DIY lingerie bouquet & my Kohl's perfect pair

*This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was paid for this post and received the included panties as compensation.


We live right around the corner from a Kohl's and it's both a wonderful and dangerous thing. I'm in there at least once a week shopping for toys for Bear, decor for our house, clothes for myself and Zach, and lots in between. When I was contacted to do this post and try out Kohl's panties, I was naturally super excited to have an excuse to shop at one of my favorite stores.

I headed to Kohl's right away and dove head first into the "intimates" section. I wanted to try as many panties as I could to be able to accurately review them to all of you and of course find some panties that I love and could add to my own collection. I was pleasantly surprised at the selection Kohl's has; I could've spent all day in the lingerie section alone. For that reason, and because shopping for underwear can be a bit overwhelming, I've broken down my favorite six pairs of panties below just for you! Note that each pair comes in different colors, I just used black for the aesthetic of the post. I personally prefer nude in most undies, as it works best under light-colored clothing.
 

1. best boy short - I have friends that live in boyshorts and after trying the Maidenform Cotton Dream Tailored Boyshorts, it's easy to see why. These panties are so comfortable, I forgot I was even wearing them. The material is really stretchy and breathable; I'd recommend these for wear under any and all clothing. 
2. no lines + thong - I rarely wear thongs anymore but when I do, the Maidenform Comfort Devotion Tailored Thong is my go-to. The design really does mold to your body for a seamless look that absolutely does not show under clothing. They do tend to run a little small, so size up one size.
3. everyday tummy control - For everyday wear, the Olga Light Shaping Hi-Cut Panty is where it's at. I worried they'd cut into my skin but they didn't at all; the material is actually very soft and comfortable for all day wear. 
4. work-out friendly - The Fruit of the Loom Breathable Micro Mesh Low Rise Briefs are the ideal work-out panty. The mesh material is extremely comfortable and really breathable, which is ideal for sweating at the gym. 
5. high rise + comfort  - The Vanity Fair Seamless Hi-Cut panty looks smooth under clothing and doesn't ride up with wear. This is another great style for everyday basics and office wear.
6. best under dresses - I've very picky about what I wear under dresses, and the Bali Ultra-Control Seamless Brief is amazing. They really shape the tummy and slenderize your silhouette, making you feel more confident and look better in your clothing. They actually provide back support too, which is great for a long day of being on your feet in heels.

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When you are shopping for panties, think how you like your clothes to fit. Do you prefer high waisted jeans? Then chances are you'll prefer a similar panty. Do you like really low cut, short shorts? Then you probably want a low cut thong. I always size up a size in panties; I normally am a size XS/S in clothing but I get a Medium in panties every time. I just prefer a looser, more comfortable fit. Never be shy or embarrassed about the panties you buy; it's most important that you feel confident and sexy in what you're wearing. The panties won't show, but your smile and confidence will. 



Kohl's is also having a a Total Semi Annual Event 8/5-8/21 so be sure and shop the sale then! They're also offering $10 off $40 your Intimates purchase with promo code INTIMATES10. Promo code is valid 8/5-8/17. 

And now for the craft!

I can't begin to tell you the number of bachelorette parties I've attended where I was completely clueless as to what to gift the bride-to-be. Let's face it, all that fancy onesie-looking lingerie can be super expensive and who knows if the bride (and groom) are even in to that sort of thing. The safest bet? Panties. In the form of a rose bouquet? She's sure to love (and actually wear) it.

You can get creative with the colors you use, anything from rainbow to dusty pink. I chose red & cream because my friend Sarah is getting married soon and these are her favorite colors. This bouquet also makes a great bridal shower or Valentine's Day gift. My girlfriends and I exchange "Galentine's Day" gifts every year and I know what they're getting next year!

Kohl's really does have the best selection of panties; I especially love this Maidenform pair because they're so soft and sexy. Perfect for the bride-to-be! They also have beautiful lace detail, which makes them ideal for this project. Most of Kohl's panties are 3 for $30 and the quality is amazing. 

Any size of panties works for this project, just make sure that they have at least some lace on them. If the material is a little stretchy, that helps as well.

To create your own lingerie bouquet, you'll need:
-half a dozen or a dozen lace panties (I did a dozen, but 6 works just as well)
-scissors
-1 inch green painter's tape
-1/2 inch floral tape
-faux leaves
-25+ strands of floral wire
-tissue paper

Start by cutting the tags off of all the panties. Make sure you get the right size before doing so!

Lay a pair of panties flat as pictured.

Starting at the bottom, make one fold up to just below the middle of the panty.

Make another fold, stopping right at the bottom of the waistband.

Take the outside edge and begin rolling the panty tightly toward the other edge. 

As you near the center, take two pieces of floral wire and lay them in the middle of the panty. The top of the wire should be just below the top of the waistband (so it won't show then your rose is complete). Keep rolling the fabric until you've reached the other side.

Hold tightly onto your rose and use the green painter's tape to secure. Start about halfway down and begin wrapping around the rose in a circular motion. Wrap all the way down until you've reached the "stem", and then wrap another 2 inches down.

Grab your 1/2 inch floral tape and begin wrapping over the painter's tape. You'll do the exact same thing you did in the previous step, except this time you will wrap the floral tape all the way to the bottom of the stem.

Once the stem is fully wrapped and your flower is intact, stick a leaf or two in the back of the rose. I found these leaves in the floral department at Michael's; they already had this metal attached which worked really well. I also used a few without metal that worked fine, too.

Lay your roses in a bundle and wrap the tissue paper around the stems. Tie with a ribbon. 

You're all done! A lovely rose bouquet awaits a very lucky lady.

I'm dying to give these to sweet Sarah and hope she loves the bouquet as much as I enjoyed making it! If you have any questions at all, just leave them in the comments and I'm happy to answer as best I can. Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself on these tutorials so feel free to call me out if I skipped a step or two. The great thing about this project is that it's hard to mess it up; just roll the roses, tape 'em up, and you're set. I mean I can mess anything up but I'm sure you'll breeze right through. 

Roses that don't have to be watered and will never die? Now those are some florals I can get behind. 
Thanks for reading!

xo, Britt

*A big thank you to Kohl's for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
 

Elissa & Jose's Fairytale Wedding

It's been almost a year since my best friend's gorgeous wedding and I can't help but share pictures of the big day! Everything about it was absolutely perfect; putting "fairytale" in the title was no joke. I've known Elissa and Jose for over 10 years and I love them both dearly. I was ecstatic to be Elissa's matron of honor, and I wish both E & Jose a lifetime of happiness.

You'll notice in a few of these, pictures of a beautiful girl (on the bridal bouquet and framed on a table). This is our precious Beanie, salt of the earth and truly the most selfless, loving person I've ever known. She went to heaven 8 months before Elissa's wedding and was to be her maid of honor. Read more about her here. Elissa and Jose honored her beautifully, though she was missed every minute.

I'll let the pictures do the talking now...

I'm not sure how I narrowed it down to just 25 pictures because every aspect of the wedding was absolutely stunning. From the back of Elissa's gown to the groomsmen's socks, every last detail was perfection. And the flowers. And those pink pumpkins! The wedding was in October so they were such a pretty fall touch at the reception. Bear even attended! Thank you so much, E & Jose, for letting us be a part of your special day. It was the most stunning wedding for the sweetest couple.


Details:
florist/coordinator: Lary's Florist
photographer: Jessica D'Onofrio
dress designer: Allure
dresses from: Weddings by Debbie
make-up: Jentry Kelley
hair: Hues by Heather
reception venue: Raveneaux Country Club
videographer: Nathan Willis Wedding Films
stationery: A&P Design Co.
music: Scott Graham
cake: Cakes by Gina
bridal accessories (belt, headpiece, veil): Houston Bridal Gallery

xo, Britt