02.02.2016

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01.29.2016

How to Pick Your Wedding Date

Tyler and I actually had our venue booked before we were officially engaged. Say what?! Yes, you read that right. Since he wanted me to pick out my ring and we both knew it was coming (though I didn’t know exactly when), we decided to get ahead of the game. While our venue ended up being an easy choice, landing on a date was a bit harder. Here are some tips for you brides-to-be!

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1. Pick a Season - This is the easy part. Most people know exactly what season is their favorite. I’ve always known I wanted a fall wedding 1) because fall is perfect weather here, usually in the upper 60s and 70s, 2) there aren’t any tornadoes, and 3) I love fall foliage. If you live anywhere in tornado alley, I’d steer away from spring entirely, and summer because it gets so disgustingly hot, but that’s just me. It’s important to consider what your and your fiancé’s body temps are (do you get hot easily? is he always cold?). Fall was an easy choice for us given that we’re both pretty hot-natured. People in the south will also try to tell you to plan your wedding around sporting events to which I say: Ain’t happening. I love OU football as much as the next person, but I’ll be damned if it is considered “more important” than our wedding. #byefelicia

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01.26.2016

Engagement Photo Makeup Tips

What’s almost as hard as picking out your outfit for engagement pictures? Deciding what kind of makeup look you should go for! Should you go full on glam, natural, or somewhere in between? Here are some tips to help you decide.

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1. Go Off What You’re Wearing – If you decide to keep it on the casual side like Tyler and I did (sweaters and jeans), it makes sense to stick with a look that is more on the natural side. On the other hand, if you’re going formal you might as well have fun with some Kim K-worthy makeup – just don’t go too heavy on the contouring!

2. Think About What Your Wedding Makeup Might Be – I already have an idea of what I want my makeup to look like on the big day: subtle smokey eye, winged liner, Mac Twig lipstick. It’ll be super pretty for fall. But even though we took our engagement pictures in the fall as well, I went with the “natural looking makeup” look, as Amy Schumer so aptly puts it. Just think, you’ll have a ton of pictures where you’re all glammed up at the wedding so you might want some pictures with your everyday makeup instead.

3. Thoughts on Lipstick – Picking your lip color (or deciding if it’s even worth wearing it) can be tricky. I mean, you’re pretty much going to be making out with your fiancé for 2 hours, so it’s going to come off anyway. In hindsight, it might have been best to wear a lip stain but whatevs. I went with my usual pink MAC Chatterbox lipstick. It obviously wasn’t as vibrant at the end of our shoot, but there was still enough color left behind to where I didn’t look dead. Basically what I’m saying is you can’t go wrong with a regular MAC lipstick even if it doesn’t last the whole time.

4. Thoughts on Foundation – As we all know, making our complexion look perfect is a magic trick that we all pull off every day. If you aren’t satisfied with your current foundation, or just want to look extra perfect, I recommend using IT Cosmetics CC Cream (I wear Fair; Light is way dark) or Benefit Hello Flawless (I wear I’m Pure For Sure). I adore both of these, but IT Cosmetics is winning me over with its skin-loving ingredients and SPF 50. Be sure to set your foundation with some powder, even if it’s cold out, to make sure your face stays flawless. My faves are MAC Studio Fix Powder (I wear N5) and CoverGirl TruBlend (I wear Shade 4).

5. Thoughts on Mascara - Always get the water-proof kind, no matter what brand you use! But I’ll let you in on a secret: cheap mascara works best. Always. I have never strayed from Maybelline for more than 1 day because everything else sucks so much. Maybelline Falsies is my fave go-to for every day and Maybelline Lash Stiletto is another great option if you want more drama. Either way, a drop of lavender essential oil in your mascara will ensure your lashes look gorgeous in pictures and real life.

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01.22.2016

Love Lessons from Adele

No other artist quite has a way with words like Adele does. A single line can bring us to tears (Hello, it’s me…) or sum up all the scattered thoughts, mixed emotions, and memories rolling around in our brains. She just gets us. It goes without saying that her songs are drenched in wisdom about love and relationships that we should all take notes on. So what can Adele teach us with her magical lyrics? Let’s take a look at some of the greats:

Photo cred: Pinterest

Photo cred: Pinterest

1. Set Fire to the Rain – I’ll never forget how this song was playing in my car when I arrived to my internship the morning I found out my ex was cheating on me. And I’ll never forget seeing my now-fiancé walking across the parking lot and hearing “The One is right in front of you, Kylee. Get over it already.” We wouldn’t even go on our first date for 5 more months, but it always stuck with me. Sometimes, you just have to “set fire to the rain” – which makes no sense yet all the sense in the world if you think about it. Getting over your first real love seems nearly impossible, just like setting rain on fire. You think it can’t be done. You think you’ll never love anyone that much again, but you know you have to rip the band-aid off and stand up for yourself, because love should never be a game.

Cause there’s a side to you that I never knew, never knew

All the things you’d say, they were never true, never true

And the games you’d play, you would always win, always win

2. Someone Like You – When Adele wrote Someone Like You, I can’t help but think she really meant “I’ll find a love that was intense like ours, but in a way that’s actually healthy.” Too wordy for a song obviously, but that’s the way I’ve always taken it. Despite how you feel at the time, there’s no point in wasting any second of your life on someone who isn’t good for you. Keep the memories, keep the lessons they taught you, remember the good and bad, but keep moving forward.

Nothing compares, no worries or cares

Regrets and mistakes, they were memories made

Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

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01.19.2016

Beauty Review: MAC Twig Lipstick

The more appropriate title for this post would be THE BEST NUDE LIPSTICK EVER. Just saying. I’m that obsessed with MAC’s Twig Lipstick. I haven’t worn nude lipstick since 6th grade, and the only reason I had it was because it was pineapple flavored. Bright pink has always been my thing, but a spontaneous trip to the MAC counter with Tyler this weekend while we waited to go see a movie led to the discovery of this magical shade. The guy helping me said Twig is one of MAC’s most popular nude colors, and it’s easy to see why when it gives you instant Kylie Jenner lips (okay, tamer/less creepy Kylie lips).

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It’s a pinkish, mauve shade that won’t wash you out and looks good on all skin tones, even if you’re pale like me. It’s not a shade that I would have ever picked out on my own, but it looks super fab on. So fab that it will probably end up being my wedding lipstick. If you put a lot on you get that sophisticated celeb look, and if you just go with a little it’s the perfect “your lips but better” shade. Tyler has made a lot of comments on how good it looks and said it makes me look like “sexy adult Kylee instead of 12-year-old Kylee.” Guys usually don’t even notice these things so it’s def a win. ;)

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If you’re looking for versatile shade that can go from work to happy hour, or even your wedding, Twig is where it’s at!

 

01.15.2016

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For the Girls

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Candle   Pillow   Sweatshirt   Heart Earrings   Ring Tray   Purse   Ear Jackets

01.13.2016

Catching the Fever: New Edition!

Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to announce that my book, Catching the Fever, now has a new and improved cover thanks to my fiancé. It is seriously majestic and represents the story so much better than the original cover.

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For those of you who don’t know, I wrote a book my senior year of college – it was one of the requirements to graduate, which is pretty baller. Boomer Sooner. Anyway, the story follows 4 teenage girls who go to a liberal arts school in Boston. The school loses its funding so they devise a crazy plan to save it that involves a certain super hot pop star. It’s an easy read and tons of fun! Check it out on Amazon in paperback or eBook, and check out Tyler Worsham for any graphic design efforts you might need.

If you want to learn more about how I actually wrote the book, I wrote a blog post about it here.

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01.05.2016

5 Goals Worth Keeping in 2016

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Hello, 2016! I’m so excited to meet you since you’re the year I get to marry my sweet fiancé. But that’s not the only reason I’m excited. Have you noticed that something about 2016 feels pointedly more magical than usual? I have no idea why, but it’s definitely in the air.

The start of a new year usually means the start of resolutions that will only last a month, like going to the gym every day or cutting out all social media (yeah, right). Here are a few examples of broader, more realistic, and more fun goals that you might actually want to keep the entire year.

1. Create - I’ve been itching to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic for a few months now and I finally got a copy this weekend. Even just being halfway through, I’m already inspired to get back into the swing of my creativity. And this doesn’t just apply to writing (though a second book idea that actually interests me has finally arrived to my brain), it can apply to anything that peaks your curiosity. Like most kids, I used to color and draw all the time – I loved it. Of course, I wasn’t great at it, but that isn’t the point. Creating things makes us happy, and why deny ourselves happiness from something as simple as coloring, writing a book, or making jewelry? It doesn’t matter if what we create is life-changing or if everyone else likes it, it matters if we enjoy it. We’re in charge of putting the magic into our lives.

You’re not required to save the world with your creativity. Your art not only doesn’t have to be original, in other words, it also doesn’t have to be important. For example, whenever anyone tells me that they want to write a book in order to help other people I always think ‘Oh, please don’t. Please don’t try to help me.’ I mean it’s very kind of you to help people, but please don’t make it your sole creative motive because we will feel the weight of your heavy intention, and it will put a strain upon our souls. – Elizabeth Gilbert

2. Feed Your Soul – We’re not much use to anyone, including ourselves, if we don’t do things to feed our souls. So go meditate, listen to an inspiring podcast (my fave is The Lively Show!), cuddle your pets, write in your diary (some day, it might be all you have to remember things by), take a super long bath with a glass of wine, eat some queso (if queso ain’t soul medicine, I don’t know what is) – you get my point. Do the simple, easy things that make you feel alive.

3. Love Your Body – If you believe in queso for the soul, which you totes should, then you also have to do things to stay healthy…because balance. Don’t make rigid goals of “losing 20 pounds by such and such date” or “going down 2 sizes”. You’re just going to sabotage yourself because if you don’t meet those goals in time, you’ll psych yourself out. Instead of focusing on a goal weight or goal size, focus on treating your body like a BFF. Eat tacos, but go to yoga. Have coffee on Sundays, but water and healthy juices all week. Stay up late talking to your boyfriend, but take a nap the next day. Schedule all those doctor appointments you’ve been meaning to schedule, stop using tanning beds cold turkey (because I did so I know you can, and tanning beds make you ugly), and don’t feel guilty about getting a massage every month. Yolo.

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12.28.2015

Post-Holiday Splurge Picks

Is all that holiday money burning a hole in your pocket? Put it to good use! Here are some of my fave splurges, both affordable and pricey!

1. Rustic Cuff Bracelets – I can’t get enough of these! If you haven’t checked RC out before, you definitely should. I love their Emerson and Kennedy bracelets – and their wrap bracelets look like Tory Burch, but way more affordable. If you have a baby wrist like me, order the girl’s size. They even have stuff for guys too!

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2. Riding Boots – Now that it’s finally cold in Oklahoma (we currently have blizzard, flood, and tornado warnings…this state is bipolar), it’s time to bust out the riding boots! I’ve had a fab pair of Antonio Melani ones for years now, but it’s probably time for an upgrade.

Photo cred: Shoes Fashion World

Photo cred: Shoes Fashion World

3. Fleece Leggings - For all the people who act like you can’t wear leggings when it’s super cold out, you most definitely can. Don’t let the legging-haters stop you from doing your thang. Get a pair of fleece lined ones…or 10.

Photo cred: Vennie Fashion

Photo cred: Vennie Fashion

4. Makeup Brush Set – If you’re like me, you hate investing in makeup brushes despite how much you love makeup. Sometimes you just have to though! I’m eyeing this fab Sonia Kashuk set from Target right now. They look way more expensive than they are, as with most things from Target which is why it’s the best store ever.

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Photo cred: Target

5. Ningxia Red – Wtf is Ningxia Red, you ask? It’s a super good health drink that contains wolf berries (also known as goji berries), fruit juices, and essential oils. It helps to support your immune system, improve energy, balance blood sugar, lower cholesterol, etc. Plus, it tastes delicious. If you’ve always wanted to get into juicing but are also lazy, this is a great alternative for you! And probs has more health benefits from all the essential oils. Win-win. (See my store page for more info).

Photo cred: Young Living

Photo cred: Young Living

What are you spending your holiday cash on?

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12.23.2015

Outfit of the Day: Happy Holidays

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