Thursday, June 30, 2016

What's On My iPhone?

Happy Thursday love bugs! 

So today I want to share with you what I have on my phone. I don't know about you but I am literally nosey AF and live for "what's on my iPhone/what's in my purse" videos on Youtube. Today I am sharing with you what apps I have on my phone and how I organize them. 

I figured the easiest way was to screen shot each page and if the apps aren't well known/obvious, I will briefly write what they are for! 

I have the iPhone 6s plus in Rose Gold

the first screen and my dock apps

second screen with my most used apps
brighthouse home security: our alarm system that I can set from my phone
waze: the best gps/map app
roku: our living room TV remote
weather underground: my favorite weather app

third screen.
call me OCD but from here on out, my apps are color coded by icon. 
centered: a meditation app
thumbtack pro: a listing board for photography jobs in my area
surkus: a local event app that pays you to go to events in your area

fourth screen.
ibotta: a cashback for shopping app

fifth screen. 
yummly: a recipe app 
dexcom: a blood sugar tracker for my brother
spin to win: the Kirklands app

sixth screen.
Odoggy: when we go on vacation and board our furbabes, we can watch the webcams

seventh screen.
Apple Folder: miscellaneous Apple apps that I can't delete and will never use. 
Extras: apps that I have to have such a emoji with extensions on my phone
Misc.: random health apps with personal information

OCD, yes, maybe but I love my apps organized like this. I used to have them all in folders alphabetically but it was hard to see what was in each folder if it had multiple pages. 

What's on your phone? What apps are your favorite?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

From Runge to Ricker: The Dress {Pt. 26}

Happy Wedding Wednesday! 
Today is all about THE dress. Every girl dreams of the dress she will wear on the day she gets to be a princess. I have always wanted a princess ballgown. I didn't even want to try anything else on. I went to seven dress shops but the one I picked was the first one I tried on at the first stop. 

This dress was from The Perfect Dress in Sarasota, FL and it is from the designer Roz La Klein. It was ordered and custom made in Australia 

What is your dream dress?

Make sure to check out all of my other From Runge to Ricker series here: 
Pt. 17: The Rehearsal
Pt. 22: The Ceremony 
Pt. 23: The Reception
Pt. 24: The Details
Pt. 26: The Dress

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Stitch Fix #3 Reveal

Happy Tuesday! 

Today I am back with my third Stitch Fix reveal.

What is Stitch Fix?
If you don't know what Stitch Fix is, it is an online clothing store and personal styling service. For a $20 styling fee (which is taken out of your bank account when your Fix ships), you can have five personally selected pieces shipped right to your door. These pieces are selected by your personal stylist, who carefully reviews a "style profile" that you create. The $20 will be credited towards whatever pieces you decided to keep from your Fix. Things that you don't want are placed in a pre-paid mailer and sent back. If you end up wanting to keep all of your items, the $20 styling fee will go towards your end total as will a 25% discount. 

Stitch Fix encourages you to try on every item because they usually send items you would not pick on your own so, they want you to see it on rather than just holding it up. When you "check out" online after receiving your fix, you tell them which items you are keeping and give detailed reviews of each item to help better your next fix. It will ask you what you liked/didn't like about the fit, style, and pattern.

What I received: 
Navy and White Short Sleeve Maxi Dress: $85

Navy with White Detail Above the Knee Dress: $75
this dress had an odd neck thing going on plus the design was a bit tacky to me. 

Cold Shoulder Floral Top: $68
between the pukey colors and the morbid rose print I just couldn't even

Blush Maxi with Floral Print: $105
I am not sure if I felt like curtains in an elderly womans home or a table cloth but ugh! 

the fifth item was a lacey purple dress but, it was in an XS which I am not so I was unable to try it on. They are sending me one in my correct size. 

So.. I sent 4/5 items back. I just feel like they still don't actually read my comments after I receive a fix and that my last box was a fluke of great items. After this fix, I finally emailed them asking for a senior stylist only. I want to have the same person every time and I do not want anymore items sent that resemble anything above. 

How do you luck out with your fixes?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday Loves! 

It has been a minute since I have done a weekend recap but, I enjoy them more than a pre prompted post each week so with that, Ashley and I have decided to end the Weekly Blogger Challenge. Obviously, you are all more than welcome to continue and if you link your posts in the comments, I would love to read them! 

Anyways this weekend was the first weekend we have had alone in our new house! We totally soaked it up and took advantage of the relaxation since this coming weekend we will have company again but you know we love it! 

-F R I D A Y- 
I was unexpectedly called in for an interview at a school near us and ended up taking a job as a teacher again! John and I also had a bunch of house errands to run so we did that once he was up and then did a quick dinner on the grill. Basin [similar to Lush but 100x better in my opinion] very generously sent me a PR package FULL of bath bombs-we are talking 20 bath bombs in all different sizes and scents. Obviously I ended my night with a long bubbly bath! 

-S A T U R D A Y-
I woke up pretty early and got a bunch of house cleaning and errands done. Once J woke up, we binge watched a few OC episodes before getting ready for a date night. We went to the movies and saw Central Intelligence with Kevin Hart and The Rock. For a movie that I didn't feel was promoted a lot, it was really funny. We ended the night with late night appetizers and dessert. 

-S U N D A Y-
Was the laziest of lazy days. We binge watched food network/reality tv before leaving the house for a bit to run to publix for last minute dinner needs. We did a little grill out with burgers and hot dogs then snuggled up for more OC watching. After he went to bed, I went through some of my old teaching stuff to get my things in order before my first day back! 

What were you up to this weekend? 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Peaks and Valleys [6.24]

Happy Friday loves! 

It's been a minute since I have been around the blog land on a Friday but, I am glad to be back! It is pretty crazy that this is the last Friday in June and that 2016 is half way over already. Anyways I am going to share with you my peaks and valleys of this past week! 

P E A K S 
∆ getting to spend so much time with John's family. Between his brother and brother's girlfriend, his momma, and his grandfather, it was so perfect! 

∆ getting to really start enjoying our first home

∆ beating blogger burnout! 

∆ the Starbucks "Pink Drink". I tried one and let me tell you-holy overhyped. It was drinkable but it was not something I would ever order again. 

∆ returns at Walmart. we had bought a few items for our house, they didn't work out so we went to return them-stood with the customer service rep for 45 minutes and she wouldn't let us return them-ugh

∆ apple chargers. I love apple products. I am a die hard iPhone and MacBook enthusiast but why, why Apple do your chargers have to be so shitty? I go through 6-8 iPhone cords a year and at least one MacBook charger


What was a peak and valley for you this week?
Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Boudoir Photography 101

Happy Thursday Loves!
So obviously you can tell by the title of the post what I am talking about today. I feel like Boudoir photography gets a bad rap. It truly is all in how far you choose to take it! I can honestly say that after doing my boudoir shoot, I have never felt more self confident and fierce!

So, What is Boudoir?
according to the Google machine, Boudoir Photography is a sexy new trend that's especially popular as a wedding day gift from a bride to her groom . Boudoir photos are usually taken wearing either just a little, or well, nothing at all.

Why Did I Choose to Shoot Boudoir?
A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to give John something special for his wedding gift. Throughout the year we always get each other gifts here and there so there is never a "wishlist" per-say between us. He doesn't really wear watches & he already had cufflinks so I wanted to think a bit outside the box. I finally decided I wanted to do a boudoir shoot for him. I automatically turned to pinterest for some inspiration. I am going to be honest, I got a bit freaked out when I did my initial search. I thought "there is no way I am wearing these skimpy outfits in front of someone I don't know" I put the thought to rest for a while then as the days got closer to our wedding, I had a confidence boost and decided I would search local photographers in the area to see who shot boudoir. Surprisingly a lot of names came up. After some research I found two legitimate candidates. (we will come back to why that is bolded later). I met with the first one, Melissa from Nite Owl Photography and fell in love. She had such great ideas and we really clicked. 

Finding a Photographer
This is super important. I really researched and researched photographers around me. I went as far as to search people 2-3 hours away. Professional photography can add up and become costly so I wanted to make sure I was investing in someone who was capable behind a camera and who I could relate to in terms of my vision. Also, with any type of photography-but especially a focus as personal as boudoir, you want to make sure you have someone that will make you feel safe and comfortable and will also be professional. I knew from the get go that I wanted a female photographer because of the nature of the photos. Once I narrowed that down, I went to each individual website and saw what kinds of pictures they took, how they took them, how they edited them, etc. Melissa's website caught my eye because she is a natural light photographer. She had some examples on her website of a fairy/goddess scene and I fell in love. I read various reviews on her and I just knew that she was the one. It was literally 2am and I emailed her asking if she would be interested in doing pictures for me. 

Melissa was SO professional and really prides herself on building a client-photographer relationship. We met for coffee not long after the emails to discuss a vision for the shoot. She told me we could do anything from 50-shades of grey type photos to more subtle, glam, goddess type pictures. I went for the latter. I told her I wanted to do something outdoors with lots of flowers/garden, etc. She listened to everything I had to say then got to work on making me a private pinterest vision board. She found a very private location and set up the most gorgeous scene for my shoot.

What I Wore/Where to Shop
This was the hardest part of the whole process. I really struggled trying to find the right outfits. I didn't want to spring for the newest line of VS lingerie because I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on things I wouldn't normally wear/ ever wear again. If you go into "adult stores", your only options are insanely race-y x-rater apparel or costumes. I was looking for pastel shades, chunky sweaters and sheer coverups. I ran into TJ Maxx one day for something totally unrelated and decided to browse their lingerie section and had great luck. Melissa also suggested Goodwill. I had great luck there as well. 
  target // target // tj maxx // tj maxx // forever 21
I paired the above with various bralettes in neutral colors from aerie that I already had. 

How to Prepare
The night before our shoot I pampered myself. I took a long shower and used a sugar scrub, put on a pore minimizing mask, and painted my nails. With Nite Owl's shoots, hair and makeup is included so the morning of, I just woke up, washed my face and then drank some champagne. I was pretty nervous so I woke up and poured a glass bottle to calm my nerves then headed to the shoot. 

one of the best parts of shooting with Melissa was how much my opinion mattered. She asked me what I was thinking in terms of how I wanted my hair and makeup to look and what colors I was thinking in terms of eye make up and such. after my hair and makeup were finished, it was shoot time! I was still super nervous and Melissa could tell so she did some exercises to help me relax. As the shoot went on, my confidence built up and I ended up having so much fun. Melissa was so great and throughout the whole shoot she was so motivating and helped me feel comfortable.  Melissa would also let me see the shots as she took them so we were on the same page. 

all that worry and nervousness was for nothing! after the shoot I felt so confident and fierce. Melissa's turn around time was about a week and a half. I went to her studio and checked out the proofs and they were absolutely gorgeous. There was not one picture I wasn't completely in love with. 

Melissa-Nite Owl Photography
if you are ever in the Sarasota/Tampa area I HIGHLY suggest giving Melissa a call. 

What are your thoughts on Boudoir? Would you ever shoot boudoir? 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

From Runge to Ricker: The First, First Look {Pt. 25}

Happy Wedding Wednesday! 

A while back, you read about my First Look with John. I wanted to take today to share with you the First First Look I did, with my dad. If you don't frequent here, you may not know the strong bond that my dad and I have and have always had. When I was younger, I was glued to him. If someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said My Dad. If I was asked who my favorite singer was, I would say Eric Clapton-as that is his. We were inseparable. I wanted to have a special moment with him before I saw anyone else. 

This moment was one of the most memorable moments of the day. Having this short time with just my dad/family was so special and really got my nerves in check! 

Make sure to check out all of my other From Runge to Ricker series here: 
Pt. 17: The Rehearsal
Pt. 22: The Ceremony 
Pt. 23: The Reception
Pt. 24: The Details

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Life Lately...

Life Lately. 

amazing. confusing. thrilling. scary. saddening. adventure. love. content. upset. perfection. jumbled. 

I really am unsure of how to write this post as all the words I just listed are exactly what life has been lately. I will apologize in advance for the rambley wordiness that this post will be. 

So, life lately has been amazing. John and I spent a week up north with his family, saw his youngest brother graduate high school, ate our favorite foods, and then I got to road trip with his cousin/my best friend and his brother and his girlfriend. We also moved into our new house and it is 80% moved in and decorated. John's momma also came down and stayed with us for a long weekend so, we have been in our family time glory. 

Life lately has also been confusing. I don't know where I am going with SEBlogs. If you truly know me, you have probably picked up on the fact that I haven't been around the blog world much in the past three weeks. I took a very unplanned blogging break. I am not super happy about it but, I do recognize that it was probably much needed. I always preschedule posts 3-4 weeks out incase anything comes up. Between traveling, the move, and the company, I didn't want to be a slave to my laptop. So in that aspect, I am totally ok with the fact I have been checked out however, although I missed blogging and my bloggy-friends... it is kind of taking me a lot to get through this post. Like I want to blog but I don't know what I want to talk about anymore. Any advice for blogger burnout welcome! 

Life lately has also been saddening. I am truly at a loss as to what this world is coming to. Although I didn't personally know anyone who was at the Orlando nightclub, that is only an hour and a half away from our home. I also have a lot of friends in the LGBTQ community who could have been there and have face personal attacks in their own lives. It is disgusting to me that in 2016, people are still so narrow-minded and ignorant. 

Life lately has been an adventure. From getting married in March to buying a house in May and everything in between we are learning how to navigate life. 

Although life lately has been 50 shades of crazy, hopefully I can get back into a regular routine of blogging and getting all that needs to get done, done. Life is always going to be an adventure and although there are some rough spots, I can't help but love being on the ride! 

What do you do when you are feeling burnt out? 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Oval Brush Set Review

this is not a sponsored post

Happy Thursday Babes! 

I am not going to  lie, I am pretty excited about this post! 

A few months ago, I was watching Jacyln Hill on Youtube and she showed an Artis Oval Brush and I thought it was the coolest thing so, I ran over to their website only to be severely disappointed. Their brushes range from $35-$85..I am sorry but I just can not fathom spending that amount on one single brush. 

I searched tons of brush sites and couldn't find anything like those Oval Brushes until I came across My Make Up Brush Set. This company offers a 10pc. Oval Brush Set for $25.99. Obviously I bought them! 

(left to right): 
 1. setting powders/body brush
2. foundation
3. blush/contour/bronzer
4. contouring
5. concealer/highlight
6. upper/lower lash line
7. upper/lower lash line
8. crease
9. lips
10. brows 

So, Why the Oval?
the oval shape allows for total even coverage and less wasted product. these brushes allow me to use 1/2 of the product I would with a traditional brush. I have also found that it is so much easier to blend with these brushes and I think it is because of the handle design. You are able to apply as much or as little pressure as you want depending on how you hold the brush. 

these brushes are also great because they don't hold as much product as a traditional brush. you are able to get the majority of the product on your face instead of it caking in the brush. I also love that the fibers do not shed as much as a traditional brush. I think I have only lost 5 bristles total in the month that I have been using these. As much as I love my traditional brushes, it is everyday that I loose bristles. 

I do not think this would be a downside if you sprung for the brand name brush set but #aintnobodygotthefundsforthat so, the handles are cheap. The brush head itself is high quality, durable, and great however, the handle is crap. I feel like it is super cheap plastic and if I were to press too hard, it would just snap off. Other than that, I am in love! 

Have you seen the Oval Brushes? What do you think?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

From Runge to Ricker: The Details {Pt. 24}

Happy Wedding Wednesday Y'all! 

This week is all about the details. I don't know about you but I love knowing where people get what. I really put a lot of time into the wedding decor, props, theme and I think I found some great vendors and Etsy shops to help my dream become a reality. 

 Seating Chart-DIY Project

 favors: plantable flower seeds

Make sure to check out all of my other From Runge to Ricker series here: 
Pt. 17: The Rehearsal
Pt. 22: The Ceremony 
Pt. 23: The Reception