Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: The First Look

Back with Wedding Wednesday programming, this week I'm sharing out our "First Look".

Tyler & I decided to do a "First Look" for several reasons. Mostly because we were just so excited to see each other, & also to fix some of the logistics of the day (the timing of our ceremony with the sunlight meant that the time we could spend taking photos outside after the "I Do's" would be very brief). The biggest reason? We are both BIG criers, & I wanted to get the majority of my tears out with enough time to re-powder my face before walking down the aisle (so vain, I know!)

We elected to read the traditional vows during our ceremony, but wrote personalized messages to each other to read during our First Look. Cue the waterworks. I walked around the clump of trees to see where Tyler was standing and burst into tears. The anticipation of the day, the weight of the moment (FOR-EV-ER), the culmination of millions of tiny details, it all came flowing up & I literally thought my heart would burst with so much love.

After we read our messages to each other & took some time to soak up the silence of just the two of us, I freshened my make-up & we continued on with the majority of the bride & groom portraits. It was so lovely to have this time, just the two of us, before we were tired & hungry. I honestly don't think we would have gotten pictures that captured the excitement we held for our pending union if we didn't do them before the ceremony!

I understand why people would choose to wait until the aisle to see each other. But for us, our vision, our day, the First Look was one of our favorite parts & I am certainly glad that we did it!
Did you have a First Look? Or are you planning one?
It is just a trend? Or a wedding event that is here to stay?
What is your favorite First Look moment?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

blanket love

{ What I Wore to coffee & errands: scarf ℅ Aerie // jean jacket ℅ Paige Denim // J.Crew white denim + baseball tee // Converse sneakers // Michael Kors packpack ℅ Dillard's Green Hills }

All Photos | Kate Davis Photo
Photo Location: DCXV mural in 12 South
Nashville is holding out on full blown Fall. Over the weekend I could have easily sat by the pool in my swimsuit (would have been nice if I wasn't grading a 5 foot stack of papers instead!)
So in order to ease my way in, I am mixing up my own transitional style. White jeans, gray accents, & a blanket scarf? Sounds good to me!

Speaking of this blanket scarf - it IS the size of a blanket, & might be the most fabulous scarf I have ever worn!
Nashville ladies, don't forget about the amazing selection of bags & watches available at Dillard's now (& always!). They have an incredible selection of watches, including stunners from Michael Kors & Kate Spade & all my favorite Fall bags!

Monday, October 27, 2014

twin set

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

Continuing to figure out the style that works for my new teacher lifestyle. It definitely is a balance between feeling good in what I wear, & not losing sleep over the latest stain on my favorite shirt (kids are dirty, & don't ever give them scissors or glue!)
I am finding that there are certain pieces that work for me, & from this foundation I have created my "teacher capsule wardrobe".

I have also learned that there is not much better than a new cardigan & clean hair. 
{ Blue Sweater outfit: J.Crew Factory "Clare" cardigan // dress ℅ Of Mercer // Old Navy ballet flats // vintage necklace (thanks Mom!) }

All Photos | Kate Davis Photo

{ Pink sweater outfit: J.Crew Factory "Clare" cardigan // J.Crew Factory cropped black "Winnie" pants // Ann Taylor leopard shell // necklace ℅ Daisy Gem // Sole Society wedges (the most comfortable wedges ever!) }

I do seriously intend to eventually have this cardigan in ALL THE COLORS! It pairs so perfectly well with my beloved Of Mercer dress (previously seen in the capsule wardrobe series here) and skinny cropped pants (spotted in this teacher outfit as well).
I am also happy to report that after using the Living Proof PhD products for the past couple of weeks, my head of hair is changed! I've been a dedicated user of the PhD 5-in-1 styling treatment for several years now (it's magical!)  but hadn't ever bought into the idea of really dishing out for the shampoo/conditioner. I mean, how different could it be from the drugstore shampoo I was already using (just whatever my husband had picked up at the grocery store)??

Well, mark this down as yet another occasion I will have to eat my words… it is a world of difference!  And the price isn't that much of a hindrance anymore now that I realize how LITTLE shampoo I actually need to get my hair incredibly clean & healthy.
Being a first year teacher (& having NO CLUE what I'm doing), means that I have very few precious moments to spend doing my hair (the rest of the time is spent trying to figure out how to teach 7th graders Science!). So now with the Living Proof products, the biggest change I have seen is my hair routine. My new hair care schedule is something like this: wash hair on Sunday night. Wear hair down Monday. Wear hair in a pony on Tuesday. Spray on the dry shampoo and wrap hair into a bun on Wednesdays. Wash hair on Wednesday night. Wear hair down Thursday. Wear hair in a pony Friday. Take an hour long shower on Friday & celebrate the weekend!

Before the Living Proof products I was having to wash my hair EVERYDAY. And by the end of 1 day, it was a greasy mess. Now I can go 3 days & still feel like my hair looks presentable every day (with a little dry shampoo to freshen things up between washes).

I never thought this would be possible for me. I always figured I was just destined to a life of greasy hair. Thank goodness I was wrong. Thank you Living Proof Perfect hair day!

Saying goodbye to the greasy teacher bun & hello to more clean hair days thanks to Living Proof!
What product do you want to purchase in every color?

Have you had any hair care breakthroughs recently? Anyone else who was/is a slave to washing their hair everyday? Or are you a magical person who is a once a week washer??

**Now through November 8th, with an order of $20 or more, you can enter the code NOV2014 to get a free Perfect hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment in travel size. With this order you will also receive free samples and free shipping!

Friday, October 24, 2014

must haves in the mail

I just love getting mail. And since I work 6a - 6p & the mail room at my apartment complex is only open from 8a - 5p, when I DO finally find time to pick up my mail, it is literally like Christmas morning. A new delivery I have added to my snail mail game? The POPSUGAR Must Have box

This subscription box service is so fun because you don't really know what you are going to get, but you do know that it will always be GOOD!
This month they dished up fun socks from Happy Socks, a new eye pencil from Butter London (love the subtle gray shade!), new acrylic frame from Isaac Jacobs International, super cute chalkboard candle from Mine Design, Dean & DeLuca pumpkin spice malt balls*, halloween nail decals by Nailed Kit, & yummy soap from K. Hall Designs.

*not pictured because we ate them immediately upon opening the box (#badblogger)… & they were delish!
My friend Kate (& blog photog) recently came over & commented that my tchotchke game was on point… I couldn't help but giggle because I DO love a good doo-dad & since we moved they are all living in one centralized place on these wire Target shelves. The plan was to disperse them all throughout the house, but now I am kind of in love with the tchotchke display en masse. And now how great does the chalkboard candle and acrylic frame look added to the mix? I think they will fit right in!
Cozy night of pampering coming right up!
These socks are crazy good, & I can't wait to hear what my students think about my new nail action!
Do you like getting mail?
You are going to love the Must Have Box & right now they are offering you $10 off a 3 month subscription with code OCT10SELECT (take advantage until it expires on 11/2) 
*makes a great anytime or holiday gift too!

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

rack it up

{ What I Wore to work: J.Crew white button down // dress ℅ Of Mercer // scarf (shop all scarves) & clutch (shop all clutches) ℅ Nordstrom Rack // Vince Camuto booties, shop all booties (purchased with a gift card provided by Nordstrom Rack) }

All Photos | Kate Davis Photo
Nashville FINALLY has a Nordstrom Rack & I couldn't be more excited!

I loved attending the store pre-opening party & scooped up these simply chic booties without thinking twice. How effortlessly they pair with everything from dresses to jeans to leggings with oversized sweaters only confirms the fact that sometimes an impulse buy is a GOOD call.
The 5 installment of my teacher capsule wardrobe. Still loving button downs under dresses, but this time around, enjoying mixing it up even more with a easy to wear infinity scarf. Not sure how much longer I can get away going without tights, so trying to warm up with layers that don't include cut-me-in-half tights!