FAMILY TIME IN BALLANTYNE PART I

Charles and I celebrated 10 years of marriage this past weekend. Oddly enough it doesn’t feel like it’s been a decade of adventures with this dude. I guess time flies when you’re having fun. In any case, we booked a last minute trip to Charlotte, North Carolina for the weekend and decided our little lovebug, Charlee should tag along. Granted she won’t remember anything about this trip, it’s nice to see her happy and I’m just grateful to be spending time with my little family before my maternity leave ends this week coming. Can you even believe it’s been 10 weeks? I know I can’t. So far we’ve spent a majority of time lounging around in our hotel bed, snapping pics, eating, watching television and just enjoying playing with our little Char Char. This was our first time staying at the The Ballantyne Charlotte. The customer service has been awesome, we had the tastiest breakfast and the room is so cozy; I guess that explains we really haven’t left. We were only suppose to stay for one night, but ended up extending our stay to enjoy some more family time.

We up ended doing some thrift shopping late in the afternoon. Then we had to stop by Target to get Charlee some new clothes because she literally messed up every piece of clothing we packed for her. Even with a bib she still manages to get milk spit and whatever else on her nicest outfits. This is life traveling with a newborn, lol. Kind of happy I spent 7 bucks on a pack of white onesies and not hundreds of bucks because newborns are messy messy humans with no regard for clothing preservation, lol. Did I mention Charlee enjoyed every plush pillow in the room? All she wanted to do was lounge on the bed, sounds about like her mom, lol. 😂 I can’t wait until she can talk see we can go back and forth with commentary on our latest Netflix binge watch. Keep scrolling for lounging pics with Charlee.

After many ours of lounging around in bed, playing with Charlee, snapping pics, talking and watching television, we finally decided it was time to eat, so we ordered some cheap Chinese food from down the street. I couldn’t be happier to just be chilling with my little family and enjoying some good quality time. COVID has stopped a lot things from happening in 2020, but one thing it didn’t do was stop me from valuing quality family time, in fact it gave me more time to think about family and how much it truly means to me. Since having Charlee, family time has a whole new meaning these days. It’s about the little things. I use to be all hung up on getting out, doing excursions and exploring the world, but now it’s just about spending time with the fam, getting to know my loved ones on a deeper level and just living life with out time restrictions and distractions. I’m going back to work with a new perspective. My family is everything to me and I want my daughter to feel loved all the time. I want her to know that family comes first and spending time together is a priority in our household. Work is great, hanging out with my friends is great, but my family means more.

Stay tuned for part two of my stay at in Ballantyne.

Till next time friends.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


BRIDE VIBES WITH OAK CITY BRIDAL

Before you say anything about me already being married, just know that if I had to do it all over again, I’d be getting my gown from Oak City Bridal. This was by far one of the best bridal experiences EVER, minus the fact that I’m not getting married and this was just a shoot to showcase some of the amazing gowns from the Oak City Bridal Collection. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to get all dolled up with make-up and hair and prance around in pretty white gowns for a day? LOL. 😂

For those wondering about Oak City Bridal, they are a fairly new bridal shop in the downtown Raleigh area. They have some of the best bridal gowns and accessories in town and there is literally something for every bride out there with bridal gowns ranging from sizes 0-30. I was surprised to hear about their size selections as this was definitely not a range you would have seen when I got married back in 2011. Not gonna lie, my own bridal gown shopping experience wasn’t really the best, but I really think I’ve made up for it by trying all these mezmerizing gowns from Oak City Bridal that day.

Every bride wants to look and feel their best and most importantly, brides want to have a comfortable, stress-free bridal shopping experience. I’m almost positive you will get that from Oak City Bridal. I stopped in a day before this fun shoot to get fit for the gowns I’d wear for the shoot and Oak City Bridal owner, Stacia, was the sweetest, kindness soul EVER. She really made me feel right at home, we had great conversation and the shop had an array of gown options for me to try on in my size. Never have I ever been somewhere where I fit almost ALL the sample sizes. When I was planning my wedding, I remember that there weren’t many options in my size. As a curvy girl, with curvy friends, I’m so happy to have found a bridal shop that is inclusive, so I can recommend to all my friends who are getting hitched.

Need I say more?

Now, you know I can’t end this post without sharing the IG handles and contact information for the amazing photography, hair and make-up team. They were a dream and I felt like a queen. It really does take a village, huh, LOL 😂 Check out all the amazing talent that made this day possible at their IG handles below:

Photographer: @arikashelest
Venue: @norris.house
Dresses: @oakcitybridal
Hair and Makeup: @wedded Kiss  (Hair Sarah/ Makeup Nina)
Models: @kgazda6889 @sincerelydeidra @withlove_ema
Till next time.
Sincerely,
Deidra Marie 😊


ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Just dropping in to share a few photos from this past Sunday. Charlie and always take a few pics on this deserted road when we go home to visit his family. Father’s Day was pretty chill. We ate Charlie’s mom and step dad and went to church too. Good food and good vibes, what more could a girl want. I’ll be hanging with my dad this weekend since we spent last weekend with Charlie’s dad. I’m thinking about cooking him a big seafood dinner, but we’ll see. #tobecontinued

Lipgloss is Central Perk by OuiFresh. This is one of my fav colors. It’s a neutral and their lipglosses are ultra moisturizing! Get up on this, you won’t regret it.

Jumpsuit by New York and Company. I just LOVE their jumpsuits. They fit me so well.

Anywho, I’ll be back with some dope content soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie