Behind the Styled Shoot

One of the distinct pleasures of being a part of a creative culture is meeting some of the best, most passionate, talented creative professionals ever. Yesterday all of those talents came crashing together to create an AMAZING styled shoot to showcasing some beautiful dresses, killer floral/design and stunning hair and make up. Y'all I almost died. The whole shoot had this southwestern/bohemian vibe going on. Which was perfect because if we're being real honest here (which we totally are), I have a whole southwestern/bohemian side to me I don't show all that often so I was in heaven. All of this to say... I can't wait to share the real pictures with yalllllll so you can swoon with me over all the stunning details because trust me they are totally swoon worthy.

The Crew... muah! 

Floral/Styling: Jennifer with Jennifer Laura Designs
Photography: Paige with Awake Photographers
Calligraphy: http://kristara.co/
Makeup: Rivki with Rivki Makeup
Hair: Abby with Abby Speaks Hair
Wardrobe: Brideside.com
Bridesmaid: Meg with http://www.megcady.com/
Bridesmaid: Miranda with http://shopandtwirl.com/


Dance Style

Soooo during stressful times in life having common dreams/nightmares is so normal--
Showing up to take a test naked? Normal
Disaster at your wedding? Normal
Having another dance team interrupt your officers duet performance and then tracking them down to yell at them? NOT NORMAL. 

We are in the throws of competition season. Yalllllll 10 years later I totally forgot what competition season entails-- Hairspray, high buns, sequin OH MY.  The learning curve is quite steep, but i'm surviving! I will be the first to admit that I was not the prima ballerina I wished I was, but I could hold my own-ish (A+ for effort right?!). Coaching however, is soooo my niche. 

Part of the fun is getting out with my girls and showing them a thing or two... and I insist on looking cute while I do it because DUH. 

Wrap Top/Leggings: Fabletics 
Bag: Thimble Press given as a hella awesome gift by Kaitlyn 

K gonna go have a few minor mental break downs over the perfect shade of red lipstick and nightmares about dance competitions. 

Pictures taken by the lovely Whitney, Muscles pulled by me.


The Proposal

How We Met// Reese and I met though a mutual friend in the "year of 21's"-- the year everyone turned 21 and blow out parties were a constant on everyone's weekend calendar. She was my friend from college, his friend from high school, and it was her turn to participate in her slice of the year of the 21's and Reese and a few friends from Louisiana came down to Texas to celebrate. We met, talked, and he made me a margarita before asking my name (something, he finally admitted recently, he knew because of Facebook stalking the guest list for her "single" friends). The rest wasn't exactly history, but an all night Facebook chat, another visit to Texas and the movie Cruel Intentions started to sway my opinion of this new boy in my world.

We officially started dating on May 29, 2010 when he asked me to be his girlfriend on the swing on the dock at his family's lake house. A party followed suit (not for us... just cause parties are fun when you are 21) and 4.5 years, 6 cities, countless hours in the car, and approximately 1 million miles driven, we are here.

How He Asked// Reese had spent the last 3 months training in North Texas for his new job. He was graduating from the program and I had sick days to burn, so I decided to take two days off of work and celebrate his graduation on Thursday and then drive back to Louisiana with him on Friday. Friday morning I got up, knowing it would be a driving day, threw on yoga pants and a t-shirt on and hit the road. When we got to his house his mom immediately asked us to run up to their lake house and fix a speaker on the dock that had been damaged in a storm. Reese protested fairly loudly and although I didn't vocally object we had made plans to hang out with friends and a 45 minute drive up to the lake wasn't on the top of my to-do list. Thirty minutes later, though rolled eyes Reese said we would run up to and fix the speaker.  Still wearing yoga pants and a t-shirt and knowing that we would soon be meeting up with friends, I stood up and declared I was going to go change clothes. Reese protested. I went and changed under a barrage of "hurrryyyyy upppp's". (All I have to say on this matter is thank god for my female intuition to change clothes because I reallllllly didn't want to get engaged in yoga pants.)

We headed up to the lake chatting the whole time about vision insurance and road work projects... it was some really romantic stuff let me tell you! I didn't suspect a thing.

Once we were at the lake Reese proceeded to fix the dock speaker... which now that I am thinking about it I have no clue whether it was actually broken or not. After he finished with the speaker he asked if I wanted to sit on "the" swing. Now you have to know that for YEARS every time we went up to the lake I would beg Reese to sit on "the" swing on the dock where he asked me to be his girlfriend. Most of the time the answer was "no" or we would sit for a few moments and then quickly move on leaving all hope of any romantic moments, so I kinda just gave up asking to sit on the swing. I, wanting to get back to town, told him "no, lets just get going". He persisted and we sat.

A few whirlwind moments, some sweet sweet words and one ring later we were engaged on the same dock at the same lake on the same swing we had started our relationship. It was perfect, and us, and everything I ever wanted.

 When we got home, after calling all my friends and family, we were met by some of our closest friends who in striking accord greeted us with a resounding "about time" followed closely with "congratulations".  I am seriously so lucky to have inherited this group of crazies over the part 5 years!

Fun Facts about our Engagement//
1. I have paid at least a semester of a Vietnamese students tuition with months of nail preparation for Reese to pop the question. So no, I didn't know just because my nails were done. 
2. Reese actually had the ring tied to his belt loop with dental floss to avoid dropping the ring in the lake. Which was the cutest thing ever. 
3. His parents came after the actual proposal to snap some recreated pictures... hence my goofy because-of -delirious-happiness face. 
4. The first person other than family to congratulate us was the insurance representative Reese insisted we call first because ya know #adults
5. Man am I glad I changed clothes. 

We are so happy and feel so blessed to have so much support and love. We felt every bit. Thank you for your kind words and continued prayers as we enter this new and very exciting chapter of our lives TOGETHER... in the same city (eventually)! 


Lisi Lerch Button Earring

I have this old picture of my great grandmother and I, taken when I was two. In the photo she is rocking these stellar white button earrings (I am told button earrings were her signature piece of jewelry), so when I saw these Lisi Lerch button earrings my mind went immediately to my great grandmother and her signature piece of jewelry. Personally I love that the button earring is
A. Back.
B. The perfect mix between a stud and a statement piece.

 If you wanna kick it like its 1991 (because what is old is new again I can safely say '91 is back to being a rockin' year) with me and my fellow Houston blogger homies Lisi Lerch is giving a pair of these bad boys away. Check out how these cuties styled their earring and then enter below ...

a Rafflecopter giveaway
ps. One time I had a giveaway on my blog like 3 years ago and **like no one entered. It was sad. Let's not repeat...Cool? Cool!
pps. Proposal story soon, I promise!

**6, it was 6 people.


Business Card Winged Eye Makeup Tutorial

I got my make up done for a wedding this summer and it was awful. Being the strong a stable bridesmaid I was I didn't cry although I thought about it because crying might have been the only suitable way to get it off... anyway I digress. I was planing on redoing my eye make up myself when the friend doing the brides make up offered to try and salvage the botched eye make up. Much to my surprise she fixed it with a business card. Yes, a business card. I started using a business card to create a perfect winged eyeshadow edge and now I  shall share with you because I am such a giver! 

  • Pick out a business card bonus points if it is one someone gave you trying to pick up at a bar. 
  • Create a base layer of eye shadow. I used a rosy gold tone found in the Urban Decay Naked 3 pallet called "trick".
  • Lay the business card at an angle starting at your lash line and ending at the end of your brow. 
  • Use a darker color (in this case I used "Factory") to apply the shadow over the crease of your eyelid and onto the business card. 
  • Remove the card and admire! 
  • Apply a lighter color to your brow bone for contrast. 
  • Add eyeliner and mascara.
  • Wa-la beautiful winged eyeshadow look via a unlikely source!