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8 Things A Bridesmaid Should Never Do

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Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a huge honor. When you accept the role of a bridesmaid, you take on the responsibilities that come with the job. If you can't take the time off work, can't afford it or don't want to take on the responsibilities then you shouldn't be a bridesmaid. Trust me, coming from a newlywed, it's better to gracefully say no then to be a bad bridesmaid. I've heard about bad bridesmaids first hand and how they've ruined friendships. However, being a helpful and supportive bridesmaid will make for lifelong memories. 

Here are 10 things bridesmaids should absolutely not do:

#1. Don't ignore the bride. Make sure to respond to the bride's questions, messages, etc. You don't want to make her life harder when she's trying to make arrangements. 

#2. Put in your input when it's not needed. Weighing in on wedding decisions is not your place, just don't do it; even if the bride is asking you, she's really just looking for a sounding board. 

#3. Don't get too intoxicated at the rehearsal dinner. Do you want to be miserable on the wedding day? 

#4. Never tell your deepest secrets during a speech. This is not a roast my friends. 

#5. Never complain about the dress, even if it's satin and barbie pink. Your day will come; didn't you watch 27 Dresses! 

#6. Don't miss any of the pre-wedding events unless you live out of town or the bride genuinely tells you to skip it! 

#7. Order your dress sooner rather than later. There's nothing worse than a bridesmaid that waits until last minute to get her dress and your fighting with Fedex to make sure it arrives on time. 

#8. Don't order your dress too small thinking that you're going to loose weight before the big day. You can always take in a dress in but if it's too small then you're SOL. 

Do you have any horror bridesmaid stories? 

DIY IKEA Kitchen Cart

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DIY Ikea Kitchen Cart Hack | Four Threads

Nothing stirs the DIY spirit like a good IKEA hack! This might sound crazy to some people but I crave DIY projects and how it get's my creative juices flowing. 

We recently turned my husbands old bachelor pad into our newlywed home together - it's amazing what a girl's touch can do to a guy's apartment! San Francisco apartments are full of old school charm, which is nice but also leaves for awkward layouts. We needed more cutting space in the kitchen so I found this kitchen cart from Ikea for $59.99. (Bonus: I did a search on Craigslist and found the same kitchen cart for only $20.)

The kitchen cart was an unfinished basic blonde color and I turned it into something rustic and distressed. It's amazing to see what some paint, wood stainer and some arm grease can do.

One Sunday morning, I woke up super early and started this project - with coffee in hand. Below are the materials I used: 

DIY Ikea Kitchen Cart Hack | Four Threads
DIY Ikea Kitchen Cart Hack | Four Threads

Pictured is the IKEA cart unfinished in the basic blonde color. The cart was already put together so I started by painting the rails and legs white. With coffee in hand, I did one coat...let it dry...then did another coat...let it dry. This is what the cart looked like after I was done with all the white coats. 

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I wanted a shabby chic look so naturally we took a hammer and some nails to it, after afterall we had to make the kitchen cart look the part I lost all hammering responsibilities after my nails went in sideways so I gave this job to my husband. He hammered away for about 10 minutes (I'm sure our neighbors loved us!) and seemed to enjoy it - there's something about banging a piece of wood as hard as you can to get out any frustration! 

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This is what the cart looked like after our hammer time! You can see we put a good amount of nails in the top and also the sides, which you can't see. We banged up the corners a bit to give it an added distressed look. This hammer step is a total preference, you can choose to not distress the piece at all or go crazy on it -  your call! 

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Now the staining process begins! Again, this is a preference on which stain color you prefer. I like a darker wood stain so went with that (see above).  You will want a clean brush for this step and an old t-shirt or towel that you don't mind throwing away. I outlined the edges with some blue painters tape so I didn't get any stain on my freshly painted white legs. I added the espresso stain to the brush and started stroking away. I only needed one coat of stain because the color I chose was already dark but used my old cloth to wipe off any access. The wood stain worked it's way in all the crevices from the hammering while also camouflaging the hammered nails. PS: If you're unsure about the color you can test a small spot on the wood. 

DIY Ikea Kitchen Cart Hack | Four Threads

I'm so happy with the finished product, I love how this unfinished kitchen cart turned into something a bit more roughed up and fabulous! This cart is a perfect size in our kitchen and adds that added character.

What are some of your favorite DIYs? 

PS - If you're wondering, the stain on top will prevent it from being food safe. You can use a sealing oil (pictured above) but that still makes me nervous to cut on so I always use a cutting board. 

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The Rocksbox Review

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I love jewelry but my biggest problem is that I don't always get the best bang for my buck...if you know what I mean! I first saw Rocksbox from a Facebook ad (gah, that's the third time it's sucked me in) and was immediately intrigued. Rocksbox is your Netflix for jewelry; they feature over 30+ on trend designers including some of my favorites: Gorjana, House of Harlow, Loren Hope and CC Skype

Each month you pay $19 and receive three designer pieces. When you first sign up, you take a personal style survey which allows them to curate what you like and don't like. The survey consists of different outfits you'd wear, jewelry style, gold or silver, etc. Call me crazy but little style surveys like this bring me joy!

After they get a sense of your style, they send you three designer pieces. The best part is…drum roll please...you get to keep the jewelry for as long as you'd like before returning. And then when you're done flaunting the baubles around town, you send them back and receive your three new items. Shipping is free both ways and they include a shipping label and return envelope. If you fall in love with a piece and don't want to send it back, you can purchase it at a "members only" discounted price of 20%.  

I've always been a bit apprehensive about subscription based services but I'm swooning over Rocksbox right now! If you're on the fence like I was, just think about the Forever 21 jewelry you buy in one month or that Jcrew necklace that you've only worn 5 times. I spend way more than $19 on those both alone, so spending only $19 a month to wear high quality jewelry is a win in my book! 

Test it out for yourself, Rocksbox is giving my readers their first month FREE with code "fourthreadsxoxo" at checkout! Sign up here

Have you used Rocksbox before? I'd love to hear about your experience and/or answer any questions you have! 

The Rocksbox box right when I look it out of the mail packaging. 

The Rocksbox box right when I look it out of the mail packaging. 

Untied the bow and got a "Hey Veronica!" - always a nice and personal touch! 

Untied the bow and got a "Hey Veronica!" - always a nice and personal touch! 

Loving the chevron print tissue! A sneak peak into my curated selection that Madison picked for me form my style quiz.

Loving the chevron print tissue! A sneak peak into my curated selection that Madison picked for me form my style quiz.

The jewelry was snuggled tight in bubble wrap. 

The jewelry was snuggled tight in bubble wrap. 

Love, love, love these  Gorjana stud earrings.  I looked them up and they normally retail for $45.

Love, love, love these Gorjana stud earrings. I looked them up and they normally retail for $45.

This  Wanderlust + Co orbit gold ring  is super cute! Normally retails for $39. || The Perry Necklace normally retails for $76.

This Wanderlust + Co orbit gold ring is super cute! Normally retails for $39. || The Perry Necklace normally retails for $76.

Wearing the Gorjana earrings and Wanderlust + Co ring! 

Wearing the Gorjana earrings and Wanderlust + Co ring! 

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Our Engagement Photos

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I mentioned in my first post that I'd bring you up to speed on my life. After all, after the proposal comes finding a photographer for engagement photos, right. We took our engagement photos in Golden Gate Park and Baker Beach. This was our first time having a photographer shoot us together so we tried to have as much fun with it! Here are some of our favorites...

Engagement Shoot | Four Threads
Engagement Shoot | Four Threads
Engagement Shoot | Four Threads
Engagement Shoot | Four Threads
Our Engagement Photos | Four Threads
Our Engagement Photos | Four Threads
Our Engagement Photos | Four Threads
Our Engagement Photos | Four Threads
Our Engagement Photos | Four Threads
Our Engagement Photos | Four Threads
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Welcome To Four Threads

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Hey y'all ! This is my first post and I couldn’t be more excited to finally get things started! I've been itching to start another blog and there's no better time than now. My life has finally slowed down a bit to start this new journey with you.  

Now you’re probably thinking, slowed down...from what? We’ll I got engaged, planned a wedding, got married and moved apartments all in a 6 month timespan (still unsure if I’m super-woman or just plain crazy!).

Since these life events happened so fast, I thought I would recap a few of them over the next few weeks to bring you up to speed and satisfy family requests of more pictures!

On November 8, 2014 I got to marry Mike, the man who surpassed all my greatest hopes and dreams. We got married in beautiful wine country at Trentadue Winery in Sonoma. The vines were full of fall colors, the sky turned cotton candy, and our close friends and family were there to witness and celebrate our covenant.

I’m super excited to start this journey with you and hope to offer a little inspiration. I want Four Threads to be a place where you feel warm and welcomed to check out every day. A destination where I share personal style through fashion, recipes, marriage, beauty tips, faith and everything in between. 

Four Threads weaves together the threads of my life through faith, fashion, lifestyle and beauty.  If there is anything you want me to blog about, please don’t hesitate to comment or contact me. 

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