Sep 19, 2014

I am feeling really thankful lately. Thankful for an amazing community of bloggers & designers who make things like BlogPodium possible. Thankful for the opportunities I've had to not only speak on things that matter to me, but to work alongside crazy talented people who make things happen. Thankful for the work I do & the people it brings my way - have some really awesome people filling my inbox these days :) Thankful for this little blog space, because without it? I honestly have no clue where I'd be right now. And I know that probably sounds strange, but so much has happened because of this tiny blog. People & work & opportunities that I couldn't have thought up even 5 years ago. My blog will never change the whole world, but it has changed my world, and for that, I am incredibly thankful. xo, B

BlogPodium recap coming soon! Trying to condense it into one post takes some mulling over. 

Some weekend reading to keep you busy :)

If you're feeling crafty this weekend, these tray DIY's from Tiffany Pratt are so fun! Loving the gold stripes - need to actually make this one!

Brittany's recap from BlogPodium is really good. Love her 4 big lessons!

Jen's recap post was great too - there's always a few overarching themes that you just can't plan :)

This post from Rachel on getting what you really want is inspiring - no time like today!

The Lively Show podcast this week with Kate Arends of Wit & Delight was excellent!! Lots of good advice & info packed in :)

And in case you need to slow down a little, this post from Kate's blog is just for you :)

For more discussion on perfectionism, this post on Forbes is excellent.

Sophie's Bridals

Sep 18, 2014

When your best friend is getting married, and you're a beauty junkie, the only natural solution is to do your best friend's makeup, right? Haha I don't know if that happens every time, but I loved helping Sophie get ready for her big day :)

I will admit I was fairly nervous to do someone's makeup for their wedding day, but I think doing a trial beforehand (where we took these photos!) was a big help. We had talked about what she wanted to do with her hair & makeup, and we actually nailed it the first time round!

We did gold-y champagne eyelid, with a smokey brown liner and red lips (!!) to complement the soft, vintage-y waves in her red hair (and her gorgeous blue eyes).

Those buttons!! As maid of honour, I was given the duty of button-er haha We had a few laughs over those buttons :)

The official wedding photos haven't come out yet, but I will definitely have to share a few of those when they do!

Sophie, you made the most beautiful bride, both inside & out :) Love you lots!


Nailed It: Midnight Sparkle

Sep 15, 2014

Navy & gold is such a classic combo, how have I never used them both in a mani before??

I was debating doing some sort of navy nail for BlogPodium, but didn't want to do just plain navy. So when ModCloth reached out to me last week about nail art inspired by their dresses, I didn't need much convincing to pile glitter on my nails :) I saw a few navy & gold dresses and thought of this stunning combo! They shared some seriously lovely inspiration photos too - much more 'nail-art-y' than I'm up for! haha

I used Marc Jacobs New Wave for the base, and then a combination of Essie A Stroke of Brilliance, Set in Stones, and Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me. For some added sparkle, I used some large loose gold glitter from Elmer's for the final layer.

I followed the same technique I always do - place & dab - which you can see in action in this post. Super easy, promise!

This dress was my original inspiration, but this one, and this one, and this one are all stunning too. It's such a classic combo!! And perfect for any special occasion :)

Won't lie to you, this will take a solid half hour to remove. Worth it though? Definitely!! I had so many comments both at BlogPodium & anywhere I was shopping over the weekend. I'll be a little sad when it's time to take it off :)

What's your go-to for special events mani? Have you tried a glitter gradient before?


Fall Favourites (Video!)

Sep 12, 2014

Sweater weather is my favourite weather after all :) (ps, pretty sure that's my most re-pinned pin ever! Apparently I'm not the only one :) )

What are you loving this time of year? Any beauty or fashion favourites you return to every autumn? Or good books to curl up with? Let me know!!


ps, who will I see at BlogPodium tomorrow?? Make sure to come say HI!!!
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