Florals and Suede

As much as I love a nice jacket I love floral and fun blouses! They are so fun to pair with anything, even sweatpants! Ok, I know you are asking yourself "Really? Sweats?" and the answer is yes! I have done that before and highly recommend! Anyway, today I paired a fun, floral and ruffle blouse with a army green suede skirt, well, faux suede as it was only $12!

I purchased it as a local boutique in Nashville and haven't worn it yet.  However, when I ordered this blouse I was like Ding!!! This is the skirt! And so it was an outfit was created... Maybe one of my fav girly ones at that! Check out where I got this outfit! 

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That time I actually had my makeup done!

Since I am a makeup artist, I hate having my makeup done as honestly it isn't that it is bad it just isn't what I like. Well, for the first time I actually ASKED someone to do my makeup because her work looked amazing and she seemed very sweet. We had chatted before on Insta (as most makeup artists do) and became "insta friends". Her name is Lyndsay Kravitz and she is a talented, sweet, hard working artist! Her clients include: Jessica Burciaga, Renee Bargh, Becca Tilley, Joelle Fletcher, Pia Toscano, Shae Wilbur, just to name a few. So safe to say I was excited to have her glam me!! Did I forget to mention she started out by assisting the fabulous Patrick Ta? Yes, the man that paints all Hollywood faces from Gigi Hadid to Jenna Dewam Tatum. 

When I reached out to her she was so sweet and I could not wait to meet her! When the shoot happened and she showed up she was a living doll! So kind, sweet, professional and let's talk talent.... This girl glammed me and I felt amazing! I loved what she did and I told her "trust me girl, I would tell you if I didn't". My skin looked flawless and she was using some products I  haven't used and some I love (insert our mutual love of La mer powder). I told her I wanted bronzed and lashes and that is what she gave me! She customized individual lashes to give me a soft flutter and fit my eye shape (no one has been able to make my eyes look big) Lyndsay made my eyes sparkle, big, and fluttery and I loved it! I wore the makeup all night and my friend Halle kept telling me how good it was!! We took a few photos for fun shoot and I can't wait to get them back, but until then I wanted to share what products she used as a  lot of you asked so she was awesome enough to send me a list!! Hope you guys enjoy the photos and a product breakdown! 

You can see Lydnsay work on her Instagram Lyndsayzmakeup

 

Face

Primer: Smashbox original

Foundation: La Mer in Linen 13, mixed with Laura mercier Silk Creme

Concealer: Kevyn Aucoin in 06 and Nars Creamy Concealer in "honey"

Powder: La Mer

Brows: Anastasia in Taupe

Eyeshadow: Kylie Cosmetics "The Bronze palette", Charlotte Tilbury in Dolce Vita, Tom Ford Palette in Golden Mink, Stila Metals in Kitten and Gilded Gold

Bronzer: Gold Dust by Tom Ford

Blush: Edward Bess in Monte Carlo 02

Highlighter: Laura Gellar in Gilded Honey, Artist Couture in Double Take

Eyeliner: M.A.C in Teddy

LipLiner: M.A.C  in Strip down

Lipstick: Smashbox in Nylon Nude and M.A.C in Shy Girl.

 

Wait.. Safavieh Furniture on sale and extra 25% off?!!!

This is an emergency post! Yes ... I just saw on Gilt that they are having a Safavieh furniture sale and had to post ASAP before it goes away and better yet it is an extra 25% off! Just use code : Safavieh and boom you are all set! If something happens to be out of stock check on their website Safavieh !

I could not be more obsessed with this brand! They are trendy, classic, well made and affordable for furniture and quality! So many brands are thousands of dollars and their's are not which is amazing! The loveseat I got is soo darn cute! I honestly want one in like every room possible! Poor Logan lol! 

Here is the loveseat I have that you guys loved! It is on sale for $629 but with discount is $535!!!! That is amazing for a great piece of furniture! All the prices listed below are without the extra 25% off!!!! Happy Shopping. Now decorate that home in style without breaking the bank! 

Here are my other picks!!

12 days til Valentine's Day.. The countdown begins!

Hey y'all! So maybe it's because I am a girl or I actually come to find out rather love the color pink (I used to think blue) or maybe it is because I am a hush puppy deep inside.. either way I love Valentine's Day stuff and always have single or not I think it and Easter have the cutest stuff! 

With that being said I wanted to do another post about some really adorable finds! All these items are so darn cute and can be given as a gift or just for yourself! Seriously, I want them all and have a couple! I can vouch for the Herbivore " Coco Rose" body scrub as it is absolutely amazing! The slip pillowcase I have used for over a year and truly incredible, helps with preventing wrinkles and bed hair as the silk keeps everything more "kept" and smooth. As far as the Sugarfina gummies... need I say more other than they are Rose' gummies.. yes, girls, our fav drink of the past 2 years. 

I just personally ordered the Lip charger and Wine is my Valentine shirt because well, I had to! Ok, enough talking.. Enjoy! 

 

 

Outfits to get you in the mood for Valentines Day!

With love day right around the corner I wanted to share some of the adorable outfits to get you in the spirit. Also, stay tuned as I break down some of my favorite red lipsticks coming soon to Youtube! But for now check out this! 

After Christmas Deals and Steals!

Well, if you are like me then you are exhausted and searching the internet for the best finds possible. The best part about after Christmas sales are that next year you are fully prepared.. yes I mean I have already bought wrapping paper and some cute decor I found online. Before you judge everyone loves to decorate and everyone (well most everyone) will so why pay full price? Exactly!! So now enjoy my Christmas finds. 

Hope you enjoyed and had a very blessed Christmas!

P.S I will be finding more later this week!!

 

 

Stocking Stuffers For Everybody under $50!

Due to the fact I have a few stocking stuffer ideas, I decided it is best I just dive right in! Hope you guys love the ones I chose! 

For the Hard Working Mom's and Business Ladies to relax.

Le Mini Venus Rose- Lasts for 1 yr and is only 2 inches in height. I love mine, so petite and smells amazing.

Dr. lancer Lift and Plump Mask: Mask is everything  

Slip Eye Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Mask Sampler Kit  

Coconut Hand and Body Scrub  

Bubble bath Milkshake set

The Men.. They are so hard lol

Cigars: Local Cigar Shop 

Moscow Mule Cocktail kit

Yeti 30o Tumbler

Neff beanie- The best beanies for men 

Gold Plated Flask

Beard Tonic

Jack Black Travel Essentials

Turbo Body Bar

 

For the Beauty Junkie (even though she doesn't "need" these she needdddsss these!) Also, some M.A.C. products are 25% off at checkout! 

Supergoop Mini Hand Cream : Every girl needs this hand cream beside her bed

Tweezerman Rose Gold Tweezers- Trust me any beauty gal appreciates a gorgeous tool 

Spongelle Mini Spa Set - This thing is amazing! 

Philosophy Amazing Grace Set - My go to perfume

Real Techniques Miracle Sponges 

 

M.A.C. Cosmetics  Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigment

M.A.C Cosmetics Nutcracker Nude Lipgloss Set

For the Cook! 

Polka Dot Potholders- I have these and am obsessed!

Paris Spatula's

Hot Chocolate on a stick! - So yummy! 

Malvi Marshmallows - Most beautiful you have ever seen 

Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Mix

Adorable measuring Spoons

Well, that's a wrap on my stocking stuffer ideas! I am going to be posting a Santa Dream Wish list, Gift swaps for under $25 and some holiday makeup tutorials! Be sure to subscribe and also don't forget my youtube channel!   

Cyber Monday- Best Deals from Beauty to Home!

I love Cyber Monday! Mostly becauseI l am lazy and can stay in bed, watch TLC and also shop. Here are my favorite deals and i have included some home finds since we just moved into a new house, home decor is slowly catching up to my beauty addiction. Below are links with codes and then shop the bottom for my personal picks.

 

Joss and Main : CYPERDAY  Get's you 30% off select sales at their already low prices. Home makeover here we go!

Koh Gen DO : One of my fav foundations has 35% off all products! Discount is applied at checkout with no code necessary.

 Nasty Gal: The coolest store online just got better. Up to 80% off with newly added styles. Check out before they are all gone!

Bhldn: Extra 20% off sale items with code "thebigday" This is where I got some of my wedding items so Brides, your welcome.

BlankNYC : 40% off sitewide! Use code " Cyper40" 

Wayfair: Up to 80% off - If you need home stuff then holy moly you will find a lot!  

Gilt: AKA my guilty pleasure! Use code " CLICK40" for 40% off everything and code "FREESHIP" for free shipping! 

Binxybaby: I have had friends that have had so many babies and I wanted to add! get 20% off with code "20BINXY" and free shipping! If you have anyone that is getting ready to have a baby this is a great find! 

Revolve: My Holy Grail of clothes.. Seriously if I could die in any websites closet it woul be theirs! Use code " Cyber20" for extra 20% off sale items and they have New markdowns of up to 75% off!!!

Chinese Laundry: Some of the best shoes at a reasonable price are now extra 30% off sitewide! use code " CyberMonday" at Checkout!

Wildfox: use code ALLMINE for 30% off Sitewide! Best gifts ever to give and receive! 

 

Shop my favorite items from today's sales! Hope you enjoy! 

Black Friday Deals!

Honestly, just get out your wallet.. there is no point in trying to pretend we aren't going to do this together. That being said, here we go! Take a look at my Top Black Friday Deals!

Baublebar picks are so cute! Use Code "Thankful30" for 30% off everything! Literally! Also, to my future brides, now would be the time to buy some adorable earrings for your girls or mom's! It's where I found my bridesmaids gifts at!

 

My fav shop Revolve has 65% off.. yep, love me or hate me for this but I am addicted. This is sadly hands down my favorite store! Mom... this is my fav store.. Mom I love House of harlow and Grlfrnd denim... Mom... Just in case you wanted to know... ok... lol. here are my picks

Now, y'all know I love my beauty tools. Hair, skin, wands, dryers and anything else. Well, it was only natural for me to add these into my top picks! Like this GHD classic curl hair iron that is 25% off. Not to mention the whole site is 25% off as well! 

The NuFace Collection is 20% off all Gift Sets. Yes that means my facialist Shani Darden Gift Set of the Haute Contour is 20% off with code "GIFTS" at the checkout! This is an excellent gift to add to your list or possibly for mom as a massive "Thank You" for everything she does for you! 

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

I am going to for once make this short and sweet.. Well as much as possible.  When I was thinking of what to get my girls I wanted something that was sweet, funny, and yummy. So it was only natural I added some of my favorite treats and hit up Etsy for affordable prices!

The Bag! The 1st item I recommend getting is the bag! I searched all over Etsy and I finally found someone that had canvas bags with Leather handles which I knew my girls would carry again. Her shop is Lylagracedesigns and so cute! My only mistake.. I didn' get me one lol! A lot of girls get the full name but I went with initials as I thought they were more likely to carry initials in a nice font than their name. Personal preference! The next big item I purchased was Robes! I wanted angelic soft blue robes to be my something blue. These robes are OMG SOFT!! I ordered from Plum Pretty Sugar and ordered them in groups of 5 as things get expensive so this is why i say maybe every month or every other month so that way it isn't one huge hit with everything you decide to add to your bags! Trust me this is the best advice! 

 

Now that I had the bags ordered, I needed to fill them! For me it was pretty simple. I took my time on it and did not rush! I think a lot of girls just order things all at once. I started when I started planning wedding and finished about 4 days before wedding! LOL! I chose items that I loved so here is a list of what I chose and why. Always remember make it about you and them. They will love what you love..  I mean, that is why you are friends right?  

1. Fav 4 mini sprays- one of fav hair products ever 

2. Bad Ass Bridesmaids Candles- I needed something a little rock n roll lol 

3. Mod Party Personalized tumblers and glasses - Every Bride has them so it is traditional and cute and my friends literally are using them at work. 

4. Yummy Cotton Candy. I have followed Fancy Pufs on Instagram for a while! So I had to order for my girls.. these are delicious and so darn cute. Well worth ordering from Canada I swear there is a taste difference! 

5. No Mo Stache! Just in case I had some hairy ladies that day, they could take care of it! Honestly, again used these for years and keep in suitcase. They are practical and easy!  

6. Bridesmaids emergency kits! - Bottom line a must! Hands down we used this and thank God I had them! They even came with their initials on it!  

7. Fun Tank! The ladies over at City Roots in Boots made the best tank that said " Make America Country Again" being from the south this was an obvious choice and something different that the Bride Tribe 

8. Earrings! Obviously I wanted some jewelry and I have loved Baublebar for some time so I went and they had the perfect pair of pink earrings and personalized bracelet that I fell in love with! I also got my earrings from my Honeymoon there! 

9. Project 7 Gum! I wanted something little so I added this gum while buying toliet paper at Target lol. It is so good actually! My bridesmaid Angela (fab makeup artist FYI follow her beautybyalessi on insta!) had gotten me this for my bday and I fell in love then so when I saw it standing in line I tossed in cart! 

10. Pretzel sticks from my Cake and Dessert Goddess Erin Coffey from Custom Coffey Cakeries! Honestly these are something you can make at home but i adore Erin and I wanted them fancy lol so she did them! 

 

Hope you guys enjoy and hope this helps all my future brides 

 

Jess

 

Preventive care

Ladies, all I hear while doing makeup on clients throughout the years is.. 'i wish I didn't have wrinkles", "How do I get rid of them", "I don't want to be fake but I want my wrinkles gone". Well, bottom line is this. If you want them gone then do something! It is OK to want to be beautiful and feel good about yourself. If someone says different call Betty ford and immediately have them sent in for treatment.

There is nothing wrong with feeling this way and acting on it. We start at an early age trying all the different creams, and oils that we possibly can. I think I went to Merle Norman and spent my first paycheck on a wrinkle cream at 15! It is in our blood to want to look our best and it is ok and I cannot stress it enough. I started getting Botox last year and I am so thankful I did. Dr. Biesman has been so wonderful and has understood and also agrees with my "preventive care" as just a little helps you in the years to come.

When I first went for Botox with Dr. Biesman i was coming off someone injecting too much in me and he agreed that less is more! Finally, a doctor that agrees with this statement.  His intelligence and care for his practice was so wonderful that I knew I had found my doctor. He literally fixed my eye and not by adding more! He told me to be patient and let it wear off.. Imagine someone that would not inject anything because they want you to be better. I was in LA and I cannot tell you how this would not happen. If I were to go to a doctor there they would have said "let's inject more to get better results". That didn't happen so after my 3-4 months of being patient it paid off! My bad Botox job was a lot better... Oh and my bad Botox made me have a droppy eye.. I left that part out. Anyway, my eye is now better thanks to him telling me to be patient and get proper dosage of Botox.

Yesterday, I got 10 units to help me keep from frowning as that is my concentration face while doing makeup. He was very understanding with me not wanting to do more and agreed natural is better! We filmed a video before that where he answered all of your questions and I cannot wait to share but, in the meantime,  I wanted you to know that is ok to get injectables if you have wrinkles. If you have fine lines or even deeper lines it is ok. it will not change your appearance if you are in the right hands, it will only make you look younger.  Below is my advice on finding the right doctor and making the decision.

1. Do your wrinkles bother you and make you feel bad about yourself?   If so, get them fixed. you don't deserve to have low self-esteem because you are worried what others think about getting "something done" like Botox. So Do it for you! Only do it for you, no one else should matter. It is your face, your self-esteem, your life. Do it for you!!

2. Find a Doctor you are comfortable with and one that is knowledgeable.    They can be the best but if you don't feel comfortable for whatever reason then move on. Your gut is always right.

3. Word of mouth. If you know and feel comfortable with your girlfriends ask who they go to. Be open  and ask. Now, if your girlfriends look cray cray you know who not to go to.

4. Don't get talked into any procedure you are not comfortable with. Again, a good doctor will not do this. Now, this isn't to be confused with their opinions. Opinions are great and I always ask Dr. Biesman what he thinks and he gives an honest answer. Build a trust with your face guy as y'all will become really good friends. Especially as you get older lol.    

5. Always start with a small amount. You can go more, get bigger, but it is harder to take away. So just do a tad on the first time to test your comfort level.

If you are not ready to get injections here are my Top 5 wrinkle creams

 Skin Medica Tns Recovery Complex This will help with fine lines and wrinkles. TNS has naturally recurring proteins that repairs blood vessels, encourage cell growth, reduce inflammation.  

IS Clinical Active Serum - This is a fast acting, long term result product. Reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, great for acne prone skin. Physicians have said this is a miracle product that will produce results in a few days.

SkinCeuticals A.G.E eye complex - This product will dramatically reduce dark circles, and puffiness, boost elasticity, It provides instant and lasting results.

Retinol Reform- I feel like I don't even need to say it because this product is a must have. It helps with acne scars, resurfacing, wrinkles and lines. It is an overall must have and will not dry out your skin.  My old facialist in La makes it and she is genius! 

Skin Medica TNS Serum- This is a little pricey but worth it. This combats wrinkles and regenerates cell turnover. Consisted of peptides and antioxidants it not only helps wrinkles and signs of aging but also sagging skin.

 

Hope you enjoyed!!  

 

Why doing a boudoir shoot was money well spent!

Boudoir might be the scariest word ever to a bride or a girl in general.  1. because we are vulnerable and half dressed and 2. you have to be "sexy" in front of someone you don't know. Trust me, that is terrifying and I don't care how perfect your body is. Everyone told me to do one and I had actually said no and was going to get him a watch instead. Well, I did get him a watch as well but, I decided to just go for it. Here are my reasons/ tips for doing a Boudoir shoot. I hope you love it and I would encourage everyone to do the same at some point in your life.

1. I ain't getting any younger! My body isn't perfect but I have a man that loves me for me and I also am not going to be this age forever, so when i am 80 I can say "hey babe, remember when my ass wasn't completely to the ground?" lol. You can remember your youth in a fun way for the rest of your life! Also, having a man that loves you for you and your body gives you the confidence to start the process of  doing these photos.

2. In life marriage isn't always sexy.. lol it is real. Meaning no makeup, sweatpants, not washed hair so anything to remind your husband that you can be sexy is great. Also, it feels liberating to do this for you and your husband. As much as it is a gift for him it is a confidence boost for you and as women we all need a little boost sometimes.

3. I didn't want the typical "Boudoir" shoot photos. I wanted something that represented me and who I was and what Logan loved about me. I highly recommend taking this into consideration before you go and spend hundreds at Victoria Secret. Think about where you live, what you love, what he loves about you. Logan loves my edge. His family and him have said it before that he loves my style so considering I am a bit "rock n roll"  I hopped on my photographer's motorcycle  and wore my fav Ozzy Osbourne tank with no panties and boots and rocked it! I then laid out like a magazine spread with gold star pasties and high waisted denim shorts. Logan also loves my fun side so kicking around in the ocean topless with my friend Jami's body jewelry and swimsuit bottoms on made more sense than just a white teddy with garter. I have never worn one and never will. 

So, if you live in let's say Utah and love snowboarding find a photographer that is down for something different and get topless in the snow and snow goggles on your head. If you all like reading books try sneaking into a library and lifting a skirt a little bit, or if he loves your cooking make it fun and toss some flour on yourself and bake some goodies barefoot with an apron only on the bottom. The heels and cooking thing is way to porn. We want sexy and not porn. Make sure to just make it you. Save money and find things that you have in your closet or buy stuff that you will actually wear again. Like I have been rockin those denim shorts everyday!

4. Get photographers you feel comfortable with and vibe with. My people were actually my wedding photographers CPT photography. Sara and Jason are so cool! I told them my idea of a Sports Illustrated/fun/edgy type boudoir shoot and they were game! Not one time did I feel uncomfortable and anytime I wanted Jason to turn his head he did.  You have to feel comfortable and trust your people. Look out for people who aren't typically "Boudoir" type photographers. That is my personal opinion. My photographers do it but not their "main" thing which is why I think they did such a great job.

5. Let's be honest we want to look our best so start spinning! Yes, I started doing spin 3 months prior to the shoot. I did it 3 days a week and started eating healthy. I started before for my wedding but once I decided to do a shoot I really buckled down on myself and my intake.  I would not eat after 7 and tried to cut out as many sweets as humanly possible. I worked my ass off and I am proud of the results after I saw the photos. Looking at the photos is like a YESSS all the sweat was worth it! 

6. Badass and Pampered! You will feel like a badass sex kitten lol or at least I did ha. Afterwards, I felt better about myself that I had the nerve to do something like this.I knew Logan was going to love it. Well, actually truth be told I was like will he like? Only because anytime I post a bikini pic it gets taken down and I am positive he is one who reports me lol. Everytime,  he always says " well, you shouldn't show your butt" so coincidence or not lol I was nervous for that reason. During your shoot, you get to be pampered and taken care of ... well, at least you guys will.. me, on the other hand, I had to do my own makeup and hair because I am crazy about it. But, you all get to be pampered beyond belief and every woman deserves that!

Those are my reasons for wanting to them and also why you should. Even after you have babies, I think women should do them. Our bodies are beautiful at every stage and I cannot wait to one when I am blessed to have a baby. These type of photos can be for an anniversary or birthday not just for a wedding. I wanted to get Logans view on them so here is his answers:

1. Jess: were you surprised?

Logan:  I was completely surprised and no idea you snuck away and did those. 

2. Jess: Instant reaction?

Logan: Wow, you are so beautiful ( swwwooonnn i love him)

3. Jess: Are you happy I did one? Why?

Logan: I am very happy you did one, especially because when you are gone I have something to remember you by when you leave me to go work in Nashville..  (clearly he hates me being gone as I am in Nashville right now asking him these questions) lol so his little jab

4. What did you think about the style of the boudoir shoot? 

I loved that it was you. It was 100% you and your style and it was sweet, amazing and very edgy. 

* See ladies he noticed it was true to ME!!! That is the whole point of this blog post. Don't try to be someone else and what people tell you they should look like. Do you, your future husband will notice just like mine did! 

 

Check out some of my photos from Concept Photography

 

 

 

How to pick your wedding favors and desserts

Well, if you follow me on social media you know I have gotten married!! Yikes! I am a wife and I have a Husband... ok sorry, I am just so excited to say to it lol! I love him so much and our wedding was so magical. Get ready for a lot of posts about our wedding. Due to me not wanting to bombard you in one sitting I am breaking up my wedding blogs in few different ones. Since I love food, I thought why not start here. Here is what I used and my guide to food, dessert tables,  and favors.

Wedding Food- For us, this was the easiest part of the wedding. Our amazing venue The Bella Collina had an in-house catering company and all we did was pick what we wanted. For cocktail hour we did a bruschetta bar because our venue was like you were in Italy so it was only fitting. It was delicious and came with assorted bread's, spreads, olive oil, cheese, and pesto. So delicious.  As for dinner, we went with a plated dinner as opposed to the buffet. My personal reason on this was simple. I wanted to sit down lol. I didn't want to wait in line I simply just wanted to sit and eat and relax. I think that is something you want to consider when choosing either a buffet or plated. Our venue was basically the same cost wise so, luckily didn't have to have that as "pro" or "con".  I kept it simple. I had guests choose on their RSVP either chicken or salmon. That way they had a choice and it was simple. Sometimes when you give too many options people go back and forth and change their mind. Yes, they will text you saying can you change this to this and take away the sauce and add extra this. This was my way of cutting that out. To pair along with it I chose a simple garden salad so it was filling and everyone enjoys a salad as opposed to soup. Most people believe it or not really don't care for soup.  Crazy, I know, but true. 

Also, when choosing food take account your venue. If it is more formal then plated dinner is better option or if you are having an outdoor more rustic wedding I think having some great southern food is a wonderful idea and it is personal to choose some of your personal favs as a couple. If it is a beach wedding bring out the tacos or fresh seafood. You could do a ceviche bar, shrimp taco bar and custom guacamole. Ok, now I am going crazy, a custom guacamole bar.. lol whatever it would be fab!

Desserts- I wanted personal favorites of ours for desserts. Since Logan doesn't really care for sweets (I know and I still married him) I basically got to choose whatever I wanted. I love cake, cupcakes, cookies, rice krispies and doughnuts. Boom, there was my table. I honestly feel like now days people go with very, fancy desserts and they are beautiful but what do you do with them? I never want to eat them! So, I was thinking well i want my dessert table glam but delicious and then I contacted my wonderful cake lady Erin from Custom Coffey Cakeries. I found her years and I mean years ago in my hometown of Kingsport, TN and she, to this very day is the best baker I have ever met! Yes she travels (sided note) She makes gorgeous treats but they taste good. That is key! A lot of times the desserts are so pretty but taste awful and I told her I want cake with buttercream and gooey goodness.  

Because Florida is so hot I opted for a naked cake so the icing would not be falling off the table. Our colors were shades of pinks, from pale to the deepest magenta to even some burgundy. I wanted to add that into the table of treats so we did a 3 layer naked cake starting with almond vanilla, strawberry and third layer was coconut. This way since it is a naked cake you can see the shades of pink throughout the cake. We also had mixed metals and going back to the whole Florida is so hot thing I was thinking we could not glaze the doughnuts so why not throw on some gold and silver to them? Well, we did and we tossed some on our heart shaped rice krispie treats as well. Every girl in the room was freaking out over "wait, you have glitter doughnuts and rice krispie treats" yes, yes I did and yes they were so cute, glam and yummy!

So, my advice when picking for wedding desserts is to name your top 5 fav desserts or treats. Whatever they may be just write down on a list without thinking. Those should be your wedding desserts. Don't try to do anything trendy make it you and your husbands. Logan did ask for a chocolate grooms cake so I made it a small 3 layer chocolate cake. Nothing fancy just good. If you like pies do a pie bar, or brownies might be your fix toss glitter on them. Even if you like Jello you could do a Jello bar with your colors and a flower in the middle. Although side note I don't know who likes Jello but hey, good for you if you do!   

Wedding Favors-  I went back on forth as to what I should have. Honestly, after a wedding these things add up and I wanted something affordable and something I thought everyone would enjoy. I was going to do bottle openers but let's be honest. Do you think drunk people at the wedding will remember to grab a favor? No.. Not really. I honestly and sadly cannot remember the last favor I held on to and not because I am a jerk and didn't want it but purely because it got lost. So, since while planning a wedding you basically just toss out money I was like ya know what? I want something that people (drunk people especially) will love. Food.. Treats.. yes more desserts lol. This is the thing, if I was gonna spend money it was gonna be on something that people actually would enjoy and not lose. So after all my fav desserts what do me and Logan enjoy. Pie and cotton candy. Random but we love both. I had these amazing pie pops when I lived in La and reached out and they shipped so I was sold, especially after the sweet lady said she could custom the stick.. I mean Logan and Jessica  custom sticks for our pie pops? Yes!! The company is called Hello Sweetie Pies and aside from their darling name they are so good! And not one was broken and everything shipped on time! The prices were seriously around the same for favors no one would remember or keep so this was an easy choice for me. 

After we got the pie pops I was like ok let's add something else so people could choose which one they wanted and since we decided on cotton candy I reached out to a Cotton Candy Palace in Hyde Park in Tampa that made organic cotton candy and it was local which made it easy. Not to mention for them to deliver to Orlando was only $25 made it even better. They packaged it where the cotton candy wouldn't shrivel up which honestly, I did not even think about to be completely honest. The nice lady Priscilla told me they did small jars and could do different flavors and colors. I chose apple pie, cookie dough, and birthday cake. This way it was all flavors me and Logan liked and in cotton candy. Everyone that we spoke to loved our favors as they were personal and usable which for me was key. if you are deciding what to do for favors think about those things. If you love to cook maybe get cookie cutters and then for guys cigars or football cookie cutters. Don't just do something just to do it because chances are you can find something just as affordable with a little more research. My recommendations are to keep it where people will want to take it home or eat it after the wedding.

I hope this helps you guys. I wanted you to know my thought process and why I did what I did and chose what I chose. I would do everything to exact same which is rare with weddings these days. I was lucky enough to have an absolutely perfect wedding. 

 

My Wedding Planning Experience

Well, ladies, as you may know, I am getting married (YAAYYYYYYY) sound the horn, blow the whistle!!!  I am so excited and I cannot wait to be Mrs. Payne! Logan is the most incredible man I have ever met. So basically let me insert my first tip to all you single gals. WAIT!!! Be Patient, love yourself, don't settle and when God wants you to meet your soul mate you will. Don't rush it because your friends are getting married or think you can change someone or think it will get better... it won't. That being said save yourself some heartbreak and divorce money and trust me when I say it is in God's time. Now that I got that out of the way I wanted to share my experiences and some vendors I chose to use and why. I planned this wedding basically by myself. Yes you can too and just get a day of coordinator. Be prepared as this one is long ha! Hopefully, will help you decide yourself as well. 

Picking vendors is so easy if you know what you want and know what to look for. For me, I wanted fun, light-hearted vendors that understood what I was going for and wasn't treating me like cattle. Trust me a lot will and you don't want that or have time to email someone begging them to respond. That being said the first thing every bride should look at is the Venue. Yep, you heard me right.. not the dress ladies, just wait til you lock down a venue. Reason being is you don't want a super elegant formal bridal dress if you are getting married in a rustic type venue. Also, it takes a lot of stress out of everything else and makes it that much easier.

 Once we locked down our venue you better believe I was hightailing it to the dress shops. I first went to Vera Wang and yes they are beautiful gowns and gorgeous, however, my experience was they were trying to force a dress on me and telling me I didn't have the body for certain dresses. My gut was saying no this doesn't feel right. My point is that if you feel this way no matter what everyone is saying around you leave. go somewhere else and try on what YOU love. We can get easily coerced into liking a dress we don't actually love because why? Well, we have waited for this moment our entire life and want to say yes so bad so we tend to say it too early. The opposite side of that is not saying yes fast enough and thinking you need to try on 100 dresses, don't do that as it will confuse you and you will end up having no idea what you want at all!

After I went to another I did research and found a beautiful Bridal Salon in Sarasota called Blush Bridal Sarasota. I chose them because 1. It looked gorgeous but 2. They had the designers I was interested in. 3. Beyond kind.  I went there with only 2 people. Logan's mom and my sweet bridesmaid Shelby. I recommend keeping it very small as again too many opinions are dangerous. These amazing ladies Fondren and Nicole set up the most beautiful display, we are talking amazing champagne, petite fours all with gorgeous fluffy, feminine pillows. They had me email them dresses I was interested in seeing and already had those pulled. They stepped back and let me shop looking at every gown and not rushed. I tried on 5 and man oh man was one of those 5 my dress!!!  I knew it the second I put it on. Not because I was crying but because I didn't want it off. That is a sign it's your dress!!  

Next for me was Save the Dates, Invites, and all other paper material. That was easy for me as I had heard about Minted and loved that they were easy, affordable, classy, custom, oh and did I say affordable? They have the most darling invites, save the dates, rsvp cards and more. Also, the print the names on the envelopes for FREE! Yes, I said free! I had a custom color that they matched for our hotel guest information card. Everything was so easy with them and got delivered to my door within week to week and half. Brides can spend far too much on paper goods for their wedding and you don't need to! Trust me as beautiful as an invitation can be, do you ever save them? NO! Ok, unless it is family, we don't save them we write the date in our calendar and toss so why spend over 1k on invites that will be thrown in the trash when you can order from minted pay a lot less and still a gorgeous simple invite? Trust me use them or someone like them and put that money you save on photographers.

That led me to my next venture- Photographers. As with most venues they have their preferred vendors of which sometimes I am hesitant about for many reasons and to be honest, I looked at all of their's and was not impressed and then got to the last one on the vendor list and was like " Thank God" I found my photographers. I honestly knew just from the way Concept Photography they shot photos they were for me. They are not your typical wedding photographers, they were fun and outside the box. When I called and said let's do this they were like yes and what about this and so cool about everything. No cheesy poses and yes, they can do that if that's what you want. However, they picked out the places of our engagement shoot which was Coppertail Brewery and made us so comfortable. Afterward, Logan was like "dude, they are cool and that wasn't awful at all, I had fun" which ladies as you know it is INSANE he said that! But, that is how much fun Sara and Jason are. They make you feel like you have been friends forever and get what you want. I cannot tell you how much talent they have. It is unreal and yes you will want to hang out them that's how cool they are. Basically, when looking and choosing someone make sure they have the same vibe as you have. If you are more traditional then get a traditional photographer. Also, my biggest, biggest  tip is DO NOT JUDGE WORK OFF WHAT THE MODEL LOOKS LIKE!!! To be honest, most photographers will only put up or let you see their "Best shot' from weddings. Ask to see them all. My dog could take one good shot of anyone but it takes talent to take 200 shots of someone and them be amazing. Ask for permission to see them all. With Sara and Jason I didn't have to.. they offered!   

Now bring on the Florist!- Again, as with everything I wanted in my wedding I wanted it to be me, fun with a little edge but still classic. Every wedding florist I spoke to was like are you sure you don't want just white or some more white or more pale pink.. No, I don't and while i think those colors are beautiful and soft and delicate they just didn't feel like me. I wanted color and lots of it! I wanted shades of pink, magenta, blush, reds, and deep plums. I wanted FUN! Honestly, I barely wanted white and not because I don't think it is stunning because trust me I do, it just isn't my personality. A lot of brides get caught up in what they "think" people want them to do. Don't do that again your day, your ideas. DONE! I finally spoke to In Bloom Florist and Janessa and Rochelle got it. I knew she got it when this gal came out in matching leather jacket. Anyone that knows me, knows I was sold! Trust me, at first, I did the pale pink and white thing and two weeks later called and said this isn't me and Janessa and Rochelle said good let's have fun.  I sent them ideas and they did a mock up ( I posted about this on Instagram) and holy cow was it perfect and on point! They even did 3 mock up bouquets pictured here.  When picking a florist, again make sure they understand what you want and that they are excited to work with you and it isn't jsut another "job" for them! 

Lights, Camera, Action! Last but not least on the "Main" vendor list is Signature Chandeliers  . One look at their website and you will know why I chose them! Seriously stunning, and well-priced chandeliers. Before I spoke to Ben Lawles (owner) I saw his work and it stood out beyond everyone else in the Florida area. Others were way more expensive and yet, to be honest, had not so beautiful chandeliers. The ones Ben uses in his company are breathtaking, classic, luxurious, and just like they came from a fairytale. The thing I loved about working with them is we had a budget, like all brides you go over, just deal with it as it will happen, trust me. Anyway, we had a budget and we wanted a mixture of two packages he had so he said give me a few days and then boom in my mailbox I had a plan he designed for me for my wedding!! He made it custom to our budget and his artistic ability with lighting. Wait until you guys see what he did! UGHHH I am so excited to feel like a princess dancing under those chandeliers! My point, is don't just lock down the first person on your google search. People think lighting and that stuff is easy and it isn't you need the right guy and someone that loves his job and wants to make your wedding special. He could have easily said no, you have to choose a package but he didn't. I recommend any bride to have at least one chandelier  on your wedding day. They are beautiful over the dance floor or as an entrance or over the cake. You can get smaller ones and they are so affordable! It is a extra touch of glam to put on your special day and best part you won't regret it!  

Luckily when I found Ben, I found he also has  Kaleidoscope  lighting. Because he was a genius at the chandelier design and we needed a few lights draped around our venue as it is outside with no lighting we still wanted it soft and romantic and well, he came up with something that was subtle and will look beautiful in photos and yet still enough lighting so my Mamaw won't trip lol. Lighting is key to an outdoor or indoor venue. It can dress it up and you can skip on so many things if you have great lighting and few good flowers you are set! 

I hope you guys enjoyed my book. It will be released on paperback next month.  I have been writing this for a while and yes it is long and I tried to go into every detail without boring you, but sorry if I did as these are things that might help you out on your special day! Just think by me doing all this research I can say when someone says " who was your planner" oh it's me I designed it and it came to life because of my amazing vendors. Not to mention it saves money and I love everything artistic and I loved planning!

I will do another blog on details such as jewelry, what I am getting bridesmaids, and  shoes. I might give some info on makeup and hair trials.. just maybe lol. Kidding that will totally be a blog!

Please leave comments/questions

 

xoxo

 

Jess 

New finds I think are a MUST for you!

I swear, I am going to get better at blogging as I have so much to fill you up on! I am going to do a post about all things wedding but in the meantime I wanted to share some recent finds of mine that are now a must-have or must-read  that I think you should know about.

1. Jouer Skinny Dip Gloss Topper. I mean how amazing and fabulous does that sound? Your gloss is so fancy it gets a topper? Well, the answer is yes! I am not a huge gloss person but I won't lie I have been digging around and finding some I love. This one is amazing! It gives you that J Lo gold shimmer lip gloss like no other. Just add it on top of any lipstick, stain or even gloss for a real, gold effect. A lof of lipglosses will look that way in the tube and then be so sheer or barely show on top of another product. This one will have you shining from Mars so if you don't want that shine then it is not for you. I used this in the incredible bridal shoot I did with Solutions Bridal in the beachy hair, and ivory dress just to give you example it was perfect! 

 

2. Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream -Have you ever wondered why Brazilians have the most fab asses you have ever seen? Yes it is genetics and Cupuacu Butter blends of Coconut Oil, Acai, and Guarana Caffeine that also help their little tushy. I found this while I got lost in this magical place called Sephora. It is so weird I tend to get lost there a lot. They had this amazing display of perfect bums everywhere and I read and thought why not and of course I want mine to look like that. I took it home and opened it up and OMG the smell... ughh the smell is so good it is unlike anything I have ever smelled in the beauty industry and it is fabulous. It is not overly scented which is great and sometimes a rarity with creams. Once I got out of the shower and applied this decadent cream it was love. The Bum Bum cream is ridiculously soft and gives the most subtle gold sheen. It is not an overdone shimmer where someone might say "hey what leg highlighter are you using" but a soft, sun hitting your skin sheen. AKA the most subtle amount of Mica was used in their product! Like Brazil nothing it is a rare form of beauty and that is how I think best describes their cream. Nothing fancy just pure, and amazing.

The product is going to help you tighten your legs and tush as the Guarana Caffeine helps to increase circulation which leads to a smoother backside. Aside from tightening it will also help soften the skin. Being as this is on the more expensive side of creams I personally only use on my legs and tushy. This is a Brazilian and model Must-have.. I mean look at Molly Sims (lover of Bum Bum Cream) if she is using so am I! Another great product I found with this line after I tested the cream was their FootCream with the cutest surfboard file to get rid of dead skin. I love this file aside from it being cute it is not harsh like some can be and Brazilians believe that feet are sexy and need to help keep them beautiful as well. The Samba Footcare Fetish is not greasy so don't worry about sliding all over your floors. I keep this by my bed because I love how soft it is making my feet. Stupid I know but it works and I love it. Women do not pay too much attention to their feet except when they go once a week or every two weeks to get a pedicure. You need to take care of them every night and this is a great, fun  and easy way to do so.  

3. Little Miss Hunter Schleicher. What a ray of sunshine!! Recently engaged this gal is gonna be on everyone's radar soon. With a natural talent and knack for writing, she started a blog called HunterSchleicher.com with all of her adventures and favorite finds. The first time I read something of Hunter's was about her mom. Melissa (who is an amazing celeb makeup artist, you know Carrie Underwood's go to gal) and every word was beautiful and thought out.  When you read her blog it is like you are listening to a friend and having them tell you everything you wanted to hear about that store or that trip. Hunter is beautiful and down to earth and I have enjoyed reading her blogs, maybe a little too much because I am now like I wanna go there and there as everything sounds beautiful. She is great for nice read in the morning while having coffee or at night before you go to bed. 

I also follow Hunter for her style and I cannot wait to try and squeeze into everyhting as when you look at her you are like "I need that, and that and where did that come from" lol being the sweet girl she is she set up a "Shop my Look" section on her blog which I adore! Check out her latest post about 12th  South! 

Hope you enjoyed my new finds! Let me know how you like them with #Jesssoutherntips

 

Love, 

Jess

 

 

 

Nordstrom Beauty "Must-haves" from the Sale!

I don't even want to tell you why I love the Nordstrom Sale because it is pointless.. We all know and love it for the same reason.. It is AWESOME! Please check out my beauty "must-haves" and why I love them! 

 

Neu Lash Brow Serum- Well, to be honest their lash serum works and I have seen great results in 2 weeks.. I just ordered it however, my client that uses it has the best brows now and hers were sparse.. she is the sole reason I tried the lash serum so even though I have not tried it I have seen the results with this brand! Trust me get the lash serum and you willbe addicted enough to purchase brows. SIMPLE! 

P.s - Y'all know I was an avid Latisse user for years well i stopped because my eyes were getting too sensitive and I have had zero bad reactions to this. No darkening or any sensitivity 

 

SuperGoop Sunscreen- Not only is this sunscreen easy to use due to the mist it also contains Vitamin C and has less alcohol than most! I started carrying this in my beach bag and have fell in love! It is a beach staple now, and the fact it is easy to use.. Done and Done!

NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device- I love this product! Again I am only putting products on here that work.. This works! As we age we lose tighness in our face which results in sagging skin. Attractive I know. Well, this product sends little current through your face to help with the aging process and make skin tighter, improving skin tone and helping with wrinkles. This is an award winning product so it kinda speaks for itself. I have been using for over 4 months and I do notice a difference. Do a side by side it is crazy how much it lifts just after one use! Well worth the investment!

Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Gloves &  Socks  People forget their hands and feet. Not only do they need more moisture but how you do face masks, well guess what, your feet and hands need extra treatment as well. You can always tell someones real age by their hands (not mine as i got my momma's hands aka little old wrinkle troll hands) ladies, I am the exception not the rule:) anyway when you are driving you need gloves and/or sunscreen. I will spray my hands with the Supergoop or if I am driving long distances I will toss on the gloves and leave in th car. They have a patent Copper Technology that helps reduce age spots, tone, texture and wrinkles in little as four weeks. As for the socks, same thing!! We rarely take care of our feet and these socks will help replenish moisture for all those tough, dry, cracked feet! Another cool fact about Copper (which is in socks as well) as it has ability to promote natural growth of proteins in your skin!

T3Micro- This featherweight dryer will help dry your hair faster while promoting healthier hair!  Best part is this dryer is actually better for your hair than air drying.. Yep you heard me it is BETTER for yoru hair!   73% reduction in frizz, 86% increase in body, 19% increase in shine, 33% increase in comb-ability and 48% increase in style retention. Also, it has 2 year warranty which is great because they stand behind their products! I love mine! 

Lancome' Mascara Kit- Honestly I have used these mascara's for years. I love them! They give you full, long lashes! This is a product always in my kit! This is one of the best deals! You get 3 mascara's, primer, makeup remover and liner. All for under $40!!  

Anastasia Brow Kit- I don't have to say anything, it is Anastasia.. Boom Gel, brush, and pomade for $36.. insane! 

Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit-  Seriously a great take anywhere palette! You get tons of shadows, two radiance powders (one of my fav products) Not to mention you can toss the dual pink shadow and use for blush and take your Lancome' Mascara kit, brow kit and be good to go anywhere! The shadows are beautiful and neutral with some shimer and some matte! 

 

Hope you guys have happy shopping!! This sale is probably my all time fave and my credit cards worst day! Remember no amount of makeup or hair care can help if you do not properly take care of your skin and hair.. Yes I understand it is an investment so save as long as you need and invest in these product! You won't be sorry!  

 

xoxo

 

Jess

My Hair is full of Secrets.. Or is it?

So this might be the shortest blog post I will ever do.. I know, lucky you that you don't get to read a novel! Anyway, since I have promised and have listened and done a Hair tutorial for y'all there is something that might be better. Check this out!

 

I have yet to edit my hair video but promise it will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, there is a $50 off sale on my biggest secret.. the curling iron and wand I use!  GHD Hair tools promise's and delivers 24-hour curls. So when y'all ask me how can I go days without having to completely redo my hair, well this is it. Every client I work on ask about the hair and how I got it to stay. This is it I learned about it from my awesome hair stylist Marissa Marino. She does Selena Gomez so we listen to Marissa.

Trust me, I know it puts a dent in your wallet, but, when something works and will last because they offer warranty it ends up being the exact same price of you having to buy $30-60  twice a year. Not to mention GHD is actually a lot better for your hair. It keeps it at 365 degrees and also if you forget to turn off, guess what? Yep, it turns off itself so now if you realize you left your iron on you can continue your day without wondering if your house would burn down which to me is worth the price tag!   

I use and have two. The curve curl and the wave. The wave is good for soft, loose, beach waves. The Curl is better for tighter beach waves, and classic curls. Video will be live tomorrow!  

Saks Awesome, Ginormous sale made me say yes to Kendal and Kylie

First, let me say that the Saks Fifth Avenue sale is legit... like wow there are some good sales.. Second, I said YES...To Kendall and Kylie and I know some of you will judge me for doing it and others will judge me for not wanting to.. so I am basically screwed either way! Either way THANK YOU SAKS for making me love their collection of shoes, especially when discounted! I am not saying another word, just look below at some of my purchases and ones I still want. 

P.S The first 3 are the ones I bought.. I know so cute and I know I am supposed to be saving but they are on sale!

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Top 10 Bridesmaids Gifts

If you are a bride then you know everything can be super stressful including bridesmaids gifts! Not to mention very expensive!! On top of that you want them cute and personalized and maybe a little fun! I wanted to share my personal picks for Bridesmaids gifts with y'all. Don't worry if I find more I will add them in another post later because Lord knows I understand how difficult this can be! 

I found a lot of my picks from a great company on Etsy! They are called ModParty and everything they have is affordable, great quality, and adorable!! From mother of the bride gifts, bridal party gifts, champagne flutes, wine glasses and maid of honor gifts they have it all! Not to mention we all know how hard it is to find  bridesmaids gifts with these qualities so I was beyond excited to find them. Here are my picks from ModParty and LADIES #1-6 ARE ALL UNDER $15!!!!!! 

Check out my #7-10 for UNDER $20!!!! 

I hope this list makes it easier for you stressed out brides! I also am hoping my girls will not look at this, or all surprises are out the window lol but then again I have never been good at keeping secrets!