2018 Travel Update: Nine States Will Require Passports For Domestic Flights

travelHeads up! Travel and Leisure recently announced that gone are the days when a passport was reserved for international travel.  Beginning January 22, 2018, that will change for residents of nine states who will no longer be able to get past TSA security checkpoints with their state issued driver’s licenses to travel domestically but rather will need a passport, permanent resident card/green card or a military ID.

It’s called the Real ID Act of 2005, and apparently it states that state-issued IDs from these nine states do not meet the minimum security standards of the federal government:

  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

With just a few months until the Real ID Act goes into full effect, it is time to start planning now and look into getting your passport, especially if you have honeymoon or travel plans on the horizon.

Some states have started working on offering federally approved issued IDs that would not require a passport for domestic air travel but you’ll certainly want to check with your local government office to see if there is a different type of ID you can apply for.

So consider this your official PSA, if this applies to you and start applying for a passport now!  2018 isn’t too far away and there will be a last-minute rush for sure.

Music Monday: Why I Love You

Every once in a while a song is released that reminds you why love is so awesome.  And Why I love You by Major is one of those songs.  Don’t believe me?  Listen for yourself and keep it in mind when considering songs for your walk down the aisle.

I found love in you

And I’ve learned to love me too

Never have I felt that I could be all that you see

It’s like our hearts have intertwined and to the perfect harmony

This is why I love you

Ooh this is why I love you

Because you love me

You love me

This is why I love you

Ooh this is why I love you

Because you love me

You love me

I found love in you

And no other love will do

Every moment that you smile chases all of the pain away

Forever and a while in my heart is where you’ll stay

This is why I love you

Ooh this is why I love you

Because you love me

You love me

This is why I love you

Ooh this is why I love you

Because you love me

You love me

This is why I love you

Ooh this is why I love you

Because you love me

You love me

The stars have all aligned

And right now is the perfect time to say

I love you, I love you, I love you

I love you, I love you

This is why I love you

Ooh this is why I love you

Because you love me

You love me

This is why I love you

Ooh this is why I love you

Because you love me

Me

I found love in you

And no other love will do

That’s why I love you

Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue…wine?

blue-wineWhen it comes to weddings, if safe to say that Brides are leaning further and further away from tradition and as a result, I’ve been challenged by my brides to provide alternative (sometimes, OUTRAGEOUS) takes on various wedding traditions, including “something blue” and well, get ready to imbibe because while the wine world is full of choices – red or white, sparkling or still, refreshing rosé or spritzy vinho verde – I’ve discovered there’s yet another trend on the horizon and it’s blue!  And, if you’re like my brides, you may want to consider the following liquid libations for your upcoming wedding or blue-inspired event.

Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mousseux is a non-vintage Sparkling Chardonnay wine from California with an added hint of blueberries. It offers seductive flavors and fresh aromatic effervescence – vividly pasteled with blueberries and contained in an impressively sexy bottle.

Gik Bue WineGik wine is made using red and white grapes from vineyards in La Rioja, Zaragoza, León, and Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Gïk blends different varieties of red and white grapes with two organic pigments to turn it blue: anthocyanin, from the red grape skin, and indigotine, an organic compound commonly used as a reddish-blue food dye. The resulting flavour is enhanced with non-caloric sweeteners to create a product that is cross between a wine, a wine cooler and a cocktail mixer, with a mellow, sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

The company faced backlash in Spain for labeling the product as wine but after weathering regulatory hurdles, Gik is finally bound for retailers in Miami, Boston, and Texas, New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, California and Washington.

blumond-socialSaraceni Blumond Blue Bubbly is made in Italy and noted as being seductive and flavorful, sweet, light (containing only about 7.0% in alcohol), and bubbly!  I’ve actually had the pleasure of tasting this wine at a recent bridal show and I can confirm the reports – it’s delicious! And even better, they sell mini-blumond bottles which, in my opinion, is a perfect favor idea!

When talking about wine, the next question I almost always receive is, “how much will I need to purchase?”, because, let’s face it, there really is nothing worse than running out in the middle of a celebration! You typically want to give each guest 5 ounces and most standard bottles are 750ml, which pours about 5 glasses. Always account for the occasional spill and definitely expect a few guests to want a refill so I highly recommend 15 bottles for every 50 guests.

So what do you think?  Are you brave enough to try blue wine?

2017’s Strangest Beauty Trends

Perfect PoutInstagram has birthed all flavors of beauty and fashion trends over the years but in the last week, the beauty influencers have been pushing out a message that GONE are the days of perfecting smooth pouts, perfectly arched brows and understated make-up.   Instead, we should throw caution to the wind and embrace our inner wild-child, who apparently wants squiggles, feathers, and mood-changing hair color.

First up…squiggle eyebrows.  There’s not much we can add here except, after watching several videos of squiggles be applied, it takes a lot of skill to accomplish, when done “correctly”.

And that trend quickly morphed into the squiggle lip which, in some cases mirrored waves and others, spikes of color grossly over-applied to the lip.  It wasn’t long before a picture posted of one daring femme rocking both the squiggle brow and lip and while we will always be proponents of individuality, the final look seemed a bit overdone (but still, you GO girl!!)

And then, there were feather brows.  Now, having grown my eyebrows out before I’m not too sure why anyone would go for the full caterpillar effect to adorn their eyes but these ladies are making it work.

Maybe I’m not as adventurous as I thought I was because all of these were a mega-NO for me however, just as I was about to give up hope, I came across another trend that I can truly embrace – heat changing hair color!!

Professional hair-color and product line Pravana is soon releasing the industry’s first heat activated temporary hair color.  By just adding heat, you can have hair that instantly goes from lime green to yellow, cool violet to pink, smokey grey to invisible, or tropical peach to invisible.  Gives new meaning to wind-blown hair, right?  Additionally, if you flatiron or curl your hair, the heat from the tool will have the same effect so yeah, we’re sold!

I love to hear from our readers, and if you’ve tried or plan on trying one (or all) of them, let us know.

Friday Funday

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It’s been a hectic week so let’s have a little fun this Friday!!!  And drag our significant others into our crazy!! WITHOUT prompting, ask your significant other these questions and write EXACTLY what they say in the comments. The outcome can be hilarious.

  1. What is something I always say?
  2. What makes me happy?
  3. What makes me sad?
  4. How tall am I?
  5. What’s my favorite thing to do?
  6. What do I do when you’re not around?
  7. If I become famous, what will it be for?
  8. What makes you proud of me?
  9. What is my favorite food?
  10. What is my favorite restaurant?
  11. Where is my favorite place to visit?
  12. If I could go anywhere, where would it be?
  13. Do you think you could live without me?
  14. How do I annoy you?
  15. What is my favorite movie?
  16. Who is my celebrity crush?
  17. You get a phone call that I am in trouble, who am I with?
  18. What is my guilty pleasure?
  19. Do I snore?

We Want to Feature Your Love Story in our “Real Engagement” Series

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Photo Credit: Alexis Mattox Design

Calling all NEARLYWEDS!! There’s very few things we love more than a great love story. And if your love story has brought you to the life chapter titled ENGAGEMENT, Congratulations are in order and we want to feature you in our upcoming REAL ENGAGEMENT series.

All you have to do is answer our brief survey of fun questions below and once selected we’ll send you a confirmation and request a picture of you and your Fiance.  It’s that simple!