AM Living: Vintage to Chic

If you love thrift shopping as much as I do, you probably already own one or two of these vintage suitcases and if not, you’ve definitely seen them! These two have been hanging around for a bit collecting dust, so I decided to give them a makeover! I love how they turned out! Such an easy weekend project to spruce up any corner, living room, bedroom or office.

Make sure to wipe down your suitcases so they are clean and free of any dust, dirt, etc. Go ahead and apply two coats of the Valspar paint on the suitcases, they dry pretty fast. Once all dry, you can add whatever personal designs to it! I created some lines using tape and painted over, removed and voila! You can get real creative with it, use a stencil, paint your initials and more. So easy and cute!

What you will need:
Vintage Suitcase
Valspar paint in Satin, I used these colors: Cape Sands, Ultra White, Stone Mason Gray – which can be found at Lowe’s
Paint Brush
Tape

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Wedding: Kristen + Max

This was a special wedding for me, Kristen is a dear friend of mine who has countless of times been my model for styled shoots! I was thrilled to find out about her engagement last year and was secretly crossing my fingers that she would ask me to capture her wedding, and out of my luck…she did ask! I was so happy to be part of  these two lovebirds big day. Max and Kristen are a precious couple, I wish them nothing but happiness! Take a look at my favorites below, I can’t say enough…she was a stunning bride! Wow! Happy Monday!

Photography: AM Weddings
Dress: Solutions Bridal, Ines Di Santo, skirt Theia
Venue: Highland Manor
Makeup/Hair: Makeover Station
Cupcakes: Jamie with Baby Cakes Arragements
Officiant: Pastor Chad Harper

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Wedding: Brenda + Peter

This is my second Newfoundland couple, and I have to say…they are some of the nicest, most friendliest people! I had a great time with Brenda and Peter, most of the guests were from out of country and state, this destination wedding was filled with sunshine, palm trees and tons of laughter. I love the new covered indoor tent at Reunion Resort, such a beautiful option overlooking the golf course and surrounding landscape that this venue offers. Cheers to the both of you, here are some of my personal favorites! Congratulations you two!

Venue: Reunion Resort
Photography: AM Weddings
Floral: Lee James
Makeup/Hair: M3
Officiant: Sensational Weddings
DJ/Uplights: Scott Thompson
Cake: Party Flavors
Linen: BBJ Linen
Chairs/Lighting/Dance Floor: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals

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Wine, Women and Shoes + Diana Simaan Fashion Show!

This past weekend I had the lovely opportunity to be part of an amazing fundraiser and event called “Wine, Women & Shoes“. My friend and fashion designer Diana Simaan, hosted her stunning new line at the event with an amazing Spring fashion show that I got to model for! What a fun day filled with making new friends, wearing gorgeous clothing and a talented makeup/hair artists! This past Saturday, $165,000 was raised to fight hunger in Central Florida!!! WOW! This is WW&’S 5th annual event held at Ports of Call in Seaworld right here in Orlando. It was a joy to attend and I cannot wait for the next one! Take a look at some shots from my day spent with the lovely models, shoes by Carmen Steffens, designer Diana Simaan and the beauty team at Autumn Nucci Salon!

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My Etsy shop launch + the coolest coffee spot in town!

Happy Monday! I am SO excited because today I launched my brand spankin’ new Etsy shop! I personally designed some snazzy mugs for you coffee+tea lovers, digital downloads, art prints coming soon and more! Please be sure to tell your friends or surprise them with a gift from the shop! If you are in need of a custom order, please feel free to let me know! Below I had a fabulous product shoot at the unique and wonderful new coffee shop in town called Propagation! Have you been? If not, you should! Located off of the artsy and eclectic variety that Mills Ave offers, Propagation is an atmosphere you must experience. Stop by today and enjoy some imagery of my etsy launch + Propagation goodness below! Cheers!

My Etsy Shop: Right here
Coffee Shop: Propagation  |  Orlando, FL 1221 N Mills Ave

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Solutions Bridal: My top 4 favorites, Spring 2015

Spring weddings are in full effect ladies! This year we have seen a ton of styles already emerging for the trendy bride. I love the two piece and cropped dresses along with the array of elegant options that still have a touch of glam, because let’s be honest, what gal doesn’t want to feel like a princess on her big day? I took a visit to the always beautiful bridal boutique Solutions Bridal Design House here in Orlando to stroll through my top 4 favorites for the season! Solutions Bridal offers styles of all kinds, couture fashion designers with the most helpful stylists in house. I want to thank the always beautiful stylist Roberta for helping me choose and styling me! Engaged? Please make a stop to this boutique, I had an amazing time playing dress up in these stunning gowns, and you will too! Which would you wear below?

Boutique: Solutions Bridal House
Location: 4194 Conroy Rd, Ste 103Orlando, FL 32839

1st Dress Designer: Suzanne Neville | Access: Erin Cole
2nd Dress Designer: Marisa Bridal | Access: Paris Debra Moreland
3rd Dress Designer: Alyne Bridal | Access: Maria Elena Headpiece | 1st Skirt: Alyne Bridal | 2nd: Rivini Bridal
4th Dress Designer: Rivini Bridal | Access: Paris Debra Moreland

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Andi: What can you use the added skirt for?
Roberta: The removable skirt can be used as a transitional piece providing two different looks for your wedding day. For instance, having a ceremony look and a reception look. This way, you can get the full skirt to keep the ceremony more traditional and then have your slim fitted dress to have fun in, making the dress lighter for dancing and moving around. 

Andi: Do they fit on all types of dresses?
Roberta: I would recommend doing the removable skirt to a slimmer dress, and keeping it away from trumpet dresses. The skirt is also a great way to add a bit more fullness to a slight A-line dress.
 
Andi: Why should a bride get one?
Roberta: You should get a removable skirt to have two different looks on your wedding day, also to shock your guests with an element of surprise! Another reason to get a removable skirt, say you are really in love with a top of a slimmer gown, but you want the full skirt and you can’t seem to put it together! I also like the fact that having the removable skirt you create an unique look, a “one-of-a-kind” dress that no one else will have. 
Andi: What’s the number one trend in dresses this Spring you are seeing?
Roberta: Lighter weight fabrics, slimmer dresses and a more feminine dress with an open back.

Wedding: Kirsten + Christian

Kirsten’s day started off at her parent’s home, prepping the hair, getting these pretty ladies ready for the big day! What a FUN wedding! The amazing live band all who traveled from Atlanta during the reception was completely talented, I was blown away by the music! The guests danced the night away with cheer and laughter! I’m so happy for Kirsten and Christian, a big congrats to the both of you! Please enjoy some of my personal favorites below! Thank you to all the amazing vendors involved who made this day special!

Photography: Andi Mans Weddings
Venue: Orlando Country Club
Coordinator: Wonderful Weddings
Floral: Lee James Floral
Cake: The Sugar Suite
Makeup/Hair: Makeover Station
Dress: Solutions Bridal
Band: The Maxx
Photobooth: Photo booth Rocks
Transportation: VIP Transportation Group

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Garden Chic

Happy Happy Spring! As flowers bloom and lush green glows, I can’t help to feel excited to share this lovely “Garden Chic” inspired shoot Andi Mans Weddings designed, styled and captured! I had a lovely time putting this look together, did you take a look at that lounge area? How beautiful would that be at your wedding during cocktail hour for your guests!? Totally trendy and comfy! We would love to help you with these services for your big day, but before you go exploring around here…take a look at this beauty below!

Photography: Andi Mans Weddings
Styled/Design/Coordination: Andi Mans Weddings
Floral: Andi Mans Weddings
Venue: Florida Federation Garden Club
Video: Ivory & IronWatch Video Here!
Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Dress: Calvet Couture by Hayley Paige
Hair/Makeup: AM Weddings Beauty
Cake: The Sugar Suite
Flatware/Dishes: Dishie Rentals

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Marilyn Monroe Spa + 20% off your next visit!

Ladies! I’m so excited to share this lovely salon opening with you! Marilyn Monroe Spa located in Winter Park (right near Trader Joe’s) officially has it’s doors open! I was invited to experience the pampering of all that is Marilyn Monroe Spa! Walking in, the view is stunner, overlooking water, natural light shining in, I was ready to get my beauty on! MM offers so many services, not only a nail salon friends but beauty, hair, massage, products and more! All nail products offered contain no animal testing, cruelty or bi-products. Let’s talk nails, the “Manicure Bar” stood out to me due to the fact that all tools are sterilized, hospital grade (which kills ALL bacteria) sanitation is #1 priority, and as a clean freak myself, I’m super appreciative of that! Their skin care line by Natrue.org is the highest level of organic product made in Germany, offering a variety of care on all skin types – mature, sensitive to oily! For us ladies that are keeping our skin preventive and safe from these harmful Florida rays, their massage room offers a “fassage”! What’s that? MM offers a facial massage lymphatic system with light pressure, which drains toxins, tones muscles, fine lines and wrinkles – an awesome alternative to surgical procedures. The hair and makeup station was a delight to experience! I received the “Voluptuous Icon” look, 40 minute application of lip, eye, cheek and mascara. I loved the natural touch of makeup, it didn’t feel heavy or caked on at all! Let’s talk about my hair? Whew! Hello volume! If you are in need of some professional, trendy and extremely friendly service, Marilyn Monroe is your salon. The staff is super talented and did I also mention, they have amazing music too? Because that’s important! We have a little treat for you below!

**READERS! Receive 20% off your next visit, to grab the discount make sure to mention the code WELCOME MARILYN before you check out, and let them know it’s from Andi Mans!

Location: 115 N. Orlando Ave, #101 Winter Park, Florida 32789

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Wedding: Stephanie + Mark

What a beautiful Greek wedding this was! Stephanie and Mark flew from California to celebrate their beautiful day with family and friends in Orlando. What a stunning reception it was, dripping with gorgeous floral by Lee James, the Moroccan inspired and styled reception just made me swoon! Need I say more? Enjoy this gorgeous wedding, I just love it!

Photography: AM Weddings
Venue: Casa Feliz
Dress: Calvet Couture
Coordination: Blush by Brandee Gaar
Florist: Lee James
DJ: Weddings Only DJ Entertainment
Cake: Party Flavors
Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting
Transportation: VIP Transportation Group
Rentals: A Chair Affair
Makeup: Makeover Station
Tent/Chairs/Linen: Kirby Tent
Furniture Rental: AFR Rentals

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