Friday, April 18, 2014

How I Found the Gown

(I apologize in advance that this post will not include pictures for surprise purposes)

The worst is over!

I managed to find my wedding dress without a single meltdown or tear shed. Phew! I can't tell y'all how nervous and anxious I was for this experience. I am very hard on myself when it comes to trying on clothes, and I knew finding "the dress" for my one big day was going to be a huge feat. 

To my delightful surprise, the entire dress hunt was easy and relaxing. I had 3 appointments set and 5 trusted advisers in tow, but ended up only going to the first store. I knew the first store was going to be a good one when the last note of Defying Gravity blared out of my car speakers (and our mouths) at the precise moment I pulled into the parking spot. It was meant to be. (long story of myself and best friends' obnoxious obsession with the song during high school)

The first stop of the day was Treasures Formals and Bridal in Roswell. I loved that I was the only bride in the store, so the focus was all on me...I AM a princess after all ;)

My consultant was very nice, and I started by showing her a few pictures of what I wanted, let her know my budget, and also told her that I wanted the first few dresses to be different silhouettes since I had no idea what I looked good in, though I really wanted a ballgown. 

TIP 1: Keep your mind open. Go in knowing what you're drawn to, but try on every style until you narrow down what compliments your shape the best. A.K.A. "Don't knock it till ya try it"

Then, she pulled a few dresses while my entourage got to work doing the same. I actually didn't get to pick out any myself because I was being asked my thoughts on all the ones they were finding. I didn't mind actually because they pretty much did the work for me. The selection wasn't that big, so I didn't feel like I had missed anything. 

Now it was time to work. Mom cried with the very first dress, because it was the first time she has seen her only baby girl in a wedding gown. Through the process, we decided that mermaid was NOT it because I couldn't move. Seriously...I don't know how women do it. 

I tried probably 8 or 9 dresses, and it came down to 2 very opposite silhouettes. Without going into too much detail (and still keeping the surprise for the big day), the fabric was complete opposite of what I wanted going in. My aunt and bridesmaid picked them, and I should have known. The ladies have impeccable taste. 

One dress was a ballgown...with pockets. POCKETS, PEOPLE! I had always wanted a ballgown because it's the one time in your life that you can wear one and get away with it, and it truly has that "I'M A BRIDE" look. The second dress was similar in the feel of it, but it was more of a trumpet style. It made me look very tall and thin. Two majorly favorable attributes.

I tried them both on a second time, but this time with a veil. Cue mom crying again. I asked them one by one which they preferred and the majority agreed a certain one.

TIP 2: Pick your entourage very carefully. I had 5 people, but I knew each one would accept how I wanted to feel on the day of the wedding and be honest with their opinions based on that. They would not push their own agenda or ideas, but help me to perfect my own. 

It was a serious toss up.  I had my ladies stand on the other side of the room and I walked towards them (which was difficult because both were so dang long on my short Scottish legs). With one of the dresses, my bridesmaid/brother's girlfriend said "I just got the shivers!" and then started to cry. And she is NOT a cryer. That's when I knew. 

Personally, I didn't cry. I knew I wouldn't. I just don't cry at happy things...I squeal and smile and get super excited. But her reaction solidified the decision for me. I cancelled my other two appointments and said THIS IS IT! 

TIP 3: Once you've found one you love...stop looking. Just stop and get excited that you have accomplished a huge feat and found your wedding dress.

The best part of the whole thing? The dress was about 1/5 of my budget. YES! 1/5!!!!!  We purchased my veil as well and later went on to get my shoes the same day. All three items together came to 1/3 of the budget I set aside for the dress alone. You just can't ask for anything more than that!
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Lupita for Lancome


I'm not sure if I have mentioned this on the blog before, but I absolutely adore Lupita Nyong'o. The woman, in my eyes, is perfection. The ideal combination of beauty, brains, confidence, humility and grace. 

Today the news was released that Lupita is the new brand ambassadress (I just learned that is an actual word) to Lancome cosmetics. I actually woke up to the news this morning, as I follow her like a stalker fan girl on Instagram.  In a statement the company released, Lupita said:

"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancome, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved.  I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself."

I mean come on. How perfect is that? And I agree wholeheartedly. 

I will admit that I don't believe I have ever tried a Lancome product. I think I see it as a line for more mature women, but I find that Lupita's sophisticated personality fits beautifully with the similar sophistication the brand exudes. 

Lupita joins a long list of some of my favorite celebrity woman as ambassadresses (wow), including Julia Roberts (my favorite), Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lilly Collins.

fashion fashion fashion? O.o O.o O.o gimme those clothes! i follow the tag #gimmethoseclothes
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Full Face under $45 - Drugstore Makeup

It's not a secret that I'm obsessed with makeup, and when you can find amazing budget-friendly products at the drugstore, it's like WAH-BAM!  LIFE IS AWESOME!

So since I know that not everyone wants to devote a portion of their life earnings to their makeup collection like I do, I thought I'd quickly showcase a few of my more cost-effective favorites. Below I am laying out a FULL face of makeup for you for UNDER $45! And everything can be found at your local can thank me later. (side note: prices listed were from sites like, and will vary based on your location).

FOUNDATION: Covergirl 3 in 1 - $9.47
This is a great coverage foundation that doesn't come off heavy on your skin. I also find that it lasts a long time and comes in a wide variety of shades. PLUS it has a pump...which is an instant +10 points on my scale.

UNDER EYE BRIGHTENER/CONCEALER - Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch - $6.44
Because I have awful dark circles, I use this one on TOP of my corrector, but I think for most people it would provide enough coverage for solo use. It is creamy and I really love how it blends out. I prefer to use it in the shade Radiant which is slightly salmon (helps with the circles) and the lighter shade just brightens everything up. Apply in a V shape under the eyes.

POWDER: Rimmel Stay Matte - $3.97
This powder helps make your foundation and concealer stay in place, and I don't find that it causes that overly-powdery look that so many of us fear. It's also great for those with oilier complexions who need the help of a powder to keep the shine at bay.

BRONZER: NYC Sunny - $2.79
Yep. NYC. I was just as surprised as you are! The color is not too orange and not too muddy. It is great for summer to warm up the skin!

BLUSH: Wet N Wild Blush - $2.99
Wet N Wild is one of the biggest surprises when it comes to great drugstore brands. Their blushes are SO pigmented (use sparingly!) and the colors are gorgeous. I've been wearing Pearlescent Pink for about a month straight.

MASCARA: Covergirl Clump Crusher - $6.30
The name does not lie. You will NOT get clumpy lashes with this mascara! I use the waterproof formula, and it gives a beautiful, natural look to your lashes. Obsessed. 

EYESHADOW: Wet N Wild - Comfort Zone - $4.68
Get insanely gorgeous pigmentation in 8 shades with this palette. They are the star of the Wet N Wild line, in my opinion. The Comfort Zone palette is my favorite for the more neutral shades. There are quite a few MAC dupes in this collection as well.

LIPS: Maybelline Color Whisper - $4.97
I really enjoy these because not only are the shades beautiful (Rose of Attraction is my favorite), but they are super moisturizing and has build-able color.

EYELINER: Jordana Fabuliner - $2.99
For an easy liquid application, this is the liner for you. The felt tip makes it easy to control and it applies very evenly. Plus, you just can't beat the price. Keep in mind these are NOT waterproof.

TOTAL: $44.60

**Things I haven't included (because I don't have a drugstore fav) that I think are important
EYEBROWS!!! Please please please don't neglect to groom and fill in your brows. It completely transforms your face and instantly makes you look put together. Brows are the dark horse of the face.

PRIMER: Face primer, eye primer...they're both amazing and important if you want your makeup to last. 

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