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Hi guys! I’m still here (I promise) and have been super focused on the final wedding prep and planning. It has been such an exciting (but busy) time, and I’m trying to soak it in as much as possible.
That being said, I’ve been doing A LOT of shopping ahead of a lot of festivities and of course, our honeymoon. I tell MG everyday how excited I am for the wedding and our trip–we really haven’t ever been on a trip like this just for ourselves and we both can’t wait to be on the beach in full relaxation mode following a weekend full of being with all of our people.
As you can tell, I have that trip on my mind when it comes to what I’m looking for! Shopbop’s sale was perfectly timed because I needed to scoop up a few last things anyway, and right it’s 20% off any order under $500 and 25% off orders over. One of my favorite sale picks are these Levi’s jean shorts in denim and white. They’re not very expensive and fit so well! I ended up getting a pair of each color for this summer.
I’ve also been looking at a zillion cover-ups for the trip, and absolutely love this flowy green cover-up for any vacation. It’s so pretty and easy to throw on after a day at the beach or pool. For the brides out there looking for white, this white cover-up is so simple and beautiful, too. I’m also going to bring one beach bag and a small purse, so I’m loving this little straw bag that can go from the beach to dinner and this colorful straw tote. I also have been on a loafer kick and couldn’t help myself with these straw mules. You’ll be seeing me in these all summer!
It’s hard to believe that we’re just 2 months out from the wedding! It really snuck up on us, but we’re getting so excited now that it’s finally feeling like it’s almost here. The best thing about a May wedding in Dallas is that we get to escape the cold of New York City and really feel like we’re starting the best time of the year in warm weather! I love being lazy and taking it slow during the winter, but this year I knew I needed to be more on top of my health, working out, and of course my skin. We’ve had extremely windy and cold days (although seasonably warmer than usual), which was drying my skin out. The weather really won’t change here much before we leave, so I knew I had to take matters into my own hands.
A few weeks ago I stopped by Fresh to pick up a few new products to complement what I was already doing–my key to moisture in the winter is to use as many serums and oils as possible (they absorb into your skin deeper than a cream) and mask regularly. I have been a fan for years of their soy face cleanser (and travel with a smaller version, too!) and was excited to see some of their new products in action and see the results. One of the reasons why I’ve always liked Fresh is that their ingredients seem to have a gentle, but incredibly effective result on my skin.
Seaberry Cleansing Oil
If you haven’t tried a cleansing oil yet, I’m about to change your skincare life. The Seaberry Cleansing Oil has quickly become my new favorite product and something I use everyday when I’m washing my face. I remove my makeup with a micellar water (Garnier is my go-to) and it just takes a few pumps of this after to have a completely clean face. A few years ago I was introduced to balm cleansers, and occasionally I use them when I need a deeper clean. But for everyday use, this is the absolute best. Your skin will actually feel clean and primed for your nighttime routine.
Black Tea Kombucha Antioxidant Essence
What is essence? That’s exactly what I asked the associate. Basically think of this product as a more powerful replacement for your toner–it fights pollution and free radicals and is packed with ingredients that calm and hydrate your face. It comes out very similar to a toner, but I put the essence directly on my fingers and just rub it into my face.
Seaberry Face Oil
I quickly became a face oil advocate after first trying the Marula oil from Drunk Elephant, but I’ve been using the Seaberry face oil almost every night and I’m loving the results. It’s lighter than some other face oils and leaves you extremely moisturized, but with a tighter more refreshed look in the morning. There are powerful antioxidants and moisturizing omegas in this one and it has quickly become a staple in my nighttime routine. I usually apply it right before I go to bed. If you don’t believe me on the results, just ask MG–he told me the other day that my face has been extra soft!
Black Tea Eye Concentrate
I struggle with my under-eye area and have for a long time–it’s extremely delicate and my skin is very thin and see-through leaving me prone to dark circles. In recent years I’ve also woken up more puffy, especially with allergies (or the occasional hangover). I’ve tried a few other products, but this black tea eye concentrate has such a natural and ongoing effect on de-puffing my eyes. I’m about 2 weeks in and have been applying it at night and have already noticed a visible difference in the mornings. For me, the under-eye is the trickiest area for me to care for and so I appreciate any and all results!
Lotus Youth Preserve Night Cream
The store associate told me that this was one that I absolutely needed to try–she described it as basically a long dunk in the pool for your face overnight. Since my skin had been whipped around in the winter wind that day, I thought it sounded glorious. The lotus works to recover your skin overnight leaving it extra moisturized and bright in the morning. I’ve been using the Lotus Night Cream after those days where my skin felt like it really took a winter beating also before bed. I like that it’s light and doesn’t feel too heavy and has a subtle, but pleasant scent (as MG will tell you not all nighttime beauty products do!).
Vitamin C Glow Moisturizer
Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been topping it all off during the day with this Vitamin C Glow moisturizer. I layer this on and let it soak in before I put on any makeup in the morning to start my face (and day) with a fresh, moisturized slate. What I love about this one is that it doesn’t feel heavy and once it soaks into your skin you can apply makeup over it that will last all day.
I’m a few weeks into this new routine and I haven’t seen these types of results on my skin after having tried many, many products on their own. What I’m most excited about is that the ingredients are natural and I can see their impact as they’re all working together. I definitely think that using a few key products within the same general system allow the products to do even more together and complement one another. Here’s to hoping for fresh, dewy skin for the wedding in May!
This Shopbop sale couldn’t be coming at a more perfect time–everyone is tired of winter and dreaming of warmer days and sunny beach days, and we’re just 2 months away from the wedding, which means that there are plenty of items I’m looking for!
My roundup consists mostly of things that I’m shopping for to wear at my bachelorette weekend next month, a little bit of searching for white dresses, and the honeymoon (which I absolutely cannot wait for). I’m looking for some sandals since I wore a few of mine out last summer and love these simple tan slides and these white slides for the beach that are under $100.
For the honeymoon I’ve been looking at long, flowy dresses for dinner down by the beach like this one and dresses that can do double duty as coverups. I’ve seen a few others share rave reviews about these denim shorts, so I’m giving them a try as well! For the beach there are a ton of cute beach bags, including this smaller version that can be taken to dinner or used as a purse during the evenings.
I had been eyeing a few things that made their way into my cart, like these linen loafers in the same style as a pair of white loafers I bought last year that I wear regularly. They’re super comfortable and versatile for spring!
While the sale lasts through March 2, a lot of the most popular items will start selling out ASAP–don’t forget to use the code below when you checkout!
15% off orders $200+
20% off orders $500+
25% off orders $800+
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Valentine’s Day is not a holiday that we celebrate as a couple, but in general I’m a big believer in surprising your loved one. MG does an incredible job of making me feel special on a regular basis–honestly, the smaller gestures are the ones that mean the most in my book. Whether it’s going out to get me coffee, doing the dishes or cleaning up the apartment before I get home from a long day, or surprising me with a glass of wine when I walk in the door he’s always keeping me on my toes and looking to put a smile on my face.
While we stay in for Valentine’s Day and cook at home, it’s a fun excuse to try a new restaurant if you’re not the cooking type. Whether you’re trying something more interactive, like Korean BBQ, or try a cute new restaurant in your neighborhood you can really make this day whatever you would like.
For all of you who are mildly panicking and aren’t sure what to do for your special someone, here are 7 ideas that you can order or get by Thursday:
1. Pampering products
There’s nothing like a face mask and a glass of wine after a long day–here are a few tried and true that she’s sure to love:
2. Glamsquad (or a blowout at her local hair spot)
I’m a huge Glamsquad fan–she can treat herself to a blowout or my personal favorite, a manicure at home. I tried it once out of necessity and it was not only more relaxing than the nail salons near me, but higher quality and the same price. The best kind of pampering is not having to dry or do your own hair, so a blowout never fails.
There are so many types of robes, but you really can’t go wrong with a classic robe like this one from Parachute. Slipping into this after a long hot shower makes home feel like a luxurious escape and stay at a hotel. I’m a big fan of soft jersey robes, like this one from Cosabella because of how light and comfortable they are.
4. Champagne flutes (and champagne, too)
If you’re like us and prefer to just cook a romantic dinner at home for the occasion but still want to surprise her, I love the idea of getting her two new champagne coupe glasses and a bottle to celebrate. I know everyone usually has flutes, but I’m a sucker for the old fashioned vibe of coupe glasses. The best part is that every time you use them she’ll think of how you surprised her “that one Valentine’s Day” and they’ll forever be special.
5. Cosmetics case
This nested travel set from Cuyana is one of the best little gifts you can give for just about any occasion–it’s thoughtful, beautifully made, and will be something she uses over and over again. You make it extra personal with her initials, too!
6. Sleep Mask
I’m currently one my third version of this Slip Sleep Mask that I wear just about every night, especially with how bright our bedroom is. I’ve tried a bunch and this is the most gentle on your skin and definitely the most comfortable.
Every woman loves getting flowers, but the best flowers are unexpected. Surprise your lady with flowers on Valentine’s Day and go ahead and buy some extra credit to plan ahead for a bouquet 2 weeks after, just because. I have used a handful of delivery services, but Urbanstem is one of my favorites because of their selection and how well packaged they are when they arrive. The Lovebird is gorgeous!
Whether you’re treating yourself, staying in with gal pals or going out with your significant other here’s to hoping your day is full of love! We’ll be cooking up something delicious at home again this year–our favorite way to acknowledge the day!
This weekend I found myself on Pinterest for the first time in a while, and I have to say it helped stir up some creative juices. We’re deep in wedding planning (more to come on that soon!) and while I was definitely looking for some ideas, I found myself inspired by dreamy home interiors, delicious recipes, and simple style.
Weekends lately have been relatively slow, which we’ve welcomed with open arms. It has been so nice to just catch up on life and start the week feeling rested and rejuvenated–coming out of a crazy end to last year I desperately needed it.
I usually play all of my catch up on the weekends–by the time I’m home from work, eat and spend some time with MG and squeeze in calls home to the fam it’s usually time for bed. I try and get as much done over the weekend as possible knowing that I usually don’t have time to do much else during the weeknights. Although every weekend is a bit different, I thought it would be fun to share some of the recent happenings around our house and things that I have finally had a chance to discover.
Our honeymoon is booked and to be honest, I probably think about it in excitement just about everyday. I’ve admittedly been spending way too much time shopping for it. I’m looking for cute coverups for the beach! This one is so pretty and under $70.
I pulled out some white jeans last week to wear with a camel sweater and boots, and this outfit has me wanting to repeat it again and find some cream colored jeans.
I love neutrals around our house, too. This set of 4 windowpane napkins are perfect for entertaining!
I posted these booties on my IG stories on Saturday and wish I hadn’t discovered them because I really want to hit purchase–I have them in black and wear them several times a week.
I’ve recently decided that learning how to cook via YouTube is my new favorite weekend hobby. I made this simple pasta dish last night and also started following a bunch of new channels.
Can you imagine only ever needing just one tool to do your hair? Neither could I.
Sometimes I just want a quick blowdry, other times I just want a clean and sleek look, and occasionally I want a loose curl if I have time. Enter: the Dyson Airwrap.
I was initially mesmerized by the tool because you don’t need anything else. No brushes, curling irons – just you and the airwrap happily ever after. I have to admit early on that I’ve hesitated in posting the review because it’s sold out everywhere (and has been for a while), but in the event that they come back in stock I wanted you guys to have the scoop because I’ve been using it for a few months now to see if it’s worth the price.
I’ve seen countless bloggers share that they Dyson hair dryer is worth the money and even a few others who have shared that they’ve gotten refurbished (and less expensive) versions on eBay and they’re fantastic. I don’t blow dry my hair (or love my hair straight enough) to invest in just that, but this tool is totally different. You can do it all–and yes, it’s crazy expensive, but think about the cost of a curling iron + a really nice blow dryer + the amount of money you spend on haircuts in a year. It’s a lot! This will improve the quality of your hair because it’s gentler on your strands, and at least for me has improved the time I can go between haircuts (a la fewer split ends). The tool uses less heat than any of your hot tools and it also comes with a regular drying nozzle for the days when you just need a quick ole regular blowdry.
The most exciting use case that I’ve found for the Airwrap on a regular basis is how it helps really make your dry shampoo actually work. I have spent many days dry shampooing my dirty hair to find that it doesn’t totally set in or “feel clean” even if advertised that way. Now I’ll spray the roots in the crown area and just the round brush to run through it afterward, and it actually makes my hair feel like I had a clean blow dry that morning. In a time where it’s hard enough just to get out of bed and throw on 4 layers of clothes, I’ve found solace in looking and feeling like myself now that winter is in full force.
As someone who probably curls their hair more than most (I’ve always had a weird cowlick and don’t like to wear my hair straight often) I was most impressed with how easily it can curl you hair. It’s like a lazy girl’s dream come true. You truly just sit there and move it around your head and voila, you are left with bouncy and beautiful curls that last throughout the day. Like a true Texas girl, I obviously use hairspray to help the curl hold, but the amount of effort that you have to put in is truly miraculous for the result. The Airwrap comes with two curling barrels that pull in the in different directions, so you do have to switch halfway through, but it usually takes me about 5-minutes to do my full head and I have long, thick hair.
I will keep you guys posted if this comes back in stock at any of the stores–Sephora, Ulta, Dyson and Amazon are all sold out right now, but it’s bound to be coming back soon!
P.S. – I just started a YouTube channel to house more tutorials and videos! What else would you guys like to see?
We are long overdue for a wedding update! We had a ton of things to accomplish before the holidays and to be honest I took a really long break after we got through some of the bigger decisions this summer, like catering and our photographer/videographer!
Choosing bridesmaid dresses can be a real challenge–you want to find something that the bridesmaids will love and also want to find options and colors that are flattering across various body types and heights.
I’ve worn Jenny Yoo dresses in several other weddings for some of my closest friends and have always loved the dresses and experience. You always know that you’re getting a beautifully made dress and will have an easy experience. They also carry the dresses at Nordstrom, which can be helpful for friends who live near a store!
Over the years, I’ve seen so many friends do bridesmaid dresses differently. There’s no right or wrong way! Whether it’s the same dress, mix and match, a color, all white, or they let everyone choose their own, there’s really so many options. In the spirit of making the girls feel comfortable in what they were choosing, we decided to go the mix and match route!
After having been to a few dozen weddings over the last few years, we’ve seen so many beautiful bridesmaid dresses and ways of styling them. I don’t love color (as I’m sure you guys are not surprised by based on what I usually wear here), but I didn’t want to go with something either too light or too dark since we’re getting married in May. I fell in love with a soft earl grey after seeing a photo of it early in our wedding planning and decided to go with that for the dresses. It’s such a beautiful color for any season and I knew that in 20 years looking back it would be a color I would still like.
We spent a really fun evening at the Jenny Yoo showroom and had the chance to see all of the Spring 2019 dresses in person. Caitlin (my sister-in-law) and I tried on tons of different styles and helped narrow down a set of dresses that we thought would look beautiful all together. I cannot wait to see these dresses on the girls in real life and for another chance to hopefully wear one myself in a future friend’s wedding! :)
Here is a preview of some of the newer styles and what they look like on us!
A soft and beautiful wrap dress that ties at your “true” waist. This is a great style for petites! See it here.
This one has a faux tie in the front and a higher slit with a back-zipper. It’s so flattering on! See it here.
This one has a deeper V-neck and flutter sleeves and has been in their collection for a while! The back is beautiful with just a few buttons and a waist tie. See it here.
A classic, romantic style that looks beautiful on so many different body types! It has spaghetti straps and the flounce sleeves are more for aesthetics so it’s incredibly comfortable and easy to dance in, which is obviously the most important thing about it. See it here.
This is another new dress for 2019 and we all fell in love with this one! It’s very flattering on and you can also choose to close the skirt so that it just has a slit (see the pictures on the site!) for a clean look. See it here.
We had so much fun trying on the new dresses to see what they looked like on! There were a few other dresses from the 2019 collection that we also loved–The Kiara was a personal favorite of mine and looked so clean and sophisticated on and The James is just a beautiful and romantic style that is so flattering. I wore a very similar dress to this one to a friend’s wedding a few years ago and even though I’m petite, the higher waist wrap dress made me look inches taller!
Most importantly, I’m excited that the girls could pick something that fit their styles and tastes. The dresses were all stunning in person and we can’t wait to see them arrive for the big day in May!
This year I’m excited to share even more content on the things that I try all of the time. Admittedly one of the added perks of all of the work that goes into blogging is getting to try new products right when they launch. I also try a lot of things that make sense for me and my life regularly and I’m hoping to create more of this content that’s quicker and easier to share (especially as life has been so busy lately with work and wedding planning!)
The most recent product that I finally decided to try were these Tan Luxe face drops. I’ve seen friends sharing that they love them and they have rave reviews on many sites. I have dreaded going to Sephora twice now this winter to find something to even out my skin-tone that lasts all day and matches my constantly paling face. With our wedding coming up, I thought this was the perfect time to try this out and see if it was something I wanted to do before the wedding for a more natural glow coming out of the winter. I’ve been trying them out for about a week and here’s the scoop!
What I love about them
They are easy to work into your routine and don’t leave any streaks
The color is buildable, so if you’re nervous just use a drop or two the first time
It looks natural and right now just makes my skin more on-par with color it is the rest of the year
It’s not a whole process–it takes me less than 30 seconds and a quick hand wash
They don’t really have that “faux tan” scent to them, thank God, everyone hates that smell
How I use them
I didn’t watch any videos or look up how other people are using it and just followed what they suggest in the packaging. I have been using the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil at night (which is incredible, especially during the winter!) and so I’ve just been putting a few drops of that in my palm and then right after I’ll put 2 drops of Tan Luxe in the same hand. Then, I just rub it into my hands and all over my face as evenly as possible. That’s it! It’s so easy.
What I would change if anything
There’s no real downside, but I will say that I’ve made sure that my skin has been recently exfoliated and that it’s probably important to ensure that you’re mixing it with another liquid (so a serum or an oil is great). I have to admit it was a bit of trial and hopefully no error, and thankfully it worked out, but I will be way more nervous to try it on a larger area (like the full body ones). If anyone has tried those let me know, especially for upcoming wedding stuff! :)
Do I recommend them?
Yes! I bought the Medium/Dark shade on Net-A-Porter (because it’s in stock there right now and they ship faster than Sephora and have easier returns), but for the Sephora lovers out there the Light/Medium is in stock there!
Hi guys! After an exceptionally busy end of 2018 for me with work, wedding planning and the Holidays, I’m back and excited to be starting the year with a fresh mind and perspective! There’s nothing like a little actual space to put you back in the headspace that you need to hit the ground running.
There has been a LOT going on around in our household and I’ve done a bit of reflecting back on this past year and thinking about what that means for this next one. I’m not one for resolutions, but I am definitely of the mindset that now is a better time than any to change what you want to change.
For me this year that means more balance. I’m not usually one to sit around and dwell on things that I want to change–I like to come up with a plan and start better habits as soon as I can.
There are 5 things that I decided to do in order to start off this year on the right foot–whether these resonate with you or not, they’re worth trying!
1. Feed my brain
I spent the end of last year trying to mentally tune out once I was finally home for the day, but it’s time to hit reset on those habits. I deleted a few apps that I found myself wasting so much time on and asking you all for some good Podcast recs yesterday because I’m starting a new routine where I either read or listen to something at least 30 minutes a day (especially to and from work). Some of the ones you recommended and that I’m loving are:
Up First, NPR News Now and WSJ Minute Briefing–After trying a bunch of different news podcasts I’ve landed on these three. I listen to these every morning when I get ready and it’s the best way to start off the day since I get to work and usually never have time to look at the news until I’m leaving the office.
Slow Burn–There are only two seasons so far and I’ve only finished Season 2, but I’m loving anything educational that unpacks something that I’m less familiar with. Season 1 is on the RFK tapes and Season 2 is about Bill Clinton’s impeachment and so far, both have been really interesting.
American Scandal–This is another interesting one if you like learning more behind the scenes of true stories. Season 1 is all about BALCO and the steroid scandal that we all know much about, but very little about its beginnings. It’s super interesting as well!
You all weighed in and here’s what you suggested: Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend, Female Criminals, The Cut on Tuesdays, My Favorite Murder, and Crime Junkie!
My Christmas present from MG was a pair of Beats headphones (that I’m obsessed with and have worn everyday) and I’ve been wearing them even when I cook to finish podcasts that I start in the morning.
I’m also downloading more iBooks for when I’m on the subway and don’t have a physical book with me. I found it so hard to find time to read as much last year when I was crazy busy, but it’s important to keep feeding your brain!
2. Organize and clean out your phone
There’s a reason why so many people re-organize their homes, kitchens, pantries, closets and more this time of year. The same concept should apply to something that you use every single day… your phone. I spend more time with my phone than anything else that I own, and believe it or not you’re in control of whether or not that’s a positive or negative thing. I removed a ton of Apps that are a waste of time and downloaded a few new ones that are going to help me make more of my days, instead of the opposite. I categorize everything in folders so that my phone doesn’t seem as cluttered and deleted anything I barely used last year.
Some of my favorite apps are:
Evernote–for remembering important things over the years and any note taking you want to sync to your computer
Pocket Guard–you can sync all of your accounts and keep a closer eye on all of your transactions and budgets
Nike Run Club–I use this whenever I travel to log any running or bike rides that we go on. I’ve found that I hate running so much, but if I can see how far I go and track my progress (and have downloadable runs for indoor and outdoor) it makes it so much less painful.
3. Make cooking and eating healthily a priority
Our biggest challenge last year was having time to grocery shop. We have crazy schedules during the week and often even crazier schedules on the weekend. We’ve also shied away from the idea of grocery delivery, but I think this is the year we figure out how to make it work for us. We’re trying out Amazon Fresh and I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!
Last year I discovered how much I love cooking and for me it’s therapeutic and a stress reliever. I’m trying out more new recipes and will keep sharing them on my stories!
4. Spend less
There’s no time like the beginning of the year to cut back on spending, especially after the holidays. I find myself feeling more focused on the things in life that don’t cost money and am trying to focus less on things. The only things I’m spending money for the first few months of the year on are either (1) experiences and spending time with friends or (2) wedding/honeymoon items. I don’t need anymore god forsaken sweaters.. is it spring yet? :)
5. Focus on personal connections
This is one that I started working on last year and hope to continue in this next year. The things I didn’t talk about here last year were how many times I prioritized spending time with my fiance, called a friend for a long overdue chat, or caught up with my family on Facetime instead of sitting down to write after a full day at work. It’s taking 3 extra minutes to ask a stranger how they’re doing and if they’re having a nice day, giving your friend their full attention when they’re telling you about their weekend, and going out of the way to put a smile on someone’s face. This one can be the toughest, especially when there’s distance or stress factoring in, or just plain being tired. But, it’s the most worthwhile and will help you end 2019 feeling fulfilled and whole.
Happy New Year and I can’t wait to share more of our life with you this year!
If you’ve been looking around for the best Black Friday deals chances are you’re overwhelmed. This year I decided to show you guys the best products and individual sales I’ve come across and show you the places I’ve found to have the best deals for where I shop.