Summer Fashion!

Hi, everyone! As you know, I’ve been quite busy, but I thought I would take a chance to blog a little bit about the beginning of summer! Technically, summer does not start until June, but it’s been so beautiful and warm that it feels like summer already!

So, let’s talk about cute, summer fashion, especially for semi formal things like interviews! Many people struggle finding the right outfit to wear to an interview that also doesn’t cause them to overheat. Blazers and dress pants are not appropriate for the weather, but then, short shorts and tank tops are not appropriate for meeting potential bosses either.

A pretty, flowy skirt or dress tends to answer all of these problems. Modcloth has a ton of pretty summer dresses that are appropriate for interviews, and paired with nice gladiator sandals or flats and you are set!Image

 

Licorice Kissed Dress at Modcloth

Skirts are a great idea as well. Loose skirts that go just a little above your knee are perfectly appropriate and won’t cause you to overheat. Urban Outfitters sells a lot of these for not that much money.

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With skirts like these, a plain, short-sleeved top in a light material tucked in is the way to go.

Summer is no excuse to not dress well, and I hope this has given you some ideas!

Have an AH!MAAAZING day!

 

Tip Tuesday – Trying a Vegan Diet

Being a vegan is hard work. And, really, I admire people who can do it, as long as they aren’t pretentious about it and try to make you feel bad because you eat meat. Love meat and fish too! There are many people who start going vegan a few months before their weddings, thinking it is healthier than a diet but will still help you lose weight. Here are some tips for going vegan no matter how short or long-term:

1. You can’t get all of your nutrients from just veggies alone. You’ll need to take supplements like B12 and iron or else you’ll feel tired and listless.

2. YOU STILL NEED PROTEIN. Going vegan does not mean protein is optional. We, as humans, need it to survive. Eat beans or quinoa or lentils to get it.

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3. Don’t eat too much soy. Soy is not as good for you as everyone makes you think. Go easy on the soy-based meat because in the long run it tends to be worse for you than real meat.

4. Don’t just quit meat cold turkey. It’s like quitting anything–your body isn’t used to it and it takes time.

5. Don’t push your veganism on others. If they ask you why you are vegan, carefully frame your answer to just fall on your thoughts, and don’t put on a judgmental air. That never goes down well.

6. It’s a healthier option to losing weight and feeling great!

If you  manage to be a vegan for even just a month, props to you! It’s a lot longer than some of the people I’ve met. And if you don’t–that’s also okay. Do what feels right for your body and as always try to mix up with meal plans with smoothies and yummy salads too!

Wedding Cakes!

Who here doesn’t love cake? It’s sweet, comes in so many different flavors, and is a staple in weddings! My favorite thing about cakes, besides the taste, is how they can be works of art. Wedding cakes can be so extravagant and beautiful that you almost don’t want to eat them. Here’s my favorite wedding cakes based on design alone:

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Look at this delicious thing! Perhaps not the most fancy wedding cake, but it looks mouthwatering, with the melted chocolate dripping onto strawberries and the fluffy vanilla icing. I’d love to take a bite out of that!

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Simple in color scheme but elegant in design, look at the delicate way the icing is formed to create the essence of roses. It would be almost a shame to cut this one up!

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“And they lived happily ever after.” Perfect for a fairy tale themed wedding, it even has the castle at the top and beautiful pearl accents. I would consider eating this one a good omen for a happily ever after marriage!

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Now, this is an elaborate cake. The gold trim and the winding beautiful leaves give it an earthy, nature feel, perhaps suited for a more Bohemian wedding. Again, it is almost too beautiful to cut up and eat (though that would not stop me).

forest wedding cake, photo by Arina B Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenery-filled-wedding-ideas #weddingcake #cakes

Isn’t this cake adorable? It uses greenery from nature and the nest and eggs bring to mind that weddings represents new beginnings and births! It’s a small and simple cake, but there is something to be said for small and simple.

There are many, many more cake designs than just these. I just thought I would show a few examples. Tell me, what’s your dream wedding cake? Let me know!

Tip Tuesday – On Wedding Jitters

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If you’re feeling sick to your stomach, a little queasy, and a lump in your throat as your wedding day gets closer and closer, don’t worry. You aren’t the only one. Wedding jitters can be a sign of some deeper problem, but, if you love your guy (or girl) and you’re sure you want to spend the rest of your life with them, it could just indicate general anxiety and nervousness. Here’s what you can do to fix it:

  • Talk! Seriously, find your best friend, or your future husband or wife, and discuss this with them! Even if you have no idea why you’re nervous, just talking to someone can help you get to the bottom of it.
  • Carefully look at the way your wedding is planned. Do you hate being the center of attention? Change the set up so you don’t have to walk down the isle. Your wedding doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s. 
  • Honestly, give yourself a day off. Soak in a hot bath, see a movie, read a book. Take a break before jumping back in. I promise you’ll feel much better.
  • If none of these work, you might have to take a deeper look at yourself and your relationship because their might be something legitimately wrong. Are you two honest with each other? Is their tension? Do you know what from? Just some questions you should ask yourself

 

Weddings are stressful but try to remember that you want this. If you’re getting married, you want to spend the rest of your life with this person. Remember that, and breathe, and everything should be okay. 

Throwback Thursday

Today, I want to take the time to remember some of the beautiful couples I’ve taken pictures of in the last year. Throwback to those wonderful people!

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Kimberly and Sartre

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Vivian and Nick

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Emily and Peter

Look at this group of beautiful people! If you’re getting married, or engaged, just remember that it isn’t all about the hard work of getting it to run smoothly. Remember to enjoy your time with the person you will be spending the rest of your life with! Just live and love and laugh.

Tip Tuesday – Wedding Dresses

It’s almost spring! The weather is starting to get warmer, the sky blue and clear, and it’s even possible to go outside just wearing a light jacket! I thought it would never come.

And springtime means weddings! It’s no surprise that spring is the most popular season to get married. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and the flowers are blooming. Winter is over and everyone feels fresh and ready to spend time outside. So, as a bride, you want a great dress! I mean, who doesn’t after all? But what’s your theme? What’s your style? Do you like vintage, fairy tale, bohemian, beachy? Here are just a few of my favorites.

Vintage

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This is a beautiful classic wedding dress with simple, clean lines and a train. It’s the perfect dress for an old-timey wedding where you want to feel like the most gorgeous dame there.

Available on Etsy by SL Vintage.

Fairy Tale

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Isn’t this just the most Disney dress you’ve ever seen? Wearing this should make you feel like a princess, like Cinderella marrying her Prince, Look at the fairy tale poof and the pattern in the tulle. Who wouldn’t want to get married feeling like it’s a dream come true?

Available at DHgate.com.

Bohemian

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This dress makes me think of a wedding in your backyard next to the woods, a small, intimate gathering where no one wears heels and after the wedding everyone kicks off their shoes and laughs while walking in the grass. If you’re the type where that sounds appealing, this dress is the one for you.

Designed by Tracy Reese.

Beachy

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I like this dress because of the different lengths. If you’re having a beach wedding, sometimes the full length dress is hard to walk with in the sand. I know I’m not the most graceful when it comes to wearing something long when I’m walking on a surface that sinks. That’s what makes this dress so perfect. The back still trails, beautiful and elegant, but the front is shorter, making it easy to walk. No embarrassing falls here!

Available on weddingdress.com

These are just a few of the many many choices of wedding dresses out there. You can find a dress for any body type, and for any style, and really, you don’t even have to wear a white one. Your wedding is exactly what you want it to be, but it’s always nice to have a little help.

Tip Tuesday – Books to Read

For today’s blog post, I’m going to recommend a list of books! Call them tips on what to buy next for your Kindle or at your local bookstore. 

  • This is How You Lose Her - Junot Diaz. This gorgeously written book is the third of Diaz’s work. You  may have heard of his first book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Pulitzer prize winner. In this book, Diaz keeps the same style, the informal second person with the bits of Spanish thrown in. This book is about a man who keeps serial cheating his way through girls, and somehow Diaz manages to write a sexist character but not a sexist book. Check it out!

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  • Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller. This book is also beautifully written. It is a take on the legend of Achilles, narrated by Patroclus, his very close companion. It is a tale of love and sadness, and the ending is heartbreaking but so incredibly well done. 

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  • Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus - edited by Matthew Cassel, Layla Al-Zubaidi, Nemonie Craven Roderick. These are firsthand accounts from the revolutions in the Middle East. From Cairo to Syria, the writers risk death to give us these perspectives on what’s going on over there. It opens your mind to many issues in the way we learn about the Middle East, and it is very readable. 

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There are many books out there that should be read, and these are just a few. If you have any book recommendations, let me know, and if you start reading these, let me know what you think!

Thursday -Treat Yoursef

If you don’t have a crockpot, what are you doing with your life? They’re the best kitchen accessory ever created. Throw in some ingredients and turn it on low, leave it cooking while you go about your business, and then when you get home, your meal is ready.

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Right now, I’m going to give you one of my favorite crockpot meals. It’s very easy, very healthy, and very, very good.

Ingredients

Boneless chicken breast
Can of salsa
Can of beans (can be any, but I prefer black)
Can of corn

Directions:

Throw the chicken, the whole can of beans, salsa, and corn, in at the same time. 

Turn it on low, and leave it for 6 hours. 

That’s it! It also tastes really good with rice and pasta, and you can replace the chicken with rabbit if you’d like. If placed in the fridge, the leftovers are still good for a couple of weeks. The mixture of salsa, beans, and corn, gives the otherwise bland chicken a rich, heady flavor, and if you’re feeling festive, you can get some tortillas (hard or soft) and make yourself some really good burritos.

Let me know if you try it, and if you have any other good crockpot recipes, comment them!

Tip Tuesday – Munchies

So, you’re trying to eat healthy, maybe lose a little weight. But you’re always so hungry. What do you do?

Well, you stock up on healthy snacks, of course!

Celery, carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, all of those are great snack food. And, if they’re too bland for you, hummus is a great dip to add some flavor. Roasted garlic and red pepper are big favorites, but even plain hummus adds more variety to veggies.

Some people crave salts, some crave sweets. 

Craving sweets? Stock up on fruit! Bananas are starchy, but they’re good breakfast foods or food to eat before exercise. Kiwis are a fun way to mix it up from the usual apples, pears and grapes, and pomegranates might be messy but they are so sweet and there are so many seeds that one pomegranate can tide you over until the next full meal.

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You can even get those dark chocolate covered fruits. Many of them have a serving size of a good handful, and they satisfy that sweet tooth right away.

Craving salt?

Nuts, nuts, nuts. Pistachios, lightly salted almonds, peanuts, all of those are healthy options to take the salt craving away. Baked chips and salsa are also a good snack, and they’re pretty filling, especially if you load up on the salsa.

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Really, even if you are trying to eat healthy, food doesn’t have to be the enemy. There are a lot of options out there for eating well, and pinterest and foodgawker have quite a few healthy recipe options. So don’t be afraid of food! Embrace the munchies!

Fun Friday

Today’s Friday! The end of what has probably been a stressful week. So, call some friends, go out to eat, go have fun! If you’ve been cooped up inside, had long hours of work, then kick off your heels and makeup and go see a movie. Go grab sushi!

Even if you’ve been trying to control your spending or anything else, just remember that you should always make sure to give yourself a break. You need to splurge on yourself! If you aren’t taking care of yourself, then how can you be expected to take care of others? While I’m not saying that you should be your first priority (I know mothers tend to disagree with that,) you should definitely be up there near the top.

So, like I said, grab some sushi. Go to Finn’s! It’s cheap and easy and the sushi and noodles are pretty good.

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Catch a movie! Veronica Mars is playing, for all of those who loved that show, and Gravity has been released again. One of my friends tells me that the one thing keeping her going through March is the fact that the new Captain America movie comes out at the beginning of April.

Go shopping! Check out Brandy Melville or Scotch and Soda. Buy yourself something pretty and fun.

Just…give yourself a day off. Everyone needs one.