Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Weekend

Hello hello! What a weekend it was, and I feel like this week (actually, this month!)  is not slowing down whatsoever. 
Friday night we had our yearly friends Halloween party. Last year it was a murder mystery! This year it was just a good old fashion party. My friend Hilarie hosts it every year but we all contribute equally. There were eighteen of us this year because people keep getting married and reproducing! Haha!

Can anyone guess what Mark was? I think his cute Japanese face was throwing people off..

 If you follow me on snapchat you know that after much trial and tribulation I decided to go without bunny whiskers for Judy Hopps. I think it was fine.

 Very cool and spooky table decor!
I love that the skeleton looks like he is smiling 
Mark made this Caramel Apple Pecan Pie and it WON the pie contest! He is the best and I really want more of it, we only came home with a small piece left and I was kind of sad.

Saturday was a busy day full of me going into full nesting mode before winter sets in. I cleaned out every closet and cupboard which led to D.I runs and reorganizing the entire house. Then I decided to give my car a really good clean, leading to an empty trunk for the first time in over a year! Wahoo! Then we fixed my phone I cracked, ugh! The Apple store was so unorganized and annoying and I was already in a bad mood for being an idiot and cracking my phone. 
BUT! After all that we went to Superhero night at Abravanel Hall. The Utah Symphony did such an awesome job! We went to their movie score night at Deer Valley this summer and it was lovely. We definitely are going to go again!
This was the only picture I took because we can't seem to park downtown without getting in a huge fight and taking a picture together was not gonna happen. :) #reallife

Sunday was mostly a lazy day. I spent a majority of the day cleaning the mess I made organizing our apartment (how does that work...?) and the other half watching Project Runway and carving this total Pinterest Fail.

This honestly took me like two and a half hours. It was supposed to look like this...
and it turned out like this! Why does this always happen to me...

Speaking of Pinterest fails, I will be at Pinners Conference this weekend in Salt Lake City! I went a few years ago with my Mom and it was really fun to have a girls day. I am pretty excited for the make and take craft stations with bloggers I have been following forever leading the classes. I will also be attending the photoshop class and hopefully learning some skills that can edit photos, like taking out our weird concrete stains from the photo above.... :) 
Anyway, there are usually cute little shopping boutiques there as well.
If you want to come say hi to me, there are tickets here! I believe when you first go to the website a small box pops up with a discount code. 

Tonight we are deciding between playing our favorite game that is perfect for Halloween, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, or going to Rocky Horror. We'll see!
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

wedding season

Hopping on timehop this morning I saw that this time last year I was recovering from a weekend literally bursting with weddings, and this past weekend was no different. 

One of the weddings I attended was to celebrate a great friend and her new husband! I met the bride in elementary school and we've been friends ever since. Their wedding was beyond words beautiful. If I had known about this location when I got married, things would have been SO DIFFERENT. The vineyard was so pretty. 

Mark was at Desert Trip in California so I was solo. It was rough.

I'm telling you, beautiful location. Literally a castle. 

 You can see my dress a little better here, but I found a new brand i'm in love with. I purchased from them a few years ago but they have since expanded their plus size collection. I linked my dress at the bottom of this post. It has got lace panels and it's a bell sleeve with those little ties on the chest that are popular right now. Plus it's a swing dress which is so comfy! I'm obsessed and want to wear it literally everywhere.

 We got a little too carried away with their exit! 
It was such a fun night laughing with old friends! 

The other wedding was also at a  gorgeous location, Snowbird! All of the seasons were represented!
A friend from high school and the sorority world got married and it was one of the fanciest and classiest weddings i've ever attended! Also I didn't know what to do with myself at an open bar so I downed dr pepper and virgin daiquiris! 

Anyway, it was such a pretty weekend! It was pretty rough celebrating love and not having the one I love with me! I was sure glad he came back safe and sound.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

lash tips

You guys, i'm finally ready to talk about my serious false lashes. 
I have used strip lashes for years and years. I don't wear them every day,  because I actually have really nice real lashes, long and thick,  but I just feel way better about myself when I have falsies on. I have gotten glue in my eyeballs, have had lashes fall off at embarrassing times and have cut my real lashes off while trying to trim my strip lashes...while they were stuck to my eye (duh). Recently I have just tried to come to terms with my natural lashes. 

About two years ago, I got eyelash extensions. I was very unhappy with them. They were not voluminous, my actual lashes looked way better, and I felt the girl who did them purposefully did them badly so I would have to come in for a fill more often. It also took more than three hours to apply, and I felt like if I was doing them to save time, that made no sense. So I did all the things you aren't supposed to do with lashes so that they would fall off. 

When I had the opportunity to get eyelash extensions again in exchange for a review, I was hesitant, but I decided if I was going to try them again, this was the opportunity to do so. 
Star Lash Studio is located in Murray, down the street from my parent's house. They also have a location in South Towne mall. This was super ideal because my last lash person was located very far from me and I had to drive over an hour to get there. 
I went to the Murray location, which is across from Fashion Place Mall right next to Uptown Cheapskate, another favorite stop of mine.

It's small inside, but it's cozy. The beds that you lay down on are super comfortable. It took about an hour and a half for my lashes to be done. You just lay there and relax while they glue synthetic lashes to your real lashes. It doesn't hurt. 

Before you get your lashes done, 1-2 days before, I would ask your technician for an allergy test. Basically, they will swatch the glue on your hand before putting it near your eye. This is crucial. I have heard total horror stories about people having allergic reactions to the glue. 
After your patch test is all good and before your appointment, I would recommend eating a good meal and drinking a lot of water, but stop drinking about an hour before so you don't have to use the restroom. I've never had to use the restroom while getting my lashes done, but i'm not sure how well that would work out. I also get super dizzy while getting my lashes done because you are laying down for hours and you aren't sleeping, but being hydrated helps a ton.
Come to your appointment with a clean face, no eye makeup. I would even say no makeup, because the technician is all up in your face and it would just be easier for you to have nothing on. In fact, I would shower completely before your appointment, because you have to avoid water afterward. 
I always apply chapstick (or in my case, LipSense gloss) before your appointment. My lips got super dry my first time because you are talking to your technician but not drinking water.
After your appointment, avoid water for 24-48 hours. 
Avoid rubbing your eyes. If you rub your eyes, your lashes will fall out five times quicker. 
Try to sleep on your back, or at least try to not smash your face into your pillow.
They will give you a little brush for your lashes, avoid over brushing. If they look good, just leave em! 

My lashes can go 3-4 weeks in between fills. Fills are usually about half the price of the original set and take about half the time. A girl came in for a fill after I had started my set and left way before I was finished.
If you live in the Salt Lake area, I would really recommend Star Lash. If you don't, do your research! Look at Yelp, Facebook, Instagram and try to spot any red flags like people getting infections. Unless you know the person, I would not recommend getting them done out of people's home unless they can provide legitimate proof of where they were trained. There are a lot of people that weren't trained properly and can really make some problems for your eyes.

I'm in LOVE with my eyelashes. This morning I got up, drew my eyebrows on, threw on some Lipsense and walked out the door! I felt so put together and I got ready in half the time. 

Thanks to Star Lash for making me feel glam! 
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