286 More Days

I'm already thinking ahead to the Bahamas. Clearly. Obviously. 286 whopping days ahead. For some many people this is probably over the top. Way over. 
However, in my defense, this method of planning all my outfits will save me time and money in the long run. These pieces (minus the swimsuit on the far left) are already in my closet, so by sticking to this visual list I won't be tempted to buy more clothes with the excuse of 'it's for my vacation.' I also won't be trying to outfit plan when it's time to pack, and hopefully this will minimize my impulse to over pack. I may change some outfits, but I think that most of it will stay the same. 
I know my anxiety can match my excitement when it comes to travel, and who knows how much more intense it will be when I'll be traveling for the sole purpose of getting married. Wedding planning and obsessing over details can get stressful, but channeling that energy into drawing my packing list helped me. It's one less thing to worry about. 
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Extra Sparkles

Can I be honest and say that I don't like wearing jewelry? Simple earrings are fine, but I never wear bracelets, I own 4 necklaces that I rarely put on, and I didn't wear a single ring until I received my engagement ring.

Don't get me wrong, I think that jewelry can be a great accessory and very pleasing to look at, but I'm not the type of person to go out of my way to buy or wear it.
All that being said... I feel that I should wear some jewelry for my wedding, because my mom will want me to and a little bit of extra sparkly sparkle couldn't hurt.

Here are 5 reasonably priced options that I came up with. Some are more subtle than others, but each one could potentially work on the big day. I definitely have a top and bottom pick, but we'll just have to see which one gets chosen.

The next step is to answer the question, what about a bracelet? Ugh.

Holiday Season

Winter is here and the holidays are here, and to be totally honest, I'm tired. 
Everything post Thanksgiving until now is a bit of a big blur, and I'm feeling like I'm running on the last reserves. My brain is just so full with different things (wedding, work, party planning, money, shopping lists, to do lists, work, money, wedding, meetings, appointments, not exercising, work...) and I haven't been sleeping enough... my skin is breaking out because of stress...
I'm so thankful that I have a long winter break ahead of me to decompress, recollect myself, and enjoy family and friends. 

Anyway... Something that has helped me keep track of everything is my bullet journal. This is a Russell and Hazel journal that I've 'converted'. Bullet journaling is just a systematic way to keep track of your schedule and lots of other things. I'm already a pretty organized person, but I like how this keeps me organized and I like that I can personalize it as much as I want. There are people out there who have very detailed and elaborate bullet journals and people who have minimalistic ones, so it's up to what you want to create. 

Another thing that has helped me de-stress is making the apartment feel more homey and cozy for the holidays. The little details of candles, flowers, and a small tree make coming home feel that much more welcoming and cheerful. It's also fun to have the apartment look nice and festive for when we have guests over.
West Elm has had some sort of discount every single day it seems. These candle holders were a good deal in my book. (Not the Yamazaki one though...)

Thanks Target.

These cookies have a "secret ingredient" that will make them super moist and soft. 

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 Part Two

Raise your hand if you have some last minute shopping to do.  Raise your hand if you've picked up some things for the women in your life (and maybe even yourself), but you have been putting off shopping for your husband, fiance, or boyfriend, or brother...
Quite frankly, I find it so much harder to find gifts for my fiance and guys in general- BUT I accept it as a challenge every year and here are some suggestions.

1. Wool runners from All birds-  the wool comes from sustainable farms and happy sheep
2. Boxers from J. Crew- they have fun prints
3. YSL la nuit de l'homme cologne- this scent has his and my stamp of approval
4. Cashmere lined gloves from J. Crew- add a touch a luxe to winter while using your smart phone
5. A new router- Internet kind of slow? Buy a new router. Other than that I can't really tell you much about this... But my fiance is very happy with it (I don't even know if the one he got is the one pictured, but it looks very similar)
6. Kiehl's ultimate strength hand salve- A great stocking stuffer

Out With the Old

This elta md sunscreen (SPF 30) was really nice. It didn't smell like sunscreen at all and it just felt like a regular moisturizer- similar to Cerave. I had read really great things about this sunscreen and people with sensitive skin in particular enjoy it. I would repurchase it again, but I have to use up some sunscreens I have stocked up from Korea. I debated about getting the pump version since that's more convenient and less messy - but then again I got a lot more product by purchasing the jar, so it was a trade off. 

Clearly these two products from Memebox are not empty, but I did end up tossing them (sad face). They are the Memebox cream blush in Kristen and the Pony effect contour palette (which I don't think they're making anymore). The reasons why I said goodbye to these are because 1. I wasn't using them enough and they were just taking up space and 2. I did not like how they would wear throughout the day.
The blush especially would look awesome when I would first apply it, but by the end of the day it would look as if my skin was irritated and ruddy instead of healthily flushed.
The contour and highlight would also look pretty good when first applied, very natural, but then it would fade and do nothing to enhance what it was supposed to.
It's never a good feeling to throw out products that aren't past their prime, but everyone needs to edit and declutter their stash to make sure they have a collection that works for them.

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

1. Starbucks gift card $5-?
I have a Keurig machine, but it's still not the same as getting a vanilla latte. 

2. Becca go on the glow set $20
These Becca high lighters are no joke. Smooth and shimmery. 

3. Gaiam yoga mat $22 and up
I'm making a slow attempt to do yoga at home with a boring green mat.
This one has a pretty design you can stare at while doing downward dog.

4. Rifle Paper Co. phone case $36
If anyone you know has a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus... 

5. Kiehl's creme de corps gift set $58
Dry skin isn't luxurious. 
Kiehl's creme de corps on the other hand...

6. Madewell flannel button up $79.50
It's hard to understand why a 'basic flannel shirt' is over $65... but these are so comfortable and flattering and you'll want to wear it all the time and they feel so nice and they keep you warm and you'll want all the patterns and you'll get so many compliments

Nearly Effortless Messy Hair

Not that long ago my hair stylist chopped off at least 6 inches of my hair. It's been a nice change and it will grow back out in time for next year's wedding. 

My natural hair texture is mostly straight and doesn't have much life to it, so I've been opting for messy, textured, waves as my go to hair style. I don't like spending a lot of time trying to make my hair look good, and I'm lucky that I've found a style that I can do quickly with minimal effort. 

1. Take a shower
2. Comb through hair and use 1-2 pumps of Living proof perfect hair day
3. "Scrunch" your hair as you work in the product
4. Go to sleep

-In the morning-

5. Spray Dove volume & fullness dry shampoo into upper sections of hair
6. Curl around 1 inch sections of hair with Dry bar's 3 day bender curling iron
7. Let curls naturally loosen or comb though with fingers to make it appear 'undone' 
8. Spray more dry shampoo if necessary for more texture