All About Our Wedding

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It's taken over two months, but my wedding blogpost is finally here! I've been gathering questions since before the wedding on Instagram and Twitter, so here are the answers to them all.

Were you a bridezilla?

I don't think I was at all! I feel like I was very easy-going about the whole thing. When I was waiting to walk down the aisle with my dad, the staff member that was holding my train told me I was the "most chill" bride he had ever seen and that he could normally feel them shaking as he held their dress. In regards to how everyone looked, I thought as long as everyone had the same dresses & tuxedos, they could pretty much do whatever else they wanted to make themselves feel comfortable. I let my bridesmaids pick how they wanted to do their hair and makeup, wear whatever shoes they wanted, etc. It was more important to me that everyone felt their best instead of looking like cookie cutter bridesmaids. I think the one thing I was more of a stickler about was that I didn't want any cell phones during the ceremony - I had nightmares about people stepping into the aisle to get a photo and ruining one of the photographer's shots. I wanted to look out and see my family and friends' faces instead of a sea of cell phones. I had our officiant make an announcement before the ceremony started to please put cell phones on silent and keep them tucked away.

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Why did you get married on a Friday?

The most simple reason is money - at most venues, it's so much cheaper to get married on a Friday or Sunday than it is to get married on a Saturday. We also liked the idea of ourselves and our guests having the whole weekend to recover and get back into the swing of things. Brett and I are also not super into being the center of attention, so we liked the idea of people coming and celebrating with us after their workday, rather than having a whole entire Saturday revolving around us if that makes sense.

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Where did you get your inspiration from?

Mostly Pinterest - the second I got engaged I pretty much started scouring the wedding boards on there. I started with a general "wedding moodboard," where I figured out what the colors would be and a general idea of how I wanted decorations and flowers to look. Once the wedding got closer I broke it up into more specific boards - one just for wedding dresses, one for bridesmaids dresses, one for cakes, one for flowers, etc. I also started following a few wedding accounts on Instagram, but Pinterest was by far my main source of inspiration. I took some inspiration from weddings we had been to, too - we went to one big, traditional wedding and one that was a more intimate affair, so it was nice to have that contrast to pick and choose ideas from.

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How did you choose your venue?

I actually thought I had my heart set on a different venue when we first started wedding planning. I originally wanted it where my parents had had their wedding reception, but it was a little too small. I also wanted somewhere I'd be able to have the ceremony and the reception, but I didn't like the ceremony room at that venue at all. We then went to look at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA - I thought I didn't want to have it there because I had been to a few different events there before and felt like it would make it less special. But right before we drove over to go see it, my dad mentioned it would be nice to have it there because of the location - it's near the top of the mountain in my hometown, and depending on where you stand you can see my parents' house and Brett's parents' house from up there (we grew up down the street from each other), so that really helped change my mind. Seeing how beautiful the ceremony space was as well as the view, and the fact that they took care of so much on site and had a separate room to have the ceremony inside if it rained, made it the perfect choice for us. It was also a huge plus that we got a built-in wedding planner (who was amazing), as well as separate day-of coordinators for the ceremony and reception.

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How did you choose your vendors?

They were actually super easy to pick, and since so much was covered by the venue, I only really needed to look for a photographer and a DJ. I knew immediately I would want Sandra Costello as the photographer - she had photographed a family friend's wedding and the photos were amazing. I loved that all of her photos on her website seemed like they were candids rather than super posed. I gave her a call and instantly knew she would be a perfect fit for us - normally I get the worst anxiety talking to strangers on the phone, but she made me so at ease, which she carried to the actual wedding day. She was great because she made everyone feel so comfortable in front of the camera, so every photo is perfect and natural.

I didn't even look for or meet with more than one DJ - again I went with one who had done a family friend's wedding and who my parents said was great (Chris Bigelow from Cloud 9 Productions). When we met with him a few weeks before the wedding to go over specifics, I knew it would be perfect - he instantly understood the kind of music I wanted, and I was confident he'd keep everyone dancing all night. And he did! I was especially impressed with how well he could read the room and know what song to play next - at one point my Bridesman went up and asked him to play Bad Romance, and he said, "Oh I'm saving it to be the last song, I thought it would be perfect for this group."

How did you budget for the big day?

Honestly, we kind of just winged it. We had a general idea of how much we were going to spend and how much our parents would be helping with, and luckily most things were covered under what we were paying the venue. So if you're bad at budgeting like me, I'd highly recommend looking for a venue that has many things included - things like a wedding planner, the cake, the food, and the bar were all covered under the package we chose through the venue. We also did a lot of things ourselves - I designed the save the dates, invitations, place cards, and programs, so we only had to pay to get them printed at a local printing shop. We made sure we always had a list going of everything we were paying for to keep track - there are a lot of little things that add up!

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How did you pick your dress?

I actually ended up getting the very first dress I tried on. After looking on Pinterest for wedding dress ideas, I found I was pinning a lot that were from Maggie Sottero. So I looked up places where her dresses were sold, and there ended up being a bridal shop down the street from where I was living at the time that carried them. So I went into that first appointment with a few photos and the designer name in mind, and the consultant just knew what I wanted right away. I ended up trying on about five total just to be sure, but the first one was the one. I also got the first and only veil I tried on with the dress, too.

How was the tailoring process?

Pretty easy! I had it altered through the shop where I got the dress (Mariella Creations in Rocky Hill, CT). I had three fittings - the first where she did all the pinning, the second where some things were sewn and others were still pinned, and the third where everything was done and any final tweaks were made if necessary. Then they pressed my dress for me and I picked it up a few days before the wedding. I had my first fitting in the middle of January, and then it was ready for me to pick up at the beginning of June.

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Who was in your bridal party and how did you pick their dresses?

I had my sister as my Maid of Honor, my oldest best friend as Bridesman, and my cousin that I used to spend every summer with, as well as my two best friends from my ballet days were Bridesmaids. Finding the bridesmaid dresses wasn't hard, either. I brought my sister with me to look at David's Bridal, and she probably tried more dresses on than I did when looking for my wedding dress. I already knew I wanted them to be blush pink, and I liked the shade David's Bridal had in their catalogue of colors. I found one dress that I loved and was ready to decide on that for everyone, but then my sister tried on one more with a rhinestone belt that she fell in love with. I decided since they'd all be the same color, she could have a slightly different dress as maid of honor! My Bridesman wore the same gray tuxedo and pink tie that the Groomsmen wore, but he had a pink vest instead of the gray the rest of them had.

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Did you do a First Look & take photos before the ceremony?

Yes, we did! Taking our photos before the ceremony was important to us, because we wanted to be able to relax and start mingling with our guests during the cocktail hour. It was also nice to get to see Brett before the ceremony and spend some time alone together (with the photographer). I didn't really feel that stressed while getting ready, but I immediately felt so much calmer once I could see and talk to Brett.

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What personal touches did you include?

I wanted to try to include a lot of personal touches to make the day unique to us. For the ceremony, we asked my parents' best friend to officiate because she knew us well, and we knew she'd do a great job and be able to add in anecdotes that a Justice of the Peace wouldn't. I also had family members participate in the ceremony - my aunt did a reading, and my uncle and great aunt performed a song. We chose a song from West Side Story because it was Brett's grandmother's favorite movie, and my great aunt who sang also sang a song from a Broadway show (Phantom of the Opera) at my parents' wedding. We had super talented friends of my parents sing and play guitar during the cocktail hour, too. I also asked my grandfather to say the blessing before dinner, because he always gives a really nice, heartfelt blessing before our family Thanksgiving dinners.

We also included a memory table with photos of family members and loved ones who had passed away. I've seen a few wedding websites saying not to do these because they're "too depressing," but it was important to us both to honor loved ones that couldn't be there. We collected photos from both of our parents, and Brett put them all together in a really nice collage.

I put a lot of thought into the music that would play during the ceremony and parts of the reception too, instead of picking cliche wedding songs. My bridesmaids walked down the aisle to "Reflecting Light" by Sam Philips, aka the song Luke and Lorelai first dance to in Gilmore Girls. I walked down the aisle to the version of "Moon River" that Audrey Hepburn sings in Breakfast at Tiffany's. We all recessed to "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison. Our first dance was to "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson. My dad and I danced to "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison, because he had told me it was one of his favorite songs a few years ago, so it then became my favorite song and I would think of him every time I heard it.

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What was the most surprising thing that happened at your wedding?

I was surprised by how many people ended up dancing! At many points throughout the night, pretty much every single one of our guests was out on the dance floor. A joke from the rehearsal dinner (we wanted the bridesmaids & groomsmen to do some kind of dance as they entered the reception, and one groomsman jokingly said he wanted to "horse gallop") ended up carrying over to the day - everyone was doing "the gallop" in a big circle at one point and tagging other people to join in. Also, my closest family friends went up and requested the Hava Nagila and 1) I'm surprised the DJ actually played it and 2) I'm surprised that so many people joined in.

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What was your favorite part of the day?

I think it's impossible to pick one thing, but Brett cried during his vows and made pretty much everyone cry, and I think that has to be my favorite moment. I also loved my dad's, my sister's, and Brett's brother's toasts, and just being able to see all my favorite people at once in one place made it the best day ever. It also still warms my heart how well my bridal party got along, too - they hadn't all met each other before my bachelorette party and yet it was like we had all been best friends forever when we were all together.

All photos by Sandra Costello Photography
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Mariella Creations

Hair: The Lift Salon
Venue: The Log Cabin
DJ: Chris Bigelow, Cloud 9 Productions
Flowers: DuRocher Florist

The Wedding Makeup Trials | Eyeshadow

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When it comes to my wedding makeup, I can't decide if I'm more stressed about picking a foundation or picking eyeshadow. Not only do I have to pick a formula that will look great for hours and hours, but I also have to pick flattering colors and apply it in a flattering shape. This is definitely what I need to practice the most. I already know my skill aren't up to pulling off an Instagram-level smoky eye, but that's not really "me" anyway. I think what makes choosing eyeshadow the hardest is that I barely wear any on a day to day basis except for a cream bronze-y shade here and there, so it's hard to strike a balance between what will be a nice special occasion look that looks good in photos but also still feels like me.

I'm pulling out all my neutral palettes for this one. I definitely know I want something classic and timeless - I'm loving a few lavenders and pastels right now, but I don't want to hate my photos in 20 years' time. I typically opt for cooler-toned shades, as I find they suit my skin the most, but there are a couple slightly warmer palettes making me rethink that.

The one palette I'm leaning towards the most is the MAC Cool Neutrals x15 Palette (review). I already know MAC shadows perform extremely well on me, and I find them easy to use and apply. They're easy to build up, so I'm sure I can strike that balance between my more minimal everyday look and a "done-up" look. I have another MAC Palette that my sister made for me with a few perfect shades that I'll also be dipping into if I choose this palette.

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My favorite palette of all time is the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip. This is always the one I reach for when I want a more polished-looking eye. My one concern here is that there isn't a matte shade in the quad, and I feel like the shades might be a little too sheer to do a full look with. I might end up pairing this with another palette, because really I can't picture my wedding makeup without this. I used this quad when I did my makeup for my engagement photos.

Then there are the more purple palettes. As I said, I love a cool-toned eye, and something about some neutrals that lean just a little bit purple seem like they would create the most romantic look. I've been dipping into the bareMinerals Bare Sensuals palette a lot lately trying to create some classic looks, and while some of the shades look ultra-purple in the pan, on the eye they come off more neutral and wearable. Something about bareMinerals makeup screams "bride" to me as well, so I think this is my second-place contender behind the MAC.

Another smaller palette that I'm not sure I could get to work alone, although it's very beautiful and one of my favorites, is the Dior Five Couleurs Eyeshadow in Dream. The shades in this are beautiful, but I have the opposite problem from the Tom Ford Quad - all of the shades are matte. I think I just need a little bit of sparkle for my wedding day, right? Maybe I could even pair the two together to make my ideal eyeshadow look.

And then there are the warmer options. Typically anything warmer than dead-on neutral turns orange on me, so I plan to stray far away from those. But the NARS Wanted Eyeshadow Palette (review) and Marc Jacobs Glambition Palette (review) don't seem to do that. I'd be able to create looks that maybe bring a little more life to my face and would look better in photos. There's a look I've been doing constantly with the NARS palette that I think would be a gorgeous wedding look. 

I've been poring over wedding makeup tutorials to try to pick out what kind of look and shape I'll do once I pick out my products, too. I've come to find that simpler eye looks with only two or three shadows are much more flattering on me than more intricate ones. My eyes are quite large and deep-set, so I start to look a little cartoonish and unbalanced if I use too many dark colors, especially in the crease. I'm no makeup artist, but what seems to look most flattering on me is a shimmering nude shade all over the lid, a mid-tone matte brown through the crease (concentrated mostly in the outer corner), and a deeper brown shade smoked up and out from the outer lashline.

What are your favorite eyeshadows for special occasions? Would you wear something soft and natural or glamorous and smoky?

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The Wedding Makeup Trials | Foundation

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My wedding is less than five months away (yikes!), and since I decided I'd be doing my own makeup, I'm really starting to take stock and think about what products I'm going to use on the day. I thought I'd start a series where I talk through all the products I'm considering, one category at a time. I'm also definitely going to be writing a post on the makeup I did wear when the time comes, so I won't leave you hanging on that, either. First up is foundations, aka the thing I'm stressing most about (makeup-wise, anyway).

When I think of my perfect bridal foundation, I want something that will make my skin look flawless, but will also still look like skin. I'm on the dry side, so I'd love something that gives a bit of glow, but it can't get greasy throughout the day. Luckily we've opted for a Friday evening wedding, so it doesn't have to be quite as long-lasting as it would if it was earlier in the afternoon.

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The top-recommended bridal foundation that I've seen is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I have it, and I do absolutely love it. It's my go-to when I'm wearing a full face. I only ever wear this for a few hours at a time, so I'm going to have to take it for a spin for a full day to see how it wears - I've heard it lasts amazingly on some people, while it breaks up on others. 

Another one I've been considering is the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. It leaves the prettiest, skinlike finish, and it's another one of my go-to's. We went to a friend's wedding last summer, and I wore this one through the hot outdoor ceremony as well as reception and afterparty. It still looked good when I came home. I'll need to test this one with a full face to see if it looks flawless enough for me in photos. I also really love this mixed with the Luminous Silk, so that's always an option, too.

Speaking of mixing, I think it's really likely I'll end up mixing together some bases instead of using just one. A new favorite mixture I mentioned just the other day is the Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation mixed with the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation. My sister suggested I try this when I told her the Cover FX was getting a little shiny on me throughout the day on its own, and she is a genius. Mixing in the Fenty keeps that in check and also extends the weartime. It could be quite the winner. I'm also going to be trying to mix in a few of my lightweight favorites to see if I can get a more skinlike look that still has longevity. I can't be without Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint or bareMinerals Complexion Rescue on a daily basis, so I almost feel like my makeup isn't "me" if I'm not using one of those.

I'm also going to be giving a few forgotten favorites another try to see if they make the cut. NARS Sheer Glow used to be my go-to, and I loved it, but I haven't worn it in awhile. Maybe compared to my new favorites it won't be as good, or maybe it will surprise me. The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick is another one I always loved wearing, and I remember it always looking great, but the last time I wore it, it ended up breaking up weirdly around my nose. I'll have to give it another try and switch up the primers I use it with.

What's your favorite foundation for special occasions?


The Monthly Review | June

June has definitely been the fastest month of the year - I seriously can't believe tomorrow is July. It was quite a stressful month, but a few recent events have made it the best of the year so far.

Beauty

This month I took a long, hard look at my beauty spending. I wrote a post this week on how I'm going to stick to a spending ban because the amount of money I've spent this year alone on beauty is insane - I requalified for VIB Rouge for next year in MARCH. I did a huge declutter and managed to fit everything back into the little acrylic storage units and Ikea drawers I originally got for makeup storage. It's been so nice to have everything back in one place, and I'm sure Brett's super happy about it being out of the living room.

I've still been loving a few products despite downsizing a bit. My favorite release of the month was Glossier's Birthday Balm Dotcom (20% off here) - I always have at least two Balm Dotcoms nearby, and now I have a whole new obsession. It smells just like fresh out of the oven vanilla cake and has a little bit of holographic shimmer in it that makes it really pretty on the lips as well as cheeks and eyelids. When I haven't been slathering that on my lips, I've been going for the Buxom Wildly Whipped Liquid Lipstick in Devious Dolly - I was sent the White Russian shade earlier this month (post here!), and I fell in love with the formula so much that I got this more wearable rosy shade. The formula is super comfortable an looks beautiful on the lips, although it doesn't last as long as other liquid lipsticks I've tried. Other honorable beauty mentions have been the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands, which I have now officially decided is the best bronzer I've ever tried, and the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer. Both have been helping me look much more well-rested and awake.

Speaking of looking awake, I'm also on my second month of Ritual vitamins, and I've been loving them. This month I got one of the new bottles that have a tab infused with peppermint oil in it, and it makes the experience so much better - before I found they had a fishy/seaweed taste, but now it's just minty and refreshing. I've noticed my moods and energy improving now that I'm taking them consistently.

Books/TV

Since I've become obsessed with My Favorite Murder (I'm so close to catching up, and I don't know what I'll do when I have to wait a few days between new episodes), I've started also reading a few true crime books. This month I've been reading The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule, all about Ted Bundy - the cool thing about this book is that Ann Rule worked with Ted Bundy before he became a serial killer, and she was assigned to write about the murders that were happening around the University of Washington campus before anyone knew who was behind them/before she knew she actually had been friends with the killer. I'm about halfway through, and it's such an interesting read. I've got a book about the Night Stalker on my to-read list next.

Brett and I have also binge-watched The Keepers on Netflix, and it was so good - even better than Making a Murderer. It was so hard and harrowing to watch at points, but it was such a great documentary. Now that we've finished that, we've started Bates Motel, and we're hooked.

When we've been looking for something a little more lighthearted, we've been watching old episodes of The Office - you may have seen me putting clips from the Dinner Party episode in my Instagram Story because it's my favorite episode of any TV show, not just The Office, ever.

Other Highlights

I'll start out with the biggest highlight of the month - we're buying a house! We started seriously looking at houses this month with a realtor (who's awesome!), and just last week we put an offer on one that was accepted! The inspection is happening today, so hopefully everything else in the process moves forward smoothly and we can be moved in by the end of the summer. We're both so excited to have our own house and start this new adventure. I can't wait to be able to paint and decorate exactly how I want.

We also passed our pre-anniversary this month - we're getting married June 8, 2018, so we spent the day of June 8 this year together. We also had a dinner tasting for what food we want served at our reception this past weekend and have all of that picked out now. My sister's maid of honor dress came in, too. It feels like everything is slowly starting to fall into place, and I'm so glad it hasn't been too stressful yet.

What were the highlights of your month?


The Monthly Review | April

I can't believe it's already May - I swear for the last week I've been thinking it was still around the 15th. This month wasn't quite as eventful as March, but it was still great overall.

Beauty

I've always got to start with the beauty products. This month my hormonal breakouts came back with a vengeance, and one thing that really helped soothe and calm them down was the Glossier Super Pure Serum.* I've been all about these beauties since they came out, and this niacinamide + zinc serum has been my go-to of the three Supers. Makeup-wise, I've been breaking out the eyeshadows again and using shades from the Lorac I Love Brunch Pro Palette - my sister surprised me with this recently, and I've been loving it. I'll have my full review up this week, so keep an eye out for that. When I've been using a powder highlight, it's been the Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt. I got this for my birthday at the beginning of April, and it's earned a place for itself in my everyday routine. Lastly for makeup is the new foundation/base from MAC - their Next to Nothing Face Colour. I was super intrigued by this collection, being someone who loves lightweight, glowy bases, and I just love it. I'll have a full review up soon.

I rarely have hair favorites, but I've been using the full line of products from Hairstory* and I couldn't be happier with them. I talked about the New Wash in my Five to Try post last week, but the other three products are phenomenal as well. I was participating in their campaign where you replace your shampoo and conditioner with the New Wash for 30 days, and I'm just about at the end of that, so I'll have a review of the line up soon.

Podcasts/TV

Not much has changed on the music-front for me this month, but in the last couple weeks I've found and become obsessed with a podcast - usually I listen to music on my way to work and a podcast on my way home, but I've been loving this one so much that I listen to it in the morning and in the afternoon. It's My Favorite Murder - I've always been into True Crime and shows like Forensic Files and 48 Hours but this podcast has really gotten me into it. 

Brett and I have also gotten into watching Better Call Saul on Netflix - we had watched it when it first came out, but I think I fell asleep during the first episode and just couldn't get into it. We haven't caught up yet, but we're almost there and it's so good. It makes me sad though to see him doing well, because we already know how he ends up in Breaking Bad. When Brett's not home, I've been marathon-ing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix, too, and I really love it. I'm a sucker for musicals, and I love every character.

Other Highlights

Big wedding news this month - we finally set a date! On June 8, 2018 I'll become Kelsey Kelly (lol). We picked a photographer too! She's awesome and every single photo, even the portraits, look like candids, which is exactly what I was looking for. Another highlight of the month was seeing my sister's dance recital, where she choreographed her own piece! It was so good, and I was so proud. May is already shaping up to be a good month as well - I'll be in New York City with Glossier this Thursday and Friday!

What were your highlights of the month?


The Monthly Review | March

March absolutely flew by - all in all it was a good month. I picked out bridesmaids dresses, had a good month at work, and Brett graduated from the Police Academy!

Beauty/Fashion

This was another good month beauty-wise, meaning I spent more than I probably should have on new products. The month started out on a high note with the launch of Glossier's newest product, Cloud Paint* (review). These have been pretty much the only blushes I've used all month - they just look so natural on the skin. I keep thinking I have a definite favorite shade, but it changes every time I put one on - it's very rare that I've found a product where every color is flattering on my skin. I've also been using my custom MAC Palette (review) that my sister made me as an early birthday present nonstop. She filled it with the most perfect shades for me, and it's made me fall back in love with MAC. I've also fallen hard for the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, which I reviewed on Wednesday, and the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer this month - I love the NARS Concealer so much that I bought a second shade to create my perfect shade match.

I've also gotten back into wearing perfume lately - at the beginning of the month I was using a sample of the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose. I'm a sucker for anything rose scented, and I love the smoky edge to this one. At the end of the month I finally treated myself to the Byredo Rose of No Man's Land Perfume Oil, and I could probably never wear another perfume again and be happy about it. It's probably the best-smelling perfume I've ever worn. I'm going to try to wrap my head around the scent and put up a more detailed post on it soon.

I actually have a fashion favorite this month, too - I finally ordered myself the Odette Earrings in Silver from Common Muse when I saw they were back in stock, and I couldn't be happier with them. I love everything on Common Muse's site, so I may have just started a dangerous habit. Their classic, minimal pieces really speak to me - I like that they're not overly dainty.

TV/Music/Podcasts

I had been meaning to start watching Grace & Frankie on Netflix for the longest time, and this month I finally did. I instantly fell in love and keep marathoning it on the weekends. It's such a funny and endearing show, and the whole cast is great. I also watched the entire second season of Love in one sitting when it was released this month - for some reason I don't even really like either main character, but I still can't get enough of the show and wish I could have Mickey's entire wardrobe.

Once again, I'm still on my Van Morrison/Simon & Garfunkel/Carole King kick, but with the release of Ed Sheeran's Divide, I've had some new stuff to listen to. I love pretty much every song on it, but I actually think Nancy Mulligan might be my favorite.

I got back into podcasts this month - the three I've been rotating between have been Fat Mascara, You Must Remember This, and My Dad Wrote a Porno. Fat Mascara was great this month especially because they had Emily Weiss, CEO and Founder of Glossier, on as their interviewee - it was definitely my favorite episode so far. You Must Remember This has been super interesting this month too, as the "Dead Blondes" series continues. There were three episodes dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, and as someone who has only seen two of her films, it was really fascinating to learn more about her life. And of course, my favorite thing to listen to on my way home from a long day at work is My Dad Wrote a Porno. It's a guy whose father has written a self-published erotic novel, and he and two of his friends get together every week to read a chapter. It's absolutely hilarious, and I'm sure people driving by me think I'm a maniac laughing in my car.

Other Highlights

One last physical object that's been a real treat to use this month has been my new camera! I upgraded from my five-year-old Canon Powershot to a Canon Rebel T5i - my first DSLR! It's been so much fun taking photos and learning all the settings, and I can already tell an improvement in my photos. The kit lens it came with has been great, but I also got myself a 50mm lens that I love using - I used the kit lens for the flatlay at the top of this post, but the other photos within the post were taken with the 50mm. 

Onto actual life highlights, I mentioned I picked out my bridesmaids dresses this month! My sister had a big fashion show trying on dress after dress until we settled on two she loved - one had a little bit of sparkle, so we decided that she would wear that one as my Maid of Honor, and then my other three bridesmaids would wear the other dress we loved. The other big thing this month was that Brett finally graduated from the Police Academy, and at the top of his class! I don't think I've ever felt more proud and happy for him. He starts his first official day on the job today!

I hope everyone had a great March and an even better April! What were the highlights of your month?