Style. Beauty. Sass.
Last weekend, I had the honor of attending Liz and Alex's wedding in Lake Forest, CA. The Boyfriend and I rented a car and drove down from SF. Let me tell you… it was a long drive. Once we got there, though, it was a lovely weekend away!
The wedding was gorgeous. Tucked in the hustle and bustle of Southern California, in a historical park, a perfect ceremony and reception took place. There were sequins and lace and twinkly lights and it was gorgeous.
I love going to weddings. 1) Because I like to celebrate love. 2) Because I like to dance to Top 40s played by a kitschy DJ. And 3) Because I love to dress up!
This dress was a true find. It’s fun and flattering and super girly!
Yes, we had a little impromptu photo-shoot in the parking lot. Don’t judge!
I loved the sheer paneling, sweetheart neckline and most importantly, the pockets!
Happy girl :)
The event was awesome! We arrived at Benefit Cosmetics on Sutter St. in San Franciso, and were immediately handed a wine glass full of bubbly beer. We were given a gift card to spend that evening, a free brow wax, a makeup application, and delicious chocolate and beer all night. Can’t complain about that!
I don’t get my brows waxed very often (I have great eyebrows that, luckily, don’t need much maintenance between my bi-yearly waxes). My esthetician did a wonderful job.
We sipped beer - three kinds that I loved. Sofie, “a tart, dry, sparkling ale” that’s similar to a Belgian Saison. Lolita, “pink rose colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels” which was a delicious sour beer. And my personal favorite, Madame Rose, “Madame Rose is a crimson colored Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels” - sour cherry beer? YUM.
Then, we got to play with cosmetics! Benefit has some great new products and I loved my application.
(photo via Emily)
And I made away with a few goodies! :)
Thanks to Benefit and Goose Island for a fun night!
Note: This post is not sponsored.
My good friend Liz is getting married! Woohoo! Cue happy dance!
Last Friday, I flew down to Orange County to spend the weekend with her and some amazing ladies to celebrate her impending marriage (to a wonderful guy, I might add!).
We shopped, we went wine tasting in Temecula, we relaxed in the jacuzzi, we ate delicious food. Oh, and we did a lot of driving. Because that’s apparently what you do in Southern California. Drive. Everywhere.
As expected, we all got dolled up for the wine tasting trip on Saturday. It was fun getting ready with other girls!
I mean, she’s gorgeous, right? I can’t wait to see Miss Liz as a beautiful bride.
The view from the house was incredible. We were totally out in the middle of nowhere, but looking out on a citrus orchard.
And I certainly wasn’t mad about the jacuzzi action.
It was such a wonderful and relaxing weekend! I met so many great girls and I can’t wait for the wedding in two weeks!
Necklace, Bracelets, Ring: BaubleBar
Sandals: Steve Madden
Maximizing time. That is something I have come to be very fond of. It’s not that there aren’t enough hours in the day, it’s that I’m still figuring out the best and most productive way to use them all.
One of my favorite ways to maximize time? Shower before bed.
First, showering before bed is an incredible way to end a long day. It gives me time to reflect on the day and truly relax. Plus, getting into bed all squeaky clean isn’t half bad either.
Second, it truly saves time in the morning. If there’s one thing that I am not, it’s a morning person. I do not like it when my alarm clock goes off. I sleep until the last possible second, then I generally rush through my morning routine leaving no minute to spare. I’m working on this, as I would really like to become more of a morning person. The idea of waking up early, drinking a cup of coffee, reading the news or catching up on blogs, then leisurely getting ready. That sounds nice.
Alas, it’s not always possible. So, I tend to shower before bed.
I’m a hair product junkie, so I have a specific routine for when I do choose to shower at night. I don’t use a ton of product (it tends to weigh my hair down), but these are a few of my favorites that do wonders if left in overnight before styling in the morning.
If I could choose one product to have with me if I was stranded on an island, this would be it. It’s lightweight, doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy, and it does wonders for long, tangled hair.
Living Proof: Prime Style Extender
This. Smells. So. Good. I mean, it’s like crack. I reviewed this product in another post, so I won’t go into details here, but it’s amazing. Even if it’s just for the fragrance alone!
Last but not least, I can’t forget my heat protectant! I didn’t think I could love a heat protectant, but I truly do! Not only does it smell delicious (you following the trend here?) but it makes my hair so silky soft. I don’t think there’s anything that can “prove” that it’s protecting against heat, but my stylist tells me my hair is in excellent condition every time I go in. So there.
And that’s it! Those are the three products I use regularly when I shower before bed. Depending on whether I plan to curl or straighten my hair the next day, I may add in a specific styling product. But this is the core foundation.
Fall is my favorite season — cinnamon-scented candles, warm colors, curling up on the couch. But it’s a little tricky in San Francisco. With our warmest months of the year being September and October (and sometimes even into November) it’s hard to get into the “fall spirit.”
Orange is an excellent transition color between summer and fall. It’s still bright and vibrant, but also slips into the fall leaves/pumpkin realm.
Cardigan: Banana Republic
T-Shirt: Nordstrom (BP)
Necklaces: Bauble Bar | Stella & Dot
Bracelets: Forever 21 | Kate Spade | Hand-me-down
Sunglasses: Tory Burch
Hair curled away from my face with a 1.5in curling iron.