Planning the Big Day

The Wedding Book, Stuff every Bridge Should Know, Engagement, Wedding planning, love, wedding ideas, wedding blog, engagement blog, wedding planner,

I thought that from the moment I got engaged I would be instantly drawn towards wedding planning. With a background in putting on large galas and luncheons, I just knew planning an epic wedding would be second nature… I was so wrong. There are a just few differentiating factors like using our personal budget and creating an experience that is deeply personal, but memorable for family and friends alike.

Luckily my mom was in town when I got engaged and could celebrate this special moment with us while helping me to start thinking about where to begin. As we would curl up on the couch in our Christmas pj’s watching ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and reading bridal magazines, I conjured up a multitude of questions, concerns, and ideas about what this special day would look like. While the actual day is still a while off, I was eager to share all of this with Andrew right away. Having just pulled off the proposal, he was just as excited about the wedding as I, but wasn’t quite ready to dive in to all the details.

Herein lies one of the best pieces of wedding advice I’ve received so far (thanks Mom :)): Do your research, figure out what you like, and then dedicate time with your fiancee to discuss the wedding plans…preferably over drinks. Enjoy being a couple and do not fill up your quality time together with wedding planning. Of course, this changes as you get nearer to your actual wedding date. For now, keep it chill.

Being a notebook lover, another thing that’s been helpful is a good wedding planning notebook. I picked up this one by Lucy Sui because it looks to be the most comprehensive, and honestly, the color coding made my heart smile.

As we embark upon this wedding planning journey, I will share some of the process along the way. As with most things in life, there’s a lot to learn, so I’d love to hear any thoughts or suggestions on planning for the big day!

The Minimalist

Clover Canyon New York Fashion Week, NYFW Spring Trends, LA brands showing at fashion week, abstract prints for spring, Redken 5th Avenue fashion shows

In an arena where circus-like ensembles reign supreme aka New York Fashion Week, the Clover Canyon presentation was a breath of fresh air. While the SoCal brand is known for their abstract prints, the Spring/Summer collection put the power of the silhouette in the hands of the futuristically-structured clothing. Lightweight fabrics from organza to perforated neoprene captured the essence of the California girl where, in terms of clothing, less is always more. 
Neoprene print dresses, gauzy print summer dresses, floral print dresses, spring trends 2014

Perforated Neoprene, Futuristic clothing cuts, futuristic styling, A line full skirts, Clover Canyon summer trends
What stood out most about the overall aesthetic was the juxtaposition of glowing makeup and 50s minimalists hairstyles on light luxe prints. Thanks to Redken 5th Avenue, I was able to go backstage with the leading stylists of their flagship salon, Cutler, and get tips and tricks on how this look was created.

Make Up: The overall look was that of the fresh-faced all American girl.
All American Make up look, Kevyn Aucoin New York Fashion Week make up, fresh faced make up how to, New york fashion week make up how to
Get the Look:

1. Apply The Sensual Skin Enhancer all over to create a radiant base. Mix with a pea-sized amount of Soleil de la Mar to get that extra bit of glow we often need in the winter. 

2. To illuminate the eyes, apply Kevyn Aucoin loose shimmer shadow from crease to lid. Then, use the Flesh Tone Lip Pencil (I like blossom or Cerise) to line top lid. Finally, apply essential mascara on bottom lashes only. 

3. For rosy cheeks, I swear by (as in you never catch me without this stuff) Chanel Creme Blush. All you need is a few dabs on the apples of your cheeks. 

4. To get that perfectly pink pout, apply matte lip color in timeless and top off with lipgloss in Reyna only on the middle of the lip.

Hair: 50s-inspired minimalist look crafted by Cutler Salon’s Linh Ngyuen
Cutler Salon hair styling new york fashion week, redken fashion works 12 spray, fashion week hair styling

1. Secure front section of hair in a top knot and section off a thin strip of hair on either  side of the temples to be french braided towards mid-crown. 
50s minimalist hair style, french braiding techniques, new hair style ides from fashion week, simple hair styling

50s bouffant hair styling, Redken wax blast, teasing crown of hair, futuristic hair styles at fashion week
2. Blow dry and straighten remaining sections. Then, tease and slick back front section of hair layer by layer. 
  • Tip: I like to use a bit of Redken Wax Blast to get that slicked back look while still maintaining volume.
3. Finish off with Redken Forceful 23 for maximum hold and to keep the look in place throughout the day.
Fashion Week Hair styling, NYFW Hairstyles, Simple hairstyles, slicked back hair styling, Redken 5th Avenue at Fashion Week

Friday Favorites

Refinery 29 blogs, Beauty Blogs, True Beauty, Diversity in Beauty, Real women beauty, Thandie Newton, Kay Montano
{Source: Refinery 29}

1. Whether you have 10 minutes or 1 hour to refuel in between NYFW shows, Grub Street shares quick eats to keep you energized during Fashion Week. {Grub Street}

2. For ages there has been a vast disconnect between the idealized “beauty” displayed in magazines and that of real women in diverse populations. This continues to breed insecurity in more and more women and at younger ages. Actress Thandie Newton and make-up artist Kay Montano have created the new beauty blog, ThandieKay, to finally address this issue and create a space for diversity in beauty. {Refinery 29}

3. As we ogle over the seemingly flawless celebs filling the coveted front row this week, these “Then vs. Now” celeb pics remind us of their humble beginnings. {Daily News Dig}

4. Always on the quest for creative, new ways to organize my beauty essentials, I feel in love with this DIY ombré makeup brush holder. {P.S. – I made this}

5. I’ve never been shy about sharing my struggle with ADHD. I figure might as well let people know ahead of time before I get up mid-sentence to start organizing my handbag…checking twitter…chasing a butterfly..or is that a dragonfly? Anyways, ADHD presents an entirely new challenge (or opportunity) for women as we transition into our careers. Learn more about what this is really like and how to make it work for you instead of against you. {Forbes}

Happy Friday from high atop San Francisco on the “crookedest street in the world!” 

Lombard street san francisco, crooked street san francisco, san francisco attractions

Lucky Fabb 2013

I recently received the exciting invitation to attend Lucky Magazine’s Lucky FABB Conference in New York City next month! As September marks Vast Aspiration’s 6 month anniversary, I have been truly blown away by what an amazing, whirlwind experience this has been so far. Having the opportunity to attend the most influential blogger conference is an incredible honor and I can’t wait to share this experience with you all!

Check out the Lucky FABB homepage for more information about the event including agendas, speakers, and sponsors.

Friday Favorites: NYFW – Fashion Not For The Weak

{Source: Popsugar}


Fashion Week is embarking upon us in a matter of mere days. Today’s Friday Favorites is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know in preparation for the most important 8 days in fashion. For everything from what to pack to where to go, check out the links below:

1. Need style inspiration? Let your creative hair run wild as you peruse through pics of the 20 best-dressed women at Fashion Week. {Fabsugar}


2. People come from all around to the world to attend NYFW, yes for the shows, but most importantly, for the parties! The Vivant shares all the parties you don’t want to miss. {The Vivant}


3. So you didn’t make the list. Guest of a Guest explains a bit of tongue-in-cheek Fashion Week Etiquette for working your way to insider status. {Guest of a Guest}


4. As noted by the title of this post, Fashion Week is not for the weak. If anyone has surviving the intensity of back-to-back shows and events down to an art, it’s the designers. Here they reveal what’s in their emergency kits. {Popsugar}


5. Can’t make the shows? Pinterest comes to the rescue with an inside look through the lens of the experts. Following these boards will have you feeling like your front row and in the midst of all the action. {Pinterest} 


See you at the tents!