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I can’t believe this year is near the end. We’re in my favorite time of the year. Autumn! Did you know Autumn is from September 1 – November 30?
The fall home decor has really changed. Think beyond orange and black. The traditional orange will have you overhauling you’re entire house for a season. It doesn’t coincide with anything. Try white, beige, purple, a little bit of red as a pop color or a lot of greenery. It works!
What makes you think of Autumn? It’s a since of change, and there are different things that can trigger that feeling. For me it begins when I see the home decor in department stores and boutiques.The smell of scented pine cones, trees starting to change to bright yellow, orange and brown. Moreover, the mood to bake sweet potato and pumpkin pies becomes a necessity in my home. During this season is when I enjoy family time the most. Apple picking is an all time favorite while talking about the good ol’ days.
Seasonal wreaths is another signature that fall is here. This random door has a simple, beautiful wreath. Although it isn’t your typical orange; it’s a signature of the fall season.
This is gross, but seasonal spiders is a sign of Autumn. I was drawn to it in a strange way. It looks dangerous and had a lady bug caught in it’s web. This is the first time I’ve seen such a web before. It is like a spiral. Yuk! Oh goodness, why am I writing about a nasty insect.
I think of suede booties in Autumn.
I start keeping a Jackie in the car. Here is my jacket from Windsor . It’s a nice lightweight jacket in memory ( He was in the army) of my dad.
Who doesn’t think of hats when thinking of Autumn? The beautiful colors and the extra feminine touch with the fur balls.
Faux leather is always a great fall look. You can really top them off with a thin turtle neck sweater. They’re comfortable and stylish.
You can find a pair at one of my favorite dress shops, Fab’rik .
Lastly, on the cool nights and pair of cute kitten slippers with a cup of hot chocolate… No? Ok coffee.
Make a list of bridal shops that you want to visit. Find shops that carry dresses within your budget, you don’t want to spend your mortgage on a dress. Next, make an appointment to visit each store. Although the assistance are friendly and knowledgeable they can become annoying and pushy. Purchasing a wedding gown can be overwhelming. It’s ok to receive recommendations that suit your personal style. At the end of the day, its your wedding and you have a budget you desire to stay within .
Choose a gown as soon as possible. This is a very important step because most wedding gowns have to be altered for a customizable fit. Often times it may take longer depending upon the season of your wedding day. the earlier you make this decision the better, to a lot for any mishaps on sizing or you may change your mind about some details regarding the gown during the second fitting.
Choose the location and time of the wedding. Some people say you should do this first, but I think it should be done right after the gown has been chosen, to make things more surreal. Not only this reason, but the style of the gown can sometimes determine the venue location. If your gown is very elegant, a beautiful elegant venue will take precedence over a less appealing venue. You’re going all out on this wedding and everything including the venue will coincide. The best venue to choose is one stop shop sort to speak. They’ll provide you with an officiant, baker, wedding planner, decorator, caterer and even plan your stay at a hotel if needed. As a bride your only duty is to show up looking stunning!
Looking beautiful is in the mind of women who can be a true representation of herself. All of the beauty tools are simply enhancers. If you don’t have love for yourself, not one thing can make you a true beauty. Now that I have left my disclaimer lets get on to the blog.
Cleaning faux eyelashes are imperative to eye health and the life of your faux lashes. Paying attention to how you handle your lashes by promoting sanitation is probably something many avid lash users may not think about.
How To Clean Faux eyelashes:
Wash your hands
Dry hands with a clean towel ( Preferably white paper towel)
Remove lashes ( Start with from outer corner)
Use makeup remover on a cotton ball
Use tweezers to gently remove the glue
To prevent bacteria use another cotton ball and clean with alcohol
Lay them on a clean towel to air dry
Replace in lash in original tray
Cover lashes with original packaging or container
Store in a cool dust free environment
Wash hands before re- applying lashes
Never use mascara on faux lashes
Buy new lash glue every 6 months ( Throw away old bottle)
Never share lashes with anyone ( Not even with your mom)
Never share glue
Pick them up with tweezers that have been disinfected with alcohol
Never lay them in random places ( Your nightstand or bathroom counter)
Don’t rub your eyes ( Especially if you have not washed your hands)
What do you think of the quality of the clothing from Target? I haven’t really shopped for clothes from Target, because I rarely see anything that catches my eye. Besides I think the quality is a cut above Walmart. They sell some of the same brands such as Xhilaration and Mossimo.
When I shop at Target it’s for wash cloths, dish towels, small kitchen appliances , cleaning supplies and food. Quality, comfort and style means more to me than price. Ironically Target’s clothes aren’t cheap. In terms of style Target’s clothes are trendy, but will last for a year and the quality will climate depending upon how often you wear the item. The most I’ve ever purchased from Target are graphic T-shirts for a special day, such as July 4th, Christmas or a cute quote. My experience with the t-shirts they deteriorate within a month, from holes, rips , and losing shape. I know it when I buy them. They’re great for going to cookouts, concerts and yard work.
I decided to try this mesh shirt by Xhilaration from Target. I thought it was stylish, but I don’t think it will have much life.
I’d be surprised if it last til next summer. I hand washed it in cold water to preserve the color and prevent fading on the embroidery . To prevent stretching I placed it on a drying rack. Never put cheap clothing in the dryer . Placing the shirt on a hanger while it’s wet would leave hanger prints that are difficult to remove. It’s just a cute top made in china. The retail price is $19.99 and shouldn’t have been more than $9.99.
It was fun trying on this top from Target. However I think for the price and subpar quality, I’ll continue shopping at places like Ann Taylor.
Do you like looking your best without too much effort? I’m sure I got a yes from you. Who wouldn’t want to look effortlessly amazing. A full face of makeup is fine, but there is something about looking natural. If you could only choose one beauty product other than cleaners and moisturizers; (We can never omit these) what would it be? Leave a comment and tell me what you would choose.
The most effortless way to look amazing without any makeup is with eyelashes. There are four types of false lashes:
Strip lash: The most conventional form of falsies.
Individual: Applied next to your natural lashes to create uniqueness
Extension: The most expensive method ; but last the longest
Magnetic: They lay on top of your lashes with a magnet attached
This is pretty much what I look like without lashes. I’m very happy here, but I may not appear to be.
Now take a look at the Ardell # 810 strip lash. I love them because of the long and short hairs, which seems to give me life.
I don’t have on any makeup, only lashes. My eyelids are naturally dark.
I’ve tried Wispies,Double Up, and natural by Ardell as well.
I’m on the hunt to review some higher end brands, but the Ardell # 810 are my favorite in terms of look. I don’t like how flexible they are. They are difficult to keep a nice shape due to the flexibility of the lash. Yet, I love how lightweight they are. The lightweight prevents them from feeling heavy and perhaps poking under my eyelids. The lash barely feel as if I have them on. The invisiband and knot free technology is awesome. I hate to see the clear band and knot, because they are noticeable. They mimic a cheap looking lash and do not give off a natural flattering look.
Clean those bad girls:
While you’re busy looking amazing, make sure you clean your lashes with rubbing alcohol. Sit them in a bowl of alcohol for 15 minutes. Then use a clean mascara wand and brush off the dust and lint. Lastly use a tweezer to pull off the old glue. You can use the lash several times depending upon the quality of the lash. You can re-use some 10 – 25 times.
Remember you are beautiful with or without false lashes!
I shared my thoughts on my youtube channel regarding the Ardell lash and a bonus.
Sally Hansen is the leader in nail innovation and they’ve decided to mix color and care. Their newest line is called Color Therapy . They offer a beautiful beige that will be flattering to many brides, chai on life is the name of the color. It doesn’t scream” I have on nail polish,” but the camera will love your nails. This natural color will not distract from your embellished wedding gown. It’s easy to apply this polish with the amazing flat brush that doesn’t leave streaks. It builds up to opacity and it’s extremely pigmented. What I love the most is it looks great on any skin tone. Don’t let anyone tell you different!
Color Therapy has argan oil , açaí and evening primrose oil to aid in dry, weak nails. As you know my nails went through a rough patch from a SNS manicure.
If you are getting your nails done the day of your wedding, pick up a bottle of big kwik dry top coat. Yes! I spelled Kwik ( According to Sally) correctly.
Note: The best thing about Sally Hansen’s gel topcoat is it can be used with any nail polish. It doesn’t have to be a Sally’s brand nor does it have to be a gel polish. This little black bottle is my best friend. It can prevent your nail polish from cracking up to 7 days. Get a bottle of this after a manicure and brush it on top. You will not have to worry about your beautiful nails on your special day.
These three will not disappoint you on your special day.
If your still feeling classic vibes, go with a french manicure.
You may be here because you’ve never heard of SNS nails. Most recognize this type of manicure as nail dipping. This means when you get a manicure there is no ” nail polish” smell. What won me over is the fact I didn’t have to wait for them to dry.
I have naturally beautiful nails. I don’t know why they grow so long because I don’t do anything special to them. I belived because I didn’t have them manipulated by nails techs for many years helped them to grow. Somethings are better left alone. My nails are my pride and glory. I’ve always personally kept my natural nails well groomed. During the coming of the computer age, I started looking up tips on how to make them look like I went to a nail salon. I learned to polish like a pro. Whenever I’d go to Ulta I’d always rummage through the nail polish isle before I leave. I use to like all the odd shades: yellow , green, blue and so forth. Now I like neutrals and pink shades. It is one of the fun things about being girl. I get to enjoy all of the wonderful shades and I can change as much as I like. I’ve thrown many bottles away because they don’t go over the nail as well once it gets down to the last bit of the lacquer . Although I know the little trick ( pour remover in it) to stretch it and get the remaining polish from the bottom . I opt to throw it away.
At some point I grew tired of manicuring my own nails. Therefore, I chose to visit a nail salon as a treat to relax and let someone else do the work. I didn’t know that this would come with a price more than the cost of the service.
One thing that stood out in my head the most is no one washed their hands in between clients. I usually wash my hands upon arrival, but it doesn’t help much if the tech hasn’t washed his / her hands. Then I opt for my hand sanitizer to add as a barrier to the nail tech dirty hands. I’m not sure if this works, but I didn’t want to seem rude by asking if they’d wash their hands as well.
After all of the things I’ve tried at home I decided to try SNS nail manicure. This is somewhat of an expensive nail service. I’ve received this type of service for 4 months to date. The price for the service averages about $40.00. I usually pay around $46.00 that would include the tip.
Pros of SNS Nail Manicure:
1. No smells from nail polish
2. Last longer than a gel manicure
3. SNS will last 4 weeks
4. It will not chip or fade
5. You do not have to use a UV light
6. They are dry as soon as the service is complete ( No wait to dry)
7. There are many dip powders ( colors) to choose from
8. You don’t have to use a drill to get it done
9. Claim to be less toxic
10. They are soaked off with acetone
Cons of SNS Nail Manicure:
SNS thins the nail bed
Nails become sensitive to slightest touch
Nails split and crack
Your nails are dipped in a powder behind other people
Some nail techs remove SNS with a drill ( Not necessary)
It’s a pricey nail service
It grows out quickly
The SNS lifts at the cuticle of the nail and snags on things ( clothes)
Cracks and splits the nail base
The lifting can hurt
Can get an infection from dipping
Can cause cancer
Makes natural nails look hideous and unhealthy.
I removed the SNS with acetone. It took about 20 minutes and it easily came off without any drills. Before SNS my nails were hard, long , healthy and beautiful. I had to cut them down because they were severely damaged. My cuticles look horrible and my nails are split in a place were I can’t trim them. This is my nail bed. I stopped using SNS, because I noticed how sensitive my nail beds have gotten. They hurt to the slightest touch. This probably came from the drilling. It was minimal but it still caused an issue. I was told a drill isn’t needed at all. It depends on the nail techs patience. The nails techs always seem to be in a hurry to get as many clients as possible. Perhaps they work on commission.
I will have to nurse them back to health. My nails are an extension of my skin. Since I use nail polish so much I am seriously thinking about throwing out my old and starting over with polishes that are free from formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl. These are three of the main toxins used to make nail polish.
The tools I used to try to make them look better, while they grow back to health:
Crystal nail file
5. Top coat
Clear glitter nail polish
The clear glitter polish helped camouflage the imperfections.
This will have to do for now
I can’t do too much manipulating. They are sensitive. My nails are so soft and they bend up against anything. I regret doing this to my nails. When I see the results of getting my nails done at the salon it is enticing and addictive.
Take precautions if you insist on going to a nail salon. Perhaps buy your own SNS to use exclusively. Insist on bringing your own tools. This will curtail the germs, and bacteria that could make you sick for the rest of your life.
I’m bringing up this topic , because it’s wedding season. This sounds politically correct, but I’ll let you in on a secret. My real reason is I’m a photographer and I shoot many stock images that I love sharing. Therefore, why not use it to express an old debate. Should you have cupcakes at your wedding as opposed to a wedding cake?
Many Brides decide to use cupcakes because it’s cost effective. They are easy because you don’t need a plate or a fork. They can also be made in deferent sizes; Traditional, mini and large size. They can be made in different shapes as well.
Many individuals look forward ( Besides the wedding gown) to seeing the large wedding cake waiting to be eaten. I must admit the wedding cake beats the cupcake in the pretty and elegant category any day.
A decision to have a wedding cake or cupcakes is a matter of personal choice. However, I feel the most elegant weddings will choose the wedding cake. It makes for better images and it’s traditional. However, occasionally guest have opt to have both. The wedding cake is use for images and the cake cutting ; while the cupcakes are used for easy portions. It’s convenient for guest to grab a cupcake without a knife, fork or plate. Cupcakes are known for bringing on a good conversation with the different flavors to choose from. The only mess could possibly those who opt to leave the cupcake liner on the table or throw them on the floor. I know you’re thinking who’d do that, but you’d be surprised.
It’s been a little while since my last post. I know it isn’t like me, but I needed a break. I’m traveling for enjoyment, managing businesses and family life. Sometimes it’s just good to take a breather. Now I think I have a clear mind I’m ready to take you on another journey in my life. It’s something that’s been bothering me for some time now. The decision to leave the wedding photography world. I don’t want to do it, because it’s such a beautiful thing to share such an important part of a woman’s life. Being a Bride. Besides that I crave the process.
Wedding photography is one of the most demanding jobs the world. Theres really no glamour on the wedding day. I’ll wear practical clothes, including my shoes. I’ll sweat my hair and face off, shoot until my finger is numb and direct drunk people by telling them how to pose. I’ll forget to eat until my blood sugar drops. Not to mention I’m going to stand on my feet for about 14 hours. Sounds rough doesn’t it? Yet there is so much gratification from working hard for wedding photographs. It’s the preparation. Everyone has gone out of their way to look great and I get to preserve it. Then after I get home to a good night of rest ( and can see straight ) the real work begins when I curate the images.
My dilemma is weather I should stop being a wedding photographer. Sometimes I don’t think I have what it takes. Creating amazing images of such and important day isn’t as easy as it seems. It is more than just sliding in an SDcard and pressing the shutter. A good photographer who can document it all and not miss the small details is what it takes, but I’m slow at shooting because I want everything perfect.
Being cognizant of tricky lighting takes skills without thinking about it. Remembering the poses in my head that are usually flattering to most couples. It’s frustrating sometimes because I get so excited I’ll forget my camera settings. Then I have to regain my composer. Theres only one chance at wedding photos.
Why do I get so nervous? I’ve discovered I’m so passionate about weddings. My work makes me proud. Perhaps having clients that appreciate me capturing the details and taking my time will be my selling point.
Let me start by saying 30 years ago I was very young when I decided on my own to give up red meat and never looked back. My decision was prompt by red meat being one of the leading causes of cancer , hypertension and high cholesterol. Ok, I’m being nice. Although this discovery is true, I quit because I’ve always heard that people of color are predisposed simply because they are people of color. That didn’t set well with me. Therefore, I decided to challenge this. I’m not a Physician but I strongly believe you are mainly what you eat. There may be some findings on it being inherit but you are what you eat. Take for instance Morgan Spurlock , from the documentary Super Size Me, 2004. He ate McDonalds exclusively for 30 days. As a result he gained weight, increased his cholesterol ,experienced sexual dysfunction , mood swings and fat accumulated in his liver. This is one example of why I feel most of your health problems can stem from what you decide to eat.
My diet of meats consist of salmon, chicken and turkey with chicken being my least favorite. Often times my meals do not consist of any meat. I find it harder in the summer to eat less meat because I love chicken and fish on the grill . Yet, I can do it as long as my meals are prepared ahead of time. The best time to cook is when you’re most energetic and not hungry. For me, I am most energetic in the morning. Along with making breakfast I start cooking my lunch. This will prevent grabbing quick unhealthy food to nourish my appetite.
If you are thinking about giving up meat, it’s best to start out small. Don’t go cold turkey and quit eating meat. Eat less meat in a day with smaller portions and fill up on veggies. Then start meatless Mondays. This is a global movement to consume less meat and eat more of a plant based diet. Dr. Kritsti Funk recommends a plant based diet to help reduce the risk of breast cancer. I’m sure the fear of the ” Big C” resonates with everyone. We all have known someone are have experienced the ” Big C” in some form of our life. The thought of a doctor having to tell me this is scary. Yet prevention by trying to reduce the chances is imperative. Many years ago I started having meatless Mondays. Let me tell you, when I say you become creative. I think of all types of dishes to make. It funny how most is such a large part of most peoples meals until the side items aren’t as important. Trying take that meat from the table and watch how much you feel better. I’ll admit, its weird in the beginning. You feel as if something is missing or you just ate a snack instead of a meal. To think too hard on it. Prepare your meals as usual, but exclude the meat on Mondays. If you find it too difficult to eliminate meat for the day; try eliminating meat on Monday by skipping it on one of your meals. Anything you do to reduce your meat intake will be a good start on better health.
Here’s a great dish I’d love to share with you for meatless Mondays. It’s black beans and rice. No, it’s not your Mama’s black beans and rice. The black beans has proteins in them. It’s funny how meat eaters ask, ” How will I get my proteins?” There are plenty foods with proteins. You have to do your research and create yummy meals that are more plant based.