Let’s Talk Wedding Fashion!

Let’s Talk Wedding Fashion!

This one is for the bride, groom, parents, and wedding party so get ready! I’ve been so excited to write this as I thought everyone looked so good! I was so happy everyone felt beautiful and handsome and we did it all while trying to find affordable options for our wedding party.

Since we knew many of our party had to travel, we tried being as considerate as possible with the expenses they would have and wedding attire was one we thought a lot about. I was able to help pick dresses for both moms and I loved that they were both so different, but both were so glam and had similar fits. The dads looked great too and had suits tailored perfectly for them! I’ll break this all down by attire, jewelry and accessories, and shoes. Let me know if you have any questions!

Attire: Dan & The Groomsmen

Dan & the Groomsmen purchased their suits from Next and you can choose the fit of your suit, which I think went over well. Just as I wanted my bridesmaids to pick dresses they would feel good in, Dan wanted to make sure the fit of the suit for the groomsmen needed little to no tailoring and fit their style. Dan wore a dark grey suit with the groomsmen wearing light grey, both suit options had multiple fit options from regular to slim.

Now, we gifted the tie and pocket squares to the guys. We had 13 guys to buy items for so we found pocket squares on Amazon and despite the name, cheap neckties was the place to go. It allowed bulk ordering for good quality ties. We were looking for ties with a bit of “texture” to them that would make the suits classic and re-wearable, so we went with a light grey to match! If you are like me and didn’t mind not having the ties not match the bridesmaid dresses, but compliment them, then this would be a great site for you!

For Dan, we went with a floral colored tie to match the wedding and for a unique twist. We purchased his tie and pocket square from Dazi, which shipped quickly, looked great with his suit, and matched the bridesmaids so well! I also surprised him with a few gifts to wear. He wore a tie clip and cufflinks and one of the new watches I got him. You can see those details below!

Attire: Me & My Bridesmaids

Unfortunately due to COVID, not all of my girls could make it, but they all had their dresses. We were able to create a showroom on Azazie to set up ordering and have the dress in a similar dye batch. We went with sky blue dresses and everyone picked a dress they loved on their body. The only parameters I gave was the color, length, and fabric since the color shifts with different fabric. There were hundreds of options and some of my girls tried on dresses at home before buying which I highly recommend! We were able to buy them during Azazie’s big sale for Cyber Monday.

Before my wedding, we hosted a beautiful rehearsal dinner hosted by Dan’s parents and I got the fitted dress on sale from David’s Bridal. I loved the sequin leaf detail and how casual, yet elegant it was. It was so different from my actual wedding dress, which made me love it even more! I got it tailored to not need a bra, but I did wear Spanx shorts.

For myself, I spoke about finding my dress here, but I was always looking for something with a classic A- line silhouette, long train and unique texture and I found it in the “Meryl” dress by Maggie Sottero! I loved the delicate polka dots, shimmer in the beading, and the back was beautiful. The top was a low v but the girls were in and honestly, my chest is a feature of my body I never hid before, so I didn’t plan on hiding it on my wedding day. For our last private dance and exit, I wore my new jean jacket I made with my new monogram, it’s honestly become one of my favorite things to wear!

Attire: The Parents

Dan’s dad got a light grey suit with gold accents from Men’s Warehouse. My Godfather was able to get his suit from a local suit shop in Rochester, which was such a fun experience! The moms both had glam dresses with similar sequin detail. Dan’s mom, in blue/green, got her dress from Dillard’s and my Godmother, in pink/rose gold, got her dress from Macy’s!

Jewelry & Accessories

As I mentioned, I gifted Dan a few things and one of them was the watch he wore for the wedding. As I mentioned, he also wore a tie clip and cufflinks I got him that matched.

I decided against a necklace and bracelet and kept it simple with earrings, a ring, and hair comb. I splurged on the Stella Dareth Colburn comb, wore a ring that matched from Lini + Pop, and got my earrings; which I’ve been drooling over forever, from David’s Bridal. I also choose to wear a veil for the ceremony and went with a crystal beaded cathedral veil. My something blue, old, and borrowed was a piece of my grandmother’s jewelry. It’s a blue bracelet that I put around my bouquet.

Other than ourselves, I also gifted my bridesmaids their earrings– with my maid of honor having a different pair, and gave a jewelry set to my Godmother as well to match her dress!

Shoes

For shoes, we were not picky by any means. We simply asked the groomsmen to wear a brown colored dress shoes and the bridesmaids to wear a nude colored shoe. As for Dan and I, we found shoes we really wanted and knew we would re-wear and cherish. Dan decided on a pair of Steve Madden dress shows for rehearsal dinner and a pair of Stacy Adams Dickinson Oxford dress shoes in cognac. For me, I wanted a lower heel for comfort, but knew I would want a sneaker to change into. I found my heels sooner than my sneakers and went with the classic Betsy Johnson Mari sandaled heels and to try. Then to match the height and avoid dragging my dress, I purchased the J/Slides Hippie in blush, but they were peach looking which I loved!

You can shop most items through the links I included. I also have items linked on LiketoKnow.it as well! Let me know if you have any questions.

xx Alicia

Prepping for The Wedding: My Self- Care Routine

Prepping for The Wedding: My Self- Care Routine

Planning a wedding can be really stressful and I recognized that quickly. That’s why I was very aware that I needed to build a self-care routine to help me spend time on myself, so that I could relax and feel good! Now, I won’t say it was perfect, but I know that spending time on myself; especially when stressed, was so helpful. This whole year I tried out so many products and services for some “me time” in preparation for the wedding.

Appointments & Treatments:

Well, 2020 threw me for a loop. I started the year strong working with my girl Hilary on a treatment plan for me when I thought the wedding would happen in May. When it comes to treatments, I wanted to ensure I was selecting services that I would maintain. So here’s what I decided on!

Picture by Brows by Hilary
  1. Monthly waxing was a must do for me. Everyone has their own opinion on the service, but I have loved the experience and it’s been a great addition to my self care maintenance routine!
  2. Lash Lifts. I did so much research about the lash lift process vs. lash extensions and I just felt more comfortable with the lift. I still wore individual fake lashes for added volume on my big day, but the lift provided such a great base for the wedding. I rarely wore mascara and enjoyed the look of my lashes when they were lifted.
  3. Facials – treat yo self! I highly enjoyed booking facial appointments before the wedding. It felt like a reset for my skin and it provided a healthy base for makeup for my wedding. I did facials about every other month leading up to the wedding, which I think worked out well for me. I’m not an esthetician, so partner with yours to build out the right routine!

Let’s Talk Nails:

Since March and the shut down, I have walked into a nail salon twice. Once to get my nails done for the wedding and one more time to get those off. I loved my wedding nails! They were beautiful, but I also don’t tend to keep my nails long, that’s just my preference. The game changer for me were the press on set from Impress. I usually brought them directly from the site, but have also found them on Amazon. So grab a glass of wine, put on a show, and pamper yourself with an at-home manicure! Here are some of my favorites I’ve ordered.

Skincare: I think this year was a big year for the skincare game. I don’t know about you, but if you are on Tik Tok and follow Hyram, then some of my skincare will look familiar. I have some tried and true products I’ve been using, but lots of new items as well since discovering him. Skincare only does so much though, I was always making sure I drank enough water and taking my makeup off at the end of the day- I admit, I used to be SO bad at that. It took some time to see the changes in my skin, but well worth it in preparation for my big day!

You can take a look at all my products here, the only thing not pictured since I just ran out and ordered more is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. It saved my lips and I’m on my third one, I ordered an extra so I would stop running out, I’m addicted!

Face Wash: I keep CeraVe in my shower & La Roche-Posay at my sink.

Toning Solution: I only use my Ordinary toner at night.

Serums: I use the Ordinary Niacinamide serum in the morning and at night and in addition, at night I add my Ordinary “Buffet” serum after.

Moisturizers: In the morning, I still use my tried and true Clinique Moisture Surge and at night, I use the CeraVe PM Facial Lotion.

Sunscreen: No skin routine is worth having if you don’t use sunscreen! I still go back to my Neutrogena & CeraVe sunscreens, these are also tried and true and one of them is a mineral sunscreen.

Additional Products: For body lotion, I use the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion. For Makeup Melting and Cleansing, I use the Ordinary Squalane Cleanser – no need to use water, just get a pea size and massage your face. For heavy makeup days, I occasionally use the Urban Skin RX cleansing bar, but jury is still out about how I feel about the exfoliation pad. Lastly, I SWEAR by my pimple patches by COSRX. Any time I have a pimple that has a white head, I cleanse my face and slap one on at night.

Do you use any of the same skincare? Skincare doesn’t have to be difficult! Pick a cleanser, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen! You got this!

In addition to all of the products, services, and appointments mentioned, I could say that a glass of wine and a bath bomb from LA Suds did the trick some nights. A good book and a night in were just as important in my self care and creating time for myself. Oh, as well as a haircut before the wedding because ya know, quarantine. Find what your wedding prep looks like for you and just ensure that at the end of the day, you’re creating time and space for yourself to relax!

Well, that wraps up what wedding prep looked like and I hope you enjoyed reading! Let me know what you think!

xx Alicia

My Birthday Buys

My Birthday Buys

No birthday is complete without a few “treat yo self” moments, right? I hope so because I sure did go for it! Here are a few things that have caught my eye and I decided to grab for my birthday this year.

Although I purchased a few things, I was able to enjoy some great experiences this past weekend as well! We went to a local speakeasy, Top Golf, got my nails done, and ate so much good food I’m still full!

For everything I did purchase, it’s linked below. So, what are your favorite items to buy for yourself on special occasions?

All pictures are product pictures from their respective websites.

Self Love Sunday Tee from ShopGoodToBe.com | Thirsty Palette & Jawbreaker Palette from Jeffree Star Cosmetics | MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (purchased from Ulta) | Hair Scarf Scrunchie from Girl Tribe Co (purchased in two colors) | Jewelry from Baublebar

As always, thanks for stopping by!

xx Alicia

Current Skincare & Makeup

Current Skincare & Makeup

Happy hump day everyone! We’re halfway there and today I’m coming at you with some recent favorites that I’m using in my skincare and makeup routine. I have a good mix of products that range in price in my arsenal, but if I can find a good drugstore product I’m all about it! I should start by saying that I did not used to take care of my skin.


I was the girl during college going to bed with a full face and my contacts in and waking up in rough shape with my skin screaming. Once I kicked that habit, I loved how clear my skin was becoming and never went back. Now three years later I have rotated through quite a bit of product and what I’ll be sharing with you are my favorites that I have been testing and continuing to love for the last 3 months. Let me know what other favorites you want to see from me, now let’s dive in! 

Skincare Favorites

Pixi Glow Tonic: I have never used tonic until 7-8 months ago and it took some time to find one that worked well with my skin. This one is amazing for my combination skin. My skin does not get irritated as it did with other toners and my skin feels plump and clean with it. It’s cruelty and paraben-free. I also enjoy how a little goes a long way and the price tag! $15

Clinique Moisture Surge: I can’t knock what my mama got me into. I have a few moisturizers, but I tend to stray back to this one when my skin gets really dry. I have used this for years, but am now remembering how good it is which is why it’s back in my rotation of favorites. A little goes a long way with this as well. I always can feel the difference of my skin once I use it and how much more smooth my skin feels when I hydrate it with this product. They say the Hyaluronic Acid and Activated Aloe water help to plump the skin and make it feel dewy, which I do believe it does. For this product there’s no parabens, phthalates, or a fragrance. $39

L’Oreal Clay Mask: I swear my pores are smaller! When I use this mask, I always notice the texture on my face is not as prominent. I tend to use this when I treat myself to a bath or when I’m reading. It’s a 10-15 minute mask that also helps exfoliate your skin which is a big plus since I usually do it at night and need a good cleaning from a long day. $13

Elf Hydrating Bubble Mask: This is a newer favorite that I’m still messing with, but I have really enjoyed it! Hydration is definitely provided with this mask and it’s a quick mask as well. The bubbles develop quickly as it reacts to the water. I have started using this as it’s getting colder out and my skin is starting to get a bit more dry. I can feel the difference on my dry spots after almost immediately. $14

Makeup

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer: This favorite comes from a YouTuber I found named Tati. She spoke about it extremely well and I was through my last two primers and tried this one. Boy, was she right! My pores are filled when using this, but it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all. My makeup has sit well on top of it and has worn well too. I’ve used this in both my dry and oily areas on my face! $39


Milani Blush: I don’t see myself buying a new blush for a while. This Milani blush is perfect to build with depending on what you’re going for. The color selection is beautiful and creamy. This is a favorite for the price and performance. What I love most is that this blush doesn’t bring out my texture even more when I’m using it. $9


Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer: Okay, this is not a must but it’s a big win in my makeup bag. I have traveled quite a bit lately and have needed my makeup to wear well. This has been an amazing addition in order to keep my eye shadow in place and more vivid. Using glitters or metallics have been my favorite with this as they look twice as good! If you have a big event coming up and need to ensure your shadow stays in place, I would try this out. $24

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: Last, but not least, is a favorite that a lot of people seem to agree with. I have a hard time with the color of bronzer sometimes, but this was a big win! Also, who can beat the smell of a tropical vacation that this has. Just like the blush, I don’t find that this enhances my texture and it blends so well. It’s easy to build, but to also veil in case you put too much on. This favorite will stay in my makeup bag for some time. $15


So, do you use and love some of these favorites? Let me know in the comments! I hope you enjoyed my round up and let me know if you try any of these out. As always, thanks for stopping by and I will see you guys next time! 

xx Alicia

Is Amazon Prime Wardrobe Worth It? ($50 & Under)

Is Amazon Prime Wardrobe Worth It? ($50 & Under)

Have you tried the new feature from Amazon yet? Prime Wardrobe is a service kinda like Stich Fix, if you ever heard of them, but more customized. You get to choose up to 8 products- whether it be shirts, jeans, boots, or accessories, to try on at home for 5 days. Whatever you don’t like you would  send back and whatever you do like you keep and purchase. When you put in your order, you are not charged until you make that decision.

For my experience, I wanted to find some staple basics and sweaters for the Fall, so here’s the scoop based on my experience with Prime Wardrobe and if I’ll be using it again. All the pictures are linked.

My first choice was the this cozy draped turtleneck. After reading the reviews and size charts, I sized up and got a 1X so that it would have a loose feel to it. This sweater was cozy and warm, and I really loved the different shades of brown within it. I can see myself wearing this just like this or with leggings! I would suggest you size up because if I did get an XL like most of my sweaters, I think this would have been too tight. Also, if you have a large chest like I do, sizing up is a must with this piece. As for quality, it was not too thick, but thick enough that it would keep me warm coming into the Fall and Winter. I even think you could layer this for colder days.

The pink sweater below was one I was really excited for, but was a bit of a flop for me personally. I think if you do not have a large chest, this would be a solid sweater option! It was so soft and I loved the mix of light pinks and whites in the threading of the sweater. It hit me at my hips, which I find to be  short, since I like some coverage with my sweaters. I told myself I needed to stop wearing brown, navy, and black this Fall, so if you’re looking for a colored piece for your closet, this is a solid option. The cuffed sleeves as well as the horizontal paneling near the shoulders were my favorite details about this sweater.

On to basics! I wanted a few more long sleeve shirts for the Fall for my vests and to layer, so I picked out a 2-pack of cotton long sleeve shirts. These run small for sure, it even says it when ordering, but if you like a true loose fit like I do, I would size up twice especially considering the shrinkage when you wash these. I got a black and white pack and styled it with one of my J.Crew vests. Not bad shirts, but they are very thin and lightweight like the description, which now makes me think they’re not what I was looking for…oops.

Another basic I love having in my closet that I have a hard time finding, is a white button up shirt. Boy did I find a good one through this! Button ups can be hard with a large chest, but this one fit perfectly with no gaping and I honestly could have sized down to a 1X, but 2X gives me plenty of room as well. I would order this true to size. I’ll be using this for work wear and for causal days with jeans. I love a versatile basic like this that you can wear year round. A definite yes for me.

Unfortunately, the boots I ordered did not fit my calf well, but fit my foot. Even with them not completely fitting, they are a good affordable option if you are looking for some quick black boots that don’t break the bank. The sole is thick and there is a faux zipper on the outside and the real zipper midway in the inside of the boot. A solid boot for this season and maybe more depending on wear.

To Wrap Things Up:

So what did I keep and what do I think? I’m sure by the summaries above you can guess, but I will be keeping the brown sweater and the white button up this time around, so 2/5 which sounds really bad. Ultimately though, I enjoyed this service and think the next time I’ll try some more work wear or jeans. It was very easy to check out and return the items I needed to and I think 5 days is a great window to try everything on. For this first experience I wanted to try and keep it affordable to see if there were quality items available at the price point of $50 and below. Next time, I think I’ll just shop as I normally would, try everything on, and then decide if it’s worth spending my money on.

I hope this was helpful and if you were on the fence about this service, I say just do it! I think next time I order I want to share it, but on my Instagram Stories. I’d love to know what you think- if you like that idea, go to my last Instagram post and leave me comment! As always, thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time.

xx Alicia 

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