All about the shoe

The shoe has become that piece of a brides attire that you can have fun with. You catch that little glimpse of color or pattern when they lift their dress…I love it! This is not a new and brilliant tip but do make sure they fit and are comfortable. Wear them around before the wedding day, do not make the first time you wear those puppies on the day. Also consider a change for the reception if they are a pair that can’t last you the whole day. Last tip, make sure to bring the exact pair to your dress fitting to make sure your length alteration is spot on.

Here are a few that I thought were pretty fun, all at different price points.

Ruche…LOVE this company. From their clothes, to their jewelry and they have a great bridal department. They have great price points on all of their pieces and they ship it quickly if it is in stock.

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J. Crew. I love J.Crew, their styles are so classy yet comfy. We found a few cute pairs over on their site.

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Or get totally comfy…

 

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I love Sperry’s; they are comfy and they have every color and pattern under the sun!

 

 

 

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There are so many options out there like Nordstrom, Macy’s, GAP and don’t forget DSW, Nordstrom Rack and my new favorite site HauteLook. 

 

We will be back tomorrow with another group of our favorites!

-Kim

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Pretty paper picks

For the next couple weeks we will be featuring our favorites that make up different events! This week is dedicated to weddings!

Today will be some of our favorite invitations that are out there. I used to design invitations so I have a huge appreciation for the creativity and design time that goes into each.

Invitations are important…they set the tone for your wedding and are the first glimpse a guest gets of your special day. I don’t know about you but I look at an invitation and it tells me what I should wear, something formal or casual. So really look around and find that invitation that sets the specific tone for your wedding.

These beauties are from Wedding Paper Divas. They have great designs, fabulous papers and great customer service.

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Next up is Smitten On Paper

I love all of their designs it is so hard to choose! I received a look book from them just a few weeks ago and I am amazed by the quality.

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Another designer that I absolutely LOVE is Ceci New York! Her creations are pieces of art and all of the elements are so unique and beautiful. I love everything on her site so head over there, get inspired and fall in love!

Thank you all of you creative designers out there and happy Monday everyone. Keep an eye out for our other favorite wedding pieces this week, tomorrow I am thinking shoes…

-Kim

Interview with our soon to be bride

Shawntel and I took a break from planning to talk about how the process has been and share with all of you some of the details and some tips from the bride herself!

AL: What has been your favorite part of the planning process this far?
S: Is it May yet?!?! I am so excited to get married and everything has been so fun and exciting. I have to say though, my favorite part so far would have to be designing the wedding, piecing it all one by one. We are getting so close to the end and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out!
AL: What is the most important goal for you to achieve on your day?
S:One of my goals for this wedding, it to be a witness to my friends and family. Paolo and I have been trying, and will continue to try and make our relationship a God-cenetered relationship. I want all our family and friends to know that!
 
AL: Have you hit any points in your planning process that have been stressful?
 
S: I would definitely have to say that money is just stressful in general. My parents have generously provided Paolo and I with a budget for a nice wedding. Thankfully Paolo’s mother, as a wedding gift, gave me a wedding planner! Kim has been a HUGE help with this. She has been able to break everything down for me and has helped me keep on track with our budget. At times I found myself stressing out with the budget, but we have managed to do everything within our budget.
 
AL: If you could give your wedding a title or theme what would it be?
S: Paolo would laugh at me if he knew I said this, but the one word that I find myself saying about our wedding is, VINTAGE! Apparently I use it a lot 😉
AL: To all of the brides out there what is your best piece of advice for them?
S: Brides to be…get a wedding planner 🙂 Seriously, they are so helpful and relieve so much stress!!
AL: Is there anything that you were surprised to learn that a wedding planner does? 
 
S: So I know this will sound funny, but since I am a funeral director, I thought I would be able to plan my own wedding no problem. I am able to plan well and fast. However, once we were engaged I started stressing immediately. Planning a wedding is a lot different. Yes, we have more time to plan, but there is SO much into it. Paolo’s mother called me and said as a gift she was going to give me a wedding planner and I was so thankful. Kim has been so wonderful and literally has done so much for Paolo and I. I joke with Paolo saying that I talk/text with my wedding planner more than him! It’s the truth! I do have to say though, Kim and I have planned this wedding well and fast! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
AL: When you tried on your dress did you know it was the one?
S: This is actually not your traditional answer! When I went dress shopping I went with my mother and my soon-to-be mother in law. My two younger sisters were not able to come so my mom was taking pictures and sending pictures so they could help me pick one out. I went to a small boutique in Chico called, The French Door, and I had two dresses that I liked…one more than the other. Both of my sisters told me that they did NOT like the one dress that I was favoring. Funny thing was, I already bought the dress. I told them that I loved the dress and bought it. They both called and said that the other dress was way better!! I didn’t know what to do! I had already bought the dress and I couldn’t believe my sisters didn’t really like it. Thankfully the owner of the store told me that if I wanted to exchage the dress for the other I could. So right before we were about to leave the store, I decided to try back on the dress that my sisters loved. Once I looked at the pictures of me in the dress my mom took of me, I too, saw why my sisters loved the other dress. Needless to say, I exchanged my dress for the other one and FELL IN LOVE with it more and more. I went back for my fittings and some how managed to fall more in love with it! Thank you sisters 🙂
AL: Does Paolo have any requests for the wedding?
S: Ha! Paolo is being so good during all this, he’s really stepped back and has let me plan the wedding. Though, he did have a FEW requests that I honored 😉
One being that he and his groomsmen could wear white tennis shoes with their suits. It acutally looks GREAT!! The second request is that we have good food, and lots of it! Done! We have an amazing caterer.

Thank you Shawntel for the interview! We will catch up with her and maybe even Paolo too after the wedding and hear them give all the details about the day and if their vision for it came about.
Have a great evening
-Kim

Tested and approved~Quesadilla Casserole

I love Clean Eating magazine. They balance healthy choices but real meals that do not require a ton of ingredients that you cannot find. You all need to know my husband is not a adventurous eater and would be happy if we had spaghetti, meat and potatoes and In N Out every week. This recipe was extremely easy and he and my 1 year old LOVED it! Also made for great left overs.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 small whole-wheat tortillas, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 15-oz BPA-free can black beans, drained and rinsed well (TRY: Eden Organic Black Beans)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium, all-natural barbecue sauce (no more than 7 to 10 g carbs and 1 g fat per 2-tbsp serving)
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large pot, bring 2 qt water to a boil. Add chicken, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until no longer pink. Transfer chicken to a plate to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, place tortilla strips on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, toss and spread in a single layer. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crispy, tossing halfway through; set aside to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  4. Shred chicken with a fork. In a 10-inch square casserole dish, combine chicken, corn, beans and barbecue sauce. Spread mixture in an even layer. Transfer dish to oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with tortilla strips and cheese and bake for 5 to 10 more minutes until brown and bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Nutrients per 1-cup serving: Calories: 254, Total Fat: 4 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 36 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 18 g, Sodium:178 mg, Cholesterol: 24 mg

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Thank you Clean Eating. Happy Friday everyone.

~Kim

 

Happy 1st Birthday

Well my sweet baby girl turned ONE. What a sweet blessing she is to our family and the joy she brings me daily is indescribable.

So as an event planner and consumed in a pinterest, blog world my ideas were all over the place for her party. Over the past couple years I have taken on a new thought process when doing events and I was quickly reminded of it during this time. MAKE YOUR PARTIES, WEDDINGS AND EVENTS ABOUT THE PERSON/PEOPLE YOU ARE CELEBRATING! I will say this over and over again and as simple as it sounds we sometimes loose focus of it and get way passed what we are celebrating and more importantly who.

So here is Kinslee Grace:

-loves singing songs and reading books

-does not like a ton of people; she gets overwhelmed

-loves cheese

-loves squeeze packs

-does not like uncomfortable dressy clothes:) we are working on keeping bows on

-loves nap time

-loves to play with balls and her push toys

-loves to cuddle

Ok so here is the party details.

A Nursery Rhyme Party

Food: Pizza, salad and apple sauce squeeze packs

* You should have seen my menu before this it was out of control and I would have been in the kitchen all day and not enjoying my girls special day

Favors: homemade star sugar cookies with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star tags

Treats: Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and a ruffles cake for Kins made by Whole Foods. If you have one near you check their bakery out, so yummy!

Time: not during nap time, right before and the party was only 2 hours so we had a happy girl

Special feature: My amazing husband made a quick video of this past year’s journey

 Here is a little glimpse of that special day.

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Tori Wible with TW Photography captured some fun pictures of our girl for her 1st Birthday! If you are able to make sure you capture your kids at these fun stages.

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Have a great day! And treat yourself to a treat:)

-Kim

Stylized photo shoot-I need your input!

I am so excited to be teaming up with some incredible vendors to create a fully designed wedding at a BEAUTIFUL location!

Here is what I need from you, it only takes a second. If you are a bride, know a bride, mother of the bride, groom, maid of honor whoever I want to know what you want inspiration for or what you would like to see us create. It could be a head table, bouquet, favors, ceremony alter…anything!! Also what styles or color’s would you like to see?  Even if you are in the middle of planning a event (non wedding) we hope these design styles will help.

To make it easy you can respond in all technology forms, because there are so many!!!

Twitter- @AlphaLeeEvents

Facebook- AlphaLee Events 

Email- alphaleevents@gmail.com

OR on here. Leave a comment with what you want to see!

We will take all of your ideas and thoughts and create a vision board for the shoot!

So take a few minutes and give us your feedback or what you are dying to see design wise!

Can’t wait to hear from all of you.

-Kim

All things vintage

What a week! So many incredible meetings. One though was the absolute highlight. I called Forever Vintage Rentals asking about some of their beautiful candle sticks I saw on their site. That lead to us discussing more about their beautiful items they have collected and gorgeous handmade wood farm tables! THEN we began to discuss the property that they own that has been the place for many beautiful weddings. With all of this talk I had to visit.

I can positively say I have never met two women who are as genuine, hospitable and and passionate as Rhonda and Cara. They understand weddings to another level with recently going through their own daughter’s weddings. I need to stop and say why I am mentioning this and why this is important. When looking for vendors make sure you have a connection with them. Yes, price is important but really make sure you can connect with them, they understand you. I recently brought a client up to their property and the bride asked why did they treat us so well? Did you pay them:)? My response was this is the way it should be. This is a wedding, a extremely big part of your life and commitment and finding someone to care and take the time to really listen to what you are looking for is important. You should not just be another booking.

Ok now back to all things pretty and vintage. Let’s start with their rental company. I cannot begin to tell you everything they have but I will share a few of my favorites.

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Do yourself a favor and go browse their site, you will fall in love with everything! www.forevervintagerentals.com 

Now on to the property… Leaning Tree Lodge. I’m sure this will not be my last post about it but I had to just give you a glimpse. It is located right in Apple Hill outside of Placerville. You overlook a beautiful and huge pond, tree’s surround the property, market lights are already pre strung, fire pit and so much more. You go out there and you feel like you walked into another land like Narnia:) Here are some incredible events they have done but check them out on their Facebook page for much more.

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For many more pictures of different style weddings check them out!

Thank you Forever Vintage Rentals and Leaning Tree Lodge for treating us like queens and sharing your true gem with us.

Happy weekend!

-Kim

Baby shower

In honor of Kinslee’s first birthday I am taking the next few days to talk all things baby. Let’s start with the shower. Ideas, theme, games, let’s cover it all!

1. Shower rules: The most important rule, is make it about the mom. Incorporate little things that only represent her. Also, really create your theme round her. Below you will find a few cute themes that match different momma’s.

-Ask her specifics about food. Many mom’s loose the sickness at the time for a shower but I know a lot of mom’s that it lingers all the way till that baby comes, so check in with them. If she loves pickles, get pickles.

-Keep the shower short, max 2 hours and yes with gifts! With that big belly it gets exhausting.

-Lastly don’t do the shower to close to the due date. Not only will the mom be more comfortable but then the couple has time to organize all of the gifts and make any necessary returns.

2. To play a game or not: This is such a personal thing. I am not a huge game fan, mostly because I feel like when you go to play the game you are having to interrupt everyone visiting…keep the mingling going. Instead of a game do a activity, something to keep people active and a treat for the mom. Examples:

-Girl: create bow/flower headbands for the baby. Have very simple materials out and let people create. Don’t have too many steps. Buy her a bow holder and slowly it will be full of new accessories.

-Boy/Girl: make a alphabet book. Have already printed sheets with letters on them. Each guest decorates one and then as the host assemble it for a book for the baby. Make sure guests sign their name on their creation. (my sis in laws did this for me)

-Boy/Girl: Make a blessings/advice book. Have different slips of paper with maybe one saying prayers for baby, adventures for family, message to mom, daddy outings etc. The guest can choose which one they are a pro on and fill it out. they can do more than one. Again the host assembles it and mom has sweet messages or ideas for her family to read.

-Boy/Girl: Hanger love. Have everyone fill out a message or prayer to the baby, have the slips of paper already ties with ribbon. Find a nice wooden hanger and hang all of these on there. Keep it in the babies closet and it will follow them wherever they go.

Here is different themes I have seen that I love.

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Grow party (love this!)

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I could go crazy with sharing themes but check out Hostess with the Mostess and Pizzazzerie. 

Here is a little glimpse on how we celebrated my big belly!

First shower, ABC shower.

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Second shower was a couples shower! So fun, husbands friends were invites too. It was a themed around the children’s book The Best Nest…so a bird theme. We did not get any detail shots:( But it was incredible! Lots of vintages touches and the favors were little birds made out of bird seeds to hang on the trees. The best part dessert was doughnut holes…yum! You can see a little but of the decor behind us.

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-Kim

About me…Alpha Lee

This is a fun little post for you to get to know me. I always wonder who is behind companies or blogs. All of the awards and accomplishments are great and appreciated but who are you? Well here we go.

I first would like to introduce you to Alpa Lee. She was my great grandma and the beginning of the “Lee” tradition. Since Alpa Lee my grandma Patricia Lee came then Barbara Lee my mom and then me Kimberlee and now my sweet baby girl Kinslee. When I begin to think about all of these women I noticed a common theme… they are/were creative in some capacity. My great grandma was incredible at sewing, as my mom told me she could make so many different pieces. My grandma Pat always hosted the best parties. The food was ALWAYS homemade and over the top. What I always think of is her and my grandpa’s Christmas party. There were Santa’s everywhere and the game would be count the Santa’s. My mom…she is so creative but what makes her creative is she really pays attention to who the party is for and makes it match them perfectly. Our birthday parties as kids were by no means lavish, but creative and so memorable!

This is my bridal shower my mom and grandma planned a few years ago, so beautiful!

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My grandma was so excited to create a Matt and Kim bride and groom 🙂

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Such sweet memories of my mom and grandma trying on wedding dresses.

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Me…I am a wife, a mom and event planner. I am exactly half my mom and my dad. As you read before my mom is creative and such a hostess with a caring spirit and my dad is a outgoing, relational business man. I admire my dad for building a incredible lumber company over the past 30 years, he is a hard worker and visionary.

I am a wife.  My husband Matt and I have been married for about 2 1/2 years. He has been on many events with me and is my right hand man, I tell him he is employee of the month. Matt is extremely creative and can really make anything. He’s created bed frames and dining room tables that look straight out of Pottery Barn. It’s so fun when I am in the design phase of a wedding because I love hearing his opinion and even his ideas to create accent pieces. Bottom line I couldn’t do anything with out him!

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Im a mom. Kinslee Grace will be one this week. I love this sweet girl to pieces and she has opened my eyes to so many things in life. She loves helping mom with laundry, snuggling, taking baths and walking with her push toy.

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Im a event planner. I love celebrating big moments and small. My goal for Alpha Lee is not to just sit and talk through the checklist of a wedding. It is to really get to know someone and find out who they are and how we can create a great moment that represents them. This can be a wedding, birthdays, baby shower, bridal shower…any reason to celebrate. My other goal is to help guide all of you out there on how to have a great family dinner or make a “not so big” birthday special. I believe every bride and groom should be able to be at their wedding and not look around and make sure something is n’t missing but look at their soon to be spouse and giggle and jump up and down and realize what a big day this is. Same goes for every other celebrations in life.

So, please join me on this journey as I help you create moments. This blog will be all things moments, even if it is a great recipe to make for your family that will bring everyone to the table. If you have any questions about how to create some fun moments coming up, EMAIL ME! I promise I won’t send you a bill I just want to see pictures. So, happy new year and like I said please join me on this journey to create some very special memories! Here is a little bit more of my moments.

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My sweet family

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I am very blessed that my brothers married two amazing girls! Love my sis in laws.

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Bridesmaids, represent all stages of my life.

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Me and my incredible mom, I am so blessed to be able to learn from her.

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And all the cousins!

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Thanksgiving breakfast with football and the Thanksgiving parade.

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My new niece June Michelle, finally Kinslee will have someone to play dolls with!

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My big girl.

Nice to meet all of you and thank you again for joining me on my journey!

Love,

Kim