Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Bachelorette Party in New Orleans

Not only am I blown away by the fact that my wedding is less than a month ago, I'm also amazed that my bachelorette weekend has come and gone. My maid of honor and I initially started discussing this celebration in January of 2016. New Orleans was my dream but I had no idea if we could pull it off and I'm still impressed that we did!

Seven ladies headed to New Orleans last Friday for the ultimate bachelorette weekend. Aimee [my MOH] and I arrived early that morning and begun decorating our VRBO. Friday night was spent getting to know each other and making flatbread pizzas. 

On Saturday, we headed out early(ish) and wondered around the French Quarter. We couldn't resist a visit to Cafe Du Monde for beignets and iced coffee. 

After some time in the French Quarter, we headed over to Dance Quarter, where we took a private dance class. I opted for Burlesque and it was so much fun! Our teacher even brought us feather boas to wear during the class.

Armed with bug spray and sunscreen, we headed out to the bayou. We went on a two hour swamp tour with Cajun Encounters. This experience was so peaceful. We saw tons of crocodiles and even some wild boars. Our guide also pointed out the tree that inspires Disney artists for the whiskey tree in the Princess and the Frog [see if you can spot the tree in my video!].

After our long day, it was time to get ready for night out. We also spent hours grooming before heading out to dinner and we enjoyed some local dishes [alligator, frog legs, jambalaya, gumbo, blackened shrimp, you name it!]. 

Of course we needed some way to keep track of each other and these cute temporary tattoos were perfect ;)

 For more of my bachelorette adventure: I made a video!


Monday, May 22, 2017

How To Get Free Things On Your Birthday

Today is my birthday! I always post a video on my birthday so this year I am sharing how to get free gifts on your birthday--everything from free food to free makeup. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Rings Boxes Unboxing & Review

With less than a month and half to go, I'm *attempting* to take full advantage of being engaged. Before Joe proposed, I stumbled upon some bridal subscription boxes but completely forgot about them after getting engaged. Last month an Instagram post, featuring a bridal box, popped into my feed and I knew I wanted one before my engagement was over. 

I ordered the May Bridal Box, which arrived earlier this month: they ship on the 5th of the month. I thought this would be a fun way to test out a bridal box--one month isn't a huge commitment and my engagement is almost over [how did that happen?!]. 

I filmed an unboxing and review for any brides-to-be or curious friends! 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

15 Items You Need To Put On Your Wedding Registry

One of the best parts of wedding planning is picking out items for your wedding registry. These days the options are limitless. In a previous post, I shared how to save money on your honeymoon by creating a Honeyfund registry. There are so many creative ideas out there for great gifts. The ideas below will offer you some quality recommendations for your home and future marriage. 

For The Home: This is the best time to collect quality pieces you may not want to splurge on yourself. Hotel sheets are a prime example of a small luxury you may not want to buy but definitely will enjoy in your home. 

Cleaning your new shared home is just one of the fun joys of marriage ;) What could make this better? A cordless vacuum!

For The Kitchen: The bulk of my registry suggestions are for the kitchen. What can I say--this is the perfect time to receive pieces you'll love and use in the kitchen. This is the time to ask for that KitchenAid mixer you've always lusted after or that high speed blender you desperately want for your morning smoothies. I personally can't wait to use our new KitchenAid mini mixer; it is slightly smaller (3.5 quarts) and is perfect in a one bedroom Manhattan apartment!

You can't find anything better for storage than these airtight containers. Joe and I have slowly been growing our collection since we moved to New York. Not only do these containers keep your food fresh but they are so sleek and perfect in a small space. These pop snack jars are also wonderful for tea and/or coffee. We have three and use one for tea, one for k cups, and one for other beverages (hot chocolate, cider, etc.). 

If you don't have a slow cooker, you need one in your life. Crockpots are ideal for long work days or cold winter nights (hello hearty chilis!). This is also a great registry option because it's affordable for guests with a smaller budget and they are sure to know you'll love it. 

Another great budget-friendly option is a tea kettle. I'm obsessed with this copper tea kettle

For Entertaining: We love sparkling water in my household. We also spend way too much on bottles of sparkling water each week. Being able to make our own sparkling water at home would be a dream and would be great for entertaining. 

For those wine and cheese nights, this monogrammed board and cheese knife set is absolutely perfect!

For parties or celebrations, it's nice to have a beautiful cake knife--you can use it on your wedding day as well. 

For Travel: Luggage is a practical and really nice idea to include on your registry. This checked bag is self weighing and has a phone charger built in! The carry on has the same features. But for daytime adventures on your honeymoon, you'll need a backpack as well.

Happy Wedding Planning!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wedding Decor Haul

Happy weekend! Sharing a new wedding video this week that I hope you enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to my channel HERE to never miss out on a new video. 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Custom Wedding Lipstick | Bite Beauty Lipstick Lab

Last week my maid of honor and I hit up the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in San Francisco. The Bite Beauty Lip Lab is a shop where you can make custom lipsticks. They have three locations: New York, San Francisco, and Toronto. All locations offer two services--custom lipstick ($55 for one lipstick; $80 for two lipsticks) or bespoke lipstick ($150). I chose the bespoke--this option allows you to work with a lip lab artist to create two custom lipsticks in addition to receiving a lip lab exclusive lip kit. 

I chose the bespoke option so I could make a custom lipstick for my wedding day as well as a fun brighter shade for my bachelorette weekend. The custom lipstick option only allows you to choose a shade from the available pigments, not create a custom shade. 

Prior to creating the colors, my lip lab artist asked me what finish I wanted. For longer lasting lipsticks, she recommended a matte or cuvee (almost matte) finish for hours of wear. Luminous and sheer were also options. For both lipsticks, I chose cuvee--matte lipsticks are often way too drying for me but I also wanted something that will last on both occasions. 

When creating these lipsticks, I started with my wedding day lip color. I knew this would take more time and thought. I aimed for a dusty rose shade--I knew this would suit my skin tone and give me the look I want for that occasion. My lip lab artist started by combining a rose shade and an almond shade. She scooped out a little of each and combined them with a small metal spatula on a piece of hard plastic. Honestly the process looked like someone mixing up an ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. Anyone else eat a lot of Cold Stone in high school?

After she mixed each color, I applied it to my lips and decided if I liked it or if I wanted to adjust the shade. After ten attempts, we found my perfect dusty rose!

We moved on to the bachelorette lipstick. I went for a berry red. After three creations, I found my perfect shade. It's flattering and makes my teeth look incredibly white. I wasn't as picky with this shade, as it is for a fun and more carefree event. 

Once my shades were selected, we chose scents. For my wedding lipstick, I went with violet. For my bachelorette lipstick, I opted for wild berry and vanilla [two scents is the max]. They also offer cherry, mint, citrus mango, coconut, and fresh citrus.

My lip lab artist brought her "recipes" behind the counter and worked her magic. She added different portions of various colors and melted them down to create the shades I had approved. Then she used a centrifuge to fully mix up the shades before she poured the liquid into two lipstick bullet shaped molds [one was a back up]. After seven minutes on a freezer, she popped the lipstick into its shell. Her only instruction was to wait 20 minutes before applying each lipstick.

The entire process took about 45 minutes. We did not feel rushed at all but we also went on a weeknight to the San Francisco location--much less busy than New York [I'm glad I was able to fit this in on my trip!]. The exclusive lip lab kit contained a full sized lip scrub, mini agave lip mask, and full sized lip primer--I'll be using this on my wedding day. 

All though this was a really fun and special experience, this is most likely something I will only do once. It was very fitting for my upcoming wedding and I recommend it to any brides!

Have you visited a Bite Beauty Lip Lab? Will you make a custom lipstick in the future?


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