Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wedding #1: Santa Barbara

Those are my cutie patootie nephews ; )

I'm so excited to be able to share my wedding photos with you guys today! Our wonderful photographers edited these pictures and sent them to us only 4 days after our wedding in Santa Barbara (talk about great service!) They created a slideshow for us so we could play it at our wedding reception in Edmonton, which took place this past Friday and was so much fun, more on that one later ; ) I hear stories of brides waiting six months to a year, even a year and a half for their wedding photos so my husband and I feel extremely lucky to get them back less than a month after we tied the knot! And I'm happy to be able to share some of them with you ; ).

I was never one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding day or what she was going to wear as she walked down the aisle, (I dreamed more about what song was going to be played) but I knew I didn't want a big wedding. When D. and I got engaged in beautiful Santa Barbara last year we fell in love with the city and I knew this was the place I wanted to get married. Luckily my now-husband thought it was a good idea as well ; ). We invited 22 of our closest friends and family to our wedding, (which just so happened to take place exactly a year later from the date we got engaged, I swear I didn't plan it that way!) and I'm so glad they all got to experience the charm of Santa Barbara.

We had a short, intimate ceremony with one of our good friends Kosi officiating, which was really special to us, he did such an amazing job! We hired a Spanish guitarist to play before and after the ceremony and we wrote our own vows. Afterwards our talented photographers took us to what could be described as an enchanted forest -seriously I thought I was in a fairy tale! - for photos. We couldn't be happier with the way they turned out! For our reception we decided to have it held in a private room at Stella Mare's, a French bistro located next to a bird refuge. I chose this venue because it looked absolutely adorable on the internet (this is how I did all my planning for our destination wedding), and you didn't need to add too many decorations because the gorgeous room was enough on its own. We also had use of the private terrace where our cocktail hour was held. The food and service at Stella Mare's was amazing! We didn't have a dance after dinner, we saved that for our Edmonton party ; ). Which was a good idea because we were both exhausted by 10:30 p.m. ; )

We couldn't be happier with how our wedding day played out. It was so weird because I was so calm and relaxed the whole day, which is SO un-like me! A couple of people asked me why I wasn't freaking out and I guess I just had a feeling that everything was going to go well and that at the end of the day I would be married to my best friend and would finally be able to call him my husband! It also helped that it was a very small wedding and I felt extremely confident with everyone involved in making everything run smoothly. I also had the best bridesmaids by my side, who were a great support ; ). Our wedding day was a day full of so much love, a day we will never forget. We felt truly blessed. Thank you for following along and for reading, I know this blog has been heavy on the bridal posts, I promise I'll go back to normal blogging next week!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse
Reception Venue: Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara 
Photography: Jessica Fairchild
Flowers, Decorations and Rentals: Casi Cielo Events & Flowers
Hair: Shelley Zydek (my sister-in-law!)
Makeup: Lisa Tatum (my cousin!)
Wedding Gown: La Sposa Pronovias "Mullet" style from The Bridal House
Earrings: Haute Bride
Shoes - Sterling 
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bill Levkoff from The Bridal House
Men's Suits: Moore's

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My California Travel Diary

Besides getting hitched in California, we also had time for a little vacation fun and I thought I'd share my travel diary with you all. I LOVE California, it's my favorite place in the world, I think I may have lived there in a previous life or something because it always feels like home to me when I visit! I love the sunshine, the palm trees, the warm weather, the ocean, the healthy food, I could go on and on and ON. But I won't, instead I'll just explain some of these photos ; ).

Clockwise starting from the top left-hand corner: After landing at LAX we rented a car and drove to Santa Barbara. We stopped in Malibu on the way for lunch and unfortunately I didn't run into Cindy Crawford again like I did last time : (. , palm trees in Montecito, my favorite green juice from Pressed Juicery (it's so good!), D. after we picked up our marriage license at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

More palm trees (I'm obsessed!), enjoying the sunshine with our friends at Butterfly Beach, my bridesmaids the morning of my wedding walking around the Four Seasons Biltmore (which we did not stay at, but we pretended we were guests at tee hee), hanging out by the pool.

We had a beach day the day after the wedding with all of our friends and family, which was so much fun! The next day we took a drive through the Santa Ynez Valley, that's me at the Santa Cruz County Fair (which was closed, we were there too early), another photo from the fairgrounds. This is where "The Lost Boys" was filmed so we had to stop!

After we left Santa Barbara D. and I drove North up the coast to San Simian where I almost drove our rental car off the cliff because I didn't put it in park (oops) and then through Big Sur (that's the top right-hand photo) which was absolutely beautiful! We stayed in Carmel which is just outside of Big Sur and went to a vegetarian restaurant one night in Pacific Grove called Julia's, it was the best vegan food we've ever had! And it was funny because the host was also the server AND the chef, it was a one-man band! Last photo is of my handsome new hubby driving, on our way to San Francisco ; ),

The Golden Gate Bridge! My cousin Lisa and I. She lives just outside of San Fran and I'm so happy we got to spend time with her and her lovely hubby! They took us on a tour because D. had never been there before so we got to see Mrs. Doubtfire's House which made me happy but sad, too. (RIP Robin Williams.) And then we took in the sight of the houses that you see at the beginning of every "Full House" episode, they're called the Seven Sisters except my photo only shows 3 of them ; ). Couldn't fit them all in!

Like every vacation, ours was too short but we're planning to take an official honeymoon when it's -30 degrees and miserable here, in January or February, somewhere hot!

Thanks for reading! And thanks for all your comments in my last post, you guys are the best!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Outfit Post: My Wedding Dress

My husband and I!!! Photographs by Jessica Fairchild
  Makeup by Lisa Tatum
Hair by Shelley Zydek

Well I am back from vacation and I'm officially a wife! Thank you for all of your messages and congratulations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. My husband (!) and I were overwhelmed with your kind words and well-wishes, thank you very much! It was a wonderful day and I can't wait to share more details on this blog within the next few weeks. I can't post a whole lot of photos of our wedding just yet because we are having a party/reception in a couple of weeks here in Edmonton with about 110 of our closest friends and family and we'll be presenting a slideshow of our wedding in Santa Barbara at that time so I don't want to spoil the surprise in case they read my blog! But, I can post a few of my dress!

When I went wedding gown shopping I knew what I wanted: A lace dress with 3/4 length or full length sleeves, nothing strapless. Well as you can see I changed my mind once I tried on this Pronovias La Sposa Mullet gown (I still laugh that it's called "The Mullet!") from The Bridal and Tuxedo House ; ) As soon as I tried it on I knew it was "The One." I wanted something classic, timeless and with clean lines. I chose not to wear a sparkly belt or a necklace, I didn't think I needed either but I did want sparkly tear-drop earrings to finish off the look. I actually bought some online but wasn't happy with them when they arrived, the faux diamonds weren't as sparkly as they were advertised in the photo, but I couldn't return them unfortunately so I thought I was stuck with them. But what's funny is that my friend Jayna texted me a photo of a pair of earrings she didn't wear on her wedding day a few weeks before our big day, asking if I wanted to borrow them, if I didn't have earrings yet. Perfect timing! It was fate! And they were the same shape and style as the pair I had bought but much prettier! So the earrings were my "something borrowed" on my wedding day. They are from Haute Bride. (Thanks again Jayna!)

I also didn't think I'd want to wear a veil but when the sales associate at the store suggested I try one on for sh*ts and giggles I obliged and again, I changed my mind ; ). In the end, I was happy with my decision.

I hope you're all having a great week!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Holy Sh*t I'm Getting Married!

I really can't believe we fly out to California tomorrow to get married this weekend. Wow, how time flies! It seems like yesterday we just got engaged! I am feeling all sorts of emotions - I'm excited, happy, nervous, anxious, and eager to tie the knot. My heart is pounding as I type this in fact ; ), I am also looking forward to a vacation. We haven't been anywhere in a year (I know, "first world problems") or taken any time off really so I'm excited to get to relax a little, after the wedding. I won't be blogging while I'm away but I will be Tweeting and Instagramm-ing so if you feel inclined you can follow me on my adventure ; ). Thank you for all of your support!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My 5 Minute Makeup Routine

Hi guys, I'm sorry I've been MIA lately, I've just been really busy getting ready to tie the knot. I promise once all the craziness subsides I will be back to blogging more often! In the meantime I thought I'd share my favorite makeup products I've been using on a weekly, if not daily basis when I only have about five minutes to get ready, thanks to my fondness for sleeping in ; ). Clockwise starting from the top left:

1. NARS Blush in Orgasm 2. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 (see review here) 3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (my fave) 4. Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara (see what it does here) 5. Lancome Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in Raspberry Ice 6. the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

It literally takes me under 5 minutes to apply all of these products and they give me a nice, natural look when I'm crunched for time. What about you? What are your go-to beauty products you can't leave the house without wearing? Let me know in the comment section below!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stella & Dot

Today I`m excited to feature my new Pave Spear Pendant Rose Gold Chain Necklace from Stella & Dot. I absolutely love it! It`s a versatile piece you can dress up or down. I chose to wear it with a crocheted top and these cargo pants I`ve had for at least 4 years ; ). And I`m proud to say I've had these Birkenstocks in my closet since 2004! I'm so glad they're back in style this summer and that I didn't give them away. Fashion is like Karma, what goes around always comes back around ; ).

tank top - c/o West 49 (last season), cargo pants - Vigoss, 
sandals - Birkenstock, necklace - c/o Stella & Dot, cuff - Banana Republic, 
purse - Rebecca Minkoff, sunglasses - Jessica Simpson

P.S. RIP Robin Williams. Such a sad, sad loss to the world. My heart is heavy. I pray that one day the stigma of mental illness will disappear so people will not feel ashamed or weak to get the help they need. There's no such stigma attached to illnesses like cancer or diabetes, this should be the same for any type of mental illness or disorder. Suffering is suffering, whether it's mentally or physically, both are painful, although in different ways. The world needs to have more compassion for the mentally ill. I am sending love and light to Robin Williams' family and friends and love and light to anyone who is suffering right now. There is always help out there. Always. And you are not alone.


Friday, August 8, 2014

LOFT Giveaway Winner Announced!

Happy Friday! Thank you to everyone who entered my $100 LOFT Gift Card giveaway this week! The lucky winner is...

Erika Persson! Congrats Erika! I will be contacting you to get your address.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wedding Wednesday Throwback: Keira Knightley

Talk about recycling! Keira Knightley got plenty of use out of her wedding dress, a Chanel Haute Couture little number Karl himself made especially for her. She first wore it in 2008 at the BAFTA awards, then for her nuptials to James Righton in May 2013 and again in December 2013 at a gala in London. I have to say I loved that Keira rocked the same frock three times, styling it differently each time because celebrities just don't do that. (Can you imagine the stir it would cause if someone like Gwyneth Paltrow was caught wearing the same thing more than once to different events?? The HORROR!) Keira just didn't give a sh*t what people thought and for that I admire her. For us regular folk, wedding dresses can be are really expensive (I'm talking thousands of dollars) so if you can wear it more than once, I say go for it! Of course, it depends on what type/style the dress is... I feel lucky that I'll get to wear my wedding gown twice - first in California at our very small ceremony and reception (which takes place exactly a month from today, eeeee!) and then again at the end of September when we host a big party to celebrate with all of our close friends and family in my hometown.

What do you think of re-wearing a wedding dress? Yay or nay? Sound off in the comments below!

Monday, August 4, 2014

$100 LOFT Gift Card Giveaway!

Floral Softened Blouse - LOFT (it's seriously so soft!)

To celebrate the recent opening of LOFT by Ann Taylor in West Edmonton Mall (which I am SO stoked about!) I've teamed up with the popular, affordable and chic women's retailer to offer one lucky Canadian reader a $100 gift card! It's super-easy to enter, just follow the instructions below. I will randomly choose a winner this Friday. Good luck!

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