Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Beauty: Hair + Makeup + Tan

For my wedding hair I knew I wanted to wear it down- it just feels more like me. My hair is naturally curly, I smooth the roots with a straightener and then touch up the curls with a tapered barrel wand to create a bohemian-inspired messy wave look. I have ashey blonde, balayage with face framing highlights via Bloom Hair Lounge. I also included my Barefoot Blonde  clip in hair extensions in shade "Peanut butter and Jealous" to create move volume. I always knew I wanted some sort of floral crown. I originally thought of a fresh flower crown but when I came across this piece from Twigs and Honey via. The Sentimentalist, I knew it was the piece for me. (For a more affordable head piece option, I wore this one from Etsy for wedding showers and my engagement photos. To add a touch more interest and dimension, I did a small fishtail braid to a piece of my hair. I love how it turned out. Other products used: Leave-in Conditioner, Hair Oil, and Hair Spray.


For wedding makeup, I honesty went with my everyday routine and just made everything a little more bold. For face I use Bare Minerals in shade Medium Beige, the Two Faced bronzer in shade Milk Chocolate, and highlight I used Becca in shade "Opal" For eyes, I went with my holy grail Lancome Eyelash Extender, L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, Maybelline Drama Matte eye liner in shade onyx for the waterline, and Urban Decay eye pencil in shade "Underground" for under my bottom lashes. I finished off with a triple eyeshadow combo from the Urban Decay Naked Pallete (on sale!) and misted with the Urban Decay "All Nighter" makeup setting spray. For lips, I wanted very neutral, nude lips. I used NYX butter gloss in shade "Creme Brulee" and that was it! I did my own makeup because I wanted to save money and look like myself! I like how the finished product turned out!

For my tan, I did a spray tan from my favorite place, The Browning Studio. This local business owned by the beautiful Brandi Browning, is a beautiful one stop shop for all of your beauty needs. I have tried a lot of spray tans over the years, and none compare to the bronze glow of The Browning Studio! For a quick spry tan refresher for my other wedding events, I added Loving Tan two hour express in shade dark.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Boston Travel Guide: Part 1: Attractions

My Husband and I recently went to Boston for a long weekend and fell in love with the city. I am a huge NYC fan and always feel that no other northern city will compare, but Boston surpassed my expectations. The food was to die for, the people were friendly and welcoming, and the streets are picturesque. We crammed a lot into four days and found some pretty memorable spots so I wanted to share my top 8 with you all! Stay tuned for my Boston Travel Guide Part 2: The Food...

1. Newbury Street
This gorgeous street is the main stretch of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Newbury Street is home to all of the beautiful fashion-house store fronts as well as many cute cafes and bakeries. (Side note...this street is also home to the most inspiring Antropologie as well as a four level Restoration Hardware in a historic building.) Boston's Back Bay neighborhood is also known for its nightlife. Definitely a must for a stroll and some shopping when you visit the city.

2. Quincey Market
Quincey Market is a must see when visiting Boston. This old building is lined with amazing food and shops similar to NYC's Chelsea Market. We indulged in a lobster roll and a cannoli. Incredible local eats. 

3. Boston Public Gardens
Boston Public Gardens is one of the most picturesque places I've ever seen. The fall foliage frames beautiful duck ponds and walking paths. The most beautiful part is the juxtaposition of the city skyline in the back round. 

4. Beacon Hill Neighborhood

5. Acorn Street
If you haven't heard of Acorn Street, you have probably seen it on a blogger's Instagram page. This cobblestone street that is tucked away in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood is lined with stoic brick town homes and a beautiful vintage American flag. It is the perfect backdrop for the quintessential Boston photo-op. 

6. Harvard University
I feel like this beautiful, historic campus is a must see if you are within New England. It was inspiring to wander around Harvard yard, peruse the tri-level book store, and climb the library steps. Definitely worth the train ride!

7. Freedom Trail
Wether or not you are a history buff, the points along the Freedom Trail in Boston are . A double lined brick path runs through the city leading to different points of American history. We specifically visted.

8. Sonder Apartments
We stayed in the neighborhood of South End: an up-and-coming neighborhood surrounded by exotic eateries and flower markets. Althrough we did not explore this neighborhood thoroughly, we enjoyed our stay at Sonder Apartments. Our friends discovered Sonder through Airbnb. We love staying in these type of places vs. hotels when we visit cities because it gives more of a local experience. Sonder was decorated in a cool mid-century modern vibe, clean, and responsive to any issues. I enjoyed our stay and would stay with Sonder again.