Thursday, November 17, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Floral Bouquet

Whether you're getting married, your friend is getting married (and you want to help her!), or you just want a beautiful bouquet to display in your home - You'll find this quick and easy tutorial very useful! (If you're like me, you'll begin to aspire to become a florist... BAM! Just like that.) lol 

I went to Walmart and bought a glass vase for $2.97 and a dozen roses for $12. You know the kind, the ones that come in the plastic with the "flower food" attached with a rubber band. You need floral tape but I bought the wrong kind so I had to ghetto rig my bouquet with a ponytail holder. 

1. Lay out all the flowers in front of you like below.

2. Discard the greenery. 

3. Start with the largest bloom in the center, and start "building" the bouquet by placing the rest of the flowers around it in a circular motion. Make sure you always bring the stem around to the front (see picture - how it spirals) and while you hold the flowers at the base, be sure not to squeeze too hard or you'll break the stem. (I did it twice) lol

4. Even out your bouquet. See how some flowers are sitting higher than others in the picture below (to the right)? You want to carefully pull the lower flowers up to be even with the higher flowers. 

5. Look in the mirror to make sure you like the way your bouquet looks from the front. Make any final adjustments. Once your bouquet is how you want it, wrap the floral tape around the base (where your hands have been) OR this is the time to ghetto rig it with a ponytail holder. lol 

6. Also wrap the bouquet with the floral tape a little lower (however low you please) then cut the stems evenly across. At this point, you can put them in a vase or wrap the base in ribbon or whatever decor you or the bride wishes.

Now what about those flowers you broke? (Because you will, most likely. lol) Use them to pin on the suit for the groom and groomsmen (see below) OR you can tear the petals off for the flower girl :)

This was pretty simple and so much fun! I can't wait to practice with more flowers and different kinds :) For my wedding, I plan on going to the farmer's market and buying a ton of fresh flowers and doing everything myself. I'll have to refer my bridesmaids to this tutorial and volunteer them to help! lol

Monday, November 14, 2011


My fiance and I have been together a little over 5 years. We've had our ups and downs and gone through many trials and tribulations. We've separated and ran back to each other... twice. I have learned that a healthy, functional relationship where two people can truly be happy cannot be centered around him or her. It must revolve around God. It's amazing how when you let go of the wheel (a la Carrie Underwood lol) and let God take control - things just fall into place. 

I took the photo above to remember the 3rd and final time he'll have to ask me to marry him <3

Review: Conair Pro 1 inch Ceramic Flat Iron & How I Straighten My Unruly Hair

This is my natural hair. Now, let me preface this picture below by saying that this picture makes my hair look slightly better than in reality. I have thick, coarse, frizzy, curly hair.  I've always sworn by my beloved Sedu 1 Inch flat iron but recently, I found myself wanting something that packs a little more heat... 

The Conair Infiniti Pro 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Iron (Ulta - $39.99)
- heats up to 455 degrees
- 30 heat settings
- 15 second heat up

It promises high shine and smoothness - which I found to be true!

How I straighten my hair:
- I spray my hair all over with the Tresemme Heat Protector spray
- I start at the bottom and work my way to the top
- I section off about an inch of hair, brush it, and respray it with the heat protector
- I glide the flat iron down the hair in a constant motion
**NEVER stop moving the flat iron when it's touching your hair!
- I get the best results when I use the brush to hold my hair and "chase" the brush with my flat iron to insure that my hair stays taut and separated. 

The picture below is from the next day after sleeping on it. (And just between us, I didn't even brush it! lol I was running late... don't judge me.)

This is my new favorite straightener. It's better than the Chi and my old Sedu AND it's only $40! I would most definitely repurchase. It straightens my coarse, curly hair easily and my hair stays frizz free for days after. If you're in the market for a straightener that works, then I highly suggest this! 

(and Conair or Ulta aren't paying me... pshhh, I wish! I just really love it and wanted to share my discovery with you!)

Are we Twitter friends yet??? 
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Happy Monday! I hope you all have a beautiful week!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

CMA Awards 2011 - Fashion

Carrie - I love this look. And those cap sleeves are perfect! The color of that dress really makes her skin glow. Bring on the sparkle girl! (On a side note - she has got to have the best legs in the business!!)

Faith - Love it all except the back and girl, you gotta do something with that hair!

Hilary - see Carrie's comments. lol I really love the top of Hilary's dress except I would've gone with a conservative sweetheart bodice instead of the plunging neckline.

Jennifer - This dress is stunning! Minus those pocket-looking excess fabric at her hips.

Kellie - Gorgeous dress but I would've went with a more sophisticated hairstyle. She would've looked so chic with a messy updo!

Kimberly - She's so cute! I just love her. That dress suits her perfectly in my eyes.

Miranda - I love her and Blake! They seem so down to earth. This dress is gorgeous but is it just me, or does it seem like the neckline is sitting low on her chest? (You guys see the "x" on the ground?? lol I've never noticed those before on the red carpet!)

Taylor - This dress is gorgeous!!! So soft and perfect. And her makeup is stunning to! Not sure if this is true or not but Covergirl wrote on Facebook all the products she used last night. What do you guys think?

My favorite? - Taylor Swift

What was your favorite look at this year's CMA's???

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

If it were up to me...

I would -

photograph beautiful things

be a country music artist

be a paid writer

see the sun more than on my way to and from work

have a creative profession

and lastly,

be a permanent character on Saturday Night Live