Wedding Tips & Tools!

Oh, the joys of wedding planning! Henry and I have had a longer engagement due to when our venue was available, which has been a blessing and a curse at the same time! All this waiting lets you second guess every decision but it also allows you to do your research.

With this whole wedding planning, I have found some tools or helpful hints that I wanted to share with you whether you're in the process, or it's your turn soon.

I'm sure other brides could help chime in on this post and help us all out! 

1 - The Knot: Of course this site has a lot of different things that you could need.  Help with guest list, so many advice blogs, websites and a budget.  My favorite thing I use them for is the budget.  First, you set your budget and it automatically fills in the rest.  You can add your vendors and the price.  I think this is the best tool for the budget.  There is also the wedding wire but I found The Knot to be more accurate. 
2 - Zola: When you go to register some of the stores will have to tell you based on your guest how many gifts you should have in different price breakouts.  For example 10 in $50 and under 20 in $100 range and 20 $100 +.  ( I totally made that up please don't listen to that!) But its really helpful to make sure that you have enough for showers and the wedding.  And since I'm cheap I keep putting way too much in the $50 and under so it helps to keep me in check.
3 - Crate & Barrel: Speaking of registry Crate & Barrel does this really awesome thing where they host events before the store even opens and its just for engaged couples creating their registry.  When we went the employees were so helpful.  They didn't bother you but they also help us with setting a table and really visualizing this.  I liked how hands-off they were because you didn't feel pressured but they were ready to jump in and were so informative. 
4 - Your Vendors: If you have any questions or are thinking about certain ideas, ask your vendors! They are the pros and can help you with making your vision come alive as seamlessly as possible! 
5 - Wedding planner 101: My friend and day of planner Heidi of 44th & Luxe Events has a great blog on her website that is filled with tips.  I love these Wednesday post because I save them and use the tips for when it applies to something I'm working on.
6. Tip Tuesday: A wedding photographer in my creative group Amanda Donaho Photography has a great Instagram story where on Tuesday she shares a tip and really explains it.  I feel like sometimes people give you tips but they don't explain why so sometimes the advice seems useless.  one of my favorite tips recently is about placing some tape at the altar so that you are centered for photos! I've made a mental note and will for sure use that! Here's her Instagram.
7. Addressing Save The Dates: So we used Minted for our save the dates and there are awesome calligraphers out there don't get me wrong.  But I liked the Minted for a more modern look and if you got a 5x7 save the date they addressed the envelopes for you!! This was such a time/money saver.  And it made the envelopes look so nice and professional!

We also got this stamp made for our return address, which also helped but I will say I had trouble with the ink drying. 

For the timeline, I used The Knot but I really found it not helpful.  for example, we got engaged in April and our wedding is in this coming November.  The Knot told us to get engaged in August, umm well that already happened that why I'm here! Some of the vendors I wanted I booked right away because I knew I wanted them.  If I follow The Knot I wouldn't have booked them for months and they could have been taken.

So I believe if you have something in mind GO FOR IT! And The Knot can help with other things.

THE HONEYMOON - YAY! So Henry and I haven't had much practice planning vacations we have always done really quick trips so planning a vacation from scratch is a little overwhelming for us and one thing that really helped was going to AAA and talking to a travel agent.  They had a lot of helpful information and helped steer us in the right direction.  Also if we book with them they will help save us a lot of money! 

I hope some of these were helpful, I of course browser on Pinterest a lot and read a lot of blogs.  The closer I get to the date the more information Im sure I will have to share! 

New Hair Products Review

Hi Guys! So coming out of winter that feels like it has never been ending I have been very focused on my skin care and keeping it hydrated but I forgot about my hair and it needs some serious TLC.  So I recently purchased some new products and I wanted to tell you what I loved and what I didn't! 

REMEMBER WHEN SHOPPING: Use Ebates for cash back and coupons! Honey is a great back up when Ebates doesn't work on the site. 

Recent Haul: 

I have really been liking the DryBar Brand recently, I know that they are a little pricey but I think they are worth it and better than Living Proof I think. 

This mask was just what my hair needed, I loved that I could just do it in the shower.  No mess and fuzz and it really helped to replenish my hair! 

Okay, so this hair towel.  A hair towel like this is supposed to help your hair to not only dry but also cause a lot less breakage.  When you put your hair up in a towel its rough on your hair and can damage it.  I have heard using an old t-shirt is softer.  But I found that those got soaked quickly and then my hair isn't drying because it's just sitting in something wet so I thought I'd give the hair towel a try. UPDATE! I think that this towel really dried out my hair and I have lost a lot of moisture with it.  When I stopped using it I got a lot of my softness back.

First off, I just had the texture of it, it's not soft it's a little scratchy and something I get weird about the feel of things and this is just one I really don't like.  Also, I got the "long" towel and I wouldn't say my hair is THAT long.  If you had longer hair I'm not sure if it would be long enough for you.  It definitely does its job of soaking up water and probably more than anything else.  But your hair is still sitting in cold water.  I think it does cut down on time and absorbs more but I'm not sure its worth the $30. 

Not your Mother's Blow Dry Spray - I haven't really seen a difference if it cuts down on time but I like the smell of it and that its a heat protectant. 

These hair ties are supposed to be great dow not causing bends in your hair and being a little bit gentler on them.  Although I don't think they prevent your hair pulling or snagging they do leave a dent.  I wanted to wear them for when I went to bed but I think they are still a little rough.  So I'm pretty indifferent to them

Tangle Teezer - I've seen this thing for years and have always wanted to try.  It for sure works on wet hair like a breeze.  I wouldn't really recommend it for dry hair.  Although it works I feel like it can be rough and never feels like it fully goes through all my hair. 

Prep Rally - I got this as a sample and I love it.  I want to get a large size. I love the smell and actually think it helps my hair to dry faster when I'm blow drying it.  It adds moisture without weighing it down. 

I'm excited to try some new products.  I want to help my blonde really get blonde this summer while keeping it healthy and strong since the wedding is around the corner! 

What do you recommend? I'd love to know! 

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KL Polish Review #2

So I have always loved following makeup YouTubers and although I have been following them a little less lately one I really liked was Kathleen Lights and she came out with a nail polish last year, its called KL Polish. I bought two colors last year called Coconut Milk and Hug n Roll.  The nail polishes I received were shattered but I was quickly sent a replacement! Something I don't blame them but the post office.  I really liked the formula, packaging, and colors so I thought I'd give it another try.  

So here are the colors I purchased; Graham, Pinky, Dreamboy and Miss Honey.

My initial thoughts: Well you know me I got all these nail polishes and put them all on one hand immediately.  And putting them all next to each other wasn't the prettiest thing I could have done. 

At least I LOVED Pinky.  I am looking for a subdued pink for my wedding and I think this may be perfect.  Dreamboy is a perfect spring/summer color and a lot different than Hug n Roll.  It changes based on what its compared to and can look more blue or more purple.  I love the versatitiy.

I wasn't so certain on Graham, I was looking for a gray and KL polish has a few, I thought this one would be perfect for my lighter skin tone.  I am currently wearing it and I love it.  It was just compared with all the other colors I wasn't certain.  Its a perfect grey without being overpowering. 

I wasn't sure about Miss Honey, it looked a lot more terracotta than I was expecting.  I think it because my skin is so pale right now that I will be stunning with more of tan.  

Here are photos I got from their website on different skin tones so you can see.

Overall: I still love the nail polish.  The packaging is great,  I will say my dream boy wand is missing a few bristles but I'm working with customer service now to get it fixed. UPDATE: They wont give me a replacement because they cant see damage to the wand even though it is missing bristles. Im bummed because its hard to use but still useable. 

The formula is great, its made without a lot of toxins which is of course awesome.  And last for a really long time without chipping and I use no base or top coat! 

I'd recommend thin layers like the website says but its very buildable.  I really like this nail polish and highly recommend it, just wish it were in stores!

So do you have your eyes on any of the colors?

This post is not sponsor, all thoughts are my own and products were purchased.