8.25.2015

My Wedding Day ~ Part 1

May 24, 2015 will forever be one of happiest days of my life. Its the day I married my best friend in front of all the people I love. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony and reception.


I guess you could say I was a more easy going bride. I had never really given the details of my wedding much thought. The only thing I knew was my dress had to be perfect and the music had to be killer!!  

My maid of honor took initiative and booked an appointment with Davids Bridal. I was about 8 months out and I hadn't even thought about dress shopping but she did her homework and told me a wedding dress can take anywhere from 3 to 5 months to receive from the date you order it. So future brides make sure you start shopping for a dress at least 6 months before your wedding date. David and I had come up with a $2,000 budget for my dress, which in my eyes was more than enough. When I showed up to my appointment with my MOH I had no clue what type of dress I was looking for. All I knew was that I didn't want lace on my wedding dress. Don't ask me why but I think I said that so I didn't look like a total unprepared bride-to-be at my appointment. She gave us time to browse the aisles of never ending gowns. I felt overwhelmed and wanted to leave. My MOH had suggested a strapless fit and flare dress or a mermaid style dress. She was talking but I had no idea what any of that meant. Thank god one of us was prepared! While we were browsing my MOH pointed to this beautiful dress in  a picture they had displayed and I told her thats probably an old picture and they don't carry that dress anymore. She asked anyway and they did have it. I tried it on and I think we both knew it was the one. 

After the dress comes the shoes. At first I wanted to wear 2 or 3 inch heels because I'm so tall already (5'9) that I didn't need any added height. I looked and looked but I couldn't find any heels that would go perfectly with my dress. After talking to a few close friends I decided to expand my search to any heels under 5 inches. Wow did that open up a whole new world of fabulousness!! In my search I discovered Blue by Betsey Johnson which is a bridal shoe line. I loved her unique idea of adding a blue sole to all her heels because it killed two birds with one stone. My bow heels from the collection  became my something blue for the wedding. 

I didn't realize what I was getting myself into when I started searching for a makeup artist. I knew that I needed him/her to travel to me on the day of my wedding and to transform me into a better version of myself. That was a huge factor for me because I didn't want someone to transform me into someone my fiancĂ© wouldn't recognize walking down the aisle. I started my search online looking on yelp for artist's in Laguna Beach. I would browsed website after website and I kept gravitating towards looking on their Instagram page. I couldn't find anyone that matched the style I was going for so I expanded my search to Instagram. I found Leslie (@Leslie_Love) on Instagram and I knew by the way she did makeup on herself that she was a true artist. I decided on her for my big day because on the day of my trial she was so sweet and very down to earth plus her makeup skills were amazing!!!  On my wedding day Leslie took her time on everyone who was in my wedding party and I was saved for last. She made sure I would be done on time and even fixed my hair because my hairstylist had left and I was not fully happy with the way my hair had come out. I would 100% recommend her to every one of my friends and family and I will definitely be using her again!  




Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini via Davids Bridal / Heels: Blue by Betsey Johnson (similar here) / Head Piece: Borrowed from hairstylist

Hope you enjoyed this very personal post and I'm excited to work on part 2 which will include photos of the venue and of my husband David and I. If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me or comment below.

XO,
Shirley



5.01.2015

Lately ....

Here are a few snapshots from the past month or two. I haven't had much time to work on the blog because I'm finishing up small details for the wedding and decorating the condo David and I purchased :) 

H&M accessories, H&M ring, H&M, H&M fashion, Pom Pom Scarf

This big ass ring is from H&M and it was love at first sight. It combined all my favorite colors and added unique textures and a pop to my OOTD.

Chanel Espadrille look a likes, Target shoes, Target Espadrilles, Chanel Gold CC Earrings,


Target is where I bought these Chanel look a like espadrilles. Aren't they just a dream. Every time I find really good "look a likes" for a fraction of the cost I feel accomplished and I pat myself on the back because I didn't spend a boat load of money. 

Ikea Pax System, Walk in Cloest, Ikea Pax, Ikea Cloest, Shoe Closet, White Closet, Built-in walkin closet, Shoes, Heels

Dreams do come true and this is my dream coming true! Who doesn't want a whole room dedicated to displaying their wardrobe?? I know I do!!! It's still a work in progress but I'm almost done putting it together. I will definitely dedicate a blog post to this work of art!!


Quay Australia Sunglasses, Quay Australia Gold Steel Cat Sunglasses, Quay Gold Steel Cat Sunglasses, Quay Sunnies

I had seen Quay Australia sunglasses on some big Youtubers and fashion bloggers but I never thought about checking them out because I figured they would be too expensive for my taste. Boy, I was wrong because I was able to find these bad boys for around $40 or $50 each and I love them. I was worried about the quality but they are very sturdy and made from really good material. They were so good I had to buy 2!! Gold & Black

Quay Australia Sunglasses, Quay Black  "Steel Cat" Sunglasses, Quay Sunglasses, Quay cat eye Sunglasses

Mirrored side table, Lamp, TJ Maxx Lamp, Create Coffee Mug, Glass Picture Frame, HomeGoods Happy

I had a very hard time the first week I moved in with David. You know that feeling when your at a hotel and it doesn't feel like home? Well thats the feeling I had for a week or two and I just couldn't make myself feel at home because I missed my family. After I shed a few tears and had my brother and lil pup spend the night a few times and put up some pictures of my loved ones I felt right at home. The glass frame and lamp are from TJ Maxx, the mug is from HomeGoods and the mirrored side table is from Lamps Plus

River Island purple floral mesh swimsuit, River Island swimsuit, One piece bathing suit, River Island, Liatorp Coffee Table, Ikea Coffee table, Ikea Liatorp Coffee Table, Z Gallerie Coasters,

Now that I'm getting older I'm realizing I can look fly in a one piece and feel much more comfortable. The swimsuit is from River Island, the coasters are from Z Gallerie and the coffee table is from Ikea.

Flowers, Instagram, Hydrangeas, Blue Hydrangeas, Purple Hydrangeas

Some of my favorite flowers in such a vibrant color. This was supposed to be a hint for my fiancé but he never got it. lol I will just buy my own flowers for the home.

Lilly Pulitzer, Lilly Pulitzer for Target, Lilly Pulitzer Espresso cups, Lilly Pulitzer pom pom napkins, Lilly Pulitzer Swivel Sticks, Lilly Pulitzer Bottle Opener, Lilly Pulitzer wine stoppers

I woke up super early on a Sunday and waited in line for about 40 minutes for Target to open. I had to have these cups from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection. I love how vibrant the mugs are and I even bought certain things I didn't need like the napkins. Everything else I purchased was for the cool bar I am trying to decorate at home. 

Zara yellow waist coat, Zara coat, Zara Yellow coat, Fashion Blogger, Latina Fashion Blogger

Just celebrating my birthday a week early at my favorite dessert place, Bottega Louie. I am in love with the salted carmel macaroons. They make my tummy soooooo happy it even does a happy dance. Coat is from Zara.

Hope everyone is doing well. If you want to catch up follow me on Instagram!

XO,
Shirley