Our Wedding 5.1.16

Hi everyone! I’m officially back to blogging after what has seemed like forever! Wedding planning can literally eat up every ounce of time you have! It almost makes me wonder about all the women out there that become obsessed with their wedding, what must happen to them once it’s over? Postpartum anyone? HA! In the beginning, I was not really into it at all. I was lucky enough to have a pretty good idea on all the vendors I was going to use. Not having to shop around too much helped and once all the bookings were done things started to get a bit more relaxed. We definitely started to get into the whole process and really did enjoy it especially when I decided to work on some DIY projects! We also didn’t have a bridal party (just MOH, Best Man and Flower Girl) which I think makes a huge difference when planning!  The month before the wedding of course things started to get a bit more intense and stressful but all events can do that to you!

Our day was amazing! I remember checking the forecast the week of the wedding and seeing that it was going to rain and not being so happy about it. I will say this one thing to any future bride…it doesn’t matter. The morning of our wedding I woke up and it was gloomy looking outside, it was about 55 degrees, and drizzling and I could care less. I also didn’t freak about much over the wedding because at the end of the day there is nothing you can do about things that are out of your control. All that mattered to me was that I was marrying the man of my dreams. This was our day and there was nothing that could take that away from me. 

After sharing photos of our engagement and my bridal shower it only seemed fitting to come on here and share our wedding photos! Our photographer was Photography by Alfonso. He is someone I’ve known for a long time which made our experience so amazing. He’s ridiculously talented and while he had brought an entire crew with him (5 guys), during our reception I never even noticed them in the room. It’s so important that you click with your photographer and feel comfortable with them. It will make the biggest difference when your day comes! Ok enough babble for today, here are some of my favorite shots! 

Getting ready pictures are always my favorite! This first one is a favorite because I remember texting with Frank and I love that they captured that moment! If you click on this first picture you can view them larger. 

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Here are a few from the reception! 1746_resize1758_resize1752_resize1764_resize1797_resize1128_resize1134_resize1834_resize1839_resize1842_resizeI love looking through all of these over and over again! Now I have to narrow our 1200 photos to 100 for our album! That should be fun.
Stay tuned as we are doing some fun house projects and will have a bunch of updates coming up!
Thanks for being so awesome!
xo

My Beautiful Bridal Shower

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post but it turns out planning a wedding takes a lot of work! I will admit the entire process has been quite daunting and a ton of work. Being the DIYer that I am I wanted to take on at least one task so I decided to make my own invitations. I’ve made tons of invitations before so I knew what to expect but being that these were our wedding invitations it quickly became a much bigger deal! I’m happy to say they turned out just as I wanted and the response cards are slowly rolling in! The wedding is less than 2 months away and the excitement is really starting to build now! 

This past weekend my amazing mother and MOH, my best friend, threw me the most beautiful shower a girl could ask for! I didn’t know anything about it other than the date and the location.  It was held at the same restaurant that Frank and I had brunch the morning he proposed to me, The Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, NY. My best friend took on the task of decorating the space and there was no way I couldn’t come on here and share it because she blew me away!! I seriously think she needs to start a party planning business! The theme she went with was blush and gold…I mean could she know me any better?? 

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This dessert table was everything!! My incredibly talented cousin (who is a baker) created this gorgeous and equally delicious cake for me! I was obsessed with it! DSC08305 2

Look at the detail work she put into this! Can you imagine? She placed each of those edible pearls on all by hand! Labor of love for sure!Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerThe setting was as amazing as the day was!

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Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerHere are a few pictures from when I first walked in. This picture clearly shows my reaction when I saw everything!Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal Shower

Me and the soon to be Mr. Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerAnd my beautiful best friend who created all this gorgeousness that you just witnessed! I don’t know what I would do without her! 
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For those who have been asking, the skirt I wore that day was made for me by Welcome to Royalty I was so in love with it! I literally felt like Cinderella in it! I went to Joann’s and purchased a gold sequin ribbon to create a belt to give it a little touch of sparkle and the lace top was one I already owned!  

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We are officially 50 days away from the wedding and I cannot wait!! 

Beauty Tip Tuesday: Adding Pops of Color

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the week so far! Today I wanted to share a fun tip on adding pops of color to your eyes.  I recently filmed a video using green eyeshadow but sometimes it’s hard to commit to brushing a shadow color on your lid.  I know how comforting it is to stick with neutral colors which is why I wanted to share another way you can add color that may be less scary! 

Something I love to do if I want to add some color to my eyes is use a colored eye pencil and/or colored mascara! I’ve always used colored pencils, from purple to blue to green.  More recently I started using colored mascara and I love it! Depending on the color you use you can be as bold or as subtle as you want to be.  Down below is a shot of one eye using NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Sapphire. 

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NYX might have the best colored pencils out there! Not only are they super inexpensive but they have amazing staying power! I think I own every color that they make! 

If colored pencils aren’t your thing something else you might want to consider trying is colored mascara. In the photo below I am wearing Benefit’s They’re Real mascara in Beyond Blue with a simple black kohl eye pencil.  This mascara is so much fun and you don’t really notice it until you get close up! 
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Here’s another shot looking straight on. The eye on the left is a black liner with blue mascara and the eye on the right is a blue eye liner with black mascara. You could even try blue eye liner with blue mascara! 

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I’ve seen all sorts of different colored mascara’s from high end to drugstore so if you want to add a little hint of color you could always give these a try! 

xo

Thanksgiving Ideas

Happy Monday all! It’s a short work week and I’m ready for the mini break! I wanted to stop in today to share some Thanksgiving crafts from years past if anyone is looking for some inspiration for their tablescapes! Enjoy and I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving! 

thanksgiving3 Try using burlap as runners for your table. In the photo below I grabbed some branches in the yard and spray painted them gold.

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Add a few gold polka dots on small white pumpkins..instant decor! thanksgiving1Add some candle holders and artificial flowers to a wine box.
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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Fall Makeup Eye Look

Hi everyone! I’m here today to share a fun Fall eye look that I recently filmed. Every once in awhile I like to step out of my comfort zone of neutral colors and add a little something different to my look. This eye uses a beautiful olive green color that is subtle enough for anyone to pull off! DSC04172 2Head over to my YouTube channel to check out the video! 

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xo

Skin Care Chat

Thank you all so much for the great response on my beauty tip Tuesday posts! I’m so happy so many of you are enjoying them! I have a ton of more tips up my sleeve to share so no worries! If you have been around these parts for awhile you’ll know I am a sucker for skin care.  I love trying new products and of course sharing with you so when I tried some under eye patches and skin serum from AlureVe of course I had to come on here and tell you all about it!  

As soon as the weather starts to change my skin immediately feels it. My once normal skin starts to become super dry so I was excited to try the Day and Night serum. It certainly has the ‘little goes a long way’ quality which I love. Not only can it be used day and night but it is anti-aging which unfortunately for me is a plus. It left my skin feeling extremely smooth and wore beautifully under my makeup.  I had about 5 applications from the sample and noticed my skin felt super soft and smooth!

For another look, here’s a before and after photo my gorgeous blog buddy Mindy from Finding Silver Linings posted. She used the day and night serum for 3 weeks. Look at how much brighter and more even her skin looks!
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Something else I was excited to try were the under eye patches. DSC04687 They work at targeting fine lines and wrinkles and help to tighten under eye skin as well as keeping it hydrated and healthy! I definitely wish I had more of these to try. I put them on right before going to bed making sure to apply the serum first and slept with them on. Warning: A late night photo followed by early morning photo are about to burn your eyes! Alureve ProductsBy the next morning, 6:30am to be exact,  I took them off and washed my face.  You can clearly see how they brightened my under eye! I almost wished I had placed them a little higher!Alureve ProductsThe one difference I noticed besides the brightness was how hydrated my under eye was. It made applying my concealer and setting powder a dream since it sat so beautifully on my skin!  I love trying a product and seeing a difference right away like this!  If you want to learn more about AlureVe products or get your hands on it yourself you can click HERE to do that! 

Anyone out there with dark circles as excited as me?
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An AlureVe rep supplied me with the samples used in this post. All opinions are 100% my own! 

Halloween Home Decor

I’ve always loved decorating for Fall! Once the cool air hits it’s all pumpkins and acorns and cider galore! This year I decided to mix in some Halloween decor and I’m so happy I did! I am seriously obsessed! What took me so long?? I have always decorated my classroom for Halloween and maybe I have convinced myself you only decorate if you have kids but not anymore! Here are some fun shots starting with the outside! Don’t mind the gagillion leaves everywhere. I was too lazy to remove them for the photos. #lazybloggerfail! 

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