Monday, September 15, 2014

AUTUMN ROMANCE STYLED WEDDING




Jake and I were fortunate enough to be a part of a beautiful styled wedding shoot. The Wondershop Series is a workshop hosted every three months by Jessie Alexis Photography and Lizy Bowden of Lizy's Lillies. These two exquisite ladies come together to create a beautiful styled shoot for photographers who want to enhance their craft. This particular shoot was inspired by autumn romance, filled with rich maroons and burgundies. The incorporation of figs, plums, and pomegranates were some of my favorite touches. Plus getting to hang out with a group of ultra-talented artists, wearing a designer wedding dress while loving on my handsome husband isn't half bad. ;)

Photographers photos used above:
Jessie Alexi Photography
Casey James Photography
Lori Romney Photography
Maria Corona Photography

Florals/Table Styling:
Lizy's Lillies

Hair/Makeup:
Keara Wright

Dress:
Hailey Paige via Avenia Bridal

Suit:
Beckett & Robb

Cake and Sweets:
Dolce Bella by Erin

Invitations:
Jacki Miller Photo & Design 



Friday, September 12, 2014

12 BEST BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FOR FALL




Today I'm talking about my favorite fall beauty essentials. With the weather changing, it can have some rather harsh effects on skin. It's so important to take care of your skin and my mom instilled that in me from a young age. Sadly, after moving out for college and staying up really late every night, I fell into bad skin care habits. Since getting married, I've been really focusing on my skin care routine because let's be honest, anyone in their twenties should be taking extra time on their skin. Winkles, circles, dryness, and dark spots? No bueno. So let's get to it.

1. Deborah Lippmann Nail Laquer: Emerald nails are what fall is all about and I especially love this sparkly shade.

2. Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition 15 pc Brush Set: Aren't those purple bristles so perfect?? And then of course the gold. Holy swoon. I've heard great things about these brushes. 15 great quality, soft brushes for $40.00? Sold.

3. Anastasia Beauty Express: I use this to fill in my brows and wouldn't trade it for anything. I combine this set with the brow whiz to create perfect eyebrows. It's honestly changed my entire makeup routine for the better. Plus what's fall without a good, bold brow?

4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter: This is the MOST gorgeous highlighter ever. It's so creamy and the color is perfect. I lovelovelove it for my cheek bones, under my brows, and anywhere else you want a little more sparkle.

5. Charlotte Tilbury Face Sculpt & Highlight: I've been dying to try this product out. I've heard SO much about this and it's supposedly one of the best contour and highlight products. Can't wait to get my hands on this and Kim Karshardian the shiz out of my face. ;)

6. Estee Lauder Take It Away: My favorite makeup remover for the quickest total makeup remover of all time. I dare you to try it and not love it. Even the toughest makeup comes off so easily. It's insane.

7. Beauty Blender: Want the smoothest, most perfect application of your foundation? Beauty blender it up. 'Nuff said.

8. Bite Beauty Lip Mask: I get crazy dry lips here in Utah and have the awful habit of lip biting. Ironically, this bite beauty lip mask hydrates your lips in just one use. Put it on at night and when you wake up... boom bam... soft, healthy lips.

9. Dior Liquid Eyeliner: Love this liner more than words. Creates the most sultry/crisp cat-eye.

10. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: I use these products every night to keep my skin looking youthful. I frequently get asked if I'm anywhere between the ages of 15-20. Not even joking. I feel like I don't look THAT young but hey... I guess when I'm 40 I'll be thankful for my baby face. ;)

11. Naked Basics Palette: Everyone knows how making the Naked palettes are but this basics palette is probably my favorite. I love the smokey eye I get from these shades. It's not crazy intense but just enough to make people look. It's seriously my favorite eye shadow. (Did you know the new Naked2 Basics just came out? It has cooler tones which I'm sure are gorgeous.)

12. YSL Lipstick: Fall 2014 lipsticks don't have to be darker shades. In fact, this year neon lips are all the rage and this #14 orange/coral shade is perfection. I kid you not, I am in love. If you haven't worn YSL's lipsticks you are doing yourself a serious disservice. They are the creamiest, yummiest, longest lasting babies ever.

That completes my beauty essentials for fall! Let me know if you have any others not on this list. Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NEAPOLITAN ICE CREAM.... KIND OF


sweater: H&M (similar here) || skirt: ASOS (love here) || shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target (similar here) || earrings: Baublebar (similar here, here, love here) || gold cuff: Nordstrom (similar here)


Aren't these colors so delicious? I just want to lick myself in these... like a Neapolitan ice cream cone. (If that doesn't weird you out, I don't know what will.) This is another outfit to transition into fall. It's slowly but surely becoming sweater weather which I sort of hate but mostly love. It's the frigid cold that I'm dreading.

Recently, I've been trying out new hair styles and this is one that I absolutely love. It's a knotted braid up-do and it's pretty much a show stopper. I love that knots are effortlessly loose and the whole look is so soft. I just need to get more highlights in my hair so braids and such can be more visible. Dark hair and braids are not the best combo but I love them so very much! I'll have a tutorial of this hair style soon so stay tuned for that if you're interested! Love you all! 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOOTY TOWN



dress: GAP - sold out (very similar here) || cardigan: Pink Blush c/o || purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs || shoes: Vince (similar option under $100 here, also loving these)

I've said it before and I'm saying it again. These booties are the freaking best. So classic and chic. Since I'm about 10 seconds away from passing out, I am going to keep this super short. (Yes, I plan my posts the night before. The secret is out. A classic case of 9-5 job working girl woes.) Just wanted to share a little inspiration of how to use summery pieces like this casual tank dress to transition into fall.

Hope everyone has an amazing day!



Monday, September 8, 2014

BIRKENSTOCK LOOK-A-LIKES


top: from Taiwan (similar/obsessed here) || jacket: ZARA (similar here, here, here, here) || leggings: Topshop || shoes: Desert Rose Apparel || sunglasses: Tom Ford || purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Hey guys! I have been the worst blogger ever! So sorry. I was in a bit of a rut but I've gotten past it and am back to regular posting. 

I've been so hesitant to board the birkenstock train, especially with a steep price tag. Fortunately, I found these Desert Rose birk look-a-likes and they are seriously the most comfortable things of my life. I can't believe how affordable they are! People definitely either love or hate these shoes so beware of weird comments from your coworkers. ;)

Hope everyone has had a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! xx




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BITTERSWEET SUMMER


top: Victoria's Secret (love here) || bottoms: Maaji Swimwear (similar here)

Happy Tuesday, my sweets! I just got back from visiting my parents in California and I'm feeling slightly homesick now. We spent tons of time at the beach and by the pool and these photos were from my time at home. I know I'm not alone in this, but I have always had body image issues. I was and still am, constantly worried about my body and the number on the scale, petrified of what it will read. I try all the fad diets just to see what will happen. It's borderline pathetic and I know it shouldn't be about diets. It should be a lifestyle but it's hard to give up things like carbs, and restaurants, and cookies.

I bet some of you will think, "She's crazy! She's not even fat!" But please understand that you can be the thinnest person alive and still have body image issues. So with that said, it took a lot of courage to post these photos. I hope you all know how beautiful you are, even if you question it sometimes. We're all working on ourselves, myself included. So here's to being kind and supportive to all the beautiful women in our lives. Yep - I'm talking about you.

Love you all and thanks for reading! xx


Monday, September 1, 2014

THE BEST LABOR DAY SALE ROUND UP




I've been having the absolute greatest Labor Day weekend in California right now and got so depressed thinking about driving home today that I had to do a little retail therapy today. Soooo... I picked up thisthisthisthis,  and this. And can I just say how much I'm LOVING Loft's Lou and Grey Collection? It's so cool-girl/ZARA-ish I can hardly stand it. I want everything.

Below are some of the best Labor Day sales and I wish I had time to post this earlier but I didn't. Sorry! So start shopping like crazy because most of these sales are for today only.

J.Crew: 30% off your purchase of $125+ with code 24HOURS + Free shipping on all orders. Today only. (Also, there was a 40% off final sale items code that worked until yesterday but I tried it recently and it was still working so take advantage of it if you can. Promo code: Weekend)

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items! Over 600 styles added. Ends 9/1

Target: Save up to 25% off select Home, Outdoor and more. Ends 9/1

LOFT: 50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles. Ends 9/1 11:59 p.m. EST

French Connection: All SALE dresses are now at $69.99. All orders $150+ receive free US ground shipping. // Code W14SHIP.

Tibi: 20% off a curated edit of fall styles. // Code: hellofall. Valid until 9/2 @ 11p.m. ET

Sephora: Summer Sendoff Sale! Get up to 75% off hot summer favorites.

Baublebar: Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off! Ends 9/1

Nasty Gal: Pretty much the only good thing about summer ending. 30% off, 50% off, 60% off 

Birchbox: 50 extra Birchbox Points with $35+ purchase form our shop // Code: WEEKEND50 Valid until 9/2