Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Engagement shoot: Pat&Mallory

Pat and Mallory are getting married in August.  They were college sweethearts and have been together for the last four years! So sweet.  These are the some pictures from their engagement shoot this past weekend with Kim+Phil photography.  I met up with Mallory at Pat's house, there I did her hair and makeup.  Her skin was so perfect and she was already so beautiful.  I used colors that she normally uses and she chose how she wanted her hair styled.  I love the end results!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


For all you ladies, do you embrace shapewear?  The right piece definitely has a slimming and toning effect no matter what your size.  I would think more women tend to wear them under form fitting clothes (a wedding dress, night out on the town, business suit).  Truth be told though, with the casual culture we live in, I'm surprised shapewear companies still have a strong enough fan base to stay in business.  Just a thought.            

Friday, March 26, 2010


via acupofjo 

Ah, jeans.  How I miss you!  I never thought I'd feel that way until now.  I can wear you for date night with heels, at the beach with bare feet and the cuffs rolled up, or pull you on for a quick trip to the grocery store with tennis shoes.  With less than three months to go before Annalise arrives there's no way I'm buying a pair of maternity jeans.  Oh, how great that moment will be when we are together again!   


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wedding Pinwheels

These pinwheels are absolutely whimsical!  What an original wedding idea to use pinwheels in place of floral bouquets.  With a bit imagination, I'm sure you could also incorporate them into the wedding decorations.         

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Natural Deodorant

For over the past year, I have been searching for natural deodorant.  Specifically, one with no aluminum.  I've tried almost every brand you can think of.  Their scent was either too strong or they just didn't do the job.  You can cross most deodorants off the list after the first or second try.  Hey, I even went without deodorant for a few weeks.  Jared, my very loving husband, said it wasn't working.  I reluctantly went back to using a trial size regular deodorant.  Again it didn't take long for my underarms to start itching like mad.  

But it looks like over a year of searching may have finally come to an end with Arm&Hammer unscented natural deodorant.  So far so good.  It says unscented but does smell slightly of orange peel.  The price point is good too ($2-$3).  I'll try it for another month and then give you a more accurate review.       

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Free Starbucks pastry morning

Good morning dear friends!  Did you get your free pastry at Starbucks this morning?  I enjoyed the brisk morning air with a cup of hot tea and an apple fritter.  Great way to start the day!  My normal go-to Starbucks pastry is an apple bran muffin but they were already out of those.  I would seriously try almost anything that has cinnamon in it.  Someone behind me in line was going on and on about the pumpkin scone.  What's your favorite Starbucks pastry?  Do tell!  

Monday, March 22, 2010

Warby Parker Glasses

I came across this incredible independent prescription eye wear company called Warby Parker over the weekend.  If you wear prescription lenses than you know how expensive they are.  Well, Warby Parker offers the frames AND lenses for just $95 plus free shipping.  How cool is that!  They will even send you lenses to try on with free return shipping!  On top of that, they donate a pair free for every pair they sell.  I think they have a great story about how they started and how they operate.  

Their frames are vintage inspired (so they may not suit everyone).  But I definitely think they're worth taking a look at.  It's easy to upload your own picture and "try on" different pairs.  I think I've narrowed mined down to two pairs. I recently had an terrible terrible experience the "high end" eye wear store here in Portland.  Thus, I'm very open to any company selling frames and lenses at low cost but trying to keep the quality high.  At $95 there's not much to loose.

If you end up ordering from them before I do, please let me know about your experience!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring has arrived!

This Spring line by Kate Spade has me all giddy inside.  I love all the pretty colors and the way each outfit tells a different story.  And if I would look that stylish in rain boots, get me one in each color with the umbrella to go with it!  I hope you have a lovely weekend.  Portland is blooming with flowers and their fragrance is everywhere.  Hands down it's one of the most beautiful and green city in America right now.    

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rompers, Jumpsuits, Onesies

Do you love them or hate them?  Do you own one?  Would you buy one?  Are they fashionable?  Where would you wear a romper?  

Ok. Ok. I'll stop with the questions but I'm just not sure whether to love them or hate them.  I don't own one. If I had to choose one, my favorite romper is the second one with the black and white striped top and black body.  Maybe I'd wear it to a Thailand beach on vacation.  Would I be fashionable?  You tell me!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring colors: gray and blush

Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart are wearing Spring's most hopping colors:  gray and blush.  I've been on my toes waiting to see gray pop up more in stores.  I love wearing black so why wouldn't I love gray!  For all you blush lovers, the color looks good on any skin tone!  

I am still drooling over Dakota's dress though.  Where can I get me one? While we're talking about these two, are you planning on watching The Runways?  It's coming out in limited theaters this Friday.      

Monday, March 15, 2010

Greater Vancouver Bridal Show

I had a lot of fun this past Saturday meeting future brides at the Greater Vancouver Bridal Show!  The talented and beautiful Misty Damico did a great job of putting the event together.  Kim+Phil were also there presenting a booth.  I'm looking forward to what the rest of the year brings! 

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bridal Hairstyles

via Brides

It has been so much fun taking a look at weddings this week.  Today, we wrap it up with bridal hairstyles.  There are oh so many!  Like everything else at your wedding, you want it to reflect your person style.  If you stick with who you are and what you love, your wedding day will be one of the happiest days of your life! 

Can't get enough of weddings?  One of my favorite wedding sites is the Southern Wedding blog. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wedding Makeup

makeup: Alisia Ray

Having a professional makeup artist at your wedding makes all the difference in those wedding pictures we all love so much.  When your wedding day has come and gone, you will have your sweet memories and photographs.  Why do you think so many celebrities have a makeup artist on hand?  It's because they want to look their best in front of the cameras.  We've all seen the difference when a celebrity doesn't have on professional makeup.  I can assure you that the majority of actresses that attended the Oscars had their makeup professionally done.  Isn't your wedding even more important?  


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Colorful wedding party

I'm loving this wedding party.  How sweet are all those colorful bridesmaid dresses!  Somehow they just work.  They play wonderfully off the bride's dress.  

On the hunt

Kim+Phil (portland)

Every bride wants her wedding dress to be uniquely her.  It must say a little about your sense of style and what you feel absolutely beautiful in.  An idea of what feature you want to accentuate is a good place to start.  Do do love your waist, ankles, shoulders, arms, face, neck, backside, chest?  I guess the list could keep going but you get the point.  I think color and length are also important aspects to consider.  Lastly, don't forget your price range.  So if your in the market for a dress start out with your basic requirements, have fun and your dress will find you.  I promise.      

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Umbrellas at a wedding

I'm making preparations to attend a bridal show this weekend so we're taking a peak at weddings this week!  The idea of incorporating umbrellas instead of or in addition to flowers has always appealed to me.  I even thought about doing it for my own wedding.  Living in Portland, I wouldn't be surprised to see more umbrellas showing up in wedding pictures.  I think these two brides pulled the look off nicely.  What do you think?      

Friday, March 5, 2010

Pretty somethings in her hair

Earlier this week, I mentioned hair accessories on brides.  So I thought I'd show you a few that I have caught my attention.  Each one represents a different style and personality.      

Jared and I are going to attempt to get our Oregon driver's license on Monday.  If the weather stays nice, we'll probably go exploring some hiking trail too!  I love the outdoors.  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Baby Bloomers

I am totally head-over-heals in love with these bloomers!  The photographer did an amazing job at giving the bloomers life.  I think more etsy shops should try pairing up with local professional photographers.  Can't wait to get my little girl into one of these!

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