June 23, 2016

..Vegas Bachelorette!

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Here are just a few snaps from my Vegas bachelorette party that was a couple weeks ago. We literally did IT ALL. We saw Calvin Harris at Omnia, we went to Saphires - a Magic Mike style show, we pool parited at Encore Beach Club, we danced on the tables of our private room in STK, we gambled (some won some lost), we bottle serviced at Intrigue, they threw me a poolside present party (WHAT?), we danced, danced, danced, & laughed, laughed, laughed. It was so awesome to have so many of my favorite ladies all together at one time, I can't even imagine how I will feel at our wedding.

The girls booked rooms in the Encore, which were amazingly huge with awesome views, and created a magical floaty dream world for me when I walked in. We had swans, flamingos, cupcakes, emojis, donuts, THE WORKS. They also made suuupa cute totes that had vegas-y things on them filled with so many presents I don't know how they did it. They had customized towels for everyone, kitty ears (they got teal ones and I got big white floral ones), BCBG scarves, statement earrings, and snacks. They killed it! It actually brought me to tears when I saw how much love and effort they were showing me (I mean, they had an air pump shipped there to make this happen). I feel like the luckiest human alive. I honestly just felt so special.

The kitty ears were awesome because I didn't want to go the matching tanks route (especially in a place were bachelorettes are a plenty) and, being the self-proclaimed cat lady that I am, it was a fun way for me to feel like the bride and for us to stick out in a different way. I was calling them my "kitten-squad" the whole trip and they were great conversation starters at the pool in combination with our flamingo drink floats.

If you are thinking about taking a Vegas trip soon, DO IT. Get your girls together, pack your most fun outfits, bikinis, & sunglasses, and GO. There really is nothing like it in the world.

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June 22, 2016

..Function of Beauty

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I don't know when it happened exactly, but somewhere over the last year I feel like I have become more of a beauty blogger! I am so happy to take on this role as I LOVE trying new products and techniques. Function of Beauty recently reached out to me to give their custom shampoo & conditioner a try. At first I thought it sounded a bit cumbersome to create a custom shampoo but once I visited their website - which makes it easy as PIE - I was very into it. You select the type of hair you have (mine is wavy, fine, with oily scalp) then pick out the areas of improvement/goals for your locks and ingredients designated by actual chemists go in your bottles. Since I have long limp hair that I put heat on daily, my big ones were thermal protection, volume, and fixing split ends. You then even get to customize the color and SCENT! So coo! I went with sandalwood/violet because..well just because I am a huge sandalwood note fan (Bobbi Brown's "Beach" is one of my favorite smells of all time). The smell was muskier than I thought, and although still lovely, I think I'd try the grapefruit/hibiscus next time.

The formulas arrive with a instruction guide (how often to wash, where) and, which was a surprise to me, even have your name on them! So if you and your sister or roommate (or boyfriend - no judgement) order different formulas there would be no mixing it up.  After about a week of using it on and off I can say I really like it. It's SUPER hydrating and the perfume inside lasts all day long. The price point is a little higher than your nice drugstore brands but I usually keep a salon quality one in my rotation anyway.
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June 20, 2016

..La Vie En Rose

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Photo from the day I got engaged.

Do you ever just want to press the pause button on your life because you realize how content and in love with this moment you are currently in and never want to forget it? Sometimes that happens to me without any real catalyst at all. I was gifted one of these last week and it felt so delicious and indulgent that I wish it could fit in my hand so that I could pull it out and cuddle it whenever I begin to feel far away from it. It was a partly sunny Thursday afternoon. I walked into my favorite local pizza shop alone after picking up some cards for Father's day and a friends birthday. I ordered a slice of Margherita pizza and a fountain soda, found a cozy corner to myself in the window, got a pen out to write on my blank cards, "Smile" by Nat King Cole came on the radio followed by "Young at Heart" by Frank Sinatra and "La Vie En Rose" by Louis Armstrong and I just felt it. Deep down.  I was so happy to be in that exact slice of time with only myself, my full heart, well wishes ready to be written, and my cherry cola. Sometimes it's so lovely to put on those rose colored glasses and enjoy their effects for a minute.

Then, last weekend when I was out for my birthday dinner at Convivial with my fiance, as the waiter came out with a beautifully decadent s'mores souffle which held a single candle burning in it, the same song, "La Vie En Rose" came on at that exact moment and I felt like the universe was giving me a hug, or telling me a secret meant just for me. Sometimes I can't believe I get to live the life that I do, and that realization is a gift in itself.

I know this is different form my normal posts, they don't come around very often but if you want more of the deep stuff, you can find it here.

June 16, 2016

..Privacy Please Dress

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The deets: Privacy Please dress (different print under $65); J.Crew hat (similar); Tory Burch wedges; Old Navy cross body; Kate Spade earrings (they come in so many colors); Knox Thomas Designs bracelets.

I wore this outfit last Sunday for shopping and lunch before a crazy week of travel & fun. It's breezy and comfortable in a way that makes you feel a little timeless. My fiance said it made me look like a sexy housewife and I'm totally okay with that! I hope to wear it for a picnic or vineyard trip one day  as I originally purchased it for a trip to Napa which we ended up not being able to go on (wedding expenses be like.. nope). I love this brands aesthetic of fluttering feminine shapes. There are some other prints in the same "Amsterdam" style that I am into like this blue check one and this one is on sale! They are super flattering on any body type.
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June 8, 2016

..Four Favorites

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1. I locked eyes with this iridescent tasseled unicorn of a clutch and resisted my every instinct to buy it because planning a wedding is expensive and leaves little room for unicorn clutches. Sad face. Welp, my birthday is this month and I totally forgot about BIRTHDAY COUPS! I went back and got her for 25% off to bring to Vegas on my bachelorette this weekend!

2. For all the Arlington readers (because there are like, soo many of you..) this super posh little nail salon called "Coatroom" (cheeky) just opened across from my building and I am very excited to try it out this week. They have copper details, luxe brands like Butter London and Deborah Lippmann, modern decor, and a sign outside that says "99 PROBLEMS BUT MY NAILS ARE DONE." Is that a Jay-Z reference, because YAAS! 

3. So I am the loser that didn't know how to get cool those colors on my snapchat so I googled it. I can't be the only person out there that needs a tutorial, turns out it's really easy - this guide is helpful.

4. Very into the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. I have "Lovesick" and "Bachelorette" and they haven't disappointed yet! Great formulas.