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Amazing shoes from Charlotte Olympia that most of us can’t afford (but all of us can enjoy!)

Generally when I do these shoe posts, I make a point to provide a range of pricing options, from $30 pleather flats that might start falling apart after one wear, all the way up to “Holy shit, those shoes cost more than my entire catering budget!” Last week, a reader wrote in to very specifically request a post about Charlotte Olympia’s line of shoes. I took one look at had three responses…

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How my dead cat helped me propose to my boyfriend

When Eric and I started dating I told him I didn’t think much of marriage and I didn’t know if I wanted to have kids. I felt like marriage ends in divorce about half the time, and kids infringe on your freedom. Why willingly subject yourself to that stuff? But seeing how much he was there for me during one of the harder times of my life made me trust him so completely. I began to think if he has this much patience and concern for a cat that isn’t even his responsibility to take care of, imagine how dedicated and loving he will be to our family.

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Honor your pet by wearing their name tag to your wedding

For a lot of people pets are family… so it makes sense that many couples want to include their fave furry sidekick on their wedding day. At their courthouse elopement, Cullie and Chris came up with a subtle way to honor their recently deceased cat: Cullie wore the cat’s collar and name tag on her wrist.

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An intimate Beverly Hills courthouse elopement featuring a whole lot of YELLOW

Cullie and Chris recently eloped at the Beverly Hills Courthouse with a celebration that placed a lot of emphasis on YELLOW and we’re talking everything from the groom’s tie to the bride’s roses and carnations! Chris is a collector of graffiti art, and after the ceremony the couple wandered around West Hollywood to take photos against many of the area’s fantastically-colored walls.

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A sunny picnic wedding with lawn games and love

[vendor-heart link=""]Carly Bish[/vendor-heart] sent over this stunning, sun-soaked picnic wedding and we ate it up. But when we found out that it was held at her childhood home, we knew it was really special to her. See, Carly’s brother married Kristin. Kristin’s sister, Chaitra (the bride), met and married one of Carly’s brother’s best friends since childhood, Ryan (the groom). So their meeting (and loving) was inevitable. Sweet story aside, let’s get on to the deets: lots of DIY decor, handmade fascinators, picnic blankets as reception tables, lawn games, ribbon wands (perfect for the nearby kitteh)… it’s your own virtual vacation.

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Heather & Tim’s tiny fall guerrilla wedding in the park

Follow those ruby slippers! Loving the simplicity of this ceremony in the park with a brother from each side of this partnership co-officiating before heading back to the couple’s apartment to celebrate. The cozy party features lots of beaming faces of all ages — even a quiet moment with their cats.