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Hello! I'm Emily Anderson

GOODLIVING

I'm the author of the sustainable living books, Eco Chic Home and Eco Chic Weddings, and Good with Style is where I write about things I love. As a yoga teacher, I'm passionate about mindfulness and healthy living. I try to incorporate it into all aspects of my life, especially when it comes to my children and our home. I spent twenty years living in New York City where I worked for Donna Karan and Vanity Fair Magazine. I also worked for Martha Stewart where I learned a lot about how to create a beautiful home for the people you love.

When I'm not writing about creating a mindful + stylish life for myself and my family, I'm a brand consultant for companies interested in knowing how making a positive social impact is a smart way to engage passionate consumers like you and me. I show them how being honest and having integrity is the first step toward building a powerful and resilient brand. You can learn more about that here www.emilyanderson.com

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Emily


Candy Cane Table Decor

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(photo credit: shannonblue)

That little handle makes these Christmas favorites so useful. No ornaments? No problem, just hang a bunch and you're done. No gifts to give? Tie a bow around several and there you have it. But I bet you never thought about this one.

 

 

 

A candy cane vase for your centerpiece. Hmmm. What do you think--do you like this idea? Have you seen any unique/borderline tacky wedding ideas you'd like to share? Email them to me and I might just post them here. ecochicweddings [at] gmail [dot] com.


hiring a wedding planner

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(Image:Palm Springs,Corona Yacht Club) 

Maybe you're like me--never thought about the wedding day until you had an engagement ring on your finger. For me that was no big deal. I was an event pro, so I already knew how to make it happen. But for you, chances are this is your first wedding planning experience. The average wedding is hovering around $23,000, and most wedding planners charge about 3 to 5 per cent of the total budget. So you'll pay about $2,000, at a minimum. If you think this is an added expense you don't need, hiring a good wedding planner can actually save you money. Seriously. 

Here's how:

Venue: Wed pros have the inside scoop on the best places, times, dates, and what it will cost you. They can narrow in on a place much faster than you could on your own, and they can help you get the best price.

Budget: They can help you create a realistic budget, and make the right decisions so you can stay within your budget, and still get exactly what you want.Go here to read some really good ways to keep you costs down.)

www.smartmoney.com

Are you a wedding planner? Say hi! I'll post your link.

(Links to local wedding planners will be updated daily for the rest of the week.)

Wedding/Event Planners 

Courtney Kern (NYC) http://www.eventsbeyond.net/

Emily Humphries (Nashville, TN) http://www.simplyyoursweddings.blogspot.com/

Amy Thomas (Nashville and Middle Tennessee) http://www.swizzleevents.com

Jules Schmidt (Cincinatti,OH) http://www.cincyeventplanning.com

Sarah Pease (NYC) http://www.brillianteventplanning.com/blog

Elissa Keno (Raleigh, NC) http://www.elissakeno.com/main_home.htm

Saundra Hadley (Indiana,Kentucky,and more) http://planningforever.com