Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Wedding Countdown: 3 Weeks To Go!

Three. Weeks. To. Go.

When did that happen?

Last Friday, I had my last dress fitting. If I were to sum up what the wedding planning experience was like for me, the one word that pops right into my head is surreal. Everything has been so incredibly surreal. The surprise proposal, choosing a destination wedding, our engagement party, deciding on flowers, the cake, the colours... it's all been leading up to one day. A day that has seemed so far away that often times, didn't feel real.

But on Friday, as I stepped into my dress, it hit me. I started imaging what the day would be like... how I would feel, how I would look, being surrounded by the most incredible people I know, seeing my Dad (this one evokes some serious happy tears) and looking into Sebastian's eyes and saying I do.

Then I had to stop thinking about it because I got too excited.

So, let's dive into what's been going on lately, shall we?

(If you missed the first part of the countdown, you can catch up right here xx)


I've kept true to my new beauty routine (read here if you missed it), and I've been feeling so, so good. A huge part of what's making me feel this way, I think, is because it feels freaking fan-tas-tic to consciously take care of my face and skin. Whenever I've been overwhelmed with busyness in the past, my needs are always the first to be put to the back burner, but now? Now I'm making myself a priority. That small shift has the strength to move mountains, I tell you.

What's new in the world o' beauty?

1. Rosehip Oil. This stuff! Man o man, it's goooooood. (Possibly yeilds secret super powers) My skin has been SUPA dry lately (thanks, extended Winter!), so I've started applying Rosehip oil after I wash my face before hopping into bed. It's like a surge of moisture to my skin. Highly recommended.

I've also heard that this stuff can actually even out your skin, and make it more radiant. I just introduced this gem into my world over the past week and a half so I'll keep you updated if I see any differences.

2. Body Wrap. Have you heard of the slimming body wraps? I haven't actually done this yet, but am seriously considering it. (Who wouldn't when they advertise noticeable results in just ONE session?) I'm throwing it over to you: Have you had a body wrap before? What did you think? Did you see any difference? Did your skin feel better? (I heard they're great for detoxifying too!) Or do you think it's all a trick?

3. New Hair! SHAZAMMM! I'm like a brand new woman! I dyed my hair a darker brown a couple of months ago and it was just getting too dark for my liking (oh hello, pale skin!), so I decided to jump on the ombre train and take things to a whole 'nother level with lighter tones.

The results...


For a girl who has never considered herself a morning person, my energy levels are through the roof! I don't think this can be credited to any one thing but a combination of taking care of my body with the right foods, hitting the gym for some wicked workouts, and most importantly, listening to what my body wants. While I've been seeing physical changes in my body, how I've been feeling has taken everything to a whole different level.

And just while we're on that topic right there, what if we focused more on how we feel rather than how we look? I used to hit the gym, and during my workouts, think to myself "I have to lose X amount of weight" "Keep going, you need to tone! You need to have a better stomach! Better legs!" I'd visualize my "perfect" body, while belittling what I had in that moment. Not good!

Now, I'm a lot more in tune to how my body is feeling, I've become gentle with myself which has boosted my self-confidence and turned my workouts from a place where I'd feel less-than-good about my body into something refreshing and enjoyable. I no longer work out to look good. I workout to feel good. And that has made all the difference in the world.

Now for the fun stuff! A recipe! Lately I've been starting my mornings off right with this incredible smoothie. It's filling, chock-full of healthy ingredients, and it's basically a full-on party for your taste buds!

The Classic Green Monster
*Makes 1 serving/2 cups

What you'll need:
  • 1 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1 ripe banana, preferably peeled + frozen
  • 2 handfuls organic spinach or 1 handful kale
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds OR 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp nut butter, optional
  • 1-3 ice cubes
  • protein powder of choice, optional
Directions: Starting with the liquid, add in 1 cup of milk of your choice. Now add in the chia or flax and nut butter. Next, add in the spinach followed by the banana on top. Blend until smooth. Add in your ice cubes and blend some more. Serves 1- about 2 cups.

*Can I just say that Chia Seeds are MAGICAL? Seriously. I would shout my love for these little dudes from rooftops any day. They work!


The past couple of weeks have been a little slow moving on the Wedding front. We had planned to have everything done by now, but alas, Easter feasting became a priority. Followed by Easter food comas, you know how it goes.

  • Final song list! Music has got to be the HARDEST aspect to decide on. Have you attended a wedding and thought "Wow! Their playlist is off-the-hook!"? Suggestions are welcome! I would love to hear.
  • Stationary (being printed today! Hurray!)
  • Hair + beauty decisions
  • Speeches
  • Ring insurance (in the works)
  • Pick up the dress!

  • I'm feeling really good about where we're at right now. Every little piece of the puzzle is coming together, and there's such a huge sense of accomplishment whenever we get something done. (Like packing one of our suitcases full of what we need to bring! Check and check, double high five!)

    Now, for a few Q's: What were your most memorable moments as a guest at a wedding? And if you're married... what were some of the last minute details? Any advice? Wishing you the most incredible Wednesday! Make the most of it xx

    Images: 1. (original unknown) // 2. Oh She Glows // 3. Striking Truths // 4. One To Wed


    1. I love the new hair! A great reminder that better weather is on the way (since my hair always lightens when I get out and enjoy that beautiful sun.) I can't wait to see pics of you in your dress!

      I LOVE weddings/receptions, and I've noticed most of my favorite moments are related to the people. They're all about celebrating all the love in your life.

      That being said, I was once at a reception that was legitimately crashed. It was at a country club, and some guy came in from the bar in ratty jeans and a t-shirt and NO ONE knew who he was! But we welcomed him on the floor and had a good time with him.

    2. Hi Allie! Wow, so excited for you and wishing you the best on your wonderful day! I remember my wedding being like the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner - we spent SOOO much time preparing, and we enjoyed it tremendously but it went by FAST! Anyway, I don't know if these will cover anything you haven't already covered, but I blogged my "I'm Glad I Did/I Wish I Had" list from the wedding here (we did a destination wedding - at Disney World) and it might be useful :)

    3. Such an exciting post. I love all of the beauty stuff. First off you are gorgeous! Can i take your hair...amazing. I seriously need a beauty routine. I do good for a little while but like you said get too busy.

      Im so excited that ive started a workout routine and am eating healthier..the energy level is great! I like the idea of focusing on how the body is feeling.

      Congrats on the wedding. I love destination weddings! I cant wait to start planning my wedding.

    4. Congrats on the wedding! This is all so exciting and I am sure your wedding will be gorgeous! I am just starting the planning process and got my dress on Monday! I am definitely going to keep following your countdown...I can tell it is definitely going to help. Thank you for sharing! xo Maddie

    5. all i need to suggest as far as wedding music goes: abba's dancing queen. i so vividly remember that being the FIRST song played after all the formal dances... and everyone piled onto the dance floor, and my mom and i twirled around like 6 year olds...

      im telling you, when im 40+, i'm going to star in mamma mia JUST so i can sing those songs...

      yummm for green smoothies and YAY! for taking care of yourself!

      1. as soon as i read your suggestion, i had a full-on smile! definitely have to write that one down, i can picture everyone rocking out to it :)

        i cannot WAIT to twirl around like 6 year olds! i think all these comments are just making me even more excited..

    6. Your hair looks gorgeous! I cannot imagine being three weeks out from my wedding, it must be the best feeling in the world! I'm mad curious about the slimming wrap too. I mean, instant results? It has to be too good to be true, but I want to try it just for the sake of knowing.

    7. music is ridiculously hard! We still don't have half of our songs nailed down yet, and I'm hoping we don't run it to the wire (but we probably will). You are so close! Enjoy these last few weeks, I hope they bring lots of joy.

    8. Here is how we did our music:
      Processional. First dance, and dad/daughter we actually really chose together and agreed on. Bouquet toss was always going to have "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen in the background. All the other songs (recessional, bridal party intro, cake cutting etc) we picked out of a hat! We had a bunch of songs we really liked and couldn't decide where they should go. To make it easy on ourselves, we just threw them all into a hat :P I know that kind of chance doesn't work for some people when planning a wedding but it could really be just that easy. We also let our DJ choose what would be playing during the reception. We gave him some must plays and do not plays but otherwise, it was up to him.
      It sounds like you're on your way with everything! Time is about to go by really quickly so don't let the small stories and moments get away from you <3

    9. oh man, how exciting! I have uumm everything left on my to-do list

    10. I'm so into chia seeds right now too. I could be overdosing on omega-3's.