade bread, cookies, mashed potatoes. I’ve shredded chicken in it for tacos followed by mixing guacamole in it. If you enjoy cooking you need a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. And unless you’re the Duggar family I’m sure the mini will do you just fine.
Heated Blanket // I can’t survive a Montana winter without a heated blanket. I find myself fighting my dog and cat over it, but having one corner of the blanket is better than nothing. Except I can’t sleep with it on all night because then I wake up drenched in sweat. Maybe you don’t have that problem. I don’t know your life.
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs // Or anything by Burroughs really. But Running with Scissors is probably my all time favorite novel. AND I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE MOVIE. The movie is terrible. Read the book. I read this book at least once a year, and I enjoy it every time. Burroughs writes dark and twisted comedies, so if that’s not your jam than sucks to suck I guess. Also, if you’re a social worker I guarantee you will love and appreciate this novel.
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! By Rosetta Stone Illustrated by Michale Frith // I have my Godson, Luca, to thank for this one. Luca is also one of my favorite things but he’s not for sale because child trafficking is illegal and his parents would be very upset if someone bought him. Anyways, Luca owns this picture book, and it quickly became my favorite book to read to him. I even bought my own copy. I find it extremely charming. If you have a little human in your life buy them this book for Christmas. Because reading is important and we should teach kids to love to reading.
Domino Your Guide To A Stylish Home // I enjoy interior design and pretty homes. If you share this same interest you should buy this book. Makes a great coffee table book, and will inspire you to create the best possible home for yourself.
Pom pom garland from Target // I found this pom pom garland at Target, and I have it hanging from my cow skull above my bed. I think it’s going to live there all year. Also, I have had it up for about a week now and my demon cat Gravy hasn’t pulled it down yet (knock on wood) because Gravy has already ruined Christmas by terrorizing other holiday decorations in my apartment. Anyways, it’s just a cute simple way to jazz up your space for the holidays or year round!
Coaster Luxe Sweatshirt (Beyond Soft) from Athleta // Fun fact of the day: I have a part time job at Athleta. I only work like once a month, and I mainly do it for the discount because without said discount there would be no way in hell I could afford to shop at Athleta. Anyways, I love all of Athleta’s products, but I recently bought their Coaster Luxe Sweatshirt in black (because all black everything) and it is by far the softest thing my skin has ever had the pleasure of feeling. And after a couple washes now it still feels like you wearing a cloud. Plus it has thumb holes, and is longer in the back so it covers my butt. All pluses in my book.
Old Navy socks and leggings and PJ pants // I just need to be warm and cozy okay? And I truly believe that Old Navy has the best cheap leggings you can buy. If you are looking for a cheap black pair of leggings that are not see through go to Old Navy. They are a nice staple, and you won’t feel to bad when the inner thigh blows out on you because they’re only ten bucks. I also firmly believe that Old Navy has the best ankle socks, and they come in the most adorable patterns. The pair I’m wearing right now has llamas on them and they make me so happy. Lastly, it’s not Christmas unless you have your cozy flannel PJ pants on. So if you like staying warm and dressing like a scrub like me, than go to Old Navy your one stop shop and get your cozy on.
Sentry Calming Collar for dogs and Thunder Jacket // I’m just going to combine these two because they go hand in hand and it’s my blog post so I can do what I want. People who really know me know 1) I have an adorable rescue dog named Scottie whom I love dearly and 2) Scottie (much like his dear mama) has a severe case of anxiety. I have had Scotland for almost two years now, and after a ton of effort (and a doggy Prozac prescription…) We finally have Scottie’s anxiety somewhat under control. I swear by these two products when it comes to helping out stressed out pups. The collar smells like some scent that mama doggys create to comfort their babies. And the jacket swaddles them like a little angel baby and comforts them. Anyways, as long as my dog is happy I’m happy.
That's it folks! Just in case you missed it, here are Alicia + Ariel's favorite things.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!
Crappy Hallmark Christmas Romances // Why? Because I’m a SUCK-ER for cheesy romances in the first place, but add a holiday theme and I am all in. Am I going to be on the edge of my seat even though I know Judy is going to end up with the shop owner/high school sweetheart even though he broke her heart in the 9th grade and he’s still poorer than dirt and wont be able to support her and her two children? Abso-friggin-lutely I’ll be on the edge of my seat. I am here for Judy and her terrible choice in men
My real Fir Christmas Tree // We bought a real Christmas tree this year, and I literally can’t get enough of the six foot tall drink of pine flavored water. It’s freakin gorgeous and my house smells like a damned forest. I’m literally living in a winter wonderland, and all my Christmas dreams are coming true.
My wife // She’s still one of my favorite things. She’s pretty chill and I dig her.
Snowflake Decor // Pumpkins are my fall decor obsession, snowflakes are my winter decor obsession.
White Mini KitchenAide // Like my two lovely partners, I am also obsessed with my Kitchen Aide. Why? Because I use it for anything and everything. I mashed approximately 100 lbs of potatoes in it for my huge family on Thanksgiving (25 people over at my house ya’ll) and this week I (obviously) made Christmas cookies with it. And white is just such a clean color to have on your kitchen counter.
Sriracha Turkey Meatballs // I would share the recipe, but my wife has it on her phone so I can’t (but we will link it here eventually because Alicia wants it too). I’m obsessed with all Asian type foods, but this really takes the cake lately. We try to be as healthy as we can in our diet during the week, and we whip these up, put them in Tupperware with some brown rice, and take them to work for lunch all week. Eating well doesn’t have to suck.
Morphe Brushes // I know I’m really into the makeup game, but I was missing out on Morphe Brushes products for yeeeaarrsss which is such a tragedy because all of their products are affordable, high quality, and professional grade. I recently ordered their 35os eyeshadow palette, and I cannot get enough of it. $23 for THIRTY FIVE COLORS you guys! Color me shocked, but you couldn’t get that many Covergirl eye shadow colors for that price (and Covergirl blows, TBH). Morphe is a cruelty free company, and as I said all products are professional grade as well.
Jack Black Lip Balm // Been using this stuff for close to a year now, and it’s incredible. It’s expensive, around $7 a tube, but I suffer from extremely dry and flaky lips, and this really keeps them moisturized. It comes in three different flavors: mint, lemon, and shea butter, and they are all delicious and inoffensive (also cruelty free). You can buy it at Ulta or I’m sure Sephora carries it as well.
Wet N’ Wild // I’m literally wet n’ wild for their products right now, especially their MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals. Your cheekbones could cut a biatch when you use this stuff. I’m also using their foundation, setting powder, and setting spray right now. Beauty doesn’t have to come at a cost, my friends, and ALL of their products are cruelty free.
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick // A good, solid lipstick is really really hard to find, especially a good liquid lip. I’ve been obsessed with the suede creams for a few months now, my favorite color is ‘Softspoken’. It comes in a bunch of different shades to suit your needs. This product is, as all NYX products are, cruelty free and affordable at around $7 a tube.
Amazonian Clay Healing Face Mask // This bad boy has TWELVE THOUSAND REVIEWS on Amazon, an average of 4.5 stars, and it’s only around $13 for basically a lifetime supply. Need i say any more? I finally decided to take the plunge when I read this was Lili Reinhart’s favorite mask (I’m a sucker for celebrity endorsements, ok??) and it’s incredible. It makes you break out for a day or two after, because it’s literally sucking all the gross crap out of your pores from deep down, and detoxing your face. You can use it on your armpits, bottoms of your feet, basically anywhere on your body that you feel needs to be detoxed. It’s magic, I swear. I mix it with apple cider vinegar, slap it on, and wash off after half an hour or so and BAM. Detox heaven.
Arm and Hammer Essentials Fresh Deodorant // I’ve been in the market for a natural deodorant for a looonnngggg time you guys...I’ve tried all the expensive ones that you buy in the health food store and they all suck. I still end up smelling like complete and utter trash by 12 o’clock noon every day, and I’m so sorry but that just doesn’t work for me. A friend recommended that I try the Arm and Hammer version, and I’M SHOOK. It’s less than $2 at Walmart, and it actually does work. I like the ‘Fresh’ scent.
My H&M Fur Vest // NOT REAL FUR. But damn, it looks good. I’ve been trying to step up my style game in recent months, and I had to have a fur vest. It was worth the $20, and God Bless my wife who snagged one for me just because she knew I wanted one.
Cheeseburgers // My first and last love will always be cheeseburgers, and I really do not feel that a further explanation is necessary.
Harry Potter Audio-books // I get emotional just thinking about HP, and I’m not even afraid to admit it. I’m 100% positive that I’ve used this as a favorite thing in the past, but I’m re-listening to the versions that Jim Dale narrates, and I’m in love all over again (for the two thousandth time, mind you) with the wizarding world of Harry Potter. It’s worth the money, I promise.
Did you miss our first week of favorite things?! Check out Alicia and Mariah's favorite things!
Stay tuned for Mariah's next week!
What are you favorite things for 2017?!
I know that everyone says it, but Christmas is my favorite holiday under the sun. I love everything about it. I love the holiday cheer, the decorated trees, the drunken holiday parties and I even love Santa, that sneaky son of a gun. But my favorite part about winter in general, is being cuddled up with your bae under the covers with a cup of hot cocoa (that may or may not have a few shots of Baileys in it). Side note: least favorite part about Christmas is this horrifying Elf on the Shelf business...that little creep needs a new hobby that’s not torturing me.
When C+L first started and we were coming up with all of our styled shoots for the year we were going to do, I instantly established the holiday shoot as my prime time designing game. My idea for the shoot evolved over the year, going from black tie glam and glitzy ballroom status, to what it eventually turned into; modern cozy crossover, with a substantial amount of glitz thrown in. But that wasn’t enough for me, I needed EXTRA, people. I had to make this shoot next level. So what did I do? I threw in a couple of velvet blazers, and I found us some damned majestic horses and a carriage to really take it to the next level. We all know that Betty and Grace stole the show (obviously).
Finally, as always, the most important piece of the work we do is that we represent all couples out there. Doug and Joe have been acquaintances of mine for some time, but only recently I’ve been able to call them my friends. They are a true and honest couple, that have been together almost 20 years (do I see an anniversary party in the near future?!)!! Check out how in love they are *heart eye emoji*
Mariah and I loved putting this shoot together, but it was a bear. From the 18 setting table (phew!), to the 30+ desserts the incredible Bernice's Bakery was so generous to supply, to our trek out to Corvallis to meet Betty and Grace, this was a long day. But we couldn’t be more excited for how the results turned out, and as always, are so happy to share it with all of you.
Holiday Cheer from our family to yours,
Coordinators & Designers // Champagne + Linen
Photographer // Of the Wolves
Venue // Kappa Kappa Gamma Residence
Desserts // Bernice's Bakery
Florist // Mighty Fine Farm
Gold & White Dessert Buffet // Oh So Chic Rentals
Rentals // Vintage 44 Rentals
Red Velvet Jacket // Azzimato Fashion
Horse Drawn Carriage // Pioneer Carriage Service
Models // Doug Burke and Joe Gough
Tree & Fireplace // KMDesign
We know we tend to say this about a lot of holidays and seasons, but it is safe to say Christmas is truly our favorite time of the year! We love the lights, the warm drinks, the food, and the holiday parties. Nothing brings us more comfort than snuggling up under a blanket with our fur babies and reading a good book while it softly snows outside. Did we paint you a pretty picture? Did it remind you of a Christmas card and/or the Hallmark Channel? We sure do hope so.
The gals of C+L also love the art of gift giving. We enjoy thoughtful and well wrapped gifts, and especially love the look on that special someone’s face when they open said thoughtful gift. We wanted to start a new holiday tradition to share with you! We want to share some of our favorite things for you to buy for others, or yourself (no judgment #treatyoself). Yes, this new tradition is very much inspired by Oprah’s favorite things and Sound of Music’s Favorite Things (Ariel gets this song stuck in her head every time we talk about this blog post lolz).
Each week leading up to Christmas one of us will share 15 items that we love, and that we hope you love too.
So here it goes, Alicia's first up!
Draught Works Mexican Chocolate Porter // This obsession started when this liquid magic was first launched years ago when it was only on draught. I only drink porters, scotch ales, really beers you can’t see through and taste like coffee or chocolate. Draught Works offered this bad boy as a winter seasonal. Every year it would sell out in weeks. This year they started CANNING IT! It is now a staple in my fridge. Seriously considering storing some in my garage by the flat. I can’t get enough.
Costco Kirkland Brand Malbec // After adding beer to the list, I might as well add a wine. I recently discovered this and it’s hard to buy any other Malbec. It’s only $6.99 at my local Costco. Can’t beat it.
Dr. Bronner Lip Balm // I bought this stuff on a whim and now am never looking back. #byebyeburtsbees.
Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation // Remember when Ariel talked about this stuff way back when? Well, she converted me.
Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel // I love trying new face products (even though my routine is the simplest thing ever) and decided to try this. It smells amazing and makes my face feel squeaky clean!
Goertzen Adventure Equipment Purse // I got this babe for a graduation gift three (that’s terrifying) years ago. It’s been my everyday bag ever since. I used it when traveling abroad and managed not to get pickpocketed. It can hold so much, it’s heavy duty, basically it’s amazing.
Long sweater from TJ Maxx // I’ve been living in this sweater. It is basically like wearing a fancy bathrobe and I love it. Shameless insert of our amazing holiday pictures (even more are at the end of this post!). After being in the wedding industry for ALMOST A YEAR and seeing so many amazing photographers capture in-love couples, I’m wanting to take more and more professional pictures with my husband. Even though we don’t have kids, we’ve always sent out Christmas cards. I'm obsessed with them and am so glad I got to show off this sweater in them!
Swing dresses from Old Navy // Best basic dresses ever. Dress them up or down, wear them in the summer or throw on some tights in the winter. There’s a good chance this is what I’ll be wearing every wedding or event we’re at.
Cardigan from Target // Another staple in my wardrobe. I have a full time office position where we have a business casual dress code (that we push to the limits with denim shirts and black jeans). I just throw one of these on with a simple top and automatically feel more work appropriate. They are inexpensive and good quality. I have had two for probably three years (with no pilling *inert prays emoji here*).
Sorel Snow Boots // When I first moved to Montana in 2010, these were one of the first things I bought for the winter. The damn things are still in too good of condition to justify a new pair. They are SEVEN years strong. If you are in the market for a new pair of snow boots, these are worth the investment. I have what I think is a very minimal shoe collection, I have three pairs of boots total. The sorel’s and then another pair that I have had for over 8 years. I’m a firm believer of quality over quantity when it comes to shoes.
Costco blanket - really just any cozy blankets // I can’t seem to find the exact blanket I got at Costco, but I got a queen size plush blanket for only $10 a few weeks ago. I’m like a child and carry this guy around the house with me. I’ve washed it a few times and it is just as soft as when I got it!
Le Creuset // If anyone knows my mother, they know she is obsessed with two things: glassybaby and Le Creuset. Well, she passed down those obsessions to me. I was lucky enough to have two Le Creuset's gifted to me - a dutch oven and a braiser. These babies don’t mess around, you need both hands to move any of them. There's something about cooking in a pretty pot that just makes me so much happier! Last year I was in the market for a bigger dutch over, so I got a Lodge. It’s just as beautiful, but unfortunately the quality does not compare. The paint is already chipping on the handles. Le Creuset lasts a lifetime and are worth the investment. Seeing a trend here? Quality. Quality. Quality.
KitchenAid // Forever in love with my KitchenAid mixer. It's also just like my Mamma's. I use mine at least once a week, but generally twice. #allthebread
Joy of Cooking Cookbook // This is really the only cookbook you’ll ever need. Unfortunately, it’s old school and doesn’t have any pictures but it has any cooking information you could ever need. We have a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture - aka farm share, almost made my list of favorite things) in the summer. Basically from June to October we go to a local farm and pick up our weight in veggies. It is hard to keep up with it and food waste legit stresses me out. If we have anything leftover, so we store it for the winter. This cookbook tells you how to can/freeze/store any vegetable. Did you know that you can freeze raw tomatoes whole? Bet you didn't. This book is over a thousand pages, basically the food bible.
Christmas Vacation // Always and forever my favorite Christmas movie. My family watches it every Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. It’s a classic. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I regularly quote this movie. My letter board currently says “Hey Griswold, where do you think you’re gonna fit a free that big? Bend over and I’ll show you.” A close second was “Why is the carpet all wet, Todd? I don’t know, Margo." If you have never seen this, please start a new tradition this year and watch it on Christmas Eve.
Things are great, but people and pups are better. The holidays are not the same without them.
Andddd since I'm so obsessed here are some more pictures of my darling family. All taken by the mind blowing Nichole with Of the Wolves.
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