Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wedding Planning with my Intel Tablet

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I am acting as my own wedding planner, but I am getting a little help from my new Acer Iconia One 7 (and some spreadsheets from A Practical Wedding and Pinterest).
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With my tablet and spreadsheets, I can keep track of my guest list, my vendors, and other odds and ends.  I've modified A Practical Wedding's spreadsheet to add a photography list, flower list and registry list.  Combining my tablet with the Dropbox app, I can update my spreadsheets wherever I go!

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With my tablet, I can easily show my photographer and florist ideas I've seen on Pinterest and then they can help bring my vision to life!  And with the spreadsheets I can see when I am starting to get out of control and parse things down.  I eliminated some unnecessary flowers and registry items this way.  It's nice to see your insanity laid out in writing.

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Full Disclosure: I was provided an Intel Tablet for my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.  I was not compensated in any other way for this post.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Questioning my Skincare with California Naturel

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As I have discussed on the blog already, I am prepping my face for my wedding day (and basically just for a life without acne).  I have been using products that work for me, so I am really reluctant to try out new face stuff.  When I was contacted by California Naturel, I was really really reluctant to provide a review.  However, once I read more about their products, I was convinced that a little trial wouldn't set back my skin care regimen.  The ingredients are all natural and contain a crap ton of floral extracts.  I just have to make sure there was no grapefruit in there.  I am allergic to grapefruit...and that crap is in all skincare nowadays.
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I am a sucker for great packaging.  The boxes and bottles feel really high quality and luxurious...but they are completely recyclable.  Yay!  (Little known fact, many product boxes are not recyclable with your normal cardboard because they are coated in wax or another substance to make them colorful and shiny.  Check your local recycling rules for details).

The Gentle Cleansing Gel does what it says.  It's gentle on your skin, but it fully removed all my my eye makeup, even without a prior application of eye makeup remover.  My skin felt refreshed, but not dried out.  My only complaint was the scent.  It's supposed to be floral, but smelled a little medicine-y to me.

The Nourishing Cream is my favorite product of the lot.  This stuff left my face feeling the smoothest it's ever felt.  I'd say like a baby's butt, but that is a really gross comparison.

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The SPF 30 Sunscreen is now a tool in my fair skin protection arsenal.  I loved this stuff.  It's so light, it just feels like a moisturizer.  And it lasted all day and didn't sweat off into my eyes.

And the SPF 8 Lip Balm was another important tool.  Yeah, your lips can burn.  This is a problem I feel like only the fair skinned understand.

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I highly recommend all of their products.  They are more expensive than your average drugstore brand, but a little of these products goes a long way.  Just a dab of the cleansing gel and just a dab of the nourishing cream are enough to suffice each use.  

Will you be trying out California Naturel?

Full Disclosure: I was provided these products at no cost for my review.  However, 100% of the opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this post.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Favorite Fashion Friday Link Up #59

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Better late than never!  I had an early morning appointment for the last stage of my harrowing dental journey, so the FFF link up took a back seat.  

My tardiness is no indication of fabulous the outfits were last week.  I love a pattern mix and I love polka dots...therefore, I love this outfit from LaurynCakes.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Look What I Got: End of Summer Wishlist

End of Summer 2014 Wishlist
I've got a few items that I am craving...that aren't quite completely Fall-ish (because it's that time of August when bloggers are all of a sudden supposed to be shopping for flannel and leather).  It's still warm and will be for quite some time, so these are the items that I want right now.

Aqua Striped Dress: Bloomingdale's: I think this dress is the perfect day to night dress and at $88 it's a fraction of the cost of a similar Kate Spade dress that I have been desperately seeking for months.

Lilly Pulitzer Jance Shift Dress in Resort White: I know this is a very summer-y dress.  However, I am going on a tropical vacation in September.  And I plan on being that jerk that wears nothing but white for the few days before and few days after her wedding.  We're having a stay-cation style honeymoon with the Scot's family for the entire week after the wedding.  And there's an emergency....I look really good in white.

Kendra Scott Rayne Pendent: Bloomingdale's:  Duh.  This necklace is gorgeous and apparently a fashion blogger essential.  I will definitely be kicked out of the cool kids club if I don't get one.

Lucy Paris Full Organza Midi: Bloomingdale's:  This is my compromise to the tulle skirt, which I just cannot pull off no matter how hard I try.

August Accessories Jeweled Baseball Hat: Bloomingdale's: Again, I feel like this is self-explanatory.  It's a hat with sparkles on it.  These are both things I love.

What non-Fall things are you still craving during these last few weeks of summer?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pattern Mixing and Benefit Cosmetics

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Top: Madewell via @kitschcatvintage (similar) | Skirt: J. Crew (similar) | Sandals: Target (similar, worn) |
Bow Corsage Cuff: JewelMint (wornsimilar) | Pave Link Bracelet: Urban Gem via Rocks Box (worn) | 
Sierra Necklace: Urban Gem via Rocks Box
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As you can see from these pics, I did a little shopping at my local Benefit Cosmetics store.  I had to fill up on my fav skin care products (that Sephora has annoyingly decided not to carry anymore).  I know, it sounds really petty.  But, Benefit has actually brought my skin to a point where I am no longer getting acne like it's the night before the prom.  I'm almost afraid to switch to anything else for fear of disturbing what lies beneath my skin.  I decided in these months before our wedding, I would start taking better care of my skin.  And I think the mission can to be declared accomplished.
Another mission I have undertaken in the months before the wedding, is to grow my eye brows out.  I've recently started penciling them in and cannot believe the difference it makes on my face.  So, I decided to ditch my sparse eyebrows that have been thinned and killed due to years of over-plucking.  Thanks 1990's Drew Barrymore.  Well, I found out, Benefit offers some awesome services.  Before waxing or tweezing your brows, they actually map out where the ends and arch of your brow should be to best suit the shape of your face.  AND they also offer brow tinting...which should help out my skinny brow dilemma.  I wasn't able to make an appointment while I was in, but I will be returning soon for a brow overhaul.

What's your brow grooming routine?  Or are you one of those ladies I hate with naturally perfect brows that never have to be plucked?

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