Our Wedding Look

Life a la Mode Wedding

One year ago I married my best friend. After a year of planning and preparation it was the perfect day and as everyone says it was the best day of my life. I would give anything to relive our wedding day.

The overall look we were going for was classic and simple. I didn’t want to do anything too trendy, knowing that my kids would one day be horrified. I wanted the wedding to reflect us. I also wanted to look and feel like an enhanced version of myself. Before wedding dress shopping I wasn’t sure what style I wanted (I didn’t even have a clue what the styles were called). When I tried on Maggie Sottero’s Kyra I knew it was the one. My grandma wanted me to try on some others but I didn’t want to take it off. I love that it has a classic line and silhouette but has beautiful details. The lace has a vintage and rich feel (without the price) from a gorgeous floral design, Swiss dots and Swarovski crystal. The belt cinches in the waste and adds had more of the beautiful lace, dots and crystals in a more concentrated area (plus an adorable bow in the back).

Our main colors for the wedding were navy blue and a paprika orange. Since the rest of my look was simple I wanted to have a pop of color and flair with my shoes. There was a bit of chaos getting the shoes– ordering and never getting them, ordering again and only getting one shoe… But I was determined to get these Badgley Mischka Lacie Navy Pumps.

I wanted my make up to have a little drama, but still wanted my future husband to be able recognize me walking down the aisle. My foundation was airbrushed for a clean and smooth base. I had a smokey eye and pale pink lip. I looked like me, just extra pretty. 🙂 My hair was loosely curled with half pinned back in a knot and surrounded by a sprinkling of crystals.

There’s not as much to say about Andrew’s look. He wore a semi-custom Italian tuxedo with a charcoal grey satin vest and bow tie. His boutonnière was a simple white garden rose with a few springs of lavender and olive branch leaves to match my bouquet and bridesmaids. I wouldn’t change a thing about our looks, both individually and as a couple.

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Life a la Mode Wedding

Life a la Mode Wedding

Life a la Mode Wedding

Life a la Mode Wedding

Life a la Mode Wedding

The photos are by our wonderful photographers and friends Gavin Wade Photography.

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Borderline Nail Trend

Borderline Nail Trend Lately I’ve seen a lot of new nail trends. This Borderline trend is like a reversed French tip and an update to the half moon shape from the 40’s. I am always open to try a new nail trend because it’s an inexpensive way to keep up with trends. I followed this How To by Paintbox. You essentially follow the natural curve of your nail bed.

Here are step by step instructions to create a Borderline Manicure based on the Paintbox and my own tips for painting your nails:

Borderline Nail Trend
1. Brush cuticles with a cuticle oil.

2. Push back cuticles with your nail or cuticle pusher.

Borderline Nail Trend

3. Wash hands and then rub nails with rubbing alcohol or make sure they are oil free.

4. Paint a thin basecoat onto each nail.

Borderline Nail Trend

5. Paint 2 thin coats of a white or cream polish.

Borderline Nail Trend

6. Paint a fun bright color (like essie’s Geranium) following the natural curve of the nail.

7. Paint a topcoat over the whole nail.

Borderline Nail Trend
8. Clean up any polish messes using a angled brush dipped in nail polish remover.

Borderline Nail Trend

9. Paint cuticle oil all over nail and around cuticle to help set the polish and prevent smudges.

Borderline Nail Trend

Spring Green

Spring Dress Spring is in full swing here in Los Angeles.  I love this time of year because everything is green and blooming.  For the last month, our weekends have involved a trip to our local nursery to spruce up our backyard.  This past weekend we planted a ton of Jasmine outside our kitchen window.  I can’t wait for it to fill in a make a wall of greenery and block the hideous concrete wall behind (and our neighbors kitchen window that we can see into).  I am fully embracing the season with these Green Spring flats and hoping the greenery last all season long.

Spring Dress
Spring Green
Spring
Spring|Urban Outfitters Dress, Target Glitter Braid Belt, my grandma’s earrings, Sole Society Sam flats in Green Spring|

Feeling Wild Cherry

Feeling Wild Cherry This wild cherry dress is one of my all time favorites. I wore this dress to my bridal shower last year and decided to wear it for my friends bridal shower this past weekend. It brings back fun memories from such a special day with all the important ladies in my life. I’m not the most outgoing person so I was a little nervous to have all eyes on me, but this dress gave me an extra boost of confidence I needed. The shape and length makes it sophisticated yet still playful with the fun print and peekaboo back.
Feeling Wild CherryCherry-Drop Sheath Dress, Knitted & Knotted Sweater from Anthropologie, wedges from Aldo, Amour Pendant, Yellow Gold Infinitiy Ring
Feeling Wild Cherry

Feeling Wild Cherry

Feeling Wild Cherry

Cheap & Chic Bridal Shower Outfit

Bridal Shower Dress
I absolutely love attending bridal and baby showers.  I successfully hosted my first bridal shower last weekend and have a few more showers to look forward to this spring.  I love getting to celebrate my family and friends.  It’s also a fun reason to buy a new dress and get dolled up!

Bridal Shower Dress
Forever 21 Delicate Lace-Trimmed Orange Dress, Target Glitter Braid Belt and Vince Camuto nude peep toe heels

Bridal Shower Dress
Bridal Shower Dress
Bridal Shower Dress