wedding and baby inspiration, diy, design and other loveliness

Lauren Conrad Hair and Make up Blog Tutorials!

I recently discovered that Lauren “LC” Conrad had started her own beauty blog along with two other girls called The Beauty Department. I never watched any of her shows but did admire her fashion sense. This blog is great because they break down essential hair and make up tools as well as offer tutorials for some of her signature looks. The twisted sister is my current fave hair tutorial!

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Mariilang Designs & ShanaMarie Giveaway!

Lisa and I both started this blog as a fun way to collect inspiration from around the blog and it has become something we are truly proud of. As a celebration hitting 600 fans on our Facebook, and the launch of ShanaMarie’s own cosmetic line, we are having a little giveaway!

We’re giving away a Mariilang wristlet clutch: le shanamarie and a sampling of some of ShanaMarie’s upcoming makeup line!

About the Artists:

Mariilang Designs has some wonderful bags great for any bridesmaid gift at ridiculously reasonable prices. Here are some of my favorites!

The ShanaMarie show offers some great makeup tips and tutorials. Check out her YouTube channel and keep an eye out for her new line of cosmetics.

Alright, the important stuff. How do I enter and win??
Visit either ShanaMarie show or Mariilang Designs and tell us which bag or video is your fave!
The giveaway begins Monday, May 16 and ends Friday May 27 at midnight. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 30th. Don’t forget to provide a way for us to contact you!

Best of luck to all and thanks again to all our readers. We love you!

Real Wedding: Lisa + Billy – Saratoga, California {Part One}

It has been awhile since my wedding and I have been meaning to post my thoughts and ideas that were executed to make that day an amazing time with great family and amazing friends. I really wanted my wedding day to involved as many close people as possible. Besides the beautiful ladies who stood next to me that day, I was blessed to have people from all aspects of my life, in one place, to make this a very memorable and touching day for me.

I wanted to take part and be very active in my wedding planning. Besides having a GREAT planner (Thanks Michelle from Bliss’d), I was happy to be able to have the DIY wedding of my dreams!

The dresses that my bridesmaid wore were from JCrew. I got a great deal on them! The dresses were on sale and they had a promotion where there was an additional 30% off of their sale items. So I was lucky enough to get the 5 dresses. A few of my bridesmaids had to get them taken in but it was definitely worth it because they were so beautiful in them. I wanted to the dresses to have something small, so I handmade brooches for all of them out of polka dot fabric, yellow felt and buttons. They were able to wear their brooches differently on their dresses.

My dress was about $450! Brand new! I was lucky to snatch the dress at a local trunk show in my area. It was totally worth it! We really wanted to save some cost on bigger items and being able to save $500 from my dress which really helped witht he cost of the rest of the wedding!

The lovely shoes were from Nordstrom! I wanted something with a small heel and that would be mostly comfortable the whole night. The color of the shoes worked out perfect!!!

My necklace and hairpieces were ordered through Etsy.

I wanted to have cute little clutches for my bridesmaids and my flower girl so I was really excited to have my friend Marii Lang from mariilangdesigns handmade everyone by hand!!! They came out so perfect!!!

Our hair and make-up was done by Christie Lee and Quyen! My dear friends! Flying all the way from New York and EL Salvador these very fun and talented artist did such an amazing job!!!

Billy and I went back and forth with what he and the groomsmen would wear. We happen to walk through Banana Republic one day and found this great deal where you buy a jacket and you would get the dress pants for free which made his suit about $270. So we decided to go ahead and have the men wear their black suits that they already had and Billy bought himself a nice pinstriped gray suit and his 2 brothers a black suit! We customized the Converses that the guys wore. Billy had the date of our wedding and the groomsmen had their nicknames.

The polka dotted ties were also from Banana Republic.

My brother Noah, who was the ring bearer’s outfit was about $75 from head to toe! His tie was from Brooks Brothers! They had a pretty good variety in ties for boys because I had such a hard time finding something nice for him. He was actually very excited to wear it!

Part two to come…

Photographs by Sabine Scherer

25% off at MAC makeup

FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE: 25% off MAC cosmetics online!

MAC will be having their Friends & Family Sale June 16th through June 18th, online only. The discount will be 25% off all products on It is available to only the U.S. and Canadian MAC websites. The discount code is SUMO. You can also use code EARLY25. Word on the street is that SAVE25 also works! Enjoy!

Thanks to Katie from Diva Dialogue for the tip 🙂

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