My Favorite Wedding Dancing Shoes

Lifestyle, Style

I love shoes. Honestly, I think it’s the first thing that I bought for my wedding, and in the end, I purchased two pairs of shoes for my wedding. I wore a pretty pair of ivory silk heels for my wedding, and sparkly rose gold Kate Spade Keds for the reception. Could I have made it through the reception with heels? Yes, probably. But honestly, if you can justify buying two pairs of shoes, then why not do it? Also, the reception was way more fun in Keds.

Picking my wedding shoes was easy. If you ask my mom, she’ll tell you I’ve always been in love with “unpractical” shoes. I was in love with my four inch heels, and they made it a lot easier to kiss my husband who’s a whole foot taller than me. Luckily for me, I’m decent at walking in heels. Decent enough to confidently walk down stone stairs and through a grass yard to the place of my ceremony. But, I’m not good enough to comfortably rock four inch heels while dancing for hours on end, which is why I knew I needed to get sneakers. My sneakers were also an easy choice because I’ve loved Keds for as long as I can remember. I also wanted to add color, and I’m obsesses with soft tones like blush. Much like my lifelong obsessions with unpractical shoes, I’ve also had a lifelong love of sparkly things, and so my final decision was simple. Just like that I had both pairs of my wedding shoes.

Of course, as we enter the start of a new wedding season, I can’t help but get lost in the new wedding shoe options, particularly those best suited for receptions. Here’s my most current round up:

Rifle Paper Co. Queen Anne Sneaker x Keds $60

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You can get these beauties in white or black, and while I personally would feel way more comfortable rocking the white and gold, I can imagine the bride with the cool vibe style who would totally rock the black style.

 

Rifle Paper Co. Champion Floral Print Sneaker $60

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Rifle Paper Co. Anchor Lively Floral Slip-On Sneaker $70

 

I’m seeing how long I can hold out before I purchase these pretty blue ones! These Keds and Rifle Paper Co. team up are perfect for the boho bride. You can choose to go more neutral or add a pop of color. I’m seriously in love. Think of all the miles you’ll get with these shoes after the wedding!

NIKE LUNAREPIC LOW FLYKNIT 2 $140

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Are running shoes more your thing? Then, maybe you’ll love these metallic magic-looking shoes from Nike. Nike’s website says they were created to help you tackle your longest distances, but I bet they’d also be good at helping you tackle your most important day. These beauties come in many colors so you can match them to your wedding; however, I favor this Sunset Glow shade.

 

What shoes are you planning dancing the night away in? Not a sneaker bride? Any sneakers I missed that you have to have for your special day? Let me know in the comments below what you’ll be rocking!

My Wedding Is In A Magazine

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I have exciting news: my wedding was published in The Pink Bride Magazine. Planning my wedding was a great experience. I loved focusing on each little detail, while still making sure the big picture looked good. It turns out that my hard work paid off, and I got to see my wedding printed in the pretty pages of a magazine.

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Of course, my wedding wouldn’t have been what it was without my incredibly talented and kind vendors. I cannot thank them enough for their stunning work.

Working with my vendors has seriously given me a love for the wedding industry. From flowers to photography to catering and beyond, I love watching all the pieces come together.

Now, I’m immersing myself in the wedding industry, embracing all my little passions, and exploring all the styles and trends. Stay tuned for more wedding commentary coming your way. I can’t wait to write more about all the little things that go into planning and creating a wonderful wedding experience for the couple and their guests!

My Wedding Photos

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I know I missed Wednesday, and I’m sorry. It’s just that I’m settling back into normal life. My job is about to start and I’m trying to get in precious hang time with my family. I owe you all. I owe you so much. Thank you darling readers for sticking it out. I know some of you have patiently been waiting for more wedding photos so for all of you who aren’t family and haven’t already seen this link, here’s the link to my wedding photographer’s blog.

http://www.jessicaleephotographicart.com/wedding-photography/anna-eric-enchanted-valley-barn/

My photographer did a beautiful job. I still will do a better, more comprehensive wedding post in the future, and by then you all will be tired and done with my whole wedding (but not me, not ever!).

Her blog perfectly captures the beauty of the venue and so many of the little details of the wedding. I loved planning my wedding. I was the brain power behind it all. I had no planner, but I did have lots of help! If you have any questions, please ask and I’ll answer.

I just ordered my thank yous yesterday and I can’t wait to get them here and get them out.

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My Wedding Lipstick And How I Found My Perfect Color

Beauty, Lifestyle

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to be back writing to you. Don’t get me wrong, my wedding and honeymoon were a blast, but if there was one thing I looked forward to after my wedding, it was getting back to my writing.

I owe you all an in-depth wedding post, but guys, I just got back and I am not organized enough for that right now. So instead, I’m going to talk about my wedding lipstick, plus you’ll get a sneak peek of my wedding photos.

For starters, you should know that early into planning my wedding (we had about a year and a half engagement) I decided I would do my own wedding makeup. In the wedding world this is apparently a controversial decision, but I did this because 1. I wanted good coverage, but I didn’t want my freckles to be covered and since I had a destination wedding there  couldn’t be a makeup trial. 2. I feel comfortable with makeup and have lots of experience. 3. I already buy lots of high quality, long-lasting makeup so I didn’t have to worry about buying a ton of new makeup.

As far as my decision goes, I was also nervous about a couple things: 1. I don’t wear lipstick all the time so I needed to spend some time finding the perfect lip color for my wedding day and 2. The darn false eyelashes.

Luckily, the lipstick came through, and I’ll do another post about my full wedding makeup in the future, but the false eyelashes were stressful.

So let’s dive into my lipstick journey:

About a month out from my wedding, I really wanted to start experimenting with finding the perfect color. I waited until that late in the game because my skin tone changes drastically in the summer once my freckles come into their full glory. One day, after a run with Eric, I had him drive me to Macy’s so I could try on some lip colors at the MAC counter.

I knew from spending countless hours on the web that I wanted a berry colored lip, but not too dark to fit perfectly with my mid-summer wedding. I also knew that although I love the matte look, I was something shiny for my wedding. So that’s where I started at the MAC counter. I ended up walking out with lip liner in Soar and a satin lipstick in Captive (technically a plum).

My face was a little rosy from my run still,  but I thought the color was just what I was looking for.

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Later, I did a full trial of wedding makeup with split reviews from my family when I sent pictures. A couple of sisters thought the lipstick was too dark, a couple of my sisters and my mom thought it looked good.

After that, I started looking at more wedding makeup looks and watching wedding makeup videos. A lot of ladies were rocking nude lips so I decided to experiment a little with that so I headed to Ulta. After lots of help and testing out about fifteen colors, I walked out with two more lipsticks: a BARE MINERALS Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Heaven and an Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Sheer Liar.

I couldn’t decide which of these I liked better. I kept going back between the two. I tested the Bare Minerals first and I loved the color, but it seemed so light.

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I’ve read so much on wedding makeup that I knew that you were supposed to wear a stronger color so that I would show up better in pictures (cameras take some of the color off apparently). This basically means that you need to find a color that will look good both in person and in pictures. I was convinced Heaven would show up well so I decided I’d wear Sheer Liar.

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I also realized I wanted a little more shine so I ended up purchasing Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in Sunset Strip. When I was looking at all the colors, at first I thought Sunset Strip would be way too orange, but when I tested it out, it was perfect.

Heading into my wedding, I thought I had everything figured out. I’d wear my Soar lip liner with my Sheer Liar lipstick and my Sunset Strip lipgloss. However, that all changed the day of my wedding.

When the time came to start getting ready, I started on my makeup while the hairstylists did my bridesmaids’ hair (Southern Belle Beauty, they’re fabulous). Then, right before I put on my final makeup touches, it was my turn for hair. The hairstylist put in my flower crown when she finished and I went back to finish my makeup. It was time to do my lips and staring in the mirror at the purple flowers paired with the peach ones, I knew I needed to go with that original light berry. So I lined my lips, patted on the MAC Captive and finished my lips off with the gloss.

The finished product was perfect. It was a long journey, but in the end, I found the perfect fit, and surprisingly it was all in the flowers.

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I learned a few things on my lipstick journey. 1. Inspiration pictures are great but lipstick looks different on each individual so sometimes you just have to experiment. 2. My lipstick didn’t just need to go with my skin tone and in the end, my flowers helped me make my final decision. 3. Doing your wedding makeup can be stressful so keep that in mind when making your decision (my decision was the right one for me).

PS- the amazing wedding photos are by Jessica Lee McIntosh ❤️

Kauai Is A Dream

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So our wedding was amazing (like seriously all of my dreams). Everyone loved it and we all had a blast. Oh, and all of my vendors were amazing, literally worth their weight in gold. Now we’re on our honeymoon on the lovely island of Kauai and I wanted to take a few minutes to share some pictures. Once we get home, I will try to update you with a more fully detailed post!

The first few pictures are the view from our hotel room. The hotel staff was sweet enough to upgrade our room to a pool/ocean view as a honeymoon gift. The next image is of a yogurt parfait that I ate for breakfast. It was so big and delicious. The last picture is of Eric on a boat cruise we took to get an up close look at the Na Pali Coast.

Since arriving, I’ve realized two things: 1. It’s perfect here and I never want to leave and 2. There’s no way I’m going to have taken as many pictures as I should/would like to. I know I’m going to get home and be like “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of that!”

 

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Wedding Dress Update

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Ok everyone, here is my formal wedding dress update.

A few posts back, I talked about how a seamstress botched my wedding dress. I was a mess. I found a seamstress near my new home who could get me in, but couldn’t until this past Monday, which was exactly one week out from my wedding (I know, I’m getting married on a Monday and it’s weird).

I brought it into this new seamstress after teaching summer school. I was hot and tired, and I was so worried that things wouldn’t work out with my dress. My new seamstress, Cheryl, was the sweetest woman on earth. When I tried on the ill-fitting dress, she assured me that it was a beautiful dress and that I made a great choice (and let me tell you dress regret is real and that was lovely to hear).

Throughout the entire process Cheryl kept reminding me that she would get my dress fixed and that my wedding would be perfect. Oh boy, that afternoon I really needed to hear those things.

After an initial inspection, Cheryl said she knew she could undo the botched alterations. What a relief! Then even better, Cheryl said that after seeing what she would need to do that if I wanted I could hang around and she could finish up my dress and let me take it home that day. Of course I decided to stay.

Taking out the previous work was simple but delicate work. Cheryl worked carefully as I sat nearby watching Property Brothers. Once Cheryl finished, I tried back on my dress and we both came to the same conclusion: given the time constraint, the dress fit best as it sat now. There wasn’t much left to be done in the remaining time.

But Cheryl didn’t stop there. No, since the top now sits a little loosely, she gave me a bunch of double sided tape so that I can secure my dress if I feel the need. It was such a sweet gesture, something completely extra and unnecessary for her to do.

So in the end, my dress isn’t perfect, but it looks beautiful on me again and I’m happy with it (which is what matters). I’m so thankful for Cheryl’s sweet soul. She was just who I needed.

I ordered some more items to help secure the dress if necessary, but I’m not worried about it, and I think it sits nicely enough already.

And in case you were wondering about my dear groom’s wardrobe, I spent the night pressing his suit since he decided the best thing to do with it while moving was to stuff it in the trunk of his car. Oh, how I love his sweet, silly spirit (but come on, right?).

As the end of my wedding week closely approaches and I go into my wedding and honeymoon, my blog might be a little more absent, but I will be updating my instagram so feel free to go follow me @imannaphillips to stay up-to-date with all my wedding activities.

A Face Cream That Actually Does What It Says

Beauty

OK, ya’ll, my wedding is quickly approaching and I’m so excited. I’m also a complete basket of nerves about getting everything done on time (Oh my gosh, why haven’t I finished the petal cones yet?!). And my skin, unsurprisingly has been acting up a little.

I’m lucky that my skin is typically pretty easy to take care of. I rarely get acne, but my skin does react when I skip washing my face. My skin and I have a delicate routine. We don’t mess with it and it behaves. However, between stress, hormones, and everything else, my skin is having a bad go of it, and I just want it all sorted before the big day. That means I’ve been putting my face through skin boot camp.

I’ve been using my best products. That moisturizer that’s OK, but leaves me a little dry? Not finishing it off until after the wedding! I’ve been digging through moving boxes to find my best masks. I’m not wearing makeup to give my pores a break. I’m using serums every morning and night! I’m here to tell you that my skin will be clear and glowing if I have any say in the matter (but unfortunately I probably don’t have much of a say).

During searches through my boxes, I’ve also been digging for all my best samples. When I pulled out this one, I became fervently happy. I love Dior’s makeup and skincare products. I was going to wear Dior foundation for my wedding, but discovered it has SPF, which doesn’t mix with wedding photography. So I found some other foundation.

But, guyyysss, I found this sample of face cream, and I’m in love. I finally broke it open this morning and it’s truly wonderful.

Let’s go through the basics:

What is it? Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Creme

What does it do? Well, it’s age-defying (and it’s never too early to start fighting those wrinkles, right?). It firms your skin by adding density. It also plumps, smooths, and illuminates.

How do you use it? The package said you could use it by itself or after your daily skincare routine.

My experience? I wasn’t going to abandon the rest of my skincare routine just for this product, and figured it would work better if I also went through the rest of my process. So I started by washing my face. Then I applied my serum, and then I applied my moisturizer. Finally, I got to the Dior face cream.

I tore open the package and squeezed. I think I was expecting the product to be white, like a moisturizer, but it’s actually a nude color, like a primer. It also has the consistency of a primer. It went on super easily and I didn’t notice a strong smell. The smell was light and lovely.

As the day has continued. I keep wanting to touch my face because my skin is soft and smooth. It’s been one day and I can already see and feel the effects.

I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with Dior, and after sampling this product I feel like I’ve got to get my hands on more. The only downside? The price. It retails at $165.

Other reviewers (via Sephora) seem to agree with me. The product is great. The price is scary. And some say the full-size packaging doesn’t match the quality of the product.

Will I buy it? Yes, probably in the future. But first, I’m interested in this eye cream from the same line of Dior. I’d definitely want a sample first as it still retails at $105, but I’ve been looking for a good eye cream because this girl has wrinkles, dark circles, and puffy big eyes.

If you’ve got any skincare suggestions, especially eye creams please let me know!

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Why My Wedding Is Making Me Panic (It’s All About The Dress)

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I hope you’re all enjoying your long weekend (if you get one). I’m still working today, but I’m really excited to have tomorrow to rest and relax. This weekend was a busy one for me. I moved on Saturday (once everything is unpacked, I’ll create a post dedicated to the new apartment), and then on Sunday, Eric and I drove to pick up my new dress.

Guys, I was already antsy about picking up my dress. I was hoping that after alterations it would fit me perfectly, like it’s supposed to. I was told that my dress would be ready to pick up July 1, but I scheduled an appointment to pick it up for July 2 since I was moving the day before. Anyway, on July 2, I showed up to the store, and the owner told me my dress wasn’t finished yet and asked if I could come back the following day. Then, because she knew I was out-of-state, she asked me to give her a couple hours to finish it.

I gave her the time and came back. I tried it on. It didn’t fit. And not in “I gained too much weight” didn’t fit. It was as in “I rushed and messed up your alterations” didn’t fit. My dress didn’t even need altered that much, but now it doesn’t sit on my body where it is supposed to. People I’m getting married in two weeks from today! So I did then what I should have done in the first place, I took my dress and left. I cried all the way to my parents’ home where we were eating supper. I was hysterical. I thought I was going to have to buy a new dress.

My mom and one of my sisters helped me back in the dress, pulled and tugged, and helped me to realized that the dress was still OK, and the fix should be relatively easy.

Luckily, I found a seamstress today who said (via phone) that she thinks she should easily be able to correct the problem in a day.

I think I’ll still be feeling panicky until the issue is resolved. The seamstress can’t get me in until this following Monday, and then I’ll only be one week out from my wedding.

So please send prayers and well wishes out for me as I wait to see how my dress debacle plays out!

 

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My Daily Makeup Routine

Beauty

I love makeup. However, at one point my makeup caused a horrible allergic reaction. After that, I realized I needed to take better care of my skin. Now, I use better and safer makeup on my skin. Sometimes it’s a little pricey, but it’s worth it to know that my face isn’t about to blow up. Also, it helps that I don’t usually wear a ton of makeup (and sometimes I don’t wear it at all) so most of my makeup lasts forever, like years, probably way after it’s supposed to expire.

So anyway, let’s get started!

Before I get into my makeup routine, I wash and moisturize my face. Then, I usually start with foundation. Honestly, I’m between foundations at the time. I’ve been using samples from Sephora, but before I was using samples, I used Beauty Counter’s Tinted Moisturizer. I like it, but I don’t love it which is why I’ve been testing out samples. My favorite sample I used was Kevyn Aucoin’s Etherealist Foundation, and I’m contemplating buying it to use on my wedding day.

After my foundation, I put on my concealer. I love my NARS concealer, but lately I’ve been testing out Smashbox’s Photo Op Under Eye Brightener.  The Eye Brightener is also wedding makeup (people I’m doing my own makeup. I’m so nervous because I want it to turn out and I want it to last) so I’m trying to get used to it before the big day.

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Next, I go for my contour. Sometimes, I use cream contour. I’ve been using this Anastasia Kit for awhile now, and it’s good, people. I typically use my fingers to apply it and then blend it in using my beauty blender.

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When I don’t use my cream contour, I just use my bronzer and highlighter. The first stuff I used was a gift. I’m not sure what it was or where it came from, but it recently ran out and I bought the BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Pallete. I love it because it has a variety of colors and a blush.

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If I don’t use the palette for highlight, I use my ColourPop Highlight (it’s a great price and fabulous). Usually for work, I don’t wear any eye shadow. I simply throw on some mascara and eyeliner. From my pile of samples, I found that I loved how easily Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner goes on. I also fell in love with Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara. It’s a little expensive compared to what I usually spend on mascara, but I bought a full size version when it was on super sale.

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Anyway, that’s my daily makeup when I wear it. What’s your go to? Any suggestions? Let me know!

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5 Wedding Rehearsal Outfits To Fit Your Formality

Style

As my wedding day gets closer and closer (yay!), I keep having to slow down and think of all the things that come before the wedding. One of those things is the rehearsal dinner. Some people don’t have rehearsal dinners anymore, and if it’s not necessary, I totally endorse skipping it, but in my case I AM having one. Which means I get to think about what I’m going to wear to the rehearsal dinner.

I ended up getting a probably-too-formal dress on a great sale that I couldn’t pass up. I mean, I’ll look like a queen at the dinner, but I’m sure there might have been something more appropriate for the formality of the event (aka it’ll be pretty casual). Anyway, thinking about my own rehearsal and dinner, got me thinking about all the great options that a bride could wear on the day before her big day.

Pretty And Simple:

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I love, love, love this outfit. It is so simple, yet sophisticated. The blending of neutral tones pulls all the separate components together. Ultimately, the simplicity of this outfit makes it a great choice for so many different levels of formality, anything, from just-more-than-jeans to less than super-formal.

WAYF Midi Dress (Nordstrom $41)

Joie Ankle Wrap Pumps (Shopbop $161)

Abbie Envelope Crossbody (Anthropologie $48)

 

Relaxed and Ready:

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Planning something nice, but super casual for your rehearsal dinner? This might be your go-to. The long flowy dress will look great eating pizza, the sandals provide easy comfort in even outdoor settings, and the cute tote will fit in anywhere.

Nine West Chiffon Embellished Maxi Dress (Macy’s $89)

Seychelles Lace-Up Sandal (Gilt $59)

Steve Madden Linen Tassel Tote (Nordstrom $90)

 

Feisty and Formal:

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For the bride who is going full-out for her rehearsal dinner, this outfit has an extra layer of sophistication. The full length gown pairs perfectly with classy black heals and simple, neutral cross-body.

Calvin Klein Crepe Cold-Shoulder Gown (Macy’s $119)

Cape Robbin Braided Sandal (Nordstrom Rack $27)

French Connection Small Crossbody (Gilt $50)

 

Boho Beauty:

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Wanting to look go-with-the-flow but still put together? Then this above-the-knee, loose dress, flower patterned espadrille wedges, and neutral tote is for you. You’ll look like you’re floating on a cloud throughout the entire rehearsal.

Talana Dress (Anthropologie $148)

Nell Embroidered Espadrille Wedges (Lulus $47)

Giani Bernini Leather Zip Satchel (Macy’s $108)

 

Lady And The Lace:

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This get-up is a step closer to the formal side. The cute lace pattern keeps this look on the fancy side. It goes beautifully with a simple black clutch and nude wedges. This neutral ensemble is like a little preview to the glowing bride you’ll be the next day.

Free People Lace Dress (Nordstrom Rack $45)

Jessica Simpson Sherron Sandal (Nordstrom $79)

Black Tassel Clutch (Lulus $39)

 

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