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Travel Beauty Bag

May 29, 2015

This post is sponsored by Target.

I’m doing a lot of back-to-back travel over the next few weeks, and packing as light as possible so I can squeeze everything into my trusty carry-on. I have a pretty standard beauty routine at home that involves a lot of products, but when I’m traveling I try to consolidate. My toiletries bag usually contains a few beauty products that still pack a punch and keep my skin feeling healthy while I travel.


In order to help my skin combat the abuse of the dry air from flying, sun, ocean and chlorine, I pack the following items:

Neutrogena Ultra SheerDry-Touch Sunscreen – This is hands-down my favorite sunscreen! The dry-touch part is key for me because it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy like typical sunscreen.

Pacifica Purify CoconutWater Wipes – I discovered these coconut water wipes when I revamped my beauty drawer with some naturalproducts from Target, and they’re perfect to keep in my purse on the plane for when I need to freshen up my skin. And they smell amazing!


Neutrogena Hydro BoostMoisturizer – My skin tends to dry out really easily when I’m traveling, so this moisturizing gel is great for combating that dryness.


Burt’s Bees Brightening DarkSpot Corrector – I just started using this Burt’s Bees product to keep my skin bright, and to help avoid any dark spots from being in the sun all day.


I use these products in just five minutes (key when I’m traveling for work and running around prepping for a Google event) to keep my skin feeling happy on the go. What are your travel beauty secrets?

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Wedding Wednesday: Yes to the Dress

May 27, 2015

Wedding dress shopping was probably one of the wedding planning to-do's that I was most looking forward to...and most nervous about. People kept telling me how it was the most important fashion decision of my life! Here are a few snaps from my road of saying "yes" to the dress. And don't worry "the one" isn't featured in this post (except for that last photo ;)). Gotta keep some things a secret until the big day!

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The first boutique I went dress shopping (and where I found my dress) was Miosa Bride, which is an adorable boutique in downtown Sacramento that I'd seen and dreamed of shopping in since I was a little girl. I also went to The Wedding Party (pictured above) to try on more dresses with some of my girlfriends from grad school. 

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[above] My sister is hilarious. [below] I had a certain style in mind for my dress, but when the consultant asked if I wanted to also try something different from what was on my (secret) Pinterest board, I said why not. I was surprised by how much I liked this romantic a-line dress, and it was a top contender for a while. But it ended up being runner up. :)

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[above] This Nicole Miller gown was gorgeous! It was a more modern style than what I was looking for (you can't really tell in the photo but the material is different than the usual tulle, satin, or lace). 

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[above] Here's a tiny sneak peek at "the one!" It was one of the first dresses I tried on at Miosa, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I literally dreamed about it! It was quite a bit out of my price range at the boutique, but I was determined to find it for less. There are ton of sites that sell pre-owned wedding dresses, and some of them have never been worn! I put together a boolean search string with these sites URLs, the designer's name, and the dress style, that I'd plug into Google every night (all the sourcing for engineers I did in 2014 paid off in ways I'd never imagined!). After a few weeks of this, I found her. My dress, brand new, with tags on. I ordered it and tried it on at home and got all teary eyed. I'd literally been dreaming about this dress and it was finally mine! 

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Austin

May 20, 2015

Sharing a very belated travel diary on the blog today! Earlier this year, we spent a few days in Austin for our friends' joint bachelor/bachelorette party. It was my first time in Texas and we had a great time exploring this cool little city.

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[above] Shopping on South Congress and we popped into Allen's boots, which is filled with walls and walls of gorgeous cowboy boots. [below] When we first arrived in Austin I saw lots of signs about queso dip, many of which shared the sentiment that "Queso is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." I wondered what the big deal was about a pot of melted cheese, but omg after I tried some, I wondered no more. This stuff is so flipping delicious! I started ordering it at every restaurant we went to and I like to think that in a short amount of time I became a queso connoisseur. 

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[above] Turbo coffee at Jo's on South Congress. [below] Riding bikes along the Colorado River on a gorgeous day.

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[above] Lucky ducks have Fiber in their city! [below] Cutest wall right around the corner from Jo's Coffee on South Congress.

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Wedding Wednesday: Groomsmen Attire

May 13, 2015

Friends and family have been asking me what kind of groom-to-be Omied has been. “Is he the type who just wants to stay out of the way and let you do the planning? Or is he helping?” Some brides want to do all the planning themselves, but for me part of the fun of wedding planning has been tackling it as a team, with Omied. He found our venue and DJ, and he knew exactly what he wanted to wear on our wedding day way before I ever did. When thinking about attire for the groomsmen, he did some research and found an awesome service for rental suits—Menguin.

I’m obsessed with this not-your-typical-suit-rental company! They have an awesome selection, and Omied was able to find exactly what he was looking for for the groomsmen—a medium grey, slim fit suit. A.K.A. The Brooklyn.


I’ve seen a lot of ill-fitting rental suits in my day (Omied was the victim of one at our Senior Prom), and that was definitely not the look we wanted for our wedding party. Menguin allows the bride and groom to pick the suit and a la carte accessories (think ties, suspenders, cuff links, even shoes) that you want the groomsmen to rent. Add in everyone’s contact info, and the groomsmen each log on to enter in their measurements. Menguin then takes this info and uses an algorithm to find the perfect fit for them. 98% of dudes who receive their suit say it’s a perfect fit the first time. The other 2% enjoy a free swap out for a suit that has the right fit. All delivered right to your door a week and a half before the wedding, with a return label and packaging ready to go after you’ve partied your ass of in said suit.


There are so many reasons why I’m excited to be using Menguin for our groomsmen. Affordable? Check. Ridiculously easy? Check. Stylish and a guaranteed perfect fit? Check, check. They even personally call any groomsman who has not entered in his measurements 3 weeks before the wedding date. The next step, they tell the procrastinating groomsman, is for them to notify the bride. So far, no one’s ever gone that route (good job boys, it’s always best to avoid pissing off the bride-to-be), and a friendly phone call from your Menguin rep saves you the trouble of having to nag.  

You can learn more about Menguin, or order your own dashing suit, here

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