I first discovered Glossier through my cousin Lindsay who’s skin was looking radiant on her Instastories. I did some research into the brand and before making the decision to purchase, I looked the brand up on my “Think Dirty” app. “Think Dirty” is an app where you can check your favourite makeup and skincare brands to see how they rank on a scale of 1-10 for product “dirtyness”. Essentially the “dirtier” the product, the more chemicals and fake frangrances it includes which has been linked to cancer and horomonal imbalances (which they say can lead to issues if you’re trying to get pregnant – I’m currently not, but will be one day in the future.) I’ve been on a mission to start purchasing cleaner brands of skincare and makeup (as well as household cleaners, synthetic frangrance candles, etc). Discovering that Glossier was low on the 1-10 scale made my decision to purchase a lot easier! Most glossier products come in between a 1-3! The highest product is a 5 which is still great, and you can look up individual ingredients that may have individual health impacts.
I don’t talk about it much anymore, but I am a certified hair and makup artist who started off in the wedding industry as a mobile service for brides. I’ve always had a passion for skincare and explaining how important it is to take care of your skin first, and use makeup to emmulate our face, not to hide it. I love that Glossier preaches the exact same thing! When I clean and feed my skin with Glossier, and then use the makeup just to add a glow and accentuate my features, I feel like I’m not wearing anything at all!
Here’s my current routine with Glossier products:
Step 1: Milk Jelly Cleanser
Step 2: Serums – I actually use and layer all 3 on most days. Sometimes I skip Superpure but I always use the the other two for radiance and hydration!
Step 3: Moisturizing Primer
Step 4: Perfecting Skin Tint
Step 5: Stretch Concealer
Step 6: Cloud Paint (blush)
Step 7: Mascara (Glossier doesn’t have one yet so I use Tarte!)
Step 8: Balm dot Calm (lip balm)
I’ve been reading the book Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards. In one chapter we do a personality assessment and after assessing ourselves, the author encourages us to assess our loved ones. Shortly after reading that chapter, I crawled into bed next to Jordan who was just barely awake and told him he’s a high neurotic. He blankly stared at me. When I started to explain the chapter I was reading and what that meant, he certainly didn’t disagree with me.
“Neuroticism is how you deal with emotions. People who are high in neuroticism are sensitive and tend to be more nervous. People who are low in neuroticism tend to be more secure and stable. Do you agree or disagree with these statements?
- I stress out easily.
- I tend to be moody.
- I am a worrier.
If you agreed, you are probably high in neuroticism. If you disagreed you are probably low in neuroticism.”
I, on the other hand, am a very low Neurotic, which certainly leads to interesting encounters between the two of us especially as we move through the planning stages of our wedding, our future and the big changes ahead. I’ve never been someone who gets easily stressed. I always look for the solution to the problem that might not even exist yet rather than worry about the non-existent problem itself. Jordan, on the other hand, is a worrier who is easily stressed out and feels the weight of those “problems” crushing down on him. While we do balance each other out and I can eventually talk some calm into him, at first our conversation is more of an argument lead by feelings of stress and panic. The key to working together throughout these times is knowing how to respond to each other. What used to turn into huge arguments, has now turned into little ones because I understand that it’s his personality to be easily stressed out and worried and that the fight he’s picking actually has nothing to do with me and usually has to do with being stressed about something else entirely. As someone who doesn’t necessarily understand the feeling of being stressed so often, I have to remind myself how the weight of stress can dictate and change your mood. I’d like to say that we understand each other so well that the second he get’s moody, I think to ask what’s really bothering him, but I typically respond to his moodiness with my own. That will come though. It’s something we will work on being better at because the day we improve so greatly that we get to the bottom of the issue without the bickering, is the day we become better at communicating and overall being better in our marriage together.
With that being said, the other personality traits the author talks about are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion and Agreeableness. We fall pretty closely in line together in each of these traits so we naturally have a similar way of thinking when it comes to things like trying a new restaurant or a new vacation destination; we are both highly self-disciplined and very organized so we appreciate the value of having and making plans rather than just going with the flow; and we both tend to trust people and give them the benefit of the doubt and make an effort to make the people around us feel at ease.
You can read more about each personality in “Captivate “ as well as how to talk to people who are different from you on the spectrum, questions to ask, questions not to ask and generally how to get along with anyone (though I think it’s a highly powerful tool to specifically know how to talk to your partner in a way that makes communication a breeze).
For Jordan and I, knowing how to read each other and how to properly respond to the other will certainly make our communication a lot easier especially throughout the more stressful times of life ( planning a wedding, buying a house, training a pet, planning for and raising a child, etc). When I think of those life events, none of them stress me out, they make me excited for the future, but I know when Jordan thinks about it, he is overwhelmed by the fear of the unknown, having enough money to do it all and the way we want and other unknowns that are true to him and his thoughts.
If you’re interested in the learning more, I highly recommend this book
Later this week Jordan and I are heading up to Sault Ste Marie for our second engagement party to celebrate with Jordan’s side of the family and friends. Trying to come up with an engagement party outfit was tricky as it’s winter and it’s calling for snow every single day until we get up there. Our party is inside, of course but I still didn’t want to wear a dress or something that wasn’t going to be very practical for having to actually be outside at some point in. We’re also having a more casual-style celebration so being dressed up enough without being over-dressed was important to me. Here’s what I decided on below!
While I would have loved to wear something white, it’s winter and I didn’t necessarily want to wear an all-white outfit. The shirt I chose is actually more blush in person, but it’s the perfect shade for our engagement party. Paired with faux leather leggings and a black, silver and white multi-layer necklace, it’s the perfect blend of elegant, yet slightly edgy.
You can shop it here:
This exact shirt isn’t available anymore, but here is a similar one
My favourite place to get shoes lately is Shoes of Prey. I actually customed made my wedding shoes here. Not only are they beautiful and “my design”, they are comfortable too! If we weren’t going to be inside of a house OR having to walk through snow for the engagement party, I definitely would have made another customized shoe!
Have you thought about creating a wedding website? Do you think it’s silly? It’s not.
Here are a few benefits of using a wedding website:
- All your information in one place. With so many different hard copies of information (save the dates, the bridal shower invitation, the wedding invitation etc.) it’s easy for people to lose track of what’s happening at your wedding.
- A place to keep your registry links. Technically, etiquette says it’s a big no-no to include your registry information on any invitation that is not for your bridal shower (then it’s acceptable because the point of a shower, is to “shower” you with gifts. Having a link to your registry ensures anyone who visits your site, will know where to shop and what to get you.
- Some wedding websites let you track your guest’s RSVP’s, which is handy if you’re not using a wedding planner who has a software to track this.
If I’ve convinced you to set up a wedding website here are my tips for making the most out of it:
- Fill it out in full. Spend some time and fill out all of the sections included. This will give your guest some insight into your wedding and even about you as a couple if they are guests that haven’t been able to spend a ton of time with you.
- Add photos! This is where you can show off all your new engagement photos you both look so great in!
- Use the RSVP section. Especially helpful when you are able to give your guests a link so they can RSVP directly on your wedding website.
- Personalize the site as much as you can. Use this opportunity to brand your site to forecast what you’re wedding will look and feel like so people have an idea what to expect.
Looking for a good wedding website to try out? Here’s two.
- It’s free!
- There are a lot of pages you can include
- Great, easy to use RSVP feature
- Simple looking site
- Doesn’t offer the most customizable layout/branding options, but does offer templates and colour/font options.
- Free or premium options
- Includes the basic pages you need, or you can upgrade for more
- Option to include your own domain name for a more streamlined site (and easier link to include on your paper suites.) (Paid feature)
- Pretty template options.
- ^ you can buy invitations and paper suites to match your wedding website theme so you can easily brand your website to match your wedding.
- Includes an RSVP area AND you can use the same guest list to fill out the wedding invitation address’s if you purchase them from minted.com!
Check them both out and let me know what you think in the comments below! If you have any questions on what to include on your wedding website, ask away!
I love a good sugar cookie. Even more than eating them, I love baking the most perfectly textured, soft and chewy, yet crisp cookie. The best part about sugar cookie baking, is the decorating! At Christmas time, I make Jordan do them with me and it’s a tradition I’d like to continue each year with our future family! For Valentine’s Day, I let him off the hook, though it would have been a fun date night idea (for me – ha!). He always happily obliges, even if it’s not really his thing.
For these Valentine’s day sugar cookies, I made them slightly healthier by using whole wheat flour, so I definitely don’t feel as guilty eating them. I always feel like sugar cookies taste better for longer than cookies like chocolate chip cookies, which I personally feel only taste good right out of the oven.
Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Paste (can substitute pure vanilla extract)
In a bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture until the dough begins to come together.
Shape the dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough to roughly 1/4 inch thickness. Use your cookie cutter to cut shapes in your dough. Move the cut out cookie to a parchment lined baking sheet. Leave a little space between each cookie. (These cookies do not spread too much).
Bake for 15- 20 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies just start to brown.
Allow the cookies to cool slightly before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.
When cookies are completely cooled, you can decorate with your favourite icing.
I used Royal Icing, link to recipe to follow