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Monday, June 2, 2014

Don't fool yourself into thinking that every one of your guests needs a seat at the ceremony. 

Renting chairs can get costly - this coming from someone who has an inventory of rental chairs and benches; $4-12 per chair (depending on style) can quickly translates into hundreds of dollars when multiplied by your 'impossible to pare down' guest list. I'm not saying you should force your Grammy or Uncle Joe with the bad knee to stand; I'm just saying, if your ceremony is relatively short (under 30 minutes), why not set out a few rows of reserved seating and have the rest stand? 

I'm willing to bet that any parent with small children, any woman in a short skirt or any man in a cumbersome suit jacket would appreciate the extra freedom that standing allows. 

Your back and bank account will thank you PLUS I think it looks super duper cool in photos. Just see for yourself:


source: once wed

source: ruffled










Also the whole 'guests circling the I do's' is intimately genius in my planning opinion.


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confessions.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

most embarrassing thing that's happened to me all year week?

Remember that romper I picked up from Target earlier in the month? well consider this my Public Service Announcement... 

it's effing see through people!!!! how did I not see this in their 360 degree dressing room mirror?! I don't even want to tell you how I discovered this little factoid. 

but of course I will. 

Part 1 of the story goes like this: I wore it to a baby shower for the editor of Adore Magazine. This means a shit ton of industry ladies were in attendance and unbeknownst to me I was flashing panties while the mama-to-be was unwrapping Pampers (insert 'uncool' face).

Part 2 is that I got so many compliments on my $30 jumper that I decided to wear it on a BIG meeting day. I popped into Tim Horton's to grab myself a tea and use the ladies' washroom and what do I see as I'm checking out my rear? white a$$ + black thong. My face went 50 shades of red and once I convinced myself that I couldn't camp out in a restroom for the rest of my life, I made a beeline for the exit but not before overhearing a table full of teenagers say, "that's her" and then all turn and watch me leave! I rrrrrreally wish I was making this up.

Of course I didn't have time to go home and change before my first meeting so I'm touring the property with a lovely couple and we come face-to-face with a flight of garden steps #killme. I hold back praying the guy will follow his girl up, but like a true gentleman he gestures me to go first.

I'm gonna stop the story right there cause we all know how this ends...
with me wearing boxer shorts for the rest of eternity. I hear Saxx are really comfortable and provide modest coverage.

One would think this sad horrifying tale would've turned me off one pieces all together, but no...

$12 all black, tube top, harem pant romper with pockets?! couldn't get it in the cart fast enough (once I double checked the fabric density).

favours that don't suck.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

As per our earlier conversation, I've decided to mix business with pleasure and combine 'knotty on top' + 'SaigeWisdom'... let the amalgamation begin!

...

Everyone knows I love a good theme. Nothing too gimmicky or over-the-top, just a few subtle details to bring an event to a whole other level of aww-some.

Favours are quite possibly my most favourite way to highlight a well executed theme/colour scheme; I love finding that perfect parting gift that's not only clever but worthy of coveted purse real estate.

Sadly it doesn't matter how cute or perfectly packaged a guest offering is, if it ain't fun, useful or appetizing, it likely won't be making out of the door and that's the whole point right? A gesture of appreciation that's meant to be taken home and enjoyed? or - at the very least - eaten during the cab ride back to the hotel (or with tomorrow's hangover)?

In order to save you precious time, money and the agony of having to repack rejected gifts at the end of the night, I've rallied together 15 "guest approved bombonieres" for 2014...

1.  PLAYING CARDS

"we're bringing cribbage back" 
Grammy will have you to thank for her next canasta win and cousin Lyle will really appreciate you spicing up his Saturday night solitaire routine. You can't go wrong with this favour, I mean what poker night or camping trip doesn't need a cool deck of cards


2.  USB STICKS

"nerd alert"
If you work in IT, have tech savvy friends and/or if half the reception attendees have student ID's, this is a win-win-win. One can never have too many flash drives and imagine guests watching the stop motion thank you message you uploaded the first time they plug-in.


3.  LOLLIPOPS
"listen up suckers
edibles are always a good option, but sugar that sparkles on a stick is definitely the better option.


4.  FRIDGE MAGNETS  
"kitchen art gallery"
Unless you have rich friends with stainless steel appliances, I think creative magnets are a super fun and low cost way to go especially if you have a bunch of proud parents on your guest list that like to hang their kids' artwork. If you're a crazy cat lady, see above; if like washi tape, check out Just Bella's DIY tape magnets.


5.  FRENCH CONFECTION
"oui oui"
Macarons: not overly original but tasty as _ _ _ _. If you have a ton of sweet tooths in your audience, check out Kelowna's own Sandrine Pastry.


6.  PRETTY COOKIES
"too pretty to eat"
simple yet delicious and Sarah's Sweets in the Okanagan offers custom cookie creations to ensure your wedding is everything but cookie cutter.


7.  COMPACT DISCS
"you can't take the honkytonk out of the girl"
Mix tapes may be dead, but mix CD's? Never. As long as car manufacturers keep installing CD players in their vehicles, personalized playlists will be top on my favourite favours list.


8.  OIL & VINEGAR
"breaking bread"
If you have tastebuds, I don't need to explain why olive oil & balsamic vinegar would be one helluva parting gift. I love that Olive Us in Vernon, BC has mini-bottles specifically for this purpose.


9. WASHI TAPE
"sticky situation"
Wax paper and washi wrapped candies are a super sweet idea, but so is giving all your crafty amigas their own roll of washi tape for future crafternoons. I can only imagine the mad trading that would ensue in a room full of bloggesses. My go-to online party shop Confetti & Sparkle has a dangerous selection of my favourite Japanese import. P.S. you can also wrap tea lights with this stuff #winning.


10. NO. 2 PENCILS
"lead poisoning"
These are practical, these are more than trendy, these are still used by people. I feel like if I keep telling myself this, it'll be true - I need it to be true. Surely artsy groups and/or tables full of school teachers would appreciate some cute custom pencils, no? I know I wouldn't be leaving mine behind, but I also can't recall the last time I used a non-mechanical pencil... elementary school? whatevs I love them regardless.


11. LAVENDER
"rest easy"
Toss a lavender sachet on every place setting and rest assured they'll find their way to your guests' underwear drawers. These bags of sweet smelling goodness (and sleep) are truly loved by all; adorned with a custom monogram = perfection. Wendy with Hartwood North Farms in Armstrong, BC will hook you up.


12.  LOCAL OFFERINGS
"fresh is best"
Find out what's in season and serve it up. Trust me guests that travelled from afar love snacking on local fare whatever it may be. It allows them to go home to their colleagues and brag about the mitt-full of Okanagan cherries they consumed along with their internationally acclaimed Pinot Noir.  


13.  TEMPORARY TATS
"non-committal" 
Thanks to Kal Barteski, we all know where I stand on the temporary tattoo debate (just kidding there's no debate, everybody's a fan). Tattly's buffet of rub off ink makes this party favour a favourable choice.


14.  SOAP
"lather it up"
Washing hands never goes out of style, end of story (and germs). It also doesn't hurt that you can get soaps in a variety of colours and fragrances to fit almost any scheme #holla


15.  TEA TOWELS
"triple threat"
Saved the best for last... typography tea towels masquerading as favours, napkins AND decor?!!!! 
freaking multi-tasking geniuses they are.

That's all I got. Start a movement: no favour shall be left behind.

handle with care.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


There seems to be a lot of posts out there talking about the future of blogging and I'm purposely avoiding them. I'm scared. I don't want can't handle anymore change. June 2nd - the anniversary to my nervous breakdown - is less than 2 weeks away and I'm feeling... fragile.

Has it really been a year already?

I remember storming out of social work like it was only yesterday, the sound metal smacking together as I slammed my way through the government door. My heart pounding, my eyes on the verge of tears...  

Remember how I camped out in our travel trailer for two whole months reading every "Happy For No Reason" self-help book endorsed by Oprah? what a mess I was. 

print by: topknotweddings  |  photo credit: MyMilaBaby 

The honest truth is that I'm still a mess and despite many of my "dreams" coming true - BlogPodium, Para Blog Crew, TOP KNOT Events, Durali Villa, #CasaKnol, weight loss, an Etsy shop, a statement shirt - I'm still not as happy as I should  thought I'd be.

What's wrong with me?

For the last 365 days it's been one lesson after another; one extreme high followed by one extreme low. It turns out that I'm really good at getting what I want and I imagine you're all thinking "boo freaking hoo", but the problem is that I ask for things impulsively, without thinking them through. I convince myself that I want/need something and then I get it and then I'm left with a bad case of what-the-eff-was-I-thinking? Wanters' Remorse.

If I wore lipstick I'd write "be careful what you wish for" on my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder to be less want-ful and more thoughtful. 

I'm 31 now #wow
A mother of two #doublewow
I have a mortgage 
and expensive taste 
and a sometimes far too supportive husband that would let me bankrupt us if he thought it'd make me happy. 

These responsibilities keep me up at night along with the age old question... 
"why was I in such a hurry to grow up?" 

Am I right in saying this adult gig is no picnic?

I've recently realized that all that 'shit straightening out' I did last summer was just the beginning... tip of the iceberg...

I still got loads of work (and laundry) to do. I gotta sort the whites from the darks and my needs from my wants. I'm still growing and I'm still navigating this path to happiness.

I get a lot of emails and texts asking how renos, business, life, _______ is going and it really depends on the day... sometimes hour. Spring is always an emotional time for me, don't ask me why. When I quit my job, I also quit my benefits which means no more free counselling. If anyone wants to psychoanalyze why I get extra weepy in the rainy season, by all means. In the meantime I'm blaming allergies.

Aside from the occasional Netflix binge I can honestly say I've never hustled harder in my whole life. Being relatively new to this whole boss lady - or as Trev likes to say bossy lady - gig, I really struggle with balance and deciding which opportunities to seize and which opportunities to let go.

In saying all that, I'm not ready to let blogging go. Even if nobody reads it, I'm not ready to say good-bye. I thought knottyontop would eventually replace SaigeWisdom but I've decided the opposite is true. Over the next month (or so) posts from my business blog - which is totes lame to begin with - will be coming over to SaigeWisdom. Once again my personal and professional life will be one, just like my Instagram account and soon to be Twitter account. I've always been an open book, so why stop now?

The business of blogging may be changing, but I'm not.

Now pass the damn tissues.
(stupid allergies)

should've done this a long time ago.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Guess who hired a painter? 
and bought an adult sized onesie?
This girl. #bestmoneyeverspent

Progress photos are coming... be excited.

I know I am.

confessions.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

It's been all quiet on the blog front, so I thought I'd come back with a clean slate...

1.  I recently signed up for a Target red card (5% off purchases holla!) and am much too busy lazy to change the preassigned pin; therefore I keep the password taped to the card in my wallet. I'm pretty certain this makes me the dumbest just-turned-31-year-old on the planet and that I'll be on the radar of every pick pocketer in Vernon.

2.  The other day we went grocery shopping as a family (always a fun experience) and my wonderful husband thought it'd be funny to fart in the aisle and then make a quick exit leaving me in the cracker section with a bunch of disgusted shoppers thinking I did it!! I could have killed him. I believe that's grounds for divorce no? Right alongside leaving the toilet seat up late at night.

3.  I'm not a big drinker (shocking I know), but for awhile there I was hitting the wild cherry whiskey from Highwood Distillers pretty hard. Our liquor store stopped carrying it almost 5 months ago - wtf? - so I took matters in my own hands and emailed the distillery personally last week to ask if I could order a case (or twelve) for myself. Just impatiently waiting on their reply.

4.  Yesterday on the radio there was an ad for kijiji.com and Saige says to me, "hey mom that's where you work!". What can I say? people in Vernon get rid of the BEST stuff for super cheap (ex. I picked up a brand new Norco bike for Saige - only fifty dolla) and when the clutter around here gets to be too much, I simply go on a kijiji selling spree. I just can't be bothered to arrange pick up times, so I leave the stuff on the front porch and the buyers leave the $$ in our mailbox. Gotta love the honour system; I've yet to be burned.

5.  Gabriel has been using the word "f*ck" a lot... and in context. It's horrifying yet hilarious, it's horrifyingly hilarious. I wish I could blame it solely on Trev, but who are we kidding?

Speaking of f*ck... I teamed up with my mucho awesome amiga Charisse from Pixel Paper Hearts to create a custom, limited edition statement tee...
Inspired by my potty mouth and this kushandwizdom quote, we've sourced the softest, most flattering unisex tee so that your RAD ASS self can wear it loud and proud (or gift it to your significant other and steal it later). 

Take advantage of early bird pricing HERE.

 

Spring Fever Challenge

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Trev's carpentry know-how is my kryptonite. 

I'd never tell him this of course, but his DIY skills are far superior to my own; so much so, that the idea of tackling a project without him often paralyzes me. Trust me when I say my inner feminist is none to pleased about this factoid.

When the Para Blog Crew decided to host a Spring Fever Challenge, I was determined to do something independent of my better looking half.

Insert 2nd closet. Once upon a time (circa 2012) Jen from Rambling Renovators added some horizontal pizazz to her broom closet and I fell head over heels. It's no secret that I'm like the BIGGEST fan of stripes and incorporating them somewhere in #casaknol was an absolute must. Initially I envisioned thick, bold, evenly spaced black lines to adorn the inside of our new coat closet, but with the Spring'ish theme and the precise tape measuring that those stripes would require, I did some rethinking... hmmm (picture me being all pensive-like).
After much deliberation (a whopping 30 seconds in the Windsor Plywood parking lot with my fan deck), I decided on these PARA PAINT COLOURS:
    Jo Jo Whitewash (PF-17) - wall + trim
    Walkin' in the Rain (P5204-85) - single stripe
    Machu Picchu (P5167-73) - main stripes

I didn't start working on my Spring Fever Challenge project until Saturday afternoon so needless to say there was NO way is h-e-double hockey sticks I was going to let my base coat of Jo Jo Whitewash "cure" for the recommended 3 days. I seriously started FrogTaping stripes 2 hours after my paint application and I'm happy to report that impatience/procrastination didn't bite me in my a$$ this time.
How did I settle on Machu Picchu for the stripe colour? Easy.
The colour inspiration came from my other not so secret addiction... NETFLIX #truestory
Trev-bob and I just recently started watching "Suits" (oh my gawd SO freaking good) and the law office of Pearson Hardman features a similar hued accent wall that looks mucho ahh-mazing.

I cut some vinyl chalkboard paper I had kicking around into the shape of a "house", borrowed an idea from Sarah M Style by turning a cabinet handle into a chalk holder, taped up some old family photos and mini-prints and voila! coat closet is finito (however we will be swapping the painted doweling for a piece of steel pipe this next week). 
I'm pretty proud of my Para Paints 'no skeletons in here, just stripes' coat closet. The fact I did the majority* of it all by myself has resulted in some serious chest puffing. Please check out my fellow crew members' Spring Fever projects and be sure to link up your own (I promise it's waaaay more fun than cleaning).


* I guess now's a good time for me to come clean... I may have solicited Handy Manny (aka Trev-bob's) help with the ClosetMaid shelving, cutting the laminate flooring and installing the trim. With that being said, I swear on my iPhone's life that I painted and shopped for every single thing in this post.

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