Let’s Go to the Zoo!

_DSC0177-2Hey all :) Before we cue the Lion King music, quick update on finally getting to go horseback riding (since we got canceled on as mentioned in this previous post)!  We had a lot of fun and at times I felt like I was going to lose balance and fall off my horse but it was a really cool experience. *Checking this one off my bucket list. :D

_DSC0274-2Thanks Matt! I also had been wanting to go to Zoo Atlanta so we went on my birthday since neither of us had gone before. If you plan to go and haven’t been then **Warning: SPOILERS below**.  I know some may appreciate the novelty of seeing the animals for the first time. I went in with no expectations and couldn’t help but just feel amazed at the sheer amount of life that exists out there.

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Outfit Details:

Forever 21 Plaid Coat | Choies Skinny Jeans | Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag | Forever 21 Booties

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Amongst the many reactions I had, I recall thinking of Pumba when I saw the warthogs, being in awe of the lion’s majestic aura, and gushing over the babydoll sheep!

When was the last time you visited a zoo or the like? Thanks for joining in on this experience!

Vampy Makeup – FOTD

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Truth be told, you won’t too often find me donning a dark lip with a smokey eye but today we’re letting my inner vampiress come out to play. Hmm..something about that either sounds creepy or inappropriate but let’s just roll with it.

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I’m excited to have the opportunity to team up with Sephora (umm..freakin’ awesome!) and try out some of Kat Von D’s newer products. I’ve always thought her eye shadows were great quality and that the overall aesthetic of her brand looked really edgy glam and rocker chic. You guys know that I love me some lippies so naturally I was intrigued by her Studded Kiss line. The packaging is definitely eye-catching.

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I had the chance to try the shades Lullaby and Motorhead (pictured). This Fall I have totally been loving the deeper and vampy lip shades so Motorhead inspired me to do a Face of the Day. I’ve worn it as a sheer wash on the lips as well as with a barely there eye but today I felt like going bold. :)

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Motorhead is described as a matte black cherry and doesn’t swatch quite as dark as it looks. Initially I didn’t expect as much of a reddish tone to come out of this guy but was pleasantly surprised. I can see why this one is a cult favorite. Keep in mind that for any matte lipstick it is always best to properly exfoliate and moisturize the lips beforehand as application can be a bit more tricky.

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I was also able to try out her Monarch palette and I am yet again impressed with the eye shadow quality! This palette has the perfect shades for Fall and are really easy to work with so I of course had to incorporate it into the look as well.

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What i’m wearing:

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream no. 23  mixed with
CoverGirl TruBlend in m4 Sand Beige
L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Light
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Tarte blush in ‘Inspired’
Wet n Wild ‘Taupe’ Brow/Eyeliner
Kat Von D ‘Monarch’ Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Ink Liner
L’oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara
Kat Von D ‘Motorhead’ Studded Kiss Lipstick

Are you guys a fan of the vampy look? Or are you more likely to reserve it for something like Halloween? Either way never shy away from experimenting and trying something new. :) Makeup can be fun, expressive, or whatever you want it to be!

My ShopBop 25% Off Sale Picks!

Hey guys I’m back! Thanks for being nice to Matt in the last post. :) So some of you know that I try not to splurge too often but for more worthy sales like the Nordstrom Anniversary sale it’s hard to not cave! I am still really loving my finds so it was totally worth it. The ShopBop Friends and Family 25% off sale is another great opportunity to score those investment pieces or more luxury items that you’ve been lusting for. Not to mention, the free 3 day shipping and free returns is a major plus!

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Clearly you can see that I tend to gravitate towards shoes because who doesn’t love shoes?! I also believe that quality jeans are worth investing in so I spent quite a bit of time lurking around in the denim department. Here are some of my picks/lemmings!

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody Bag in Crimson
2. Rag & Bone Wide Brim Fedora
3. J Brand Mid Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans
4. Current/Elliott High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans
5. Kurt Geiger London Bond Pumps in Nude
6. BLK DNM Coated Jeans 26 in Empire Red
7. Glamorous Fringed Coat
8. L.A.M.B. Theo Cutout Pumps in Black
9. Ray-Ban Mirrored Matte Classic Aviator Sunglasses in Matte Gold/Blue Mirror

What pieces would you splurge on? ShopBop also has some awesome home decor items that would make great holiday gifts! I had to force myself to resist from going overboard haha oh sales XD Thanks for reading!

Serenbe

Hey guys! I thought it’d be fun to have my boyfriend guest blog today! Be nice and welcome him :) 

Thanks Christine! Matt here and just taking a break from my world of food to share with you a fun little day out together.

She’s been wanting to go horseback riding for a little while now and I figured what a better way to celebrate our time together than to plan a little horseback ride for two. I ended up finding a trail ride company in this beautiful little progressive village, located about 25 minutes southwest of Atlanta, called Serenbe; it has acres of preserved forests and meadows with miles of nature trails. It was perfect. Made sure Christine was free and locked in our reservation!

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Fast forward to the day of our reservation. The weather was super cooperative, there was no traffic on the highway, and Christine was nothing but smiles, excited about this new experience we were about to share together (did I mention this was also my first time on horseback)? After the lengthy drive, we arrive at Serenbe and just as I put the car in park… we get an unfortunate text that the guide fell ill and was unable to take us anymore. Oh no!! I now was having an internal monologue filled with laughter and screams. All the precautions and planning, never did I think the guide would be the missing link. lol.

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Anyways, Christine and I aren’t the type to get irate because of something like this. Life happens. We just messaged back to the lady hoping she was alright and that we would reach out later to reschedule. We then just made the most of the scenario and had a mini photo shoot since the weather was awesome, she was looking great in her outfit and I happened to have my camera~

 

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Outfit Details:

Nordstrom Striped Tee | H&M Button Up | Jessica Simpson Jeans | Franco Sarto Boots | NastyGal Bag | J.Crew Giraffe Necklace

Since our afternoon was now free, we took a private tour of a nearby sheep farm that a friend works at and then headed to Peachtree City (something she’s also been wanting to do) to tour the place via golf cart. The city is extra unique because they have extended / paved side walks that are devoted to golf carts!! It’s so awesome to see cars and golf carts all around. Did I mention they even have golf cart specific parking spots?! Too fun.

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Not exactly the day I had planned for Christine but we made the most of it! Hope you guys enjoyed this and have a great weekend! :)

Until next time~!
-Matt

Interior Design Fashion Show prep

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Hey guys! I thought I would take you behind the scenes of a fun little opportunity I had with ASD Inc., a design firm that encompasses interior, architectural, and graphic design. Each year they enter a look into IIDA Georgia Dressed which is a runway show comprised of garments made out of non-traditional materials. Sounds awesome right?? Do we have any Project Runway fans? Yes, think unconventional challenge (I couldn’t help myself haha). They brought me in to conceptualize the makeup and do a trial before runway day.

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You will often find me doing more wearable looks for weddings, engagement sessions, and the like but it really excites me to switch gears every now and then because it keeps me on my toes and inspired in different ways.

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I absolutely love seeing the amount of detail and dedication that goes into projects like this because it truly allows you to appreciate the work more.

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Finalizing all of the details and stepping back with a critical eye. Is the vision and story coming across?

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See the completed look here and here. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found some inspiration from it like I did with my experience. As always, thanks for stopping by! Love you :) ~Christine

 

Peachy Elegance

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I had the honor of attending my friend’s wedding recently and I am so incredibly happy for her! She is one of those selfless and thoughtful friends that make you want to be a better person than you already are so it’s no surprise that she is loved by many.

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This adorable dress had been sitting on my clothing rack for too long now just waiting for the right occasion to be worn. I’m definitely kind of having an oversized and billowy moment. :)

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Choies dress Bauble Bar necklace Sam Edelman heels H&M clutch L’oreal polish

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Want to see more outfits? Check out my Early Autumn “What Xteeener Wears” if you haven’t already!