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Have you seen this woman? Damn. Put together every second of the day. Gorgeous.
And her thoughts on it? Even better.

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During her acceptance speech at BLACK GIRLS ROCK! 2012 Monáe spoke candidly about her family and said she wears her uniform in honor of them.

“When I started my musical career I was a maid, I used to clean houses. My parents–my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. They all wore uniforms. And that’s why I stand here today in my black and white and I wear my uniform to honor them,” Monáe said, fighting back tears. “This is a reminder that I have work to do, I have people to uplift, I have people to inspire,” she said after explaining that she grew up in Wyandotte County, “the poorest county” in Kansas City.

“And today I wear my uniform proudly as a Covergirl,” she told the audience reffering to her deal with the cosmetics giant… I want to be clear young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Covergirl, I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned through my journey that perfection is the often the enemy of greatness. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes other uncomfortable.” ‘

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Just fabulous!

Two of my dear friends were recently engaged and it got me pouring over our wedding photos and remembering all the little things that really made our day.

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I instantly thought of three things: our amazing photographers, brilliant day-of coordinator (above), and the gorgeous venue. For these things I will, it’s worth every dime. They made the day!

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Our photographers were a fantastic wife-husband team, and of course because they’re photographers we don’t have any pictures of the fabulous pair, but in the beatiful photo above of us dancing, you can see our dear friend Sally on the right taking another wonderful shot from another angle. The photos still make my hear swell. I couldn’t have asked for more.

The other thing I highly recommend is Etsy for the most unique and personalized things:

From wedding dresses:
etsy floraandlane wedding dress

 

etsy pixelandhank veil
etsy readygo cake topper
To all the accessories, cake toppers & bridesmaid dresses!

etsy badlybehavedbetty bridesmaid dresses

Wedding invitations:
etsy shineinvitationsWe also got hub’s wedding ring, boutonnieres, bridesmaid and officiant gifts, tulle underskirts, table toppers… the possibilities are practically endless!

Check out the Etsy Blog for more wedding favorites!

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What about you? Did you have a wedding? What were your must-haves?