The Greatest Day

August 17th, 2013 was a warm sunny day. We were surrounded by friends and family, he was in khaki and I was in white. This would be the day that I would marry my high school sweetheart, the man whom I started dating exactly 5 years earlier. It was the best day of my entire life…

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Our colors were mint, pink, and gold with touches of peach here and there. We said our nuptuals under a large old tree with chandeliers and twelve of our closest friends surrounding us. We wrote our own vows and ended the ceremony with a butterfly release as a symbol of new beginnings and in memory of family members who would attend our wedding from above. Following our ceremony we served appetizers and invited our guests to join in a game of croquet or ring toss.

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Our reception was held in a large beautiful barn on the same property. Chandeliers adorned the ceiling while chiavari chairs, a cotton candy machine and mason jars decorated the ground.

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Photography by Marcin Tomaszczyk

What I’m Loving… While I Was Busy

What I'm Loving
Okay, I’ll admit I’ve been one busy girl lately and haven’t been able to post! Over this past month I’ve fallen in love with a lot of new products and trends. Enjoy!
Target Candles: Yep, these made it into my favorites once again! I love Target’s candles! Not only do they smell amazing, but they also come in really cute containers! My favorite is a mason jar shaped one!
Chevron: Along with the rest of the world, I  have been obsessed with this print! I love it on everything; table cloths, clothing, my nails, etc.
Essie Muchi muchi: This is definitely my favorite nail polish color at the moment!
Aussie 3-Minute Miracle: I’ve always heard about how amazing this is but I’ve never had the guts to try it until now. It makes your hair incredibly soft and it smells so good!
Bubble Necklaces: i might be going a little overboard on this trend…I wear a bubble necklace probably everyday. I just love how they can add a pop of color and interest to any outfit! I’ve accumulated a lot of these lately, oops…
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10 Ways to Prep your Home for Spring!

Boy have I been busy! I just completed my Winter trimester of college classes and am finally enjoying the perks of Spring Break! unfortunately for me though it doesn’t really seem like Spring where I’m at. Usually this time of the year there are things that I like to do to my home to make it feel more like Spring and here are 10 things you can do too:

1. Paint your front door: This is a simple way to freshen up your environment. Choose a bright color if you dare! The front door colors I’m loving right now are avocado, yellow, and light blue!

2. Floral Toss Pillows: If there’s one thing that I love to buy to change the look of my space, its pillows! Pillows in a floral of whimsical texture or pattern are perfect to liven up your home in the spring! I got the two pictured above at Target recently and am so in love with them!

3. Fresh Scented Candles: Put away those winter-ey candles and break out something that smells fresh from the farmers market! Right now I’m loving a Green Tea and Sage candle I purchased from Target and my other favorite, London Calling (Tea and Lemon) from Bath and Body Works.

4. Clean, Clean, Clean!: Maybe it’s just my OCD nature, but I love cleaning in the spring! There’s nothing more than freshly shampooed carpets to make my home feel fresh!

5. Rearrange: New seasons for me feel like new beginnings. This is why I love to rearrange my home in the spring! Arrange your living room to take advantage of the sunshine the best you can. This will be different in every home but I promise you that by giving yourself a great view of the outdoors will be an instant mood lifter!

6. Accessorize: Little bird sculptures, bird cages, or colorful frames are a few things that I love to use to accessorize my home in the spring. Go for pops of color on your mantle, bathroom counter, or nightstand.`

7. Garden: Obviously this is going to be different depending on where you live, but if you’ve got the opportunity to do it I suggest start your gardening. Get some new mulch or even plant some flowers.

8. Put away the heavy stuff: Put away your heavy winter blankets and bust out something a little lighter. Also, if you have flannel sheets on your bed this may be a good time to get rid of those as well.

9. Outdoor Space: If you’re like me and you love to barbecue or sit around the fire on a spring/summer night, this would be a nice time to put your patio furniture out. A nice new outdoor rug or porch lights are another way to freshen up your outdoor space. Even a new door mat can make your home feel more like Spring.

10. Enjoy it: Last and probably most importantly is to take advantage of the spring air. Open up your windows, go for a walk, and live everyday to the fullest. Spring 2013 is only going to happen once so we might as well enjoy it while we have it!

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My Bedtime Essentials

My Bedtime Essentials
So lately I have not been getting very good sleep! I’ve been going to bed way too late and just not taking the necessary steps to fall asleep right. This got me to thinking, what are the things I use on nights when I actually sleep good? Well here they are!
1. Cuddle Buddy: This is by far the most important thing that I need to fall asleep. Whether it’s my man or my cat, I just need someone to cuddle with to feel comfortable and get a good nights rest.
2. Aromatherapy Body Wash: I love this body wash/bubble bath combo from Bath and Body Works. The lavender scent totally relaxes me especially when I take a bubble bath or even just a shower right before bed.
3. Comfortable Pajamas: My sleep attire is different every night. Most of the time I just throw on one of my Fiance’s oversized T-shirts but I also love wearing comfortable little pajama sets like this. The key is to buy pajamas with a soft fabric.
4. Sleep Mask: This is a huge essential for me! Maybe it’s just me but if there is a tiny bit of light in my room I cannot fall asleep! I love sleep masks for this and I wear one every single night!
5. Sleepytime Tea: I don’t typically drink this every night but it’s something that I might start doing! My Mom has been giving me this tea since I was a little girl and on nights when I just can’t relax, this usually does the trick.
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I Got an Award!

Today I was given an amazing surprise! The beautiful and talented Alyssa from Bella Extase nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award! What and honor this is and I am ever so thankful! Thank you Bella Extase for this amazing gift!

In order to accept the award there are some rules:

  • Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
  • Let them know that you have nominated them.
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  • Thank the blogger who has nominated you.
  • Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.

So Here are my Random Facts:

1. I can’t swallow pills

2. I’ve never had the chicken pox

3. I get really creative at night

4. I’ve been with my Fiance since I was 15 years old

5. I’m basically a grandma…I’m obsessed with floral, cats, and cameos of course.

6. I’m incredibly allergic to pineapple

7. Before I was born my parents had a boy name and a girl name picked out for me. What’s extremely weird is that the boy name that my parents had picked out for me is my Fiance’s name…same first name and super similar middle name.

Here are my Nominees:

1. Bella Extase

2. Raw Composure

3. Lil Miss Trendy Pants

4. Simple and Stripedd

5. Chello Gorgeous

6. Beauty Bliss

7. Cupcake Affair

8. Chiche & Chouette

9. BecomingElizabeth

10. Pearls and Paris

11. Crafty Maddi

12. Just A Thought

13. Elizabeth’s Beauty

14. Polish Alcoholic

15. Better Than Beauty

Once again Thank You Bella Extase for the nomination!!!

False Eyelash Tips

Thick, gorgeous lashes are every girl’s dream but they can be hard to achieve. Several mascaras, serums, and falsies advertise that they will give you the desired look but can be hard to use. I know that I personally like to use falsies for special occasions but they can be expensive and most of the time are too long for my eye. Here are some tips for how to get the most out of drugstore falsies:

1. First and foremost I like to use the E.l.f. eyelashes. They are only $1.00 at Target! I prefer to buy these cheap lashes because when you don’t have a lot of money and you know you are only going to use them one time, they are perfect!

2. If you apply these with the length as is the eyelashes will more than likely look incredibly fake. This is why I prefer to cut mine in half and apply the wider half to the outer corner of my eye.

3. Let the glue get tacky before putting it on your eyelid or else it will glide around and dry in a funny spot.

4. Next I like to take the other half of the lash and apply it directly on top of the one previously applied.

5. Give the eyelashes a good 5 minutes or as needed to dry, checking them occasionally to make sure they stay in the correct spot.

6. After the eyelashes are dry I will prime my eyes, do my eyeshadow, and line my eyes, while trying not to mess with the falsies too much.

7. Lastly, I curl my lashes and apply two coats of mascara.

Using all of these steps you will have thick beautiful lashes perfect for day and night, This is the technique that I use and I have never had such great results. Let me know in the comments below how this works out for you or if you have any questions!

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The Mini Fishtail-Braid

My Valentine’s Day this year was pretty casual. I spent all day in class and like usual in the morning, I lacked motivation to do anything extravagant with my hair. Which is exactly why I chose to do this messy but cute hairstyle, the mini fishtail-braid.

Mini Fishtail How To:

1. This hairstyle can be done with any texture of hair, so if you want it curled do that now.

2. pull your hair up just above the ears and pin it back lightly with bobby pins.

3. Separate the hair in half

4. Now we fishtail it: Take 1/2 inch sections of hair from one section and cross them over into the opposite section.

5. Repeat until braid is the desired length.

6. Tie off with an elastic and you are done!

* If you would like to see a more in depth tutorial on how to fishtail please comment below!

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What I Wore

Yesterday was a very special day in my life! Not only was it the day that my Fiance and I celebrated Valentine’s Day together, but it was also our 4 1/2 year anniversary AND that means that we only have 6 more months until our wedding! Last night we went on a little date to a local fondue restaurant and saw a movie. It was a great night and this is what I wore!
What I Wore
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A Valentine’s Look: Pretty & Proper

A Valentine's Look
These 3 looks are perfect to wear on a dressy night out to a fancy restaurant, a night of dancing, or maybe an anniversary date! You’re going to look gorgeous either way!
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Beauty & Accessory Haul

Hello Friends! This is sort of a short collective haul of things I’ve gotten over the past couple of weeks. I’ve tried out a few of my new goodies but there are still some that I’m yet to try! Here’s what I think about the things I got:

1. Soap and Glory Set: My fiance got this for me on our most recent trip to the mall. It was only $25.00 and came with the large body butter, hand food, a small bottle of clean on me, and this adorable travel bag! This is the first time I’ve tried any of the Soap and Glory products and they smell Amazing!

2. Scarf and Necklace: Can you believe that both of these are from Avon? My mom just recently started selling it and I’ve become totally obsessed with the Mark products! They’re super affordable and great quality too!

3. E.l.f Products: I picked up these eyelashes and makeup brush Sunday evening from my local drugstore. I love E.l.f. products because they are so cheap and work great! The makeup brush I got is the stippling brush which I really like to use during my foundation routine. It’s really soft and makes my makeup look flawless! I’m planning on wearing the eyelashes for Valentine’s Day.

4. Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer: I saved the best for last here… I have been looking for a good concealer for such a long time and I finally think that I found it! I really like how this one goes on. I really like the thickness and the formula of this one. While some people might not like having a thick concealer, this one works amazing for me because it covers my dark under eye circles wonderfully!

Well this concludes my Beauty & Accessory Haul! I highly recommend all of these products and hope that you get a chance to try them out!

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