Hope you have a very lovely Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by all the ones you love and all the ones that love you. This day and every day I hope you know just how much I am truly thankful for your continued support and friendship.
Styling by: Hannah Shen of Hanalulu Co.
It’s here, we are officially 3 weeks away from getting married! Ahhh! Yes, it’s panic mode! Completely panic! I am so excited to get married to Adrien, but let’s face it, the to do list for an upcoming wedding never ends. Every time I scratch off one thing, it seems like 3 more tasks get added. And, let’s be real, what do the guys do anyways right. They help pick out their bowtie and suit, occasionally the music and or food, and that’s really about it. We are doing it all ladies! So between my Spring Wedding Season and the Wedding Planning, I have been trying out some new beauty products over the past year to get ready for the big day! Once thing I love is the BirchBox, it’s amazing! It’s a great way to try out new products without having to buy the entire bottle up front. What if you buy a moisturizer and you hate it, this is the greatest way to get around that. I highly recommend it!
Aside from that, these are my favorite tricks of the trade to help get me looking my best for the upcoming day.
1. Clarins Double Serum, AMAZING! Not to mention, it’s won tons of beauty awards!
2. Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliation Cleanser, it smells yummy too.
3. Golden Glow Booster, who doesn’t want to look a little sunkissed right.
4. Body Lift Cellulite Control, what can I say, I thought I would give it a try ( I dislike bikini season)
5. R.O.C Eye Cream (my dermatologist recommended it)
6. Burts Bees Intense Hydration Mask
7. Korres Lip Butter
8. Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tent (just for fun)
I am not partial to any one brand over the other in beauty products. I am also one of those gals who believes that sometimes the Walgreens brand might work just as good as Dior, but who knows really. I started to pay attention to products when we went to France in December. Everytime I looked around the French women were looking fabulous and had zero wrinkles! I thought to myself, I need to get whatever they use. So I asked all of Adrien’s cousins and they all recommended either Clarins or Nivea. We don’t have too many Nivea products in the U.S. so I thought I would give Clarins a try and they haven’t disappointed me yet.
However, the Eye Cream will always be on my lookout. My dermatologist recommended the Retinal Eye Cream which I really like, but I am really only noticing a difference on one eye, which is never any good. Aside from that, I try and use the Hydration mask a few times a week and the lip butter is great to put on at night before bed.
I really tried to do a lot of research on products and what to do before a big day, and I am trying not to use too many products because I don’t want to overkill my face and have the reverse effect. Wedding planning takes a toll on you, it’s challenging at times and can be exhausting. So at the end of the day I just wanted to primp a little bit more than I usually do and get myself a few extra special products for the wedding. I will have so much more to share once we get through the Wedding, but for now, these are my favorite pre-wedding products.
This year has definitely had it’s ups and downs. It’s been the best of times and the worst of times, and I can honestly say that. Running your own business can be very demanding at times, but yet so rewarding. I really wouldn’t have it any other way, but there are definitely days when I just want to watch a movie or sit back and relax and there is just no possible way to take a break from work. This year is all about figuring out what’s best for me, for my company, for Adrien and our growing relationship, saying no when I don’t feel like something is the right fit for me, and saying yes when I would love to hop on that opportunity. Not to mention, trying to plan a wedding at the same time. Ha, that’s an undertaking I thought would be so easy and there are so many small and large decisions. But there is one thing I have learned this year and that is to take each day for what it is. Life is such a blessing and I am so happy where I am in my life, with Adrien, planning our wedding and living together figuring everything out as we go. So my new favorite quote that I think goes along with my 3oth birthday and this year just perfectly is, “Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” – Tina Fey
So cheers to my 30’s and to figuring everything out as I go. It’s an adventure all the way!
It’s finally coming around, Spring!! I am so excited for Easter this coming weekend and warmer weather! It’s always been one of my favorite holidays. Candy, pastel colors, baskets full of goodies and beautiful bunnies everywhere, it’s always a treat. A few weeks ago I got to attend a really fun Easter Egg Decorating class at Design Sponge’s office space in Brooklyn and I had a blast. It’s been a long time coming since I just let go and worked on crafts for fun, and I loved every second of it. I was up against some extremely talented Easter Egg Decorators, but I really enjoyed myself and experimenting with all the fun papers, glitters, paint, and so much more. While my eggs are definitely not the most crafty you have ever seen, I figured in light of Spring coming and Easter weekend, I would share my egg decorating skills. Happy Spring!
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” – Robin Williams
Valentine’s Day, it’s such a special day! Red and pink hearts, candies, home made Valentine Cards, special surprises! Who doesn’t enjoy the national Love day! This year is extra special, for one this is the first Valentine’s Day I am engaged. Here is one of my favorite photos of us from Thanksgiving.
Second, this year I sent out lovely Valentine’s Day Cards I adored designed especially by the super talented Katie Fischer Design. I absolutely love her work!! Be sure to check out her website!
And three, couples will have a chance to share their love story for one week only to enter to win a FREE Wedding Photography Package from me on The Budget Savvy Bride. This is exclusive to Budget Savvy Bride Readers only. Be sure to enter and pass the word! We are really looking forward to hearing some amazing Love stories.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! Hope your day is filled with love and lots of red and pink hearts!
I am so thrilled to share this exciting news! I have always been one of those photographers who loved to photograph everything. Give me a plate of food, let me photograph an adorable baby, a birthday party, an engagement session, weddings, portraits, I really enjoy it all. I have never limited myself to just one area cause I have always felt I had a few different aspects of photography I was always interested in. And to be honest, I went to a commercial photography school so I was trained to go after the commercial work. It just so happens when I was in school I wanted to assist for a wedding photographer so I could learn more lighting techniques and how to think fast under pressure, and I ended up falling in love with the wedding world. And here I am!
Almost two years ago I was chosen to photograph a campaign for Always through my commercial website and work. It’s been a long time waiting to see when the website and images would go live, and that day has arrived. Here it is, my photograph on the home page of Always. So excited to see this live!
A week ago we went to Mystic for a getaway weekend and it was the perfect little mini vacation! What a cute town! It’s only 2.5 hours away on Amtrak, and we stayed at The Steamboat Inn. We loved the Inn, everyone was so incredibly nice and they serve sherry and cookies at 5 O’clock. How awesome is that! Of course the town is now famous for hosting the movie Mystic Pizza, which does have pretty awesome pizza by the way, but overall we loved it! I only took my polaroid camera with me, and most of the shots didn’t turn out because it was so cold, bummer, but I did manage to snag a few.
This was taken right outside of our room at sunset.
And here he is, the sweet love of my life. We were freezing out butts off walking around, but we loved every second of it.