Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Outfit Post: My Wedding Dress

My husband and I!!! Photographs by Jessica Fairchild
  Makeup by Lisa Tatum
Hair by Shelley Zydek

Well I am back from vacation and I'm officially a wife! Thank you for all of your messages and congratulations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. My husband (!) and I were overwhelmed with your kind words and well-wishes, thank you very much! It was a wonderful day and I can't wait to share more details on this blog within the next few weeks. I can't post a whole lot of photos of our wedding just yet because we are having a party/reception in a couple of weeks here in Edmonton with about 110 of our closest friends and family and we'll be presenting a slideshow of our wedding in Santa Barbara at that time so I don't want to spoil the surprise in case they read my blog! But, I can post a few of my dress!

When I went wedding gown shopping I knew what I wanted: A lace dress with 3/4 length or full length sleeves, nothing strapless. Well as you can see I changed my mind once I tried on this Pronovias La Sposa Mullet gown (I still laugh that it's called "The Mullet!") from The Bridal and Tuxedo House ; ) As soon as I tried it on I knew it was "The One." I wanted something classic, timeless and with clean lines. I chose not to wear a sparkly belt or a necklace, I didn't think I needed either but I did want sparkly tear-drop earrings to finish off the look. I actually bought some online but wasn't happy with them when they arrived, the faux diamonds weren't as sparkly as they were advertised in the photo, but I couldn't return them unfortunately so I thought I was stuck with them. But what's funny is that my friend Jayna texted me a photo of a pair of earrings she didn't wear on her wedding day a few weeks before our big day, asking if I wanted to borrow them, if I didn't have earrings yet. Perfect timing! It was fate! And they were the same shape and style as the pair I had bought but much prettier! So the earrings were my "something borrowed" on my wedding day. They are from Haute Bride. (Thanks again Jayna!)

I also didn't think I'd want to wear a veil but when the sales associate at the store suggested I try one on for sh*ts and giggles I obliged and again, I changed my mind ; ). In the end, I was happy with my decision.

I hope you're all having a great week!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Holy Sh*t I'm Getting Married!

I really can't believe we fly out to California tomorrow to get married this weekend. Wow, how time flies! It seems like yesterday we just got engaged! I am feeling all sorts of emotions - I'm excited, happy, nervous, anxious, and eager to tie the knot. My heart is pounding as I type this in fact ; ), I am also looking forward to a vacation. We haven't been anywhere in a year (I know, "first world problems") or taken any time off really so I'm excited to get to relax a little, after the wedding. I won't be blogging while I'm away but I will be Tweeting and Instagramm-ing so if you feel inclined you can follow me on my adventure ; ). Thank you for all of your support!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My 5 Minute Makeup Routine

Hi guys, I'm sorry I've been MIA lately, I've just been really busy getting ready to tie the knot. I promise once all the craziness subsides I will be back to blogging more often! In the meantime I thought I'd share my favorite makeup products I've been using on a weekly, if not daily basis when I only have about five minutes to get ready, thanks to my fondness for sleeping in ; ). Clockwise starting from the top left:

1. NARS Blush in Orgasm 2. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 (see review here) 3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (my fave) 4. Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara (see what it does here) 5. Lancome Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in Raspberry Ice 6. the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

It literally takes me under 5 minutes to apply all of these products and they give me a nice, natural look when I'm crunched for time. What about you? What are your go-to beauty products you can't leave the house without wearing? Let me know in the comment section below!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stella & Dot

Today I`m excited to feature my new Pave Spear Pendant Rose Gold Chain Necklace from Stella & Dot. I absolutely love it! It`s a versatile piece you can dress up or down. I chose to wear it with a crocheted top and these cargo pants I`ve had for at least 4 years ; ). And I`m proud to say I've had these Birkenstocks in my closet since 2004! I'm so glad they're back in style this summer and that I didn't give them away. Fashion is like Karma, what goes around always comes back around ; ).

tank top - c/o West 49 (last season), cargo pants - Vigoss, 
sandals - Birkenstock, necklace - c/o Stella & Dot, cuff - Banana Republic, 
purse - Rebecca Minkoff, sunglasses - Jessica Simpson

P.S. RIP Robin Williams. Such a sad, sad loss to the world. My heart is heavy. I pray that one day the stigma of mental illness will disappear so people will not feel ashamed or weak to get the help they need. There's no such stigma attached to illnesses like cancer or diabetes, this should be the same for any type of mental illness or disorder. Suffering is suffering, whether it's mentally or physically, both are painful, although in different ways. The world needs to have more compassion for the mentally ill. I am sending love and light to Robin Williams' family and friends and love and light to anyone who is suffering right now. There is always help out there. Always. And you are not alone.


Friday, August 8, 2014

LOFT Giveaway Winner Announced!

Happy Friday! Thank you to everyone who entered my $100 LOFT Gift Card giveaway this week! The lucky winner is...

Erika Persson! Congrats Erika! I will be contacting you to get your address.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wedding Wednesday Throwback: Keira Knightley

Talk about recycling! Keira Knightley got plenty of use out of her wedding dress, a Chanel Haute Couture little number Karl himself made especially for her. She first wore it in 2008 at the BAFTA awards, then for her nuptials to James Righton in May 2013 and again in December 2013 at a gala in London. I have to say I loved that Keira rocked the same frock three times, styling it differently each time because celebrities just don't do that. (Can you imagine the stir it would cause if someone like Gwyneth Paltrow was caught wearing the same thing more than once to different events?? The HORROR!) Keira just didn't give a sh*t what people thought and for that I admire her. For us regular folk, wedding dresses can be are really expensive (I'm talking thousands of dollars) so if you can wear it more than once, I say go for it! Of course, it depends on what type/style the dress is... I feel lucky that I'll get to wear my wedding gown twice - first in California at our very small ceremony and reception (which takes place exactly a month from today, eeeee!) and then again at the end of September when we host a big party to celebrate with all of our close friends and family in my hometown.

What do you think of re-wearing a wedding dress? Yay or nay? Sound off in the comments below!

Monday, August 4, 2014

$100 LOFT Gift Card Giveaway!

Floral Softened Blouse - LOFT (it's seriously so soft!)

To celebrate the recent opening of LOFT by Ann Taylor in West Edmonton Mall (which I am SO stoked about!) I've teamed up with the popular, affordable and chic women's retailer to offer one lucky Canadian reader a $100 gift card! It's super-easy to enter, just follow the instructions below. I will randomly choose a winner this Friday. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Sorry for my lack of blogging. It's been a crazy couple of weeks! Crazy as in I don't think I've ever been this busy in my life! With a wedding coming up right around the corner, a new system being implemented at work, new styling clients and teaching barre classes, I definitely have my plate full but I'm not complaining, I'm grateful. It's better to be busy than bored right?? I can sleep when I'm dead! Last weekend I finally had some time to get some outfit photos taken wearing my new Anne B. heels from Le Chateau. I thought they went great with my printed fancy pants and white blazer. I'll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of them this summer ; ).

I hope you're all having a great week!

pants - Rachel Rachel Roy from The Bay, blazer - Zara, tank - c/o French Connection, 
heels - c/o Anne B. for Le Chateau, purse - Rebecca Minkoff

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life, Lately & A Giveaway Winner

I haven't done a "Life, Lately" post in a long time so I thought I'd let you guys know what I've been up to this summer which will explain the lack of blog posts lately ; ).
Left to right, clockwise, starting from the top left: D. and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary back in June and after we went to dinner to celebrate we went on a hike. It was during the summer solstice and it was still extremely light out at around 10 p.m. which is when D. took this photo of me.
- I went horseback riding with my friend Alanna (in the photo) at my brother and sister-in-law's place. It was so nice out that day! Gotta love those big, blue, Alberta summer skies!
- I have been eating this Mexican quinoa salad every single week lately! Recipe here.
- It was great catching up with my friends Janis and Caroline : ) How cute is Janis's bike?

- Received a fun package in the mail from Swimco!
- Bridal hair trial. My sister-in-law is very talented ; )
- Yummy eats at Noorish - that's a raw pizza and delicious quinoa salad.
- This is my BFF's little girl Violet who just turned one! Isn't she adorable?? Look at those cheeks!

- For my stagette my bridesmaids arranged a pole dancing lesson at Pole Junkies during the day, it was so much fun but really hard! You need a lot of upper-body strength. I was so sore the next day but it was worth it ; )
- Me with my beautiful bridesmaids Kristin and Jenessa that evening. "Burlesque" was the theme ; ). They threw a really fun stagette for me.
- For my bridal shower my Mom made these cute gluten-free cupcakes and arranged them so they looked like a wedding dress!
- And Kristin's mom made me a gluten-free and dairy-free cake which was delicious. I was eating desserts all night.

- This past weekend I hosted a "Meet the Blogger"/styling event at Le Chateau in West Edmonton Mall which was a lot of fun. Thank you to those of you who came out!
- Okay, I NEED those beige heels from Le Chateau!
- Lunch with my Mama at The Next Act. (I had the veggie burger, gluten-free bun.)
- The staff at Le Chateau who were wonderful to work with last weekend.

Speaking of Le Chateau, the winner of the $200.00 gift card is Eva Mitton-Urban. I will be contacting you shortly. Congratulations! And thank you to all of you who entered! 

*all photos via instagram. Follow me at @mariealamode if you feel so inclined ; )