Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lately








Blazer (old, similar)// Jeans// Striped tee // Tote

I am currently in North Myrtle Beach with my fiancé and his family enjoying the sun and sand! I am not a beach girl, but I am loving our time here!

I've still had to do a bit of work so I still have some things to share with all of you today.... we head back this evening and I'm sad to leave but also excited to get back into a routine. I am totally one of those people who thrive on routine!

Wearing: I wanted to style these Jeans to share how easy to wear they are! Dress them up with pumps and down with classic loafers! 

Eating: I know it's summer, but can we talk about egg roll soup?! I honestly love soup year-round and full intend to create this when I am back in my own kitchen. YUM. 

Drinking: We are headed to Georgia in a few weeks and they have the BEST peaches. I am always looking up ways to incorporate them into cocktails and recipes. I love this recipe for a fresh peach gin and tonic! I will definitely be recreating this. 

Reading: I just finished The Last Mrs. Parrish and it was SO good. The book took a turn about halfway through and I couldn't believe it! The most perfect beach read! 

Sale-ing: Tula's Summer State of mind set is SUCH a good value... It's $88, but with SYDNEY you get 20% off, making it just $70. The set comes with cleanser, scrub, gel-cream, 2 Masks and a cosmetic bag. If you bought all of the items separately, it would be $146! My favorite is the masks. They are SO hydrating and I see immediate results- my skin is hydrated and glowy and looks plumper. 

Watching:
 I have been so behind on TV lately! Need to play catch up, stat!! We did watch the entire season 3 of Stranger Things, though, and I loved it. I felt like it was very different than the past two seasons but I loved the strong 80's vibes! 

Loving:  I am loving adding items to my Amazon storefront! It's always there and I update it in real-time with all of the great buys I find on Amazon. 

Wanting:
 Have any of you purchased a pair of Sarah Flint pumps? I love the look of high heels, but the arch in my foot is seriously crazy so it is always so hard to find a high heel that is comfortable. I am thinking of getting a pair of these for fall... check out their website and pay close attention to the footbed of their shoes. They not only look impeccably designed and high quality but the footbed looks SO comfortable. 

Quoting: 'The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wedding Wednesday: Our Guest Count


Wedding Wednesday: Our Guest Count
Our family pic after both my sister and I get married! 

I have always wanted a small, intimate wedding. It is important to me to know every single person (and know them well) if they were to be in attendance at our wedding. Luckily, my fiancé felt the same way!

We both have families on the smaller side. To give you an example, I only have 3 cousins and my fiancé also comes from a smaller family, too. I'm the oldest out of all of my cousins and family friends, so none of my cousins or anyone in my family has gotten married or started families of their own yet. I know sometimes it's just impossible for people to have a small wedding simply because both the bride and groom have huge families! 

Originally, my definition of small was 50 people. But, once we created our list, that just wasn't going to be possible. We are ending up right around 100 people, which I still would consider on the smaller side!

We could have easily had a 300 person wedding. We are lucky to know so many amazing people. But, I was adamant and put my foot down...I think there needs to be at least be one person in the mix who puts their foot down and draws a line so that the list doesn't get out of hand (or totally let it get out of hand if you want a huge wedding!). 

We were thrilled that our parents supported our decision for a smaller wedding. I know it can be tough when parents on both sides are continuously adding to the list. We definitely encountered that and it's just something you have to work through with your families!

A lot of you have asked how to choose who you invite and who you don't and I don't think that's something that I can advise on- there are too many different situations so the only thing I can say is to do what you feel is best and right for you! 

It helped a little, too, that our wedding venue runs on the smaller size so to have a seated dinner with the band/dance floor in the same room, we couldn't have really gone over 125 anyway. 

We are so excited to celebrate with those nearest and dearest to us and are so thankful to be surrounded with so many incredible friends and family! Tell me, how many guests did you have at your wedding?! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Henry Pupdate






It's been quite a while since I've posted an update on my sweet Henry! Last time I posted, I was chatting about how I was nervous about Henry and the move! In hindsight, there was nothing to worry about.

We snapped these photos one morning and I just had to share them. Henry usually poses for photos or tries to get in photos which is so funny because Mac (our dog who passed away last year) always avoided the camera and would never pose when a camera was brought out. 99.9% of the time that I post Henry, he is never posed or anything like that...he is a total ham. But, that morning, when I actually wanted him to pose with me, all he wanted was belly rubs and he kept rolling onto his back. It was so funny and my fiancé and I were just cracking up the entire time. He makes us laugh daily and most of these photos are truly candid and show how much fun I have with him.


Henry is in LOVE with our new house. He might be the one that loves it most. He is just thriving with so much space, immediate access to the outdoors, and giant windows that he can look out of all day long. He really loved it the second we moved in and we never had an issue with adjustment or anything.

It brings me so much joy that he seems to love his suburb life. He has already gotten used to a routine here, knows where all of his toy baskets are, and found the best hiding spots when thunder rolls in.

I know this sounds so cheesy, but I love Henry SO much. Both my fiancé and I do and we often laugh about how much we love him. Sometimes we just stare at him and say 'how is he this cute'?!

Henry is also obsessed with us- and I don't say that because I am full of myself, but because it warms my heart to see him love us SO much. I can't believe he's only been in our lives for just 1.5 years! It feels like he has always been with me! 

One thing that is really fun is that now that my fiancé and I live together, he really takes care of Henry equally and their bond is adorable. He's 'our' sweet pup and I love that. 

Another thing that I find hilarious about Henry is that he is truly in love with my mother. Like beyond anyone else ever. He absolutely freaks out when I say my mom's name and when he sees my mom, he goes nuts and cries and it's seriously the funniest thing ever. He sits in my mom's lap when she is around and always wants to be as close to her as possible.

He is currently staying with my parent's while we are at the beach. My parents are the best to always watch Henry and I am so thankful for that. He loves it there and loves my parents and I never have to worry!

Our lake trip is coming up soon and I am so excited for him. He loves the lake and thrives there, so it will be fun!

I adopted Henry from Tracy's Dogs and they just released a Youtube video of their Pittsburgh Transport. It's worth a watch if you are considering adopting a dog. To see the happiness in everyone's faces when their dog is brought out is priceless. It also shares some info about adoption- when you adopt a dog from Tracy's Dogs, you save 3 dogs: the dog you adopt, the dog that then takes that dog's space at Tracy's Dog's and the dog that got their shelter spot!

My pajamas are from Walmart! Did you know that they carry Splendid? Splendid is one of my favorite pajama brands because of its soft fabric. Besides the pajamas I ordered, I also was eyeing these blue and white pajamas perfect for the summer months! Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

More Pajamas I Love:

Monday, July 15, 2019

Nordstrom Sale: Beauty Products I Use and Love

Nordstrom Sale: Beauty Products I Use and Love

In my opinion, the best selection and the best deals are in the beauty section! There are so many amazing sets from skincare to makeup to fragrance and more. Today I wanted to share items that I personally own and love and would recommend! 

Bobbi Brown Lip Crush// I have the lip crush in 'babe' but plum has been on my list to try. This lipstick is matte but does not feel matte on your lips- it's creamy. It stays on SO well and you can control the color. I dab it on my lips for more of a stain and then you can layer it for more color! 

Moroccan Oil// I am on their press list so I have been fortunate enough to be able to try a lot of their products but the oil is their hero product and there's a good reason for it. This smells wonderful but isn't overpowering. I just add a quarter size amount to the palms of my hand and rub together and run my fingers through my hair. It helps to add shine and cuts down on frizz. 

Kiehl's Creme de Corps// This is such a great basic body lotion. It doesn't leave you greasy or sticky and is so hydrating. I love a pump top, too, for quick and easy access. This is a classic and this huge bottle should last you at the very least 6 months! 

Kate Somerville Exfoliator// This product drives me insane because it is so expensive, but oh my goodness does it work. This is a physical and chemical exfoliator so it has a texture! You can leave it to sit on your face for a few minutes like a mask and then really rub it in all over your face. This is an instant gratification product because my face instantly looks clearer and fresher... it's great to do on special occasions before you apply makeup for a perfect base. Even though it is so pricey, I continue to buy it because I love it that much. 

Chanel Chance// I love and have worn the green version of this for years and just recently started wearing the pink version. It smells SO good. It's ever so slightly stronger than the green version and a little more ladylike than fresh, but still a wonderful everyday scent. It lasts all day long! 

Dior Lip Glow// You all know this is one of my favorite products of all time! There are two sets available. One in 'pink' and one in 'berry'.... they both happen to be my favorite shades out of all of the lip glows! They are balms that feel truly like chapstick! They are lightly tinted and just give you the prettiest 'your lips but better' look! The pink is the least color and the berry is a more purple-red tone. They can be easily applied like chapstick without a mirror and are very hydrating. 

Lancome Genifique// This is a relatively new skincare product for me. I have been using it for about 3 months. It's a serum designed to be anti-aging. I love the hydrating feeling. A lot of serums are drying and this one really gives me plump, glowing skin. You can use it morning and night, but I prefer to use it in the morning after cleansing. I love the dropper in the bottle for a hygienic application! 

Neubrow// My brows are naturally thinner than I'd like them to be. I use neubrow every other day until the tube runs out (at night) and the results are real. My brows look thicker and fuller! They also make it for your lashes and that really works, too. This deal is that you get two bottles so it might be a good idea to go in on it with a friend that wants to get it, too! One tube is usually $100 so this is essentially 50% off! 

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk// This is a holy grail product for me!!! I love the pillow talk color- it's a matte 'your lips but better' product. I love the pencil and use it to fill in my lips entirely. They just look youthful and plump and have a natural flush to them. Same with the lipstick, you can layer the pencil and the lipstick so it lasts a long time. I have yet to try the gloss so I am very excited to try it- I bet it is amazing, too! 

Malin + Goetz// This is the most heavenly scented product and it's kind of hard to find! It's definitely warm and manly but also fresh!

Peel Pads// These are the extra strength peel pads and there is a cult following! These really work and are really strong. I use them for a few days before a big event or when my skin needs a touch-up! Since they are strong, I tend to use every other day. You will notice your skin gets clearer- age spots/dark spots/acne scarring fades, wrinkle lessen, and your pores shrink! These rarely go on sale and this is such a good deal for all of this! 

Mario Badescu// I love MB's drying lotion. It's a spot treatment for breakouts and truly works. It has never failed me! You just take a q-tip and dip it in the bottle and dab it on your zit overnight. It's lessened in the morning if not gone. The facial spray is so refreshing and hydrating... it's great to have on hand at the pool or beach or in a dry climate to give your makeup a refresh after a few hours! I have yet to try the lip balm, but I am guessing it is great. MB's skincare line is really great and high quality and the price tag on the line is usually inexpensive compared to a lot of other brands on the market!
 

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