A Few of My Favorite Things

Okay okay, no I'm not a fashion or beauty blogger... BUT... I am a woman and I love myself a good product share! (what woman doesn't!?) So I've rounded up some of my fave beauty products for y'all! These are staples in my life! I'm a loyal kinda gal when it comes to beauty products. Once I find what works I stick with it! So these 5 products are my beauty bff's.

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No. 1 - Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

I have never been a huge make-up person. I usually only put it on when I go out for dinner with my gals or my husband. Whenever I do wear it this stuff is perfect for me! it gives me a soft and smooth coverage without feeling like I painted my face so its not heavy at all. Comes in plenty skin shades and has 2 bottle size options. I always buy the "travel" size because its half the price and it lasts me a while (again I don't wear makeup that often). It is called a moisturizer but I still use my regular moisturizer (see #3) under this. Find it here.

no. 2 - Living Proof Dry Volume mist

If I ever splurge with my own money (not gift cards) on beauty products its always related to my hair. I have been using this stuff for about a month and LOVE it! I have straight hair and it tends to get flat super fast. I tease a bit and spray this stuff and VA VOOM! Plus it smells sooo good! Find it at Ulta or Sephora.

no. 3 - Queen City Alchemy Facial Serum

I met Emily (the owner of QCA) when she asked me to teach a calligraphy class in her shop in Northern Ky. This woman is SO knowledgeable in holistic and plant based product. I never dealt with skin issues until I had kiddos. After I had my son my skin would break out and I couldn't find a product that worked well with dry AND oily skin. Emily showed me her serum and OH.EM.GEE. It's magic you guys! My skin stopped breaking out and became incredibly soft. She has a variety of serums, each one has its own purpose like fighting wrinkles and moisturizing. I use the "Restore". Oh! and yes, they all smell amazing! Check her site by clicking here.

no. 4 - Dior Lip Glow

Again, I don't wear a lot of makeup but this stuff is my jam! Its on the pricer side of lip glosses and balms but SO worth it! It's a sheer balm that enhances your natural lip color so it can look different on other people. They come in other colors but I've stuck with the "Sheer Matte Ballet Pink" finish. It's not sticky (don't you hate it when your hair gets stuck in your lip gloss? no? I'm the only one? ha!) It's very much like a glorified chapstick. LOVE IT! Find it here.

no. 5 - Queen City Alchemy Rose Water Facial Toner

Again Emily of QCA knocks it out of the park. If you love the smell of natural rose water then you need this! Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with acne. I spray this on my face after the shower and then apply the serum (#3). I also need to mention that Emily is one major boss babe. Her biz is a one woman show. Its all her! Plus she's a fellow mama! SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES & get some amazing product from her!

I feel like we just had the best 5 minute girl chat hehe! Let me know if you start trying out these products and what you think! Thanks friends! Try to not fall crazy in love with these items too... JK... please do! They're the best!

Wedding Planning 101

You're engaged! YAY! Is your head spinning yet from all the info being thrown at you like softballs? Never fear friend! Im here today with tips from the top Cincy wedding pros to help you out with your wedding planning! Hear from the best in town on Photography, Planning, Florals, & Stationery! You don't want to exit out of this too early either because theres a perfect tool at the end to help you with your wedding timeline!

 

Wedding Planners

Since today is #nationalweddingplanningday I thought we'd hit it off with tips from Crystal of The Crystal Collection . Being a wedding planner is her dream job. Other than being dedicated to designing love stories for the modern bride, she loves to travel, shop at Anthropologie, & of course adores her pups!
Instagram: @thecrystalcollectionevents

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1) Look into what services the planner offers; full service, planning, design, month-of service, AND what are their payment options?

2) Do you see them being a friend outside of being your planner? There has to be a sense of trust. Planners will handle anything from budgets to upset parents. Feeling that they have your best interest in mind is SO vital!

3) Does she have your style? Instagram is the perfect spot to discover more of the style the planner has. It's the most up-to-date portfolio for any wedding vendor!

 

Florals

Kaytee is the owner of Roots Floral Design and specializes in wedding flowers. Her designs are organic and adventurous with a touch of romantic whimsy.
Instagram: @rootsfloraldesign

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1) Before you reach out to your florist, make sure you know what your colors are. Having a solid idea on your bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen suits, and table linens will affect what your florist will use for flower colors. 

2) If you are on a tight budget, get rid of your personal flowers (bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, etc.). This may sound unconventional at first, but when you think about it, these flowers are only used for about 20 minutes of your entire wedding day. Use your flower budget towards your ceremony and reception designs where the most important part of the day will take place and where most of your guests will be present. 

3) Allow your florist to have creativity! Your day should be unique and special to you as a couple. Give your florist the opportunity to share some ideas that will allow the designs to really represent your as a couple and the theme and feel you are trying to achieve.

 

Photography

Amanda Donaho of Amanda Donaho Photography is an internationally published wedding & travel photographer based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  After photographing nearly 400 father/daughter dances, she's almost guaranteed to cry every dang. time.
Instagram: @amandadonahophotography

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1.  STYLE & PORTFOLIO:
When choosing your wedding photographer, it's so important to really comb through their portfolio to look for a few things.  First, does the style of photography displayed jump out to you & grab your heart?  Can you picture yourself in that photo?  Is their editing style consistent or all over the place?  Do you feel confident that you know what you'd receive at the end of your journey with this photographer?  Additionally, pay attention to the lighting situations presented in their portfolio.  Most photographers (myself included) have a preferred lighting style (give me all the outdoor weddings, please!) and therefore may show more images consistent with that look.  However, don't be afraid to ask to view work that showcases their experience in lighting dark rooms & more difficult settings.  Any great photographer should be more than happy to provide you with a full wedding or two to browse through!  Finally, check their social media accounts & blog to get an idea of what their personality is like & if you feel you would jive well together.  Your relationship with your wedding photographer needs to be a strong one, as you'll shoulder to shoulder with them through the planning process & especially on your big day!

2.  ASK YOUR FRIENDS & READ REVIEWS.
Chances are, you know of a few people who have gotten married recently.  Ask what they loved (or didn't love) about their wedding photography experience - often times you may get a great referral from them on who to hire!  Additionally, check out reviews online for the wedding photographer that you may be considering.  You can learn so much about that photographer's personality & what you can expect in your experience with them via reviews!

 

Invitations

Hey! I'm Jen & the owner of Jen K. Calligraphy. I offer calligraphy services and make custom wedding stationery design effortless for brides.
Instagram: @jenkcalligraphy

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Anna K. Photo

 

 

1) Research. Look into the cost of custom stationery before sending an inquiry email. Stationery can be so customized but its good to have an idea of the average cost & factoring that into your budget before diving right in.

2) Consider postage costs. Ask your stationer when giving you a customized quote if they could factor in the postage for all the invites you plan to mail out. Because thats not necessarily the most fun part of invite design, it can be easily overlooked by brides.

3) Plan ahead. If you think you're waning to work with a stationer designer for all you wedding paper goods, reach out to them ASAP! Ideal time to contact them (and book) is 6 months out from wedding date.

 

Feel better? I sure hope so! If you have any questions PLEASE reach out to your wedding vendors! We are here to help make this season of life fun and simplify it a bit for you! Heres a fun take away for you... a chart that makes it crystal clear on when to start booking things for you big day! Enjoy and plan away girl!

 

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