If you’re a visual person like me then creating a wedding Pinterest board is an automatic must have.  I had a lot of concepts in my head but seeing it visually kept me inspired and organized. See below for some tips on how to create a Pinterest wedding board!

Just Start

Even if you don’t know the exact word to describe your wedding start pinning and eventually a theme will develop. Either a color pattern, a consistency in materials you like, etc. For example, I knew from the beginning that I wanted a lavender and ivory wedding. As I was pinning those things I noticed that all the pins I added to my board had rose gold accents. Eventually, I decided to incorporate rose gold in my overall wedding theme!

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Separate your boards

If you’ve been planning your wedding gradually then you know your wedding Pinterest board is probably a thousand pins long now. As you can see above mine is at a whopping 956 Pins. Once the ring is actually on your finger and the date is set things pick up really quickly and you won’t have time to find that one pin you liked a year ago. My suggestion is to break everything out. A wedding dress board, a flowers board, reception vs ceremony etc. You can make them as detailed as you want, just depends on your preference. I actually did not do this and now almost 2,000 pins later I wish I had. It would have taken me too much time to go back and separate everything out into its right board. I try my best to make mental notes, which brings me to my next point…

Comment on the photos you pin

This will come extremely handy later down the line (when your 1000 pins deep) and you can’t remember what specifically made you pin that photo. I used the comment option quite often for my wedding dresses board. I would see a dress that had the bustier I liked, or the train I wanted. I may not have liked the whole dress so I would use the comment section to notate which part I did like.

Add your friends

If you’ve picked your bridesmaids early like me (almost 3 weeks after my engagement) then make sure to add them to your Pinterest wedding board so that they can post pins that go along with your theme. Since every pinner has different recommendations they may see something that may not ever end up on your feed. My maid of honor is especially crafty so I plan on having her pin some DIY things she might be able to help me do. Or if you hate planning but one of your bridesmaids loves to plan you can have her get started with some ideas. It’s such an easy way to have everyone pitch in, especially for those that live far away.

There are a million things you can do with your Pinterest board, the options are really endless but these were just some things I personally did that made my process run a lot smoother.

 

 Hope they help!

 

Kierra Lee

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Let me start off by saying I NEVER shop like this. The most money I’ve spent at Sephora at one time has been $60. I’m what I like to call a cautious buyer. I read reviews, sample, buy the smallest version and then after I’ve worn and tested it for several months I finally buy the full size. So believe me when I say this is a tad bit out of character for me but nonetheless I’m really happy with everything I got!

Ps: grab a snack, this post is gonna be a long one. 

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Primers

  1. Too Faced Hangover Primer: I have dry skin, so this was a no brainier. I currently use the Smashbox hydrating primer but I’m always in need of more!
  2. MUFE Mattifying Primer: you’re probably thinking “didn’t she just say she has dry skin?”. I do but I still get a little oily in my t-zone. I like to use a mattifying primer for when I’m using heavy liquid foundations, or on days when I need my makeup to last me all day.
  3. Dior Everlasting Primer: I’ve never bought high-end makeup before, but this one was a must. It’s been on my mind ever since I sampled it months ago. My motto is if you’ve thought about it for longer than a week then it’s your due diligence to buy it!
  4. Tatcha Skin Mist: This is a YouTube made me buy it. I love dewy skin and I’ve heard this is the ultimate skin mist. The price tag was hefty but worth the buy.
  5. Smashbox Primer Water: Running low on my Mac Fix plus, so I thought I would try this in the meantime. Bought the travel version just in case I don’t like it.

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Foundations

  1. MUFE Ultra HD: As I’ve mentioned in this post I have a hard time finding my foundation shade. MUFE is known for its shade range, and Sephora color match sent me this way.
  2. Nars Velvet Matte Tint (returned): I ended up returning this item but for the short time that I had it, I loved it. Unfortunately, I don’t like foundations with SPF (the flashback kills me), so I swapped it out for MUFE ultra HD. I may repurchase it later but right now it’s too hard to tell what my summer shade would be.
  3. MUFE Duo Mat Powder: I haven’t found a good powder foundation in a while and I’ve heard good things about this one (again from YouTube). I’m lacking on powder brushes so I haven’t really used this yet, but the shade match is perfect!

Concealer

Sephora Concealer Palette: This is something I haven’t seen anyone raving about. In the midst of the color correcting hype, I think this may have flown under the radar. Either way I love it! Full review coming soon.

Eyeshadow

KVD Shade and Light Eye Palette: I’m a little late on the bandwagon with this one but it really wasn’t on my radar until a few days ago. I like KVD (since the days of her doing tattoos on reality tv) and when I can support her brand I do.

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Highlighters

  1. ABH That Glow: one can never have too many highlighters. I went into Sephora every day of the VIB sale and finally found this on the last day!
  2. Becca Champagne Pop: super late on picking this up but who can resist Becca highlighters. Officially the third in my collection!

Eyeliner

  1. Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner: I’ve heard this liner was the key to a good cat eye. Since I have yet to master it I’m hoping this liner will help.
  2. Tarteist Liner: This was sampled a while back and I loved the lasting power. The brush that they give you with the liner is amazing as well!

Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex: Just a re-purchase. Favorite mascara ever. I even asked the Sephora sales associate if there was another mascara she would choose and she said better than sex was hard to beat!

Perfume

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb: Since my dance with marc jacobs daisy was a bust, I wanted to go for a warmer scent. I bought this on a whim because the sign in front of it said best seller. So far I LOVE IT.

What did you buy during the Sephora VIB Sale? Do you have any of the above products?

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I am a sucker for luxury handbags. Some girls are obsessed with shoes, others jewelry, but I’m a designer handbag girl all the way. I’ve graduated from juicy couture daydreamer bag, to Michael Kors & Coach, and now on to Chloe, Celine & LV. I actually have to limit myself on how many handbags I can buy a year, otherwise my obsession can get out of control. I’m soon going to be a wifey and my husband to be does not support my luxury handbag habit ( tear). I have to be selective about which ones actually make it from wish list to wardrobe!. Here’s a few I’ve had my eyes on!

Chloe Marcie Crossbody $795

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This little handbag popped into my life roughly 2 years ago, around the same time I became obsessed with my Celine sunglasses. I love the boho vibe of it and the fact that it comes in 3 different sizes. I’m very minimal when it comes to shopping so the small size would suffice for me. I’ve had my eye on the beige and gray, but I’ve also seen a burgundy color pop up during fall that looks gorgeous!

Chloe Paraty $1,990

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I just can’t get enough of this bag. I normally don’t like hobos but I think this has the perfect amount of slouch. The detailing is so unique to anything I’ve ever seen and the size of it would make for an easy work or travel bag. I don’t carry a lot with me as mentioned above but on days when I do have to pack a lot, a bag this size is perfect. I’m digging the navy color!

Chloe Drew $1,850

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This one is fairly new to the list mainly because I felt like the Chloe Marcie would satisfy my crossbody needs. However, this has such a luxury feel that it would be amazing for a dinner date or night on the town. The hardware was utterly eye catching and would be a great spice up to my casual collection.

Givenchy Antigona $2,435

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Oh my gosh where do I even start with this handbag!  It’s been out for years and I’ve never given it the time of day. The price tag is hefty (starting at a whopping $2300) but it screams luxury to me. It comes in pebbled or smooth leather and I love the smooth version in a black. I can’t quite figure out what I would use it for since I feel like it’s too fancy for an everyday bag, but it would definitely be a fun “pick me up purchase” for days when I want to feel plush.

Do I sound like a crazy bag lady yet? 

Dooney & Burke Florentine $398

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This is an oldie but goodie. When I was working in college my coworker had this bag and I fell in love with the velvet interior. On my scale of luxury Dooney & Burke doesn’t do it for me, but this bag has a special place in my heart. It’s affordable -in comparison to everything listed above- and the leather exterior makes it durable enough to use for work everyday. It also comes with a long strap so I can use it in my favorite way….as a crossbody. Extremely helpful during cold windy winters in SF when you want something that’s hands-free!

Whelp this post could go on for days but I figured I would end it here. Stay tuned to see which one of these gorgeous bags comes home with me!

Do you have any of the above? Which one is your favorite?

 

Kierra Lee

 

 

 

 

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Most girls wait months to decide who their bridesmaids are but for this bride-to-be it was one of the first things I did. I read a post the other day that said you need to decide what kind of bride you’re going to be; the one who does all the planning herself and mainly needs the bridesmaids the day of the wedding, or someone who needs a helping hand every step of the way. You can guess which one I am….the latter. My job has gotten increasingly overwhelming, the blog has really taken off and my weekends are slammed with events and/or errands. Literally every moment of my day is busy so I knew immediately that I was going to need extra help.

I started off wanting to do boxes for all the girls; filled with inside jokes, pictures, and other personalized gifts; but with 6 bridesmaids the price was quickly climbing. If everybody had something different then buying things in sets of 4 or pre-packed goods wouldn’t work. So I readjusted to a smaller more detailed option. I hate junk a.k.a those cute binder clips that are the color of the wedding but would never realistically be used, and I knew those were not the types of gifts I wanted to give. I wanted the gifts to be meaningful and related to the wedding. Starting point was my wedding colors: rose gold, lavender and white. From there I was able to come up with a theme and parameters around what I wanted to buy. Total budget was $100.

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The Bag

This was a total score from Target. I started off wanting to purchase wooden boxes from Michaels and painting them lavender, but again the cost of each box for 6 girls was pricey. Plus I don’t own any arts and crafts materials at home so everything would have been bought brand new. I decided to go to Target and see if I could find something pre-made and walllah! There was this amazing gold box. I only saw one bag on display, and was lucky enough to have an associate find 5 more in the back of the store. I was able to get the exact amount I needed!

Mini Champagne Bottle

This idea came from Etsy. I stumbled on some adorable champagne labels that had cute bridesmaid quotes. I really loved them, but I couldn’t wait for them to come in the mail, and it was 40 bucks for all the labels I wanted. Other downside was, I wanted a special quote for my Matron of Honor, and since they all came as a set they had the same quote on them. I scraped the label idea but stuck to buying the champagne bottle and tied a lavender ribbon around it to incorporate my colors.

Scented Candle

Candles are hard gifts to give because everyone is so particular about certain scents. I knew I wanted something that fit my colors, but that also smelled good. I was lucky to get both. A sea blossom scented candle with a rose gold case. It was a total hit and it’s something people can actually use.

Ribbon

This genius idea was my mothers. I wanted to put something in the bag to fill it out; either tissue paper or crinkle confetti paper. I couldn’t find confetti paper in lavender, so my mom suggested buying lavender tissue paper and shredding it in a paper shredder. It made this beautiful thin ribbon sheet-like paper that was great for fluffing up the bag.

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Will you be my bridesmaid

Of course the bag wouldn’t be complete without actually asking them to be my bridesmaids/matron of honor. Again I was going to buy these from Etsy, but by the time I got to this point I was at the top of my budget. I found some free bridesmaid designs online (pictured above), went to staples and had them printed on cardstock. It was so easy I’m mad I didn’t think about it earlier!

In total

  • Box: $3 a piece = $18
  • Mini Champagne Bottle: Cooks $9 for a set of 4 = $18
  • Scented Candle: $3 a candle =$18
  • Tissue Paper for Ribbon: $2
  • Bridesmaid Cards: $7

Total Cost: $63

I bought everything from Target but here’s a list of other places I shopped and a few gift ideas I considered

  • Home Goods
  • Michaels
  • Etsy
  • Coffee Mug engraved with Bridesmaid + Starbucks Gift Card.
  • Journals + A Calendar with all important dates for the wedding process (for brides who are a little further on with their planning)
  • Champagne Flute engraved with Bridesmaid to go with the Champagne bottle
  • Frame + Picture of a memory with you and the Bridesmaid
  • Chocolate truffles with either wine or champagne.

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Ever since I started working, ya know a legitimate big girl job, I’ve been more conscious of my purchases. Gone are the days of raiding Forever 21, spending my school financial aid money on things not “college” related, or recklessly racking up debt on my credit card. I’ve had to be more thoughtful about what I want and even more so on why I need/want it. Normally a post like this would be more of a weekly haul but since I’m taking a shot at this whole adulting thing I’ve limited my purchases to a few key items.

Canon 50MM 1.8 lens: I’ve had my eye on this for a long time. The dreamy bokeh background is perfection for the type of photos I want to take. For some reason I thought this was going to cost me an arm and a leg and I feared that it wouldn’t work with my old Canon t3, but after doing more research I found out it was extremely affordable. I used to struggle with being creative when it came to my photography but it’s amazing how new equipment can inspire you. I’m so excited that I have this new addition and I can’t wait to elevate my content for you all!

Hunter Rain Boots: I’ve been stalling on purchasing these for a while. Rain, snow, or anything aside from pure heat hasn’t been on my radar since I’ve been living in L.A for the past five years. Now that I’m back in SF I’ve had to think of my wardrobe differently and invest in more weather appropriate items. I read quite a few reviews on these before purchasing and I can say they were all fairly accurate. The shoes are heavy, durable, and run big. I wear a size 11 so for me nothing really “runs big” but because I have such narrow feet they do feel a little loose. I don’t foresee me having to wade through water, but it’s nice to know I have the option. I ordered the short hunter boots but the bigger the shoe size the taller the height so mine are slightly shorter than the taller version they offer. I ordered them from 6pm for $115 (40 bucks cheaper than reg price) but the color options were slim, especially in my size. The color is not as vibrant as I wanted it to be but since these are rain boots and I’m only wearing them a few times a year I figured for the price; color was something that could be compromised.

Thermos Mug: Another cold weather favorite of mine. In my tips for healthy skin I mentioned that I drink warm lemon-honey water and this is what I put it in. It keeps my drink warm for hoursssss, and for a slow drinker like myself, this is perfect. I haven’t used it for cold drinks, but I’m sure it will do just the same. It also doesn’t sweat, so a coaster isn’t needed which makes it great for the office or anywhere on the go. I got one with a handle which was a must, considering I constantly have to tote it around for all my meetings. The lid has 2 open and close options so that it can be used by those who are either left or right handed. It was $24 which is kind of pricey for a mug considering you can find them anywhere but thermos has lived up to its name with this one!

Morphe Subscription: This is my 4th month of the Morphe subscription box and so far it has been good. I don’t say great because it defiently has its room for approvements. The brushes they send each month seem a little redundant, and so far it’s been a lot of eye brushes which in my opinion you really only need 5. All of the brushes they have sent are from thier basic Morphe line, despite them having 5 other lines that are available. Since I’m new to Morphe all together I really don’t have much to compare them too but the quality for the price is the one thing that has been great. This month I got 3 face brushes, 2 of which are the same just different sizes (again with the redundancy). For some reason I have a soft spot to white hair brushes, they seem more luxurious to me. I plan on using that one as a blush brush, and depending on its density possible a bronzer brush. The M501 is the oh so raved about highlighting brush from Jaclyn hill. I’ve been using my fan brushes to highlight but it would be nice to have something more compact and concentrated.

Do yo have any of the above products?

Kierra Lee

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