OOTD: Simple Cotton Maxi Skirt Turned Dress

Hello all! How beautiful was yesterday? Where I'm from we experienced 27 degrees and sunny--not a cloud in the sky. Roger was golfing in the afternoon, so I took the opportunity to run some errands and do a bit of writing outside at Starbucks. We finished the day with a late BBQ, backyard bonfire, and a few drinks. This is what I wore: June 7 - Dress Dress: The Gap (it's really a long Maxi skirt that I converted in a dress) Belt: ASOS Shoes: Ugg Purse: Coach Lipstick: Maybelline Fuchsia Flash Swiffer Sweeper: The Superstore June 7 - Maxi June 7 - Belted June 7 - Black top It's hard to be sad about the rain today when it was so unbelievably wonderful out yesterday. Have a lovely Sunday!
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Summer Favourites: Makeup, Sneakers & The Prettiest Notebook

Hello all! Happy Friday!! How blissful it is that the weekend is here. As I write I'm listening to mellow music, the windows are open and there's a wine glass in my hand. My love has returned for the weekend after a week away and we're relaxing in the kitchen. I accidentally ate half an almond cookie and I'm still alive. (For those wondering why this is significant... I'm allergic to nuts.) Life is good! I'll make this a short post because a movie night is calling, but I'd love to share a few exciting things from my week. While dress shopping for our upcoming engagement photo shoot, I couldn't help treating myself to a few extra girly items at the mall. Estée Lauder was having a gift with purchase and I just so happened to need an everyday face sunscreen. I bought a BB cream with SPF and received with it the following freebies: The cutest summer tote bag, a pink comb, two shades of pink lipstick, a travel mascara, face cleanser, and their Resilience Lift moisturizer. My mom has always been a fan of Estée Lauder products and the apple doesn't fall fall from the tree--I love them too! I have fairly dry/sensitive skin and their products seem to work perfectly for me. Their DoubleWear Concealer is a bit pricey, but it's been my go-to beauty fix for under-eye circles for years. I haven't felt the need to test anything else. I haven't tried the BB cream yet, but I'm sure I'll like it as well. June 5 - Estee Lauder I also picked up the BEST BEST BEST agenda ever! It's part of the new Kate Spade collection and I'm in absolute love with it. Like I can't even contain my excitement. If I had to choose between keeping track of my life on a computer or with a notebook, I'd choose the book 100% of the time. Roger thinks I'm crazy--he's got his life laid out on spreadsheets, but I love the feeling of putting my thoughts of paper. It's the only way they really stick, you know? The only sad part is that the calendar doesn't start until August. June 6 - New Agenda Books on books on books! What makes me even happier about this agenda is that I've read  most of the classics featured on the cover. So lovely. June 6 - Agenda Last, but certainly not least I acquired me some fancy new kicks. I've always wanted a pair of Keds sneakers and I'm so happy I followed through with my desires this week. My heart was set on the white eyelet lace ones; however, I feel like my love for them would wear off quickly as they got dirty. I opted for a navy blue pair. A pretty solid choice if I do say so myself! June 6 - Keds
Boo, I've finished my wine. I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your weekends!
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Wedding Planning: Engagement Photo Outfit and Thoughts on the “First Look”

I became engaged in March and since then I've had a million changes of heart--not about the getting married part, but about the planning process. If I've learned anything at all about wedding planning it's this: Never say never to new or unconventional ideas. To be perfectly honest, I was never that little girl that dreamed of her wedding day; I simply aspired to one day be married--hopefully to someone enormously gorgeous and all-around wonderful. While some girls dressed in princess gowns and imagined their knight in shining armour greeting them at the altar, I was more inclined to assume the role of domestic goddess during a game of House. Prior to this year, I had no idea what colour I wanted my bridesmaids to wear or what song I wanted the DJ to play during my first dance with my husband. So now that I myself am the bride-to-be, I am open to any and all ideas that come my way. Pinterest and The Knot have been a godsend--so many pretty pictures, so many inspirational links! I also have my girls sending me Pins left, right, and centre. I thought it'd be fun to compile a list of common wedding customs and write my current thoughts on them. It'll be interesting to see if I've changed my mind in a year's time. I feel as though wedding styles are always evolving; what's out of style today may be the hottest thing next season. So here's my take on a few things: Bouquet toss: Yes! But for all the ladies, not just the single ones. Garter removal: No! (Roger says yes.) Cake cutting: Yes! A Stripper at the Bachelorette: No! French-kissing at the ceremony: Umm... no? Seeing each other before the ceremony: Maybe! (More on that below.) Sleeping in the same room the night before the wedding: No! Having your dog in a few wedding party pics: Yes! (Only if he wears a tux.) Writing your own vows: Yes! (I will not budge on that one.) Veil or headpiece: I'm leaning more towards a dressy headband. Keeping the top of the wedding cake for your first anniversary: Yes! Trash the dress: No way. No way. No way. After the first consultation with our photographers, I started analyzing wedding traditions more and more. The moment of revelation before the ceremony--that split second when the bride and groom see each other before she walks down the aisle--that's always been a very special moment in my heart and a beautiful one to be captured on film. It seems like the quintessential moment of true love, but the more I think about it, maybe it's not. Maybe that intimate gaze would best be captured before the ceremony and in front of less people. "The First Look" photo session was never something I had considered until last Friday. Now I'm weighing out the pros and cons of pre-ceremony couple photos and quite truthfully, I may have become a believer in straying from the norm. We're thinking of having our bride & grooms photos taken before the ceremony. We'd take more photos with our families, wedding party, and guests after the ceremony, as per usual. Pros: - We'll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed from just getting ready for the day - The photographers will have our full attention - Our guests will still get to experience their "first look" at us - We'll get to spend more time with our guests at cocktail hour - Tunders can pop in for a shot or two (but stay at least 2 ft away from my dress) Cons: - We won't be adhering to "tradition" - What would my mother think? (Mom, what do you think?) "The First Look" is looking pretty practical to me. We haven't made any firm decisions on photography for the wedding day, but we have committed to getting engagement photos done! Engagement photos were another thing I wasn't too gung-ho on; a teensy part of me thought that we could get my mom or my roommate to take a nice photo and we'd be good to go. Oh gosh, I'm so fickle sometimes. Now I'm over the moon about our upcoming photo session--I even bought a new dress in anticipation. Here's a little sneak peek at what I plan to wear. I like the idea of a white sundress for the occasion--how matrimonial of me, right? I'm going to leave it up to Roger as to what he'd like to wear, although he does have a few plaid shirts that would match quite swimmingly. June 4 - Accessories I love the lace details. Very simple. June 4 - Dress June 4 - Engagement Dress And so the wedding planning whirlwind begins! To mark the occasion, I'm going to make a new blog category where I'll post all wedding-related entries--please follow along in the fun! 🙂
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OOTD (Flashback): Pink Top, Black Leather Boots

Hi guys! Happy Wednesday! So I was doing some site editing today and I stumbled across an unpublished blog post. I wrote it back in March when the weather was colder and wintery clothing was a must. Normally I wouldn't post it so out of sequence (especially considering I'm wearing a sundress as I type), but what the hey--I'm allowed to bend the rules sometimes.  So this is what I wrote and what I wore that day:  To boost employee moral during tax season, my work made the business decision to let everyone dress casually for the entire month of March. Yay! Most guys take this opportunity to wear jeans and golf shirts with sneakers, but for me, there are only so many days before I run out of jeans--I only own three conventional blue pairs. Instead, casual days are an excuse for me to wear footwear I wouldn't wear on a normal work day. This includes my Nine West knee-high leather (outside) boots. March 16 - Ninewest Boots I paired them with my Gap black dress pants and a dusty rose Lush blouse that I bought at Century 21 in NYC. I ordered my phone case on Amazon for $0.99 (shipping included)! March 16 - Black and pink The best thing about this blouse is that I can still wear a regular bra with it; the cut-out detailing at the back dips low, but not too low. March 16 - Back detail Not to worry; I keep my tummy quite covered up in the workplace. This shirt would be cute; however, in the summer with low-rise white cropped pants or shorts. March 16 - Dusty rose shirt I'm so, so happy tax season is over and boots are a distant memory of the coldest winter ever! 
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