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Things I Love: Mish Mosh Edition XVII

Oh my, we are long overdue for my monthly Things I Love, so let’s dive right into the goods!

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‘Today and To-Do’ by Day Designer

I tried the highly touted Day Designer. I got my black and white striped adorable planner, cracked it open, and poured myself into it. I was so excited to have yet another organizational tool in my life and to have it on paper instead of just in my phone and in random ‘notes’ on my phone. But, to be honest, it just didn’t work for me. I kept forgetting to check in with it on a daily basis, which then made it hard to transfer tasks onto new pages/dates and it was kind of bulky to carry around with me. Enter the new Day Designer offering, the ‘Today and To-Do’, the answer to all my problems!!! This smaller spiral bound book is not dated and is filled with page after page of schedules/to-do lists. So, you can use it when you want and how you want. And it is super cute to boot!

Birchbox

Finally jumped on the Birchbox bandwagon and I have to say for $10/month, it’s a delight to get a little box packed with beauty goodies to try out! I’m hooked. (And I think a Birchbox subscription would be a lovely little gift to give someone who is as beauty product obsessed as me.)

Porter Magazine

Love this new fashion magazine, PORTER,  put out by the luxury fashion haven, Net-A-Porter!!!

The Horse Watches

I’m kind of a watch obsessive and this Sydney, Australia based watch company, The Horse, is speaking my love language with their drool worthy unisex watches!  I have the classic in Rose Gold with Grey Leather and I never want to take it off! Next up, I’m eyeing the Original in Rose Gold with the Black Face, it’s all kinds of gorgeous! But, jump on these babies when you can because they sell out quick!

Olly Vitamins

Ever since our bout with the never-ending flu, I have been picking up these Target brand vitamins. Gummy vitamins for adults in cutesy packaging, yes please! Immunity boosting for when I was sick and, more recently, the ‘Restful Sleep’ supplements. A combination of sleep inducing melatonin and other soothing things that I assume are helpful in knocking me out for the night. I’m not sure if it’s the work hard-play hard life of a working mom catching up with me or if these babies really work, but I’m sold! Two ‘Sleep’ gummies and I can barely keep my eyes open 30 minutes later.

Blinc Lash Primer + Blinc Mascara

Okay, I have been a huge advocate of Blinc Mascara for years now, it is legit the only mascara I can wear to shoot 12+ hour wedding days that doesn’t rub off and give me a black eye by the end of the day! But, recently, I popped into Sephora to replenish my supply and discovered a new Blinc product, the lash primer. And, holy moley…these two products together are like hitting a gold mine! It seriously looks like I have full lashes on and I’m totally obsessed! Especially because I don’t think I will ever master putting on fake lashes. One tip: It’s helpful to have a lash brush/spindle on hand to brush out the primer evenly before putting the mascara over it. 

What are YOU obsessed with lately?! Any new music, books, products? Tell me, tell me!

Engagement: Jarren & Keith

I think it is finally safe to say Spring has come to Chicago! And thank goodness! Because engagement session season is officially here! And it was such a delight to kick it off with these two last week! We visited the spots that tell the beginning of their love story, frolicked with their puppy Friar, and closed out the park on a beautiful clear night! It couldn’t have been more perfect!

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Jacquie Pester - May 19, 2015 - 2:12 pm

I may be a bit biased, but these are fabulous!

Kate Ebaugh - May 19, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Gorgeous!

Wendy Pickering - May 19, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Beautiful pictures of you both and Friar

Barbara Persiani - May 19, 2015 - 7:45 pm

What a hot couple….Love them…

Kathi Krzycki - May 19, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Awesome pictures—I wish there was more–I just want to keep looking! Beautiful couple, cute dog and amazing backdrops for a super couple. Congratulations!!!!!

Michelle Staron - May 19, 2015 - 8:35 pm

Love these!!!

Jim Jennings - May 20, 2015 - 12:05 am

Wow!!!!! All I can say. Wow!!!!!

Terri Ehlinger - May 20, 2015 - 1:29 am

They look like movie stars. So beautiful!

Press: Megha & Hari Featured on The Knot

I am so very excited to share an exciting feature today! Megha and Hari’s incredible wedding is over in the Real Weddings section of The Knot this week! And even more exciting, it will also be featured in the upcoming print issue of The Knot magazine! Big time yay!  So, click over to the The Knot feature to read more about their day and scope out some of the pretty!

 

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DailyLook Elite Box #3 – Review

So, if you have been following along with my subscription box obsession of late, you know my latest subscription service to try is the DailyLook Elite Box. The first box was about 50% successful, but I was super optimistic it could be really great with a little more style guidance on my part. And I was pleased to find that both the second box (…which wasn’t blogged as I received my box and then was out of town for a week, oops! Sorry guys!) and third box were far more on point when it comes to my style! I kept a few items from my second box , including a fab little black bag, a super transitional chambray shirt dress, and more! But, unfortunately, this third box left me empty handed. That is not to say the style choices were off, but some of them just didn’t work out for one reason or another and I am still happy to have another go at it next month! I seriously love that they send a huge box of stuff, I got a total of 8 items and they were across the board category wise, so that is also nice. Here is what I got this month….

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Wedding: Kristine & Eric – The Ivy Room

I swear, the wait nearly killed me, but now that these lovebirds are back from their whirlwind honeymoon, I can share Kristine and Eric’s gorgeous wedding highlights! And, believe me, they will not disappoint! With an incredible dream team of vendors making magic happen at The Ivy Room and Kristine and Eric’s beautiful love center stage, not even a rainy day could stop it from being absolutely perfect!

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Ann Oleinik - May 12, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the Union Station photos and your detail shots are so so pretty!

Elizabeth Muscara Haase - May 15, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Gorgeous! Those details are stunning!

Christy Tyler - May 15, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Wow, Amanda!!! You absolutely blew this wedding out of the water! How totally stunning!! Loved how love-filled and joyful this felt too! Gorgeous!

Lauren Fair - May 15, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Stunning!

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