I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that I don’t have an inspiration board today. To be honest, I just wasn’t that inspired. When I actually started writing the piece, I felt like the ideas that I had just weren’t coming together. I was almost forcing an inspiration board to happen, even though I really didn’t feel like the pieces were fitting together. That’s the bad news.

The good news, on the other hand, is that I have had one of my very rare “WOW-that’s-so-true” thoughts.

So many brides are pressed for time…choosing the locale, booking the vendors, picking out the attire, figuring out the flowers, the menu, the favors, the band…the list goes on and on. Not to mention, the engagement parties, the showers, the long lunches with your mom talking about all of the little details. It’s no wonder I get so many emails from rather busy, rather un-inspired brides. So, here is my WOW thought…there is absolutely no way that you will be able to have a stylish, inpsired wedding without taking the time to (and forgive the cliche), smell the roses. If you aren’t enjoying your engagement, allowing yourself time to simply “be” in the planning process, the wedding itself will reflect that. We all want that perfect wedding. But it will never happen if you are forcing it to. Step back, remember what a wedding actually is, remember who you and your fiance are as a couple, and let the inspiration just happen. The best weddings come from those people who are so in love, they forget to obsess about all the details.

Okay, enough of my rambling. I don’t have an inspiration board as promised, but I do have ONE FABULOUS FIND!!!

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Check out this great new company called Spice Box…a luxury gift box company started by two twenty something women who have an incredible eye for detail and a thoughtful sense of style. Their boxes are handcrafted, then filled with products that scream luxury, personality and elegance, each with it’s own theme. These are not your standard gift basets, people…they are beautifully packaged keepsakes, filled with pieces that will actually be appreciated and even better, that will be used. I love love love them.

And, I think that they are a perfect compliment to any wedding…from hotel welcome baskets to thank-you gifts for the people that helped you along the way or bridesmaid’s that flew from all over the country just to be with you.

Here are some great pictures of the boxes…

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The first one (top left) is their Bayleaf Baker… “It’s about making something that looks beautiful and tastes incredible. This box is filled with quality items to cater to the chef in your life. Make their time in the kitchen easier with the high quality kitchen tools, oversized premium dishtowels and an ultra thick potholder. Even better, make their time in the kitchen fun with the fashionable apron that is available with a special personalized touch. The perfect gift for cooking enthusiasts, brides-to-be, hostesses or new home owners.”

The second box (top right) is the Peppermint Pamper…”Relaxation. Tranquility. Rest. Everyone needs moments of pampering in the chaos of life. This collection of skin care products was selected to rejuvenate the body with divine fragrances and luxurious moisturizers. Savor the delectable dark chocolate and unwind in the personalized spa wrap. The perfect way to create a moment of indulgence. A gift of serenity for busy women everywhere!”

The third (bottom left) is Tarragon Tubtime…”Splashing in the water while spending some quality time with mom or dad makes bathing a joyous ritual for tots. This colorful and fun box will add to that excitement! We have hand-selected gentle products to cleanse, moisturize, and protect the delicate skin of your little one. Brightly colored washcloths and the highest quality customizable hooded towel were added to create a set loaded with premium products, all with the intent of enhancing tub time. A fabulous gift for parents of young children!”

The fourth (bottom right) is the Merrymint box…”We love winter with its cold, frosty nights, crackling fires and snowmen. This coordinating assortment of goodies will make the family want to stay home, bake cookies and drink hot chocolate. This set is chock full; it includes an adult apron, a child’s apron, mugs, stir spoons, cocktail napkins, hot cocoa, and chocolate shavings. The adorable chocolate brown and red polka dot pattern, with whimsical embroidery details will make this a festive set to give to those special families on your gift list.”

How cute is all this stuff! Props to the creators, as it is such a great idea! Check out the Spice Box website for even more ideas.