Do you ever complete a difficult task and afterward get a surge of motivation? I just had that spectacular feeling so I thought I'd use that boost of motivation to pay attention to my blog. I did not abandoned it. I got caught up with life. Finals, getting engaged, family matters and summer school have kept me pretty busy.
But, even with summer school and um, planning my wedding (!!) I am not as busy as I am during the school year. I am basking in all my extra free time and it's been so good to me so far. Here's what I've been up to:
If you know me personally, then you know I'm recently engaged! My boyfriend of 3.5 years, Sam, proposed on March 30th. He took me out to get drinks at Tarrant's Cafe on Broad Street which is where we went on our first date. After our drinks, we walked past my old apartment at The Renaissance building also on Broad. That is also the spot Sam dropped me off on our first date. Right then and there in front of the Renaissance building, Sam proposed and I happily say yes.
Top Left - My engagement ring is everything I could ever want in a ring. It's unique, non-traditional and classy. I chose a morganite gem stone for the center stone with diamonds surrounding it in rose gold. I am so in love with my ring and can't stop staring at it.
Top Right - After Sam proposed, he surprised me with a night stay at The Jefferson Hotel. If you're not from Richmond, you may not be aware of it's history. It was built in 1892 and opened in 1895 by Lewis Ginter, a famed Virginian. It's a stunning hotel with Edwardian and rococo touches throughout.
Bottom Left - Myself in the hallway to our room. I never dreamed of being able to stay at the Jefferson hotel. It really made our engagement that much more special. Sam went to above and beyond for the whole evening and morning after.
Bottom Right - The stained glass skylight is my favorite part of The Jefferson Hotel. I could stand underneath and stare for hours. It is such a stunning hotel.
I am so incredibly lucky to have Sam in my life and am overjoyed to be marrying my best friend. I'm excited about planning our wedding over the next few months too. Ah, let the wedding planning and stressing out begin!
I have been more obsessed with skincare products than makeup recently. It has been a lot fun trying different masks and moisturizers. I'm trying to nail down a consistent routine but am loving the testing out products phase.
1. Kiehl's Deep Pore Cleansing Masque - This has become - hands down - my favorite mud mask. The mask has a cooling effect to it and really does deeply clean pores. I could instantly tell a difference after one use. My face was smoother and my pores were smaller.
2. Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish - I had been looking for a new exfoliator forever. I had read positive reviews online and from beauty bloggers about the Coco Rose Body Polish. It does not disappoint in the slightest. I'm sad to say I've already used half of the jar - I'm almost out!
3. Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting - I got this sample a while ago and finally tried it. It has a very earthy but lovely scent and was really pleased with the results. My skin was definitely smoother and softer right after using it. I'm going to continue to use up the sample before I decide throwing down $35.00 for a 1 oz bottle.
4. OPI Nail Polish Breakfast at Tiffany's White - I found this shade at Kroger not knowing it was from a limited edition collection from 2016. I couldn't find a reliable link to buy online. BUT, I love this shade and I hardly wear light colored nail polish because of my fair skin tone. I'm wearing the shade in my engagement ring picture. Pretty, right?
Sam and I are heading to Nashville at the end of the month for a wedding. I've never been but am so excited to be going. I haven't traveled to a new place for a year and Nashville has been on my list for awhile. This trip also marks the first time Sam and I will be traveling on an airplane together. I love "firsts" and even though this isn't a major one, I love adventures with Sam.
Most of our time there will be spent doing wedding things especially since Sam is a groomsmen. I still want to find some kind of touristy thing for us to do and need suggestions! Leave some in the comments or email me in my contact section on my website.