Friday, September 29, 2017

Lash Extensions


I recently got lash extensions for my upcoming wedding (8 days to go!) and it's safe to say I'm obsessed! My sister works at a salon & spa and she's a pro with everything from hair, nails, lashes and microblading! It took about an hour, which was mostly relaxing since my eyes were closed but a little uncomfortable when the time came to tape down my bottom lashes. I have a bit of an eye-phobia (I can't even use eye drops!) but once we got past that, it was a breeze! I am in love with the results - long & full lashes that still look natural. Best part = no mascara! Bring on the wedding day tears! 

It's been quiet in my little corner of the internet lately, thanks to the final stages of wedding planning. The last month of planning is stressful nonetheless, but add a destination wedding right after Hurricane Irma just hit, and it's a recipe for disaster. It was the most stressful couple weeks filled with meltdowns, a full-blown panic attack at work, and countless calls with my coordinator. We came this close to having to change pretty much every detail including the city, venue, caterer and florist, but I'm happy to announce that all of our original plans are still in affect to get married in Key West on October 7th! So relieved and ready to celebrate with all of our friends and family! I'm hoping to get back to regular posting next month. Check back soon for a full recap on our wedding week & honeymoon travels! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Pearl Slides


My current go-to outfit is comprised of basics paired with statement accessories. These lace shorts have gotten a lot of wear in the last few years (such as here, here & here) mainly due to both their ease and comfort. They also lend a more refined touch than the cut-off shorts I usually gravitate toward on the weekends. I scored these slides at Target (only $25 and also come in blush!) and love the pearl embellishments. I finished off the look with my bright red bag for a pop of color.

{outfit details)
Tank - Zara || Shorts - Madewell || Sandals - Target || Bag - Tory Burch || Sunglasses - Ray-Ban





Thursday, August 31, 2017

Currently Obsessed


I'm a big proponent for sunless tanning because while I love a little color, I try to avoid getting too much sun exposure - all about the SPF! My sister found this California Tan Sunless Spray at a hair show and it's kind of amazing! I used it before my bachelorette party and loved the results - natural bronze color and even application with no streaks in sight. I will definitely be using this sunless tanning spray for the big day! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus


One of my favorite paleo snacks is hummus & baby carrots, which is even better when the hummus is homemade! This cilantro jalapeño hummus is full of flavor and so easy to make.

ingredients
3 cans low sodium garbanzo beans
1 bunch fresh cilantro
3 large jalapeños (seeded & deveined)
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 - 1 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

directions
Place all ingredients in a food processor and combine until smooth and creamy. Enjoy with pita chips, carrots & celery or spread onto a tortilla and top with veggies - the options are endless!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bachelorette Bash


Last weekend my three best friends and I went down to South Beach for my bachelorette party! To say we had fun would be an understatement - from the chic condo (which promptly became covered in banners, balloons, confetti and clothes!), amazing food (sushi at Zuma was life-changing!), brunching for hours with bottomless mimosas, pool party at Fontainebleau, and everything in between. So thankful for these girls and a weekend full of a million laughs and even more memories! 








Thursday, July 6, 2017

Smile Brilliant At-Home Whitening Kit

{beauty essentials: bright lipstick & Smile Brilliant teeth whitening trays}

Like most people, I can't start my day without a cup of coffee. It's not the caffeine that I crave first thing in the morning, but rather the ritual of waking up slowly while I enjoy a cup, simultaneously listening to the news, reading blogs and talking with Greg. I've had this daily coffee habit for half of my life, and unfortunately my teeth are proof. 

As soon as we started planning our wedding, I began thinking about the little beauty details that would help make me feel my absolute best on the big day. Teeth whitening was near the top of the list so I was thrilled when Smile Brilliant contacted me to try their at-home teeth whitening trays. The process was super simple: they mailed me a kit to create my dental impressions, I sent them back and then received my custom-fitted whitening trays with the teeth whitening and desensitizing gels. I used them for 2 weeks, every other night for 60-90 minutes while I caught up on my Netflix shows. I have mild teeth sensitivity so I requested the desensitizing gel just in case, but ended up not needing to use it, as the discomfort subsided after the first few minutes. If that is a concern of yours, I would recommend using the desensitizing gel after whitening.

The results started to show about a week into the process and I'm very pleased with how white my teeth look after two full weeks of using the whitening trays. It easily became part of my nightly routine and I would sometimes forget I was even wearing them. I will definitely use the whitening gel again before October 7th to make sure my smile is bright and white alongside my wedding gown.


I'm so excited to offer my readers a chance to win a free Smile Brilliant whitening kit! 
Enter the giveaway HERE!
*Giveaway is open for one week. You MUST enter through the link to be counted.  Giveaway is for $139 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents*

You can also receive $15 off trays using coupon code: mc2squared15

Before & After



Thank you to Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Broccoli Salad


Looking for a side dish for your 4th of July barbecue this weekend? This broccoli salad is it. Full of flavor (and pretty healthy!) with sweet cranberries and a little crunch in the form of toasted almonds. 

Hope you all have a safe & fun holiday weekend!

ingredients
2 heads of broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup mayo (plus more to taste)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 onion, chopped finely
1 cup cranberries (I used craisins)
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
2 pinches of sugar
salt & pepper to taste

directions
{1}
Wash broccoli and chop into small florets. Place in a large bowl and set aside. Chop onion finely and add to the broccoli.
{2}
Spread almonds evenly over a small baking sheet and add 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter.
In a toaster oven (or regular oven) toast the almonds under the broiler. Stir every couple of minutes until golden brown. Watch closely because they are known to go from white to burned in what seems like a matter of seconds. 
{3}
In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup of mayo, the honey and lemon juice. Whisk until creamy. Pour over the broccoli and add the toasted almonds & cranberries. Stir until everything is lightly covered with the sauce, then add more mayo as desired. Sprinkle a couple pinches of sugar and season with a little salt & pepper to taste. Enjoy!