Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Wedding: The Dress

I was terrified to go wedding dress shopping.

I've been thinking about the dress my entire life, but actually picking one out was extremely intimidating. I knew what I was looking for - cap sleeves, a bit of lace, a cinched waist, and an a-line shape. I thought it would be a struggle finding a plus size gown with everything I wanted, but it turns out that it wasn't.

I visited 3 dress shops. At the first shop, I tried on close to 10 dresses with no luck. I was getting a feel for what I liked and didn't like, but nothing stood out to me.

At the second shop, I tried on another 10 dresses, but this time we were headed down the right path. I was having mediocre success with the first six dresses, but something clicked when I tried on the seventh dress. It was exactly what I was looking for and fit me like a glove. The salesperson insisted that it must be fate – they had just gotten the dress that morning, I was the first to try it on, and it was in my exact size.

I was in love with this dress but had a hard time coming to terms with the price, which was about $500 more than I was looking to spend. I decided to continue trying on dresses, but the last 3 just couldn’t live up to that dress.

I was terrified of spending so much on a dress, so I tried my hardest to keep an open mind and check out one more store. I went to David's Bridal and tried on at least 15 more dresses. I found two dresses that I liked, but they didn’t give me the feeling I was looking for – the feeling that the other dress had given me. I left David’s Bridal empty handed and headed home.

Over the next month I contemplated whether or not to spend the money and buy the dress. My maid of honour repeatedly told me that the energy I gave off in that dress was completely different than in any other dress, so I decided to go for it. In an effort to save money, I called every dress shop in our city and found a shop that would order me the same dress for hundreds of dollars cheaper. I was sold.

A week later, I ordered the dress and I don't regret it one bit. I feel 100% certain that it's my dress and I can't wait to wear it while I marry my best friend.

Because I can't show you the dress, I've added some photos of other dresses that I tried on during my dress journey - some I liked, some I hated, but they all lead me down the road to finding my perfect wedding dress.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Week 39

1. Nothing too exciting happened this week. We had a kid-free weekend (woo!) and I got some much needed relaxation courtesy of my LUSH bath bombs.

2. CJ had his first haircut, done by yours truly! He looks so much more grown up.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Week 38

1. We have an extremely mischievous baby on our hands over here. I'm quickly learning that having a boy is a lot different than having a girl.

2. Obsessing over the LUSH bath bombs I recieved for Christmas.

3. Holly and CJ finding new ways to play.

4. The girls recently started diaries. I thought this entry was particularly funny.

5. The girls used their Christmas gift cards to buy My Life As dolls (Walmart's version of an American Girl doll). I'm shocked it took this long for the doll obsession to start.

6. I actually can't believe it, but my parents got a dog. My new "brother" is a Golden Retriever named Diesel.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation

I recieved this foundation from BzzAgent and Covergirl to test and review. I was so excited for this opportunity and was not disappointed in the least.


What I Liked: This foundation completely blew me away. I've been using the same mineral foundation for years, and this product made me switch. This drugstore foundation (around $10 CAD) has the feel of a much more expensive product and is truly a game changer.

This foundation is a 3-in-1: Primer, foundation, and concealer. To my surprise, I was able to detect all three when I wore it. It lasts all day, has amazing coverage, and feels incredibly light.

I have extremely acne prone skin and have had fantastic results with this foundation. My skin has reacted well to it, and it covers every blemish on my face with a single pump. I have never tried a product that covered this well but felt this light.

Left: completely bare skin     Right: 1 pump of the 3-in-1 foundation applied with a brush

What I Didn't Like:  This sounds crazy, but absolutely nothing. This foundation is actually exceptional.

Final Thoughts: If you haven't already, I highly recommend that you try this foundation. It really is an all in one product for an exceptional price.

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