September 12, 2018

Monthly Favourites: August 2018!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! It’s hard to believe it’s been another month already! Today I am sharing some of my favourite things from the month of August, from entertainment, a book, beauty items, a cookbook and a new YouTuber! Okay let’s get started!

monthly favourites august 2018

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Entertainment

Very Cavallari on E!- This has been my total guilty pleasure for the past little while! I just relax and de-stress when watching it, I find it a little break from the craziness that is wedding planning! It follows Kristen Cavallari and her staff as she works towards opening a storefront of her jewllery and home brand Uncommon James. Drama ensues, and I just love it as a little something I can watch each week!

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The Handsmaid’s Tale on Crave- I honestly can’t remember if I’ve already shared it (after watching the first 3 episodes immediately after reading the book), but I’ve slowly been working my way through the series now! I’m on season 2, and have been watching it while I work on gumpaste flowers for my wedding cake. It’s really intense, but the show is so well done!

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30 Rock on Amazon Prime Video- After watching an episode or two of The Handsmaid’s Tale, I need to watch something lighter! I’m about halfway into season 2, and I’m really enjoying it! It doesn’t make me laugh a ton out loud, but I do enjoy the jokes in it. It’s something I’ve wanted to watch since reading Tina Fey’s book years ago, so I’m happy I’ve finally gotten to it!

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Books

Still Me by Jojo Moyes– This is the third book in the “Me Before You” series, and it might be my favourite! It’s been a while since I read the first two, but I picked up the story again pretty quickly. I definitely like it better than the second one, and could see it as a movie. It was a little long (over 500 pages on my ebook), but I read in just under two weeks.

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Fixate Cookbook by Autumn Caleabrese – I’ve mentioned a few times in recent Weekend Vlogs that I’ve been doing the 21 Day Fix to get wedding ready, and to help I bought the cookbook by the creator of 21 Day Fix, Autmn. It has over 100 recipes (although some of them aren’t applicable to me because I’m a vegetarian), but I like the ones we’ve tried so far! My favourite might be the Sloppy Joe’s. All recipes come with container counts for an easy way to know what I’m eating! If you are looking to get into the 21 Day fix, I would suggest buying the cookbook with the workouts and containers, because it’s cheaper!

monthly favourites august 2018

Beauty

Clump Crusher Mascara by Covergirl– I feel like I may have found my new favourite mascara! I’ve been trying out the different Covergirl Mascaras, and the second I applied this one I was like WOAH! It’s my new go to!

monthly favourites august 2018

Garnier Ombrelle Face Ultra Light Cream Sunscreen, SPF 60– Since finishing the sunscreen that came in The Littles from Drunk Elephant (you can ready my opinion on the products here), I bought this one from the drug store and have been liking it! Since I started using the Drunk Elephant products I knew I should be using SPF on my face, and this was is so light I don’t even feel it! It also does a really good job (I went to the beach a few weeks ago and my face was the only thing that didn’t burn!). I would recommend it as a less expensive alternative!

 

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B- Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel (link to Serum)– This might be my favourite Drunk Elephant product because it was the first full size one I purchased! It a really nice and light hydrating gel, and I use it last thing before putting my makeup on. I can hardly feel it on my skin! I would definitely recommend it, and you can buy the small size with the C Frima Day syrum for fairly inexpensive (in Sephora terms haha).  Now it’s considered a serum (which I’ve linked), but I purchased it as the gel before it changed.

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Youtuber!

Blair Lamb– One of her vlogs came up in my feed on the YouTube app, and I’ve watch quite a few of her videos! Blair is very down to earth and I just enjoy watching what she shares! I watched her Disney Cruise vlogs (now I’m dreaming of a Disney Cruise), and it was nice to see it from the perspective of a young married couple without kids. She also has a blog that I’ve read quite a bit in the past month, and I just really appreciate seeing someone else balance the same sort of things that I do (while being much more successful at it!)

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If you’d like to hear more about my favourites from August, check out the video below!

What did you enjoy in August? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today!

Kelsey
August 22, 2018

Wedding Planning Update: Months 16-22

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! Today I am back with another wedding planning update! I’ll be sharing the different things we’ve done in the last little while, specifically covering months 16-22 of wedding planning! I officially get married next month, eeek! I hope you guys enjoy today’s post. I’ll be talking about everything in the video below, and listing the items below the video. I won’t be sharing any specific dates or vendors until after the wedding for privacy reasons, which I hope you’ll understand! Okay, let’s jump in!

wedding planning update

The Video

What we’ve done in the last few months

  • I forgot to mention this in the last update, but the week leading up to the 1 year mark, I freaked out! Just thinking of what I would be doing this time next year stressed me out!
  •  I’ve still been having wedding nightmares, but I don’t have any that I remember enough to speak of!
  • I’ve had 2 fittings for my dress, and I barely needed anything done! Just a little length taken off and I’m having some special things added that I’ll share after!
  •  I had my makeup trial before a bridal shower, and love the look! I shared that process in this weekend vlog.
  • I have all of my accessories ready to go! I have a pair of heels for the main event, and sneakers for dancing! I also have all of my jewelry ready.
  • Ethan’s suit is all ready to go, he’s picked it up and already done the alterations
  • we met with our photographer again, and can’t wait to work with her again! We’ve sent her the list of family photos we want to make sure we take already
  • our invitations have been sent out, and we are just following up with the last few RSVP’s! I talk about where we got our invitations from the in the video
  • We’ve gathered most of our decor, we’ve shopped at places like Costco, Value Village, flea markets, Ikea, and Ethan has even built some things!
  • I am making a fake wedding cake, so I’ve started making the flowers to go on it, and I’ve showed clips in some weekend vlogs
  • we’ve worked on our ceremony, and it’s almost finished!
  • I’m really starting to see everything come together, and I think it’s bringing Ethan and I closer as we work hard to get everything done!
  • bridesmaids gifts are purchased and ready to go
  • we are renting a trailer to stay on site for the weekend of the wedding, just for us to have a place to ourselves
  • We used The Knot  for our wedding website and RSVP’s- I found it was duplicating entries, but I could easily figure it out and delete the duplicates. I will do a post about the planning tools I couldn’t live without after the wedding!
  • ADVICE: leave a table open, for extra guests, even though you think it won’t happen… plus 1’s will be an issue
  • We are busy working on the favors- will do a post on how we did those
  • ADVICE: find something productive that is also relaxing- for me that was making flowers!
  • Just had my hair trial
  • had bridal showers
  • my bachelorette party is this weekend!
  • Ethan and I got cologne and perfume during the Sephora Spring Sale
  • I will be starting a spotify playlist for getting ready and keeping me calm
  • we’ve sent the music list to the DJ
  • I’ll be drinking immunity teas and do everything I can to not get sick!
  • we just started working with month-of co-ordinator, making list of seating chart (complete with dietary restrictions), vendor contact list, list of decor
  • I’m always making lists- I have a bunch of notes in my phone. I’m at the point now where if I don’t write it down I won’t be able to remember it!
  • just have to figure out the second part of our honeymoon, but everything is booked, check out this video to see where we are going!
  • and Ethan and I don’t know what we are going to do when it’s all over!

other Wedding Related posts:

We’re Engaged!

My Wedding Planning Experience so far

Wedding planning update: months 9-15

Wedding planning update: months 16-22 (you’re here!)

If there are any wedding related posts you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments below! And if you are a bride or have planned a wedding, leave some advice in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
August 8, 2018

Monthly Favourites- July 2018!

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s already been another month. Today I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of July, from entertainment, to books, clothing and a recipe! Okay, let’s get started!

 

monthly favourites July 2018

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Entertainment

The Incredibles 2- I went to see this in theatres in June, and really liked it! I’ve mentioned the first movie on the blog before, so I really enjoyed getting to see a sequel. I found the plot a little predictable, but  still really enjoyed it!

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Ant Man and the Wasp- Ethan and I went to see this on our anniversary! I love Paul Rudd, and could honestly watch him in anything. I don’t 100% remember the first Ant Man, but enjoyed the storyline and seeing the characters again. It also fits nicely into the current Marvel timeline (I have to be vague to not give away spoilers!).

monthly favourites july 2018

The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition- I’ve been a fan of The Amazing Race for a while now, but haven’t watched a full season in a while. We were just in time to start this season of The Amazing Race Canada, and I’ve really been liking it! It’s always fun to watch and Ethan and I talk about who would do what challenge if we ever were on the show (which would be so cool!). I also hear that some Survivor cast members may be on the next season of the American edition, so I’ll most likely be watching that!

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Sharp Objects on HBO- I’ve been anxiously waiting for this show since reading the book last May, and I’ve liked it so far! It’s creepy, and very dark (so much so that I have to watch a bit of something else before falling asleep), but I still enjoy it. Amy Adams is really good in this role! Since it’s been over a year since I read the book, it’s like I don’t know what will happen next!

monthly favourites july 2018

Books

The HeirThe Crown by Kierra Cass- I finished the last two books in The Selection series in July! I would highly recommend it! It jumps ahead in time, and you get to see how characters in the first three books ended up. I really like it! I hope they make them into movies so I can see the stories come to life!

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn– My boss gave me this book to read, and I flew through it! It reminded me of The Girl on the Train and The Woman in Cabin 10, and it’s going to be a movie next year! Funnily enough Amy Adams has been cast, and I can definitely see her in this role after watching Sharp Objects!

monthly favourites july 2018

Clothing

Old Navy Lightweight Hoodie– I’ve been wearing this sweater a ton this summer, because it’s so light weight! I live in the basement, so I’m always cold, and this has been prefect without being too hot! I’ve had a hard time finding it online, so I’ve linked the closest thing I could find. Below is the sweater, and I know it’s not the greatest picture, but hopefully it gives you an idea!

monthly favourites july 2018

Seaselfie bathing suit– Since I know I’m going somewhere warm this November, I wanted to get some new bathing suits! I saw this brand first on Pinterest, and have heard through some Facebook groups that they can be a bit unreliable, so I bought through Amazon! I’ve bought three different ones, so I’ll link the tankini here and the one piece here. The one piece is by Cupshe, and the other two are by Seaselfie.

Seaselfie Women's Retro High-Waisted Push up Halter Padded Beach Bikini Bathing Suit

Recipes

Protein Pancake- I got this recipe from my boss, and I’ve been having it in the mornings for the past few months! I like to put a bit of peanut butter on top and slice up a banana. It’s 21 day fix friendly, which I’m currently doing and will share my experience in the future! Its:

  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of egg whites
  • 2 tbps PB& Me powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
    • blend all ingredients and pour in a pan!

monthly favourites july 2018

If you’d like to hear more about my favourite things from July, check out the video below!

 

What did you enjoy during the month of July? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey