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Hello again, everyone! Christmas is only two weeks away and I don’t know about you, but I have definitely not finished my Christmas buying list yet! Sometimes I just get in a stump and have no clue what to buy people. That is usually when I head to the internet and search different gift guides!

I wanted to start off buy giving you all some ideas that have to do with the home or technology, because these are usually the gifts I like to buy/receive. I found some good ones this year and I hope they give you some inspiration as well!

1. I bought myself an Amazon echo last year when they were on sale and I absolutely love it! I am still discovering things that Alexa does! This is a great gift for a parent who already has everything. 😉

2. This candlefish candle in scent no. 30 is probably my all-time favorite candle, (okay, it may change quite a bit) and it is such a great small gift! Also, the packaging is stunning.

3. This set of cast iron enamel dutch ovens is the main thing on the list that in my opinion is a perfect gift for someone who cooks. I have these cast iron enamel pots and I have found myself using them multiple times a week! They are such a great quality and they’re only $49 for the set right now! I especially like the smaller 4 qt. pot! I may have bought these in another color for a family member. 😉 You can buy them at Sam’s Club or HERE.

4. Since getting married, I have become kind of a collector of Le Creuset cooking items. They’re pretty expensive, but incredible quality and they also come with warranties! This one is currently on sale!

5. If you know of someone who likes tea, this is an amazing gift! It is a little personal tea steeper that is so simple to use. You just add the hot water and tea in the large section and once it’s done steeping just set the tea maker on top of the rim of your mug and it will automatically pour out. I have no idea why, but it is SO fun to use.

6. This beats pill is one of the most used things that I own. It is has incredible sound, the battery lasts a long time, and it is extremely portable! It’s $149 but usually you can find a deal around this time of year!

7. Seriously, who doesn’t need a new pair of headphones? My apple ones always either were lost or broken, but I have these wireless Sudio headphones and I have been obsessed with them. They have an incredibly long battery life and they are more comfortable in your ears that regular ones. I also love how these come in a cute leather pouch! Use code COURTNEY for 15% off!

8. I received this Rowenta Steamer as a wedding gift from Ansley’s brother and his wife and it has made my life much much easier. The water lasts quite a bit longer than my other steamer and this one heats up SO quick. I truly don’t remember the last time I ironed something!

9. Instant Pots are one of those things that may have been sent from God himself. They’re a great gift to receive and are always so quick and useful!

 

Thank you so much for reading this post. I will be back soon with two more gift guides and until then, bye!

Final Wedding Planning Update - Our Videographer + more!

Wow. I don’t even know where to start. Our wedding on October 18th, 2017 was the best day of my life. Ansley and I have not been able to quit talking about how amazing it truly was. I’ll just start out with the fact that I thought it would be a disaster since the few days leading up to the wedding were the most stressful of my life. I had heard that no wedding week could go perfectly, but I didn’t expect SO many things to go wrong. Let’s just say at one point we didn’t think we could even get married due to the fact that I left my birth certificate at the New York Passport Agency (that’s a whole different story). Basically, I also realized how forgetful I am and I seriously need to work on that.

Looking back at everything now, I am happy that things went the way that they did because it honestly made us appreciate and cherish our day so much more. It was finally happening and everything went PERFECTLY the day of. We both have agreed that we would re-do that day 1,000 times if possible. From the incredible music, to the weather, to all of our family and friends being there, it just couldn’t have gone better.

Final Wedding Planning Update - Our Videographer + more!

One of the main reasons everything went so well is because I had such an incredible team that all worked together perfectly. Each of these vendors came into our path for a reason, I truly believe that. They were all so professional, patient, friendly, and most importantly, very good at what they do. I have introduced you all to our incredible photographer, Donny Zavala, our stunning and talented florist, Kelly Lenard, and my wedding planner who is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and handled our crazy schedule like a champ, Cortney McClure of Linen and Rust, and the highlight of the evening: Cal Morris, the violinist. I have not introduced you all to a very big part of our day and one that several of you asked about: our VIDEOGRAPHER: NST Pictures.

After looking around at different cinematographers, I just didn’t know if it was important enough to me to spend the extra money on and I knew the photographs were going to be incredible and I thought that maybe that would suffice. One day, my Mom, who has a special talent for finding things on social media, came across NST pictures and said that I had to check them out. I did just that and I knew instantly that they were a team of incredibly talented people and I loved the style of each video. What stood out to me the most is that they have actually filmed at our venue, Oheka Castle multiple times! I was so excited that they were familiar with the venue. You can click here to see their previous films there. Allison and Slavatore’s wedding is definitely one of my favorite films they have done.

Aaron was our cinematographer for the day and he was a pleasure to be around. He was never too pushy or in our face during important moments, which was very important to me. There are some moments that are just more special in cinematic form and I know that Aaron captured those moments perfectly. I cannot wait to see our film and to share it with all of you, soon!

Final Wedding Planning Update - Our Videographer + more!

Let’s talk about the dress since it was my favorite detail next to my handsome husband. 😉 This dress was designed by Chana Marelus. Chana is a designer who lives in Israel and her beautiful sister Nellie (I hope I spelled that correctly) lives in Brooklyn, NY. We flew to NY in April while she was having a 20% off trunk show in a NYC penthouse. This was the second dress I tried on and I instantly fell in love. I didn’t need to see any other dresses. Chana and her team were all so kind and they made us feel right at home. I cannot wait to get pictures back from our photographer to show you all more details of this dress!

Final Wedding Planning Update - Our Videographer + more!

A BIG Thank You goes to WeddingWire, a company that I have been working with throughout this entire process. The staff there is so friendly and they have went above and beyond to grant any needs that I have. Their website has so many useful tools that helped me tremendously throughout the planning process and they made finding groomsmen suits,  and vendors such as Oheka Castle and NST Pictures possible. If you are newly engaged, in the middle of the journey, or even in your last stretch, I highly recommend checking out the WeddingWire website. They will more than likely have something to make your job easier.

Final Wedding Planning Update - Our Videographer + more!

Last but not least, I am so thankful for parents who wanted this wedding to be perfect just as much as I did. I cannot imagine  loving them more and I am blessed beyond words to have them in my life. Thank you Mom and Dad for everything. I could never put my gratitude into words.

I will be sharing more about our perfect day soon, but for now, I am going to continue to enjoy our honeymoon in Italy! Arrivederci!

I am FINALLY sharing pictures from my personal shower (or whatever you want to call it) and give all of you future brides some ideas and inspiration. I’ve found quite a bit of inspiration throughout this journey from WeddingWire, so I definitely recommend checking their site out for ALL of your wedding planning needs. I have been working with them throughout this wedding planning process and their services have made it so much smoother.

This night was one of the best nights of my life. I am so thankful to have such amazing women in my life to come celebrate. We laughed, I cried, and several of them had some interesting stories! LOL

I will be mentioning sources throughout the post and I will try to list them all at the bottom of the post as well. I hope you enjoy!

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We rented the beautiful flatware, napkins, glassware, tablecloths and plates at Party Pro rentals in Tulsa. They were great to work with last-minute and everything was stunning (I want that flatware in my house!). You can click HERE to read more about Party Pro and read their reviews on WeddingWire. If you are needing rentals for any kind of event, you can search for companies on WeddingWire and find a great rental service in your area! Also, you can see what Party Pro has available on their website.

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I have always LOVED Funfetti cake, so after seeing some inspiration on Pinterest, we decided on this Funfetti naked cake made by my Nanny and it was beyond delicious!

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My wonderful Aunt and Matron of Honor doing what she’s always doing.. working! 😉 This shower would NOT have happened without her.

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This is the best chicken salad made by my wonderful Nanny.

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My cake topper was sent to me by the wonderful Stephanie Tucker of The Modern Pen. She sent it to me a while back as a surprise and I knew that I wanted to use it for one of my shower cakes! How cute is it?!

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This is the best non-alcoholic Rose´ and it is from World Market. The guests loved it!

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Thank you so much to my 8 beautiful bridesmaids for making this shower happen. I love them dearly and I am so thankful that they will all be standing beside me on my big day! Each and every one of the 40 women that were there all made my shower so fun and I am thankful for all of you as well.

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Of course, My stunning Momma worked like crazy making sure everything was perfect and I am extremely blessed to have her as my best friend.

Also, I have to give a special thank you to my amazing Dad who built the tables, hung the lights, and cut down the 5 evergreen trees for the cake’s backdrop! He also worked for weeks leading up to the wedding making sure the yard was looking its best.

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Sources

Cake Table- Restoration Hardware Outlet | Wooden X-Back Chairs – Restoration Hardware Outlet | Cake Topper- The Modern Pen | Silver Champagne Bucket and Silver Trays- Dillards | Plates, flatware, tablecloths, glasses, and napkins- Party Pro Rentals |  Greenery- Sam’s Club |

Special thanks to WeddingWire for sponsoring this post!

Hi again, everyone! I am so excited for today’s post because I am teaming up with one of my all-time favorite shops for all things natural beauty related, IntegrityBotanicals.com. They carry tons of incredible green beauty brands, which include some of my all-time favorites such as May Lindstrom, Osmia, Mahalo, Kypris, and Josh Rosebrook.

My skincare routines change pretty frequently, and I have been wanting to share my updated night routine with you all. In the evenings, especially these days, I like to keep my routine pretty quick, but still luxurious. I like to focus on things with amazing textures and that smell amazing to get my brain to relax and wind down. The products I am sharing today are all fairly new products to me, but all quickly made their way into the “holy grail” category.

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We have to talk about this little jar of green goodness. This Mahalo cleanser melt concentrate is beyond amazing. From reading the reviews, I did think I would like it, but I truly didn’t know how much I would love it. It is a stunning color, the packaging is beautiful and practical, and the scent is out of this world. I don’t know how to describe the smell except that it is a mixture of citrus and cocoa. That may not sound like the most amazing combination, but trust me, it is.

The texture of this cleansing concentrate is like silk! I take a dime-size amount and massage it in circular motions onto my face and in upward motions onto my neck. The massaging combined with the scent puts me in the most relaxed state, ever. It is perfect for evenings. When I am done massaging, I rinse with warm water and immediately when it comes in contact with water, it turns into a milky cleanser and washes off leaving my face baby-butt smooth. This cleanser is $70 which is pretty steep, but this jar will last you for such a long time. You can also order a sample of this balm HERE.

My Night-time Beauty Routine

Immediately after cleansing, I will spray a toner, but those vary from night to night. My favorite right now is definitely the Regenerating Toner from Leahlani. While my face is still damp from the toner, I apply this Luna hyaluronic acid serum from LIVE Botanical. This has a water-like consistency and my skin just drinks this serum up. If you are wanting to add in some incredible anti-aging products into your skin routine, I highly recommend anything with hyaluronic acid and this serum is great!

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After using a serum, the next step is usually a thick night cream or balm, and right now I am head over heels for this LIVE Botanical Blue Tansy Balancing Balm. I am a sucker for anything containing blue tansy. This little tin has taken the place of my well-loved blue cocoon from May Lindstrom for now, but that will always be one of the greatest products of all time in my eyes. You can order a trial size of the blue cocoon here.

The texture of this balm is absolutely incredible! Just like the cleansing melt concentrate, the texture feels like silk. My skin, along with my nostrils, truly love this super moisturizing balm. On the plus side, the LIVE Botanical balm is only $28!

My Night-time Beauty Routine

The last step in my night-time beauty routine is definitely one of the most important ones. I love slathering oils and body lotions on my skin right before bed. This Night body oil from Osmia Organics is the PERFECT last step before bed because it smells like a lavender field. NO JOKE. Sometimes body oils can be hard to massage in if your skin isn’t damp, but that isn’t the case with this one. I use this even in the day sometimes too, it’s that good. I have had this product for a few weeks now and as you can see not much is gone and that’s because a little bit of this oil goes a long way. The full size is $64, but they also have a travel size that’s only $20.

 

That is all I have to say for now, but thank you all so much for reading this post! And thank you to Integrity Botanicals for collaborating with me on this post. I highly encourage all of you to check out their online shop! I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful rest of your day.

The Best Labor Day SALES 2017It’s almost Labor Day, which means… I turn 21 and there are tons of amazing sales going on!

I am so excited about some of these. Since we’re going to Italy for our honeymoon, I need a few fall pieces and a few of my favorite stores, such as J. Crew and Asos are definitely encouraging that this weekend. 😉 I will be sharing my #1 favorite product (okay, maybe more than just one) from each skincare brand, and something that I’ve recently ordered from the clothing websites. Let’s just go ahead and get into what you came here for.

 

Skincare

Leahlani Skincare (15% off with the code “GOODVIBES”) #1 favorite product: Champagne Serum, #2 Kalima Cleansing Powder, #3 Mermaid Mask

Lavanilla (25% off with code “LAVLABORDAY17”) #1 favorite: Vanilla Grapefruit Fragrance, #2 Healthy Vanilla Candle

Integrity Botanicals (15% off orders of $100 or more with code “LABORDAY”) #1 Osmia Organics Night Body Oil, #2 Mahalo Cleansing Melt (AMAZING)

Organic Skin USA (20% off sitewide with code “SAVEBIG”) #1 Cacao Tanning Mousse (best organic self-tanner!), #2 Face Tan Water

Z Natural Life (20% off sitewide no code needed) Still my #1 favorite deodorant and “Clean” is my favorite scent.

 

Fashion

ASOS (20% off with code “LABORYAY”) THIS skirt is perfect for fall and THIS one is perfect for special occasions

J. Crew (30% off your entire purchase with code “YESPLEASE”) THIS bag is an all-around perfect crossbody!

LOFT (40% off your purchase no code needed) THIS is the absolute perfect sweater for fall and incredibly soft. I just bought it in cream a few days ago! It runs big, so I bought a xs/s.

Nordstrom Rack (extra 25% off clearance!) I just purchased these heels and these pointed loafers (they run a tad big).