Tuesday
Sep232014

Eyelashes for Miles

I don't know about you but I'm always on the lookout for a good mascara. And this was especially true when I was getting married. My plan was to go the fake eyelashes route for my wedding day and to do my make up myself for the rehearsal dinner. 

Unfortunately, the day of my wedding my dream fake eyelashes were not going to happen. All that obsessing over my wedding make up and sadly, none of it came to be. It is a long story and lets just say it ends with my wedding planner having to do my make up. Thank you Shauna! I really should do a post on the importance of having more than one hair and make up trial and more importantly doing the trial, weeks, not days before your actual wedding date. I made all of those mistakes and it cost me fantastic eyelashes. At least that is how I envisioned them. 

source: Mastin Studios

I am a very firm believer in quality mascara. I could never get the drug store brands to work for me. I used to use Lancolm. And if truth be told their mascaras do something amazing to the eyes. Long, shiny, separated and uber dark lashes. Unfortunately and it is a big minus Lancolm mascaras smell and I mean reek, not long after you open them. That always worried me a little so I stopped using them. Now, I use the Dior mascaras and I use a primer first. Dior is a solid mascara and while it also makes the lashes pop it doesn't have that same shade of black as Lancolm. Dior also smells, but not nearly as quickly or as much as Lancolm. Recently, because of my desire to put the least amount of chemicals on my eyes as possible I switched to Black Tea Pure Fruit mascara. I found it on Amazon. I find everything on Amazon. And I really like it. It doesn't give anything close to the same dramatic eye effect as the two above, but it coats the lashes nicely, doesn't smell rotten, doesn't clump and washes off easily. For an every day mascara it is pretty good. I plan on continuing to buy it. Again, I suggest using a primer with it. 

Having said all this when my co-worker approached me about Younique mascara I was more than curious. It is all natural which really appeals to me. In fact it too is made with Tea. How the Younique Mascara works. Similar to the primer effect, you coat your natural lashes in your 'normal' mascara, then you apply the gel and then the fibers. The first time I used the Younique mascara I got fibers everywhere. But then I googled a Younique tutorial, How to apply Younique mascara. What did we do before Youtube? And that made a huge difference. Even after watching the tutorial it takes a couple of times before you get good and fast, ok faster at the application. 

Of course I don't have a decent before and after picture. Instead I have a picture of myself after I applied the Younique mascara for the first time (prior to tutorial watching) So take that into consideration, but having said that I still think the mascara performed well. And after a few tries and the tutorial I can see how you can really get your eyes to pop. 

source: Miss Freddy

I'd recommend the Younique mascara. I will order it again. Play around with it and you'll see first hand that you can get some very dramatic looks from it. I would have loved it for my wedding. Loved it! I'm not sure I'd use it as my everyday mascara. Who are we kidding I don't wear make up everyday. But if I did I'd probably opt for something lower key. But that is me. And the Younique gel is pretty similar to the Black tea mascara i got off Amazon. So you could use the gel alone for nicely defined everyday lashes. 

My next night out I plan on using a primer first and then applying the Younique mascara. Anyone done that with good results?

Disclaimer: My co-worder sent me the Younique mascara in exchange for this review. And I'm glad she did. Thanks Kim. I also don't work for Younique. 

Since I liked the mascara I decided to try their lipgloss next. I found this charming little review on younique lipgloss and Nat convinced me to give the lipgloss a try. 

Wednesday
Jul302014

Tree Loving Hugging Wedding Inspiration

Tree Loving Hugging Wedding Inspiration. Maybe it is because I live in Seattle and we are surrounded by beautiful tree greenery...but I love trees....there is something beautiful, strong, and magestic about a tree. Since forever trees have been symbols of strength and loyalty. The giving tree by Shel Silverstein comes to mind. It was one of my favorites as a kid. Here are some fun ways of incorporating trees into your wedding.   

If you are planning an outdoor wedding consider using a tree to display pictures of all the couples who will be at your wedding. This is a fun way to involve your guests and people will be touched to see their own unions celebrated on your special day. Plus it gives new meaning to the term, 'family tree' 

source bridal guideThis picture is stunning. Draping lights accross the branches of a really big tree and then using that as the backdrop for your vows is magical. This is one for the books and will leave a lasting impression. 

source perpetually daydreaming

This tree overlay is done with die cut lasers and is a beautiful start to this nature inspired invitation. My favorite part is the little gold heart on the tree with the couples initials. Just darling. 

source ohsobeautifulpaper

 

Speaking of darling I love these personalized tree mugs from Uncommon Goods. There is something so romantic about seeing carved initials in a tree trunk. But having said that, don't do it - it isn't good for the tree. Instead get your initials put on tree mugs and celebrate your lasting love that way. 

source uncommon goods

 

This a variation of the ever so popular fingerprint tree guest book. Instead of fingerprints your guests write their names on the branches of a tree. Using this as a wedding aisle would be an extra special tree touch. 

 

source stylesizzle

Perfect for a rustic wedding is a cake made to look like the bark of a tree. it is unique and memorable. Plus the circular layers of the cake lend themselves well to tree trunks


source: the frisky

Tree wedding favors are gaining in popularity. These are especially cute if there is a tree in your story-you had your first date under a tree, or maybe in a tree house. And tree favors are perfect if you just want to give mother nature a hand.  I love the idea of planting something and being able to nurture it and watch it grow. The tree favor is a beautiful testament to your beautiful day. 


source: Le Magnifique Blog

Did you include a tree on your day? 

Disclaimer: The people at Uncommon Goods were nice enough to send me a set of tree mugs. Uncommon goods are good people, almost everything is handmade and $1 of every purchase goes to charity. And everything is in harmony with people and the environment. Hard to beat that. 

Monday
Dec092013

Picture Perfect, Give the gift of Pictures

This year, I'll be almost 7 months pregnant for the holidays. And we have a beautiful little one year old running, and I mean running around the house. I thougth she was busy before. Our poor Christmas tree doesn't stand a chance. Combine these two factors and it doesn't leave much time, or energy for much Christmas shopping. So what is a girl to do? Answer: give the gift of pictures. 

Go Pro- There are so many reasons that professional pictures are worth the time it takes to do your hair and dress your baby and (yes) husband in the morning. For one, all you have to do is show up and let the professional do the rest. You don't have to worry about filters, lighting or anything else. When you go pro you are guaranteed a beautiful good quality picture that you will be proud to keep, share, and gift. Camera phone cameras are fun but not for gift giving. 

Christmas Cards- If you are one of those people, like we are who still believes in sending Christmas cards then you can't go wrong with a family picture card. Family and friends love to get recent pictures. It is a nice personal touch and if your family is like mine it will end up on the fridge.

Mini Albums- These are from our Seattle photographer, Miss Freddy and will make lovely Christmas gifts. I won't spoil for who. The best part of these mini albums is Miss Freddy does all the work, she picks the pictures, layout etc.. you provide her with some feedback and she mails them to you. Hard to beat that. If you'd like to see a picture of these beauties click mini albums.

Shutterfly- I love this site. You can take all those beautiful pictures you have and turn them into perfect little picture presents. You do have to do this yourself, but Shutterfly is very user friendly and I've used it to order storybooks, magnets, cups, desktop frames and more in the past. Psst: think grandparents. 

Matching Outfits- So this is only me. But where else is it appropriate to dress like your child other than in a family holiday photo shoot. I found us matching outfits! And I was so excited about them (probably too excited about them). If you are looking for more ways to dress for your photo shoot Miss Freddy has a great what to wear for families on Pinterest. 

I've included some of the pictures from our Photo shoot, courtesy of Miss Freddy. We took family photos, pics of our baby girl and even a few maternity ones! (I'd never had maternity ones before) Miss Freddy was our photographer and we think she did an awesome job. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Sep282013

DIY Gift Guide for Your First Anniversary

DIY Gift Guide for Your First Anniversary

Finding the perfect gift for a first anniversary can be tough. How can a physical gift express the joy and accomplishment of your first year of marriage?  If you’re abiding by traditional gift-giving rules, the first anniversary poses an even greater challenge—paper doesn’t seem very glamorous. Nevertheless, paper is a great starting point for lots of DIY gift projects. A personalized present is heartfelt, so paper-based gifts are a wonderful way to express your love. Here are some of my favorite paper-centric DIY ideas to make a first anniversary memorable.

Remember When Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking Isn’t Just for Girls

In the digital age, memories are just a camera click away. However, there’s nothing quite like a personalized photo album created by a loved one. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be a female endeavor! Men shouldn’t have anything to fear from stickers or glue sticks; if you put together a scrapbook of old photos, ticket stubs, printed emails (anything related to your relationship), she’ll be blushing with surprise and elation.

Customize a Book

Books tend to make great first anniversary gifts, especially if your significant other likes to read. Write a heartfelt message inside the cover of a vintage copy of their favorite book or go the extra mile and pick up an autographed version of the latest book from that author they can’t get enough of. Another great option is to publish something personal. Many companies offer books that can be customized to fit your marriage and there are even services that will generate romance novels featuring the names of you and your spouse.

Instructables

Fold Up Your Love

Origami is a cute way to embellish your anniversary plans. Learn to fold cranes, frogs, and other animals, and leave them around the house to surprise your spouse on the special day. Use a trail of folded creatures to lead your wife to the breakfast you’ve prepared for her. Origami boxes and envelopes are also inventive ways to wrap small gifts. Your spouse is sure to love your playfulness.

Remember Your Anniversary Every Day

When you tell your spouse how much you love them on your anniversary, it’s an awesome feeling. But why stop there? You can remind your spouse of your love every day! If you plan for your first anniversary in advance, you can create a custom page-a-day calendar. All you need is a stack of paper, a hole punch, and a few binder rings. On each sheet of paper (365—one for each day of the year), write down something you love about your spouse, a shared memory, a favorite photo, or anything else that celebrates your relationship. Don’t forget to label each page with the corresponding date and weekday. When you’re done, fasten your project with binder rings and get ready for a smile. It’s a lot of work, but the daily payoff is worth it. Your gesture will continue all the way until your next anniversary!

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Make the Headlines

There’s no paper like the newspaper! Call up your local paper, pay for space in the classifieds section, and make a sentimental statement about your marriage. On the morning of your anniversary, present the paper to your spouse (along with a nice breakfast, of course) and watch their surprise as they read your tribute. For something a little less public, order a personalized book that chronicles all of the headlines and important events from your first year of marriage.

 

These are just a few anniversary projects you can create with paper. Your first anniversary gift isn’t as limiting as it might seem! In fact, you can use the opportunity to express your love and appreciation in heartfelt and inventive ways. With a little imagination, you’ll fondly remember your first anniversary for many years to come!

Guest Blog Post by Morgan Gray

(Thanks Morgan!)

We just celebrated our first anniversary and my hubby surprised me with 'paper' tickets to see Cirque du Soleil. Another fun paper idea. I'm not going to lie I didn't actually know the first year anniversary was paper. I would have gladly accepted more diamonds. :) 

Thursday
Mar212013

10 Wedding Shoe trends

10 Wedding Shoe inspired trends! Who doesn't love shoes? And these fabulous shoes make for great wedding day inspiration! So if you heart shoes like me....

1. Rocking Rain Boots- Rain Boots of all kinds are making their appearance under wedding dresses everwhere. Perfect if your day is rainy or if you are like me and live in Seattle. Here are a few tips to rock your rain boots


source 4eyesphotography

2. Take a Bow- Big beautiful wedding bows are all the rage. How beautiul are these shoes topped with bows? 

source Steve Steinhardt

3. Flat out Amazing- Many brides are choosing flat wedding shoes, instead of the big heels. Wedding shoes flat are the perfect way to dance the night away. I love this sparkly pair from Betsey. 

source: my glass slipper

4. Giddy Up! Cowboy boots are a favorite among brides everywhere. Perfect for an outdoor or rustic wedding. 

source Amanda Marie Portraits

5. Feather Fever- Feathers are a hot trend for wedding dresses..why not for wedding shoes too?

source: In Photography

6. Pretty Pale Pink- Soft colors make for a beautiful wedding palette. Especially when paired with a metallic accent. Love these soft hued shoes. 

source: Style Me Pretty

7. Tie it up- Ribbon is so versatile it can be used as a wedding backdrop or to tie up your wedding shoes. 

source: Style Me Pretty

8. Ring Bling- I love this wedding picture trend. Two of a girl's favorite things: diamonds and shoes. It's a win win.

source: studio b photograhy

9. Splash of Color- Many weddings include a bright accent color. It's very fun and so are big bold patterned shoes. Love the polka dots.  

source: love wed bliss

10. Write it down- Another one of my favorite trends is to have your bridesmaids sign the back of your wedding shoes. A beautiful sentiment. And if you use a blue marker it doubles as your something blue

 source the knot