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My Top 10 Sephora Sale Picks

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The Sephora VIB Sale is such a great opportunity to try new products and to restock personal favorites with up to a 15% discount!

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sephora vib sale

If you’ve been watching my instagram stories over the last couple of weeks, you’ve already heard about my first, and all-time, favorite pick: REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic – yall, I cannot express how much of a game changer this tonic has been for my skin. I love how it’s completely transformed my skin’s texture and clarity. Plus, the bottle is huge and a complete steal as its price is only $35 (that’s without the 15% discount!).

Included below is my full list of my top ten picks:

  1. REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
  2. Bobbi Brown Face Mist
  3. Laura Mercier Lip Glace
  4. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
  5. Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush (featured in this post!)
  6. Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush
  7. Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder
  8. TATCHA Pore-Perfecting Moisturizer & Cleanser Duo
  9. STILA Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
  10. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Duo

What are your absolute favorite, beauty must-haves? I am always up for trying out new products and would love to hear your recommendations!

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xoxo, M

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Beauty, Blog, Weddings

Twist Back Bridal Hair Q&A

Happy weekend, y’all! As August draws to an end, we are now entering into wedding season round 3 – my personal favorite: the fall season. J and I will be going to about 5 weddings in the next two months, and I am so excited for all of the beautiful autumn wedding celebrations.

To kick off this fun time of the year, I am answering some of the recurring questions I have received throughout the past year, after sharing my Top 5 Reasons to do Your Own Wedding Hair & Makeup about what products and tools I used for this twisty pulled-back look I did for our wedding:

Q. What type of curling iron did you use?

A. The Conair 3/4″. Instead of twisting the hair, I wrap it around the curling iron. 

Q. Did you use any type of prep product before styling it?

A. Yes! After showering I always apply Oribe Balm to protect my hair when I know I will be styling it with heat. Then, immediately before I curl a section of hair, I spray it with Oribe Heat Styling Hair Spray – typically I don’t need finishing hair spray when using this product as it holds so well.  

Q. Where did you get your hairpiece from?

A. It actually came from a headband I saw one afternoon at Francesca’s (similar one linked here). I cut the rubber sides off the headband then measured how much of the lacy design I would need to have it fit between the twists. Bobby pins were all I used to secure it. I loved that it was super light and didn’t interfere with my veil! 

 

Hair Tools & Products: 
       

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Blog, DIY Projects, Home Decor, The Home

Dreamy Lace Teepee DIY

Oh my goodness y’all, today’s DIY is SO easy and fun & I’m super pumped with how it turned out in only 8 steps! The best thing about these trending little teepees is how versatile and customizable they are for almost any event or purpose. This one in particular is perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, reading nooks, pet corners, or even just for looking super cute in your living room or home office – priorities, right? This DIY teepee is super stable and requires no sewing and zero hardware. As J and I do not have children, and Toby is pretty small, I chose not to secure the wooden dowels with additional hardware. However, if you do have children in your home, I definitely recommend using a drill and adding hardware to ensure additional stability of the teepee. Ready to get started? Me too!

Supplies: 

Wooden Dowels  5/8″X72″ (4-6 dowels depending on preference – Can use 48″ height instead if preferred)

Lace Tablecloth 60″x120″

Twine & Scissors

Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks

Faux Roses, Leaves, & 6′ Garland

Safety Pins x 2

 

Step 1: Get out two of your dowels, and make an “X” toward the top. Wrap your twine around and in between the dowels, then tie a knot to secure them together. (If you aren’t sure the height you want your teepee to be, stand the dowels up and adjust the X before tying the twine around them)






Step 2: Plug in your hot glue gun (be sure to put a piece of cardboard or a couple paper plates under the nozzle so that glue doesn’t drip everywhere!) Dab a couple dots of hot glue underneath the twine on the “X” to secure the knot.

Steps 3 & 4: Stand up the dowels and add in the third and fourth dowel. Before securing, make sure the angles are what you prefer – then repeat steps 1 & 2 for each additional dowel. Add in dowels 5 & 6 following the same steps. Once all have been added, wrap twine around all of the dowels and secure with hot glue.

Step 5: Get out your lace tablecloth. Holding opposite parallel corners, begin draping the lace around the teepee frame. (One benefit of unfinished poplar dowels that is particularly awesome for this is that the lace will lightly catch on the wood – making it a lot easier to drape it around the teepee by without extra help!)

Step 6: Taking the two safety pins, secure the ends of the tablecloth together a few inches below where the teepee frame was tied off with twine. Don’t worry about the pins affecting the look of the teepee – they won’t show when you begin adding your garland and flowers.

Step 7: It’s garland and flower time – but first garland time! This is the really fun part, because there are soooo many different options here, from what colors you choose to use to what types of flowers/leaves you want to use, the possibilities are endless. Wrap the garland around the frame first before adding flowers. Slide one strand of it in between the dowels and allow each end to drape down the front of the teepee opening. Your safety pins should now be covered completely by the garland.

Step 8: Begin adding your flowers in! I used a couple of these sprays from Hobby Lobby, and then these long stem roses – which were so easy to secure thanks to tiny openings in the lace! Just take the stem and poke it through where you want the rose to be, then bend the stem so that the rose will stay in place. Continue with leaves and flowers until desired look is reached.

 

That’s it! Now you can stage and set up the inside of the teepee for whatever you choose! If using it as a reading or pet nook, some faux fur rugs (I love these) and a couple soft pillows are perfect to finish the look! If you’re using it for a shower or similar event, this teepee will be the perfect touch of rustic glam for photos, or even a very sweet spot to have guests place their gifts for the bride or mom-to-be 🙂

 

If you want to make the teepee opening a bit smaller, you can tie the lace off about a foot down from where you put the safety pin. Then add a flower or some extra twine to keep the rustic vibe going. Here’s what it will look like if you decide to do that:

 

By the way, Toby is loving this spot. Seriously, I can’t even handle this little nugget sometimes, he makes my heart so full – keep scrolling to see what I mean 🙂

 

Ugh all the heart eyes for that little pup. Are you completing this DIY with your own twist? I would seriously love to see! Please comment below or tag me in the completed project so I can see your dreamy new DIY teepee!

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The Best Pre-Summer Sale You Won’t Want to Miss!

EEK we are so close to summer y’all! With Memorial Day weekend celebrations, warm weather, bare feet, and fireflies at night, I can barely take the anticipation! Yet, even though I love this season so much, I am definitely a “Fall wardrobe” kind of girl – meaning my closet is bursting with sweaters and skinny jeans, but not necessarily summer wedges, shorts, and dresses. Thankfully, Nordstrom is having an AMAZING sale right now through June 4 that helps anyone stock up on summer essentials, AND snag a great Father’s Day gift!

After stocking up my shopping cart, and my wish list, I thought I would share with y’all my top selections  from this sale! (Click any image to shop!)

Dresses

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  • This first dress I am obsessed with! Off-the-shoulder is a huge trend right now and these colors are gorgeous on any and every skin tone.
  • This second dress, the One-Shoulder Ruffle by BP is equally fun and flattering and is a total steal for less than $30!

Tops

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  • First, this flowy Lush tunic is perfect for even the most humid of summer days – comfortable, breezy, and flattering – I’m in love.
  • Another major trend this season is the cold shoulder look! This featured Lush Cold Shoulder Top  (less than $22!) is one I love. It shows enough skin to enjoy the summery season, yet is totally appropriate for a variety of settings and events.
  • Last but not least, Satin yes please –  gimme all of it! Sometimes it’s way too hot in the evening for a normal cardigan but you just want something on your arms, and this Hinge Satin Kimono Jacket is perfect for exactly that (seriously counting down the seconds till mine arrives).

Shoes & Accessories

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 Home Decor

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What are some of your favorite looks? I’d love to see!

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