Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bangin’ Bangs

Every once in a while, I feel like playing a grown-up version of dress-up! That means, I feel like dressing differently than I normally do or changing my hair or makeup. It’s funny how changes like that can alter how you walk or your personality. The other day, I took my clip-in bangs for a spin again. I forgot that I had them, but came across them looking for nail polish. According to my friends, it changed my look completely, which made it even more fun!

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I bought the bangs at Ulta, and they are the Ken Paves brand called Hairdo! Obviously, you’ll have to match them to your own hair color. Here’s a pic of what the box looks like.

So, mix it up a bit, and go buy some bangs! You’ll enjoy it! What have you done to change up your look?

Bridal Portraits

Yesterday, I got to take my bridal portraits! A much bigger deal to me than to any of you, but I was still really excited! Well, I was excited until about 2 hours before when I was getting ready. That was when the pressure hit. It seemed like every move I did on my makeup had to be so precise or the pictures would be ruined. I finally had to tell myself, “Um, Cariann, you do your makeup every single day. Stop being a drama queen”! Once we got to Chateau Cocomar, The stress just went away, and I was pumped to take the pictures. I like to think I’m pretty photogenic, so the task of posing seemed pretty stress-free to me. My photographer was fun, and helped my parents and me feel at ease. I liked that he gave me directions instead of just letting me sit there making random faces. He looked at the pictures I brought for ideas and showed me his so we could be on the same page. Luckily, we had similar tastes! My favorite phrase from the photographer had to be, “Show me your ‘I’m the shit’ face”. We booked the place for an hour, but ended up staying 1.5 hours. They didn’t charge us for going over, but I never realized how fast the time would pass. The chateau had so many beautiful photo locations, which made it so difficult to narrow down. I can’t wait to see my photos, and won’t be posting any of them on here until after the wedding! Sorry, but you will have to wait just like everyone else!

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Post Valentines Day

I wanted to give the world a couple days to come down from the Vday high (or low) before posting my own little Valentine recap! With the new restaurant taking up a lot of my fiance’s time, we kept the celebration of love pretty low key this year. Even though I told him he didn’t need to get me anything, and I would rather save the money for our upcoming honeymoon, he surprised me with red and pink roses along with some chocolate covered strawberries. In return, I cooked him a dinner of some of his fave foods. It’s the little things, you know?! BONUS: I got to use one of my bachelorette gifts ( a heart covered apron) while preparing the feast! For all of you curious cats out there, the strawberries didn’t last long and I could only manage to share 1 with Blake…oops! Did you get any neat or thoughtful gifts for someone else or even yourself?

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The Stuff-Your-Face Show

The past week or so has been crazy with Valentines Day and a food show my fiance and I attended! It seriously was a show/expo of all the vendors Ben E. Keith uses to provide food to restaurants, food trucks, hospitals, etc. We were there to look at various foods for the restaurant and the our food truck! If you’re like me, and try to watch what you eat, you save your cheat days for the really good stuff. Boy, did I save my cheat day for the right day! To start, Ben E. Keith payed for our hotel room. The evening we arrived, they hosted a meet and greet with open bar and passed h’ordeurves. Being someone that doean’t particularly love lamb, the lamb lollipops were fantastic! The vodka tonic chaser didn’t hurt either! After the soiree, everyone that wanted to went to an after-party in the hotel lobby. Of course, all drinks were charged to the room, for which BEK was paying!  SCORE! I like a good bargain, but I LOVE getting free stuff!  Then, the whole next day was spent trying various foods like duck, quail, and veal, along with every fried food and dessert imaginable! It was nice spending the day stuffing our faces! I convinced myself that walking around the convention center multiple times worked off some of those treats. What’s your favorite cheat day treat?

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#SochiProblems

ImageJust say it! You aren’t surprised there are endless issues with the Sochi Olympics. I’m not. I still don’t know why the games would be held there. Let’s face it. The Winter games are the ugly stepchild to the Summer Olympics, but the committee seriously dropped the ball on this one. I want to know who the person was in the meeting of the olympic minds that stood up and said, “Sochi.” Were the only other suggestions Yemen or Libya? Must have been because that’s the only reason I can come up with that made Sochi seem like a brilliant idea. Were no other slums in a country of political unrest and terrorist threats available at this time? If I worked hard like those athletes and got sent to Sochi, I would be like, “I’ve spent my life training to be the best athlete and I get hit with this shit?!” Let’s not forget the journalists who are dealing with the conditions as well. If you’re like me, you’ve been obsessed with the trending #SochiProblems tweets. I can’t stop reading them. They are both hilarious and disgusting. I know Russia has said they’ve spent the better part of 7 years preparing for these games, but I can’t help but think that the person that was in charge of this project was the “Milton” of the office. (Kudos if you got that office space reference) Nobody really knew what he did, and he, along with the games) got shuffled around floor to floor to the point of nobody knowing where to find him. It’s like a month before, they had an “oh shit” moment and decided to buckle down on the Olympic games plan. The slogan for the games is “Hot. Cool. Yours.” meaning the weather is cold, but the hospitality is warm. Ummm, couple problems with this slogan. 1. It wasn’t cold enough in Russia. They’re making snow. I know we all think it’s freezing there all the time because, well, it’s Russia. Turns out it isn’t. 2. Warm hospitality? More like no hospitality. Most of the “hotels” don’t even have lobbies. You know, the things that provide hospitality. 3. Yours? Isn’t Russia communist?! So, nothing is yours. I am already obsessed with these disaster Olympics, and will be tuning in tonight for the Opening! If you’re curious about the concerns there or want to read the hilarious tweets, here are some of my favorites I’ve read lately.

http://www.complex.com/sports/2014/02/5-stories-have-us-worried-about-2014-winter-olympics-sochi

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/sochi-olympics/sochiproblems-journalists-complain-about-hotel-rooms-online-n23391

Anyone else completely obsessed with the #SochiProblems tweets?