How To Find YOUR Wedding Dress

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This was a highly requested topic by many of you and for good reason! Selecting your wedding dress isn’t the easy beautiful process that you see on TV or in movies. It’s a tough process but the process can be made much simpler with some planning. It’s one of the most important details of wedding planning and deserves to be as stress free as possible. For many people, it’s one of the most stressful due to lack of availability in your area, body image issues, not knowing what style you like, budget, etc… Needless to say, there are way too many factors that come to play in this decision. Let’s make it easier!

Deciding What You Want

I think one of the best things I did during this stage of selecting my dress was to look at models with similar body types to mine. I knew, with my body shape, a dress I saw on a deathly thin model was not going to look the same on my body. The worst thing you can do is create unrealistic standards of dresses in your mind. Once you know how dresses look like on girls with similar body types to your own, you’ll be able to see the styles and fabrics that will best fit your frame.

Pulling Inspiration

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest. Pinterest is great to search around for the styles you’re wanting once you’ve seen how they work on your body type. My one problem with Pinterest is that it’s overflowing with thin models in fabulous custom unattainable dresses. Before you flock to Pinterest, it’s essential to know your styles that you have to work with. Pull a few images that best represent what you want to look at and save them BEFORE going to a dress boutique. Knowing a smaller scope to look at when you get to the shop is great and gives you direction.

Dress Boutique Do’s & Do Not’s

Do search for certain designers to see what they actually carry and what dresses are actually available in your area.

Don’t rely on your Pinterest finds to actually exist and be stocked at every shop you visit.

Do your research on the shops you’re going to visit to find out how they work. I visited a shop that refused to let me look at their inventory and only allowed the assistant to bring me dresses (DISASTER).

Don’t visit shops that don’t allow you to browse their inventory. Call ahead and be sure you know exactly how they work.

Do call ahead and confirm they carry the designer you’re looking for and any particular dresses you want to try on.

Don’t let pushy sales people pressure you into buying anything. Stand up for yourself and what YOU want.

The Perfect Duo

What really helped my dress search process was the perfect duo, the perfect sales associate and bringing the perfect guest(s). Finding a sales associate at the shops you go to that has a clear vision of what you want or has a similar style can help immensely. Through the duration of my shopping, I NEVER clicked with anyone besides my final sales associate. I sat down and showed him the exact designer and a few styles I liked and we gushed about how gorgeous her designs were. He pulled the exact dresses we were talking about and really pulled my vision together. He now owns his own boutique and has his own line of dresses. Finding someone who has a knack for wedding fashion versus someone who just needed a job makes ALL the difference.

If you aren’t as lucky to find the perfect sales associate, your trip is not wasted. Bringing the perfect guests along with you can help more than you realize. Of course your mother is going to tear up and your friends are going to tell you how amazing you look in everything; but, if they also aren’t afraid to tell it how it is, you’ve found the perfect guests. Bringing someone who knows your style, your facial expressions, and understands your vision can help you find the perfect dress. Your guests can do as much pulling of dresses and coaxing of the sales associate as you!

My Advice For Others

Overall, my advice would be as informed as you possibly can. Research your body type, your designers, your local boutiques, your local sales associates. Going in knowing as much as you possibly can will never be a bad thing. Sometimes you’ll need to go in and try a style of dress to confirm whether or not you like it and that’s ok! Pictures show so much differently than real life; however, going in with options and a plan can never steer you wrong.

Good luck to all searching for their dress. Have fun and enjoy the process! Leave me a comment below and tell me how you found your dress!

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Thinning Out My Wardrobe


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If you’ve been keeping up this year, you know that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to purge my wardrobe of items I just don’t wear. At the beginning of the year I turned all my hangers backwards and as I wore certain pieces, I put them back hanging the right way. I’m very proud to say that I’ve kept this up ALL YEAR LONG. So proud! With an impending move date, I wanted to start purging the clothes from the warmer months since they’ve had their season. I’m not completely purging my winter wardrobe since real cold weather hasn’t hit us yet; but, I wanted to share the experience as I go through my warmer clothes.

I did not expect this much to come out of my wardrobe! It just goes to show how much rationalizing you do in your head when you look at your closet.

“I’ll wear this!”

“I just didn’t know I still had this, I’ll definitely break this out this year!”

“I paid too much to not wear this. I’ll make myself wear this!”

I’m guilty of saying all of these phrases. I’m forcing my hanger method to be the deciding factor in whether a piece stays or goes. I highly recommend everyone looking to purge their wardrobe of non-essentials to try this hanger method out. It was so useful for me to see what I actually touch and what I should just forget about (however bittersweet that may be). You don’t have to wait for the New Year to roll around to give it a go. Just put a reminder on your calendar for a year from now to look back at your wardrobe.

Now, it’s time to march all these clothes down to my nearest donation center. I love donating all the items I don’t want/need/use. I don’t need it so why let it go to waste? Be sure to consider donating any of your items you remove from your wardrobe. There are plenty of people who will definitely appreciate it!

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’ve tried this method or if you plan on doing it in the future!

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5 Helpful Tips For Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


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It’s not a fun task, but it’s a necessary one! Cleaning my makeup brushes is always a dreaded task for me and I have no idea why. It takes me all but 15 minutes and is so SO beneficial. I really need to get into a better habit of just doing it (I’ll touch on that later though). Here are some tips that will make your cleaning process easier and hopefully cheaper!

Use Household Products

Feel free to skip out on the specific cleaners out there on the market that are dedicated to cleaning makeup brushes. There are much cheaper alternatives that you most likely already have! I use a mixture of dish soap and just a dash of extra virgin olive oil. The soap will sanitize your brushes while the oil will keep the hairs/fibers of your brush moisturized and prevent them from splitting. I have been using this concoction for a few years now and love it! No use messing with the big name brand cleaners that are way more expensive.

Down Is Always Right

When you are sink washing your brushes be sure they are always pointing down. If they are facing up, you’ll get water into inner parts of your brushes and upsetting the glue. You’ll find more bristles will start falling out and your bristles may even become deformed. Just always make sure the bristles are pointing down while washing and you’ll avoid any problems!

Your Hand Is A Powerful Tool

Sure the cute little glove or insert you clip in the sink that makes “washing your brushes a breeze” looks cute and every Instagrammer has them; but, you really don’t need this. (Unless you have like 40 brushes to wash then, in that case, you do you booboo!) The natural grooves and curvature of your own hand works just the same and the textured mats. More money saved!

Elevate Your Brushes

When you’re all done washing, be sure to lay them out to dry before setting them back upright. I like to elevate the handle of my brushes to even further prevent any water from settling inside the brushes. It helps dry them faster and ensures the longevity of my brushes. Win, win!

Schedule Your Washes

Personally, I need to get much better at this. I like setting reminders on my Google Calendar to remind myself to set aside a few minutes at the end of the day to get this done. This makes remembering to wash them so much easier! Now, I just need to work on the follow through. J

Leave me a comment below and tell me if you’re better at remembering to wash your brushes than I am!

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DIY Air Freshening Bouquet


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I absolutely love having fresh flowers around our house but I find that they die all too fast and our fur babies seem to think they make a good snack. Faux flowers on the other hand…success! I found this super cute DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a go. I’m so pleased with the results and I can’t believe how easy this was. Let’s jump on into it!

Here’s What You’ll Need :

Mason Jar

Faux Flowers (of your choice)

Downy Unstoppables

Spray Paint (color of your choosing)

Here’s How Simple It Is :

Spray paint your mason jar in a well ventilated space, preferably outside.

Once dry, you can assemble by pouring the air freshener inside the jar.

Trim your faux flowers to the desired height and place inside.

Switch out your air freshener whenever you want a fresh scent or when they begin losing their potency.

I love the versatility of this DIY. Depending on the time of year or your décor tastes, you can change out the air fresheners, flowers, or re-paint your mason jars. You can stretch this cute DIY all year round by using thematic elements. I love that and I especially love the look of having beautiful flowers year round.

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you plan to do this DIY!

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Favorite Posts This August

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It’s been another spotty month of posts so I apologize. Life is getting way to busy but there are some super exciting things happening here soon that I cannot wait to share with you all! In the meantime, let’s take a look at my favorite posts from this last month.

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How To Keep Your Wedding Ring Pristine

Such an important article for everyone out there with a costly piece of jewelry. Lots of great tips to keep your prized possession looking pristine!

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How To Get Rid Of Oily Skin

Another great read for those out there looking to take control of your skin. I know, personally, I have always struggled to keep up with my skin instead of controlling it. I’m so much happier with my skin now than even a couple years ago. Crazy what a few changes can do!

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Welcoming Home Peanut

If you’re a fan of furry little friends, be sure to check out the newest member of the family!

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Easy Breezy Summer Look – OOTD

We still have a few weeks left to cherish these beautiful temperatures until fall comes knocking on our doors. Check out this extremely comfortable and cute summer look!

Leave me a comment below and tell me which your favorite was!

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How To Get Rid Of Oily Skin


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Take it from someone who has had oily skin all her life, I didn’t think it was every going to be possible to change my skin type. I thought you were born with what you got and that’s that. However, I found that many of my habits and lifestyle choices were the reasons behind my oily skin.

I know every person is different and every person reacts differently to certain products, etc. But, I just wanted to share with all of you how I got rid of my oily skin so you could try out a few tips for yourself!

Moisturize with oils

I know it seems like backward logic and the last thing you’ll want to do is add more oil to your face; but, the results are worth it. Your face is producing so much oil because, odds are, you’re not moisturizing enough and your skin is working overtime trying to make sure you stay hydrated. The best thing you can do to combat oil is to keep your skin well hydrated and I found, personally, oil works best for me. I use 100% Organic Rosehip Oil and it has transformed my skin. I use it as a moisturizer every night for an extra boost while sleeping.

Remove makeup every night

I use to be SO SO BAD at taking my makeup off and my skin really hated me for it. I never realized how much my skin hated it until I stuck to a strict routine of removing it every.single.night. My skin improved so much from just that simple step. I know sometimes it’s hard to remember or fit it into your busy schedule but I promise you’ll thank me later.

Established a routine

Like I mentioned above with a routine of makeup removal, I also worked many other products and steps into My Skincare Routine. I feel so much better and my skin looks so much better. (I can definitely write an updated skincare routine post if you’d like to see that.) Taking the extra ten minutes a day to give my skin everything it needs and finding the right products that compliments my skin was essential to changing the amount of oil.

Multi-masking

I use to think masks were just used to get all the nasty junk out of your skin so I would only use either exfoliating or charcoal masks. They would totally suck all the good oils and moisture out of my face and only worsen my complexion. Since then, I’ve learned what problem areas to target with the harsh masks (like breakouts, my T-zone, etc.). For the rest of my skin, I’ll use a gentle hydrating mask. Multi-masking lets you create the perfect concoction for your skin that you’ll never find by just applying one single mask to your face.

Lightweight products

Let’s just say that in my early makeup days I didn’t exactly go for the ‘natural’ look. But, then again, who did? It was the early 2000’s. Everyone was orange and everyone wore pale nude lipstick. Nowadays, I’ve learned how much better your makeup and skin can benefit from using natural and lightweight products. That goes for makeup as well as skincare products! My Go-To Foundation is the Too Faced Born This Way and I don’t know if I’ll ever switch foundations. It gives the perfect amount of coverage without weighing down my face. It’s a super breathable foundation. Your skin will thank you! As for skincare, switching to a lightweight oil as opposed to a heavy moisturizer really helped my skin breathe while getting everything it needed. Less really is more!

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How To Keep Your Wedding Ring Pristine

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You got the ring, now what? It’ll stay beautiful and radiant for the first couple weeks (probably because you’re so attached to it that it never leaves your finger). After that point, you’ll start to notice it dulling a bit. I’m here to help you keep it pristine from the very beginning. Bad habits are easier to break when you don’t start them. Here are my biggest tips for keeping that gorgeous rock clean and stunning for years to come!

Cleaning It Regularly

Basic, I know. When you wear it day after day you don’t notice how dull your ring can get. Diamonds glisten and gleam even when a bit dingy so you won’t be able to tell how dirty it actually is until you get yourself on an actual schedule. I use the Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner in Precious. I love this cleaner and notice a significant difference after cleaning it. It takes 30 seconds and makes a world of difference! I clean my ring every other week or two. Make sure to read the instructions on the cleaner you use so you don’t damage your ring by cleaning it too much.

Knowing When To Take It Off

Do I ever WANT to take this gorgeous thing off? No. Do I know when I NEED to take it off? Yes.

I make sure to take it my ring off when I’m doing anything strenuous on my hands, anything messy (even if that’s just washing my hands or light cleaning around the house), and even sleeping. Sleeping is a big one for me. I bought my husband and myself cute little ring holders that we both keep on our nightstands. You don’t realize (since you’re obviously sleeping, duh) that you put your body in awkward positions and maybe you even lay on your hands. Wear like that over time can cause prongs to come loose. Yikes!

Staring At It

It’s the most expensive accessory I’ll ever own. I mean, it’s probably the most expensive piece I’ll put on my body – PERIOD! Of course I’m going to be staring at it constantly. Another reason to be keeping an eye on your jewelry is so you can easily detect when something seems wrong. You’ll be more apt to notice diamonds coming loose or, God forbid, missing. If you are keeping an eye on your ring, you’ll be able to get it into a store to be fixed before any real damage.

Leave a comment below and tell me your secret to keeping your jewelry clean!
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