Whoa! What a journey this has been! It's been a whirlwind of love and passion ever since I met Luke. Life and our relationship seemed to be moving at a warp speed and got even faster once we got pregnant. Nothing has ever fit so perfectly and felt so incredibly right- yet totally out of my control. I know that sounds crazy... but I am definitely in the hands of a higher power. I've moved across the country, gotten pregnant and restarted my business in a new city- all within the last 6 months. Talk about stress!!! I've never endured so much change!!! Especially in such a short amount of time. I'm constantly learning and am reminded that I need to let go, loosen up, and be patient and see what the universe has in store for me. And let me tell you, once I mastered this mindset, things have been happening... business is booming, my house is beautiful, I'm so much kinder to myself and I'm more open to giving and receiving love- which seems to be abound when there is a new baby on the way! Speaking of babies bringing love, below are some pictures from our baby shower, SO much love! A big, huge thank you to Jena for throwing the most beautiful baby shower. I love you, and it's also no big surprise that the universe has bequeathed to me a beautiful best friend and Godmother to my daughter that is also a wildly talented Event Planner!
Below you'll also find some baby beauty that I found to be very helpful curbing morning sickness and loving my growing baby bump. Enjoy!
The first trimester... a doozie. A couple of things that really helped were to drink an ABSURD amount of water, huff a lavender sachet I kept by my bedside and practice Yoga. I'm not sure exactly how much water I drank, but I think it was twice as much as I was drinking before I was pregnant. That was the trick. I tried ginger, ginger soda, lemon/ lime water, crackers... all the stuff moms recommend... none of that helped me. In fact, it seemed to upset my tummy even more. I realized though... as the morning sickness got worse... that a lot of it was mental. I am constantly reminded of how stong and powerful the mind is. My neighbor told me about some great free yoga podcasts to help get my mind right, relax and reconnect with my body. I practiced this one (Episode 28) every morning and it REALLY helped. I still do the same yoga sesh now, and it's great for my aching back. Also note* if your lower back is hurting you need to workout and massage your butt and backs of your legs- places a masseuse wont get to unless you tell them!!! Another soothing trick- raw lavender. One of my clients, who you might recognize from this instagram picture and yelp review, owns a beautiful lavender field in New York, Lavender by the Bay. After her wedding she sent me an incredibly sweet thank you note and a little lavender pillow- unbeknownst to her I was pregnant and her little gift was so soothing and the perfect for me! Applying unscented lotion was also key in delivering a relaxing and nausea-free connection with my baby and my body, I really like using Kiehls's Creme de Corps. Almost to the day that my second trimester hit, I felt amazing! And so I reintroduced all my other scented lotions. My favorite right now is this super fab Belly Balm by Beaute Nouveau. I also just finished up their french lace milk bath and french lace cleansing milk. Totes an incredible experience in the bath... especially with some candles lit while listening to my rainbow relaxation meditation from my hypno birthing classes! Mmmm!!!! Now for some baby shower pics! Click to see more!
After most of our guests left our guitarest totally had a jam sesh with our remaining guests!
A Big thank you to everybody for coming and giving such generous gifts to baby Harlynn!
After watching the business of being born, luke and I are trying to have a home birth with a doula and the midwives from Mother to Mother midwifery in San Diego. We're also going to be taking hypno birthing classes wih Lindsay from Bright Moon births. Some great reads are this book by Ina May on birth by midwifes and Origins, about how the first 9 months before birth shape the rest of our lives. Also, right now there's so much hype about vaccines, and this is a very factual book- simply titled the Vaccine Book.
Photos by Emily Taplin // Catering + Event design + Coordination by Jena Eiden
Found this on Pinterest (oh what a magical place)! If a little contour and hilight can bring lips to life on a piece of paper... imagine what it could do for your face. In the drawing below the light hits the lips from the right, but on your face imagine you are creating a hilight from a light at a 45 degree angle directly above your head. Pop a little of your under eye concealer directly above the bow of your lips and the center of your chin, blend well with your fingers, then add your lip color.
With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, I hope you're getting into serious preparation mode! Here's a little timeline to help you stay on track for your Lover's Renzevous... and remember, nothing feels better than planning for outrageous confidence and sexual prowess!
NOW // Book all beauty appointments and make restaurant reservations. Consider where you and your lover would like to dine! If you need help deciding, Yelp is a great resource. If you're going to cook for your lover, consider trying out the recipe ahead of time so you're feeling confident the day of. Also, do you have a cute apron? Hottie in the kitchen!
10 DAYS // Research and shopping phase. At 10 days you've left plenty of time to find that perfect Valentines date night outfit AND lingerie (please don't leave this part out). Consider what the weather will be like, what nail polish color you'll rock, hair style, makeup and everything else that makes you feel super-duper-hot.
ONE WEEK // Facial. One week leaves your face adequate time to heal so that you don't have any peely skin or post-facial breakouts. But not so soon that you'll lose that post facial glowiness. See Elena Rubin for the best facial in NYC.
2 DAYS // Brazilian, Brows... heck, let's keep it real- BODY WAXING. Again, need to leave yourself a couple of days to heal if there is any skin irritation but not so far out that you'll have little in-growns or new growth. See Marta at Haven for the best Brazilian.
1 DAY // Mani/ Pedi. Fresh, fresh, fresh.
V-Day // Hair + Makeup. For hair see the girls at StylesOnB. After your hair is styled to perfection, come see me for makeup right around the corner! And obvi I'll be offering a V-day special.... email me for availability and pricing! email@example.com
Feeling fierce? You should be. Seduction at this point will be a breeze, so enjoy your dinner and basque in your glory as your lover tells you what a magnificent creature you are! And DO allude to what might be waiting for them later...
I was on Style Me Pretty! A team of wedding industry professionals and I all got together to style a winter wedding shoot. Words can't express the amazing talent I worked with! So... I'll let the pictures do the talking for me...
For more beautiful photos, please see the full post on Style Me Pretty. Also, I'm booked for another wedding at this Venue on August 13th, so excited!
Photography: Karen Wise Photography / Venue: A Private Residence in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Event Planning + Event Design: Ang Weddings and Events / Flowers + Event Design: Rountree Flowers / Cinematography: Love in Progress / Catering + Dessert Table:Naturally Delicious / Paper Goods: Regas / Wedding Dress: Angelo Lambrou via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Makeup: Lindsey Jones / Shoes: Aruna Seth via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Headpiece: Sara Gabriel via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Clutch: Moyna New York via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Jewelry: Paris via Mark Ingram Atelier / Groom’s Suit: Duncan Quinn / Gray Bridesmaid Dress: 57 Grand / Green Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Models: Abbi Crutchfield + Luke Thayer