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Hello detailers!
You know those days where it’s just so gloomy, rainy, & cold that you don’t want to leave your bed, let alone your house? Definitely having one of those days over here. But something did manage to get me out of the house, dressed in my waterproof-best, & drive half-an-hour there & back with a huge smile on my face! Now what on earth could make someone do that, & on their day-off no less? CAKE, guys. CAKE. Not just any cake, though: a specially-made-for-Chelsea, gluten-free, dairy-free STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ARTWORK that is this amazing cake from none other than Classic Cakes in Carmel, Indiana!

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Classic Cakes completely blew my mind & expectations out of the water!!! I mean not only did they completely custom-make this entire cake, but it’s so on trend with the blush & metallic paintbrush strokes! Not to mention that amazing sugar floral centerpiece, I mean JUST LOOK AT THAT DETAIL.

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Do yourselves & your sweet tooths a favor & go pay a visit to Classic Cakes for all of your wedding & event needs! Guaranteed to exceed your expectations, not only with your cake, but with the customer service, as well.
P.S. A huge shoutout to my girl Megan for completely suprising me with this stunning sweet treat & taking care of me! You’re the absolute best!!! Did it for the gram, girl ✨
P.P.S. It’s chocolate, & it tastes EVEN BETTER than it looks!
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Glossary Post & Career Update ✨

About Me, Glossary Posts
Happy New Year, detailers!
We are nearing the end of engagement season (debatably either NYE or Valentine’s Day), & officially starting off my busy season, aka Bridal Christmas! This is the time of year when every bride is out shopping, & by shopping I mean connecting with vendors & finalizing those details for their big days!
I had an awesome event I hosted & planned for the Wedding Registry department at Macy’s (for months!) called a Sip & Scan, where we invite newly-engaged & married couples alike to create &/or complete their gift registries! Panera Bread provided sweet treats & bubbly beverages (non-alcoholic, of course! this still is a work event!), vendor representatives from KitchenAid, TravelPro, Tiffany & Co. & Gucci fragrances, Lenox & Kate Spade New York provided their expert advice & guided couples on the products they recommend based on their unique livestyles, while DJ DeeWett spun a mix of classic oldies & actual top hits, not early-2000’s top hits. This is the first time my department has put on this event in over 2 years, since there wasn’t anyone to actually put on & organize the event, so if you can imagine how nervous I was for this to go off without a hitch, then you’d understand my private minor meltdown 3 hours before the start of the event where I freaked out that no one would show. To my absolutely pleasant surprise, we had such an amazing turnout (so much more than I expected, I ended up having to run to the back towards the tailend of the night to make up more gift bags!) & upped registry value by over $60K! My bosses were elated at the news of the success of the event, & I feel like I’m so well on my way up in this industry! I also have a networking event coming up this Wednesday for the bridal industry, & I’m attending with an awesome mutual friend of mine & my hub’s whom we haven’t seen in a while, Laura! Business cards are already ordered & I’m so ready to get my name out there more! This is only the beginning, & I’m so excited for it ✨
I want to stick with the wedding registry theme for this next glossary term, & hopefully you guys end up learning something new!
Bone China | bone chi·na (n) ✨ a fine white &/or translucent, vitrified piece of dinnerware, usually consisting of 18% animal ash (hence the term “bone”) – Now keep in mind this isn’t your grandmother’s bone china she kept in that cabinet you’re allowed to touch, anymore. Bone china has upped its game & brought itself into the 21st century; that’s right, I’m talking dishwasher & microwave (so long as there are no metallic designs) safe! Bone china also happens to be the most durable dinnerware on the market, with some brands even boasting of their dinner plates surviving 6-foot drops!
I hope you all have a great rest of your morning, day, or evening; I myself am off to do a little late-night yoga sesh before the hubs gets home! I hope everyone had a wonderful, love-filled holiday season & great start to 2019, full of hope & promising resolutions! My New Years resolutions are very simple: I’m not making any rules for myself to follow, I just want to be the best-possible version of myself every day, take better care of my mind, body, & spirit, not care what others think, & continue to be the best wifey to my hubs & dog-mom to my little Bingley!
Love, 
Chelsea ✨

Pro Tip ✨ Bridal Shower Gifts & Wedding Registry Tips

About Me, Pro Tips
Good morning (or afternoon | evening) detailers!
I’m having a slow start to my day, & a very much-needed one at that! So I’m taking my time to enjoy my coffee this morning, & I wanted to share a few #protips for you guys regarding bridal shower gifts & registries! 
My husband’s youngest cousin is finally getting married to her long-time boyfriend, & I got to help her set up her registry through Macy’s- which made it even easier picking out her bridal shower gift, not going to lie! As a wedding registry consultant, I know how daunting a task it can be trying to select the perfect gift, & even more daunting when your idea of the perfect gift isn’t listed on their registry! I have a few tips for shopping off of registries:
  • Before heading into the store, research their registries online & have a plan for what you’d like to get them. I like to use The Knot‘s registry couple search engine, which pulls up every single active registry & which stores to shop at! Also, have a contingency plan for if your plan A doesn’t pan out or isn’t available. 
  • If shopping in-store, have access to their registry on-hand by having the registry list printed out or accesible on your phone. If you’re lucky enough to have to shop for your gift at Macy’s (no bias intended!), partner with your local Wedding Advisor who will be able to guide your shopping experience & help you find exactly what you’re looking for. 
  • If you’re planning on shipping the gift, make sure you have the address where the couple wants gifts shipped to handy, & keep in mind that address may not always be theirs! In my experience, I’ve found a lot of couples prefer to use their parents’ address for shipping wedding gifts, especially when they live in an apartment &/or have moving plans in the near future!
  • Remember, as much as you think they’d love that crystal vase they should have added to their registry, it’s best to stay in the safe zone & buy the couple something they actually want. That’s the whole point of having a registry, anyways- it’s a surefire guarantee you’re going to get EXACTLY what you want. As tempting as it is to stray, be a good & gracious guest & stick to the registry!
That being said, I know that buying housewares isn’t the most glamorous of gifts to purchase, but you can still totally get creative, even with ladles & oven mitts! I put together what I deem to be an adorable & creative bridal shower gift, all purchased off their registry, & I spend less than $50 total! (thank you, discounts!)
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I honestly had the so much fun putting this together for Cort-lyn & Cameron (Cameron was especially excited about the wok!) Off their registry, I purchased a 7 1/2-quart wok by Tools of the Trade, a set of 3 kitchen towels (which are on clearance right now!) & a garlic mincer by Martha Stewart, a 3-in-1 avocado slicer by Oxo, & a juicer & zester by Goodful (side note: I absolutely LOVE this brand! Their social media game is phenomenal, & they’re all about healthy & mindful living! I’m super thrilled they started releasing a line of cool & useful products that endorse healthy, happy living). I [very carefully] arranged all of the aforementioned in the wok, & then found this awesome recipe for Southwestern Fiesta Chicken, which incorporated the use out of everything, including the wok! Plus, sparkly green bows for added flair. Again, I was super proud of this. 
I presented the gift as such, & Cort-lyn & Cameron loved it! Her bridal shower was the perfect gathering of all of the women that came to love & celebrate the blushing bride. 
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Her mother & sisters hosted the gathering at her mom’s new house, which was beautifully adorned with silver & white winter decor. There was hot cider, strong coffee from the family’s local favorite coffee shop (that the bride herself was once a barista at!), & a yogurt bar with all of the mix-ins you can imagine! 
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A big congratulations to Cort-lyn & Cameron. They are such a beautiful couple, inside & out, & I’m so blessed to call them family. Wishing you both so many years of happiness, health, & lots of pizza dates with us at Noble Roman’s! 
Love, 
Chelsea ✨

Trending ✨ Debunked!

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Hello detailers, & ✨ happy 1st Anniversary to All in the Details ✨
First off, my apologies – I know it has been a very long hiatus, & a very busy couple of months for me both personally & professionally (I’ll be posting a job update later – stay tuned!), so now I’m ready to get back to blogging & chatting with you all, starting with the latest & greatest in what’s #trending!
A very cynical Offbeat article by an even more cynical writer was released trying to shame certain wedding trends, calling them “hipster,” “dumb,” & a whole other slew of less-than-intelligent monosyllabic words with no actual backing or research. So I’ve decided to take the very same things that bitter author wrote about & debunk them, showcasing exactly why you actually SHOULD incorporate them into your own special days instead!
Mason Jars

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Mason jars are multi-purpose containers; not only do they make great country chic glassware for that romantic, rustic barn wedding, but they can be transformed to befit any & all wedding themes, serving as centerpieces & decor, wedding favors, lighting, & so much more!
Personalized Wedding Shoes

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There wasn’t much commentary in the article as to why you SHOULDN’T have personalized wedding shoes besides “there are other options,” which we are all very aware of (thank you, Captain Obvious).
Personalized wedding shoes are a great memento from your special day, giving you the chance to reflect back on that day every time you wear them! Monogramming & personalization is a huge rising trend, & not just because you’re guaranteed to pretty much never lose the item! The customization & ability to make an item – even your wedding shoes – your own is what everyone wants; we all want something that is just uniquely ours! Check out Figgie Shoes for some serious wearable works of art, celebrating you & your special day.
Donut Walls

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Let’s get one thing straight: not everyone likes cake (see my National Ice Cream Day post for example!). An awesome alternative to the traditional dessert has risen in the midst of cake-haters, & an even more-awesome way to display it, too! Think about it: yes, you could totally have boxes with a pair of donuts in each, or go through catering to have them “serve” the donuts for you at your venue, but the Great Wall of Donuts is an eyecatching, fun, easy, & germ-free way to grab & enjoy the sweet treat (so that you can quickly get back to that dance floor!).
Naked Cakes

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On a similar tune to the Donut Wall debacle, just like how not everyone likes cakes, usually the culprit behind their distaste for the dessert is the presense (or sheer amount) of frosting. Naked cakes became the happy medium for couples that still wanted to enjoy a traditional dessert on their wedding days, but opted for less frosting & more savoring the actual cake itself! Chrissy Teigen & John Legend were one of the first to opt for this option befitting their romantic & rustic Italian lakeside wedding, & inadverdently started a huge trend!
Mashtini Bars

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There is a reason they call it comfort food: that warm, happy feeling (pre-food coma) from eating savory foods during the holidays makes you want to cuddle up by a fire with a fleece blanket & enjoy family time. There is no shame in incorporating your favorite holiday foods in your wedding day, especially if the date falls during late August – December! Add a twist to the buffet-style serving by making a mashtini station, where scoops of mashed potatoes can be featured in martini glassware/plasticware alongside fan-favorite mix-ins!
Burlap

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Overdone & referred to as “the worst fabric of all time.” Well, I’m here to tell you that burlap is a multi-purpose, inexpensive, & easy-to-coordinate fabric that adds a flair of rustic appeal, while still working well with your overarching theme & color palette. The neutral tone & texture is unique to burlap, & can be cut & shaped to befit any decorum, accessory, & need!
Chocolate Fountains

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The OG of party dessert: the chocolate fountain. What I love about chocolate fountains is that this is something that everyone across all ages can enjoy taking part in! Kids love it because 1) it’s chocolate, & 2) it has the potential to be very messy. Adults love it because 1) again, it’s chocolate, & 2) it is a fun & alternative method to every-day eating! If you are truly worried about the mess it could potentially cause, situate the fountain in it’s own dessert corner/area so that it is safe from drunk & disorderly bystanders & children running amok alike!
Gray Wedding Cakes

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Wedding cakes can (& should be!) ANY color that the couple wants, regardless of whether or not the cake “looks like it died 50 years ago & is haunting the wedding.”
*cue dramatic eyeroll*
Gray is elegant, neutral, clean, pristine, rustic, & NOT just reserved for cloudy days & funerals. Whether an accent color or the focal point of your event theme, don’t be afraid to experience any of the many shades of gray!
Candy Buffets

 

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I’m calling out all of my sweet-tooths to band with me on this one – CANDY IS DANDY, Y’ALL. A candy bar is an awesome & unique addition to the dessert area, or just as an alternative to the traditional sweets usually delved out during the event! The sweet treats are sure to be not only a crowd-pleaser that gets them up & running to the dessert area, but also gets them to the dance floor from the sugar rush! Plus, it gives your guests a wedding favor they are sure to enjoy!
Elaborate Bridesmaids Proposals

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Asking your squad to be by your side for all the wedding mayhem that could happen before, during, & after the event, help you hold your dress while you use the bathroom, combat any unruly relatives, & still ensure that you have the best night of your life IS A BIG DEAL. If you want to elaborately “propose” to your bride squad, I say go right ahead & please send me the pictures! I am all about ensuring that everyone feels special & included, and there is nothing wrong with making your besties feel a semblance of how you felt when your future spouse popped the question!
Wedding Signage

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The point of signage is to help the flow of traffic, keep people informed, & exhibit information. It’s almost essential to have some form of signage in your wedding, whether it is table seating charts, directions to the bathrooms or reception areas, or fun decor! Plus, it’s an opportunity to be creative with phrasing & colors, can be customizable to fit your theme & even have your unique relationship, &/or what you bond over as a couple together, incorporated into them.
Sand Ceremonies

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For those of you that don’t know, a sand ceremony is one of many forms of the tradition of symbolically unifying the couple during the wedding ceremony, usually involving two or more different colored sands that represent the couple as individuals, & combining them together in one container, representing their marriage. As far as calling a sand ceremony or the container of your choice “ugly,” it’s a lot like shaming the couple for wanting to symbolically celebrate their union out of bitterness. And don’t worry, there are plenty of beautiful sand ceremony containers (like the one above) that you would be proud to showcase in your home.
Bridal Cowboy Boots

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This is totally a personal preference, like wearing customized Chucks or sky-high stiletto heels. Don’t bag on a person’s shoe preference for THEIR wedding day, it’s THEIR choice! If you want to wear cowboy boots to your beautiful, rustic barn wedding, DO IT. If you want to rock $800 red-soled heels, DO IT. Get the thought out of your head that your wedding day is supposed to live to anyone else’s expectations & standards except for you & your future spouse’s, & walk all over those hateful opinions in your boots.
Wedding Ring Photos

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Ring photography is truly a work of art, & when it’s framed &/or blown up on a canvas, it can be such a statement piece of art for your home that you can look at & reminisce on your special day.
Barn Weddings

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On a related note to the cowboy boots, barn weddings set the perfect tone for a romantic, rustic event. Critiques were posed that “city people” shouldn’t partake in having a barn wedding because they don’t live on a farm, but that is such a limiting, ignorant position to take, when in reality the universe should be the limit on your wedding day & where you want to hold it. To my fellow city-slickers, barn weddings are rustic & beautiful, & you should not be afraid to have your wedding in one just because you didn’t grow up on a farm.
Succulents

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Succulents are the perfect form of greenery to add to bouquets & centerpieces. Not only do they transport well & have more durability than flowers, but because they are a part of the cactus family they’re very easy to keep alive, requiring very little attention even post-event, ensuring that you can keep them alive for much longer than any regular flower arrangement.
His & Hers Cocktails

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The aforementioned cynic has, surprisingly enough, made an insightful point regarding his & her cocktails: not all brides want a sweet, “girly” drink, & not all men prefer whiskey on the rocks. Since there was no [intelligent] afterthought at all, I figure I’d finish this by saying that his & hers cocktails are yet another great way for you to incorporate the unique couple that you are. Put all judgments aside of what people think you should be drinking, & remember that this is your day to celebrate & party the way that YOU want to!
Cupcake Stands

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I’m feeling personally victimized by this article if they’re hating on having cupcakes. Cupcakes are for EVERYONE, not just for kids’ birthday parties or school bake sales. Have your CUPcake & eat it, too!
Macarons

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Macarons are so not over, folks. If you’re not a cake (or cupcake) person, they make for a great dessert alternative, & also party favors everyone is guaranteed to enjoy!
Punny Wedding Favors

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Let’s all be real for a second, everyone loves a good pun/dad joke. And when you can make it work with the theme of your event, be all for it! Your wedding day is supposed to be filled with laughter, fun & happiness, & incorporating puns as part of the event will be sure to get a rise out of you & your guests alike!
Dogs as Ring Bearers

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I’m taking this one personally as a dog-owner. There is absolutely NO REASON why you shouldn’t include your best furry friends on your special day, especially if the dog is a family pet &/or the couple’s! You also have to remember that not everyone has small children at their disposal for the roles of ring bearers & flower girls, so your 4-legged companion can take on the role with pride & tail wags for days! Plus, think of how cute those wedding pictures are going to turn out (i.e. see above)!
Pro tip: have a leash, food & a water bowl, & some treats on hand to keep your pup entertained & happy before, during & after the festivities!
Themed Tables Instead of Table Numbers

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I love the idea of doing themed tables instead of the traditional table numbers with seating arrangements, especially when the table theme is centered around something that is unique to the newlyweds! Not being able to pick where you sit sometimes isn’t the most ideal of situations when you’re attending these events, but having a themed table is a great ice breaker to get guests who don’t know each other that are seated together talking!
Throwing the Bouquet

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In my single days, I went to many weddings & not going to lie, I slightly dreaded having to stand there basically announcing to the world that I’m still waiting for my own Prince Charming. But there was also something so thrilling about being up there, competing for that intricately-arranged bouquet in which catching it signified that “you’re next!” It was a total adrenaline rush, & now that I’m married & get to watch from the sidelines, it is one of the most entertaining sights to behold in person. Nixing this tradition would not only slightly disappoint your single ladies, but also the guests that secretly hope for a catfight to happen!
Metallic Cakes

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I am loving this metallic trend that has been on the rise for the last couple wedding seasons, as opposed to the traditional, all-white tiered cakes that make me yawn. Metallics are not only aesthetically pleasing, but pair well with virtually any color & theme you have going on with your event!
P.S. “It looks like it tastes like pennies.” Grow up, author.
Expensive Wedding Dresses
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As a former Bridal Stylist & Consultant for David’s Bridal, I truly loved my time getting to interact with brides of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, & of course personalities! Each one had different expectations, needs & desires for their dream gown, but budget was the difference I found to be the most prevalent. Ladies, let me tell you straight: the wedding dress of your dreams is attainable, no matter what your budget is. I’ve had brides from every financial background & I can tell you with 100% honesty that you can & will say yes to your dress, whether you’re spending $100 or $10,000 on it. That being said, if you want to drop $10,000, I say absolutely go for it, but take care of your dress afterwards. Have it dry-cleaned, preserved (both David’s Bridal & The Knot have dress preservation services), or kept safe for future generations to potentially use!
Fondant

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I have to hand it to cake decorators because it is not easy to bake perfect cakes & create intricate designs (like the one above) with fondant. It is such a beautiful art, & there are endless possibilities with colors, shapes, designs, you name it. And for those of you Negative Nellies out there that aren’t a fan, don’t eat it, plain & simple!
Special Wedding Day Champagne Flutes

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The champagne flutes you use on your wedding day are symbolic, as you cheers to starting this brand new adventure with your best friend by your side. Wedding day champagne flutes aren’t just for the day-of either; you’ll be sure to find a reason to pull them out on special occasions – like anniversaries & other milestone celebrations! It gives you a great excuse for you & your love will always look back on that first toast & reminisce the great memories from your wedding day.
Dieting for the Wedding Day

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This particular topic is an extremely personal one, & is very subjective to each individual person. Your wedding day is supposed to be the very beginning of the next chapter of the rest of your life, the opening “Once Upon a Time…” if you will. On that day, there is a huge expectation of not only feeling your best, but looking your best, & let’s face it: we all want to feel the most special, the most attractive, & our absolute best on our wedding days. If you are a firm believer in that “sweating for the wedding” is going to help you achieve that level of happiness that you rightly deserve, I’m all for it! What I’m not a proponent for is that EVERYONE has to lose weight for their weddings, which is definitely not the case. Do whatever makes you happy, & whether it’s losing or gaining, remember that your future spouse fell in love with ALL OF YOU, just as you already are, & that is perfect for them.
At the end of the day, remember that it is YOUR special day, & no one (myself included!) can tell you exactly how or what to incorporate in it. Do whatever you firmly believe is going to not only make you happy that day, but also help put your best foot forward going into this next exciting chapter! & as always, reach out to me if there is anything I can help you with!
Best,
Chelsea ✨

The History of the Legend of the Knife & the Penny ✨ #thehistoryofseries

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Hello my lovelies!
I’ve been absolutely LOVING my new job, and if I do say so myself, I’m pretty stellar at it ✨ Besides getting to help out amazing couples build their new lives together, it’s continuing education for me as I learn about different products and vendors, what’s trending in the industry, and what’s on its way out. I love getting to learn about the history and evolution of the items that make a home, and I learned an interesting tradition that I thought I’d share with all of you!
The knife was one of the first ever tools forged by man, and has come a long way since our more barbaric ancestry. Throughout time and civilization, the knife evolved into a tasteful piece of flatware, with time spent creating and marveling at the precious metals and intense sharpness it is notorious for. Although an essential kitchen item that will be utilized for years to come, the idea of gifting a knife as a wedding present is often seen as a bad omen, and a poor reflection of the relationship between the gift giver(s) and receiver(s)!
The gift of a knife, especially as a wedding present, has been made infamous for generations as symbolic of severing the relationship ties, even to be believed to have the potential to sever the bonds of marriage. To prevent the bad luck omen, a tradition arose of including a coin with the gift, specifically a penny taped to the blade of the knife! Why on Earth, you ask, would you tape a penny to the knife to prevent bad luck from happening? It became common to include a penny as a form of payment for the gift receiver to give back to the gift giver, as if to represent paying for the knife instead of receiving it as a present! Essentially, they found a loophole. Plus, it makes for an extremely memorable gift!
There you have it, folks! As always, any questions or comments you have, I’m available to answer!
Best, Chelsea 

Career Update ✨

About Me
The power of positivity is real, guys. I just accepted & started my new management position with Macy’s as a…
Wedding & Gift Registry Advisor ✨ 
I’m super excited to not only get started working for a great company, but it is in my field of expertise, pay increase with benefits, and there is a ton of room to climb up in management! (Plus that discount isn’t too bad, y’all!) I’m super, super excited to share this chapter with you guys, and will continue to give updates, so wish me luck! 
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Fun Fact: My guilty pleasure is definitely The Bachelor franchise, and following these two’s love story has been the very definition of a roller coaster of emotions, not just for the parties involved but for the fans pining for them! This is magical, and gives everyone hope. Congratulations to Ashley & Jared!