02.12.2017

High School Beauty Trends That We Got Right

Next year will be my 10-year high school reunion, which seems impossible! It seems like 5 seconds ago, especially since I’m still getting mistaken for a high school student on the reg (I hope this continues forever). While high school is always full of unfortunate choices, including those in the beauty realm, there are some things that our high school selves were spot on about. Let’s take a trip back to 2004 – 2008, shall we?

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1. Mineral Makeup – BareMinerals was THE thing in the early 2000s, and it’s even more majestic now. I don’t know about you, but high school me was not about that liquid foundation life. It was too much effort and too risky for acne-prone skin. BareMinerals Original Foundation was all I ever used until I was about 22 and I still have it on hand at all moments now. Unless I’m going out, 90 percent of the time I have on NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer with my tried-and-true Original Foundation over it. They recently expanded their shade range too! And their Gen Nude lip product line is basically the best thing that has happened in the past year. I NEED IT ALL.

2. Glossy, Pink Lips – Not gonna lie, I went overboard with the glossy pink lip thing for most of high school. I had on bubblegum pink Trish McEvoy lip gloss at basically every moment of my existence. Lip gloss always made for messy first kisses back in the day, but now it’s a nice change of pace from the super matte lip trend that’s happening now. Lip gloss formulas have gotten much better (NARS is one of the best), and some lipsticks have magical glossy finishes too. My current fave? BareMinerals Gen Nude Lipstick in Crave. It’s the perfect shade of pink without being the over-the-top Barbie shade that I gravitated toward in high school.

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02.03.2017

How to Add Sentimental Touches to Your Wedding

Honoring your loved ones who have passed away on your wedding day can be tricky. You don’t want your special day overshadowed by their deaths, but at the same time you want to still feel like they are a part of it. Here’s how we incorporated our family members who had passed away into our wedding:

Memory Table – I’ll admit that at first I was against this idea because it sounded too much like a funeral, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Along with pictures of my and Worsham’s loved ones, we included pictures of us when we were kids and a collage of our engagement pictures. It was decorated with my grandma’s crystal candelabras that I had always loved. We decided not to have an actual sign that said “in memory” or anything like that. The table turned out to be really beautiful and was a nice reminder of everyone who was there in spirit.

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Bouquet Accessories – Another thing brides can do is add in family pins/brooches to their bouquet stem. My dad passed away when I was 16 and he had a gold pin with his initials on it. We used that as well as one of my grandma’s gold flower brooches. They were subtle and tied in perfectly with how my bouquet looked. It was nice having a piece of both of them with me while my mom walked me down the aisle.

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01.24.2017

Lessons from 2016

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2016 was a weird one, am I right? It’s definitely my favorite year so far since it was the year I got to marry my best friend and then jet off to Jamaica, but it was still just all over the place in terms of highs and lows. I mean, the former host of the Apprentice won our election for God’s sake (#boybye). There was just no predicting what kind of misery and magic the year would bring. It was basically a Taylor Swift song. Here are the main things I took away from 2016 (aka The Year of the Wedding):

You Can’t Plan for Everything – I’m a planner when it comes to certain aspects of my life (only certain parts, because we Geminis are walking contradictions). One of those aspects was, of course, the wedding. What choice do you have when it comes to an event that’s so big? Now, I’m not saying not to plan things, but wedding planning was just one giant reminder that you can’t plan for everything. It’s impossible. Things will go wrong no matter what. Like the custom top for your dress (which you ordered a year before your wedding) looking like a Jersey Shore prom queen, despite working with the designer every step of the way, and it not being finished until the day before the wedding because the ratchetness had to be fixed. Or like finding out later that one of your bridesmaids didn’t have her dress until an hour before the wedding because the dress shop told her you had picked it up, when you had not. Or winging the entire ceremony because you never got time to rehearse. The universe doesn’t always oblige to our plans and that’s okay. Wedding problems always seem stupid when it’s over, but this really can apply to anything in life: it goes on.

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01.18.2017

Beauty Review: Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

There’s nothing I love more than trying out a new foundation, but I can’t stop coming back to the Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation!

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  • 100 percent organic – HUGE PLUS! Have you ever looked at how many gross and toxic makeup ingredients there are, especially in foundation? You won’t have that problem with any product from Gressa.
  • Literally looks like supermodel skin – Bad skin day? Who cares? This stuff is like brushing on a perfect face. I’ve never seen anything come close to this finish, and it covers everything. You can do sheer or full coverage depending on what you want since it’s a serum foundation. It’s basically Photoshop in a bottle.
  • Makes your actual skin look 100x better – Probably my favorite thing about this foundation is that it makes my skin without makeup look way better thanks to the amazing ingredients. I guess that’s why they call it a “multivitamin for your face.” But isn’t that what BB and CC creams do too? No. This is next-level. This is the Victoria’s Secret Angel skin you’ve always wanted.

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01.11.2017

The Ultimate Wedding Day Makeup Guide

Without a doubt, the most fun part of wedding planning for me (besides picking out our cake!) was deciding what makeup I was going to wear. I became obsessed with researching to find makeup that not only would last all night, but also look natural in person. If you’re like me and hate how makeup artists make you look 99% of the time, then don’t be afraid to do your makeup yourself! You know what you like best and what you can live with being on your face in pictures forever.

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I stuck to the French rule of thumb that less is more. While a heavy contour/dark smoky-eye look can be very pretty in pictures, it’s extremely easy to over do it and look like a clown in person. I didn’t feel like risking it, and actually didn’t even wear any bronzer on the big day.

But no matter what look you’re going for, these products are awesome choices that will last throughout all the kissing, tears, and dancing!

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01.06.2017

Guess Who’s Back (Back Again)?

Hello, blogging world! It’s been way, way too long.

Let’s get real here for a second – it’s pretty much impossible to do anything while planning a wedding. How I thought I’d have the time (or the mental energy) to write another book while worrying about every minute detail of 10/22/16…well, let’s just say I was cray. Wedding planning was about a million times more stressful than I anticipated, and I’m sure many of you can relate! It’s a good thing I know Worsham is THE one (duh) because you could not pay me to think about that many things at once ever again.

Was it worth it? Yes.

Was it the best day of my life? Yes.

Did it look exactly like my Pinterest? Yes…only better!

Did Worsham cry? YES. (Don’t we all secretly/not-so-secretly want this?)

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It was magical, and I’m also extremely grateful that our lives have returned to normal. I do have plans for a new book (still sorting out the details) and Worsham is currently working on one right now!

So while I don’t plan on posting at every moment, I’ve missed K, Byeee and I’m back. Expect wedding/relationship advice, pretty pictures, and makeup reviews coming your way!

Cheers to 2017!

Photo cred: Prickly Pair Photography

Venue: The Springs in Tulsa

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03.14.2016

Blogging Break: Time For a New Book!

Photo cred: The EveryGirl

Photo cred: The EveryGirl

Dear followers,

I’ve decided to take a break from blogging while I work on my second book. Writing another book is something that has been on my mind since publishing my first back in 2012, but I’ve just recently had an idea that I’m excited about. While it’s easy to want to be one of those “do-it-all” people that can successfully give 100 percent to a blog, book, full-time job, and wedding planning, trying to do it all is not enjoyable for me, and the simple fact is I don’t have to. We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to do everything. What’s more important is listening to your gut and making sure you have enough time to chase your goals and take care of yourself. That is more than enough.

So, this is why my posts have been less frequent lately. I may still post some outfits every now and then during my book hiatus (if something is super cute, I have to share!), and I plan to return to the blogging world later this year. K, bye for now!

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03.02.2016

10 Things I Wish I’d Known at 20

In June, I’ll be 26. Is 26 officially considered your late twenties or still mid-twenties? I’m going to go with mid, but whatevs. It’s crazy to look back at how drastically my life has changed since I was 20 and a junior in college. I went from a somewhat naive writing student who had just fallen in love for the first time and never had a job to being an author/blogger/proposal writer with a fiancé, 401K, and almost four years of work experience. Here’s what I wish I could have told myself back in 2010.

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1. Don’t Plan Your Life Around a Relationship Ah, you’ve finally fallen in love for the first (but not last) time! Yes, I know…isn’t it wonderful? Everything is a bunch of rainbows and butterflies and summer getaways to Boston. I won’t spoil it all for you, younger self, but I will tell you to quit planning your entire life around him. It’s not cute. I get that it’s long distance, but quit sitting by the phone and go on Spring Break with your friends. Remember that you have your own life and identity apart from him.

2. Don’t Take the First Job You’re Offered Look, I know $10/hour might seem somewhat decent for your first job considering you have zero experience, but you have a degree. Shop around with other companies to see if you can find a better salary instead of jumping on the first opportunity you get just because you’re fresh out of college.

3. The Quarter-Life Crisis is Real – I’m not sure why, but ages 22 to 23 are just super awkward so be prepared for that. There’s really no reason for it other than it will be miserable and magical and you’ll hate your job and want to move out of the state, but you’ll fall in love with your future husband during this time so that’s obv amazing. Just unleash your emotions in your journal per usual; they’re really entertaining to mid-twenties you. Don’t worry, everything goes back to normal once you’re almost 24.

4. Chill Out with the Engagement Fever – There is literally nothing more upsetting to you, my 20 year old former self, than seeing people get engaged. I know you think you’re getting engaged in the summer of 2011, but trust me when I say that you’re going to dodge a major bullet…MAJOR. So just calm down, suck it up, and enjoy the rest of college. You’ll meet the hubs in due time in the form of a handsome Spanish-looking man at your next internship. He’s worth the wait.

5. It’s Never Too Soon for Eye Cream – Yes, eye cream works. Yes, start using it now.

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03.01.2016

Beauty Review: Rodan & Fields Multi-Function Eye Cream

It just occurred to me that I hadn’t written a review about one of my fave beauty products ever: the Multi-Function Eye Cream by Rodan & Fields. How did I let this much time pass?!

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This is an absolute must-have. Hands down. I wish I’d had this in high school so I could have started preventing fine lines a long time ago. Anyway, I’ve been using this gem night and day for close to a year now, and I can’t be without it. I ran out for like a month a while back and I could see a big difference from not using it. I didn’t realize it had helped that much! Slathering my eyes in this stuff is literally my favorite part of my skin care routine because it feels so amazing – it’s like drinking Brita water through your eyelids. That’s the only way I can describe it.

Not only does it help with fine lines/wrinkles, it’s almost pearlescent so it blurs out dark circles and makes your concealer go on easier. While it may seem pricy, it will at least last you two months or probably longer if you don’t overly slather yourself in products like I like to do. It’s packed with fab ingredients like:

  • Caffeine – Reduces redness and puffiness
  • Macadamia lntegrifolia Seed Oil – Skin conditioning agent
  • Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract – Improves blood flow, protects from inflammation, and increases moisture
  • Honey Extract – Balances moisture levels and aids in skin tissue health

So no matter what your age, if you’re looking for a perfect eye cream, this is it! Seriously, stop whatever you’re doing and buy it.

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02.22.2016

Are Your Tampons Hurting You? Why You Should Go Organic

Photo cred: The Zoe Report

Photo cred: The Zoe Report

When you think of the word “organic”,  food, makeup, beauty products, and household cleaners typically come to mind – not tampons. I had no idea organic tampons even existed until a few months ago after watching a video about how many gross things can be found in regular tampons – things that the FDA doesn’t require companies to disclose. Time for a truth bomb…here’s a list of some things found in tampons:

  • Synthetic fibers
  • Chlorine
  • Dioxins
  • Fragrance (okay, so we knew that, but it’s not good for you)
  • Pesticides (ever think about what is sprayed on all that cotton?!)
  • Adhesives
  • Artificial color

Feeling grossed out yet? All of that stuff is immediately absorbed into your bloodstream – leading to years and years of exposure to harmful ingredients for as long as you have a period. And pads aren’t a safe alternative either since they’re also chemically treated. Exposure can potentially cause cancer, reproductive issues, allergic reactions, hormone disruptions, and of course Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Luckily, there are safe alternatives out there.

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