Flawless Makeup on Your Wedding Day

It’s the time of the year again. It’s wedding season! This is one of my favorite times of the year. If I could marry every year around this time; for the pampering I would.  I remember how I felt and the necessary steps it took  to make my special day the best day ever! There isn’t anything more lovely than a beautiful bride.

To set the tone for your wedding day it starts with prepping the skin. If you haven’t been diligent in a skin care routine it’s never too late. However for the best results on your wedding day, make sure you get a nice facial to help with your skins texture. This will ensure a good base for your makeup. Next you want to make absolutely sure to moisturize. Lastly, you want to prime before your foundation. Hopefully on your special day you aren’t doing this yourself.  Sit back and allow the experts to do what they do. If you don’t hire and esthetician, remember to never  start applying makeup on skin that hasn’t been  cleaned moisturized and primed.  It’s like painting a wall without smoothing out  the flaws.

There are different types of foundations:

  • Liquid
  • Matte
  • Powder
  • Waterproof
  • Foundation Primer

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There are so many types of foundations and brands on the market. The first thing is to make sure you aren’t allergic to the product by  doing a patch test on a small area of the skin ( A trial run) months before the wedding. Next, you want to match the foundation by applying it to the chest area. Before you make a final decision on your wedding day foundation, be sure to know the season you’ll be getting married. This will determine if your complexion will be lighter or darker during the season. Most brides are darker in the spring and summer. You’d want to make sure you have the correct foundation to support the change in your skin tone.

If you are using a makeup artist ( Which I encourage) make sure his/ her brushes are clean from leftover makeup. Dirty brushes can  ruin the true color of your foundation. Not to mention dirty brushes can spread bacteria to the skin, that would certainly cause a problem on your wedding day. Be sure your makeup artist is spreading the foundation  evenly across your face and neck. The best results are normally done with the fingers or a beauty blender.

Makeup Do’s

  • Stick to classic looks; you want your photos timeless.
  • Use translucent powder to control shine on the forehead and nose ( For you oily brides)
  • Falsies are optional but waterproof mascara is not
  • Conceal the dark circles and breakouts
  • Use a peachy nude or a dark nude lipstick

You want to look stunning on your special day.  Keep it classy and timeless, stick with nude and natural shades; make sure your foundation is right for you.  Lastly enjoy yourself. It’s your wedding day!!

 

 

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Best Cheap Tripod

I was in the market for a nice light weight tripod.  I had a budget of $200 – 300.  With this in mind; I thought it would be cumbersome and difficult to use. There are some that have too much going on with them. The type of tripod I was looking for needed to easily lock into place, without feeling like it would break and to be able to carry through doorways with ease as well.

As you I went to Amazon.com , my go to place for everything electronic and accessories . I’m a true believer in reviews. If you buy things from Amazon please let others know your overall experience . It’s imperative in order to save consumers from making bad purchases.

As I searched I came across the Albott tripod/monopod. The first thing I found interesting about it is the fact it included a monopod. The next thing I decided to do is read the reviews. Lastly I checked out a few more tripods before making my decision on the Albott.

This tripod looked appealing. It doesn’t have that ” I’m cheap look.” It weighs 3.63 lbs. , there is a 21″ – 70″ height range. One of the best features is the adjustable center column. Like myself it is a big deal, because my other tripods doesn’t have this feature. The countless doors I’ve had to go through without the center column.

There are so many choices in a tripod.  There are two brands in the photography world that seem to be popular. In fact I thought I’d  end up purchasing the Manfrotto or the Vanguard.  The Gitzo, came to mind, but  I don’t know anyone that owns a Gitzo.  Therefore, I’d purchase it blindly based on the brand and the fact it’s known as the Ferrari of tripods.

Buying a cheap tripod doesn’t always mean you’ve made a bad purchase. Although high end brands matter. Many stand by their name. However, high end doesn’t always mean the best choice. If you plan to use your tripod regularly, then you should base it on quality, features, reputation of the company, price and brand.  The brand can fall into the reputation . Such as when purchasing an Apple product; the name alone will prompt you to buy, because of the reputation of the company. I would more than likely buy.  The price should be the last thought. You may be able to afford an expensive tripod, but you hate it.

Are you in the market for an awesome tripod? What do you think about the Albott?  Were you surprised about the price?

Who I am and Why I’m Here.

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, with both of my biological parents. I have two brothers  that are younger than I am. Yet somehow I’m still considered the baby. May be because I’m female. Yes, I think that’s what one of my brothers told me.

At the age of nine years of age I grew up loving and fixated on a camera and it’s components. Not only did I want to learn how to shoot a 35mm film camera, I needed to know how the camera worked technically to create images. As a teen, I became the appointed family photographer . There wasn’t anything I wouldn’t shoot if I thought it would leave a piece of history.

Now that I’m older, not only do I want to photograph women, of all races, sizes and ages to promote self love.  I want to be more of a positive advocate for women.  In nearly all facets of my life I have experienced women with low self esteem and noticed how females aren’t as kind to one another as they should.  I want to be the face of self love and positiveness to all women.

You’ll find blogs regarding healthy eating, self love, beauty tips, product reviews and some lifestyle as well. Hopefully some of my blogs will reflect that I’m human and I share  challenges sometimes. I’m not just a face behind a computer. Vibe with me. Share and leave comments. I would love that.

While I enjoy blogging on various topics of interest. My main focus is the lovely women  over 40. When your a woman that’s over 40, you face new challenges in life. There’s how society views women over 40, health challenges and the desire to feel  accepted and  beautiful as your body changes.

Ageless Beauty: As We Get Older Our Skin Becomes Dry

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Drab To Fab Furniture

I love a good DIY. For me a DIY is one that is almost flawless . It has the look of being purchased straight off the shelf and ready.  I don’t do very many Do -it- yourself  projects. Well, I digress. Most of my DIY’s don’t make it to mainstream because they don’t usually pass my finicky inspection.

I was in the market for some nightstands for my bedroom. I looked at several online and found so many beautiful ones. I thought I wanted to try mirrored furniture. Considering I only have one piece of mirrored furniture in the entire house. let me put this out here, I think anything can be over done. I don’t want to go nuts with too many mirrored pieces. However, I think I can stand for a bit more.

For the life of me, I don’t know why I decided to hack a nightstand in lieu of purchasing one to my liking. Perhaps I was in the Martha Stewart mood the day I went to Ikea. Side note: Some people call me a the brown Martha Stewart. Hehehe …oh That wasn’t funny.  Sorry, back to the subject at hand. I went down to or up to Ikea and bought the Rast Chest. It’s a three drawer chest and I felt like it is taller than the average nightstands I see in some  furniture stores. I don’t know what the heck furniture makers are thinking when they create little doll house nightstands for grown people. I’m grown! I need storage next to me my bed. I nearly bought a buffet to go next to my bed, because the doll house nightstands are working out. For now I’ll try this chest near my bed. I’ll see how I feel about it in a few months. If not, I’ll purchase something larger.

It was relaxing to put together. I painted it and look at how it went from drab to fab. Watch the video and tell me what you think. Did I do good girl? Until next time. Stay beautiful!chest2

 

We Have a Love Hate Relationship.

Have you ever loved something so much, you couldn’t dream of being without it? What about the old saying, “All that looks good isn’t good for you?’ Such a cliche, but I hate to tell you it’s true.

Why is the world so full of things that aren’t good for us, God?  Yeah I’m talking to you, but make it known I’m not yelling at you. You’re the almighty.  It’s frustrating to say the least. You allow others to make so many guilty pleasures and the we have to make a choice. Think of the outcome. It sounds to much like life. We have choices; to either choose door number 1 or door number 2.  Besides life is what you make of it. Right?

It’s been nearly three weeks since I’ve been clean. I walk pass them all of the time, sometimes I contemplate having them in my life just one more time. My mind tells me it will not hurt, but my blood says , no. I can think better, have more control and I am worrying less about my well being. Sure, it makes me feel good for the moment.  That’s what hurts so good. No more hiding and indulging with you.  I have comfort and control on a dreary night.  No more  guilt, I’m no longer sluggish and my body doesn’t has to work harder to eliminate it.  I owe my kidneys an apology.

I love you, but I can’t keep doing this to myself.  The longterm affect isn’t worth the doctor visits. When I see you, often times I opt to go the other way. Everything that looks  good isn’t good. I’m sorry but I can’t …

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What is This Magical Light?

It’s not anything new to beauty influencers – meaning Youtubers and Instagrammers , who use the magical light religiously. In fact they swear  on their mothers red velvet cake it’s the holy grail of all white lights.

The Diva Ring Light is a beautiful lighting system. It is used by many fashion bloggers, photographers, videographers and beauty influencers . I’m careful to boast about any video or photographic equipment too soon, because sometimes the hype isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.  The ring light has passed my inspection. Before going on with this review. I must add that natural light is the most pleasant light. It should be your first option when possible.

There are many types of lighting styles, but my favorite is beauty lighting. The Diva ring lights provides that slightly over blown , even look, that enhances the faces and evens out dark spots and shadows.  It’s become very popular on Youtube with beauty influencers and the beautiful  catch lights tell it all!  I’d say the beauty community put this wonder light on the map.  In 2014, they were primarily sold to videographers and photographers  for editorials. Once vlogger, Judy Travis started using it, word got around about this magic light like a wild fire. Kylie Jenner uses it, she calls it her “favorite light forever.”  The DVE store sells about 300 of these lights a month to mainly beauty influencers on Youtube.

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Our First Thanksgiving Together

I’m so elated to bring you this blog! It took me a while to calm down and get my thoughts together. I’ve been pretty consistent with writing blogs , but so much has happened in the last few days. My birthday is this month, a day later was Thanksgiving and six days later was my wedding anniversary ! November is a busy month for me in deed.

Normally I make a big feast at home for thanksgiving and beg everyone  the rest of the week to please finish the leftovers. No matter how much I beg, It doesn’t work. I eat as much as my little body can handle  and the garbage can gets the rest. Each time I throw food in the trash, I can hear my Dads voice from heaven. ” Do you know there are people in the world starving, while you’re putting food in the garbage.” Not this time,Dad.  I did a great job this year.  I prepared enough food for one meal.

You’re not here to read about the small meal I made this year. You want to know where I went for the first time. Right? In my head, I can see you nodding in agreement. Well, my daughter has been dating this ” Mommy Approved Guy, “ for three years now . I finally met his family. I’ll tell you in different  blog  why it took so long to meet his family.

I didn’t actually meet them alone . I was accompanied by my wonderful husband and son. We were greeted with open arms. They all felt they knew us, because my daughter talks about us  and she shows pictures and videos of us all of the time.  It was at least 15 of us in the house between the two families. Everyone was chatting amongst one another while, my son – in – law -to be’s mother,   was  prepping the food. Everything was already cooked and she had everything looking scrumptious and gorgeous . As a Mom I wanted to help, but I was forewarned that she doesn’t allow anyone  to help. It was tough for me to watch her do everything alone; but I managed by holding a baby. This kept my hands busy for a while.

As we all gathered in the kitchen in a circle, we all held hands and said a prayer before eating. Then we proceeded to the dining room to a beautifully decorated dining table with such lovely dinnerware. The ambience was perfect.  Candles were lit and it was so cozy.   It was amazing to see all of the smiling faces at the table from the youngest to the oldest. The joy’s of watching  families form. All because of our children deciding to get together. My Dad would be so proud of his granddaughter.

It isn’t like me to miss out on capturing moments on camera . Then again I wasn’t sure how anyone would feel with me creating photos. In lieu of  possibly making anyone uncomfortable  I decided to enjoy the conversations that were so easily developed. No one seemed as if they were forcing themselves to get to know one another. We talked about our favorite actors and movies we’ve watched; while the youngsters taught us about snapchat.

Here is a sneak peek from a video my daughter shot.Daralynn

I’ll always remember this day. It was very special because it’s the new chapter to my daughter’s life. It’s the possibility of extending our family. Hopefully  we’ll see one another more often. The little one’s have already grown attached to me and have invited me to their soccer games. I’ve always been a child magnet.  Here is our video .

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton: Is It Worth It?

Louis Vuitton is it  worth the hype? This is such an age old question. Should you invest in a genuine Louis Vuitton bag?

Moving right along to the popular  LV monogram speedy.  A luxury piece historically made for Audrey Hepburn; has become the most well known luxury bag by the young and old.   If you’ve never heard of Louis Vuitton, You’ve definitely  been sleeping under a rock. It is an expensive piece, but not as expensive as Hermes or Chanel. Yet, it is the most sought after and most copied bag in the world by counterfeiters.

To the subject at hand. Is this bag worth the investment? It is a bag that readily goes up in price to attract more high end customers. It holds it’s value and never ever goes out of style. Some of you may know someone whose owned a LV speedy since the late  80’s; It’s likely to be in remarkable shape. The older it gets the more history, character it has and  more in demand due to it’s history.  Through the years the bag has slight subtleties. Yet it has always been constructed with canvas and leather  material. The canvas gives some people heartburn. Not enough to bring sells to a halt.  More often than not it is admired as the bag of a certain social status. Yet counterfeiters continue to infringe on the copyright and brand.

The LV speedy continues to be one of the fastest-selling luxury pieces. The speedy remains popular due to its high demand. I mean look at it! The canvas leather is strikingly sturdy and can handle a good beating through the hustle and bustle of busy stay at home moms or corporate  moms. The diapers, wipes, phones, calendars or whatever you carry, will get swallowed in the speedy. Often times I have lost things in mine. I look several times and to only find out it’s in the bag.

Final Thoughts:

The bag is only worth it, if you think it is. I was proud to get mine and I thought it was worth it.

Is it worth it?
Photo by: Daralynn Lett Please do not remove watermark from this photo.

A Pop Of Color For Your Christmas Tablescape.

untitled-4793-1.jpgI can’t believe it, my favorite time of the year is finally here! I hate being hot, washed out, sticky with my red cheeks from the heat. Yes, my cheeks get red, because I have skin problems.

That’s not why you’re here today. You want to see my setup for Christmas. Right? Well here is a sneak peak. I’m probably not finished with this setting. However the color scheme is going to remain.  I kept the neutral and gold tones. I use wine colored napkin rings from Pier1 Imports  to bring a bit of interest to the eyes. This is an  obtainable table setting.  Remember to use colors that would look great in any section of your home. If I removed the reindeers and placed them in the entry , the coffee table or even the bathroom counter it would look amazing! Be cognizant of that as you shop for your Christmas decor.

Tip: Purchase a few decor pieces each year to keep your style current and  add to your collection. Never buy on impulse. Write down your decorating ideas before you go shopping. 

Don’t forget to check out my Christmas Glam Tablescape on Youtube.

I wish you all a wonderful season. I know I’m a bit early, but I’m ready to get this decor ball rolling. I forgot about Thanksgiving… oops!!!

Fall Tablescape 2017: Fabulous Earth tones

spoon.jpgI love everything about fall! It’s my favorite time of the year.  To welcome fall I started with my tablescape. I went with earth tones. It may not look like much, but the gold, beige tones look amazing together. Using earth tones can be easily converted to another table scheme. untitled-4759-1.jpgI used dishes from Home Goods with a different  design to add interest to the table. The subtle pop of color would enhance a Christmas tablescape. Make sure you follow my blog to see what I have in store for Christmas . The place setting is from Bed Bath & Beyond . untitled-4760-1.jpgThe  beaded table liner is from Home Goodsuntitled-4753-1.jpgMix the designs as you see here with the soup bowl. It doesn’t have to match but it should work well together. untitled-4756-1.jpgThe Victoria Stemware is from Z Gallerie. I fell in love with the gold and crystal detailing. The rem of the glass is trimmed in gold, which  adds balance to the overall design . Think of this lightweight glassware as jewelry on the table. If you hate doing the dishes you may not want to purchase this glassware. Due to it’s crystal detailing it’s strongly recommended that you hand wash only. turkey.jpgThe ceramic turkey is from Home Goods.

 

It’s all about the details. Give your table a bit of your personality and style. If you use mainly neutrals you’ll see how easily this can change to a different decor scheme without breaking the bank.  You’ll get more use from your decor pieces, because it will match anything in the house no matter where you move it. Be sure to follow me to receive notifications whenever there is a new blog post. If you’ve been following my blog, I really want to thank you.  Be sure to follow me to see my tablescape on  Youtube.