SwanLuv | Free Wedding Money

Hello lovelies!

This weekend I told myself that I would be a hermit, read books, only cook at home, light some candles and relax. That was before I knew there would be a snow and ice showers. Well the snow came and dusted the earth but left treacherous roads behind. This of course means that leaving the house is a dangerous adventure. Naturally, all I want to do now is get out of the house. So instead, we are talking about how to get FREE wedding money.

Since getting out of the house is not an option; I turned to my favorite daytime TV show The Real in effort to get me laughing. Of course it worked but I also stumbled on something VERY interesting. For all my engaged couples out there; this is for you.

Have you heard of the site SwanLuv? I will give the scoop: you can have $10,000 towards your wedding (if you are getting married in the next 2 years) completely FREE. No, this isn’t a scam but there is a catch. You can have the money but if you ever get divorced – there is no time limit this means ever – you have to pay it back with interest. 


This is an interesting concept, right? This company is going to give you money to pay for the best day of your life. Let’s be real here -you should only take the money if you really believe that this person is your soulmate.

According to the site, they use an algorithm to see if you and your partner are good candidates for the site. It sounds as if the algorithm is calculating your likelihood for divorce. I am not sure which side SwanLuv would like you to fall on BUT if you are 100% confident in your relationship; it shouldn’t matter right?

Let me know your thoughts about the SwanLuv concept and if you would be willing to that chance. It launches in 22 days so it is time to get the conversation started. Before you go, check out this clip from The Real to see what the ladies think.

Happy Saturday Snow Day!



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Whine Wednesday |Chill Out

Hello, my lovelies!

Oh Snap, Whine Wednesdays is back!! I am back at it whine (ing and wine-ing. Grab a glass, sit back and let’s do this.


What’s In the Glass: Cocobon Estates Red Blend 2014 California

Taste What the experts say: ” Unearth flavors of dark cherries and vanilla in every sip of this plush wine. Pair with grilled tenderloin, roasted chicken, or even a hearty pasta dish to discover Cocobon’s irresistible layers of flavor. Warm, sumptuous and approachable, Cocobon is crafted with great care in California. ” (The Cocobon Site)

What I say: a very drinkable blend that appeals to various palettes. It’s also only $6.99 from Trader Joes which makes it my favorite wine for a steal!

My Whine The weather whiplash is real here in Charlotte, NC. If you have ever lived in Virginia, you have a high tolerance for colds or a lot of cough drops lying around. The weather changes all the time and it is hard to know what to expect. More often than not, the weather men are wrong and the weather apps cannot keep up. The key to living in VA =  layers. You have to dress in layers.

In my fairy tale mind, Charlotte was going to stay consistent with the temperature and I could pack away my clothes for the season (HA!). My closet is over flowing because I stay ready for any type of weather.

While outfit planning is off the table; I have been able to up-style some of my favorite fall outfits into this warm winter. Hello boots, scarfs, fun sweaters and top buns – welcome to Winter!

Thank you for checking out the blog! Stay warm and of course, stay fabulous.


Kristin Taylor


Romantic Comedy Type of Love | Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade Wedding

Romantic Comedy’s have the vast resources to create moments that capture the perfect day. They write the perfect vows, the doves fly at the correct moment, that celebrity singer appears at the right time to sing the newest wedding anthem. You know what we’re am talking about: the wedding day.

The weddings that the calculate and curate are dreamy in every way. Reality then takes over and we realize that is not real. In real life, out of the make-believe world, we cannot curate the perfect amount of emotion or dramatic scenes. What we can do is invest in love and work to grow, nurture and mature that love. You can have the most beautiful church, the best caterer and band money can buy but without love; the space will feel empty.

Photo from E! Online
Photo from E! Online

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade tied the knot last August. This year the celebrated their anniversary by releasing their wedding video for the world to see. The decor is beautiful, the guest are stunning in their white and black, John Legend’s voice sweeps over the crowd as she walks down the aisle and Dwayne looks like a kid in a candy store. You know that Gabrielle looked breathtakingly beautiful.

What stands out in the video is the love between Gabrielle and Dwayne. You could take away the decor, the celebrities and all the dressing and their love would still shine through. The love of their friends and family shone for them and the union that they have decided to make concrete. Many prayers were said that night in honor of the couple and the guest.

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From Gabrielle’s Instagram @Gabunion

Enjoy the video by clicking HERE and be ready to laugh and shed a few tears. The vows are my favorite part! Happy Weekend!!



Whine About It Wednesdays | Domaine Sonoma

Hello, my lovelies!

Today is a fun day because it is the start of my new series – Whine Wednesdays!! Wooh! Basically, it is a series where I get to drink wine and whine (not necessary, the content will be more of an update than a whine) on Wednesdays. Super easy, right? I’m glad you’re in. Grab a glass, sit back and let’s do this.

What’s In the Glass: Domaine Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Taste What the experts say: intense color; berry fruit aromas; classic Cabernet depth of flavor with a hint of spice and pepper; oak complexity smooth finish

What I say: on the lighter side; a little spicy at the end but a great weekday wine

My Whine Fitness has been on my brain lately. I want to be healthier, stronger and more energetic. In order to do this; I have to shun my first love: carbs. I mean this is really hard for me. I love carbs in all shapes and sizes: pasta, pizza, bread, a whole loaf of bread, or maybe a complete cake. Nothing too crazy (haha!) of course but just enough.

I need help shunning my first love so I turned to my fashion guru/former reality tv star/author/fashion designer/blogger for advice – Lauren Conrad.

From laurenconrad.com
From laurenconrad.com

One of the reasons that I love Lauren is because she understands that MOST health food is depressing and not all that tasty. She pairs up with bloggers and chefs who know how to take the food that we love and create a healthy version. For instance regular fatty pizza -> the best cauliflower pizza you have ever had. She’s basically my SHE-ro (slang for female hero). She gets me. She gets that I need the illusion of carb-y goodness to keep me going. She understands that I refuse to say goodbye to cheese as well as carbs. She is one of my favorite boss ladies. You can follow her on Instagram here.

This challenge is especially hard for me because I LOVE dining out. I usually hit the Deli on Tuesdays, Luciano’s on Wednesday (half-priced wine!!!) and Picante (a local version of Chipotle) on Thursdays [bbq brisket – no regrets]. I am a foodie to a fault. Time to put down the brisket and pick up the butcher knife. Heavy sigh.

The realty is being a boss lady in-training means that you HAVE to take care of your body and your mind. Planning weddings, throwing parties, and drinking all that wine requires energy. Working out really helps to get your mind in right and it helps to mojo flow. I do my best mood boarding after a leg session. It may have to do with the fact that I can no longer feel my legs so I just sit at the computer (ha!).

By Pixel Perfect Photography

Motivation to complete this 7 Days to Skinny Jeans challenge will be the bottle of wine waiting for me in my refrigerator and this weeks episode of Total Divas. Worth it!!

Thanks for joining me for Whine Wednesday!




50 First Dance Songs | by Real Simple

Hello Lovelies!

Today I am coming at you with a reblog. I am a big fan of the Real Simple wedding writers. They do a great job of bringing relevant content to readers (including me). Brigitt Hauck, the writer for Real Simple, recently complied a list from the RS Facebook fans for the best first dance songs.

Well those fans know what is up because this list is wonderful. A few of my top 20 made the cut (they’ll be the ones with the ** beside them). Lucky for you, they even made a Spotify list for you to listen to.

Photo by Laura Rahel Photography
Photo by Laura Rahel Photography

1. “At Last,” Etta James **
2. “Colour My World,” Chicago
3. “Amazed,” Lonestar **
4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley **
5. “Unchained Melody,” the Righteous Brothers ** [ #2 on my list] 6. “From This Moment On,” Shania Twain
7. “Could I Have This Dance,” Anne Murray
8. “Bless the Broken Road,” Rascal Flatts
9. “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole
10. “My Best Friend,” Tim McGraw
11. “Have I Told You Lately?,” Van Morrison **
12. “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton
13. “By Your Side,” Sade
14. “Endless Love,” Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
15. “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra **
16. “When You Say Nothing At All,” Alison Krauss
17. “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel
18. “Always and Forever,” Heatwave
19. “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong **
20. “All of Me,” John Legend
21. “I Only Have Eyes for You,” the Flamingos
22. “I’ll Be,” Edwin McCain *** [ #3 my list] 23.  “Lucky,” Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
24. “Always,” Atlantic Starr
25. “We’ve Only Just Begun,” the Carpenters
26. “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
27. “In My Life,” the Beatles*
28. “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
29. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Aerosmith
30. “God Gave Me You,” Blake Shelton
31. “I Could Not Ask for More,” Edwin McCain
32. “Your Song,” Elton John
33. “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne *****[My #1 Favorite] 34. “It Had to Be You,” Harry Connick Jr. **
35. “You & Me,” Dave Matthews Band
36. “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
37. “She’s Everything,” Brad Paisley
38. “Lady in Red,” Chris De Burgh
39. “You and Me,” Lifehouse
40. “Grow Old With You,” Adam Sandler
41. “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz **
42. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” Frankie Valli **
43. “Feels Like Home,” Chantal Kreviazuk
44. “Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
45. “Annie’s Song,” John Denver
46. “Come Away With Me,” Norah Jones **
47. “God Only Knows,” the Beach Boys
48. “Free,” Zac Brown Band  **
49. “Stand by Me,” Ben E. King
50. “Yellow,” Coldplay

Take a listen to them here: Play That Funky Music & you can view the original article here.

Enjoy the list and don’t forget to get out the tissue box. Tears are completely acceptable! This is exciting stuff.



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